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Solihull old soldier carried to funeral in sidecar hearse

A motorbike-mad pensioner was carried to his funeral in a hearse that had been specially converted into a sidecar

Plans for caravan storage facility on greenbelt land in Solihull thrown out

A farmer looking to help keep his business afloat by opening up a caravan storage facility on greenbelt land has had his hopes dashed after Solihull planners refused his application

Plans for over 70 homes in Shirley given thumbs up.

Plans to build over 70 new homes as part of Shirley’s Parkgate scheme have been given the green light by Solihull Council, despite claims the authority should not have made the decision itself

Plans for new care home which would help finance sports club are thrown out.

Vital restoration work to a popular sports club in Knowle could be put on hold after councillors refused to give planning permission for a 60-bed care home to help finance the scheme.

Go-ahead given for over 70 new homes at Shirley Parkgate

Plans to build over 70 new homes as part of Shirley’s Parkgate scheme have been given the green light by Solihull Council, despite claims the authority should not have made the decision itself

Birmingham looks for co-operation from neighbours to house unexpected increase in population

Solihull could be ‘swamped’ with even more homes campaigners fear after Birmingham City Council bosses announced they will need help from neighbouring areas to meet their housing needs

Solihull Santa's sleigh collection routes

Here are Solihull Santa's sleigh collection route

Solihull's hospital trust collects most in parking charges last year

The  Heart of England Foundation Trust raked in the most revenue from parking charges last year, compared to other trusts

Holy Grail may be in Solihull, local historian claims

The Holy Grail could be in Solihull, an amateur historian has claimed

Change of hours for Bickenhill recycling centre this winter.

BICKENHILL Household Waste and Recycling Centre (HWRC) will change to its new winter opening hours from Thursday November, 1.

Mobile phones intended for charity stolen from a Solihull recycling centre.

THIEVES have swiped a batch of mobile phones intended for charity from Bickenhill’s recycling centre - the latest in a spate of thefts from the site.

Drunk driver with fake firearm avoids prison

A DRUNK driver, who was found with an imitation pistol and police-style baton, has avoided jail.

IMITATION gun and baton found in drunk-driver's car

AN imitation pistol and police-style baton have been discovered in the car of a drunk driver.

Solihull walk-in Centre will be considered 'on its own merit.'

THE chair of the health board responsible for Solihull’s under threat walk-in centre has assured users the facility will be considered ‘on its own merit’ before any changes are made to the service.

We're sending the message 'Shirley's closed for business,' councillor claims over lack of car park

WE’RE sending the message ‘Shirley’s closed for business’, that was the reaction after the firm behind the redevelopment of the town centre deemed a temporary car park unnecessary.

Stop pandering to big business, councillor urges planning dept

COUNCILLORS have been urged to stop ‘pandering’ to big business after a 24-hour HGV car park was approved at Solihull’s Land Rover plant.

Pledge on parking at Solihull Hospital

UNDER-fire hospital bosses have agreed to carry out a ‘wide review’ of their car parking policy after the Solihull News revealed the trust raked in over £1m in the last two years from those visiting the facility.

So9lihull accountants tackle fraud

LOCAL management accountants met at the Arden Hotel in Bickenhill last week looking to secure themselves against fraud and ensure ethical business practice.

Solihull Hospital makes £1m from parking charges.

SOLIHULL Hospital has raked in over £1m in the last two years from visitor car parking charges, the Solihull News can reveal.

Green space under attack in Solihull under plans for future housing

THE borough is being robbed of ‘vital’ green space for housing say councillors reviewing Solihull’s Draft Local Plan.

Cream teas and more at St Peter's summer fete in Bickenhill

GO along an enjoy cream teas, stalls, a raffle and great hospitality at the St Peter’s Church Bickenhill summer fete.

Greater say on local planning comes at a cost

SOLIHULL council tax payers in Solihull could be left to foot a bill for tens of thousands of pounds as local communities are given the opportunity create their own Neighbourhood Plans.

Recession hits popular Solihull garden centre

A FAMILY-run garden centre in Bickenhill which has been trading for over 50 years looks set to close its doors after falling victim to the recession.

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Retirement homes replace blight on landscape

A DERELICT “eyesore” will be turned into retirement housing after an application was approved at planning committee last week.

Osteopaths approved against objections

Planners have approved an application to turn a garage into an osteopath surgery despite a petition from 61 residents

Solihull side Birmingham Exiles so close against Harbury

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WEST Midlands Fire Service have welcomed their newest recruit; Mac - the search and rescue dog.

Two and a half-year-old Labrador Mac, who is trained and handled by Station Commander Pete Mills of the fire service’s technical rescue team, started work last week after passing his final operational search and rescue assessments with flying colours.

PROPOSALS to build three homes on a ‘cramped’ patch of garden land at Ulverley Green Road have been refused.

Solihull planning committee received six letters of objection to the application but it had been marked for approval by officers.

‘New city in Meriden Gap’ claim is dismissed by MP

MERIDEN’S MP has rubbished claims that a “new city” will be built slap-bang in the middle of the Meriden Gap.

Solihull planners give casino the go-ahead

PLANS to build a casino and leisure complex at the NEC has been given the final seal of approval by Solihull Council planners.

Health chiefs spend £24m on stand-ins

HOSPITAL managers have been ordered to ‘get a grip’ after it was revealed the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust spent more than £24million on temporary staff last year.

'They are the ugliest set of buildings I have ever seen.'

PLANS set down for a new social housing development in Chelmsley Wood have been described by one councillor as the ‘ugliest [she] has ever seen.’

Takeaway plans for Chelmsley Wood thrown out.

COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans for a takeaway in a residential area of Chelmsley Wood, despite nearly 500 people signing a petition to support it.

Plans for new housing in Chelmsley Wood described as 'ugly.'

PLANS set down for a new social housing development in Chelmsley Wood have been described by one councillor as the ‘ugliest [she] has ever seen.’

Plans for new homes in Shirley street given the go ahead.

Plans to demolish one bungalow in a village street and replace it with two houses have been given approval - despite fears of overcrowding

Jobs hope sways decision as Solihull planners back casino - with conditions

AMBITIOUS proposals to build a casino and associated leisure complex at the NEC were cautiously approved at a planning meeting on Wednesday (March 14).

Bus admission from Solihull's Centro boss

A CENTRO boss has admitted he wouldn’t travel home on the top deck of a bus because he wouldn’t “feel safe”.

Solihull takeaway plans thrown out

COUNCILLORS have thrown out plans for a takeaway in a residential area of Chelmsley Wood, despite nearly 500 people signing a petition to support it.

Solihull councillor brands social housing complex ugly

PLANS set down for a new social housing development in Chelmsley Wood have been described by one councillor as the ‘ugliest [she] has every seen.’

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