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A BICKENHILL couple who married the same year as the Queen took the throne are asking for the flags to be rolled out for them next week.

Jean and Cyril Burnett, of Fernhill Road, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on March 8, just three months before the pomp and circumstance of the Jubilee hits Britain.

NATIONAL Express have performed a U-turn on “devastating” plans to axe a popular bus route after it was revealed it could cost local jobs.

Staff at the National Motorcycle Museum, Bickenhill were outraged after bosses were told the bus operator planned to cut the 27-year-old centre from its 900 bus route by February 28.

Solihull residents can now recycle more rubbish.

SOLIHULL residents can now be even more environmentally friendly by recycling extra materials at the borough’s tip.

Site for travellers is axed in new review

SOLIHULL Council is removing controversial Eaves Green Lane from the borough’s future traveller sites - but the unpopular proposal for land in Hockley Heath remains.

More volunteers needed for a common spruce-up

HELP is desperately needed to maintain the only remaining ‘common land’ in Solihull.

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Rotarians deliver a knockout sum for Marie Curie thanks to Solihull boxers

BIG hearted Rotarians struck a blow for charity when they handed over the proceeds from a fundraising boxing evening.

Greenbelt plans turfed out at planning

PLANS for 45 new homes in the Meriden Gap have been dismissed by councillors as “premature.”

Greenbelt plans refused

PLANS for 45 new homes in the Meriden Gap have been dismissed by councillors as “premature.”

Plenty in reserve

SO, Solihull Council needs to reduce its budget by a further £10 million, on top of of the many millions slashed in the past five years (Solihull News).

Deal is struck to provide free school run parking

AN ONGOING problem with parking in Marston Green has been alleviated, after police hammered out a deal with a local pub.

Hospital beds axed in drive for savings

NEARLY 250 NHS beds are to be cut at three hospitals by Heart of England Foundation Trust (HEFT).

Crumbling HS2

What a week for critics of the HS2 scheme! A petition of no less than 108,000 signatures went in to 10 Downing Street, plenty of them from Solihull and Meriden, all calling for the £34 billion project to be scrapped now.

Shirley concerns

I ASKED in these letter pages for more detail on what is happening with Parkgate.

‘We have to protect our green belt’

“PREDATORY developers” must not be allowed to overrun the green belt, a borough councillor has said.

Borough set to be hit by boundary shake-up

SWEEPING changes to the shape of MPs’ constituencies could transform the borough’s political landscape.

Villages v city in the fight over HS2

REPORTER David Irwin continues his walk along the proposed route of HS2 through the borough.

Blame game

Summer heat and old age are probably responsible for my inability to unravel the tortured logic of Ms Burt’s offering in last week’s Solihull News, ‘Be Careful Where You Lay the Blame’.

Rail plan: Alarm at lack of detail

ONE of Solihull’s most experienced councillors has said he’s alarmed by the lack of detail in the HS2 proposals.

Off the rails

Yet again John Bramham demonstrates a stubborn refusal to acknowledge and understand any of the well publicised features and positive aspects of HS2 (Letters).

'Contentious' HS2 rail plan is backed

“THIS is probably the most contentious matter we have had before us for a very long time.”


“THIS is probably the most contentious matter we have had before us for a very long time.”

Joy as Marston Green housing plan rejected

PLANS to build 125 new homes on ancient farmland were kicked into the long grass on Wednesday night.

Concern over who pays for HS2 line

UNCERTAINTY surrounds who - if anyone - locally will stump up the money for high speed rail.

The key to a win at polls

THE Conservatives’ chances of retaining power at the next election depend on whether they get the economy right, a rookie MP told local Tory party members and supporters.


ON May 27 six elderly gentlemen set off from the far outposts of this green and pleasant land in high spirits, looking forward to an RAF reunion dinner in central Birmingham.

Keeping it in the family

CONSERVATIVE husband and wife Bob and Gail Sleigh both won seats on Solihull council in the local elections.

Malcolm Stent to open air ambulance fund raising fun day at Bickenhill

GET clear for take off this weekend when a fun weekend in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance takes off at Braceys Garden Centre in Bickenhill.

Bikes shatter village’s peace

HOOLIGANS tearing around on off-road bikes are shattering the peace and quiet in borough villages.

Firefighters fly to quake-hit Japan

THREE firefighters from Bickenhill station are in Japan as part of a relief operation, following last week’s devastating earthquake.

Council block on return collection

SOLIHULL Council is set to save £100,000 by refusing to return to collect residents’ rubbish if it is not in the correct position on time.

Start of the end

An open letter to Lorely Burt MP

Figures highlight the crime divide

YOU’RE ten times more likely to be a victim of crime in Chelmsley Wood than Knowle, new figures show.

Green space is under threat

A SCHEME to build 125 homes on ancient farmland has been attacked by Marston Green residents.

Prime spot for crime a puzzler

RESIDENTS in leafy Bickenhill Lane are baffled by news that their road is among the most crime-ridden in the country.

They’re all right

I begin to wonder - do our Front Bench of millionaires know what goes on in the real world?

Paint rage

AS A famous tennis player once said - ‘you cannot be serious!’

Hospital pledge as job cuts loom

“I’m not going to stand idly by and watch Solihull Hospital being downgraded in any way.”

Youngsters to the rescue after park accident

YOUNG people came to the rescue of a man who had fractured his leg in the middle of Sheldon Country Park.


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