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The leader of Solihull Council has voiced fears that attempts are being made to ferment anti-gypsy sentiment in the borough

Councillor Ken Meeson, leader of Solihull Council, told the council’s last cabinet meeting he was disturbed to hear someone had tried to ‘stir up local feeling’ against proposals to include Uplands, in Dickens Heath Road, in the borough’s list of authorised travellers’ sites

CITIZENS Advice Bureau and the Kingshurst-based charity Dial Solihull are to receive an extra £27,000 to deal with the influx of extra cases following the closure of a benefits and debt advice service.

The funding, £18,000 to the CAB and £9,000 to Dial Solihull, will help both services cope with the “significant increase in clients” until March next year, according to a report presented to councillors last month.

A COUNCILLOR has warned ‘confusing’ new legislation, allowing community groups to buy local facilities, could land cash-strapped Solihull Council with a bill it can’t afford.

Under the Localism Act, which came into effect in September, residents can designate sites such as pubs, village shops, swimming pools or allotments, as being of ‘community value’.

Police and crime commissioner elected but dismal turn-out overshadows result

Only one in eight Solihull voters made it to the polling station at last week’s election for the police and crime commissioner – believed to be the worst turn out in the borough’s electoral history

Speed cameras to be shut down across Solihull and West Midlands

SPEED cameras across Solihull and the wider West Midlands will be switched off from next April, it has been announced.

Speed cameras to be switched off in Solihull

SPEED cameras across Solihull and the wider West Midlands will be switched off from next April, it has been announced.

Solihull Council presents united front on controversial planning reforms

PLANS to relax planning laws would ride roughshod over local democracy and leave residents with little chance to object, councillors agreed this week.

Opening hours at libraries across the borough are due to be reduced as part of a new raft of spending cuts

Ten branch libraries will lose a total of 109 hours per week to save £54,000, under Solihull Council’s latest proposals

Fresh concerns raised over housing plans for Babbs Mill.

PART of a local nature reserve (LNR) would need to be stripped of its title for plans to build a housing development on the site to go ahead, Natural England has warned.

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.

Concerns about costs raised at first HS2 Working Party

HIDDEN costs associated with high speed rail could leave a “yawning hole” in Solihull Council finances, a borough councillor has claimed.

LEADER of Solihull Council, Ken Meeson has stressed the importance of borough councillors attending meetings.

This week, we publish further figures - obtained under the Freedom of Information Act - of which members have the best and worst records.

A LABOUR councillor has announced possible plans to step down at the next election after being named and shamed as having the worst attendance to council meetings.

Figures obtained from Solihull Council showed, on average, Labour Party members attended just 80 per cent of council meetings over the past 12 months, 12 per cent less than the Tories.

Fight to prevent development at Babbs Mill

A BATTLE Royale is brewing on a borough housing estate, as the campaign to save a prized piece of green space from development continues to gather momentum.

Greens celebrate record breaking result

NEWLY-elected Green Party councillor Chris Williams took the Chelmsley Wood ward by storm, polling more than twice as many votes as Labour.

Conservatives retain control of Solihull but the day belongs to the Greens and Independents

THE Conservatives have retained control of Solihull Council but it was the smaller parties who had most to smile about in the borough after the local elections.

A SIX per cent pay cut to public sector salaries in Solihull could be ‘the final straw’, a trade union claims.

Chancellor George Osborne announced the Government are planning to scrap national pay rates for public sector workers to bring pay into line with the private sector.

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SMALL and medium-sized businesses could go to Solihull Council for financial help under plans to set up a £1m loan fund.

PARTIES clashed over Solihull Council’s budget last week as Labour claimed it will hit the most vulnerable the hardest.

Council Leader Ken Meeson admitted that “difficult decisions” had been made to ensure the local authority found £11.9 million of savings, while once again freezing council tax.

Children's services hit as Solihull budget wins approval

PARTIES clashed over the budget last week as Labour claimed it hits the borough’s most vulnerable the hardest.

Battle looms over borough plan for 4,000 new homes

A REVOLT over Solihull Council’s plans to build around 4,000 new homes in the borough continues to spread.

Row brews over plans to build 4,000 new homes in Solihull

A REVOLT over Solihull Council’s plans to build around 4000 new homes in the borough continues to spread.

Solihull Council's bright idea for street lights

STREET lamps in certain areas could be dimmed or turned off altogether as Solihull Council hopes to shave £80,000 from its lighting bill.

Privacy rumpus in youth centre closure talks

A WAR of words has erupted over whether details about possible closures of youth centres should have been made public.

Youth clubs facing axe in cuts review

TWO youth centres could be closed as part of a review of services, the Solihull News has learned.

£100,000 cost leads to a crackdown on ‘trivial’ petitions

SOME £100,000 was spent on dealing with petitions submitted to the council’s transport department in just 12 months.

Budget-cut cops won’t hack riots

CUTTING police budgets would leave officers utterly unable to cope with another outbreak of disorder, a borough councillor has claimed.

'There is a lot of anger' - Solihull councillor speaks out over police cuts

CUTTING police budgets would leave officers utterly unable to cope with another outbreak of disorder, a borough councillor has claimed.

EDL meeting is called off

MEMBERS of the English Defence League (EDL) have called off a meeting which had been due to take place in Solihull town centre.

Angry MP hits out over riots

“wE will not stand for this in Britain” - that’s the message from Meriden MP Caroline Spelman in the wake of last week’s riots.

‘Ridiculous’ social care change questions asked

ELDERLY and disabled residents consulted about changes to adult social care, were asked “ridiculous” questions, it has been claimed.

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.

'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.”

Concern over who pays for HS2 line

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

Thumbs up for Solihull casino

A £120 million super casino and leisure complex is a step closer to opening on land at the NEC

Rising costs of asylum seekers

THE cost of caring for young asylum seekers is heaping fresh financial pressure on Solihull Council.

Cash being wasted on roads research

THOUSANDS of pounds is spent on researching road schemes that have no chance of going ahead, a councillor has said.

Local issues help Greens put Labour to the sword

A TRIUMPHANT Green Party has defeated two of Labour’s best-known councillors.

'It's a landslide' as Tories sweep back into power in Solihull

The Conservatives are back in power in Solihull after the ruling Liberal Democrat/Labour Coalition were dealt a hammer-blow in the local elections


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