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Young people lead the debate on responsible drinking

Young people have been invited to give their opinion on ways to tackle problem drinking

Ken Meeson

'Keep calm and carry on', says leader of Solihull Council after budget is announced

Solihull Council has suffered an ‘unfair’ reduction in the Government grant this year - one of the largest drops nationally

Solihull Council

Keep calm and carry on - council tax frozen as borough swallows £7 million in cuts

Solihull Council has suffered an ‘unfair’ reduction in the Government grant this year - one of the largest drops nationally

David Jamieson

Concern over Solihull Council housing rent increase

Council housing tenants will see an increase in their rent from next month

Solihull Council

Solihull council tenants facing rent rise of 4.98 per cent

Council housing tenants will see an increase in their rent from next 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’.

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.

SOLIHULL Green Party have been accused of playing political games after announcing they would not contest seats in three council wards at next month’s local elections.

Former Liberal Democrat turned Green councillor for Shirley West, Howard Allen, will be the only member of his party standing for election in the Shirley area, he says this is in order to hold the Conservatives to account over Parkgate.

LEADER of Solihull Council Ken Meeson has defended councillors’ rights to a free hot dinner.

During last week’s budget meeting, Coun Karl Macnaughton (Green, Chemsley Wood) proposed that the council could save the tax payer £12,000 a year by members paying for their own evening meals before meetings.

‘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.

Insult to injury for Meriden Gap

MERIDEN could be the site of a new incinerator - just months after earlier plans were scrapped to build a replacement at the waste to energy plant at Whitley in Coventry.

Greens see red over key seats

GREEN Party councillors are taking legal advice after claiming they’ve been “shut out” of key council committees.

Solihull Lib Dems hit by new crisis as councillor defects to Greens

“DELIGHTED!”

Local issues help Greens put Labour to the sword

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

Forests sell-off gets the chop

MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman has admitted plans to sell off vast tracts of state-owned forest were a mistake.

Anger growing on land sell-off plans

MERIDEN MP Caroline Spelman is facing mounting pressure over plans to sell-off swathes of public-owned forest.

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