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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 garden centre's top tips on growing spuds

ANYONE wishing to grow one of the nation’s favourite vegetables is invited to a free event taking place at a Solihull garden centre this month.

Walk’s litter shock

ONE thing we hadn’t bargained for when our reporter David Irwin set off to walk the route of the proposed HS2 rail line through Solihull, was the amount of litter he would find along the way.

Villages v city in the fight over HS2

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

En-route to big change

PASSING through Sixteen Acre Wood, near Balsall Common, and there’s not another soul in sight.

Planning Committee Results (July 27)

RESIDENTS fighting plans for another take-away in Dovehouse Parade will have to wait a bit longer for a decision.

A Barn date for experts

ANTIQUES experts from a popular BBC2 programme stopped off in Balsall Common this week to test their knowledge of unusual items.

Well done Peter

On page 5 of your last issue you listed the ‘magnificent seven from Solihull’ who had received awards in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

Witness plea in road accident

POLICE are investigating after a 4x4 driver ploughed into a van before speeding off down the road.

Canal repair work starts

SOLIHULL’S boating community has welcomed work on the Grand Union Canal in Knowle.

Ram raiders in smash and grab

SHOCKED villagers saw a car smash through the front of a Balsall Common bank on Monday.

Canal repair work starts

SOLIHULL’S boating community has welcomed work on the Grand Union Canal in Knowle.

Missing gritters

On Saturday, December 18 I travelled from Rugby to Balsall Common to help my mother-in-law to bake mince pies.

Blooms Solihull offers allotments to gardeners

PEOPLE wanting to help the environment are being invited to rent out new Grow Your Own (GYO) plots at a garden centre at Blooms Solihull Garden Centre on Kenilworth Road near Hampton-in-Arden.

Police appeal over car clue to Solihull burglaries

DETECTIVES are asking residents and retailers with CCTV cameras to check footage in the hope of spotting a vehicle they suspect of being involved in at least two burglaries.

Post box alert

I HAVE lived in the borough for 48 years - and there has always been a postbox in this same spot (Widney Lane).

New laws to stop garden-grabbing

BATTLE lines have been drawn in local suburbs - with two, new “garden-grabbing” schemes on the horizon.

Demand for care is on the increase

FOURTEEN care homes need to be built within the next decade if Solihull is to meet the needs of an ageing population.

Mixed views on Knowle scheme

MORE than 2,000 people viewed controversial plans for a mixed use development in Knowle, including a Waitrose food store, last weekend.

Safety boost at notorious road

A MERIDEN road dogged by serious accidents, including five fatalities in the last 15 years, has got a new roundabout in a bid to improve safety.

Old hand David digs new centre

A revamped Solihull garden centre has been relaunched recently - by a man who has been connected with the company for over 60 years.

Get handy hints on growing your own

PEOPLE from the West Midlands interested in getting free tips on how to grow their own fruit and vegetables can take advantage of a free Grow Your Own advice clinic at a garden centre in the county this month .

Bees are vital to gardeners

A SOLIHULL garden centre is joining forces with the Bumblebee Conservation Trust this weekend, Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, to raise awareness of the area’s declining bee populations and how important they are to gardeners and crop production.

Birmingham Children's Hospital to benefit from dad's Land's End to John O'Groats cycle ride

A SOLIHULL dad is gearing

Heart of England pupils slammed after daffodil destruction

PUPILS from Heart of England School in Balsall Common have come under fire from an elderly resident after he claims a glorious daffodil display in the village was destroyed by them last week.

Cottages in the spotlight

LOCAL history buffs should get themselves down to Solihull Library, where an exhibition exploring the history of ordinary families is taking place.

Speed limit reductions on our roads

PLANS unveiled by Solihull Council could see a reduction in speed limits on some of the borough’s busiest roads.

Retired barber Brian makes welcome return

A BALSALL Common barber has been forced out of retirement by public demand.

Spate of accidents on roads

TAKE care - and don’t be fooled by the apparent weather conditions, that’s the message from emergency services after a spate of crashes in and around Solihull this week.

Explosion was fire in machine

AROUND 60 firefighters were called to a factory in Balsall Common at teatime on Tuesday to deal with an "explosion", which turned out to be a fire in machinery.

Harriet Hrafsson from Balsall Common is off to compete at Transplant games

YOUNGSTER Harriet Hrafsson will be heading to Yorkshire this weekend to take part in the UK Transplant Games.


Cathrina Hulse
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