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Catherine-de-Barnes residents vent anger at plans for giant M42 service station

Residents packed Catherine-de-Barnes village hall to condemn plans for a giant M42 service station earmarked for ancient woodland.

Santa visits to children in Marston Green and Chelmsley Wood have been saved following an appeal in the Solihull News.

That was the year that was - the highlights and lows

From a randy rodent to thieves stealing from grieving families, we take a look back at some of the highlights of 2014.

Solihull MP slams £65M plan for M42 service station

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Huge project is 'at the wrong time and in the wrong place'


Suspected thief fled wrong way on motorway from police car

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A suspected thief recklessly fled police by driving the wrong way down the A45 and M42 in Solihull.

Officers pull over uninsured motorist dressed as Superman on the M42

Superman brought down to earth... by cops on M42

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Supermen were pulled over after a Kryptonite out near Shirley on suspicion of driving with no insurance.

Lorely Burt

MP ‘disappointed’ at lost opportunity over airport

Solihull MP Lorely Burt has spoken of her disappointment after a Government-backed inquiry booted out plans to expand Birmingham Airport.

Preparations build for Blythe Valley Fun Run

Runners taking part in the 10th Blythe Valley Business Park Charity Fun Run later this year will be helping Harry to help others

Rolls Phantom driver ordered to pay £35 for using mobile phone at the wheel

A Solihull teenager and self-styled “lord” has been fined £35 – after being caught using his phone at the wheel of his £300,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom

Firms take up new premises in Solihull

TWO lettings have recently been completed at Dominion Court in Station Road, Solihull.

Birmingham store "no threat" to phenomenal success of John Lewis Solihull

JOHN Lewis MD Andy Street has assured local business leaders that the new flagship Birmingham store will be no threat to the “phenomenal success” of Solihull.

M42 speeding fines could be quashed after signs blunder

THOUSANDS of drivers could have their speeding convictions quashed because some signs on the M42 used the wrong font.

Future looks bright, writes Jane Jackson of Solihull Chamber

SOLIHULL’S place on the national and international map looks firmly set for the future.

Local Enterprise Partnership for Birmingham and Solihull at the heart of new initiative

THE close and positive working relationship between Birmingham and Solihull is believed to be one of the reasons Lord Heseltine has taken a personal interest in the region’s Local Enterprise Partnership.

A DRINK driver who ploughed through traffic cones on the M42 has been banned for 16 months.

Jonathon Stevens of Ralph Road, Shirley, admitted failing to provide a specimen for analysis when he was arrested after the accident at 2am on December 8.

Blythe Valley run boost for Marie Curie Hospice

THE Blythe Valley Park Charity Fun Run has provided a record boost for a new hospice for the West Midlands – as the grand opening finish line moves ever closer.

Work begins on Stonebrigde Island road signs

NIGHT time road closures and lane restrictions at the A45 Stonebridge Island in Solihull are to be put in place while road signs are replaced.

Lorely Burt MP welcomes M42 Gateway plan

Lorely Burt, MP for Solihull, has welcomed the announcement of plans for the ‘M42 Economic Gateway’

Arup heads up consortium for prospectus to show potential for M42 Economic Gateway in Solihull

A consortium led by borough-based Arup has been appointed by Solihull Council to develop a prospectus for the ‘M42 Economic Gateway’

Arup to lead consortium to develop a prospectus for the M42 Economic Gateway in Solihull

A consortium, led by Arup, has been appointed by Solihull Council to develop a prospectus for the ‘M42 Economic Gateway’

Commitment to improve roads welcomed by Solihull business leaders

BUSINESS leaders have welcomed the announcement by the Highways Agency of a number of improvements to the West Midland’s roads network.


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