A CONTROVERSIAL street mapping website has been extended into Solihull, and parts of Knowle.
Google Street View – which allows internet users to see homes from street level – now covers most of the borough.
In the latest expansion of the project on January 20, Knowle’s High Street, and part of the Warwick Road were added.
Elsewhere, the frontages of homes can now be seen as far as Earlswood, in the south, and Smith’s Wood, in the north.
The photographs, which are taken by a camera mounted on top of a car, came under scrutiny last year with fears over privacy. Despite faces and car number plates being blurred, people were worried that burglars could use the site for picking potential targets. Also last week, Google uploaded images of some National Trust properties, including medieval manor house Baddesley Clinton, near Chadwick End.
To take a look at the maps go to www.maps.google.co.uk/streetview .