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  1. 'Shed' extension 'taking councillors for mugs'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    David Irwin

    Solihull Council's planning committee said a restrospective planning application for a "shed" is "trying to take the Michael".

    The shed on Longmore Road in Shirley

    The back garden building in Longmore Road, Shirley, - which councillors say is more akin to a bungalow than a shed - was branded an "abomination" and the “most luxurious shed” a councillor had ever seen.

    "It is not a storage shed, we are not going to be taken for being mugs in Solihull, clearly it’s a bungalow,” Cllr Richard Holt, chair of the planning committee, said.

    The structure could now face demolition after all nine members voted to refuse permission for the retention and extension of the L-shaped building at a meeting last week.

  2. Bin collections suspended in Solihull

    All bin collections in Solihull have been suspended today because of the bad weather.

    The council said it would not reschedule the collections and crews would instead pick up "all waste presented" on Monday 1 February.

  3. Extra £800k for Brexit lorry park

    A council is being given £800,000 by the government to cover any extra costs from setting up a Brexit lorry park at Birmingham Airport.

    Birmingham Airport sign

    Ministers want one of the car parks at the airport, in Solihull, to be able to host HGVs as they start and end journeys in and out of the UK after leaving the EU.

    The borough council said there would also be security measures and facilities so the lorries and their goods can be checked by officials.

    The latest money from the government is to cover any extra costs and the local authority said some would go to its local resilience forum, a partnership with emergency services.

  4. Army charity's work disrupted by repeated lorry crashes

    Kevin Reide

    Reporter, Midlands Today

    A charity supporting injured soldiers says it has had its work badly disrupted by lorries crashing into its wall five times in the past few years.

    Lorry colliding with building

    Troop Aid, based in Solihull, provides emergency clothing for service personnel, but staff said its work was being affected.

    The collisions have happened when lorries try to get out of a turning circle on the industrial estate the charity is based on.

    Damage to the building

    Troop Aid chief executive Pam Sutton said while insurance may cover the financial cost, the cost to it is the impact on its work.

    It's asked Solihull Council for the turning circle to be remodelled but the local authority said there wasn't space and it should ask the landlord to install more barriers around the property.

  5. Elderly man 'relieved' after army check his WW2 explosives

    A World War Two grenade and mortar have been "made safe" at an elderly man's home in Solihull this morning by Army bomb disposal experts.

    The man had initially called West Midlands Police after being "worried for years" about them, the force tweeted.

    Having had the Army come out to his home, officers said he was now "relieved and ready for his tea and biscuits in peace".

    The grenade and mortar
  6. 'Really difficult nut to crack' in Solihull

    Community champions are going to be used in Solihull to try to bring the rate of Covid-19 cases down, according to the area's director of public health.

    Ruth Tennant

    Ruth Tennant said the area had seen a big jump in cases this month, with 165 since the start of September compared to 84 in the whole of August.

    She said they were using people with high-viz jackets out in communities to ask people if they knew what they should be doing to protect themselves from the virus.

    "I think it is really about working with communities and not sending out a really strong presence, a sort of enforcement presence," she said.

    "Obviously there are occasions we may need that and we will use it, but I think we've got to be really working with people and look for collective solutions to what is a really, really difficult nut to crack."

  7. Covid-19: More than 100 complaints over businesses

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    David Irwin

    More than 100 complaints have been made in Solihull in a month about businesses not following coronavirus guidelines.

    Solihull Council House

    The council started recording the cases on 27 July and has been contacted 124 times by members of the public since then, including 51 via an online whistleblower form.

    Checks are also being stepped up by the authority on pubs, bars and restaurants to make sure they are complying with safety measures.

    Solihull’s infection rate increased to 67.5 cases per 100,000 people in the seven days to 7 September, compared to 9.7 for the previous week.

  8. 'Pockets' of poor water supply remain in city

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The Local Democracy Reporting Service in the West Midlands has been covering these stories:

    • People in parts of Wolverhampton are still complaining of poor water supply to their homes more than a week after hundreds of homes were first affected. Severn Trent says many areas have had their supply restored but there are pockets of ongoing problems with demand for water outstripping supply.
    A generic tap
    • People in Solihull are being urged to buy face masks from DIY stores to free up medical masks for key workers. The borough council's leader, Ian Courts, is asking residents to use scarves or homemade masks to prevent a rush on medical-grade masks.
    • A further £1m could be spent on gloves, face masks and other protective gear in Walsall to protect schools and care homes from Covid-19. The council's cabinet has been recommended to approve spending the money from September as services begin to return.
  9. Cost of Covid-19 to exceed £11m in Solihull

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Our Local Democracy Reporting Service has been covering these stories in Solihull this week:

    • The cost of handling the coronavirus pandemic in Solihull will "easily" exceed £11m, the council's head of finance has said. Paul Johnson told councillors the local authority was set to confirm within weeks it had spent all the money provided by central government to help cope with Covid-19.
    • Plans to create a caravan pitch for travellers on a lane in Solihull have been approved despite the local authority rejecting permission last year. A planning inspector ruled the proposals for a static caravan, touring caravan and day room could go off Church Lane, Bickenhall, as the local impact would be limited.
    • Side streets in Solihull should have new 20mph speed limits to improve road safety, a Green councillor has said. Tim Hodgson said the move should play a key part in the council's transport plans, but the local authority said lowering the limit was not among the measures it was currently working on.
  10. Ministers under pressure over schools return date

    BBC News Education

    Ministers are facing pressure from councils and teaching unions to reconsider plans to reopen English primary schools to some pupils from 1 June.

    A pupil at a desk

    At least 11 councils have expressed concerns over safety and timing.

    Conservative-led Solihull Council warned some school places may not be ready for the first week of June and Birmingham City Council's made similar warnings.

    Teaching union NASUWT said it remained "unconvinced" reopening schools was "appropriate or practicable".

    Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said No 10 was taking all concerns "very seriously".

  11. Bonfire complaints rise in Solihull

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    People in Solihull are being urged to "think twice" about burning garden waste on bonfires amid a rise in complaints to the local council.


    The borough's rubbish tip is currently closed and green waste collections suspended during the pandemic.

    While not against the law to burn garden rubbish, Solihull Council said it had received 18 reports about them causing a nuisance since 18 March.

    West Midlands Fire Service said it believed sunnier spring weather and people being confined to their homes had helped fuel the increase in garden burning.

  12. Bin advice as roads get quieter

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    David Irwin

    Solihull residents are being warned to put out their bins early as collections change due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    Bins in Solihull

    Household waste and recycling rounds are continuing as scheduled but the council says timings may vary as the roads are much quieter.

    Residents are being asked to have their bins out by 07:00 on their designated day to avoid being caught out.

  13. Closed cemeteries to be watched by security staff

    Security staff are going to monitor council cemeteries in Solihull from today during the pandemic, the local council's said.

    A coffin

    They're currently closed to everyone except mourners and the authority's said only a maximum of six people from immediate family will be allowed to attend funerals.

    It added families could instead consider a celebration of life or a memorial after the outbreak ends.

  14. Coronavirus spread affects election plans

    As well as elections for the West Midlands Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, the following councils were expecting to be holding elections for some of their seats on 7 May.

    • Cannock Chase District Council
    • Coventry City Council
    • Dudley Council
    • Nuneaton and Bedworth District Council
    • Sandwell Council
    • Solihull Council
    • Walsall Council
    • City of Wolverhampton Council
    • Redditch Borough Council
    • Rugby Borough Council
    • Tamworth Borough Council
    • Worcester City Council

    They will now be held next year instead.

  15. Extra ambulances promised from closing hospital base

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    Money saved by closing an ambulance base in Solihull will be put towards extra paramedics and ambulances for the borough, the service's said.

    An ambulance

    West Midlands Ambulance Service said the hub at the town's hospital hosts three ambulances but was often empty.

    However, it said of 32,522 cases it was called to in the area last year, the trio of vehicles attended fewer than 15% with the rest covered by staff from neighbouring areas.

    The ambulance trust's chief executive Anthony Marsh said: "This change simply ensures that an ambulance will arrive sooner.”

    The borough council said it would monitor the changes once they were made.

  16. Five resign over fraudulent overtime claims

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    David Irwin

    Five members of staff at Solihull Council have quit since April after they were found to have made fraudulent overtime claims.

    Solihull Council House

    The cases are among 44 audit investigations carried out by the local authority in 2019/20, half of which have been completed.

    A report this month confirms that five employees had resigned after the bogus claims emerged.

    While a report says that the several dozen investigations to date had, in total, saved the local authority £63,000, the council said it would not give any further details on the overtime claims.

  17. Complaints about Velo race 'must be addressed'

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    The route will be changed for next summer's Velo cycle race in the West Midlands, following complaints over this year's event and Solihull councillors say concerns raised by residents must be addressed before next June.

    A council report on the 2019 Velo Birmingham and Midlands noted some disruption was caused and Councillor Joe Tildesley, Solihull’s cabinet member for leisure, tourism and sport, said a planning group would once again meet monthly to discuss preparations.


    This year, about 17,000 people took part and the council noted the event had raised more than £1m for charity. Councillor Diana Holl-Allen said it could be seen as a "tremendous success", but there had been some difficulties.

    The event faced criticism two years ago, with some residents saying they felt trapped in their homes. This year, a vet said he may have been able to save the life of a horse or its newborn foal had he not been delayed by stewards.

    Speaking last month, Velo organisers said they were "committed to growing and improving it year-on-year".

    Solihull Council said it planned to increase the number of school and community events around next year's race, to encourage more people to take up cycling and physical activity.