Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

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  1. 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
  2. '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."

  3. 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.

  4. '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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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".

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. Council house upgrade to get go-ahead

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    David Irwin

    A multimillion-pound upgrade of Solihull Council House looks set to get under way within the next few months.

    Solihull Council House

    Up to £3.5m will be ploughed into the project, with council bosses arguing that the building has badly deteriorated due to very little investment in recent years.

    Staff have complained of faulty heating, rotten windows and poor kitchen facilities at the town centre premises.

    A report, to be discussed by councillors next week, suggests that the "essential maintenance work" could begin in October and continue for around 18 months.

  15. Housing proposals prompt thousands of responses

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Proposals to build thousands of new homes on sites across Solihull have generated almost 4,000 responses.

    Solihull Council house

    The council has been inundated with comments about its Draft Local Plan, which is set to shape where new housing developments will go.

    A fresh consultation took place between January and March and officers have recently been sifting through the mountain of correspondence received during the six week window.

  16. BreakingTory majority cut to just one in Solihull

    The Conservatives have retained control of Solihull Council, despite seeing their majority cut to one.

    They have lost six seats, while the Green Party gained three, the Lib Dems two and Labour and Independents one each.

    The Tories have 26 seats, with the Green party being the second largest with 14.