Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council

2021 Conservative hold, from 2019

Counting complete. After 18 of 18 seats declared.

Change compared with 2019
  1. Conservative

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 12
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +3
    • Councillors overall total 30
  2. Green

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 5
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change +1
    • Councillors overall total 15
  3. Liberal Democrat

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 1
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -3
    • Councillors overall total 3
  4. Labour

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 0
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change -1
    • Councillors overall total 2
  5. Independent

    • Councillors elected in 2021 total 0
    • Councillors elected in 2021 change 0
    • Councillors overall total 1
  1. When to expect local results to be declared

    Eight councils are expected to declare their results tonight in the West Midlands with a further six counting during the day on Friday.

    Counting in Sandwell tonight

    We have rough estimated declaration times for those authorities which is when we expect to be able to tell if control of the councils has changed or if one party has strengthened their grip or suffered losses.

    Tonight:

    • Tamworth - estimated result declaration: 02:00
    • Worcester - estimated result declaration: 02:00
    • Redditch - estimated result declaration: 02:30
    • Sandwell - estimated result declaration: 03:00
    • Wolverhampton - estimated result declaration: 03:30
    • Nuneaton and Bedworth - estimated result declaration: 04:00
    • Dudley - estimated result declaration: 04:30
    • Coventry - estimated result declaration: 05:00

    On Friday:

    • Solihull - estimated result declaration: 13:00
    • Cannock Chase - estimated result declaration: 13:00
    • Walsall - estimated result declaration: 13:30
    • Rugby - estimated result declaration: 16:00
    • Newcastle-under-Lyme - estimated result declaration: 17:30
    • Birmingham - estimated result declaration: 18:00
  2. Video content

    Video caption: Birmingham Airport launches driverless shuttle bus

    Solihull Council buys a shuttle bus and launches a six-week passenger trial.

  3. Video content

    Video caption: Angela Sandison: Mums react to councillor's autism comments

    Michelle Miley said parents of children with autism are fighting a broken system.

  4. Video content

    Video caption: Solihull council received more than 15 complaints following Ms Sandison's comments
  5. HS2 'not being a good neighbour' in Solihull

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    David Irwin

    The company behind HS2 has been warned it needs to do more in Solihull to work with residents and businesses living near the rail project.

    HS2 preparation work

    Borough councillors examined two plans for lorry routes through Balsall Common this week, rejecting one and narrowly approving the other.

    But during the planning meeting, councillors criticised how the firm dealt with local communities.

    Councillor Diana Holl-Allen told the meeting she felt "they have stopped listening", while committee chair Bob Grinsell said "the applicant hasn’t appeared to be a good neighbour".

    He added he felt HS2 "over promised and under delivered" and "I sincerely hope there is a much greater dialogue from hereon in".

    The accused maintained at the meeting that ensuring the least disruption for local people remained at the heart of its plans.

  6. Covid-19: Garden waste collections suspended in Solihull

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    David Irwin

    Garden waste collections have been cancelled in Solihull this week as "significant" numbers of bin crews have been told to self-isolate.

    Solihull green bin

    The borough is among many parts of the country to see rubbish services disrupted, with Coventry and Bromsgrove among the areas with a dwindling workforce affecting collections.

    Solihull's local authority says green bins will not be emptied this week as it focuses staff instead on collecting general and recycled waste.

    A date for restarting the garden waste service has not been confirmed.

  7. Covid-19: Face masks set to return to Solihull schools

    Secondary schools in Solihull are set to bring back face masks for pupils following an increase in Covid-19 cases in the borough.

    A pupil in England wearing a face mask

    The Delta strain which "spreads very quickly" had led to schools sending bubbles home and caused the local infection rate to rise from 12 per 100,000 people to 141 per 100,000 in a month, Solihull Council said.

    A total of 305 cases were also recorded in the last seven days.

    Face coverings were no longer required in schools in England from 17 May, as lockdown measures eased.

    But Ruth Tennant, Solihull's director of public health, advised head teachers they should be worn in lessons and communal areas again as rates have "increased quickly" in the 11 to 16 and 17 to 18 age groups.

    "For the last few weeks of this school term I am working with our school leaders to reduce the disruption that the Delta variant is causing to children’s education," she said.

    "As more adults from 18 upwards get vaccinated and more have two doses, the situation will improve, as we know the vaccine is working well."

    She also called for transition days for primary school children visiting senior schools to be held online and encouraged adults to get vaccinated at sites in the area.

  8. Counting starting in Solihull

    Counting is about to get under way in Solihull, with results expected later this afternoon or early evening.

    We'll keep you up to date on progress there as individual wards are declared.

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  9. '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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.