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Putting Solihull Back on Track

Ken Meeson, Leader of Solihull council, says “I would very much like to thank everyone  who supported our party in the local elections in May. Conservatives increased  increased their vote across the Borough with their promise to restore the Council’s reputation for efficiency and value for money, and we are honoured we have regained your trust to do so. 


Conservatives are now back in control of Solihull Borough Council, winning 6 seats in the recent local elections.  We now have 29 Councillors out of 51.  The political makeup is now as follows :   
Conservatives 29Liberal Democrats 12Labour 6Green Party 3Independent Liberal Democrat 1 (Now Green)     What a fantastic result!  We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported our campaign -  our councillors, our volunteers, our deliverers, not forgetting all of you who put your trust in us and went out and voted for us. We couldn’t have done it without you. 


In a desperate attempt to cling onto control of Solihull Council, we are saddened to see the Lib-Dems have resorted to “gutter politics” to try to achieve their aim.  This is a tactic that they have used before; notably in the  Olton by-election, where Conservatives crushed the Lib Dem majority to just 9 votes in what is desribed as one as their safest wards.  The Lib Dem Group leader, Ian Hedley apologised .....

Parkgate Update

Conservatives have expressed their anger that the Lab/Lib run Council has rejected plans for the regeneration of Shirley, yet again. The Parkgate development could have brought the creation of up to 800 new jobs into Shirley, with park and road improvements, public toilets, shopmobility and new homes.  Recent news that Marks & Spencer may relocate to the Sears Retail Park from Shirley High Street will come as another blow to shoppers and could leave another empty shop on the Stratford Road. We believe Shirley is in desperate need of regeneration and opponents don't seem to have a viable alternative.

Council Elections May 2011 - Let's put Solihull back on track

On 5th May you have the chance to put Solihull back on track by voting Conservative. Many residents tell us they feel let down by the Lab/Lib administration running our borough.  They  are angry that green belt land will be lost under concrete forever, disappointed by the lack of plans for vital regeneration, putting jobs at risk, and that local voices are being ignored.   Ken Meeson, Conservative Group Leader says "The elections on May 5th are your chance to restore the vision and purpose needed to meet the challenges ahead by voting for a strong and experienced Conservative Team". 


Under the Conservatives, Solihull’s council tax has consistently remained below the national average and we promised to work hard to meet the Conservative Party manifesto pledge of a council tax freeze for 2011/12.  

High Speed Rail 2

Solihull Borough Councillors David Bell (Meriden Ward) and Bob Sleigh (Bickenhill Ward) have written to SMBC requesting confirmation that Solihull Council will commission a range of studies to support the forthcoming government consultation for the High Speed Rail line.

Garden Grabbing still going ahead!

Conservatives protest that applications to build on gardens in Solihull are still being passed, despite new laws that can prevent this. 


A key promise in the Conservative manifesto was to freeze tax by providing a rebate to councils which make sufficient budget savings. The new government has implemented this and Conservatives are insisting on a zero increase in Solihull. The former conservative administration had already delivered over £38 million in savings and efficiencies over recent years; introduced LEAN technology to create further savings and developed a financial strategy committed to qualifying for this government rebate.