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Julian Knight saves the Number 73 bus

Julian Knight saves the Number 73 busJulian Knight's five month campaign to save the "NHS lifeline" number 73 bus service from Solihull to Heartlands hospital has finally succeeded.

Julian Knight to chair public meeting into the future of urgent care services at Solihull Hospital

Julian Knight to chair public meeting into the future of urgent care services at Solihull HospitalJulian Knight, the Conservative Parliamentary candidate for Solihull and local NHS campaigner, is to chair a landmark public meeting into the future of both Solihull's walk-in centre and Accident and Emergency. The meeting will give the people of Solihull the chance to put questions to Dr Patrick Brooke who heads up Solihull's Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is responsible for the planned changes to the NHS in Solihull.   The meeting will take place at Solihull Moors Football Club, Damson Park, Damson Parkway Solihull on Monday, 10th March, starting at 6.30pm.

Caroline Spelman MP delighted at JLR recruitment in Solihull

Local MP Caroline Spelman is delighted that Jaguar Land Rover has started the recruitment process for 1,700 new jobs at their Solihull plant.  Announced in September 2013, the jobs include skills-training through studying for an NVQ II qualification in Business Improvement Techniques. The first phase of recruitment will open up 500 semi-skilled production operator jobs, as part of a £1.5 bn investment and wider plans for growth and expansion of the Solihull branch.  Two further recruitment phases will take place later in the year and in early 2015.

Creynolds Lane - Shirley Golf Club Application

Here is some vital news about amended plans which have been put in for the Shirley Golf Club.  The amended plans have been submitted by agents acting for Shirley Golf Club. The details can be found on the Council website - Application Number 2013/1126. The new plans show the main entrance to the golf club remaining in Stratford Road, not Creynolds Lane. The new road, from Creynolds Lane, is intended solely for access to the proposed housing development. All other aspects of the planning application remain.Your Conservative Ward Action Team has been at the forefront in campaigning against the application and will remain so. 

Cllr Tony Dicicco writes about the Local Development Plan

The LDP was recently in the process of being evaluated by an independent Planning Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government (Eric Pickles, MP).  Happily, after a further Examination in Public, the Planning Inspector approved the LDP with a few fairly minor alterations.  The LDP then went before SMBC Councillors at the Full Council meeting on 3rd December 2013 for approval.

Caroline welcomes return of Post Office

Local MP Caroline Spelman has welcomed the confirmation of the re-opening of the Dunster Road Post Office branch, at a new location.  The Post Office branch at 8 Craig Croft, Chelmsley Wood, was closed in February 2013.  Following a consultation period, it has been confirmed that the Post Office are proceeding with their proposal to re-open the branch in Haj News, 59 Yorkminster Drive, approximately a quarter of a mile away from the original location of the branch.  The new service will open at 13:00 on Friday 7 March 2014.

Caroline Spelman MP promotes National Voter Registration Day

Local MP Caroline Spelman is urging schools, businesses and community groups to participate in the UK’s first National Voter Registration Day taking place on 5th February 2014, with the aim of ensuring that as many people as possible register to vote on NVRD.

Cllr Ken Hawkins talks about the Local Development Plan & Judicial Review

My post dated 12 December

http://cllrkenhawkins.co.uk/2013/12/12/local-development-plan/informs about the Local Development Plan (LDP) and its formal adoption by Solihull Council at the full meeting on 3 December. As readers will know, I support the LDP because it allows the borough and communities to identify a strategic and sustainable plan for housing development.The LDP was signed off by the Planning Inspectorate, who believed the plan was sound and the phasing of development sound also. Developers had threatened a Judicial Review months before the LDP was adopted, with a QC acting behalf of Gallagher’s stating this verbally at the Lowbrook Farm planning inquiry.

Green Belt protected in Tidbury Green

Your local Conservative Councillors, Ken Hawkins, Brian Burgess and local campaigner Richard Holt  have been working hard to protect Tidbury Green from over-development and loss of countryside.They opposed the application for housing development at Lowbrook Farm and also urged that other sites previously earmarked for housing developments should be removed and given full Green Belt Status.    These measures were supported by Solihull Council which refused the Lowbrook Farm application and in the draft Local  Development Plan (LDP) submitted to government the council proposed removing the other Tidbury Green sites and restoring Green Belt protection.