Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Fines doled out to parents for school absences

SOLIHULL Council has brought successful prosecutions against parents for missing time at two schools in the north of the borough.
On Friday of last week, Birmingham Magistrates Courts ordered a father to pay a total of £600 in fines and costs after he allowed his child to take one week's unauthorised absence from Fordbridge Community Primary School.
Solihull Council has said that it is the first case of its kind brought by the local authority following a landmark legal battle last year.
In April, the Supreme Court ruled that a man from the Isle of Wight had acted unlawfully in allowing his daughter to take a week off during term-time.
The outcome of the long-running dispute set a precedent in dealing with similar wrangles elsewhere in the country.
In a separate case, also relating to North Solihull, a mother was sentenced after her child missed 36 sessions at Smith's Wood Primary Academy between May and October last year.
The defendant, who failed to attend court, was ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £834.

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Quake makes rooms shake in North Solihull

MANY residents in North Solihull reported feeling a minor earthquake yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.
The tremor - which measured 4.4 on the Richter scale - took place at around 2.30pm.
The epicentre was traced to some 20km north, north-east of Swansea, Wales, although the effects were felt by Britons as far east as the Home Counties and as far north as the outskirts of the Lake District.
In the north of the borough, some residents told Other Side of Solihull that they had seen furniture shaking or pets reacting to the earthquake, but for others the event passed unnoticed.
The British Geological Survey (BSG) said it was the largest earthquake to hit the mainland UK for ten years; a 5.2 magnitude tremor shook homes in February 2008.
That said it was still a very minor event by international standards and there have been no reports of major damage or anyone being hurt.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Teens charged with meat cleaver robbery in Castle Brom

TWO teenagers were this week charged with an armed robbery in a Castle Bromwich street.
It's alleged the young men - aged 16 and 17 - had threatened the 64-year-old victim with a meat cleaver as he walked along Manor Park Road. The man was unhurt but a mobile phone and cash were stolen.
The incident is alleged to have occurred on Tuesday (February 14) at around 8pm, with the arrests made less than an hour later in nearby Chester Road.
Two teenagers, who hail from the Birmingham area but cannot be named for legal reasons, were subsequently charged with robbery, possession of a bladed article and possession of an offensive weapon by detectives.
They are understood to have appeared before Birmingham Magistrates Court yesterday (Friday).

Man struck by train at Marston Green

EMERGENCY services were called to Marston Green Station yesterday (Friday), after a man was hit by a train.
British Transport Police confirmed that the incident had occurred at around 1pm.
Services were subsequently cancelled, affecting passengers travelling to destinations including Birmingham New Street, Coventry and London Euston.
Network Rail said the section of line had reopened by around 3.30pm, although trains did not call at Marston Green until the evening.
The incident is the latest in a series at the station - with a man having died there in August last year

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Marston Green scheme to help nesting birds

A BRAND-new set of bird boxes has been installed at a wildlife habitat in Marston Green.
The wooden boxes were created by local residents Raymond Oley and Keith Gilbert and have recently been fitted in the trees at Millennium Wood.
Bickenhill and Marston Green Parish Council said it was hoped that they would be used by nesting birds in the spring.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Council hails North Solihull scheme to assist cyclists

NORTH Solihull has become one of the first areas outside of London to create special crossings that include cycle lanes.
The set of five "parallel crossings" combine a traditional zebra crossing with a parallel cycle lane and have been installed in Windward Way, Arran Way and Green Lane.
The aim is to end any confusion among drivers about when to give way and will mean that riders no longer have to dismount.
Councillor Ted Richards, Solihull Council’s cabinet member for transport and highways, said: "Solihull Council is committed to making it easier for cyclists to use our roads for a whole host of reasons.
"We want to reduce congestion and air pollution and also encourage people to keep fit and healthy.
"The new parallel crossings will make these roads safer for cyclists and are an imaginative and cheap way to support cyclists in the town."
North Solihull has been at the forefront of efforts locally to encourage cycling, although some initiatives continue to divide opinion. Most notably, a cycle lane installed along the Chester Road is often attacked by critics for being little used and having contributed to significant congestion on the route.

Monday, 12 February 2018

Event to raise funds for Anne Dunkley memorial window

A FOLK concert is to take place in Marston Green this weekend to help raise money for a memorial window at St Leonard's Church.
We revealed last year that worshippers intended to install a stained glass design in the church porch, celebrating the life of former church warden Anne Dunkley (pictured).
The upcoming concert will take place at Marston Green Parish Hall, in Elmdon Road, this Saturday (February 17), from 7.30-9.30pm.
Tickets are £8 each, with all proceeds from the event going direct to the appeal.
Book yours from Audrey Horsley (on 0121 246 7436) or Jenny Staite (0121 779 6184).