Sunday, 25 June 2017

Cannabis plants worth tens of thousands seized

POLICE have launched an investigation after a fire at a Chelmsley Wood property led to the discovery of a significant cannabis factory.
Firefighters were called to a terraced house in Nevada Way last Saturday afternoon (June 17).
When crews entered the property to tackle the blaze on the first floor, they realised that the home was being used to cultivate drugs.
It is understood that the incident may have been sparked by the equipment being used; the electrics which drugs gangs rig up for light and heating are a notorious fire hazard.
West Midlands Police said that no arrests had been made but 62 plants - with a street value of more than £60,000 - had been removed from the house and inquiries are ongoing.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Street parade will launch Marston Green gala

MARSTON Green Scout Group will be staging their annual gala tomorrow (Saturday).
There will be a parade through the streets, with the procession making its way to St Leonard's Church for the grand opening.
Visitors can look forward to traditional stalls, games, a tombola and prize draws.
The street parade gets underway at 12.30pm, with the gala opening at 1pm. Please note that a number of village roads will be closed for an hour from 12.15pm.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Colourful character spotted in Chelmsley Wood

RESIDENTS in Chelmsley Wood have been surprised  to see a rather exotic visitor strutting around the estate.
The West Midlands-based Pets & Animals Lost & Found have said they had received a number of reports in relation to a stray peahen over the course of the past month.
One resident said the brightly-coloured bird had been in her grandmother's garden since Saturday.
Both the RSPCA and Solihull Council have been contacted, but are understood to have advised that they cannot remove the errant pet because it does not appear to be injured.
Most species of peafowl originate from Asia and the birds were probably first brought to Britain by the Romans. Their lurid plumage makes them a popular choice of pet, but they can be aggressive and the male bird has a particularly loud call.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Disruption to local roads during sewer works

A COUPLE of local roads will close later this month while sewer installation works are carried out.
Both Holly Lodge Walk, in Fordbridge (June 26-July 2) and Piccadilly Close, Chelmsley Wood (June 26-July 16) will be affected.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Solihull cabinet member suspended following "hanging" tweet

CONTROVERSY: The comment which has
led to Coun Hawkins' suspension.
A FORMER Mayor of Solihull faces an investigation following a formal complaint about a tweet which he posted following the Grenfell fire tragedy.
Councillor Ken Hawkins had responded to a photo shared by a Guardian journalist, which showed residents upset by the authorities' handling of the crisis gathered at Kensington Town Hall.
The retired police officer had tweeted "Lets get ourselves a hangin" and accused the media of stirring up tensions following the blaze, in which 79 people have been confirmed dead or are missing presumed dead.
Today, Solihull Council confirmed that, following a formal complaint, Coun Hawkins had been suspended from his duties as the cabinet member for the environment, housing and regeneration with immediate effect.
Leader of Solihull Council, Bob Sleigh, said: "In light of the complaint related to Coun Hawkins' comments on social media, an investigation will now take place led by the council's monitoring officer in line with the council's standards procedure."
In the meantime, Coun Sleigh will himself be taking responsibility for his colleague's portfolio.
Prior to posting the tweet, Coun Hawkins had visited high-rise buildings in Chelmsley Wood in an effort to reassure residents about fire safety standards.
He has since deleted the post which prompted the backlash and today shared an apology.
"I fully appreciate that my tweet on Friday, which related to protests outside and inside the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea council offices, may have caused offence and I unreservedly apologise for that.
"In no way whatsoever was the short message directed at the unfortunate victims of the Grenfell Tower fire and I am distraught that some people have interpreted it in this way."
While some had taken to Twitter calling on Coun Hawkins to stand down, former councillor John Bramham defended his ex-colleague.
"It might have been unwise of him to put that out into the public domain, but it certainly doesn't reflect who Ken is or what he's about."
  • During a meeting of Solihull's cabinet last week, councillors discussed the local response following events in London. A full report will be in this month's edition of Other Side of Solihull.

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Nominations open for Solihull Civic Awards

RECOGNITION: Last year's winners with Coun Mike Robinson, then
Mayor of Solihull

TIME is running out to nominate unsung heroes for this year’s Solihull Civic Honour Awards.
The annual event recognises people who have played a key role in their community. Categories include: Creative Arts, Community Involvement, Sport and Making a Difference for Young People:
All entries must be received by July 16. You can download the nomination form here.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

New look for village lychgate

REVAMPED: The lychgate in the middle of the village
Photo/Bickenhill & Marston Green Parish Council

ONE of Marston Green's best-known landmarks has been renovated.
Bickenhill and Marston Green Parish Council said the roof of the lychgate - which stands in the Garden of Memory - has now been replaced.
The structure is believed to have been erected shortly after the end of the Second World War.
Last autumn, moss was removed and the timber underneath was found to have gone rotten.
After some discussion about the options available, councillors had agreed to get quotes for the work.
Updating residents on Facebook earlier this week, a parish council spokesman said that the lychgate had stood for many decades and - despite the fact that it had sometimes attracted anti-social behaviour - the organisation was keen to retain it.
"At the moment, the wood appears in an unfinished state, but over a period of time the timber will weather and look more natural," they added.