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«July 2016»

Malvern Park flowerbed gives food for thought

The winners of Solihull’s annual competition to design a flowerbed in Malvern Park have had seen their drawings bloom into reality. Sharron Irwin, from Marston Green Primary, and Eve Casey, from Chapel Field’s school, designed the bed to reflect this year’s theme: ‘Food for Life’.

The two girls, both aged 10, were chosen as winners from over 100 entries from schoolchildren across the borough. Entrants were tasked with creating a design that promoted healthy and sustainable eating and Sharron and Eve’s were the standout entrants.

The two girls were invited to meet the Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Mike Robinson, and be amongst the first to their designs in person. They were then invited back to Mayor’s parlor for tea and biscuits.

The Mayor said: “It’s great to see the amazing ideas that Sharron and Eve came up with, they were deserved winners. It’s a very important message that we want everyone in Solihull to make sure they eat healthily and these two girls have done an excellent job to promote that.”

If you want to know more about healthy and sustainable eating, visit the website ( 

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Solihull Council Ofsted report published

Today, Thursday 7 July, Ofsted published its report on the inspection of Solihull Council’s services for children in need of help and protection, looked after children, and care leavers. The report also includes a review of the Solihull Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).

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Solihull Connected - a new transport strategy for Solihull

A new transport strategy for the borough of Solihull – Solihull Connected – has been approved for implementation.
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Solihull students reach the peak with Duke of Edinburgh award

Five school children from Solihull have scaled new heights, having battled the elements, to complete a two-day expedition in the Peak District and achieve their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.

Jack Rigby, Jack Cope, Marcell Morris, Ben Hales, and Ryan Brown, aged between 14 and 16, attend schools in the north of Solihull and have been working towards their Duke of Edinburgh Award while attending the Evolution project one day a week.

Evolution is a personalised development programme provided by the Council, which offers support to young people in and out of mainstream school. The programme provides one-to-one support and opportunities for young people to get involved in a range of activities and is tailored to meet the individual needs of each young person that takes part. It provides them with the opportunity to build self-esteem, confidence and set personal targets.

The expedition was the final assessment of the award and they had already completed 13 weeks volunteering at Shard End Friends Day Centre and Lea Village Welcome charity shop. They also completed several skill and physical assessments throughout the year. The group also took part in a two day practice expedition in Shropshire the previous week.

On completion of the award, Ryan Brown commented that “The expedition was very exhausting, it took a lot of hard work and determination to get through but it’s all worth it when you see the staff and your friends waiting at the end to congratulate you.

“Despite being really tiring, it was great fun and completing it with your friends makes it so much easier. I would recommend it to anyone who has the determination to do it.”

Councillor Ken Meeson, Cabinet Member for Children, Education & Skills,  said: “The Duke of Edinburgh award is a great thing to take part in and gives school children the chance to get involved in activities they might not normally do so. As well as doing some excellent work volunteering, they have done well to brave the outdoor expedition and fully deserve their awards.”

For more information on the Evolution project email
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Average Speed Enforcement (ASE) camera project to begin

New ASE cameras will be installed and switched on in Birmingham and Solihull on Monday 8 August, it has been confirmed.

A plan to reintroduce camera speed enforcement on the roads of Birmingham and Solihull was formally agreed late last year and now the final preparations are complete, the cameras are ready to be installed after three years since obsolete wet film devices were last used locally.

Project partners from Birmingham City Council (BCC), Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council (SMBC), West Midlands Police (WMP) and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner have decided to adopt a system using average speed cameras because historically compliance with speed limits is far better than with mobile or fixed-point cameras.

The new cameras detect vehicles through Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and calculate their average speed by measuring the time taken to travel between defined points of a known distance apart. A clear signing strategy is used to inform drivers that they are entering an average speed control zone.

Superintendent Kerry Blakeman, from West Midlands Police, said: "Our intention is for people to adhere to the speed limit. Those who exceed the limit will have to attend a speed awareness course where they will be educated about the dangers of speeding or face either an appearance at court or a fine and points on their licence.

We hope that the presence of these highly visible cameras will ensure that road users comply with the set limits on roads in Birmingham and Solihull."

Latest figures show that in the years 2010-2014, there were 2,356 people killed or seriously injured in Birmingham and Solihull, an average of 471.2 per year.

Cllr Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Transport and Roads at Birmingham City Council, said: "I want a clear message to be heard by the region’s motorists − I’m not Bob Geldof, I don’t want you to "give us your money", I just want you to comply with the speed limits that are there to improve safety for everyone who uses the roads of Birmingham and Solihull.

"Most people will see no impact to their overall journey time as this is all about enforcing speed limits that already exist on the roads in question − all of which are routes with a significant record for accidents historically.

"It will only be the minority who continually exceed the speed limit and endanger others who will be caught by our adoption of this new modern technology."

The cameras will be located across Birmingham and Solihull and will be operational for a term of five years. There will be an initial 21-month evaluation phase to assess the effectiveness of the cameras, equipment and the overall system.  The initial pilot at these routes will do much to help inform the wider efforts to make the region’s roads as safe as they can possibly be.

Cllr Ted Richards, Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways, at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, added: "This new digital technology will play a very important ro

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