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«February 2016»

Kenilworth Road and Balsall Street to close for resurfacing works

From Saturday 13 February to Wednesday 17 February, the B4101 Kenilworth Road, running through Knowle, and the B4101 Balsall Street, Balsall Common, will be closed to through traffic to allow works to be carried out to keep the road in a safe condition. 

A complete closure of B4101 between Balsall Common and Knowle villages is required. To minimise disruption along this busy route, the work will be carried out during the school half-term holiday week with works commencing on Saturday 13 February 2016. A diversion route via Hampton in Arden will be clearly signed.

In order to complete the improvement works, the road will be restricted between 8.00am and 3.30pm each day - the route will be open to traffic at all other times. Access to local businesses and properties along the roads will be maintained during the works.

The road surface on the B4101 has now reached the end of its useful life and needs to be resurfaced. Whilst this will cause disruption to road users during the works, it will result in a new surface that should remain maintenance-free for around 15 years, meaning less inconvenience in the future.

This scheme is being funded as a result of the Council’s successful bid to the Department for Transport’s –“Challenge Fund”. This additional money is awarded to Councils who demonstrate they are delivering value for money in carrying out cost effective maintenance solutions.

This is part of the Council’s three-year highway maintenance programme to ensure the roads across the borough do not deteriorate and become hazardous. Solihull Council apologises to all road users for any inconvenience caused as a result of these essential works.

Road Name - B4101 Kenilworth Road, Knowle & B4101 Balsall Street, Balsall Common

Section - From High Street, Knowle to Station Road, Balsall Common

Date - Saturday 13 February 2016 for 5 Days.

Times -    08.00am to 3.30pm

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Healthy Hearts in Solihull

February is National Heart Month and Solihull Council are taking a look at some simple ways to help keep your heart healthy.

Here’s some simple tips to show your heart some love …

  • Move more
  • Eat well
  • Drink well
  • Stop smoking

Regular physical activity and healthy eating can both help reduce your risk of developing coronary heart disease, help control your weight, and reduce your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure. Staying active can also improve your mental health, helping you to feel good and look after yourself.

This heart month, Solihull Council is working closely with local pharmacies to help provide advice and support to Solihull residents. Pop into your local pharmacy this month for advice and to find out if you are at risk of heart disease, and what you can do to lower your risk.

Councillor Ken Meeson, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said “National Heart Month is an essential campaign that raises awareness of the importance of looking after your heart. It is not always easy to get yourself motivated to change your lifestyle but small, simple adjustments can make a significant improvement in your health. If residents need any help making changes to look after your health we are here to provide the support that can make a difference.”

Solihull Heart Support Group provide support to anyone who has heart problems, along with partners and carers, and hold regular group meetings.

Find out more about Solihull’s local healthy lifestyle services on the Solihull ‘My Life’ portal, . Here you can find information on our ‘Lighten up’ adult weight management service, Quit 51 stop smoking service, and Solihull Active.

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Midlands Connect appoints Sir John Peace as independent chair

Midlands Connect  has appointed businessman Sir John Peace as its independent chair at its inaugural meeting held on 4 February.  Sir John will support the partnership as it develops a Midlands-wide transport strategy that can unlock economic growth and power the Government’s vision of a ‘Midlands Engine’.
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Return of Awards celebrating better lives in Solihull

Nominations are now open for the second Solihull Together for better lives awards.  The awards recognise individuals and organisations who are working together to make life better for Solihull residents. 

They have been created by a partnership of local health and social care organisations: Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Solihull Council, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Solihull’s primary care providers, the voluntary and community sector and lay members representing the Solihull community.

The focus of this year’s awards is on those people and organisations who provide care and support to adults in Solihull, particularly vulnerable and frail people. 

There are 11 award categories including the Solihull Together award for Dementia friendly service, Care and Health Professionals of the Year and Outstanding Neighbour.   Nominations are welcome from Solihull residents, family members of people living in Solihull and anyone working in Solihull.

Full details and online nomination forms are available at  Posters are also being distributed around locations in Solihull including libraries, GP surgeries and care homes. The closing date for nominations is Monday 7 March.  

Dr Patrick Brooke, Accountable Officer for Solihull CCG and Co-Chair of Solihull Together for better lives explains:  “After the success of the 2015 awards, we are excited to be launching the second Solihull Together for better lives awards which recognise the work going on across Solihull to provide people with the right care and support, when they need it and in the place that’s best for them. 

“In particular, this year, we want to highlight individuals or groups of people who are making life better for vulnerable and frail adults in Solihull by working together across the public, private and voluntary sector.  People who need care and support services want to feel as though their care comes from one team, regardless of who provides or pays for those services.

Cllr Ken Meeson, Chair of Solihull’s Health and Wellbeing Board, and member of the Awards judging panel, continues: “We want to know if you, or a family member, have had a great experience of care and support which has made life better or easier.  Or if you’ve received care from an individual, or team of people, who has gone the extra mile and provided an amazing service.”

The Solihull Together for better lives Awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 21 April at the Renewal Conference Centre, Solihull.    

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