All posts by Jenny McDougall

Proposed Changes to Some Bus Services in Solihull

A review of the bus services that Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) financially supports bus operators to run (tendered bus services) is being undertaken. These are the services that operators have not opted to run commercially (for profit). Transport for West Midlands funds these services to ensure residents are able to make socially necessary journeys.

TfWM are keen to highlight that they are not looking to reduce the support for bus services across the borough. TfWM are looking at how they can use that support to give the best possible service to all residents in the area, whilst pursuing opportunities to grow and develop the network further. They would appreciate your help in shaping the future bus network in your area, by giving your opinions on the proposals and ideas, before any final decisions are made.
Any changes will be introduced from 23rd February 2019. TfWM would really like to hear your views on their proposals and options.


Speak to staff and fill in a questionnaire at an exhibition on Wednesday 3 October 0900 to 1500 in the West Midlands Combined Authority marquee near to the former Maplins, High Street, Solihull. Alternatively visit to see a copy of the proposed map of changes and to fill in a questionnaire.

Please provide your views by Sunday 14 October 2018.

Public Meeting 19th July 2018 – Flood De-brief by Solihull Council

Representatives from Solihull Council will be holding a public meeting for Hockley Heath residents on Thursday 19th July 2018 at 7 pm in the Pavilion, Hockley Heath Recreation Ground, Old Warwick Road to discuss the recent flooding throughout the village. SMBC will provide an update on measures taken since the flooding.
This meeting will take place immediately before the full monthly Parish Council meeting.

Mayor’s Community Weekend

You may be interested in the Mayor’s Community Weekend on 30 June and 1 July which aims to encourage communities to come together and celebrate  diversity. The Mayor’s office are working in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund who will be offering grants of up to £500 to groups who want to run an event.

For further information use the link below

Police Drop in Meeting

Your local officers will be holding a drop in surgery at Dorridge Methodist Church, Mill Lane, Dorridge on Friday 23rd February between 6 and 7 pm.  Come along and discuss any concerns you might have in the local area.


Tom Attwood (Police, PCSO, Solihull Rural)

Take Five to Stop Fraud Week

22-26 JANUARY 2018

Neighbourhood Watch is proud to be supporting Take Five To Stop Fraud Week.

Take Five To Stop Fraud Week is part of the national campaign from Financial Fraud Action UK and the Government, backed by the banking industry coming together to tackle fraud.

The advice being issued this week is really simple but it can stop you becoming a victim of fraud.

  1. A genuine bank or organisation will never contact you out of the blue to ask for your PIN, full password or to move money to another account. Only give out your personal or financial details to use a service that you have given your consent to, that you trust and that you are expecting to be contacted by.
  2. Don’t be tricked into giving a fraudster access to your personal or financial details. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.
  3. Always question uninvited approaches in case it’s a scam. Instead, contact the company directly using a known email or phone number.

Together we can help stop fraud.

To read more about the campaign and to access all the resources go to

Consultation on Local Pharmacy Services

Solihull Council would like to hear people’s views on a draft Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) which will help ensure residents have good access to local pharmacy (chemist) services.

This is a follow-up consultation from a survey carried out in September asking for people’s views on pharmacy services in Solihull.

The draft PNA looks at the current provision of pharmaceutical services across Solihull and whether they meet the current and future needs of residents, identifying any potential gaps in services.

NHS England will use the PNA when making decisions regarding applications for new or changes to, existing pharmaceutical services. It will also be used by NHS England, Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Solihull Council to inform their commissioning of local pharmaceutical services.

The draft PNA has been put together on behalf of Solihull Health and Wellbeing Board using the analysis of local health needs, local information, intelligence, and surveys with the public and pharmacies.

People are invited to read the draft PNA and share their views by completing a short survey at:

The closing date for the consultation is Monday 22 January 2018.  Feedback will be used to inform the final PNA which will be ready for publication by 1 April 2018.

For more information contact Claire Cook, Communications Officer, on 0121 704 6136.

Aylesbury House Hotel – Update

The Parish Council have been advised that Spitfire took the difficult decision at the end of 2017 to withdraw from the Aylesbury House development. Spitfire stated:

“We were careful to select a new developer for the site. It was important the new developer shared our values for quality and design”.

The site which now has planning consent will be developed by Cameron Homes.