Now that most shops are open and the car parks are getting busy, the Council has decided that parking charges will resume in Knowle car parks on Weds July 1st with the new rates, including 2 hrs free:-

Monday to Saturday 08:00 – 18:00
Up to 2 hours – free
(a valid “free-stay” ticket must be displayed).

2-3 hours – £1.20
3-4 Hours – £2.20
4-6 hours  – £3.20
Over 6 hours – £4.00


These have now returned to the normal schedule and the West Midlands ‘Older Persons’ and ‘Disabled Persons’ passes extension for travel before 9:30 am has been withdrawn from all busses and trains.


From Monday 6 July staff will start issuing books through a new Click and Collect scheme at The Core. This will be followed by similar schemes at Chelmsley Wood Library and Shirley Library from Monday 20 July. No news about Knowle Library yet.

Forms will be available online from Monday 29 June for collections from The Core and from Monday 13 July for Chelmsley Wood and Shirley Libraries. Anyone unable to use the online form can place an order by phoning 0121 704 8001. The Home Library service will also restart on 6 July.

Alongside this:

  • There will be no charges for overdue materials for the time being
  • Any cards due to expire before 30 June will be extended so membership will not lapse
  • Loans will be extended until 30 September
  • Reservations will be temporarily suspended
  • New members will be able to take out online membership to access a full range of online resources and eBooks
  • Visit our website for access to E- Audio, books, magazines and newspapers.

If you need to contact the library service please email or call 0121 704 6965, including to arrange to return your borrowed books.


The Society’s appeal for funds to support patients and staff at Solihull Hospital is now closing, having raised £1634, including Gift Aid.  The Hospital Charity is very grateful for this assistance.

Following an on-line consultation with interested parties last night, the Council has decided NOT to go ahead with the proposal for a temporary closure of the High street.  See the Council’s public statement:-

Following on from the Government’s announcement to provide a funding opportunity to introduce temporary measures to help support Active Travel, Solihull Council has spoken to Local Ward Members, representatives from Knowle Society and Visit Knowle, to consider what is currently appropriate for Knowle, to support economic recovery during the COVID19 pandemic.

Whilst options to pedestrianise, introduce a one-way traffic systems or shuttle two-way working were considered, the consensus from the initial conversation was that no changes will be introduced, it was also agreed that any future proposals for schemes would be subject to full public consultation before any decision would be made.

Councillor Ken Hawkins, Cabinet Member for Environment & Highways, said:

“Due to the current light traffic conditions, we will take the opportunity to replace the street lighting system and provide new LED energy efficient technology. This work will require temporary two-way working controlled by temporary traffic signals, which is expected to help reduce traffic speeds whilst the work takes place.

One minor temporary change was supported and will be introduced as soon as possible. The introduction of a 20 mph speed limit along the High Street, Lodge Road and part of Station Road. This is to help make drivers aware of the need to travel at lower speeds due to the increased risk of more pedestrians and cyclists using the roads around the village.

In addition to these roadworks, the Council, in partnership with Visit Knowle, will be providing support to local retailers and businesses to help them re-open to the public safely from the 15th June. Information signs to remind people about the need to follow the Government’s latest social distancing advice will also be provided around the village.”

“With regard to the Village car parks, these will remain free of charge for all customers. We will review this on the 23rd June 2020.”