Yet more road works

To add to the profusion of road works running at present, Severn Trent will be carrying out a major piece of water mains work from 30 Nov for about 3 weeks between Wychwood Ave and Arden Vale Rd. There will be MULTI-WAY TRAFFIC LIGHTS!


Solihull Council and Age UK Solihull have launched the annual Winter Warmth campaign to help people stay warm and well this winter.

People can call the Solihull Winter Warmth Helpline for advice, tips and practical help on keeping warm and making their home more energy efficient. The service is not just for elderly or unwell residents; it is for anyone who needs help staying warm this winter.
The helpline is available on 0121 704 8080, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, offering help with issues such as:

  • Providing emergency heaters if your heating breaks down
  • Receiving a ‘Safe and Well’ visit from West Midlands Fire Service
  • Making a ‘Warm Home Discount’ application and joining the ‘Priority Services Register’
  • Finding a tradesperson for emergency repairs
  • Practical help on making your home warmer this winter
  • Advice on finding a cheaper energy provider
  • Benefits and debt advice

Read more here.


On Thursday volunteers from Knowle Society, aided by others from Visit Knowle and K&D Lions carried out another litter pick in and around the village centre while others ‘dealt with’ the planters in the Precinct.  Many thanks to them all.


On my daily exercise walk this morning I spent much of it dodging the bins put out for collection.  I noticed that many of them were the original light brown bins, but an increasing number were the replacement darker ones.  If yours is the original light brown one and has split it will reach the stage where it cannot be collected.  However, the Council will replace it free of charge if you’ve not recently had a replacement.  To arrange it, go to :-

Solihull Council

Some eagle eyed members may have seen brown bin and black box (glass) waste sometimes being mixed back together at the road side by the refuse collectors. This does not mean that we don’t need to separate glass from other recycling.
We understand that in order to sustain the service across Solihull and keep personnel socially distanced, it was necessary to switch to smaller crews and shorter rounds and to bring in two additional vehicles. The usual brown bin / black box vehicles are ‘split bodied’ with one section for glass and another for the brown bin contents, but no additional ‘split bodied’ vehicles were available. However, if one of the two ‘single bodied’ vehicles is allocated to your recycling round, you will see the contents you have separated being combined for splitting out again at a later stage of the process in an unavoidable temporary measure.