The Knowle Society
Libraries re-opening
In line with the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown, Solihull Libraries have reopened for a ‘Grab and Go’ service. The idea behind the Grab and Go service is that visitors minimise their time at the library by keeping browsing to under 30 minutes and selecting books for borrowing quickly.
In addition, the Libraries Service offer – up to 45 minutes of essential computer use (no printing)
up to 10 items loaned for three weeks
children’s activities at some sites – but tickets need to be ordered in advance.
outside café table service at The Core 
The Click and Collect service will continue and customers can return outstanding items on loan to any library site during opening hours. There are currently no fines for overdue books but if members would like reminders about overdue items they need to ensure that their email details are up to date.

To order books through the Click and Collect service visit –  Anyone unable to use the online form can place an order by phoning their local library.
Autonomous vehicles testing

As part of the Solihull Council’s Low Carbon Future Mobility project, which is supported by the West Midlands Combined Authority, an innovative scheme is underway to look at how zero-carbon, autonomous vehicles could be integrated into the borough’s transport network in the future.
Part of the route passes through Knowle on the Warwick Road.  While the vehicle will normally be ‘driving itself’ a human driver will also be able to take over.
For more details, see:-


There is still time to look at the proposals and to comment.  If you use Internet Explorer you will only be able to tick the preset boxes, but if you use a more modern browser you will be able to add a plain text comment.  Also, the site has been updated with a map which allows you to see the comments about specific locations and add your own if you have a point about a specific place.  To view the proposals, click on:-


The Council has published initial proposals and options for a “temporary” cycle-way between the centre of Knowle. The options include possibly running it along the Warwick Rd where the existing cycle-way is; or on the Warwick Rd service road; or on Newton Road and through the park and St John’s Close, although this latter option is particularly vague.  As is usual these days, the consultation has been advertised only on the Council’s website.  It can be obtained through this link:-
which does have a few details of the proposal as it affects Knowle.  It would be good if you could look at these proposals and respond to the survey.  Unfortunately it does not allow you to make any actual comments.  The Society will be making its representations in due course.