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New cycle lane Knowle to Solihull

One of the three cycle lanes recently authorised by the Council will run between Knowle and Solihull, mainly on the Warwick Rd between Brueton Park and the Wilson Arms, with a spur along Newton Rd ending at Longdon Rd.
There are no details of the route, whether it will be on the roads or separated from the traffic.  These are yet to be worked out.

COVID SELF-ISOLATION SUPPORT

Solihull Council understands that this can be difficult and has local teams who can arrange help and support.  From 24 June 2021 people earning up to £26,000 a year are now eligible to apply for a £500 support payment, which was previously only available to those earning up to £13,400. Other help could be anything from financial help to shopping vouchers and priority delivery slots to fuel top ups. Even help with dog walking!

If you’re experiencing financial hardship we can help with white goods, like fridge replacements too. We can also provide emotional support and have people on hand for a friendly chat if you’re struggling with self-isolation.

As lockdown eases over the coming months it’s going to be even more important to self-isolate when asked to. It’s not easy, but by self-isolating you’ll be helping everyone to get back to normal as quickly as possible.

So please – if you need help, just call 0121 704 6793 or visit the Council website.

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 – https://www.solihull.gov.uk/Libraries/Click-and-Collect.  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:-

CYCLE-WAYS UPDATE

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:- https://solihullactivetravel.commonplace.is/proposals/map