Council seeks views on day opportunities for adults

Solihull Council seeks views on day opportunities for adults

Solihull Council is refreshing its strategy for adult day opportunities (formerly called day services) and has launched a survey to find out what people who use services and their carers want over the next five years.
Councillor Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health, explains: “Enabling people to be independent and take part in local activities is a priority for the Council, especially for older people and those living with a disability.

“The refreshed Day Opportunities strategy will build on the work our services did before Covid and what we learned during the pandemic. We want to promote independence and life skills, help people feel connected to their community and develop friendships. Supporting people to become work ready, where appropriate, and enabling carers to continue in their caring role through access to respite and breaks will also be important themes of the strategy.

Cllr Dicicco continues: “I would encourage everyone with an interest in day opportunities for adults in Solihull to get involved and use the survey to share their views. We will follow up the survey with more focussed work with people and their carers in the autumn, to develop the new strategy.”
The Council’s Day Opportunities strategy aims to cover community opportunities and support for all adults with care and support needs in Solihull, including those with a learning disability, physical disability, autism, mental health needs, and older people whose needs mean that they are Care Act eligible (including people who pay for their own care and support and through direct payments.)
To take part in the survey please visit

The survey is open until Sunday 19 September.

For more information contact the press office on or 0121 704 6136.

Have Your Say on The Policing Priorities For Your Area

Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Foster has launched stage 3 of a major consultation as part of the preparation of his Police and Crime Plan.

Already, more than 2,300 people have put forward their views and ideas to the PCC and now he wants to hear from even more people in the region as he shapes his plan for policing in the West Midlands.

The PCC wants to hear what people’s priorities are, what crimes they are most concerned about and their views on the way the police is funded.

Simon Foster has already committed to ensuring 450 new police officers are recruited and deployed to local communities across the region. He also wants to crack down on knife crime and domestic abuse. But his Police and Crime Plan will set out a much wider range of policy objectives and the PCC wants to hear the views of the public before writing it.

The consultation runs until 10am on 14th September 2021.
Thank you

Jamie Scott
Communications Officer
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner
Lloyd House, Colmore Circus Queensway
Birmingham, B4 6NQ

Solihull COVID Figures Soar

As COVID infection numbers in Solihull continue to rise, Solihull Council’s Chief Executive, Nick Page and Director of Public Health, Ruth Tennant are urging residents and local businesses to keep doing the right thing for Solihull and carry on with COVID-safety measures despite Monday’s easing of legal restrictions.

“Solihull’s infection figures are now the worst in the West Midlands and have been rising very rapidly. I am really concerned that this rising rate of infections could undo much of the hard work of the past months of lockdown and the recent relaxations. This week we have had over 1000 new cases and recorded our highest daily number of cases this Wednesday.

“The main age group affected is 18-24 year olds, but it is spreading to other age groups and the hospitals are reporting people in their late 20s and early 30s being admitted who are very sick with COVID. Most of them are not vaccinated or have not had both doses.

“Getting vaccinated is the best thing we can all do and I’d like to thank the 147,000 residents who have had their jabs. There’s still 30,000 of you who need your first dose and a further 57,000 waiting to get their second.

“And while we wait for the vaccine programme to protect more of us, we must continue with social distancing, wearing face coverings in crowded places, on public transport and when we are around more vulnerable people, particularly in health settings or care homes.

“Keep washing and sanitising our hands and wherever possible meet up outside and if you are meeting up indoors, make sure there’s good ventilation. Keep getting tested – you don’t want to unknowingly pass this terrible virus onto friends, family or work colleagues.

“COVID is not just a heavy ‘cold’ or ‘a touch of flu’ and there are many people who have caught it who are suffering from ‘Long COVID’, with symptoms. 14% of people who get COVID have symptoms that go on for at least 12 weeks. Long COVID tends to affect a younger age group including people who may not have had severe COVID symptoms.
“Please, I urge businesses and residents to keep doing the simple things that have kept us safe over the past year despite the allure of Monday’s relaxations. Hands, face, space and fresh air.

“If we keep doing the right things we can control these rising infections and together keep everyone

Notice Of Traffic Management – B4118 Birmingham Road

Notification of traffic management Birmingham Road B4118- footbridge

High Speed Two (HS2) is the new high speed railway for Britain. Balfour Beatty VINCI is working in partnership with HS2 Ltd to build the new high speed railway in your area.
The work will we be completing
In June 2021, we sent out a notification to outline that BBV would be completing the site access construction for our compound on the B4118 Birmingham Road. To continue these works we will now be completing some road surfacing on Monday 2 August 2021.
In order to carry out our works safely we will implement a temporary twoway traffic light system. Our temporary traffic lights will be in place from 9:30am – 3:30pm.

Get your Pfizer vaccine. No appointment is needed

A walk-in vaccination session with the mobile testing unit this Friday 9 July at ASDA in Chelmsley Wood (341 Bosworth Drive, B37 5EX) between 11am and 5pm.

More than 200 people took up the opportunity last Friday so please join them –15,000 18-29-year-olds in Solihull have not yet had the jab – are you one of them?

if you are over 18 and have not yet been vaccinated or only had a first dose (at least 8 weeks ago) you can just turn up to get your Pfizer vaccine.
No appointment is needed.

Residents invited to comment on parliamentary constituency boundaries

Further information: Residents can visit to view maps showing the proposed new boundaries and provide feedback before the consultation closes on 2 August 2021.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council is encouraging residents to comment on the proposed parliamentary constituency boundaries that have been proposed by the Boundary Commission for England (BCE), as part of an eight-week consultation.

The BCE is required to ensure that the number of electors in each constituency is more equal and in doing so, the number of constituencies in England will increase from 533 to 543. The Commission is undertaking an independent review and will present their final recommendations to Parliament by July 2023.

The West Midlands has been allocated 57 constituencies – a reduction of two from the current number. The proposals leave nine of the 59 existing constituencies wholly unchanged, and 12 unchanged except to realign constituency boundaries with new local government ward boundaries.

The two existing constituencies in the Borough of Solihull – Meriden and Solihull – both exceed the permitted electorate range. The BCE proposes to extend the Birmingham Hodge Hill constituency to take in the Solihull borough wards of Castle Bromwich and Smith’s Wood. And to also move the existing Solihull constituency wards Elmdon and Silhill into the Meriden constituency. It is also proposed that Blythe ward, which is currently in the Meriden constituency, will be moved to the Solihull constituency.

These proposals relate only to the Parliamentary constituency boundaries. There are no plans for any changes to be made to the Borough Council boundaries and this process has no implications for the services provided by Solihull Council.

Comments can be made on anything from where the proposed new boundary lines are, to the names of the constituencies.
There will be a further two rounds of consultation in 2022. Following the conclusion of all three consultation periods, the Commission will look at all the evidence received before forming its final recommendations.

Passing of John Whelan. Castle Bromwich Councillor

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of John Whelan.
He had been a valued local Parish Councillor within Castle Bromwich, working and supporting residents for a number of years .
He will be sadly missed and our sincere condolences to his family.

Community Litter Pickers

Castle Bromwich Parish Council would like to express its appreciation and thanks to volunteer community litter pickers for their efforts in keeping our open spaces in a safe and pleasant state for all to enjoy.

Condolences for HRH The Prince Philip

Following the sad news of the death of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the Council wishes to express its sincere condolences to the Queen and the whole Royal Family.

Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 regulations the planned public condolence book at Arden Hall will no longer be possible. It is also requested that floral tributes are not left, with members of the public asked to make a donation to a charity instead, should they wish.

There is an online condolence book available here:

Job Vacancy – Administrative Officer

Job Vacancy – Administrative Officer


25 hours per week (core hours of Mon-Fri 9am – 1pm)
Salary Grade: SCP 11-14 (£11.30-£12.00)

Principal responsibility for the post holder is to support the work of the Clerk to the Council with regard to all aspects of office administration and statutory duties.

Duties include document preparation, record keeping and filing, preparation and support for salary payments and book-keeping, responding to enquiries on the telephone, in writing and in person from residents and partner organisations. The post holder must be prepared to work occasional evening and weekends for which time off will be given in lieu.

Please contact the Clerk, Gemma Burgess for a full job description and an application pack on or 0121 747 6503.

Closing Date for applications: Monday 10th May 12pm
Start date: ASAP