What does Solihull’s future look like?


Ade Adeyemo sets out his vision for sustainable growth and development in Solihull.

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How do we meet the needs of our residents so that they have access to beautiful and affordable homes? How do we address the growth and development needs of our local businesses, from the small and highly enterprising, to the world-leading and global-scale?

Lib Dem Parliamentary Candidate Ade Adeyemo says:

For me, it is about championing responsible schemes. It is about bringing ideas to the table rather than being reactionary. It is about talking with local residents so that they don’t come up against any nasty surprises. It is about making sure that Solihull’s name is on the regional, national, and global map as an attractive and ambitious location for homes and businesses.

This goes beyond the limited thinking we have seen so far from our Tory MP in 2015-2017, whose comments on parliamentary record barely seem to recognise the immense opportunity we have here in Solihull for exceptional future development. It is not about resting on the laurels of one or two success stories, but about getting our name out there on an even greater stage.

Low-carbon schemes need to be at the forefront of our thinking as we design homes and businesses. Joined up and innovative modes of getting people between home and work need to be put right at the heart of our designs. Solihull can lead the way in this.

I’ve been speaking to local residents, and young professionals in particular are saying that they are struggling to afford to live here in Solihull. It’s a key issue, as one resident said:

“For me in my situation, I’m 27, I’m renting, and my housing prospects are a big issue. There’s nothing more important than having an affordable, quality home to live in. That’s the stepping stone to prosperity and success.” (Alex, from Solihull).

People move here because there are great jobs here. We know that we have already attracted leading businesses here – from car manufacturing firms who build on the automotive history of the West Midlands, to engineering companies who lead the world in implementing the most breath-taking architectural projects, to insurance firms who design ways to look after our assets in the long term, and national energy infrastructure companies. But we also have amazing hair and beauty salons, specialist timber merchants, IT recruitment specialists, children’s charities, and much more besides.

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I speak to Solihull and Shirley residents who tell me they prize their open, green spaces but don’t always have a good solution for getting themselves to work. I talk to local business owners who say that our position at the heart of the country and major transport networks enables them to thrive in a competitive environment. I contribute to the planning process at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council because I want to make sure we get things right first time. With so much in limbo – prompted by endless infrastructure investment fiascos and misguided decisions imposed from outside of our Borough – there is so much at stake now for Solihull. What I know is that Solihull needs a strong voice for its people and its businesses in Westminster. It deserves an MP who can make things happen. It’s what will secure Solihull’s long-term prosperity.


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