What Your Lib Dem Team Have Been Doing This Month

Your local Liberal Democrat team works hard for residents across the borough all year round. This is a selection of what we've been up to this month.

Your Local Lib Dem team has been helping residents affected by the Coronavirus outbreak since lockdown began in March. This has included delivering food to local residents, making phone calls to vulnerable people, helping local businesses apply for grants and chasing up where necessary, arranging for food bank deliveries, donating to food banks, and putting people in contact with those who can help them.

We have also been working hard for residents in our wards. 


This month Elmdon Liberal Democrats have been fighting Conservative proposals to move the Bickenhill Tip and Moat Lane depot to Damson Parkway. This inclusion of this proposal in the final draft local plan was a surprise to Elmdon Councillors who had not been informed beforehand. We are fighting these proposals on the grounds that this would cause traffic chaos in the area, would increase pollution, destroy the remaining greenery, and could lead to extra flytipping in the ward. At the time of publishing, our petition has been signed by almost 1200 residents. You can sign here: Petition. You can respond to the local plan consultation here: Local Plan. You can watch Cllr Laura McCarthy quizzing Conservative Councillors on the proposals here: YouTube.

The Elmdon team have also been hard at work reporting fly tipping, alley ways which needed clearing, overflowing bins, and had a new street sign installed on Ebrington Avenue. 

Laura has also been leading in the fight for the holiday extension of Free School Meal Vouchers for 5,227 children in Solihull who qualify after our Conservative MPs voted against the extension in Parliament. Laura wrote to both MPs, the Leader of Solihull Council, and the Conservative Cabinet member for Children. Laura has also been working hard to help collate community information on where to get food and sharing this with those in need. 

Richard Long, Laura McCarthy and Michael Carthew also spent the day litter picking the whole of Old Lode Lane and Hatchford Brook Road. They were able to collect 8 bags of rubbish altogether.


Michael Carthew has been invaluable to the community again this month recruiting and working with volunteers to help clear up the garden at St Margaret's Church, litter picking on Masons Way and Masons Close and with Acocks Green Lions in Fox Hollies Park and Gospel Lane, and volunteering with the local food banks to make sure food gets to those most in need. 

Michael helped alert residents to issues with the double traffic lights outside of Olton Library. The lights broke due to heavy rain causing the wires in the cabinets to short circuit and initially weren't replaced properly, leading to a few more days of chaos with no lights and temporary lights. 

Michael also reported faded lines on a disabled bay on Langley Hall Road to the council, getting a response as to when they would be repainted.


Cllrs Ade Adeyemo and Cllr Kathryn Thomas have been supporting residents across the ward with a number of issues including clearing up a nasty paint spill on the corner of Harvard Road and Wellsford Road, They have also been working hard cutting nettles and vegetation back around Faulkner Road, Oakham Way, Rodney Road, and Kelham Place. 

Cllr Ade Adeyemo was disappointed to find more flytipping behind Hobs Moat shops despite his previous success in securing CCTV cameras for the area. This has been reported. 

Cllr Kathryn has been working on highlighting problem areas for cyclists in the Borough in a bid to make cycling safer and more comfortable for residents. 

Ade and Kathryn were also able to finally get the wall at Hobs Moat Road shops repaired and were pleased to be able to involve local residents in the naming of new roads off Brackleys Way and Wagon Lane. 


Solihull and Meriden Liberal Democrats have been advocating for residents on a number of issues. 

You can sign our objection to Conservative planning changes which will hurt affordable housing and deny residents a voice on key developments here - Planning changes petition

We are also calling for a re-think on scrapping free TV licenses and you can sign our petition here - Save free TV licenses


We continue to work hard on issues for residents across the borough. Below are some local media articles we have been featured in during the month of September.

Birmingham Mail 2nd October 2020 - The 18 sites in Solihull set for thousands of new homes - Cllr Ade Adeyemo

Birmingham Mail 7th October 2020 - "Mega-bombshell" plan to move Solihull rubbish tip three miles away - Cllr Laura McCarthy and Cllr Ade Adeyemo

Birmingham Mail 7th October 2020 - 15,000 home plan for Solihull clears latest hurdle despite "destruction" fears - Cllr Ade Adeyemo

Birmingham Mail 13th October 2020 - Hundreds sign petition against shock Solihull tip relocation plan fearing traffic "chaos" - Cllr Laura McCarthy

Solihull Observer 19th October 2020 - Residents urged to act as HMRC reveals lorry park plans for Birmingham Airport - Cllr Laura McCarthy

Birmingham Mail 19th October 2020 - "Grossly inappropriate" - Hundreds oppose hostel plan for Solihull street - Cllr Jo Fairburn

Birmingham Mail 22nd October 2020 - Kids face two mile walk to Solihull school which is set to double in size - Cllr Laura McCarthy

Birmingham Mail 26th October 2020 - Solihull Council "shouldn't get a super-fit bloke to encourge people to get cycling" - Cllr Kathryn Thomas

Birmingham Mail 27th October 2020 - Concern over what new planning process may mean for swathes of Solihull countryside - Cllr Jo Fairburn

Birmingham Mail 27th October 2020 - Charities and businesses step up to help feed Solihull's hungry children - Cllr Laura McCarthy

Solihull Observer 27th October 2020 - Solihull Council called on to extend free school meal voucher scheme - Cllr Laura McCarthy

Birmingham Mail 27th October 2020 - Concern over what new planning process may mean for swathes of Solihull countryside - Cllr Jo Fairburn

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