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Controversial Muslim cemetery plans to be discussed

Muslims in the Midlands are currently buried in a dedicated section of an existing cemetery Credit: ITV News Central

A controversial application for a Muslim cemetery in a village in Solihull will be discussed by the Borough Council's Planning Committee today.

Some residents are opposed to the plans because they say there aren't enough Muslims in the area to justify it Credit: ITV News Central

Campaigners oppose the 4,000-plot scheme at Catherine-de-Barnes, because it would be built on green belt land. The application is expected to be refused.

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Major report on HS2 to be presented today

HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins Credit: David Parry/PA Archive/Press Association Images

HS2 Ltd's Executive Chairman David Higgins is expected to make significant announcements about HS2 in Leeds this morning.

Mr Higgins will be presenting his report on the project, and will give recommendations on the second phase, which runs from Birmingham to Leeds and goes through the East Midlands.

It is believed he will announce that a suggested route for the high-speed service through Stoke-on-Trent will be dumped in favour of a hub at Crewe, on the western arm of the 'Y'-shaped northern route.

It is rumoured that he will recommend that plans for a high-speed rail link in Nottinghamshire should be moved to Derbyshire. It was originally proposed that the HS2 station should be at Toton Sidings, but there may be new plans to try to link HS2 to existing rail lines serving Nottingham and Derby.

Pilot badger culls come to an end but remain controversial

The latest pilot badger culls officially end tonight in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

The National Farmers Union told ITV News Central it felt the cull had gone better this year.

But anti-cull campaigners say it was a failure last year and support vaccinations instead of culls.

Badger cull results will decide whether the scheme is used elsewhere

Badger culls come to an end in Gloucestershire & Somerset. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The latest pilot badger culls officially end tonight in Gloucestershire and Somerset.

The government is attempting to reduce the spread of Bovine TB, which is a major problem for UK farmers.

The results from these trials will determine whether or not the culling scheme is rolled out to TB hotspots nationwide.

The decision has been controversial with anti-cull campaigners however, who believe a vaccination is the better option.

Leicester students find 2,000-year-old chariot remains

Remains from a 2,000-year-old Iron Age chariot have been discovered in Leicestershire.

Some of the remains found at Burrough Hill Credit: University of Leicester

Archaeology students from the University of Leicester found the decorative bronze attachments while digging at Burrough Hill Fort near Melton Mowbray.

The pieces appear to have been gathered in a box, before being planted in the ground Credit: University of Leicester

Nora Batterman was one of the students who made the discovery:

Realising that I was actually uncovering a hoard that was carefully placed there hundreds of years ago made it the find of a lifetime.

Looking at the objects now they have been cleaned makes me even more proud, and I can't wait for them to go on display.

– Nora Batterman

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Council release statement over housing protest

Current projections show that there will be a need for more than 80,000 homes in Birmingham by 2031 as a result of an anticipated population increase of 150,000.

As required by law, we have carefully looked at all available sites for housing and the BDP offers the best possible solutions to the challenging situation we face.

– Birmingham City Council Statement

Sutton Coldfield already at 'saturation point' says organiser

Suzanne Webb, organiser of the Sutton Coldfield protest, expressed her frustration at the lack of open space in the area which she believes is already at 'saturation point'.

She told ITV News Central that the protest walk today is about the community coming together and protesting against the plans to build six thousand new homes.

Council bosses say the land, off the A38 near Walmley, is needed to meet the growing demand for housing in Birmingham.

Protest over Sutton Coldfield housing plans

Around one hundred people have met to walk across fields near Sutton Coldfield which could be developed for housing. Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell joined the group in their campaign against the development.

Campaigners protest against greenbelt land in Walmley being sold off. Credit: ITV News Central

Council bosses say the land, off the A38 near Walmley, is needed to meet the growing demand for housing in Birmingham.

Members of the Project Fields campaign to save the green belt organised the protest this morning.

Protest on greenbelt land that is expected to be developed to address Birmingham's housing shortage. Credit: ITV News Central

"Current projections show that there will be a need for more than 80,000 homes in Birmingham by 2031 as a result of an anticipated population increase of 150,000. As required by law, we have carefully looked at all available sites for housing and the BDP offers the best possible solutions to the challenging situation we face."

– Birmingham City Council Statement
Residents in Walmley gather against plans to develop housing on greenbelt land off the A38 Credit: ITV News Central

Majority of people killed on region's roads die on rural routes

Figures out today show the majority of people killed on the road in the region die on rural roads.

Research from the Department of Transport shows last year:

  • in the East Midlands, a total of 105 motorists were killed, 95 of them in a rural location.
  • in the West Midlands, a total of 82 motorists were killed on the region's roads, 54 of them on a rural roads.

Liz Brooker, from Road Safety GB, says it is the extra potential hazards on these rural roads that result in these figures being recorded.

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