THE CONSERVATIVES comfortably held control of Solihull Council last week despite facing tough opposition from the Green Party.
Voters across the borough kept to the national trend which saw three seats turn blue – Knowle, Olton and Lyndon.
Solihull’s Liberal Democrat leader Ade Adeyemo lost his Lyndon seat to Conservative Josh O’Nyons.
The Green Party gained one seat to give them 15 seats on the Council – which means they remain the second largest group sitting on the Council.
Former Mayor of Solihull, Coun Flo Nash lost her seat in Kingshurst and Fordbridge to Nathan Moses of the Green Party.
Turnout across the borough was 38 per cent for Council elections and the count was held at the NEC this year so it could be Covid secure.
There were 204 count assistants counting the votes who were sat two metres apart and had a perspex screen between them.
The full make up of the council is now Conservatives 30 seats, Green 15 seats, Liberal Democrats three seats, Labour two seats and Independents have one seat.
The candidates elected in the 17 contested seats were:
Bickenhill Jim Ryan Conservative
Blythe James Butler Conservative
Castle Bromwich Martin McCarthy Conservative
Chelmsely Wood Shesh Sheshabhatter Green
Dorridge and Hockley Heath Ken Meeson Conservative
Elmdon Ward – two seats were up for election Yvonne Clements Conservative and Richard Long Liberal Democrat
Kingshurst and Fordbridge Nathan Moses Green
Knowle Dave Pinwell Conservative
Lyndon Josh O’Nyons Conservative
Meriden Tony Dicicco Conservative
Olton Daniel Gibbin Conservative
Silhill Peter Hogarth Conservative
Shirley East Karen Grinsell Conservative
Shirley South Max McLoughlin Green
Shirley West Maggie Allen Green
St Alphege Mary Sandison Conservative