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Easter fun at the Manor House 

28 Mar

Young authors can write their own Wimpy Kid-style diaries and enjoy some fun storytelling in a packed programme of Easter fun at a Sandwell museum.


New season starts at Sandwell’s museums 

28 Mar

Sandwell museums open their doors to visitors again from Saturday 1 April, with a great programme of events, exhibitions, family activities and school holiday fun throughout the year.


Display marks 75th anniversary of Smethwick war hero’s bravery 

28 Mar

A special display to mark the 75th anniversary of a major World War Two operation has been set up at Smethwick Library to commemorate the event and a brave local serviceman awarded the Victoria Cross.


Birds and bees at Oak House this Easter 

27 Mar

Birds and bees are set to keep visitors busy when they visit a Sandwell historic house over Easter.


Spring into Easter at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery 

27 Mar

An Easter bunny trail, ugly duckling day and wildlife-themed day are all lined up at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery.


Faith organisations’ statement following Westminster attack 

24 Mar

Sandwell-based faith organisations have issued a joint statement following the Westminster terrorist attack.


Hidden treasures at Sheepwash Nature Reserve 

22 Mar

Improvements to Sheepwash Nature Reserve in Tipton mean visitors of all ages can enjoy and use more of the 'hidden treasures' it has to offer.


Cabinet backs new boost to promote good community relations 

22 Mar

Council chiefs have backed a new three-year deal with Rights and Equality Sandwell to help promote good community relations and tackle hate crime and discrimination.


Residential centres price freeze 

22 Mar

The cost of sending Sandwell children on residential courses is to remain the same for the third year in a row.


Funding to improve play services 

22 Mar

Sandwell Council has pledged £330,000 to deliver with partners a wider range of free play services for children in the borough.


Councillors back plans for transit site for travellers 

22 Mar

Councillors have backed a plan to create a temporary transit site for travellers in Sandwell.


Adult learners win poster competition 

22 Mar

Prize winners have been celebrating their success at Sandwell Adult and Family Learning (SAFL) Centre in Smethwick.


Consultation on leisure facilities in Sandwell extended until 2 April 2017 

22 Mar

Sandwell Council have extended the deadline for public consultation on leisure facilities in Sandwell.


Businesses urged to save money on energy bills 

22 Mar

Sandwell's businesses are being urged not to miss out on a cash-saving energy scheme which could save them money on their fuel bills.


The Young Women’s Group pledges on their hands 

22 Mar

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awarenes Day was marked by a group of young women taking part in a residential course at Sandwell's Frank Chapman Centre in Bewdley.


Arts Council funding for ‘tech suites’ at Sandwell libraries 

22 Mar

New ‘tech suites’ – with iPads, virtual reality headsets, robotics and 3D printing – are coming to a library in each of Sandwell’s six towns following a boost from Arts Council England.


Community groups benefit from building makeovers 

21 Mar

A dozen community groups in Sandwell have benefited from more than £50,000 worth of improved facilities between them thanks to the generosity of the four companies refurbishing thousands of council homes in Sandwell.


Prevention team helping people stay safe and independent 

21 Mar

A staggering 27,500 items which help people live safely and independently are loaned out to Sandwell residents every year.


“Lifeline” Enquiry service handles around 80,000 calls a year 

21 Mar

A “lifeline” adult social care service for people in Sandwell is helping almost 80,000 callers a year, latest figures show.


Community orchard project takes root 

20 Mar

Work has started to create a community orchard at a Smethwick allotment site.


Tesco grant of £10,000 builds new outdoor classroom 

20 Mar

Children and staff of Hamstead Infant School were very excited to have had a visit from the Mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Julie Webb.


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FOI requests »

Social Workers and Management for Adults with a Learning Disabilities 

29 Mar

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Sue on 29 March 2017 .


Investigation by Jan Britton into award of taxi contract. 

27 Mar

Follow up sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Julian Saunders on 27 March 2017 .


Social Workers and Management for Adults with a Learning Disabilities 

27 Mar

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Sue on 27 March 2017 .


Councillor Simon Hackett – SMBC Investigation. 

24 Mar

Internal review request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Julian Saunders on 24 March 2017 .


Wednesbury Celebrates (No 4) 

24 Mar

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 24 March 2017 .


CLASP school data – Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council 

24 Mar

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to G Reed on 24 March 2017 .


Workforce Management 

24 Mar

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to J Taylor on 24 March 2017 .


Bus Lane West Bromwich 

24 Mar

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Alison on 24 March 2017 .


CLASP school data – Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council 

23 Mar

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by G Reed on 23 March 2017 .


Council’s Housing Related Support services. 

23 Mar

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Charlotte Bradley on 23 March 2017 .


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FixMyStreet »

Broken open black bags in road, 11th June 

11 Jun

At the end of st johns road, victoria road end, a black household rubbish bag has burst openj in the road, food etc spending out across the road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 65 St Johns Road...


Travellers camp Stony Lane park, 10th June 

10 Jun

Travellers have set up camp on the back field of Stony Lane park.


Impassible pavements Greenfield Road, 10th June 

10 Jun

Every night, large areas of pavement are unusable to pedestrians due to bins, badly parked cars and vans, overgrown hedges, rubbish, building waste etc.


Overgrown grass, 10th June 

10 Jun

Overgrown grass at top of alleyway .


Litter in bus shelter, 10th June 

10 Jun

There is a large amount of litter (chip wrappers/pizza boxes/drinks cans etc.


Overhanging bushes, 10th June 

10 Jun

When you come from asda to join the main road when you look to the right the bushes overhang into your line of vision that the oncoming vehicles are hard to spot with out you pulling out into carriage way and risk collision.


Illegally parked, 8th June 

8 Jun

Car keeps parking in path on white line and caused an obstruction Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 3 Castle Road East, Oldbury Report on FixMyStreet...


Lamp 15 on at noon, 8th June 

8 Jun

Lamp 15, on the Eastern side of Whitecrest, at its junction with Queslett Road, is burning, at noon.


Potholes, 7th June 

7 Jun

Needs filling/resurfacing Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): M5, Lyng Report on FixMyStreet...


Pavement re done after electric work in road January hole now appeared in in pavement in front of No 33, 7th June 

7 Jun

Hole appeared in pavement this is new Tarmac only done couple of months ago outside No 33 Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 22 Jill Avenue, Great Barr Report on FixMyStreet...


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Westminster »

Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry | Home Office | Written Answers 

6 Aug

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2015 to Question 5979, whether any files relating to child abuse have been destroyed by the intelligence and security services since 1 September...


Offences against Children: Victim Support Schemes | Home Office | Written Answers 

4 Aug

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library copies of the assessment criteria used to determine applications received to the (a) Sexual Abuse Fund and (b) the Child Abuse Inquiry Support Fund since...


Afghanistan: Armed Conflict | Ministry of Defence | Written Answers 

24 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 5927, if he will commission a lessons learned post-Afghanistan review to inform future military strategy.


Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy | Oral Answers to Questions – Education | Commons debates 

20 Jul

Will the Secretary of State tell the House on what date he authorised the first embed with US forces in Syria...


Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy | Oral Answers to Questions – Education | Commons debates 

20 Jul

Will the Secretary of State tell the House on what date he authorised the first embed with US forces in Syria...


Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy | Oral Answers to Questions – Education | Commons debates 

20 Jul

Will the Secretary of State tell the House on what date he authorised the first embed with US forces in Syria...


USA: Military Bases | Ministry of Defence | Written Answers 

14 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the US has sought permission from his Department to use US bases in the UK in connection with airstrikes in (a) Libya, (b) any other country in North Africa and (c) Yemen.


Enterprise Zones: Derelict Land | Department for Communities and Local Government | Written Answers 

14 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on prioritising the development of Enterprise Zones on existing brownfield sites.


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NHS »

Local health organisation named as best in country – for the second time in three years 

19 Nov

The NHS organisation responsible for planning and buying health services for the residents of Sandwell and West Birmingham is celebrating after scooping a national award – repeating its success from 2013.


Got diabetes? Get the flu jab! It’s World Diabetes Day 

12 Nov

World Diabetes Day (14 November 2015) is a timely reminder to all those with diabetes to protect themselves this winter with a free flu jab, say doctors in Birmingham.


Nominations open: put forward your health champions for the Equality Awards 2016 

15 Oct

Local groups and organisations that make a difference by reducing health inequalities in their community are being urged to enter Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Equality Awards 2016.


Listen up: final week to have your say on GP services in Sandwell and West Birmingham 

12 Oct

Patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham only have one more week to share their views and opinions of local GP services with their local healthcare commissioner.


Have your say on GP services in Sandwell and West Birmingham 

22 Sep

Patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham are being urged to give their views on GP services at two public meetings this month.


Local people encouraged to have their say on GP services 

1 Sep

Patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham are being urged to share their experiences of local GP services.


Bank Holiday advice from health commissioner to avoid a hospital stay 

28 Aug

By taking a little extra care over the Bank Holiday, you can stay well and enjoy the extended weekend avoiding an unnecessary trip to hospital, say doctors at Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


August Bank Holiday – GPs and Community Pharmacies open on Bank Holiday Monday, and how to access dental care over the weekend 

27 Aug

GP PRACTICES Practices will close at their normal closing time on Friday, 28 th August, 2015, and open at their normal opening time on Tuesday, 1 st September, 2015.


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