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Big Spring Clean back for 2017 

22 Feb

Sandwell’s ever-popular Big Spring Clean campaign is back for 2017 – and local people and organisations are invited to get involved with litter picking, graffiti removal, planting and painting.


Allegations against Councillor Mahboob Hussain to be heard by council’s standards committee 

21 Feb

Allegations of misconduct and improper behaviour made against Councillor Mahboob Hussain will be heard by Sandwell Council’s standards committee next month.


Made in Oldbury: Opening the archives 

21 Feb

A history project looking to capture stories and personal memorabilia from people who worked at Oldbury manufacturing firms from 1945 until the 1960s holds a special event on Saturday 25 February.


Work starts on new Oldbury manufacturing facility for Steel & Alloy 

20 Feb

The first stage of a major new £27m manufacturing facility got under way in Oldbury with a ceremony to mark the start of construction.


Garden waste collections start in time for spring 

20 Feb

Garden waste collections in Sandwell are to get underway in time for spring gardening – starting from 27 February and will run until November 2017.


Come along to event to find council apprentices 

20 Feb

Young people interested in an apprenticeship with Sandwell Council are invited to find out more at an event next month.


£26,000 court costs for Sandwell food shop 

17 Feb

Widespread mouse infestation and other hygiene offences landed a Sandwell food shop with more than £26,000 court costs after its directors pleaded guilty to five offences.


Week of action to raise awareness of CSE 

17 Feb

Commuters and young people in Sandwell will be encouraged to get to know the signs of grooming and child sexual exploitation (CSE) during a week of action.


Clean-up of Black Patch Park to run into thousands 

16 Feb

The clean-up at Black Patch Park in Smethwick has begun after a group of travellers were evicted earlier this week.


Cornerstone pre-school celebrates literacy project 

15 Feb

Families are celebrating after completing a literacy course at Cornerstone pre-school in Rowley Regis.


Travellers evicted for fourth time 

15 Feb

Travellers have been evicted from land in Sandwell for the fourth time in less than a week.


Get creative with mARTch in Sandwell 

14 Feb

A month-long roadshow of workshops and sessions to get artists of all ages being creative and talking about the future of the arts is coming to Sandwell.


Lightwoods House shortlisted for award 

14 Feb

Sympathetic restoration work to a Grade II listed Sandwell house has been shortlisted for a building excellence award.


Dumped rubbish warning after unauthorised encampment in Smethwick 

14 Feb

Residents and businesses are being warned to take care when employing tradespeople after tonnes of rubbish were dumped by travellers in Smethwick.


Fantastic February half-term fun at our libraries 

14 Feb

Families looking for fun things to do this February half-term can find lots of fun and free activities at Sandwell's libraries.


Volunteers needed for school appeals 

14 Feb

Sandwell Council is on the hunt for volunteers willing to get involved in hearing school appeals.


Travellers removed within 24 hours thanks to new way of working 

13 Feb

Bailiffs have removed a group of more than 50 travelling families from the West Bromwich Street car park in Oldbury.


Car park closed in Oldbury due to unauthorised encampment 

12 Feb

A large number of caravans have set up an unauthorised encampment on the West Bromwich Street car park near the Council House in Oldbury.


Ceramic garden project heading to royal horticultural show 

10 Feb

A display of 1,200 beautiful hand-made ceramic flowers, made as part of a Sandwell arts project, has been picked for a top gardening show.


Council takes action on horses left on public land 

10 Feb

Sandwell Council has launched a crackdown on horse owners who continue to flout the law by grazing their animals on public land without permission.


Have your say on sport and leisure facilities in Sandwell 

9 Feb

Sandwell Council is seeking the views of residents on the borough’s sports and leisure facilities.


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FOI requests »

Council’s Housing Related Support services. 

22 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Charlotte Bradley on 22 February 2017 .


Council’s Housing Related Support services. 

22 Feb

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Charlotte Bradley on 22 February 2017 .


Reduced overall benefit cap- numbers and average benefit deduction 

20 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Robert Claridge on 20 February 2017 .


Households affected by the household benefit cap 

20 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Jenny Pennington on 20 February 2017 .


Social Workers and Management for Adults with a Learning Disabilities 

20 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Sue on 20 February 2017 .


Exclusions from primary schools in Sandwell 

20 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Kristofor karolski on 20 February 2017 .


Exclusions from primary schools in Sandwell 

19 Feb

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Kristofor karolski on 19 February 2017 .


Councillor Simon Hackett – SMBC Investigation. 

17 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 17 February 2017 .


Organisational Structure Chart for All Education Middle Management. 

16 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Isabel Mann on 16 February 2017 .


Organisational Structure Chart for All Education Middle Management 

16 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Tom Yenkey on 16 February 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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    22 Feb 17
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    22 Feb 17
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    21 Feb 17
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    21 Feb 17
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