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Volunteer plea to launch new horticultural show 

26 Aug

A Sandwell councillor is seeking volunteers to help him to try to launch a Wednesbury Horticultural Show in a bid to give local flower and vegetable growers the chance to show-off their skills.


Sandwell Park Golf Club to host national golf finals 

26 Aug

England Golf has announced it will hold the English County Golf Finals in 2016 at Sandwell Park Golf Club, West Bromwich.


Tipton Community Fun Day 

26 Aug

Come and join us for a day full of fun at Victoria Park, Tipton to celebrate the 10th Tipton Community Fun Day as part of the Tipton Communities Connected Programme.


GCSE results across Sandwell 

25 Aug

Students in Sandwell are bringing in a bumper set of GCSE results in schools across the area.


Landmark Great Bridge lion statues gifted to Sandwell Council 

25 Aug

Landmark lion statues on a roundabout at the gateway to Great Bridge have been gifted to Sandwell Council.


Top marks for Sandwell Valley on Trip Advisor 

23 Aug

Sandwell’s family-friendly country park and farm have been given a big thumbs up by visitors posting on popular social media site Trip Advisor.


Sandwell celebrates heritage open days 

23 Aug

Amazing historic buildings in Sandwell will be sharing some of their secrets and stories when they open their doors to the public as part of national Heritage Open Days.


Come and dance Mayor’s charity salsa night 

23 Aug

The Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Julie Webb is hosting a fund-raising salsa night in October to raise money for charties Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children and Carers Sandwell.


Elise is ready to take on europe 

23 Aug

Tividale’s 12-year-old tennis prodigy, Elise Dennis is proving such a big hit on the domestic tennis circuit, that she’s setting her sights further afield.


Giant bank holiday Monday market at Sandwell Valley 

22 Aug

Sandwell Valley will be bustling with a huge market this August Bank Holiday Monday.


Landlord fined again for serious disrepair 

19 Aug

A Sandwell landlord has been ordered to pay fines and costs of more than £6,700 after being found guilty for a second time of allowing a Rowley Regis house to remain in serious disrepair.


Sandwell success in fraud crackdown 

19 Aug

Sandwell Council is stepping up its fight against tenancy and right-to-buy fraud after it has been revealed that investigations by its counter-fraud team have saved the council millions of pounds.


A Level celebrations at Sandwell schools 

18 Aug

Sandwell students are today celebrating their A level results – with the council’s leader praising them for all their hard work and achievements.


Leading actor revealed in movie filmed at Manor House 

15 Aug

The star of the film The House of Screaming Death filmed in part at the Manor House at West Bromwich has been revealed as top actor Ian McNeice.


Waste removal warning for residents 

15 Aug

Residents having work done on their homes and gardens this summer are being reminded to check anyone they employ has a waste carrier licence.


Don’t lose your right to vote 

15 Aug

Sandwell residents are urged to look out for a form in the post to check they’re registered to vote in elections and referendums.


Connexions advice service for A Level and GCSE results students 

15 Aug

A team of expert advisers will be on hand to discuss with Sandwell students the implications of their examination results over the next couple of weeks.


Playing field kept for community use 

12 Aug

Land used as a playing field close to the M5 at West Bromwich will not be sold for commercial development after senior councillors have decided to keep it for community use.


Council crackdown on fly-tipping in Smethwick 

11 Aug

Sandwell Council is warning fly-tippers to expect to be caught - after cameras using ANPR technology were installed at a dumping hotspot in Smethwick.


Smethwick temporary road closure 

11 Aug

Motorists are being warned about a temporary road closure and diversions in Smethwick for sewer works.


Giant bees create a buzz around Sandwell 

10 Aug

This weekend’s Sandwell Arts Festival is set to become a hive of activity as a swarm of bees fly into Sandwell Arts Café to buzz out an unusual symphony in ‘bee’ minor across West Bromwich.


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FOI requests »

Mortgage 

26 Aug

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Devinder Dhallu on 26 August 2016 .


Domiciliary Care 

26 Aug

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Callum Finn on 26 August 2016 .


FOI request: Number of families accommodated under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s Act 

25 Aug

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Jenny Pennington on 25 August 2016 .


FOI request: Number of families accommodated under section 17 of the 1989 Children’s Act 

24 Aug

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Jenny Pennington on 24 August 2016 .


Social Media Policy 

23 Aug

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to J White on 23 August 2016 .


Social Media Policy 

23 Aug

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by J White on 23 August 2016 .


Non-attendance fines 

23 Aug

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Christina Savage on 23 August 2016 .


Mortgage 

23 Aug

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Devinder Dhallu on 23 August 2016 .


Supply Agency Spends for Primary Schools and Nurseries 2015-2016 

23 Aug

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Hannah Massey on 23 August 2016 .


Mortgage 

22 Aug

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Devinder Dhallu on 22 August 2016 .


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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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