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Recycling Right campaign launches 

26 Sep

A special “Recycle Right” campaign has been launched in Sandwell tying in with this year’s national Recycle Week (24-30 September).


Carers leading the way with Dignity Programme 

26 Sep

Care staff from across Sandwell have been recognised for the work they are doing to promote the importance of treating the elderly with dignity.


Council continues investment in council homes 

25 Sep

Sandwell’s cabinet members have approved nearly seven million pounds worth of investment in its council housing stock.


Don’t forget to vote for your Green Flag favourite 

25 Sep

There's still time to vote for your favourite Sandwell green space in a national poll.


Great War soldiers event at Haden Hill House 

25 Sep

Turn back the clock 100 years at Haden Hill House Museum in Cradley Heath on Sunday (30 September) at a special event to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War.


Safer 6 campaign is back – with fire station fun day launch 

21 Sep

Sandwell’s autumn Safer 6 campaign is back – promoting safety, crime prevention and healthy living across the six towns.


Exciting stage for Smethwick’s Lions of the Great War statue 

20 Sep

The sculpting of a statue of a First World War Sikh soldier has entered an exciting stage, as work begins to cast the landmark monument in bronze.


Healthy eating award for Oldbury workers’ canteen 

20 Sep

A canteen used by workers repairing the M5 viaduct has clinched a gold award for serving healthy choices.


Get advice if you’re buying a used car 

19 Sep

Residents are being reminded of their rights when buying a used car - with a week of advice coming up with Sandwell Council's trading standards team.


Conference celebrating safeguarding adults 

19 Sep

A conference celebrating the work of organisations who protect adults with care and support needs comes to Smethwick next month (October).


Careers advice in Wednesbury and West Bromwich 

18 Sep

Young people age 16 to 29 are invited to come to careers advice sessions to get free advice from experts.


New project to help tackle litter 

17 Sep

A new community volunteer project has been launched to help tackle litter in Sandwell.


Environmental health team promotes Gas Safety Week 

17 Sep

Sandwell Council’s environmental health officers are warning about the dangers of faulty oven ignition switches as part of Gas Safety Week.


Apply for school places now 

17 Sep

Parents and carers can now apply for school places if their child is due to start high school or reception in September 2019.


Two unauthorised encampments moved on from Sandwell 

14 Sep

Council and police officers moved on two unauthorised encampments in Sandwell yesterday (Thursday) – within five hours of them arriving.


Roald Dahl Day celebrated in Sandwell 

13 Sep

Children from St Francis Xavier Catholic Primary School in Oldbury have been treated to a special performance to mark Roald Dahl Day on 13 September.


Proposal to double capacity at primary school in Smethwick 

12 Sep

Plans to double the capacity of a primary school in Smethwick are set to be discussed by Sandwell Council's cabinet next week (Wednesday 19 September).


Cycle links to stations proposed 

12 Sep

Sandwell Council has unveiled plans to improve cycling links to local railways and tram stations across the borough.


Free healthy lifestyle sessions for children 

12 Sep

Sandwell’s School Nursing Service is offering free healthy lifestyle drop-in sessions for young people.


Sandwell wins praise from Government over dealing with unauthorised encampments 

11 Sep

Sandwell Council has won praise from the Government for dealing with unauthorised encampments.


Advice service helps hundred of young people after exams 

11 Sep

Hundreds of young people are on their way to a better future after their exams, thanks to Sandwell Council’s Connexions service.


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FOI requests »

Right to Buy Appeals to the District Valuer 

26 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Annette Varney on 26 September 2018 .


Playing Fields correspondence 

26 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Joshua Snape on 26 September 2018 .


Playing Fields correspondence 

26 Sep

Internal review request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Joshua Snape on 26 September 2018 .


CCTV Request Darmouth Street – Saturday 22/09/2018 between 1345 – 1410 

25 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Hansa Patel on 25 September 2018 .


CCTV Request Darmouth Street – Saturday 22/09/2018 between 1345 – 1410 

23 Sep

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Hansa Patel on 23 September 2018 .


CCTV Request Darmouth Street – Saturday 22/09/2018 between 1345 – 1410 

23 Sep

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Hansa Patel on 23 September 2018 .


Business Manager – Voids maintenance & Building supplies Job description 

21 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Dave Walwyn on 21 September 2018 .


Job Evaluation – Re-evaluation 

21 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Dave Walwyn on 21 September 2018 .


Organisation Chart for Highways & Transport 

19 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Paul Fellowes on 19 September 2018 .


School Cluster Groups 

19 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to David Massey on 19 September 2018 .


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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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LocalGov blogs »
  • What would a Labour Government mean for local government?
    26 Sep 18
    As its annual conference closes, and a flurry of new policy announcements add to last year’s manifesto, Labour’s agenda continues to take shape. While Brexit negotiations still dominate these unpredictable political times, how far is it possible…
  • Labour’s plans for schools: right direction but needs to go further
    26 Sep 18
    It has become so rare to hear national politicians talk about returning power over schools to councils that Angela Rayner’s forthright speech to the Labour conference came as something of a surprise. In an agenda-setting intervention, the Shadow…






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