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Hanging baskets brighten up town centre 

20 Jun

The busy West Bromwich shopping centre has been given a colourful summer boost with the introduction of a beautiful collection of hanging baskets.


Council backs Clean Air Day 

20 Jun

Sandwell Council is backing the national campaign to reduce air pollution across the country by highlighting the work that it being done in the borough to improve the quality of air.


Midsummer music in Haden Hill Park 

20 Jun

Staff and volunteers at Haden Hill House Museum are getting ready for a special midsummer celebration of music in the park this weekend.


Launch of new guidance on engaging with the public 

20 Jun

Sandwell Council is setting out a new vision for communicating with residents.


Statue to recognise ‘Lions of the Great War’ and mark centenary of First World War Armistice 

20 Jun

A 10-foot high bronze statue of a First World War Sikh soldier is planned for Smethwick High Street to commemorate 100 years since the end of the conflict.


New forest school for Bristnall Hall Academy 

19 Jun

A new forest school has been opened at Bristnall Hall Academy in Oldbury.


West Brom homecoming for jazz legend Val 

18 Jun

It will be a true homecoming for jazz legend Val Wiseman when she performs her Lady Sings The Blues tribute to Billie Holiday at Central Library in July.


Sandwell to mark end of First World War centenary 

15 Jun

Plans are taking shape in Sandwell to commemorate 100 years since the end of the First World War.


Reassurance over Tipton Christmas events 

15 Jun

People in Tipton are being reassured that there will be a Christmas lights switch on and other festive events in the town this year.


Score one for recycling this World Cup season 

15 Jun

Sandwell Council is urging football fans to give recycling a boost during the upcoming World Cup which kicked off this week in Russia.


Unauthorised encampment moved on from playing fields 

14 Jun

Sandwell Council and West Midlands Police have yet again moved on an unauthorised encampment within hours of it arriving in Sandwell.


Names needed for new Shire horses at Forge Mill Farm 

12 Jun

Forge Mill Farm at Sandwell Valley Country Park has welcomed two rare new additions – a duo of young Shire horses.


Sandwell & Birmingham Mela 2018 at Victoria Park, Smethwick 

12 Jun

Thousands of visitors will head to Victoria Park, Smethwick, on 14 to 15 July for the ZEE Sandwell Birmingham Mela.


Get creative with cartoons and caricatures 

11 Jun

Visitors to an exhibition at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery to showcase drawings, letters and interviews by Charlie Grigg who drew for the Beano can get the chance to draw some cartoons and caricatures themselves.


New guided tour app for Lightwoods Park 

11 Jun

Visitors can now take a guided tour of Lightwoods Park using their smartphones or tablets – thanks to an audio guide app.


Time unauthorised encampments spend in Sandwell cut by 95% 

11 Jun

A crackdown on unauthorised encampments in Sandwell has seen the time that travelling groups spend in the borough – and the cost of dealing with them - cut by 95%.


Serious concerns to be raised with government over Midland Metro Hospital delays 

8 Jun

The Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board is writing to the Government to express its serious concerns about ongoing delays to the Midland Metropolitan Hospital development in Smethwick.


Crackdown on unscrupulous second-hand car dealers 

7 Jun

Potential second-hand car buyers are being urged to make sure that any vehicles they test-drive from a dealer have a valid MOT certificate.


National Food Safety Week – the people who protect your plate 

7 Jun

We love our food, there’s simply no denying it.


Students look to the future as part of Sandwell Vision 2030 

7 Jun

Students and staff at an Oldbury school have been giving their views on how Sandwell will look in the year 2030.


Council and police successfully extend Cassidy injunction 

5 Jun

A travelling family have been banned from setting up unauthorised encampments in Sandwell for five years – while the head of the family is now banned from the whole borough for a decade.


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FOI requests »

Contractors delivering services for the Council 

21 Jun

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to phil spring on 21 June 2018 .


Lion Farm Fields – Registered Titles 

21 Jun

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 21 June 2018 .


Database of services 

21 Jun

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Tay Jiva on 21 June 2018 .


Hall Green Road, Stone Cross – Ref: DC/16/59277 & DC/12/54434 – Stalled development 

20 Jun

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Darryl Magher on 20 June 2018 .


Appointment of Jacqui Smith 

18 Jun

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to David Webster on 18 June 2018 .


Appointment of Jacqui Smith 

15 Jun

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to David Webster on 15 June 2018 .


Appointment of Jacqui Smith 

15 Jun

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by David Webster on 15 June 2018 .


Contractors delivering services for the Council 

14 Jun

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to phil spring on 14 June 2018 .


Measures to help increase, encourage and aid electric vehicles and associated technology 

14 Jun

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Thomas Pemberton on 14 June 2018 .


Contractors delivering services for the Council 

13 Jun

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to phil spring on 13 June 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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    20 Jun 18
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