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Health and safety message inspires art work 

22 Nov

Local children have created an eye-catching art display at the site of a new £9.6 million supported housing development being built by Sandwell Council in West Bromwich.


Staying safe online sessions for parents and children 

20 Nov

Parents and carers of young people who attend Sandwell secondary schools are being invited to attend Clickwise sessions to learn about keeping safe online.


Still time to sign up for Sandwell Valley Santa Dash 

20 Nov

There's still time to take part in the Sandwell Santa Dash through Sandwell Valley Country Park to get an early slice of festive fun in the run-up to Christmas.


New warning sign cuts speeding outside Great Barr school 

20 Nov

A speed activated sign which flashes up the registration number of speeding vehicles is one of the latest measures to keep schoolchildren safe in Great Barr.


Performers announced for Sandwell Mayor’s annual carol concert 

20 Nov

The programme for this year’s Civic Christmas Carol Concert has been announced.


Appeal for refuge items to help victims of domestic violence 

20 Nov

Staff at Sandwell Libraries are seeking donations to help local refuges and to commemorate the work to eliminate violence against women.


Keep Antibiotics Working campaign launched 

17 Nov

Public Health England has launched a major new campaign in Sandwell to help ‘Keep Antibiotics Working’ to help get the message over to the public.


Finance advice sessions a success 

16 Nov

Sessions aimed at helping people look after their money have been held across Sandwell to mark National Financial Capability Week.


We want your Manor House memories 

15 Nov

Sandwell museums are inviting the local community to take part in a project based on the Manor House building in West Bromwich.


Christmas at the Valley is back 

15 Nov

Christmas at the Valley is back and set to be even better than last year - with loads of fun for families including a Christmas circus.


Ceramic poppy garden unveiled at Tipton library 

15 Nov

A ceramic poppy garden has been unveiled at Tipton library.


Warning on unlicensed charity collectors 

14 Nov

Generous residents are being warned against giving money to unlicensed charity collectors.


Safer 6 successes in West Bromwich 

14 Nov

The results are in for the fourth week of Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign, which had a special focus on West Bromwich.


Anti-bullying workshops for hundreds of Sandwell children 

14 Nov

As part of Anti-bullying Week (Monday 13 November to Friday 17 November) Sandwell Council’s SHAPE Programme and West Midlands Police will be delivering workshops to children in schools.


Blue badge scam warning 

14 Nov

Disabled people are being warned of a scam that claims to help them get Blue Badge parking passes.


Advice sessions for Alcohol Awareness Week 

14 Nov

National Alcohol Awareness Week is under way, with advice sessions in Sandwell to help raise awareness of harmful drinking levels.


The Black Country has appointed new Assistant Coroners  

13 Nov

Assistant coroners were sworn in at an official ceremony at the Coroners Court in Jack Judge House, Oldbury.


Plans announced for new pedestrian links to Bescot 

13 Nov

Sandwell Council has announced plans for a new walking scheme to improve the existing public rights of way in the Bescot area.


Building works on track at new school in Oldbury 

13 Nov

Building works at an Oldbury school are on track and expected to be fully completed by September 2019.


Housing team on TV with Matt Allwright 

10 Nov

Members of Sandwell Council’s Housing Quality Team are appearing on the BBC One programme The Housing Enforcers every day next week.


Snow Champions are back for the seventh year – request some salt now 

10 Nov

Thousands of community-minded Snow Champions will be keeping Sandwell moving for the seventh year this winter.


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FOI requests »

Interim, temporary and social services accommodation statistics for domestic violence survivors and NRPF families in Sandwell 

21 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Miss Phillips on 21 November 2017 .


Site licence SL487 Coneygre foundry Tipton 

21 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Mr Carroll on 21 November 2017 .


Site licence SL487 Coneygre foundry Tipton 

20 Nov

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Mr Carroll on 20 November 2017 .


Use of Lightwoods House by MP 

20 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 20 November 2017 .


Implementation costs and timescales 

16 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Hywel Martin on 16 November 2017 .


Looked After Children placement statistics – Between 2016 – 2017 

16 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Liam Woods on 16 November 2017 .


Nrpf families being supported by SMBC 

16 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Roshni Seeam on 16 November 2017 .


Report of Melanie Dudley 

15 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 15 November 2017 .


Slaughter houses approved for religious slaughter, cutting & processing facilities. 

14 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Darryl Magher on 14 November 2017 .


Implementation 

14 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Anne Cleves on 14 November 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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    17 Nov 17
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