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Landlord hit with £6,000 court bill 

26 Jul

A landlord has been left with a court bill totalling more than £6000 after allowing a house in Oldbury to fall into disrepair.


SHAPE Youth Festival rocks Dartmouth Park 

26 Jul

Nearly 8,000 young people and families had a great day out at Sandwell's Youth Festival at Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich on Saturday (23 July).


Three big events coming up at Sandwell Valley this August 

25 Jul

Sandwell Valley Country Park is gearing up for two fantastic family fun weekends this August plus a big Bank Holiday Monday market.


Summer holiday fun at Sandwell Museums 

25 Jul

There's lots of great activities and free family fun throughout the school summer holidays at Sandwell's museums.


Children tackle dangerous parking at their Smethwick school 

22 Jul

People who park dangerously near Uplands Manor Primary School in Smethwick are getting a telling off from pupils on patrol.


Councillors visit flood-hit homes in West Bromwich 

22 Jul

Sandwell councillors have this week visited residents affected by flash-flooding in West Bromwich.


New secondary school for Langley on track for September opening 

21 Jul

Sandwell’s newest secondary school – the first in 10 years – is on track to open its doors in September.


Little Angels at Haden Hill House this summer 

21 Jul

Artwork by school pupils inspired by two girls who grew up at Haden Hill House more than a century ago has gone on display for the summer holidays at the Cradley Heath museum.


More than 800 Sandwell food premises achieve top food hygiene rating 

21 Jul

Health bosses in Sandwell have praised local food businesses for excellent results in the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme – with more than 830 getting the top "very good" rating.


Work to upgrade sewers in Oldbury 

21 Jul

Work will start next week (July 25) to upgrade sewers in Oldbury.


Sandwell parks and green spaces among Britain’s best 

21 Jul

Ten of Sandwell’s parks and green spaces are among more than 1,600 nationwide to be named in the prestigious Green Flag Awards today.


Council vows on ‘hate crimes’ 

20 Jul

Council chiefs in Sandwell are vowing to do all they can to stamp out racist attacks and other hate crimes in the borough.


Speed dating at Thimblemill Library 

20 Jul

It’s not just books you can pick up at Sandwell libraries – the service is trialling a speed dating session for those looking for love.


Major improvements for Bearwood junction 

20 Jul

Major improvements are coming to a busy junction in Bearwood as part of a £700,000 scheme.


Mosaics unveiled at Sandwell Women’s Aid offices 

19 Jul

Two new mosaics made by adults with learning disabilities have become the centrepiece of the West Bromwich offices of Sandwell Women’s Aid.


Heatwave – water safety warning 

19 Jul

Sandwell Council chiefs today issued a stern warning to people not to swim or play in the borough's pools, lakes and canals, especially during the heatwave.


Big Spring Clean reaches 100 places in 10th year 

19 Jul

Sandwell’s highly-successful Big Spring Clean campaign is celebrating its 10th year in spectacular style – with more than 1,500 local volunteers coming forward to help out.


Trading Standards in underage alcohol and tobacco sales 

19 Jul

Trading standards officers in Sandwell are cracking down on underage sales, with operations finding more than a third of shops visited selling alcohol illegally.


Sign up for free bin text alerts 

18 Jul

Sandwell residents can sign up for free text alerts about recycling, garden waste and household bin collections provided by Sandwell Council.


Church’s delight at refurbished kitchen 

18 Jul

The Pastor of an Oldbury church has thanked local house builder and refurbishment specialist Lovell for transforming the church's kitchen with a complete refit.


Fete finale for Wednesbury in Bloom 

18 Jul

Wednesbury in Bloom 2016 will conclude with a Summer Fete at Wednesbury Town Hall on Saturday 23 July 2016.


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FOI requests »

Home schooling figures 

20 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Connie Burbidge on 20 July 2016 .


Organisational Structure chart for Adult and Children Services 

18 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Elliot Bailey on 18 July 2016 .


School Cluster Groups 

18 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Josephine Nandan on 18 July 2016 .


ERP Systems 

15 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Mary Soper on 15 July 2016 .


EHC Plans in the 2014/2015 

15 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Elina Miezite on 15 July 2016 .


Buying Goods and Services 

12 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to phil spring on 12 July 2016 .


Leisure Facilities: Legionella – Risk Assessment, Reports and Test Results 

12 Jul

Request to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Jon Whitehouse .


Organisational Structure chart for Adult and Children Services 

12 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Elliot Bailey on 12 July 2016 .


The Gables Care Home 1595 Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury B69 2BJ 

11 Jul

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Afzal Afghan on 11 July 2016 .


The Gables Care Home 1595 Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury B69 2BJ 

9 Jul

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Afzal Afghan on 9 July 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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    25 Jul 16
    In the run-up to this year’s C’llr Achievement Awards, we are interviewing previous winners about their proudest moments. In the first of the series we hear from Jason Kitcat, former leader of Brighton and Hove City Council. Name…
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    25 Jul 16
    Consumer Affairs Victoria is a business unit of the Department of Justice and Regulation, in the Victorian state government. Its purpose is to help Victorian businesses and consumers be responsible and informed. In May, I had the privilege …
  • Government must stop reaching for superficial solutions to public service failures
    25 Jul 16
    When schools, hospitals and councils fail, it is the people who rely on those services who are the worst affected. With pressure on budgets, continuing reform and increasing demand for services, further failures may be unavoidable.
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    25 Jul 16
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    23 Jul 16
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    22 Jul 16
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    22 Jul 16
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    21 Jul 16
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    20 Jul 16
    Rose La Touche from Camden Council updates blog readers on the progress of a project that has been working to tackle some of the problems faced by those living in overcrowded housing.






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