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West Bromwich businesses back improvement plan

Published on 1st April 2015

West Bromwich is now officially a BID (Business Improvement District) - securing a resounding 88% ‘Yes’ vote from the town’s retailers and businesses.

Calling veterans for Armed Forces Day medal presentation

Published on 30th March 2015

Veterans in Sandwell who have never had their medals and badges presented to them, or would like them presented again, are urged to get in touch ahead of a special ceremony on Armed Forces Day.

Tove Jansson: Tales from the Nordic Archipelago

Published on 27th March 2015

To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001), the creator of children’s classic ‘The Moomins’ Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery, Holyhead Road is launching a new e

Smethwick team in national football final

Published on 27th March 2015

A Smethwick football team has won its way into the final of the FA Sunday Cup to be played on Sunday 26 April at Blackburn Rovers' ground.

More than £8 million for Sandwell's roads

Published on 27th March 2015

More than 30 miles of Sandwell’s roads will be improved after a £7.4 million grant was announced.

Only four weeks left to get registered to vote

Published on 23rd March 2015

A giant ad-van is touring Sandwell this week reminding people they have less than four weeks to register to vote.

Nominations open for Wednesbury Community Awards

Published on 19th March 2015

Nominations are now open for this year's Wednesbury Community Awards.

'Unseen Sandwell' - unique photograph archive set to launch

Published on 19th March 2015

A unique exhibition of photographs showing Sandwell life from the 1970s to 1990s goes on display at Sandwell Arts Café in April – with a series of events also planned to mark the archive's launch.

Praise for Facing the Future programme

Published on 19th March 2015

A special initiative set up to help deal with cuts and to protect front line services in Sandwell has been given a 'thumbs up' boost after an independent review.

'Magnificient seven' taken on by house builder

Published on 19th March 2015

A Sandwell construction site manager looking to recruit one apprentice bricklayer was so impressed with the seven young trainees sent for interview he's persuaded his company to take on all of them.

Successful secondary school summit

Published on 19th March 2015

Secondary school and academy headteachers in Sandwell have agreed to work with the council and each other to improve the standard of education in the borough.

New picture BINgo scheme for blue lid bin recycling

Published on 18th March 2015

BINgo is back! Following last year’s successful recycling reward scheme, a new version of BINgo is set to hit Sandwell’s streets.

Big outdoor gym heading to Sandwell Valley

Published on 18th March 2015

One of the largest areas of outdoor gym equipment in the country will soon be available for Sandwell people who are seeking to get fitter and healthier.

Hundreds of homes planned for Wednesbury

Published on 18th March 2015

Plans are being drawn up by Sandwell Council for 780 new homes to be built on a 50-year-old redundant former Wednesbury sewage works site.

Walkways behind Tipton shops cleaned up

Published on 18th March 2015

Rubbish dumped by fly-tippers at the rear of shops in Princes End has been cleaned up after a call for action from local residents.

Get paid to train as a social worker

Published on 18th March 2015

Graduates who are looking for a career in children's social work can train with Sandwell Council whilst earning at the same time.

Hundreds of jobs for Sandwell thanks to new Lidl distribution centre

Published on 18th March 2015

Up to 500 new jobs will be created after supermarket chain Lidl announced plans to build a distribution centre - the size of around six professional football pitches - near the M6 in Wednesbury.

Child Sexual Exploitation will not be tolerated in Sandwell

Published on 18th March 2015

As part Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Awareness Day (March 18) we are highlighting the hard work going on in the borough to make young people in Sandwell safer.

St George's events in Sandwell

Published on 18th March 2015

Thousands of people are expected to flock to West Bromwich for family events to celebrate St George's Day.

'Camera car' helping tackle dangerous parking

Published on 17th March 2015

Our new 'camera car' is helping tackle dangerous parking – fining more than 1,500 motorists in its first five months.

The Big Spring Clean is back for 2015

Published on 17th March 2015

Spring is just around the corner and one of Sandwell’s most popular community campaigns, The Big Spring Clean, is back for 2015.

Join twinning group with Le Blanc Mesnil

Published on 17th March 2015

Sandwell’s twinning association is encouraging more people to join and find out about the borough’s French friends as it celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Local WW1 heroes exhibition at Sandwell libraries

Published on 17th March 2015

Sandwell Council's archives, libraries and museums services have joined forces to celebrate local heroes from the First World War.

Anti-pollution 'ivy walls' at Bearwood school

Published on 16th March 2015

A natural green barrier of special ‘ivy walls’ has been planted at a Smethwick school – in a bid to reduce the effects of emissions from traffic on children.

Connexions moves into One Stop Shop in Oldbury

Published on 16th March 2015

Sandwell's Connexions team, which gives careers advice to young people, has moved to the One Stop Shop at Sandwell Council House in Oldbury.

Smethwick shop owner fined in illicit tobacco crackdown

Published on 16th March 2015

A Smethwick shopowner has been fined £500 and ordered to pay more than £1,800 in costs after pleading guilty to the possession of illicit tobacco products.

Volunteers help create 17th century garden at Oak House Museum

Published on 16th March 2015

Volunteers of all ages are helping to recreate a 17th century-style garden at the Oak House Museum in West Bromwich.

Council website given top rating for second year running

Published on 16th March 2015

Our website has been named as one of the best in the country for the second year running.

Poetry - it's in the back of the net

Published on 16th March 2015

More than 60 budding young poets put pen to paper in a Sandwell libraries competition linking verse with football.

Household recycling centre open for longer

Published on 13th March 2015

Sandwell residents have even more time to recycle their rubbish thanks to the extended spring and summer longer opening hours at the borough's recycling centre in Oldbury.