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Infection rates slow following Sandwell’s safety push

Published on 7th August 2020

Sandwell Council has today reviewed coronavirus safety advice to residents, following a 30% fall in cases over the past week.

Pub customers urged to self-isolate after potential outbreak in Smethwick

Published on 8th August 2020

Sandwell Council and Public Health England bosses have issued an urgent appeal for pub customers to self-isolate after The Soho Foundry Tavern in Smethwick reported cases of coronavirus.

Sandwell Council launches community fund

Published on 7th August 2020

Sandwell Council has launched its Community Infrastructure Levy funding.

Council urges people to dispose of waste safely

Published on 7th August 2020

Sandwell Council is urging people to dispose of masks and gloves safely or face a £100 fine for littering.

People are being urged to respect Sandwell’s parks and stay safe as the weather improves this weekend.

Warning on littering and barbecues in Sandwell parks

Published on 7th August 2020

People are being urged to respect Sandwell’s parks and stay safe as the weather improves this weekend.

New walk-through Covid-19 testing site in West Bromwich

Published on 6th August 2020

A new walk-through testing site is opening in West Bromwich to help people get a free test as quickly as possible if they notice symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Grounds maintenance staff’s “incredible” efforts praised

Published on 6th August 2020

Grounds maintenance staff in Sandwell have been praised for their "incredible" efforts in supporting both the council's Covid-19 emergency response and now continue with grounds maintenance.

Jobs and Skills in Sandwell - Online

Save the date! Jobs and Skills in Sandwell event coming soon

Published on 4th August 2020

On Monday 24 August, Sandwell Council is hosting a week-long series of free online workshops and information videos dedicated to helping residents find a job or a new career.

New testing facilities help Sandwell residents get essential coronavirus (Covid-19) tests

Published on 4th August 2020

Two new testing sites have opened in Sandwell to help people get a free test as quickly as possible if they notice symptoms of coronavirus (Covid-19).

Celebrating ethnic diversity in new-look Cabinet

Published on 4th August 2020

Sandwell’s new Cabinet of councillors is the most ethnically diverse in the council’s 46-year history.

Deputy leader emphasises Sandwell’s efforts against pandemic

Published on 3rd August 2020

Last week, Sandwell Council issued three key pieces of advice to people in Sandwell as part of ongoing efforts to slow the spread of the virus and avoid a local lockdown:

Work to begin on new Rowley Regis cemetery

Published on 31st July 2020

Work to construct a new cemetery in Rowley Regis will begin in the coming weeks, securing burial space for Sandwell residents for decades to come.

Staying safe this Eid Al-Adha

Published on 29th July 2020

This Eid Al-Adha it is more important than ever to make sure you and your family are staying safe in Sandwell.

Sandwell Council warns people to dispose of litter correctly or face a £100 fine

Published on 29th July 2020

With lockdown easing, Sandwell has seen an upsurge in litter across parks and town centres.

Businesses and employees asked to report Covid-19 concerns

Published on 29th July 2020

There has been a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in Sandwell in recent weeks. This has be partly driven by outbreaks in workplaces.

Sandwell residents and businesses urged to allow extra time for journeys during A34 highway works

Published on 28th July 2020

Residents and businesses in Sandwell are being reminded to allow extra times for journeys with work now under way in Perry Barr that will eventually lead to the demolition of the A34 flyover.

Pop into the post office to pay council bills

Published on 24th July 2020

Sandwell Council is promoting post offices as council bill payment stations for people who prefer to use cash or don’t have online access.

Dedicated website for young people

Published on 23rd July 2020

A dedicated website aimed at young people has been given an overhaul by Sandwell Council.

Factory decides to close temporarily after coronavirus outbreak

Published on 22nd July 2020

A factory at the centre of a major coronavirus outbreak in Sandwell has taken the decision to voluntarily close from tonight after over a third of the workforce tested positive for COVID-19.

£7.5 million of highways investment welcomed

Published on 22nd July 2020

Sandwell Council has successfully attracted £7.5 million of additional Government funding to spend on local roads and high streets.

Council advising Sandwell businesses as COVID cases rise

Published on 21st July 2020

Sandwell Council has written to all borough businesses in a bid to halt a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Royal visit to the Oak House, 1977

A right Royal photo search

Published on 20th July 2020

Sandwell Archives is looking for photos of Royal visits to Sandwell from the 1980s onward.

Rapid rise in COVID-19 cases

Published on 18th July 2020

Sandwell Council is tonight alerting people across the borough, but particularly in Smethwick, to a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases.

West Bromwich factory calls in council public health over coronavirus cases

Published on 17th July 2020

Sandwell Council’s Public Health Team is working with Public Health England (PHE) Midlands to support a West Bromwich workplace in which a third of the workforce are affected by COVID-19.

Sandwell highlighted for good practice in new report on tackling modern slavery

Published on 17th July 2020

Sandwell's work to tackle modern slavery  and human trafficking has been highlighted as a model of good practice in a new report.

Covid-19 advice on social distancing

Sandwell Council acts to halt Covid cases spike in Smethwick

Published on 16th July 2020

Sandwell Council today issued an urgent warning to people to act now to combat a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases in Smethwick.

Don’t lose your voice - residents urged to look out for their voter registration details from Sandwell Council

Published on 16th July 2020

Sandwell residents are being warned not to lose their voice on decisions that affect them by making sure their electoral registration details are up to date.

Council bids for millions of pounds for towns

Published on 14th July 2020

Sandwell Council is drawing up ambitious plans to regenerate three town areas in the borough – in a bid to win a slice of the £3.6 billion cash available nationwide for regeneration schemes. 

Miss Charity Bick (photo Courtesy of IWM)

Remembering Miss Charity Bick on the 80th Anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain

Published on 10th July 2020

Today is the 80th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Britain and we remember the bravery and sacrifice of “The Few” who defended the British Isles and turned the tide of the Second World War.

Cyclists, walkers and joggers urged to take to canal towpaths

Published on 10th July 2020

The challenge of life under Covid-19 restrictions has triggered an estimated 200 per cent increase in the use of Sandwell’s canal towpaths as more people go walking, jogging and cycling on them.