Latest news

Plans for bus and cycle only zone in West Bromwich

Published on 1st October 2015

Sandwell Council has unveiled plans for a bus and cycle only zone in part of West Bromwich, to make it safer and easier for shoppers and students using the town centre.

Work starts on £1 million Cape Hill road scheme

Published on 1st October 2015

Work on a £1 million scheme to reduce accidents and improve the look of the Cape Hill area of Smethwick will start on Monday 5 October.

Beauty and the Beast visit Wednesbury

Published on 1st October 2015

It's time to lose yourselves in the magic and adventure of this spectacular family pantomime.

Scammers can damage your health - as well as your pocket

Published on 1st October 2015

Victims of scammers are more likely to suffer bad health as well as suffer financial loss, say Sandwell Council trading standards officers.

1940s nostalgia at Haden Hill House Museum

Published on 1st October 2015

Staff at a historic house in Sandwell are turning the clock back to the 1940s with a weekend of food, music and costumes from the period.

Conference attracts more than 400 landlords

Published on 30th September 2015

More than 400 private landlords and letting agents are expected to attend a special conference to make sure they're up-to-date with latest information and legislation about the private-rental sector.

Yoyo the dog sniffs out more than 5,000 illegal cigarettes

Published on 29th September 2015

A sniffer dog helped trading standards officers in Sandwell to find more than 5,000 illegal cigarettes and a quantity of counterfeit hand-rolling tobacco on raids on two shops.

Witchfinders on the hunt at Haden Old Hall

Published on 28th September 2015

A mysterious witchfinder will move among visitors at Sandwell’s historic Haden Old Hall when it turns the clock back to the 1600s for a fantastic free family day out.

National dialect celebration comes to Wednesbury

Published on 24th September 2015

A national event to celebrate dialect comes to the Black Country in October.

In Your Neighbourhood drop-in sessions for Smethwick

Published on 23rd September 2015

People in Smethwick can have their say on neighbourhood issues at drop-in sessions over the coming weeks.

Don't turn a blind eye to sight loss

Published on 17th September 2015

The sixth annual National Eye Health Week (NEHW) takes place from 21 – 27 September 2015.

Hunt for information about Best's Angels at Haden Hill House

Published on 16th September 2015

A new research project to uncover information about the lives of two working class Old Hill girls who were adopted by the well-to-do owner of Haden Hill House in the 1880s is under way.

Safer 6 campaign is back for autumn 2015

Published on 16th September 2015

Sandwell's autumn Safer 6 campaign is back.

Smoking among young people in Sandwell among lowest in country

Published on 14th September 2015

A national survey has shown that the level of smoking amongst young people in Sandwell is one of the lowest in the country.

Coffee morning talks at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery

Published on 11th September 2015

Fancy a cuppa? Then drop into Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery to enjoy a mug of coffee and talk with friends.

£44,400 funding award for Jubilee Community Centre

Published on 11th September 2015

Bangladeshi Women's Association Ltd (BWA) is today celebrating the news that it has received a £44,400 funding boost from SITA Trust to refurbish Jubilee Park Community Centre.

'Hallo-Meanies' Halloween show at Wednesbury Museum and Art Gallery

Published on 11th September 2015

Ever wondered what your favourite panto baddies get up to for the rest of the year? Well here is your chance to find out!

Wednesbury library open for business during facelift

Published on 9th September 2015

Visitors to Wednesbury library will notice it's looking a little different. The popular library is currently encased in scaffolding and plastic wrap – but is still open for business.

Welcome for new law on smoking in vehicles

Published on 9th September 2015

Sandwell Council health bosses have welcomed a new law coming into effect which makes it illegal to smoke in vehicles with someone aged under 18 present.

Housing investment sees £16 million boost to local economy

Published on 9th September 2015

Sandwell Council's multi-million pound investment programme to improve its council homes, has resulted in a significant boost to the local economy.

Launch event for Soulheaven exhibition at Sandwell Arts Café

Published on 9th September 2015

Sandwell photographer Anthony McFarlane, of Mac13Soul Photographic, launches his Northern Soul exhibition ‘Soulheaven, truly yours’ at Sandwell Arts Café on Wednesday 16 September.

Careers fairs coming up in September and October

Published on 4th September 2015

Anyone looking for work or in need of advice about training and apprenticeships is invited to two careers fairs in Sandwell.

New school in Langley set to open in September 2016

Published on 3rd September 2015

The construction of a new 1,500 place secondary school in Moat Road, Oldbury is set to start later this month.

Temporary changes to opening times at the tip in Oldbury

Published on 3rd September 2015

From Monday (7 September), opening times at the Household Recycling Centre (the tip) in Oldbury will temporarily change while resurfacing work is being done.

Success for Sandwell apprentices

Published on 2nd September 2015

Almost 200 young people have been taken on as apprentices at Sandwell Council and local companies, thanks to a campaign to boost youth employment.

Vote for Sandwell's brilliant Green Flag parks and spaces!

Published on 1st September 2015

Sandwell has 13 Green Flag-awarded parks and green spaces – and you can now vote for them in a national poll.

Sandwell streetlights to get new LED bulbs saving £140K a year

Published on 27th August 2015

More than 5,000 streetlights across Sandwell will get new LED bulbs, saving the council a further £140,000 a year on electricity bills.

Illegal tobacco not to be sniffed at

Published on 27th August 2015

Trading Standards in Sandwell are now using sniffer dogs to detect illegal tobacco.

Coneygre's young stars headed for stardom

Published on 25th August 2015

Three young rising stars from Coneygre Arts Centre at Tipton are set for stardom – including Esther Turner who has been supporting the Jacksons in concert.

Tots borrowing books more than doubles at Sandwell libraries

Published on 25th August 2015

The number of four and five-year-olds regularly borrowing books from Sandwell libraries has more than doubled, thanks to a council scheme that introduces them to reading early in life.