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Review praises Sandwell Council's budget and vision

Published on 21st February 2018

An independent review of Sandwell Council has praised the authority for protecting frontline services through its budget planning and having a strong vision for the future of the borough.

Scenes from an unauthorised encampment at Black Patch Park Smethwick in October 2016 which included the Cassidys along with other families.

Bid to extend injunction banning unauthorised encampments

Published on 22nd February 2018

An injunction banning a travelling family from setting up unauthorised encampments anywhere in Sandwell is set to be extended for a further three years.

Plans for assured landlords scheme

Published on 21st February 2018

Private landlords in Sandwell are set to have their properties rated on a scale of zero - five stars, under plans by housing bosses to introduce an Assured Landlords Scheme.

New drug and alcohol service

New alcohol and drug service launched

Published on 20th February 2018

A newly-merged alcohol and drug service for Sandwell has launched.

Celebrating Perryfields High School's Ofsted report

Perryfields High now rated 'Good' by Ofsted after significant improvements

Published on 16th February 2018

Perryfields High School in Oldbury has received praise from Ofsted in its latest inspection report which now rates the school as 'Good'.

Drumming Together session at West Bromwich town hall

Drumming Together sessions in West Bromwich

Published on 16th February 2018

A new music-making pilot project has launched in Sandwell to help people experiencing memory loss or in the early stages of dementia.

Seedhouse Brewery, photo courtesy of Keith Hodgkins

Heritage trail for Princes End

Published on 16th February 2018

A heritage trail to celebrate historical sites in Princes End is set to launch on Saturday 24 February.

Citizencard launch

Unique proof of age scheme launches in Sandwell

Published on 16th February 2018

A unique proof of age card scheme has launched for students in Sandwell aged 16+.

Former gas showroom site in West Bromwich now cleared

Published on 16th February 2018

The former Gas Showroom building in the heart of West Bromwich has now been demolished – with the site cleared ready for redevelopment.

Lots going on in libraries this half-term

Published on 13th February 2018

Library staff have drawn-up a multi-variety range of activities for children across the borough for the half-term holidays. 

Smashed fish tank

"Deadly" glass tank dumped and smashed near to nature reserve

Published on 12th February 2018

A large glass fish tank or vivarium dumped at the entrance to a Tipton nature reserve could have had “potentially deadly” consequences, a councillor says.

February half-term at Sandwell museums

Published on 12th February 2018

Sandwell museum staff have produced a fun-packed programme to give young people a chance to be involved in a range of activities during the February half-term holidays.

Cereal Readers back for half-term

Published on 12th February 2018

Children will be getting breakfast with their books during half term "Cereal Readers" sessions at several local libraries as the popular scheme returns to Sandwell for the half-term holidays.

Launch of Black Country Valentine's Day road safety campaign

Published on 12th February 2018

Black Country councils will launch a Valentine’s Day campaign this week urging young people to “look out for the one you love” when driving.

PIC: Cabinet member for public health and protection Councillor Elaine Costigan awards certificates to local shops who have completed their responsible business training

Sandwell launches first Responsible Business Scheme for retailers

Published on 9th February 2018

A training scheme to help retailers tackle the risk of selling alcohol and cigarettes to underage young people has been launched by Sandwell’s trading standards team.

Consultation on air quality in Sandwell

Published on 9th February 2018

Residents are being asked for their opinions on how air quality in Sandwell can be improved.

New primary school planned for Smethwick

Published on 8th February 2018

Plans for a brand new primary free school in Smethwick will come before Sandwell Council's Cabinet this month.

Jazz festival

Jazz Festival photos on display in Sandwell

Published on 7th February 2018

A collection of eye-catching photographs from the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival 2017 is now on display in Sandwell.

Stay well in colder weather

Published on 6th February 2018

Sandwell Council is supporting the national Stay Well This Winter campaign to help older people and those with long-term conditions during colder weather.

Exhibitions at Sandwell Arts Café

Published on 6th February 2018

Two thought-provoking photographic exhibitions have been organised for the Sandwell Arts Café at Sandwell College’s Central Sixth campus in West Bromwich.

Lightwoods House

Wedding fair at Lightwoods House in Bearwood

Published on 5th February 2018

Loved up couples are invited to a wedding fair next month at Lightwoods House in Bearwood.

Travellers moved on in four hours thanks to transit site powers

Published on 2nd February 2018

Powers have again been used to direct travellers to a transit site in Smethwick – moving the group on within four hours.

Council gets Investors in People Silver award

Published on 2nd February 2018

Sandwell Council is proud to announce that it has been awarded the highly-prized Silver accreditation by Investors in People.

Forge Mill Cow

Jersey cows moo-ve in at Forge Mill Farm

Published on 1st February 2018

Three new arrivals are attracting the crowds at Forge Mill Farm in Sandwell Valley, West Bromwich.

New alliance to improve mental health

Published on 1st February 2018

More than 40 services have joined together to launch a new initiative aimed at improving mental health in Sandwell.

Improvements for Oldbury open space

Published on 1st February 2018

A hidden green space in Oldbury is set to get nearly £50,000 of improvements.

Birmingham Commonwealth bid is UK's choice

Cabinet backs aquatics centre plan

Published on 1st February 2018

Sandwell Council’s Cabinet has backed plans for a new state-of-the-art leisure centre in Smethwick – which will also be the Commonwealth Games aquatics centre.

Want to get involved in Sandwell Valley parkrun?

Published on 30th January 2018

Local people have been urged to join the Sandwell Valley parkrun in West Bromwich – with organisers keen to get more fun and serious runners taking to the country park course.

Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping crackdown continues with six more £400 fines

Published on 30th January 2018

Forty fly-tippers have now been issued with maximum £400 fines as Sandwell Council's crackdown continues.

Wednesbury Community Awards nominations

Nominate local heroes for Wednesbury Community Awards

Published on 29th January 2018

Nominations are now open for the Wednesbury Community Awards - a chance to celebrate Wednesbury people who help improve the town.