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Lottery bid for West Smethwick Park

Published on 27th February 2017

Sandwell Council is to put in a 4.5 million bid for a special Lottery grant to help to restore the many historic features in West Smethwick park.

Boost for support to domestic abuse victims

Published on 27th February 2017

More refuge places will be provided for victims of domestic abuse with complex needs in Sandwell as part of a region-wide project.

Harry Mitchell leisure centre damaged by tree

Storm damage at Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre in Smethwick

Published on 23rd February 2017

Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre in Smethwick has been seriously damaged by a fallen tree in today’s high winds.

Big Spring Clean back for 2017

Published on 22nd February 2017

Sandwell’s ever-popular Big Spring Clean campaign is back for 2017 – and local people and organisations are invited to get involved with litter picking, graffiti removal, planting and painting.

Made in Oldbury: Opening the archives

Published on 21st February 2017

A history project looking to capture stories and personal memorabilia from people who worked at Oldbury manufacturing firms from 1945 until the 1960s holds a special event on Saturday 25 February.

Groundbreaking at Popes Lane

Work starts on new Oldbury manufacturing facility for Steel & Alloy

Published on 20th February 2017

The first stage of a major new £27m manufacturing facility got under way in Oldbury with a ceremony to mark the start of construction.

Garden waste collections start in time for spring

Published on 20th February 2017

Garden waste collections in Sandwell are to get underway in time for spring gardening – starting from 27 February and will run until November 2017.

Apprentices at the council

Come along to event to find council apprentices

Published on 20th February 2017

Young people interested in an apprenticeship with Sandwell Council are invited to find out more at an event next month.

Poor hygiene at Pak Supermarket

£26,000 court costs for Sandwell food shop

Published on 17th February 2017

Widespread mouse infestation and other hygiene offences landed a Sandwell food shop with more than £26,000 court costs after its directors pleaded guilty to five offences.

Week of action to raise awareness of CSE

Published on 17th February 2017

Commuters and young people in Sandwell will be encouraged to get to know the signs of grooming and child sexual exploitation (CSE) during a week of action.

Mark Kevan, Ajman Ali and Cllr Richard Marshall survey the tonnes of rubbish

Clean-up of Black Patch Park to run into thousands

Published on 16th February 2017

The clean-up at Black Patch Park in Smethwick has begun after a group of travellers were evicted earlier this week.

Parent Beverley Need with her son Harry Hogan (age two) and parent Hayley Mills with her son Elliot Jones (age three) with Councillor Hackett and other children at Cornerstone Pre-school

Cornerstone pre-school celebrates literacy project

Published on 15th February 2017

Families are celebrating after completing a literacy course at Cornerstone pre-school in Rowley Regis.

Truck removed from Blakeley Wood Road

Travellers evicted for fourth time

Published on 15th February 2017

Travellers have been evicted from land in Sandwell for the fourth time in less than a week.

mARTch poster

Get creative with mARTch in Sandwell

Published on 14th February 2017

A month-long roadshow of workshops and sessions to get artists of all ages being creative and talking about the future of the arts is coming to Sandwell.

Lightwoods House shortlisted for award

Published on 14th February 2017

Sympathetic restoration work to a Grade II listed Sandwell house has been shortlisted for a building excellence award.

Rubbish left at Black Patch

Dumped rubbish warning after unauthorised encampment in Smethwick

Published on 14th February 2017

Residents and businesses are being warned to take care when employing tradespeople after tonnes of rubbish were dumped by travellers in Smethwick.

Volunteers needed for school appeals

Published on 14th February 2017

Sandwell Council is on the hunt for volunteers willing to get involved in hearing school appeals.

Ceramic Garden

Ceramic garden project heading to royal horticultural show

Published on 10th February 2017

A display of 1,200 beautiful hand-made ceramic flowers, made as part of a Sandwell arts project, has been picked for a top gardening show.

Council takes action on horses left on public land

Published on 10th February 2017

Sandwell Council has launched a crackdown on horse owners who continue to flout the law by grazing their animals on public land without permission.

Have your say on sport and leisure facilities in Sandwell

Published on 9th February 2017

Sandwell Council is seeking the views of residents on the borough’s sports and leisure facilities.

New history talks at Central Library

Published on 8th February 2017

Residents keen to learn about their local history can join new free afternoon talks about the Black Country thanks to Sandwell's Central Library.

Prosecuted fish and chip shop owner sent to prison

Published on 7th February 2017

The owner of an Oldbury fish and chip shop described as ‘an imminent risk to health’ has been jailed for eight months after pleading guilty to 22 food hygiene offences.

New vision for health and wellbeing board

Published on 6th February 2017

The new chair of the Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board has set out her long-term vision for how the council can work with its partners to improve the overall health of the borough’s people.

Sandwell is top ten for teenagers going into work, training or further education after Year 11

Published on 6th February 2017

More young people in Sandwell are offered further education, training and work after they finish Year 11 than anywhere in the West Midlands, figures have revealed.

Facing the Future award winners

Staff help Sandwell get top award

Published on 6th February 2017

Successfully getting staff views on efficiency savings has won Sandwell Council a top national award alongside major employers like Virgin Trains.

Call for action to cut congestion during M5 repairs

Published on 2nd February 2017

Sandwell Council is pressing Highway England to finalise an urgent plan to cut traffic congestion during repair works on the M5 amidst fears of gridlock problems for West Bromwich and Oldbury.

Waterlogged pitch

Cancellation of football matches on Sandwell pitches

Published on 2nd February 2017

Football matches on Sandwell pitches will be cancelled this weekend (Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February) due to bad weather.

Ideas Festival 2017

Ideas Festival success to help improve mental health care

Published on 1st February 2017

Mental health came under the spotlight at a unique Sandwell event aimed at improving care and support in the community.

Canal stories brought to life at the library

Published on 31st January 2017

Fascinating stories of women who took over working canal boats during the war are being brought to life at Great Bridge Library.

New leisure deal for Sandwell

Published on 31st January 2017

Sandwell Council is set to agree a new deal that will see Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) continue to provide sports and leisure services in the borough.