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Sandwell parks and green spaces among Britain's best

Published on 21st July 2016

Ten of Sandwell’s parks and green spaces are among more than 1,600 nationwide to be named in the prestigious Green Flag Awards today.

Landlord hit with £6,000 court bill

Published on 26th July 2016

A landlord has been left with a court bill totalling more than £6000 after allowing a house in Oldbury to fall into disrepair.

SHAPE Youth Festival rocks Dartmouth Park

Published on 26th July 2016

Nearly 8,000 young people and families had a great day out at Sandwell's Youth Festival at Dartmouth Park, West Bromwich on Saturday (23 July).

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Three big events coming up at Sandwell Valley this August

Published on 25th July 2016

Sandwell Valley Country Park is gearing up for two fantastic family fun weekends this August plus a big Bank Holiday Monday market.

Summer holiday fun at Sandwell Museums

Published on 25th July 2016

There's lots of great activities and free family fun throughout the school summer holidays at Sandwell's museums.

Children at Uplands Manor Primary in Smethwick helping to keep the roads outside their school safe

Children tackle dangerous parking at their Smethwick school

Published on 22nd July 2016

People who park dangerously near Uplands Manor Primary School in Smethwick are getting a telling off from pupils on patrol.

Councillors visiting homes affected by flooding in West Bromwich

Councillors visit flood-hit homes in West Bromwich

Published on 22nd July 2016

Sandwell councillors have this week visited residents affected by flash-flooding in West Bromwich.

New secondary school for Langley on track for September opening

Published on 21st July 2016

Sandwell’s newest secondary school – the first in 10 years – is on track to open its doors in September.

Little Angels at Haden Hill House this summer

Published on 21st July 2016

Artwork by school pupils inspired by two girls who grew up at Haden Hill House more than a century ago has gone on display for the summer holidays at the Cradley Heath museum.

More than 800 Sandwell food premises achieve top food hygiene rating

Published on 21st July 2016

Health bosses in Sandwell have praised local food businesses for excellent results in the national Food Hygiene Rating Scheme – with more than 830 getting the top "very good" rating.

Work to upgrade sewers in Oldbury

Published on 21st July 2016

Work will start next week (July 25) to upgrade sewers in Oldbury.

Sandwell Council's cabinet members

Council vows on 'hate crimes'

Published on 20th July 2016

Council chiefs in Sandwell are vowing to do all they can to stamp out racist attacks and other hate crimes in the borough.

Speed dating at Thimblemill Library

Published on 20th July 2016

It’s not just books you can pick up at Sandwell libraries – the service is trialling a speed dating session for those looking for love.

Bearwood Road junction

Major improvements for Bearwood junction

Published on 20th July 2016

Major improvements are coming to a busy junction in Bearwood as part of a £700,000 scheme.

Mosaics unveiled at Sandwell Women's Aid offices

Published on 19th July 2016

Two new mosaics made by adults with learning disabilities have become the centrepiece of the West Bromwich offices of Sandwell Women’s Aid.

Heatwave – water safety warning

Published on 19th July 2016

Sandwell Council chiefs today issued a stern warning to people not to swim or play in the borough's pools, lakes and canals, especially during the heatwave.

Big Spring Clean reaches 100 places in 10th year

Published on 19th July 2016

Sandwell’s highly-successful Big Spring Clean campaign is celebrating its 10th year in spectacular style – with more than 1,500 local volunteers coming forward to help out.

Trading Standards in underage alcohol and tobacco sales

Published on 19th July 2016

Trading standards officers in Sandwell are cracking down on underage sales, with operations finding more than a third of shops visited selling alcohol illegally.

Sign up for free bin text alerts

Published on 18th July 2016

Sandwell residents can sign up for free text alerts about recycling, garden waste and household bin collections provided by Sandwell Council.

Church's delight at refurbished kitchen

Published on 18th July 2016

The Pastor of an Oldbury church has thanked local house builder and refurbishment specialist Lovell for transforming the church's kitchen with a complete refit.

Fete finale for Wednesbury in Bloom

Published on 18th July 2016

Wednesbury in Bloom 2016 will conclude with a Summer Fete at Wednesbury Town Hall on Saturday 23 July 2016.

Summer fun in the parks

Published on 15th July 2016

There's no excuse to be bored in Sandwell this summer with the fun packed activities taking place in parks near you.

Sign up for free swimming in Sandwell

Published on 15th July 2016

Young and old people in Sandwell can register for free swimming this summer at any of Sandwell’s leisure centres across the borough.

Josie and Iris Oliarnyk with Councillor Richard Marshall

Gifted and talented sisters are on track for success

Published on 14th July 2016

Sisters Josie and Iris Oliarnyk, aged 15 and 14, are in a race to the top.

Youth police and crime commissioners give young people a voice

Published on 14th July 2016

Sandwell's two youth police and crime commissioners (YPCCs) are giving a voice to local young people as organisations work to build safer and stronger communities.

Sandwell ranks seventh in country for number of teenagers going on to further education and training

Published on 13th July 2016

More teenagers in Sandwell received offers of education or training last year than anywhere in the West Midlands, new figures have revealed.

Summer Reading Challenge launches holiday fun at libraries

Published on 12th July 2016

Children and library staff across Sandwell are getting very excited as the annual Summer Reading Challenge launches on Saturday 16 July.

Local businesses can get up to £3,000 towards a young person's wages

Published on 11th July 2016

Businesses of all sizes are urged to join a scheme that will pay up to half a young person’s wages for their first year of employment.

Imagine That! Sandwell Arts Festival is back

Published on 8th July 2016

West Bromwich town centre is set to come alive with adventure in August with a weekend of performance, cinema, photography and giant bumble bees.

Top HR awards for Sandwell Council

Published on 8th July 2016

HR chiefs at Sandwell Council are celebrating after scooping top national awards.