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Consultations

We have a duty to involve our customers in decisions that affect them and the area they live, work or study in.

As well as local people and service users, our customers include local businesses, voluntary groups and visitors to Sandwell.

Current consultations

Smoke Control Areas

The Clean Air Act 1993 and Smoke Control programmes that were introduced following the Great Smog of London in 1952 have been significant in reducing levels of sulphur dioxide, smoke and particulate matters, and improving air quality. Many parts of Sandwell are already smoke control areas where you cannot emit smoke from a chimney unless you’re burning an authorised fuel or using ‘exempt appliances’, for example burners or stoves.

Smoke control areas are designed to help protect the population from poor air quality and are commonly used in urban areas to combat the negative health effects from chimney smoke. The existing smoke control areas in Sandwell were originally introduced to tackle problems associated with burning of coal, but they also apply to the harmful smoke produced by wood burning stoves and open fireplaces. As the popularity of these products increase, it is more important to stop the harmful impacts on health. Approximately 1 in 12 homes in England now have a wood burning stove. 

A formal public consultation is now being carried out on the Council's proposal to create a borough-wide Smoke Control Area, and will close on 20 June. You can have your say by completing the consultation.

You can also download a copy of the Borough of Sandwell Smoke Control Order 2022 from our Air Quality documents page.
 

School Organisation Plan 2021-2026

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council is consulting on the draft School Organisation Plan for 2021-2026.

Proposal
The purpose of the School Organisation Plan for Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council 2021/22-2025/26, is to seek to set a baseline for school places across Sandwell and consider external influences that are driving a need to change the number of school places over the short to medium term.

The Plan provides information regarding the current and future pupil population and capacity of schools in Sandwell, draws conclusions regarding the potential need to add school places and identifies a number of other issues that may have a significant impact on the need for school places including demographic information.

Reason for Consultation
The Education (School Organisation Plans) (England) Regulations 1999 require that the local authority prepares a draft plan, and arranges to consult with all appropriate stakeholders.

At its meeting on 13 April 2022, the Council’s Cabinet approved consultation of the draft plan.

Benefits for schools from the School Organisation Plan
The aim of the School Organisation Plan is to help the Council and its wider community understand the need for school place planning and to establish future demand. It will provide the basis against which school reorganisation will be planned. The plan itself is not intended to identify individual schools for change, but to consider the future need for school places throughout the Borough.

Additional Information
The draft Plan has been shared with the following schools / organisations for consultation:

  • Governing Boards of all Sandwell schools;
  • All West Midlands Local Authorities;
  • Local Dioceses;
  • Office for Regional Schools Commissioner for West Midlands;
  • Sandwell Local Ward Councillors; 
  • Sandwell Members of Parliament;
  • Sandwell Council Departments

The draft Plan can be accessed here.

Feedback your views
Views and comments on the School Organisation Plan are invited in writing to:

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,
School Organisation and Development,
Children and Education Directorate
Sandwell Council House
Freeth Street,
Oldbury, B69 3DE

Email : school_organisationunit@sandwell.gov.uk

All comments and representations received before the closing date will be taken into account. This consultation will close at 5pm on 1 July 2022


Draft Statement of Community Involvement - Consultation Document - 2022

The purpose of a Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) is to explain how we will involve local communities at each stage of the planning process. Creating and publishing an SCI is a legal requirement for all planning authorities.

The consultation on the Statement of Community Involvement (SCI) 2022 will run for a period of six weeks, which begins on Monday 9 May and ends on Sunday 19 June 2022 at 5.00pm.


Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment

The Sandwell pharmaceutical needs assessment (PNA) is a report which aims to make sure there are enough pharmacies in the right locations providing the right services for Sandwell residents. The report identifies whether there are any unmet pharmaceutical needs or gaps in services and produces recommendations to strengthen pharmaceutical services in Sandwell. Your feedback on this report is important to ensure that the information contained in the report, including the conclusions and recommendations, accurately reflect the current pharmaceutical need and service provision in Sandwell.

A copy of the PNA report is available to download.

You can provide feedback on this report by completing a short online survey. The deadline for completing the survey is Friday 8 July. All information provided will remain anonymous and kept strictly confidential.

For any questions about the PNA or to request paper copies of the report and questionnaire, please contact us via PNA_2022@sandwell.gov.uk

We thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in the consultation process and providing us with valuable feedback.

What happens next

Once the consultation period closes, the feedback and comments from the consultation will be considered and amendments made to the PNA as necessary. The Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board will publish the final PNA report in October 2022.


Sandwell Drug and Alcohol Needs Survey

Sandwell Council and its partners would like your help to try and understand and address the impact of drug and alcohol use on the local area. By receiving your feedback, we will be able to improve our response to the issues caused by drug and alcohol use and target our resources more effectively.

The information collected in this survey will be used by Sandwell Council officers to help improve our services through feeding into a Drug and Alcohol Needs Assessment that we are completing. The information will also be used to inform our Drug and Alcohol Strategy.

The deadline for responses is 20 May 2022.


Statutory consultations

Statutory consultations go on from time to time. These range from proposed road closures to changes in licensing laws.

The Former Playing Fields Hateley Heath Primary School

Sandwell Council is consulting with the local community over an option which is being considered, namely the potential appropriation (internal transfer) of the former playing field at Denbigh Drive, West Bromwich, formerly used by Hateley Heath Primary School, to Parks and Open Spaces for community use. Please refer to the consultation document for further information.

Views and comments on the proposed disposal / appropriation of land at Denbigh Drive are invited in writing to:

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council,
School Organisation and Development
Sandwell Council House, Freeth Street,
Oldbury, B69 3DE
Email : school_organisationunit@sandwell.gov.uk

This consultation will close on 24 June 2022 at 5pm.

Community Infrastructure Levy

As part of the council's commitment to the voluntary and community sector, and to help ensure the council responds positively to good ideas coming from residents, local community and voluntary organisation’s, Sandwell Council can now offer Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) grants to community groups across Sandwell.

Any funding application received for CIL requires a public consultation for a period of 14 days before a decision can be made.

Details of current projects applying for funding and how to comment on the proposals.