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Major milestone reached on the Sandwell Aquatics Centre site

Published on 29th October 2020

This month marks a huge milestone at the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Smethwick.

Latest data shows COVID-19 surge in West Bromwich

Published on 30th October 2020

Sandwell Council is warning people in West Bromwich to be especially careful as data revealed a large surge in COVID-19 cases in the area.

Enforcement action on Smethwick banqueting suite by council and police under coronavirus regulations

Published on 29th October 2020

A Smethwick venue caught repeatedly flouting COVID-19 laws by hosting large events could face an unlimited fine if it ignores a health protection Direction served by Sandwell Council.  

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Safer 6 – Sandwell Council signs anti-hate crime pledge

Published on 29th October 2020

Sandwell's Deputy Leader Councillor Maria Crompton has joined with the Safer Sandwell Partnership by signing up to an anti-hate crime pledge to 'Say No To Hate' as part of the Safer 6 campaign.

New walk-through testing site open in Tipton

Published on 28th October 2020

A new walk-through testing site is open in Tipton to help people get a free test as quickly as possible if they notice symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Safer 6 – Residents are urged to ‘Lock up and Lights on’

Published on 28th October 2020

Safer Sandwell Partnership and West-Midlands Police have issued a number of tips to ensure residents in the borough stay safe during the winter months.

Families urged to stay safe this half-term

Published on 23rd October 2020

Health bosses across the Black Country have urged families to stay safe by not mixing in gardens this half term.

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Spooktacular virtual Halloween activities for all the family

Published on 23rd October 2020

We've got a spooktacular free programme of Halloween events this half-term for all the family! Virtual events are aimed at children of all ages.

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Sandwell Council reveals images of new Rowley Regis cemetery

Published on 23rd October 2020

Artist’s impressions of Sandwell’s new Rowley Regis cemetery have been revealed for the first time.

Major regeneration starts in West Bromwich town centre

Published on 23rd October 2020

Demolition work began today in West Bromwich town centre, signalling the start of major regeneration – despite the challenges of coronavirus restrictions.

Garden waste winter break starts soon

Published on 22nd October 2020

The collection of green bins will continue until 27 November, breaking over winter and restarting next spring.

Dr Bike sessions this half-term

Published on 22nd October 2020

Dr Bike will visiting selected parks in Sandwell to fix children's bikes this October half-term.

Major milestone reached on the Sandwell Aquatics Centre site

Published on 19th October 2020

This month marks a huge milestone at the new Sandwell Aquatics Centre in Smethwick.

Safer 6 – Modern day slavery awareness week

Published on 19th October 2020

Sandwell Council and partner agencies are taking a stand to raise awareness of modern day slavery and human trafficking.

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Tributes paid to Councillor Chris Tranter

Published on 16th October 2020

Tributes have been paid today to Councillor Chris Tranter who has sadly passed away this week.

Plea from Sandwell Council’s Deputy Leader following sharp rise in Covid-19 cases

Published on 15th October 2020

Sandwell Council’s Deputy Leader has today (Thursday 15 Oct) urged residents to stick to safety guidelines in the wake of the borough’s highest ever overnight figure for coronavirus cases.

Safer 6 - Free Hate crime awareness training online

Published on 15th October 2020

Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board has launched a new eLearning package on Hate Crime as part of Safer 6: Hate Crime Awareness Week (10-18 October).

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Canal and memorial join Sandwell’s Green Flag Award success story

Published on 14th October 2020

Sandwell is celebrating two new Green Flag Awards this year – with the Birmingham Main Line Canal and the Lions of the Great War memorial in Smethwick joining 12 other green spaces across the borough.

Sandwell response to government COVID marshal call

Published on 13th October 2020

Following the government’s call for local authorities to provide town centre COVID-19 marshals, Sandwell Council has teamed up with West Midlands Police community support officers.

Applications open in Sandwell for Test & Trace support payments

Published on 12th October 2020

Sandwell Council is now accepting applications for self-isolation support payments from people suffering financial hardship after testing positive for coronavirus.

Safer 6 – Let’s end hate crime

Published on 12th October 2020

Sandwell organisations are taking a stand against hate crime as part of the Safer 6 campaign for Hate Crime Awareness Week 2020 which is now under way.

West Smethwick Park amateur photography competition returns

Published on 8th October 2020

Residents are being asked to show their love for West Smethwick Park by taking part in a calendar photography competition.

Safer 6 - Domestic abuse - how employers can help an employee or colleague 

Published on 8th October 2020

Measures to tackle the COVID-19 outbreak have drastically altered people’s day to day lives. Many organisations have been preparing for a resulting increase in staff experiencing domestic abuse.

Tackling homelessness in Sandwell

Published on 8th October 2020

Sandwell Council continues to do everything it can to support people and tackle homelessness during the coronavirus outbreak.

Amelia, aged eight, with her eye catching banner saying: ”Slow down, children about”

Tackling dangerous parking at Oldbury school

Published on 7th October 2020

Children at an Oldbury school are urging parents and carers to park safely at drop off and pick up times – or risk a fine.

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Key events will be marked this Autumn and Winter despite Covid-19

Published on 5th October 2020

Town centres will be lit up with Christmas lights and Remembrance Sunday will also be marked in Sandwell, despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Unique centre in Sandwell scoops prestigious national award

Published on 5th October 2020

The STEPS Centre in Sandwell has seen off all competition and picked up a Municipal Journal award for Innovation in Children's Services.

Safer 6 - Domestic abuse help is at hand during COVID-19

Published on 5th October 2020

Anyone at risk of domestic abuse during the current coronavirus restrictions is being reassured that help is at hand.

Coronavirus outbreak at Smethwick GP surgery

Published on 4th October 2020

Sandwell Council, Public Health England (Midlands) and Sandwell & West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group have been notified of a coronavirus outbreak at Bearwood Road Surgery, Smethwick.

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Still time to try the Big Community Switch and save money on your energy bills

Published on 2nd October 2020

Residents could save on their winter fuel bills if they take part in the latest round of Sandwell Council's energy saving Big Community Switch scheme.