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Have your say on making Sandwell safer – proposed borough-wide public space protection order on nitrous oxide 

Published on 11th May 2021

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is recognised as a public health risk. Its use is particularly prevalent among young adults and is closely linked to anti-social behaviour. 

Rapid Testing at the Yemeni Community Association

New rapid testing programme helps Sandwell stay safe for Eid and beyond

Published on 12th May 2021

A pioneering government-backed rapid testing programme based at Sandwell’s Yemeni Cultural Centre Mosque is making regular testing available to anyone in the local community.

Adrain Holmes Town Crier with Mayor of Sandwell Cllr Ann Jaron

“Him who rings the bell” left speechless: recognising Adrian's ten years of achievement as Sandwell Town Crier

Published on 11th May 2021

Sandwell’s Town Crier, Adrian Holmes, was left lost for words after a socially-distanced visit to his Great Barr home by The Worshipful the Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Dr Ann Jaron.

Sandwell groups urged to bid for share of loan sharks’ confiscated cash

Published on 11th May 2021

Cash seized from loan sharks is once again up for grabs in the latest round of funding from the Stop Loan Sharks Community Fund.

It’s your town centre – have your say on West Bromwich public space protection order

Published on 11th May 2021

For three years West Bromwich town centre has been covered by a public space protection order (PSPO) to reduce anti-social behaviour and make the town and a more pleasant place to live, work and shop.

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Major £3.37 million project to repair Great Barr bridge to begin next week

Published on 10th May 2021

A major project to repair and improve a bridge in Great Barr will begin next week.

Queens Award

Calling volunteer groups in Sandwell - apply for the Queen's Award

Published on 5th May 2021

Volunteer groups in Sandwell can now apply for the 2022 Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.

Car cruising ban application 2021

Still time to have say on court application to ban car cruising

Published on 29th April 2021

There is still time for people to submit comments and observations regarding a new High Court injunction to ban 'car cruising' in the Black Country.

Help Sandwell stay safe this Bank Holiday

Published on 29th April 2021

Enjoy the Bank Holiday – but keep following the latest government rules to help avoid a big spike in Covid-19 infections is the advice in Sandwell this weekend.

Thanks to Smethwick/Cape Hill community for targeted testing response

Published on 28th April 2021

Sandwell Council has thanked people in the Smethwick/Cape Hill community for their response to targeted Covid-19 testing – and there’s still chance to take part before testing ends on Sunday.

Sandwell voters prepare to cast votes in elections on Thursday 6 May

Published on 27th April 2021

Residents in Sandwell are preparing to cast their votes in next week’s elections.

Census 2021 is not over

Published on 27th April 2021

Even if you've missed Census Day there is still time to complete your census!

Don't forget the basics as lockdown eases

Published on 22nd April 2021

People in Sandwell are reminded to follow the basics to keep safe and help prevent the spread of Covid-19 as government restrictions ease.

Car cruising ban application 2021

Councils and police seek new ban on car cruising in Black Country

Published on 22nd April 2021

Sandwell, Wolverhampton, Dudley, and Walsall councils have applied for a new High Court injunction to ban 'car cruising' in the Black Country.

More Sandwell libraries open for “order and collect” and computer sessions  

Published on 21st April 2021

More Sandwell libraries will reopen to customers this week for pre-ordered collection of books and computer sessions.

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Sandwell observes one-minute silence for HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Published on 19th April 2021

On Saturday (17 April) at 3pm a national one-minute silence was observed for His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Covid test kits delivered door-to-door in parts of Smethwick

Published on 16th April 2021

Teams of volunteers are delivering ‘drop and collect’ Covid-19 home test kits from today (Friday 16 April) in parts of Smethwick.

Mayor of Sandwell Cllr Ann Jaron signing letter of condolence on the passing of hrh the prince phillip Duke of Edinburgh

Letter of condolence to Her Majesty the Queen on behalf of the people of Sandwell

Published on 16th April 2021

The Worshipful The Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Dr Ann Jaron has sent a letter of condolence to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on behalf of the people of Sandwell.

91% in Sandwell get first choice of primary school

Published on 16th April 2021

Ninety-one per cent of parents have been offered a place for their child in Reception at their first choice primary school in Sandwell.

Evening and weekend crews to provide extra support with bin collections

Published on 16th April 2021

Sandwell Council and Serco have agreed a plan to further support waste and recycling crews to help make sure bins are collected on the scheduled day and keep any delays to a minimum.

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Targeted testing in parts of Smethwick and Cape Hill as variant found

Published on 14th April 2021

Extensive surveillance of Covid-19 has identified a case in the Smethwick/Cape Hill area of the variant first discovered in South Africa.

Twice-weekly rapid tests now available to all

Published on 12th April 2021

As rapid ‘lateral flow’ testing access opens to all, Sandwell Council is reminding people to always follow up positive results with a PCR test to confirm the result.

Sandwell service remembers Duke of Edinburgh

Published on 12th April 2021

A Service of Civic Commemoration was held yesterday in Sandwell to celebrate the life and public service of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Coronavirus variant that first emerged in South Africa identified in Smethwick

Published on 11th April 2021

Sandwell Council and Public Health England have announced a confirmed case of the COVID-19 variant known as VOC-20Dec-02 (first identified in South Africa).

Our condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Published on 9th April 2021

The people of Sandwell are deeply saddened at the news of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh

Last chance for businesses to sign-up for free Covid-19 tests for employees

Published on 8th April 2021

Businesses now have until Monday 12 April to register for the government scheme to increase workplace testing in sectors open during lockdown.

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Sandwell customers urged to "vote with their feet" and avoid unsafe shops and pubs

Published on 8th April 2021

Shoppers and pub goers are being urged to vote with their feet and avoid businesses not following Covid-19 guidance.

Sandwell Council confirms Oldbury tip is for Sandwell residents only

Published on 7th April 2021

Sandwell Council has confirmed that the Household Recycling Centre at Shidas Lane in Oldbury can only be used by Sandwell residents.

Thank you to Oldbury/Tipton border area residents after targeted Covid-19 testing ends

Published on 1st April 2021

Targeted Covid-19 testing in the Oldbury/Tipton border area ended yesterday (Wednesday, 31 March).

Please be careful and follow the rules at Sandwell Valley and other parks

Published on 25th March 2021

People are reminded not to meet in large groups at Sandwell Valley Country Park, other parks and open spaces across the borough's six towns to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.