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Dr Lisa McNally

We need to talk about Delta

Published on 14th June 2021

As the UK looks forward to the summer, Sandwell’s director of public health Dr Lisa McNally explains why now is not the time for us to take chances with our safety.

Show your support for our ‘awesome’ teachers ahead of “National Thank a Teacher Day”

Published on 21st June 2021

Council bosses are praising teachers and school staff as part of this year’s National Thank a Teacher Day on Wednesday.

Bin Bags

Fly-tippers hit with hefty fines for using non-licensed waste carriers

Published on 21st June 2021

Breaking the law to save money on getting rid of their rubbish can cost Sandwell householders dear – a fine of £400.

Putting faith at the centre of better air quality in Sandwell

Published on 17th June 2021

To mark today’s Clean Air Day, Sandwell Council has announced that 16 faith centres will take part in a two-year project to reduce air pollution and improve air quality through behavioural change.

Watch out for rogue traders on your doorstep

Published on 14th June 2021

Don’t get ripped off for shoddy work from shady characters knocking on your door.

Security beefed up following farm thefts

Published on 11th June 2021

Security at Sandwell Park farm has been increased following recent thefts of sheep and a calf.

Council leader Rajbir Singh

Sandwell Council Leader confirms housing plans for Goldicroft Park will not be progressed

Published on 9th June 2021

The Leader of Sandwell Council has confirmed that plans for new housing on Goldicroft Park in Wednesbury will not be progressed, after objections from ward members and residents.

Hometown Heroes at Sandwell Council House

Hometown Heroes sum up Sandwell's spirit

Published on 9th June 2021

Two local champions of grassroots sport - England’s first hijab-wearing boxing coach and a blind fundraising runner - have been named as Sandwell's Commonwealth Games 2022 Hometown Heroes.

Still time to have your say on West Bromwich public space protection order

Published on 9th June 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.

Sandwell Valley litter

Litter louts leave Sandwell Valley strewn with waste

Published on 9th June 2021

Shame! Green spaces quickly became a lifeline during the pandemic, with many of us recognising the importance of being able to visit these like never before. How quickly this seems to have been forgot

Still time to have your say on proposed borough-wide public space protection order on nitrous oxide

Published on 9th June 2021

Litter from discarded nitrous oxide canisters is a borough-wide problem.

The ‘eyes and ears’ of Sandwell receive the hallmark of excellence

Published on 7th June 2021

Sandwell Council’s CCTV Control Room has been awarded a certificate of compliance from the National Security Inspectorate which is the hallmark of excellence for providers of security.

Ava Big Spring Clean volunteer

Bin Your Litter this World Environment Day

Published on 4th June 2021

Sandwell Council is reminding people to do the right thing and bin their litter as the globe marks World Environment Day this week (5 June). 

Get the vaccine and protect your loved ones as Covid-19 lockdown eases

Published on 3rd June 2021

Sandwell Council reminds everyone living and working in the borough that as lockdown eases, it is vital that they continue to protect themselves and others from Covid-19 by getting vaccinated.

TPO On Stage at West Bromwich Town Hall (c MustardSeed)

Sandwell charities scoop royal honours

Published on 3rd June 2021

Two Sandwell charitable organisations have been awarded the highly prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) for 2021.

Sandwell residents encouraged to save time and manage council services online

Published on 1st June 2021

Residents can register for a MySandwell account by visiting the council website which makes it quick and easy to manage a variety of council services online.

The photograph shows, left to right: Jason Wood (Jacopa), Matt Darby (Operational Manager Parks and Countryside, Sandwell Council), Tom Willis (Jacopa), and Alan Swift (Jacopa).

Stepping up for the community: restoration works at Sot’s Hole Nature Reserve

Published on 1st June 2021

West Bromwich company Jacopa has given something back to its local community by working with Sandwell Council to restore steps at the popular Sot’s Hole Local Nature Reserve.

How you can help Sandwell stay safe this Bank Holiday

Published on 28th May 2021

Enjoy the Bank Holiday – but keep your friends and families safe by following the latest Government rules to help avoid a spike in Covid-19 infections.

All of Sandwell libraries back in business – archives too!

Published on 28th May 2021

From 1 June 2021, all of Sandwell’s libraries will have Order and Collect and computer services, and some will also be offering browsing and study space.

Sandwell's Mayor, Deputy Mayor and consorts

New Mayoral team announced for Sandwell

Published on 25th May 2021

Sandwell has a new mayoral team, which will be raising money for charity over the coming year.

Councillor Rajbir Singh

Jobs, skills and business recovery are the top priorities, along with a cleaner, greener, safer Sandwell, says new Council Leader

Published on 25th May 2021

Councillor Rajbir Singh is Sandwell’s new Council Leader – and he’s putting jobs, skills and supporting businesses as top priorities, along with a cleaner, greener and safer Sandwell.

Sandwell Sexual Exploitation conference shines a light on modern slavery

Published on 24th May 2021

‘Sexual Exploitation Still Happens Here’ free online conference on Tuesday, 25 May, will highlight important work in the borough.

Browsing and studying are back at Sandwell libraries

Published on 21st May 2021

Next week (from 24 May) some Sandwell libraries will be open for limited browsing, and some will have bookable study spaces.

Lightwoods House

Sandwell shines a light against the darkness of hate

Published on 21st May 2021

You could see for miles that hate has no place in Sandwell, as the Smethwick sky burst into rainbows of light to mark International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia this week. 

Sandwell Public Health and NHS teams back World Health Organisation call for more focus on HIV prevention

Published on 21st May 2021

A new report released this week by the WHO highlights achievements and gaps in the implementation of the global strategies for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections.

Testing of pupils and staff after Covid-19 Indian variant cases identified at Sandwell school

Published on 19th May 2021

Two individuals attending Ryders Green Primary School in Claypit Lane, West Bromwich, have tested positive for the Covid-19 variant B.1.617.2

Forced marriage and ‘honour-based’ abuse: upholding the rights and freedoms of Sandwell people

Published on 18th May 2021

Sandwell Council and its community partners are here to help and advise anyone who thinks they are being forced into marriage, as well as those experiencing ‘honour-based’ abuse.

Help and support still available for victims of domestic abuse

Published on 17th May 2021

Sandwell Council and the Sandwell Domestic Abuse Strategic Partnership continue to provide support to those at risk of domestic abuse.

Residents urged to report nuisance motorbikes

Published on 17th May 2021

Council and police in Sandwell continue to target off-road motorbike nuisances.

Medical students boost the health and aspirations of Sandwell schoolchildren

Published on 17th May 2021

Students from the University of Birmingham worked in Sandwell primary schools to understand the impact of diversity and deprivation on children’s health and education.