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Meeting the challenge of providing more school places 

22 Mar 16

A guest blog by Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for Children’s Services Councillor Simon Hackett.

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New secondary school in Oldbury 

21 Mar 16

We are building a new secondary school in Langley with the school scheduled to open its doors to children in September 2016.

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Good news on new council housing in Sandwell 

21 Mar 16

Some good news – we’re looking at building nearly 40 new council properties this year.

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The growth of future business in Sandwell 

17 Mar 16

Last week we launched Sandwell’s new Business Ambassadors programme.

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Serving justice in Sandwell 

8 Mar 16

Some of you may have heard about the closure of Sandwell Magistrates Court.

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Tackling drug crime in Sandwell 

19 Feb 16

More than 60 people – including entire families – have been sentenced to 89 years in jail, following a crackdown on drug dealers and criminals.

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Check out our new free parking app 

2 Feb 16

We’ve got a nifty new app for anyone who parks in Sandwell.

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Countdown to our new hospital 

27 Jan 16

Last week I helped start the countdown to our brand new hospital in Smethwick.

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Marking Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday 

22 Jan 16

We’ll be paying our respects in Sandwell this Sunday ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Today’s bomb scare at Sandwell schools 

19 Jan 16

You may have heard about the bomb threats at three of our schools this morning.

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A New Year, a new start – careers fair this Saturday 

15 Jan 16

I know a lot of young people will be thinking about what they’ll be doing after school or college at the moment.

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Remembering Joel and his family at Wednesbury Leisure Centre 

9 Dec 15

Today we marked the official opening of the new Wednesbury Leisure Centre.

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Terrorism will not divide us – silent vigil in Oldbury 

20 Nov 15

Sandwell’s Muslim community has been collectively appalled by the recent terror attacks, not only in France but across the whole world.

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News on a combined authority for the West Midlands 

17 Nov 15

We’ve had some great news today on the devolution deal for the West Midlands.

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The new Wednesbury Leisure Centre is now open 

13 Nov 15

The new Wednesbury Leisure Centre opened this week.

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Remembrance Sunday in Sandwell 

6 Nov 15

This weekend we will mark Remembrance Sunday with services across Sandwell.

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4 Nov 15

On Saturday I spent a spooky night at the Big House in Oldbury to raise money for the Mayor’s Charity – Acorns Children’s Hospice.

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FREE firework displays in Sandwell parks 

29 Oct 15

Hope you’re all looking forward to Bonfire Night next week and that you’ll be coming to one of our three free firework displays.

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We’re making Cape Hill safer 

13 Oct 15

If you live in or travel through Smethwick, you may have noticed we’ve started some work in Cape Hill.

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Bostin! National dialect celebration coming to Wednesbury 

11 Oct 15

There’s a bostin’ event coming up in Wednesbury later this month.

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Cradley Heath car parks – setting the record straight 

8 Oct 15

I’ve been getting some calls from people concerned about the sale of car parks in Cradley Heath.

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Tackling dangerous parking outside our schools 

6 Oct 15

It’s coming up to a year since we put our camera car on the roads of Sandwell to tackle dangerous parking.

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Vote for your favourite park and help Sandwell win! 

9 Sep 15

Sandwell’s such a green place and our parks really fill me with pride.

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The Sandwell Show this weekend 

28 Aug 15

I’m hoping to see plenty of you up at Sandwell Valley Country Park this weekend for the Sandwell Show.

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All kids invited to a FREE youth festival this weekend 

26 Aug 15

Here’s a guest blog from Councillor Simon Hackett, cabinet member for children’s services, about this weekend’s Youth Festival.

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Sandwell Arts Festival fun 

16 Aug 15

Our annual Sandwell Arts Festival kicks off this weekend – bringing free fun and entertainment for all the family.

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Marking VJ Day in Oldbury this Sunday 

15 Aug 15

We’ll be marking 70 years since Victory in Japan at the war memorial in Oldbury this Sunday.

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A-Level results day – well done everyone. 

13 Aug 15

Today hundreds of Sandwell students got their A-Level results.

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New reception suite at Sandwell Valley Crematorium 

10 Aug 15

One of the newest buildings the council has opened is the Reception Suite at Sandwell Valley Crematorium.

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Summer in Sandwell 

5 Aug 15

It’s been great to hear how the kids in Sandwell are enjoying the activities we’ve put on for them over the holidays.

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We wrote to you last week – have you replied? 

4 Aug 15

Everyone in Sandwell should have received a letter from the council about the electoral register.

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Improving safety in Cape Hill 

28 Jul 15

If you live in Smethwick, you’ll know how busy Cape Hill can be.

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Our green oasis in the Black Country… 

23 Jul 15

Some cracking news for our parks and green spaces in Sandwell today – they’ve won 13 Green Flag awards from Keep Britain Tidy.

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Good news for West Smethwick Park 

15 Jul 15

Some good news – we’ve secured the first round of funding to improve West Smethwick Park.

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Devastating news from the attacks in Tunisia 

1 Jul 15

I am sure you will have heard the terrible news over the weekend that our gas services manager, Adrian Evans, was killed in Friday’s terrorist attack in Tunisia.

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Sandwell’s got talent 

2 Jun 15

It never ceases to amaze me how talented Sandwell’s young people are.

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Good luck our kid. Blind Dave takes on the Sahara Desert 

19 Mar 15

I reckon most people in Sandwell have heard of Blind Dave Heeley.

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500 jobs at new Lidl distribution centre in Wednesbury 

18 Mar 15

More of us than ever are shopping at discount supermarkets – and their popularity means a really big boost for Wednesbury and Sandwell.

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Free swimming for kids – and an update on Wednesbury Leisure Centre 

17 Mar 15

Two bits of good news today, both with a swimming theme.

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Have you used our four star website? 

16 Mar 15

The council’s website has been named as one of the best in the country for the second year running.

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Welcoming Midshire and 20 new jobs to West Bromwich 

13 Mar 15

It was a real privilege to be asked to officially open the new state-of-the-art HQ for Midshire Business Systems in West Bromwich.

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A new era for West Smethwick Park 

11 Mar 15

Lots of us have happy memories of West Smethwick Park.

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A freeze on council tax and councillors’ allowances 

9 Mar 15

Last week the council set the budget for the next financial year.

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Get involved with local mental health services 

17 Feb 15

Mental health is something we don’t talk enough about.

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Helping young people find work 

13 Feb 15

In Sandwell, we’re committed to helping thousands of young people who aren’t currently in education, training or employment to find work and get qualifications.

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New year, new start for Smethwick charity 

5 Feb 15

Last week I was invited to the relaunch of SAFS – a wonderful charity in Smethwick.

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Action to improve Sandwell’s academies 

21 Jan 15

At today’s cabinet meeting we discussed Ofsted’s concerns over the quality of secondary school education in Sandwell.

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Hundreds of our young people looking to the future 

20 Jan 15

I was really pleased to hear how popular the Connexions’ careers event was at the new Sandwell Sixth campus in West Brom.

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Come to Sandwell’s biggest jobs and training fair tomorrow 

16 Jan 15

The New Year is a good time to be thinking about the future.

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Sandwell links up with Chinese business leaders 

16 Jan 15

It was my pleasure to welcome a delegation of Chinese business and state officials to Sandwell yesterday.

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