Sandwell Towns Fund

Last year, the Government announced that 101 towns would benefit from the Towns Fund deal – including towns in Sandwell; West Bromwich, Rowley Regis and Smethwick.

We want you to get involved and have your say in the development of the Town Deal by completing a short survey.

Further information and town specific surveys can be accessed using the below link (closing date is Tuesday 25 th August 2020)

http://www.sandwell.gov.uk/info/200193/council/4490/sandwell_towns_fund

A key part of the Town Deal is community engagement. We want you to get involved and share your views to help shape the Town Investment Plans for your town.

Access and details of town specific surveys can be accessed using the above link – and three of the main priorities for the Programme are below –

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Help avoid a Sandwell lockdown

This is a really important announcement for everyone in Sandwell.

There are three things we’re very strongly advising people do to try to slow the spread of the virus and avoid us going into local lockdown.

We’re strongly advising Sandwell residents who are currently shielding to continue shielding for their own safety.

We’re also strongly advising you not to go inside the homes of other people.

And anyone who has symptoms must self-isolate and book a test.

All Sandwell residents in all towns are asked to follow this advice and play their part in reducing the number of Covid-19 cases.

Please help to avoid Sandwell going into lockdown by following this advice.

Do what you can to keep yourselves, your family and others safe. Thank you – please share.

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Council acts to halt Covid cases spike in Smethwick

Sandwell Council today issued an urgent warning to people to act now to combat a sharp spike in COVID 19 cases in Smethwick.

Council public health experts are working round the clock with people in the area, businesses and community venues to make sure safety guidelines are followed.

Director of Public Health Dr Lisa McNally said she had been alerted to a rise in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in the Smethwick area.

She said: “The numbers are changing all the time. We have seen 28 cases in the last 14 days which is significantly higher than we would expect based on previous figures and it is changing all the time so we expect it to rise again.

“A pattern is emerging showing the infection affecting higher numbers of people in a small number of properties, two, three and four people sometimes in one household – often in multi-generational households – rather than lots of single cases across a lot of households.

“I know it isn’t easy but it’s very important that if someone is infected, they isolate themselves from the rest of their household as much as they possibly can, especially from elderly people.

“This rise in cases reminds us that the virus hasn’t gone away.  We can’t afford to drop our guard. If we experience symptoms then we must self-isolate at home and get tested.  Anyone in the same household also needs to self-isolate.  Doing this saves lives.”

“We can protect ourselves and those we live with by keeping at least 1 metre apart from others.  Wearing a face covering when on public transport or when shopping also reduces the spread of the virus.

“We are not at a point where we are looking at a ‘lockdown’ situation like in Leicester. But we will keep monitoring the situation carefully and we really need everyone to follow the guidance.”

The advice is:

Do not wait 

Book a free and easy test as soon as you think you may have symptoms, such as a high temperature, a new, continuous cough or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

Check NHS guidance here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/

Get a test

It is so easy to get a free test – please use the NHS 111 online service:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/get-an-antigen-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

Or simply dial 119

There is ‘drive through’ testing available for Sandwell as well as home testing kits.

Stay at home

If you are getting a test, you and anyone you live with must stay at home and self-isolate until you get your result and follow advice after a test.

Anyone in your support bubble must also self-isolate until you get your result.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/self-isolation-and-treatment/when-to-self-isolate-and-what-to-do/

Social distancing, hand washing and face coverings

Be strict in keeping your distance from people not in your household – 2 metres apart where possible.  Keep washing your hands regularly and limit contact with other people.

Stay at home as much as possible, work from home if you can and wear a face covering especially if you are in an ‘indoors’ environment.

NHS Test and Trace

You will be contacted by the NHS Test & Trace service if you test positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).

You will be asked where you’ve been recently and who you’ve been in close contact with. Please help them to give good full information so they can help others.

This will help the NHS contact anyone who may have caught the virus from you.

The public needs to be alert to NHS Test and Trace and follow their advice:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/

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The tip is now open…

…but be prepared to queue

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Stay safe

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Garden Waste Collection

Reminder, Sandwell garden waste collections recommence this week, so your collection in Bearwood will be on Friday 8th May

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Flatten your recycling

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Stay safe

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Police surgery

PCSO’s Lesley Pardoe and Linda Bagnall will be holding a Police Surgery on

THURSDAY 20th FEBRUARY 2020

ABBEY ROAD POST OFFICE

Abbey Road

Bearwood

from 13.30hrs until 15.00hrs

Drop by and speak to them if you have any concerns or issues of a police nature.

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Climate Change and Air Quality Consultation

Sandwell Council have produced a draft Climate Change Strategy and draft Air Quality Action Plan and it is out to consultation for eight weeks starting on the 20th January 2020. As part of this process we are holding some evening events in schools for the general public to attend. For the Smethwick area the consultation will be on Wednesday 12th February  at Crocketts Community Primary School Smethwick.

The consultation event will run from 5.45pm-7.30pm and will involve a short presentation, some exercises and the potential to ask questions, give ideas and feedback. The key part of the consultation will be an online survey that we will be encouraging everyone to use but we will also be collating  information from these face-to-face events.

Please feel free to share and invite others along to this event, we look forward to seeing you there.

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