History and cultureThe Metropolitan Borough of Sandwell was formed on 1 April 1974 as an of the s of Warley ( within ) and (ceremonially within ), under the . Warley had been formed in 1966 by a merger of the of Smethwick with the s of Rowley Regis and Oldbury; at the same time, West Bromwich had absorbed the boroughs of Tipton and Wednesbury. For its first 12 years of existence, Sandwell had a two-tier system of local government; Sandwell Council shared power with the . In 1986 the county council was abolished, and Sandwell effectively became a . The borough is divided into 24 Wards and is represented by 72 ward s on the borough council. The borough was named after Sandwell Priory, the ruins of which are located in . The local council has considered changing its name in the past over confusion outside the West Midlands as to the whereabouts of the borough, and in June 2002 a survey of borough residents was carried out. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed favoured retaining the name Sandwell. Landmarks and attractions in Sandwell include , Bishop Asbury Cottage, West Bromwich Manor House, Oak House, West Bromwich, and . It is also the home of . Sandwell_used_to_be_a_popular_hotspot_for_car_cruising">roup_(disambiguation),_group_of_individuals_(human_or_non-human)_working__...
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PoliticsSince the 2021 Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council election">council election in 2021, the political composition of the council has been as follows: From the borough's creation in 1974 until 2010, all Member of Parliament (United Kingdom), Members of Parliament (MPs) within its boundaries were Labour. However, in the 2010 United Kingdom general election, 2010 general election, Conservative party candidate James Morris (British politician), James Morris was elected to the Halesowen and Rowley Regis seat which incorporates the Sandwell communities of , Blackheath, West Midlands, Blackheath and Cradley Heath, and the neighbouring area of Halesowen which is situated within Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, Dudley's borders. This was the very first time any part of Sandwell had elected a Conservative MP – or indeed an MP from any party other than Labour. In the December 2019 general election, however, Conservative candidates Nicola Richards and Shaun Bailey (West Bromwich MP), Shaun Bailey were elected to represent West Bromwich East and West Bromwich West respectively. This was the first time since the borough's creation that has returned any Conservative MPs to Parliament, and the first time that a constituency fully within the boundaries of Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has been represented by a Tory MP. The election of both Richards and Bailey has been marked as a significant milestone in the political history of the borough and marked the end to decades of control by Labour MPs.
WardsThe Sandwell Borough is divided into 24 Wards of the United Kingdom, electoral wards, with each one represented by 3 councillors on the borough council:
EducationSandwell is home to nearly 100 primary schools, 25 secondary schools, 4 special schools and 1 college. The sole Further education, further education college in the borough, Sandwell College was opened in September 1986 following the merger of Warley College and West Bromwich College. It was originally based in the old Warley College buildings on Pound Road, Oldbury, and the West Bromwich College buildings on West Bromwich High Street, as well as a building in Smethwick town centre, but moved into a new single site campus in West Bromwich town centre in September 2012. In 2004, a debt-ridden Sandwell College was subject to a police investigation.
LocalitiesLocalities in the borough include: *Warley, West Midlands, Warley **Cradley Heath ***Old Hill ** Oldbury ***Brandhall ***Langley Green, Sandwell, Langley Green ***Oakham, West Midlands, Oakham ***Rood End ** ***Albion Estate ***Bearwood, West Midlands, Bearwood ***Cape Hill ***Londonderry, West Midlands, Londonderry ***Uplands, West Midlands, Uplands ***West Smethwick ***Black Patch & Soho ** ***Blackheath, West Midlands, Blackheath, * ***Charlemont and Grove Vale ***Great Barr (although some areas are part of Birmingham and Walsall) ***Guns Village ***Hamstead, West Midlands, Hamstead ***Hill Top, West Bromwich, Hill Top ***Newton, West Midlands, Newton ***Stone Cross, West Midlands, Stone Cross ***Yew Tree, West Bromwich, Yew Tree ***Greets Green ***Hateley Heath ** ***Friar Park (Wednesbury), Friar Park ** ***Dudley Port ***Great Bridge, West Midlands, Great Bridge ***Horseley Heath ***Ocker Hill ***Princes End ***Summer Hill, West Midlands, Summer Hill ***Tividale
Local places of interest*The Public, West Bromwich *Sandwell Aquatics Centre * * * *RSPB Sandwell Valley *Sheepwash Urban Park *The Hawthorns *Sandwell General Hospital *Sandwell College *Holly Lodge High School
Twin towns and citiesSandwell is twinned with: * Le Blanc Mesnil, France * Amritsar, India * Zalau, Romania
See also*Wednesbury Central railway station *Wednesbury bus station *Wednesbury Town railway station *Healthcare in West Midlands