People in the West Bromwich area are to be given the chance to pass on ideas for improvements to their housing areas in a new ‘suggestion box’ scheme launched by the council. Special suggestion boxes are going into into local libraries and community centres to encourage people to pass on ideas to their local councillors. Councillor Steve Melia, town lead member for West Bromwich, said: "The suggestion box scheme is another way that people can tell us their ideas about what improvements and amenities they would like to see on their estates.

"These could be environmental improvements or local projects to improve things which we may be able to provide some funding for in the future.

“This is a scheme for suggestions – not for tenants and residents to report general inquiries about local issues, which should be done in the normal way through their local councillor."  

Councillor Melia said local residents often had ideas that could help to improve their local amenities and he and other local councillors would be pleased to receive them.

He added: “We will not of course be able to pick up every suggestion or immediately respond to really good ideas, but it would be useful to pick up the ideas from local people.”

The suggestion boxes are being placed at the following locations. 

  • Charlemont with Grove Vale ward: Gayton Road, Community Centre, Gayton Road, West Bromwich, B71 1QS
  • Great Barr with Yew Tree ward: Great Barr Library, Birmingham Road, Great Barr, B43 6NW
  • Hateley Heath ward: Stone Cross Library, Beverley Road, Stone Cross, West Bromwich, B71 2LH
  • Newton ward: Hamstead Library, Tanhouse Centre, Hamstead Road, Great Barr, B43 5EL
  • West Bromwich Central ward: Central Library, High Street, West Bromwich, B70 8DZ

There will also be a box at the Sandwell Local West Bromwich office at Court House, High Street, which will be good for people in Greets Green and Lyng ward as well as other wards.

Slips will be available alongside the boxes for the ideas and for people to leave their contact details.