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Sandwell Council is urging people to have their say on what issues matter to them in their area and how they can be improved.

A borough-wide consultation called In Your Neighbourhood to develop "ward pledges" for each area is currently underway.

Local residents will be asked to prioritise the issues that most concern them by completing a questionnaire which includes 15 different issues identified through feedback from residents.

These could include anti-social behaviour, flytipping, litter and parking issues to empty properties, reducing the number of young people not in education, employment or training and working more closely with older people.

Once agreed and prioritised, "ward pledges" will be developed to address the concerns.

The council, its partners and ward councillors will then work with local residents to deliver the pledges.

Councillor Mahboob Hussain, deputy leader, said: "We have used information from surveys to identify the issues which residents say most concern them.

"There is some flexibility if other concerns are highlighted at the consultation meetings.

" We are having to make huge cuts in the funding we have available but we want to make sure that we are listening to residents and taking action about the issues that matter to them and that we are accountable to them."

Pilot schemes have already taken place in Soho/Victoria ward, Smethwick and Princes End, Tipton and suggestions for pledges made by residents are currently being evaluated.

The remaining consultation meetings are as follows:
Oldbury ward:
Thursday 9 October, 6.30pm in Annex 2, Oldbury Council House, Freeth Street.

Langley ward:
Thursday 16 October, 6.30pm, Ebenezer Church, Langley High Street.

Old Warley ward:
Thursday 23 October, 6.30pm, Oak Tree Centre, Kings Church, Tame Road.

Bristnall ward:
Tuesday 28 October, 6.30pm, Kings Community Centre, Tame Road.

Smethwick ward:
Wednesday 8 October, 6pm, Dorothy Parkes Centre, Church Road.

Abbey ward:
Wednesday 22 October, 6.00pm at St Mary's Church, Bearwood Road

Wednesbury North ward:
Thursday 9 October, 6.15pm, Wesley Centre, Spring Head

West Bromwich:
West Bromwich Central ward:
Thursday 9 October, 6pm, West Bromwich Town Hall, Council Chamber

Hateley Heath ward:
Thursday 16 October, 6pm, Hargate Primary School, Hargate Lane

Feedback from the consultation events will be evaluated and "ward pledges" should be developed by early 2015.

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