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The new leader of Dudley Council has set out his vision for the authority as he looks to respond to a national report which outlines the council’s current position.

Councillor Patrick Harley, who was elected leader of the council in May, has set out his proposed response to recommendations made in a recent Local Government Association (LGA) report on Dudley Council.

An LGA Corporate Peer Challenge of the authority took place in the form of a four day on-site assessment at the end of March. The report showed progress was being made in many areas and also made a series of recommendations on how things could be improved further.

The leader of Dudley Council Pete Lowe has ramped up pressure on UKIP councillors amid crunch talks to decide who runs the town.
The controlling Labour group could face a battle to remain in power after UKIP said it was unlikely to support them this week.
Labour does not have a majority in Dudley, leaving the possibility of a deal between Conservatives and UKIP to change the leadership.

But Labour’s Pete Lowe, who is facing the prospect of losing his position of leader of the council, said for that to happen UKIP would have to put aside its claim of being an independent party.

Dudley Council Landfill and Himley Road.

Who is responsible?

A journey taken by hundreds if not thousands of motorists each day through Dudley is being made arduous, hazardous and dirty due to the lack of responsibility by Dudley Council to use their duty of care and responsibility to ensure residents, road users and member of the public are safeguarded against hazardous and dangerous waste and lorries transporting their loads on the Himley Road.

Six men from the Black Country have been charged by police after a spate of armed shop robberies in Dudley and Sandwell.
Four of the men were arrested by armed police in Dudley on Friday, while two other suspects were charged after a separate investigation.

Kyle Dingley, Lee Pritchard, Aiden Jenkins and Brad Arnold - all from the Dudley borough - were detained by armed officers in Wellington Road at around 5.30pm on Friday, shortly after an off-licence in nearby Priory Road was robbed.