Sandwell Council has approximately 14,000 employees and is responsible for an area situated at the heart of the West Midlands conurbation. With a population of around 290,000, it is one of the most densely populated areas of the UK. Although it is also the UK’s largest manufacturing centre, it has considerable areas of housing and open space. The borough is made up of the six traditional towns of Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury and West Bromwich.
Within Sandwell, its Environment Forum provides the main mechanism for promoting Local Agenda 21 and sustainable development. Formed in 1995, the Environment Forum now has a network of over 1000 members representing a range of interests including individuals, pressure groups, businesses, voluntary organisations and public agencies.
The formal and informal forum networks enable connections to be made between the community, their ideas, and action. Numerous sustainable projects have been inspired and implemented in this way.
A Local Agenda 21 Strategy has been produced under the nine priorities of Energy, Waste and Pollution, Transport, Natural Environment, Community Education, Business, Food, Community Involvement and the Delivery of Council Services. The strategy sets out the main aims for each of the priorities and the approach that will be taken to develop the strategy into a full Action Plan and implementation programme.
For more information about Agenda21 in Sandwell visit the Council Website www.sustainable.sandwell.gov.uk