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Electric bin lorry trialled

An electric bin lorry is being trialled in Dudley as part of plans to cut down on greenhouse gas and nitrous oxide emissions.

The bin lorry
Dudley Council

The council said the vehicle had been used on several routes this week but with a price tag of £400,000 was much more expensive than £180,000 for a normal bin lorry.

However, the local authority said the electric lorry could save more than £15,000 each year in fuel and maintenance costs.

It said it was working on getting funding to cover the extra outlay and planned to purchase two of the vehicles.

Lollipop crossings return to schools

Children back at seven schools in Dudley will be helped to cross roads by lollipop men and women as the service slowly resumes today.

Lollipop sign
Dudley Borough Council

With more pupils back at school as the lockdown eases, the local council says it is slowly bringing back the patrols.

The service may vary from normal to cope with staggered start and finish times and parents and children are being asked to continue to social distance.

More than 60 of the town's schools reopened across last week and the authority says it is working to reopen the rest in the coming weeks.

All events cancelled at Himley Hall for rest of 2020

Allen Cook

BBC News

All events at a stately home have been cancelled for the rest of the year by a council, due to the pandemic.

Entrance to Himley Hall
Dudley Council

Himley Hall's been shut since March but Dudley Council's now decided there'll be no more events until 2021.

Among the cancellations are the Armed Forces Day in June and a bonfire event in November.

The council said it was looking if some events could be held at a later date but it would depend on government advice in the future.

Hundreds back petition for CCTV at fly-tipping hotspots

Allen Cook

BBC News

More than 250 people have signed a petition in two days urging a council to install CCTV cameras at fly-tipping hotspots in Dudley.

Photo of fly-tipping in Cradley
Simon Lucock

The petition said cases in the Cradley and Wollescote area, especially around Foxcote Lane and Wassell Grove, have risen in two years "to the point it is now a daily occurrence".

Dudley Borough Council says it's currently upgrading all its CCTV cameras and "the best course of action is to report people who do fly-tip".

Public meetings cancelled by council

Dudley Council has cancelled all public meetings as the authority steps up work to delay the spread of coronavirus.

Dudley council house

The council said it has taken the decision in the light of “significant steps to protect residents and council staff”.

Two patients have died in Dudley after being tested positive for Covid-19.

Council leader Patrick Harley said: "The business of the council will carry on as normal as possible, with only essential face-to-face meetings taking place where cancelling them is unavoidable.”

Coronavirus spread affects election plans

As well as elections for the West Midlands Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, the following councils were expecting to be holding elections for some of their seats on 7 May.

  • Cannock Chase District Council
  • Coventry City Council
  • Dudley Council
  • Nuneaton and Bedworth District Council
  • Sandwell Council
  • Solihull Council
  • Walsall Council
  • City of Wolverhampton Council
  • Redditch Borough Council
  • Rugby Borough Council
  • Tamworth Borough Council
  • Worcester City Council

They will now be held next year instead.

'Biggest budget in 10 years' expected by council

Rob Mayor

Political reporter, BBC WM

A council is expecting its budget next year to be the biggest in a decade.

Dudley Council House

The Conservative leader of Dudley Council, Patrick Harley, says it believes its government grant will rise by 4%, giving it an extra £7.5m.

The local authority's planning to spent the cash on areas such as new CCTV equipment, extra Police Community Support Officers and more bin collections.

Overall the budget will still be 20% smaller than in 2010 and council tax will also rise by 4%.

Some budgets have been cut too far hence why in this budget we are reinstating some of those budgets back to pre-2012 levels."

Patrick HarleyConservative leader, Dudley Council