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  1. River project awarded nearly £250,000

    Illey Brook, Halesowen

    A project to restore the River Stour in Dudley and Wolverhampton has been awarded nearly £250,000.

    The Love your River Stour project will transform the river and its banks "into a beautiful and wildlife-rich source of pride for the communities of the Black Country", the area's Wildlife Trust says.

    The trust's Simon Atkinson said the £249,700 from the government's Green Recovery Challenge Fund would enable it to make the area "even better for a range of wildlife including otter, salmon and kingfisher".

    The project, which starts in September, includes training 24 young people in nature conservation; offering "river ranger" sessions to pupils as well as engagement sessions where vulnerable adults can enjoy and learn about the river .

  2. Thirty bleed control kits to be installed across region

    Thirty bleed control kits, which contain potentially life-saving equipment in the event of catastrophic bleeding, are to be installed across the West Midlands region.

    A bleed control kit

    The kits are the work of the Daniel Baird Foundation, set up by Lynne Baird following the death of her son after a stabbing in Birmingham in 2017.

    Some have already been installed in Wolverhampton city centre, Bilston and Low Hill, and West Midlands Police is arranging other suitable locations including Broad Street in Birmingham and Far Gosford Street in Coventry.

    "Those first few minutes following a stabbing are crucial, and having these kits available can save lives," Supt Gareth Morris, from the West Midlands force, said.

    "These can provide immediate first aid and reduce the chance of serious injury or a fatality."

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  6. Cycling plan given £2m in Games legacy move

    Plans to get more people cycling as part of the legacy of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have been boosted by £2m from the Department for Transport.

    The Cycling for Everyone project aims to work with disadvantaged communities to help more people get on a bike.

    Funding has come from the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Active Travel Legacy Package announced today.

    Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) said it would now work with partners to develop Cycling for Everyone projects and activities, ready to roll them out ahead of next year’s Games.

    Mayor Andy Street and Cllr Ian Ward at the launch of the draft Commonwealth Games Transport Plan

    Councilor Ian Ward, WMCA portfolio holder for transport and leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “When Birmingham was awarded the Commonwealth Games, we wanted to ensure it would have a positive impact on all communities.

    "This is even more important now as we emerge from the pandemic which has hit some communities harder than others."

  7. Hospital merger plan to cut urology waiting list

    Local Democracy Reporting Service

    Gurdip Thandi

    Urology services in Wolverhampton and Walsall are going to be merged under plans to cut a huge waiting list.

    Walsall Manor Hospital

    Officials from Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust told a City of Wolverhampton Council meeting the teams at New Cross and Manor hospitals would be combined.

    Councillors heard 481 people in Wolverhampton with minor conditions have waited more than a year for urology services.

    Under the plans, emergency cases and some elective inpatient care from both areas will be carried out at Wolverhampton’s New Cross.

    Day care cases for lesser conditions will move to Walsall Manor instead of being treated in Wolverhampton or Cannock.

    Paul Cook, clinical lead for urology at New Cross, said the move would lead to 400 more operations each year and about 1,200 more out-patient procedures and appointments at New Cross.