Dudley MP Ian Austin has welcomed new plans to reopen the Hippodrome as an entertainment venue.

Wolverhampton-based businessman Jonathan Kendrick has proposed an £8 million plan to work with Friends of the Hippodrome campaigners and turn the building into a multi-purpose venue.

Austin asked Dudley Council to listen to Mr Kendrick’s proposals last Christmas after meeting campaigners battling to save the building.

An award-winning male voice choir will be paying tribute to war heroes during their annual Festival of Remembrance in Dudley

The Gentlemen songsters Male Voice Choir will be performing at Dudley Town Hall on November 6.

It includes music from Phoenix West Midlands Brass and special performances from singer Natasha Harper and will raise money for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The popular event is part of a packed programme of activities organised by Dudley Council to mark the Remembrance period which includes the traditional Remembrance Sunday parade and service on November 9 and the Armistice Day event on November 11.

Town hall bosses in Dudley have revealed that reductions in government funding will have cut their budget by nearly 50 per cent in the space of just seven years.

As they release their latest budget proposals for the coming three years, Dudley Council bosses have announced that they will need to have made a total of £117 million of savings since 2011 due to the national shortfall.

It means by 2017/18 the council will be left with around half of the funds in real terms it had at its disposal before cutbacks started four years ago.

On top of £60million already saved in Dudley since 2011, in a budget report released today (TUES), it has been revealed that further savings of around £57 million will have to be made in Dudley over the next three years.

The boss of a grocery store in Lye has landed a hefty court bill of more than £3,000 after inspectors discovered a series of hygiene problems.

Rai Ahmad Sadiq Sangra, owner of PK Continental in High Street, Lye, pleaded guilty to eight offences under the food hygiene regulations at Dudley Magistrates on Thursday (October 16).

Dudley Council environmental health officers carried out an inspection of the shop in September 2013 and found a lack of hand washing facilities and dirty refrigerators and doors. They also found staff had failed to address a number of food safety hazards including cross contamination from raw to ready to eat foods and inadequate provision for the storage of waste. The shop received a hygiene rating of zero at the inspection.