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Following a three month consultation with service users, new opening times at Dudley libraries and the archives centre will be introduced in August.

Reduced opening times are being introduced as part of agreed cost savings across the council to meet the demands of budget cuts from central government.

All libraries will still be open at least six days a week and two of the borough’s main libraries will be open 7 days a week. Evening opening times will continue where there is public demand.

A Coseley school which has suffered falling pupil numbers and exam results will close as education bosses vow to put the needs of pupils first.


The Coseley School will undergo a phased closure over the next 12 months after cabinet agreed to close the school tonight (Thursday) in the interests of pupils.

In September 2016 the school had just over 520 pupils - half of its 975 capacity, and last year’s GCSE results placed it bottom of all borough secondary schools for five A*-C GCSEs including English and maths.


Over 900 people have signed a petition to save the Black Country Bugle paper and keep it in Dudley.

The petition was set up by Dudley MP Ian Austin to show the strength of local opposition to plans that would see the Bugle moved to Tamworth.

The Bugle’s parent company Trinity Mirror have announced the move alongside plans to cut the number of reporters at the paper and leave it without an editor.  The company is currently consulting with staff over the plans.


A third annual climb of Ben Nevis is being launched to honour Dudley mountaineer, local hero, peace campaigner and charity fundraiser Bert Bissell and raise funds for local charities.

Dudley North MP Ian Austin has assembled the biggest team yet for this year’s climb taking place on Thursday 11thAugust.

Over twenty charity fundraisers from Dudley will be led by Austin and the new Dudley Mayor Mo Hanif, including Deputy Mayor Dave Tyler, local councillors Keiran Casey and Steve Waltho, Bert’s lifelong friend Astley Blake who now runs the Bible Class he established, and local charity campaigners Damian Corfield, Shaz Saleem and Steve Rayner.