From the end of the Hippodrome to the pursuit of Covid-19, Dudley has seen its fair share of news headlines throughout 2021.
When the clock struck midnight and marked the start of the year, we had no idea the coronavirus would impose itself on us for another year.
There were also stories of thousands of homes slated for the Green Belt, a huge fine for Russells Hall Hospital and plans were revealed for Dudley to become a town for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations in the year. next.
Here are the top five stories told through Local Democracy Reporting Service coverage in the Borough of Dudley, in no particular order.
The old Dudley Racecourse hasn’t put on a live show since 1974 and closed in 2009, but there was a long campaign to save it.
Dudley’s council has now received £ 25million from the government to build a university center on the site.
Campaigners and the Theaters Trust wanted the 1930s building to be preserved and were against the council’s plans to build the university center there.
Councilors approved the demolition plans, but activists called on the government to reconsider the decision.
But they were told that the government would not intervene.
Across the country, the coronavirus was – and continues to be – the biggest news of the year.
Rates were particularly high at the start of the year, with Dudley Priory and Wrens Nest recording 117 cases, while Woodsetton recorded 84.
At one point, the advisers didn’t even attend Dudley’s board on health and wellness – which helps coordinate work with the NHS, hospitals and GPs. But the chairman of the board, adviser Nicolas Barlow, stressed that the authority’s Covid response plans were unaffected by the lack of numbers.
A sign of additional problems, barriers have been put in place to separate shoppers in some Dudley town centers at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
Now the Omicron variant has been discovered in Dudley, with the peak of the new virus expected to land in Birmingham and the West Midlands by mid-January.
Map of the black country
The Black Country Plan will see thousands of homes built on green belt sites across the region. This sparked a wave of protests in the four arrondissements.
Campaigners say the consultation was poorly organized and excluded people without internet access, meaning thousands of residents are still unaware of the plans. Conservative MPs in the region have spoken out against the plan and Ghost Communities Secretary Steve Reed has said people are not being listened to.
As part of the Black Country plan, more than 7,000 homes will be built on Green Belt lands in a battle to meet, according to advice, an unrealistic target of 76,000 homes by 2039.
Dudley Town Offer
Dudley is proposed to become a town as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations next year.
Council chief Patrick Harley said the city had a historic past “that most cities in the world could only dream of”.
“We are extremely proud of our borough and we have great ambitions for our future,” he added.
She is bidding for city status in a civic honors competition that is part of the events scheduled to mark the Queen’s 70th reign in 2022.
Fine at Russell’s Hall Hospital
A hospital trust has been fined £ 2.5million for the deaths of two patients. Natalie Billingham and Kaysie-Jane Robinson, who suffered from sepsis, died in 2018 at Russell’s Hall Hospital.
At Wolverhampton Magistrates’ Court, Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which operates the hospital, was also ordered to pay a contribution of £ 38,000 to the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which has taken the charges.
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