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Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mayor of Sandwell

Councillor Barbara Price, who has been a Rowley councillor for 16 years, is the
new Mayor of Sandwell. She has chosen Acorns Children’s Hospice as her charity.

New Mayor Barbara Price with Deputy Mayor Julie Webb
Councillor Price, who lives in Mackmillan Road, Rowley Regis, has husband Councillor Robert Price, as consort.

Councillor Julie Webb is deputy mayor with her daughter Nicola Webb as consort.

The new mayor and deputy mayor were invested at a ceremony at Sandwell Council House, in Oldbury, last night (Tuesday 26 May).

Since becoming a member of the council Councillor Price, who represents the Rowley ward was deputy mayor to Councillor Linda Horton in 2013, mayoress to her husband Councillor Robert Price in 2008 and deputy mayor in 2001 to former council leader Tarsem King. She was also Rowley town lead for five years.  

Councillor Barbara Price, Mayor of Sandwell, said: “I have decided to support Acorns Children’s Hospice as my charity for the year.

None of us would want to go through the heartache of seeing their children with a terminal illness and so the work this charity does for both children and their families is so important.

“I am really looking forward to going around the borough to meet the many people who do so much work for their communities and to raise money for such a good cause,” she said.


Sandwell is a metropolitan borough in the West Midlands of England. The borough is named after the Sandwell Priory, and spans a densely populated part of both the Black Country and the West Midlands conurbation. According to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, the borough comprises the six towns of Oldbury, Rowley Regis, Smethwick, Tipton, Wednesbury, and West Bromwich, although these places consist of numerous smaller settlements and localities. Though West Bromwich is the largest town in the borough and its designated Strategic Town Centre, Sandwell Council House (the headquarters of the local authority) is situated in Oldbury.

Bordering Sandwell is the City of Birmingham to the east, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley to the south and west, the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall to the north, and the City of Wolverhampton to the north-west. Spanning the borough are the parliamentary constituencies of West Bromwich West, West Bromwich East, Warley, and part of Halesowen and Rowley Regis, which crosses into the Dudley borough.

At the 2011 census, the borough had population of 309,000 and an area of 86 square kilometres (33 sq mi).

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