Love Our Public

Love Our Public

Love our public campaign goes live!

LearnPlay Foundation, based within The Public, employ up to 200 local young apprentices.

One of the reasons we chose The Public as a venue was because it was the only place in the Black Country that would directly allow our young people to work alongside internationally renowned artists and provide them with an aspirational pathway.

Since the announcement on 9 May 2013 that Sandwell Council are looking into alternative uses for The Public, we’ve launched a campaign for people to show their support.

Listed below are a number of ways in which you can make your voice heard. Shout about what’s important to you about The Public, and why it needs to stay.


  • Sign the petition created by our apprentices

An online e-petition can be signed here:

  • Do you use Twitter?

In all your Tweets, please use the hashtag #LoveOurPublic and shout about what The Public means to you. You can also follow them via @_the_public or us at @learnplaytweets and keep up to date with all the developments.

Darren Cooper @sandwellleader is the Leader of Sandwell Council and Jan Britton @janbritton is Sandwell Council’s Chief Executive. You can copy these into your tweets along with the #LoveOurPublic hashtag and @sandwellcouncil.

  • Write to your councillor

Write to your councillor at Sandwell Council House, Oldbury B69 3DE:

If you live in the following wards, these are your councillors:

Abbey – Steve Eling, Dr Ann Jaron, Bob Piper
Great Barr with Yew Tree – Shirley Hosell, Steve Melia, Christopher Worsey
Oldbury – Susan Downing, Elaine Giles, Mahboob Hussain
St Paul’s – Zahoor Ahmed, Babu Singh Bawa, Preet Kaur Gill
Blackheath – Malcolm Bridges, Kerrie Carmichael, Bob Price
Great Bridge Ward – Pete Allen, Joanne Hadley, Derek Rowley
Old Warley – Dr Trevor Crumpton, Susan Crumpton, Steve Trow
Tipton Green Ward – Ahmadul Haque, Ian Jones, Syeda Khatun
Bristnall Ward – Lucy Cashmore, Steven Frear, Ann Jarvis
Greets Green & Lyng – Bob Badham, John Edwards, Gurcharan Singh Sidhu
Princes End Ward – Suzanne Hartwell, Stephen Jones, Bill Cherrington
Tividale Ward – Lorraine Ashman, Maria Crompton, Jayne Wilkinson
Charlemont with Grove Vale – Anne Hughes, Liam Preece, Tony Ward
Hateley Heath – Pat Davies, Paul Moore, Paul Sandars
Rowley – Susan Eaves, Barbara Price, Chris Tranter
Wednesbury North – Elaine Costigan, Peter Hughes, Mavis Hughes
Cradley Heath & Old Hill – John Tipper, Ann Shackleton, Julie Webb
Langley – Mick Davies, Yvonne Davies, Sharon Davies
Smethwick – Keith Davies, Linda Horton, Vic Silvester
Wednesbury South – Elizabeth Giles, Olwen Jones, Pam Hughes
Friar Park – Joy Edis, Simon Hackett, Geoff Lewis
Newton – David Hosell, Joyce Underhill, Tony Underhill
Soho & Victoria – Darren Cooper, Roger Horton, Mohammed Rouf
West Bromwich Central – Bawa Singh Dhallu, Kim Frazer, Mohinder Singh Tagger

Or simply visit for more telephone numbers and email addresses.

  • Write To Your MP

Tom Watson: West Bromwich East
Terry Duffy House, 1 Thomas Street, West Bromwich, B70 6NT
Tel: 0121 569 1904
Fax: 0121 553 204

Adrian Bailey: West Bromwich West
Office of Adrian Bailey MP
Terry Duffy House
Thomas Street
West Bromwich
B70 6NT
Tel: 0121 569 1926

  • Visit The Public and leave your comments

Leave your comments directly at The Public.

There is also a video igloo in their reception to share your stories and you can write your message on a piece of card and have your photo taken which will be placed on a board in the foyer and shared on Flickr.

  • Blog Your Comments

If you are a blogger, use your site to write comment or messages of support

  • Add your comments to our website
  • Add your comments to our Facebook Page at LearnPlayFoundation
  • Add your comments to The Public’s website

Simply visit: and leave your messages of support, or email them at info_public/@/

Remember that your voice is important.



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