The final decision on a land swap which could see people who live in Rowley Regis getting a one stop shop for services is to be taken next week.

Officers are asking councillors on Sandwell's cabinet to approve plans for the authority to take overall control of the building which houses Blackheath Library on the High Street.

It is owned by Black Country Housing Group (BCHG) which is considering closing its offices on the site.

Council officers have proposed the council acquires the building and creates a local service centre for the Rowley Regis area.

Blackheath Library, on High Street, Rowley Regis
Blackheath Library, on High Street, Rowley Regis
 

The scheme would give access to information, advice and guidance on services from council staff along with hands on support with digital systems including access to on-line services, Wi-Fi, and digital skills training.

The centre could also house voluntary groups which can give face-to-face support around housing, adult social care and advice on welfare rights.

At present the council has a 66 year lease on the ground floor of the building.

In exchange, Sandwell will sell the housing group land to the value of the freehold of the building.

In turn, BCHG will build approximately 68 new houses where the council will be able to place potential tenants from its housing list.

The land the authority will sell includes existing council offices at Payne Street in Blackheath, Shaftesbury House in West Bromwich, land on Meredith Street and Upper High Street, Cradley Heath and 106 Birmingham Road, Rowley Regis.

Cabinet members are being asked to ratify the proposal at their meeting on March 20.