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Cllr Ian Shires: LibDem - Willenhall North

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Support for a Task Force over M&S Closures gains momentum 

24 May 18

Walsall’s Marks and Spencer’s is just one of a hundred stores in the chain across the country to be threatened with closure, there are others across the West Midlands.


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Walsall’s night of the long knives 

22 May 18

For the first time in 70 years Walsall has a Mayor who has served two consecutive terms.


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Walsall Council – Reputations will be won or lost at tonight’s Mayor making ceremony 

21 May 18

Walsall Council still remains in no overall control following the Local Elections on 3rd May 2018.


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Is there more to councils than emptying bins d cutting grass? 

17 May 18

I suspect that many of you are not that fussed about who will be the next Mayor of Walsall or for that matter who runs the council as long as you get your bins emptied and your grass cut.


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The work goes on 

16 May 18

In spite of all the bad blood down at the Council House in Walsall, back in Willenhall North and Short Heath your Lib Dem Focus Team has carried on doing what we always do; Ward walks to identify issues such as stretches of our roads suffering from …


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Walsall about to return to the dark days of the 1990’s 

16 May 18

Cllr Mike Bird Just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, they did.


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Politics in Walsall is never boring 

15 May 18

So the local elections have come and gone.


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New Clothing and Textile Re-cycling Service – Why? 

5 May 18

There has been a great deal of comment about a new clothing and textile recycling collection service that the council is introducing in partnership with JMP Wilcox who are well established textile recyclers and re-processors .


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Yesterday’s Local Elections – Reflections 

4 May 18

As Leader of the Liberal Democrats in Walsall I’d like to say a big thank you to all those of you who went out and cast your votes for us, it really is much appreciated.


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Remember to use your vote. Don’t leave it to others they could be leaving it to you! 

3 May 18

There’s still several hours left to go out and vote, so don’t leave it to others, they may be leaving it you.


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Negative Tories 

3 May 18

Published by danielbarker on 29 April, 2018 It seems that after running out of ideas about how they can positively promote themselves, the Conservatives have dug out their rather stale attack on Labour and us for voting through the investment in the …


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Breaking News: New ALDI, see full Planning Application 

3 May 18

Breaking News: The pre planning application phase for the proposed new ALDI store on Coppice Farm Way has been completed and a full planning application has been received by Planning Dept at Walsall Council.


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Enforcement: Progressive Alliance commits to high standards and consumer protection 

27 Apr 18

When we took control of Walsall Council a couple of years ago it soon became clear that the outgoing Conservative administration had allowed cutbacks to decimate whole swathes of the Council’s enforcement capability.


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Not me gov’ say the Tories 

27 Apr 18

Have to say that I find the antics of Amber Rudd in trying to shift blame away from herself and her lack of rudimentary knowledge of her responsibilities onto her civil servants absolutely astonishing.


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The continuing saga of the Saddlers Centre 

24 Apr 18

They say that politics is a dirty game and following recent events it’s easy to see why people might think that.


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The Loft Youth Club 

21 Apr 18

Frank F Harrison Community Association has opened a new youth club based on new Invention Square (above Greggs shop) providing a safe fun environment for young people aged 9-15 on a Thursday evening.


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Walsall Central Library – Hoardings go up ahead of essential maintenance 

16 Apr 18

Contractors working on behalf of Walsall Council erected hoardings around the Central Library over the weekend.


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Lib Dems – Action Takers not Committee Sitters 

15 Apr 18

Big push over this weekend.


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Community Rehabilitation Service funding cut – Walsall CCG quizzed on lack of consultation 

11 Apr 18

Liberal Democrat Cllr Ian Shires raised concerns about the lack of consultation around the future of Hollybank House following the withdrawal of funding for the Community Rehabilitation Service by the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) at last night…


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Abba tribute – In aid of St Giles Hospice & the Connor John Appeal 

11 Apr 18

Abba tribute In aid of St Giles Hospice the Connor John App eal Willow’s Hall; Bath Street Willenhall WV13 2EY Date Friday 29 th June 2018 Tickets Adult £25.00 Children £10.00 Drinks Reception 6.30pm; 2 Course Indian Meal; Auction; Raffle; Disco …


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Lots of good stuff going on in our Locality 

11 Apr 18

The Loft Youth Club – New Invention Square Frank F Harrison Community Association is proud to introduce The Loft Youth Club situated at New Invention Square, 1st floor Community Centre (above Greggs) every Thursday evening 5:15pm – 7:45pm for …


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Hollybank House – CCG withdraw Better care Funding 

10 Apr 18

As a Councillor for Willenhall North, and a Cabinet member as well as a member of the Health and Wellbeing Board, I have to say just how disappointed I was when I became aware of Hollybank House losing the beds to care for patients coming out of the …


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Local Tory MP needs to go back to school 

9 Apr 18

So Walsall North’s Tory MP Eddie Hughes who incidentally is still Councillor for leafy Streetly Ward in Aldridge Brownhills  has posted on his Facebook page about the Conservative Government doubling fines for littering:  “The Conservative …


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Willenhall E-Act – Setting the record straight 

8 Apr 18

Published by danielbarker on 4 April, 2018 Okay, its silly season again, when politicians come out the woodwork and start claiming as successes things that have nothing to do with them.


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Improved plans for Nursing Home on former Meadow House Site, Stroud Avenue 

8 Apr 18

The owners of the former Meadow House site off Stroud Avenue, Short Heath have submitted some revised plans.


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Are you registered to Vote at the Local Election on 3rd May 

30 Mar 18

On Thursday 3 May 2018 Walsall residents will go to the polls to have their say about who represents them on Walsall Council.


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Great opportunity for charities and community groups to meet local funders and to network. 

30 Mar 18

One Walsall’s next Funders Fair will take place on Wednesday 18th April between 12 noon – 5 pm at Manor Farm Community Association , King George Crescent, Walsall, WS4 1EU.


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NHS Health Services over the Easter period 

29 Mar 18

Published by  NHS Walsall CCG @ WalsallCCG With the Easter Bank Holiday coming up, don’t leave it until the last minute to order your repeat prescription.


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Walsall’s Civic Amenity Sites – We listened – We acted 

29 Mar 18

To help Walsall residents with busy demand Walsall’s Clean and Green service will be opening its two tips at Aldridge and Bloxwich every day from Monday 2nd April through to Friday 6th April.


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Lib Dems out in force again this weekend 

26 Mar 18

Lib Dem Focus Teams out in force again this weekend in New Invention and Short Heath.


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Severn Trent head off into the sunset leaving behind a trail of frustration 

23 Mar 18

Severn Trent are making no friends out there by the way they have gone about fixing the water leak in Coppice Farm Way.


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What’s on in your community 

23 Mar 18

Have just received the following information from the West Locality which covers Darlaston as well as Willenall.


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Pause for thought on Selective Licensing scheme for Landlords 

20 Mar 18

Walsall Council’s ruling Coalition responded earlier this year to concerns about the conditions of some of the private rented properties in and around our town centre.


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Travelers move on 

19 Mar 18

Caravans move off the Wakes car park The Wakes car park is one of 24 sites across Walsall which under the current Coalition administration have been covered by court injunctions, as a result the 12 caravans that went onto the car park Friday …


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Really not for the faint-hearted….. 

18 Mar 18

It was still snowing when we started delivering across Allens Rough and the Beacon this morning .


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Walsall – No burial fees for under 16s 

17 Mar 18

Good cooperation for our progressive coalition, good outcome.


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Out and about with the Focus Team in Willenhall North 

17 Mar 18

One of the Focus delivery teams supporting our action day in Willenhall North on a bitterly cold Saturday morning…


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Walsall and its District Centres to benefit from Land and Housing Deal 

14 Mar 18

Walsall will benefit from a share of a £350 million deal to speed up house building in the West Midlands.


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New Venue – The Loft Youth Club, 

9 Mar 18

Ian Shires shared Theloft Youthclub ‘s post .


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Shed break-in Watkins Rd area 

7 Mar 18

Just had some news about another shed break-in: Shed broken into at an address in Watkins road Willenhall on the night of Friday 2nd March.


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Update – M6 J7-8 Rushall Canal Bridge Joint Replacement. 

6 Mar 18

Have had a message from Kier Services / Highways about work they are carrying out on the M6 J7-8 Rushall Canal Bridge Joint Replacement.


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Rudge Close – 8 new homes given go ahead 

5 Mar 18

The go ahead has been given for plans to build much needed new homes on a large area of land to the rear of existing properties in Rudge Close, Short Heath, Willenhall.


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All you need to know about Walsall’s winter gritting policy 

2 Mar 18

A number of people have been asking about who decides what about gritting in Walsall so for those of you who are interested y ou can find Walsall’s Winter Service Operational Plan 2015-18 (PDF 8MB) on the Council’s website.


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Message from Clean and Green Services – Bins 

2 Mar 18

Severe weather Friday 2 March 2018.


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Former Brown Jug PH site – update 

2 Mar 18

Former Brown Jug Pub Following a long hard fought campaign by Willenhall Liberal Democrats a notice was served on the owners of the former Brown Jug PH in January giving the owners 28 days to take action on the state of the site.


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Information for Communities: GDPR Training: Walsall Expo: Trench Raiders Concert: St Giles Hospice – Cycle Challenge 

2 Mar 18

Just received the following information off the West Locality Manager.


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M6 J7-8 Rushall Bridge Joint Replacement: Postponed 

27 Feb 18

Just had this in an email off the contractors on this important work on the M6: M6 J7-8 Rushall Canal Bridge Joint Replacement: Postponed Due to the cold weather conditions, we have had to postpone the essential overnight work on the M6 northbound …


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NHS Walsall CCG Consultation on over the counter medicines 

26 Feb 18

Published by  NHS Walsall CCG ‏   @ WalsallCCG 34m 34 minutes ago We will be at @ WalsallHcareNHS from 10am – 1pm offering more information on @ NHSEngland ‘s consultation looking at prescriptions for over the counter medicines.


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Consultation now open on proposed modifications to Local Plans 

26 Feb 18

Published on Our Walsall 26 February 2018 Consultation now open on proposed modifications to Local Plans Walsall Council has today launched a six week consultation period on the last stage in the production of two key Local Plans for the borough.


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World Cafe – Chance to air your views on issues in your community 

22 Feb 18

The World Cafe is being run by One Walsall West Midlands Police.







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