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Cllr Ian Shires: LibDem - Willenhall North

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Don’t let the Tories hide their dirty washing behind BREXIT 

20 Apr 17

Continued austerity measures are hitting hard working people across the UK whilst the super-rich have seen their net worth more than double.


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Have your say about what New Invention needs and what part you can play 

20 Apr 17

Published by  New Invention Area ‏   @ New_Inventionco 10h 10 hours ago More Come along and join the buzz in # newinvention on Saturday..


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Lib Dem Cllrs Advice Surgeries are closed over the Easter Break 

13 Apr 17

There will be a Lib Dem Councillor’s Surgery today as usual at New Invention Library, The Square, Lichfield Road.


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An insight into the work of a councillor 

12 Apr 17

Over time many people have asked for an insight into the kind of things that councillors do in the course of their work on the council.


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Brown Bin garden waste collection should now be back on track 

10 Apr 17

New letters have gone out to those areas where the initial garden waste brown bins collection information was incorrect.


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Improvement starts to major link to Willenhall Town Centre 

9 Apr 17

Work has begun on much needed maintenance to a section of a major route through Short Heath to Willenhall Town Centre.


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The saga of the missed brown bins 

6 Apr 17

Brown bins collections restarted this week following the winter break and already had a number of calls from irate residents who have simply been left out.


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Lib Dems welcome much needed improvements along busy commuter route 

5 Apr 17

Work will be starting this week on much needed maintenance along Coppice Lane and Lucknow Road from the Amery Island through to Spring Lane.


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Changes to Street Cleansing from 1st April 2017 

4 Apr 17

Walsall Council’s Clean Green service has been re-designed to maximise the use of the resources they have whilst minimising the impact that will inevitably occur to neighbourhood areas as a direct result of budget cuts forced on the Labour/Liberal…


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New Invention Community come together to create a HIVE of activity 

28 Mar 17

Back in October last year Walsall Council had only sufficient funding to keep one library open and that was the Central Library next to the Council House in Walsall town centre thanks to continuing austerity measures from Mrs May’s Tories at …


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Walsall Works Jobs Fair. 

27 Mar 17

Walsall Works, in connection with Black Country Impact and various partners are hosting the Walsall Works Jobs Fair.


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Advanced warnings of road works in the Short Heath area 

24 Mar 17

There are some works being carried out on behalf of the council on the following roads Coppice Lane, (at canal bridge) Knightsbridge, Short Heath – Carriageway patching works from the 06/04/2017 to 07/054/17 between 0930 – 1600.


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Improved access to public transport is key to Willenhall Revival says Beverley Nielsen 

24 Mar 17

Willenhall liberal Democrats have welcomed the news that the West Midlands Combined Authority is set to start a number of extensions to Midland Metro.


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New Invention Community come together to create a HIVE of activity 

23 Mar 17

Back in October last year Walsall Council had only sufficient funding to keep one library open and that was the Central Library next to the Council House in Walsall town centre thanks to continuing austerity measures from Mrs May’s Tories at …


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So what’s all this about a Metro Mayor? 

19 Mar 17

In May 2017 a number of areas will be electing a metro mayor for the first time.


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You can fool some of the people all of the time……. 

13 Mar 17

You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.


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Tories Break Five Year Tax Lock Election Promise 

10 Mar 17

Remember this? So it was more than a bombshell to the many self employed workers across Willenhall and the wider borough of Walsall when the Chancellor announced a tax hike to their National Insurance contributions.


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Continued government austerity measures frustrate efforts of Health and Wellbeing Board 

8 Mar 17

Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board met this week to discuss a range of topics ranging from the work of the Safeguarding Children’s Board, through to bringing together all the local agencies in a single Health and Wellbeing Strategy to form the …


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Upcoming Road Closure in New Invention 

3 Mar 17

Beacon Road at its junction with the A462 Essington Road, is set to be closed from the 6th March to the 23rd March to enable contractors working for National Grid (Gas) to carry out some much needed gas main renewal.


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Government can’t keep fobbing off its responsibilities onto Councils say Lib Dems 

1 Mar 17

Walsall like seventy eight per cent of all metropolitan councils will be raising council tax bills by the maximum 4.99% allowed in 2017/18.


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Walsall Council Budget – New Invention Library, 

24 Feb 17

Back in October last year Walsall Council only had sufficient funding to keep one library open and that was the Central Library next to the Council House in Walsall.


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Labour/LibDem Budget gets council consent 

24 Feb 17

The Labour/Liberal Democrat Coalition succeeded in getting their four-year Budget Plan through at last night’s special Budget council meeting though storm Doris almost plunged the Council into chaos as one Labour Councillor was stranded in the East…


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Walsall Council Budget – Update 

24 Feb 17

Published by danielbarker on 24 February, 2017 If it had been a sporting contest, there would now be allegations about match-fixing.


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Walsall Council Budget – New Invention Library, 

23 Feb 17

Back in October last year Walsall Council only had sufficient funding to keep one library open and that was the Central Library next to the Council House in Walsall.


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Walsall Council meets tonight to decide budget 

23 Feb 17

Walsall Council meets tonight in full session tonight to debate the budget being put forward by the Labour/LibDem administration for 2017 to 2021 against the backdrop of continuing austerity measures by the Conservatives at Westminster .


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Grot Spot Walkabout 

17 Feb 17

Went on a walkabout pointing out some of the fly tipping grot spots around New Invention to Walsall Housing Group and Walsall Council’s Clean and Green Team.


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This week’s Lib Dem Advice Surgeries 

16 Feb 17

As well as keeping in touch with residents through our Focus Newsletters and social media, Liberal Democrats across New Invention and Short Heath hold regular Advice Surgeries.


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Grot Spot Britain: The sheer scale of a fly-tipping epidemic 

14 Feb 17

An ITV News investigation has revealed fly-tipping is on the rise in some parts of the UK.


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Residents up in arms over new public address system 

10 Feb 17

A new public address system at the Texaco/Nisa Local on the Lichfield Road, New Invention has got loca l residents up in arms with some claiming its sounds like you’re living on a factory estate instead of a residential area.


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Budget plans for 2017/20 go to Walsall’s Cabinet meeting tonight 

8 Feb 17

Walsall’s Cabinet meet this evening, it’s a packed agenda and early on the proceedings will be the Draft Budget for 2017/2020.


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Update on flooding proble at The Square, New Invention 

6 Feb 17

Quick update on the article below.


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Willenhall Lib Dems go walkabout with Walsall Housing Group 

5 Feb 17

Recently had a walkabout with officers from Walsall Housing Group (WHG) and took the opportunity to discuss a number of “estate management” issues which many of you who are tenants of WHG have raised with us.


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Changes to todays Councillor’s Advice Surgery 

2 Feb 17

Sorry about this but due to me needing to be at a couple of urgent meetings with Council officers this afternoon’s Advice Surgery at New Invention Library will be starting at 3.30pm instead of 4.00pm.


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Planners to debate the former Brown Jug pub site tonight 

2 Feb 17

Following continued pressure from Willenhall Liberal, Democrats Planning Committee will get to discuss what actions to take on the continued state of the former Brown Jug public house.


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Sometimes I despair 

1 Feb 17

As a part of the leadership of Walsall Council, Councillors Sean Coughlan, Lee Jeavans and myself are acutely aware of what some people think of politicians.


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Brown Jug – Lib Dem call for decisive action 

28 Jan 17

The owners of the former Brown Jug pub site have reacted to last week’s site visit organised by Willenhall Liberal Democrats.


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Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board met this week 

25 Jan 17

Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board met this week in a conference room at Walsall’s Council House.


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Successful campaign to get crossing upgrade to LED 

25 Jan 17

Short Heath Lib Dem Focus Team have announced the success of their hard fought campaign to get an upgrade of the pedestrian crossing in Lucknow Road as Walsall Council complete work on replacing the old style Belisha beacon with the all new LED …


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On Our Own by 2020! 

23 Jan 17

By 2020 Walsall Council will be getting virtually no support from the Government.


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Lib Dems call for demolision of derelict pub 

20 Jan 17

Willenhall Liberal Democrats have called for the demolition of the former Brown Jug pub in Short Heath following fears about the safety of the building.


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Walsall Council’s Fostering Team on the look out for more caring, supportive fostering families 

13 Jan 17

You could make a difference in 2017.


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Residents put their case against proposed service cuts 

10 Jan 17

Walsall Council met last night (Mon 09 Jan 2017) in full session and as you would expect at this time of year a number of petitions were received concerned about a number of the proposed budget cuts being considered  by the Labour/Liberal Democrat …


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Disappointment as yet another car wash gets planning permission 

7 Jan 17

Walsall’s Planning Committee granted permission for yet another hand car wash in-spite of opposition from local residents.


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Time to take stock on the effectiveness of Scrutiny? 

5 Jan 17

Corporate and Public Services Overview and Scrutiny Committee met Tuesday night in Walsall Council House.


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Theresa May’s Tories wash their hands of any responsibility for supporting local services 

28 Dec 16

So, we’ve had the Autumn Statement and the provisional Local Government Settlement from Theresa May and her Government.


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Season’s Greetings from Willenhall’s Lib Dem Focus Teams 

23 Dec 16

Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year from Liberal Democrat Focus Teams across Willenhall.


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COUNCIL TAX RISE WILL NOT PLUG CARE CASH SHORTFALL SAY LOCAL LIB DEMS 

22 Dec 16

Lib Dems on Walsall Council have revealed that the Government’s plan to allow the Council to raise council tax by 1% will only raise a small proportion of our council’s social care budget – just 1.1%.


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Want to know what’s happening to Policing in Willenhall? – Note for your diary 

19 Dec 16

Willenhall Area Partnership will be meeting  at 6pm on Thursday 12 th January 2017 at CHART- Gomer Street – Willenhall.


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Rubbish 

18 Dec 16

What is the Council doing about all the rubbish and litter?” is a question I am asked regularly.


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Putting up Council Tax not the answer to the gaping hole in social care funding say Lib Dems 

15 Dec 16

“Forcing cash strapped councils to further increase council tax is not the answer to the social care funding gap” Cllr Ian Shires, Liberal Democrat spokesperson on Walsall’s Health and Wellbeing Board attacked the Government of being clueless…







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