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Left Turn Arrow at Lichfield Rd/Crab Lane Junction 

19 Sep 18

At long last the Council contractors have painted in the ‘Left Turn’ arrow at the mini island on the Lichfield Rd/crab Lane island.


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Demand for Tories to explain change of heart over purchase of the Saddlers Centre 

19 Sep 18

Since gaining control of Walsall Council back in May this year, it would appear that the Tories have had a massive change of heart over their opposition to the purchase of the Saddlers Centre by the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration.


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Fly Tipping on Coppice Farm Neighbourhood Park 

19 Sep 18

I’ve reported in to Clean and Green the three fridges dumped on Coppice Farm Park behind Hillbury Drive (thanks goes to an eagle eyed resident who let me know).


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The Hive, New Invention – New job club for 25+ years old 

18 Sep 18

New job club for 25+ years old who are unemployed and live in the New Invention, Short Heath or surrounding areas.


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Walsall Prince’s Trust are now recruiting for their next team. 

18 Sep 18

Walsall Prince’s Trust are now recruiting for their next team.


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The Hive New Invention – Bridges 

17 Sep 18

Are you aged 25+, unemployed and live in the New Invention or Short Heath area? NEW JOB CLUB @ The Hive The Square, New Invention WV12 5EA Wednesday afternoon 1pm –4pm, starting 3 rd October 2018   Facilities include: Support and help with CV’s…


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Out and About with the Lib Dem Focus Team this weekend 

16 Sep 18

Have been out and about with the Willenhall Lib Dem Focus Team as usual this weekend in and around New Invention.


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Update on Walsall Secondary School Admissions 

16 Sep 18

This is an update on Secondary School Admissions 2019 following inquiries I made with Walsall Children’s Services Schools Admission Team about the new process for secondary applications.


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A week in the life of a Lib Dem Councillor – Part 2 

14 Sep 18

So, where did I get to? Oh yes, Part 1 took us up to close of play Wednesday.


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Willenhall Dementia Cafe 

12 Sep 18

September is World Alzheimer’s Month.


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A week in the life of a Lib Dem Councillor Part 1 

11 Sep 18

So it’s the start of another week.


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A bit of good news – ALDI Planning Application, decision September 

30 Aug 18

I received this off Walsall Planners this morning…… Good Morning, I can confirm that this application is recommended for approval and will be heard at the next planning committee 6th September 2018, the report will be available online on Friday.


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National Express West Midlands is hosting a running day with a difference 

30 Aug 18

Published by National Express West Midlands 28 August 2018 Following the launch of the new 10A bus service to Lichfield, passengers travelling with National Express West Midlands this weekend will have the opportunity to take a free ride on some of …


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Coppice Farm Neighbourhood Park – Grass cutting 

24 Aug 18

Back in July a resident mum in Willenhall North contacted us about just how overgrown the top end of the walkway that runs through Coppice Farm from the Lichfield Rd up into South Staffs had become.


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Open Day – The Hive Hub & The Square 

21 Aug 18

Frank F Harrison Community Association invite you to an Open Day at New Invention Community Hub on Thursday 23rd August 2018 from 10am to 2pm.


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Community Speedwatch – Interested? 

20 Aug 18

For some time now we’ve been receiving complaints about vehicles speeding in Pooles Lane, Lichfield Rd, Essington Rd and Coltham Rd to name but a few.


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Time is right for a Willenhall Area Action Plan say Lib Dems 

4 Aug 18

We need to demand better for our area.


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Demands for local people to decide how budget for grass cutting is spent 

3 Aug 18

I was out and about on the Coppice Farm Neighbourhood Park this week with Clean and Green to check the clean up operation following a fly – tipping incident in the lead up to last weekend.


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Tensions rise at Health and Wellbeing Board meeting 

31 Jul 18

Tensions rose in line with the temperature outside at a steamy meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) at Walsall Council House last week.


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HIVE UNIFORM BOX 

31 Jul 18

Dropped into The Hive (former New Invention Library) to check out the school uniform recycling project.


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Mobile Library off the road 

30 Jul 18

The Mobile Library is off the road this week due to its MOT and service.


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Long suffering Chase – Line commuters… 

30 Jul 18

As commuters into Birmingham from Bromsgrove today began enjoying three extra trains an hour thanks to the recently completed electrification, commuters using the popular Rugeley to Birmingham Chase-Line service via Walsall ask when will the …


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Fly – tippers strike again 

27 Jul 18

This lot of fly – tpping ended up on the walkway between the Lichfield Rd and Essington in New Invention this afternoon Reports in from witnesses said it was dumped off the back of a respectable looking white flat – backed truck, however the …


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Events in our area over the summer hols… 

20 Jul 18

Summer Holiday Provision Summer 2018 Professional Booklet This is the direct link to the booklet which is located on the Early Help website Click    http://www.


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Funding opportunity for community groups who support young people 

18 Jul 18

Councillor Ian Shires (Lib Dem, Willenhall North) is calling on organisations to use £100,000 funding opportunity for local young people Councillor Shires has today called on colleges, universities and community groups in the West Midlands to apply …


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Walsall’s new Tory bosses undemocratic, negative and uncaring say Lib Dems 

17 Jul 18

The new Conservative administration on Walsall Council has clearly set out its stall as the most negative, uncaring and undemocratic administration to date.


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LOW risk of flooding as weather set to break – Advice on precautions and action 

13 Jul 18

I have just received this information from Walsall Council After reviewing the Met Office forecast for this weekend it suggests that minor surface water flooding impacts are probable across parts of England and Wales today (Friday) and possible but …


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To Leave voters in Walsall North – Will Eddie Hughes deliver the Brexit you voted for? 

13 Jul 18

68% of Walsall North voters in the referendum on 23 June 2016 voted to leave the European Union.


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Events coming up around Willenhall and Darlaston 

13 Jul 18

Things going on across the West Locality Area (that’s Willenhall and Darlaston to you and me) Sunday Afternoon in Willenhall Memorial Park Bandstand- Amended Dates Update The Friends of Willenhall Memorial Park, working with Walsall Council, are …


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Tonight’s Planning meeting: Three new homes in Short Heath look set to become care homes? 

12 Jul 18

Three recently built family size semi detached homes next to the former Brown Jug site in High Rd, Lane Head look set to becoming  care homes for six children (two in each property) if planners have their way a tonight’s Planning Committee when …


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Universal Credit – School meals in line for Conservative cuts 

9 Jul 18

Changes to Universal Credit mean nearly 1 million poorer children will lose out on a free nutritious meal at lunch – costing parents £400 a year.


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Concerns about the health of our NHS at 70 

6 Jul 18

Our NHS and Social Care services are suffering from a chronic lack of funding.


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The next One Walsall One Voice Forum for Walsall West, takes place on Tuesday 3rd July 

2 Jul 18

This is a reminder that the next One Walsall One Voice Forum for Walsall West, takes place on Tuesday 3rd July from 6pm-8pm at Willenhall CHART Centre .


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A week in the life of 

29 Jun 18

It’s been another busy week for me as your Councillor here in Willenhall North.


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Walsall West Locality-One Voice Forum 3rd July 

26 Jun 18

Just a quick reminder that the next One Walsall One Voice Forum for Walsall West Locality (Willenhall, Darlaston and Bentley,) takes place on Tuesday 3rd July from 6pm-8pm at Willenhall CHART Centre .


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Road safety campaign gets results 

25 Jun 18

We are pleased to be able to report that a Turn Left arrow at the Lichfield Road/Crab Lane roundabout has been included in a batch of road marking work which has been passed to the Council’s Highway contractor.


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The West Midlands Devolution Deal 2 – what it means to you. 

22 Jun 18

Walsall Council will have the opportunity to comment on the latest proposals for the West Midlands Combined Authority Devolution Deal 2 when it meets in full session on Monday 16th July 2018 following a recommendation passed at the “five minute” …


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Lichfield Rd – Road safety concerns spark Traffic Order 

22 Jun 18

Walsall Council has advertised a Traffic Order to extend the double yellow lines on the exit onto the Lichfield Road from The Square.


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Brown Bin collections still running late 

26 May 18

Your Lib Dem Focus Team have had a number of inquiries this week about brown garden waste bins not being emptied on the scheduled day; around New Invention it should be Thursdays on a three week cycle.


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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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