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Libraries – the good news 

16 Jan 18

This time last year the Lib/Lab Coalition running Walsall Council took the decision to review the borough’s library service.


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Recent cold snap takes its toll on roads 

12 Jan 18

The recent spell of very cold weather has taken its toll on parts of the local roads.


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Severn Trent – carrying out essential maintenance end of month 

12 Jan 18

If you live in the north Willenhall area then you may have had notice off Severn Trent about some upcoming work checking out their pipework and carrying out some essential maintenance.


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Just who or what is the West Midlands Mayor? 

10 Jan 18

Third of people unable to name West Midlands mayor.


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Join the cheapest gym in town 

2 Jan 18

If you’d like to help out with delivering Focus in Willenhall North or Short Heath let us know.


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Tory Budget Black Hole – £50billion lost means residents will be £687 a year worse off 

1 Jan 18

New studies show that the UK economy has stalled under the Conservatives.


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Spot checks carried out on Walsall’s taxis and private hire vehicles 

21 Dec 17

A big drive has taken place over the past couple of weeks with West Midlands Police working closely with Walsall Council Taxi Licensing Enforcement Officers carrying out spot checks to ensure taxis and hackney carriages in the borough are safe and …


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ICE !! 

15 Dec 17

Some really tricky conditions about this morning so whether driving or walking give yourself extra time and go carefully.


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Bin Collection – suspended today 

12 Dec 17

Just received this message off Cllr Lee Jeavons Deputy Leader of Walsall Council Tuesday 12th December Bin update: With very icy conditions underfoot and with some bins actually frozen to the floor, the decision has been made to suspend bin …


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They even came round in the snow…… 

10 Dec 17

What were your Councillors doing this weekend? Willenhall’s Liberal Democrat Councilors Dan Barker and Ian Shires were out and about delivering Focus newsletters in the Short Heath area.


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Metro Mayor needs to entice motorists out of their cars with improved public transport say Lib Dems 

30 Nov 17

Recent proposals to improve public transport across the West Midlands give Walsall very little to look forward to says the town’s Lib Dem Leader Cllr Ian Shires.


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Financial chaos set to continue thanks to the Tories 

25 Nov 17

Surprisingly the leader of the Conservative Opposition on Walsall Council has described the £12.4 million budget cuts for next year as grim.


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New powers see swift action to evict unauthorised encampment 

23 Nov 17

Action taken by the progressive alliance between Labour and the Liberal Democrats currently running Walsall Council in respect of Unauthorised Encampments paid off today when a group of travellers who attempted to set up an encampment on the Wakes …


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Tories claim of £7.5 billion increased NHS funding is not all new money say Lib Dems 

23 Nov 17

I see that our new Conservative MP for Walsall North has posted a graphic on Twitter claiming an NHS funding increase of £7.5 billion.


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Budget special – £50billion lost means residents will be £687 a year worse off 

23 Nov 17

New studies show that the UK economy has stalled under the Conservatives.


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Fly tipping eyesore – Lib Dems call for enforcement action 

22 Nov 17

Nobody should have to put up with this sort of thing day in, day out…… And unfortunately it doesn’t stop there…… Where is it? It’s around the shops and flats in Nottingham Drive.


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Public Meeting – Policing across Willenhall 

20 Nov 17

Your chance to have your questions answered about Policing in our area.


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Community Cohesion Strategy gets the go ahead 

14 Nov 17

Walsall Councillors voted through a comprehensive new Community Cohesion Strategy at their meeting in the Council House last night.


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The People of North Willenhall show their Respect 

12 Nov 17

People of North Willenhall showed today that the fallen in two world wars and the conflicts that have happened since and those continuing today will not be forgotten.


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Former Cavalcade pub site – Update 

11 Nov 17

Work began this week on clearing the former Cavalcade pub site in preparation for development to start.


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Another busy week drawing to a close 

10 Nov 17

Another busy week drawing to a close.


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Council secures a further set of Injunctions to stop unauthorised encampments 

7 Nov 17

Some good news on Unauthorised Encampments, Walsall Council brought together the evidence needed to secure a further 11 County Court Injunctions on the following sites across the borough: Aldridge Community Centre and adjoining land in Middlemore …


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Getting the facts straight on the former Cavalcade pub site 

1 Nov 17

Archive photo of former Cavalcade pub site, Stroud Ave There appears to be some misinformation circulating about as to why the private owners haven’t begun developing the former Cavalcade pub site off Stroud Avenue in Short Heath.


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Resurfacing works High Rd/Sandbeds Road Planned for November 

28 Oct 17

Walsall Council is to carry out much needed carriageway resurfacing at High Road, Sandbeds Road, Bentley Lane and Ashmore Lake Way during November.


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Private rented sector – sorting the good from the bad 

11 Oct 17

Walsall’s private rented sector plays an important part in providing much needed housing across the borough.


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Police hold mobile surgeries following rise in burglary crime. 

9 Oct 17

Willenhall’s Neighbourhood Police team held mobile surgeries on the Coppice Farm Estate, New Invention over the weekend.


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Crime commissioner: ‘Police need to be given the power to ban travellers’ – Birmingham Mail 

9 Oct 17

Published in the Birmingham Mail by  NICK MCCARTHY  06:30, 9 OCT 2017 David Jamieson’s strident comments came as it was revealed the number of illegal traveller camps in the region had more than doubled in five years Police need to be given the …


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Advanced notice of Road Closure 

9 Oct 17

Work is set to begin on renewing the gas main at the junction of Fletcher Rd, with Lichfield Rd, New Invention on Monday 23rd October.


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Can Ian help? Willenhall North Cllr holds regular Friday advice surgeries 

6 Oct 17

Each Friday Willenhall North’s Lib Dem Cllr Ian Shires hosts his advice surgery at Oakwood Lodge, Chaucer Ave, Short Heath, WV12 5JN from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.


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Further issues with Temporary Lights – Sandbeds Road 

4 Oct 17

There were further problems overnight in Sandbeds Road, Willenhall due to the temporary traffic lights installed by Severn Trent whilst they complete works on repairing a sewer near Stroud Avenue junction.


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Severn Trent temporary traffic lights caused chaos this morning. 

3 Oct 17

Temporary traffic lights in Sandbeds Road at junction with Stroud Ave caused absolute chaos during the morning rush hour today.


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Congestion in Essington Road. 

2 Oct 17

We are getting numerous complaints from frustrated motorists help up in long tail backs in Essington Road near junction with Wrighton Close.


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Bollards to be erected to keep jy riders off green. 

2 Oct 17

Following complaints from local residents about cars joy riding on the field in Littleton Road on the Forest Gate Estate a site visit was arranged to enable officers from Walsall Council to look for a solution.


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Tories in leadership crisis 

1 Oct 17

At the start of the Tory Conference Theresa May is looking more and more like a disaster waiting to happen.


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Litter pickers making a difference….. 

1 Oct 17

Been out dodging the showers this weekend delivering the latest edition of Focus with colleagues in Short Heath and had a number of interesting conversations with residents on our way round.


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Advanced warning of roadworks – Ashmore Lake Rd 

29 Sep 17

Roadworks are due to take place in Ashmore Lake Road near to the junction with Ravenscroft Road Willenhall between the 11th and 13th October 2017.


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Good news on the horizon as plans emerge to charge utilities for roadworks 

29 Sep 17

Willenhall has had more than its fair share of disruption recently due to large scale roadworks being carried out by contractors working on behalf of water and gas companies so it’s good to see that at long last the Government has announced plans …


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Litter, fly tipping, dog fouling and Focus. Welcome to my world…… 

26 Sep 17

Willenhall Liberal Democrats were out and about as usual over the weekend delivering Focus and talking with residents.


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Listening to our Communities 

15 Sep 17

Spoke at a Communities and Partners Workshop this morning about the importance of the work currently taking place to set up a new system which will see measures put in place to ensure that residents are able to influence decisions that have direct …


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Just when you thought it was safe…… 

14 Sep 17

We have just had notification of another unauthorised encampment, this time it’s on council land in Wolverhampton Street, Willenhall.


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Former Cavalcade Pub site – Grot Spot 

4 Sep 17

Have received a reply off Walsall Council following further complaints from the Short Heath Lib Dem Focus Team.


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Planning Application at 18, KESTREL GROVE, WILLENHALL, 

4 Sep 17

Application Details Particulars of the application Application Number: 17/1048 Proposal: Change of use: Ground floor from residential (C3) to a mixed used residential and day nursery (sui generis) Site Address: 18, KESTREL GROVE, WILLENHALL, WV12 5HQ…


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Planning Application for developmet at 59, WOOD LANE, WILLENHALL, 

4 Sep 17

Received notification of this Planning Application in Willenhall North Ward Home Search Criteria Search Results Application Details Application Details Particulars of the application Application Number: 17/1090 Proposal: Erection of 5 houses, 1 x …


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Update on Severn Trent’s ongoing renewal works Sandbeds Road 

31 Aug 17

Work in progress – Sandbeds Road, Willenhall Latest update from Severn Trent shows that works are continuing to make vital connections of the new and existing water pipes.


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Finally Severn Trent start work on water leak in Cannock Road 

31 Aug 17

Severn Trent has finally begun work on repairing the water leak by the entrance to New Invention Infants School in Cannock Road.


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Flooding Cannock Road – 

27 Aug 17

Good to see something being done at last to deal with the flooding by the pedestrian crossing outside New Invention Infants School.


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Out and About with Willenhall Lib Dems – August Bank Holiday Weekend 

27 Aug 17

It might be the Bank Holiday Weekend but the Willenhall Lib Dem Focus Team are out and about delivering Focus and reporting in on issues we are picking up as we go around…


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Update on Unauthorised Encampment – Goscote Lane 

24 Aug 17

Just a quick update on where the Council is at on the issue of the Unauthorised Encampment on land off Goscote Lane: A court summons has been served on the  travellers currently on the Goscote Lane site.


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New Invention Community Forum looking for volunteers to help run book exchange 

18 Aug 17

Volunteer in New Invention! Are you interested in making friends and volunteering some of your time to make a difference in the community? The New Invention Community Forum is looking for volunteers to help run their book exchange at the New …


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Prison sentence for flytipper after court case win 

18 Aug 17

Published by Walsall Council Last updated: 18/08/2017 16:04:56 A prolific flytipper and uninsured white van driver from Blakenall, who drove without a license and then dumped ‘house clearance’ rubbish made up of old furniture, fridges and …





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