Ian Shires

Liberal Democrat Councillor for Willenhall North Ward, Liberal Democrat Group Leader, Walsall MBC Learn more

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Europe or the world? It’s a false choice.

by Ian Shires on 2 September, 2015

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Stuart Bonar | Tue 1st September 2015 – 4:51 pm “Do you agree that the UK should leave the EU and trade with the world?” That’s the question on the front pageof the UKIP website, and presumably how they want to start framing the referendum debate once they launch […]

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Tory run Walsall Council’s Rubbish Service

by Ian Shires on 1 September, 2015

During August Walsall Council has been carrying out a consultation about how you would want your fortnightly rubbish collection to be run. Hang on a minute, do you recall at the May elections the Tories (who run the Council thanks to the support of the Kippers and 3 Independents) saying anything about only emptying your […]

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Rough Wood and Bentley Haye Local Nature Reserve

by Ian Shires on 1 September, 2015

Second Quad Bike Confiscated – Rough Wood

by Ian Shires on 1 September, 2015

The Police confiscated a second quad bike in Rough Wood Bank Holiday Monday afternoon following complaints from residents. The summer has seen a big increase in this type of anti social behaviour. Not only do they put other legitimate users of our green spaces and woodland at risk of serious injury but they are doing […]

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Willenhall North Neighbourhood Police Team dropped into the Lib Dem Thursday Advice Surgery for our regular update meeting……..

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On the subject of highway weeds…..

by Ian Shires on 31 August, 2015

Talking with residents on both the Broadway Estate and Coppice Farm the topic of conversation turned to weeds in gutters and along pavements. It all looks very hit and miss to us. Contractors are using a quad bike type of vehicle carries the weed killer and automatic spraying equipment. Some residents complained that the operator […]

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Nottingham Drive Shops Revisited

by Ian Shires on 31 August, 2015

The Willenhall Liberal Democrat Focus Team has been busy over this the last weekend of the summer holidays.  We revisited the Shopping Precinct in Nottingham Drive on Saturday and were disappointed to see that the private owners had done nothing about its run down appearance. In fact there was hardly any difference in the way […]

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Published on Social Liberal Forum by Simon Radford 19 Aug 2015 In the second of this three part series, Simon Radford gives a brief history lesson in post war economic thinking. Part one can be read here. Political scientists often refer to events called “critical junctures”: events that set in motion path dependencies that set […]

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Another busy surgery yesterday at The Square, New Invention. Getting a lot of people concerned at the increasing number of quad bikers using our green spaces and canal tow path as their play ground. Fences have been broken down to gain access and a great deal of damage is being done to pathways. Many of […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Jim Wallace | Wed 26th August 2015 – 6:55 pm It is desperately disappointing that to many people outside Westminster, the impression that they have of the House of Lords is that espoused by the press over the course of this summer following the reported behaviour of Lord Sewel. […]

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