Ian Shires

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

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New road markings have gone in along the Lichfield Road to improve traffic flow around the busy traffic islands at the Cannock Road and Pooles Lane junctions. The road markings are part of a number of actions being carried out along the Lichfield Road as part of an ongoing campaign by Willenhall North’s Lib Dem […]

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New Invention Library to close under Tory budget plans

by Ian Shires on 5 February, 2016

The library at The Square New Invention will close and the service will be downgraded to a book exchange operating from a local school. That is what was agreed at Walsall’s all Tory Cabinet which met on Wednesday. There are number of very angry people who tell us that they signed the Tory petition because […]

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There is a subtle change going in our lives. A change so subtle most people have not noticed and certainly gets little or no publicity from the right wing popular press. It’s a change that benefits the few at the expense of the many. What is that change? The Tories in Government are shifting the […]

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Published on BBC NEWS From the section Business 03 Feb 2016 The introduction of Universal Credit (UC) will leave working families worse off on average, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said. UC, which combines six benefits into one monthly payment, was intended to be more generous than the current system but the IFS said cuts to the […]

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Liberal Democrats fight to protect Feed-in Tariffs

by Ian Shires on 3 February, 2016

Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Energy and Climate Change Lynne Featherstone has tabled a fatal motion in the House of Lords against the Government cuts to Feed-in Tariffs. The staggering 65 per cent cuts to Feed-in Tariffs will be debated today (2nd February). These plans will shrink the currently thriving solar industry by over half its […]

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Bus users are being taken for a ride Lib Dems claim.

by Ian Shires on 2 February, 2016

There are a lot of disgruntled bus users in the north Willenhall area and our message to National Express West Midlands (NXWM) is ignore them at your peril! “There has been a steady rise in complaints being reported to Lib Dem FOCUS Teams across New Invention and Short Heath” said Lib Dem Cllr Ian Shires. […]

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A picture paints a thousand words…….

by Ian Shires on 1 February, 2016

Published on Library Journal CREDIT: Chris OBrion – http://chrisobrion.com This nails the argument for keeping our libraries. Walsall Tories take note libraries are much more than a book lending service…….

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Official confirmation that the change of use from a Doctor’s Surgery to a house of multiple occupation for up to 12 people at 250 Stroud Avenue has been refused….

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Meadow House – Update

by Ian Shires on 29 January, 2016

Work has begun on stripping out what is left of the interior of Meadow House ahead of full demolition.  There is still no fixed date for a start on construction of a new residential home plus six semi detached houses on the former Meadow House residential home site in Stroud Avenue, Short Heath for which […]

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Planning Officers have used their delegated powers to refuse planning permission to convert the former Doctor’s Surgery in Stroud Avenue to multiple occupation. The application was retrospective as the building has been in multiple occupation since the early part of last year. When this was picked up by the council the owners put in a […]

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