Ian Shires

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

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Archive for the ‘Local Services’ Category

Youth Provision Sucks!!

by Ian Shires on 29 August, 2012

One thing is pretty clear from talking with young people around our area, youth provision sucks!! That is why Lib Dem Councillors, as part of the Coalition running Walsall Council, have placed “Improvements to Youth Provision” firmly within the Coalition Agreement. It won’t happen overnight as it needs to be properly thought through and planned […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Donnachadh McCarthy | 3rd April 2012 – 11:06 am More motorways, airports and cities, cried the leader of the “greenest” government ever. The Prime Minister is absolutely right that we need new infrastructure but what we need is not ever wider motorways but a modern cycling infrastructure, to get the […]

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Tackling the problems of inequality is just one of the positive outcomes of the recent Health Bill and this aspect was seized upon by Lib Dem councillor Doreen Shires at a meeting of the Short Heath and Willenhall Partnership this week. In a discussion on Public Health Doreen demanded to know what action would be […]

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National Planning Policy Framework

by Ian Shires on 29 March, 2012

The National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) was published on Tuesday (27th Mar 12), with significant amendments negotiated by the Liberal Democrats in Government since the Draft NPPF was released for consultation last July. So, What’s Changed? The controversial default ‘yes to development’ is no longer part of the Framework. This addresses a number of concerns that […]

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WHG Rubbish Problem – The Square New Invention

by Ian Shires on 28 March, 2012

Residents who live above the shops at “The Square” New Invention are still experiencing problems in having their household rubbish collected reports Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Shires Their problems began months ago when their bin store was vandalised. Since then their landlord Walsall Housing Group (WHG) has failed to provide a secure place for bins […]

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Walsall Lib Dems against Regional Pay

by Ian Shires on 28 March, 2012

Carol Fletcher At a meeting of Walsall Liberal Democrats tonight-we discussed this issue and agreed with and back Vince Cable in his comments and opposition against Regional Pay !!! so you sign it too or them in the South will be getting more than them in the north again If the government pursues its regional/local […]

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Good news for bus users on the Wood Lane Estate in Willenhall; thanks to the dogged persistence of councillor Ian Shires and the Lib Dem Focus residents of the estate will once more be able to catch a bus to Willenhall. National Express West Midlands have announced the return of the 41 Walsall Willenhall service to the […]

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Friends of Rough Wood

by Ian Shires on 15 March, 2012

Friends of Rough Wood met Tuesday evening. As usual it was well attended and it was good to see observers from another group from the Fibbersley Nature Reserve also at the meeting. The high note of the evening was the presentation of a cheque of over £500 by PCSO Suki Lali accompanied by Sgt Booker […]

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Spent some quality time yesterday at a couple of residents meetings. The first was with a relatively new group who have come together with a view to improving the local environment on and around the Allens Rough Estate in New Invention. This group has already achieved real successes in getting some long standing problems sorted. […]

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Published in The Independent: MONDAY 13 JUNE 2011 The complex, extensive and sometimes almost incomprehensible blueprint attracted remarkably little public attention until well into this year Liberal Democrats, from our party’s grassroots to its leadership, can be proud of the influence we have exerted to change the Government’s NHS plans. It is clear now that […]

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