Ian Shires

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

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This week’s Lib Dem Advice Surgeries

by Ian Shires on 16 February, 2017

As well as keeping in touch with residents through our Focus Newsletters and social media, Liberal Democrats across New Invention and Short Heath hold regular Advice Surgeries. We are here to help and inform on all things to do with those who provide our local services be they the Council, Police and Fire Service, local […]

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You may remember the article we did the other day about residents being up in arms about the noise from the Tannoy system at the Texaco/Nisa Extra on the Lichfield Rd at New Invention. (It got reported in the Express & Star) You will recall that a PA system was brought into use at the […]

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An ITV News investigation has revealed fly-tipping is on the rise in some parts of the UK. Out of 264 councils that responded to a Freedom of Information request, Haringey in London topped a list of 20 councils with the highest number of reports, with almost 40,000. The programme went on to show the extent […]

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William Wallace writes…Populism in the media

by Ian Shires on 14 February, 2017

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Lord William Wallace | Mon 13th February 2017 – 11:55 am Active Liberal Democrats should read the Daily Mail.  You need to know where issues that dominate the news have come from. Even more under this Conservative government than under Tony Blair, the Mail sets much of our political tone and agenda; […]

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We even came round in the snow

by Ian Shires on 12 February, 2017

The weather has not been pleasant over the weekend, but whilst the local Tories and Ukip had another duvet day the Lib Dems were out and about in the snow delivering Focus and talking with residents about the things that really matter. Work has started in the long awaited resurfacing of the road and footpaths in Spring Lane. […]

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Residents up in arms over new public address system

by Ian Shires on 10 February, 2017

A new public address system at the Texaco/Nisa Local on the Lichfield Road, New Invention has got local residents up in arms with some claiming its sounds like you’re living on a factory estate instead of a residential area. Initial contact with the staff on site failed to get a reasonable response so Liberal Democrat Cllr […]

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Walsall’s Cabinet meet this evening, it’s a packed agenda and early on the proceedings will be the Draft Budget for 2017/2020. This will by no means be the end of things as far as the budget is concerned, the final say will rest with a special meeting of the full Council on Thursday 23rd February. […]

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Quick update on the article below. Walsall Council’s Clean and Green Team were out bright and early the day after we reported this problem in and have jetted the blocked gulley. That should see the end of the problem as they checked that it was running freely before leaving. Sorry to disappoint those who thought […]

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Norman Lamb slams West Kent NHS Operations Ban

by Ian Shires on 6 February, 2017

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Antony Hook | Sat 4th February 2017 – 11:19 am The NHS in West Kent (one of the most prosperous parts of the South East) has banned operations until April due to a funding crisis. Norman Lamb, the former Liberal Democrat Health Minister, has responded after West Kent banned all non-urgent […]

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Recently had a walkabout with officers from Walsall Housing Group (WHG) and took the opportunity to discuss a number of “estate management” issues which many of you who are tenants of WHG have raised with us. We were also able to pick up on the fly tipping and littering problems on WHG land across Allens Rough, the Beacon Estate, Forrest […]

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