Ian Shires

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

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Published by Richard Kemp 11 July 2020 Young people can go out and have a good time but they need to follow social distancing rules and behave carefully. The Covid-19 might be less likely to kill them but it may leave them with life affecting conditions Yesterday we received news of an alarming uptick in […]

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Responding to news that NHS Test and Trace has only reached some 70% of ‘close contacts’ of people who have tested positive for COVID-19, Liberal Democrat Health, Wellbeing and Social Care spokesperson Munira Wilson said: Yesterday the Chancellor offered us discounts to eat out, but many people will be too worried to do so. That’s because the NHS Test […]

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Responding to news that the BBC will ask over 75s to start paying for TV licenses from 1 August, Liberal Democrat Digital, Culture, Media and Sport spokesperson Daisy Cooper said: Many people over the age of 75 are worried about stepping foot outside their homes due to the risk of COVID-19. For those who are isolated, television […]

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Responding to the reports that two of the UK’s largest high street retailers, John Lewis and Boots, have announced a combined cut of 5,300 jobs, Liberal Democrat Business Spokesperson Sarah Olney said: The scale of today’s layoffs show the true extent of the crisis facing British high streets. The Conservative Government had the chance to provide real […]

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Travellers Update.

by Ian Shires on 11 July, 2020

So, the Travellers have up sticks and left Five Fields in Short Heath heading, we think, out towards Staffordshire. Hopefully things will begin to quieten down for us all now for a while at least. Having said that we should not drop our guard as there are still no fewer than five other incursions across […]

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Just one planning application been notified this week. It’s in Short Heath. The application reference number is 20/0704 42, ASHMORE LAKE ROAD, WILLENHALL, WV12 4LB Single storey extension to the rear of garage terminating at rear wall of existing building. Full Application: Existing flat roof to be replaced with single pitched roof. http://planning.walsall.gov.uk/swift/apas/run/wphappcriteria.display

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Here is a quick heads up on road works in our area in the near future: There will be temporary traffic lights in operation in Byron Road, (at its junction with Chaucer Avenue) whilst Gas main renewal work is carried out between 09/07/2020 to 29/07/2020 by Balfour Beatty Utility Solutions Ltd (on behalf of Cadent […]

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Travellers have once again invaded land in our area – Coppice Farm Way Neighbourhood Park. As soon as residents contacted me I went out on site to check their location. Some are in Walsall and some in Wolverhampton. The Borough boundary runs along the parks’ linear walkway. I have informed Walsall’s Chief Executive who has […]

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New polling from Ipsos MORI reveals how the British public divides into five groups, according to their different views towards the timing of the original lockdown measures in March, and the relaxation of some of the measures in July. The survey, taken after the announcement of the relaxation but before the measures were actually lifted, […]

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Travellers, Essington Rd – Update.

by Ian Shires on 2 July, 2020

It is still doable to get the travellers off the school playing field site in Essington Rd by close of play Friday. That’s the message I received this morning when I checked in with Community Protection at Walsall Council Have to say the officers have pulled out all the stops and used all the powers […]

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