Ian Shires

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

How we ended up paying farmers to flood our homes

by Ian Shires on 27 February, 2020

Published in The Guardian by George Monbiot  Tue 18 Feb 2014 00.05 GMT First published on Tue 18 Feb 2014 00.05 GMT  George Monbiot This government let the farming lobby rip up the rulebook on soil protection – and now we are suffering the consequences  @GeorgeMonbiot It has the force of a parable. Along the road from […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Ruth Dombey  Mon 24th February 2020  More than a million homes granted planning permission in the past decade have not yet been built, according to new analysis by the Local Government Association. Latest figures show that 2,564,600 units have been granted planning permission by councils since 2009/10 while only […]

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Effects of winter storms brings home the need for urgent action say Willenhall Liberal Democrat Councillors Ian Shires and Dan Barker. The time for talking has long gone. Quite rightly there has been a lot of talk about climate change recently. Not surprising really given the extreme weather conditions we have been experiencing. So far […]

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Published on BBC News by Reality Check teamBBC News 19 February 2020 Image copyrightPA MEDIA The claim: Staff shortages can be dealt with by training the 8.5 million people who are economically inactive. Reality Check verdict: Many of those people are students, carers, sick or retired – and fewer than two million of them say they would […]

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Look out, there’s a thief (or thieves) about !!

by Ian Shires on 21 February, 2020

Two lads were seen acting suspiciously in the early hours. Be aware two lads were seen on CCTV being dropped off from a car in Highmoor Close, Coppice Farm Estate at 3.30 am. It’s not clear what they were up to, but they were walking up peoples drives and appear to be trying house doors. […]

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Published on Social Europe by Pia Schmidt and Thorsten Hellmann on 20th February 2020 @th_hellmann twitterfacebooklinkedin Through the Fridays for Future protests, young people vent their frustration with political short-sightedness—yet little is being done to tackle inter-generational injustice. While young people around the globe have rattled politicians with loud calls to safeguard their futures and combat global warming, […]

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I picked up the following on the Independent web site today. Think it says it all about the link between the recent and ongoing effects of unprecedented winter storms……. Expert says heavy rainfall from storms ‘100 per cent’ linked to climate chang​e Conrad Duncan @theconradduncan 2 days ago  Youth climate change activists in the UK have been forced […]

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Comrade Dominic

by Ian Shires on 19 February, 2020

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Tom Arms | Tue 18th February 2020 – 9:20 am Embed from Getty Images In the Soviet Union they had one in every ministry, factory, communal farm, university, school and military unit.   They were called commissars. Their job was to insure that workers stuck to the party line. They […]

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M6 junction 10 improvement scheme – advance work

by Ian Shires on 18 February, 2020

I received the following information off The Highways Agency, Walsall Council and the Contractor delivering the new bridges and road set-up that go to make up the improvements to J10 of the M6. As the works will affect many of in our area I thought it important that I share it with you……. M6 junction […]

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WM Police – Meet Walsall’s latest junior PCSOs

by Ian Shires on 17 February, 2020

Saw this today om the West Midlands Police website, thought I’d share it with you 17TH FEBRUARY 2020 MAILFACEBOOKTWITTER Check out our latest cohort of junior PCSOs… The 18-strong group of pupils from Woodlands Academy in #Willenhall are doing an amazing job and loving their new roles – Junior PCSOs The youngsters completed their training […]

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