Ian Shires

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

Fryers Rd Amenity Site is open following fire

by Ian Shires on 15 November, 2017

We have had an increasing number of inquiries about whether or not the Fryers Road Civic Amenity Site has re opened or not following the massive fire there last week. The good news is that it has re opened. The hours of opening are 09.00 – 16.00 Monday: Tuesday: Wednesday: Saturday and Sunday. It is closed […]

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Community Cohesion Strategy gets the go ahead

by Ian Shires on 14 November, 2017

Walsall Councillors voted through a comprehensive new Community Cohesion Strategy at their meeting in the Council House last night.   There has been a great deal of discussion about the Cohesion Strategy since its inception through the Scrutiny process in August 2015. I  want to take this opportunity to thank all those who played a part in […]

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The People of North Willenhall show their Respect

by Ian Shires on 12 November, 2017

People of North Willenhall showed today that the fallen in two world wars and the conflicts that have happened since and those continuing today will not be forgotten. The rain stopped. The clouds scudded away and the sun shone in a blue sky over the war memorial at High Road, Lane Head as the parade […]

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Former Cavalcade pub site – Update

by Ian Shires on 11 November, 2017

Work began this week on clearing the former Cavalcade pub site in preparation for development to start. Enquiries made by Willenhall Liberal Democrats have revealed that it would seem that the long standing issue between the developer and Severn Trent may now have been resolved. Regular readers will know that Severn Trent have a major main […]

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Another busy week drawing to a close

by Ian Shires on 10 November, 2017

Another busy week drawing to a close. Will be keeping a weather eye on what happens at today’s West Midlands Combined Authority meeting looking for any particular references that might benefit or conversely be detrimental for our area. As part of my responsibilities as Lead Member for the Land Task and Finish Group I will […]

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Bin Collection

by Ian Shires on 9 November, 2017

The new bin collection rounds started this week, as with all things new there are a few teething problems which have occurred. The Lib Dem Focus Team has been in touch with Clean and Green on those issues that we have been made aware of. If you are having problems then let us know. The […]

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Swinson: No 10 must answer questions over Patel

by Ian Shires on 9 November, 2017

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Wed 8th November 2017 – 8:51 pm I have to say, I’m not unhappy to see the back of Priti Patel from Government. I have never forgiven her for caving to pressure and withdrawing funding from an innovative and successful project which changed attitudes and behaviour, protecting girls from harassment […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Rebecca Taylor | Tue 7th November 2017 – 3:13 pm It is widely recognised that the UK has a mid-level skills gap, which means employers can struggle to recruit for medium skilled occupations. At the same time, it can be hard for established workers (those over 25) to retrain […]

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Some good news on Unauthorised Encampments, Walsall Council brought together the evidence needed to secure a further 11 County Court Injunctions on the following sites across the borough: Aldridge Community Centre and adjoining land in Middlemore Lane Aldridge Airport Barr Beacon Walsall Arboretum (area extended) King George V Playing Fields, Bloxwich Pelsall Commo, including Nests […]

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Brexit – Wake up and smell the coffee!

by Ian Shires on 6 November, 2017

Everyone knows where I stand on Brexit.  It’s no secret that I am one of the 48% who voted to remain in the EU. I thought it was right then and nothing that has happened since can persuade me to change my mind. In fact I am more convinced than ever that leaving the EU […]

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