Ian Shires

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

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Volunteer in New Invention! Are you interested in making friends and volunteering some of your time to make a difference in the community? The New Invention Community Forum is looking for volunteers to help run their book exchange at the New Invention Hive. We are looking for friendly people willing to help out with a […]

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Prison sentence for flytipper after court case win

by Ian Shires on 18 August, 2017

Published by Walsall Council Last updated: 18/08/2017 16:04:56 A prolific flytipper and uninsured white van driver from Blakenall, who drove without a license and then dumped ‘house clearance’ rubbish made up of old furniture, fridges and mattresses across beauty spots in Walsall, has received a prison sentence for his crimes. Jamie Humpage aged 28 of […]

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Travellers draining scarce resources

by Ian Shires on 18 August, 2017

Walsall Council Officers have been successful in moving travellers of council owned land on its border with Sandwell MBC in Chapel Lane, Great Barr. The travellers moved off the site following the granting of a court order yesterday (Thursday). It now looks as if the same group have moved onto another site in the borough […]

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2,000 years for house?

by Ian Shires on 18 August, 2017

This interesting factoid picked up off LGA Daily News Headlines 18 Aug 2017 : New homes in England will have to last 2,000 years if the current slow rate of house building continues, according to a report by the LGA. It said the country spent almost as much on the repair and upkeep of existing […]

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Trees go missing in Magness Crescent

by Ian Shires on 17 August, 2017

Colleagues in Short Heath Ward have been chasing up Clean and Green for an answer to questions from a number of residents of Magness Crescent following the disappearance of three street trees in recent months. Here’s the answer they received: “We have recently removed three trees at Magness Crescent. All three were removed due to […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Wed 16th August 2017 – 2:44 pm “Fine people on both sides” said Donald Trump of the horrific events in Charlottesville at the weekend. I suspect most of you reading this site will, like me, utterly reject the notion that you can go to a demo, stand on […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Caron Lindsay | Wed 16th August 2017 – 5:33 pm You do have to wonder if the @jameschappers Twitter account is a parody or has been taken over by the Brexiteers who are tweeting from some holiday bar for fun. It’s doing some seriously weird stuff at the moment, including suggesting that Vince […]

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Saddlers Centre – Doing nothing was not an option

by Ian Shires on 16 August, 2017

There’s no news like bad news and the Tories on Walsall Council are good at it. Last Saturday on a local TV news bulletin their Deputy Leader Cllr Andrew in a one-sided exclusive repeated the misinformation he had trotted out, first at full council last Monday then in the Express and Star in the week. […]

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Published in The Observer by Denis Campbell Health policy editor on Sunday 13 Aug 17 10.43 BST  Poor people face years of failing health and earlier death compared to the rich, despite government pledges to reduce inequality  The poorest in the country face a double whammy of early death and poorer health while still alive. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA […]

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Just when is Severn Trent going to sort out the water leak which has created a lake on the pedestrian crossing outside New Invention Junior School in Cannock Road? Severn Trent responded with this comment on Twitter Severn Trent‏Verified account @stwater  20h Replying to @walsallibdem We’re aware of this leak, however due to the location have struggled to […]

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