Ian Shires

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

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Weekly update

by Ian Shires on 16 May, 2020

Keep up-to-date with Walsall Council on Coronavirus (Corvid-19) :    https://go.walsall.gov.uk/covid-19_information

  • Volunteers are continuing to support our local communities. Each week new volunteers are joining them, offering to work with our vulnerable communities and those who may be at risk.
  • A number of retailers have also helped and supported the communities of Willenhall & Darlaston.
  • There are a number of local organisations working together to find and deliver groceries and goods to vulnerable people/those at risk.

I would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to all of them all for the support they have given to our community. It really is much appreciated.


If you need help with shopping / food parcels, fetching prescriptions or a befriending scheme / reassurance calls,

please email COVID-19communityhelp@walsall.gov.uk or call 0121 380 6690.

Lockdown breaches –  who to contact

West Midlands Police have set up an online form for you to inform them of any breaches to the current lockdown:


Garden Waste


Residents can enter their postcode and house number in to the Postcode Finder service to find their next garden waste collection day and date walsall.gov.uk/bins/check_your_bin_collection_dates

There have been some problems during the first week since the re-start of this service. I have asked Clean and Green for an update on the causes of bins being missed or not collected on the day stated on the Council’s website. I have asked why this has happened, what they are doing to catch up and what action they are taking to prevent it from happening again.

 Report Rogue Landlords

If you feel somebody is living in poor standard accommodation or there are issues such as overcrowding, exploitation, fly tipping etc.,  email: tacklingrogues@walsall.gov.uk or call  01922 65 2171.  See  https://go.walsall.gov.uk/housing/rogue_landlords for more information.

The Council will require an address of the premises in question and where possible any supporting information e.g. Landlord and Tenant name and contact details and any information as to the nature of the problem.

Youth Endowment Fund

The Youth Endowment Fund funds and supports promising programmes, develops the evidence base for what works to prevent youth offending, and builds partnerships to share learning and have a bigger impact.

The Youth Endowment Fund has released a COVID-19 grant round of £6.5million that will fund and evaluate work which supports vulnerable young people at risk of youth violence, and can be delivered whilst adhering to UK government social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.

On-line application form submitted by midday 3rd June 2020.

Detailed funding guidance is available on the website https://youthendowmentfund.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/YEF-COVID-19-Round-guidance-FINAL.pdf

Link to website https://youthendowmentfund.org.uk/grants-2/covid-19-round/

Household waste recycling centres

Can your waste wait? Think before you make a trip to either of Walsall’s HWRCs this weekend.

Please only visit us if your trip is essential: to dispose of waste, or recycling that cannot be stored at home without causing risk of injury or harm to your health. If you are able to store your waste safely out of the way in a garage or a shed until services normalise then please do so.

The Council is only able to accept the types of waste listed below, so please think carefully before you load your vehicle to visit the HWRC.

If you are making the trip to dispose of furniture or other bulky items, have you considered booking a bulky item collection instead? Find out about how to book a bulky collection and what we can collect here bit.ly/BulkyCollections

Help Children Develop Positive Cyber skills

The National Crime Agency have shared the following link:


The cyber land games are a great way to help children develop positive cyber skills.

Places of worship consultation

The Protecting Places of Worship Consultation has now been extended until 28th June in order to provide people with more opportunity to respond in these difficult time.

This consultation asks faith groups what else is needed to help them feel safe and confident to practice their religion. To ensure the most beneficial responses from Government, there would need to be a good level of response from faith groups. Therefore, we are inviting you again, as a valued stakeholder, to complete this consultation but also to share this with your networks and encourage them to respond.




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One Response

  1. Matthew Griffin says:

    I strongly suggest that the UK Government and The Church of England change their policy and open places of worship just as golf course and garden centers have been allowed to open. It doesn’t make sense otherwise.

    It has been mooted that church buildings may open from 1st July this year when it’s considered safe to do so. We can still maintain social distancing at the same time.

    In yet as soon as commuters in London were able to return to work, they all pack in onto tube trains with no thought to social distancing. Now that’s wrong.

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