Ian Shires

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

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Donnachadh McCarthy | 3rd April 2012 – 11:06 am More motorways, airports and cities, cried the leader of the “greenest” government ever. The Prime Minister is absolutely right that we need new infrastructure but what we need is not ever wider motorways but a modern cycling infrastructure, to get the […]

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Friends of Rough Wood

by Ian Shires on 15 March, 2012

Friends of Rough Wood met Tuesday evening. As usual it was well attended and it was good to see observers from another group from the Fibbersley Nature Reserve also at the meeting. The high note of the evening was the presentation of a cheque of over £500 by PCSO Suki Lali accompanied by Sgt Booker […]

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Spent some quality time yesterday at a couple of residents meetings. The first was with a relatively new group who have come together with a view to improving the local environment on and around the Allens Rough Estate in New Invention. This group has already achieved real successes in getting some long standing problems sorted. […]

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WHG Rubbish!!

by Ian Shires on 16 February, 2012

Message to WHG……. Just when are you going to sort this mess out!!!! Residents living above the shops at “The Square” New Invention have had to put up with this mess on a regular basis for far too long and it’s about time that you got your act together. We’ve had excuse after excuse as […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Ed Davey MP | Published 9th February 2012 – 4:27 pm Some things in politics are symbolic. For dyed-in-the-wool environmentalists like the Liberal Democrats, solar power is one of these things – indisputably clean, green and cutting edge technology. The sort of thing Liberal Democrats in a government that aims to be […]

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“Steptoe and Son” – Council Style

by Ian Shires on 8 February, 2012

Walsall Council collects our household rubbish, recycling and garden waste. What is stopping them from collecting our scrap iron? No, I’m serious about this! Why shouldn’t the Council, either directly or at arms length through owner operators, take this issue by the scruff of the neck and go into the scrap business? By doing this […]

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Cold Weather Payments WV12

by Ian Shires on 8 February, 2012

The Met Office have notified the Department for Work and Pensions that 1 period of very cold weather has occurred in the WV12 postcode area between 1 November 2011 and 6 February 2012, triggering a Cold Weather Payment. If you have qualified for Cold Weather Payments since 1 November and live in this postcode area, […]

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Published on Liberal Democrat Voice By Terence Darby | Published 6th February 2012 – 3:24 pm Only three days into the job and Ed Davey’s first political challenge has arisen – a demand from the unreconstructed Tory back benches for a halt to onshore wind farm development. The Tories are taking aim at the subsidies onshore wind farm […]

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“State of the Ark” Road Repairs Fiasco!!

by Ian Shires on 1 February, 2012

Having spent another weekend photographing potholes across New Invention and Short Heath I couldn’t believe what I was hearing from Tory cabinet members at last night’s Corporate Scrutiny Panel as they defended a proposal to change the council’s “repairing highway defects” policy in order to save £20,000 each year. The proposal shifts the response time for […]

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Potential for Creative Industries in Walsall

by Ian Shires on 20 January, 2012

How can we help stimulate growth in the creative arts sector? That was the main theme of last night’s Regeneration Scrutiny Panel. Currently the creative and digital sector in Walsall employs under 2,000 which represents 2% of employment in the borough. The national average is 5% so there is plenty of scope for growth. To help […]

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