Ian Shires

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

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It’s now Thursday morning and the travelers are still on Bentley Haye in Rough Wood Chase Local Nature Reserve Willenhall winner of the much coveted Green Flag award. They broke onto the site of natural beauty late on Friday afternoon last week. We informed the Council’s Community Protection Team having been tipped off by local […]

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The unauthorised encampment at Stubbers Green in Aldridge is covered by the injunction taken out earlier this year to protect sites which have suffered from frequent incursions.  Community Protection Officers are in the process of dealing with this matter and will provide further updates as information becomes available. Latest news is that the travelers have […]

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The New Art Gallery Walsall – Events

by Ian Shires on 24 July, 2017

  Tuesday Tots: Marvellous Marbling Tomorrow 11 AM · 3 guests The New Art Gallery Walsall Walsall Interested JUL26 Wednesdays for All: Wondrous Wands Wed 12 PM · Hosted by The New Art Gallery Walsall The New Art Gallery Walsall Walsall Interested JUL27 Thursday Skills: Winged Wonder Horse Thu 11 AM The New Art Gallery […]

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Tory Smoke and Mirrors approach to School Funding

by Ian Shires on 22 July, 2017

Last Monday the Secretary of State for Education announced that additional £1.3 billion in funding had been found within Department for Education (DfE) budgets for schools, made up of £416 million in 2018/19 and £884 million in 2019/20. While on the face of it this additional funding is welcome, there is concern that the Department […]

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Travelers Update

by Ian Shires on 21 July, 2017

Just to give you a heads up on the travelers, Having spent most of this week getting them off King George’s in Bloxwich and of land in Pelsall we have now been informed that they have rocked up in Bentley Lane, Short Heath. They had already got onto the land before Police arrived following calls […]

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Extra cash in school budgets in funding shake up

by Ian Shires on 19 July, 2017

The government announced this week that they would be putting extra cash in school budgets in funding shake up. Sounds good doesn’t it? Like all things that sound to good to be true they usually are, and this is no exception.  I’s true that schools in England will get an extra £1.3 billion over two […]

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Have had a number of inquiries about the travelers currently on King George’s Bloxwich. I can confirm that the notices to the occupants of this unauthorised encampment requiring them to vacate the site were served yesterday (Tuesday).  They have not left as yet council officers have a date for court for tomorrow afternoon having served […]

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This exhibition comprises original illustrations by Quentin Blake for 7 books in which magic appears in different forms, including The Witches by Roald Dahl, shown alongside works from our Permanent Collection chosen by House of Illustration, in consultation with the artist, which link to each of the illustrated texts. Come along and contribute your own artworks […]

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Midlands Engine funding delayed

by Ian Shires on 18 July, 2017

The £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund, announced by former Chancellor George Osborne in his March 2016 Budget, and aimed at boosting the region’s economy, is still tied up in paperwork. A spokesman for the British Business Bank said the fund was made up of four lots, two of which, an £80m equity funding pot and […]

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The coalition between Labour and the Liberal Democrats remains firmly in control of Walsall Council following its annual meeting which took place towards the end of May. Liberal Democrat Cllr Ian Shires picks up responsibility for Communities, Culture and Leisure on the council’s decision-making Cabinet with Liberal Democrat Cllr Dan Barker taking vital positions on […]

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