Ian Shires

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

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I have had some interesting responses from Severn Trent customers since I posted my call for an inquiry, many of which have helped to define the extent of those areas affected by poor water supply resulting in intermittent low pressure and water outages recently. It really does help to know who is and who isn’t […]

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Much of my time over the past four days or so has been taken up with the issue of Severn Trent’s failure to maintain water supplies in our area. Severn Trent’s response to the problem hasn’t been helpful. Many residents have told me it’s almost as if Severn Trent are blaming them for the problem. […]

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District warns of s114 within two months

by Ian Shires on 3 June, 2020

Published on Local Government Chronicle 03 JUNE 2020 BY SARAH CALKIN The chief finance officer of a south-west district has warned councillors he could be forced to issue a section 114 notice in less than two months without further certainty from government over emergency funding. North Devon DC is forecasting £3.4m of lost income and £600,000 cost […]

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No Water Supply – Feedback from Severn Trent

by Ian Shires on 1 June, 2020

Our area has been hit by a number of water outages over the past few days. This would be bad enough under normal conditions, but to happen during the current COVID-19 crisis it causes a whole lot more concerns. Severn Trent are responsible for supplying water to our area. Attempts by both myself and residents […]

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I received the following information off Walsall Council about amendments to Bereavement Services You will already be aware that the Government has started to lessen the stringent limits which were placed on people and businesses as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of the legislative changes, detailed in the Coronavirus Act 2020, […]

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Published on Local Government Chronicle 28 MAY 2020 BY JESSICA HILL The new test and trace system is not fully operational, despite its launch by government this morning, sources involved in its delivery are reporting. There are also frustrations within local government that crucial data needed for contact tracing, as well as key information on how local lockdowns […]

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Published on Local Government Chronicle 27 MAY 2020 BY NICK GOLDING The Conservatives have lost control of West Devon BC after a councillor resigned from the party whip in disgust at the Dominic Cummings affair. Okehampton North councillor Mike Davies resigned from the Tory group to sit as an Independent in protest at the actions of the […]

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This is the weekly update focusing on Willenhall, Darlaston and Bentley. Keep up-to-date with Walsall Council on Coronavirus (Corvid-19) :    https://go.walsall.gov.uk/covid-19_information we have had volunteers coming forward, 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 & […]

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Walsall Council’s Planning Department have posted the following applications on their website. To see the applications go to: https://bit.ly/2X1zZoI Short Heath Planning Reference Number: 20/0376 MIDLAND PRESSURE DIE CASTING LTD, ASHMORE LAKE WAY, WILLENHALL, WV12 4LF Demolition of single storey office building, change of use and sub-division of existing unit to Full Application: Major Use […]

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By JAMES HUNT Bradford Lib Dems | UPDATED 2020-05-18 The Liberal Democrats are at the forefront of a cross party call to protect pubs in the face of the “unique combination of challenges” created by the Covid-19 crisis. Liberal Democrat MP Daisy Cooper, alongside MPs from the Tory, Labour, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Green parties, are calling […]

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