Ian Shires

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

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Beware – Freezing temperatures overnight

by Ian Shires on 28 January, 2020

Just received this message off Walsall Council Road surface temps are due to fall below zero from 2am tomorrow morning (29 Jan), with the risk of ice forming. All routes on the network will be treated from 7pm this evening. #WMgrit

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Walsall’s Tories at odds over work on J10

by Ian Shires on 28 January, 2020

Walsall’s Tory leadership seem to be at odds with itself over just how disruptive the impending improvements to J10 of the M6 might be.  On Thursday 23rd January 2020 Deputy Leader of Walsall Council and Cabinet member for Regeneration, Cllr Adrian Andrew sounded quite upbeat in an article in the Express and Star headed – […]

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Published in Local Government Chronicle  27 JANUARY 2020 BY SARAH CALKIN More than one in 19 deaths in UK cities and large towns are related to long-term exposure to air pollution, a report from Centre for Cities has claimed, 25 times the national rate of deaths from traffic accidents. The thinktank’s annual Cities Outlook report, published today, found […]

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Just to let you know that Walsall Planners have granted permission for a change of use on the empty shop next to ALDI in Coppice Farm Way Shops (Class A1) to restaurants and cafes (Class A3) Judging by the feedback we had when the planning application was received this should be welcome news.

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HS2 – It’s so much more than just about HS2

by Ian Shires on 24 January, 2020

The people of the Midlands and the North are about to get talked out of the one real bit of infrastructure investment that will give them so much more than just a quicker way of getting to London. Opponents of HS2 say that the money would be better spent on improving the existing rail network […]

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Morning Call: EU Could Have It So Much Better

by Ian Shires on 23 January, 2020

Published in New Statesman, Morning Call by Stephen Bush 23 Jan 2020 By Stephen Bush, political editor Good morning. That is it, the end: Parliament has voted to formally enshrine the Withdrawal Agreement into law and the United Kingdom will leave the political structures European Union on 31 January, and the next phase of Brexit […]

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‘Minimum’ home care price increases by 9.3%

by Ian Shires on 22 January, 2020

Published on Local Government Chronicle 22 JANUARY 2020 BY JON BUNN The body representing independent home care providers has increased its guideline price for commissioners by 9.3% following a higher-than-expected hike in the national minimum wage. Yesterday the UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) announced it had calculated a minimum hourly rate for domiciliary care of £20.68 for 2020-21, […]

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Lib Dems launch campaign to scrap cash machine fees

by Ian Shires on 20 January, 2020

The Brecon & Radnorshire Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign calling on the UK Government to provide the funding necessary to scrap transaction fees at local cash machines. With the number of bank branches across Powys dwindling, a growing number of residents are forced to reply upon Post Offices and local cash machines to access their money. […]

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Johnson cannot be trusted to fix broken politics

by Ian Shires on 20 January, 2020

Responding to reports that Boris Johnson is considering relocating the House of Lords to the north of England, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Constitutional Relations Wendy Chamberlain said: Boris Johnson is the man who tried to silence our democracy by unlawfully shutting down Parliament. How can anyone trust him to fix our broken politics? Our politics […]

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Lib Dems pay tribute to Lord Robert Maclennan

by Ian Shires on 20 January, 2020

Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by The Voice | Sat 18th January 2020 – 5:31 pm The Liberal Democrats have today led tributes following the death of Lord Robert Maclennan. Lord Robert Maclennan of Rogart, known as Bob Maclennan, was the last leader of the Social Democrat Party before it merged with the Liberal Party. […]

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