Ian Shires

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

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The latest Ipsos MORI poll shows that some of the positive bounce seen last month in the national mood and for Boris Johnson’s ratings has fallen away.  However, the online survey, carried out between 15-18 May, finds that Mr Johnson’s ratings are still higher than they were before the lockdown started. Leader favourability ratings Boris […]

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Pressure is mounting on Walsall’s Tory administration to re-start fortnightly collections of garden waste once the current backlog has been cleared. Walsall was one of the few Councils in this part of the West Midlands to suspend its garden waste collections as a result of the CORVID-19 emergency. This has caused much resentment by Council […]

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Published by the Local Government Association Education and schools 20 May 2020 “Councils are keen to support their local schools to get children back as soon as possible. However, the safety of children, their families and staff will always be the top priority.” Cllr Judith Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People […]

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Published in Local Government Chronicle 19 MAY 2020 BY NICK GOLDING Solihull MBC has become the first Conservative authority to say it will not reopen schools on 1 June. The West Midlands borough joins Labour-controlled Calderdale and Bury MBCs and Liverpool City Council, and Hartlepool BC, which is under no overall control, in saying that it will […]

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Walsall Council takes its first tentative steps into the new world of virtual meetings. Walsall’s all Tory Cabinet meets tomorrow Tuesday 19 May followed on Thursday 21 May by Scrutiny Overview Committee. The latter will be the first time since Lockdown Legislation that opposition Councillors have had to challenge and question some of the many […]

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Temporary traffic signals will be in place in Sandbeds Road, Short Heath until 19 May. This is to enable emergency repairs to be carried out by contractors working on behalf of Severn Trent. The lights are in operation 24hrs a day  

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The following planning application can be viewed at https://bit.ly/2z4kinE Willenhall North Planning Reference 20/0419 157 Squires Grove, Willenhall, WV12 5BU SINGLE STOREY SIDE & REAR EXTENSION

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Councils will need the power to close schools or nurseries if testing indicates clusters of new COVID-19 cases, the Local Government Association has said. Councils are working with all schools to try and get children back safely as soon as possible. The LGA said there are concerns about how schools will be able to impose […]

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Published in Local Government Chronicle 15 MAY 2020 BY JESSICA HILL Some local authorities appear to be stepping out of line with central government policy by refusing to open their areas up to visitors from elsewhere, putting them on a potential collision course with Whitehall. From Wednesday, people in England could drive to outdoor spaces, irrespective of […]

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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 […]

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