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Red faced Tories fill the enforcement gap 

14 Apr 16

Recent revelations that Walsall Council had no planning enforcement officers which came to light following a question to the Cabinet Member responsible for the service at a recent Full Council meeting has now been addressed.


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No one has to face Parkinson’s alone – Walsall Support Group 

13 Apr 16

We offer information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s , their families and carers.


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Walsall Council agrees to condemn Tory plans for enforced Acadamisation of all schools 

12 Apr 16

Last night saw another marathon session of Walsall’s Full Council as it met for the last ahead of the all important Local Elections on May 5th.


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Lucknow Road – More road works misery 

11 Apr 16

So just when the residents of Lucknow Road thought that their lives might get back to normal in steps Severn Trent with the following announcement – Work is expected to start on Monday 18 April 2016 on a major water main renewal scheme on Lucknow…


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Busy weekend again as we get to grips with the issues that concern you 

10 Apr 16

Spent time over the weekend helping out in Short Heath on Stonegate, Brackendale and Lodge Farm as well as working on issues in Willenhall North which will be coming up in meetings this week.


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Road repairs welcomed but they hardly scratch the surface say Lib Dems 

8 Apr 16

Work to finish off the resurfacing of sections of Stroud Avenue between Spindletree Way to Aberford Close scheduled for Friday 22nd April and Saturday 23rd April and Ensbury Close to Pennine Way on Monday 25th April.


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Unauthorised Advertising Board – Gone !! 

8 Apr 16

Remember this? Action demanded to remove unauthorised advertising hoarding by Ian Shires on 4 April, 2016 An eagle eyed local resident spotted this piece of unauthorised advertising on a grass verge in Stroud Avenue just opposite the former Meadow…


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Not Enough say Lib Dems as Government announce extra Pothole Funding 

7 Apr 16

The Government has announced how further funding is be allocated to councils to tackle potholes – but the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that it is nowhere near enough.


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Press reports on “Surgeries Putting Patients at Risk” should spur action for new Health Centre say Lib Dems. 

6 Apr 16

Many of you will have seen the story on the front page of the Express and Star on Friday April 1 st “Surgeries Putting Patients at Risk”.


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Action demanded to remove unauthorised advertising hoarding 

4 Apr 16

An eagle eyed local resident spotted this piece of unauthorised advertising on a grass verge in Stroud Avenue just opposite the former Meadow House site.


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National Express’s review of local bus services – The discontent rumbles on…. 

2 Apr 16

There was a flurry of activity following the piece the other day about the proposed changes to bus routes serving our area by National Express West Midlands (NXWM).


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Lib Dem Councillor calls for urgent talks on National Express bus route changes 

1 Apr 16

When you have a virtual monopoly as a bus operator you can do virtually what you want in the name of providing a service.


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It’s all change on the buses once more – if National Express have their way… 

29 Mar 16

National Express West Midlands (NXWM) are changing some of their bus services in and around Willenhall.


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Willenhall Tory councillors fail to show at all important Willenhall Area Panel 

25 Mar 16

Willenhall Area Panel has met twice this year, 19th January and again last night and on both occasions Willenhall’s two Tory Councillors failed to show up.


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Walsall’s bumpiest ride set for some much needed TLC 

24 Mar 16

Bentley Lane is set to receive some much needed attention by Walsall Council thanks to ongoing pressure from the Lib Dem Focus Teams across Willenhall.


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The vexed question of verge parking 

23 Mar 16

The vexed question of parking up on grass verges is once again high on the list of concerns of many in the New Invention and Short Heath area.


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More budget pressures last thing Walsall’s Health Trust needs right now! 

18 Mar 16

Plans to reduce the public service pension scheme discount rate will raise the Treasury around £2bn from 2019/20.


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Today’s Lib Dem Councillor Surgeries 

17 Mar 16

Willenhall Lib Dem Councillors Advice Surgeries today: Short Heath: Cllr Doreen Shires will be at Winehala in Sandbeds Road between 7pm and 8pm Willenhall North: Cllr Ian Shires will be at New Invention Library, The Square, Lichfield Rd between 4pm …


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Health Care chiefs given a grilling over damning report on Walsall Healthcare Trust 

11 Mar 16

The Heads of Health Care in Walsall faced a grilling off members of the the Council’s Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (the council’s equivalent of Select Committees at Westminster) following a damning report from the CQC …


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Move to Alternate Weekly Bin Collection – Cabinet Member Quizzed on Concerns 

10 Mar 16

Back in December the all Tory Cabinet currently running things at Walsall Council took the decision to end weekly grey bin collections.


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“Save our Market” debate exposes yet again the Tories threat to reimpose cuts thrown out by Council 

9 Mar 16

Are District Centre markets a source of income? Or are they an investment in the future towns like Willenhall?  This was the clear divide which emerged from of a debate sparked by a 500 signature Willenhall petition headed “Save our Market” at …


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Fly tipping is a crime. It’s cost you as a Walsall tax payer around £300.000 or more in the past year! 

8 Mar 16

I see that the rubbish fairies have been busy once again in New Invention.


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Application for a Chippy at the Brackendale Centre not going ahead. 

2 Mar 16

The application to open a Fish and Chip shop at the Brackendale Shopping Centre, Stroud Avenue, Willenhall is being withdrawn from Thursday’s Planning Committee agenda.


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Complaints flood in about massive increase in WHG garage rents 

29 Feb 16

Willenhall Liberal Democrats are writing to Gary Fulford, Chief Executive of Walsall Housing Group (WHG) asking that he and his Board of Directors rethink a recent decision to impose a massive inflation busting increase in rents for garages.


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Application to convert a Florists to a Fish and Chip Shop – Officers to Decide? 

29 Feb 16

Willenhall Liberal Democrats will oppose moves to let planning officers have the final say on an application to allow a change of use from a Florists to a Fish and Chip shop at The Brackendale Centre on Stroud Avenue.


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Walsall’s big Budget Debate – Tory cuts package kicked into touch – with a health warning 

26 Feb 16

 Arrogant Tories on Walsall Council have warned that they would reimpose cuts thrown out in favour of  a Lib Dem/Labour alternative budget at a fiery meeting of the full Council last night.


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Tonight’s Big Budget Debate could end in chaos claims senior Lib Dem Councillor 

25 Feb 16

Council rules of debate could plunge tonight’s big budget debate at Walsall’s Council House into chaos claims a senior councillor.


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Walsall’s Big Budget Debate – Hopes dwindle of an agreed alternative before Thursday 

24 Feb 16

With just one day left till the big debate at Walsall Council about the Budget for 2016/17 there is still little movement in bringing together those who oppose the slash and burn approach of the current Tory administration.


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About that Referendum… 

24 Feb 16

As important as the EU Referendum is there is something happening in May which should be if not more important at least equally important to each and every one of us.


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Willenhall Area Partnership Funding 

23 Feb 16

Time is running out; any group that is considering submitting a funding application in time for the next Willenhall Area Panel on the 24 th March 2016, please remember the following criteria:- You must have a meeting with your Area Manager to …


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Lib Dems go public with budget plans ahead of Thursday’s Big Budget Debate in bid to find common ground 

22 Feb 16

Final checks have now been made on the alternative Lib Dem plans ahead of Thursday’s big budget debate at Walsall Council House.


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Couple of events to keep an eye open for…. 

19 Feb 16

Our Willenhall Library Invite you to a take part in a quiz night @ The Malthouse (Wetherspoons) Willenhall on  Monday 22nd February 2016 @ 7.00pm   Willenhall Memorial Fishing Group: Meeting Tuesday 23 rd February 15pm Willenhall Pavilion; …


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Neighbourhood Watch Conference 

19 Feb 16

West Midlands Police with  members of Walsall Borough Neighbourhood Watch Association are aiming  to set up the borough’s first neighbourhood watch conference for many years.


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Tories let down Willenhall – Again! 

17 Feb 16

Walsall’s Tory administration announced earlier this week that work was about to begin on a controversial one-way system in Caldmore, Walsall.


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Lib Dems alternative budget will seek to work closely with the borough’s citizens 

15 Feb 16

Liberal Democrats on Walsall Council are within £100,000 of producing a legal balanced alternative to the Tories Budget proposals for 2016/17.


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Some good news on road repairs 

14 Feb 16

A bit of good news for long suffering motorists in the Short Heath, New Invention area.


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Lichfield Rd – another step forward for Lib Dem road safety campaign 

9 Feb 16

New road markings have gone in along the Lichfield Road to improve traffic flow around the busy traffic islands at the Cannock Road and Pooles Lane junctions.


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New Invention Library to close under Tory budget plans 

5 Feb 16

The library at The Square New Invention will close and the service will be downgraded to a book exchange operating from a local school.


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Bus users are being taken for a ride Lib Dems claim. 

2 Feb 16

There are a lot of disgruntled bus users in the north Willenhall area and our message to National Express West Midlands (NXWM) is ignore them at your peril! “There has been a steady rise in complaints being reported to Lib Dem FOCUS Teams across …


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A picture paints a thousand words……. 

1 Feb 16

Published on  Library Journal   CREDIT: Chris OBrion – http://chrisobrion.


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Meadow House – Update 

29 Jan 16

Work has begun on stripping out what is left of the interior of Meadow House ahead of full demolition.


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Unauthorised use at the former Doctor’s Surgery, Stroud Ave – Update 

29 Jan 16

Planning Officers have used their delegated powers to refuse planning permission to convert the former Doctor’s Surgery in Stroud Avenue to multiple occupation.


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Members of Health Scrutiny still await site of report on Walsall Healthcare Trust 

27 Jan 16

Yesterday (Tuesday) a damning report about Walsall Healthcare Trust hit the local press, TV and Radio.


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Flashing signs to be rolled out in bid to cut speeds 

27 Jan 16

Signs that flash up drivers’ registration numbers when they are caught speeding will be extended to a busy road in New Invention.


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Refuse collection – struggling to keep up 

26 Jan 16

Lib Dem FOCUS Team Cllr Ian Shires has been up on Squires Grove today with officers to look at how pedestrian access could be made more secure.


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Walsall Manor Hospital trust put in special measures after damning inspection 

26 Jan 16

PUBLISHED on the Express and Star: January 26, 2016 12:01 am The trust that runs Walsall Manor Hospital has been placed into special measures after a damning inspection found that it is ‘inadequate’ overall.


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Battle to save Libraries hots up 

25 Jan 16

New Invention Library is one of seven libraries ear marked by Mike Bird’s Conservatives for closure.


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Next phase of major bridge works in Walsall begin 

25 Jan 16

 Published on  Walsall Advertiser  |  Posted: January 23, 2016  By Dan Newbould  The railway bridge forms part of Walsall High Street.


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Anti Social Behaviour on the rise as Tory Cuts begin to bight! 

23 Jan 16

Anti social behaviour of all kinds is on the rise across many parts of Willenhall North judging by your comments to the Willenhall FOCUS Team in the weeks just before and after the Christmas period.


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Concerns for the future of supported employment and day services for people with learning difficulties. 

21 Jan 16

Opposition Lib Dem and Labour Councillors on Walsall Council are deeply concerned about plans for the future of adult social care supported employment and day services for people with learning difficulties.


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​Off-road bike seized in Walsall after residents’ complaints 

21 Jan 16

Published on TheYamYam and the  Walsall Advertiser 20 Jan 16 AFTER numerous complaints from local residents regarding off road bikes being ridden on footpaths and roads in an area of Walsall, police officers have seized a motorcycle and will be …


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All things Willenhall 

20 Jan 16

Tories in Willenhall showed their lack of commitment to the town by not turning up for last night’s meeting of the Willenhall Area Panel .


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Meeting tonight about things Willenhall. 

19 Jan 16

Willenhall Area Panel meets tonight at the Willenhall CHART in Gomer Street.


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Survey Says – Keep your hands off our Libraries! 

18 Jan 16

The feedback on the Budget Consultation is in and just as we thought the message that you have sent back to Walsall’s Tories is conclusive; “Keep your hands off our Libraries!” It will be interesting to see how Mike Bird’s Tories respond to …


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Planning Application for a Chippy at the Brackendale Shopping Centre – Lib Dem FOCUS Team seeking your views… 

18 Jan 16

The Short Heath Lib Dem FOCUS Team want your views on a planning application which has just been received by the Planners at Walsall Council for a change of use from a Florists shop to a Fish and Chip Cafe/ Takeaway at the Brackendale Shopping Centre…


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Your top tips to keeping warm and well 

16 Jan 16

Walsall Council has issued a number of top tips developed from the national ‘Keep Warm, Keep Well’ leaflet targeting the over 60s, low income families and people living with a disability but it contains really good advice for us all.


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Shameful Tories oppose condemnation of Osborne’s social housing sell off 

12 Jan 16

Liberal Democrat Group Leader Cllr Ian Shires (Willenhall North) spoke out against the Government’s Housing and Planning Bill which contains amongst other things plans to sell off social housing into the private sector.


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Short Heath FOCUS Team call for coordinated action to curb traffic speed along Mill Lane 

11 Jan 16

Willenhall Lib Dem FOCUS Team calls for urgent action to curb the speed of traffic along Mill Lane.


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Out and about with the Willenhall FOCUS Team 

9 Jan 16

Busy Saturday morning again.


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Lib Dem Focus Teams demand urgent review of demands on refuse service at Christmas time 

8 Jan 16

Lib Dem FOCUS Teams across Willenhall have demanded urgent action to resolve an environmental threat which particularly appears to affect residents living in Walsall Housing Group (WHG) flats across New Invention and Short Heath.