Labour Keeping Its Promises On Education

Mirus Academy officially opened its new £2 million English department as local MP, David Winnick, cut the ribbon to the school’s latest wing. The ceremony was attended by governors, teachers and pupils more>

District Centre Parking Charges Rejected.

Proposals to introduce car parking charges in the district centres of Willenhall, Darlaston, Bloxwich, Brownhills and Aldridge have been rejected by council leaders following a hugely successful public consultation by Walsall council. more>

Labour Councils Tackling Boy Racers

Campaigners fighting the scourge of boy racers turning local streets into race tracks are backing a plan to give police more powers to break up meetings which attract spectators and drivers. The more>

Labour Deliver Pay Cut for Councillors.

  Walsall Councillors have voted overwhelming in favour of a Labour motion to cut senior members allowances despite opposition from the Conservatives. The 29% reduction in payments to the leader and deputy more>

Campaigners Win Site Victory

A controversial planning application to site a skip hire and material recovery works on land close to residential homes has been thrown out by council officers after protests by local people. The more>

Labour Delivering New Business Opportunities

Labour councillors are implementing another of their election promises  by encouraging businesses across the borough to bid for contracts worth millions of pounds. Walsall Council’s Meet the Buyer event, to be held more>

Walsall Council’s First Armed Forces’ Champion

Councillor Carl Creaney says he is immensely proud to be chosen as Walsall’s first Armed Forces Champion. The Labour member for Willenhall South, who served with the Royal Artillery for 18 years more>

Government Cuts: The facts speak for themselves

Labour’s has come to power in Walsall at a time when cuts imposed by national government and the failings of the previous Conservative and Liberal Democrat leadership have forced on the authority more>

Council suffering ‘Unprecedented Government Cuts’

Every department in Walsall Council has been placed in the firing line of massive cuts due to disproportionate Government grant cuts and the fiscal irresponsibility of previous local political leaders, residents are more>

Labour’s Chris Making the Change in Birchills and Leamore

Walsall’s newest councillor has welcomed steps to tackle dangerous driving in Beechdale following years of campaigning by local residents. Chris Jones, who was only elected in July this year, made the issue more>

Labour Keeping Its Promises On Education

Labour MP for Walsall North, David Winnick, opening the new English department at Mirus Academy watched by head teacher, Dan Neal.

Labour MP for Walsall North, David Winnick, opening the new English department at Mirus Academy watched by head teacher, Dan Neal.

Mirus Academy officially opened its new £2 million English department as local MP, David Winnick, cut the ribbon to the school’s latest wing. The ceremony was attended by governors, teachers and pupils from the 1000 pupil site which serves Birchills-Leamore and Bloxwich.

Mr Winnick was invited to open the new facility after he and local Labour councillors successfully lobbied the government for extra cash to carry out the improvements. “I was obviously very pleased that some of the substantial funding that was urgently required was approved; as a result, the new English block was opened on Friday. I will of course be supporting the further financial application which will be made next Monday.

“One of the nicest aspects of being an MP is seeing your efforts turn into solid achievements and enhancing and investing in our young people is surely the best investment we can make. The refurbishment of the Mirus Academy, like so many of our schools, is desperately needed and so it is a real pleasure to open this wing and see the impressive work of both pupils and staff.”

District Centre Parking Charges Rejected.

Labour have reasoned to people's concerns on parking charges. Sean Coughlan

Labour have reasoned to people’s concerns on parking charges. Sean Coughlan

Proposals to introduce car parking charges in the district centres of Willenhall, Darlaston, Bloxwich, Brownhills and Aldridge have been rejected by council leaders following a hugely successful public consultation by Walsall council. Walsall’s Labour cabinet rejected the proposal which was part of a set of options included in the consultation booklet to deliver £86 million of government cuts.

The decision comes after thousands of people took part in a major consultation exercise on £86 million of cuts which are being imposed by the Government on the borough over the next four years. Walsall council leader Sean Coughlan said the public response to the consultation so far had been extremely successful. “The reaction to this consultation has been the best we have ever had.

“People recognise these cuts are forced on us by central Government and it is clear residents care about council services. What the consultation has shown is that people are frightened by the impact of these government cuts on those services, their homes and their communities.

In the past, local town centres have been left to decline and shops and small business have struggled to cope. We decided the parking charges, though modest, would have a negative impact on those communities which we, as a Labour council, are determined to protect and we will also ensure that district centres are a priority in our future regeneration plans that we will bring forward in the coming months.”

Mohammed Nazir, cabinet portfolio holder for regeneration, said the council’s overall aim was to help businesses create more jobs. “Borough wide we are working to support and improve business opportunities but we won’t forget local communities who have, in the past, been ignored.

Willenhall Community activist and local businessman, Stan Taylor, welcomed the decision: “For many years our High Street has been in slow decline. We have seen row upon row of shops closing. We need to protect existing businesses and attract new investment into the area and I am pleased the cabinet has listened and acted to deliver that.”

Labour Councils Tackling Boy Racers

Campaigners fighting the scourge of boy racers turning local streets into race tracks are backing a plan to give police more powers to break up meetings which attract spectators and drivers. The legal move by four Black Country councils could outlaw late night gatherings in Moxley and Shire Oaks where young people meet before racing their cars on public roads.

car-accident-crash-9829673Walsall Council has joined with Wolverhampton, Sandwell and Dudley to obtain a court order banning the meetings within their four boroughs.
The order would allow police to break up the meetings and arrest spectators and car cruisers who refuse to leave after being ordered to do so. It would also allow police to tackle the problem if racers change the locations of their meetings.

The move has won the backing of Walsall Wood resident, Bob Grainger, and Darlaston South Labour councillor, Doug James, who have campaigned to eradicate the dangerous events in their local areas. Retired teacher and local campaigner, Bob Grainger, from Walsall Wood said the gatherings caused massive problems for residents and law abiding motorists.
“The noise alone is terrible for locals living near the Maybrook Industrial Estate where these gatherings take place but the dangers of cars travelling at high speed on roads are potentially lethal.

Cllr James said giving police the power to arrest would deter organisers, who arrange the events through social media and mobile phones.

“In Moxley we have the problem of boy racers using the Black Country route and surrounding roads as high speed race tracks putting residents, and their own lives, at risk. These roads cross local authority boundaries so I have been lobbying all four councils and the police for some time to take coordinated action. So I’m particular pleased a joint strategy has been agreed and Walsall Council is now playing its full part.

A decision on granting the order will be given by a Birmingham Court on December 1st.

Labour Deliver Pay Cut for Councillors.

 

Walsall  Council's Labour Deputy Leader, Mohammed Nazir, Tearing up the Tories' payrise

Walsall Council’s Labour Deputy Leader, Mohammed Nazir, Tearing up the Tories’ payrise

Walsall Councillors have voted overwhelming in favour of a Labour motion to cut senior members allowances despite opposition from the Conservatives. The 29% reduction in payments to the leader and deputy leader of the council, cabinet portfolio holders and chairs of scrutiny committees will save the authority £82,817 and amounts to a 10% cut in allowances overall.

Moving the proposal, the Leader of the Council, Sean Coughlan, said the Labour Party had promised voters to reduce payments to councillors and unlike other parties Labour would stick to their pledge.“We have always said before that when you are asking staff to do more for less then it is only right that as councillors, we should do the same. We made a pledge in our manifesto to scrap the increases and now we are implementing it.”

The reduction was described as ‘totally tokenism’ by Conservative group leader, Mike Bird, who defended an increase in payments made by his group in 2013. Fellow Conservative, Eddie Hughes, also opposed the reduction in payments saying councillors put in long hours and often had to give up time from their normal jobs.

The motion was passed by 35 votes with three Conservatives voting against while fellow Tories abstained.

Campaigners Win Site Victory

A controversial planning application to site a skip hire and material recovery works on land close to residential homes has been thrown out by council officers after protests by local people. The proposal by AB Waste Management Ltd, for the works on Willenhall Lane Bloxwich was rejected because of the feared impact of noise, dust and smell.

In a report rejecting the application, officers also said that a proposed 34-foot enclosing wall would have be an incongruous feature that would cause harm to the appearance and character of the area.

Birchills Leamore’ councillor Tina Jukes and her colleague Pattie Lane supported the campaign against the proposal. Mrs Jukes said the decision by planning officers is entirely correct and reflects the deep concerns of local people. “I welcome this decision. The council listened to local people, councillors and myself and after proper investigation decided those fears to be well founded. This proposal if passed would have had a major detrimental effect on the local community.”

Bloxwich West councillor, Pattie Lane, said the decision has come as a great relief to people living in the Dudley Fields area close to the proposed site.She added: “Early this year I and others organised a public meeting where it was clear that local residents didn’t want this waste site near their homes. Thankfully, Walsall council listened and acted.”