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Ian Shires made Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Walsall

Ian Shires made Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Walsall

At a special meeting of Walsall’s full council last night, Ian Shires, who served as a Walsall councillor from 1979 to 2021, was made an Honorary Freeman of the Borough of Walsall.

Ian was elected to represent the Willenhall North ward in May 1979, a ward he represented continuously until May 2021, also becoming Liberal Democrat group leader in 1991. Ian’s wife Doreen entered local politics at the ‘all-out’ elections in 1980, where she became one of the first councillors to represent the newly formed Short Heath Ward. In May 2016, Doreen retired from the Council, after 36 years of continuous service. Their combined almost 80 years of public service was recognised by councillors of both political parties.

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Public Health urge people not to touch sick or dead birds

Public Health urge people not to touch sick or dead birds

Walsall Public Health is urging people and members of voluntary wildlife organisations, not to touch any sick or dead wild birds.

The call comes as United Kingdom Health Security Agency (previously PHE) and the local authority have been alerted to reports of several dead birds at Stubbers Green - a local beauty spot in Aldridge. Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) officers collected the dead birds and investigations are now taking place.

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Applications now open for primary school places for September 2022

Applications now open for primary school places for September 2022

If your child lives in Walsall and was born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018 you need to start the process of applying for a primary school place. The application process is now open.

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“Be bright and be seen” message for Road Safety Week

“Be bright and be seen” message for Road Safety Week

Walsall Council is supporting a national road safety campaign to promote the importance of being seen on the roads during the winter months. Children are being asked to make sure the wear something bright and be seen when they are near roads, especially as now that the clocks have changed and the evenings start to get darker.

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Walsall Council announces new Deputy Mayor and change to Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care

Walsall Council announces new Deputy Mayor and change to Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care

On 08 November Council appointed Councillor Rose Martin as Deputy Mayor for the borough for the remainder of the 2021/22 Municipal Year.  Councillor Martin will support the current Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Rose Burley.   Councillor Rose Martin has served Walsall as a Councillor since 2003 and for the last four years held the positon of portfolio holder for Adult Social Care.   As members of the Executive are unable to serve as Mayor or Deputy Mayor, the Leader of the Council reported at the meeting that Councillor Keir Pedley will take over the role of Portfolio Holder (Adult Social Care) Councillor Pedley was elected to serve Walsall in May 2021 and is the Conservative member for Streetley.

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