Conservatives Retain Control of Walsall Council

The Conservative Group remains in control of Walsall Council with the support of other parties following tonight’s Full Council meeting.
Members considered a Notice of Motion to remove Cllr Mike Bird from the office of Leader with immediate effect.
The Motion,submitted by several members of the Labour Group, suggested Cllr Sean Coughlan was appointed as the new Leader of the Council.
29 members were in favour of the Motion and 29 were against, one abstained. Therefore the Motion was not carried and the Conservative Group remain in control.

Walsall Council website

School statement on Pool Hayes Community Association’s decision to close

The following statement has been issued by the new Head of Pool Hayes Arts & Community School Matt Allman ahead of a meeting with myself tomorrow (Thursday).

“It is regretful to hear that the Community Association is closing and Pool Hayes governors and staff would like to thank the organisation for all of their hard work and dedication over the years.
The Community Association’s reduced funding is reflected in our own and we are unfortunately not in a position to financially assist the organisation in the way that we have previously

As a school we are now looking to offer our own local provision, with particular focus on working with our primary schools.

We have also committed to waive Community Association payments for April and to honour event bookings that the Community Association have made up until the summer.

Via Ian Shires

Finalists drawn for #flyingtheflagforwillenhall Flag Competition

Many thanks to the judges who took part in shortlisting the designs to 6, ready for the people of Willenhall to decide what they would like has their flag!

The judges consisted of Pav Rivat-Ward – Poundland (Flag Sponsors), Phil Hobley – WH Tildesley, Ruth Vyse – Walsall Local History, Ralph Jackson – Willenhall History Society, Councillor Ian Shires, Simon Hall – Willenhall Town Football Club, Flag Institute- Philip Tibberts, Les Burrows (of WTFC),

The venue for this part of the competition was been kindly sponosored by 442 Bar & Lounge for supplying the venue plus food for the night.

The winning design of this vote will then be registered as the Willenhall flag and the flag will unveiled at the this years Willenhall Carnival on the 14th June by a local Willenhall celeb!

We have made it easy for you to cast your vote in person at the following venues, where we will be present with our stall – Look out for us :-)

Public Vote – 12th April Pool Hayes Community Association – Easter Market
Public Vote – 14th April Willenhall Chart Centre Garden!
Public Vote – 19th April The Locksmiths House
Public Vote – 26th April Willenhall Heritage Day – CHART Centre

There will also be online voting via our website, facebook group from 7th April !

Flying the Flag for Willenhall continues – Shortlist coming soon!!

The competition is now closed!

Many thanks to everyone who took time out and submitted an entry!

The hard part starts this Thursday, 27th March where a panel of judges will be convened to select 6 finalists that will be put to a public vote running between 7th-26th April.
The venue for this part of the competition has been kindly sponosored by 442 Bar & Lounge for supplying the venue plus food for the night.

Panel of judges include representatives from –

Poundland, WH Tildesley, Walsall Local History, Willenhall History Society, Councillor Ian Shires, Willenhall Town Football Club, Flag Institute- Philip Tibberts, Les Burrows (of WTFC), Ben Gray, Walsall Council Candidate.

The winning design of this vote will then be registered as the Willenhall flag and unveiled at the this years Willenhall Carnival on the 14th June by a local Willenhall celeb!

We have made it easy for you to cast your vote in person at the following venues, where we will be present with out stall – Look out for us :-)

Public Vote – 12th April Pool Hayes Community Association – Easter Market
Public Vote – 14th April Willenhall Chart Centre Garden!
Public Vote – 19th April The Locksmiths House
Public Vote – 26th April Willenhall Heritage Day – CHART Centre

There will also be online voting via our website, facebook group!

Public Voting Days

Willenhall and Short Heath Area Panel Community Funding Project

A project is under-way in Willenhall and Short Heath to identify opportunities for local community groups to apply for funding.

This innovative new project is an opportunity for residents to get involved in decision making in the area.

Several community groups presented their ideas at Willenhall and Short Heath Area Panel on Tuesday, 4 March 2014.

The Panel are encouraging this project as a new way to identify how some of the local funding from the panel should be prioritised. This method is known as participatory budgeting.

They are asking residents to send in their views about the suggestions before the next panel arranged for Thursday, 20 March 2014.

Full Info via Ian Shires Webpage

Willenhall and Short Heath Area Panel Community Project

A project is underway in Willenhall and Short Heath to identify opportunities for local community groups to apply for funding.

This innovative new project is an opportunity for residents to get involved in decision making in the area.

Several community groups presented their ideas at Willenhall and Short Heath Area Panel on Tuesday, 4 March 2014.

Proposals include Pathways Upgrade, Fibbersley Park Nature Reserve; Willenhall Wild Nights, Black Country and Staffordshire Naturalists, Sell Yourself to Achieve, Get Up and Go, Let Us Entertain You – Social Nights, Strive to Achieve, Fun for All – Family Learning, Back to Basics by Pool Hayes Community Association.

The Panel are encouraging this project as a new way to identify how some of the local funding from the panel should be prioritised. This method is known as participatory budgeting.

They are asking residents to send in their views about the suggestions before the next panel arranged for Thursday, 20 March 2014.

Full Details Here

Council Tax Freeze in Deal for Walsall People – Full Report

Walsall Council has approved a council tax freeze for thousands of Walsall residents as part of a budget that calls on local people to play a more active role themselves to help prevent cuts in council services.
The Full Council tonight (Thursday 27 February 2014) approved the budget which comes into force on April 1 and was shaped by more than 1,300 who took part in a major consultation exercise.
In approving the package the authority offered a deal which calls on Walsall people to step forward and play a part to ease the pressure on public spending and help make Walsall a better place.
Walsall Council has less money and fewer people and will be able to do less but is determined to make the best of what they have, the meeting heard.
As part of the deal for Walsall people the council’s budget for next year contains:
• Zero council tax rise.
• Zero libraries to close.
• Zero leisure centres to close.
• Zero children’s centres to close.
• Zero museums to close.
• 35,000 low income households to carry on getting help funded by Walsall Council through the council tax reduction scheme which has seen £3 million of council tax discounts awarded in the current financial year.
Walsall Council has gone a step further and called on people to answer six calls to action so they can do their bit to help prevent future cuts in services:
• A call for more volunteers to help dozens of Walsall charities and help to deliver some council services such as libraries.
• A call for more people to consider foster care to provide a stable start in life to a child and reduce the £20m care bill.
• A call to recycle more to help save the £94 it costs to take a tonne of waste to a landfill site.
• A call to be a good neighbour to vulnerable people in the community.
• A call to people to take greater responsibility for their own heath.
• A call to stop littering to reduce the £2.1m spent on street cleansing and collecting waste dropped on the street.

For a full list of savings which the public had a say in changing through the consultation visit

To view the approved budget visit

To listen to Cllr Mike Bird’s call for action following Full Council on 27 February 2014, use this link

Full details on Walsall Council Website

£21m Walsall Council cuts laid bare

‘We have listened to what our residents wanted’ – those were the words of council bosses today as the full scale of £21 million budget cuts were laid bare.
Chiefs in Walsall today insisted their final proposals, which have seen a number of controversial cost-cutting plans scrapped, were good news for the borough, with council tax frozen and libraries, leisure centres and day care centres staying open.

Full E & S Story

Warning is issued over work on Willenhall road

Drivers using a busy commuter route are being warned to avoid it after gas mains work began.

Transport chiefs say the work on Pool Hayes Lane, Willenhall, will take around three weeks to complete.

Temporary traffic lights will operate from today while the project is being carried out by National Grid Gas and drivers are being warned to expect delays.

E & S story here

New bus routes to improve Black Country journeys

Changes to bus timetables have taken effect in the Black Country – with bosses promising they will mean faster and more convenient services.

Routes and timetables have been revamped and councillors insist changes mean improvements for passengers. Transport authority Centro and bus companies including National Express West Midlands have overhauled the network between Wolverhampton and Willenhall, with some changes, including those affecting services to New Cross Hospital, following requests from passengers.

The new-look network was launched at New Invention by Wolverhampton councillor Judith Rowley, Walsall councillor Ian Shires and Toni Tipper, Wolverhampton acting general manager, at National Express West Midlands.

Full E & S here