Sign Petition NOW – Keep Willenhall Free of Parking Charges

Recent proposals by Walsall Council include Car Park Charges in and around Willenhall.

Our hometown is/has suffered enough without putting further pressure on shops and market traders not to mention those living in accomodation around the town with no parking facilities for their visitors.

Our aim is to encourage folk into the town not turn them away or give them another reason not to visit!!

Please click on the link and sign this petition and lets nip this in the bud now!!

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Proposed car park charges for Willenhall

We have learnt today of proposals for carpark charges for the carparks in & around Willenhall.

Is this another nail in the coffin for Willenhall?

We at Willenhallaywe.co. uk are trying to promote our hometown Willenhall, encourage folk to use the town and support the local shops and it seems with this proposal IF it goes ahead is going to do the opposite.

It will push folk right on the doorstep of Morrisons even more with their 2 hour free parking.

Not sure how this will affect the Market Traders whether they use the all day parking at Hall Street like we do when we are supporting town events, as the other car parks are 4 hours max but it will definately make life harder to park and pay when we are trying to Fly the Flag for Willenhall.

We think its time for Willenhall Folk to stand up to proposals and changes like this if its not going to benefit the town itself!!

We as a group had plans for being more active next year to help promote our town and play a more important role where and when possible but with news of this today, I think it calls for action sooner rather than later!

Please join us in the fight to keep Willenhall #AliveandKicking

Click here Willenhallaywe Action Group

Critics slam Walsall Council plans to save £86m as ‘shameful’ to the borough

CRITICS have accused Walsall Council of producing a “slash and burn budget”, with others describing plans to save millions of pounds as “shameful” to the borough.

Hundreds of jobs will be axed and 12 children’s centres, eight libraries and a museum will close under plans described as the most horrific cuts to ever hit Walsall Council.

Brutal budget proposals have been announced as the authority must save £86 million over the next four years – including £29 million in the next year alone.

“This is a really difficult day for Walsall,” said Cllr Coughlan, announcing the plans at a press conference at Walsall Council House on Monday (October 20).

More than £2 million is to be slashed from youth services. Officials say that this will not affect vulnerable children.

Eight out of Walsall’s 16 libraries will be culled to save £500,000. Beechdale, Pheasey, South Walsall, Streetly and Walsall Wood libraries face closure in the next year, with Blakenall, New Invention and Rushall libraries set to shut their doors in 2016/17.

And Walsall Musuem is back on the chopping block, with plans to close the Lichfield Street building to save £70,000. The museum faced the same fate last year but was eventually saved from closure.

Other cost-cutting plans include the closure of the Outdoor Adventure Service, which delivered outdoor activities to 300 young people with disabilities per month last year.

From April 2016, residents could see bin collections reduced to fortnightly, and garden waste collection could be collected for six months instead of eight months between April and September. A £28 annual charge for garden waste collection could be imposed from April 2016.

Blakenall ward councillor Pete Smith – who voted for Labour to take control of the authority at the meeting in August – said he now regretted his decision and further blasted the proposals as “shameful” and a “let down” to voters.

“These new Labour proposals will probably mean that they will break the record of being in control of Walsall Council for the shortest time ever as the 2015 local elections approach,” he added.

“I call on Labour to get off their knees by fighting these cuts and refusing to implement them, even if it means that the Government send in their own axe wielders to do their own dirty work.”

Public consultation on the budget proposals will commence next Thursday (October 30).

WE WOULD STRESS FOR ANYONE WHO IS CONCERNED TO TAKE PART IN THE CONSULTATION

Read full story here – Walsall Advertiser

Step inside the Mayor’s Parlour

Walsall’s Mayor and some of the former First Citizens will be opening the doors of the Mayor’s Parlour and other historical buildings with a series of guided tours.
Doors open to the public next month for the first of four guided tours of Walsall’s Council House, Town Hall and Mayor’s Parlour.
The tour concept is the brainstorm of the Walsall Guild of Former Mayors and Consorts which gives the public the chance to see the magnificent Mayoral Regalia and the many historical items throughout the Town Hall and Council House.
For a small charge of £2 per person, people can join the Mayor and a former Mayor on Monday 3 November at 2pm for the hour and a half tour. Proceeds will be divided between the Mayor’s Charity Appeal and the Walsall Guild.
Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Pete Smith, said, “As president of the Walsall Guild of Former Mayors and Consorts, I feel it my duty to open up our doors and share Walsall’s rich heritage of 600 years of civic traditions.
“Walsall’s mayoralty is steeped in history dating as far back as 1377 so there’ll be plenty to see throughout the visit.”
The tour starts in the town hall which still retains a feeling of grandeur with its high ceiling and elaborate décor. The organ which was put in to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee has 98 stops, 5 keyboards and thousands of pipes. There are bronze plaques listing all those who died in the First and Second World Wars and murals of the South Staffordshire Regiments’ battle scenes during the First World War. .
Visitors will move on to the Council House where they’ll see the Great War Roll of Honour which lists 55 council employees who lost their lives in the 1914-18 conflict, a plaque which commemorates Mayoress Slater who died of a shrapnel injury during the 1916 Zeppelin bombings, and much more.
From there, the tour leads through to the Council Chamber where the Mayor presides over the monthly council meetings and then sweeps up the grand staircase to the second floor where photographs of many past Mayors are displayed and ends up in the Mayor’s Parlour.
The parlour houses many interesting items from Sister Dora artefacts to silverware and the Mayoral Regalia of which the Mayor’s Mace and Stand date from 1627.
Author of Three Men in a Boat, Jerome K. Jerome, bequeathed his writing bureau to the people of Walsall after he was given the Freedom of the Borough. It now stands in the Mayor’s Parlour.

Tours will be conducted between 2pm and 3.30pm on Monday 3 November and Monday 1 December 2014, then Monday 16 February and Monday 2 March 2015.

To book your place on the tour, contact the Mayor’s office on 01922 652072 or email the Mayor’s personal assistant, Verity Edwards at edwardsv@walsall.gov.uk

‘Most horrific cuts’ at Walsall Council as authority must save £86m

HUNDREDS of jobs will be lost and 12 children’s centres, eight libraries and a museum will close over the next four years, under plans described as the most horrific cuts to ever hit Walsall Council.
It comes as the authority has to save £86 million by March 2019 – including £29.2 million in the next year alone.
Councillor Sean Coughlan, leader of the council, said it was a “difficult day for Walsall” and that the cuts were “the most horrific” Walsall Council had ever faced.
Draft four-year plans revealed in a press conference today (Monday) stated that 482 potential redundancies are being proposed between April 2015 and March 2017. Of those posts, 112 are vacant.

Twelve children’s centres will also close over the next two years, saving £1.8 million. Details on which children’s centres could close have not been confirmed or included in the proposals.

There will also be a reduction in youth services to save £2 million. Bosses have assured that vulnerable children will not be affected.

Plans were also announced to cull eight libraries.

Read full story here Walsall Advertiser

The Mayoress of Walsall ‘At Home’

It was a privilege to have been invited to the Mayoress of Walsall ‘At Home’Event which took place on Friday 17th October 2014.

Traditionally the event was to introduce the Mayoress to the citizens of the Borough

It still is an event where the Mayoress plays a prominent role with an opportunity to thank some of the borough’s citizens for their individual and collective contributions to their local communities.

It is an opportunity to recognize those who ‘give’ to their community rather than ‘take from’ their community.

The event is also used to raise some money for the Mayor’s 2014-15 Charity Appeal – as we left the total was over £1000.

We had a great time, a small selection of photos.

Would you like to perform on stage – Willenhall Town Xmas Event?

Willenhall Town Christmas Event – Saturday 6th Dec 10am – 4pm

Market Place, WILLENHALL

We are looking for artists ie Dancers, Singers, Bands & Display Teams for this Live Stage at this years Christmas Town Event provided by Willenhall Traders and Community Support Group, Walsall Council.

See poster for more info!!

Perform Live on Stage!!

Perform Live on Stage!!

Please either contact us through our Facebook Page or email us on info@willenhallaywe.co.uk or you can contact Willenhall Traders and Community Support Group via –

Diane Mansell,
Regeneration Officer for Aldridge, Darlaston and Willenhall Town Centres
on Manselld@walsall.gov.uk

Look forward to hearing from you soon :-)

Willenhall in Bloom grabs Silver Gilt Award – 2014

WILLENHALL

Silver Gilt Award 2014 Willenhall

A massive well done for Willenhall In Bloom and all who helped achieve the SILVER GUILT AWARD for Willenhall.
Also special congratulations to three local pubs, The Three Crowns who received Silver Guilt and the Royal George and The Crown who received Bronze! All flying the flag for Willenhall :-)

(Silver-Gilt 75-84%
This is given to an entrant who has met the judging criteria and objectives with a very high standard throughout, and has in one or more areas been exceptionally thorough. This award is considered to be a potential Gold award winner in the future.)

Also congratulations to Diane Mansell who is the Regeneration Officer for Willenhall Town aswell as Aldridge and Darlaston who received Certificate of Merit.

Certifcate of Merit - Diane Mansell

JUDGES COMMENTS

Willenhall in Bloom – Urban Community Silver-Gilt Award
Judges: Graham Redfern & Trish Willetts
Once again we were met by the energetic Diane Mansell, Urban Regeneration Officer for Walsall
Council. Great credit should go to her in guiding the efforts of Willenhall in Bloom to overcome the
negativity of old to the complete positivity that greeted the judges from residents throughout the
judging tour. Memorial Park is a great asset and is in good hands now with a permanent member of
staff taking great pride in his work. Heritage formed an important element to the tour and the “Key
Entrances” to the Town Centre area was a great idea. Well done to you all.
Areas of Achievement:
The Community Centre garden and Walkers group troughs in Memorial Park
Memorial Park itself, standards are improving greatly considering the different demands of
users
The War Memorial was well maintained
The newly planted area by the Job Centre is maturing nicely
Wood Street Cemetery was clean and tidy; the improvement plans for 2014/2015 will be
good to see next year.

You can keep uptodate with all Dianes work via Willenhall Traders & Community Support Group, there is lots of great work in the pipeline for Willenhall – WATCH THIS SPACE!

Full info below :-

Success for districts at Heart of England in Bloom awards

Walsall’s five district centres are celebrating after collecting an impressive haul of awards in this year’s Heart of England in Bloom competition.

Aldridge and Bloxwich repeated their 2013 success by receiving a gold award while Brownhills, Darlaston and Willenhall all received a Silver Gilt, just below the gold level, in the urban community category. There was an extra special accolade for Aldridge who were named joint overall winners and have now been invited to take part in the national Britain in Bloom competition in 2015.

The awards were announced at a ceremony in Shrewbury today(Thursday 11 September). It is the culmination of 12 months of hard work led by Walsall Council’s district centre management team, supported by community groups and volunteers, to highlight the area and help people feel proud of their communities.

In addition to the awards for the main centres a number of pubs who entered the competition also discovered how they had fared.

Silver Gilts were awarded to the Three Crowns in Willenhall, The Swan in Darlaston and Prince of Wales, also Darlaston. Taking home a bronze are The Frying Pan in Darlaston and Royal George in Willenhall. The Horse and Jockey and Spring Head Tavern, both Darlaston, received a certificate of entry and merit award.

On a personal level Diane Mansell and Nikki Rolls from Walsall Council’s district centre management team received certificates of merit for their work in the five district centres over the last 12 months.

Councillor Mohammad Nazir, portfolio holder for regeneration at Walsall Council, said: “Once again this summer the district centres looked absolutely fantastic and I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who played their part.

“A lot of hard work goes into achieving these accolades and it is worth noting that the judges commented on how all five districts have improved massively in the competition year on year.”

All the district centres are entered in the Urban Community category which looks at three main areas. They are horticultural achievement, environmental awareness and community involvement.

Have your say on Walsall Council’s budget

Council bosses in Walsall have launched their budget consultation as they start to prepare proposals that will save £85 million over the next four years.
Phase one of the budget consultation asks borough residents and businesses which services they would choose to protect, reduce or cease.
From 1-29 September 2014, council staff will be available at the First Stop Shop and libraries to capture people’s feedback – exact dates, times and venues can be found at Click here – Budget consultation – Financial Year 2015-16

Councillor Sean Coughlan, Leader of Walsall Council, said: “The council has already saved £75 million over the last 4 years and I’m sure there are more efficiencies still to be made – but realistically we are going to need fundamental changes in the way local services are provided.
“We need help in making some difficult decisions. This could be the toughest year yet of savings.
“Some services will remain, some will be run differently and some will have to cease. Some things that have been free we may need to charge for and where there are already charges these may increase.
“This isn’t going to be easy for us and I know that Walsall people won’t all be happy with every decision we make.
“That’s why I’m launching the budget consultation now. We need to know the priorities of our residents and businesses.”

In phase two of the budget consultation, when the draft budget proposals are published, Walsall Council will be seeking the comments of residents and businesses through to February 2015.

Full Info here

New Walsall leader Councillor Sean Coughlan has announced the new cabinet for Walsall Council

Councillor Sean Coughlan, Leader of Walsall Council, has announced his new cabinet following the successful motion from Labour councillors at this week’s council meeting to take control of the council.

Thirty one members voted for the motion, 12 against and 16 abstained.

The council was previously run by a minority Conservative administration as no party has overall control.

Councillor Mohammad Nazir will be Deputy Leader and will cover the Regeneration portfolio.
Children’s services will be covered by Councillor Barbara Cassidy.
Councillor Khizar Hussain will have responsibility for Community, Leisure and Culture.
Environment and Transport will be covered by Councillor Lee Jeavons.
Councillor Diane Coughlan will be responsible for the Social Care portfolio.
Health will be covered by Councillor Ian Robertson.
Councillor Keith Chambers will be a member of the cabinet with responsibility for Personnel and Business Support.

Councillor Sean Coughlan, leader of Walsall Council, said: “We face some challenging issues, but we have a vision of where we want Walsall to be and we look forward to turning this into a reality.”

Full Info here