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Community Question Time for the Bloxwich area – live web chat tonight

WM Police Contact Centre.

North Walsall Area Partnership is offering a live web chat at this evening’s Area Community Meeting so that residents who are unable to attend in person can still ask questions via a live web chat.

The communities of Birchills, Leamore, Blakenall Heath, and Bloxwich are invited to attend the Question Time event where they can meet and directly ask senior managers from Walsall Council, West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police, NHS Walsall and Social Landlord(s) any questions they have about community safety or anti-social behaviour.

The event, which is taking place today (Monday 18 March), will also include a digital section of the meeting to complement the traditional question time event. The live web chat will commence at 7.15pm and will last approximately forty five minutes.

Councillor Zahid Ali, cabinet member for Public Protection  at Walsall Council and Chair of Safer Walsall Partnership, said: “This is a great opportunity for local people to discuss with senior partnership officers any community safety concerns or issues.

“The live web chat will enable those who are unable to attend these meetings the opportunity to ask questions and engage with senior managers from the police, local council and our partner agencies.”

Officers in attendance will include Chief Superintendent David Sturman and Walsall Council’s Executive Director Jamie Morris.  Ward councillors will also be present during the event.

Borough Commander David Sturman, said: “Virtual neighbourhood meetings mean that we can conduct live web chats with members of the public literally by the touch of a button.

“There is the potential to reach hundreds of members of the public who traditionally never engage with partners or attend public meetings.”

The web chats are simple to use. Members of the public submit their community safety or anti-social behaviour queries or questions over the internet (using the link below) and the panel will answer as many of them as possible during web chat.

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/walsall/findoutmore/live-chat.asp

Questions may also be viewable live on The Bloxwich Telegraph in a window below:

Salt grit being stolen – Walsall Council appeal

Gritting Lorry (Walsall Council)

Salt from grit bins in Walsall and Bloxwich is being stolen and then offered to residents to clear their driveways, say council transport chiefs. 

As the big freeze continues to hit the borough, residents in north Bloxwich have reported the theft to Walsall Council and the police. 

Residents living in the area have reported seeing young people aged around 18 to 20 stealing grit and then offering to clear icy driveways for a fee. 

Several homes were approached in the Stoney Lane and Ambergate Close areas yesterday, (Monday 21 January 2013). 

But Councillor Tom Ansell, portfolio holder for transport and the environment at Walsall Council Coalition said that grit bins are provided for highways only and appealed for residents to contact West Midlands Police.

“This has happened before and it amazes me that people will use this opportunity to make a few bob. Make no mistake about it. This is theft and people who are caught will be prosecuted.

“We’ve had problems with grit being taken from roadside bins over the past few days. We refilled our grit bins only the other day but it looks as if we’re having to do it again. 

“It costs us £100 a time to refill one bin.

“We have a zero tolerance of theft and are asking people to be vigilant and pass on any information of grit thefts to West Midlands Police.”

Grit bins are installed across the borough at critical points close to hills and sharp bends.

To report incidents of grit theft call West Midlands Police on 101.

Rare unity on Walsall Council as members condemn benefit cuts

Walsall Council House

In a rare sign of political unity in Walsall this week,  a motion by the Walsall Council Labour Group condemning cuts by the coalition government to both council tax benefit and housing benefit has won the support of Conservative and Liberal Democrat councillors, according to a press release from the Group.

The amended motion was passed unanimously at Monday night’s full council meeting, criticising the 10 per cent cut affecting OAP’s, single parent families and the unemployed.

Walsall, like other town halls, will have to pass on the cuts or fund the difference from its own budget which is already facing a £13 million reduction forced upon it by the government.

The proposed cuts in council tax and housing benefits are apparently expected to amount to £3.3 million in Walsall and hit some 4,000 households.

Cllr Sean Coughlan, Deputy Leader of Walsall Labour Group, said the fact that the motion won cross party support spoke volumes about the hardship the cuts would create.

“It is not often that politicians speak with one voice on contentious issues but everyone in the council can see the harm and misery that these cuts will create in areas like our own where we have high levels of unemployment and deprivation.

“These cuts will come into effect from April, just as the government gives enormous tax breaks to millionaires but working families on low incomes, pensioners and the unemployed will be faced with the choice of either paying the rent or buying food.”

Debating the motion, Liberal Democrat leader, Ian Shires, described the changes as ‘botched.’

Conservative Council Leader, Mike Bird, went further – saying that the government was forcing councils to do their dirty work leaving families to choose ‘between paying the bills and feeding their kids.’

Cllr Coughlan added:

“When the Coalition Government’s own supporters are describing their own parties’ polices in such terms, it’s time that Cameron and Clegg realised the destructive impact they are having on people’s lives”

For more information on the Labour Party in Walsall, see: Walsall Council Labour Group

New Bloxwich Labour councillor makes education her priority

Cllr Patti Lane (Picture: George Makin).
Cllr Patti Lane (Picture: George Makin).

Bloxwich West’s newest Labour councillor, Patti Lane, will make education her priority after a closely fought by-election which she won with over 50 percent of the vote.

The retired primary school teacher out-polled Conservative, UKIP and Liberal Democrat candidates with a majority of 266, increasing the party’s share of the vote and overall majority.

She won the seat at the election on 15th November after popular Councillor Sue Fletcher-Hall stepped down for personal reasons.

Cllr Lane, a mother of three, told The Bloxwich Telegraph that her victory was a rejection of the Tory/Lib Dems coalition which runs Walsall council.

She said:

“The people of Bloxwich West have clearly rejected the disproportionate cuts the government, and its supporters in Walsall council, are forcing on local authorities.

“As a former teacher I will make education and care of our local children a priority.

“But campaigning on the doorstep it was clear that people are concerned that cuts in police numbers and council services like park wardens, will see an increase in anti-social behaviour and crime.

“Another issue of concern is the terrible state of the roads and pavements in areas like Mossely, which have been neglected and under funded for some time.

“I want to thank all those people who voted for me, and a great campaigning team, for their support and over the coming weeks and months I am looking forward to holding regular surgeries and visiting community groups to see how I  and the Labour Party can improve peoples’ lives in the ward.”

For more information on the Labour Party in Walsall, see: Walsall Council Labour Group

Best-ever Sparkle Into A Bloxwich Christmas is coming!

Sparkle Banner.

Now we’re heading on down the slippery (indeed, icy!) slope to Christmas, surely it must be time for a bit of sparkle in Bloxwich?

Yes – as is now traditional in the village, Bloxwich Business Partnership is all set to bring local people and organisations including the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix, churches and schools together for another fantastic event to kick-start the festive season all along the High Street and beyond!

Back for the third year running, Sparkle Into A Bloxwich Christmas is taking place NEXT SATURDAY 24th November 2012, 11am to 4pm, and aims to showcase all of Bloxwich’s local talent.

Organisers say their plan is to create a greater sense of community in Bloxwich and district by raising the profile of local schools, community groups, churches, and key partners as well as the historical values of Bloxwich within the programme of activities. The event also promotes trade and retail in the village, by bringing in shopping families for a feast of festive fun and entertainment.

ITALIAN MARKET

A surprise addition to this year’s sparkling spectacular will be a taste-tastic three-day Mamma Mia Italian Food Market in the grounds of All Saints Church, Elmore Row, Bloxwich – starting on Thursday 22nd November, 9am – 5pm!

AND ON 24TH NOVEMBER THERE’LL BE…

JINGLING JOLLITY IN THE SHOPS

Activities lined up for the retail sector include:

  • Best Dressed Window Competition for retailers.
  • A Christmas Trail for families to follow.
  • Special Offers from local businesses.
  • A Christmas Market.

‘The Best Dressed Window’ display this year is to be judged by St Giles Walsall Hospice and a teacher from the Mirus Academy. The winner will be notified on the day and with all entries will be notified by letter after the event. The winning displays will be immediately updated on Bloxwich Business Partnership’s Facebook page along with any photo’s taken of the day.

FESTIVE FAMILY FUN

Christmas

And yet more fun-packed festive family activities are set to Ho, ho, ho the High Street and beyond, including:

THE FUN OF THE FAYRES!

Christmas at St John's 27 Nov 2010.

  • A Christmas Fayre organised by St John’s Methodist Church (Victoria Avenue).
  • A Victorian Fayre organised by Parklands Court Nursing Home (Park Road).

PLUS a jam-packed Christmas-themed performance programme from:

  • St Peter’s Primary School.
  • Walsall Academy Choir.
  • The Mirus Academy.
  • Great Wyrley High School.
  • Jubilee Academy Mossley
  • A dance performance from Russon Dance Academy and the Mirus Academy.

There will also be Brass and Steel Band performances, street acts and more – see below.

A CHOIR AND DANCE PROGRAMME

Pupils from Walsall Academy performing on the 'Move' truck in 2010.

The choir and dance performances by local young people will be located at both High Street/Park Road on Walsall Council’s Move Bus and at Asda in a Marquee.  The performance programme for the day is as follows:

Time                Park Road / High Street                  All Saints Church

11.30am          Jubilee Academy Mossley                 Walsall Academy

12.00pm          Walsall Academy                               Jubilee Academy Mossley

12.30pm          Great Wyrley High School                 St Peters Primary

1.00pm            Great Wyrley High School                 Snow White Panto Promotion

1.15pm            St Peters Primary                              Great Wyrley High School

1.45pm            Snow White Panto Promotion            Great Wyrley High School

2.00pm            Russon Dance Academy                    The Mirus Academy Dance Group

2.30pm            The Mirus Academy Choir                  Russon Dance Academy

3.00pm            The Mirus Academy Dance Group     The Mirus Academy Choir

BRASS AND STEEL BANDS AT ST PETER’S

Salvation Army Band.

Located on the steps of St Peters Church the traditional Salvation Army Brass Band will perform outside the Church at 11.30am to 1.30pm, then Steel Pans Band from 1.30pm to 2.30pm

STREET ACTS

This year there will also be several walkabout Christmas acts including 10ft tall Snow Queen and the  Elf, Mad Dom the Stilt-walking Elf, and a Roller-skating Christmas Bauble that will be interacting with visitors and may pop in to see the traders in their shops!

ICE RINK

Children Ice Skating

This year’s first for Bloxwich is a special attraction -  a 12m x 12m ice rink to all visitors to use for free!  The Ice Rink will be open 10am – 5pm.

CHARITY/GROUP CHRISTMAS STALLS AT ALL SAINTS

Snowy All Saints Church, Bloxwich.

Christmas stalls are available for any charity or group raising money for their cause at NO CHARGE and will be located within All Saints Church grounds.  Anyone who is interested in having a stall should please contact Nikki Rolls at Walsall Council on 01922 654324.

ACTIVITIES AT ASDA, BOOKMARK BLOXWICH AND BLOXWICH MARKET

Bloxwich Library

There will also be activities and entertainment planned at Asda and Bookmark Bloxwich Library (where there will be Christmas storytelling)  and at Bloxwich Market including a visit from Father Christmas from 1pm at the Market handing out a free gift to all the children attending. Christmas cakes and festive drinks and a Hog Roast amongst other festive activities are planned for the day.

MORE INFORMATION

For more information about this event contact Nikki Rolls at Walsall Council on 01922 654324.

DOWNLOADS

Sparkle into Bloxwich Christmas 2012 Poster. (PDF)

IT’S CHRISTMAAAS!

The Bloxwich Telegraph is proud to support Sparkle into a Bloxwich Christmas, all those involved – and the people of Bloxwich and district!  See you there!

Major Leamore road scheme to make shopping safer

Leamore Shopping Centre in November 2010, before the rail was damaged.

A major £230,000 road scheme is planned to help make Leamore a safer place to shop in 2013, according to Walsall Council.

Better pedestrian crossings at the crossroads adjacent to the 1960s-built Leamore Shopping Centre will feature in the package, which has been drawn-up to combat congestion and cut journey times.

The new arrangements will also clearly benefit local businesses as well as motorists, buses, and shoppers and residents wishing to cross the very busy roads – Bloxwich Road (B4210), Harden Road and Leamore Lane – which come together to form the centre of Leamore, near Bloxwich.

Cllr Tom Ansell, the council’s portfolio holder for transport, said:

“We’ve listened very carefully to what people have had to say and we’ve taken a close look at what we could do.

“We’re making the shopping parade a safer place by carrying out some changes that will help shoppers, shopkeepers and motorists too.”

In a comprehensive package of measures, new ‘intelligent’ traffic lights will be installed. The equipment can calculate the amount of traffic waiting at any moment and make changes to the traffic lights sequences to help cut journey times.

Pavements and the road itself will be resurfaced and a corner guard rail damaged in a car crash last year will be replaced.

A bus lane will be removed along the B4210 Bloxwich Road after studies had shown it was not effective, as part of the work.

Fresh lines will also be painted outside Leamore Primary School to help warn drivers, with a change in other markings to make the traffic flow better.

Parking spaces will also be created, with the work set to be carried out in the New Year.

Contractors will carry out the bulk of the work between 9.30am to 3.30pm in order to minimise disruption.