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Borough bin collection changes consultation

Bins

As part of Walsall Council’s spending cuts, the cash-strapped local authority is currently considering changes to the borough-wide bin collection services.

Part of this consideration involves a public consultation exercise. The proposal is that all bins will be emptied on alternate weeks to save money. Local residents can now have their say on options for how this proposal will be implemented.

At the moment there are two different collection options available that will help to deliver the savings the Council needs to put towards the savings of £82 million over the next four years which the government requires it to make.  They would like to know which of the two options would be preferable to your household. To help them to understand how this may affect you they want to know things such as, how many people live in your household, which bins you use and how you recycle.

The Council says that while the change to fortnightly  collections has been agreed, no decision has yet been made on the options for how this will be implemented, and residents’ response will help them to select the best solution for Walsall – obviously within the framework of overall budget cuts .

The closing date for responses is 30 September 2015 and the public’s views will be considered carefully before the final decision is made in December 2015. Results of the consultation will also be made available  on the Walsall Council website.

Two options for change are being put forward:

Option 1: Bin swap

This option would, the Council say, save an estimated £736,000 a year.

  • Your grey bin will be used for garden waste
  • Your brown bin will be used for general waste (rubbish)
  • Your green recycling bin stays the same.

All bins will be collected every other week ( there will still be a winter close down of garden waste collections).  If you do not currently have a brown bin you would be provided with one.
In line with current policy:-

  • Any overfilled bins or bins with the wrong sort of waste in them will not be emptied.
  • No additional bags  of waste will  be taken on a normal collection.
Option 2: No bin change

All bins emptied every other week.  This option, it is said, would save an estimated £921,000 a year.

  • All bins stay the same and will be collected every other week.
  • There will not be a weekly rubbish collection.

Households of 4 or more people will be eligible for a larger bin , should they need one. All bins will be collected every other week (there will still be a winter close down of garden waste collections). In line with current policy:-

  • Any overfilled bins or bins with the wrong sort of waste in them will not be emptied.
  • No additional bags  of waste will  be taken on a normal collection.
How can you participate?

Walsall Council is required to consult with local residents and other interested parties before making significant changes to the waste collection service.

Any changes made will be implemented in 2016 and the new alternate weekly service would only be rolled out to households in Walsall who have individual wheeled bins.

Postal questionnaire

Walsall Council will be writing to 10,000 households throughout the borough (not every household) and asking them to complete a questionnaire. If you receive a questionnaire they would like you complete and return the paper version in the envelope provided. You  can also pick up a questionnaire from the First Stop Shop in Walsall Civic Centre,  and return your  completed questionnaire to either  the First Stop Shop or your local library.

Online consultation

An online questionnaire can be found via this link:

Waste collection consultation 2015

In person

You can still ask questions and share your views at any of the times and locations listed below:

  • Pleck Fun Day – Pleck Park, Montfort Road, Mon 17/8/15 10.30 – 16:00
  • Pheasey Fun Day – Doe Bank Park, Doe Bank Lane,  Wed 19/8/15 10.30 – 16:00
  • Palfrey Fun Day – Palfrey Park, Dale  Street, Mon 24/8/1510.30 – 16:00
  • Bloxwich Fun Day – Bloxwich Park, High Street, Wed 26/8/15 10.30 – 16:00

Council search for family of former Bloxwich railman

Parklands Court, Bloxwich
Parklands Court, Bloxwich

Local residents are being asked to help with the search for relatives of a recently deceased man.

Environmental health officers at Walsall Council are keen to get in touch with any family members of Mr George Brian Leach who passed away in Parklands Court Nursing Home, Park Road, Bloxwich on 4 August.

Mr Leach, who formerly resided at 34 Austin Road, Upper Forster Street, was born in Bloxwich on 8 November 1933.

Aged 81 when he died Mr Leach it is believed that he retired from British Rail and had never been married.

Neil Harris, principal environmental health officer, said: “We would like to pass on our condolences to Mr Leach’s family and friends.

“We would be grateful to hear from any relatives of Mr Leach or anyone who might have helpful information about his family so that they can make proper arrangements for his funeral.

“We appreciate this may be difficult but we encourage anyone with information they think may be useful to get in touch.”

If anyone has any information about Mr Leach’s family they are asked to contact Julie Faulkner in environmental health on 01922 653018.

English Defence League protest in Walsall – Latest

Chief Inspector Martin Hurcombe (pic courtesy Walsall Police)
Chief Inspector Martin Hurcombe (pic courtesy Walsall Police)

Walsall Police’s Chief Inspector Martin Hurcomb has been busy working on the policing plans for next week’s English Defence League protest in the town.

And police say preparations are well in hand for the “peaceful” demonstration  on Saturday 15th August.

Trained police negotiators have been in regular contact with both the EDL and counter protesters to identify their intentions and stress the importance that members protest peacefully.

Organisers have told police they are planning a peaceful protest in Walsall (police have no powers to ban groups from exercising their democratic right to protest) but police say they will take decisive action against anyone who creates disorder or behaves aggressively.

Numbers

Walsall Police say that It’s not clear exactly how many protesters will turn up on 15th August. Around 500 people have apparently indicated on Facebook that they intend to attend but police have stated that in their experience the actual figure on the day tends to be considerably lower.

Location and timing

Following negotiations police and the organisers have now agreed in principle that EDL members will meet at the Oak Inn Public House, Green Lane, at approximately 9am.  EDL members will make their way towards the Art Gallery Square at 1pm (details of the walk/march are still being finalised). Police anticipate the demonstration will conclude at approximately 3pm.

Policing

Police say that local residents and retailers can rest assured they will have sufficient resources in place to safely manage any sized protest.  Specially trained police liaison teams will also be deployed. They are easily identifiable by the blue tabards that they wear. Their role includes communication, negotiation and mediation with various groups on the day. PLO’s have, said Chief Inspector Hurcomb today,  “…proved a real success in recent demonstrations in Dudley and Birmingham.”

Public meetings

Open public meetings about the protest have been arranged by Walsall Police at Walsall Town Hall.  One took place yesterday evening, and a second is set to happen on Wednesday 12th August 2015 – 6pm at Walsall Town Hall again, admission will be via the Leicester Street entrance

The meetings are intended as an opportunity for people to ask questions or raise concerns.

Business as usual

Walsall Police’s underlying message is that 15th August will be “business as usual” in Walsall.  Chief Inspector Hurcomb said in an online chat session today:

“There is no need for anyone to cancel plans to visit the town centre and there is no reason for businesses to close for the day.  Buses and trains, as of today, will run as per usual. The Traffic Management Team for the Council will continue to provide regular updates over the next week to help keep the public fully updated.”

Diversity celebration

Walsall Police have also engaged with members of ‘We are Walsall’, who will hold a celebration of diversity and unity event from 11am on 15th August at The Crossing at St Paul’s, Walsall, by the bus station. This event is being supported by Walsall Council – further details can be obtained via the Walsall Council website.

Information leaflet

A police leaflet on the protests can be downloaded in pdf format via the following link:

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/latest-news/protests/walsall/docs/walsall-protests.pdf

Latest

For the latest news on the protest see: www.west-midlands.police.uk/latest-news/protests/walsall or by following Chief Inspector Martin Hurcomb AKA @ChInspHurcomb  on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ChInspHurcomb

Information courtesy Walsall Police

It’s Carnival Day in Bloxwich TODAY!

New Bloxwich Carnival Royalty for 2015
New Bloxwich Carnival Royalty for 2015

One of the most important days in the village calendar, indeed one of the most important in the district, takes place today, Saturday 1st August 2015.

The Bloxwich Carnival tradition dates right back to the Great War Peace Celebrations of 1919 when local men dressed in fancy dress and played football to raise funds for the soldiers who returned, and the widows and orphans of those who did not, as well as for local hospitals, and for local old folk – the latter being a tradition still carried on today by the current carnival committee with the time-honoured annual Senior Citizens Party which this year took place in the Stan Ball Centre due to the demolition of the traditional venue, the historic Bloxwich Baths Function Hall.

Bloxwich Senior Citizens Party 2015 (pic Roy Peace)
Bloxwich Senior Citizens Party 2015 (pic Roy Peace)
196 Squadron help out at Bloxwich Senior Citizens Party 2015 (pic Roy Peace).jpg
196 Squadron help out at Bloxwich Senior Citizens Party 2015 (pic Roy Peace).jpg

As in recent years, the 2015 Bloxwich Carnival is taking place entirely in King George V Playing Fields, and there will be no parade – but there will be a whole lot of fun for all the family!

The event is organised by just 8 volunteers – this year’s Bloxwich Carnival Committee – with the support of Walsall Council and local organisations including Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix and 196 (Walsall) Squadron Air Training Corps.

How much is it?

Amazingly, admission to Bloxwich Carnival this year, thanks to the generous financial support of whg (Walsal Housing Group) is the ultimate bargain in family entertainment – FREE FOR ALL!

You can, if you wish, make a donation on the gate.

When does it start?

Gates open TODAY at 12 noon at the Bealey’s Lane/Bell Lane corner entrance and at the Stafford Road entrance. There is no on-site parking, so you are recommended to arrive on foot.

What’s On?

The arena programme (see links to the main attractions below) runs till 4pm with the whole shebang concluding at 4.30pm, apart from Pat Collins’ Fun Fair, an essential part of the Bloxwich Carnival tradition, which will be close to the Bealey’s Lane/Bell Lane entrance as usual.

Flyin Ryan (pic courtesy Flyin Ryan)
Flyin Ryan (pic courtesy Flyin Ryan)
Rockwood Dog Display Team (pic Stuart WIlliams)
Rockwood Dog Display Team (pic Stuart WIlliams)

This year’s main attractions in the arena and around the field include:

The Flyin Ryan Motorcycle Stunt Show

Rockwood Dog Display Team

Mad Dom, stiltwalker and entertainer

Armitage Bird of Prey Centre

The main events will be happening in the central arena, with stalls and other attractions surrounding.  The timetable for the day is as follows:

Bloxwich Carnival 2015 Timetable
Bloxwich Carnival 2015 Timetable

The Bloxwich Carnival Queen, Princess and Rosebud (see below for details) will be crowned around 12.20pm   at the mobile stage adjacent to the event arena.

Bloxwich Carnival Royalty (from Bostin Bloxwich) - click to enlarge
Bloxwich Carnival Royalty (from Bostin Bloxwich) – click to enlarge

Watch out for our Bloxwich Carnival report and massive Flickr photo album a few days after the event in the Bloxwich Telegraph on WordPress.org – we’ll be giving the new link on this site and via Facebook and Twitter when we launch!

SEE YOU THERE!

Bloxwich Summer Fun Day next month

A ton of fun with rides, inflatables and bungee bouncing! (Attractions may differ. Past event pic Stuart Williams)
A ton of fun with rides, inflatables and bungee bouncing! (Attractions may differ. Past event pic Stuart Williams)

Families in Bloxwich and district can look forward to some fun in the sun in Bloxwich Park towards the end of next month – weather permitting!

Walsall Council has organised a series of Fun Days (see handbill below for details) around the borough, and the Bloxwich event is all set for Wednesday 26th August, 2015.

Summer revellers will be treated to a range of inflatable attractions, charity stalls, children’s rides, storytelling and face painting.  Free children’s entertainment will be provided.

There will also be refreshments stands and live music as in past years.

There may be age restrictions on some rides and some attractions will be chargeable.

As always, though, entry will be free between 10.30am – 4pm!

Fun Days

Diamond invitation from Walsall’s Mayor

Walsall Council House (pic: Stuart Williams)
Walsall Council House (pic: Stuart Williams)

If you’re approaching your 60th wedding anniversary, or know of a Walsall couple who will reach this marital milestone this year, or next – then the  Mayor Of Walsall, Councillor Angela Underhill wants to hear from you.

She is inviting individual diamond couples and up to ten family members to celebrate with her at an exclusive afternoon tea party at the Town Hall in Lichfield Street.

Mayor of Walsall, Cllr Angela Underhill, and the Mace Bearers (pic courtesy Walsall Council)
Mayor of Walsall, Cllr Angela Underhill, and the Mace Bearers (pic courtesy Walsall Council)

Mayor, Councillor Angela Underhill said:

“This is something I’ve really been really looking forward to doing. An enduring love and life together which has lasted 60 years is certainly something to celebrate.   On behalf of the borough I would be delighted to invite couples and members of their families to the Town Hall to recognise and share in this very special occasion.”

The Mayoral Office is accepting nominations from couples who are approaching their Diamond Year from now and up until May 2016.

If you would like to nominate yourselves, or suggest another couple please write, or email your request to;

Verity Edwards,
Mayor’s Personal Assistant
Legal and Democratic Services
Mayor’s Office
The Mayor’s Parlour
The Council House
Lichfield Street
Walsall  WS1 1TP

Email:  verity.edwards@walsall.gov.uk