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National public sector strike affects Council services

Walsall Council House

Walsall residents are being advised that some council services, including school closures could be affected by industrial action today, Wednesday, 30 November 2011.

As trade unions across the country stage a day of industrial action, some council services will be closed or run at a much reduced level.

Walsall Council’s First Stop Shop in the Civic Centre, Darwall Street will be closed during the national dispute and callers to the council’s general enquiries (01922 650000) may experience some delay. Residents seeking information about Revenues can call 0845 111 2851 and the Benefits service on 0845 111 2855.

Residents may see disruptions to their bin collection service. Revised arrangements for bin collections on that day will be communicated via the council website as soon as they are known. People who do not want to wait until the next collection can use Walsall Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centre in Fryers Road, Leamore. The recycling centre at Merchants Way, Aldridge does not operate on Wednesdays.

Parents are advised to contact their school directly or visit to check for school closures.

The council has already confirmed Walsall and Willenhall Markets will be shut during the day of strike action. Walsall Gala Baths will be closed but all other leisure centres will remain open as usual.

Updates will be made to Walsall Council’s website at to highlight disruption caused by industrial action.

Councillor Chris Towe, cabinet member for finance and personnel at Walsall Council, said: “Our customers and service users are our key priority during this time. However, despite having robust contingency plans in place, it is likely that the service delivered to residents of the borough may experience some disruption.

“Should you experience a problem with your bin collection on Wednesday please visit the council’s website or call us on 01922 650000 to check revised arrangements.

“Walsall Council apologises for any inconvenience this may cause our residents, however it is difficult to provide a comprehensive and fully accurate prediction of the impact this may have on our services,” he added.

“Residents can still access council information and a range of services via our website”


Walsall Local History Centre will be closed on 30 November.  You are advised to check whether other museums and libraries will be open.

Walsall Council services to be affected by industrial action

Walsall Council House
Walsall Council House

Walsall residents are being advised that some council services, including school closures could be affected by industrial action next Wednesday, 30 November 2011.

As trade unions across the country stage a day of industrial action, some council services will be closed or run at a much reduced level. Continue reading Walsall Council services to be affected by industrial action

Death of Birchills-Leamore Councillor Joan Barton

Cllr Joan Barton (Walsall Council).
Cllr Joan Barton (Walsall Council).

Tributes were today being paid to a long-serving councillor and former mayoress of Walsall who passed away at home at the weekend, aged 79.  Councillor Joan Barton was Mayoress from 1990 – 1991 when her husband, former Councillor Malcolm Barton, was Mayor.

A serving member of Walsall Council, she had represented Birchills Leamore for Labour since May 1998, and before joining the council was a veteran Labour party member working tirelessly behind the scenes and holding numerous executive posts.

Mr Barton, who himself served on Walsall Council for 32 years, said his wife passed away at the couple’s Remington Road home, on the Beechdale Estate, where they had lived since 1961, on Saturday.

Council leader Mike Bird said: “Everyone at Walsall was very sad to hear the news. Our thoughts are very much with her family at this difficult time.”

Current Mayor Councillor Garry Perry said: ““I would like to add my sincerest condolences to her family and friends .

“Joan was elected to the council on the same day as me, and was a very valued member of the council. People still have fond memories of her year as Mayoress.”

Funeral arrangements will be confirmed in the next few days.


Councillor Joan Barton’s funeral will take place on Thursday 10 November 2011, her family have now confirmed.

The service will take place at 10am at Christ Church, Blakenall Heath, Walsall, followed by a burial service at Willenhall Lawn Cemetery from 11am. Friends and colleagues are welcome to attend both services.

Floral tributes are welcome or donations to Macmillan Cancer Support can be made via Co-operative Funeral Services, Hatherton Road, Walsall.

Beware fly-tipping conmen in Bloxwich and Brownhills

Fly-tipping in London (Wikipedia).
Fly-tipping in London (Wikipedia).

Residents are being urged to beware of conmen who have been door knocking and offering to professionally dispose of residents’ rubbish and then illegally dumping it.

The latest incidents of men knocking on doors and offering to dump people’s waste legally for a fee has occurred in both the Bloxwich and Brownhills areas. Continue reading Beware fly-tipping conmen in Bloxwich and Brownhills

Labour Party take Bloxwich East by storm

Julie Fitzpatrick has the support of David Winnick, MP.
Julie Fitzpatrick has the support of David Winnick, MP.

Thursday’s by-election in the Bloxwich East Ward of Walsall Council has seen an historic swing to Labour of 19% in a ward which has for a good number of years been split between their party and the Conservatives, with the latter in the majority.

In a significant victory, the seat left vacant following the death of long-serving Tory Bill Tweddle fell to an apparently rejuvenated local Labour party, seeing the defeat of Conservative candidate Les Beeley by almost ninety votes, leaving the other parties to scrabble in the dust for those few votes left.

Labour’s successful candidate, the energetic and community-minded Julie Fitzpatrick, is married to Shaun Fitzpatrick, whose own battle on behalf of the Labour party saw a previous defeat of long-serving Beeley in the council elections earlier this year.

The full voting results are:

Labour 922, Conservative 834, UKIP 98, English Democrats 49, Green Party 16.

The numbers of seats on Walsall Council as therefore now as follows:

Labour 27
Conservative 27
Lib Dem 5
Independent 1

The Bloxwich Telegraph would like to congratulate Julie Fitzpatrick on her success.  We hope to be able to report more on her work as our newest Labour Councillor in the near future.

Figures courtesy Pheasey Park Farm Labour.

Glittering prizes for Bloxwich gem Jessica

Jessica Watts, Mayor's Ambassador and Miss Teen Walsall.
Jessica Watts, Mayor's Ambassador and Miss Teen Walsall.

Young ambassador, 2010 Bloxwich Carnival Princess and Miss Teen Walsall title holder Jessica Watts has picked up yet another crown.

The talented teenager won Miss Teen English Diamond following a competition in Manchester at the weekend.

Jessica is helping the Mayor of Walsall, Councillor Garry Perry, in his fundraising year and attends a host of events to develop links with the borough’s young people.

She is also planning a catwalk show February next year to be held at the Village Hotel featuring some of the young people who will benefit from the Mayor’s charity appeal.

The 16-year-old, who is a beauty apprentice and lives in Bloxwich, said Saturday’s competition had been an “amazing experience.”

She added: ” I am so excited about my win on Saturday – so much so I even wanted to sleep with my crown on!

“I am proud to be representing Walsall at the pageants and also honoured to be assisting the Mayor as his ambassador.  It is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me and I’m enjoying every minute.”

Jessica won a host of prizes including a sash, a Prada handbag, Chanel purse, a jewellery box and jewellery.  She will hold the title for 12 months and will be required to judge next years competition.

The Mayor said he was delighted that Jessica had done so well.

“She was helping out at Noddy Holder’s music quiz the night before, until late, and had to be up early the next morning to compete so she must have been exhausted,” he said.

“She is a real asset to my fundraising team and is working particularly hard to get the borough’s young people involved in our events.”

The Mayor’s Charity Appeal is raising money for The Creating Chances Trust, The Swing and PROUD (Parents Relatives and Others Understanding Down’s Syndrome)

Former Q3 Academy student Jessica has also made it as a finalist in the national competition – Miss Teen Galaxy next March.

Julie Fitzpatrick stands for Labour in Bloxwich East

Julie Fitzpatrick digs for victory in Bloxwich High Street
Julie Fitzpatrick digs for victory in Bloxwich High Street during Bloxwich in Bloom.

Julie Fitzpatrick, the Labour Party’s newest candidate on the block in Bloxwich, is digging for victory in this week’s Bloxwich East by-election, which takes place on Thursday 27 October.

And Julie, who says she wants to stand up for the local community against Tory-LibDem cuts, is hoping to help overturn the established balance of power in Bloxwich East by pipping former Conservative councillor Les Beeley in particular at the post, in a battle for the seat vacated by the late Bill Tweddle, another long-serving Tory, who passed away earlier this year.

Julie Fitzpatrick has the support of David Winnick, MP.
Julie Fitzpatrick has the support of David Winnick, MP.

Julie, who has lived in Victoria Avenue, Bloxwich, for eleven years, has a good track record of working enthusiastically in the community, helping raise funds for St. Giles Walsall Hospice through the WS3 Friends of Walsall Hospice Group, and is also an active member of Bloxwich Carnival Committee as well as a member of St. Peter’s Church.

Julie Fitzpatrick said “It’s time for change in Bloxwich East. Vote for the candidate who will help you solve local issues that affect you. Vote for the candidate who has worked voluntarily in your area – not just at election time in order to get your vote.  Vote for me.  Vote for change.”

Polling takes place between 7am-10pm at Bloxwich C E J M I School, High St;  Lower Farm Primary School, Bakewell Close;  Little Bloxwich CE Primary, Grenfell Road;  St. Peters R.C. Church Hall, Harrison St;  Green Rock Primary School, Mersey Road, Blakenall Heath and Valley Nursery School, Blakenall Heath.

Full details of the Bloxwich East by-election, including all of the candidates, can be found and downloaded on Walsall Council’s Elections and Voting web page.

Big Daddy Vs Giant Haystacks – back in Walsall!

Big Daddy Vs Giant Haystacks
Long before the likes of John Cena and Rey Mysterio got into the ring, a nation was gripped by another pair of wrestling rivals.

Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks captivated audiences of millions every Saturday afternoon between 1976 and 1988 and their story is being told through a new comedy drama being staged in Leamore. Continue reading Big Daddy Vs Giant Haystacks – back in Walsall!