Pelsall councillor loses out in parliamentary seat selection

Pelsall councillor Marco Longhi has lost his bid to be the Conservative parliamentary candidate for the Aldridge-Brownhills constituency.

Coun Marco Longhi

Coun Marco Longhi

At a selection meeting last night, the Conservative association chose Conservative Party vice-chairman Wendy Morton to fight Sir Richard Shepherd’s seat.

Four candidates were shortlisted.

Morton, who has built up an electronics and manufacturing business with her husband, describes herself as “typically Yorkshire”:

“I am a bit like where I am from. Yorkshire people work hard and talk straight – and I understand I am no exception,” she says on her website.

“I am sure I inherited my work ethic and common-sense approach from my parents who are typical Yorkshire people. I was brought up in a small community and have lived the word community all my life. I believe in the power and potential of community life and know that when communities work together, they can bring about significant change.”

She first stood for the Conservatives in the 2005 general election in the Newcastle upon Tyne seat and five years later in Tynemouth.

Sir Richard, who has represented the Aldridge-Bronwhills ward since 1979, announced in October last year that he was stepping down at the next general election.

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Relatives of Pelsall pensioner sought by council officials

Walsall Council officials are seeking relatives of a pensioner who died at his Pelsall home just before Christmas.

Mr Geoffrey Alan Sleigh (pronounced Slee), was known as Alan and had worked as a painter and decorator.

The 78-year-old was found dead at his home in Walsall Road, Pelsall, on 20 December 2014.

Environmental health officers from Walsall Council are trying to trace relatives who are thought to live overseas as well as appeal for any family members who may still be in the UK.

Neil Harris, principal environmental health officer, said: “We extend our sympathies to friends or family of Mr Sleigh at this sad time.

“We understand that he lived with his parents until they died and he had never married.”

Mr Sleigh had told his neighbour that he had family in Australia – a  brother, John Vernon, who is thought to be in a care home in Perth, and elderly sister Betty/Margaret Dean, who also lives in Perth.

“We believe Betty/Margaret has children in Australia,” explained Neil. “We are appealing for anyone who has contact details for Betty/Margaret Dean in Australia to get in touch along with anyone who knows if there are any of Mr Sleigh’s family members in the UK.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Rebecca Evans on 01922 653052

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D-Day for Pelsall councillor’s parliamentary hopes

Coun Marco Longhi

Coun Marco Longhi

Pelsall councillor Marco Longhi could find out tonight (January 22) if he is the next Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) for Aldridge-Brownhills.

Coun Longhi, who has represented Pelsall ward since 1999, is one of four shortlisted candidates who will go through the Aldridge-Brownhills Conservative Association interview process. The winning candidate is expected to be announced tonight, after the original selection date in December was postponed.

The Aldridge-Brownhills seat has been held by Sir Richard Shepherd since 1979. The Eurosceptic MP, who announced in October last year that he was to retire at the next general election, won with a 15,256 majority at the 2010 poll.

John Fisher has already been named as the Labour PPC for the seat, while Paul White has been selected by UKIP. All parliamentary candidates must be named by March 31, 2015, the day that the UK Parliament is dissolved.

The general election takes place on Thursday,  May 7.


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Resurfacing work starts on High Street

A £150,000 scheme to replace damaged kerbs, footpaths and carriageway resurfacing along Pelsall High Street has begun.

The work, which is  expected to take 6 weeks to complete, is being undertaken by Walsall Council’s highways partner Lafarge Tarmac.

It will initially replace the misaligned kerbs along the street and carry out repairs to the drainage areas, while footway resurfacing will take place on Sundays to minimise disruption to traders.

Businesses will be updated during the course of the scheme.

Contractors hope to resurface the road in late February or early March, once the pavement works and kerb replacement has been completed.

The council warned that on-street parking will be reduced while the resurfacing works take place.

Councillor Lee Jeavons, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “There will inevitably be some disruption during the improvement works which the contractor hopes to keep to a minimum but the resurfacing has been needed for a while now so I’m sure it’s worth putting up with any minor inconvenience while it is carried out.”

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Did you know Charlie Harrison?

Can anyone help Pam Smith?

She has emailed with the following:

My name is Pam Smith . I live in Australia and I am trying to locate some information or a picture of Charlie Harrison who was born in Walsall. The only information I have is that he lived in Woodbine Terrace, Brownhills. He had a sister Clarice. He was in the army as a dispatch rider . He was my Mum’s father. We came from Oxford and emigrated to Australia back in 1970. Mum never knew her father and is now in her 80s and would really like to know more about him now. If anyone has anything it would be much appreciated.

If you can help, email

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Details about proposed housing on Labour Club site

The Express & Star has reported on the plans for the demolition of Pelsall Labour Club in Church Road,  to be replaced by 20 homes.

There is no date set when the application by Dunedin Homes and Development  is to be heard.

Here are all the details you need (thanks to Brownhills Bob for all the links):Enclosures Plan-page-0

Design and access statement

Site investigation report

Street scenes

Street scenes 2

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Remembrance Day service

Remembrance Day Service timetable:poppy

The parade will leave the Scout hut at about 10-10.15am and will then pick up the congregation from the Methodist and St Michae’s CE churches at about 10.30am.

At about 10.40am, the parade will head to the Cenotaph for the service.

The parade will be led by the RBL Pelsall Piper and Branch Standard.

Order of Service sheets will be given out by branch officers and members at the Cenotaph.

There is an order for laying wreaths at the Cenotaph, and branch officers will be on hand to implement this.

People are asked not to lay poppy crosses during the service but you are free to do so at the end.


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