A day In the Life of Your Councillors – Monday It’s a Sizzling Swelterer Again!

Morning comes around and the first calls are “ Have you seen the smashed bus shelters in Wednesfield/”.  Isn’t it darn well depressing to receive the bad news so early at the start of a week!

The fact that vandals are running riot on the streets of Wednesfield is bad enough, but in the week that we are expecting the Heart Of England in Bloom Inspectors – to learn of their activity has its own live traumas.

Like the rest of the Wednesfield in Bloom volunteers, this time in the cycle gets you so darn focused on Wednesfield In Bloom, it kind of blanks out everything else.

Mary and I discussed the news and then I had to attend a City Council meeting at the Civic centre. I was there a couple of hours, and then had to visit the New Cross Hospital, Respiratory Unit. By mid afternoon I was out and in Sainsburys! You always meet people you know in Sainsburys.

I know that the report by the Police regarding knife crime at Bentley Bridge and at Heath Town has unnerved some of you because you have been speaking to Mary and me about it.

But as a way of re-assuring you can I remind you that  – I wrote to West Midlands police towards the end of 2017, about knife crime in Wednesfield North. They reassured me with these facts . There had only been 7 reported knife crimes in Wednesfield North from January 2014 through to September 2017. Less than 2 offences a year.

Now what I shall do is contact the Police again and see if there has been any rise in concern about knife crime here in Wednesfield North in the last 9 months.

Like the rest of you –  I have been enjoying the World Cup and tonight.  I was an arm chair fan, and watched the footie! That ended Monday very nicely… No meetings, no activities just chilling watching the footie!

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more