Working In His Shop!

Ashmore Park Shopping Parade – Moving Forward!

Residents, Shop Keepers, and Shoppers to the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade will have noticed now that the flowers paying tribute to Raj Kumar have now been respectfully removed having provided a splash of colour,as residents and friends a like, paid their respect to the memory of legendary Shop Keeper Raj!

I had when the tributes first started to be placed,requested that Wolverhampton Homes treat the flower memorial with care, and sensitivity. I am sure you will all agree that that they have done exactly that.

This is what this is what WH told me just before the weekend, “Wolverhampton Homes Estate Services caretaking team attended and removed the flowers in tribute to Mr Kumar. We ensured this was done in a sensitive and respectful manner.”

I had also requested that the raised Planters nearest the shop be attended too. The vegetation in the situation is currently unattractive and is seen by many to be uncared for.

In July I had a conversation with Andy at The Pet Store and subsequently with Raj on the day before the Ashmore Park Fun Day, about the Planters. The discussion was about giving the Shopping Parade Planters a bit of ‘Loving Care’ in time for next years ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ bid.

The outcome is that those conversations have stayed with me throughout the Summer, and others since Raj’s death have also suggested that bringing the Planters back to a flowering position,would also be a fitting thing to do in the circumstances!

So I asked Wolverhampton Homes who owns the Shopping Parade to take a look at the Planters. Here is WH response.

“We have spoken to Wolverhampton Homes grounds maintenance partner Continental Landscapes regarding the planters on the shopping precinct. We have requested for the existing planting to be stripped out ready for re-planting. This is expected to be completed within the next fortnight.”

Now this action is in no way cutting across anything else that individuals or our community may want to do for Raj.

But I will be looking for a little help in getting plants together. Planting in the Spring, and help in maintaining the planters, as we can then as a community and in honour of Raj, play a part in the ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ bids going forward.

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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

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