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About 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

New Trams

The Tram Should Serve The New Molineux!

 

 

With a new municipal year starting, and with a new political Leadership firmly in place at the City of Wolverhampton. I feel strongly that now is very much the time that the City Council should be bold,

My arguments that we should have a strong and resilient public transport system which included trams has been one that I have proposed for decades. As we open our eyes to a new day, and a new Municipal Year, the politicians must listen to the call from the fans of the city football club, and its owners.

Having had the debate about moving the club from the City Centre, the owners have firmly come down into the decision of staying on the present site and developing it. That means a successful football club will attract more fans both from within the City and outside of the city. This is good news for our own economic base and specifically in the retail sectors, hotels and tourism, and the transport and leisure services here in our City.

The City and the West Midlands Combined Authority are developing quite rightly a new City based transportation Hub. This Hub is based on a new Heavy Rail station already under construction in the City Centre, with new tram links to the station and the Local bus station. Over the next decade we expect to see more people over the period arriving into Wolverhampton by train, bus, and tram.

If I have read the city correctly – there is huge excitement about the plans now being openly discussed about the new direction the Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club are heading.

Fosun the owners of Wolverhampton Wanderers and with the Directors of the Football Club, are striving to provide, a bigger and better stadium. A Club that excites on the football pitch with even more and better success, both as a sporting Club, and also as a business.

My argument is that as a Wolverhampton City Council, we  should also be using this time to also start developing plans to  introduce the Midlands Metro Light Rail System into the street scene in the heart of our City Centre to create the sort of transportation system that will help serve the new Wolves stadium over the next thirty years or so.?

I have written and spoken thousands of words about Wolverhampton and the West Midlands needs to ensure that they build the transport requirements that give future prosperity to our conurbation, and here in Wolverhampton over the last 38 years.

Its clear that the Molineux is now going to be transformed as a stadium, it will have even bigger crowds, than it gets now. Plus, when it reaches the heights the owners and the fans are projecting. It will need an efficient transportation system to bring them and take them away back into the City Centre and the transportation hubs without creating more traffic jams and highway delays, and damaging the air quality and the environment.

With climate change causing massive concerns its important that this City own visions are as bold as the Wolverhampton Wanderers football club is. Wolverhampton needs to start planning for a new tram link from the rail station through to the new Molineux and out towards the M54 and the new planned and proposed sites for industry and Staffordshire’s proposed new housing developments on our City boundaries.

We need two new lines to serve our own Cities needs. We need an extension of the Metro line into serving New Cross, and Wednesfield, and able to link with Walsall. We also need the metro to deliver a new line from the transportation hub out to the Molineux and down to the Fordhouses area.

I really do hope that we will be brave and start the process to ensure that these two lines are started.

We cannot just leave our current tram system as it is. That would be a huge dereliction of duty by our political leaders.

Wolverhampton needs strong vision, and plans to overcome the decline in fossil fuels, and strong policies to develop climate friendly policies that enhance our city and its transportation requirements…both today and over the next thirty years!

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Elected to West Midlands County Council – Still a Highlight 38 Years On!

Thirty-Eight Years Ago-I Was Elected for Wednesfield!

It was a friend Dr John Fletcher himself a former West Midlands County Councillor, that contacted me recently to point out that 38 years ago, I stood for election to the now abolished West Midlands Metropolitan County Council. The election took place on 7th May 1981

I was the Labour candidate and standing in the Ward of Wednesfield North & South. Wolverhampton Number 10 Ward.

My election agent was my friend and workmate on the railway Mr Joe King. Joe was a Labour Party stalwart. We both served in the National Union of Railwaymen, and then when the Union changed its name, The Rail Maritime and Transport Union.Joe lived in Darlaston at the time he became my agent, because he was such a Labour Party veteran all we did when we met in the mornings before we started our work as Rail Parcels drivers was talk Labour politics. Looking back, it was the best thing I could have done at that point. There were no takers for being agent in the two Wednesfield Labour Party’s. I am not sure if it was me? Or the job that they didn’t want!

But I had already got my agent in my head, and Joe didn’t need to be cajoled too much before he agreed to do the job. Joe had a young family, he lived in the Borough of Walsall he had family commitments. But he was a tremendous guy, sadly no longer with us. I owe such a lot to Joe he was a great inspiration.

I set about the campaign with Joe in great gusto. What wasn’t on the public information about the candidate at that time ,was that I was still recovering from testicular cancer. In honesty I thought that I would have a short life! It was an immense strain on our family and on Mary in particular when the disease was first diagnosed. That was in 1977, in fact I went to the 1977 Labour Party conference still having treatment. But I spoke three times at conference, once on Vietnam and on Nuclear Free Zones.

This election for the West Midlands County Council was a hard-fought affair.

Transport was a key platform, and the County Labour Party prepared a vote winning manifesto. The Labour Party delegates from Wolverhampton played a central role in its development. I was proud to stand by it. In my Union role I was always talking up the need for good and modern public transport. Take a look at the personal address it majors heavily on bus services rail links and good roads!

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The Chairs of both Wednesfield North and South are and were, prominent Local people. Clarice Nicholls in Wednesfield south was a former Wednesfield South and Wolverhampton Councillor . As was Margaret Benton. Margaret was a former school teacher of mine at Wards Bridge, and she later became Mayor of Wolverhampton. Looking back what doyens of socialist politics these two icons were!

At the time of my election I was still involved in sporting activities with Local Football and Angling with Wednesfield Social angling Club.

The election came on the 7th May 1981 – I remember the days in the run up to the election. They were hectic days, trying to control some Maltese Labour Party visitors, who in Malta painted the streets literally! Trying to persuade me that we should do it on Ashmore Park…scared me to death! I had one of the Maltese Labour Party members stay at my house for a few days. I remember taking a call at home in the week before the election and it was Dom Mintoff the Prime Minister of Malta trying to connect with his Education spokesman Joe Grech who was in our spare bedroom at Bargery Road. Great memories, great experiences.

The election was a truly memorable occasion for me. It was the first time I was elected into a seat, and 4,544 Wednesfield folks turned out and voted for me, which equated to a massive 62.1% of the vote.

That election day returned 10 Councillors that went to Birmingham to represent Wolverhampton …Eight were Labour Councillors and just two were Conservatives.

If there is more interest in this bit of Wednesfield social history I will write a little more. However please read the information here and let me know or ask questions…happy to help If I can….

In the First Week of May 1981 – Thirty-Eight Years Ago-I Was First Elected for Wednesfield!

It was a friend Dr John Fletcher himself a former West Midlands County Councillor, that contacted me recently to point out that 38 years ago, I stood for election to the now abolished West Midlands Metropolitan County Council. The election took place on 7th May 1981

I was the Labour candidate and standing in the Ward of Wednesfield North & South. Wolverhampton Number 10 Ward.

My election agent was my friend and workmate on the railway Mr Joe King. Joe was a Labour Party stalwart. We both served in the National Union of Railwaymen, and then when the Union changed its name, The Rail Maritime and Transport Union.

Joe lived in Darlaston at the time he became my agent, because he was such a Labour Party veteran all we did when we met in the mornings before we started our work as Rail Parcels drivers was talk Labour politics. Looking back, it was the best thing I could have done at that point. There were no takers for being agent in the two Wednesfield Labour Party’s. I am not sure if it was me? Or the job that they didn’t want!

But I had already got my agent in my head, and Joe didn’t need to be cajoled too much before he agreed to do the job. Joe had a young family, he lived in the Borough of Walsall he had family commitments. But he was a tremendous guy, sadly no longer with us. I owe such a lot to Joe he was a great inspiration.

I set about the campaign with Joe in great gusto. What wasn’t on the public information about the candidate at that time ,was that I was still recovering from testicular cancer. In honesty I thought that I would have a short life! It was an immense strain on our family and on Mary in particular when the disease was first diagnosed. That was in 1977, in fact I went to the 1977 Labour Party conference still having treatment. But I spoke three times at conference, once on Vietnam and on Nuclear Free Zones.

This election for the West Midlands County Council was a hard-fought affair.

Transport was a key platform, and the County Labour Party prepared a vote winning manifesto. The Labour Party delegates from Wolverhampton played a central role in its development. I was proud to stand by it. In my Union role I was always talking up the need for good and modern public transport. Take a look at the personal address it majors heavily on bus services rail links and good roads!

Travel Our Way 1981IMG_6348

The Chairs of both Wednesfield North and South are and were, prominent local people. Clarice Nicholls in Wednesfield south was a former Wolverhampton Councillor and Mayoress. As was Margaret Benton. Margaret was a former school teacher of mine at Wards Bridge, and she later became Mayor of Wolverhampton. Looking back what doyens of socialist politics these two icons were!

At the time of my election I was still involved in sporting activities with Local Football and Angling with Wednesfield Social angling Club.

The election came on the 7th May 1981 – I remember the days in the run up to the election. They were hectic days, trying to control some Maltese Labour Party visitors, who in Malta painted the streets literally! Trying to persuade me that we should do it on Ashmore Park, that scared me to death! I had one of the Maltese Labour Party members stay at my house for a few days. I remember taking a call at home in the week before the election and it was Dom Mintoff the Prime Minister of Malta trying to connect with his Education spokesman Joe Grech who was in our spare bedroom at Bargery Road. Great memories, great experiences.

The election was a truly memorable occasion for me. It was the first time I was elected into a seat, and 4,544 Wednesfield folks turned out and voted for me, which equated to a massive 62.1% of the vote.

That election day returned 10 Councillors that went to Birmingham to represent Wolverhampton …Eight were Labour Councillors and just two were Conservatives.

If there is more interest in this bit of Wednesfield social history I will write a little more. However please read the information here and let me know or ask questions…happy to help If I can….

WM County Council 1981

Thirty Eight Years Ago- I Was Elected for Wednesfield!

It was a friend Dr John Fletcher himself a former West Midlands County Councillor, that contacted me tonight to point out that 38 years ago, I stood for election to the now abolished West Midlands Metropolitan County Council.
 
I was the Labour candidate and standing in the Ward of Wednesfield North & South.
 
Thirty Eight long years ago!
 
Can you believe it!
 
It was the first time I was elected into a seat, and 4,544 Wednesfield folks turned out and voted for me, which equated to a massive 62.1% of the vote.
 
That day out of 10 Councillors that went to Birmingham to represent Wolverhampton …Eight were Labour Councillors and just two were Conservatives.
I enjoyed working on the West Midlands County Council it was a very active Council, and the Prime Minister at the time Margaret Thatcher hated them.
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Fly Tipping? – Shop a tipper!

Litter and Rubbish is a real big issue for Wolverhampton. The controlling Group has done as much as it can to tackle this issue, which is as much a regional and national issue as it is a Local issue.

Here in Wednesfield we do not have quite the same sort of problems that some Inner Areas of the City have! But we still do have people dumping litter in garage sites and out of the way places.

Officers have informed your Labour team of Councillors that they are pleased to report that there has been a 50% drop in fly tipping in the city following the success of our new ‘Shop a tipper’ campaign.

City of Wolverhampton Council cleared over 2,000 reported incidents of fly tipping last year 2017/18 costing tax payers around £300,000 to clean up.

In January 2019, The City launched the current campaign to clamp down on fly tippers. It aimed to encourage residents to report offenders so that we could make them pay for their selfish criminal behaviour.

The Managing Director of City of Wolverhampton recently told Councillors “Due to the campaign’s success, fly tipping across the city has halved from 1,045 incidents last year to 519 this year. We have also been working with community groups and educating residents on how to dispose of waste correctly and encouraging residents to keep their street neat and take pride in their area.”

 

The MD wanted Local Councillors to help continue to promote the scheme within our wards. This article is very much about this. If you have spotted or you know of anyone fly tipping, please contact the City of Wolverhampton and inform the Council about your suspicions.

 

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Great Win for Labour in Wednesfield North!

Click on this link to watch the result announced.  https://www.facebook.com/CouncillorPhilBatemanMBE/videos/2160305194017284/

Here is the results of the Wednesfield North City Council elections- 2nd of May 2019.

The full result is –

  • Rita Potter Labour – 957
  • Swarcz -UKIP -702
  • Collinge- Conservative -473
  • Harris- The Green Party – 122

The Labour Party is still in control of the City of Wolverhampton, after a difficult night at the Polls! Both Wednesfield North and sister seat Wednesfield South returned Labour Party candidates.

 

Google earth The Ashmore Park

No Rat Poison Being Used on The Ashmore Park!

 

Over this weekend there were rumours that some dogs had been taken unwell, and the ‘word’ on Facebook was that it was sickness due to the dogs ingesting Rat poison on the Ashmore Park.

Councillor Phil Bateman said “ At the time I commented that I thought that it was unlikely that the City Authority’s  was involved.

I have made enquiries and can now confirm that the City Council do not bait bait for rats in a public space like this is.

If a dog is taken ill, I would urge the owners to take the dogs to a vets for urgent attention, and get a medical diagnosis.

Rest assured The City Council and The Ashmore Park staff are not placing poison down in the Park. Pet owners should be assured by this statement.”

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The Express and Star – Housing & Green Belt

All of this article is important. It sets out the great issues that we all need to debate.

I have placed all the housing issues that are facing my Ward of Wednesfield North on my web site www.philbateman.com for over a year now. I have also written about this on my Facebook and Twitter sites. I have tried as my fellow Councillors have in Wednesfield North, to inform our community early of the situation developing.
Housing is a big issue in Wolverhampton and the Black Country.Residents need to be aware of what is happening.

Wednesfield North Councillors has been encouraging the development of ‘Brownfield’ sites in our Ward. We will continue to do that, as we are not against House building, we have helped identify sites that have been converted to nice new homes,including new Council homes.

We understand that we need new homes. But we also do not want to see virtually all our Green Belt amenity getting wiped out by developers looking to build homes on agricultural land ‘right on our Council boundary’. If they (the developers) are allowed to take valuable Green Belt amenity away from our use, and then having our own infrastructure (Schools, doctors,highways) , distorted by an influx of 2,500 homes and the subsequent families.

That sort of development will do nothing at all for current Wednesfield families or their quality of life. I have made it very clear for over 12 months now. We will not accept that sort of planning. This is why its important at this Local Election for Wednesfield North people to go out and Vote . It is YOU that have the key to the future…..staying at home and doing nothing will encourage developers . Not put them off! I hope that the readers of this statement, will see what we as your Councillors have done…and act and support us by Voting for Rita Potter Labour. Help us protect you!