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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

Bob Jones -Rest In Peace- You Made Your Contribution !

On Tuesday 1st December 2020, we laid to rest my friend and award winning Labour Party colleague, James Robert Jones. Or as we all knew him as Bob!
!cid_image001_jpg@01CF2C89 Bob JonesBob Jones was not just a Labour Party member he was my friend ‘ of 50 years. He had received a 50 Year Award from Ed Miliband during his time of Labour Leader. We in Wednesfield North were very proud of Bob Jones and his national recognition.

Bob ‘s funeral was a warm yet sad occasion . Reverend Tom Fish from St Albans’ took the service and was very detailed with regards to the different roles that Bob played within his family, and the way he was involved within our community. I was pleased to accept an invitation from the family for the funeral and I was honoured to represent the Labour Party at the funeral.
This Covid-19 Pandemic kept the attendance down to 15.

We all know that the chapel would have been overflowing with regards to people who would just naturally want to be there to pay their own respects. I want to thank Doreen and the family for making a very scarce space available to me so that I could be in attendance.
Bob was a huge character, he was fun at times, stern at other times.

He had a passion for wanting fairness, and freedoms. He held many roles in the Labour Party and Trade Union. He was Chair of the Branch Party, he also served as Treasurer for the District Party. Represented Wednesfield North on the Wolverhampton North East CLP. He was Election Agent for me and other Labour Party candidates over many elections. He was a tough taskmaster in those roles! He was also an active Trade Unionist within the AEUW.

But it wasn’t all about dour elections.
Bob and Doreen enjoyed each others company. Bob enjoyed a laugh and Rev Fish in his descriptions of Bob explained his fun loving character. His love of the family Fancy Dress Party evenings.
Over the next few days I will write more about my friend, and the extraordinary job he did for individuals. Rest In Peace friend, you certainly made your contribution to improving our community and beyond..

Latest Covid-19 Data- As we Wait for Tier Decisions.

City of Wolverhampton – Here is the latest data that has been presented to me for information.

Latest data shows there were 326.2 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton for the week leading up to 21 November.

That means 858 people in the city tested positive for the virus during that seven day period – although the true number of new cases will likely be considerably higher.

Over the past few days we have seen a drop in the numbers of cases which demonstrates a flattening of the curve in the city. This is likely to be due to the impact of lockdown restrictions combined with our effective testing strategy.

However, rates in the city remain high.

On Thursday 26th November – we expect to hear what tier of local restrictions the city will be placed in once the lockdown ends on 2 December.

Covid-19 infection rate – Wolverhampton

Covid-19 infection rateCov19 download

The Covid-19 infection rate in the city remains high with 348 cases per 100,000 people per week between 8 November and 14 November. This compares to 331.87 cases per 100,000 people per week between 1 November and 7 November. For context, the current highest rate in the UK is 731.0 per 100,000 in Kingston upon Hull and the lowest is 77.6 per 100,000 in Isle of Wight.

We continue to remind residents about the importance of following the Covid-19 guidance. On Saturday, 12 arrests were made at a demonstration in Wolverhampton city centre for breaching guidance around social distancing and lockdown measures which ban public gatherings. For the latest guidance please visit

Please Note -Lakefield Road Traffic Regulation Order.

Would Wednesfield North Residents who use Lakefield Road to get to
work or other such appointments please note that the City Council
are intent on prohibiting traffic between 23rd November until 27th
November 2020. In both directions. The work will be scheduled to take place
between 19,00 in the evening until 05.00am.

A diversionary route is also published.

The full information is contained in this
Traffic Order below. There is going to be a difficult period for residents and
motorists in this part of Wednesfield .

I want my residents in Wednesfield North to know about it early so you
can make an alternative route to your appointments/destinations.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Wolverhampton City
Council have made an Order under Section 14(1)(a) of the
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as substituted by the
Road Traffic (Temporary Restrictions)Act 1991, prohibiting
vehicles from proceeding on Lakefield Road in both
directions between its junctions with March End
Road/Wednesfield Way and GreenMeadow.

The Order may operate for a maximum period of eighteen
months, but it is anticipated that the works will be
undertaken from 23 November 2020 until 27 November
2020. It is anticipated that the works will be undertaken
from 19:00 until 05:00.

The diversion route is: Waddens Brook Lane, Fibbersley,
Wednesfield Road, Temple Bar, Field Street, Pinson Road,
New Road, Walsall Street, Walsall Road, Clarkes Lane,
Sandbeds Road, HighRoad, Straight Road,Wesley Road,
Cannock Road, Lichfield Road and vice versa.

The Order is required to facilitate surfacing works in
accordance with the Section 278 Agreement, following
works to the highway for a new housing development.

Dated 20 November 2020

David Pattison
Director of Governance
and Solicitor to the Council
Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square
Wolverhampton WV1 1RG

Keep following Covid-19 rules to drive down case numbers

Keep following Covid-19 rules to drive down case numbers
Released: Friday 13 November, 2020

Health chiefs are pleading with Wulfrunians to continue behaving safely and responsibly as latest figures show over 800 people in Wolverhampton tested positive for Covid-19 in the city last week.

More than 2,200 people are currently in hospitals across the wider Midlands region with Covid-19 – similar to the levels seen in back in April. And with more and more people being taken into intensive care, it is feared deaths will continue to rise over the coming weeks.

England was placed into a second national lockdown last week, with people encouraged to stay home and only leave for specific reasons such as education, shopping for groceries, exercise and work – if they cannot work from home. Other measures include the closure of non-essential businesses, though schools, colleges and universities remain open.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “We have seen a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases, and tragically, deaths over recent weeks, and very sadly more local families are going to suffer heartbreak because of this virus. We are particularly concerned about high infection rates among older people, who are most at risk of severe illness.”

Latest data shows there were 317.03 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 10 November. That means some 834 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that seven day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be considerably higher.

Councillor Jaspal continued: “We hope that the lockdown measures introduced by the Government on 5 November will have an effect in helping to drive down the infection rate, but it will be at least another week before we start to see what impact it is having on case numbers.

“We’ve also had some really positive news on the development of a vaccine this week – but until this is rolled out, Covid-19 isn’t going to go away. So, please continue to follow the Government restrictions to keep yourself, your loved ones and your community safe – doing this can and will save lives.

“Stay at home as much as you can; if you must go out, stay 2m away from other people, wash your hands regularly and wear a face covering in shops and other enclosed spaces and on public transport. And if you have symptoms of Covid-19, remember you must self-isolate and book a test as soon as possible, and continue to self-isolate while you await your result.”

Superintendent Simon Inglis from Wolverhampton Police said: “We appreciate the considerable effort required by all in order to comply with these restrictions which none of us wanted or ever imagined. However we have to take a hard look at the position we are in as a city and recognise that we will only beat this virus if we all work together and comply with the restrictions.

“I have dedicated a significant but proportionate number of officers to the task of ensuring compliance with the restrictions and I offer my sincere thanks to the vast majority of you that are. However, can I please ask for your support in not only continuing in this vein but also encouraging your friends and family to comply also. The restrictions are clear and need to be followed by us all if we are going to make a difference.

“As always, as an organisation we only ever want to provide the absolute best service to the community when you contact us in times of need or crisis. Your help in following the guidance and complying with the restrictions will provide my staff with the best opportunity to provide that service and invest their time in delivering against that ask – please help us to help you.”

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at Details of the national lockdown measures in effect until 2 December, and the answers to frequently asked questions, are available at

Symptoms of Covid-19 include a fever, a new, continuous cough and loss or change to a person’s sense of taste and smell. To book a test, visit or call 119. People can get tested within eight days of developing symptoms.

307 Cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people.

Councillor Phil Bateman said today these are the very latest statistics that I have been briefed with, regarding the infection rates here in the City of Wolverhampton.

Latest figures shows there were 307 cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 9 November. That means that nearly 810 people in the city tested positive for the virus in the same seven-day period – although the true number of new cases will be higher.
As part of our ongoing work to protect and support Wolverhampton’s most vulnerable residents, we have teamed up with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) this week to write to nearly 10,000 people in city who are classed as clinically extremely vulnerable, outlining the steps they should take to keep themselves safe at this time.”

Help! I Need A Quick Response.

Wednesfield-In-Bloom-WV11I need Facebook and Twitter readers to help me! I am writing a piece of work to support a bid for Wednesfield in Bloom.


• By the end of today could you first of all tell me have you ever heard of Wednesfield in Bloom, and what this Volunteer organisation does?

• What does Wednesfield in Bloom do for you, and/or your neighbourhood – Is it a worthwhile organisation.

• If you are a shop or a business do you see any benefits from the work of the volunteers? In short does it improve or detract from your business or trading.

Please can you share this request with everyone you know, Family. friends, work colleagues…

I need a ‘Big’ response please In short time.

Covid-19 Rising -Now Info on The Tests!

Testing update

The Health Secretary today announced plans to roll out rapid Covid-19 tests, currently being used as part of the mass testing pilot in Liverpool, to other parts of the country, including Wolverhampton.

The lateral flow Covid-19 tests give people their results inside 60 minutes, which will enable us to break chains of transmission much more quickly. We expressed an interest to the Department of Health and Social Care in bringing these quick-turnaround tests to Wolverhampton and welcome today’s announcement about the provision of rapid Covid-19 tests to councils in parts of the West Midlands, including Wolverhampton, in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton’s sixth Covid-19 test centre – at Rookery Street in Wednesfield – is due to open later this week, with pilot testing scheduled for Thursday, and work on a seventh site in Whitmore Reans is underway.

We’re also reminding residents that the centres remain open during the national lockdown which is now underway, and that people must book a test if they either display symptoms of Covid-19 or have been asked by the Council to get one.