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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

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Wednesfield Public Opinion Is Powerful!

Have We Done Enough to Get Wednesfield Included in Gov Town Plan, and accessible for £25m of Government Investment?

During this last week I have been very buoyed by the way that Wednesfield Public opinion has come together, when such an obvious disaster was on the cards, for our community.
I do not apologise for trumpeting the injustice that was being played out with regards to the Government plans to deny access to both Wednesfield and Bilston from the £25m Town Fund. I am pleased that I spotted the situation. I am pleased that I spoke out!

I am pleased that I was able to confirm with the Labour Leader, the terms of the fund, and that when pressed The Government through their officials, continued to resist the inclusion of Wednesfield and Wolverhampton.

But the most pleasing part of this growing row, was the fact that so many people here in Wednesfield and across the City thought that it was a disgraceful move by this Government, and said so on social media and through the other media outlets. More important Wednesfield folk spoke about the injustice, on the streets, and over the back garden fence.
Now the information I am receiving suggests that the situation is on the move again, this time the Government may have been persuaded, to alter their original proposals and now include Wednesfield and Bilston into this Town Fund!

Guys make no mistake, the reason for this move if proved to be true, is down to YOU!

Wednesfield Public Opinion here is very much the winner! If people hadn’t supported my original statements, and so many of you did with horror, I wonder if the rumours sweeping the City today would have been so very welcoming?

I am looking forward to receiving some positive news from the Prime Minister, and the Secretary of State, following the correspondence I wrote informing them of what Wednesfield residents views were.

I am looking forward with some relish for today!

West Midlands Police

Want To Join The Police? Looking For Volunteer Cadet Leaders.

West Midlands Police have written to me with this information.If you are interested please contact the links in the information.

As a force priority we are currently recruiting for volunteer Cadet Leaders and would like to highlight this role working in the local community.

The scheme recruits 13-17 year olds, from a diverse range of backgrounds, and provides them with unique opportunities to gain experience and insights into West Midlands Police. Unlike its predecessor, this scheme is not a recruitment tool, but is about creating active citizens, engaging with our communities, and giving our young people opportunities to help others and learn new skills.
Cadets are provided with a uniform, are organised into cohorts of up to 30 members, and are expected to attend meetings every week during school term time. There is no charge – everything is supplied for free, including the uniform and any trips.

The force is open to applications from people across our communities who are at least 18-years-old and would like to become Volunteer Cadet Leaders. There is no upper age limit, and applications are welcome from All.

Volunteers have access to a variety of professional development opportunities and the chance to have a positive influence in the lives of young people in our communities. It doesn’t matter where you live or work if you want to volunteer. Volunteers will be needed throughout the region to help support the continued growth and management of the scheme.

To apply, follow this link:

For further information please see the attached documents or contact:

Kind Regards The Partnerships Team

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News On Wednesfield Highway Works.

There appears to be many sets of road works surrounding Wednesfield at the moment. Residents are concerned and are asking questions, and these are the answers to the road works I have been asked about –

But first beware – If you use Linthouse Lane there will be – New roadworks for Linthouse Lane from 28th Jan to 30th January. This is because Severn Trent will have two way traffic lights in place as they maintain their assets

Again on Neachells Lane – 20th Jan to 6th March 2 way Traffic Lights As footpaths are resurfaced.

Pool Hayes Lane/Stubby Lane Broad Lane South – These works are due to be in place until – 20th jan to the 24th January. Again it is Severn Trent Water who are renewing their assets.

Give yourself plenty of time to meet your appointments during these periods.

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Beware – Police Speed Checks In Force!

There has been a lot of requests from residents concerned about speeding traffic and the dangers that this brings to other road users and pedestrians.

I am informed that the Neighbourhood Police team will now be conducting “Speedwatch” Operations across Wednesfield. The Police inform me that “as we have been made aware of increasing concerns”.

The Police inform that “Linthouse Lane, Amos Lane, Planetary Road, Griffiths Drive and Broad Lane North and South have been highlighted.”

So please be aware as you go out and about with your business. Please keep your speed down and drive safely in our neighbourhood. Now finally, the Police team have asked “Please let us know of any other areas of concern, including specific days or times of day that seem to be more prevalent,”

They are listening folks.If you would wish me to make your views known. I of course will!

With regards to other Police activity the day was very much full of Wednesfield Police taking action against illegal vehicles they say “Yesterday was a highly productive day for the police team. Yesterday 20/01/20 the team removed two more vehicles off your streets for being untaxed and having no m.o.t, both had expired sometime in 2019 and were still being used, both vehicles were found in the same street, one of which was being driven at the time. A costly time for the owners if they want them back If you have any intelligence of suspicious vehicles-please let us know.”

Councillor Phil Bateman said today” I will continue to inform you of the Police activity, as they inform me.”

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Prime Minister & Sec of State – Urged to Keep Wednesfield In!

I have written to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State regarding the cutting of Wednesfield from the Government’s new Towns Fund and the £25m of monies that is on offer. Its a travesty as it stands now. I am hoping even at this stage, that the Government will find away to include our great community of Wednesfield in to the bid.

I have explained how important it is to have Wednesfield in – not out!

A total of 100 places – including 45 places across the Northern Powerhouse and 30 places in the Midlands Engine – will be the pioneers of new Town Deals building on the Prime Minister’s announcement in July of an additional £1.325 billion to support towns as part of a renewed vision to level up every part of our country, which took the total value of the Towns Fund to £3.6 billion.”

It would be a travesty if Wednesfield remained out of the vision that the Prime Minister had when he talked about leveling up “every part of our country” . At the moment it appears our great community, our ancient Village of Wednesfield is out! If we are to be treated in this way we shouldn’t just not complain!I intend to do all that I can to get thiis foul decision reversed. Please join me get your voice heard too!


#ShopLocal Dates for your Diary.

#ShopLocal Dates for your Diary.
Wednesfield North City Councillors are again going to organise a set of #ShopLocal campaigns in our Ward, aimed at increasing footfall to Local Shops and stores. Boosting our very local economy, reducing the carbon footprint of residents. Helping to reduce the climate crisis. Plus, just helping those local small businesses we all rely on during the course of the year. Plus a real effort is to be made to have fun!

We have been doing #ShopLocal for a couple of years now. It works…!

This year 2020 – We will have our great #Shoplocal days on
• Saturday the 18th April
• Friday 3rd July -Coinciding with Wednesfield in Bloom Judging Day
• Saturday 4th July Partnered with the #Stuff4Steph Funday.’
• Saturday the 12th December in the run up to Christmas!

Will all those local shops who will be taking part in all these events, place the dates in your diary’s, and let me have your comments or ideas. Please everyone share the article. Let’s get some buy in!

We will be working with The Hub at Ashmore Park and Wednesfield in Bloom with all these events, and I want to thank Gemma Ballinger and James Clarke for their support for #ShopLocal and for volunteering their own personal time to this, as well as the Ashmore Park Community Association who already do so much for our community.

We have a great community. We look as though we are going to have a great year in 2020!

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Working With The Canal and River Trust!

I met with representatives of the Canal and River Trust to discuss this years program of Voluntary work on our fabulous Wyrley and Essington Canal.

Here is the fab team I met Aaron Atwall, Lee Bates and Gemma Hessey! Thanks for making the time to speak with me. Looking forward to working with you in 2020. — with Phil Bateman at Minerva Wharf Wolverhampton

Awarding Wednesfield in Bloom 'Thank You certificates, Nisa , Ashmore Park. Taking part in a Community venture.

Wednesfield- Yes Its Open For Business!

Wednesfield – Yes It Is Open for Business!
Many of you have been talking about the poor publicity that is taking place in Wednesfield Village around the High Street and the Market.
Many of the stories are getting a little sensationalised.
There is not a High Street or a Market in the UK that has not been hit by the recession in retail, and the change to the publics shopping habits. As more and more people change to use the internet for food shopping and other purchases.

Lots of People do Shop in Wednesfield
Our Wednesfield Village boasts around 100 different businesses (Source Wednesfield Village Alliance), it has a really strong bus service with a Bus in the High Street in the Peaks every 4 minutes or so. Many of the surrounding Towns and Cities would give their high teeth for a similar bus service. Not only do the buses link local housing estates, but they travel further afield providing services for people in Walsall, Bilston etc. All of these communities linked into our Village High Street. Including bus services from Wednesfield North – and in particular the 59 bus service, perhaps the most frequent bus service in the City.

Yes, there is local trading issues in the Wednesfield High Street, but Wednesfield it is not a place to shun!
Wednesfield Village is not a place that is devoid of shops and local services. Its still a Village with a High street that is constantly attracting new business. It still has a Market. A market that is very much a meeting point for old friends and still attracts Wednesfield people’s loyalty. Shops have come and gone in Wednesfield since it was formed. Some disappeared because they were sold, or changed hands, some got lost in the economics of their period. But they do get replaced. The national economics of the period is not something that can be ignored. When the national economics hit a difficult period, High streets across the nation, hit trouble. Not all the structural change is down to poor Local Trading, or poor management.

Remember Brownhills? 30 years ago, you would not have predicted that this monster of a market would ever be slimmed down, never mind finding it now being totally extinct
The Wednesfield High Street trading is very much in our own hands. If Wednesfield folk do not use the High Street, it’s that sort of personal decision which will decimate trading.
Currently we have free car parking as well in Wednesfield. There are of course issues with regards to that. With traders concerned that there are not enough car parking places on offer for the shopper. This is because the argument goes – that too many of us are parking our car, then going to the hospital, where they would have to pay for their parking. Thereby ‘blocking’ a car parking space for hours at a time. Which then leads to shoppers not being able to park. Then the argument goes that transient trade is lost.

Bentley Bridge Shopping Park’
In Bentley Bridge more than 3.8 million cars visit that Shopping Park in a year! Almost 4m cars!
Not every one of those cars that visit Bentley Bridge come and spend in the High Street – But in the course of a year thousands of people will make two stops or walk across to visit both places. Without Bentley Bridge we would all be the poorer in Wednesfield as a community.
Bentley Bridge Shopping Park, supplies lots of jobs and wages for Local People. I don’t moan about it. I feel we should encourage more people who visit the Bentley Bridge facility, to spend a little more of their money locally in the High Street. But I am willing to wager, that if Bentley Bridge closed today – The impact of the loss of all those traders, the spend of all those shoppers, would quickly impact upon the Wednesfield High Street, like a blast of wind from the arctic!

So What does Wednesfield North consists of;-
Wednesfield North consists of Ashmore Park, Linthouse, Woodend, Wyvern Park and Coppice Farm. We may all live up here in Wednesfield North, but the health of Wednesfield Village is as important to our residents, as it is to residents living in the Village itself. We do our best to warn that we need to do things differently, as the Climate crisis will affect us as much as it will affect the more exotic places in the World. That is why Mary, Rita and I, do all we can to encourage Local Trade, and Local spending.

We here In Wednesfield North work hard to encourage our community to take part in designated #ShopLocal campaigns. We urge people to give just a little of ‘their spend’ to our local traders. Which includes the Wednesfield Village
We all have to work together to make our communities aware of the importance they have in our Local Economy. As part of that information we are looking for some feedback from Local traders.
This year on the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade we will be consulting shop keepers about yet another #ShopLocal campaign. Our Plan is to have three designated days in the year.

I would like to hear from Local Traders here in Wednesfield North about their views on joining with your Councillors to promote #ShopLocal on these following dates.
• Saturday 18th April #ShopLocal
• Saturday 4th July #ShopLocal and #Stuff4Steph Funday
• Saturday 12th December #ShopLocal
Your three Wednesfield North Councillors enjoyed the work we did with the community in 2019. It was fun and very productive. The Wednesfield in Bloom activity across the Village and in Ashmore Park, caught the eye. It provided more visitors, as people came to look what we were doing. It made the place brighter and better.
We are going to be rolling our sleeves up again in 2020. We hope the community will join in.
Let’s think about all the activities we do, and try to make them popular and successful! Oh and make trade that little bit better for the very local shops and stores in our community…We would all miss them if they had to close!

Ashmore Park Swings and Matting

The Ashmore Park – Rumour Of Rat Poison Denied!

I received an enquiry recently from a member of the public, who told me that there was “a rumour doing the rounds”
that the City Council was using rat poison on The Ashmore Park.

I checked the allegation out and this is what I have been told by the Public Realm team.

“We have not been asked to bait Ashmore Park; unless we know where a nest is,
it would be difficult to bait and as we can’t bait in the open because of the risk to public and non target species.”

Hopefully this information will help dismiss the rumour and allegation.


Wednesfield Bentley Bridge Shopping Park – Performed Strongly!

The retail sector has been giving results on how they have performed over the Christmas period. Retail has become quite a bell weather indicator of the economy and how it performs. That is the same locally.
I am aware that Bentley Bridge Shopping Park has done well in the circumstances. They were very strong in trading in the run up to Christmas, and I know that some 92,000 vehicles visited the Bentley Bridge Shopping Park in the week of the 16th of December.
Wednesfield Bentley Bridge is an important Shopping centre for Wolverhampton and Wednesfield. Around 600 jobs are located at the Shopping Park, this is an important source of jobs for local Wednesfield residents.
In economic terms the Bentley Bridge Shopping Park is an integral part of the City Economy now, the City, and Wednesfield would be the poorer now if the facility was not there.
The latest statistics I have seen indicated as the New Year approached 3,845,144m Vehicles had accessed the Shopping Park during 2019! These are whopping great numbers and with great Towns and Cities all over the Country facing up to big hits in their High Streets, it is important that we here in Wednesfield continue as a community to benefit from the ability of the Shopping Park to create and deliver local jobs.
Whilst when the final sets of statistics come in for 2019, they may be marginally down on last years visitors. Its without doubt that Wednesfield Bentley Bridge has performed well against a national retail climate of severe trading numbers.