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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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Things are Changing! Stay Safe, Be Safe!

Councillor Phil Bateman said today” Things are Changing, Stay Safe Be Safe! Face coverings will be mandatory for visitors to all City of Wolverhampton Council-run buildings from Saturday (8 August).”

Staff will also have to wear a face covering where screens or visors are not already in use in any situation where they are dealing with members of the public in person.

The measures are being put in place to help prevent the spread of coronavirus and to protect members of the public and staff.

It is already mandatory to wear face coverings in shops, supermarkets, takeaways, hospitals and on public transport and in transport hubs.

The Government announced on Friday (31 July) that the requirement to wear a face covering would be extended to more indoor settings, including museums, cinemas, art galleries and places of worship. It will enforceable in law from this weekend.

Face coverings will be mandatory in council buildings as and when they reopen to the public, including the Civic Centre, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Bilston Craft Gallery and Bantock House Museum and Café, City Archives, West Park Café, Bilston Town Hall, the Mobility shop and the Registry Office. Face coverings will also be required by visitors to the council’s WV Active leisure centres, but only when they are entering and leaving the building or purchasing food and drink, not when people are exercising.

Please note, face coverings will not be mandatory for anyone under the age of 11 and those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear one.

Used correctly – safely and comfortably covering the mouth and nose – face coverings limit the number of droplets which are spread by people when they speak, cough or sneeze. It is important to avoid touching the front of the face covering while wearing it, and to wash reusable coverings after each use as it may have collected virus particles that could then be spread to the hands.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Face coverings do not replace social distancing, good hand washing and good hygiene as the most effective measures we should all adopt to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“However, there is some evidence that wearing a face covering in an enclosed space can help protect individuals and those around them from the virus.

“As a council we want to do all we can to protect our staff and customers and so please remember to wear a face covering when you are visiting one of our buildings, unless you are not required to do so.

“We were already planning on enforcing the use of face coverings in all our buildings, and we hope that last week’s announcement that it will become law from this weekend will ensure good compliance from the people of Wolverhampton. This will also help us to Avoid a Local Lockdown.”

She added: “You can buy face coverings from many retailers or make your own at home. They can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head, as long as they cover your mouth and nose and allow you to breathe comfortably.”

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, and to download a free poster showing how to make and wear your own face covering, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/stay-safe-be-kind.

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Rest In Peace Jackie Jones- You Will Be Missed!

On July 2nd Jacqueline Mary Jones passed away in New Cross Hospital aged 64, after suffering
a number of ill health episodes. Jackie was a long term resident of Ashmore Park, first
living in Millbank Street with Mom Francis and Dad Ron.

Then more recently of Griffith Drive.

Jackie spent all of her life in Ashmore Park, she was a well-known figure on and around
the estate. She was a pupil at Ashmore Park Primary and then Coppice High School.

On Thursday the 6th August, Jackie will make her last journey
from Millbank Street where she grew up – to Bushbury Crematorium.

The funeral cortege will leave from Eileen, (her long term friends home) in
Millbank Street at 10.15am. With the Service due to start at 10.45am

Jackie was a very kind person with a lovely friendly disposition, she was often seen
walking her friend Eileen’s dogs, and always happy to pass the time of day.

The Reverend Tom Fish of St Albans Church on Ashmore Park – will take the short service
at Bushbury Crematorium, in front of a restricted funeral attendance due to the Covid-19
regulations.

My sister Eileen my wife Mary, and I will Miss Jackie enormously.
She was a lovely person.

Rest In Peace Jackie – enjoy your reunion with your Mom Francis, and your Dad Ron!

The photo was taken at My Party on the 13th March at the Corpus Christi Club.

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Meet Simon Foster – Labour’s Candidate for PCC Elections.

As Wednesfield North’s City Councillor’s, the three of us (Phil Rita and Mary) all know that the fear of crime, is often quoted to us by residents living in our Ward,as one of their biggest concerns they have.

Many of you will know that together your three Labour Councillors are consistently calling for better Policing, the return of a publicly open Police Station in Wednesfield, and for more Community Policing here in Wednesfield North. We are active in fighting crime and speak with the Police in Wednesfield almost every week. Whilst we do have a Ward that is often quoted as being a “low- crime” Ward. Nevertheless the problems that we face here, with the crimes that do get committed certainly makes people nervous.

Recently I have been speaking with the Labour Party candidate for the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner elections – which will take place in May 2021.

His name is Simon Foster, and I thought what he told me – would be better spread on a wider basis. I asked Simon to write to you, setting out his views on the Police, and the type of Policing he would like to see,here in Wednesfield and across the West Midlands. Here is what he has written –

” Hello Wednesfield North- Let’s Rebuild Community Policing, I believe community policing should always be the foundation stone on which policing is built in this country. It embodies the founding principle of policing by consent which is that the police are the public and the public are the police. Community police officers are our ‘bobbies on the beat.’

Over the past 10 years, first the Tory/Liberal Democrat coalition and then the Tories were responsible for imposing £175 million of cuts to West Midlands Police funding. That was a big mistake on their part. It resulted in the dismantling of our community policing. In the West Midlands, between 2010 and 2018, there was a reduction in community police officers of more than 50% from 2,590 officers to 1,292. In addition, there was the loss of 297 Police Community Support Officers. Local communities have been paying the price because they are less safe and secure.

In addition, many of those remaining community police officers have often been in name only because they will also be expected to engage in response and investigation duties. The dismantling of our community policing was and continues to be a significant loss to communities. It was counter productive and a false economy.

Firstly, visible community policing is an effective way to build communication, confidence, relationships, trust and legitimacy between communities and the police. This will improve community relations and reduce the fear of crime.

Secondly, when the police are part of and able to work proactively with their community we are all best placed to prevent crime happening in the first place. Problems can be dealt with before they become emergencies. The prevention of crime is always better than having to deal with the consequences of crime.

Thirdly, community policing provides the opportunity for multi-agency working with local schools, youth services, mental health services, housing providers and others to help identify problems, enable early intervention and address the underlying causes and identify long term solutions.

Let’s rebuild community policing. I want to rebuild community policing. For justice, safety and security. Are you with me? “

Councillor Phil Bateman further added – ” I will ask Simon to keep in touch with us here in Wednesfield North as we turn towards elections next year, his views are going to shape the Police and Crime Commissioner campaign.”

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The Wednesfield Magazine Is Back!

My goodness how pleased I was to see The Wednesfield Magazine pop through my letterbox!

I know the Publisher Simon Archer has had more than one sleepless night worrying about the publication in this Covid-19 Pandemic.

But it was good to see it lying there just below our letter box!

I was also enthralled by its striking front page. I didn’t know about the quiet comeback of the launderette.

That is the great benefit of our local Wednesfield Magazine. It is so useful in highlighting Wednesfield own local economy.

Make no mistake we all need to #ShopLocal so keep the Wednesfield Magazine on the mantle shelf it will help you find local shops etc

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Sheffield Super Tram “Facing Moth Balling”

When you have worked most of your adult life to improve public transport, in the West Midlands and across the UK, its a very sobering thought indeed to read about the demise of elements of it due to this damned Pandemic.

Buses, trains, trams, coaches are all being hit by the requirement to fund them, via Government support.

Sheffield is the latest City that is facing a funding crisis in its tram system. The Sheffield Star has carried a story that is pretty dramatic.

“Sheffield’s Supertram ‘could be mothballed’ in ‘worst case scenario’ if Government fails to step in.
Supertram services in Sheffield and Rotherham could be mothballed if the Government fails to step in with further resources,” Sheffield City Region mayor Dan Jarvis has warned.

Here in the West Midlands I have been supporting our Local Coach Companies, who are amongst the hundreds of privately owned Coach Companies across the UK, that have seen their business hit similarly. They have also been appealing to the Government for support.

This Pandemic sadly is just not letting up, and those that work in our great transportation sector are looking with further trepidation at an even worse scenario taking place as the year progresses, with the potential of retail sector collapsing in city and town centres, Manufacturing taking a hit, and the Commercial jobs in City Centres with Office workers, being tasked to continue to work from home.

Its all these issues linked to the strategies to fight Covid-19 that is now playing its part in undermining the UK’s previously wide, robust and varied transport networks…. The Government needs to fund the transport networks to enable all of them to keep running. Which in turn supports our own Local Economies no matter where we live…

If you want to read the full story about the Sheffield Light Rail System follow this link….https://www.thestar.co.uk/news/politics/council/sheffields-supertram-could-be-mothballed-worst-case-scenario-if-government-fails-step-2929777

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City Business Today for Mary and Phil!

Good Morning Wednesfield- Today the weather appears to be a little calmer.

Mary and I have a City of Wolverhampton Virtual Audit and Risk Committee today. Amongst the agenda is two important agenda items which will be before us today.

Item 5 is the Covid-19 Risk Register Update
Item 6 is the Statement of Accounts 2019-2020

Both these items are Decision Items.
Additional to these items there is as always the Minutes of the previous meetings, Declarations of Interest, and Apologies for Absence.

Both Mary and I will be attending representing Wednesfield North on this important business.

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Wednesfield North – Important Information Covid-19 Infections Rising

Phil BatemanIMG_7686“Residents are being reminded to take extra care to prevent the spread of coronavirus and help Avoid a Local Lockdown – with everyone urged to get tested if they have symptoms of Covid-19, however mild”said Councillor Phil Bateman this morning. He went onto say ” This information contained here is so important for every resident here in Wednesfield North and the City of Wolverhampton. We need to keep our infection rates down. They are rising in our City and locally in Sandwell. We cannot afford another Lockdown. Please follow the guidance, take the safety precautions. We are a long way away from being in a position where we can go back to what was our normal lives. It is down to you and your family to do the right things. handwashing protective masks, and staying at home when you can.”

It follows a recent increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 in Wolverhampton and other parts of the country.

There were an average of 12.2 cases per 100,000 residents in Wolverhampton in the seven days up to today (27 July) compared to 2.7 cases per 100,000 a week before. Many of these new cases have been linked to family clusters or contacts of known cases.

Further changes to the guidance around Covid-19 came into effect on Friday, when it became mandatory to wear face coverings in shops, supermarkets, takeaways and transport hubs, in addition to on public transport and for hospital patients and visitors where they were already required.

People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in other enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet and social distancing is more difficult. Face coverings are not mandatory for anyone under the age of 11 and those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering.

More businesses, including indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, indoor swimming pools and indoor water parks, were also allowed to reopen on Saturday, provided they were Covid-secure.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “The reopening of more businesses over the weekend, including our WV Active leisure centres, was of course very welcome news, but the spike in cases we have seen in Wolverhampton and other parts of the country over the past week or so is an important reminder that coronavirus has not gone away.

“If we were to let down our guard and allow the virus to begin spreading more easily, we risk not only a second wave of cases and more deaths, but also the re-imposition of lockdown measures as we have seen in places like Leicester and Blackburn in recent weeks.

“We need to do all we can to ensure that we avoid a local lockdown in Wolverhampton, and we all have a key role to play in this. It is absolutely vital that if anyone choses to go out they must stay alert to reduce the risk of transmission.

“We also urgently need people to get tested if they have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste.

“If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, or you feel you have put yourself at risk of exposure to Covid-19, you must get a test.

“The test is quick and easy, and a crucial tool in stopping the spread of coronavirus. We have a great deal of capacity in Wolverhampton, with two drive through test centres and plans to open a number of walk through centres in the near future, so there’s no excuse not to book a test if you need one.

“Please also carry on social distancing and wear a face covering where it is required, unless you are excused for doing so for any particular reason; we are pleased to see that the vast majority of retailers are enforcing the rules and I would urge everyone to do their bit and follow the guidelines.”

For more information, and to apply for a Covid-19 test, please go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus or call 119. All appointments must be booked in advance. Anyone in Wolverhampton who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to isolate and share information about people that have been close contacts recently.

Residents are reminded they must continue to:

• stay at home as much as possible
• limit contact with other people
• keep your distance if you go out, at least 2m or 1m-plus if 2m is not possible
• wash your hands regularly.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/stay-safe-be-kind

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20 mph Speed Limit? What is Your View!

I am keen to see what support would be like if there was a call to make Peacock Ave a 20mph Avenue?

Is this the answer to continuing calls about drivers using Peacock Avenue as a race track.
After all it is a well used access road onto Ashmore Park. It has a school and a crossing patrol
during school terms.

It is a well used bus route, and it is an access for heavy lorries supplying the shops and stores
on Ashmore Park.

Councillor Phil Bateman said “Please let me know what you think?”

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People Urged To Be Vigilant -Covid19!

Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health is urging people to remain vigilant following an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the city over the last week.
There are currently an average of 10.3 cases per 100,000 residents over the last seven days compared to 2.7 cases per 100,000 the previous week. Many of these new cases have been linked to family clusters or contacts of known cases.

Director of Public Health John Denley said: “Over the last month or so the number of coronavirus cases in Wolverhampton have thankfully remained low and stable. However, our careful monitoring of data, along with effective testing and contact tracing, has identified a small increase in cases within the last few days.
“This is a timely reminder to us that Covid-19 hasn’t gone away, and that we need to remain vigilant. The rise we have seen over the last few days does not mean we are at a point where we are looking at a local lockdown, but we really need everyone to continue following the guidance to ensure that we can control the virus.
“While it is important that we can see family and friends, we must all continue to stay at home as much as possible, limit contact with people outside our own households or bubbles, observe social distancing by keeping at least 2m away from others, or 1m-plus if this is not possible, and not meeting in large groups. From today we must also wear face coverings if we are in shops, supermarkets, takeaways, hospitals or using public transport.”

Please click http://orlo.uk/6hRq6 to read the full story. Anyone who has any symptoms of Covid-19 should self-isolate immediately and books a test as soon as possible by visiting http://orlo.uk/HusmX or calling 119.

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WV Active Update!

WV Active update
All three WV Active centres will open (Saturday 25 July).

The reopening is for members only who will have the month of August free of charge. Initially, classes and gyms are available, and then the pool and racket sports are available to members from 1 August 2020.

Children’s swimming lessons will resume on 1 September 2020 and new members and pay and play users can also use the centres from that date. Full details can be found at : http://wvactive.com/health-and-safety.html

Please Note – Places Leisure at Bentley Bridge will not be reopening on 25 July 2020; this will be open at a later date.