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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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Garden Fires/Bonfires

Recently there has been a number of garden fires here in Wednesfield North- Which led to a number of enquiries from other residents about what can take place lawfully.

It is permissible for householders to have occasional bonfires. City of Wolverhampton Council do however receive a large number of service requests relating to persons having frequent bonfires that cause disturbance to neighbours by preventing them from using their gardens, putting out their washing to dry or causing smoke ingress into their own property. In such cases the Council can take action on the complainant’s behalf to restrict or abate the bonfires.

The law on statutory nuisance covers a wide range of issues which include matters such as noise disturbance, accumulations of refuse, dust from building activities, smoke from bonfires, smells from deposits such as dog faeces and light from security lamps. Where the investigation identifies a statutory nuisance the Council can serve an abatement notice requiring the nuisance to be stopped. If the nuisance continues the person causing the nuisance can be prosecuted.

During investigations of such complaints we would initially write to the person allegedly causing the nuisance and also send the complainant a diary sheet to keep a log of the occasions when nuisance occurs and the impact the nuisance is having on them. The diary sheet would later be used in court proceedings to prove nuisance.

Where the investigation is unable to prove statutory nuisance the complainant can take private action. There is an information leaflet available which describes what actions are needed.

My advice is that if you have concerns. Please start the diary sheet as outlined here. Its the evidence that is required, which will be crucial going forward.

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We Need More Police!

“Robberies are increasing at a faster rate in England and Wales than in any other major developed country, research seen by the BBC suggests. A new report says the wide use of smartphones and cuts to police patrols are behind the rise. It also found some 269,000 young people were involved in or at risk of violence last year.”
Councillor Phil Bateman said “I am not surprised at all by the BBC’s report today. Ordinary people have been calling for a halt to the axing of Police Officers for around ten years now. It all fell on deaf ears. The Tory Government just kept axing the Police, and now we are facing the consequence of those deliberate Tory Government policies.
Let me say now that these robbery statistics that relates to Wednesfield are not particularly bad, we are still seen when in comparison to other Local Wards in the Black Country to be a low crime area. That matters not a jot, if you suffered at the hands of a Robber, or you were burgled, you will have felt the pain, and you will have felt the fear!. I have been calling for more Police resources regularly over all these years. I always make the case for additional Police Officers for Wednesfield and Wolverhampton as I am doing again today.
As we approach a General Election, I really do hope that the people of Wolverhampton and Wednesfield will remember which Party axed the Police, and steadfastly ignored all the calls to have the police ranks and resources increased”.

Here is the Years statistics for Wednesfield North and South as promoted by the Home Office UK.

Comparison of crime types in this area between August 2018 and July 2019
Number of crimes
Crime type Total Percentage
Anti-social behaviour 272 – 11.42%
Bicycle theft 18 – 0.76%
Burglary 209- 8.77%
Criminal damage and arson 175 – 7.35%
Drugs 23 – 0.97%
Other crime 35 – 1.47%
Other theft 259 – 10.87%
Possession of weapons 19 – 0.80%
Public order 132 – 5.54%
Robbery 32 – 1.34%
Shoplifting 242- 10.16%
Theft from the person 18 – 0.76%
Vehicle crime 278 – 11.67%
Violence and sexual offences 670 – 28.13%

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New Dropped Kerbs for Ashmore Park

I am pleased to announce that there will be a number of dropped kerbs that will be constructed in Ashmore Park.
I had made a case for them over recent weeks. I have now had written confirmation of the scheme.

When I have the start of the project confirmed I will ensure readers will be informed
of the arrangements. I am expecting that this will be some time in September.

Dropped kerbs are an important facility for those residents who have mobility difficulties, and for the young parents and grand parents that have to use prams and buggies.

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An Interesting Day!

An interesting day for your three Councillors today Monday. Early this morning we met with the Chair of Governors and senior staff at the Corpus Christi Primary School. We had a tour of the school Met the senior team, and spoke with Asan Wood Saints and Jessops. We were all gathered to have a discussion about an exciting new community project that will be led by the school. More about this later.

We then visited The Hub at Ashmore Park, where we had a nice Cup of Tea, and a chat with the Volunteers there.

Followed by an important Labour Group meeting tonight in the City of Wolverhampton.There is never a quiet moment! Today gave us the chance to talk about the individual cases and activities that are being pursued by the three of us. There is a lot going on…..

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Wednesfield Local Nature Reserve – Our Canal Needs You!

Our new Local Nature Reserve on the Wyrley & Essington Canal here in Wednesfield, needs your Help!

Following the very successful litter pick, in the summer at this location. We will once again be out on the tow paths of the Wyrley & Essington Canal doing it all over again. You see keeping our environment rubbish free needs some hard work and dedication. It just will not get done unless we all do something for the good of the wildlife and the flora. The Canal & River Trust are providing a boat once again to support the event, and they will also provide gloves and bags and other equipment. But we will need to know roughly how many people intend to come along? If you want to bring your own Gloves and Litter Picker that is also fine. But we still need an idea on numbers attending.

Also the work that we put in now will help with our preparations for the delivery of the Wednesfield Canal Festival in 2020!

We are of course making preparations to ensure that the Wyrley and Essington Canal is fit for purpose, all the year around. If you would like to be part of the Volunteers that will be undertaking the ‘Litter Pick’ of the canal, please let me know. Give me a rough indication of attendance by responding via email- email@philbateman.com Or leaving a message on Facebook.

The Litter Pick will start at 9.00am and finish at 13.00 on Sunday the 6th October 2019- We will gather outside of The Nickelodeon at 9.00am – Will we see you there?

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The Gov Home Office -Crime in Wednesfield!

Here is The Home Office UK report dealing with crime in Wednesfield North and South.
Here are the Wards crime statistics for Wednesfield North and South between August 2018 and July 2019.

Number of crimes
Month Total
July 2019 197
June 2019 201
May 2019 183
April 2019 200
March 2019 188
February 2019 200
January 2019 180
December 2018 209
November 2018 227
October 2018 215
September 2018 196
August 2018 186

Comparison of crime types in this area between August 2018 and July 2019
Comparison of crime types in this area between August 2018 and July 2019
Number of crimes
Crime type Total Percentage
Anti-social behaviour 272 – 11.42%
Bicycle theft 18 – 0.76%
Burglary 209- 8.77%
Criminal damage and arson 175 – 7.35%
Drugs 23 – 0.97%
Other crime 35 – 1.47%
Other theft 259 – 10.87%
Possession of weapons 19 – 0.80%
Public order 132 – 5.54%
Robbery 32 – 1.34%
Shoplifting 242- 10.16%
Theft from the person 18 – 0.76%
Vehicle crime 278 – 11.67%
Violence and sexual offences 670 – 28.13%

The top 8 crimes being committed in the period recorded are these
• 670 Violence and Sexual Offences 28.13%
• 278 Vehicle Crime
• 272 Anti Social Behaviour
• 259 Other Theft
• 242 Shoplifting
• 209 Burglary
• 175 Criminal Damage and Arson
• 132 Public Order

There were 32 Robberies recorded in Wednesfield North and South, but only 23 Drug crimes reported. That statistic may indeed surprise some people?
There were 19 persons reported for being in possession of weapons.

Crime is a huge issue in Wednesfield and has been for a number of years. But of course, it is going to be, as this Conservative Government has axed Police Officers right across the Country. West Midlands Police has suffered badly, and of course that filters down to the Neighbourhoods we all live in.

Wednesfield Labour Party has been running a long-standing campaign to keep open the Wednesfield Police Station. When it is gone it will be much harder to restore. To date we believe it’s the public support that has been with us, that to date it has not closed. Though the Wednesfield Station is not open to the {Public. It still houses Wednesfield North and South Neighbourhood teams.

Can I appeal to the readers, please let us know that you are in support of more Police, and that you are still committed with the Labour Councillors and our MP to keep the Police Station open?
Your Wednesfield North Councillors never miss an opportunity in supporting our Neighbourhood Police, and we meet them regularly in the Ward all the while.

Blue Light

Wednesfield Police List Actions.

I have been away on a break with Mary for a few days, I have returned tonight and have seen an interesting message left by Wednesfield Police Neighbourhood team

Here is what they have informed me.

“A quick update as to what the team at Wednesfield have been up to over the last few weeks.

Numerous vehicles, including stolen cars and motorcycles, Quad bikes and untaxed/uninsured vehicles have been taken off the road to disrupt the criminal element of society, plus vehicles that have been used in the committal of crime ie – shop theft have also been seized and removed.

The recovery of a large machete and it’s subsequent destroyal has also been achieved by the team.

Some very good joint work with the council and Bentley Bridge Security and shop staff, have also resulted in multiple shoplifters being caught and bought before the courts and following a whole raft of complaints from the general public, banning orders have been placed on some of the towns most Prolific beggars, banning them from the whole of the Bentley Bridge retail and entertainment sites and also Sainsbury’s.

This is on top of our regular reassurance patrols and visits, arrest attempts for criminals wanted on warrant and on going investigative work around information gathered and received regarding criminality. I hope this reassures you all that we are working hard to make Wednesfield a safer place to visit, live and work.”

Now whilst I and my fellow Councillors are extremely pleased to receive this information. I am also keen for Wednesfield North residents to note, that we are still doing all we can to press the Government to set more Police on. That is the only way that we are going to deliver a better result when it comes to crime. I think its ironic that the Government is saying that they are going to recruit 20,000 new Officers. Over the last 10 years we have been imploring them to stop axing our Police. Finally it appears our arguments seem to have gotten through. But now is the time to press the matter again. In the meantime I will be seeking a meeting with senior officers as soon as is practicable.

Blue Light

Wednesfield Police – Warning!

Wednesfield Police are warning – Please be aware of bogus text messages being sent to mobiles. They concern messages around TV LICENCES, stating you have not got a TV licence and to contact the number on the message. Whatever you do don’t click on the link, this will give the people direct access to your bank details and they will be able to take money from your account. If you receive a message please contact Action Fraud.

Message Sent By
Steve Cosford (Police, PCSO, Wednesfield North and South NPU)

Wednesfield Bloomers Strike Gold!

ashmore Sept 2019If You Live in Wednesfield, or have any links with Wednesfield, feel very proud!

Heart of England in Bloom is one of seventeen regions and Nations within the UK that delivers the Britain in Bloom campaign on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Britain in Bloom is one of the most effective and longest running environmental campaigns in the UK and each year it grows in size and importance and involving more people, groups and organisations within the community.

I am informed that a massive 300,000 Volunteers across the Country, give their time up to devote to their own community’s proposals, during this competition.

Wednesfield has itself seen many of its citizens, giving their time and their effort to brighten our community. Both Mary and I, with Councillor Rita Potter have been so moved by the way residents’ young and old have given to the Wednesfield in Bloom campaign. We are so proud of our community!

Some residents have given funds, some have turned up with their own plants that they have grown, or bought a pot plant for the volunteers to use in the huge planting scheme that has taken place this year in 2019.

When we struck Gold in 2018 with a much-welcomed Community Award attached as well. Much of the area judged then was in the Wednesfield Village itself.

But our 2019 bid this year covered an enormous area of settlement!

From The Hub at Ashmore Park – Through to the Ashmore Inn, The Co-op and the whole of the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade, into the Ashmore Park itself and the new garden created by Wednesfield Aces Cycle Speedway Club.

Almost every shop in the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade played a role or took part in extending the 2019 bid, plus they looked after and watered their plants. Creating a wonderful Display!

From the Dog & Partridge in the Wednesfield High Street, the shops in High St and the Church and Gurdwara the Sainsbury stores, the Wyrley & Essington Canal Bentley Bridge Retail and Bentley Bridge Leisure Park.

It’s a huge chunk of land and our volunteers have been all over the length of the site, cleaning, planting and watering the beautiful plants that have been nurtured.

Today we had the Results Day and this is what happened.

“Gold ✔️ Category winner ✔️ And now we’re through to the national finals 😲✔️🎉”

So Wednesfield – We have an enormous result. A massive one at that, and it looks like next year will be an even harder task than we thought it might be!

So, here is my congratulations to every one who helped, sponsored, delivered, planted, provided flowers, watered, said nice things to encourage us! You have been magnificent, and it’s you as well as the Bloomers that have taken us to this height.

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Wednesfield – Gold ✔️ Category winner ✔️ And now we’re through to the national finals 😲✔️🎉”

Wednesfield-In-Bloom-WV11If You Live in Wednesfield, or have any links with Wednesfield, feel very proud!

Heart of England in Bloom is one of seventeen regions and Nations within the UK that delivers the Britain in Bloom campaign on behalf of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Britain in Bloom is one of the most effective and longest running environmental campaigns in the UK and each year it grows in size and importance and involving more people, groups and organisations within the community.

I am informed that a massive 300,000 Volunteers across the Country, give their time up to devote to their own community’s proposals, during this competition.

Wednesfield has itself seen many of its citizens, giving their time and their effort to brighten our community. Both Mary and I, with Councillor Rita Potter have been so moved by the way residents’ young and old have given to the Wednesfield in Bloom campaign. We are so proud of our community!

Some residents have given funds, some have turned up with their own plants that they have grown, or bought a pot plant for the volunteers to use in the huge planting scheme that has taken place this year in 2019.

When we struck Gold in 2018 with a much-welcomed Community Award attached as well. Much of the area judged then was in the Wednesfield Village itself.

But our 2019 bid this year covered an enormous area of settlement!

From The Hub at Ashmore Park – Through to the Ashmore Inn, The Co-op and the whole of the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade, into the Ashmore Park itself and the new garden created by Wednesfield Aces Cycle Speedway Club.

Almost every shop in the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade played a role or took part in extending the 2019 bid, plus they looked after and watered their plants. Creating a wonderful Display!

From the Dog & Partridge in the Wednesfield High Street, the shops in High St and the Church and Gurdwara the Sainsbury stores, the Wyrley & Essington Canal Bentley Bridge Retail and Bentley Bridge Leisure Park.

It’s a huge chunk of land and our volunteers have been all over the length of the site, cleaning, planting and watering the beautiful plants that have been nurtured.

Today we had the Results Day and this is what happened.

“Gold ✔️ Category winner ✔️ And now we’re through to the national finals 😲✔️🎉”

So Wednesfield – We have an enormous result. A massive one at that, and it looks like next year has gotten to be an even harder task than we thought it might be!