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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

A Twitter Message from Wednesfield High,


This message was posted on Wednesfield High today, it relates to the Special Measures placed on the school by OFSTED.

We are delighted to share with Parents that the academy has been removed from special measures. We thank you all for your continued support. We will be releasing several quotes from the reports over the next coming days.

M&S MS-Brid

Wolverhampton Shoppers Get Some Good News!

In amongst the bad news that is being announced by Marks and Spencer is the little glimmer of light in that the store in Wolverhampton will be staying open. Well for this round at least.

Wolverhampton shoppers will be pleased to hear this news.

The 17 stores that have been announced today as closing down are in:

  • Ashford
  • Barrow
  • Bedford
  • Boston
  • Buxton
  • Cwmbran
  • Deal
  • Felixstowe
  • Huddersfield
  • Hull
  • Junction One Antrim Outlet
  • Luton Arndale
  • Newark
  • Northwich
  • Rotherham
  • Sutton Coldfield
  • Weston Super Mare

The sad news is that there will also be some 1,000 Marks and Spencer staff that will lose their jobs. My sympathy is very much with those families that suddenly find that the job has gone.

Surprising for me is the fact that the Marks and Spencer store in Sutton Coldfield will be closing its doors. So for one more time Wolverhampton has  seemed to have dodged the bad news.

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Wednesfield Canal Festival 2019 -Aiming Even Higher This Year!


Just a little reminder for your diaries.

Wednesfield Canal Festival 2019 will be again taking place this summer on our wonderful Wyrley & Essington Canal, at Bentley Bridge Leisure Park Wednesfield which is located on the banks of the  Wyrley and Essington canal.

The date will be the Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th August 2019.

We will as in previous years be having side stalls, funfair type rides (More information later!) and music and entertainment over the two days. We will be announcing information relating to the floating part of the event early in the Spring.

Main reason for this Post is to ensure that the residents of Wednesfield place this  date their  diary early!

We have held this Wednesfield Canal Festival now for a number of years, it gets bigger and better each time it is held.

What a fantastic two-day event we held at the Wednesfield Canal Festival (2018) at Bentley Bridge Leisure Park last year.

The Canal Festival had a record overall attendance of 4,446 visitors – a 3.4% increase on 2017’s event’

The 2018 event had great weather on the Saturday, but sadly the weather let us down on the Sunday.

Councillor Phil Bateman said “If the ‘Weather Gods’ had been kind on the Sunday, we would have had an even bigger number of visitors attending, and I would have been reporting an even larger increase in attendance. 

So, don’t miss out the two days of great music, canal attractions, funfair and other stalls, get this year’s date in your diary and keep an eye open for more information as it becomes known on the timetable and attractions that ‘Hands on Wednesfield’  and the volunteers that put the festival on will be bringing.”  


Maybe Some Highway Delays?

Wednesfield North Ward   Moathouse Lane West with the junction of Ridge lane.

Residents are today warned that Severn Trent Water Company are doing some flood monitoring work between 17j and 21st  of January 2019 There will be a three way temporary traffic signal to assist with the work and the highway delays The signals are expected to be operational only at key times in the day. The work will be subject I am informed by water levels.

Cllr Rita Potter said "Great Homes! Very impressive and the Homes will be well received I am sure of that"

Looking At The New Homes!

Well we are now into the New Year! Happy New Year everyone. Today your three Wednesfield North Councillors took a trip around the Ward, chatted with people and visited two new housing complexes being built here.

First we visited the Parker Road site where four homes are being readied for new Council tenants. We were very impressed with the finish and the development. The workers were working very hard in a drainage hole when we arrived!

We thought that the 4 home development  were going to be a great success.


I Think This Is Criminal! What Is Your View?

There is something very wrong when you can receive unsolicited mail through the internet especially when the nature of the email is to encourage you to receive a ‘Daggar’ that is apparently undetectable!

I was horrified to receive this saying that I could have it for free! I have sent the information to the Police and I thought that the Express and Star may have been interested. It seems a huge issue – knife crime, and this morning the papers are full of a very horrific murder on a train in the UK.

Am I wrong in thinking that this ‘undetectable’ knife is aimed at ‘criminal’ and subversive actions? If that is so, why are we not concerned about this type of promotion. Why would anyone want an undetectable serrated Dagger to carry around? I think this is aimed at criminal activity.

Am I wrong? I will be speaking with other agencies to get their view. But I am very interested in what my constituents think about this.

Did you see this new UNDETECTABLE DAGGER?

The Undetectable Dagger Is The Only Knife You Can Carry With You Literally Everywhere That No One Will Ever Know You Have!

Made from Griv-Ex™- the latest in fiberglass reinforced plastic – our Undetectable Dagger is UV and heat stabilized to make them incredibly durable.


West Midlands Police

Eyes open! Be Vigilant….

Wolverhampton please can you remain vigilant for a silver vehicle possibly an Astra, focus or Fiesta partial registration HY12. This Vehicle is believed to have been seen at a number of offence location across the city centre.

Remember to remove all valuables, don’t park in the dark and remember to lock your vehicle and activate your alarm if you have one.

If you see anything or would like report non-emergency crime then visit you can also speak with a live chat adviser between 08:00 am and midnight.
or call 999 in an emergency.

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Bus Shelter – Lichfield Road Alteration Planned.

Residents of Wednesfield North this information is for you.

There has been some concerns over a newer Bus Shelter that was erected prior to Christmas on the Lichfield Road serving bus services arriving from New Invention and going forward to Wednesfield and Wolverhampton.

The Bus Shelter replaced one that was struck by a vehicle and damaged.

I just wanted to update you on this issue. I recently contacted Transport for West Midlands, because the replacement shelter was of a different design to the one removed. I asked TfWM to remove it as it was too close to the kerb line and being of an open design, customers of the bus service were being splashed on wet days and it obscured the view for a resident trying to access his drive. This is what TfWM have written back to me telling me.


“Following discussions with our highways colleagues, we are relocating the shelter to a new position set 1 metre farther back (the current distance from the kerb is 1.2 metres).

This will resolve the issue around obstruction of vision exiting the driveway, but might also offer some reassurance to the objectors as waiting passengers will now be a greater distance from the kerb line ((2.2 metres).”

I do hope Bus Users and Local Residents find this information useful. It looks like the bus shelter design will stay  the same.