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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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Smishing – Warning From Action Fraud!

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Smishing – the term used for SMS phishing – is an activity which enables criminals to steal victims’ money or identity, or both, as a result of a response to a text message. Smishing uses your mobile phone (either a smartphone or traditional non-internet connected handset) to manipulate innocent people into taking various actions which can lead to being defrauded.

The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau has received information that fraudsters are targeting victims via text message, purporting to be from their credit card provider, stating a transaction has been approved on their credit card.

The text message further states to confirm if the transaction is genuine by replying ‘Y’ for Yes or ‘N’ for No.

Through this method the fraudster would receive confirmation of the victim’s active telephone number and would be able to engage further by asking for the victim’s credit card details, CVV number (the three digits on the back of your bank card) and/or other personal information.

Protect yourself:

  • Always check the validity of the text message by contacting your credit card provider through the number provided at the back of the card or on the credit card/bank statement.
  • Beware of cold calls purporting to be from banks and/or credit card providers.
  • If the phone call from the bank seems suspicious, hang up the phone and wait for 10 minutes before calling the bank back. Again, refer to the number at the back of the card or on the bank statement in order to contact your bank.
  • If you have been a victim of fraud or cyber crime, please report it to Action Fraud at or alternatively by calling 0300 123 2040
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BT Phone Box Is A Putrid Disgrace!

BT Phone Box Is A Putrid Disgrace!

This BT Phone Box on the corner of Broad Lane North and Lichfield Road here in Wednesfield is a putrid disgrace!

I will be contacting BT at the start of next week to demand that they clean and scrub the phone box instead of leaving it like it currently is which is a disgrace to the neighbourhood, and just a stinking cess pit inside.

I will keep residents informed of the response via my social media sites……

Gavin Salter – General Manager of the Year!

BroadwayPH IMG_2422Wednesfield is a great place to live, work and play. It has great traditional shopping in its High street, it has a great shopping Park with huge footfall. Plus it has a leisure centre that has great capacity and attracts lots of customers!

Plus we have some great Public Houses.

I am very pleased to note that the Broadway PH Manager, Gavin Salter has won the General Manager of the Year from Greene King  2016/2017.

I know he runs a great Pub! I am delighted as I am sure his regulars are that Gavin’s   ‘Gaffers’ recognise the good work he does. I just hope that they Geene King will now invest further in the Public House and give it a refurbishment… your court Greene King!

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Wolverhampton Library Consultation Ends!

This week the Managing Director of City of Wolverhampton Council wrote to me and told me that he had attended “the Libraries Transformation Advisory Group where we considered updates on the consultation so far.”

He added “The City of Wolverhampton Council’s draft Libraries Strategy for 2017 to 2027 seeks to maintain its 16-strong network of libraries while further improving the services they offer to people who live, work, visit or study in the City of Wolverhampton.

The consultation closed on Sunday 21 May, 2017 and had 832 respondents to the survey.”

The MD Mr Keith Ireland went onto say “I would like to thank all those who took time to fill out this survey. Over the next couple of weeks, we will be analysing the findings before Cabinet decides on the final ten-year library strategy on 19 July.”

Councillor Phil Bateman added “This has been a major exercise, I like many other Councillors will be looking at the results of the consultation with great interest. Here in Wednesfield North your three Councillors already work closely with the Library service team.

Many of the changes the City wants to make elsewhere, and were part of the consultation, are already taking place here at Ashmore Park library. Looking across the West Midlands other Authorities are facing great pain as they try to retain their own Library services as Government continues to axe Local Government funding.”

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Staying Alert! – If you are concerned about a safety issue? Report It!

Second bomb fears
Policer fear the Manchester suicide bomber may have built a second device which is now in the hands of fellow jihadists. Officers who raided the home of Salman Abedi discovered a working bomb factory with a large stash of explosive chemicals and other components. Security sources now believe that Abedi assembled the bomb himself after learning his trade in Libya. However the amount of material in his home has led to fears that he could have built more than one device and distributed them to other British-based extremists. “The worry is there was enough to build two or three bombs and we can’t rule that out,” an unnamed security source tells the Daily Telegraph.

Councillor Phil Bateman added ” It is important that we all stay alert, yes it is unlikely that we will be targeted. But the truth is you never know!

I would urge all constituents to be on guard, and if you have any security or safety concerns, then report the matter to the Police, using 101 if it is not urgent. Dial 999 if it is a matter of immediate direct concern. Better we remain safe than sorry!”

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Sadie Williams – Ashmore Park Will Sadly Miss You!

Today I attended Sadie Williams funeral at Bushbury. Sadie was one of Ashmore Parks indelible characters. A nice friendly lady that always had time for a chat.

I have known Sadie for most of my adult life, always up for a chat, indeed I assisted her into her home in Kitchen Lane.

She passed away on the 9th April 2017, at home suddenly.

Sadie was not a rich woman financially, but she was rich in the fact that she had so any friends!

She didn’t have a large family, but close on a 100 neighbours friends and acquaintances turned up at the Crematorium today to give this lovely lady a real warm Ashmore Park send off!

Mary and I were delighted to see so many people and hear their Sadie story’s. Neighbours had organised a collection, run a raffle to pay for flowers and a Wake at the Corpus Christie Social Club.

Ilona , Paula and Bonnie you deserve a bit of credit for organising that tremendous neighbour response today.

As for Sadie I think it would have knocked her socks off to see so many people attending her funeral.

I recall her fondness of animals, and it was good to see that neighbours donations had also covered a small charity payment to Sadie charities which included, The PDSA, The ARC Ashmore Rescue for Cats, Staffordshire Wildlife Trust,The Wolseley Centre.

Sadie there was a tremendous gathering today for you, and your friends and neighbours celebrated your life, and loves!

Mary and I feel privileged to have been there with you. I gave you a little wink! I am happy to have known you and counted you as a friend

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West Midlands Police Issue Warnings!

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Lara Horsley (Police Staff, Corporate Communications Officer, West Midlands)


Last night the national security state was raised to critical. This means that not only does an attack remain highly likely but a further attack may be imminent.

The prime minister also authorised support from the military alongside the police, known as Operation Temperer.

However at this stage there are no plans to deploy military officers in the West Midlands; therefore the public are unlikely to see military personnel on the streets.

Support from the military will instead free up armed officers from certain guarding duties to release officers across the UK to support the wider national response.

As soon as the prime minister made her announcement, we implemented our locally tailored plan, including keeping officers on duty.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray, said: “We are flexing our resources and increasing our presence at key sites, such as transport and other crowded places and we continue to review key events and entertainment venues.

“At the moment, there is no plan for military personnel to be deployed in the West Midlands; however the public will notice an increase in the number of armed and unarmed officers.

“While this is a precautionary measure, these highly visible patrols will continue for as long as is needed.

“You would expect us to do everything possible to prevent further attacks and keep you safe.”

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson, said: “I am working with the Chief Constable to ensure that the additional armed resources are integrated into our capabilities to offer increased assurance and protection and protection to the public.

“People should continue to carry on with their lives as normal and not let those who seek to divide us to win. I ask people to continue to be vigilant and report suspicious activities to the police.

“West Midlands Police have shown their dedication and commitment in recent days and I’m sure they will continue to do so.”

Please remain calm but alert. If you see anything that causes you concern, then let us know immediately, if you have suspicions about someone’s behaviour call us.

Look out for anything that seems out of place, unusual or doesn’t seem to fit in with day-to-day life

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” This warning is some thing that we all must take into account, lets all follow West Midlands Police advice especially whilst the warnings remain critical” 

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Wednesfield – Great Local Assets!

Wednesfield is a Village with a number of great local assets.

First it is an historic Village where one of England’s greatest battles was fought.

Back in 910 AD the great ‘Battle of Wodensfeld’ was fought when the local Anglo-Saxons defeated the marauding Danes in a huge battle, and this ‘Battle of Wodensfield’ is where the modern day name of Wednesfield comes from.

Second is the traditional street market that is operated by the City Council in Wednesfield High Street.

The third is a great local transport facility which links nine towns and villages to Wednesfield, as well as linking other surrounding local districts of Wolverhampton.

Wednesfield benefits greatly from having these great local bus services, with this intense number of bus routes converging on the High Street.

If you were considering starting a new business venture by opening a market stall in the Village, or opening a new shop. You may be assured by these great facts.

Just take National Express West Midlands Bus Services for instance – Their current routes through Wednesfield are:

25 i54/Pendeford – Wednesfield – Willenhall – Bilston -Goldthorn Park – Wolverhampton (every 30 mins)

59 Wolverhampton – Wednesfield – Ashmore Park (every 5-6 minutes)

89 Wolverhampton – Wednesfield – New Invention – Bloxwich – Walsall (every 20 mins)

Over the 10 hour period from 0730 to 1730 this means there are about 320 NXWM buses running through the High Street.

Each week NXWM buses carry 19,000 passengers to and from Wednesfield. In addition there are another 31,000 people who travel through Wednesfield on NXWM buses each week. Other Bus operators’ also have routes through the Village; These are- 50 Wolverhampton – Fallings Park – Wednesfield (every hour off peak only)

57 Wolverhampton – Wednesfield – Willenhall – Bilston (every hour)

65 Wolverhampton – Wednesfield – Underhill – Fordhouses (every hour off peak only)

71 Wolverhampton – Wednesfield – Landywood – Cannock (every hour)

These services would add another fifty buses approximately making a total of around 370 buses between 0730 and 1730 each weekday.

Wednesfield business and residents benefit from this very intense level of service, which on average means some 37 buses every hour.

Of course what this means to the traders of the Village is – that in a year bus users are likely to spend around £2.5million per annum on the High street.

So if you have not shopped in Wednesfield before, or you live in a district that is linked by bus to Wednesfield, or if you are a young entrepreneur and you are considering a market business or opening a shop?

So for ease of action here is what you need to know if you intend or would like a market stall in Wednesfield – Any trader wishing to register an interest in a Market Stall in Wednesfield –  should call the Markets Service on 01902 555200 or email


So why not take a look at our great Village…you never know you may well like it as much as we do!


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A Royal Visit to Wednesfield 1962! Come & See

Wednesfield History Society is a newish organisation that has been active in Wednesfield  for a number of years now. It is a vibrant organisation that has done much to throw a spotlight on Local history and historic events that have taken place here in our ancient Village.

Today Wednesday 24th May 2017 at 2.15 another such event is taking place at Wednesfield Library, in Well Lane Wednesfield.

The Society is putting on an exhibition that took place in 1962 when Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth the Second visited the Village.

It is likely to be a really important exhibition, and the Society would like to invite residents to come and take a look, watch a film taken at the time, spot family and friends!

The Exhibition comes about as the Society works with the City Library Service, and the City Archives.

Come along and take a look – Enjoy your mediaeval Village’s more  recent history


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A Message Sent By West Midlands Police- Terrorism.

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Lara Horsley (Police Staff, Corporate Communications Officer, West Midlands)

We remain deeply shocked following last night’s tragic incident in Manchester and all our thoughts are with those affected.

Greater Manchester Police continue with their investigation – at this stage there are no known links between the perpetrator and the West Midlands. We continue to liaise with GMP to establish if there are any victims from our area.

Here in the West Midlands, we are focusing on providing the most appropriate policing response over the coming days. The threat level nationally remains severe, meaning an attack is highly likely. Tragic events like last night’s explosion in Manchester remind us that attacks can occur at any time or place without warning.

Everyone needs to be vigilant – be alert, not alarmed. As ever, we ask the public to be our eyes and ears. If something doesn’t feel right, call us. We act on every piece of information, no click or call will be ignored, we will only take action after appropriate checks have been carried out.

As we saw last night, terrorists wait for those moments when we’re not looking – that’s why vigilance and awareness of everyone is key to combatting terrorism.

There are many ways you can report – through local police on 101 or in an emergency 999, via the Anti Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321 and online you can click on the red button on the West Midlands Police website to report online terrorist and extremist material.

Locally our West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit continues to work with national security services to keep our region safe. This includes playing a key role in stopping people getting drawn into terrorism and violent extremism in all forms.

It is really important for us all to remember that acts of terrorism and hate crimes are committed by a small minority of people and those people do not represent the public. This is a time for us all to work closely together and unite against those who seek, through violence and extremism, to intimidate or cause fear.

Looking forward to the weekend, Birmingham plays host to Pride which is a large lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender event and we’re expecting tens of thousands of visitors to the city. This is an annual event with a parade, music and festivities which are enjoyed by many.

I appreciate that people planning to attend may feel a sense of nervousness – I would like to take this opportunity to give you some reassurance that a full policing operation is in place and is subject to ongoing reviews.

We will have a large number of police officers, specials and police staff on hand to keep the public safe – this isn’t only for the Pride event, but also for anyone visiting the city to enjoy all it has to offer.