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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

Councillor Mary Bateman.  Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Armed Forces – Vote Labour!

Jeremy Corbyn has marked Armistice Day with a pledge to support the armed forces as Prime Minister with better working conditions, against a backdrop of falling pay and privatisation under the Tories.
The party’s manifesto, which will be released later this month, will include five major pledges to support the forces and their families:
1. Fair Pay – scrap the public sector pay cap, which has seen a 5.8% real terms pay cut for the starting salary of an Army Private
2. Decent housing for forces and their families – end the growing reliance on the private rented sector
3. A voice for service men and women – consult on creating a representative body, similar to the Police Federation
4. End privatisation – root and branch review of outsourcing and a clear presumption in favour of public delivery of public contracts
5. Support for forces children – better access to schools with dedicated local authorities admissions strategy for the particular challenge of frequent school moves

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Remembrance Benches for Wednesfield.

Your Wednesfield North City Councillors Rita and Mary with myself, are using Ward funds to place three commemorative benches into three separate locations within our Ward.

We have identified a location on the walkways between Coppice Farm and Ashmore Park. We are considering placing a Remembrance Bench in situation here at this location.

A bench has also been requested by local residents of the area numerous times over the last two years. This action will satisfy that request.

A second location has been identified on the pathway linking Sudbury Close and Linthouse Lane. There is consideration taking place as to the exact position to place this Remembrance Bench. What it will do is give a very useful amenity to what is an attractive and well used walkway.

The third location is in the Ashmore Park itself, where users can enjoy the rays of the sun, and sit and watch the football matches that are played there.

These three locations were visited today with City Officials. If you have any comments with regards to any of these three locations please make them.

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Parents – Applications for Reception.

The window for applications for reception class places at infant and primary schools in Wolverhampton opened this morning (Friday 8 November). The online application process is quick and easy, and families have until 15 January 2020 to register their preferences.

To apply, please log on to www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/admissions and complete the short application process as soon as possible.

Emma Bennett, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director of Children’s Services, said: “Parents or guardians of children who are due to start school next autumn should set aside time now to think carefully about which school they’d prefer their child to attend.

“This is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child’s future. The application process is straightforward and should only take a few minutes to complete.

“You should ensure you get your applications in by the deadline of 15 January 2020, as applying after this time could have a detrimental effect on your chance of securing a place at one of your preferred schools.”

She added: “It’s important to remember that even if your child is in nursery provision at either primary or junior school, you will still need to apply for a reception class place.”

Applying online has a number of benefits. Applications are made through a secure website, and can be viewed and edited online up to the closing date for applications of 15 January 2020. Applicants can also find out about their child’s school place allocation online when it is announced on 16 April 2020, rather than having to wait for the post.

Help and advice is available from the Admissions and Appeals Team on 01902 551122 or by emailing school.admissions@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

Latest figures show that 86% of schools in Wolverhampton are now rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, including 94% of primary schools. For more information about education in the city, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/education.

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Wednesfield Residents -No Housing on this Green Belt!

Last night I attended the public meeting in Essington, which was dealing with the proposals that are being considered by South Staffordshire District Council which will affect the current Green Belt.

It was called by the Essington Action Group. It was a meeting for the public to find out more about the plan by South Staffordshire Council to explore why construction companies and landowners want to build 2500 new houses on the Land North of Linthouse Lane on the boundary of Wednesfield and Essington. It was a well attended meeting with perhaps 2/3rds of all those in attendance being from Wednesfield. Also attending was Emma Reynolds MP for Wolverhampton North East.

I spoke at the meeting, again reaffirming that the City Councillors of Wednesfield North, Rita, Mary and myself, were against the proposal as it related to the Green Belt. Emma also spoke up for the Green Belt. It was good to hear Emma speak and comment on what she had heard from our residents. A number of Wednesfield residents asked questions and made statements. It was clear that the Wednesfield residents didn’t want new build housing developed on this Green Belt!

It was a good meeting, and it very much signified that Wednesfield is not only interested in the arguments being developed, but is very much against the downgrading and the loss of the Green Belt in this part of South Staffordshire. The Action Group agreed to enlist some Wednesfield residents onto their steering committee. There will be another public meeting arranged in December.

I was filled with pride that Wednesfield residents turned up in such good numbers, asked questions, and volunteered their services. I stayed behind after the meeting to thank the South Staffordshire District Councillors and Essington Parish Council for staging the meeting, and making such a clear presentation, as to how all these proposals would affect Essington and Wednesfield.

We also agreed to keep the ‘back channels’ open, as we prepare for the December 12th consultation meeting close. Whilst much of the meeting was concerned with the proposals to develop land on our boundary, there was obvious surprise from some quarters of the room to hear that the plan is looking to build some 9,000 homes along the boundary of Staffordshire and the conurbation.

Photograph – With the kind permission of Wednesfield Magazine.

Councillor Mary Bateman.  Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

NHS is in Crisis!

Reasons to Vote Labour -On December 12 2019 The National Health Service is being mismanaged by the Conservatives.

• Last year, 78,981 operations were cancelled. These operations were either classed as urgent or were elective operations cancelled at the last minute – either on the day the patient was due to arrive in hospital or after they had already arrived.
• The number of operations cancelled because of staffing issues and equipment failures have each increased by a third in two years. Last year, 10,900 were cancelled because of staffing issues and 4800 were cancelled because of equipment failures.
• There are currently over 100,000 staff vacancies in the NHS, with shortages of 10,000 doctors and 43,000 nurses. Cuts to NHS Capital Budgets have left the health service with a £6.5 billion repair bill

That is one of the key reasons why I will be voting Labour!

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The General Election 2019 – Have You Applied for a Postal Vote?!

Before November ends, the Tories will have millions of votes. Why? Postal voting.

In 2017, 8.4 million people voted by post, and most will probably have voted Conservative. One in five votes were by post, and postal voters were 20% more likely to cast a ballot than people who voted in person. With a winter polling day in 2019, Boris Johnson must be rubbing his hands with glee.

If you live in Wednesfield or Wolverhampton – Don’t let the Tories post their way to victory!

Will you register for a postal vote today? Contact the Electoral Office at City of Wolverhampton Electoral Office, and the City Officials will advise you….

First Platinum Bus Launch back in September 2016.

National Express Announce Environmental Landmarks.

Climate Change is an issue on everyone’s lips.

Here in Wolverhampton the City of Wolverhampton has long been an advocate of limiting environmental damage.

In July 2019, Wolverhampton went a step further and declared a climate emergency stating that “a climate emergency has been declared by Wolverhampton Council as it announces plans to make the city greener by 2028.”

It is now very much a City Council priority, many of the other local Councils across the country have also been declaring climate emergencies now.

City of Wolverhampton became the first local authority in the Black Country to commit to reducing carbon emissions as it pledged to reduce CO2 levels to zero by year 2028.

So as a City of Wolverhampton Councillor, I was very pleased to learn that National Express West Midlands, the regions biggest bus company, have also now announced that their bus fleet have reached two environmental landmarks this week.

Firstly, 50% of their fleet is now Euro 6, which means lower emissions than an average diesel family car. The upgrade programme continues, with most of the remaining fleet due for upgrade over the next twelve months.

Secondly, all their electricity (powering depots, offices and soon buses) now comes from fully-renewable and carbon neutral sources, such as wind and solar power.
Now that is good news not only for the bus company, but for the conurbation and for Wolverhampton as a City.
Wolverhampton is the home of a local NX West Midlands Bus depot, where it provides employment and is very much valued in the business scene in the City. Well done National Express.

Wolverhampton is the home of a local NX West Midlands Bus depot in Park Lane.

Photograph – Back in September 2016 at Wolverhampton Racecourse – NX new type of Platinum bus branding, was first launched here in our City the photograph relates to that proud launch.