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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

Road Works – New Electric Supply New Cross Hospital

Councillor Phil Bateman said today “I have been picking up criticism relating to the number of road works taking place across the Wednesfield area and the City. I contacted the City Councils Permit Officer, and she has set out the situation with regards to Highway Work now here on my Social Media sites. I want to thank Emma for the response. Which I think readers will find interesting.”

I can advise that the works in the Wednesfield Area, predominantly along Wednesfield Way and Wolverhampton Road are all part of the same major project being undertaken by National Grid ( Electricity Distribution) to facilitate a new supply to New Cross Hospital.
This scheme is on a very tight deadline and NG have therefore commenced works in several locations with numerous teams along the required route, from March End Road to Wolverhampton Road, to ensure works are expedited as safely and efficiently as possible.

Advanced warning signs were on site along this route in December 2022, to advise the travelling public of the works and potential delays on the network from January 2023, when works commenced.

Any other works currently being undertaken in the Wednesfield area are minor works or emergency repair works with little or no impact on the network as they do not require temporary traffic management. No other planned works requiring temporary traffic management in this area will be approved until after the NGED project has been completed.

The NG project is due to complete 26/05/23, however, works are progressing well and it is anticipated that they may complete sooner than originally anticipated.

There are currently 146 permits in progress across the whole of Wolverhampton. 40 of these are immediate emergency permits. There is no marked increase in the amount of permits we are currently receiving in relation to this time last year, however, we do have several major projects currently being undertaken including the NGED project mentioned above, Public Realm works and STW water mains replacement scheme.

Councillor Bateman further added ” I hope readers of this site find the information useful.”

Update – Severn Trent Water Pressure!

New investment in my report my ref T7261 – which relates to the Severn trent Water Company. It was an issue I first raised in 2022.

At the start of the New Year (2023)I asked STW to inform me where we are with the investment in the water pumping station at the corner of Kitchen Lane. STW were looking to make an investment in the station to improve the water pressure that serves homes in Wednesfield & I believe Essington.

My contact at STW tells me ” The team are hopeful we’ll start work on this project this year and complete it in 2024, a little bit earlier than first thought. There are a few hurdles we need to go through to make this a reality – we very much try to prioritise things in the right way – but the team seems pretty hopeful.”

I will keep in close contact with STW and keep Wednesfield North informed by my social media sites.

£30,000 Invested in Wednesfield North Over 3 Years.

Did you know in the last three years your team of Wednesfield North Labour Councillors have bid for resources totalling £30,000 for events, items, activities, furniture, help and assistance for activities and actions taking place here and across Wednesfield.
We are proud of our team work and our actions, and we are pleased that we have made things better here in our Ward where all three of us reside.

The Picture shows Councillor Mary Bateman, Cllr Phil Bateman and Cllr Rita Potter, with a Memorial Bench they found the resources to have fitted at The Hub at Ashmore Park.

Express and Star – A Sad Dramatic Headline!

What a sad and dramatic headline on our own Express and Star. This 12 years of Tory mismanagement of our economy, the dismantling of the NHS, the threat to local lives, the crisis management, the shortage of hospitals beds, over stretched ambulances, inadequate social care provision. How damning is this. Now you can see the evidence of this Conservative Government wreckage, around our NHs and the Country’s economy. How rotten is this Government

Wednesfield Police Team – Advice Surgery

Wednesfield Police team are holding a Police Surgery at The Hub at Ashmore Park Griffiths Drive Ashmore Park – on the 25th January (Wednesday) between the times of 14.00 and 16.30. If you have a problem, of a Law and Order issue you feel the Police can help you with. This drop in event may just be for you. You do not need an appointment.

Wolverhampton- Halved Drug Related Deaths!

Councillor Phil Bateman said this tonight. “How about this for a fact,health interventions have helped halve drug-related deaths in our city.”
The number of people in Wolverhampton dying because of a drugs overdose has more than halved year-on-year; a total of 26 deaths from a drug overdose were recorded in 2020. However, this fell to 12 in 2021.
A number of measures have been introduced to help tackle the issue, including the formation of the new Wolverhampton Drug and Alcohol Strategic Partnership which involves a range of agencies across the city working together, the enhanced promotion of Naloxone which acts as emergency medication that can reverse the effects of opiate overdoses, the introduction of Long-acting Opiate Substitution Therapy (OST) alongside standard OST as a protective treatment for people most at risk of drug-related death, and investment in data reporting systems to enable frontline partners to provide support much sooner.
The number of residential rehabilitation places available in the city has also been increased, while a specialist criminal justice team are working in partnership to ensure people leaving prison with a treatment need are supported to actively engage in treatment.
Recovery Near You runs the Wolverhampton Substance Misuse Service, a free, confidential service helping anyone concerned about their own or others’ drug use. For details, visit or call 0300 200 240

Wednesfield Academy -Parents Letter From Matrix About Change.

Councillor Phil Bateman said today. “Having been approached by residents connected to the School Wednesfield High, now called Wednesfield Academy.

I wrote to the school asking to be up dated on the changes now taking place following the change of Trust operating the school.
The City Council has no direct control over the school.

But like everyone else in our community. It is nice to know what is taking place. The School has provided me with this correspondence which outlines the way the management is wanting to drive the school forward. Please read. I have also had a brief conversation with the Schools leadership. Parents are encouraged to contact the school if there are any issues they see affecting their children.”,

Our ref: LD/Wednesfield Welcome
11 January 2023
Dear Parents/Carers
We would like to take the opportunity to officially welcome you to the Matrix family. First of all,
thank you for all the positive feedback we have already received. Many pupils and parents have
already told us that they feel Wednesfield Academy is moving more rapidly in the right direction.
This letter outlines the reasons behind these changes and gives advance notice of exciting
developments for the academy. Ideally, we would have liked to have been able to communicate
directly with you before the Christmas break. However, we were not permitted to send anything
out until Wednesfield Academy officially transferred over from the previous trust.
Mrs Carpenter was able to communicate to you in her letter before Christmas that the
Department for Education chose Matrix because of their proven track record for improving
schools and securing the very best outcomes for thousands of children. There was also a
consultation letter sent last May from the Regional Schools Commissioner. You can read more
about the trust’s history and watch a short video where pupils from the different schools talk
about the impact the trust has had, the video highlights the focus the trust has, which is all about
improving the education of children.
Although Wednesfield Academy has been improving in a number of ways, moving from an Ofsted
rating of Inadequate in 2017 to Requires Improvement in 2018, and has made massive
improvements under Mrs Carpenter’s leadership, the overall Ofsted grading remains Requires
Improvement following the recent inspection. Examination outcomes for Year 11 and Year 13 are
improving but they need to be better so that Wednesfield Academy’s young people have as many
doors opened for them as possible. Further significant strides will not happen without making
some important changes to how the academy operates.
The full Ofsted report will be released on the Ofsted website on 17 January 2023. However, we
are able to share it with you ahead of the publication date and we have attached it to this letter.
As you will read from the report, Ofsted were very positive about many aspects of
Wednesfield Academy. However, Ofsted noted that not all pupils “show the self-regulation and
maturity expected when moving around school”. Ofsted also noted that “There is considerable
variation in how well the curriculum is taught”. This is something Wednesfield Academy leaders
were already very aware of. Although the teaching has improved in many ways, the academy
recognises that learning is sometimes being held back by some pupils’ behaviour.
Having a calm and orderly school is a prerequisite for learning to proceed without disruption.
Ofsted noted to leaders that behaviour was especially affected by breaks and lunchtimes. This is
why the academy has made some important changes to the ways break and lunch operate.
Breaktime is now longer than it was previously, and the academy has split it so that different key
stages have it at different times. This allows pupils more time to eat, drink and socialise with
their friends. For the first two weeks, while the academy was adjusting to this new system, the
academy allowed pupils access to an outside space if they chose: the Rocket Quad. Now that the
new breaks are established, the academy will be allowing pupils – from Monday, 16 January 2023
– to also go outside to the bottom Quad. Of course, if pupils want to remain indoors, they can do
During breaks and lunchtimes, pupils are free to go to the toilet as long as they have asked a
member of staff. This ensures that toilets do not become overloaded with people and staff know
where children are at all times, which is essential for safeguarding.
Wednesfield Academy is a popular academy. With their pupil numbers having increased, it has
become necessary to streamline how lunchtime operates so that all pupils have enough time to
eat. This will be alleviated in September by the academy being able to introduce a third lunch
sitting. However, the academy cannot currently do this due to timetable constraints. To keep
queues manageable, the academy is directing pupils to sit in specific areas, based on whether
they bring their own lunch, purchase sandwiches or hot meals. This is a tried and tested
approach in Matrix’s larger schools. Pupils stay indoors during lunch so that they can be
supervised, essential for safeguarding. This is something which happens in every trust school.
Another thing Wednesfield Academy has adopted from other trust schools is using a non-verbal
signal to indicate to pupils that they need to cease their conversations and listen to staff
instructions. This reduces the need for staff to raise their voices, making school a much more
calm and settled place for everyone. The signal is typically used at the end of lunchtime to ensure
a safe exit from the lunch venue.
It is essential that the students exit the Dining Room calmly to ensure that learning that is taking
place is not disturbed. When KS3 pupils are either on their break or lunch, KS4 pupils and KS5
students are in lessons and vice versa.
As a trust, Matrix has very high expectations for uniform. We would like to thank everyone who
has taken on board the reminders about uniform standards which Mrs Carpenter put in her letter
at the end of last term. Because the previous trust will not permit us to keep the existing blazers
which feature their branding, we are going to be replacing all pupil blazers. We will be supplying
these completely FREE of charge as soon as we have procured them.
In addition to supplying everyone with a blazer, the academy will also be supplying, without
charge, a new school tie. The tie will be in one of four coloured stripes. The colours correspond to
the academy houses. While the academy does have a house system of a kind currently, this will
be very different going forward. Each house will have a Head of House, a pastoral leader who
really gets to know the pupils in their house well. The Head of House will be supported by a house
team, dedicated to the welfare of your child. The House office will be the first point of contact for
The academy trousers and skirts will also be changing colour to black, which is the same for all of
our schools. Pupils may continue wearing grey trousers or skirts until you need to replace them.
However, if you are purchasing new trousers or skirts, please buy them in black and not grey. This
uniform will be much more cost effective than the previous uniform.
With the cost of living in mind, PE kit from September will also be changing to a plain black t-shirt,
shorts and sports socks. These will be unbranded items so you will be able to source them from
any sports shop or supermarket. If you need to buy new PE kit before September, please buy
items in plain black.
To support you in making sure your child has the correct uniform, the academy website will be
updated with images of what is appropriate. This will include plenty of images of what types of
footwear are acceptable. We are aware that shoe companies do not make life easy here,
marketing some trainers as ‘school shoes’. The images we put on the academy website will
hopefully make it easier for you to turn down your child’s request to buy them expensive Nike
trainers, or other branded footwear!
The academy has recognised that attendance and punctuality needed to improve. However,
thanks to some important changes made this term, improvements are already starting to
happen. Anyone who is late to school serves a break time detention in the Dining Room. Pupils
face away from their peers to help them resist the temptation to communicate, which would
result in further sanctions. The number of breaktime detentions is already significantly reducing
because children are now more motivated to arrive to school on time. As we are sure you will
agree, punctuality is important for the workplace so we are setting pupils up for success later in
life. Thank you to everyone who has echoed these messages with their children.
There are so many benefits of being part of a trust with lots of other secondary schools. One of
these is being able to offer an RAF Cadet Force. Mrs Carpenter will be sending out more
information about this very soon but, in short, it will be a fantastic opportunity for pupils which
includes them being able to go on outdoor expeditions, take part in competitions, take trips
aboard and fly real aeroplanes.
There will also be a special Trust Awards evening early in the summer term where the
achievements of Wednesfield pupils will be recognised alongside those of other Matrix pupils.
Thank you for your support and I look forward to working with Wednesfield Academy to ensure
pupils achieve their full potential.
Yours sincerely
Ms L Draycott
Chief Executive Officer – Matrix Academy Trust

Are You A Gardener? Can you Help!

I am looking for Gardeners in Wednesfield North- this Ward covers these estates and homes – Coppice Farm, Ashmore Park, Linthouse, Woodend, and Wyvern Park. Whoever tends their gardens and would be willing this year to take part in our Wednesfield in Bloom campaign 2023?

You only have to cast your eyes across Wednesfield, to see the incredible colour and flowers on any summer or spring.

This year we want to see your gardens and how they Bloomed during the Spring. I am not asking you to go out and buy more stuff than you usually do! But we would like to inform the organisers of the Heart of England in Bloom organisation.

That this year an ‘Army of individuals’ are also taking part. In that way we expand the Public areas of Wednesfield – that our WIB volunteers already devote their time too. Your own home and garden work will also play a great part in making Wolverhampton a more Green and Vibrant City. Contact me on if you want to help with this project…Lets make Wednesfield Bloom!

South Staffs Local Plan -Latest!

Councillor Phil Bateman said today “I published the fact that the SSDC were to pause their Local Development Plan – which would affect the proposals for the development proposals for the ‘Land North of Linthouse Lane’ on this site yesterday. Here is the SSDC official Press Release published by them today- ”

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities published a consultation on planned changes to the National Planning Policy Framework on December 22, 2022.

The framework sets out the government’s planning policies for England and how these should be applied. It provides a framework within which locally-prepared plans for housing and other development can be produced. The National Planning Policy Framework must be taken into account in preparing local development plans.

The council is keen to gain clarity on a number of queries it has regarding the content of this recent national consultation document.

These include queries around the need for councils to consider neighbouring authorities’ housing needs in their plans, plus questions around the release of greenbelt land for development, says Cabinet Member for Planning and Business Enterprise at South Staffordshire Council, Councillor Terry Mason.

“These are particularly pertinent policies for areas such as South Staffordshire,” said Cllr Mason.

“We will be seeking clarity on the new national proposals and until we fully understand the potential implications, we will not be submitting the Local Plan to the Inspectorate for examination.

“While we await further information from government, we will continue working on the responses and representations made in response to our recent Local Plan consultation.

“The council believes the best way to stop unplanned development is to have a sound Local Plan in place, and the plan recently consulted on was in conformity with national planning policy.

“However, now that there is a potential for national change, we need to assess the implications to ensure that going forward, our plan meets the new requirements.”

Latest On Green Belt

Well I told you that I was an optimist!
It’s Good News that the South Staffs District Council has halted their consultation on the Land North of Linthouse Lane !
It’s not a total triumph.

Its a long way from that.

But, I welcome the halt that is taking place. It’s just what your three Councillors requested, and you can see what we wrote in the earlier submission we made to the consultation .

I think I will have a pint tonight.