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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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Redundant Wolmer Road Garage Site – Survey

Redundant Wolmer Road Garage Site

Your Councillors have been informed of a survey being undertaken soon – which relates to Wolverhampton Homes and their proposals to develop under used and redundant Garage Sites for new build council housing across the City of Wolverhampton.

This is the case soon to be undertaken in the Garage site in Wolmer road that currently has a pathway linking with Kitchen Lane.

There is a legal check being undertaken which will be followed by a more detailed survey.

The survey is being designed to establish if this garage site is viable for development.The survey work will give the Wolverhampton Homes team information that will go towards the decision making.

Letters will be sent out by Wolverhampton Homes to neighbouring properties to advise them of the survey work.
Wednesfield North Councillors wanted to give you early indication of the process soon to be started.

I emphasise that the work is a survey of the site.

NO decision has yet been made about the outcome. That will follow the site survey results.

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Abandoned Car- Reported!

There has been a car abandoned in Millbank Street Ashmore Park Wednesfield.

I have reported the car to West Midlands Police. I have also reported it to the City Council. I will keep local residents informed of events when I have received a response from the Authorities.

I want to thank Local residents for bringing this issue to my attention. Hopefully the Authorities will take the matter up and respond quickly to dispose of it. Making the highway safe again,


Wednesfield Burglaries And Stolen Vehicles Recovered

Wednesfield Burglaries And Stolen Vehicles Recovered

Dear Residents
In the early hours of the 12th September 2018 a residential burglary occurred at an address in the vicinity of Wood End Road/Linthouse Lane Wednesfield. Two vehicles were stolen in what is known as a ‘car key burglary’.
A few hours after this offence, officers from Wolverhampton’s Offender Management Team located and recovered two stolen vehicles a short distance away in Castle Bridge Gardens. One of which was from the burglary mentioned above. The other vehicle was stolen from the Heath Town area a few hours before also.
At the same time West Midlands Police Traffic Unit also located another stolen vehicle just off Mill Lane Wednesfield. This was stolen several day before from the Scotland’s Area of Wolverhampton.
In the past 7 days there has been 2 residential burglaries and 7 business burglaries within Wednesfield area – this includes Wednesfield North/South and Fallings Park.
Car Key burglaries most company occur in the early hours of the morning. If you happen to see something that doesn’t look right or may be suspicious please do not hesitate to contact police on 101 or 999 if you believe a crime is taking place.
The same advice goes for unusual vehicles that may have ‘appeared’ overnight in quite residential streets. Burglars who steal cars frequently leave these in a seemingly quite residential road for a few hours after they have been stolen to allow them to ‘cool down’ and see if the vehicles are being tracked. If you believe a vehicle is suspicious please do not hesitate to contact us.
Below is a host of information and steps to consider to reduce the chance of becoming a victim of burglary.
Kind Regards
Wednesfield Neighbourhood Police Team

Keeping your home safe

There are simple steps that you can take to make your home safer. Burglars look for homes that appear to be empty or have easy access to the back of the building.
They can also choose homes where there are no visible signs of protection such as alarms or security lighting, and where trees and high bushes provide good cover. in addition, something as simple as locking doors and shutting windows in unoccupied rooms can make a big difference.
Try placing yourself in the burglar’s mind-set and look at your home to see if there are areas where the security could be improved.
Below are some tips that will help improve the security of your home.

Your doors
• Front doors should have a viewer and door chain where possible.
• Letter boxes should be positioned so that people cannot reach through and release the lock
• Wooden back doors should ideally be fitted with a five lever mortice deadlock and two bolts
• UPVC doors or doors with Euro Cylinders should have DHF TS007 3 Star or Sold Secure Diamond Standard Anti-Bump replacement cylinders fitted. Always consult a Master Locksmiths Association accredited locksmith if you are unsure. Badly fitted Euro Cylinders can compromise your security.
• When fitting security products always remember to use strong bolts and long screws. Follow the manufacturers guidelines or consult a specialist using the guide from the Master Locksmiths Association
• Laminated glass should be used in all glazed areas. Wooden beading should be glued and fixed securely. In the case of UPVC beading should be internal, externally beaded older UPVC windows can have the beading sealed into place

Your patio doors
• Most modern patio doors will incorporate a multi-point locking system. On older units, or those without multi-point locking, you should fit approved patio door locks to the top and bottom of the sliding door.
• Also ensure that an “anti-lift” device is used. This will prevent the sliding door being levered off its runners.
• Patio door Euro Cylinders should be DHF TS007 3 Star or have Sold Secure Diamond Standard Anti-Bump replacement cylinders fitted. Always consult a Master Locksmiths Association accredited locksmith if you are unsure. Badly fitted Euro Cylinders can compromise your security.

Your windows
• All ground floor windows and those which open onto accessible areas such as balconies or roofs should be fitted with window locks, unless designated as a means of escape.

French Windows
• These generally open outwards and have exposed hinges. These doors are can be vulnerable to being levered open by screwdrivers or garden tools.
• Security on timber and metal frame French windows can be improved by fitting mortise or surface-mounted security bolts on the inside top and bottom, together with hinge bolts and frame reinforcement.

Replacing your doors and windows
• If you decide or need to replace your doors and windows, please look for products that are tested to the PAS 24 standard from 2012 onwards and carry the Secured by Design logo.

Lock snapping
We are aware that some people may try and snap your locks to gain entry into your home. This is not a new concept and has been around for some time.
On most UPVC doors the type of locks fitted will be a Euro profile cylinder, these are the types of locks which can be snapped. There are locks on the market which can combat this method of entry and branded as Anti-Snap locks, they will be tested to meet a certain standard.
If you are changing locks make sure the lock is tested to TS007 and achieve 3 Star standard. There are two ways to attain the TS007 3 Star standard:
• Replace your existing cylinder with a TS007 3 Star Kitemarked cylinder.
• The cylinder will clearly show the 3 Star Kitemark logo. It gives the highest level of security available with several layers of protection built in. You don’t need to replace your existing handles.
• Or replace your existing cylinder with a TS007 1 Star Kitemarked cylinder, and replace your door handles with TS007 2 Star Kitemarked handles. By combining a 1 Star Cylinder with 2 Star handles, you get the same 3 star rating.
For further information on home security visit Secured by Design or the Master Locksmiths Association.

• Vulnerable areas include French windows and glazed external doors, as well as windows next to any door. For those windows you should fit laminated safety glass. Please beware of toughened safety glass. It shatters into thousands of small pieces with no sharp edges, leaving a gaping hole to climb or reach through. Toughened safety glass can be regarded as ‘burglar friendly’. Do not confuse it with laminated safety glass. If you are in any doubt, check with a glazing professional.
• In double glazed units, laminated glass on both the inner and outer surfaces will offer the ultimate protection. However, one pane of laminated glass should be enough to prevent entry. It is generally recommended that the laminated pane is fitted on the inside surface, thereby offering protection from the burglar and reduced risk of accidental injury to the occupants.

Going on holiday
No one wants to return from holiday to find out your home has been broken into. Before going away next think about the following safety advice:
• Lock all doors and windows
• Lock your garage and secure tools
• Cancel the milk and papers
• Get a friend or neighbour to collect your post, draw your curtains and make your home look lived in
• Property mark your valuables
• Cut the lawns
• Set timer switches on lights and a radio
• Avoid displaying your name and address on your luggage. Put your address inside the case to help identification if the luggage is lost
• Hide financial documents and keys. If possible please use a safe.
• Don’t mention on social media or your answering machine that you will be away from home for a few days

Keeping your jewellery safe at home
• If you have jewellery please consider keeping items in a safety deposit box. Your bank or insurance company will be able to provide suitable advice.
• If you prefer to keep your jewellery at home, please purchase a suitable safe that is installed to manufacturer’s instructions. Your insurance company will provide advice on which type and grade of safe best suits your needs. They will also advise whether your home insurance provides sufficient cover for high-value jewellery.
• It is important that you keep an inventory of your jewellery. This can be done in a paper version or online at Immobilise. Include identifying marks, images, value and the purchase date.

Sheds, garages and greenhouses
Gone are the days when a garden shed or garage were full of items such as half-empty paint tins and plant pots. They are now home to expensive electrical items, top of the range bikes and a whole host of other items on the wish list of opportunist criminals.
It is important that you see your shed or garage as an extension to your house and afford it the same levels of crime prevention.
• Put away all tools and equipment. Ensure sheds are locked when not in use using solid and secure locks.
• Install outside security lighting which comes on automatically at dusk
• If you have a burglar alarm, consult with your installer to see if you can extend it to cover outbuildings, garage and sheds
• Register your valuables for free on the national property database
Useful Links
• Secured by Design is a group of national police projects that focus on trying to ‘design out crime’ reducing the risk of crimes taking place at any given location.
• If you want to read more advice about how to prevent yourself being a victim of burglary, visit the national police website.
• There are lots of Neighbourhood Watch schemes set up in the West Midlands, which aim to bring the people of the area together to make communities safer. To learn more, and to find your local scheme, visit their website.
• Victim Support is an independent charity that help people affected by crime and traumatic events. They are not part of the police or any other criminal justice agency. Visit their website to see how they can help you, or call 0808 168 9111.

West Midlands Police

Action Fraud Warns About Fake Netflix Emails!

Plain Text version:

Watch out for these fake Netflix emails.

We’ve seen an increase in reports about fake Netflix emails claiming that there’s an issue with your account, or that your account has been suspended. The email states that you need to “update” your account details in order to resolve the problem. The link in the emails leads to genuine-looking Netflix phishing websites designed to steal your username and password, as well as payment details.

Always question unsolicited requests for your personal or financial information in case it’s a scam. Never automatically click on a link in an unexpected email or text.

For more information on how to stay secure online, visit 

Message Sent By
Action Fraud (Action Fraud, Administrator, National)

Bullying President Trump Threatens Ruination of Canada!


I hate Bully’s!

What kind of Free World Leader, and Neighbouring Country Bully’s a friend and allie by threatening to ‘Ruin Them’?.

Of course there is only one President in the Western World would wave that sort of threat isnt there?!

‘ruination’ of Canada

WASHINGTON— Returning to his bellicose trade rhetoric, U.S. President Donald Trump warned Friday that he would cause the “ruination” of Canada if he imposed tariffs on Canadian-made cars.

Trump issued the threat during another day of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations that did not produce a deal between the U.S. and Canada. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland continued to describe the talks as constructive but provided no details.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser in Fargo, N.D., on Sept. 7, 2018. On his way to the event, Trump took a swipe at the pace of NAFTA talks threatening Canada with “ruination.” “I don’t want to do anything bad to Canada. I can — all I have to do is tax their cars, it would be devastating,” Trump said.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser in Fargo, N.D., on Sept. 7, 2018. On his way to the event, Trump took a swipe at the pace of NAFTA talks threatening Canada with “ruination.” “I don’t want to do anything bad to Canada. I can — all I have to do is tax their cars, it would be devastating,” Trump said.  (SUSAN WALSH / AP)
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Police Meet Residents at The Hub at Ashmore Park!

Wednesfield PACT Meeting 6th September 2018

The Hub at Ashmore Park.


Well there was 15 members of the public turned up for the Wednesfield PACT meeting

The Crime stats as they effect Wednesfield North were given here, this covered a two month period.

  • Business Crime – 4 This includes Shop Lifting
  • Burglary – 4
  • Robbery – 0
  • Criminal Damage Motor vehicles -3
  • Motor vehicle Theft -2
  • Cycle Theft – 0

The Priority areas for Policing were agreed as Junction of Bayliss Ave and Kitchen Lane. The Ashmore Park Shopping Parade and a request was made for Sandy Crescent.

Wednesfield Police told how during this period they arrested two persons on Ashmore Park for criminal acts, and had their car seized. They also reported that a mini motorbike had also been seized, for having no Insurance.

Parking around Griffith Drive and on the footpaths at the junctions with Phillips Ave & Barnard Road was discussed. Residents felt that the parking across footpaths in this area was unacceptable.

Social Media questions asked of the Police during the session were

  • Question – What are they doing to combat speeding on PRESTWOOD Road West, Amos Lane and Linthouse Lane! Answer –  Police Sgt keen to see Community taking part in a speed watch….any names and addresses in box me and I will pass it on!
  • Question – Could we see walking police on estates ? –Answer We will do our best!


At the end of the meeting residents spoke to the Police individually about issues they had and wanted discussing.IMG_5189sgt dalton

Blue Light

Independent Advisory Group ?

Councillor Phil Bateman said today ” I have received this note from West Midlands Police it may be of interest to residents of Wednesfield North. If so perhaps you could follow the instructions and contact Sgt Alicoon.”West Midlands Police is in the process of establishing an Independent Advisory Group (IAG), therefore we are looking for expressions of interest from residents and organisations across the West Midlands who may want to take part in this important piece of work. The purpose of the group will primarily be to: Provide a two-way dialogue between members of Faith / Belief within the community and the police service.

Mobilise and enable active citizens to work in partnership with the police and other agencies to tackle the issues that concern members of the community around Religion. 

Provide transparency around cases of Hate Crime towards a person(s) targeted by Religion (where appropriate and sanitised) either to identify learning or sharing best practice/good news stories. 

At this time we are simply seeking expressions of interest, so please do not feel that an early reply is committing you to anything at this stage.

This is a voluntary role and it is envisaged that meetings will take place quarterly, where possible at various locations around the West Midlands.

Could you please send expressions of interest to Sgt Simon Alicoon 0263 by emailing: directly, please feel free to also email Sgt Alicoon with any questions you may have.

Please ensure replies are received by 1st September 2018 where possible.

Thank you

Sgt Simon Alicoon
West Midlands Police
Force Operational/Tactical Crime Lead – Religion

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National Express -Urged to Bring All Electric Buses to the 59 Bus Route.

I am informed by National Express West Midlands that they have purchased 89 new buses,75 of which will be Platinum buses for their operations here in the West Midlands. They are due to arrive over Christmas. My hope is that these vehicles will not all be used in Birmingham to deal with the Clean Air Zone being created in the City Centre.

The chances are though that they will!

  • Mainly because the Brum market is so much bigger for NX than the market here in Wolverhampton.
  • Second is the fact that Wolverhampton is no where near ready for advocating a clean air zone of its own, to rival Birmingham.

It would be great if Wednesfield received the first All Electric buses on the 59 bus route, alas it looks like Dundee will be the first area to gain from this type of National Express investment.

However I do believe if we campaign for All Electric Buses on this major route (59) here in Wednesfield and Wolverhampton, our needs will be noticed.

So if you like me want to see All Electric buses on the 59, let me know via the social media sites that I display on. Finally on Bus Services National Express inform that 1per cent more passengers rate them better than they were last year. Plus the Passengers rate their bus drivers 6% better than last year.

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Rock Band Magnum’s Al Barrow Joins Ashmore Park ‘Walk of Stars’.

Well I promised that I would release the latest Member of the Ashmore Park Walk of Stars, and I have great pleasure to announce that Al Barrow of Rock Band Magnum,  is our latest member! He was Born Nov 1968 in Ashmore Park, Wednesfield to Margaret & David Barrow.

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He attended Oak Meadow Primary School and then Coppice High Schools. Before moving onto  further education at Bilston Arts College.

Alan then became a pro sessional musician in 1995.

joining the much acclaimed  Magnum in 2001 to present day.

Al tells me that he was always interested in music and arts from an early age.His  mother was a singer in local choirs. He says ” so I think I get my talents from her. My great grandfather I was told played in the music halls all around the UK at the turn of the century so I feel being a musician was in the blood.”

Both his brothers Scott and Rob are drummers & his  sister Sue is also a singer. As he tells me “you could say we are fairly musical family. The Von traps of Ashmore Park!”

During our conversation Alan went onto tell me “I had what you may call these days as a very strict upbringing by my dad, but this did teach me the rights and wrong in life and how to give respect to those who deserve it.  I had all the usual short term jobs as YTS back in the day and spent a long time in both retail & production line work up until around the age of 30.  I was quite a late comer to being a musician but played lots of sessions for local bands and studios locally. Nothing major but it kept my interest going.

One day I got a call to see if I was available to do a tour for a band that needed a bass player. This turned out to be Bob Catley & Tony Clarkin.  They were doing a small project called Hard Rain which went on to do 2 albums and a few short UK tours.

Bob and Tony had been asked to put Magnum back together after a 6 year hiatus and I was asked to stay on a full time bass player. So here we are 10 albums later for me & 20 for the band over all. We will be recording our 21st album in 2019. We have had ever increasing success with our releases & the trend seems to say it will continue to get better with each album.”

Alan went onto tell me that “I am very proud to have my name on the back of the civic hall “Wall of Fame” as part of the Wolverhampton/Black Country artists. My name now hangs behind the venue’s stage alongside other Midland big names including Led Zeppelin drummer Jon Bonham, Slade frontman Noddy Holder and Black Country Communion’s Glenn Hughes. I think I am still the youngest member on that wall up to date??”

Now if you are interested in seeing and hearing Magnum you will be pleased to note that Magnum will return to the Midlands on the 29th November to play one of their favourite local venues, The Robin 2 in Bilston. I am sure that Al would love to hear ‘Ashma Aye We’ rise from the floor of the Robin 2 on the 28 th November – Get your tickets early folks!

Alan I emigrated to Chattanooga in Tennessee, USA with my wife Rachael in 2016.

He return many times a year to record with Magnum & also to tour. He told me that “I am always pleased to get the chance to visit my old haunts. Local pubs, see friends & family who still live locally. Wednesfield and Ashmore Park. The area  holds some fond memories and it`s always nice to visit..oh & have a cuppa with my mum.”


Last chart positions for “Lost on the Road To Eternity”

#1     UK – Indie Charts

#2     Sweden – Hard Rock Charts

#4     Sweden – Vinyl Charts

#8     Germany – Album Charts

#8     Switzerland – Album Charts

#8     UK – Update Charts

#9     UK – Vinyl Charts

#9     UK – Physical Charts

#9     UK – Scottish Charts

#11   UK – Sales Charts

#15   UK – Album Charts

#22   Austria – Album Charts

#23   Sweden – Album Charts

#30   UK – Download Charts

Summer Tour

26/1/18, Giants Of Rock, Minehead – UK

20/2/18, Trinity, Bristol – UK

21/2/18, Tramshed, Cardiff – UK

23/2/18, Picturedrome, Holmfirth – UK

24/2/18, Academy 2, Manchester – UK

25/2/18, CITY HALL, Hull – UK

26/2/18, Garage, Aberdeen – UK

27/2/18, Garage, Glasgow – UK

01/3/18, Limelight, Belfast – UK

04/3/18, Preston Guildhall, Preston – UK

05/3/18, Rock City, Nottingham – UK

07/3/18, Assembly, Leamington – UK

08/3/18, Junction, Cambridge – UK

09/3/18, Islington Assembly Hall, London – UK

11/3/18, Engine Room, Southampton – UK

12/3/18, Old Market, Brighton – UK

14/3/18, Gebr de Nobel, Leiden – NL

16/3/18, Fryshuset Klubben, Stockholm – SE

17/3/18, John Dee, Oslo – NO

18/3/18, Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg – SE

19/3/18, KB, MalmoE – SE

21/3/18, Ampere, Munich – DE

23/3/18, Hirsch, Nurnberg – DE

24/3/18, Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg – DE

25/3/18, Columbia Theatre, BerliN – DE

27/3/18, Harmonie, Bonn – DE

28/3/18, Wizemann, Stuttgart – DE

29/3/18, Jazzhaus, Freiburg – DE

31/3/18, Live Club Barmen, Wuppertal – DE

01/4/18, De Pul, Uden – NL

03/4/18, Werk 2, Leipzig – DE

04/4/18, Fabrik, Hamburg – DE

05/4/18, Aladin, Bremen – DE

07/4/18, Neuruppin, Kulturhaus – DE

08/4/18, KLUB KUZINIA, Bydgoszcz – PO

10/4/18, Nova Chemelnice, Prague – CZ

11/4/18, Kaminwerk, Memmingen – DE

12/4/18, Z7, Pratteln – CH

13/4/18, Legend, Milan – IT

15/4/18, Bikini, Barcelona – ES

16/4/18, But, Madrid – ES

19/4/18, Birmingham Symphony Hall – UK

Winter Tour

18/11/18, Zeche, Bochum – DE

19/11/18, Batschkapp, Frankfurt – DE

20/11/18, Spectrum, Ausburg – DE

22/11/18, Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – UK

23/11/18, Winterstorm, Troon – UK

24/11/18, Riverside, Newcastle – UK

25/11/18, Plug,Sheffield – UK

27/11/18, Waterfront, Norwich – UK

28/11/18, Robin2, BIlston – UK

30/11/18, Gargarin, Athens – GR

Here are the details of the  Website…

Wiki page…

Magnum single release

Magnum you tube videos

Video release for Crazy

Your Dreams ballad video release


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Ashmore Park Walk of Stars – New Entrant To Be Unveiled Soon!

Councillor Phil Bateman said “I am close to announcing yet another very worthy and talented International and National  Musician to our Ashmore Park ‘Walk of Stars’ . He will be the very first Rock Musician to be included in the list.

I am very excited about this particular individual. I am hoping to unveil the name and a little about his history and the contribution he makes to this music genre in a few days  time! “

The Ashmore Park Walk of Stars is all about inspiring young people and others to cast their ambitions wide!

Talented individuals really do exist and my job here is to expose them so that we can all admire their great talents, and hopefully they will inspire others to strive to produce and deliver the extraordinary talents that we all have.

Here on this very ordinary housing estate in Wednesfield we are always uncovering individuals that make it to the top of their particular profession.

Those that make it onto our Ashmore Park Walk of Stars have very strong links either through living here, or working on the estate, or attending school.