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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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Thank You -For Those That Voted Labour!

https://www.facebook.com/CouncillorPhilBatemanMBE/videos/2591463707556208/

Thank you Wednesfield North voters who did vote Labour in the GE2019.

Sadly we lost, and this morning we have a new MP Jane Steventon a Conservative.

I wish Jane well in her new role.

I also want to thank Emma for serving us for 9 years. Now is the time to go to bed and reflect on a long hard day. Thank you Wednesfield.

Released 3.30am On Friday 13th of December

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Waste BIn Vandalism to be Addressed.

It was with much disappointment that I recently wrote about the new waste bin that was vandalised on the site of a much loved walkway by the Moathouse Lane ‘Dump Bridge’.
I know the people who had campaigned for the bin were very angry. When they found it damaged and the inside of it floating in the reeds.

I asked the Canal and River Trust to retrieve the insides, which they did. They then told me that the outer casing was damaged. I have been speaking with the City Council’s Public Realm team, and they have informed me that they have made arrangements to get a person to look at the situation and if possible, to make good the bin base and replace the damaged litter bin.

All of this will take time. But we will try again to improve the local area for the amenity it provides and the pleasure local people get rom the canal at this point.
It goes without saying that we look to the neighbourhood to help protect and look after this fabulous bit of canal.

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Street Lighting Information.

In the last couple of days I have received information about two lamps being out
in Drummond Close and Rogers Close in Ashmore Park.

I have contacted the City Councils Highway department and this is what they tell me.

“I will get the two roads inspected to ascertain which columns are out and
I will get them rectified asap.”

I am sure that this will reassure residents living in those areas.

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National Express Buses – Signals Big Fare Freeze!

I had an email from National Express West Midlands which outlined its bus fares policy for the coming year. Here it is for you to look at. In short there will be many public transport users who will be pleased at the company’s overall policy which is to freeze fares. They tell me “Our strategy is all about more happy passengers, and providing great value for money is key to this.

So in January we’re freezing most of our West Midlands bus fares, and cutting them for commuters and young people.

There are some impressive headlines:
• All of our cash fares will stay the same in January as they are now. This is the third year in a row that they’ve been frozen. We’ve seen good growth in sales as a result.
• Our biggest-selling product, the off-peak daysaver, will cost the same in 2020 as it did in 2014. Compare our zero percent to other cities, such as Manchester which has seen a 20% increase over that period.
• To help encourage regular commuting, we’re discounting the price of the regional weekly travelcard by 50p.
• And we’re cutting the price of the under-18s daysaver, to encourage more trips from this fast-growing part of the population.
Only one group of passengers will see a slight increase in fares; as the current discounts for paying via the app or contactless will end. Research shows that the convenience of these channels means we don’t need to make them cheaper than cash.

Overall, nine out of ten journeys will cost the same or less in January than they do today.

This is all part of our approach to grow revenue through volume growth. We’re preparing a major marketing campaign for early 2020 to capitalise on these great fares.”

I am sure that this policy will be very welcome by many groups of passengers, many of whom will already feeling the economic pinch. Lets hope that the company also continues to grow passenger numbers, as the fact is that there is a climate emergency, and traffic fumes are needed to be reduced quickly, My appeal is for the company to buy more new buses allowing newer vehicles to operate in Wolverhampton and Wednesfield.

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Labour’s plan for small businesses .

Briefings from Labour: Labour’s plan for small businesses
Today, Labour’s Shadow Business Secretary, will set out a plan to establish a new Business Development Agency (BDA) to act as a one stop shop for business support. This commitment comes as Labour launches 20 pledges to help small businesses and rejuvenate Britain’s high streets.
Small businesses are the lifeblood of our economy and our communities. They are being stretched to breaking point by global corporations which evade their taxes and fail to pay their suppliers on time.
Labour’s Business Development Agency, (BDA) will create thriving businesses within our communities, bringing life back to local economies Labour will establish a new BDA to act as a one stop shop and champion small businesses across government departments, helping them access business advice, finance and large scale government contracts. The BDA will address this gap with a network of business advisers operating out of larger Post Bank branches, providing advice and guidance for local businesses on how to access support and finance.

Pledges in the 20-point plan include:
• A £250 billion UK National Investment Bank and network of Regional and National Development Banks to give small businesses and the industries of the future the funding they need.
• Stamping out late payments that hit smaller businesses.
• Providing free full fibre broadband to every business premises.
• Giving SMEs access to funding for training raised through the Apprenticeship Levy.
• Scraping quarterly reporting for businesses with a turnover of under £85,000.
• Using government procurement to support SMEs and economic growth.
• Fundamentally reforming the outdated business rates system, including switching to annual valuations.
Small businesses are vital to a thriving economy. Labour wants business support and finance to be available for entrepreneurs from the moment the seed of an idea is planted.
Labour is on the side of small business. It’s time for real change, It’s time for a Labour government.

You can view the 20-pledges for Small Businesses here: http://www.labour.org.uk/20-pledges-for-business/

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WVVW- Raising Charity Funds!

This VVW is a Wolverhampton based VW group, has asked me to place this information out there! As it is for charity I am happy to oblige! They say….

This year, we are supporting Lee Southerton and the superb work he does every year with his Operation Santa. Not only does he give you the chance to win a fantastic Beetle, but he also raises funds and collects toys for underprivileged children.

Lee will be setting up a stall from 12pm at the WVVW Christmas meet on Saturday 7th December at the Nickelodeon – Pub & Carvery, Bentley Bridge Way, Wednesfield WV11 1BP, where you’ll be able to buy raffle tickets for just £5 each.

We totally appreciate that money is a bit tight at this time of year, but if anyone would like to donate a small present to two (unwrapped, please), that would be awesome. This can be a toy for a younger child, a set of smellies for a teenager or even a few rolls of wrapping paper; it will all be gratefully received.

If you’re local but can’t make the meet and would like to donate something, then please, let us know and We’ll personally make sure it’s collected and dropped off with Lee. You can also order raffle tickets through Just giving at:

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lee-southerton…

Please, dig deep and help this very worthy cause.

Help raise £1000 to This year we are looking to raise £1000 to support Operation Santa (517766) and be in with a chance to win a Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet!!
Weʼre raising money to This year we are looking to raise £1000 to support Operation Santa (517766) and be in with a chance to win a Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet!!. Support this JustGiving Crowdfunding Page.
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Well Done Oak Meadow School!

Wednesfield North Councillors were pleased to see recently, Oak Meadow Primary School turning heads with their vibrant approach to schooling!

“An innovative Wolverhampton school secured a coveted award at this year’s Schools and Academies Show in Birmingham.

The Leadership Team at Oak Meadow Primary School received the award for ‘Income Innovator of the Year’ at the show, held at the NEC recently.

Headteacher Simon Arnold, who collected the award on behalf of the Ashmore Park school’s children and staff, said: “This award is significant as it recognises the impact of the school’s innovations, particularly our A Million Dreams Art Gallery learning event held earlier this year.

“The project focused upon our children’s aspirations and was inspired by the work of traditional and contemporary artists, with pupils producing some mind-blowing art work and sculptures.

“This award is dedicated to the hard work of all our staff who consistently seize new challenges and ideas with such eagerness and keenness. It also recognises the continual support of our parents and carers, and most importantly our outstanding children who, through their amazing resilience and enthusiasm, rise majestically to all new challenges.”

Emma Bennett, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director of Children’s Services, said: “It’s great to see such innovative work taking place in our city’s schools, and in particular to be able to showcase the talents of the pupils at Oak Meadow in this way.”

Pupils at Oak Meadow are already looking forward to their next learning events, which include The Winter Wonderland Experience next month, The University of Oak Meadow in February and an Olympics-themed week, Beautifully Different, Wonderfully the Same, in May.”

To find out more about education in Wolverhampton, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/education.

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Flooding in Raj Kumar Way -Latest News!

There has been a pool of rainwater that has been lingering in Raj Kumar Way for a month or so – It is a very big pool after the torrents of rain we have received lately.

I can inform you that the water was reported by your Councillors, but these issues take time to deliver.

You will have seen some local actions taking place in the last day or so. Therefore I wanted to give you all a little more detail.

I can confirm that the drainage contractor has attended to look at the problem and they have carried out some remedial work. They will be returning on Monday 9th December 2019 to excavate and install a new road gulley.

That should deal with the problem, I certainly hope so! Making the access road dryer and safer for everyone that uses it.

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Can You Sing? Play A Note? Run a Choir!

Hi Guys! We are looking for musicians and singers to enhamce a Local event we are putting on in Wednesfield on Decmber 14th. Hands on Wednesfield is co-ordinating this event
so perhaps you could respond direct to them. Its just another great event where your Councillors Rita Potter , Mary and I are all working together to make our part of Wednesfield
vibrant and happy!

So come on you musicians, choirs, singers….get in touch.

“Hands On Wednesfield
@HOWednesfield
📢 Calling all musos! 🎶🎸🎷🎤

We are looking for a number of musicians / singers to perform Christmas songs at a shop local event in Ashmore Park on Sat 14th Dec.

Performances will be completely unplugged (no amplification) so experience of street busking will be a bonus.”

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Wednesfield North City Councillors Oppose Green Belt Development.

Objections – South Staffordshire District Council Local Plan Review.

The three Wednesfield North City Councillors are to oppose the development of agricultural land in Essington, marked as ‘Land North of Linthouse Lane’ in the South Staffordshire District Council – Local Plan Review.

• We object against the Preferred Option G- and its proposals for thousands of homes aligned alongside City of WOLVERHAMPTON Boundary adjacent to the Wednesfield North Ward.
• We strongly object to this huge residential housing project which we believe will alter the area, and the amenity we share with Essington.
• We want to see the Brownfield sites identified, and developed first in our own conurbation, before the developers are able to press Local Authorities for valuable Greenfield Sites.
• We strongly Object to natural light, flora and fauna, animals and birds plus losing valuable amenity. Adjacent to our own local Wednesfield boundary with Essington and Staffordshire.
• We also support Essington Action Group in their demand for evidence of the requirements regarding Brownfield sites outside the West Midlands conurbation to be examined again.
• We also feel that the Essington Action Group are correct in their submissions that the ‘Preferred Option G- chosen by South Staffordshire District Council ‘ has been written just for this land on the Wednesfield Boundary – and not for any other area of their document.

Councillors Phil Bateman MBE, Councillor Rita Potter, and Councillor Mary Bateman – All strongly object to the loss of this land – marked now by South Staffordshire District Council in the Parish of Essington, as Green Belt.
The residents of Wednesfield North which we as City Councillors represent, enjoy the current countryside, the animals, the birds, the Flora and Fauna of the Green Belt in Essington. We in Wolverhampton see the current land as a delight and a much-used local amenity.
We enjoy seeing the land farmed agriculturally, as an amenity.
All three of us enjoy the farming that takes place on the land inside the Essington Parish.
We love to see the crop rotation, the cattle from time to time. As does our residents. Whilst it is on the ‘other side’ of our Local Boundary, we see as do our local Wednesfield inhabitants. An agricultural sector that within our great City is indeed a rare occurrence now.
So, the tasks that we see taking place from our borough boundary, are not to be scoffed at. They help to define the neighbourhood.
They are of course educational to city folks, a great activity that was once practiced far more regularly inside Wolverhampton than is the fact today.
The history that is evident on the land, from the historic Monarchs Way, to the industrial history of the old Mineral Railway, are valuable to local Wednesfield residents. The agricultural life is just feet away from urban and city living. Two very different activities that takes place just a few yards south of the Local Government boundary line within Essington and Staffordshire. The history of the land as it once was used is important for everyone today.
Wednesfield residents will not want to see the land lost to residential development of such huge proportions.
The land also has a huge historic interest to Wolverhampton and the Black Country.
This land now being discussed for housing once provided Wolverhampton and the Black Country with aviation history. History is an economic driver. We can harness that history into providing informed walks and generating amenity value with even greater benefits to Public Health and Wellbeing.
In Kitchen Lane there was regular landing and take offs of planes. In 1928 and 1929. Captain Summerfield of the Cornwall Aviation Company gave flights also from Blackhalve lane in Wednesfield. Amazingly as many as three thousand people took flights 1928. I am sure that neither Essington or Wednesfield people would want to see this aviation and such historical sites lost forever by the building of residential homes. Especially when we can develop an historic interest to go alongside the rural character that we already have here.

One such air-show came to Kitchen Lane on 30th July 1931. It was a very big air-show and putting on a big air-show you had to have a big back up team. They cleared the airstrip, checked with farmers, and the Ministry beforehand, then ran a motorcar over the airstrip at 60mph!
These shows were very popular but they did require a very big organisation and the flights took place for around four years. So, there you have it Ashmore Park has a history of aircraft landings and take offs
In a City the size and complexity of the City of Wolverhampton, there is very few green spaces within our City boundaries, that give this sort of wonderful experience, we have that Essington and South Staffordshire has provided and still does provide.
The City of Wolverhampton is a City of 260,000 people. We form part of the West Midlands Conurbation.
Living where we do there is nothing locally that allows the general enjoyment, we get from having the proximity of this land for our general amenity. If we lose it our residents will be impoverished forever.
It’s one of the few geographical places that City of Wolverhampton folk can see a ‘big unhindered sky’, watch the sun set, and then see the moon and the stars. There is little or no light pollution, so it is indeed a very rare site indeed.
We can watch Brown Hares, Foxes and Badgers hunt across the fields, and watch a Peregrine and Buzzard hunt the fields for their food. Its important we keep the Green Belt in this area as it is without doubt a huge benefit to our physical and mental health.
It is our view that our residents in Wednesfield North Ward which has a population of 11,019 of which 8% is BME. Should have the benefit of the Green Belt to help mitigate against the conditions that are prevalent locally.
it is a fact that 18.5% of Wednesfield North children are living in poverty. Having the Green Belt as an asset on the doorstep, plays an important role in the ability of these children and their families to take advantage of these green spaces locally. Losing the Green Belt would have a detrimental effect on Wednesfield North families.
As a City Council we are always looking to improve our Local Neighbourhood. Work undertaken by the City informs that 64.8% are satisfied with their neighbourhood. This is close to the City average. But if we lose this huge Green Belt benefit to housing or any other development.
Then we will also start to see us lose our own hard fought for Wednesfield Neighbourhood satisfaction ratings.
This will be because our already heavily used roads, and infrastructure here in Wednesfield will be also submerged as the 9,000 homes will tip huge amounts of people motorists and pollution into, and onto our own infrastructure and highway requirements.
9,000 homes alongside Wednesfield North and Wolverhampton City and County Boundaries will stretch our City education and health services, our District neighbourhood facilities, local district shopping and Public transport requirements.

We will object by December 12th deadline – and continue to develop argument against this South Staffordshire District Proposal.