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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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Delays on Waddensbrook Lane Wednesfield.

If you have been held up by the road works like many Wednesfield North residents have. I thought that you may like to know what has caused the problem…A gas leak was discovered upon excavation at Waddens Brook Lane junction of Silverton Way.
 
Cadent Gas are currently working to repair this leak and once this has been repaired, Western Power Distribution will then continue to repair the cable fault.
 
It is expected the signals will be now be removed on 22 May 2018, I will keep residents informed as I receive information.
 
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Woodend School Appeals To The Chicks!

Whist still on Woodend School, there is a little buzz of excitement as the school prepares to receive a clutch of Living Eggs …. This is what the school says –

After the half-term break, we will be having a special delivery in school of chick eggs.  These will be cared for in an incubator and will hatch within the first few days. The incubator will be placed in the area outside the school office for everyone to see the progress of the chicks after they have hatched.

They will be with the school  until 14th June when they will be available for adoption by anyone that can care for them.  We have information on rearing chicks available if you think that you may be in a position to provide a suitable home.

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Woodend School Tells Parents – It’s Walk to School Week!

This week is ‘Walk to School Week’

Woodend Primary School has asked its parents and their children in their latest newsletter.to leave their car at home.

The School asks – Could you leave the car at home?  Or park away from school and walk a little further. Come to school on your bike or scooter!

Now that is a very useful call, especially as parents often park in a hurry and in dangerous positions. I hope the schools call for this week is heeded and taken up. A little bit of walking is good for everyone including parents!

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Road Works Being Planned – Wood End Road Wednesfield.

I would like to give early warning to Wednesfield North constituents, Road works are being planned by Severn Trent to replace a manhole cover at Wood End Road junction with Amos Lane.

This will take place on the 19th June, for a day.

There will be three way temporary Traffic lights, and this will likely to lead to delays…pop the date in your diary and try to avoid the junction. It will be to your advantage…….

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National Express – Award Winning Quality and Performance from this Coach Operator!

If you are interested in transport here in the West Midlands…You may be interested in the following information.

National Express has proven itself king of the road after coming away from two industry awards ceremonies with armfuls of silverware. In the last four years National Express has shown its quality by consistently being recognised as a company displaying innovation and performance. Achieving the runner up position consistently.

Now the UK’s largest coach operator finally has been crowned Large Operator of the Year at the 2018 UK Coach Awards.

Beating tough competition from The Kings Ferry, Edwards Coaches and Lucketts Travel.

National Express then went on to win the biggest prize of all – overall Operator of the Year – by topping the winners of the Small and Medium Operator of the Year categories.   At the ceremony held in Blackpool, National Express also won the Making Coaches a Better Choice award for its excellent next generation coach the Caetano Levante III, meanwhile the customer response team were runners up in the Customer Service award and the lost property team Ann Colley and Merlyn Bryan narrowly missed out on the Unsung Heroes award.

All of this indicates to National Express passengers and customers, that the business is always looking to improve. That in itself is rather good news for residents in Wolverhampton and the wider West Midlands. We need more quality operators serving our conurbation.

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Emergency Road Works Waddensbrook Lane- Traffic Delays.

Notification of emergency road works:

 

Location: Waddens Brook Lane junction of Silverton Way.

 

Promoter: Western Power Distribution.

                                                   

Nature of works: Cable Fault.

 

Traffic management: 3-way temporary traffic signals.

 

Duration: 14/05/2018 – 16/05/2018.

 

Please Note this information…traffic is already building around the lights. This will cause congestion whilst it is being treated. Give your selves plenty of time to travel the road……

These Geese Are about to get a new home on the soon to be designated Local Nature Reserve!

Local Nature Reserve – “long laborious Job”.

It’s been a long and laborious job at times, pressing and promoting the need to turn our fabulous Wyrley & Essington canal into a Local Nature Reserve of some repute.

It seems to have been a lifetime in arguing for this to happen!

But today I can inform you that I have been informed, that the City of Wolverhampton Council has now signed a collaboration agreement and all we are waiting for now is for the Canal and River Trust to approve and sign it.

I am still not sure on the timescales for this, but I have been pushing for a quick resolution.

Walsall appear to be on a slower track and so they are now proceeding separately with the CRT regarding the designating of their section of the Wyrley & Essington canal as a LNR.

 

By and large this is very good news! Sad that Walsall is on ‘a slow line’ but I am sure there will be an agreement later this year, and I will continue to keep you all updated on the progress.

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Local Shop Keeping Legend Has Road Named After Him!

Following the tragic death last year of popular Ashmore Park shop keeper Raj Kumar.

Wolverhampton Homes and Wolverhampton City Council have agreed to the naming of the service Road that loops around the back of the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade as – Raj Kumar Drive.

This is a permanent reminder to Raj, and I am sure the whole community will be delighted that this very special man is to be remembered in this way.

The road naming ceremony will be a tribute to him and will take place on Friday the 18th May 2018 at 12noon.

I do hope that the event will be fully supported by our community.

The Reverend Sam Leach has informed me that St Albans Church will be opened after the renaming ceremony, for refreshments for the family and, all in our community who wish to have a tea & coffee there.

I do hope that the event will be well supported by our community.

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Norman Davies – A Tough No Nonsense City Leader!

Councillor Norman Davies former City Councillor, Former leader of Wolverhampton City Council, a tough and no nonsense Local Government politician that led Wolverhampton Town to Wolverhampton City Status. A decent bloke and a man that loved his family.

Norman was born on the 18th March and he died on the 28th March 2018.

He received a funeral service at St Leonards Church on Tuesday 1st May 2018, just a couple of day’s before this year’s Local City Council elections.

Norman would understand why this little obituary was a bit late in being published!

Norman represented both Springvale and Bilston East Wards during his period on Wolverhampton Council. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 1992.

 

Norman was good Leader of Wolverhampton he was a tough man, but he was kind and gentle away from the job of running the Council. He had a kind of folksy image, something he would take challenge on I am sure. But he always had ‘an old saying’ to pronounce upon when trying to explain himself…!

I had several times quoted at me the old saying “I’m too old a cat to be pissed upon by young kittens!” I usually got that if he was suspicious of something I was doing!

Some 29 years ago to this very day – Norman agreed to a charity football match between what was Wolverhampton Town Council and Sheffield City Council in aid of the Sheffield disaster fund. This is what he wrote in the programme that was produced and sold, as the Wolverhampton Councillors played in the Wolves strip against their Sheffield rivals….

 Dear Supporter, Thank you for buying this programme. I do hope that you enjoy the football on show. The importance of this event is clear for all to see, as it will benefit both the Hillsborough Appeal, and a hard working local charity. It is fitting at this time that the links between our two footballing towns, Wolverhampton and Sheffield, are strengthened by raising money for such worthy causes. I mention the very generous donations that have been made by the local Companies listed overleaf. Their sponsorship of this event, and that of many, many local people, is much appreciated.

Norman Davies- Leader, Wolverhampton Borough Council.

Norman was a football supporter he supported the Wolves and his local Bilston Town football club. He would have loved today, as the Wolves team head for City Art Gallery for a Civic reception before, meeting all the fans in the West Park to celebrate the promotion of the team from the Championship to the Premier League.

I have some great memories of Norman, he and I had our differences, but they never became any more than that. But we also had lots of laughs, and he was forever getting lost when he accompanied me anywhere out of Wolverhampton.

But that is another story!