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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

Campaign 2021 Launches Today! Vote on Super Election Day May 6th 2021.

Well today I launch my Official Campaign to get Re-Elected as your Wednesfield North – City of Wolverhampton Councillor. I am standing as the Labour & Cooperative Party Candidate in this May 6th 2021 election.

I do hope Wednesfield North residents will take into consideration when they vote, the many years of service I have given.

If you see me out and about, give a wave, or a toot of a horn. If you would like a poster to display DM me or contact me via my email address of – email@philbateman.com

Please share with Family and friends.

‘No Boundary Dispute’ – Between City & Walsall Reports Chief Legal Officer

Over the last month or so, I have had residents living in Simmons Road and Snape Road on Ashmore Park – asking about the maintenance of the trees and hedges that back onto their property. The trees and the hedges are in the ownership of Walsall MBC.

What has been happening is that when the Ashmore Park residents ask them to maintain their tree and hedge line. They have been met with Walsall MBC stating that there was a dispute over the boundary line.

I have written twice now to the Chief Executive of Walsall and am awaiting a response, but I also wrote to the City of Wolverhampton as well.

Here is what the Head of Legal Services at City of Wolverhampton has written back to me. she said ” Further to your query re the above, I am advised that that there is no dispute between Walsall and Wolverhampton Councils regarding trees on the boundary between the two boroughs, the boundary line is clear. There is no boundary dispute.”

So if there is no boundary dispute it seems to me quite legitimate to expect Walsall to deliver some maintenance to the trees and shrubs in the hedgerow, that are causing so much consternation to residents in Ashmore Park? The hedges and trees are part of the Walkways between Coppice Farm and Ashmore Park on the Green Open Space the two local Authorities share.

I’m Off To Get My AZ Jab Today!

My message to Wednesfield is that “Today – I present myself for my second Astra Zeneca Covid-19 vaccination. I receive it this afternoon.

I know that there are some health concerns around this particular type of vaccination. But I am still presenting to receive this jab!

There is a relative risk, but it is so very tiny .

I take risks everyday as a City Councillor, This vaccine is well worth the risk of having, if I can get back to a more normal life.”

Broad Lane South Road Closure.

Councillor Phil Bateman said “Wednesfield North and South Residents- Here is the official information relating to the road closure, brought about be the water infrastructure failure.”

Please see below details of emergency works currently taking place on the following road – Broad Lane South. There is a road closure in place outside No:6 to facilitate small main repair collar by Severn Trent Water.

Notification of emergency road works:

Location: Broad Lane South o/s No 6

Promoter: Severn Trent Water

Nature of works: small main repair collar

Traffic management: road closure

Duration expected: 05.04.21 – 08.04.21

Fly Tippers Need Catching!

I have made requests for the Authority’s to clear fly tipped rubbish from right across my Ward of Wednesfield North.
Dumps of the stuff have been made in Ridge Lane Garage site, Griffiths Drive, Garage sites in Gorse Road, and the latest in the last 24 hours in Sandy Cres and St Albans Close.

There is no excuse for this. I suspect its some unlicensed users who in operation in Wednesfield.

Someone will know who they are please tell the Police or Environmental services if you have any information at all about these acts.

The City Council is to re-introduce ‘Shop a Tipper to counter the terrible actions taking place. ity of Wolverhampton “Shop a tipper” will be re-launch in the Spring of 2021-

This programme was reported to the Vibrant and Sustainable Scrutiny Panel tonight.

The Council is aiming to relaunch this initiative to encourage residents to provide information regarding fly tipping offenders.

Images of offenders caught on CCTV will be displayed on the Council Website and social media platforms will
be used to increase viewing figures. A spending voucher to the value of £100 for use in local shops will be available to anyone that provides information leading to the successful payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution.

Anonymous reports will also be considered.”

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” Fly tipping is the bane of the Country at the moment. This was quite an interesting policy last time it was introduced, lets hope it is even better this time round. Residents together with the Council can deal with these merchants that have no civic pride, or pride of any sorts. “

Latest News On Water Supply- Severn Trent Burst!

Severn Trent Water Company has been back in touch (Saturday 3rd April 2021) with the latest information on the loss of water to 22,000 homes and customers here in Wednesfield and across Wolverhampton.

At 9.25pm tonight. Severn Trent Water Company supplies have been restored to much of their customer base, and those that had unfortunately suffered a loss of water pressure.

Whilst the job is not yet fully maintained, the information they have given me is that all the network will have water supplies “soon”. This is the last message they are going to give me tonight. So on face value it should be almost fully completed and restored.

If there are issues with the supply in the morning please inform Severn Trent.

I have thanked Severn Trent Water Company for this further information tonight.

Water Main Burst – Cuts 22,000 Homes of Water.

Councillor Phil Bateman said tonight “With Severn Trent having difficulty supplying water to homes in Wednesfield. I thought that you would like to receive the latest information I have with regards to the situation

A mains burst has left 22,000 homes without water or with reduced water pressure. across Wolverhampton and Wednesfield.

Severn Trent Water Company tell me that they have teams working on the re-supply. They are also looking to re-route water to the areas that are suffering. All of which is substantial work.

There have been 13 homes flooded during this incident, I am sure we are all aware of the problems that these home owners in the Stow Lawn area are having and our thoughts will be with those families.

Whilst there is not a definitive time for our water here in Wednesfield, to get back to normal. The company has informed me they are confident that later tonight – they will have got on top of the problems.

Hope you find this information useful to you.”

I will keep people informed as and when I get information via my Social Media sites.

Thanks Jack & Zac Saving Potential Injuries!

Tonight I was informed that there was broken bottles all over the play area and the Skate Park on The Ashmore Park. Some body has enjoyed setting a fire , and smashing bottles causing a danger to other children, pedestrians, people walking their pets.

Why do they do it? What pleasure do they get?

With Easter and Good Friday the Park would have been attracting a lot of activity, and the glass was dangerous.

But there is a good news part to this story in here,as well. Two young guys , Jack Weaver and Zack Lewis,,after spending all day at the Hub at Ashmore Park, as part of the team testing for Corona Virus -19, Finished work and then went over the Park with Black Bags and collected as much broken glass that they could find. Indeed they had two black bags full.

I want to thank these two young people, who have shown a magnificent community spirit. The Testing team at Public Health should be hugely proud of both Zack and Jack. I know I am.

There is still a message to parents though. Please be careful at the Park ,as its highly likely there is still some broken glass about.

I will report to the Authorities the situation.

But perhaps readers of this news would also like to thank Jack and Zack too!

Here’s News! – “Shop A Tipper to Return!”

City of Wolverhampton “Shop a tipper” will be re-launch in the Spring of 2021-

This programme was reported to the Vibrant and Sustainable Scrutiny Panel tonight.

The Council is aiming to relaunch this initiative to encourage residents to provide information regarding fly tipping offenders.

Images of offenders caught on CCTV will be displayed on the Council Website and social media platforms will
be used to increase viewing figures. A spending voucher to the value of £100 for use in local shops will be available to anyone that provides information leading to the successful payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice or prosecution.

Anonymous reports will also be considered.”

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” Fly tipping is the bane of the Country at the moment. This was quite an interesting policy last time it was introduced, lets hope it is even better this time round. Residents together with the Council can deal with these merchants that have no civic pride, or pride of any sorts. “