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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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Huge Interest In Ashmore Park Vacant Shop!

There are a whole lot of residents and others that have been asking questions about the vacant shop on the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade.

It’s a great district shopping facility, and it is very much at the heart of the Ashmore Park community. So it isn’t really a surprise that so many people are keen to find out what is happening to the premises.

The “To Let” board has now been erected and the ‘ letting particulars’ uploaded to the City Council’s website. 

The closing date for receipt of offers for this shop is 12 noon 9th March 2018. 

If you have an interest or you have a friend or family that is interested in the shop. Please inform them that so far Wolverhampton Homes have had double figures enquiries and many of them have taken a viewing of the shop.

If you have any real detailed questions please do not contact me!

Contact Mitchell Spencer BSc (Hons) Estates Officer City of Wolverhampton Council.Tel (Office):  01902 550 504; Tel (Mobile): 07976 882 914 or by E-mail:

 Mitchell will arrange for the necessary documents to be sent out

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Danesmore Pastures – Fencing Question Answered

Recently a resident backing onto the new Danesmore Pastures development on the former Danesmore Park School site, enquired asking if the properties butting up to the site will be getting a new fence?

I contacted the developers and here is the response…..– The entire site will have new fencing as close as possible up to existing fencing only, we will not be replacing any fencing.”

I hope that this response clarifies the situation…

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More Money for Police? – “Raise your own Counciltax!”

This is a note to the residents and constituents of Wednesfield North.

Recently I received a newsletter from the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner Mr David Jamieson . I have reproduced it here for you. It is an explanation as to why your Counciltax  for Policing in the West Midlands will rise. Please read the statement.

From the Police and Crime Commissioner Mr David Jamieson –  “After the Policing Minister had opened the newly refurbished Lloyd House in November last year he set off back to London by train.

During his visit Nick Hurd had given me a very strong reason to be optimistic. Without committing to any figures, the impression he gave was that, after years of cuts, more money was finally on its way to our force.

“Would 2018 be the first year in almost a decade that the force doesn’t have to reduce the number of coppers?” I thought to myself.

This looked like very good news. Since 2010 we have seen our spending power reduced by £145 million and we have 2000 fewer officers keeping you safe in the region. With the problem of terrorism an increasing threat, our force is becoming seriously stretched.

There are fewer officers able to patrol the beat. Fewer officers who can make sure your family is kept safe.

So you can imagine how disappointed I was to learn, less than one month later, that West Midlands Police would not be given any extra money by the government.  Instead, the buck for raising funds was passed to you.

If you want more money for policing, we were told, you’ll have to raise your own council tax.

So here is my choice. Reluctantly raise council tax and reduce the speed at which the force shrinks or leave the local tax unchanged and watch crime rise.

I am extremely proud of the brave officers at West Midlands Police. The organisation is made up of thousands of hard working individuals. They put their lives on the line 365 days a year to keep us safe. For that I am extremely grateful. But their job is becoming increasingly challenging. Your safety, and the safety of your families, is precious and I will not see it taken for granted.

So here is my proposal. In line with the government’s plans, we should raise council tax for a typical household by £12 a year. That’s £1 per month. This will reduce the impact of central government cuts. If we do this, I can protect around 190 officers at West Midlands Police. Any one of those 190 officers could be the officer who prevents your home from being burgled or your son or daughter from being mugged as they travel home on the bus.

At a time when families are working harder than ever for smaller and smaller pay packets, the thought of raising taxes, even by a small amount, goes against my instinct. The people of the West Midlands are being squeezed enough. But on this occasion I hope you’ll understand that your safety and that of your family must not be compromised.”

If any Wednesfield North resident would like to make a comment on this statement and the information it contains…perhaps you can email me on –

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Five New Homes for Wednesfield North

There are two sites in Peach road, Wyvern Park, both former City Council owned car parks. They have been unused for a considerable period of time.

Both sites have now been granted planning permissions, and a total of 2 houses and three bungalows are to be built on the two sites.

They are being constructed by Wolverhampton Homes, there will be off street car parking provided on the site of the dwellings .

The properties will be for Council Rent and managed by Wolverhampton Homes.

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Safety Concerns – Coppice High School to Act!

In recent weeks Councillors have received concerns from constituents because some branches and twigs on bushes and shrubs, have been growing through a fence and creating a health and safety problem on the footpath in Reynolds Walk.

The branches and twigs grow at head height and constituents have been concerned that they reach out and scratch pedestrians faces especially in the dark when they are even less noticeable.

I had been in touch with both Wolverhampton Homes and the City Councils highways department asking them whose responsibility it was to maintain the shrubs safely.

Both those organisations informed me that the bushes and trees were the responsibility of Coppice High School.

So I wrote to the High School and have received the following response from Janice Fletcher Head Teacher – She wrote “I have been informed that the council have cleared the area referred to in your email. We will however, ensure that our grounds contractors are re directed to check and maintain this area.”

I am of course, very pleased that between the organisations, the job was done before any further accidents happened, that was the main thing.

I am pleased that the Head Teacher will instruct their grounds maintenance contractors to ensure that sort of growth will be managed going forward. Pedestrian safety of all those using that footpath in Reynolds Walk should be improved by these actions.

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Shop To Let!

Just a brief note to advise that the “To Let” board has now been erected on the empty shop on the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade. The property will be released to the market with letting particulars uploaded to the Council’s website.

The closing date for receipt of offers is 12 noon 9th March 2018.

If you are interested in the shop follow the information and advice. Failing that I will pass on the information to the appropriate Officer.


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Wolverhampton Literature Festival 2018 – A Great City Initiative!

Wolverhampton Literature Festival 2018 – A Great City Initiative!

Now I am not sure how successful the Wolverhampton Literature Festival has been over this last week end. It seems to have courted a bit of controversy with its debate about the Enoch Powell Rivers of Blood speech. That certainly made news headlines! I couldn’t attend that event. But I have read the news reports about the event, and the protests that had been threatened.

Supporting this festival this year, has been The Arts Council, The Express and Star, University of Wolverhampton, Creative Black Country, Wolverhampton College, Lighthouse, Newhampton Art Centre, Wild Bytes Café, and Lych Gate.

The actual event I chose to watch and attend was the return of Peter Rhodes to Wolverhampton, with a description about his job as a Journalist and the far flung places he had reported from, and visited. It was a fascinating hour, as we cantered through the famous people in history he had been fortunate to interview.

This event took place in that wonderful building here in the City, our own Wolverhampton Arts Gallery.

It was a very interesting hour as Peter spoke about his time on trips organised by the Ministry of Defence, the war in the former Republic of Yugoslavia, the stories he had filed with the Express and Star, aabout his time in Hong Kong.

He told some fascinating stories about his time at the Express and Star, and the audience loved him.

Peter Rhodes didn’t know that I was in the audience, and I hadn’t seen him to speak with for very many years. But I was delighted and amused when he spoke warmly of one of his adventures to the ‘Top of the World’ to rescue one of Britain’s most intrepid explorers – Mr Pen Hadow!

He was amusing as well as factual, with regards to this part of his life story! How do I know? Well as Peter explained to the audience. I had called him one day in late April 1998 and asked him if he would like to accompany me on this trip to the North Pole.

It has been one of the highlights of my life, so I was delighted to hear that our adventures to Resolute Bay in Canada, was also one of his own ‘best adventures’ ever.

We met after the show, and as we greeted each other warmly, we spoke of those adventures in 1998. In truth I would have liked a little more time with him and his wife, but they were on a tight schedule. He was kind enough to suggest that the years had been kind to me…

I enjoyed this part of the Wolverhampton Literature Festival, not just because I became a feature of the experiences of a major speaker. But the audience which was sizable also clearly enjoyed the humorous way Mr Rhodes spoke of his life and his adventures, and the places and the history he had shared with us all through the columns of our own Local Express and Star!. My hope is that the City repeats Wolverhampton Literature Festival again next year, and that it becomes a firm favourite in the years going forward.

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Perks Road – Tenants To Get Extra Car Parking Spaces!

I was contacted by residents in Perks Road who were asking if the Wolverhampton Homes flats could have part of their lawn taken out and have the provision of car parking spaces provided for them. Like many other areas of Ashmore Park on street car parking is becoming a featured difficulty.  

Wolverhampton Homes who manages these properties for their tenants have sent me the most encouraging of responses. They tell me and I quote –  

“I am happy to report that we have had an opportunity to review the area around Perks Road and can confirm we will be creating additional parking to the two CS3 blocks.  

We estimate 4 spaces will be created to each block, subject to successful planning applications and consultation with the tenants and residents. This work will be scheduled in after March 2018.” 

In short those 8 extra spaces will greatly help every one living in and around that area, and the congestion in that part of Ashmore Park. 

Your Councillors are doing all we can in difficult budget situations to argue and advocate improvements where and when we can….



Woodend Primary School Offer Parents Advice.

Woodend Primary School has reminded parents in a recent Newsletter that they have some responsibilities when it comes to Leave of Absence for their children.


The School has written “Leave of Absence during term time: could we remind all parents/carers that holidays taken during school term time cannot be authorised. The register will be marked with an unauthorised absence and the Education Welfare Service will be informed who may issue a penalty notice. We urge you to submit an application before making any travel arrangements in order to avoid disappointment.”

Parents from other schools also may find this a timely reminder?


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Wolverhampton Holocaust Ceremony

Today I represented Wednesfield North at The Wolverhampton Holocaust ceremony, at the St Peters Cenotaph. Following that the signing of the Declaration in the Arts Gallery.

The ceremony was organised by Wolverhampton Inter Faith and was addressed by the Bishop of Wolverhampton, and the Deputy Mayor of the City, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands County. It was a solemn occasion, as the wreaths were laid at the cenotaph. The theme running through the service was “The Power of Words”.