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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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City Business Today for Mary and Phil!

Good Morning Wednesfield- Today the weather appears to be a little calmer.

Mary and I have a City of Wolverhampton Virtual Audit and Risk Committee today. Amongst the agenda is two important agenda items which will be before us today.

Item 5 is the Covid-19 Risk Register Update
Item 6 is the Statement of Accounts 2019-2020

Both these items are Decision Items.
Additional to these items there is as always the Minutes of the previous meetings, Declarations of Interest, and Apologies for Absence.

Both Mary and I will be attending representing Wednesfield North on this important business.

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Wednesfield North – Important Information Covid-19 Infections Rising

Phil BatemanIMG_7686“Residents are being reminded to take extra care to prevent the spread of coronavirus and help Avoid a Local Lockdown – with everyone urged to get tested if they have symptoms of Covid-19, however mild”said Councillor Phil Bateman this morning. He went onto say ” This information contained here is so important for every resident here in Wednesfield North and the City of Wolverhampton. We need to keep our infection rates down. They are rising in our City and locally in Sandwell. We cannot afford another Lockdown. Please follow the guidance, take the safety precautions. We are a long way away from being in a position where we can go back to what was our normal lives. It is down to you and your family to do the right things. handwashing protective masks, and staying at home when you can.”

It follows a recent increase in the number of cases of Covid-19 in Wolverhampton and other parts of the country.

There were an average of 12.2 cases per 100,000 residents in Wolverhampton in the seven days up to today (27 July) compared to 2.7 cases per 100,000 a week before. Many of these new cases have been linked to family clusters or contacts of known cases.

Further changes to the guidance around Covid-19 came into effect on Friday, when it became mandatory to wear face coverings in shops, supermarkets, takeaways and transport hubs, in addition to on public transport and for hospital patients and visitors where they were already required.

People are also strongly encouraged to wear face coverings in other enclosed public spaces where there are people they do not normally meet and social distancing is more difficult. Face coverings are not mandatory for anyone under the age of 11 and those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering.

More businesses, including indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, indoor swimming pools and indoor water parks, were also allowed to reopen on Saturday, provided they were Covid-secure.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “The reopening of more businesses over the weekend, including our WV Active leisure centres, was of course very welcome news, but the spike in cases we have seen in Wolverhampton and other parts of the country over the past week or so is an important reminder that coronavirus has not gone away.

“If we were to let down our guard and allow the virus to begin spreading more easily, we risk not only a second wave of cases and more deaths, but also the re-imposition of lockdown measures as we have seen in places like Leicester and Blackburn in recent weeks.

“We need to do all we can to ensure that we avoid a local lockdown in Wolverhampton, and we all have a key role to play in this. It is absolutely vital that if anyone choses to go out they must stay alert to reduce the risk of transmission.

“We also urgently need people to get tested if they have a high temperature, a new, continuous cough, or a loss or change to their sense of smell or taste.

“If you have any symptoms, no matter how mild, or you feel you have put yourself at risk of exposure to Covid-19, you must get a test.

“The test is quick and easy, and a crucial tool in stopping the spread of coronavirus. We have a great deal of capacity in Wolverhampton, with two drive through test centres and plans to open a number of walk through centres in the near future, so there’s no excuse not to book a test if you need one.

“Please also carry on social distancing and wear a face covering where it is required, unless you are excused for doing so for any particular reason; we are pleased to see that the vast majority of retailers are enforcing the rules and I would urge everyone to do their bit and follow the guidelines.”

For more information, and to apply for a Covid-19 test, please go to www.gov.uk/coronavirus or call 119. All appointments must be booked in advance. Anyone in Wolverhampton who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will need to isolate and share information about people that have been close contacts recently.

Residents are reminded they must continue to:

• stay at home as much as possible
• limit contact with other people
• keep your distance if you go out, at least 2m or 1m-plus if 2m is not possible
• wash your hands regularly.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus. There’s lots of advice on how people can protect themselves and their families from coronavirus from the NHS at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
The council’s Stay Safe, Be Kind campaign offers clear and simple advice about how people can help themselves, and how they can support others who may be particularly vulnerable at this time. For more information, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/stay-safe-be-kind

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20 mph Speed Limit? What is Your View!

I am keen to see what support would be like if there was a call to make Peacock Ave a 20mph Avenue?

Is this the answer to continuing calls about drivers using Peacock Avenue as a race track.
After all it is a well used access road onto Ashmore Park. It has a school and a crossing patrol
during school terms.

It is a well used bus route, and it is an access for heavy lorries supplying the shops and stores
on Ashmore Park.

Councillor Phil Bateman said “Please let me know what you think?”

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People Urged To Be Vigilant -Covid19!

Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health is urging people to remain vigilant following an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the city over the last week.
There are currently an average of 10.3 cases per 100,000 residents over the last seven days compared to 2.7 cases per 100,000 the previous week. Many of these new cases have been linked to family clusters or contacts of known cases.

Director of Public Health John Denley said: “Over the last month or so the number of coronavirus cases in Wolverhampton have thankfully remained low and stable. However, our careful monitoring of data, along with effective testing and contact tracing, has identified a small increase in cases within the last few days.
“This is a timely reminder to us that Covid-19 hasn’t gone away, and that we need to remain vigilant. The rise we have seen over the last few days does not mean we are at a point where we are looking at a local lockdown, but we really need everyone to continue following the guidance to ensure that we can control the virus.
“While it is important that we can see family and friends, we must all continue to stay at home as much as possible, limit contact with people outside our own households or bubbles, observe social distancing by keeping at least 2m away from others, or 1m-plus if this is not possible, and not meeting in large groups. From today we must also wear face coverings if we are in shops, supermarkets, takeaways, hospitals or using public transport.”

Please click http://orlo.uk/6hRq6 to read the full story. Anyone who has any symptoms of Covid-19 should self-isolate immediately and books a test as soon as possible by visiting http://orlo.uk/HusmX or calling 119.

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WV Active Update!

WV Active update
All three WV Active centres will open (Saturday 25 July).

The reopening is for members only who will have the month of August free of charge. Initially, classes and gyms are available, and then the pool and racket sports are available to members from 1 August 2020.

Children’s swimming lessons will resume on 1 September 2020 and new members and pay and play users can also use the centres from that date. Full details can be found at : http://wvactive.com/health-and-safety.html

Please Note – Places Leisure at Bentley Bridge will not be reopening on 25 July 2020; this will be open at a later date.

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Nine Cases of Fly Tipping in 7 Months!

During the first 7 months of this year I have had to report ten individual Fly Tipping offences to the City Council. all of which related to incidents in Wednesfield North.

Analysing the individual cases it’s clear that Wolverhampton Homes garage sites are the preferred sites of many of the fly tippers.

*2 cases reported in January
*4 cases reported in April
*1 case in May
*3 cases in July

Recently there has been a distinct change taking place.

Out of three cases in July I have reported, all three cases have had independent witnesses come forward with offers of help. Which includes photographic and video tape evidence against alleged Fly Tipping.

Currently there are two very live investigations taking place here in Wednesfield North. Which have included very serious detailed examinations. I am hopeful that these investigations will lead to a prosecution. But it’s still early days yet.

I will keep residents informed of the progress of these issues. If you do know who is fly tipping please let me know….

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Fly Tipping – Peacock Ave Follow Up!

You will all be wondering what happened following the Fly Tipping of hard core and other garbage in the Peacock Avenue Car Park site recently..

Well today after there had been an Inspection of the Grot dropped. The Authorities tell me that there is no asbestos, so it can be cleared.

That clearance should start taking place today.

Good Riddance is what I say! However the matter is not resting with that. Our superb community furnished valuable information which showed a local company allegedly involved in these fly tip shenanigans. The Police have investigated, and they are liaising with the City of Wolverhampton with regards to the next steps being taken.

I will keep you informed – as I am informed – of the actions being taken. Thank You Ashmore Park for being on guard with this particular case…..sadly there is more Fly Tipping taking place locally. Lets keep our eyes open!

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New Face Mask Regulations – Wear Them!

https://www.facebook.com/philpbateman/videos/10221777873049576

Tomorrow,Friday the 24 July 2020, new Corona Virus regulations come into force, requiring Face Masks to be worn,not only on buses,train, and trams, but now when you go Shopping in Stores and Supermarkets! This is additional to wearing Face Masks at Hospitals and Out Patients Please listen to and watch the video. Oh and perhaps also a little reminder #ShopLocal folks when you can.

Click on the link at the top of the page.

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£100,000 Earmarked for Road Surfacing!

The three City Councillors here in Wednesfield North have been nagging away at the City Council about the state of the road surface in Griffith Drive, on Ashmore Park. It is in a pretty poor state, battered and showing the wear and tear of the huge use it has.

All through the year we have been making our views known to the Highways Department on City of Wolverhampton Council.

The Good News is that we have now influenced the Authority to place £100,000 into the Transportation Capital Programme budget that will be in operation for 2020-2021.

This will be a welcome bit of attention to the road surface. Those that follow me will know that the Authority is already strapped for cash due to Covid-19, and the fact that there is a very much reduced income stream into the City. Therefore the £100,000 investment here will be very welcome in the circumstances.

Keep following my Social Media blogs and learn about what is taking place here in Wednesfield North Ward on a daily basis.

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Dog Owner? Not A Dog Owner?

https://consultation.wolverhampton.gov.uk/cwc/pspo-dog-control-orders/consultation/subpage.2020-05-15.8159067971/

This is a Survey which is aimed at delivering Public Space Protection Dog Control Orders ( PSPO Dog Control Orders) . It will close on 31 Jul 2020.

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” During the course of a year, there are many complaints made about dog pooh in public places such as Children’s Parks, It would become an offence to allow any dog in your control to foul in any public place under the jurisdiction of City of Wolverhampton Council and failing to remove the faecal matter immediately. The link is at the top of this page please follow it and read and comment on the survey. It is in your interest to fill the survey in.”

Opened 17 Jul 2020

Contact
environmentalhealth@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Overview
What is a Public Space Protection Order?

Public Place Protection Orders (PSPO) are orders made by the local authority under powers which were given to them under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

These powers make it possible for Local Authorities to deal with a particular nuisance or problem which is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life by imposing conditions on the use of that area which apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure the law-abiding majority can use and enjoy public spaces, safe from anti-social behaviour (ASB) or nuisance.

Why have these areas been selected?

Toxocara canis is a roundworm which primarily affects dogs. Although it doesn’t commonly cause disease in adult dogs, symptoms can be severe in young puppies. More importantly, Toxocara Canis can infest humans as an intermediate host, causing several different syndromes. Toxocara infects humans by ingestion of tiny amounts of animal faeces. It’s most common in small children, who may play in contaminated soil then put their hands in their mouths.

How will the PSPO be enforced?

During the current PSPO from October 2017, 58 Fixed Penalty Notices have been issued to people failing to remove dog faeces. A number of people failing to pay the FPN have also been prosecuted and enforcement patrols would continue if the PSPO is extended for a further three years.

How will this affect people with a guide dog?

The requirements and prohibitions do not apply to assistance dogs.

What can I do if I witness someone committing one of the offences?

Record details of what you witnessed and report to https://www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/

Why We Are Consulting
The Council is consulting on proposals to extend for a further period of three years from October 2020, a PSPO which will aim to control activities as described in the consultation.

Give Us Your Views
Online Survey