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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


Message From West Mids – Chief Constable

Councillor Phil Bateman said today “Here is a Message addressed to me, that I wanted to share with you, from the Chief Constable. I think you will appreciate his message as I do.It looks like the police are all for persuasion, and the enforcement follows if they do not get a response from the public, when it comes to operating Corona Virus rules and new legislation. Here is what he says”.

“Good Afternoon Councillor Phil Bateman,

Message from the Chief Constable – What you can expect from the Force

Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday introduced significant social restrictions, which touch on everyone’s lives across the West Midlands.

These are unprecedented in peacetime and I know will be hard on you and your families.
I want to assure you that my officers and staff will continue to work every hour of every day to keep you safe. We will protect you.

That is our duty and that is my promise to you.

But this is my ask of you. I urge the people of the West Midlands to follow the new instructions. They are essential and it will save lives.

Nothing is more important.

Officers and PCSOs will be visible in our communities and I have asked them all to engage positively but safely with anyone we suspect is in breach of the new regulations. Officers will explain what the new restrictions are and what we expect of everyone.

If we have to talk to you we will:
• Make it clear we are dealing with a national health emergency
• Reinforce the importance of complying with these new measures
• Strongly encourage people to adhere to them at all times
• Reinforce that the measures are there to protect our country and in particular the vulnerable
• Ask that you do not buy more food than you need. We need to look after each other.

If people do not listen to our advice then we will move to enforcement.

We are already receiving many calls on potential breaches of these arrangements. People can advise us if there are large scale breaches with large numbers of people congregating via webchat or 101. We would ask you to trust that we will target the most problematic behaviour.

This will only work if people make sensible choices and observe what they are being told.

You can keep in touch with West Midlands Police by following @WMPolice on Twitter, on Facebook as well as signing up for community messaging where you live via WMNow.

The country is facing a challenging period when helping each other and being good neighbours and friends has never been so vital.

As Chief Constable I know our communities will rise to the challenge and we will all work together to prevent the spread of the virus.”

Councillor Bateman added ” I am sure that all of us in Wednesfield North will do all that we can to follow the guidance as it is without doubt aimed at saving lives within our community.”

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PM Boris – New Rules Around Fighting Corona Virus

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to
protect the NHS and save lives.
When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection. That
is why the government is now (23 March 2020) introducing three new measures.
1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public
Every citizen must comply with these new measures. The relevant authorities, including the police, will be
given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.
These measures are effective immediately. The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks,
and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.
You should only leave the house for one of four reasons.
● Shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which must be as infrequent as
● One form of exercise a day, for example a run, walk, or cycle – alone or with members of your
● Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person.
● Travelling to and from work, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.
These four reasons are exceptions – even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent
outside of the home and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.
These measures must be followed by everyone. Separate advice is available for individuals or households
who are isolating, and for the most vulnerable who need to be shielded.
If you work in a critical sector outlined in this guidance, or your child has been identified as vulnerable, you
can continue to take your children to school.
Last week, the Government ordered certain businesses – including pubs, cinemas and theatres – to close.
The Government is now extending this requirement to a further set of businesses and other venues,
● all non-essential retail stores – this will include clothing and electronics stores; hair, beauty and nail
salons; and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.
● libraries, community centres, and youth centres.
● indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
● communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms.
● places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.
● hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for
commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).
To make sure people are staying at home and apart from each other, the Government is also stopping all
public gatherings of more than two people.
There are only two exceptions to this rule:
● where the gathering is of a group of people who live together – this means that a parent can, for
example, take their children to the shops if there is no option to leave them at home.
● where the gathering is essential for work purposes – but workers should be trying to minimise all
meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.
In addition, the Government is stopping social events, including weddings, baptisms and other religious
ceremonies. This will exclude funerals, which can be attended by immediate family.
These measures will reduce our day to day contact with other people. They are a vital part of our efforts to
reduce the rate of transmission of coronavirus.
Every citizen is instructed to comply with these new measures.
The Government will therefore be ensuring the police and other relevant authorities have the powers to
enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings where people do not comply.
They will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them
again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

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Fourth Video Message for Wednesfield North 23 March 2020. Video Message for Wednesfield North 23 March 2020.

Click on the Link and see the video.

The PM is making a statement to the Nation at 8.30pm tonight.
Already 1.5 million correspondence sent to vulnerable persons by the National Health Service.

That is 33,000 people receiving one of these letters here in Wolverhampton…that number would go a long way to filling l the Molineux Stadium. Scary Stuff!

That is a 12 weeks period of isolation for these vulnerable citizens of our City.……

If you have someone travelling abroad then the Foreign Minister says that they should Come Home Now! …. So if you are in touch pass the message on.

City of Wolverhampton Council is being given new responsibilities by the Government to ensure supplies are delivered to people who would be alone.

That means many of our Council staff will be redeployed. That will affect our traditional services…its going to be hard for our Council employees….They are very much in the front line! Finally please give more than a thought for all the NHS staff that will be in our front lines…Be proud of them and their families. Because if you are feeling anxiety imagine how they and their families are feeling.

Finally UK deaths have reached 335 -With 6,650 Brits infected….Stay Safe Wednesfield…and follow the advice.

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Grand Day – But Something is Brewing!

Its been a Grand Spring Day – Yet there is so much tension in the air! Its a fact that people are being a little unnerved by events taking place in the Country.

The Prime Minister will be making a statement to the Country at 8.30 pm tonight 23rd March 2020.

That itself sounds rather epic. I think we are all anticipating even more problems.

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Third Video Blog – More Corona Virus Information for Wednesfield North

This is the third Video Blog and is part of a communication plan to ensure Local Residents are aware of what is taking place here in Our Ward. – It provides information for Wednesfield North residents and interested others in the City of Wolverhampton. Councillor Phil Bateman is a City of Wolverhampton Councillor representing Wednesfield North. Contact him via email at

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Wednesfield North Video Blog Number 2 – Defeating the Coruna Virus.

Please click on the link above and listen and see how we are tackling this national issue of importance.

This my Video Blog number 2 Released tonight Friday 20th March 2020 – This is an attempt to keep Wednesfield North residents in the City of Wolverhampton, well versed with the activities that are taking place here during this very difficult time. Please share with family and friends.

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Bus Service Changes – New Timetables

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” National Express West Midlands has written to me explaining how they will be making changes to Local Bus Services, as the network is being hit by the Corona Virus. National Express West Midlands tell me that whilst they still will be running routes, some of the services will be less frequent. Please read the full briefing it could help you plan your journeys.” –

National Express West Midlands says “It is important that we continue to keep our region moving as best we can. We are absolutely committed to doing that and we are working closely with Transport for West Midlands via the Bus Alliance to keep public transport running for those that rely on it.

All National Express West Midlands bus services will still be running on their normal routes. Some of them will just be running less often. More detail on this is included below.

As a locally-based operator of thousands of coaches, buses and accessible minibuses – and of course, all of our hard-working drivers and other members of staff, we also stand ready to help the region and the nation in any way that we can.

We are actively speaking with various organisations including hospitals, supermarkets, the police and the MoD, and offering our help with any opportunities for our staff and our vehicles to support them during these difficult times.

Service changes from Wednesday 25 March 2020

All National Express West Midlands bus services will still be running on their normal routes. Some of them will just be running less often. No bus routes are being taken off.

Starting from the first service on Wednesday 25 March, we will be running reduced services on some bus routes.

Our teams are working incredibly hard to finalise all of the changes – what would usually take months is being done in just a matter of days. But we are committed to operating a realistic, reliable bus service for those that rely on us to get them to work, to the shops, or to care for their own or others’ relatives.

All of the new timetables will be available on our website from Monday 23 March 2020, however in the meantime please see the key points below:
• On all routes, times of first buses will be the same or within a few minutes of current times
• On all routes, there will be no change to the timings of the last bus
• Sunday services will remain as they are now
• Any National Express West Midlands all-night bus services will continue to operate

Due to the pace of the change we would appreciate your support in raising awareness locally and advising residents to check their journey timings on our website The new timetables will be available from Monday.

We’re working hard to let customers know in advance and have already spoken to the local newspapers and local radio. We have a message on our customer phone lines, we’ve emailed pass holders, put notices on our buses, and updated our website and social media channels.

We are also working as fast as we can to get new printed timetables to our travelshops at bus stations for those who do not have access to the internet.

Update for concessionary pass holders

May I also take this opportunity to highlight that English National Concessionary Pass (ENCTS) holders can now travel for free on our buses, any time of day.

We have worked closely with Transport West Midlands to remove the £1 concessionary fare for journeys before 09:30am and hope it will help our more vulnerable customers to be able access special sessions in shops and banks.

Thank you in advance for any help you are able to offer with updating your local residents

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Transport Workers Need Support!

Our Bus and Coach Rail and Tram workers are valuable to our society. My plea to Government today is not to abandon them. help keep them in jobs find the resources!

Key industry trade bodies like the Confederation of Passenger Transport are calling on Government to urgently provide a £1bn support package for bus in order to prevent tens of thousands of jobs being lost.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak will later today announce further measures Government will take to support workers throughout the Covid-19 outbreak.

The fact is that both Bus and Coach Operators and local authorities across the UK are removing peak time travel pass restrictions to make it easier for older people to get to supermarkets during the coronavirus peak. This is good news, but if the transport industry takes a furher down turn…I hope that the Government make plans to pay our transport workers…

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Ashma Cafe – Sends a Message!

In trying to keep open, and at the same time trying to assist with Government Policy – The Ashma Cafe have released this statement.

“Hi all due to this covid _19 virus we have seen a decrease in business maybe cause people don’t want to come to crowded places and we understand this as the cafe can get quite busy, but its business as normal until told otherwise. We will be doing deliveries everyday starting from today or if you would prefer to call and collect that’s fine give us a call on 728610 thank you for your continuous support.Any changes we will keep you updated.”

I feel for our small businesses, its a hard place to make a living, plus at the same time trying to stay within the vague Government Guidelines. If you want a delivery contact the telephone number.

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Sad Story- Any One Know David Green?

Councillor Phil Bateman of Wednesfield North said today “Relatives of a man who passed away recently are being asked to get in touch with the City of Wolverhampton Council so that his funeral can be arranged.”

David Green, who was 59, had lived in the Ashmore Park area of Wolverhampton.

Anyone who is related to Mr Green, or has any information which may help trace his relatives, is asked to please call Protection and Funerals Officer Elaine Thursfield on 01902 555740 or email


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