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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

7,000 Tests Taken for Covid-19 – The Hub at Ashmore Park

Councillor Phil Bateman said today, “what an amazing contribution our Hub has made in trying to keep people safe from Covid-19. Read about the contribution it has made to Wolverhampton’s fight against the Virus.”

Since opening in January, more than 7,000 tests have been completed at The Hub at Ashmore Park, while over 4,000 test kits have also been given out for residents to use at home.

The site will close on Friday (12 November), enabling the hub to reopen for regular community activities early in the new year.

Free rapid testing, for people without symptoms of Covid-19, remains available at the Civic Centre (Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm), the Jamia Masjid Bilal, Newhampton Road (10am-7pm, daily), New Cross Hospital (by the Eye Infirmary, Monday to Friday, 8am-4pm) – which is the nearest site to Ashmore Park – and at participating pharmacies across the city.

Alternatively, people can collect free rapid Covid-19 home test kits from the Civic Centre, the test centre at New Cross Hospital, Bilston and Wolverhampton markets and WV Active leisure centres, or from selected local pharmacies. Please note, anyone collecting test kits from a pharmacy must register for a collection code in advance, either online at or by calling 119.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “One in three people with Covid-19 do not have any symptoms but could be infectious and so rapid testing continues to be a vital weapon in our fight against Covid-19.

“The Hub at Ashmore Park has played an important part in this, delivering over 7,000 tests on site and handing out thousands more home test kits over the last 10 months.

“The test centre will close at the end of this week to enable The Hub at Ashmore Park to reopen as a community centre and library in due course, and I would like to thank everyone who has helped out over the past 10 months.

“Rapid testing will still be widely available across the city; you can get a free test at one of our other test centres or at participating pharmacies, or by using test kits in the comfort of home.

“Getting tested twice a week, and particularly before you meet up with people you don’t live with, will help stop the spread of Covid-19 and keep this deadly virus under control, so please make rapid testing part of your regular routine.”

James Clarke, Chairperson at Ashmore Park Community Association, said: “We’d like to give our thanks to everyone who has been involved in running the testing from our building. This service has provided a real benefit to the local community during the pandemic and we are proud to have played a part.

“We now look to the future and hope to begin reopening this much-loved community facility to regular activities in the new year. Please see our website,, and social media profiles for updates.”

For details of rapid testing, for people without symptoms of Covid-19, please visit

People with symptoms of Covid-19 are reminded they must self-isolate and book a PCR test by calling 119 or visiting

Latest figures show there were 264.4 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 695 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.


Wednesfield North Community Excellence Awards 2021

Nominations have been received and are currently being processed for 35 individuals and organisations that have been nominated for the Wednesfield North Certificates of Excellence Awards. Which takes place on the 19th November2021 at the Ashmore Inn.

There is still time to make your nominations as the last date is scheduled for Wednesday the 10th of November for closure.

This is the full detail for information on the Awards.

Wednesfield North Community Excellence Awards 2021
We announced recently that we will be running yet another Community Excellence Award for 2021, following the success we had with the one we promoted back in November 2019. The Awards are aimed at Business and Individuals, Sporting Clubs and the Arts, Volunteering, Improving Lives etc. Entries can be all of whom are active or living in the Ward of Wednesfield North.
We will be asking you to nominate your own Community Excellence champions, those individuals, and organisations, that you feel have gone the extra mile to provide for neighbours, organisations, clubs. Plus, those organisations that have thought about how they can deliver their services and their programmes, their sporting achievements with one eye on reducing the carbon footprint, and improving our environment.

The Wednesfield North Community Excellence Awards will cover the following headings
• Art & Dance
• Sporting Achievement
• Environment
• Community
• Volunteering
• Business in the Community
• Improving Lives
• Best Community Project
• Volunteer of the Year

I am looking to you – the community now, and I am open receiving the individuals, social media entries. Contact me by email on
I will continue to keep you informed of what happens here in Wednesfield North, if you continue to follow me on Social Media and my own web site of for the details. i

Police Warning! Distraction Burglars About In Bellamy Lane

Today 2/11/21 there was a report of a male described as 6’4″ tall, blonde hair and in his late 20’s wearing a red t-shirt under dark clothing, in company with another male (description unknown) in the Bellamy Lane area, he claimed to be from the council and that they were talking to people about installing a cycle path, the male described, distracted the house owner whilst a 2nd male entered the house and got away with a large sum of money. this was done in broad daylight.

PLEASE be vigilant when ANYONE comes to your door, DO NOT get distracted, stay alert and if there are any reasons for suspicion call 999 in an emergency, 101 or use the web chat with none urgent incidents, with as much information as possible as soon as you can.

Kitchen Lane Bad Bend -Road Safety Team Respond.

I have been pressing the Road Safety Team to address some of the problems that exist on and around the bad bend on Kitchen Lane near the Junction of Thornley Road.

This is what is now likely to happen, which is a positive move. The team has written that –

“A member of the road safety team has undertaken a site inspection, during which they noted that there are two chevron boards – one for either direction – to highlight the bend to drivers. There is also a sign warning of ‘zig-zag bends ahead’. However, this is only on the southern side of the bend and I will therefore arrange for a similar sign to be erected on the northern side.

I also note that the existing white lining – centre line and ‘SLOW’ road markings – are quite worn and so I will ask my colleagues in Highway Maintenance to ensure that they are on a programme to be refreshed as soon as possible.”

Cllr Bateman said ” I am pleased that there is a recognition that there are some actions that will assist drivers by giving them a warning. But its also important that drivers cut their speed on this lane. I will continue to request the Police to use their law enforcement to also help curtail speed on Kitchen Lane.

Don’t Miss The Ashmore Inn Event!

Wow! This is going off with a bang! The new Landlady and her team are holding a Fish and Chip do at the Ashmore Inn this Thursday the 4 th November from 12 noon. With a game of Bingo thrown in.

So why not come and meet Tina, and Jonathan in person!

Come on Ashma’ give them a warm greeting and welcome them into our community.
— at The Ashmore Pub

Urgent -Please If You Are Pregnant. This is For You!

Pregnant women in Wolverhampton are being urged to get the Covid-19 vaccine as data shows that nearly 20% of the most critically ill coronavirus patients were pregnant women who have not been vaccinated.

Although the overall risk to pregnant women and new-born babies from Covid-19 disease is low, in later pregnancy some women may become seriously unwell and could need hospital treatment.

Data from The UK Obstetric Surveillance System shows that, between the start of February and the end of September 2021, 1,714 pregnant women were admitted to hospital with symptomatic Covid-19 and that, of these, 235 – or 14% – were admitted to intensive care. Nearly 99% of those in intensive care were unvaccinated, while the remainder had received only one dose of the vaccine.

In addition, since July, one in five Covid-19 patients receiving treatment through a special lung-bypass machine and so most critically ill were expectant mums who had not had their first jab.

The Covid-19 vaccine has been shown to be effective and safe; it does not contain live coronavirus and cannot infect a pregnant woman or her unborn baby in the womb.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Covid-19 case numbers are still high in Wolverhampton and, as this data from the UK Obstetric Surveillance System shows, infections can be very serious for pregnant women.

“The vaccine offers you the best protection you can get against Covid-19 while you are pregnant or trying for a baby, and it’s also safe to have your vaccine if you are breastfeeding.”

Janet Driver, Regional Chief Midwife at NHS England and NHS Improvement in the Midlands, added: “We are urgently calling for all pregnant women to come forward for their vaccinations. There is robust evidence showing that the vaccine is the most effective way to protect both mother and baby against the possibility of severe illness from Covid-19. The disproportionate number of unvaccinated pregnant women in intensive care demonstrates that there is a significant risk of severe illness from Covid-19 in pregnancy.

“We do understand women’s concerns about having the vaccine in pregnancy, and we want to reassure women that there is no link between having the vaccine and an increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, or stillbirth.”

Vaccinations are available without an appointment at walk-in clinics in Wolverhampton; details of locations, times and dates can be found at Vaccinations can also be booked online at or by calling NHS 119.

For more information about the vaccine, including the answers to frequently asked questions about pregancy and fertility, please visit or

Latest figures show there were 335.1 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 881 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.


More Detail on Broad Lane South Road Closure.

Please find details below regarding the proposed temporary closures of Broad Lane South, Wednesfield South, Wolverhampton:

• Broad Lane South closed in both directions between the canal bridge (outside property 176) & its junction with Thirston Close.
Vehicular Diversion Route Eastbound: Lichfield Road, Cannock Road, Coppice Lane, Lucknow Road, Ashmore Lake Road, Monmer Lane, Bloxwich Road South, Wednesfield Road, Wellington Place, Fibbersley and vice versa.
Vehicular Diversion route Westbound: Lichfield Road, Lakefield Road, Wednesfield Way, Waddensbrook Lane and vice versa

It is expected that the closure will be in place from 15/11/21 to 19/11/21, between the hours of 09:30 & 15:30 only to facilitate carriageway resurfacing.

Wednesfield in Bloom – Our Years of Achievement.

Wednesfield in Bloom is a group of Volunteers who have done much for our Village in a very short period of time. They have been hard at work turning ‘grey’ areas of our Wednesfield Village into ‘green’ and then creating beautiful places. As the years have rolled on from the first year of formation in 2016. Many more volunteers have been added to our bloom team, and our ambitions have grown.

The highlight of our Volunteering is without doubt the reward of being awarded the HM Queens Award for Voluntary Service at the Hippodrome in Birmingham on Sunday 17th of October 2021.

This is the incredible record that we have gained in just six short years.

Our community takes great pride in the work that we do. Every year Wednesfield residents supports us with gifts of flowers and small donations. We have also gained support from Bentley Bridge Retail and Bentley Bridge Leisure Park, Wates the builders, and Wolverhampton Homes. All of whom have also been generous in these years of our actions. Its every ones engagement along with their financial donations and ‘in kind’ support, that allows every year our residents to see our environment improve. It also sees as a catalyst other residents enhancing their gardens, planting flowers in their streets and around street furniture, bringing that extra splash of colour that says this is a great place to live and work!

Our Record of Achievement


Silver at Heart of England in Bloom


Gold at Heart of England in Bloom


Gold Heart of England in Bloom + discretionary award for Community Cohesion


Gold and Category Winner in Urban Communities at Heart of England in Bloom 


Queens Award For Voluntary Service (QAVS – the MBE for Voluntary Organisations)

Gold at Heart of England in Bloom (regional)

RHS 2021 Community Awards (national):

‘Nourishing Your Community’ category – Highly Commended award.

‘Cultivating Your Community’ category – Highly Commended award.

‘Nature Friendly Gardening’ category – Achievement award.

The Police Give Warning!

Good Morning all,

We are currently seeing delivery drivers attacked for the goods they are carrying, any cash they might be collecting on food orders or the vehicles they are driving.
We are working with the big delivery companies like Royal Mail, Amazon, Just Eat, Uber Eats and the big supermarkets to help stop attacks. However with so many new drivers starting work recently it’s impossible to contact everyone.

Do you know someone working as a delivery driver? If so please pass on this safety advice to them:
• Be aware of vehicles following you and where you are.
• If something does not look or feel right, do not make the delivery. Stay in your vehicle and report any suspicious activity to us or your employer.
• Do not leave your engine running or keys in the ignition when making a delivery. Make sure you remove your keys and lock your doors.
• Be aware of anyone acting suspiciously when you’re in any delivery area. Think abut fitting an approved vehicle tracker and install a dash cam.
• If you’re delivering take away food, can the take away or restaurant take payment in advance.
• If you feel there’s a threat to your life, or someone else’s life, call 999 immediately. If you feel you cannot stay where you are, call us and get to a place of safety.

If you want to report any concerns about delivery driver attacks in your area or tell us something you think we need to know – you can Live Chat us via the website or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Please do NOT report crime on WMNow. Use the appropriate means as mentioned above.
Thank you for your help in keeping the community of drivers on the road and keeping them safe as they help others.

Message Sent By
Emily Rhodes (Police, Engagement and Consultation Officer, Wolverhampton)

News Up Date – Wednesfield North.

Through most of the summer (2021), your team of Wednesfield North Councillors -Councillors Mary Bateman, Councillors Rita Potter and myself, have been hard at work trying to get much needed investment into the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade.

The Ashmore Park Shopping Parade is very much the trading centre for the Ward of Wednesfield North. It is described as a Sub District Shopping Centre which underlines its importance in the City of Wolverhampton. It contains retail stores of variety, Hot Food Take-Aways, Goods for sale such as carpets and products and Angling specialists’ services. It is a home for Dental, and Eye services. It is also a provider of Wolverhampton Homes, and contains the Headquarters of an important private Homes Letting Agency. All this as well as sitting on a site of archaeological importance. A number of Local Bus Routes, services the shopping parade offering public transport to and from Wolverhampton. Wednesfield and Walsall.

The Shopping Parade is in the constant view of thousands of people every week. It is a crucial lifeline for many, and is an important asset to Wednesfield North.

We can report some success in these conversations about our Shopping Parade today.

A whole host of other debates have also been taking place between ourselves and Wolverhampton Homes as we have argued the case, and some of that argument has now been achieved. Earlier this year we identified and successfully achieved action around the drains in Raj Kumar Drive, behind the Deli and the Pet Shop; We have requested a tidying of the Parade. We have asked for structural reviews to take place relating to the arrangements for the waste collection service, the chute management. We have pointed out that the whole place looks run down. We are pressing for the Parade to look better.

Wolverhampton Homes have responded well to our requests, they have repaired the drainage channels over the Summer in the top car park. They have recently refurbished the car park surface on Raj Kumar Drive. Giving safer access to vehicles and pedestrians. They have also replaced the safety ‘pegs’ around the site. Plus, they have inserted new drainage.

The debates and issues will continue and we will keep you informed of these and other issues that make up our list of improvements we are after.