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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

Labours Commitment -A New Wolverhampton City Learning Quarter!

Labours 2021 Election Manifesto for the City of Wolverhampton stated that ‘Kids’ would have “No more Cuts in our children’s services, and that we would invest more than £2m to ensure that activities and services will again return to all our communities.” We delivered on that commitment.
The City Labour Group is now going to deliver a new £61m new City Learning Quarter to help 45,000 learners and 7,500 apprentices over the next decade. These are good local initiatives for the City of Wolverhampton, and will do much for education. All of which is part of Our City-Our Plan and will ultimately take our City into another level. Its investments like these that make a fantastic investment, and a difference.
Education is important and it feeds through into jobs as well. Let me explain- Here in Wednesfield North our Ward profile informs that some 300 Wednesfield North residents work in the Education sector. Making it the top sector for jobs in my Ward and there is nothing but to expect that this investment will go on and improve our City wide economy.

Susan Vickers 21st ‘Star’ in Ashmore Park Walk of Stars!

Councillor Phil Bateman MBE said, “Today I am welcoming Susan Vickers, as the 21st ‘Star’ in the Ashmore Park Walk of Stars.

Susan is well qualified to become a Member due to her early years living and being educated here in Ashmore Park. Those early years are encapsulated in her book .

Today Susan delivers inspirational work across the city.

I have known her for many years, and she captures the spirit of being a Walk of Stars member. Susan is a bundle of energy, she wants to improve our city. Already she has done much to inspire young people. Susan fits the role of being a role model and a person who has developed and made a career, from a very difficult start in life.

Take a look in what Susan Vickers is involved with. A good communicator and an accomplished broadcaster, model, entrepreneur, and community champion who has been supporting numerous local festivals, charities, and events.

Her daily broadcasts on international radio reach over 985k people, making her a powerful voice in the world. She uses this platform to discuss and raise awareness about issues that many of us face on a daily basis.

Her books, which have been over 30 years in the writing, is a testament to her resilience and determination.

With the recent cultural revolution, Susan finally feels that the world is a safer place to talk about her struggles with identity, and she is proud to share her story with others.

Councillor Phil Bateman added. “Young people today have many challenges, I hope they will be inspired and to lift their eyes and have faith and a confidence in their own abilities. That they will look forward and dream big about their future. My message to young people in Ashmore Park and Wednesfield is be Inspired, have confidence in yourself. Read and gain confidence by the way all these twenty one members of this Ashmore Park Walk of Stars have achieved a place in society, and are role players, across the huge prism of life.”

Susan’s experiences as an International broadcaster, a model, and a talented communicator have equipped her with a unique perspective that she uses to help others.

She speaks out against social injustices, shines a light on important causes, and supports various charities. Susan’s latest endeavour has been to launch her own Susan Vickers Foundation. Susan’s focus is aimed at the “incredible, adoptees, fostered and care experience people. Stating that the foundation is for you”.

Susan is a powerful force for good, and her work has made a significant impact in the lives of many.

Severn Trent Boundary Box – Rocester Ave Wednesfield. Temporary Closure.

Please find details below regarding the proposed temporary closure of Rocester Avenue, Wednesfield North, Wolverhampton. (A Date for Your Diary)

• Rocester Avenue service road closed between properties 21a & 29.
Access/Egress to frontages maintained.

The closure can be viewed on One.Network via this link –

It is anticipated that the above closure will be in place from 01/04/24 to 03/04/24 to facilitate a boundary box installation by Severn Trent Water.

If you have any concerns or comments, please contact me by 13/03/23, in order to process the advertisement of the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) accordingly

Two Key Wednesfield North Highways Project for Cabinet Next Week.

Next week the Cabinet will have on its agenda for debate and discussion two items that will affect Wednesfield North residents.

A road safety improvement proposal to spend £50,000 on Linthouse Lane.

Also a £417,000 project to resurface the Amos Lane.

Both schemes have been called for by Wednesfield North Councillors. So its pleasing to see scarce resources being used on these key local highways which are key corridors in our local highway network.

Talking about Commonwealth Day!

As today wanes into Tuesday the 12th March. I look back on the day with some good memories being sparked into life, following the ceremony. Mary and I chatted about our attendance this morning.

It was a good ceremony with the Commonwealth flag being raised by Wolverhampton’s Mayor, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands County.

We were talking about some 18 years ago when Don McKinnon the then Secretary General of the Commonwealth, then accepted an invitation I had made to him in that year- to attend Wolverhampton.

We enjoyed speaking with friends, and the Mayor & Mayoress, and with Martin the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, about that super day for our City!

Raising the Commonwealth Flag in Wolverhampton

#Wolverhampton #CommonwealthDay
It was with great pleasure for Mary and I , to join the Mayor of Wolverhampton and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, on the Commonwealth’s own 75th Anniversary in our Wolverhampton.

The Commonwealth has 56 Countries who are members, the membership are strong on environmental resilience, and marine sustainability.

The President of Malta, Foreign Ministers, High Commissionaires, senior politicians are all to be present in Westminster Abbey later today.

Happy Commonwealth Day!

Ever since I invited the Secretary General of the Commonwealth to visit Wolverhampton when I was Mayor of the City. The date of that important visit by the then Commonwealth General Secretary, Mr Don McKinnon was the 3rd March 2006 . I believe, he was the first Commonwealth Secretary General to visit Wolverhampton whilst serving in Office.

I feel very warm towards the Commonwealth, its aims and the good work that the Commonwealth undertakes to improve the lives of children and communities across the World.

This years focus is very much on its 75th Anniversary, and the Commonwealth Service to be held in Westminster Abbey today.

Mary and I wish it well, as I am sure Wednesfield and the City of Wolverhampton does as well! Mayor Hardaker our current Mayor with Wolverhampton City Council will be raising the Commonwealth Flag over the City Centre this morning.

Amos Lane – Temporary Road Closure.

the proposed temporary closure of Amos Lane, Wednesfield North/Heath Town, Wolverhampton.

• Amos Lane closed in both directions between its junctions with Cedar Way/Bellamy Lane and its junction with Woden Avenue.
Vehicular Diversion Route: Wood End Road, Lower Prestwood Road and vice versa.

The closure and diversion route can be viewed on One.Network via this link –

It is anticipated that the above closure will be in place from 25/03/24 to 05/04/24 to facilitate gas mains replacement works by Cadent Gas.

If you have any concerns or comments, please contact me by 01/03/23, in order to process the advertisement of the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) accordingly.

International Women’s Day – 8th March 2024

On International Women’s Day, here in Wednesfield North Labour Party, We celebrate the impact that women have on politics, and the battle they have undertaken to deliver equality and opportunity.

Back in 1921 Emily Sproson became the first elected Woman Councillor in Wolverhampton.

Fast forward into 2024 and we see that in a City Council of 60 Councillor’s, more than 50% of those Councillors are now women. The Labour Party has done much to encourage women into Local Politics in those 103 years.

But there is a still much more to do to deliver true equality and opportunity.

Here in Wednesfield North Labour Party, two of the three members of our Ward currently representing you on Council are women.

Here Councillor Mary Bateman and Councillor Rita Potter exchange a thought about the day ahead.