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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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Chancellor You Really Need To Do This!

Yesterday I wrote to the Chancellor Mr Philip Hammond re today’s forth coming Budget 2018.

This is the contents of that correspondence.

Now its a case of sitting back and seeing if the arrangements that I have asked for is forthcoming. As a Local Councillor I am very frustrated by these two issues, as well as a few others relating to other important sectors that need attention. There is not much I can do except do what I have on all your behalf’s……

 

“Dear Chancellor Tomorrow is a ‘Big Day’ for both you and the Government.  I wish you well in your time management of the day. I write directly to you to inform you that here in the City of Wolverhampton and my Ward of Wednesfield North there are two ‘Big’ issues that are affecting the almost 12,000 people I represent here in Wednesfield North.

My constituent are worried about the increasing levels of crime. They are like me concerned that the Police numbers are going down and the savage budget you are operating is creating massive Police Cuts,  which are  pressing the West Midlands Force into breaking point. Losing more Police Officers will make the Police even more remote from the .

The public in my Ward of Wednesfield North are scared that losing  even more police, will expose them to ever more escalating violent crime , burglary and a further assault on their property.

The Police here do not have the personnel to attend burglaries!

Time and time again we have the message from our residents about vehicle  crime, burglaries, and other crimes.  When they report the crimes because of your budget cuts,  no home calls are made. Police Stations are closing, Police officers are seen only in cars and on the television! The public are talking about not reporting crime because they see nothing happen. This cannot be the way forward for a Country like ours?

  • My first plea to you tomorrow is when you are at the dispatch box that you really do plough some real new resources into West Midlands Police.
  • My second plea is to urge you to provide proper funding Maintained Nursery Schools

Here in Wednesfield North we are proud of our Maintained Nursery School and along with the 400 other Maintained Nursery Schools across the Country. Our constituents wish that our school and that excellent  work they do making children ready for education, is funded properly again which would allow them to continue to stay open.

The Local Government Association has recently carried out research into the impact of the revised funding for maintained nursery school (MNS)

And 61% of councils with MNS provision responded to the question – “what will happen if the supplementary funding for Nursery schools does not continue beyond 2019/20 ?”

  • 33% said closure of MNS was very likely
  • 28% said closure of MNS was fairly likely

This is very worrying for parents, its putting great strain on Schools and their Governing Body’s as they work hard to maintain and continue  successful teaching and highly qualified educator teams, at the schools.  With no information from Government about what funding levels will look like in 2019-2020,  this uncertainty is not the way forward for Families in Wednesfield North, or Wolverhampton or for parents and children in all the other great Cities of this Country..

Maintained Nursery Schools are still the future of our Towns and Cities, good and outstanding nursery schools, who are supporting the most disadvantaged children, should be the way forward. If the  funding ceases, and you allow this to happen. Parents and families who send their children to these establishments will be outraged.

Those are my pleas to you Chancellor.

Wolverhampton as a  City have over  800 – 3- and 4-year olds in these Maintained Nursery Schools in our great and historic City, where they are  delivering  either Good or Outstanding education to those children that attend.

I do hope that you will read this correspondence and take these two issues I have raised, and look at them with some degree of sympathy, and prepare  a budget that deals with these two great issues fairly. They are both very important to my electorate here in Wednesfield North.

Best Regards

Councillor Phil Bateman MBE

Wednesfield North

City of Wolverhampton Council.

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Budget 2018 = Police and Maintained Nursery School Funding Chancellor!

 

Tomorrow the Government sets out its budget and the architect of that budget The Chancellor Philip Hammond MP, will spend the whole day explaining what he has done to direct and drive the UK’s economy. Brexit will no doubt feature heavily.

I need to tell you that I have written to The Chancellor him asking for two areas of his budget to reflect the overwhelming political needs of our Ward here in Wednesfield North.

I have asked him to ensure that there are new financial resources to be made available to West Midlands Police.

One of the overwhelming issues we have here in Wednesfield North is crime, and the fear of crime. I have urged the Chancellor to provide much-needed further resources that our Police force needs to police our community in the way that we all want to see. We need a well resourced Police force if the public confidence that we all want in our force is to be developed.

I have also asked The Chancellor to ensure that Maintained Nursery Schools have the financial resources to allow them to continue to provide the sort of educational benefits that Ashmore Park Nursery provides currently for our children.

Currently this Government has no financial plans for Maintained Nursery School  funding beyond 2019-2020.

I know that I may be whistling in the wind. I know also that I could have picked on at least a dozen other political policies to write to him about.

The issue of poor and declining police resources though is on everyone’s lips.

Plus, the lack of an education funding plan for all 400 Maintained Nursery’s in the Country is in itself a travesty.

Here in Wolverhampton the 800 children who are being guided into Early Years education by Maintained Nursery Schools need a better,  and deserve a better deal, than this Government is currently offering.

Will This Make My ‘Top Tweet’ – for October

As we enter the last few days of October will this tweet that I placed earlier in the month be overtaken! This information is from my own Twitter account! I think it shows the concerns that people have about the very poor Government record on crime……
TWEET HIGHLIGHTS

Top Tweet earned 3,107 impressions

We need more Police on the beat, doing old fashioned community policing.
We also need a Gov that feels the fear and pain caused when crime strikes.
For Goodness sake Prime Minister stop robbing West Mids of resources for the Police
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Police Need More Resources -PM Stop Ignoring Us!

I am so frustrated with the Prime Minister and this rotten Conservative Government.

Let me say as clear as I can say – There is not enough Police in the West Midlands Police Force, and there is a growing crime problem in Wolverhampton fuelled by drugs, and gangs.

Every day I am told crime horror stories about issues that affect my Ward of Wednesfield North, we have had the recent human tragedy of a murder, we have had horrific burglaries, where senior citizens have been targeted. Car crime and motorcycle theft are happening almost daily.

On a daily basis citizens tools are being stolen from their  vans and light vehicles, putting their own trades and business and their own family’s future at risk.

People keep telling me they want more CCTV on the streets, they also tell me that they want more community police officers on the beat, they plead with me for the protection of their property and their family’s safety. Many individuals are deeply unhappy with the service that West Midlands Police provide for our community.

Yet all we can do is wring our hands and cry out for more resources for the Police……Shocking just shocking!

So another plea from me…Prime Minister this is not crying Wolf. We need many more Police Resources, and every time you ignore this public call, you just stoke more anger,frustration and resentment. Both against the Government and the Police, who are growing more remote from communities day by day.

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True Briton Fence Blown Down In Storm- Upsets Neighbours.

 

I continue to have critical comments made to me about the True Briton PH.

This time it is because The Pubs fence panels have been blown down. That has led to a critical neighbour comment. I have contacted the Planning Department officialswith a view to seeing if the issue can be dealt with.

Officials have now written  and say “that having discussed the concerns with the landlord of the premises and the potential risks of unauthorised entry and flytipping to the site.”

They go on and tell me that “The landlord has decided that he no longer wishes to have a fence covering at that particular section and therefore will not be replacing the fence panels that have been affected.”

Officials go onto state that  “Unfortunately, there is no environmental health legislation requiring the landlord to have a fence.”

The issue then reverts to the fallen fence panels – it is hoped that the owners will  remove the panels that has fallen down. Tidying the site up. My hope is that this will happen….

It is in everyone’s interest to have the Public House looking smart, and free from looking like it is uncared and unused.

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Good News – As Public Toilets Are Poised To Open!

After a long campaign by your Wednesfield North and South Councillors – finally some good news that will be much appreciated I am sure.

“The Bentley Bridge Shopping Park in Wednesfield is poised to open its long promised public toilets, in the next few weeks. 

That will make the Shopping trips for individuals and families a whole lot more comfortable. Watch this site for the announcement date, It’s been a long campaign for your local Councillors. But it does look as though our campaign is going to end in success! 

The Bentley Bridge Shopping Park is already an attractive draw for people from across Wednesfield, Wolverhampton and the Black Country. This investment in a public toilet can only enhance the Shopping Park to both new visitors  and longstanding loyal customers.” 

Wednesfield Bentley Bridge Shopping Park is currently riding a crest of the wave of success, with all its retail outlets full, and no vacancies existing.

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“Fantastic Facility” Says Wolverhampton City Council Managing Director!

I thought that readers may be interested in What the Managing Director of City of Wolverhampton Council wrote in a briefing too all 60 City Council Members. Here it is!

Ward Visit: Mr Tim Johnson ” On Monday, I attended another ward visit, this time in Wednesfield North with Councillor Phil Bateman, Councillor Mary Bateman and Councillor Rita Potter.

It was great to get out and about in the local community discussing issues and concerns they and residents have in the neighbourhood.

I think the highlight of the visit was a trip to the Ashmore Park Hub, where we were taken on a tour of the fantastic facility. It was also great to meet Irene and Angela, volunteers who run the café at the hub five days a week, and who demonstrated the potential of our voluntary offer.

They have just received a five-star food hygiene rating which is a fantastic achievement and I am sure you will all join me in congratulating them on receiving this accolade.”

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Wednesfield North Round -Up!

This morning I thought that I would take a number of items that we are working on behind the scenes and give information on.

  • True Briton Public House – The fences are down and this gives the  PH the appearance of being a mess. We have been receiving complaints from a local resident. There is continued  information being sought from The City Councils Chief Planner.

This is not an issue which  is not being worked on, but it is only possible to act if it in some ways the inaction breaks the law. Unless of course the PH owners do the right thing and replace the fences and tidy up the site as just good business practice.

 

The Green Public Open Space on Kitchen Lane –  your Councillors have tried to get the hedge on the side of the road trimmed back on road safety grounds, on the stretch running into Essington.

  • Dumped Sofa – Kitchen Lane this has been reported and I am hoping that it will soon be removed. Other residents indicate that the Sofa is the result of local residents dumping it?

Please if you have any additional information on who dumps items like this, you can phone Crime stoppers and leave the information anonymously.

There have been one or two issues relating to crime here in Wednesfield North- They are not issues that I can publicise. But there is some on going investigation by the Police on issues that are causing concern locally.

I persevered following one residents complaint and eventually the Police called and spoke with him this week. It is a disgrace that like the Local Authority, the Government has been cutting down on Police resources. Crime is one of the big concerns here in Wednesfield North.

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165 New Jobs Coming to Wednesfield.

There is continued good news for Wednesfield as we approach the end of 2018.

It looks like the investment and the subsequent development of six new industrial units at Steelpark Trading Estate, at Steelpark Way and Bearing Drive, in Wednesfield will be very successful for its owners.

The news now  is that the development is close to being completed.

All six of the new units are either sold, let or under offer.

They have been developed by commercial property company Goold Estates and provide around 70,000 sq ft of industrial and warehouse space.

CS Labels has already re-located from Willenhall to its new home on the estate and businesses set to move into the new units include Kinetrol Powerite.

I understand from a recent conference held in Wednesfield  that it will deliver around 165 jobs locally when it is completed. It means that the £7m invested into Wednesfield to ensure this project went ahead will be seen as an investment success.

So it is yet another good news story for our Village district, and a great piece of economic news also for the City of Wolverhampton!

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Wednesfield North- A Great Place to Live and Work MD!

Today Wednesfield North Councillors gave  newly appointed Tim Johnson, Managing Director of City of Wolverhampton Council, an informed tour of Wednesfield North.

“It was a two hour tour and we showed him some of our high spots” said Councillor Phil Bateman. ” We  pointed  out some of the issues that we have, some that threaten us, Plus we showed him some of our community projects and introduced him to great people, involved in a great community – doing some great volunteering.”

It was a packed two hours of visits.

 All three Labour Councillors spoke with him…Councillor Rita Potter said “It allowed the three of us to get to know him a little better, and it gave us a chance in an informal way, to speak about Ward issues that will task us all over the next 12 months or more.

Laughing she said “We gave him a ‘Cook’s Tour of’ of our great Ward!”

The schedule included – 

 

  • Danesmore Pastures –  the new WV Living site at the North end of Wednesfield North. Here they are building new homes for private sale, and for Council Housing.

 

  • Kitchen Lane Public Open Space – Very important open space. This site is of enormous  environmental importance. Site of  a Wild flower meadow and rich in wild orchids. Problems relating to fly – tipping and a threat from Traveller incursion. was raised with Mr Johnson.

Linthouse Lane – Threat to the South Staffordshire Green Belt – proposal for 2,500 new homes, has been lodged with South Staffordshire Council.

Councillor Mary Bateman explained the situation to the MD. She said ” The loss of green belt, and the potential loss of heritage the Mineral Line, will go down badly here in in this part of Wednesfield . It goes without saying that people in these parts enjoy the wildlife the birds etc. “

Your Councillors  explained that this threat is becoming a BIG WARD Issue .

Councillor Phil Bateman said “that all three Wednesfield North Councillors were against the proposal. Such a huge influx of homes  had the potential to clog Wednesfield North and the City of Wolverhampton own  infrastructure.”Including local schools, Doctors Surgeries, Community & Leisure facilities, as well as placing great pressure on  Highways and public  transportation facilities.”

The tour also took in  -Devils Elbow alongside the  Wyrley and Essington canal. we explained what the New Local Nature Reserve  could do in  Economic terms ,  as well as it being an environmental gem. We then went to –

  • The Hub at Ashmore Park – The home of Volunteering! This place is hive of activity and it hosts a wide range of events. The Volunteers took him on a tour of the site and asked him to see the huge potential that it had.

We also visited – Ashmore Park Shopping Parade – pointing out the volunteers and the planting of the three redundant flower beds. How they  were part of ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ and we also took the chance and requested support from  the city – by placing a sign giving indication of the three years of success the Village, and all our community has had, in the Heart of England in Bloom competition .

Councillor Phil Bateman  said  “We spoke of many of the other issues we have,   as we ‘criss-crossed’  across Wednesfield North.

Plus –  We saved a slot for him to savour, close to the Wyrley and Essington canal – Yep you guessed it Johnson Avenue!”