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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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Next Police & Community Together Meeting Announced!



‘Partners and Community Together’


10.30 am Tuesday 16th  January 2018


The Hub, Ashmore Park, Griffiths Drive, Wednesfield.

Sergeant Danher together with other agency partners, invite you to attend the next meeting of the Wednesfield North PACT open meeting.  You can influence the policing priorities in your Neighbourhood at the

Open meeting starting at 10.30 am

 You will also receive information on how crime & Anti social Behaviour are being tackled in this Neighbourhood.

Blue Light

Fake News- Be Aware Wednesfield!

West Midlands Police are warning –

Individuals and businesses are being warned to watch out for cold calls and online contact from fraudsters who are offering victims the opportunity to apply for Government grants for an advance fee.

To make the grants look legitimate fraudsters have set up bogus companies and convincing looking websites that claim to be operating on behalf of the UK Government.

Fraudsters cold call businesses and individuals offering the grant and if they’re interested direct them to fill out an online application form with their personal information.

Once the fraudsters have that information they’ll contact back victims and congratulate them on being accepted onto the grant programme.

Pre-paid credit cards

Applicants are then asked to provide identification and are instructed to get a pre-paid credit card to deposit their own contribution to the fake Government grant scheme.

Fraudsters will then contact victims on the phone or are emailed and asked for the details of their pre-paid credit card and copies of statements to in order for them to add the grant funds.

Of course the grant funds are never given by the fraudsters and the money that’s been loaded by the victim onto the card is stolen.

If you receive one of these calls, hang up immediately and report it to us. We’ve already taken down one website fraudsters have been using to commit this fraud and are working with Companies House to combat this issue.


How to Protect yourself:

Be wary of unsolicited callers implying that you can apply for grants. You should never have to pay to receive a government grant, and they definitely won’t instruct you to obtain a pre-paid credit card. The government should have all the information they need if a genuine grant application was submitted, therefore any requests for personal or banking information either over the phone or online should be refused.

What to do if you’re a victim:

If you think your bank or personal details have been compromised or if you believe you have been defrauded contact your bank immediately.

Stop all communication with the ‘agency’ but make a note of their details and report it to Action Fraud.

If you have been affected by this, or any other type of fraud, report it to Action Fraud by visiting or by calling 0300 123 2040

Kind Regards The Partnership Team


Lets Keep Fires Out of Wednesfield!

Fire can swiftly turn into a tragedy when it breaks out in our communities.

Over the last few years your three City Councillors have tried to alert our community of Wednesfield North of the importance of having working smoke alarms fitted in our homes and property. We have shared information on social media sites that show our residents have been in contact with the Fire Service and have taken advantage of the free service they offer to have smoke alarms fitted.

This is an important service offered by the Fire Service. Please use it.

Statistics I have requested under Freedom of Information legislation.  Tells me that the West Midlands Fire Service has been called out 700 times over a two year period (2015 & 2016) here in our City of Wolverhampton.

During the 700 times that the fires service turned out here in our city, there were 24 persons who were injured by fire, and there were 3 people who lost their lives.

Looking a little closer at Wednesfield North we have been grateful to the fire service as they attended to 9 property fires in 2015 and 9 property fires in 2016. The calls in Wednesfield North as an average of the fires in Wolverhampton are just over 2.5%.

We should always  be on our guard against the threat of fire in our homes. Plus we should all be good neighbours and ensure that our family and friends have a working fire alarm.

Luckily for all of us here in Wednesfield North the actual call out to property fires has not increased at all in the two year period (2015 & 2016). Staying stable at 9 call outs for 2015 and 9 call outs for 2016. But that is still 18 call outs too many!

The fact that we have had no injuries and no fatalities here in our Ward of Wednesfield North during this period, is something to be thankful for.

As we start a New Year 2018, I would urge you to ask your family, your friends and your neighbours – “Do you have an active smoke alarm?” If they haven’t – ask them to contact the local fire station to fit a free one.

Lets do all we can to keep fires out of Wednesfield North.

Supt Keith Fraser

Congratulations Keith Fraser!

I am sure that Wednesfield will want to congratulate  Keith Fraser former Police Superintendent with responsibility for Wednesfield. Today he has announced his joy and ‘excitement’ at being appointed the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales. He had recently retired from the Police force after 32 years of duty.

Keith was a very good Policeman, and helped me with lots of problems we have had here in Wednesfield with anti social behaviour and other crime. Always willing to offer advice and help even when I caught him at home and off  duty.

I am very pleased that the region will have Keith sitting at the national table in an area of law and order that is critical to us all.

Here is how he responded to the Secretary of States announcement. “I am so excited and pleased that The Secretary of State has announced that I have been appointed to the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.”

Congratulations Keith your experience going forward will be a very useful asset for the new organisation you are joining.


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National Express West Midlands Bus Service Changes

From Sunday 7th January 2018 we will have service changes to some routes in the Black Country, full details and new timetables below – 

Service 10 – Perton – Wolverhampton

  • Minor timetable changes.

Services 27 & 27A – Dudley – Wolverhampton

  • Minor timetable changes.

Service 40 – Wednesbury – West Bromwich

  • Revised Sunday timetable to improve reliability.
  • No change to the route.

Service 46 – Great Barr – West Bromwich

  • Revised Sunday timetable to allow the service to interwork with the 40 service.
  • No change to the route.

Service 59 – Wolverhampton – Ashmore Park

  • Minor timetable changes to the morning peak service on weekdays.
  • No change to the route or frequency.

Service 74 – Dudley – Birmingham

  • Minor changes to the timetable on weekdays.
  • No change to the route or frequency.

Service 244 – Q.E. Hospital – Dudley

  • Additional journeys will be introduced on weekday mornings to help with increased customer journeys.
  • Additional journeys will operate from Halesowen to Harborne (Lordswood Road) at 07:08, arriving in Harborne at 07:43, and from Harborne (Lordswood Road) to Dudley at 07:48, arriving in Dudley at 09:07.
  • The 07:48 journey from Harborne has specifically been timed to provide an additional journey and more capacity for pupils of Leasowes School in Quinton.

Service 257 – Stourbridge – Dudley

  • Minor timetable changes.

Service 529 – Wolverhampton – Walsall

  • Minor timetable changes to the early afternoon peak service on weekdays.
  • No change to route or frequency.
ashmore Park shopping

Former Butchers Shop Vacant – Be Quick!


The Ashmore Park Shopping Parade is at the heart of this very popular HOUSING ESTATE.

It is an important venue for local people looking for local shopping opportunities. The Parade has good local shops, which includes  a Butcher, Greengrocer, Fish and Chip shop, local sweetshop with a well known Delicatessen ,Supermarkets, Post Office, and other retail shops plus a dance and music school.

There is currently 1 shop empty on the parade – this is a former butchers shop. Is this the business unit you were looking for?

This shop is currently with the City Council for re-letting.  The shops on Griffiths Drive are very popular with the residents of Ashmore Park,  so it will be likely let via competitive tender.

If you are interested in trading from this shopping parade, then be quick and contact the City Council .



A Museum for Wednesfield?

Wednesfield History Society has a long term aim to have its own museum, its a laudable goal as the society wants to protect and display the Wednesfield history and heritage and its own very local cultural assets.

Recently just before Christmas, when speaking with senior City Officials, I raised this aim that the History Society has directly with the economic development team.

The museum plan had been raised briefly, at a scrutiny meeting of the City Council recently when a Councillors panel were discussing the economy of Wednesfield.

My discussions just before the Christmas break were based around the scrutiny panel investigation. I want to make it clear at this point that there were no real detailed plans discussed by me about the details of the History Society project, no promises made, no ready made proposals kicked about. Just a conversation on where the history society aim was at that moment in time.

My view is that the Wednesfield History Society needs to develop this policy on this aim quickly, It needs to be ‘beefed up’ a bit, and the History Society needs to talk to everyone who can assist in the development of a Museum for Wednesfield.

The threat to Wednesfield as a community in wanting to pull off this objective, is that the latest Government information that is available, is suggesting that there is No more museums needed.

A Government-commissioned review has concluded that Britain should stop building new museums in order to help existing ones survive by prioritising spending on improvements and modernisation. The report also recommends that the myriad of Government organisations funding the sector, including councils, streamline their activities and draw up an action plan and that museums should diversify, including partnering with local schools and health bodies.

My view is that the clock is ticking on this one! A determinable policy should be developed by the History Society quickly, one that can be supported by the community. One that also takes into account the ongoing revenue requirements a museum will require. The wish needs to be developed into a tangible Wednesfield History Society policy.

Currently there is a City Council team working with local Councillors to produce an action plan for the development of the Wednesfield economy. As I see it the ball is with the History Society, and I look forward to them articulating there forward plans. I want them to understand though that their current wish is not going to be easy to develop. That is why time is not on their side.



Wednesfield Road Signs

Historians invited to share secrets of research at symposium

The call has gone out to historians who have been busy unlocking the secrets of Wolverhampton’s past and are keen to share their fascinating findings with others.

The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Senior Archivist Heidi McIntosh wants to hear from amateur historians, either individuals or groups, who are willing to share their research at the city’s 11th Local History Symposium, which takes place in February 2018.

The annual event showcases new and often very significant research into the history of Wolverhampton through a series of short presentations.

Guidance for submissions and an application form are available by emailing The closing date for submissions is Friday 5 January, 2018, and successful individuals will be informed by the end of the following week.

As well as the chance to share their findings with local history enthusiasts, speakers will also be in the running for a Local History Bursary of £400, sponsored by the Express & Star and Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society, to encourage and support further research into the city’s varied past.

The winner will need to demonstrate a focus to their research, indicate clearly the significance of the information presented, communicate their information clearly and simply and demonstrate that they have brought about a growth in understanding on the subject (rather than simply presenting information which is already widely known).

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “Wolverhampton has some incredible stories to tell and over the last decade this symposium has become an important event on the local history calendar.

“Previous symposiums have provided fascinating studies into a wide range of subjects, from the development of the local iron industry, spectacle making in 19th century and the use of child labour trough to Wolverhampton’s waterways, the war graves at Merridale Cemetery and even a history of fast food in Wolverhampton.

“We’re really keen to hear from individuals or groups who want to speak at next year’s event. Not only will they be able to share their findings with others who are passionate about our local history but everyone who takes part will also be in the running for a chance to win the £400 Local History Bursary.”

The 11th Local History Symposium takes place at Wolverhampton City Archives’ Molineux Hotel Building on Saturday 17 February, 2018, from 10am to 4pm. Tickets will be available shortly


Do You Know – 20% of Crime in Wednesfield North Is…….

Everyone is concerned about crime – We are no different here in Wednesfield North than other places. It is a fact that we have one of the lower crime counts in here in the City and across  the Black Country.

But we do not have no crime!

When looking back over the last 11months we have had 422 Violence and Sexual Offences reported here in our Ward. According to Crime UK.

That is a massive 20% or 1 in 5 of all crimes under-taken here in Wednesfield North has been categorised as being of Violence and Sexual Offences!

So what can we do about that? In short I am not certain. We certainly need to reduce this type of crime. I suspect that much of this will take place in peoples homes, and not out on the streets…But I maybe wrong in that assumption.

The police are the experts but we all know that their resources are stretched to near breaking point.

The Government must start soon to release the national purse strings, they must start to reinvest in the Police so that the rest of us can feel safe on the streets and in our homes.

The Governments current plans are to allow the Police and Crime Commissioners to levy increases to your own  Counciltax Bills to pay for extra police resources. I feel that the support the police should be getting should be through the national taxation we all pay to government.

Let me know what you think…… I am keen to see if you feel similar to me on these issues.

Violence and sexual offences 422 20.04%
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Pet Owners – Please Pick Your Pets Poo Up!

There is a lot of complaints coming in that dog walkers are not picking their poo up after their dogs have fouled the pavements  here in Wednesfield North.

I am told that there is a particular problem around the Sandy Crescent, Ashmore Ave and Bargery road area of Ashmore Park. I would like to remind pet owners that it is against the law to allow your dog to foul public areas including parks.

You could even be stopped, to see if you are carrying two bags. to deal with your dogs mess!

Please if you are a pet owner please pick up after your dogs fouled.

I have asked the Local Authority to inspect the roads/footpath mentioned here.