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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

These Geese Are about to get a new home on the soon to be designated Local Nature Reserve!

The Phil Bateman Blog – Hectic Thursday!

Hectic Thursday – Meeting after Meeting! Phew…

Today I started by attending a meeting at the Civic Centre making plans for Fridays continuation of the Scrutiny Panel looking in to the flooding that took place on Bank Holiday May 27th 2018. This meeting with the officials was important as it sets what the agenda will be on Friday.

11.30 – On Bentley Bridge Leisure Park for a meeting with City Council Officials and Mark Welsby of Bentley Bridge Leisure Park relating to the work that I have been undertaking trying to get the Wyrley & Essington Canal gain official Local Nature Reserve status!

Well Football may not be coming home folks. But the status I have craved for this canal, most certainly is! Look out for the week before the Wednesfield Canal Festival, as I am hoping that the official announcements will be made then! Yippee!

12.30 – Meeting moved onto the The Nickelodeon, and the Hands on Wednesfield team met with me, as we worked through all that needs doing to deliver an up beat all action week end for the Wednesfield Canal Festival.

The late this afternoon I along with Mary attended the The Vibrant City Scrutiny Panel at the Civic Centre where we had a full agenda. One of the items discussed was the Kingdom contract for enforcing action against those that litter the City.

Litter is a growing issue. I know it divides people. But without enforcing the law we would be under a pile of dropped litter items. It certainly made a lively debate amongst Councillors like it has done already on these my Facebook Page.

One of the most important facts that have been produced recently by the Public Health team on the City Council is the fact that 22.5% of City adults smoke. That indicates that rates of smokers in this City are going down and our statistics are improving. I think that this is something to be proud of. Though we need to see the figures reduce even more…

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Tuesday Blog – Ahoy! It’s Wednesfield Canal Festival.

Tuesday – Time to Turn to Wednesfield Canal Festival.

Everyday there is an issue that takes time to investigate and find a resolution for.

Tuesday was one of those difficult days.

No set meetings for either Mary or me, but a lot to do during the day.

But a lot of casework to be dealt with from Housing cases through to environmental and road safety issues were in the list of things that were attended too!

I was pretty pleased to be informed that I had been able to give advocacy for one constituent, which has led to her case being reviewed and revised, but the best news is that the Tribunal she attended was successful and she has been awarded Employment and Support Allowance with the Support component. She has received a substantial sum of money for the arrears that the Government had denied her for a considerable time.. I am pleased with this result!

Besides the fact that we need shopping, and there were one or two family issues to divide our time into.

During the remainder of the day I had to move up a gear to start the preparations for the Wednesfield Canal Festival that Hands on Wednesfield, and I are leading on, which will take place on the 11 and 12 August 2018.

The venue will be The Bentley Bridge Leisure Park and at the heart of the festival will be the Wyrley & Essington Canal and The Nickelodeon Public House.

There is a huge amount of work to be undertaken as we start accelerating the proposals that goes into its planning and the detailed activities. All of this effort is designed to first put Wednesfield on the City and regional map, and to provide fun and activities here in our City during what is very much a holiday month.

Last year 4,300 people visited over the two days the Wednesfield Canal Festival operates. That is a big event and of course the work behind the scenes is itself epic.

As soon as the ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ judging day is over, a good many of the same volunteers that take part in the supporting of the ‘In Bloom’ activity, are quickly marshalled into the production of the Canal Festival.

There really is no rest for the wicked!

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There is never A Dull Day in Wednesfield!

Over the week end  two of my constituents contacted me about Two Staffs bull terriers on the loose. It is alleged that they had attacked a man and his dog.

I phoned the 101 number to report, but the number just rang out. I am concerned that it is getting harder and harder to contact the Police. In the end I left an email. Not good I will be writing to the police placing my concerns on public record.

I received this note late last week “I know you are busy at the moment with Wednesfield in Bloom, but I wonder if you could pass this on to the relevant people who could fix the problem.

I catch the bus by the shops in wood end road in particular the bus stop by the Qmin restaurant. It looks like work has been done on pavement for disabled users or motor rise scooters. But with the heat etc the pavement has come loose and is a unsafe and unsightly as per pictures attached.”

I did contact the Highways team and they got back in touch saying that they were going to take a look, and sort something out. Which they did.

Well the Heart of England in Bloom Inspectors came and went last Friday. They were very enthusiastic about the work the Wednesfield Volunteers had done. I expect Wednesfield to win an Award! My own personal thanks goes to everybody who did some work, or who donated flowers, or did some other job to get us through the day. It has been a marvellous experience.

Of course even though the Wednesfield in Bloom Inspectors have now been and gone! The plants still need looking after…I have to say I pray for a little rain at night. I know if it starts (rain!) we probably will not see the sun again! But running around with water in the car is very wearing.

So this week started (Monday 9 July) with a daylong session of The City Councils Scrutiny Panel which I am chairing. It relates to the localised flooding that took place in The City last bank Holiday. The Scrutiny Panel was an all-day affair and not open to the public. Thought the findings will be published.

This was followed by a Wolverhampton Labour Group Meeting in the evening. We left the City Council around 8.30pm….a very long day! Plus the start of a new week……

 

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Still time to help shape education support for SEND pupils

Released: Tuesday 10 July, 2018

There is still time for people to have their say and help improve access to education for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The City of Wolverhampton Council is seeking comments from children and young people, parents, carers and school staff about its draft Schools Accessibility Strategy.

The strategy aims to increase the extent to which pupils with disabilities can participate in the school curriculum, further develop facilities and services so that they can gain the maximum benefit from their time in education and improve the provision of information to disabled pupils and their families.

Once approved, the strategy will be used by schools to inform their Disability Equality Scheme and Accessibility Plan which show how, over time, they will improve access to education for disabled children and young people.

The consultation closes next Friday (20 July, 2018) and the finished School Accessibility Strategy is expected to be published in the autumn.

Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “It’s important that as many people as possible take part in this consultation to ensure that the final strategy meets the needs of children and young people across the city.”

People can find out more about the strategy and have their say by completing an online survey available via www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/consultations.

For more information, or to request a hard copy consultation response form, please contact Nicola Harris, SEND Support Officer, by calling 01902 554302 or emailing nicola.harris@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

1/ For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Paul Brown, Communications Advisor, on 01902 555497 or email paul.brown@wolverhampton.gov.uk.

* Issued by the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Corporate Communications Team.

* For more information, please call 01902 555439.

* More news from the City of Wolverhampton Council is available at:  o www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/news

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Another Day! Yet Another Scam!- Beware….

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Please Accept My Apologies – Busy Today!

Today I am conducting a Scrutiny Review of Wolverhampton’s Flood preparation and response. It will be an ‘All Day’ hearing. It is not a Public Meeting.

The Review is to look at the responsibilities for flood risk management, to the local incident in the Wolverhampton Area on Sunday May 27th 2018. Consequently I will be unavailable today for other issues. Please accept my apologies…..

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Police Asked To Update Knife Crime Stats in Wednesfield North.

I have written to the West Midlands Police asking them to update the statistics for me around knife crime in Wednesfield North.
Those that read my social media sites will remember that I raised this issue a little while back –
I wrote to West Midlands Police towards the end of 2017, about knife crime in Wednesfield North. They reassured me with these facts then. “There had only been 7 reported knife crimes in Wednesfield North from January 2014 through to September 2017.
Less than 2 offences a year.”
But since the murder of the young boy in Wolverhampton and the fact that another youngster was stabbed in Bentley Bridge.
I have asked the Police to comment on the situation currently. Asking if knife crime has risen here in Wednesfield North in the  last 9 months?
From September 2017 through to June 2018.
When I have a response I will place it on my web sites, so that you may see the latest information. Knives are deadly weapons and parents really must keep a watchful eye on their children, helping keep them safe, and safe from others.
Lets all together end the knife culture….
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National Express Rides The Moroccan Road To Success!

Councillor Phil Bateman said “National Express expands its overseas transport operation again, this time in Morocco, and it will make its transport competitors look with envy at its latest success. The big thing for us here in the West Midlands is that this international business is quickly becoming a stock market favourite, as well as being Head Quartered in Birmingham! Here in the heart of the West Midlands.”

With over three-quarters of National Express’ revenues secured abroad, the Group has been significantly growing its international presence in recent years. All of which is good news for the company and its employees, and dare I say it! Good for the West Midlands Local economy also.   

With this fifth contract, National Express becomes the largest transport operator in Morocco. National Express Group PLC (‘National Express’ or ‘the Group’) is pleased to announce that its Spanish and Moroccan division, ALSA, has been awarded a major bus contract in the cities of Rabat, Salé and Temara, Morocco. Rabat is Morocco’s second most populous city and this contract will be ALSA’s largest in the kingdom. The 500 bus contract is expected to carry 109 million passengers a year across 61 routes. It is initially for 15 years, with an option of a further 7 year extension, with services commencing within a year.  ALSA will operate the contract as the majority shareholder of a joint venture with CityBus, a local transport company. The contract is expected to secure €1 billion of revenue over the life of the contract. Dean Finch, National Express Group Chief Executive, said: “I am delighted we have secured this major new bus contract in Morocco. We have been steadily growing our presence in Morocco as part of our strategy to expand in rapidly growing urban areas, helping to diversify our earnings.” “It is particularly pleasing that our track record for service excellence in Morocco played a significant part in this successful bid. We hope to build on this success and secure further expansion in the coming years.” Notes National Express/ALSA’s 20 year history in Morocco With this award, ALSA becomes the largest transport operator in Morocco. ALSA’s first Moroccan contract was awarded in 1999 – managing urban transport in Marrakech.  Other cities were subsequently added: Agadir (2010), Tangier (2013) and Khourigba (2015).  With Rabat, ALSA’s Moroccan business will: •    carry around 265 million passengers a year;  •    have a fleet of 1,000 buses;  •    employ 3,600 people. National Express growing international presence With over three-quarters of National Express’ revenues secured abroad, the Group has been significantly growing its international presence in recent years.   In North America, National Express operates nearly 25,000 vehicles in the school bus, transit, para-transit and employee shuttle markets. National Express is the second largest private operator of school buses in North America.  In Spain, National Express is the largest public transport operator, with around 2,500 buses and coaches, carrying around 159 million passengers a year.   National Express has also entered two new countries in recent years: •    National Express has operated the Rhine-Munster Express and Rhine-Wuppertal Bahn in Germany since December 2015. We have been awarded contracts to operate two further contracts to operate the Rhine-Ruhr Express, the first starting in June 2019 and the second in December 2020. •    National Express acquired Alpybus, and ski transfer business in Switzerland at the start of 2016. More recently we have consolidated this presence with a further three acquisitions in the Geneva area, expanding operations beyond ski-transfer and into the tourist and school bus markets.

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Tuesday – Visits and Casework.

Tuesday has again been a fantastic Summer’s Day! 27 degrees and sunshine from morning to night!

I had a meeting early this morning with Wolverhampton Homes, and once again had another look at the former Elephant Park at Millbank Street. It was in a better condition than last week as some of the grass had been strimmed. I think that we need to know what residents think about this land.

Wolverhampton Homes want to off load it either by selling it or passing it onto another organisation, through perhaps a community interest company?

I am keen to hear what local residents think about this, and hear what ideas are about with regards to its future uses.

I then made a visit to an elderly lady who had been terrified after finding that intruders had been in her garden. I asked the Police to visit her, which they did, and I popped along this morning to find out what had been said. I also visited another family to talk about Police issues.

Following that I made a visit to Ashmore Park Nursery School , and spoke with the Head about a forthcoming Full Governors Meeting. Then a quick visit to The Hub at Ashmore Park, where I was given some more casework!

Then a  visit to Ashmore Park Shopping Parade planters where by this time Mary had caught up with me, and we watered the plants that the community had planted, for Wednesfield in Bloom. I have been asked by some residents about the litter and the rubbish that is being dropped around the shopping parade.

I am informed by Wolverhampton Homes that the shops at Griffiths Drive are noted as one of the hot spot areas for litter, and as such the WH managed waste bins and surrounding areas are visited each working day, to keep on top of the litter.

Just before I travelled to the Civic Centre I popped into the Village to water the plants in the raised flower beds as we had received a telephone message that they were severely wilting in the Sun! So more water was loaded into the car to take down and give the plants a slurp!

The day finished with a City Council meeting at the Civic Centre tonight. Followed by again a night watching England in front of the TV screen. What an exciting match it turned out to be! So we win and onto the quarter Finals game with Sweden on Saturday….I love the World Cup!