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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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Beware Parking Around New Cross Hospital- It Could Be Costly!

I want my constituents to be very much aware of an issue that has been developing around a privately owned Parking site close to New Cross Hospital

Please be very careful if you use this site….Here is what one of my constituents have said about it in a written statement to me.

“I fell foul of Parking Eye on the 15th of March , with all New Cross parking spaces full and desperate to make an out patients appointment I pulled on the car park adjacent to Bentley Bridge after seeing  ‘a park here sign.’

This was a big mistake as there is no payment facility offered, just signs that ask you to use your phone, so you go through a 4 to 5 minutes keypad command to set up an account , which they then confirm , following this you again use your phones keypad to add debit card details after which they confirm payment, difficult for the old and infirm to navigate .

The following week I received a demand for £100, if paid within 2 weeks £60, identifying my car and personal details through DVLA  .

You can appeal on line, which I did , no reply from Parking Eye, then a day or 2 before 14 days,I received a further reminder , so paid £60 . Low and behold 3 days later I received my Bank statement with a payment of £3.20 for the parking , Now I am livid and will be requested return of all monies and compensation for the duress , stress and having to request a new debit card , will keep you informed .”

Please be very careful, even if you are in a hurry for a New Cross appointment.

I have asked Wolverhampton City Council Trading Standards team to investigate, but in the meantime please be very careful where, and how you park., it could be costly!

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Bin Request Refused!

I recently received a request from residents about a rubbish bin that used to be attached close to a bus stop in Peacock Avenue which went missing. I requested that a new bin be fitted in its place….

Sadly the response I have received from the City Council is negative on the request.

Here is what has been written to me….” A member of team visited the location on a number of occasions and reports no major issues with regards to litter some cigarette butts were present but no more than the norm at most bus stops across the City.On the basis of the feedback reports back above a litter bin will not be fitted.”

I will gladly receive your comments and photos if you have any of the problem….my email address is  –


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Councillors Call For Water re-Connection!

Wednesfield North Councillors are working with Ashmore Park Bowling Club to get their water supply re-connected, in time for the advent of the new Bowling season.

The water supply may have been affected by the deep freeze weather we have had recently.

Councillor Mary Bateman said ” We are however on the case, and will do our best for it  to be connected soon.”

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We Need Your Opinion – Now!

There has been a big explosion of interest in the Black Country Core Strategy and the implications it could have on housing and the Greenbelt that has been in use for decades. Essington and Wednesfield have been protected from merging by the stringent regulation and operation of Greenbelt policy. With these proposals your Wednesfield North Councillors are now looking to understand your views as to the consultation. If you can take a few minutes to complete this survey, it would be appreciated!


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A Look Back At Wednesfield North Labour Party History!

I was looking at the Wednesfield North Labour Party minutes book last night . I had open the page relating to the 9th January Meeting 1994, some 24 years ago.

The names of those attending that meeting were instantly recognisable – We had three Labour Councillors then as we have today. They were Councillor Gillian Walton. Councillor Gwen Stafford Good, and Councillor Phil Bateman. Also in attendance was Bob Jones, (Still a Labour Member) and still attending meetings! Len Davies, Iris Major (Iris is still a Party member) a real stalwart of the Party. Doug Legg, Alan Radford, and Mary Bateman.

We held a one minutes silence for the passing away of an Ashmore Park Legend – Bernard Gandy. Branch members stood in silence for Bernard as a means of  respect. Bernard was a longstanding member of the Wednesfield North Labour Party. He was a Councillor on Wednesfield Urban District Council.

The main issues discussed at the meeting was

  • Correspondence from Wolverhampton North East CLP re the vacancy for the Euro -Coordinator for the forthcoming European Elections.
  • The shortage of Education Psychologists
  • Rumours about the Ashmore Park Co-Op closing
  • The condition of the roads and the complaints about gritting, and pot holes!
  • The new investment being made in Oak Meadow School
  • The Pedestrian Crossing on the Lichfield Road
  • Letter from Ken Purchase MP praising the excellent Ward Reports!

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he Ashmore Park Tenants and Residents Association Chairman. He was a good man and did much good work for Ashmore Park. He had recently passed away, and the Branch instructed the Secretary to write to his widow expressing sympathy and condolences.

Councillors Reports

Cllr Stafford Good reported that she had attended the Police Consultative Committee, acted to assist Gary Cooper at Hodson House, with regards to a toilet, and had involved herself with the Garden development there. Gwen then informed the Branch she had informed the MAYOR and  had written to Joan, Bernards widow – about his huge contribution to Wednesfield and Wolverhampton.

Councillor Gill Walton – Raised some issues relating to a public meeting with residents living above the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade, which was held at Corpus Christi School. Also a meeting held at Moat House Lane Depot on the 17th January for local residents. She suggested that the new cable TV which was taking place on Ashmore Park would play havoc with the footpaths.

Councillor Phil Bateman – reported that – We had campaigned against the sale of the sports fields at Jennie Lee School. Wednesfield North had led the expose of the 83 children who were waiting for occupational therapy in Primary Schools in Wolverhampton. He also spoke about the death of Bernard Gandy. He appealed for the need to boost Labour Party membership in Wednesfield North. He told the Branch that they should prepare for a dirty campaign in this years Local Elections.

Any Other Business

  • The Branch were told of a Public Meeting being scheduled for 14th Jan 1994 with Malcolm Wicks MP the speaker. It was about the Child Support Agency.
  • Another Public meeting 3rd March 1994 – With Peter Hain MP –  ON THE ‘FUTURE OF THE LABOUR PARTY.

Doug Legg raised a number of questions about the funding of the Youth Club, Councillors responded to Doug’s requests, He also raised the issue about the need to have a new Community Centre on land close to the Youth Club.

The Branch agreed to have a horse racing night on the 9th April to raise funds for the Wednesfield North Party.

Chairman Bob Jones signed the Minutes as being true and correct….




Councillor Mary Bateman.  Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Councillor Warns Of Increased Theft From Cars!

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Proposal – 2,500 Homes on Essington – Wednesfield Boundary!

Wednesfield North City Councillors said today “We fear that this Strategic Plan has put the cat amongst the pigeons!”

Wednesfield North Councillors said “Developers and constructors have made it known yesterday of their keenness   to look at sites to develop homes along the Green Belt within in Essington and in Staffordshire, and the beautiful amenity that gives Wednesfield North residents the  only ‘big sky’ vista available in this part of the City. This landscape which has remained unchanged for centuries is now clearly under threat.

The Wolverhampton North East border at Wednesfield North, is being earmarked for a huge 2,500 home development, massive in size and area, and running along side the Essington and Wednesfield Boundary. The plans also want to see even more homes in similar style alongside the Bushbury Staffordshire Boundary.

This land is attracting big attention…. Whilst it is important to flag up that at this stage the Councils are simply publishing the ‘call for sites’ information which has been submitted through a public consultation. 

Nevertheless we know how our Community  will feel and how angry and upset they will be at the implication of construction on this site and others along the City border over the next twenty years, as valued Green Belt land as from today becomes the target for house building.

City Officers have informed your Councillors that “No assessment has been made of the relative merits of these sites, and no decisions have yet been taken.”

They inform your Wednesfield North Councillors that all of the sites will be considered against planning criteria as part of the Black Country Core Strategy Review, following a joint Green Belt review with South Staffordshire Council programmed to take place during 2018.

The responses to the Issues and Options consultation included ‘call for sites’ submissions, where landowners and developers put sites forward for consideration in the review.

 The consultation responses and details of the ‘call for sites’ submissions was made public on 12 March.

The next stage of the Plan process will be a Preferred Spatial Options report, due to be published in late 2018.  There will be extensive public consultation at this stage, which will inform development of the final Plan.”

Councillor Phil and Mary Bateman with Councillor Rita Potter said “Let us state from the outset, Wednesfield North Councillors are strongly against the development of Green Belt and the loss of any further agricultural land North of Linthouse Lane and Kitchen Lane.

We will strongly object to the loss of these amenities, and we will fight to ensure that there is no merging via the 2,500 homes identified for potential construction along our border with Essington and Ashmore Park.

Adding thousands of homes in Essington and marching them right up to Linthouse Lane and Kitchen Lane will alter dramatically the area that our residents enjoy as amenity. We feel that our community will be strongly against these proposals.

We note from the City Officer comments that there will be extensive consultations later this year about these proposals, and we serve notice now that our team of Labour Councillors will be vociferous as we aim to reflect what our constituent’s views will be.”

Please note our strong feelings and our determination to reflect what our constituents will want.


Councillor Mary Bateman.  Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Wednesfield North Ward Labour Party Announce Prospective Candidate!

Councillor Mary Bateman has been selected as the Prospective Candidate for Wednesfield North Labour Party in the forthcoming Wolverhampton City Council elections In May 2018.

Mary has been the sitting Councillor since 2014, and is well known around the Ward.

Born and bred in Wednesfield, Mary has been active in our community of Wednesfield North for more than 30 years.

Wednesfield North Labour Party said today “We are very pleased to announce that Mary has agreed to become our Prospective Candidate, she has done much good work in the community, is active in schools as a Governor, Mary has been active in voluntary work in Wednesfield, through Wednesfield in Bloom, The Wednesfield Canal Festival, The Hub on Ashmore Park, and other organisations.

Mary is a quality candidate for the Labour Party, she lives here in  Wednesfield North Ward , we are proud to work with her to win the Ward again for Labour”.

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1035 Property Fires – But It Is Getting Better!

The Fire Service Is one of those public protection services that we often only think about when we require them! They are without doubt a great asset to all of us. There are some really big changes coming in the way that the Fire Service will be overseen and delivered soon.

I wanted to get a feel for how we here in Wolverhampton and Wednesfield North have been served by our Fire Service over the last three years.

Wolverhampton Statistics

  • There have been 1035 property fires in Wolverhampton over the last three years (2015-2016-2017)
  • We have seen a 5.01% decrease in property fires in Wolverhampton from 2015-2016
  • Followed by a further fall in the year 2016-2017 of 1.76%
  • In three years there has been four tragic deaths from fires in the City, three disastrously in 2016 but the good news is that only 1 death occurred in 2017, a 66.67% decrease.
  • There have been 31 Injury’s  in the City of Wolverhampton from property fires in this three year period.
  • An increase of 18.18% from 2015 to 2016 during this period was disappointing to record.
  • But during 2016 to 2017 the injuries reduced from 13 in 2016 to 7 in 2017. This is a reduction of 46.15% in property fire injuries.

Wednesfield North – When we look closely at property fires in Wednesfield North we find that we have had 27 fires in total , with no injuries from fires in any of the three years (2015-2016-2017). With no deaths at all in in any of those years, the statistics have been kind to Wednesfield North.

Here are the statistics for you to see –


2015 Wolverhampton Wednesfield North ward
Number of property fires 359 9
Injuries from property fires 11 0
Deaths from property fires 0 0
2016 Wolverhampton Wednesfield North ward
Number of property fires 341 9
Injuries from property fires 13 0
Deaths from property fires 3 0
2017 Wolverhampton Wednesfield North ward
Number of property fires 335 9
Injuries from property fires 7 0
Deaths from property fires 1 0

We do need to be forever alert to the dangers of fire, we need to ensure that our family’s  have smoke alarms fitted in their properties. That we teach young children the dangers of fire, and warn them of the consequences of playing with fire.

Your Local Councillor’s are however very pleased to see these statistics, but we want them to be even lower in 2018!

We are very fortunate that we have a Fire Service that is well trained and highly professional.

I know that they are under huge financial pressures because the Government has taken more money from them and are forcing further resource reductions from them for the coming financial year.

I know we value our Fire Service here in Wednesfield North, and I will be producing some further commentary during the course of 2018.

In the mean time please let me know your views on our Fire Service!