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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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International Women’s Day – Inspiring Women #PressforProgress!


Wednesfield North Labour Party is proud to support International Women’s Day 2018

We are proud in Wednesfield North to have  two very active women Councillors, in our team of elected members.

Both Councillor Rita Potter and Councillor Mary Bateman play a full role in the activities that take place here in our Community.

Both Councillors do their best to inspire women in their daily activities. They are great role models, whether it’s through their activities in the community, or by their volunteering, or in their support of progressive policy in the City Council.

The Suffragette Movement is 100 years old this year, we are sure that those determined women who brought about changes to the British Parliamentary System. Women throughout Britain have been pressing for progress ever since.

One suffragette, Emily Davison, ran out in front of the king’s horse during the Derby of 1913 and was killed, in pursuance of giving women the right to Vote.

The International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress. It is a theme that our two Councillors enact every day on behalf of our community. They represent Wednesfield North well and we are very proud of them.


Wednesfield North have three City Councillors two of whom are Women Councillor Rita Potter and Councillor Mary Bateman.


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2018 Residents Programme


Wolverhampton has its 2018 Residents Programme fast approaching – The Residents Programme showcases what ‘a great place the city is to live, learn, work and have a healthily lifestyle’ and promotes the support available to residents so that they can make the most of the opportunities within the city.

Look out for over 50 opportunities for free support with living, learning and working in the City of Wolverhampton! A packed programme of events runs from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 31 March which includes free drop-in and bookable sessions to support people into work, to find an apprenticeship, to find the right home and improve their wellbeing.

There are also events aimed at supporting families, supporting people to stay independent, and information on how you can get more involved in our city. You can find out more at the website

Waiting and Parking Restrictions Order for Russell Close

AND RESTRICTION OF WAITING AND STREET PARKING PLACES)   (AMENDMENT NO 3) ORDER 2018 Vehicles will be prohibited from waiting/loading/unloading at any time in parts of Russell Close and Barnard Road. Existing traffic regulation orders will be varied or revoked where necessary to facilitate these proposals. Copies of the Orders, Statement of Reasons and plans showing the road(s) affected may be inspected at normal office hours at Main Reception, Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton or by e-mailing Any objection to the proposed Orders should be made in writing to the undersigned by 29 March 2018 stating the ground for the objection

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We have had a Police Station In Wednesfield For Many Years!

West Midlands Police wrote to your Councillors in February about the closure of Wednesfield Police station… This is the response I wrote.

“Thanks for the information. But I remain very unhappy about the conclusion. We have had a Police station in Wednesfield for many years. I was unhappy when the original decision to close the Police station was made to the Public.

I remain of the same opinion now, following the latest news.

I think the removal of the Police station will take the Police even further away from the public.

Less and less physical built Police environment, with the public getting even less personal contact with the police is a nonsense. The big losers will be the police. Both in terms of the public connections, and having to travel further distances all the while, for custody suites.

I know that the Police are making these decisions based upon the need to save money….but please, do not tell me it is a better way to deliver service, because it is not!”

Those are the feelings that Cllr Mary Bateman and I have, with regards to the latest information being sent out by WMP- We have not had a response yet.

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A Message from Your Councillors- A Well Done to City Council Staff!

This is a message from your Wednesfield North Councillors team….To all Wednesfield North residents. Hopefully we will have seen the last from the “Beast from the East”! It certainly brought March in with a roar!

We want to thank Wolverhampton City Workers and all the staff that put in extra effort to try and keep the city open and safe, and moving.

A huge thank you to city officials and staff from right across the council who worked overnight and sometimes, in atrocious conditions, to keep the city safe and moving.

We have seen some local criticism about what the Gritting Crews ‘havent done’.

But I can assure you all that Gritting crews worked tirelessly over the period this weekend to treat the roads – covering more than 1,000 miles of highway and spreading over 263 tonnes of salt on the priority network as well as refilling salt bins across the city.

The Gritters have been working non-stop, mechanics have been working hard to keep the wagons moving and many other colleagues have been on call and helping too.

Wolverhampton Homes staff have done everything we have requested of them for tenants who have been unfortunate with the weather. It’s inevitable that with the kind of arctic weather we have had to endure, that some homes pipes and boilers have been breached by the sub-zero weather and snow. There have been multiple call outs at the same time for the same problems with pipes bursting and condenser boilers suffering badly from the sub arctic temperatures.

We want to thank everyone for helping our constituents here in Wednesfield North.

Social media has been immensely important, and unlike in previous weather storms, it was noticeable how much the Wolverhampton Today pages were used for communication. Also our own social media sites were being read, and responded too by larger numbers of residents than before..

We do hope residents will continue to be informed through the City Council social media channels, Wolverhampton Today on Facebook and @wolvescouncil on Twitter. Plus please use ‘blog’ site for information which is linked to CouncillorPhil Bateman MBE Facebook site, and Phil Bateman Twitter account.

So finally let’s hope it is better and warmer weather from now on!

Thank you for reading this from your Wednesfield North Labour Party Team.

Yours sincerely

Councillor Phil Bateman

Councillor Rita Potter

Councillor Mary Bateman

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Millbank Street Up date

The Planning Permission for the House of Multiple Occupancy in Millbank Street that was submitted to the Planning Committee in December 2017, has now been withdrawn. Here is what Wolverhampton City Council Planning team has officially informed me.


“The application has been formally withdrawn and so is no longer under consideration.”


That means that there is no HMO being considered for this site.


But the issue of the site and the house has not yet be resolved, as the agent will want to do something with this property. So everyone will have to be alert! If it is to remain the same as it was a family home. I am sure that everyone locally will be in favour.


I can say however that if there is a further application submitted I have it from the City Council that they will of course consult residents.


I must admit it was good to see so many local residents coming together in the way that the community did, to make their views very clear, about the unwanted planning application.

Make no mistake it was very much the unity of your purpose that helped convince the decision makers!

Please keep together and be alert about the owners alternative proposals, if he comes up with any.

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The Angel Inn is of Historic Importance to Wednesfield.

History is important, and Wednesfield history is so darned interesting….

The Angel Inn in Wednesfield High Street has been rebuilt around 1932, it was rebuilt on the existing site of the old Angel PH. The Angel has long been a place where Wednesfield folk have congregated for a drink, a natter, and it looks like the odd wager and fight! It is a very important local Public House and has been at the centre of Wednesfield life for hundreds of years!

In 1866 The Angel Inn was where fighters wagered their fists against others!

In this snippet of Wednesfield History – A Mr J Done of Wednesfield (Could this be a member of the Wednesfield Bakery Family?) Announced he would fight J Clift of Lane End Willenhall at 9st .6lb.The wagers were touted and Mr J Done announced that he would be “at Mr Leedhams Angel Inn Wednesday, and any night next week to meet and make a match.

The news made it all the way to London and was reported in Bells Life in London and Sporting Chronicle 27 January 1866……

Nearly 30 years earlier The Angel Inn was very much the place for Cock Fighting some – the same publisher Bells Life in London & Sporting Chronicle in January 1837 reported. “James Hadley of Wednesfield will fight a main of Cocks against Whitehead of Gornal for £5 a battle, and £50 the main. “His needful is ready at the Angel Inn”.

Interestingly Cock Fighting had been made illegal two years earlier in the UK in 1835!

It had clearly not gone away in Wednesfield in 1837 where it was still being advertised in publications.

Cock Fighting is still taking place illegally and underground in the UK today. Its very much an underground cruel sport . But the RSPCA is still involved in the battle to stop this activity from taking place today in 2018.

My hope is that it isn’t happening in Wednesfield today, even an underground version…..!


Once again I owe much to Jackie Harrison of Wednesfield History Society who finds these useful snippets of history for me… 

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Wednesfield Robbers Fire Shots – Our History Is Amazing!


Wednesfield on a Saturday night can have its moments, as we see from time to time!

 Its been the same over the centuries.

Here is an article printed in the Staffordshire Advertiser on the 1st February 1817. It’s a very dramatic account of the robbers of the past!

Poor old John Mason had a bit of a shock when “7 or 8” men surrounded his home in Wednesfield.

Some of these men had guns!  John was in bed when he heard a bit of a commotion, he looked out of the window to see these blokes who instantly lifted their guns and fired at him!

As the paper says they missed their shots and the bullets hit a beam in the ‘chamber’. Another gun was fired at another part of the house.

The Brewhouse which was attached to Mason’s property, was broken open and the robbers grabbed and took off with ten geese, eight ducks, and a quantity of fowl!

John Mason and his family had a very torrid time as threats were hurled at him, and the men promised him another visit.

Next time in larger numbers!

They left shouting that they ”want something better next time”.

So there you have it folks! I think our Saturday nights here in Wednesfield in 2018 are a lot less worrying than in 1817!

My thanks again to Jackie Harrison one of our Wednesfield History Detectives who has supplied the story to me. Jackie is a prominent member of Wednesfield History Society.

Keep them coming Jackie.


Jackie is featured in the Photo at the last meeting of Wednesfield History Society.




Big New Station – Brings Big News For Wolverhampton.

Galliford Try to deliver more than a railway station to the city

The contractor appointed to build City of Wolverhampton’s new railway station has committed to deliver further social and economic benefits to the city.

Galliford Try is one of the UK’s leading construction groups, responsible regionally for major projects such as the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

They have started early site works in preparation for the start of demolition of the existing railway station – with the new station building expected to be completed in 2020.

During that time Galliford Try will implement a Community Benefits Plan in the city, covering a range of education, employment and supply chain activity.

Targets include 27 activities focused on either education, apprentices and employment, 203 apprentice weeks, 8 work placements, and using 50% or more local labour.

Galliford Try have also pledged their support to city homelessness initiatives – The Church at Broad Street, which provides a bed for the night for homeless people, and the Good Shepherd Ministry, which feeds homeless people.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “Galliford Try has been tasked with delivering a railway station the City of Wolverhampton can be proud of.

“They have a crucial part to play in the city’s £150 million Interchange project.

“It is also great to see a major company like them make such a strong commitment to the people of the City of Wolverhampton through their corporate social responsibility channels.”

Simon Burton, Managing Director of Galliford Try West Midlands and South West, said: “As a responsible contractor, investing in the local economy and skills is a vital part of what we do. We are delighted to be able to engage with the Council on the Community Benefits Plan and look forward to working with them to achieve our targets going forward.”

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New Railway Station – nightime


Wednesfield and the Suffragettes Movement!

At the last Wednesfield History Society meeting. There was a small band of Members who were interested in any local Wednesfield History around the Suffragettes. I have been exploring possible links with the Wolverhampton Archives team.

Here is what I have found out.

I can confirm that, as yet, we have no evidence of a prominent suffragette residing within Wednesfield.  It is apparent that there was support as evidenced by the following quote, taken from an article by George J Barnsby, which states:


“At the end of April, Gladice Keevil was announcing her plans for May. She was bringing Mrs. Pethwick-Lawrence into Wolverhampton on Wednesday the 3rd to a meeting at Victoria Hall and the next day there was a meeting in the Market Square. There was also to be an open-air meeting the following Saturday in the Market place. Gladice was in Wolverhampton the whole of that week holding Market place meetings on Saturday, Monday, Thursday and Friday with a meeting at Wednesfield on the Tuesday and Tettenhall the next day.”


(Gladice was the National Organiser for the WSPU and established a regional office in Birmingham.)


Archives tell me that that they “ do hold a small bound volume of the Wolverhampton Women’s Suffrage Society Annual Reports 1909-1915 which provides a list of names of members of the society and where their meetings are being held.  However, the names do not have corresponding addresses and none of the meetings take place in Wednesfield.”


Archives go on to say “ The reports do note that there is much more support than it appears by simply viewing the membership lists but that many women are not comfortable formally joining the Society. The Red Books for 1914 -1918 show that the Society is still in existence during the war years but does not have a Wednesfield Branch (it does have a Blakenhall one).”


I am so indebted to the Archives team and Claire Jones the Archive Assistan, for assisting me in finding this information.

Now we know that some of The Members of the Wednesfield Local History Society regularly use the Archives – Perhaps if they find any snippets they can be kept, and repoted to the next History Society meeting.

The exhibition that is currently displayed in the Archives shows a newspaper article entitled Sulphur v Suffragettes and discusses sulphur being thrown at Suffragettes in Wolverhampton in March 1904.


Perhaps I can suggest that if you live in Wednesfield and have never visited the Wolverhampton Archives you do so! It’s a really great place to spend an hour looking at our Local History.

The Photograph is of Emma Sproson or Red Emma, a Leading Wolverhampton Suffragette, and the first Woman elected on Wolverhampton Council….