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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

Barnard Road care home

Barnard Road- “Appalling Mess. Mud on the road and footpaths!”

Barnard Road – Last week a resident spoke with me about the poor state of Barnard Road on Ashmore Park. The new Care Home being constructed by Voyage appears to have ‘lost control’ over the contractors building the development.

The resident asked me to pop a long and take a look. Which I did.

It was an appalling mess. Mud on the road and footpaths, which were also obstructed, Vans everywhere!  There appeared to me to be a lack of control, and the planning conditions placed on the developer, were it seemed not being carried out.

I wrote immediately  to the Highway Authority and Planning Authority so that they could be made aware of the situation.”

There are  planning condition attached to the permission that requires the developer to manage such things as spoil/waste, parking and wheel washing and so enforcement of such matters rests with the Planning Department.

I also contacted the people working with the Voyage Company who own the development. The fact of the matter is that this development is not being managed as the planning conditions said it should. I have made very strong representations about this situation. I will keep residents informed of the results of my action.



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Crime in Wednesfield North – Not Good Stats!

These are the crime stats as produced by West Midlands Police for Wednesfield North Ward, here in Wolverhampton.

Perhaps the statistics that jumps out at you is the fact that we have 73 more crimes in the year to date.


  • We have had 32 Burglaries up – 16 on the year to date.
  • We have had 48 Criminal damage – up16 on the year to date
  • We have had 3 Robberies – down 1on the year to date
  • We have had 47 Theft from Shops – 14 on the year to date

Interested in finding out more about crime in Wednesfield North- Wednesfield PACT meetings are designed for the public.




Wednesfield North

  Oct  2017 YTD DIFF Sep 2016 YTD DIFF
ALL CRIME 56 329 +73
Burglary Dwelling 10 32 +16
Burglary Other
Criminal Damage        12 48 +16
Robbery 3 3 -1
Vehicle Crime TOMV 0 4 -7
Vehicle Crime TFMV 10 29 +13
Theft from shops 7 47 +14

















The Children's Society

Supporting The Children’s Society

November 2017 – Mary and I have donated another small sum, this time of £57 to the Children’s Society.

We have been a long time supporter of this charity. We like the fact that the Children Society is all about trying to create a better world for children!

In March of this year we also donated £108.00 to the charity…..We have been supporters of the charity for a very long time. If you too are interested in supporting this charity…perhaps calling in on St Thomas’s Church would be worthwhile. They help and support the charity here in Wednesfield.

Working In His Shop!

Raj Kumar Drive- How About That Then!

Here is a good news story that will please lots of residents of Ashmore Park.

Following the death earlier this year, of popular tradesman Raj Kumar. I had a request made by local resident Peadar Brewster asking if it was possible to get the service road running at the back of the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade named after him.

I have been actively advocating this action and I can tell residents today that the Authorities have written to me stating that –

I am pleased to let you know that I have had no objections to the request to name the service road off Griffiths Drive as shown on the attached plan.  

Therefore I can confirm that the name, Raj Kumar Drive, has now been allocated. 

As discussed this will not be used for postal addresses, it will still remain a private service road to the rear of the shops providing access. As noted in the wording for the consultation it will be by way of a memorial to a much respected local trades person who passed away earlier this year.”

Your three Local Councillors are delighted with this turn of events, and think this course of action will be the best way to remember Raj, a great bloke. Who as we all found out earlier this year, did much for individuals, and really did help to enhance the reputation of Ashmore Park.

Thanks to Padda, for pressing the idea initially. I will inform residents when the plates are ready.

Finally thanks to Wolverhampton Homes, who have agreed the proposals, and have willingly and with pace delivered the wishes of our Estate.

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Planning Application – 601 Griffith Drive – Sunbed Salon

A planning Application has been submitted for a business which wants to operate Sunbeds at the vacant store alongside the Co-Op and the Ashmore Inn.This will require a change of use from the current planning permission.

The Planning Application is 17/01363/FUL – Change of use from Class A1 (Retail) to Sui Generis (Sunbed Salon) | 601 Griffiths Drive Unit 2 Wolverhampton West Midlands WV11 2LJ

It is for sunbeds (15 cubicles). The site notice went up Friday of last week.

Residents will want to note that the Consultation period expires on 8th December 2017.

The full planning application is viewable by placing this link into the browser

Residents who want to object to the scheme or who want further information,may make contact through the planning department of Wolverhampton City Council.

There is a facility that allows you to make an electronic comment if you so require – The Planning Officer dealing with the application is Mr Ragbir Sahota.

Or you may contact your Local Councillors with your views via email.




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Breaking News From Oz! – Britain’s Juniors Beat Australia in Cycle Speedway Test!

Big News from Adelaide Australia Today

“Job done for the Cycle Speedway Junior GB team taking the Ashes and now a series white out.” 

Third and final match finished Australia 74 – Great Britain 100. Wednesfield riders played their part.

Wednesfield Councillors want to congratulate all of you especially the Wednesfield riders…..on  playing your part in this international match! We are all very proud of you and your Club and International team mates.

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Government Budget – Ignores Public Anxiety Over Lack of Police Resources

Councillor Phil Bateman MBE responds to the Government budget today. ” I want to place on record my concern that the Government missed a great opportunity today to say that they cared about the safety of our communities.

I am very concerned with crime in my City of Wolverhampton and particularly in my Ward of Wednesfield North. Yet this Government takes no notice at all of our concerns and continually squeezes resources to West Midlands Police.

Recently the City of Wolverhampton Council passed a resolution demanding action from the Government….yet this Conservative Government just ignores the concerns.

The West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner bemoaned the fact that “Having lost £145 million and 2,000 officers since 2010 our police force has diminished considerably in size.”

Today the Government had a chance to build confidence by increasing police resources and assuring citizens that they had a plan to tackle our concerns. But they didn’t, and they appear not to care a fig about protecting and serving our communities…….remember this when the Tory candidate turns up canvassing votes at the next General Election.”

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Its The Economy That Matters!

Our traditional High Streets are in state of flux, more evidence is coming out that suggests that Britain’s changing shopping habits is having a fundamental shift in the make up of retail.

A recent report commissioned by the Confederation of Passenger Transport warns that there are a number of potential threats to the High Street materialising. it is a useful pointer.

The Report  commissioned by the Confederation of Passenger Transport Scotland (CPT), used data from some of the largest transport groups. It found rising levels of car ownership and usage had wiped out 15 million bus journeys during the past four years. Auditors KPMG said an increase in car ownership cut bus journeys by 12 million over four years, while different shopping habits, including an increase in online services and home delivery options, contributed to a decrease of 7.3 million trips.

Reduced bus service routes and increased bus journey times arising from congestion accounted for a fall in 5.9 million trips and increases in bus fares putting people off four million trips.

Changes to economic and workplace structures, such as flexible working, a mix of full and part-time work and changes to the number of people in self-employment and zero-hour contracts. This, alongside competition from rail, trams, taxi companies — such as Uber — and cycling, explained a reduction of 8.7 million trips.

So whilst Scotland is not England.

The information must be seen against the local conditions that prevail. Here in Wednesfield Wolverhampton and the West Midlands we have decent bus services currently.

But the changing face of retail will create situations where local bus routes will be under intense pressure, as bus companies themselves face pressure on their own budgets and bottom lines.

Retail is facing its biggest ever changes, as more and more people turn towards the internet for shopping. Forcing shops to close and altering the retail mix of High streets, reducing traditional market stalls etc.

Currently the City Council here in Wolverhampton is undertaking a scrutiny review of the Local Economic Development of Bilston and Wednesfield. Its well worth noting that our economy is not itself unique enough to withstand the sort of structural change that this CPT Scottish report tells of. We must be ready to support and help our local economies when and where we can.

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Tree-Mendous Tree’s – What a Variety!

The trees on Ashmore Park are both loved and in some areas a source of complaint.

Yet trees are often just taken for granted by most of us. It is trees that clean the air we breath, it is trees and their roots that create soil stability, they also reduce  noise by absorbing traffic noise, and then dulling it. They also are used to ‘suck up’ excess water and reducing flood risk.


We have all sorts of trees on Ashmore Park and across Wednesfield North.

Trees are also important for our wildlife , birds in particular. Every time we lose a tree we affect the local wildlife. Now its also true that we have to ensure that trees are healthy and unaffected by disease and pests. There has been a reconition that an increasing number of diseases are affecting trees in the UK.

Ash dieback alone has affected millions of Ash trees in the UK.

Trees within the Ashmore Park itself are a great resource, and there is a huge number of variety to be found there. You may not know but there is a line of Common Oak (Quercus robur) in Ashmore Avenue, Griffiths Drive and Kitchen Lane that appear to be over 100 years old and the thoughts are that these trees were part of the old field boundaries.

Inside the park (The Ashmore Park) our tree population is of a mixed age and species

The park was constructed when the estate was built back in the 50’s; there are a massive 427 mature trees on The Ashmore Park site that may have been planted when the park was first established and the remainder have been planted since that date.

A further note of interest that due to the wet nature of this site, it would appear that a number of trees were planted on the parks perimeter; this may have been done to dry the site and reduce the risk of flooding (the park is higher than adjoining land on the south and west side of the park).

There is 60 trees that belong to the Common Lime species and there are 60 trees that are Grey Alder. Whitebeam is represented by  44 trees. 37 Poplar trees and 32 Horse Chestnut trees. They are the biggest varieties in the Park. According to the Forestry Commission, black poplar is the most endangered native timber tree in Britain. We have 37 of these trees in our Park! How about that then!

We also have  2 Silver lime (binomial name Tilia tomentosa) it is a species of Tilia native to southeastern Europe and southwestern Asia, from Hungary and the Balkans east to western Turkey.

One of the varieties of trees we have is one of the giants of the tree World – Red Cedar – Thuja plicata is a large to very large tree, ranging up to 65 to 70 m (213 to 230 ft) tall and 3 to 4 m (9.8 to 13.1 ft) in trunk diameter, exceptionally even larger Trees grow in North America! In short you can see rather than Ashmore Park having just boring old trees! In fact we have a marvellous set of tree species that the City of Wolverhampton should be proud of!


Ashmore Park – Tree Inventory 2/9/2016
Common Name Botanical Name Age Class Total Trees
Cappadocian Maple Acer cappadocian Semi mature 5
Caucasian Elm Zelkova carpinifolia Mature 16
Common Alder Alnus glutinosa Mature 3
Common Beech Fagus sylvatica Mature 4
Common Lime Tilia europeus Mature 60
English Oak Quercu robur Mature 5
Field Maple Acer campestre Mature 27
Flowering Cherry Prunus spp Semi mature 12
Flowering Crab Apple Malus spp Semi mature 9
Common Ash Fraxinus excelsior Mature 18
Golden Ash Fraxinus ‘Jaspidea’ Semi Mature 3
Grey Alder Alnus incana Semi Mature 60
Hawthorn Crataegus spp Mature 5
Holly Ilex aquifolium Mature 1
Horse chestnut Aesculus hippocastanum Mature 32
Italian Alder Alnus cordata Semi Mature 1
London Plane Platanus hispanica Mature 3
Lombardy Poplar Populus italica Mature 8
Maple Acer spp Semi Mature 6
Norway Maple Acer platanoides Mature 4
Poplar Populus nigra Mature 37
Purple Sycamore Acer ‘Crimson King’ Semi Mature 2
Rowan Sorbus aucuparia Mature 15
Silver Birch Betula pendula Mature 1
Silver Lime Tilia tomentosa Mature 2
Swamp Cypress Taxodium distichum Mature 11
Swedish Whitebeam Sorbus intermedia Mature 17
Sycamore Acer pseudoplatanus Mature 10
Tree of Heaven Ailanthus altissima Semi Mature 4
Western Red Cedar Thuja plicata Mature 2
Whitebeam Sorbus aria Mature 44
Trees on Site 427




New Trams

Tram Back Running On Track – 2nd December 2017

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” Today I have received this information relating to Line One of the Midlands Metro.” Please readers note the content…….

14 November 2017

Dear Councillor

Return to two-way traffic on A41 Bilston Road

We are delighted to announce the tram track replacement works are to complete on 2 December 2017. These works have been completed ahead of schedule and on budget by the Midland Metro Alliance, working on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your constituents for your patience and understanding during this essential maintenance project.

The A41 Bilston Road will reopen to road traffic in both directions from on Saturday 2 December 2017.

At this time you may notice trams running from Priestfield to Wolverhampton St. George’s as a period of testing and commissioning is required for the newly installed tram track. Subject to these tests being successfully completed the tram service to Wolverhampton St. George’s will resume on Sunday 10 December.

Whilst our works along Bilston Road will be completing shortly, the Midland Metro Alliance will continue to work with the City of Wolverhampton Council into 2018 to support local businesses in the area where possible. This work focusses on advertisements across tram, bus and also in local magazines.

If you have any further questions or queries regarding the work of the Midland Metro Alliance, please email us at or visit our website at

For further details on passenger services, please refer to the Network West Midlands website at

Yours faithfully,

Shervorne Brown

Stakeholder Liaison Officer