Battle Lines Drawn – As City Declines Request!

I had been requested by some residents to source a durable bench from the Wolverhampton City Council, to be fitted on the Green Walkways that link Ashmore Park with Coppice Farm .

The walkways were constructed during the 1980’s so that walkers and ramblers could be linked from Essington and the South Staffordshire Green Belt with the Black Country’s own  Dudley Castle. Our Part of the ‘link’ became known as the ‘The Black Path’. It is much used for local journeys between locations in the surrounding areas of Walsall and Wolverhampton. I am not sure if many ramblers use the footway. But I know it is popular with City residents living in Wednesfield ,Ashmore Park, and Coppice Farm. It also links Essington with local shops and a frequent bus service on Ashmore Park.

Now I have written to the Wolverhampton City Council about the bench. But the response has been that there is no budget, and that there will be no budget created for this equipment.

I have pressed the request as I am sure you would expect me too. But I am keen to see what kind of local support it would engender if it gets into a bit of a battle.

Walking is of course a healthy lifestyle the City Council is keen to promote, and that means for youngsters as well as other family groups and senior citizens. I know the walkways are popular as a short cut to the schools. Both St Albans and Coppice High School are linked via the ‘Black Path’.

School children are safer to walk as well as they do not have to cross busy roads. Lots of residents enjoy the great varieties of birds that are drawn there as the Green Space is a very valuable resource for our large housing estates. The walkways are pleasant and in this brilliant summer, the senior citizens in our community would have a valuable amenity in which to sit and take it all in!

I am keen to hear residents and others views. It looks like we will have to fight for the resource, so I want to see what the strength of support is like…..let me have your views on here!


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