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"One of he homes currently being constructed in Ashmore Park, on the former Danesmore site"

71 Homes Built In Wednesfield North In 5 Years!

Wednesfield North Labour Party and its candidate Cllr Mary Bateman ran a Local Election campaign based around the huge issue of the threat to local Green Belt land in nearby South Staffordshire. Where developers are lobbying to build 2,500 homes on Land North of Linthouse Lane and bordered by Kitchen Lane.

Housing and House building in Wolverhampton and the region is a very hot topic at the moment.

I have asked for some statistics relating to planning applications here in Wednesfield North. Here is the result of those statistics.

Remember Wednesfield North is pretty built up. It has little space for homes, but where they can be planned to build using Brown Field sites. They are!

This is the result of the questions I have asked –

2012-13 – 1 home at land adj 5 Parker Road

2013-14 – Change of use 1 flat to 2 bedsits at 82 Lower Prestwood Road 12 homes at Fmr Linthouse Inn, Linthouse Lane

2014-15 –  2 homes at Rear of 6-8 Wootton Avenue

2015-16 – None

2016-17 – 1 home at Corpus Christi Church, Griffiths Drive 52 homes at Fmr Danesmore School. 1 home at 80 Lower Prestwood Road; 1 home at 73 Bellamy Lane by

So in total there were 71 homes given permission in Wednesfield North between April 2012 and April 2017 (I am yet to complete a housing monitoring update for 2017/18).We do not have immediately to hand figures for all of the Wards separately.

However for Wolverhampton- the figure is generally 300-500 homes granted permission each year, so you can see that permissions in Wednesfield North are very low, reflecting the developed nature of the area.

These statistics helps  to deliver the reasons why the residents of Wednesfield North  feel so strongly about the potential loss of Green Belt amenity in South Staffordshire. The very fact that such low house building is recognised by the fact that Wednesfield North is such a developed area. Makes the amenity on our door step all the more important to save.

The 2018 City Council election was fought on saving the Green Belt and Wednesfield Police station….residents vote for Mary and Labour. This certainly helps to give a mandate to ameliorate the proposals that property developers  and land owners are currently hatching.




Delays on Waddensbrook Lane Wednesfield.

If you have been held up by the road works like many Wednesfield North residents have. I thought that you may like to know what has caused the problem…A gas leak was discovered upon excavation at Waddens Brook Lane junction of Silverton Way.
Cadent Gas are currently working to repair this leak and once this has been repaired, Western Power Distribution will then continue to repair the cable fault.
It is expected the signals will be now be removed on 22 May 2018, I will keep residents informed as I receive information.

Woodend School Appeals To The Chicks!

Whist still on Woodend School, there is a little buzz of excitement as the school prepares to receive a clutch of Living Eggs …. This is what the school says –

After the half-term break, we will be having a special delivery in school of chick eggs.  These will be cared for in an incubator and will hatch within the first few days. The incubator will be placed in the area outside the school office for everyone to see the progress of the chicks after they have hatched.

They will be with the school  until 14th June when they will be available for adoption by anyone that can care for them.  We have information on rearing chicks available if you think that you may be in a position to provide a suitable home.


Woodend School Tells Parents – It’s Walk to School Week!

This week is ‘Walk to School Week’

Woodend Primary School has asked its parents and their children in their latest leave their car at home.

The School asks – Could you leave the car at home?  Or park away from school and walk a little further. Come to school on your bike or scooter!

Now that is a very useful call, especially as parents often park in a hurry and in dangerous positions. I hope the schools call for this week is heeded and taken up. A little bit of walking is good for everyone including parents!


Road Works Being Planned – Wood End Road Wednesfield.

I would like to give early warning to Wednesfield North constituents, Road works are being planned by Severn Trent to replace a manhole cover at Wood End Road junction with Amos Lane.

This will take place on the 19th June, for a day.

There will be three way temporary Traffic lights, and this will likely to lead to delays…pop the date in your diary and try to avoid the junction. It will be to your advantage…….

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National Express – Award Winning Quality and Performance from this Coach Operator!

If you are interested in transport here in the West Midlands…You may be interested in the following information.

National Express has proven itself king of the road after coming away from two industry awards ceremonies with armfuls of silverware. In the last four years National Express has shown its quality by consistently being recognised as a company displaying innovation and performance. Achieving the runner up position consistently.

Now the UK’s largest coach operator finally has been crowned Large Operator of the Year at the 2018 UK Coach Awards.

Beating tough competition from The Kings Ferry, Edwards Coaches and Lucketts Travel.

National Express then went on to win the biggest prize of all – overall Operator of the Year – by topping the winners of the Small and Medium Operator of the Year categories.   At the ceremony held in Blackpool, National Express also won the Making Coaches a Better Choice award for its excellent next generation coach the Caetano Levante III, meanwhile the customer response team were runners up in the Customer Service award and the lost property team Ann Colley and Merlyn Bryan narrowly missed out on the Unsung Heroes award.

All of this indicates to National Express passengers and customers, that the business is always looking to improve. That in itself is rather good news for residents in Wolverhampton and the wider West Midlands. We need more quality operators serving our conurbation.


Emergency Road Works Waddensbrook Lane- Traffic Delays.

Notification of emergency road works:


Location: Waddens Brook Lane junction of Silverton Way.


Promoter: Western Power Distribution.


Nature of works: Cable Fault.


Traffic management: 3-way temporary traffic signals.


Duration: 14/05/2018 – 16/05/2018.


Please Note this information…traffic is already building around the lights. This will cause congestion whilst it is being treated. Give your selves plenty of time to travel the road……

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Local Nature Reserve – “long laborious Job”.

It’s been a long and laborious job at times, pressing and promoting the need to turn our fabulous Wyrley & Essington canal into a Local Nature Reserve of some repute.

It seems to have been a lifetime in arguing for this to happen!

But today I can inform you that I have been informed, that the City of Wolverhampton Council has now signed a collaboration agreement and all we are waiting for now is for the Canal and River Trust to approve and sign it.

I am still not sure on the timescales for this, but I have been pushing for a quick resolution.

Walsall appear to be on a slower track and so they are now proceeding separately with the CRT regarding the designating of their section of the Wyrley & Essington canal as a LNR.


By and large this is very good news! Sad that Walsall is on ‘a slow line’ but I am sure there will be an agreement later this year, and I will continue to keep you all updated on the progress.

Working In His Shop!

Local Shop Keeping Legend Has Road Named After Him!

Following the tragic death last year of popular Ashmore Park shop keeper Raj Kumar.

Wolverhampton Homes and Wolverhampton City Council have agreed to the naming of the service Road that loops around the back of the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade as – Raj Kumar Drive.

This is a permanent reminder to Raj, and I am sure the whole community will be delighted that this very special man is to be remembered in this way.

The road naming ceremony will be a tribute to him and will take place on Friday the 18th May 2018 at 12noon.

I do hope that the event will be fully supported by our community.

The Reverend Sam Leach has informed me that St Albans Church will be opened after the renaming ceremony, for refreshments for the family and, all in our community who wish to have a tea & coffee there.

I do hope that the event will be well supported by our community.