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Councillor Mary Bateman.  Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Armed Forces – Vote Labour!

Jeremy Corbyn has marked Armistice Day with a pledge to support the armed forces as Prime Minister with better working conditions, against a backdrop of falling pay and privatisation under the Tories.
The party’s manifesto, which will be released later this month, will include five major pledges to support the forces and their families:
1. Fair Pay – scrap the public sector pay cap, which has seen a 5.8% real terms pay cut for the starting salary of an Army Private
2. Decent housing for forces and their families – end the growing reliance on the private rented sector
3. A voice for service men and women – consult on creating a representative body, similar to the Police Federation
4. End privatisation – root and branch review of outsourcing and a clear presumption in favour of public delivery of public contracts
5. Support for forces children – better access to schools with dedicated local authorities admissions strategy for the particular challenge of frequent school moves

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Remembrance Benches for Wednesfield.

Your Wednesfield North City Councillors Rita and Mary with myself, are using Ward funds to place three commemorative benches into three separate locations within our Ward.

We have identified a location on the walkways between Coppice Farm and Ashmore Park. We are considering placing a Remembrance Bench in situation here at this location.

A bench has also been requested by local residents of the area numerous times over the last two years. This action will satisfy that request.

A second location has been identified on the pathway linking Sudbury Close and Linthouse Lane. There is consideration taking place as to the exact position to place this Remembrance Bench. What it will do is give a very useful amenity to what is an attractive and well used walkway.

The third location is in the Ashmore Park itself, where users can enjoy the rays of the sun, and sit and watch the football matches that are played there.

These three locations were visited today with City Officials. If you have any comments with regards to any of these three locations please make them.


Parents – Applications for Reception.

The window for applications for reception class places at infant and primary schools in Wolverhampton opened this morning (Friday 8 November). The online application process is quick and easy, and families have until 15 January 2020 to register their preferences.

To apply, please log on to and complete the short application process as soon as possible.

Emma Bennett, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Director of Children’s Services, said: “Parents or guardians of children who are due to start school next autumn should set aside time now to think carefully about which school they’d prefer their child to attend.

“This is one of the most important decisions you will make for your child’s future. The application process is straightforward and should only take a few minutes to complete.

“You should ensure you get your applications in by the deadline of 15 January 2020, as applying after this time could have a detrimental effect on your chance of securing a place at one of your preferred schools.”

She added: “It’s important to remember that even if your child is in nursery provision at either primary or junior school, you will still need to apply for a reception class place.”

Applying online has a number of benefits. Applications are made through a secure website, and can be viewed and edited online up to the closing date for applications of 15 January 2020. Applicants can also find out about their child’s school place allocation online when it is announced on 16 April 2020, rather than having to wait for the post.

Help and advice is available from the Admissions and Appeals Team on 01902 551122 or by emailing

Latest figures show that 86% of schools in Wolverhampton are now rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted, including 94% of primary schools. For more information about education in the city, please visit


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Wednesfield Residents -No Housing on this Green Belt!

Last night I attended the public meeting in Essington, which was dealing with the proposals that are being considered by South Staffordshire District Council which will affect the current Green Belt.

It was called by the Essington Action Group. It was a meeting for the public to find out more about the plan by South Staffordshire Council to explore why construction companies and landowners want to build 2500 new houses on the Land North of Linthouse Lane on the boundary of Wednesfield and Essington. It was a well attended meeting with perhaps 2/3rds of all those in attendance being from Wednesfield. Also attending was Emma Reynolds MP for Wolverhampton North East.

I spoke at the meeting, again reaffirming that the City Councillors of Wednesfield North, Rita, Mary and myself, were against the proposal as it related to the Green Belt. Emma also spoke up for the Green Belt. It was good to hear Emma speak and comment on what she had heard from our residents. A number of Wednesfield residents asked questions and made statements. It was clear that the Wednesfield residents didn’t want new build housing developed on this Green Belt!

It was a good meeting, and it very much signified that Wednesfield is not only interested in the arguments being developed, but is very much against the downgrading and the loss of the Green Belt in this part of South Staffordshire. The Action Group agreed to enlist some Wednesfield residents onto their steering committee. There will be another public meeting arranged in December.

I was filled with pride that Wednesfield residents turned up in such good numbers, asked questions, and volunteered their services. I stayed behind after the meeting to thank the South Staffordshire District Councillors and Essington Parish Council for staging the meeting, and making such a clear presentation, as to how all these proposals would affect Essington and Wednesfield.

We also agreed to keep the ‘back channels’ open, as we prepare for the December 12th consultation meeting close. Whilst much of the meeting was concerned with the proposals to develop land on our boundary, there was obvious surprise from some quarters of the room to hear that the plan is looking to build some 9,000 homes along the boundary of Staffordshire and the conurbation.

Photograph – With the kind permission of Wednesfield Magazine.

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The General Election 2019 – Have You Applied for a Postal Vote?!

Before November ends, the Tories will have millions of votes. Why? Postal voting.

In 2017, 8.4 million people voted by post, and most will probably have voted Conservative. One in five votes were by post, and postal voters were 20% more likely to cast a ballot than people who voted in person. With a winter polling day in 2019, Boris Johnson must be rubbing his hands with glee.

If you live in Wednesfield or Wolverhampton – Don’t let the Tories post their way to victory!

Will you register for a postal vote today? Contact the Electoral Office at City of Wolverhampton Electoral Office, and the City Officials will advise you….

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We Oppose the Loss of the Essington Green Belt!

Wednesfield Residents who wish to oppose the development of Green Belt land in South Staffordshire, will have a chance to do so up until the 12th December in a consultation that is being run by South Staffordshire District Council.

I want to just want to make my position clear. I feel that the loss of this Green Belt will be disastrous for Wednesfield and Wolverhampton residents who enjoy both the Green Belt as a physical amenity and also as a visual amenity.

The three Wednesfield North Councillors are opposed to the loss of this land, and we will be joining residents to oppose the loss of this Green Belt.

I will be writing to South Staffordshire District Council before the deadline date for this particular consultation closes. Just remember this is only the first shots in the battle.

What I would urge Wednesfield residents to do is to write individual letters/emails to the Authorities. This will carry much weight.
Many of you have asked me about the Essington Action Group to oppose the plans.

My advice to you is to take in as much information as you can to halt this proposed development. Join the Essington Action Group and give them the support that they need. By all means sign the petition.

Just for clarity all three of your City Councillors in Wednesfield North oppose the loss of this Green Belt, and we will work with the Action Group where we can, and with the Councillors of the Parish, District and County of Staffordshire where it makes the most sense to do so.


Horse On The Road! Owners Must Take Action.

There is an inherent danger which constantly over the last two weeks or sohas threatened road safety in Kitchen Lane as the highway approaches the Essington/South Staffordshire/Staffordshire Boundary.

A big brown horse or its little mate, a white one, is consistently breaking out of a field behind the Coppice Farm (Whose address is within Essington South Staffordshire) onto Kitchen Lane which is the highway in the jurisdiction of City of Wolverhampton.

These horses are a huge road safety hazard when they are out. Councillors, the Police and others are being called almost every other day, and night by anxious residents and motorists.

Again tonight I have been called because the large horse in half fading light was charging up and down Kitchen Lane. Putting itself and motorist’s at huge risk. In this instance a local resident on Ashmore Park along with Staffordshire Police captured the horse.

I want to ask anyone who knows whose animals these are to inform them ( The owners) that they need their field/Paddock made secure. It is not currently secure in its present form.

Tonight I will be reporting these multiple issues to the West Midlands Police, City of Wolverhampton Road Safety team, and the South Staffordshire District Council to urge them to step in and take action, before an accident occurs.

If there is a fatal accident then the owners of the animals are putting themselves at risk of being sued for injury or damages.

The safest way forward is for those responsible to secure the field……

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Community Excellence Award -Catching Wednesfield Interest!

It was good to see Birmingham Live picking up on our Wednesfield North Community Excellence Awards. These are a set of new Awards that will be promoted by Wednesfield North City Councillors. Click on the Link and see how you can help deliver for all those fab people that we have living in our community, and are always helping, or doing ‘Good Deeds’!