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Ashmore Ave Garage Site For Disposal!

Today I received notice that the Local Authority is to investigate a Garage site which is set behind  Ashmore Avenue and Sandy Crescent, Wolverhampton, WV11 2LT . So that constituents can know early as possible about these proposals i am publishing this information.

Letters are to be delivered to local residents informing them that the Council owned garage site has been identified for disposal by the Council and, subject to approval being granted by Cabinet, will go forward to auction in due course.

The note informs me that prior to the sale of this land at auction, the Council shall be applying for outline planning permission for residential development. The successful purchaser must then  apply for full planning permission, which will show the proposed development, including the location of any new buildings.

It will be at that point  that as part of the planning application process, all adjoining residents shall be provided with the opportunity to submit their views/comments on the proposals during this stage. Now I know that there will be some questions that need asking, so if you wish to make a comment  regarding this site, or have any queries concerning the potential disposal of this land. The Officer to contact can be spoken to on  (01902) 551345 or by email at





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A New Column To Be Erected!

Residents living in Peach Road will be pleased to know that a street lighting column that had been recently damaged due to a road traffic accident, is to be repaired. I made the report to the Authority, following a local resident contacting me to explain about the Lamp Column and the damage that had occurred.

The Street Lighting Team at the City of Wolverhampton dispatched a team the same day I made the report and they made the column safe.Due to the damage sustained The Street Lighting team   have asked for a new column to be erected and the old one taken away.

Western Power Distribution the contractor has up to 20 working days to complete the servicing works.I want to thank the Street Lighting Team for reacting straight away and making the column safe. Hopefully Western Power Distribution will swiftly deal with the lack of light and get the road back to normal.

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Wednesfield North Councillors Active in the Community.

This weekend has seen your Wednesfield North Councillors, along with Wednesfield South Councillors and Emma Reynolds MP were  attending a number of community events on your behalf.

They have included the following – The Dutch War Graves Remembrance at Jeffcock Road cemetery, where Dutch soldiers paraded as a mark of respect to their comrades who fell during the second World War here in Wolverhampton.

A little known fact. The Dutch Royal Family kept their Crown Jewels in the Mayor’s Safe in Wolverhampton Town Hall during the second World War!

We have also attended a Remembrance Service on Saturday at the Hub at Ashmore Park, plus we also enjoyed visiting the Wednesfield Photographic Club Exhibition, and the Art Classes at The Hub at Ashmore Park also.

Then on Sunday the main Remembrance Service at St Thomas’s Church. By my estimate there was close on a full house in the Church, and a huge crowd had gathered in the Remembrance Gardens.

Adding the numbers who watched The Parade to the Church from the Royal British Legion Woodend Club,  close on a thousand people will have taken part or watched or played a part in the Villages Remembrance  service on Sunday.

I am so proud of our community! So proud of Wednesfield and its people!

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Last Day For Consultation On Traffic Regulations in Wednesfield North.

Today it is the last day for consultation regarding the Traffic Regulation Orders that have been submitted for Gorey Close Redwood Way Junction and Tonadine Close and Bargery Road Junctions – All of which are in Wednesfield North Ward.

These schemes have been advertised since  Friday 19th October 2018. The consultation will finish Friday 9th November 2018.

Please be quick and contact if you wish to either support or object to  these traffic regulation orders. Please be quick Its the last day for comments!

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Parry Road Garage Site Up for Disposal


The Council owned garage site in Parry Road has been identified for disposal by the Council, and subject to approval being granted by Cabinet, will go forward to auction in due course.

Prior to the sale of this land at auction, the Council shall be applying for outline planning permission for residential development.  Local residents to the site have been informed that the  successful purchaser shall apply for full planning permission, which will show the proposed development, including the location of any new buildings.

As part of the planning application process, all adjoining residents shall be provided with the opportunity to submit their views/comments on the proposals at that stage.


Good News – As Public Toilets Are Poised To Open!

After a long campaign by your Wednesfield North and South Councillors – finally some good news that will be much appreciated I am sure.

“The Bentley Bridge Shopping Park in Wednesfield is poised to open its long promised public toilets, in the next few weeks. 

That will make the Shopping trips for individuals and families a whole lot more comfortable. Watch this site for the announcement date, It’s been a long campaign for your local Councillors. But it does look as though our campaign is going to end in success! 

The Bentley Bridge Shopping Park is already an attractive draw for people from across Wednesfield, Wolverhampton and the Black Country. This investment in a public toilet can only enhance the Shopping Park to both new visitors  and longstanding loyal customers.” 

Wednesfield Bentley Bridge Shopping Park is currently riding a crest of the wave of success, with all its retail outlets full, and no vacancies existing.

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165 New Jobs Coming to Wednesfield.

There is continued good news for Wednesfield as we approach the end of 2018.

It looks like the investment and the subsequent development of six new industrial units at Steelpark Trading Estate, at Steelpark Way and Bearing Drive, in Wednesfield will be very successful for its owners.

The news now  is that the development is close to being completed.

All six of the new units are either sold, let or under offer.

They have been developed by commercial property company Goold Estates and provide around 70,000 sq ft of industrial and warehouse space.

CS Labels has already re-located from Willenhall to its new home on the estate and businesses set to move into the new units include Kinetrol Powerite.

I understand from a recent conference held in Wednesfield  that it will deliver around 165 jobs locally when it is completed. It means that the £7m invested into Wednesfield to ensure this project went ahead will be seen as an investment success.

So it is yet another good news story for our Village district, and a great piece of economic news also for the City of Wolverhampton!

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Green Belt & The Threat of Housing!

There is rightly concern about the potential loss of the Green Belt that is currently in force between the West Midlands and South Staffordshire and is within  the boundary of Staffordshire County Council..

The key message in this article being published today – is to bring you the electorate in Wednesfield North – up to date with the current situation. Recently a number of residents have contacted me to ask,  and understand what the latest plan is which has been reported in the press and media.  I have been in contact with Wolverhampton City Council

The latest situation has been clarified by City of Wolverhampton Planning Officers.

They have explained , that the only allocations in the adopted South Staffordshire Site Allocations Document (2018) which are near our border are the employment sites to the north (i54 western extension) and small extensions to Perton (to the west) and Codsall/Bilbrook.

These are the sites that are causing so much conversation at the moment in the North of Staffordshire. 

However, there is to be another ‘New South Staffordshire Plan’ (which will replace the 2018 Plan). This is the Plan that holds major concerns for me, and my fellow Councillors here in Wednesfield North.


The Issues and Options consultation is due out in Oct/Nov with regards to this plan.

City Officials will be preparing a Cabinet report to approve a Wolverhampton response.   

Wednesfield North Labour Party were the first to break this story about how 2,500 homes are being made ready to be constructed on Green Belt land locally, and we are pleased that we did!

It wasn’t the Councils of South Staffordshire District Council, Essington Parish Council, or even Staffordshire County Council that told the public about these proposals first. It wasn’t the Express and Star, or the Local Radio stations that told the public about the enormous interest the developers were showing in this Green Belt Land!

It was Wednesfield North Labour Party and it was Wednesfield North  Councillors who were vigilant and found the information buried deep in a regional report. It was our team that went public, and told you. It was twenty-four hours later before the Government confirmed their plans on housing in the House of Commons!

We have made our opposition to the proposals for the construction of 2,500 homes a major part of Wednesfield North Labour Party’s Local Election Campaign, in the run up to the City Council elections on the 3rd May 2018

The proposals that will go to South Staffordshire District Council to build 2,500 homes on this agricultural land within the Essington Green Belt is strongly opposed by all three of your Wednesfield North’s City Councillors.

We will continue to keep you aware of the situation, as we become aware of the proposals and plans going forward.

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Rock Band Magnum’s Al Barrow Joins Ashmore Park ‘Walk of Stars’.

Well I promised that I would release the latest Member of the Ashmore Park Walk of Stars, and I have great pleasure to announce that Al Barrow of Rock Band Magnum,  is our latest member! He was Born Nov 1968 in Ashmore Park, Wednesfield to Margaret & David Barrow.

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He attended Oak Meadow Primary School and then Coppice High Schools. Before moving onto  further education at Bilston Arts College.

Alan then became a pro sessional musician in 1995.

joining the much acclaimed  Magnum in 2001 to present day.

Al tells me that he was always interested in music and arts from an early age.His  mother was a singer in local choirs. He says ” so I think I get my talents from her. My great grandfather I was told played in the music halls all around the UK at the turn of the century so I feel being a musician was in the blood.”

Both his brothers Scott and Rob are drummers & his  sister Sue is also a singer. As he tells me “you could say we are fairly musical family. The Von traps of Ashmore Park!”

During our conversation Alan went onto tell me “I had what you may call these days as a very strict upbringing by my dad, but this did teach me the rights and wrong in life and how to give respect to those who deserve it.  I had all the usual short term jobs as YTS back in the day and spent a long time in both retail & production line work up until around the age of 30.  I was quite a late comer to being a musician but played lots of sessions for local bands and studios locally. Nothing major but it kept my interest going.

One day I got a call to see if I was available to do a tour for a band that needed a bass player. This turned out to be Bob Catley & Tony Clarkin.  They were doing a small project called Hard Rain which went on to do 2 albums and a few short UK tours.

Bob and Tony had been asked to put Magnum back together after a 6 year hiatus and I was asked to stay on a full time bass player. So here we are 10 albums later for me & 20 for the band over all. We will be recording our 21st album in 2019. We have had ever increasing success with our releases & the trend seems to say it will continue to get better with each album.”

Alan went onto tell me that “I am very proud to have my name on the back of the civic hall “Wall of Fame” as part of the Wolverhampton/Black Country artists. My name now hangs behind the venue’s stage alongside other Midland big names including Led Zeppelin drummer Jon Bonham, Slade frontman Noddy Holder and Black Country Communion’s Glenn Hughes. I think I am still the youngest member on that wall up to date??”

Now if you are interested in seeing and hearing Magnum you will be pleased to note that Magnum will return to the Midlands on the 29th November to play one of their favourite local venues, The Robin 2 in Bilston. I am sure that Al would love to hear ‘Ashma Aye We’ rise from the floor of the Robin 2 on the 28 th November – Get your tickets early folks!

Alan I emigrated to Chattanooga in Tennessee, USA with my wife Rachael in 2016.

He return many times a year to record with Magnum & also to tour. He told me that “I am always pleased to get the chance to visit my old haunts. Local pubs, see friends & family who still live locally. Wednesfield and Ashmore Park. The area  holds some fond memories and it`s always nice to visit..oh & have a cuppa with my mum.”


Last chart positions for “Lost on the Road To Eternity”

#1     UK – Indie Charts

#2     Sweden – Hard Rock Charts

#4     Sweden – Vinyl Charts

#8     Germany – Album Charts

#8     Switzerland – Album Charts

#8     UK – Update Charts

#9     UK – Vinyl Charts

#9     UK – Physical Charts

#9     UK – Scottish Charts

#11   UK – Sales Charts

#15   UK – Album Charts

#22   Austria – Album Charts

#23   Sweden – Album Charts

#30   UK – Download Charts

Summer Tour

26/1/18, Giants Of Rock, Minehead – UK

20/2/18, Trinity, Bristol – UK

21/2/18, Tramshed, Cardiff – UK

23/2/18, Picturedrome, Holmfirth – UK

24/2/18, Academy 2, Manchester – UK

25/2/18, CITY HALL, Hull – UK

26/2/18, Garage, Aberdeen – UK

27/2/18, Garage, Glasgow – UK

01/3/18, Limelight, Belfast – UK

04/3/18, Preston Guildhall, Preston – UK

05/3/18, Rock City, Nottingham – UK

07/3/18, Assembly, Leamington – UK

08/3/18, Junction, Cambridge – UK

09/3/18, Islington Assembly Hall, London – UK

11/3/18, Engine Room, Southampton – UK

12/3/18, Old Market, Brighton – UK

14/3/18, Gebr de Nobel, Leiden – NL

16/3/18, Fryshuset Klubben, Stockholm – SE

17/3/18, John Dee, Oslo – NO

18/3/18, Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg – SE

19/3/18, KB, MalmoE – SE

21/3/18, Ampere, Munich – DE

23/3/18, Hirsch, Nurnberg – DE

24/3/18, Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg – DE

25/3/18, Columbia Theatre, BerliN – DE

27/3/18, Harmonie, Bonn – DE

28/3/18, Wizemann, Stuttgart – DE

29/3/18, Jazzhaus, Freiburg – DE

31/3/18, Live Club Barmen, Wuppertal – DE

01/4/18, De Pul, Uden – NL

03/4/18, Werk 2, Leipzig – DE

04/4/18, Fabrik, Hamburg – DE

05/4/18, Aladin, Bremen – DE

07/4/18, Neuruppin, Kulturhaus – DE

08/4/18, KLUB KUZINIA, Bydgoszcz – PO

10/4/18, Nova Chemelnice, Prague – CZ

11/4/18, Kaminwerk, Memmingen – DE

12/4/18, Z7, Pratteln – CH

13/4/18, Legend, Milan – IT

15/4/18, Bikini, Barcelona – ES

16/4/18, But, Madrid – ES

19/4/18, Birmingham Symphony Hall – UK

Winter Tour

18/11/18, Zeche, Bochum – DE

19/11/18, Batschkapp, Frankfurt – DE

20/11/18, Spectrum, Ausburg – DE

22/11/18, Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – UK

23/11/18, Winterstorm, Troon – UK

24/11/18, Riverside, Newcastle – UK

25/11/18, Plug,Sheffield – UK

27/11/18, Waterfront, Norwich – UK

28/11/18, Robin2, BIlston – UK

30/11/18, Gargarin, Athens – GR

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Magnum single release

Magnum you tube videos

Video release for Crazy

Your Dreams ballad video release