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Will You Join With Me in A Compost Day?

Councillor Phil Bateman MBE said I was recently informed that “that there are more living organisms in a tablespoon of soil than people on Earth? Soil is a world made up of organisms, minerals, and organic components that provides food for humans and animals through plant growth.”

It makes you look at soil in a completely different way, when you are informed about its importance to life here on Earth. Soil degradation induces some soils to be nutrient depleted losing their capacity to support crops, while others have such a high nutrient concentration that represent a toxic environment to plants and animals, pollutes the environment and cause climate change.

World Soil Day 2022 is coming (#WorldSoilDay) and its campaign “Soils: Where food begins” aims to raise awareness of the importance of maintaining healthy ecosystems and human well-being by addressing the growing challenges in soil management, increasing soil awareness and encouraging societies to improve soil health.

Now I want to help in getting this issue across, and so I am asking you to tell me if you run a compost site for your garden or your business. I have a tiny garden, yet I have three different compost heaps that I keep to help enrich my soil here in my own garden. All the kitchen green waste gets placed in the compost bins. All the old flower heads and the grass cuttings. This time of the year it is the leaves that are filling my compost.

What I would like Wednesfield to do is to tell me if you compost your garden waste and your kitchen waste. I would like to compile a rough number of homes that do this here in Wednesfield. We can then contact the United Nations on World Soil Day on the 5th December and tell them that here in our Village not only do we do much for the environment with our Wednesfield in Bloom volunteers. But we are also doing our bit to keep the soil in tip top condition. and continue to create a “ world made up of organisms, minerals, and organic components, that provides food for humans and animals through plant growth.”  

Tell me and show me photos of the compost bins or the gardens or allotments that benefit from your efforts at composting!

Do we Take TV for Granted!

Every morning Face Book prompts me with a “Whats on your mind’ tag! In a week where I have been taking it easy on medical advice, and getting over a small procedure. I have spent more hours propped in a chair watching the TV , than I have done for a considerable period of time.

It has had me reflecting on the TV and what it brings us in 2022. That statement brings back to me the incredible TV coverage of HM The Queen Elizabeth’s, moving televised funeral event just recently.

Those that know me well. will know that I love watching Football and Nature Programmes, and I also am a keen watcher of News from across the World. So much so, that the TV set, sat in the corner of our living room, has been on almost non-stop around the clock recently.

Just about a week ago the UN were celebrating World Television Day.
The UN say “Television continues to be the single largest source of video consumption. Though screen sizes have changed, and people create, post, stream and consume content on different platforms, the number of households with television sets around the world continues to rise. The interaction between emerging and traditional forms of broadcast creates a great opportunity to raise awareness.”

so I have been reflecting on that statement. I cant disagree with the content. I feel firmly that TV brings a way for the people to learn and be educated about the important issues facing our communities and our planet. Plus lets not forget the important role TV brings to education, and that in fact its a fantastic leisure facility.
So here I am in Wednesfield wishing I had just done a tad more last week in ‘bigging up TV’ and bringing the impact that this great invention has had in informing us, channelling and affecting public opinion. Its impact and presence and its influence on politics local, national and international,our very local community and on the world of politics international.

Today like I have done all week it will be switched on for the Sunday Politics, and the great job it is doing out there in Qatar, instantly bringing the Football World Cup back to us in our living rooms across the Globe and especially here in Wednesfield …”Good old TV, Where would we be without it!



Wednesfield – Time to make Your Voices Heard!

The South Staffs District Council Local Plan is now out for consultation. I am in the process of sharpening thoughts on this development known as ‘Land North of Linthouse Lane.’
I am of the consideration that Wednesfield Residents when making their own consultations. Should consider making the following statements. That the proposed new Country Park for Essington as part of their Local Development Plan proposals, should be on the Wednesfield side of the former Mineral Railway – that as the former rail line, splits the development site. The proposed Country Park would do much to provide the ‘green lungs that the current arable farm land and Green Belt, has provided for decades for 30,000 Wednesfield residents and the further number of residents across the City of Wolverhampton.
I am having talks with my colleagues here in Wednesfield now the SSDC plans are public. I am also speaking with City Planners about other points of issues.
Remember we are on a short timescale, but we do have time to put our views in, for when the Planning Inspector finally gets to exam them.
Other stand out issues are the proposals for transport, highway infrastructure the placing of sites relating to housing in Kitchen Lane , Public Health requirements Local Transport and Highway impacts. The role of Policing and Fire and Rescue. Health facilities, the poor planning proposals around for instance Secondary Education.
South Staffordshire Councillors voted by 30 to 12 to move forward on these plans and they have a date in early December that they will use to wrap up their proposals.
Please give consideration to these comments, and I will keep you informed as we move forward.
The Planning Inspector will have a duty to hear the comments of 30,000 Wednesfielders, and the impact this development will have as it is being designed by South Staffordshire District Councillors. Just for the record the Essington Councillors Voted Against the recommendation – and were in the Group of 12 who voted for the decision to be delayed.
Now its time to influence the next steps in this saga….
Please contact me on philip.bateman@wolverhampton.gov.uk

Remembrance Day in Wednesfield, and the City of Wolverhampton.

This year’s Remembrance Sunday in Wolverhampton sees the return of a full military parade through the city centre to commemorate the fallen for the first time since 2019.

There is also a March from Wednesfields own Woodend Royal British Legion down to St Thomas’s Church and return. This will start at 9.pm leaving the Club, Councillor Phil Bateman MBE said ” The RBL and the organisers of the Remembrance Day March in Wednesfield, love to see the crowds! Give the procession a wave! and a big smile.

If you are travelling to the Wolverhampton City centre events – Please line the route in time for the parade starting at 10.30am; there will also be space around the perimeter of St Peter’s Square to see the service.

More than 200 veterans, serving forces personnel, cadets and other uniformed services are due to take part in the parade, which steps off at 10.30am from Wulfruna Street into Princes Square, then Lichfield Street, Queen Square and into Exchange Street, across Cheapside and on to St Peter’s Square for the annual Observance of Remembrance. They will be led by the Royal Air Force Cosford Pipe Band.

Avian Flu- Confirmed in City Wild Birds!

“Avian flu update, cases confirmed in our city, and that will mean Wednesfield as well!” said Councillor Phil Bateman . He went onto say, ” Please take note of this information. Advice is that
Cases of avian flu have now been confirmed in the wild bird population in the city by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).”

The City Council is working with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), APHA and the RSPCA to manage the situation and protect public health and the risk to other birds, wildlife and pets after the disease was found in geese in West Park.

Official communications have been issued by UKHSA, along with advice from the council warning residents not to touch or pick up sick or dead wild birds. Residents are advised to contact the park rangers’ team on 07766 473150 to report dead birds found in our parks

SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE LOCAL PLAN REVIEW REGULATION 19 PUBLICATION PLAN CONSULTATION

Councillor Phil Bateman (Labour Wednesfield North) said today. “This afternoon I received this information from the SSDC. It is an important message and it is important that if you have an interest in the South Staffordshire Green Belt in Essington you read this.”

SOUTH STAFFORDSHIRE LOCAL PLAN REVIEW
REGULATION 19 PUBLICATION PLAN CONSULTATION

We are writing to you because you have made comments previously or asked to be kept updated about the Local Plan, and we are now beginning the final stage of public consultation before the plan is submitted to the Secretary of State.

The Publication Plan contains the final sites for housing and employment, pitches for Gypsies and Travellers, and new and updated policies which will be used to decide planning applications when it is adopted. Sites have been chosen taking on board responses to consultations over the past 4 years and drawing on a great deal of information and evidence from planning specialists, stakeholders, statutory bodies, agents, residents, and community groups.

Some sites have changed since the Preferred Options and these changes are as a result of new evidence and taking on board the comments we received from residents, statutory authorities and other organisations. This means we have chosen the sites based on robust planning evidence and to meet current national planning policy and our legal Duty to Cooperate with neighbouring authorities.

This stage of consultation is different to previous stages because it is about the legal soundness of the plan. Has the council prepared the plan positively? Is it justified and effective? Does it comply with national planning policy? Any comments you make should relate to these issues and they will be sent to the independent Planning Inspector who will be appointed to conduct a formal Examination into the plan, which will include public hearing sessions.

Our consultation runs for 6 weeks from Friday 11 November until 12 noon Friday 23 December 2022. To help you we have produced a FAQ Sheet and a Guidance Note to help explain the process for this consultation.

Comments must be made in writing and the simplest way to do this is by using our consultation system. You can make comments on a specific policy or area of the plan, and they will be uploaded straight into the system. If you have made comments previously, you can log in as we will already hold your details.

The Publication Plan and supporting evidence are available to view online at www.sstaffs.gov.uk/localplanreview and there will be hard copies of the plan to view at the Community Hub in Codsall, your local parish council office and libraries in South Staffordshire.

All comments made will be submitted with the Plan to the Secretary of State who will appoint an independent Planning Inspector to hold a Public Examination into the Local Plan review. Dates for the Examination will be set by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS). The Inspector will decide whether or not the plan can be adopted or if any changes need to be made. If you make comments to this consultation, you will be notified of the Examination timetable.

If you wish to speak to someone from the Local Plans Team about the consultation, there are many ways you can do this. We have some in-person public consultation events planned (by appointment only), online Q&A sessions, virtual appointments or you can telephone on 01902 696423 to speak to us direct. See the information below about how to take part in the events.

We hope you will take the time to be involved and respond to our consultation, but if you have any queries, please contact a member of the Strategic Planning Team.

Sessions are planned for each Locality, however you can attend any session, whether you live in South Staffordshire or elsewhere.

Online Q&A Sessions: 6pm – 8pm
To join a meeting please use link below

Locality 5 – Wednesday, 23 November 2022
Locality 4 – Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Locality 3 – Thursday, 1 December 2022
Locality 2 – Tuesday, 6 December 2022
Locality 1 – Wednesday, 14 December 2022

In Person Locality Sessions: 10.30am – 7.00pm
by appointment only call 01902 696423 to make an appointment

Penkridge, Haling Dene Centre – Monday 14 November 2022
Coven Memorial Hall – Wednesday 16 November 2022
Essington Community Centre – Thursday 24 November 2022
Codsall Community Hub – Monday 28 November 2022
Wombourne Civic Centre – Wednesday 7 December 2022

Virtual Appointments (Microsoft Teams): by arrangement call 01902 696423
Telephone: 01902 696423 between 9am and 5pm Monday – Friday

Comments can also be sent to localplans@sstaffs.gov.uk or by post to South Staffordshire Council, Community Hub, Wolverhampton Road, Codsall, South Staffordshire WV8 1PX.


Strategic Planning Team
South Staffordshire Council

Tel: 01902 696423
www.sstaffs.gov.uk

More Analysis of Wednesfield Police Statistics.

Just looking at the Police UK Statistics which are official Government stats for Wednesfield North & South Wards for the month of September –

I looked at crimes reported at the bottom of the statistics for this month. There is already an article on my sites relating to these September figures.

The numbers here though may surprise you!
Drugs -0
Robbery – 3
Other Crime – 4
Possession of weapons – 4
Cycle Theft – 4
Burglary 5
September was captured as a month when there was fewer crimes reported – 254 Crimes. Against August stats which showed -306 crimes.
My message to everyone in Wednesfield is a message I have consistently given for years.
Please report crime you have, or you see. It is so important that we get accurate statistics.
What is quite sobering, and this is more about the whole Justice system, is the fact though we have 254 crimes reported here in Wednesfield .
Only 1 of these cases is currently awaiting a Court Action.
2 – Cases are with Action by Others.
61 – cases are still under investigation.
87- Have no suspects identified
93- Unable to Prosecute.
Whilst on this subject its also worth stating that these statistics also currently deliver a message that this Wednesfield area, is very much still a low-crime area. There is of course a political message here..It is that this Government needs to pump more resources into policing here in Wednesfield and the West Midlands Force in particular.

Gov Economic Crisis – Savage Cuts on the Horizon.

The economic crisis that we as a nation are facing since the Tories crashed the economy is getting worse by the day. As their disastrous 12 year reign turned into an imploding catastrophe.
Lets not forget Prime Minster Truss forcing a run on the £, Pension Funds close to collapse, Mortgages exploding upwards forcing increased costs on already overstretched household budgets.
Now everyone has a ‘Cost of Living Crisis’ and a fear of using energy. With a £50 billion black hole still gaping in the nations budget, and yet another financial budget looming within days.
All this feeds into everyday life in our City and in our region.
Expect some shocks Wednesfield and Wolverhampton. Bus services are already wobbling with lack of drivers, National Express have already told me that”You may be aware that there is currently a national shortage of bus drivers at the moment. We are around 7% down on the numbers of drivers we usually need to be able to fulfil our services”.
Statistics are showing that around 80% of passengers have returned to buses and are travelling now by public transport. Prior to what was the situation before the Covid- Pandemic.
Less people , shopping ,with less money in their purse, bus services failing to arrive at scheduled times. trains suffering the same acute staff crisis, tram, train and bus staff, concerned that their wages are not keeping up with inflation.
Bus service cuts are on the horizon, in Wolverhampton and across the West Midlands, school bus services will not escape, and the broader network services cuts will also happen.
When the next budget gets announced by the Tories, financial institutions are expecting further cuts to Local Government support for Council services, That will kick off another round of financial concerns.
I want to keep residents in Wednesfield and Wolverhampton informed of the situation. Yesterday I took part in a briefing from Transport for West Midlands. TfWM were setting the scene for their round of talks with the private bus operators. Most at risk are it appears at the moment, here in our City of being axed is School Bus Services. But there will be also routes-small but vital bus routes, that link suburbs with key shopping districts and employment opportunity, and institutions like doctors, and hospitals. Bus routes with no big flows of passengers. like the 50 bus service – It will routes like these which will be certainly under the microscope. With bus schedules also on the agenda to be trimmed.
I will aim to keep readers in touch with these issues, as the information unfolds.

City of Wolverhampton Council -“Children in Wolverhampton, not having a bed of their own to sleep in “

Councillor Phil Bateman said “One speech that I was very much taken with at Full Council tonight, was by Councillor Bev Momenabadi. I have therefore published it in full here on my web page.”


Councillor Bev Momenabadi – Labour – Ettingshall said “One thing that this Labour Council has proved time and time again is its ability to innovate and act fast to step in for our residents where a Conservative Government fails them.
We’ve heard today from the leader about our commitment to warm spaces, but I want to talk about our children in the city, who will be dramatically affected if the Chancellor doesn’t raise benefits in line with inflation.
This Labour Council is supporting more and more families with bed poverty, now what do I mean by bed poverty?
– Children in Wolverhampton, not having a bed of their own to sleep in so co-sleeping with parents and siblings
– Children in Wolverhampton, not having adequate bedcovering (sometimes none at all) and often sleeping on mattresses on the floor.
– Children who have outgrown their cots but haven’t transferred to a bed through lack of provision .
We’ve seen these cases more and more often since the Tories cut Universal Credit and energy bills sky-rocketing amidst the chaos in Government.
And here we find our Labour Council stepping in, we’ve supported nearly 900 children in the last 18 months which has included bedframes, mattresses, cots cribs and duvets.
This is the devastating reality of Tory austerity and cuts over the last decade. But our commitment to our Council’s commitment to families and children in the city continues to be relentless.
I’ll give you some more, real-time examples of where, because of the chaos in the Conservative Government, our Labour Council are stepping in:
– We’re launching grub clubs which are after school teatime support for families that are experiencing financial difficulties. These will be delivered in schools and communities centres, offering a warm space, family learning and help for children with homework.
– What about our careleavers? They are telling us that they too are struggling, as responsible corporate parents, our Labour Council is providing all Wolverhampton careleavers with £40 per month to support with food and fuel costs through vouchers.

This isn’t about attacking the Tories, this isn’t about politics. These are children’s lives we’re talking about, these are interventions we are committing to in order to counteract the failure of this Government in its duty to our kids in Wolverhampton.
But don’t just take it from me, Child Poverty Action charity have said that if benefits aren’t raised in line with inflation, a further 200,000 children will be pushed in to poverty. The charity itself said that the UK is already facing a child poverty catastrophe and that the Conservative Government will and I quote, ruin the lives of many more children unless it takes action.
Now, I know it has been a busy time in Westminster since we last met- we’re on our third Prime Minister, third Home Secretary and a former Conservative Minister go in to the I’m a Celebrity Jungle, all the while children in this city are being forgotten about by the Government.
So, I’m urging colleagues to think about those 900 children in the city when they choose to support this motion or not, think about those kids we’ve had to support with beds and bedding, and those queuing up at our food community shops and the funding that our Labour Council have provided for kids to take part in activities over half term holidays… and vote in favour of this motion or risk further children being plunged in to poverty in this city.”

Birmingham International Airport -Moves To Improve Operations.

Works has began on a new BHX security area, as BHX officials state that “We are seizing this as an opportunity to improve our operation and, crucially, the customer experience we offer at BHX.”

Councillor Phil Bateman said today – “I am sure City of Wolverhampton residents will be interested to note that in this everchanging World. That Birmingham International Airport has started working to safeguard, and make even more secure, our City and the Black Country’s Gateway to the World. This Airport is our regional access to Global connections, for Business, and Leisure seekers, and commercial success for those that look to Global markets for commerce and business. Its interesting to note that in 2019 BHX were quoting that they were contributing £1.5 billion (£3,000 per minute) to the West Midlands economy, and supported 30,000 jobs in our region. I am sure that this new security standard being entered into by the Airport will be welcome and re-assuring for those that use this Airport from our City of Wolverhampton.”

Work is underway on Birmingham Airport’s new security screening area.

The new facility, being built within the existing terminal building, will result in a speedier, simpler pre-flight security screening process for customers.

UK Government requires all airports to be compliant with new standards by 1 June 2024, which is the completion deadline for the project, a total investment of more than £20m.

“We are seizing this as an opportunity to improve our operation and, crucially, the customer experience we offer at BHX,” said Al Titterington, Terminal Operations Director for Birmingham Airport (BHX).

“Installing our Next-Generation Security (NGS) system will deliver a speedier and simpler pre-flight screening process capable of serving significantly more passengers per hour at peak times.”

In its Master Plan published in 2018, BHX outlined its aspiration to grow customer volumes from 12m a year (pre-pandemic) to 18m a year by 2033.

The new and improved security screening area supports growth up to 18m passengers a year and beyond. This in turn will help drive economic growth in the West Midlands region*.

The airport’s contractors, Tilbury Douglas, began work on Tuesday (25 October 2022).

Initial steps include setting up site compounds before moving ahead with the project itself.

In recent weeks, BHX’s landside Burger King and Frankie & Benny’s eateries have closed to accommodate the new screening area.”