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Neachells Lane – Road Works.

Residents in Wednesfield North – if you use Neachells Lane for access to work or other time sensitive appointments. Please note that its proposed a temporary closure of Neachells Lane, Wednesfield.

Please place the date in your diary –

• on the 25th October 2020 – Neachells Lane closed in a Southerly direction for its entire length between its junction with Wednesfield Way and Willenhall Road.

Vehicular Diversion Route: Wednesfield Way, Waddens Brook Lane, Fibbersley, Wednesfield Road, Temple Bar, Field Street, Pinson Road, Somerford Place, The Keyway, Willenhall Road.

It is expected the closure will commence 25/10/2020 between the hours of 08:00 and 16:00, to facilitate Trial Holes by Severn Trent Water.

This work may place extra traffic on other local roads.Which Could include Broad Lane North and South. Please take note and be aware.

Taking a look at the former Elephant Park site in Millbank street.

Millbank Street – Redundant Park

Councillor Phil Bateman said today –

“I have requested and had confirmed that the redundant Park in Millbank Street will be treated by an approved pest controller under contract to treat this site for rats.

The Estate team have also raised an order which will be ongoing until eradication is confirmed.
Arrangements have also been made for the grounds maintenance partner Continental Landscapes to agree a programme of works to reduce the vegetation on site.”

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We paid our sad good byes

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Today Mary and I and a band of old pals, turned up and paid our respects to Benji and Eileen with his family. Whilst we waited for The cortège to arrive we all spoke about our mate.
Even on a sad day there were smiles as we remembered Benji and talked about our individual memories.
Mary and I offer our sympathy and condolences to Eileen and Andy and all their family.
It was good to see all those old gnarled footballers, from years past. Standing in memory to a real nice guy, a very good footballer, a man that made you laugh. Benji you will never be forgotten. You made your contribution to all our lives. Rest in Peace!

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Health chiefs in plea as Covid-19 hospitalisations rise

Health chiefs in plea as Covid-19 hospitalisations rise
Released: Wednesday 14 October, 2020
Councillor Phil Bateman said today-“please read and take notice of this plea, its an important message. This is from the two most senior Health professionals in the City”

With the number of hospitalisations and, tragically, deaths from coronavirus rising once more, health chiefs in Wolverhampton are urging people to adhere to the new local restrictions which came into force this morning (Wednesday 14 October).

The number of people in hospital with Covid-19 is expected to increase further in the coming days – putting additional pressure on the NHS as it heads into the busy winter period.

Now David Loughton CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, and John Denley, Wolverhampton’s Director of Public Health, have united to call on residents to protect their friends and family by doing all they can to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Mr Loughton CBE said: “I have been a chief executive for over 30 years, and never have I had to deal with anything like we have been experiencing since March.

“In March, my life, your life and the NHS changed forever, and we are still recovering from that first wave of Covid-19.

“My staff are tired, yet they come into work every day ensuring they deliver the best patient care. We are working hard to make sure those whose treatments were delayed are safely restored now so they can get the care they need.

“My plea to you is please follow the lockdown rules so that we can continue to fight against Covid-19. Help me and my teams by preventing any further increases in hospital admissions and our staff can continue to focus on their ‘day job’ – treating and caring for you and your loved ones.”

Mr Denley added: “Infection rates across the country have increased dramatically in recent weeks and sadly this is now being translated into increased hospital admissions and deaths here in Wolverhampton and elsewhere. Indeed, nationally there are now more patients in hospital with coronavirus than there were at the start of the UK-wide lockdown in March.

“So, the message is clear; we need to act swiftly, and we need to act now.

“Everyone has a role to play in the fight against Covid-19 and we’ve shown that, as a city, our actions can have an impact.

“Thanks to the efforts of residents since local restrictions were introduced last month, the infection rate in Wolverhampton remains much lower than in other parts of the country.

“We’ve also been working closely with the NHS and Public Health England to ensure services can continue to operate, and to tackle outbreaks in care homes, schools and other settings as soon as they occur.

“But there’s still more we must do – and we need everyone to take the measures which have come into effect today extremely seriously in order to protect each other and keep everyone safe. The new rules are mandatory, so please follow them.”

The revised restrictions came into effect at midnight as part of the Government’s three-tiered approach to tackle the spread of coronavirus. Wolverhampton has been placed in the High alert category (tier 2) meaning that, from today:

• You must not socialise with anybody outside your household or your care or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in public
• You must not socialise in a group of more than six outside, including in a garden or park (other than where specific exemptions apply in law)
• Pubs, restaurants and bars must continue to close at 10pm. Takeaways can operate after 10pm but only via delivery service, collection or drive-through
• You can continue to travel to open venues, but you should reduce the number of journeys you make and avoid travel to Very High alert levels where possible
• You must self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms of Covid-19, not matter how mild
• At all times, you must follow social distancing rules, wear a face covering where required (unless you are exempt) and work from home if possible.

For full details of the Covid-19 High Alert restrictions, please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/covidalert.

Symptoms of Covid-19 include a fever, a new, continuous cough and loss or change to a person’s sense of taste and smell. People with symptoms should immediately self-isolate and book a test by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119. People can now get tests up to eight days after first developing symptoms.
Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 will be contacted by NHS Test and Trace and will be asked to share information about people that have been close contacts recently.

Latest data shows there were 103.67 cases per 100,000 residents in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 11 October.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus.
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£500 Payments to Support Low-Income Households Asked to Self-Isolate

Councillor Phil Bateman said today “£500 Payments to Support Low-Income Households Asked to Self-Isolate

Working people on a low income in Wolverhampton who are required by law to self-isolate due to coronavirus could be entitled to a one-off payment of £500.

The city council is now accepting applications for the government’s Test and Trace Payments Scheme.”

The payment is designed to assist people who will lose income if they are asked to self-isolate and are unable to continue working from home.

Payments are made as a one-off lump sum for certain people asked to self-isolate on or after 28 September – strict eligibility criteria apply.

To be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, an individual must, on or after 28 September 2020, have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, be in work (either employed or self employed), face a loss in income because they are unable to work from home and either:

• Be in receipt of certain qualifying benefits such as Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.
Or
• Not in receipt of qualifying benefits, but earning less than £18,480 per year (£354.47 per week) for a single person with no children or less than £20,000 per year (£383.56 per week) in a household with children.

To apply for the payments, people should visit: www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/testtracesupportpayment

Cllr Louise Miles, City of Wolverhampton Council’s cabinet member for resources, said: “It is an offence not to self-isolate if you are told to do so by NHS Test and Trace, punishable by fines of up to £10,000.

“Most people are self-isolating when asked because they know it is the right thing to do to protect others from catching the virus. However, for some people on low incomes who cannot work from home, being asked to self-isolate could mean losing money.

“These new test and trace payments are for those people, the aim is to encourage people to do the right thing and not have to make the choice potentially between protecting others or putting food on the table and paying the bills.

“I would urge anyone who meets the criteria to apply. As a council, we have taken the local decision to widen out the criteria of the scheme for those earning less than £18,480 if you live alone with no children or £20,000 if you have children to ensure more people on a low income can get the help.”

Anyone who does not meet the criteria for NHS Test and Trace Payments, but is struggling financially may be entitled to other help and support. Please visit www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-and-information/financial-support-and-guidance for more information.

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Finally – A Date for the Street Light!

Some residents in Eccleston road on Ashmore Park are very upset that they have been without a street light since a Road Traffic Accident in the late Summer. They have been continuously asking when it will be attached to the power supply. The City had replace the lamp post with in 24 hours. But its the power supply that needs addressing.

Councillor Phil Bateman said This is what I am informed. – “Under normal circumstances Western Power Distribution (WPD) have very strict guaranteed standards of service (GSoS) and there performance is usually excellent. For a new connection like this one the GSoS demands that it should be completed within 25 working days but usually WPD complete them in substantially less time.

Due to the pandemic WPD stopped all routine connection work, as this one and only carried out emergencies.

This has led to a serious backlog in this type of work across the whole of the WPD area.

I have again pressed WPD for a completion date and they have assured me that they will have a team on site on 30 October to connect the new light. This date is the very best they can do as the first date I was given was mid to late November. ”

Councillor Bateman added ” Clearly there is a problem within Western Power, but I am pleased that we have received a date for when the Light should get switched on.”

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£500 Payments to Support Low-Income Households Asked to Self-Isolate

£500 Payments to Support Low-Income Households and asked to Self-Isolate -If you are in this category,this is for you!

Wednesfield North residents I want you to be aware of a scheme that goes live in City of Wolverhampton on Monday 12 October 2020

From Monday, the council will be accepting applications for the government’s Test and Trace Payments Scheme for working people on low incomes. They could potentially get a one-off payment of £500 if they are required by law to self-isolate due to Covid-19.

Each payment is made as a one-off lump sum for certain people asked to self-isolate on or after 28 September – strict eligibility criteria apply. To be eligible for the Test and Trace Support Payment, an individual must, on or after 28 September 2020, have been asked to self-isolate by NHS Test and Trace, be in work (either employed or self-employed), face a loss in income because they are unable to work from home and either:

• Be in receipt of certain qualifying benefits such as Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit, income-based Employment and Support Allowance, income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit and/or Pension Credit.
Or
• Not in receipt of qualifying benefits, but earning less than £18,480 per year (£354.47 per week) for a single person with no children or less than £20,000 per year (£383.56 per week) in a household with children.

If you know of anyone affected in Wednesfield North or across the City – who could benefit from this scheme, encourage them to go to www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/testtracesupportpayment and please help us to publicise the scheme by sharing this item widely! Working hard for Wednesfield North!

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Ashmore Park Food Bank – There to Help.

Ashmore Park Food Bank74269105_10221594272419675_7901552453606914082_nAgain Mary and I have donated food to the Ashmore Park Food Bank operating out of St Albans Church. It was good to talk to Rev Tom Fish for a few short minutes. The FoodBank has receive a generous donation of wide ranging foods donated from St Thomas’s Church following their harvest festival.

So if you can offer food donations brilliant!

But if you are in need of help to feed yourself or your family, please pop a long. The volunteers are great!

COVID NEW RESTRICTIONS

New Restrictions Wolverhampton In Force!

COVID NEW RESTRICTIONS

People living and working in Wolverhampton are being urged to familiarise themselves with the Government’s new coronavirus restrictions for Wolverhampton which come into force tomorrow (Tuesday).

Full details of the regulations, which are being introduced to help stem the spread of Covid-19, have now been published by the Government at https://bit.ly/2FT5vz9 or via www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/restrictions.

Wolverhampton became an area of national intervention on Friday week due to a sustained raise in coronavirus cases in recent weeks. The new restrictions mean:

• You must not allow people you don’t live with or who are not part of your support bubble into your home or garden.
• You must not visit people you do not live with or who are not part of your support bubble in their home or garden in Wolverhampton or elsewhere.
• People can only come inside your home or garden for specific purposes set out in law (see the guidance for further details).

These restrictions apply to everyone living and working within the city of Wolverhampton and will be law. Fines could be levied on anyone breaking them.

The measures will not affect schools, public transport or workplaces, though people should still practice social distancing and wear a face covering where required. Households within a support bubble can still visit each other, stay overnight and visit public places together.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “Everyone in Wolverhampton has a role to play in the fight against coronavirus and we all need to take these new restrictions extremely seriously in order to protect each other and keep everyone safe.

“It’s really important that we all make ourselves familiar with these new guidelines – and even more important that we all follow them.”

As well as avoiding household to household contact, people are reminded they should continue to follow the Hands, Face, Space guidance:

• Hands: Wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds.
• Face: Wear a face covering in indoor settings where social distancing may be difficult or where you encounter people you do not normally meet.
• Space: Stay 2m apart from people you do not live with, or 1m-plus with extra precautions in place if 2m is not possible.

People should also get a test if they have symptoms of Covid-19, however mild, by visiting www.nhs.uk/coronavirus or calling 119, and share their contact details for Test and Trace purposes.

The latest information and guidance around coronavirus is available at www.gov.uk/coronavirus and on the council’s own coronavirus pages at www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/coronavirus.

ENDS

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