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Fly Tipping In Baylis Avenue


I had a constituent contact me after she had read of the Fly Tipping issues on the True Briton site.

She  then highlighted her concerns about a former Garage Site at Baylis Ave and the amount of fly tipping that had been there for a considerable period of time.

I contacted the Wolverhampton Homes team and they have responded stating that they have inspected the site, and that they are going to arrange for the Estate Caretaking team to visit the site and for items to be removed.

I want to thank the Wolverhampton Homes team for being so prompt and reacting to your City Councillors  request.

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Well Done Wolves!

Well Done Wolves! A football result that has made my family very happy! Plus it is going to be a very big lift for the City of Wolverhampton.

You have to recognise the fact that this current team and Manager are having a season of immense significance. So from this Baggies fan …go on and enjoy every minute of what is turning out to be a season of great promise. I can see another 80,000 Party on the horizon!


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Culture Wednesfield – JSDA Dancing Off To Disney Land!


I just want to say what a fabulous Show that Julie Sarah’s Dance Academy just put in tonight at Dormston Centre Sedgley. It was a fantastic dance show, starring the best of Wednesfield’s talented dancers.

Mary and I watched with excitement as the dancers went through their routines.

From the youngest and cutest dancers through to the Adult dancers the show was just so clever in its presentation and delivery.
Culture Wednesfield – Is alive and well here, and Julie Sarah’s Dance Academy is the catalyst for the talent that was on show tonight (16 March).

With 43 dance routines the audience which packed into the Dormston Centre, were treated to an awesome night. They in turn showed their delight at the routines by whooping and cheering, stomping and whistling. Making that atmosphere electric in the show.

The measure of the talent in this Wednesfield dance academy can be measured by the fact that eleven girls have been invited to perform at Disney Land Paris!

This after top choreographer Craig Wharmby talent spotted the youngsters at Julie Sarah’s Dance Academy, everyone in the auditorium greeted this news with huge noise.

As two of the Local Councillors for Wednesfield North we would like to say how proud we are of JSDA and Julie who runs the academy, and after tonight and all the excitement.

We would like to offer our own congratulations to everyone in our community, that helps the Dance Academy reach such high standards. I know lots of parents volunteer their time to the Academy when shows like these are produced. So if you get a chance to see JSDA in action take it! Marvellous talent, great dance!



Average Speed Enforcement Cameras Coming!


Wednesfield residents please be aware of the changes that will be taking place on Wolverhampton and Black Country Roads!

Average Speed Enforcement cameras will be installed on key Black Country routes in a bid reduce casualties and tackle anti-social behaviour. 

The phased introduction of average speed enforcement across the Black Country will bolster the speed enforcement operation across the highway network and raise the profile of this important tool to assist in reducing road incidents and clamp down on careless drivers across the Black Country.

The routes under consideration are:

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  • Wolverhampton A449 Stafford Road and A4444 Black Country New Road
  • Walsall A34 Birmingham Road, A4444 Black Country New Road, A4148
  • Broadway North and A41 Black Country New Road, Moxley to


  • Dudley A4123 Birmingham New Road and A458 The Hayes/Park Rd/Drews Holloway/Stourbridge Rd (Lye to Halesowen)

Across the Black Country in 2017 there were 2,105 road traffic collisions resulting in personal injury to 2,916 people; 418 of these casualties resulted in serious personal injury and 24 people lost their lives.

In Wolverhampton, there were 503 road traffic collisions resulting in personal injury to 684 people; 84 of these casualties suffered serious personal injury and one person was killed.

Additionally, across the region there has been increasing levels of anti-social behaviour such as car cruising which has adversely impacted on the community.

The new cameras aim to support the West Midlands Combined Authority Road Safety Strategy to significantly reduce killed and seriously injured casualties in the West Midlands.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “It’s shocking to see the amount of people that have been seriously injured and even lost their lives on our roads. We recognise something needs to be done to tackle this Black Country-wide issue to reduce road incidents and anti-social behaviour.

“As a council, we have a responsibility to implement a wide-range of engineering and education schemes to address road safety issues to protect our residents and visitors.

“As well as supporting the Black Country car cruising ban, average speed enforcement cameras have been successful in reducing road accidents in other areas and I’m pleased to see them coming to Wolverhampton and the rest of the Black Country to improve safety for all road users.”

This approach to enforcement is fully endorsed by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner as it improves the traffic speeds along the route and enables the future introduction of enforcing red light running and ensures a consistent approach to the delivery of speed enforcement across the West Midlands area.

Cllr Dr Lynnette Kelly, Assistant West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I have promised that I would improve road safety and do all I could to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on our roads. That is why I am pleased that these safety cameras are being delivered. Speed is one of the biggest causes of deaths on the road and one of the biggest issues that local people raise with me on a daily basis.

“The Black Country Councils are installing the cameras and the police are supporting them by processing and enforcing the fines. This shows that we are on the side of the overwhelming majority of motorists who drive safely and sensibly and want others to do so also.”

The new cameras will be installed on a phased introduction from 11 March 2019.

Cameras are also set to be introduced in Sandwell on A34 Birmingham Rd (between Scott Arms and Walsall boundary) and A4123 Wolverhampton Road (between Hagley Road and Pound Road) subject to Sandwell Council’s Cabinet approval next month.

40 Dead in Horrendous Shooting!

I am sure that Wednesfield North residents will have their sympathy and their thoughts with the people of New Zealand, and Christchurch in particular.

This mass shooting of 40 killed and 28 injured, men women and children at prayer, is just horrendous.

What a shock for this peace loving country. I hope you will all join with me and express your sympathy to the Mayor of Christchurch.Lianne Dalziel.

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Latest News- South Staffordshire Green Belt.

I have always tried to ensure that we place information here in Wednesfield North where Local Residents can read and avail themselves of the latest proposals.

Last year on the 18th April 2018, I informed Wednesfield North residents of South Staffordshire plans that could lead to new homes being constructed on what is currently Green Belt land in South Staffordshire. This land is within the Staffordshire boundary, but fronting Kitchen Lane and Linthouse Lane.

That message in April last year was primarily aimed at Wednesfield North constituents who have an interest, or who are interested in the announced proposal by developers to build 2,500 homes on what is current ‘Green Belt’ land within the Parish of Essington and within the District Boundary of South Staffordshire D.C.

At that time South Staffordshire District Council were still finalising work on their current Site Allocations document (SAD) but then they switched and began working  on the review of their Local Plan.

This document was to set out strategic growth options for South Staffordshire and consider what levels of growth can be accommodated.  They further informed me that they were updating their Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) which will contain all the sites suggested to them (including Linthouse Lane) and this will be the starting point for site options.

Wednesfield North City Councillors Mary Bateman, Phil Bateman,  and Rita Potter have asked that their contact details be added to South Staffordshire District Councils Local Plan database, and that means that we will receive automatic updates on local planning matters.

I went onto urge any of our Wednesfield North constituents or local residents in Wednesfield who wish to be added to the database, to do so, by sending their email address to .

Today the 11th March 2019 I have received the following information “The Black Country authorities and South Staffordshire commissioned a joint Green Belt Study.

This Study is now well under way and should be finished by this Easter.

South Staffordshire will use the results of this study, and other evidence they have commissioned separately, to select preferred sites for their next stage of consultation.

The next stage is the “Preferred Options Consultation”, which is programmed for March/April 2020.”

Clearly there is still some work taking place, it is a real live issue.

But the consultation has yet to start. I would urge local residents to email and ask that their names and interest are addressed when the South Staffordshire Plan starts to relate to proposals.

The email address is

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Latest News – Proposal for 2,500 Homes In Green Belt .

Wednesfield North Labour Councillors today issued further information to their Local Residents relating to plans and proposals to build on current ‘Green Belt ‘ in Essington.

This message is primarily aimed at Wednesfield North constituents who have an interest, or who are interested in the recently announced proposal to develop 2,500 homes on what is current ‘Green Belt’ land alongside Linthouse Lane and Kitchen Lane and within the Parish of Essington and the District Boundary of South Staffordshire D.C.

Councillor Bateman said ” have received this further information from South Staffordshire District Council.

South Staffordshire District Council is still finalising work on their current Site Allocations document (SAD) but have also begun work on the review of their Local Plan.

They inform me that they are working towards publishing Issues and Options for the new Local Plan in Autumn of this year, by which time they hope the revised NPPF will be in place.

This document will set out strategic growth options for South Staffordshire and consider what levels of growth can be accommodated.  They further inform me that they are currently updating our Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) which will contain all the sites suggested to them (including Linthouse Lane) and this will be the starting point for site options.

Wednesfield North City Councillors Mary Bateman PhiIBateman and Rita Potter have asked that their contact details be added to South Staffordshire District Councils Local Plan database, and that means that we will receive automatic updates on local planning matters.

I would now urge any of our Wednesfield North constituents or local residents in Wednesfield who wish to be added to the database, to do so now, by sending your email address to .

We will continue to inform Wednesfield North residents of new information as we receive it of plans around this development.

Ashmore Park ‘Walk of Stars’.

Ashmore Park Walk of Stars!

Today the 12th December 2018 – We announce the twentieth person who has entered our magnificent Ashmore Park Walk of Stars!

Ashmore Park is a great community, and Ashmore Parker’s are great folk! The estate has always fostered good sportsmen and women. But not everyone is aware that the estate has nurtured other great talents also.

I have represented Ashmore Parkers and Wednesfield people on two Councils for some 32 years! I lived on Ashmore Park in the early part of my life and my sister Eileen still does. I went to school on the estate and I have had the great fortune to be involved in every day estate life, for decades.
One of my constituents Ian Eastaugh tapped out a message on my Face Book Page suggesting we had a roll of honour for ‘famous Ashmore Parker’s!

I thought it was a great idea, I knew about the decent amateur footballers that the estate produced like Brian Blower and Arthur (Archie) Richards, Steve Williams and his brother professional footballer Gary Williams, and Sean O’Driscoll. But what other Ashmore Parker had become ‘famous in their field’!

I decided to turn to the World Wide Web. It is a wonderful tool, I asked through my Face Book page for Ashmore Parkers, to tell me who they thought should be recognised in some public way!

Here are the names and professions of people who have made it to this list! Its breadth will blow you away. I do hope that this Walk of Stars initiative will help to inspire Ashmore Park youngsters.

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Willard Wigan MBE (Already in the Ashmore Park Walk of Stars) receiving a Wolverhampton Famous Sons & Daughters Award from George Cross holder Lisa Webb (nee Potts) at an Awards Evening in Wolverhampton 9 Nov 2017.

Here are the 20 names of people who are our Ashmore Park Stars, but not in any particular order

  •  Professor David Rayson – Artist – London Royal College of Art. David was appointed Professor and Head of Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2006. He is a practising artist, tutor and curator and his work has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. His work is included in major collections held by the Tate, Whitechapel Art Gallery, the British Council, Deutsche Bank, Rubell Family Collection, The Open University and The Contemporary Art Society.
  •  Tony Milovsorov –Athlete run for Tipton Harriers lived and went to school on Ashmore Park, he took part in World Cross Country Championships.
  • Phil Palmer – Is a legend on the estate with his Musicland Shop. He has given countless children and their families an introduction into the world of music. Bringing pleasure to many and in some cases sparking music talent that is being displayed much wider than in just our locality. Phil has played for royalty and appeared at top notch venues around the UK and abroad displaying his own music talent. He may not live on Ashmore Park, but he is certainly PART of Ashmore Park. A former Military man, who went onto win a Guinness World Record for the longest note blown. Follow the link to see the BBC Midlands Today film taken at the time…
  • Sean O’Driscoll- Footballer, and one of the best known Football Manager’s in the UK
  • Karl Henry who played football for the Stoke, Wolves and QPR. He lived in Ashmore Park and went to St Alban’s School.
  • Gary Williams Aston Villa footballer & brother of
  • Steve Williams who played for Walsall
  •  Barrie Gower- Went to Coppice High School, Barrie has been involved with many productions for both TV and Film including the Harry Potter series and most recently HBO’s Game of Thrones. He also contributed to Academy award winning makeups for The Wolfman and The Iron Lady.
  • Roger Ellis World Cycle Speedway Champion – Roger rode for Wednesfield Aces and his home is on Ashmore Park!
  • Willard Wigan MBE a sculptor- Known for his miniature sculptures, fabulous eye! His work has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. His sculptors are typically placed in the eye of a needle! He was commissioned to create the Coronation Crown on the head of a pin! In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth the Second.
  • Adrian Anslow – fell during an attack on the Atlantic Conveyor in the Falklands War. Much admired and courageous military man. His family received an Elizabeth Cross medal in his honour,
  • Beatrice Cattermole legendary Head Teacher of Ashmore Park Primary School – Influenced hundreds of Ashmore Parkers and was held in great esteem
  • Terry Green teacher- Fund raiser and Local Choir Master – Once again a teacher held in high esteem. for his work at Coppice High School
  • Nigel Garton – West End Actor,stage and character actor
  • Ian Mason- died serving his Country •
  • Annie Wildey – International Artist now living in New York
  • Kenny Rock – Comedy scriptwriter an Ashmore Parker who is a script writer to the stars! – which includes Ken Dodd, Dave Allen, Dick Emery, News Huddlines, The Grumbleweeds, Kenny Everett, Russ Abbot, Joan Rivers, Brian Conley and The Two Ronnies! Wonderful just wonderful!
  • Raj Kumar – Much loved shop keeper who served Ashmore Park for more than 32 years before passing away suddenly in the shop in 2017. More than 2,000 residents and customers turned out for an impromptu service on the shopping parade! All of which underlined the star quality this man had, through his help for others.–He was a stand-out trader here for 32 years, he was immensely popular, and I think he did more for relationships than perhaps anyone we know. So many Ashmore Parkers have asked for his inclusion to the Walk of Stars, I am happy to agree with their sentiment. Raj was a legend locally, on a Par with Ronnie Barkers own cult shop keeper Arkwright
  • Al Barrow of Rock Band Magnum,  He was Born Nov 1968 in Ashmore Park, Wednesfield to Margaret & David Barrow. He plays with Magnum a national and international iconic Rock Band.
  • December 12th 2018 – Here is the latest member to be enrolled in the Ashmore Park Walk of Stars! Martin J Cooper England Rugby Union International, who gained 11 Caps for England.
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Celebrating St Patrick’s Day – With Memories of 2006!

Happy St Patrick’s Day 2019 Wednesfield and Wolverhampton! 

#HappyStPatrick’sDay Back in 2006 we resurrected St Patrick’s Day in Wolverhampton, and we had a marvellous morning with our Irish Community in the Mayors Parlour. My thoughts at that time was that it was right that we remember the contribution of those early communities in the development of this great and historic City!

The Irish community itself  started to arrive in the then Town in the at the end of the 18th century. The Town ( According to Author Chris Upton) was making a name for itself at that time by plentiful engineering work, developing canals and the unskilled work on offer.

One of the draws was that there was already a sizeable population of Catholics in the Town.

The Irish community at that time were driven by the potato famine in Ireland in the 1840’s and they clustered in the town centre around Stafford street and Caribee Island. In 1851 there were 6,000 Irish people here in the Town.

Those families and their descendents are still here in numbers. They have made a wonderful contribution to Wolverhampton, and today in 2019. I wish them all a very Happy St Patrick’s Day!