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What’s Happening in Wednesfield North!

Good Morning Wednesfield. Its Sunday 5th of September 2021, and I thought that we would start the new week by informing you of the type of cases that we have been dealing with over the last weeks of August. We try hard to make our residents the best informed in the City.
• In the last few weeks Wednesfield North Councillors have reported on a schedule for Road works in Linthouse lane, towards the end of the month, which will be based around new street lighting.
• Drain Covers that had been stolen in Peach Road, plus their replacement via City Council Highways team in just 24 hours!
• The Passing of former Wednesfield North Councillor Gillian Walton.
• We have also reported on Fly Tipping in Baylis Ave and a positive result that goes with it.
• A proposal to make safer the Peacock Ave number 2 Car Park.
• The proposal for Ridge Lane to be closed,again later this month, to allow Severn Trent Water Company to replace infrastructure.
• We gave a ‘break down’ on the new Covid-19 regulations in place for the return of School children to schools, at the start of the new School Year.
• We reported on New Universal Credit Cuts, plus we helped needy parents with school uniform issues.
• We have channelled £680 of Ward fund monies into a local volunteer’s organisation that helps provide school uniforms for parents and families struggling to find the resources for their children to attend schools in Wednesfield North.
• Your Councillors have also arranged and provided the funds for a new memorial bench to be fitted in the Gardens of the Hub at Ashmore Park. -More on this later this month.
We are always looking to provide help here in Wednesfield North, and I think that by and large we do this very well. Our regular social media blogs are all about informing you of what is happening locally. Also what we are doing as your local Councillors.

Enjoy Sunday folks! Stay safe and continue to be cautious with regards to Covid-19.

Latest – 353 New cases of Covid per 100,000 City People.

There are a lot of local people that think the Covid-19 pandemic is all but over here in the City of Wolverhampton! Sadly, it isn’t.
The latest statistics I have, dated yesterday Friday the 3rd September is set below-
Covid-19 positive case rates
The latest figures show there were 353.6 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 930 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.

The impact on Covid-19 is being felt heavily in this Ward, not just through the illness, and the deaths that it has brought to our community. But also through the need to continue to use The Hub at Ashmore Park for testing. This has meant that the public activities that were scheduled to take place within The Hub are still not happening.

The Hub therefore remains closed except for the Public Health duties that are taking place within. Your Councillors will continue to provide information as and when we receive news and updates .

Stay Safe Wednesfield!

Dramatic About Change! Baylis Avenue Fly-Tip Removal.

Earlier this week I reported on a large Fly-tip that had taken place in a Garage site at Baylis Ave here on Ashmore Park. I reported that this item was brought to my attention by local residents.

I reported that the City Council and Wolverhampton Homes were going to use their own resources to clear the site of Fly -Tip. Well there is a dramatic change in the planned process. Here is a portion of correspondence that indicates a new approach.

“Dear Councillor Bateman Thank you for your enquiry regarding the garage site at Baylis Avenue

Our estate caretaking teams were on site earlier this week to commence clearance works of the fly-tipped items.

We have found some evidence linking the fly-tipping to an address in ********* . We have been in contact with the occupier who has advised us that they are taking steps to have the rubbish removed from the site. We have advised that the site will be re-visited during week commencing 6th September to ensure that this is the case. If required, our caretaking teams from Wolverhampton Homes will intervene and clear the site as previously arranged and look to a recharge.”

Thank you for everyone that has offered advice. Its wrong that public money has to be used to clear sites of peoples own household rubbish, in this instance this now will not be the case.

Car Park Raj Kumar Drive to be Improved.

In early August I wrote again to Wolverhampton Homes, with regards to the car park that sits next to the Baptist Church on Raj Kumar Drive. I wrote to Wolverhampton Homes who owns the asset, pointing out the poor condition of the Car Park. The pitted surface, the pot holes, the displaced concrete bollards that are a health and safety hazard to vehicles and pedestrians alike.

I am pleased to report that I have had a positive response. I am informed that “In relation to your enquiry below, the team received acceptable quotes from our contractors, and the Purchase order is currently going through the system.

Once completed, the team will arrange a start date. Arrangements will then be made for shutting off the car park so that the work can be carried out. The team will not only be replacing the damaged surfacing, but also installing some new drainage in parts of the car park, as it’s obviously needed.”

I have over a period of time, along with Cllr Potter and Cllr Mary Bateman, raised this car park and the drainage . We are all pleased that the work will be commencing soon. The car park is a tremendous asset to the shops and the customers that use it for trading purposes.

Its is really very good news .

Good morning Wednesfield! Wednesday 4 August 2021

Good morning Wednesfield Wednesday 4 August 2021
I thought that I would give you a brief update on the issues that have been brought to my attention this last few days.
A water leak running down Ecclestone Road- reported to the Authorities.
I have reminded the City Council that it is Battle of Wodnesfield anniversary over 5th and 6th August, our history is important, not only because this battle gave our Village its name, but the battle was very significant nationally. Some suggest that if the Vikings had won, and then governed the whole of the country through heir Danelaw. We would be ordering our drinks at the bar in Danish now not English!
I have asked that the Highway team take a look and inspect the tree canopy between the Millbank St junction with Kitchen Lane as the street lights are being impeded by the strong growth of the canopy. I will report back on their findings. I have asked them to check the lamp light from that junction to the Essington Boundary.
Since the month of June, the biggest number of contacts reported to me around the environment. Some 53 issues are under that report or have been dealt with. This is a bit of a surprise as housing issues usually grab the top spot. Housing from my latest data is in second place with 27 cases, Public Health is third with 7 cases.
Your three Councillors Rita Potter, Mary and Phil Bateman are working on giving support to a Volunteer Group who are well established, and arrange help for parents with school uniform . We are hoping that in the next few days we will have some positive news around this issue.
Have a great day Wednesfield North!

Raise The City Flag! -On Battle of Wodensfield Day!

Wolverhampton City Council sitting in Full session in 2014 passed an important resolution . Councillor Phil Bateman said “I placed an important resolution before the full Council.”

It read – “This City Council recognises the importance of the Battle of Wodensfield, which took place in August 910 ,within the current City Boundaries. We wish to ensure the historic significance of this battle by declaring that the City Council flag is flown over the two day Anniversary (5/6) August annually.We further request the City Council to investigate and report back to Cabinet, ways in which this historic event can be marked to regenerate and develop our local economy.”

Councillor Phil Bateman added “A lot has taken place in the City, since that resolution was passed. We have come through our own war with the Covid-19 Pandemic, which of course we are still in. But in getting back to normal. I am looking forward to the City Council raising the City Flag to commemorate this historically significant battle. Where the West Saxons and Mercians fought and stopped the Vikings extending Danelaw in England. We need to remember our history and make work for us by promoting this battle and using it to lift our local economy.”

‘Celebrity’ Leaning Tree on Kitchen Lane- To Be Removed!

The Red Hawthorne tree on Kitchen Lane has been growing at an oblique angle for years, and years. It is quite the ‘celebrity’ of trees. Acting as a street reference point for many.

But the roots have weakened , or through a collission, and it is now dropped afew feet causing pedestrians to duck or weave under it. High winds or ground pressure could make it even more dangerous than it currently is.

The City tree team have now agreed that the tree must be made safe, and so it will be removed soon. I thought local people and residents should know of this decision. Sad, but a must for safety. I will see if we can get the same species to replace it at the right time.

Monday Morning 26 July 2021 -Good Morning Wednesfield

Monday Morning -Good Morning Wednesfield – Start of a new week. Over the week-end I still carried out some volunteering and some public duties. These duties included an issue around tall trees in a private Garden. Help and advice had been requested.


Saturday ensured the WIB plants got watered. Mary helped me in that process. Also, we visited a resident whose home is being blighted by a neighbouring back garden that has been allowed to run wild. There are alleged issues of vermin as well as the problems of weeds and briars invading surrounding gardens. We will be contacting Wolverhampton Homes about this later today.


I was shocked that so many people think that the cctv in the bottom shops is not working. In fact the cctv did pick up 4 males causing damage to the flower’s outside the Butchers Shop on the Ashmore Park Parade. They left the scene in a car. The footage has been saved. Plus, the incident has been reported to West Midlands Police by the Local Authority. I would be very pleased if this item could be shared widely.

I hope you all have a great Monday.

Wolverhampton to Bid for UK City of Culture 2025!

Last night I was lucky enough to be lending support to The Canal and River Trust, (as I am a Director of their West Midlands Advisory Board) at an event in Coventry.

Coventry is the UKs City of Culture 2021.
Tonight we have heard from the Lord Mayor of Coventry and the Leader of the Council about the partnership between CRT and the City in what is a huge year for this City and the West Midlands.
All of this here in Coventry has helped me get an idea of the benefits of the recent Wolverhampton decision to join the City of Culture race for 2025.
City of Wolverhampton Council leader Cllr Ian Brookfield has confirmed that the city is to bid for the title of UK City of Culture 2025.
Cllr Brookfield said Wolverhampton is “a fantastic, culturally rich, diverse and dynamic city that’s going places. We have worked hard to create momentum on this.”

Wolverhampton joins Bradford, Durham, Southampton, Wakefield and other cities and areas in submitting bids. So watch out for further information. Exciting times ahead!