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Have You Made Your Objection- Be Quick!

Many of you will be aware that there has been a number of attempts to build a House of Multiple Occupancy on Millbank Street in Ashmore Park.

There is a very strong objection to this happening in the local neighbourhood. There is concern that such a development would very much alter the family oriented  neighbourhood. 

It would increase car traffic bringing additional hazards for road safety , add to problems for the Police, and create issues relating to noise and other environmental problems with drains and drainage. 

The Planning Inspectorate in Bristol will be will be running an appeal by Mr K Plant at 52 Millbank Street against the decision of the Wolverhampton City Council to refuse planning permissions for the erection of two semi detached dwellings at 52 Millbank Street Ashmore Park Wednesfield.

Readers will remember that there have been applications to provide a house of Multiple Accommodation on this site.The Appeal will be determined by this Governments – Secretary of State  or by an Inspector appointed by him.

Local residents have until JUST the 3rd of October to make your representations known to the Inspector. The Planning Inspector has introduced an online appeal service which you can use to comment on this appeal.


Please us the appeal on line process – if you wish to object to the development. You will have to quote this reference number  APP/D4635/W/18/3207000


Please be aware- All your objections must be planning based. 

Your comments may include your name and address and email address or phone number. Please ensure that you only provide information that , including personal information belonging to you, that you are happy will be made available too others. Please request the Inspectorate to inform you of their decision.

The time is very tight if you want to take part in this process and object to this unwanted development. DO IT TODAY -DON’T DELAY.


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Russell Close Trip Hazard Removed!

13522564_10209895324728028_698074258_n Russell Close entrance to Park. 29 June 2016There has been a little bit of controversy about the footpath into the Ashmore Park from Russell Close. There was a huge loss of tarmac in the pedestrian footway which had become a walking hazard.

It had been addressed in a ‘temporary’ way, by filling the impediment whilst the proper resources and the team that carry’s out the work in the highways department was  timetabled to reduce the health and safety risk,  before the main work was able to take place.

It has now been completed and it looks a treat! Hopefully the controversy will now dissipate.



Motorists reminded of traffic regulations outside schools


As pupils settle back into class following the summer holidays, parents in Wolverhampton are being reminded about the parking restrictions which are in place outside local schools.

While many pupils walk or cycle to school, more and more number of parents are driving their children there. This is adding to the problem of – and complaints about – inconsiderate parking outside local schools and posing an increasing danger to young pedestrians during the ‘school run’.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment, said: “The over-riding priority outside our schools is ensuring the safety of children – and it goes without saying that parents who choose to take their children to and from school by car need to obey the parking restrictions in place, and consider alternatives where possible.”

Yellow zigzag ‘school keep clear’ markings can be found outside most schools across the city. No vehicles, including those displaying a blue badge, are allowed to stop on these markings for any reason during the hours shown on the accompanying signs.

In addition, single and double yellow lines are present outside most schools. Waiting is not permitted at any time on double yellow lines, and not permitted on single yellow lines during the times stated on the accompanying signs.

Parking on the pavement or grass verge also poses a potential hazard to pedestrians and can result in enforcement action by West Midlands Police where there is an obstruction of the highway or the City of Wolverhampton Council where there are parking restrictions in place.

Blue badge holders can park for up to three hours on single or double yellow lines where there are no loading or unloading restrictions in place, and where their vehicle does not cause an obstruction. As always, the blue badge must be displayed and the clock set to the time of arrival.

Loading and unloading restrictions are shown by yellow markings on the kerb. Single yellow markings mean loading and unloading is prohibited during the times shown on the accompanying signs. Double yellow markings mean that no loading or unloading is allowed at any time.

As well as parking restrictions, a number of schemes are in operation in Wolverhampton designed to alleviate parking outside the school gates. They include the Safety Outside Schools Programme delivered by the council, police and West Midlands Fire Service which focuses on parking and road safety and encourages schools to hold patrols to educate parents about the dangers of inconsiderate parking.

The Safer Routes to School initiative has led to the installation of safety features around participating schools, while many schools have been supported to develop “park and stride” schemes whereby parents are given a rendezvous point away from school and encouraged to complete the journey on foot.

Bikeability cycle training is offered to all primary and secondary schools to give children the skills to cycle safely on the city’s roads, and class visits by school crossing patrol wardens introduce pupils to the Green Cross Code.

Councillor Lynne Moran, Cabinet Member for Education, added: “While we would always encourage parents and children to walk to school, and also enjoy the health benefits that doing so brings, we understand that this is not always possible.

“For those parents who have to drive to school for whatever reason, they should make sure they are not causing a danger to children or other road users by parking in restricted areas outside schools, and also think about any ways they can – for instance parking around the corner and walking the rest of the way.”

For further information regarding parking restrictions around schools please call the City of Wolverhampton Council on 01902 551155, e-mail: or visit


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Latest News On Storm Damage

Following two days of storms and high winds.
The thousands of trees that are part of the City of Wolverhampton have taken a bit of a battering, to say the least! 
Here in Wednesfield North your Councillors have been reporting residents difficulties.
In the Ashmore Park for instance there are some 400 hundred trees. There have been some damage to tree limbs and branches. They have been reported.
However the City is having to prioritise the response. Here is the advice note that all Councillors across the City have received….
“Dear Councillor,
I wanted to reassure you that City of Wolverhampton Council’s Environmental Services arboricultural teams and grounds maintenance teams have been working hard to deal with a large number of fallen trees and broken branches caused by the high winds that have hit the city over the last two days.
The priority remains dealing with fallen trees, large fallen branches, and any trees that are causing immediate danger to people and property – in particular trees and branches obstructing buildings, foot-ways and carriageways.
Fallen trees and branches in parks and open spaces that are deemed safe will be dealt with as part of the ongoing clearance operations as and when resources become available.
Kind regards,
Steve Woodward (Head of Environmental Services).
Hopefully the high winds forecast for today will dissipate without causing any further damage to the environment here in Wednesfield.

Wednesfield In Bloom – Gold Award Winners Yet Again!

Now I know Wednesfield and Wednesfielders from further away, are looking to hear what has been achieved in 2018’s Heart of England in Bloom’s competition.
Wednesfield in Bloom – are once again Gold awards winners. That in itself is just brilliant!
But this time is different to our success in 2016, and 2017!
This time we have won a ‘discretionary award’  from the organisers which reflects the way our diverse community works.
Wow! That is in itself just brilliant. This  Community Award comes with a Glass Trophy!
I think that all of our Volunteers in Wednesfield in Bloom deserve a huge ‘Pat on the back’
What we have achieved three years on the trot has been magnificent. I am sure the City of Wolverhampton will be proud of us all! As they should be, Its not just winning an award, its the way we have done so.
Our Village has been transformed by a riot of colours and the impact beautiful flowers have on people.
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While we Volunteers have been out and about planting and tending ‘Our Patch of Flowers’. Hundreds of people passing through have felt the need to pass the day by , commenting on the flowers, talking about the competition, speak about their gardens, or offer advice on flowers,Bugs,children, and of course the weather!
What we have done is encouraged people to speak together, be friendly with each other, Care about the environment and ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ has been the catalyst for this and more!
This year we expanded into Ashmore Park where we planted up three redundant flower beds, and that in itself has been a success, Ashmore Parkers will be pleased to know that we think that this years work on the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade will take place again next year, and we will also be expanding that work. But more on that later!
Ashmore Park bloom Volunteering has grown and grown here in Wednesfield, We have had a summer of heat, flowers, great conversations and huge success, Enjoy the moment volunteers because we are about to start doing it all over again!
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Problem? Why Not Visit Wednesfield North Councillors Advice Surgery

If you live in Wednesfield North and you have a problem that you think your Councillors may be able to help you with? Then why not pop a long to see them?

We will all be there! –

Your Councillor Rita Potter, Councillor Mary Bateman, and Councillor Phil Bateman.

On Friday 21st September there will be a Councillors Advice Surgery – This time the venue is The Hub at Ashmore Park on Griffith Drive Ashmore Park.

Again the Surgery will be open from 6.00pm to 7.00pm .


Coppice High School – Obstructing Residents Driveways is a Traffic Offence!

I have been receiving complaints from residents about the unthoughtful parking being undertaken by some parents picking up and and setting down their children in the locality of this school.

Residents of Southwell Road have told me that they are fed up of the situation.

I have today contacted both the City Officials and the West Midlands Police because of the complaints and the developing situation.

My own message to parents is, ” Please be a little thoughtful if you do pick up your children by car, if it was you and some one obstructed your drive and access, you would be equally as furious!

I will be contacting West Midlands Police and the City Highway Officials about the current situation.”

Residents might also like to know that there is a Police Surgery taking place at The Hub at Ashmore Park. Where the police will speak with you about this problem and any other police related issue you may have. The Police Surgery takes place at 10.00am Thursday 20th September 2018


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Redundant Wolmer Road Garage Site – Survey

Redundant Wolmer Road Garage Site

Your Councillors have been informed of a survey being undertaken soon – which relates to Wolverhampton Homes and their proposals to develop under used and redundant Garage Sites for new build council housing across the City of Wolverhampton.

This is the case soon to be undertaken in the Garage site in Wolmer road that currently has a pathway linking with Kitchen Lane.

There is a legal check being undertaken which will be followed by a more detailed survey.

The survey is being designed to establish if this garage site is viable for development.The survey work will give the Wolverhampton Homes team information that will go towards the decision making.

Letters will be sent out by Wolverhampton Homes to neighbouring properties to advise them of the survey work.
Wednesfield North Councillors wanted to give you early indication of the process soon to be started.

I emphasise that the work is a survey of the site.

NO decision has yet been made about the outcome. That will follow the site survey results.

Bullying President Trump Threatens Ruination of Canada!


I hate Bully’s!

What kind of Free World Leader, and Neighbouring Country Bully’s a friend and allie by threatening to ‘Ruin Them’?.

Of course there is only one President in the Western World would wave that sort of threat isnt there?!

‘ruination’ of Canada

WASHINGTON— Returning to his bellicose trade rhetoric, U.S. President Donald Trump warned Friday that he would cause the “ruination” of Canada if he imposed tariffs on Canadian-made cars.

Trump issued the threat during another day of North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations that did not produce a deal between the U.S. and Canada. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland continued to describe the talks as constructive but provided no details.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser in Fargo, N.D., on Sept. 7, 2018. On his way to the event, Trump took a swipe at the pace of NAFTA talks threatening Canada with “ruination.” “I don’t want to do anything bad to Canada. I can — all I have to do is tax their cars, it would be devastating,” Trump said.
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at a fundraiser in Fargo, N.D., on Sept. 7, 2018. On his way to the event, Trump took a swipe at the pace of NAFTA talks threatening Canada with “ruination.” “I don’t want to do anything bad to Canada. I can — all I have to do is tax their cars, it would be devastating,” Trump said.  (SUSAN WALSH / AP)
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National Express -Urged to Bring All Electric Buses to the 59 Bus Route.

I am informed by National Express West Midlands that they have purchased 89 new buses,75 of which will be Platinum buses for their operations here in the West Midlands. They are due to arrive over Christmas. My hope is that these vehicles will not all be used in Birmingham to deal with the Clean Air Zone being created in the City Centre.

The chances are though that they will!

  • Mainly because the Brum market is so much bigger for NX than the market here in Wolverhampton.
  • Second is the fact that Wolverhampton is no where near ready for advocating a clean air zone of its own, to rival Birmingham.

It would be great if Wednesfield received the first All Electric buses on the 59 bus route, alas it looks like Dundee will be the first area to gain from this type of National Express investment.

However I do believe if we campaign for All Electric Buses on this major route (59) here in Wednesfield and Wolverhampton, our needs will be noticed.

So if you like me want to see All Electric buses on the 59, let me know via the social media sites that I display on. Finally on Bus Services National Express inform that 1per cent more passengers rate them better than they were last year. Plus the Passengers rate their bus drivers 6% better than last year.