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Busy Day & Stunning Weather!

Well every day is a day of sunshine it seems! Tuesday was stunningly good, and I do admit to liking the sun. Today has been fab weather wise.

Today I started off by the obligatory requirement of catching up with casework, at the moment there is a lot taking place.

I spent the rest of the morning speaking with people on Ashmore Park. The mud that I asked to be cleared at the back of the Butchers & Greengrocers has been removed. I had a chat with Andy at the Pet shop, and spoke with Wednesfield Police about the stolen community plants that were taken from Ashmore Park Shopping Parade.

The stolen plants investigation is still ongoing and the new Sgt informed me that they will be in touch after they have made a few more inquiries.

I then had a meeting at Wolverhampton Civic Centre as I am chairing a scrutiny panel that relates to May 29th and the cloud burst that put Wolverhampton under water in parts. The panel will be looking at what happened, how the city responded, how our partners worked together, and what lessons we can draw from the flooding that occurred in parts of the city.

Mary went down to Wednesfield Village and she watered the flower planters with Volunteer Angela Giles for the Wednesfield in Bloom competition.

Then tonight I attended the Stronger City Scrutiny Panel, chaired by Cllr Jackie Sweetman. Followed by a further visit to the Shopping Parade where I watered the flowers….they were in need of a good slurp……! The weather has been really hot!

Birmingham Airport, England, UK

Heathrow Airport Expansion?

Councils set to challenge third runway in court

Hillingdon, Richmond, Wandsworth and Windsor & Maidenhead councils are to legally challenge Heathrow’s expansion if Parliament votes through a third runway today. They are backed by Hammersmith & Fulham Council.

Now this fight isn’t just about London.

I would like to see West Midlands Local Authorities and Parliamentarians taking a much more aggressive stance on this issue. Allowing yet another runway development in London will do little for the UK  regional airports development.

West Midlands should be aggressively campaigning asking, and cajoling, the Government to do more in developing our regional airports like Birmingham and East Midlands.

Business, Industry and Leisure with Commerce do not want to have to continually make their way to and from London for travel arrangements. It takes time, it clogs highways, and it increases congestion and all that comes with it around London.

Besides the West Midlands economy is in need of continued investment in its transport infrastructure. It is important that our own links with the World are short, relevant and attractive not only to us here who live in the West Midlands. But those visitors, those potential business links that we need to trade with after Brexit, who come to our region from Global destinations.

So my thought for the day to our political leaders and our MP’s  – Please challenge with more vigour Heathrow’s expansion, and champion the regional growth argument for regional airport expansion.

"One of he homes currently being constructed in Ashmore Park, on the former Danesmore site"

Danesmore Pastures Development & Russell Close

Information Notice for Residents of Russell Close.

I am informed that Double Yellow lines have gone down today on Russell Close, this is a week earlier than originally planned.

I can inform residents that the Traffic Order will not be  enforced until the parking has been made available on the new housing development, further information will be sent to residents living in Russel close giving further clarification.

In the meantime the parking arrangements in Russell Close stay the same as they have been.

 

World War 1 Commemorations in Wolverhampton.

WWI commemorations: The City of Wolverhampton will come together to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War with a series of commemorative events over the coming months.

The public can view the website detailing all the activities across the city, which is now live and can be accessed here: www.wolverhamptonremembers.co.uk.

Organisations and communities will be encouraged to share what they are doing to mark the 100th anniversary using the #wolverhamptonremembers

This is a poignant anniversary and a deeply historic one, can I urge readers to take a little time to read the information.

 

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Another Grenfell ‘in the Post?’

 Another Grenfell ‘in the post’, warns survivor Edward Daffarn, a survivor of the Grenfell Tower, fire has warned the Commons Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee that “Grenfell two is in the post, unless you act and act quickly” to ban combustible cladding, noting that such cladding had been replaced at just 6% of social housing blocks since the fire. Mr Daffarn, who attempted to raise the safety concerns of Grenfell Tower residents with authorities for several years before the fire, also said that he was told by Barry Quirk, the new chief executive of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea that the council had previously behaved like “a property developer masquerading as a local authority.” The council said it accepted Daffarn’s remarks, and had changed its strategy since the fire and the resignation of its leader and deputy leader.

Meanwhile here in Wolverhampton City Council under the Chairmanship of Cllr Greg Brackenridge has re-convened its own Scrutiny Panel for today where the Agenda will reflect on what has happened nationally, and how Wolverhampton has responded.

Certainly our City Council has acted quickly and responsibly to date. Greg has led from the front and continues to do so, as we analyse what we can do to ensure the safety of Wulfrunians, now the information on what went wrong at Grenfell is made public.

The Agenda in Wolverhampton today is –

  • Response to the Hackett Report
  • Wolverhampton Homes/Corporate Landlord – Update of Progress/ Recommendations
  • Expanding Role of Fire Authority and Working with Others
  • The JCA
  • Monitoring and Evaluating the recommendations from the Councils Fire Safety Review Group
  • Emergency Planning Update.
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Nurseries in Crisis!

Nurseries are in a cash crisis, and that is the raw truth of the matter. Today heavy weight newspapers like the Financial Times address the issue in their coverage of the news.

This Government is creating uncertainty in the Nursery and Early Years sector.

Funding gap leaves nurseries struggling to pay minimum wage
A survey by the National Day Nurseries Association has found that since the roll-out of 30 hours of fully funded childcare a week for three and four-year-olds, closures of nurseries and childcare providers have increased 47%.

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More free Adult Education Wolverhampton courses on offer

 

Released: Monday 18 June, 2018

Even more free courses will be on offer through Adult Education Wolverhampton from this autumn.

Although many courses are already free, people on a low income who want to improve their skills will be eligible to complete a number of additional courses for free from September onwards.

Prospective learners can find out about the courses on offer at Adult Education Wolverhampton’s Open Day on Saturday (23 June) – and whether people are looking to take a new direction, gain a new qualification, improve their existing skills or simply take up a new interest, there is a wide variety of subjects to choose from.

Experts will be on hand to offer information, advice and guidance about the many options available, including courses which can help people train for a specific career or get on the fast track to university.

Other courses can help adult learners brush up on their English and maths skills or build their personal confidence, while there are also a wealth of art, craft and creative studies courses, too – and visitors to the open day will be able to take part in practical demonstrations, such as flower crafts.

Many courses lead to national qualifications, while others offer adults the chance to learn for pleasure. Many courses are free or available at a reduced rate, depending on the course and the learners’ circumstances, and members of the Student Services team will be available to discuss fees and the financial help which may be available.

Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “Adult Education Wolverhampton offers a great range of high quality academic and informal courses. Enrolling on one is an excellent way to for people to develop new skills or simply learn for the pleasure of it, and it’s great that from September even more courses will be free for people on low incomes.

“Adult Education Wolverhampton is only one of four adult education providers in the country to have been judged as Outstanding by Ofsted. Inspectors commended it for its exceptionally high achievement rates, high quality teaching, excellent resources, good levels of support and for making learning enjoyable, so there couldn’t be a better time to enrol.”

The Open Day takes place at the Foyer Building, Old Hall Street, Wolverhampton, on Saturday from 10am-2pm. For more information, please visit www.aes.wolverhampton.gov.uk or call 01902 551658.

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Austerity Is Forcing Councils Into Selling Off!

Today the newspapers are analysing a charity’s report on why so many public assets are being sold off, and the reason is.
Austerity forcing sell-offs of council buildings and parks
The charity Locality has released a report, The Great British Sell Off, which has found that English councils starved of central government funding are selling off public buildings and parks at a rate of more than 4,000 per year. The charity found that councils have sold off 20,651 public buildings or spaces in the last five years, including former library, swimming pool, or youth centre buildings.

Among the buildings sold over the period were the Grade II-listed former Liverpool City Council headquarters, sold to a hotel developer for £10.2m, and the former Temple Cowley swimming pool sold by Oxford City Council for £3.5m in 2014.

In the report, Locality noted that: “While selling some land and buildings for private use is appropriate, the danger is that this becomes the only option for councils unaware of the longer-term benefits of community ownership,” and that against a “backdrop of austerity,” many local authorities were taking opportunities to make “short-term financial gain at the cost of losing some of the country’s most valuable assets.

” Richard Watts from the LGA’s resources board said that with town halls facing a funding gap “in excess of £5bn a year by 2020,” they were forced to make “difficult decisions about how best to use resources to support services and protect public assets.”

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” Its true that all local authorities are constantly analysing all their portfolios, as Government grants are axed and reduced. There is a real tough task facing Councils, which have to balance their budgets by law, and of course we are all trying hard to maintain front line services.  Sometimes to do that Councils have to resort to selling their assets.

Its not a good time to be in Local Government at the moment, there seems to be a fresh crisis appearing every day!”

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No New Social Care Funds until 2020!

No new social care funds until 2020, warns May
Councillor Phil Bateman said today “The national newspapers are predicting that  Theresa May is expected to confirm today that there will be no extra funds to help address the social care funding crisis until the “forthcoming spending review,” not due to apply until 2020.”

Glen Garrod, president of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Care Services, said that “putting money into the NHS without putting it into social care is like pouring water down a sink with no plug in,” while Cllr Izzi Seccombe, chair of the LGA’s community wellbeing board, said the situation was “hugely disappointing.”

Extra money for public health will also only be allocated in budgets set out for the next spending review.

Councillor Bateman added “This Government just does not realise how important it is that the NHS and the Local Authorities are tied together in a partnership when it comes to Public Health. There is a huge crisis already in the nations social care funding. People and families who rely on Local Authorities to administer social care for their families, across the nation, already know of the deep anxieties surrounding many of our Local Authority’s  ability to do so, without extra funding for social care. Its disgraceful really. It is very frustrating if the Government just will not listen?”

 

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The Post Office At Woodend – News Up Date!

Councillor Phil Bateman  said today – ” Wednesfield North Councillors received the following correspondence from  The Post Office today 12th June 2018. Whilst it is not a very uplifting piece of information. It nevertheless sets the situation out so that residents and customers of the Post Office can see what is taking place. I know many of you have missed the Post Office in Woodend. Fingers crossed that the bosses at the Post Office will be able to progress this issue quickly, and find another location quickly”.

Dear Sir/Madam

Wood End Post Office®

289 Wood End Road, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton WV11 1YQ

Temporary Closure – update

I’m writing to let you know what’s been happening with the above Post Office service which closed temporarily on 27 November 2017.

Wood End Post Office closed because due to operational reasons. Since the closure, we have been exploring our options for restoring a Post Office service to our customers in the area.

In exploring likely future provision, we are still confident that a Post Office local service will best meet the community’s needs. As you are aware from using your former service, Post Office locals run alongside an established local shop. They are designed to create a more modern and convenient retail experience for customers in premises which are adapted to accommodate Post Office facilities.

The vacancy in Wood End was advertised on our website and I have also personally visited the area. I can confirm that we have had some interest locally in the opportunity but our negotiations are at an early stage so I am unable to provide you with any further information at this point.

I’m sorry for the time it is taking to restore a service locally and for the inconvenience the ongoing temporary closure is causing to our customers. We hope they will continue to use the other branches in the area during this time.

We would welcome any applications from potential retail partners interested in running a branch on our behalf. The vacancies are currently being advertised on our website www.runapostoffice.co.uk and applications will be carefully considered. If you are aware of any interested parties, please do share the link with them.

If you have any questions please write to me via the National Consultation Team at the address shown below. Please note that your comments will not be kept confidential unless you expressly ask us do so by clearly marking them “In Confidence”.

We’re carrying out this communication in line with our Code of Practice. You can find more information about the Code at the end of this letter.

Thank you for your continued patience during the time taken to resolve this situation. I’ll write to you again when I have more news.

Yours faithfully

Karen Coles

Karen Coles

Area Network Change Manager

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