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Councillor Phil Bateman.  Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Ashmore Park Walk of Stars – New Entrant To Be Unveiled Soon!

Councillor Phil Bateman said “I am close to announcing yet another very worthy and talented International and National  Musician to our Ashmore Park ‘Walk of Stars’ . He will be the very first Rock Musician to be included in the list.

I am very excited about this particular individual. I am hoping to unveil the name and a little about his history and the contribution he makes to this music genre in a few days  time! “

The Ashmore Park Walk of Stars is all about inspiring young people and others to cast their ambitions wide!

Talented individuals really do exist and my job here is to expose them so that we can all admire their great talents, and hopefully they will inspire others to strive to produce and deliver the extraordinary talents that we all have.

Here on this very ordinary housing estate in Wednesfield we are always uncovering individuals that make it to the top of their particular profession.

Those that make it onto our Ashmore Park Walk of Stars have very strong links either through living here, or working on the estate, or attending school.

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#ShopLocal – Our Campaign Reached 4376 Residents!

Well yesterday Saturday was designated a campaign day to highlight the needs of the Local stores in our Wednesfield North Ward  and in Wednesfield .

#ShopLocal was the brand that your three Councillors – Cllr Rita Potter Cllr Mary Bateman and myself Councillor Phil Bateman here in Wednesfield North  have supported. We all believe in the need for vibrant local shops and stores, and we have a track record of support. We also believe that the Wednesfield in Bloom volunteers that helped plant hundreds of flowers around the Ashmore Shopping Parade, has also helped in this years #ShopLocal campaign. It has put a focus on the shops and added much needed colour and pride.

Last year in the run up to the 2017 designated #ShopLocal day – Councillor Mary Bateman was able to advocate the need for the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade to be given a lick of paint. As it was looking tired and a bit unloved.

This was achieved, and with some crisp and bright painting the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade  and the shops and stores have been made to look – that bit more attractive.

This year the campaign has been about making residents more aware of the tough trading that is taking place in all the local neighbourhoods in Wednesfield North,  where Local Stores exist.

This time of the year when many Local Residents go on holiday is tough for Local shop keepers. As they often have to take account of less footfall. The economy is the key to peoples shopping habits, and of course people will look for bargains to match their purse.

This year in 2018 I paid for  Social Media advertising and the results show that this promotion reached 2891 persons. However the organic reach of our #ShopLocal campaign also reached out and informed a further 1485 persons about the message and the needs of the campaign. So in total 4376 local people were made aware of what your Councillors in Wednesfield North were trying to do to support Wednesfield North traders.

Now the success of our media campaign also had a knock on impetus. With the Wednesfield High Street traders also seeing the potential of a #ShopLocal awareness campaign, and they too decided to deliver something similar. So Saturday had quite a flourish!

Our own Local Economy would be that much worse off if we just allowed shops and stores to decline and close. Jobs would be lost,  simple convenience would force people to drive further looking for the goods they want. That would affect the environment.

If we lost even a few local stores, the simple convenience of looking directly to the neighbourhood, for that forgotten item would be lost. Convenience and accessibility is by far the best reasons for needing your Local Shops and stores.

Going Forward

Your Councillors here in Wednesfield North are going to support another #ShopLocal campaign in the run up to Christmas.

Christmas is a key trading time for shops and stores and I hope that some  of our local stores will themselves join in and try and woo you the customer into their store!

IMG_4650 ShopsWe are a very progressive and active bunch of Councillors here! Perhaps if you have a view, or if you actively supported #ShopLocal you could let us know!



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Wednesfield Junior Park Run.


The Wednesfield Junior Parkrun gives four to 14-year-olds the chance to complete a 2km circuit around Wednesfield Park every Sunday morning.


Those taking part can run, jog or walk for their own enjoyment and at their own pace, and parents are able to join in if they wish.


Wednesfield Junior Parkrun was launched in 2015 with support from the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Public Health team and members of Wolverhampton and Bilston Athletics Club. It takes place thanks to the efforts of volunteers who set up, manage and marshal the route, supporting the participants all the way around the course until everyone has finished.


The popular event marks its third birthday this Sunday (19 August, 2018), with a Wolverhampton Wanderers-themed party to celebrate the club’s return to the Premier League. Children are encouraged to wear Wolves football kit or superhero costumes, while Wolfie and Batman will be joining in the fun. There will also be free goodie bags and refreshments.


Councillor Hazel Malcolm, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Junior Parkrun is a fantastic way for children and young people to get exercise, enjoy some fresh air and make new friends.


“It is well loved by children and parents alike and has had a very successful first three years, so I’d encourage young people to come along this weekend and have a go.”


Martha Cummings, Co-event Director at Wednesfield Junior Parkrun, added: “Children of all abilities are welcome at our Junior Parkrun, and we don’t mind how fast of how steadily they go around the course because our amazing volunteers will be there to cheer and high-five them all the way to the finish line.”


The Junior Parkrun takes place at Wednesfield Park every Sunday morning and is open to all children aged four to 14. Please meet by the play area at 8.45am. For more details, and to register to take part or volunteer to help out, please visit or


Adults and the young people aged over 14 can take part in the Wolverhampton Parkrun, which takes place at West Park every Saturday at 9am.


Urgent Road Works…Take Note!



Notification of emergency road works:


Location: Cannock Road junction of Bridge Street / Powell Street.


Promoter: Cadent Gas


Nature of works: Gas emergency repair work


Traffic management: 4 – way temporary traffic signals


Duration: 07/08/2018 19:00 – midnight.


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Service of remembrance as city marks anniversary of VJ Day

Wednesfield North Councillors, would like to draw residents attention to the VJ Day Anniversary which takes place next week. Many of the fallen will have come from the City and from Wednesfield. If you can make the date and the time. I know that your attendance would be much appreciated.

The featured Photograph is from Councillor Phil Bateman’s Archive Collection and it shows the ‘VJ veterans of 2005.’


Wolverhampton will come together next week to mark the 73nd anniversary of VJ Day – an event which effectively heralded the end of the Second World War.

Veterans, civic dignitaries and members of the public will be among those taking part in a service of remembrance at the Cenotaph in St Peter’s Square on Wednesday 15 August, 2018.

It will commemorate 73 years since Victory over Japan Day – the day in 1945 that the Japanese Army surrendered to Allied forces. In doing so, it brought an end to a conflict which had claimed the lives of an estimated 60 million people around the world.

The City of Wolverhampton Central Branch of the Royal British Legion, the Wolverhampton and District United Ex-Service Council and the Burma Star Association’s Wolverhampton Branch will attend the annual service at the Cenotaph from 11.30am.

It will begin with a parade of standards and veterans followed by prayers, the Kohima homily, Royal British Legion exhortation, the Last Post and two minutes’ silence.

Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Phil Page will be among those in attendance. He said: “Commemorating VJ Day gives us the opportunity to remember the courage and bravery shown in the Far East by many thousands of British servicemen, some of whom were sadly never to return.

“It is now more than seven decades since the end of the Second World War and, as the number of veterans who are still with us sadly diminishes, it is very important that we continue to show our immense gratitude for the sacrifices they made for our freedom.”

Pat Johnson, chair of the Central Branch of the City of Wolverhampton Royal British Legion, said: “I’d like to invite everyone to join us and remember the sacrifices shown by countless Wulfrunians who served in the Far East during the Second World War, including the Chindits – the British India special force which served in the Burma campaign.”

Wolverhampton is a signatory of the Armed Forces Community Covenant, a pledge of mutual support between the city and its Armed Forces community.

It calls on local people to support the Armed Forces community, recognise and remember the sacrifices they have made over the years and encourage activities that help members of the Armed Forces integrate into local life.

It also encourages members of the Armed Forces support the wider community, and promote understanding and awareness among the public of some of the issues faced by former members of the Armed Forces as they return to civilian life.

For details of the help and support available to the Armed Forces community in Wolverhampton, please visit


1/ For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Paul Brown, Communications Manager, on 01902 555497 or email

* Issued by the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Corporate Communications Team.

* For more information, please call 01902 555439.

* More news from the City of Wolverhampton Council is available at:  o o o o

Great News for Railways, and Good News for Wolverhampton.

I was delighted to read in the Express and Star that DB Cargo was investing more than #6m into its Lower Walsall street freight terminal. When I first joined the railway back in 1965 working at Herbert Street. We had a large Gantry and unloaded both steel and iron for local manufacturing.

Then in 1966 they built what was called Then Wolverhampton New Depot at the Lower Walsall street site.  The railways were very much at the centre of the manufacturing industry way back then.

Its interesting to note that this new investment, though isn’t coming from British Rail!

But an off shoot of German National Railways. I for one though welcome the investment and the investment decision. This is a good news story for Wolverhampton, and for the manufacturing industry that uses steel and steel products.”

This is what the Express and Star reports.

The UK arm of Europe’s biggest rail freight business, DB Cargo, brought in a special train from its headquarters in Doncaster packed with staff and customers to see chief executive Hans-Georg Werner break the ground at the Lower Walsall Street site.

The plan is build a vast new shed to site over a rail line that will bring in thousands of tons of steel every week.

From Wolverhampton the steel coils are picked up by lorries and delivered to manufacturing, engineering and steel processing companies across the Black Country and Birmingham. There it is turned into cars, white goods size as fridges and cookers and a range of engineering products.

DB Cargo’s head of logistics sales, Roger Neary, said growing demand from its customers had driven the company’s decision to double the size of its Wolverhampton terminal.

While national figures released during Tuesday’s Budget point to lower production and a slower UK economy, DB Cargo says it is seeing a dramatic increase in the need for steel from West Midlands companies.

The new centre will sit alongside the existing shed, which stores up to 1,380 coils of steel at a time. The new shed will be more than 25 per cent bigger and will enable the site to hold 3,325 steel coils at any one time – around 40,000 tons in total.

Ground is broken on £6m steel terminal expansion in Wolverhampton

At present the terminal receives one or two trains a day, each pulling up to 30 wagons of steel. Once the new terminal building opens next summer it will be able to cope with three a day or more.

DB Cargo UK CEO Hans-Georg Werner took to the controls of a digger to remove the first pile of soil from the ground. He said: “The breaking of th ground is a major step forward in the development of the Wolverhampton Logistics Centre. We first opened our facilities in Wolverhampton in 1966, when the city was at the centre of steel and iron production.

“Now, over 50 years later, the industry has changed massively but the site is still of huge importance. Building the new centre will expand our capabilities and the number of rail services we can provide, offering our customers a fast, efficient, reliable and eco-friendly way to transport their steel.

“We are very pleased to support the British manufacturing industry and the city of Wolverhampton with the development. Over £6 million has been invested into the site and three new jobs will be created when the centre opens.”

Terminal supervisor Alan Handley, who has worked at the site for 17 years, said: “It’s very good news. It secures existing jobs and creates a few more, as well as investing in the future of the site.” He added that the transport of steel to Wolverhampton from North Sea ports meant 90 lorry loads a day where kept off the UK’s roads.

The current terminal building is equipped with two overhead 30-ton cranes and can unload a train full of steel in around two hours.

The new shed will help cope with additional demand from the site’s biggest customer, ArcellorMittal – the world’s largest steel company with sites across the region. Its coils of steel will take up 50-60 per cent of the space in the new warehouse.

Simon Penfold

By Simon Penfold
Business Editor – @SPenfold_star

Business Editor based at the Express & Star’s head office in Wolverhampton, looking for stories big & small.

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Council gets gold recognition for Armed Forces support

Released: Monday 6 August, 2018

The City of Wolverhampton Council has been given a prestigious award by the Ministry of Defence in recognition of the support it offers to the military community.

The council is just one of a handful of local authorities nationwide to receive the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award – the highest recognition for employer support to the Armed Forces.

The City of Wolverhampton Council ensures that the military community – including serving personnel, veterans, their families and cadets – get a fair deal in employment and the services the council provides.

This includes the development of positive recruitment policies for service leavers, veterans and their families. It also offers reservists employed by the council an additional 24 days paid leave to fulfil their duties if and when they are mobilised.

Councillor John Reynolds, who chairs the Wolverhampton Armed Forces Covenant Board, a partnership of organisations committed to tackling the disadvantages that members of the military community may face, said: “The City of Wolverhampton Council is extremely proud to have received this award in recognition of our work in this area and our ongoing commitment to the Armed Forces community.

“Since signing the Armed Forces Community Covenant six years ago, we have been on a journey to better support our military community.

“We have raised the profile of the Armed Forces and the issues they face through a highly successful social media campaign and developed a new website at which acts as a first port of call for anyone needing help and support.

“We are supporting veterans into employment, helping homeless veterans into accommodation and delivering fantastic events such as Armed Forces Day. We have also supported businesses and local organisations to sign an Armed Forces Community Covenant of their own.

“We are delighted to receive the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award from the Ministry of Defence and hope to use this as a springboard for further action.”

Minister for Defence People and Veterans Tobias Ellwood said: “We all have a role to play in ensuring that the Armed Forces community is not disadvantaged by service, and each of these employers is a setting an example as meaningful advocates for those protecting the nation.

“Their commitment is a testament to the fantastic contribution our serving personnel, veterans and their families can make to any organisation.”

The award will be presented to the City of Wolverhampton Council at a special ceremony later this year.

For more information about the Armed Forces Community Covenant, a pledge of mutual support between the city and its Armed Forces community, please visit


Notes to editors:

1/ For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact Paul Brown, Communications Advisor, on 01902 555497 or email

2/ The official announcement can be found here:

* Issued by the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Corporate Communications Team.

* For more information, please call 01902 555439.

* More news from the City of Wolverhampton Council is available at:  o o o o

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Councils warn planning changes favour developers

Councillor Phil Bateman said today “The newspapers are full of this story this morning. It could have huge implications for the proposals to develop thousands of homes within what is currently Green-Belt land in South Staffordshire. I feel that we must make as much protest as possible so that Local views are fully taken on board…..not just left to property developers to set and drive planning proposals.”

Councils warn planning changes favour developers
Councils have warned the Government that new planning rules have created a developers’ charter that could see local objections to house building ignored to hit targets.

Communities Secretary James Brokenshire announced yesterday that housebuilders will be able to ignore local plans for mapping areas for homes if fewer than 75% of those required by Whitehall targets for 2020 are constructed.

It means developers will have the power to override a rejection of planning permission by appealing over local councillors. LGA chair Lord Porter said: “It is hugely disappointing that the Government has not listened to our concerns about nationally set housing targets, and will introduce a delivery test that punishes communities for homes not built by private developers.”


Could Cologne’s People Mover Work in Wednesfield!

Culture Wednesfield!

– I was enthralled by this People Mover in Cologne this weekend. Mary and I watched as it linked up parts of Cologne evening out the tourists, making sure the tourist Euro was evenly spread. We discussed how popular it was. We chatted about it maybe working in Wednesfield.

It was popular with all sorts of ages. It got me thinking of how it could link parts of Wednesfield up. How about this for an idea –  The New Cross Hospital site  then The Leisure Park at Bentley Bridge, the Bentley Bridge Retail Park, the new Wyrley and Essington Local Nature Reserve, The Library , the Gurdwara, St Thomas’s Church, Wednesfield High Street, and Market with maybe the chance to link the Woodend Island and then back around the loop again repeating every 15 mins.

Perhaps it could be funded by Transport for West Midlands, The City Council, Bentley Bridge business etc I think it’s worthy of at least a thought