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Badger

Vandalism In A Cemetery? It was ‘Brock’ That Did It!

I recently received a telephone call from a family of a constituent who were very upset about what they perceived to be as an act of vandalism in the Cemetery in Jeffcock Road, over this last weekend, where their parents were buried.

I had great sympathy for the family as they explained that the “grass had been ripped up and stripped” by and near the graves. I contacted the City Council to report the vandalism and this is the surprise response I received.
Dear Councillor Bateman, The Bereavement Services Manager has investigate the matter reported to you, and I can advise as follows. The damage is being caused by badgers after food.As you can clearly see they cause quite a lot of damage to the turf. We did not find any rubbish on the Harrison grave apart from a couple of cards that had probably been blown across in the wind from another grave.
The grounds staff on site will attempt to rectify the damage as best they can, but unfortunately there is little we can do to deter them hunting for food, and of course they are a protected species.”

I explained the situation to my constituents this morning, and they expressed relief that the actions that had so upset them were ‘natural’ and not the vandalism that they feared had happened! I want to thank the City Council for responding so quickly, because there was huge upset in the family when they thought their loved ones had been targeted. My constituents are nature lovers and the action of ‘Brock the Badger’ came as a relief to them!

So if you see the grass in the cemetery scuffed up and ripped to shreds, its the local Badgers that have set up home in the heart of Wolverhampton, looking for earthworms, acorns and invertebrates as they stock up on their body fat for winter.

Flyer A5 July 2017 Kandy Box

Shop Local! – Pop Down to Ashmore Park Shopping Parade…..

Ashmore Shopping Parade Is an important facility for our Community based here in Wednesfield North. It is also a key shopping parade for the district.

Can I make a plea to Ashmore Park, Please consider using the Shopping Parade for at least some of your purchases.

All the traders in the shops there are looking to support our community. If they were not there trading it would have a really big impact on the estate, especially when you have forgotten something and you would be faced in making a journey to Wednesfield or further!

Please if you haven’t been down to the shopping Parade for some time ‘pop down’ and buy something!

Can you please share this note with your friends, neighbours and family!

school-transport

Request For School Crossing Patrol Denied

Your Local Councillors have been arguing to provide a School Crossing Patrol to assist children crossing the Griffith Drive to access and egress St Albans,Oakmeadow, Corpus Christi and Coppice High Schools. There have been two visits to the site requested.

The City of Wolverhampton’s Road Safety Team have informed me that “ In order for a location to justify the provision of a school crossing patrol, the site needs to meet an established count threshold, taking into account the number of pedestrians crossing and the number of vehicles travelling along a road. A formula is used to generate a PV (Pedestrians/vehicles) score. In order to justify the provision of a school crossing patrol, this score has to reach the 4,000,000 threshold.

I visited Griffiths Drive in the vicinity of Ecclestone Road on Tuesday (19th September), with a colleague, to carry out an informal count in order to see if we could reach anywhere near the 4,000,000 threshold.

The morning session was the busiest in terms of vehicles travelling along Griffiths Drive and pedestrians crossing. During the busiest 30 minute period we counted 191 vehicles, along with 14 child pedestrians crossing the road. This has generated a PV score of 510,734. As you can see this is significantly lower than the 4,000,000 score that is required.

We are going to revisit the site again and carry out a further count near to the Southall Road junction to see if there are higher levels of pedestrians and vehicles. Looking at the data that we have obtained so far it would appear that we are going to struggle though to get anywhere near the 4,000,000 score required.”

The Road Safety team duly carried out a second survey and the school crossing traffic doesn’t match the national criteria, which has been established to deliver this highway service. This is what the team have reported to me on the 3rd October 2017 –
“We have now carried out our second visit to this location. We conducted a second informal count on Griffiths Drive near to Ashmore Avenue and Southall Road.

Again the morning session was the busiest in terms of vehicles travelling along Griffiths Drive. During the busiest 30 minute period we counted 207 vehicles, and 24 child pedestrians crossing the road. This generated a PV score of 1,028,376. As per our previous visit this is short of the 4,000,000 score required to justify a school crossing patrol site being established.

After carrying out both visits I’m afraid that we are unable to consider the provision of a school crossing patrol at this location due to the sites not meeting the nationally established criteria for implementation.”

I will be writing to the schools to inform them of the results of the testing of the School Crossing at the point outlined. In the meantime I remind everyone that children going to school and returning from school, should be able to walk in safety. Kill your speed around school locations and stick to the speed limits.

Echo Arena

Dancing into the Finals – Liverpool The Venue for JSDA!

I am proud to say that Wednesfield has been in the news a great deal recently-
Today is no different because the JSDA (Julie Sarah’s Dance Academy) based in Wednesfield, returned from a week end in Blackpool having wowed judges with a talented bunch of dancers. JSDA have been assembling talented dancers of all ages for years.

Last week end they went to the Opera House in Blackpool with 62 students in total. They returned to Wednesfield after the competition with 33 students having qualified for the finals in Liverpool at the Echo Arena . How about that for an achievement!

Julie tells me that “Both these groups are through to the finals at the Echo Arena in March the first group song and dance sounds amazing! Our teams brought back eight trophies ‘Naughty’ won adjudicators choice of the whole competition!

Full results;- Didi kidz 3rd place; hip for Hair Up Mini kidz 3rd place; open Girlfriend Kidz 3rd place; open Naughty Adult 2nd place; modern Show me Adult 2nd overall; Show me Adult 1st place; modern Diamonds Adult second overall; Diamonds Adjudicators choice award (favourite dance of the day!) Naughty;

All this means that there are three routine through to finals at Echo Arena in Liverpool to dance in front of 3000 people!!

Now I am sure that residents of Wednesfield will tell me that this is a great story – which I think adds a little bit of cultural magic to the Wednesfield scene, of great history, sport, business and choice living.

It goes without saying that Wednesfield North Councillors wish Julie and her bunch of talented dancers at the Julie Sarah Dance Academy the very best of ‘British Luck’ in the finals!

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Local Nature Reserve – Wyrley & Essington Canal Chugs Nearer!

I can now inform you that both Wolverhampton City Council and Walsall MBC Cabinet’s have now approved the Local Nature Reserve designation for the Essington & Wyrley Canal, now the only impediment to formal designation is the signing of the documents forming a legal agreement between the three parties.

The Canal and River Trust legal team are currently looking at the detail of the documentation, hopefully the delays will be sorted soon.

I remain very optimistic that the final legal agreements, are just days away from being sorted!

Having waited since 2007 for some success with this Local Nature Reserve scheme for Wednesfield, I think I can summon up a little more patience.

I will keep residents and constituents posted on the events as they happen…..

Cllr Ian Angus

Problem parking outside schools comes under scrutiny

Problem parking outside schools comes under scrutiny

Released: Friday 22 September, 2017

The age-old problem of parking outside schools is coming under the spotlight next week – and the City of Wolverhampton Council is inviting residents to help come up with a solution.

Its Vibrant and Sustainable City Scrutiny Panel is being asked to consider what the council can do to alleviate inconsiderate parking around schools amid reports nationally that there are some 22,000 pedestrian casualties near schools every year.

Car ownership and car usage has significantly increased over the years, and more and more parents are relying on using a car to take their children to school. This has rendered original school drop-off and pick-up schemes, street layouts and traffic control measures ineffective in controlling congestion.

At the same time, fewer parents are willing to let their children walk or cycle to school independently amid road safety and “stranger danger” fears, while research in 2014 found that a third of parents thought that stopping on the yellow ‘keep clear’ zones outside schools marked by zig-zag lines was acceptable.

All of this is exacerbating the problem of inconsiderate parking outside the City’s schools – and increasing danger to young pedestrians. Between 2012 and 2017, there were 198 child pedestrian casualties in Wolverhampton. Eleven were injured during the school run, resulting in one serious and 10 slight injuries.

The Vibrant and Sustainable City Scrutiny Panel is due to meet on Thursday (28 September, 2017) and will hear evidence about the issue from representatives from West Midlands Police, staff from local schools including Loxdale Primary and The Royal, the walking charity Living Streets, and residents who live near schools where parking is a particular problem.

The Scrutiny Panel is also keen to hear the views of other parents, carers, teachers and residents, and is inviting people to share details of problem parking outside local schools – along with any suggestions they have to tackle the issue – by emailing Scrutiny Officer Earl Piggott-Smith via earl.piggott-smith@wolverhampton.gov.uk prior to the meeting.

Councillor Ian Angus, Scrutiny Panel Chair, said: “The issue of problem parking outside our schools is increasing steadily, and one that the council is determined to do all it can to tackle.

“The Scrutiny Panel will be looking at the various initiatives which are either underway or have previously taken place in Wolverhampton and elsewhere in

the country and hearing evidence from people affected by the problem in one way or another as we seek to find solutions.

“This is about changing people’s behaviours, and what is very clear is that the council cannot do this on its own or solely through enforcement – the issue can only be tackled with the help involvement of schools and the support of residents and most crucially motorists.”

The City of Wolverhampton Council already runs a number of schemes for schools to help alleviate parking outside their gates. They include the Safety Outside Schools Programme in partnership with West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service, which focuses on parking and road safety among other issues and encourages schools to hold patrols to educate parents about inconsiderate parking.

The Safer Routes to School initiative has led to the installation of safety features around participating schools and the introduction of parking restrictions where appropriate, while the council’s Road Safety and Public Health teams are working with a number of schools to develop “park and stride” schemes, whereby parents are given a rendezvous point away from school and encouraged to complete the journey on foot.

Other initiatives including Walk Once a Week and Beat the Street, both of which encourage children and parents to walk or cycle to and from school, Bikeability cycle training which 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 to introduce pupils to the Green Cross Code.

The council has also endorsed a pavement parking publicity campaign, with leaflets being delivered in streets where it is a particular problem, and deploys a CCTV vehicle and Civil Enforcement Officers to issue penalty charge notices to vehicles who stop on the yellow zig-zag lines outside schools or park on single or double yellow lines. The council is currently in the process of strengthening parking restrictions near to schools further.

Councillor Angus added: “We know that there are a number of schemes already in operation designed to improve road safety and tackle problem parking, and we want to highlight these.

“We want to understand the extent of the problem and hear what works well and not so well so that, ultimately, we can improve road safety around our City’s schools.”

Details of the meeting are available at http://bit.ly/2yqcqHV.

ENDS

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Wednesday – Full Council At Wolverhampton Low Level Station!

Wednesday is the 20th September. A little local history is made when the City Council is held at the Grand Central banqueting Suite, which rose from the former Great Western Railway Station..The Wolverhampton Low Level Railway Station!

The move has been made as the Civic Centre Council Chamber is closed for refurbishment.

Ironically I worked at Wolverhampton Low Level Station for many years, and to go back for A City Council meeting will be a delight for me. In fact I shall be moving a resolution at the City Council meeting tomorrow that calls for more funding for the Policing of the City.

The Grand Old Low Level Station an architectural gem in my mind. Will have heard my dulcet tones talking politics many times on the platforms of that station in the late 1970’s and Early 80’s!

I was in those days an active National Union of Railwaymen Local Departmental Committee member, and (union official). Indeed I once led a strike of Parcel Delivery drivers from that station! When the management induced a decision, that later got overturned, and even though we went on strike, payment of my union members were made after the management reversed their decision!

I am looking forward to delivering my speech tomorrow is it is an important call for more funds for our force in the City. The thin blue line here in Wolverhampton is getting thinner and thinner. We want the police to be neighbourhood police officers, we want the police to be available when crime takes place, and we want crime solved when it happens. Currently our local Bobbies are at full stretch, and they are moved into other towns like Walsall and West Bromwich when those towns do not have enough officers! That leaves our local areas denuded of Officers….my constituents want to see police officers and PCSO’s in Wednesfield. They do not want to go day after day without seeing that uniform. I am sure there will be plenty of support for this resolution. I am hoping the Tory Councillors on the City Council will also support the resolution! But I am not going to hold my breath….

Grafitti - Ashmore Shops

Ugly Graffiti Mars – Ashmore Park Shopping Parade

I have asked the Wolverhampton Homes team to review and clean the graffiti tags that are starting to appear around the shopping parade. They are ugly tags and very off putting for customers and residents a like.

The situation just cannot be allowed to continue and I am appealing for residents & shop keepers to report anyone they see creating this ugly mess. I shall be in touch with the Police also.

The Shopping Parade needs all the footfall it can get, making the place unattractive and unappealing will threaten the survival of the traders and that cannot be allowed to take place.

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Wolverhampton – New electric car charging points for taxis.

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New electric taxi charging points to also be made publicly accessible

New electric car charging points for taxis in the City of Wolverhampton are also to be made accessible to the public.

City of Wolverhampton Council was handed £478,000 government funding in March to help fulfil a long-term plan to grow the number of electric taxis in the city.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ (OLEV) has since confirmed the electric charging network can also be made available for public use

Pheasant shops

Telecommunications Tower Proposal for The Pheasant Island.

Residents of Wednesfield North may be interested in the consultation correspondence that your Councillors have received this morning (Saturday) from a Telecommunication company who is seeking to develop a new Telecommunication infrastructure of a proposal for a 17.5 metre monopole with 3no shrouded antennas, 2no equipment cabinets and 1no meter – The Company have informed that their preferred site is in front of The Pheasant Inn on the verge of the highway, in our Ward of Wednesfield North in the Wood End area.

The company is keen to hear what views the Councillors have towards their proposals.

We in turn are keen to hear your views on this matter. PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT OR EMAIL ME ON email@philbateman.com

This is the correspondence we received –

For the attention of the Ward Councillors for Wednesfield North

Dear Councillors,

Vodafone Limited has entered into an agreement with Telefonica UK Limited, commonly known as O2, pursuant to which the two companies plan to jointly operate and manage a single network grid across the UK. These arrangements will be overseen by Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL) which is a joint venture company owned by Vodafone and Telefonica. This agreement allows both organisations to pool their basic network infrastructure, while running two, independent, nationwide networks. It will also maximise opportunities to consolidate the number of base stations and will significantly reduce the environmental impact of network development. However as you will appreciate mobiles can only work with a network of base stations in place where people want to use their mobile phones or other wireless devices. Without base stations, the mobile phones and other portable devices we rely on simply won’t work.

In light of the above a new base station is needed in the Wood End area, in order to provide 2G, 3G and 4G coverage and capacity for both Vodafone and Telefonica. Having explored a number of options as detailed in the table below, my client is looking to advance a proposal for a 17.5 metre monopole with 3no shrouded antennas, 2no equipment cabinets and 1no meter at the entitled site. In this regard please find attached the draft plans of the proposal in which we would appreciate any comments you may have at this stage. Taking the attached into account the purpose of this email is to consult with you and seek your views on our proposal before any planning submission is made. We understand that you are not always able to provide site specific comments, however, Vodafone and Telefónica are committed to consultation with communities on our mobile telecommunications proposals and as such would encourage you to respond.

Before we advanced the attached site and proposal, it is of note that we have considered alternative site options and discounted them as follows:

Site Type

Site Name & Address

National Grid Reference

Reason for not choosing

1

Rooftop

Long Knowle Primary School, Blackwood Avenue, Wolverhampton

WV11 1EB

E 394094

N 301594

The site provider was approached about accommodating a telecommunications installation however there has been no confirmation of interest or unwillingness to date. Given the time that has elapsed and the attempts to gain some form of acknowledgment, this site has to be discounted as the operator does not have the owner’s permission to use their land.

2

Greenfield

The Bethany Chapel,

Lower Prestwood Road,

Wolverhampton,

WV11 1JX

E 394334

N 301468

The site provider was approached about accommodating a telecommunications installation however there has been no confirmation of interest or unwillingness to date. Given the time that has elapsed and the attempts to gain some form of acknowledgment, this site has to be discounted as the operator does not have the owner’s permission to use their land.

3

Greenfield – SW

Roundabout of Long Knowle Lane, Blackhalve Lane and Pear Tree Lane

Wolverhampton

WV11

E 393734

N 301850

This location is too far removed from the search area to provide the required level of coverage and would impact upon the neighbouring base station sites in the network. Therefore, this site has to be discounted as it does not meet the operator’s technical requirements.

4

Rooftop

Red Lion Pub

Amos Lane

Wolverhampton

WV11 1HZ

E 394050

N 301290

When taking into account the roof shape of the property, its overall building height and the immediate natural and built clutter, it was felt that the building does not lend itself to host a sensitively designed telecommunication installation. A rooftop proposal of significant height and massing would be required to meet the operator’s technical requirements. In this regard it is considered that should a proposal of this type come forward it would be highly visible and out of keeping with the host building and surrounding uses.

5

Greenfield – SW

Outside Red Lion Pub

Amos Lane

Wolverhampton

WV11 1HZ

E 394057

N 301253

An application by Vodafone for a 12.5 metre monopole clad with timber effect (LPA Ref.: – 12/00164/TEL) was refused by Wolverhampton City Council and was deemed unacceptable due to its height and appearance in the street scene.

6

Greenfield – SW

Linthouse Lane

Opposite Ridge Lane

Wolverhampton

WV11

E 394442

N 301544

This site is found on the edge of the search area and given its geographical position would not provide meaningful coverage and capacity to the target area. Therefore, this site has to be discounted as it does not meet operator’s technical requirements.

7

Greenfield – SW

Grass verge of Lower Prestwood Road, near the roundabout with Wood End Road and Linthouse Lane, Wolverhampton

WV11

E394434

N301519

This site was introduced to the LPA, however they considered the location unacceptable as they felt a proposal here would significantly impact upon the open space visual amenities and be detrimental to the street scene.

8

Rooftop

The Pheasant PH, Wood End Road, Wolverhampton,

WV11 1YQ

E394529

N301520

When taking into account the roof shape of the property, its overall building height and the immediate natural and built clutter, it was felt that the building does not lend itself to host a sensitively designed telecommunication installation. A rooftop proposal of significant height and massing would be required to meet the operator’s technical requirements. In this regard it is considered that should a proposal of this type come forward it would be highly visible and out of keeping with the host building and surrounding uses.

9

Rooftop Existing Telecoms

1-7 Long Knowle Lane, Wolverhampton

WV11 1HZ

E393997

N301273

The building accommodates a Telefonica installation in the form of antennas shrouded in mock flagpoles. They are not shareable structures in their current form, in which significant redevelopment would be required to meet the operators needs. In this respect it is considered that an increase in height and a complete change in appearance would increase the visual prominence of this installation on the host building, within the street scene and on surrounding uses.

The Local Planning Authority mast register and our records of other potential sites have already been reviewed, the policies in the Development Plan have been taken into account and the planning history of telecoms in the area has been examined. All Vodafone and Telefonica installations are designed to be fully compliant with the public exposure guidelines established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines have the support of UK Government, the European Union and they also have the formal backing of the World Health Organisation. A certificate of ICNIRP compliance will be included within the planning submission.

In order to give you time to send your comments or request further information, we commit to allow at least 14 days before an application is submitted to the Local Planning Authority. This 14 day period starts from the date of this email.

We look forward to receiving any comments you may have on the proposal.

Kind Regards

Chris Taylor

Mono
Steam Packet House, 76 Cross Street
Manchester M2 4JG

Web: www.monoconsultants.com

Mono Consultants Limited, a company registered in Scotland, company number SC175320. Registered office 3rd Floor, 48 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5TS