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Good nursery praised by Ofsted for setting high expectations

Good nursery praised by Ofsted for setting high expectations

A nursery school has been praised for setting high expectations for children, parents and staff after it was rated Good by Ofsted.

Inspector Heather Simpson visited Phoenix Nursery School in Blakenhall last month and found that Executive Headteacher Susan Lacey, her leadership team and governors “share a clear and ambitious vision” for their school.

Mrs Lacey managed the federation with Ashmore Park Nursery School “seamlessly and without disruption to children or staff”, and has used the successful practice at Ashmore Park Nursery to further develop the quality of teaching and raise outcomes for children at Phoenix.

The steps the leadership team have taken have “made a positive difference”, accelerating the pace of development and continuing to build on the school’s strengths.

The learning environment has been improved with the refurbishment of the main classroom and the creation of additional space, while the quality of teaching has been improved through high quality training. The governors are “very supportive” and have “invested heavily in improving facilities and teaching”.

Teamwork is a strength and morale is high, with staff “proud to work at Phoenix”. Children are “happy, safe and well cared for” and enjoy “excellent relationships” with their key workers.

Activities are “well planned and purposeful”, and the “very good” ratio of adults to children ensures that all children receive “high levels of nurture and support”, meaning they “thrive and get off to a good start in their education”. Parents have very positive views of the school and have a good understanding of how well their children are doing.

Ofsted noted that Phoenix Nursery recognises the importance of “high quality professional development” and strongly promotes this in a number of ways, including forming an international network between four schools in the West Midlands and 5 pre schools in Sweden. The school is also taking part in a research project looking at the use of digital technology by young children, which is having a “strong impact” on their skills.

Inspectors also found a strong safeguarding culture within the nursery, with robust procedures in place.

Mrs Lacey said: “I am very proud of the team at Phoenix Nursery School and how the school has been transformed in the three years since the last inspection, both in terms of the environment and the quality of teaching and learning.

“The school is now involved in a further Erasmus research project which will enable the team to work with schools in Romania, Spain and Sweden which we hope will continue to improve the quality of education on offer at Phoenix Nursery School.”

 Councillor Claire Darke, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “I would like to congratulate Susan Lacey and her team on this very positive report which demonstrates the good progress that Phoenix Nursery School is making, and the benefits that its federation with Ashmore Park Nursery is delivering to both schools.

“Good early years’ education is so crucial to the development of our children, and it’s fantastic to read that Phoenix Nursery School is providing just that.”

More schools in Wolverhampton are now rated Good or Outstanding by Ofsted than ever before. To find out more about education in the City, please visit Education and Schools.

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Ed Doolan- The Peoples Champion

I really do not know where to start. Just around lunch time yesterday, I heard the bad news that BBC Radio WM broadcaster Ed Doolan had passed away.

I was just about to go into the Wolverhampton City Planning Committee and speak to an objection against planning permission for a property in my Ward.

BBC Broadcaster Ed Doolan has been a star turn for decades here in the West Midlands, he was the peoples champion! The public love his earthy style, the way he attacked politicians and corporate heads! They loved his ‘shock jock’ style of broadcasts. He was ALWAYS on the side of the listener, and they loved him for it.

I have known Ed since 1981, he gave me almost a weekly tussle for decades. I was first interviewed by Ed at BRMB. It was about the West Midlands County Councils bus fares policy. I had no idea then that this tough Ozzie would have so much influence on my political and later my business life.

Former County Councillor Brian Smith coached me for two days before the very first interview I undertook with Ed. I was fearful of Ed before I even met him! But that was the reputation that this antipodean was building here in Brum.

It’s true that in those early years I hated that telephone call from the BBC team, Sue Kelly, Conal O Donnell, Howard and others. The phone would ring- polite BBC voice at the other end “Ed would like you to come and answer some questions”!

Then we would be off, asking me questions on the hottest day of the year , about the coming Christmas Day and Boxing Day bus schedules! He was exasperating, he raised my blood pressure, before I had blood pressure problems!

But as the years turned into decades I started to like the sword fights, the bickering and the pure theatre he produced for his listeners. Ed was an innovator, as well as just being a broadcaster. I hated that darned diary gizmo he had with all the names and numbers in it and his notes!

I took part in his show from some far flung places, as I tried to convince Birmingham and the West Midlands of the importance of Light Rail Transit for the conurbation.

We had memorable broadcasts from Newcastle as we evidenced what the Tyne and Wear Metro had done for that City. We broadcast from Grenoble, where on the flight out the airline lost his case, he even had to wear a shirt of mine!

I have dozens of good stories; they were exciting times for me, and for what we were trying to do for this great conurbation. He was giving me a bashing again on his show, when I said it was easy to ‘spout’ on the radio. We clashed not for the first time, and I said again “I could do your job, “ Ed said to me “ You could, could you?”

Tony Inchley the legendary BBC Radio Boss, liked the challenge I made. Before you could say ‘Midland Metro’ it was all agreed and I took over his role in his hot seat for the day.

Mary and I became friends with Chrissy and Ed as the years rolled on.

It was sad when we were informed of that damned dementia. But we all stayed close and just before Christmas, Lord Peter Snape, Lynda Waltho and Mary and ,I celebrated with Chrissy and Ed with his dear sister at Ed’s home. Where we chatted and reminisced about the old times. Ed was a star man here in the West Midlands, he was a champion of Local Radio, he loved Birmingham, and he loved giving a voice to the underdog.

I will miss Ed Doolan, but I will also cherish the fond memories I have of a man with passion for the radio, and his Gilbert and Sullivan! Ed is a Legend, and I am pleased to have called him my friend. Rest In Peace! You will live for ever in the hearts and minds of your listeners, and  those magnificent archives you kept of all your shows will be gold dust for historians way into the future.

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Agenda for Planning Now Published.

This is the agenda for the next meeting of the City Councils planning committee, there is just one item up for approval on the 16th of January that affects Ashmore Park, and that is at item 6. The recommendation from the Chief Planning Officer is to Grant the application.

Agenda

Part 1 – items open to the press and public

Item No. Title

1 Apologies for absence

2 Declarations of interest

3 Minutes of the previous meeting – 14 November 2017 (Pages 3 – 10)

[To approve the minutes of the previous meeting as a correct record]

4 Matters Arising

[To consider any matters arising from the minutes of the previous meeting]

5 17/01089/FUL Former Wednesfield High School, Lakefield Road,

Wolverhampton WV11 3ES (Pages 11 – 22)

[To consider the application]

6 17/01363/FUL 601 Griffiths Drive, Unit 2, Wolverhampton WV11 2LJ (Pages 23

– 26)

[To consider the application]

7 17/01234/FUL 17 Fawdry Street, Wolverhampton WV1 4PA (Pages 27 – 30)

[To consider the application]

8 17/01228/FUL Land North East of 32 Laburnum Road, Wolverhampton WV1

2TH (Pages 31 – 34)

[To consider the application]

9 17/01282/FUL 530 Wolverhampton Road East, Wolverhampton WV4 6AP

(Pages 35 – 40)

[To consider the application]

10 17/00885/FUL 185 and 187 Penn Road, Wolverhampton WV3 0EQ (Pages 41 –

46)

[To consider the application]

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City Officers Moves To Put The Record Straight

I wonder if it is possible for me to draw your attention to current situation as it relates to collecting Un-Paid Counciltax.

The Express and Star, ran this story on Monday. The Express and Star said that  “Almost £5 million in council tax went uncollected across Wolverhampton last year while a further £1.5 million in business rates was also unpaid.”

Today the City Councils Managing Director moved to set the record straight in a briefing for Councillors.

The Managing Director Keith Ireland said – “On Monday, the Express & Star inaccurately reported that the amount of unpaid Council tax in the City has rocketed from £324,000 in 2009/2010 to almost £5 million in 2016/2017.

It seems that the paper has misinterpreted some figures it found on our website.

The figures the paper based this story on showed the amount of unpaid council tax that was still outstanding from each year going back over the past 8 years. At the end of 2009/2010 we were owed £3.48 million – which now stands at £324,000. Likewise, at the end of 2016/2017 we were owed £7.57 million and that now stands at £4.9 million and will continue to reduce as we successfully recover the debt.

Unlike the 1425% increase in non-payment wrongly reported earlier this week, the actual increase in non-payment over the past 8 years is around 3%.

It can often take years to recover unpaid debt – but we don’t give up, we work tirelessly for as long as it takes within the parameters of the law to ensure people pay what they owe. Likewise, we also take a responsible approach which wherever possible does not add to a person’s financial difficulties.”

Councillor Phil Bateman added. Its important that residents recognise that these debts do get chased, and the MD reminds City Councillors that the City will continue to try and recover debts owed for a  long time after the current year closes. Wolverhampton will do all within the law to recover payments from defaulters.

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National Express West Midlands Bus Service Changes

From Sunday 7th January 2018 we will have service changes to some routes in the Black Country, full details and new timetables below – 

Service 10 – Perton – Wolverhampton

  • Minor timetable changes.

Services 27 & 27A – Dudley – Wolverhampton

  • Minor timetable changes.

Service 40 – Wednesbury – West Bromwich

  • Revised Sunday timetable to improve reliability.
  • No change to the route.

Service 46 – Great Barr – West Bromwich

  • Revised Sunday timetable to allow the service to interwork with the 40 service.
  • No change to the route.

Service 59 – Wolverhampton – Ashmore Park

  • Minor timetable changes to the morning peak service on weekdays.
  • No change to the route or frequency.

Service 74 – Dudley – Birmingham

  • Minor changes to the timetable on weekdays.
  • No change to the route or frequency.

Service 244 – Q.E. Hospital – Dudley

  • Additional journeys will be introduced on weekday mornings to help with increased customer journeys.
  • Additional journeys will operate from Halesowen to Harborne (Lordswood Road) at 07:08, arriving in Harborne at 07:43, and from Harborne (Lordswood Road) to Dudley at 07:48, arriving in Dudley at 09:07.
  • The 07:48 journey from Harborne has specifically been timed to provide an additional journey and more capacity for pupils of Leasowes School in Quinton.

Service 257 – Stourbridge – Dudley

  • Minor timetable changes.

Service 529 – Wolverhampton – Walsall

  • Minor timetable changes to the early afternoon peak service on weekdays.
  • No change to route or frequency.
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Former Butchers Shop Vacant – Be Quick!

#ShopLocal

The Ashmore Park Shopping Parade is at the heart of this very popular HOUSING ESTATE.

It is an important venue for local people looking for local shopping opportunities. The Parade has good local shops, which includes  a Butcher, Greengrocer, Fish and Chip shop, local sweetshop with a well known Delicatessen ,Supermarkets, Post Office, and other retail shops plus a dance and music school.

There is currently 1 shop empty on the parade – this is a former butchers shop. Is this the business unit you were looking for?

This shop is currently with the City Council for re-letting.  The shops on Griffiths Drive are very popular with the residents of Ashmore Park,  so it will be likely let via competitive tender.

If you are interested in trading from this shopping parade, then be quick and contact the City Council .

 

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A Museum for Wednesfield?

Wednesfield History Society has a long term aim to have its own museum, its a laudable goal as the society wants to protect and display the Wednesfield history and heritage and its own very local cultural assets.

Recently just before Christmas, when speaking with senior City Officials, I raised this aim that the History Society has directly with the economic development team.

The museum plan had been raised briefly, at a scrutiny meeting of the City Council recently when a Councillors panel were discussing the economy of Wednesfield.

My discussions just before the Christmas break were based around the scrutiny panel investigation. I want to make it clear at this point that there were no real detailed plans discussed by me about the details of the History Society project, no promises made, no ready made proposals kicked about. Just a conversation on where the history society aim was at that moment in time.

My view is that the Wednesfield History Society needs to develop this policy on this aim quickly, It needs to be ‘beefed up’ a bit, and the History Society needs to talk to everyone who can assist in the development of a Museum for Wednesfield.

The threat to Wednesfield as a community in wanting to pull off this objective, is that the latest Government information that is available, is suggesting that there is No more museums needed.

A Government-commissioned review has concluded that Britain should stop building new museums in order to help existing ones survive by prioritising spending on improvements and modernisation. The report also recommends that the myriad of Government organisations funding the sector, including councils, streamline their activities and draw up an action plan and that museums should diversify, including partnering with local schools and health bodies.

My view is that the clock is ticking on this one! A determinable policy should be developed by the History Society quickly, one that can be supported by the community. One that also takes into account the ongoing revenue requirements a museum will require. The wish needs to be developed into a tangible Wednesfield History Society policy.

Currently there is a City Council team working with local Councillors to produce an action plan for the development of the Wednesfield economy. As I see it the ball is with the History Society, and I look forward to them articulating there forward plans. I want them to understand though that their current wish is not going to be easy to develop. That is why time is not on their side.

 

 

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Historians invited to share secrets of research at symposium

The call has gone out to historians who have been busy unlocking the secrets of Wolverhampton’s past and are keen to share their fascinating findings with others.

The City of Wolverhampton Council’s Senior Archivist Heidi McIntosh wants to hear from amateur historians, either individuals or groups, who are willing to share their research at the city’s 11th Local History Symposium, which takes place in February 2018.

The annual event showcases new and often very significant research into the history of Wolverhampton through a series of short presentations.

Guidance for submissions and an application form are available by emailing heidi.mcintosh@wolverhampton.gov.uk. The closing date for submissions is Friday 5 January, 2018, and successful individuals will be informed by the end of the following week.

As well as the chance to share their findings with local history enthusiasts, speakers will also be in the running for a Local History Bursary of £400, sponsored by the Express & Star and Wolverhampton Civic and Historical Society, to encourage and support further research into the city’s varied past.

The winner will need to demonstrate a focus to their research, indicate clearly the significance of the information presented, communicate their information clearly and simply and demonstrate that they have brought about a growth in understanding on the subject (rather than simply presenting information which is already widely known).

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “Wolverhampton has some incredible stories to tell and over the last decade this symposium has become an important event on the local history calendar.

“Previous symposiums have provided fascinating studies into a wide range of subjects, from the development of the local iron industry, spectacle making in 19th century and the use of child labour trough to Wolverhampton’s waterways, the war graves at Merridale Cemetery and even a history of fast food in Wolverhampton.

“We’re really keen to hear from individuals or groups who want to speak at next year’s event. Not only will they be able to share their findings with others who are passionate about our local history but everyone who takes part will also be in the running for a chance to win the £400 Local History Bursary.”

The 11th Local History Symposium takes place at Wolverhampton City Archives’ Molineux Hotel Building on Saturday 17 February, 2018, from 10am to 4pm. Tickets will be available shortly

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Millbank St – Planning Application 17/01413/FUL Attracts Objectors.

Here is an update on the planning application 17/01413/FUL

I am informed that this planning application will now be held on January 22nd 2018 at 14.00 at the Wolverhampton Civic Centre. It appears from the ‘On -Line’ information publicly available that there has been growing objection to the proposals from neighbours in the street, and locally.

It is a public meeting, Councillor Rita Potter has already submitted a strong objection to the proposal.

Both Councillor Mary Bateman and Councillor Phil Bateman are unable to involve themselves  in the detail of the application because of a pecuniary interest.

 

 

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Wednesfield North Councillors Review 2017!

Here in Wednesfield and Wednesfield North we have had quite an action packed year as your Councillors’. Here is my Review of 2017. Its not all of what happened! far from it, but it gives you a flavour of what we dealt with. I hope you enjoy being reminded of what took place in our Ward through 2017.

January

We started the year in January by having a Meeting with all the Heads of Maintained Nursery’s at Ashmore Park Nursery as there were concerns mounting around the long term viability of Nursery Schools as the Government started to change the way that they funded schools. The long awaited Local Nature Reserve on the Wyrley & Essington Canal was progressed. The latest news was that it was being prepared for Local Consultation! The first PACT meeting of the year determined that the Police priorities would be the Shopping parade, noise nuisance, and the cannabis smoking taking place. Also they agreed to the police taking action on speedsters across the estate, and the third police priority agreed being the drug taking and dealing around The Park. We held Advice Surgeries as we promised to do, and they produced some difficult cases.

February.

I attended an LGIU meeting in London, as I had won the LGIU ‘Communicator of the Year’ title in November 2016. Also February featured heavily as the Village started to prepare actively for the Wednesfield in Bloom bid to the Heart of England in Bloom competition. Storm Doris struck this month (23rd Feb) causing a fatality in Wolverhampton, and blowing trees down here in the Ward. Corpus Christi had a burglary and computer tablets were stolen.

March

The City Council set its Budget for the year, and it caused much concern. There was local debate over the planning developments that had been announced about the Voyager purpose built development for people with Learning disabilities and other associated conditions being scoped for Barnard Road. This plan was to deliver 14 one bedroom, plus two bedroom supported living apartments. Planning for the Danesmore Pastures also took place this is the housing development on the former Danesmore Park School. All three Local Councillors joined together with the Public health Professional based at The Hub to run a No Smoking Campaign. Mary Rita and I have attended the ground breaking ceremony of the Voyager Care Home which is being constructed in Barnard Road. We met with and spoke with Local Residents. Mary and I attended the Express and Star debate in Dudley at the Black Country Museum for the new Regional Metro Mayor. Celebrated International Women’s Week by highlighting the excellent work Head Teacher Sue Lacey of the Ashmore Park Nursery does, and the international links the schools of Ashmore Park & Phoenix have with Sweden. Contacted the City Council following Wednesfield complaints, that the St Thomas’s Churchyard in Graisley Lane, and the trees & graves there have been badly damaged by Storm Doris. 

April

Planning for the Wednesfield Canal Festival actively got underway. As part of the Erasmus International project that Ashmore Park Nursery was taking part in. There was a gathering of the schools taking part. Your three City Councillors attended, meeting the schools and their staff, and of course the Swedish delegation that was also here. I also met with the Head teacher at Wednesfield High as I had cause to complain about the teaching situation after complaints by parents and pupils.

May

Wednesfield North Labour Party worked hard to get a Labour Metro Mayor, in the first such elections ever of this kind during this month. Sadly the Conservative candidate won. Next Up was the General Election GE2017 during the General Election campaign, Wednesfield North featured strongly with visiting politicians coming to take a look, and also meet local people. Sir Kier Starmer arrived at The Pheasant Inn and met and canvassed in the area. Councillors attended Counter Terrorism training during this month. On 11th May another big hitter arrived with Chukka Umuna MP visiting Broad Lane North and the Broadway! I attendee the Birmingham FA Vase final in West Bromwich to support Wednesfield FC – Wednesfield went onto win the trophy! The Wednesfield History Society put on a very good Exhibition about the Lancaster Bomber Crash that took place during the war years. It has been highly praised. Wednesfield FC reached the final of the JW Hunt Cup held at the Molineux – This time they lost to a good Alvechurch team. It is a time for Exhibitions and the History society put the Queens Visit to the Wednesfield in the 1960’s forward at Wednesfield Library! Again a very good public response. We reported that land in Peach Road had been surveyed with view to using the redundant land for housing A BT Phone box at the junction of Lichfield Road/Braod Lane North was reported as being a putrid disgrace. BT acted swiftly and cleaned it for public use pretty quickly.

 June

This month opened with news that the Queen Elizabeth had announced that Ashmore Park Community Association had won a Queens Award for Voluntary Service! Now that was news worthy of celebrating. The General Election 2017 was held in this month, on Thursday 8th June 2017. It was a long hard day out on the streets, but we were triumphant here in Wolverhampton North East after a very wet and windy election day. The whole day was very action packed, we ran the election campaign for the Wards of Heath Town, Wednesfield South and Wednesfield North from our home in Wednesfield North. It was a real hot bed of activity. Lots of coming and going…apologies to neighbours who may have been inconvenienced a little. Emma Reynolds MP Wolverhampton North East (Labour) returned again with a 19.282 vote. Winning over the Conservative Candidate. Planting got underway for the Wednesfield in Bloom entry. Your Councillors attended the 50th Year Anniversary of St Albans Church with the Bishop of Lichfield in attendance. The Wednesfield Bentley Bridge moorings again attracted the BCN Cruise. I attended and gave the first boat to berth a book on the history of Wednesfield. This month also recorded the City of Wolverhampton winning the Local Council of the Year Award. Wednesfield FC having been denied automatic promotion by the West Midlands League into their Premier Division, appealed and took their case all the way to Wembley! Where they won the appeal and are now playing in the Premier League! Biggest win of the year for Wednesfield FC. This month also recorded the terrible Grenfell Tower disaster. This caused Wolverhampton to look closely at their own Tower Blocks, and that there is still work taking place, learning how such a disaster can be stopped happening again, and in Wolverhampton our own local housing situation is still being examined.

July

The Heart of England In Bloom Inspectors arrived and visited the walk, laid out to show the work undertaken by the In Bloom volunteers! The Inspectors very much liked what they found! Detailed work was started on the Wednesfield Canal Festival taking place in August. I publicised that Aviva Investors who own the Bentley Bridge Retail Park had donated £1,000 to ‘Hands on Wednesfield’ for the Wednesfield in Bloom campaign reported that a water leak in Kitchen Lane had been running for five weeks, it was a huge delay by Severn Trent which annoyed residents. A video was posted and it was looked at hundreds of times on Social Media. The repair was undertaken eventually. We continued to warn after a year of campaigning about the Gov Policy that was a threat to Local Pharmacies.

August

The City of Wolverhampton Mayor invited Wednesfield FC to the Mayors Parlour to congratulate the Club on their successful season. 12& 13th August saw the Wednesfield Canal Festival taking place. Music, boats and children’s activities with craft stalls also in attendance. Best Ever event and some 4,300 people attended. A cheque for £600.00 was donated by the Land security team to the CRT, following the event. This month we lost Raj Kumar shop keeper who was much loved on Ashmore Park. An amazing crowd of more than 2,000 people turned up for a service on the parade, taken by Rev Sam Leech. Wednesfield Aces was the home of Cycle Speedways British Championships. Brilliant organisation and a very good championship further enhance Wednesfield reputation.  

September

Mary and I attended the City Council Job Fair at the Molineux – Big event and well-staged offering jobs to Wednesfield residents and others. Wednesfield In Bloom was awarded a Gold Award at Warwick Castle in a special ceremony. Mary Bateman was selected once again to be Labours candidate in May 2018 City Council Elections. In this month your Councillors placed a resolution to the City Council because of the threat to Neighbourhood policing as the Government reduce West Midlands Police resources to continue delivery of proper Community and Neighbourhood Policing in our community. The resolution was unanimously passed by all City Councillors!

October

It was National Library Week and councillors helped promote Ashmore Park Library. Councillor Mary Bateman won her action to have painted the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade. West Midlands Police – In relation to the events on the (weekend 7-8 Oct 2017), we have 3 persons who were arrested and are on bail for these matters with curfew conditions imposed. Also during this month we heard from the Police that they had arrested 3 persons involved with crime on the estate. Your three Councillor’s decided that we would do what we could to raise interest in Local trading thru a #ShopLocal campaign. Local Councillors had 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 had been two visits to the site requested. But the request had been denied because it didn’t match the criteria laid down by the Gov on School Safety Crossings. 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. In October 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 from JSDA told me that “Both these groups are through to the finals at the Echo Arena in March 2018, the first group song and dance sounds amazing! Our teams brought back eight trophies ‘Naughty’ won adjudicator’s choice of the whole competition.This is really great news and boosts our #ShopLocal campaign which we have recently started to run as Councillors, to help local traders through a very difficult economic and trading period for This is really great news and boosts our #ShopLocal campaign which we have recently started to run as Councillors, to help local traders through a very difficult economic and trading period for

November

Barnard Road- “Appalling Mess. Mud on the road and footpaths!” Barnard Road – Last week a resident spoke with me about the poor state of Barnard Road on Ashmore Park. The new Care Home being constructed by Voyage appears to have ‘lost control’ over the contractors building the development. The city has a plentiful supply of salt! In fact they have  4,500 tonnes of rock salt in stock for the winter season. The way that is spread onto the roads by a fleet of 9 gritting lorries and a team of drivers who each have a specific route to treat around the city when the temperatures plummet! As City Councillors we were invited to attend Wednesfield Aces presentation night on the 3rd. very good event and we were informed of the team members who were going to Australia with the GB team. Attended a dance show in Sedgley, to watch Ashmore Park Dance Star Billy Ellitts ‘wow’ the audience with a superb dancing display! Your Councillor attended the Remembrance Day commemorations laying wreaths as we always do at this time of the year. Phil attended the Wednesfield Scouts and gave an address on Parliament and democracy.  

December

I chaired a meeting of the seven Nursery Schools across Wolverhampton, (W.H.E.E.L) lt stands for Wolverhampton Hub for Excellence in Early Years. As they unveiled a policy document, with proposals relating to furthering the development and investment in the Early Years Community. On December 16th I played the Santa role at the Hubs Annual Santa’s Big Breakfast; Again on the 18th I played the role of Santa Claus at Ashmore Park Nursery School. A very unwanted Planning Application has been made in Millbank Street to demolish a family home and deliver a House of Multiple Occupation by a private developer. Neighbours are very much opposed to this proposal.

“Here is wishing you all a very Happy 2018!”