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Millbank St – Planning Application Up for Consultation

This is a property that is currently being applied for planning permission for a change of use. You can make your views known on this property, or ask to see the plans. Easy access to the information can be reached via Wolverhampton City Council Planning Portal.

Proposed change of use from residential to HMO and erection of new dwelling to be used as 6 bedroom HMO (following demolition of garage and side extension) | 52 Millbank Street Wolverhampton West Midlands WV11 2HU

Reference 17/01413/FUL
Alternative Reference PP-06566342
Application Received Mon 27 Nov 2017
Application Validated Mon 27 Nov 2017
Address 52 Millbank Street Wolverhampton West Midlands WV11 2HU
Proposal Proposed change of use from residential to HMO and erection of new dwelling to be used as 6 bedroom HMO (following demolition of garage and side extension)
Status Insufficient Fee
Appeal Status Unknown
Appeal Decision ————-

There are 8 documents associated with this application.

There are 0 cases associated with this application.

There is 1 property associated with this application


Wednesfield- Economy is Competetive.

Wednesfield is doing quite well when you take a look at what is happening across the city of Wolverhamptons economy. The latest statistics I have inform me that manufacturing is strong in Wednesfield and accounts of 11% of all the City’s jobs.

Almost 1400 jobs are involved in Manufacturing ,followed closely by Retail and Health jobs.

Interestingly for me there is 400 jobs that are listed in the sector Arts and Entertainment…..

Anyone have any comments they would like to make!




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CRT & Walsall MBC – Quicker in 2018- Please!

Frustrating Waiting for the Wednesfield Local Nature Reserve!

You know it is really frustrating waiting for the final sign offs for the Local Nature Reserve along the Wyrley and Essington Canal. The latest information I have from City of Wolverhampton Council is this.

Dated the 17th December – “I am still waiting for CRT and Walsall Council to agree the collaboration agreement.-Lead Planning Manager (Sub – Regional Strategy)”

All I can say is that come the New Year (2018) I do hope Walsall MBC and The Canal & River Trust really do start to deal with this issue with a little bit more urgency. It has been painfully slow these last 6 months.

After having waited for years, we are waiting for our Local Nature Reserve with huge anticipation!

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Christmas Message from Wednesfield North Councillors’

Councillors Mary Bateman, Rita Potter, and Phil Bateman want to wish all our constituents a Happy and Merry Christmas.

This is the season of goodwill!

As your City Councillors we approach Christmas with a heart full of best wishes.

All through the year we have with the volunteers in our community, worked hard to make life better here in our Ward and in our City. We have worked hard to provide the services that make living here civilised, and dealt with peoples inequalities as they have materialised.

We love working for the people of Wednesfield North, individually we have worked hard to raise charity funds for a range of organisations and individuals. We have had a sterling ‘role model’ to follow locally in Steph Clarke , who sadly our community lost in November of last year.

All three City Councillors are still very committed to delivering ‘#Stuff 4 Steph’ in this year and into next. That means we will be working for others in the memory of Steph.

Wednesfield North is a great place to live. Make a New Years resolution to explore more of what we have to offer here in this corner of Wolverhampton.

  • Joining the Library for instance and visiting every week, will help to keep and retain this facility for others.
  • Volunteer for community action by exploring what the Hub at Ashmore Park offers is another way to deliver a better Wednesfield.

Mary Rita and I, wish all of you a very Merry and Happy Christmas! We hope that 2018 will be better than 2017.

Our Next Councillors Surgery is on January 11th at Woodend school

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Boxing Day cheer on public transport

Public transport users across the West Midlands will be able to take advantage of the biggest Boxing Day bus service outside of London this year. A total of 158 bus services will be running on December 26 thanks to a financial subsidy from Transport for West Midlands which will also see the Metro run an enhanced Sunday service.

With no trains running on Boxing Day, the extensive bus and tram timetable will help people get to and from work and thousands of football fans going to matches in the region. Full details of the bus and tram services and timetables can be viewed here.

Passengers should be aware of significant changes to rail services over the festive period due to engineering works. There will be a reduced service between Christmas Eve and Tuesday 2 January 2018, on most lines running through Birmingham New Street, with bus replacement services in operation.

On January 2, when many people return to work, engineering will still be taking place on some rail routes and passengers are advised to check services before they travel here.

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Tram Ticket Dodgers Face Likely Fines Increases!

There are plans being made to increase the fine levied on tram passengers caught without paying a fare. The plan is to increase the penalty notice from its current £10 to £70.With a discount offered for swift payment.

I am sure that most tram service passengers will understand the reason for this move.

The new deterrent most likely will come into operation early in the New Year…

The tram is an important transport link, I am convinced it should be expanded within this city and that should be sooner rather than later. Hopefully our City Leaders will see the benefits of an extension within our city boundaries, and valid though the extensions currently announced are to the sub-region. I hope that Wolverhampton doesn’t get left behind and just becomes the end of a line…..that would be damaging!

Remember we have to plan for the future not just for today!

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This new £1 single fare designed for Pensioner travel before 9.30am!

This Christmas, National Express West Midlands is bringing pensioners what they’ve long been asking for.

From 2 January 2018, the bus operator is introducing a £1 single fare for senior citizens to travel by bus before their OAP free bus pass becomes valid at 0930.

Tom Stables, Managing Director for National Express West Midlands, said:

“National Express West Midlands buses are for everyone. So I’m delighted to offer this £1 single fare to our senior citizens. They’ll be available to buy them on our buses in the new year.”

National Express West Midlands has worked closely with Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), the transport arm of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) to make this £1 pre-0930 single fare possible.

Councillor Roger Lawrence, lead member for transport on the WMCA and leader of City of Wolverhampton Council said:

“This is yet another example of how our Bus Alliance partnership with National Express is helping to keep fares as low as possible and in this case actually reduce them.

“TfWM already provides older and disabled people with free travel after 0930 on not just buses but also local trams and trains.

“This new £1 single fare will provide an extra helping hand for many older people, especially those on lower incomes, who need to travel by bus earlier in the day.

“The work we have done with National Express to introduce this £1 single fare also means there is no extra cost to local taxpayers, so it really is good news all round.”

Walsall Councillor Richard Worrall, of the WMCA Transport Delivery Committee, said:

“I’d like to say well done to the campaigners of West Midlands Pensioners’ Convention, and a huge thank you to the management of National Express West Midlands and officers of Transport for West Midlands who have worked together to enable this significant widening of the travel options of the nearly half-million older and disabled citizens of the West Midlands who hold concessionary travel passes.”

“I hope that other bus operators who do not presently offer this fare will now follow suit so that there is an ‘early bird’ £1 single flat fare on Mondays-Fridays for all concessionary pass holders on all buses in the West Midlands.”

Andrea Stanton of the West Midlands Pensioners’ Convention said:

“This is so important for pensioners who have to get to hospital appointments before 0930. You can’t always pick your slot for a hospital appointment or clinic, so this will make those visits so much easier.

“It’ll also help pensioners who help out with family – if you have to get round to take the grandchildren to school, this £1 single fare before 0930 will be perfect!”

Trevor Eames, also from the West Midlands Pensioners’ Convention, said:

“2018 is the tenth anniversary of the bus pass. We are keen to encourage its greater use. We see this as an opportunity for more working pensioners and others needing to make journeys before 0930 to ‘ditch the car’ and – for just a £1 – travel anywhere across the West Midlands Network by bus instead.”

About 20% of the West Midlands population is made up of senior citizens – that’s higher than the UK average of 17%. So over 500,000 pensioners qualify for this new pre-0930 £1 single fare.


Panto Season Is At The Grand!

The Grand Theatre Panto – Jack and the Beanstalk. Is an important part of any Christmas Season. I am informed that It is an excellent production and comes highly recommended.

A good Panto season is critical to the future success of the theatre, and so for all those individuals and those that have families here in Wednesfield, I urge you to go along and support one of the last remaining theatres in the Black Country!

Besides it is just good fun of course!


The Victorian Christmas Market Arrives Friday for Three Days!

Wolverhampton city centre will burst into life with the sights and sounds of its first official Victorian Christmas Market from tomorrow.

The festive 3 day market will be delivered by the council’s approved market operator LSD Promotions, and will take place on Friday 15 December (10am to 9pm), Saturday 16 (10am to 9pm) and Sunday 17 (10am to 5pm).

It will be located on Wulfruna Street, the Civic Centre Ceremonial car park, St Peter’s car park and the pedestrian area outside the University of Wolverhampton’s Ambika Paul building.

More than 100 stalls will fill the streets at the heart of the city with the colours, sounds and irresistible aromas of Christmas. The ceremonial car park will be closed throughout the weekend as will entry to the Civic Centre car park from Wulfruna Street.