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Bentley Bridge Shopping Park – Now this is Good News!

Wednesfield Labour Councillors have been campaigning for some considerable time for much needed public toilets at the Bentley Bridge Shopping Park. I am hearing that Planning permission has now been secured to move the public toilets into part of C1b Unit and for C1a Unit to be enlarged and used for retail sales.

This Public Toilets arrangement has been a long term ask by Wednesfield Councillors, and I am sure will be greeted with relief, by the loyal customers of the Bentley Bridge Shopping Park. I am also informed that the Bentley Bridge Shopping Park has secured and agreed a lease for yet another new retailer. 

The new retailer will be The Card Factory. This will be Card Factory’s third store in the city and will result in yet more jobs at the Shopping Park. It will also signify the final unit letting!

It will be the first time the Shopping Park has EVER been fully occupied in its whole history.

Currently there are about 636 jobs already associated with the Bentley Bridge Shopping Park. It is already very significant employer now of local people. It also remains a very popular destination for not only Wednesfield residents but for shoppers from across the West Midlands Conurbation.

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Planning Application -52 Millbank Street (Refused).

Agent Applicant

Mr Paul Burton

A P Architecture Ltd

E-Innovation Centre Suite SE 219


TF2 9FT Mr K Plant K J PLANT DEVELOPMENTS LIMITED 49 Leasowe Drive, Perton, Wolverhampton WV6 7TX

Our Ref: 18/00323/FUL

Site: 52 Millbank Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV11 2HU

Proposal: Erection of two semi-detached dwellings


City of Wolverhampton Council as the Local Planning Authority hereby Refuse permission for the development described in the above application.

The reasons for the Council’s decision to refuse permission are:

1. The proposed dwellings would result in a form of development of cramped appearance. The proposal is not in keeping with the existing density, form and layout of the established pattern of development in the street, thus detracting from the established character and appearance of the street scene, creating a development less spacious in appearance and character.

Relevant UDP Policies: D4, D6, D8, D9 & H6; Relevant BCCS Policies: CSP4, ENV2 & ENV3.

2. The proposed dwellings, by reason of their height, bulk and position relative to the house/garden on the adjoining properties at and 290 Kitchen Lane and the existing property at 52 Millbank Street would have an unacceptable overbearing impact, reduce the amount of light, and have a detrimental impact on the outlook presently enjoyed by those houses, and especially their gardens.

Relevant UDP Policies: D7 & D8, ad BCCS Policy ENV3


Any policies referred to on this decision notice are the policies of the Black Country Core Strategy (BCCS), adopted 3rd February 2011 and the saved policies of the Wolverhampton Unitary Development Plan (UDP), adopted in June 2006, unless otherwise stated. The BCCS and UDP can be viewed at the Planning and Building Control Reception on the second floor of the Civic Centre or alternatively on the Council’

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Slugged & s-Nailed By Guinness!

Guinness is Good for You? –Well it may be for some but we have found out that a ‘tipple’ and a ‘splosh’ is deadly for Slugs & Snails here in Wednesfield!

Carefully and tenderly flowers have been planted by volunteers in flower beds across Wednesfield, as part of a plan, to win yet again another Gold Award in the Heart of England in Bloom competition.

But after the carefully planting our flowers, a dastardly act has been taking place, and within days lots of plants had just disappeared!

But it is not vandalism or theft that is removing the treasured flowers! Careful detective work revealed that they were being ‘munched’ upon by a huge army of slugs and snails!

Councillor Phil Bateman said “ I was explaining the problem to a crowd of people the other day when one of the old chaps I was talking too, told me that the way to stop these Gastropods, was to drown them in Guinness as they couldn’t resist a tipple!

So I decided I would try this little trick, and so off I toddled to the High Street Newsagent and bought two cans of Guinness.

Now I grew up with the old advertising slogan “Guinness is good for you” and I am reliably informed that recently the scientific l fraternity has confirmed that the product is indeed ‘good for you’.

Diageo, the manufacturer, makes no health claims for their product, however scientific research shows a pint of Guinness a day is actually good for your health.

But I wonder if Diageo are not missing a trick and are losing out on sales? Britain’s army of Gardeners surely would be better placed by setting down pots of Guinness instead of poisons and allowing these munching Gastropods to drown – in happiness in the Guinness! “

Take a look at the photograph as dead slugs and snails were drowned in their scores as they slurped their way through Irelands trade mark beverage!

Guinness is not good for you if you are a Slug or Snail In Wednesfield!

Councillor Phil Bateman added ” I will drink to that!”

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“The City has just come through a deluge of epic proportions!”

Following the floods that took place last week end I was quick off the mark and wrote this correspondence to the Leader of the City of Wolverhampton Council – Councillor Roger Lawrence and the Chair of Scrutiny Board Councillor Steve Simkins.

“The city has just come through a deluge of epic proportions. There were widespread floods, some of the areas of the City had floods that were ‘bad’, others just had surface water.

Some homes were invaded by water, and lots of people were scared and are still scared of what will happen with the news and weather stations predicting storms building again for later in this week. I want to invoke my right and ask for a Scrutiny Panel to be called and to scrutinise what happened on this Bank Holiday week end.”

Well tonight we had our first Scrutiny Board of the New Municipal Year. This item was discussed, and I spoke at length about the issue. The Board agreed that first we should scrutinise the event, and they the suggested that  I should Chair a Scrutiny Panel into the events and report back to the City Council.

I accepted the challenge and agreed to Chair such a Scrutiny Review.

I don’t intend to hang around and will get onto the detail and arrangements straight away!

Understanding the events, interpreting what happened, and then to analyse what was good, what was poor, and to  make recommendations to improve the response. That will be the scrutiny path that I will be taking…..I am looking forward too it!


GMB Report – Uncovers Debt Time Bomb In Care Crisis!

Union: Care crisis has led to debt ‘time bomb’
A report from the GMB trade union has warned that at least 166,000 people are in arrears due to the cost of care home fees, with over 1,100 having been taken to court.

The union is calling on the Government to provide more funding to address the funding crisis in social care.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association  said the Government must “address the pressures impacting the system.”

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” There is a fear in almost every family, that old age and illness as we grow older, will cause huge misery, and heart ache for those in the family that are left to cope. The Government must do more to deliver a safety net that reduces the pain and anxiety that is now evident. GMB have exposed the size of the problem, but I think it may grow even higher.”

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Latest Information Weather Warnings -Wednesfield & Wolverhampton

Councillor Phil Bateman said “As we move into Thursday evening. The latest news I have from the City of Wolverhampton, as it relates to concerns about impending bad weather, is now being shared with you! I had been in touch with the City Council about planning for the worst event.

Managing Director Mr Keith Ireland shares the information and intelligence gained about our local weather in this briefing note I have received. Please read it and use the information in the event that you or your family get caught up with any localised flooding. Plan to be safe!”

Briefing Note – Further to my note this morning concerning weather, a Met Office severe weather warning for rain and thunder storms remains in place from now until tomorrow (Friday 1st June) evening. The forecasters are uncertain of the precise location of the storms – we may get torrential downpours potentially causing flash flooding, we may not. 

A new page on our website has been set up to provide residents with important information in the event of severe rainfall and flooding. It contains helpful advice and contact details for relevant agencies. It will be displayed prominently on our website homepage and shared via our social media. The link to this page is:  

Please share this link with your networks and via your social media channels in the event of severe weather. 

In the event of any threat to life, people should always contact 999.

Responding to flooding is primarily a role for the emergency services, Severn Trent Water or the Environment Agency. However, City of Wolverhampton Council may be required to attend to highways and housing issues.

The council’s contact centre numbers are as follows:

• Daytime hours (0830 – 1630)          01902 551111

• Out of hours:                                    01902 552999 (24 hour Contact Centre)

The contact centre should always be your first point of call to report any issues as they operate a logging system and can instigate the council’s emergency response protocol.


Linthouse Lane 8.00am 25-11-2012

Stormy Weather Predictions Today!

Stormy Weather is predicted today in Wednesfield and Wolverhampton – Be Prepared!


There are weather warnings about for today (Thursday) and tomorrow( Friday) and following last week ends disastrous local flooding. I hope to goodness we don’t get that sort of intense weather again. But if we do then let’s be a little more prepared for it.

Remember check what the Environment Agency is saying about flood hot spots.

They are a good source of information. Plus they have some useful tips if you do become flooded.

This morning at 7.00am there were no local flood warnings for Wolverhampton or Wednesfield. Here is the link – so you can view the situation for yourself, as you read this information through the day.

The City of Wolverhampton Council are already taking steps to be prepared.

Please if the rain increases in your locality – take a look at Wolverhampton Today – They will be operating and offering advice on the local situation. Here is the Wolverhampton Today link….

Plus I will also offer information on my own social media sites if we are getting a bit of a hammering in Wednesfield.…



T-levels launched in 52 colleges from 2020

T-levels launched in 52 colleges from 2020 In one of the biggest overhauls of the education system, schools are to let students study technical qualifications – the so-called T-levels – instead of A-levels.

The Government has unveiled the 52 colleges and post-16 providers in England where pupils will be able to study construction, digital skills and childcare from September 2020. Another 22 courses, covering sectors such as finance and accounting, engineering and manufacturing, and creative and design, will be launched from 2021.

The locations are spread across the country and include further education colleges, schools, community colleges and training centres.

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said the courses would be developed alongside businesses and the DfE would also examine similar programmes in other countries. “T-levels represent a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reform technical education in this country so we can rival the world’s best performing systems,” he added. However the Times notes that some experts, including the CBI business lobby group and civil servants, have warned the qualifications are not ready and are being rushed through


Wednesfield in Bloom – “Front Gardens in Bloom 2018″

Now here is a couple of messages that relate to Wednesfield in Bloom.


We are asking that those residents who would like to make a contribution to our attempts to persuade the Heart of England in Bloom Judges, that we are serious about making a                 ‘Big Blooming’  difference to Wednesfield.

Last year we asked for residents to take part in the competition, by bringing to our attention their front gardens, and how they had tended them. Many residents took part and received their certificate’s ‘of taking part’ at a ceremony later in the year.

We are again going to look for those residents who want to take part in the ‘Front Gardens in Bloom 2018′ as part of our  ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ bid.

So if you are willing to let me know via my social media sites (Direct Message Me Now!) or contact me via my email address – which is 

Please get in touch now!

It was a great response last year, and I am hoping that it will be a great response this year.

Also if you are willing to donate a plant/ or plants  then please again contact me. We have started planting the big planter at the corner of the Alfred Squire and High St in the centre of Wednesfield, and if I say so myself it is coming on a treat.

This year we are going to have a ‘theme’ for this Wednesfield planter. It is going to be principally Purple – White and Green. These are the colours of the Women’s Suffragette Movement who are celebrating their 100 years anniversary this year.

Ashmore Park Information

Finally for your information. I am hoping to set and plant the raised flower Beds on Ashmore Park Shopping Parade. They can be seen lying empty and desolate at the moment. Hopefully on June 1st the planters will have had some new compost that I have arranged. This will freshen the soil. I will be then looking to local residents and the traders on the shopping parade and anyone else who wants to turn ‘ grey to green’, to help and volunteer to keep the flower beds growing and attractive to the shopping parade…..