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Go Soak A Plant!

Wednesfield in Bloom has been a great community effort again this year.

On the 6th July the Heart of England in Bloom Inspectors came and inspected the Village. We added to our reputation I am sure of that.

Add to that effort the great work that the Ashmore Park Community added to the sum of things with a volunteer led  planting on the three main flower containers at the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade. It was a great effort and the flowers look marvellous.

I want to thank the shop keepers at Fatties The Tackle Shop, The Pet Shop and Parm at the Ashmore Park Hardware stores  for continuing to water them in the hottest weather we have had for decades! The Ashmore Inn and Kevin ‘The Gaffer’ has also added a vibrant splash of colour to the estate with those fab ‘Hanging Baskets’.

Now the big appeal is to keep the flowers a live and going for as long as is possible. Certainly the flowers look great today. So you can help too! If your passing by take an old bottle fill it with water “and soak a plant!”

Soak a plant wherever you see where the volunteers have worked so hard, especially when the weather is so darn hot.

Come on everyone go Soak a Plant!

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£3000 Raised from sale of Library Books

Pre-loved book sale raises hundreds for library service

Released: Tuesday 24 July, 2018

A sale of ‘pre-loved’ books and CDs held at the weekend has raised over £660 which will be reinvested back into the City of Wolverhampton Council’s library service.

The items were withdrawn from circulation in Wolverhampton’s 16-strong library network in order to make way for new stock – with sale prices starting from just 30p.

Hundreds of people descended on the Alan Garner Centre next to Central Library for the sale on Saturday, snapping up over 1,000 titles in the process.

Councillor John Reynolds, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for City Economy, said: “We aim to ensure our libraries carry a wide range of titles, including the latest publications.

“With around 200 new books published every day in the UK there is always pressure on space on our shelves, and so from time to time we need to withdraw old titles from circulation.

“These tend to be books or CDs which haven’t been loaned for a long period of time, or which have been updated with new editions.

“All of our libraries have a small selection of withdrawn stock for sale, and this is the third time we have brought them together for a sale.”

In total, the sales have raised over £3,000, with all proceeds reinvested into the library service, including the purchase of the latest titles.

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Notes to editors:

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

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Battle Lines Drawn – As City Declines Request!

I had been requested by some residents to source a durable bench from the Wolverhampton City Council, to be fitted on the Green Walkways that link Ashmore Park with Coppice Farm .

The walkways were constructed during the 1980’s so that walkers and ramblers could be linked from Essington and the South Staffordshire Green Belt with the Black Country’s own  Dudley Castle. Our Part of the ‘link’ became known as the ‘The Black Path’. It is much used for local journeys between locations in the surrounding areas of Walsall and Wolverhampton. I am not sure if many ramblers use the footway. But I know it is popular with City residents living in Wednesfield ,Ashmore Park, and Coppice Farm. It also links Essington with local shops and a frequent bus service on Ashmore Park.

Now I have written to the Wolverhampton City Council about the bench. But the response has been that there is no budget, and that there will be no budget created for this equipment.

I have pressed the request as I am sure you would expect me too. But I am keen to see what kind of local support it would engender if it gets into a bit of a battle.

Walking is of course a healthy lifestyle the City Council is keen to promote, and that means for youngsters as well as other family groups and senior citizens. I know the walkways are popular as a short cut to the schools. Both St Albans and Coppice High School are linked via the ‘Black Path’.

School children are safer to walk as well as they do not have to cross busy roads. Lots of residents enjoy the great varieties of birds that are drawn there as the Green Space is a very valuable resource for our large housing estates. The walkways are pleasant and in this brilliant summer, the senior citizens in our community would have a valuable amenity in which to sit and take it all in!

I am keen to hear residents and others views. It looks like we will have to fight for the resource, so I want to see what the strength of support is like…..let me have your views on here!


These Geese Are about to get a new home on the soon to be designated Local Nature Reserve!

The Phil Bateman Blog – Hectic Thursday!

Hectic Thursday – Meeting after Meeting! Phew…

Today I started by attending a meeting at the Civic Centre making plans for Fridays continuation of the Scrutiny Panel looking in to the flooding that took place on Bank Holiday May 27th 2018. This meeting with the officials was important as it sets what the agenda will be on Friday.

11.30 – On Bentley Bridge Leisure Park for a meeting with City Council Officials and Mark Welsby of Bentley Bridge Leisure Park relating to the work that I have been undertaking trying to get the Wyrley & Essington Canal gain official Local Nature Reserve status!

Well Football may not be coming home folks. But the status I have craved for this canal, most certainly is! Look out for the week before the Wednesfield Canal Festival, as I am hoping that the official announcements will be made then! Yippee!

12.30 – Meeting moved onto the The Nickelodeon, and the Hands on Wednesfield team met with me, as we worked through all that needs doing to deliver an up beat all action week end for the Wednesfield Canal Festival.

The late this afternoon I along with Mary attended the The Vibrant City Scrutiny Panel at the Civic Centre where we had a full agenda. One of the items discussed was the Kingdom contract for enforcing action against those that litter the City.

Litter is a growing issue. I know it divides people. But without enforcing the law we would be under a pile of dropped litter items. It certainly made a lively debate amongst Councillors like it has done already on these my Facebook Page.

One of the most important facts that have been produced recently by the Public Health team on the City Council is the fact that 22.5% of City adults smoke. That indicates that rates of smokers in this City are going down and our statistics are improving. I think that this is something to be proud of. Though we need to see the figures reduce even more…

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Tuesday Blog – Ahoy! It’s Wednesfield Canal Festival.

Tuesday – Time to Turn to Wednesfield Canal Festival.

Everyday there is an issue that takes time to investigate and find a resolution for.

Tuesday was one of those difficult days.

No set meetings for either Mary or me, but a lot to do during the day.

But a lot of casework to be dealt with from Housing cases through to environmental and road safety issues were in the list of things that were attended too!

I was pretty pleased to be informed that I had been able to give advocacy for one constituent, which has led to her case being reviewed and revised, but the best news is that the Tribunal she attended was successful and she has been awarded Employment and Support Allowance with the Support component. She has received a substantial sum of money for the arrears that the Government had denied her for a considerable time.. I am pleased with this result!

Besides the fact that we need shopping, and there were one or two family issues to divide our time into.

During the remainder of the day I had to move up a gear to start the preparations for the Wednesfield Canal Festival that Hands on Wednesfield, and I are leading on, which will take place on the 11 and 12 August 2018.

The venue will be The Bentley Bridge Leisure Park and at the heart of the festival will be the Wyrley & Essington Canal and The Nickelodeon Public House.

There is a huge amount of work to be undertaken as we start accelerating the proposals that goes into its planning and the detailed activities. All of this effort is designed to first put Wednesfield on the City and regional map, and to provide fun and activities here in our City during what is very much a holiday month.

Last year 4,300 people visited over the two days the Wednesfield Canal Festival operates. That is a big event and of course the work behind the scenes is itself epic.

As soon as the ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ judging day is over, a good many of the same volunteers that take part in the supporting of the ‘In Bloom’ activity, are quickly marshalled into the production of the Canal Festival.

There really is no rest for the wicked!

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There is never A Dull Day in Wednesfield!

Over the week end  two of my constituents contacted me about Two Staffs bull terriers on the loose. It is alleged that they had attacked a man and his dog.

I phoned the 101 number to report, but the number just rang out. I am concerned that it is getting harder and harder to contact the Police. In the end I left an email. Not good I will be writing to the police placing my concerns on public record.

I received this note late last week “I know you are busy at the moment with Wednesfield in Bloom, but I wonder if you could pass this on to the relevant people who could fix the problem.

I catch the bus by the shops in wood end road in particular the bus stop by the Qmin restaurant. It looks like work has been done on pavement for disabled users or motor rise scooters. But with the heat etc the pavement has come loose and is a unsafe and unsightly as per pictures attached.”

I did contact the Highways team and they got back in touch saying that they were going to take a look, and sort something out. Which they did.

Well the Heart of England in Bloom Inspectors came and went last Friday. They were very enthusiastic about the work the Wednesfield Volunteers had done. I expect Wednesfield to win an Award! My own personal thanks goes to everybody who did some work, or who donated flowers, or did some other job to get us through the day. It has been a marvellous experience.

Of course even though the Wednesfield in Bloom Inspectors have now been and gone! The plants still need looking after…I have to say I pray for a little rain at night. I know if it starts (rain!) we probably will not see the sun again! But running around with water in the car is very wearing.

So this week started (Monday 9 July) with a daylong session of The City Councils Scrutiny Panel which I am chairing. It relates to the localised flooding that took place in The City last bank Holiday. The Scrutiny Panel was an all-day affair and not open to the public. Thought the findings will be published.

This was followed by a Wolverhampton Labour Group Meeting in the evening. We left the City Council around 8.30pm….a very long day! Plus the start of a new week……


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Still time to help shape education support for SEND pupils

Released: Tuesday 10 July, 2018

There is still time for people to have their say and help improve access to education for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The City of Wolverhampton Council is seeking comments from children and young people, parents, carers and school staff about its draft Schools Accessibility Strategy.

The strategy aims to increase the extent to which pupils with disabilities can participate in the school curriculum, further develop facilities and services so that they can gain the maximum benefit from their time in education and improve the provision of information to disabled pupils and their families.

Once approved, the strategy will be used by schools to inform their Disability Equality Scheme and Accessibility Plan which show how, over time, they will improve access to education for disabled children and young people.

The consultation closes next Friday (20 July, 2018) and the finished School Accessibility Strategy is expected to be published in the autumn.

Councillor Lynne Moran, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said: “It’s important that as many people as possible take part in this consultation to ensure that the final strategy meets the needs of children and young people across the city.”

People can find out more about the strategy and have their say by completing an online survey available via

For more information, or to request a hard copy consultation response form, please contact Nicola Harris, SEND Support Officer, by calling 01902 554302 or emailing


Notes to editors:

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

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Please Accept My Apologies – Busy Today!

Today I am conducting a Scrutiny Review of Wolverhampton’s Flood preparation and response. It will be an ‘All Day’ hearing. It is not a Public Meeting.

The Review is to look at the responsibilities for flood risk management, to the local incident in the Wolverhampton Area on Sunday May 27th 2018. Consequently I will be unavailable today for other issues. Please accept my apologies…..