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Waste Recycling – Latest Information

Waste and Recycling: Date 13th December 2017

Our contractor Amey are operating a normal collection service today (13/12/2017)wherever possible.

They report that all is going well and most roads are accessible. Those roads they haven’t managed to access this morning were being revisited this afternoon when the forecast rain will hopefully improve conditions on the ground.

  • Amey have also confirmed that the Shaw Rd household waste and recycling site is open today and operating normally.

Customers whose bins were not collected on Monday or Tuesday when collections were cancelled have been informed of the following arrangements:

  • Brown bins (residual non-recyclable waste) will be collected on customers’ normal, scheduled collection dates next week and crews will also take up to 2 bags of side waste (this must be bagged).

Additional crews have been deployed to collect black bins (recyclable waste) due to the fact the next scheduled collection dates for black bins wouldn’t be until after Christmas for those whose collections were missed on Monday and Tuesday. Customers are advised to leave their black bins out and crews are confident they will have collected all missed bins by the end of next week.

  • All bulky waste collections that were scheduled for Monday are being collected today. No bulky waste collections were booked in yesterday.

Any tip permits for use on Monday when tips were closed will be honoured for the rest of this week.

Hope this information is useful to residents.

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Weather Is Improving – BUT!

Update 13/12/17

I have received a weather up date that as Councillors we would like to share with you!

The severe weather seen in recent days is improving with snow and ice thawing. The Met Office forecast for Wolverhampton is as follows (please note that a warning of ice is in place tonight for much of Scotland, Northern England part of the Midlands – Wolverhampton is on the southern edge of the warning area):

Perhaps some early icy patches, otherwise becoming windy with frequent, heavy and blustery showers, merging at times to give some longer spells of rain. Brighter spells at times, especially later. Feeling cold, despite higher temperatures than recent days. Maximum temperature 6 °C.


Staying windy, with a squally area of rain, sleet and some snow, mostly over hills through the evening. Scattered heavy showers following overnight. Cold, with patchy frost and ice. Minimum temperature 0 °C.


Sunny spells and scattered showers on Thursday, however slowly turning less windy through the day. Feeling cold, with patchy ice where lying snow still remains. Maximum temperature 6 °C.

Will Wednesfield North Residents Please Continue to take care!

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Fire Service Fitted 4.6% of Free Smoke Alarms in Wednesfield North!

I am very pleased to find out that the West Midlands Fire service have fitted 125 free smoke alarms to homes in our Ward of Wednesfield North in 2016

That is a magnificent response when I compare the statistics with neighbouring wards.

In fact our WN Ward during 2016 had 4.6% of all the alarms fitted by the Fire brigade (across the whole County including Birmingham, Coventry, Walsall, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Solihull, and Sandwell) which is testimony to the fact that we value the service that they perform for us.

The 2016 statistics are in excess of the 2015 results for the fitting of free Fire Alarms when 86 homeshere in Wednesfield North were fitted with the free smoke alarms. Here are the 2015 results – Wednesfield North Ward 86 free smoke alarms out of 2407 fitted across the conurbation which is 3.57% of all smoke alarms fitted.

Of the 11 fires 2015/16 that took place in Wednesfield North, there were 7 properties which had a working Alarm .One property had an alarm but it was not working, and just 3 did not have any alarm.

Fires in Wolverhampton over this period amounted to 330 for the City of Wolverhampton, which translated, suggests that the fires that took place here in Wednesfield North are 3.3% of the total fires that took place in the City.

Not a high number of fires in our Wednesfield North Ward, but hopefully we can drive those incidents down even further.

If you have any further questions about the service the Fire Brigade provides you can always contact me on Do You have a Smoke Alarm fitted in your home or property?


Number of Fires (domestic) in Wolverhampton and Wednesfield North Ward, 2015-16
Working smoke alarm Alarm but not working No alarm Blank Total Fires
Wednesfield North Ward 7 1 0 3 11
City of Wolverhampton 173 17 56 84 330
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Rough Sleepers in the City.

Local residents have spoken with me about the Rough sleepers in Wolverhampton.

Many are concerned about their conditions with this very cold snap that is on us today and into the week.

Of the 19 known regular rough sleepers in the city, all but 5 were provided with accommodation – some staying in the temporary church centre on Broad Street.

Of the five who declined assistance, they were all seen and are thought to be safe.



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All Wednesfield North Schools Are Closed On Monday!

Following the very heavy snowfall today Sunday, School Head-teachers and their Governors have decided to close all the schools in the Ward of Wednesfield North, tomorrow morning because of the severe weather conditions. A full list of closed schools for Wolverhampton can be found on Wolverhampton Today.


  • Woodend Primary School 
  • Oakmeadow Primary School
  • Corpus Christi Primary School
  • St Albans Primary School
  • Coppice High School
  • The Federated School of Ashmore Park Nursery & The Phoenix Nursery school

New Planning Application – City Councillor to Object!

I have objected to the proposal to change the retail unit PLANNING USE at 601 Griffith Drive which shares a site with the Co-Op. These are the terms of the objection.

“I want to object to Reference 17/01363/FUL the proposal to change the use of this unit from Class A1 Retail.

The original planning application for the construction of these two units on the part of the Ashmore Inn site was itself contentious. The decision to give planning permission was ‘sold’ to residents on the basis it would enhance the retail situation for the wider community.

This decision to so quickly change the retail classification, to Sui Generis is a very retrograde step.

My objections are that the site is not suitable for the change of use demanded. There are a limited number of car parking spaces that were set out for the development and took into account the requirement of the Public House already on site, and the new Co-Op shop.

I use the facilities and I am concerned that the majority of the customers for the new applicant, will not be local, they will be travelling further and will be coming by car in the main. This will increase traffic flow at a very sensitive part of Griffith Drive. There are three Nursery and Child Care facilities, within 150metres of the proposed shop.

The schools generate a lot of movements of pedestrians and vehicles when the schools are open. As does the Public House and the other retail stores opposite on the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade. Additionally there is a very busy bus stop outside of the Ashmore Inn, with local buses every 6 minutes. These public transport movements also constrain and complicate the highway movements on Griffith Drive.

There are not enough parking bays at 601 Griffith Drive at certain times of the day for the current arrangements as they stand, but to have up to 15 extra cars taking up bays outside the proposed Salon – will create undoubted conflicts of movements.

I would urge you also to consider public safety. Currently there is a very well used pedestrian crossing that serves the Shopping area, the schools, the bus stop, the public house and the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade.   It is already a cause for concern because of cars using the Co-Op car park for access to the shop.

Take 15 bays out of circulation and you will affect the performance and the viability of the Co –Op shop.

Potentially the parking problems will increase, and road and pedestrian conflict in a very tight area is a major concern for me.

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Battle Information All Signed Up!

You know when you have been arguing for such a long time for an action, you think after a while you will not achieve it! Well today we have exceeded that wish… when a boundary sign was erected that tells people entering into Wolverhampton and our Village of Wednesfield, that it is the site of a huge battle that changed the history of Britain. This battle took place when the Mercian’s and Saxons defeated the Danes here in Wednesfield in August 910 AD.

Back in 2015 I moved a resolution in the City of Wolverhampton Full Council asking the Authority to recognise the importance of the battle that took place here.

Our neighbourhoods and our Wednesfield History Society recognised the unique situation, because if the Danes had won. Then the  Danelaw would have been extended from York over most of Britain.

It is feasible to consider that if that had happened, we may all be ordering our drinks in Danish now! Those of us who cherish our history also firmly believe that the battle and its location within The City of Wolverhampton, can help re generate our local economy….here is the resolution passed by the City of Wolverhampton Council  in 2015.

“This City Council recognises the importance of the Battle of Wodensfield which took place in August 910 within the current City Boundaries. We wish to ensure the historic significance of this battle by declaring that the City Council flag is flown over the two day Anniversary (5/6) August  annually. We further request the City Council to investigate and report back to Cabinet, ways in which this historic event can be marked to regenerate and develop our local economy.”

I am pleased also to announce that in the run up to the Battle date in August it is planned to add, a further Boundary Sign. Adding further impetus to the events staged by Wednesfield History Society and their partners at the anniversary date…. Its been a good day for Wednesfield today, despite the snow.



Wolverhampton NEET figures ahead of national curve

Wolverhampton NEET figures ahead of national curve

Latest figures on getting young people into education, employment and training put City of Wolverhampton ahead of national and regional improvements.

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Jobs Fair 2017

Encouraging young people to stay in learning or training, or start an apprenticeship, brings huge benefits. Young people are better skilled and ready for work, their earnings potential increases and their health and wider social outcomes are improved.

The Department for Education data relates to 16 to 18 year olds Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET) and ‘not knowns’ (those whose outcomes are unknown).

There has been a dramatic 3.1% reduction in the City of Wolverhampton from 8.4% in 2015/16 to 5.3% in 2016/17.

The current national NEET figure stands at 6%, while in the West Midlands it is 7.3%.

The improvement has been driven by City of Wolverhampton Council service – Connexions Wolverhampton – which provides information, advice, guidance and practical support to help young people get ready for adult and working life.

It has achieved the impressive numbers through proactive efforts to engage young people like door knocking, early identification and intervention, and enhanced partnership working.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “These figures are hugely encouraging and reflect the improvement in schools, and the work of Connexions Wolverhampton, the college and local training providers.

“Young people who disengage from learning and training will struggle to access employment in the future so it is vital we give them as many opportunities as possible.

“More than £3.7 billion of investment in the city is either on site or in the pipeline and we will continue to work closely with city partners to provide recruitment and training opportunities through events such as our successful jobs fairs and the Wolves at Work programme.

“The Connexions service has used these events and programmes to provide greater training and employment opportunities for young people.”

Connexions Wolverhampton was awarded the Matrix quality standard at the end of last year, which is a kite mark for organisations that provide Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) either as a core component of their service offer or as part of their wider provision.

Wolverhampton Connexions Centre, 118-119 Salop Street, is open every weekday between 1.30pm and 4.30pm, except Wednesdays. You can also call 01902 773040 for support and advice.


Zebra Crossing Called For! – Amos lane

I have been asked to support a Zebra Crossing in Amos Lane Wednesfield.

The Lane is busy – parents and children cross Amos lane from Wood end and Bellamy Lane in my Ward  to go to Wodensfield School. I have had a local parent write to me explaining in detail the threat she sees every school day to families and children as they try to cross this busy main road.

I am keen to hear residents comments, and other road user comments, as I start to bring together the evidence that is required  to deliver this road safety resource.

Please if you have any  comments for or against, or  if you are a parent or local resident.

Please let me know your views.

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Congratulations Coventry – UK City of Culture 2021!

Coventry has been named the UK’s city of culture for 2021, a one-off opportunity to boost the economy, tourism, civic pride and access to the arts. It is a great chance aso to be in the national spotlight.

I want to congratulate Coventry –  its good news for them , and its good news for the conurbation!

The Bid was  a massive opportunity to put Coventry in the national spotlight and to create a lasting legacy to benefit the city for years to come, and you know what? Its paid off for them….I for one am very pleased that it has too…..