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Councillor Phil Bateman

Good News for City of Wolverhampton on Education Progress!

Education and the City of Wolverhampton.

The City of Wolverhampton’s Managing Director, Keith Ireland, in a briefing for City Councillors reminded Councillors that the City of Wolverhampton – was moving in the ‘right direction’ following the release of the latest statistical information.

Last week’s release of national educational performance statistics show continued improvement in the city.

Mr Ireland informed City Councillors that “This has been a real focus for the council and is a tribute to the hard work of teachers, young people, families, councillors and council employees.

We’ve moved up 27 places nationally (109th to 82nd) for the new Progress 8 outcomes – showing the progress pupils make from the end of Key Stage 2 (Year 6) to the end of Key Stage 4 (Year 11).

The average achievement of pupils in up to eight qualifications including English and Maths – saw the City move up to 97th nationally, up 28 places from 125th in 2016.”

He went onto quote that “58% of pupils in Wolverhampton secured GCSEs in Maths and English at the new grade 4 or above – up from 53% the year before. At Post 16, the city’s strong performance continues with students achieving results putting the City in 17th place nationally. There’s still a lot of work to do but we are heading in the right direction!”

Councillor Phil Bateman added “I am pleased to receive this information, as I am sure parents and employers will be pleased to know that our city isn’t standing still..

The City continues to make progress, despite the difficulties that exist around stretched resources. Local Government is not an easy place to work at the moment. There are challenges all over the place. Education however continues to be the one item that will lead to prosperity for all. We have to keep improving. You only have one chance with youngsters to get their education, knowledge and skills right before they set off in the World of Work.”

More Fly Tipping Discovered.

Yet again we have had fly tipping taking place in the Wolmer Road Garages…here on Ashmore Park.

Please if you see anyone or know of anyone that is doing this. Please report them!

Wolverhampton Homes Estate Services department will make arrangements for one of our Estate Caretaking teams to attend and remove the fly-tipped items from the garage site by Friday 9th February 2018.

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This PM Doesn’t Care for Law and Order !

This Prime Minister is ignoring local communities calls for more Police, and more of their  national tax pounds to be spent on our West Midlands Police force.

We all know that crime is rising, that burglary and vehicle theft levels here in Wednesfield is unacceptable, shop theft and violent crime is at high and unacceptable levels. The Police suffer because residents lose faith in them, when they do not turn out for the crimes they suffer.

Residents are now starting not to report crime, as Police stations close, as they see less uniforms to talk to on the beat. Less uniforms to tell them what is happening with regards to anti social behaviour and other crimes that take place. The Police are becoming rarer and you very rarely see an Officer above the rank of Sargent!

The Police do not have the resources we want them to have, to police our communities in a way that we want. Neighbourhood policing is dead if you can not get the uniforms out there, mixing  with the community!

Our Prime Minister seems oblivious to our every day needs, as she lives in a bubble, and is cosseted by the very best of British policing.

Yet her record is a disaster. She has axed 21,000 Policemen and women. If Labour had overseen this in Government the newspapers would have never left the situation a lone. It would have been headlines every day!

I may be on my own in thinking this….but I am worried about law and order in this City.


Just Four and a Half Hours Later!

Local Authorities take some stick, so I want to highlight City of Wolverhampton Council’s Public Realm department for the great work they did for residents today here in Wednesfield North.  I sent this message today at 14.55.

“Sent: 07 February 2018 14:55 Subject: Fw: Manhole Cover – Higgs road Ashmore Park.The residents tell me that this manhole cover has had an inspection and the cover has not been replaced properly. It is standing proud of the footway and has become a trip hazard. Can you get someone to reset it please. It is a health and safety hazard standing as it is at the moment. It is outside of 8 Higgs road, or near too.”

 This is what I received later today from those same residents who contacted me before earlier Wednesday 7th Feb 2018 – The message came in at 18.23 to be precise-the very same day “Guess who are already out fixing the man-hole out the front!! Thank you!”

 I want to say a very big thank you to Public Realm for taking this issue seriously, yes it was a Health & Safety matter but if my residents are pleased I am ecstatic at the great response.

West Midlands Police

A West Midlands Police Message.

Over the last few Weeks there has been a slight increase in the number of burglaries in your local area, forcing access to gain high value property within homes. Police are warning of a rise in Asian gold being targeted. With this in mind we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of the importance of making sure your property is secure at all times and to let you know about what we are doing to deal with the problem.

Most burglaries are opportunist and therefore simple measures can often be enough to prevent a burglary occurring. Follow these simple crime reduction tips to further reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary:

Make sure doors and windows are locked, especially when leaving the house.
Secure your doors. Check the condition of the frames and glass panels. Fit devices such as chains and door viewers.
When you are out, leave a light on to give the impression that there is somebody at home. Timer switches can be fitted to operate radios and lights when you are out. Radios tuned to talk orientated stations can often give the impression that someone is talking inside.
Use your burglar alarm if you have one.
Never leave a spare key in a convenient hiding place, such as under the doormat or in a flowerpot a burglar will look there first.
Make sure that your sheds and garages are secure. Always lock ladders and tools away to stop a burglar using them.

With Regards to Jewellery and Property Our Advice is to:

Hide jewellery and leave it at home.
Stay alert and look after one another.
At home photograph your jewellery and keep an inventory on
Keep jewellery in a safety deposit box or at your bank.

We’re doing all we can to stop thieves in their tracks:
Several tactics are being used, such as targeted patrols, Planned operations and the robust management of known offenders, to prevent any increase.
There will be a officers patrolling locations both on foot and in vehicles. Houses that are potentially vulnerable will also be identified and officers will be distributing crime
Prevention advice. We are also working with people who work out and about in the community to make sure we have as many eyes looking out for offenders as possible.
We are encouraging households to join their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme or to set one up to help prevent burglary in their street.
Neighbourhood Watch schemes help residents work together to tackle problems in their community. They help cut crime by focusing on helping people to protect themselves and their property.

Residents interested in starting up or joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme should sign up to WMNow

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My Neighbour of the Day Award!

An old friend who lives on Ashmore Park was playing the ‘good neighbour’. Here is what happened in his own words.

“I got out the car just in time to see a stranger going around the back of next-door. so off I went to see what he was up to as the neighbours where out. when I confronted him with what the fxxk you up to mate. he said I just moved in upstairs and have just put some gas on the meter around the back. well I felt embarrassed’ until he said its nice to know that your vigilant thanksfeeling embarrassed!

Well for me Peadar Brewster I love you being a Nosy Neighbour! I hope more of my constituents do what you did to help protect your neighbours property!

So for that I am Awarding you my special Neighbour of the Day Award!

It was a great intervention Peadar, and the retort from your new neighbour shows he was grateful for your intervention……  Please if you do see anyone suspicious, contact the Police or if it is safe for you – just ask the character(s) “What you up too?”….its the way to helping all of us protect our belongings and our property!

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Huge Interest In Ashmore Park Vacant Shop!

There are a whole lot of residents and others that have been asking questions about the vacant shop on the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade.

It’s a great district shopping facility, and it is very much at the heart of the Ashmore Park community. So it isn’t really a surprise that so many people are keen to find out what is happening to the premises.

The “To Let” board has now been erected and the ‘ letting particulars’ uploaded to the City Council’s website. 

The closing date for receipt of offers for this shop is 12 noon 9th March 2018. 

If you have an interest or you have a friend or family that is interested in the shop. Please inform them that so far Wolverhampton Homes have had double figures enquiries and many of them have taken a viewing of the shop.

If you have any real detailed questions please do not contact me!

Contact Mitchell Spencer BSc (Hons) Estates Officer City of Wolverhampton Council.Tel (Office):  01902 550 504; Tel (Mobile): 07976 882 914 or by E-mail:

 Mitchell will arrange for the necessary documents to be sent out

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Danesmore Pastures – Fencing Question Answered

Recently a resident backing onto the new Danesmore Pastures development on the former Danesmore Park School site, enquired asking if the properties butting up to the site will be getting a new fence?

I contacted the developers and here is the response…..– The entire site will have new fencing as close as possible up to existing fencing only, we will not be replacing any fencing.”

I hope that this response clarifies the situation…

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Five New Homes for Wednesfield North

There are two sites in Peach road, Wyvern Park, both former City Council owned car parks. They have been unused for a considerable period of time.

Both sites have now been granted planning permissions, and a total of 2 houses and three bungalows are to be built on the two sites.

They are being constructed by Wolverhampton Homes, there will be off street car parking provided on the site of the dwellings .

The properties will be for Council Rent and managed by Wolverhampton Homes.

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Safety Concerns – Coppice High School to Act!

In recent weeks Councillors have received concerns from constituents because some branches and twigs on bushes and shrubs, have been growing through a fence and creating a health and safety problem on the footpath in Reynolds Walk.

The branches and twigs grow at head height and constituents have been concerned that they reach out and scratch pedestrians faces especially in the dark when they are even less noticeable.

I had been in touch with both Wolverhampton Homes and the City Councils highways department asking them whose responsibility it was to maintain the shrubs safely.

Both those organisations informed me that the bushes and trees were the responsibility of Coppice High School.

So I wrote to the High School and have received the following response from Janice Fletcher Head Teacher – She wrote “I have been informed that the council have cleared the area referred to in your email. We will however, ensure that our grounds contractors are re directed to check and maintain this area.”

I am of course, very pleased that between the organisations, the job was done before any further accidents happened, that was the main thing.

I am pleased that the Head Teacher will instruct their grounds maintenance contractors to ensure that sort of growth will be managed going forward. Pedestrian safety of all those using that footpath in Reynolds Walk should be improved by these actions.