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School Crossing Patrol – Review Taking Place in September!

There is a lot of school children crossing the Griffith Drive between the junctions of Ashmore Avenue and Bargery Road to make journeys along Eccleston Road and Southall Road to and from Coppice High School, Oakmeadow, and St Albans School.

Over a long period of time there has been various calls from parents, schools and your local Councillors for the City to place a Crossing Warden in that strategic area to assist the children and pupils to cross the road safely during school term.

The situation has again been addressed by your Local Councillors, who have again made a plea for a new School Crossing Patrol, and I have received this response this morning, from the City Councils Transport Strategy lead.

“I am advised this matter is being investigated by the School Crossing Patrol Service. The site is scheduled to be assessed in September and I gather Paul Lever will contact you with the results at that time.”

I would advise that the three Schools where the pedestrian traffic is the heaviest should throw their full weight behind this initiative. Hopefully the Governing Bodies of these schools will write and explain the needs of their pupils and parents for a safe crossing to be introduced at this location.

Also any individual that has a strongview on this should also make their views known.

City of Wolverhampton Attended the LGA Conference.

Wolverhampton City Council had an exhibition stand at the Local Government Association Annual Conference in Birmingham. The Managing Director of the City of Wolverhampton Council, senior Councillors and council employees have attend the conference.

The conference is a big event in the local government calendar attracting over 1,300 delegates, 130 speakers and 120 exhibitors. The idea to attend the conference came from City of Wolverhampton employee engagement campaign, 100:100, where the aim was to generate 100 ideas in 100 days.

The conference was a chance for us to promote ourselves as ‘Council of the Year 2017’ and strengthen our city and council brand nationally.

The Managing Director Keith Ireland said “We highlighted the regeneration of the city and the transformation of the council as we engaged with hundreds of key public and private sector stakeholders. We also promoted the current senior leadership job opportunities across the council. The key message we got across is that the City of Wolverhampton is a ‘city of change’ and a ‘city of opportunity’.”


St Albans School – New Traffic Regulation Orders Published.

The City of Wolverhampton Council has published Traffic Regulation Orders to protect children attending St Albans School. This has been through the Express and Star.

Officers have also posted the formal TRO notice advertisement on street on 21 July.

school-transportA letter drop will also be carried out on the houses directly affected.

8am-9.30am & 2.30pm-4.30pm


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Wednesfield- Where There Is Always Something Taking Place!

Wednesfield is a place where there is always something going on. In the last few weeks we have taken part in the Heart of England in Bloom competition. The Village looks really good with all the flowers giving Wednesfield a splash of real colour. The Wednesfield ‘Bloomers’ all volunteers did us all a great service.

I am also pleased that we have Wednesfield FC winning promotion into the West Midlands Premier League, after finishing as runner -up in Division 1. They had a great run of results reaching a number of Cup Finals. They are due to meet the Mayor of Wolverhampton in August, so again more good news for Wednesfield. I do hope they can get even more local support in the coming season.

The Ashmore Park Funday which took place last weekend as part of the ‘#Stuff4Steph’ programme was amazing for everyone. The Shopping Parade had a lift in the number of customers they had. The Local Charities appeared to do well. But it was the overall buzz that was good to witness, the laughs the smiles, the fact that volunteers and our community came together and had real fun!

So all in all it is a good time to be a resident of Wednesfield!

Severn Trent Water Company- Still Full Of Delay!

Residents living in Kitchen Lane Ashmore Park Wednesfield have had to put up with a Water leak which they first reported to the company seven long weeks ago! It is an absolute disgrace for this FTSE company to force local residents to wait this long for the repair to be addressed and the water leak stopped.

The surrounding grass has become a ‘mud bath’ and an estimated 2,000 gallons of water has been lost down drains….
I wrote to the City Council asking them three basic questions these were –

“1. When did Severn Trent first approach the City Council for permissions to make the repair?

As a statutory undertaker Severn Trent does not currently need the Council’s permission to make the repair. They only need to send us a notice to say when they want to do the works. They sent us a notice on 27 June to say they wanted to undertake the works 3-5 July.

2. What was the City Councils response – and when did we respond?

We have contacted Severn Trent for the first time today (13 July) when we became aware of the issue. We have requested that the works require an urgent response.

3. If we have responded what restrictions if any have we placed on them?

We have placed no restriction on them proceeding with the repair.

I hope the answer to these questions help and that’s Severn Trent start their works as a matter of urgency. Any problems, please come back to us”

I do intend to get back to the Wolverhampton City Council on Monday….But I want residents to know in Kitchen lane that I shall also be hounding ( Severn Trent) again on Monday. This time I will be writing to their Chairman….

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Channel 4 Location Battle!

The new Metro Mayor is getting into ‘hot-water’ about supporting Birmingham over Coventry in the battle for Channel 4 – as it ready’s to move out of London!

Before you read the article below – I raised Wolverhampton as a site for the TV relocation…I still think it would be a real good fit, close to the rail station, so perhaps Mr Street bang the drum for Wolverhampton? It is equally as deserving as our West Midlands neighbours….

Mayor accused of Birmingham bias in Channel 4 tweet
Andy Street, the West Midlands mayor, has denied favouring Birmingham over Coventry in the region’s bid to attract Channel 4 following proposals to move the broadcaster out of London. The mayor attracted criticism when he tweeted a link to a newspaper article with the message “Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield want to be new home of Channel 4.” One user responded: “As do Coventry… is this the beginning of favouring Birmingham over us?” However, in an opinion piece in the Birmingham Mail, Neil Elkes says everyone “should stop paying lip service to our West Midlands neighbours – Birmingham is the only bid which adds up.” Meanwhile, Nottingham last week announced it would also be vying for Channel 4’s new HQ in a submission as part of a Government consultation.


Use The M6 To Go To and From Work? Then Read This!

Highways England is due to continue a concrete repair and re-surfacing scheme at Spaghetti Junction in July 2017.

Traffic management will be in place during the works, including seven full-weekend closures of junction 6 of the M6, entry and exit slip roads slip roads and the A38(M) into and out of Birmingham.

This is due to start from 7 July 2017 (TBC).

The work will be carried out during the summer months when the road is at its quietest with the M6 itself remaining fully open throughout.

Traffic management restrictions for the duration of the work:

  • The tidal-flow lane on the A38(M) (controlled by electronic overhead signs) will be closed.
  • Narrow lanes on A38(M) with a 30mph speed limit for safety reasons.
  • Gravelly Hill will be closed from Six Ways to the A38(M) into city carriageway (access to frontages only) – diversions will be in place.
  • Tyburn Road will remain open, but there will be no access to the A38(M).
  • Park Circus on-slip will remain open.
  • Salford Circus will remain open.

For further information, detailed dates and closure times, please visit our website.

You can also contact Highways England (available 24-hours-a-day) on 0300 123 5000.

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Tree Slip & Giant Hogweed Cause Canal Concern!

Today I have reported the fact that there is a tree, that has slid into the water about 100 yards from The Pinfold Bridge, this is a hazard itself to Narrow Boat traffic so please be cautious if you are travelling on the WE in Wednesfield today!

But the tree slipping into the canal also fully exposes Giant Hogweed flowering.

Giant Hogweed is a poisonous invasive alien plant to the Wyrley and Essington canal. It needs to be treated by the Authorities.

I want to thank Wednesfield Resident Maureen Smith for being sharp eyed and quick,  to report this issue to me!

I have informed the management team at the Canal & River Trust so that they can deal with the tree in the water, and the Giant Hogweed, before it causes more problems for those that use this fantastic 220 year old canal!

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Severn Trent Dealing With Water Leak!

Wolverhampton City Council were informed about this water leak outside the True Briton following a resident contacting me. The City Council informed me this morning that.

“We have spoken to Severn Trent about this. They are aware of the issue and have already inspected the leak yesterday. They have raised a job to fix the problem.”

Hopefully the Severn Trent team will be dealing with the matter now. Thanks again to the resident who first alerted me to the problem.



Local Community Pharmacies Still Under Threat!

I have been warning for over a year now about the growing crisis in Local Pharmacies here in Wolverhampton , and right across the country!

There is an increasing threat taking place to the smaller Local Community Pharmacies in Wolverhampton. All because of the current Government Policy.

Larger retail chains which have profits from other things such as food and wholesaler drugs like Lloyds and Boots probably won’t even notice the Government changes.

The smaller chains of pharmacies, the single owners , will suffer, and are starting to fret about this.

I know in my conversation with Pharmacist’s that they have huge concerns around the loss of training, as Local Pharmacies will have no funds to use for this, refits of shops will be stopped, sufficient staffing levels will be in question.

I have been reminded by the industry that “ it’s a real tough world in pharmacy and yet there is so much potential for us to help reduce the ill patients using the NHS  and causing queues in surgeries.”

They went onto tell me that “The government are very proud of giving our funds over to the gp’s to fund a prescribing pharmacist but this does not solve the issue of a patient needing minor ailments treatments, and in the queue at surgery or even in casualty when they could have gone to pharmacy on the high street with no appointment.”

I remain very concerned that we will see smaller community pharmacies on local housing estates, in small villages, and other smaller settlements close, causing loss of local jobs, and a loss of a great local service.

I have already (last year) laid a resolution in the City Council trying to protect these Pharmacies, and since I have had even more concerns raised by the local pharmacies, I have again written to the Public Health Director urging a further examination of what can be done.”