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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…..


Councillor Mary Bateman.  Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Wednesfield North Labour Party – Ward Party Secretary’s Report May 2018.

Councillor Phil Bateman said “As part of my Secretary’s Report – I  reported on the City Councils election result – 4 May 2018 – The Labour Party was a clear winner in the City of Wolverhampton. : The Labour Party once again controls the City with 51 seats against the Conservatives 9. A third of the City Council was up for election,  the  turn out on election day averaged 28 per cent.” 

Wednesfield North – Here in our Ward of Wednesfield North, Mary Bateman the Labour candidate won with 1242 votes that is 60.31% of the votes cast. That is a massive endorsement for Mary and her campaign. She also increased the size of her vote from 1192 in her last election in 2014 to 1242 which is 50 more votes in total. 

The last time Mary stood in 2014 she had a majority of 234 votes over UKIP who had finished second…

This time Mary increased her majority to 493 votes over the Conservative Party who this time finished second in our Ward. That is a massive 47% increase in Labours Majority over all the other Party’s contesting the 2018 election. 

It is disappointing that the overall vote was down across the Ward, but you cannot take away Mary’s result, which was very positive and gives her a marvellous mandate from the electors in our Ward

Wednesfield North Elected Mary Bateman Labour.

Name of Candidate                                         Candidates party                 Number of votes
Mary Bateman Labour Party 1242
Lee Harris Green Party 67
David Hunt The Conservative Party Candidate 749
Eddie Szwarc UK Independence Party (UKIP) 231


Wednesfield North Labour Party wants to thank the electors of Wednesfield North for voting for the Labour Party, and placing their confidence in Mary!


IMG_5708 City Council

Poorer families missing out on free food scheme

Councillor Phil Bateman said today – “I just wonder if everyone in Wolverhampton is receiving all that they are entitled too?. This article in the Guardian throws doubt on the knowledge that this type of help is available. I will be asking the City Council if they have any evidence that the information is getting out to those that the scheme was designed for, and would benefit from the scheme.”

Data obtained by Frank Field MP shows that a third of low-income families are missing out on Government-funded free fruit, vegetables and milk.

Out of 402,384 people on low incomes in England who are eligible to receive Healthy Start vouchers, 135,671 (33.7%) are not registered to do so.

Prof Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, said the lack of uptake could be linked to not knowing the vouchers exist, the system’s complexity, and the stigma of exchanging them for food.

Take up in England is lowest in Windsor and Maidenhead, at just 47%. Other areas with low levels of take-up include Wokingham and Buckinghamshire, where take-up is 52%. Hartlepool has the highest take-up rate, at 84%, followed by Newcastle and Halton, Cheshire (82%).

"One of he homes currently being constructed in Ashmore Park, on the former Danesmore site"

71 Homes Built In Wednesfield North In 5 Years!

Wednesfield North Labour Party and its candidate Cllr Mary Bateman ran a Local Election campaign based around the huge issue of the threat to local Green Belt land in nearby South Staffordshire. Where developers are lobbying to build 2,500 homes on Land North of Linthouse Lane and bordered by Kitchen Lane.

Housing and House building in Wolverhampton and the region is a very hot topic at the moment.

I have asked for some statistics relating to planning applications here in Wednesfield North. Here is the result of those statistics.

Remember Wednesfield North is pretty built up. It has little space for homes, but where they can be planned to build using Brown Field sites. They are!

This is the result of the questions I have asked –

2012-13 – 1 home at land adj 5 Parker Road

2013-14 – Change of use 1 flat to 2 bedsits at 82 Lower Prestwood Road 12 homes at Fmr Linthouse Inn, Linthouse Lane

2014-15 –  2 homes at Rear of 6-8 Wootton Avenue

2015-16 – None

2016-17 – 1 home at Corpus Christi Church, Griffiths Drive 52 homes at Fmr Danesmore School. 1 home at 80 Lower Prestwood Road; 1 home at 73 Bellamy Lane by

So in total there were 71 homes given permission in Wednesfield North between April 2012 and April 2017 (I am yet to complete a housing monitoring update for 2017/18).We do not have immediately to hand figures for all of the Wards separately.

However for Wolverhampton- the figure is generally 300-500 homes granted permission each year, so you can see that permissions in Wednesfield North are very low, reflecting the developed nature of the area.

These statistics helps  to deliver the reasons why the residents of Wednesfield North  feel so strongly about the potential loss of Green Belt amenity in South Staffordshire. The very fact that such low house building is recognised by the fact that Wednesfield North is such a developed area. Makes the amenity on our door step all the more important to save.

The 2018 City Council election was fought on saving the Green Belt and Wednesfield Police station….residents vote for Mary and Labour. This certainly helps to give a mandate to ameliorate the proposals that property developers  and land owners are currently hatching.




Delays on Waddensbrook Lane Wednesfield.

If you have been held up by the road works like many Wednesfield North residents have. I thought that you may like to know what has caused the problem…A gas leak was discovered upon excavation at Waddens Brook Lane junction of Silverton Way.
Cadent Gas are currently working to repair this leak and once this has been repaired, Western Power Distribution will then continue to repair the cable fault.
It is expected the signals will be now be removed on 22 May 2018, I will keep residents informed as I receive information.

Woodend School Appeals To The Chicks!

Whist still on Woodend School, there is a little buzz of excitement as the school prepares to receive a clutch of Living Eggs …. This is what the school says –

After the half-term break, we will be having a special delivery in school of chick eggs.  These will be cared for in an incubator and will hatch within the first few days. The incubator will be placed in the area outside the school office for everyone to see the progress of the chicks after they have hatched.

They will be with the school  until 14th June when they will be available for adoption by anyone that can care for them.  We have information on rearing chicks available if you think that you may be in a position to provide a suitable home.


Woodend School Tells Parents – It’s Walk to School Week!

This week is ‘Walk to School Week’

Woodend Primary School has asked its parents and their children in their latest leave their car at home.

The School asks – Could you leave the car at home?  Or park away from school and walk a little further. Come to school on your bike or scooter!

Now that is a very useful call, especially as parents often park in a hurry and in dangerous positions. I hope the schools call for this week is heeded and taken up. A little bit of walking is good for everyone including parents!


Road Works Being Planned – Wood End Road Wednesfield.

I would like to give early warning to Wednesfield North constituents, Road works are being planned by Severn Trent to replace a manhole cover at Wood End Road junction with Amos Lane.

This will take place on the 19th June, for a day.

There will be three way temporary Traffic lights, and this will likely to lead to delays…pop the date in your diary and try to avoid the junction. It will be to your advantage…….