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Barnard road 7 aug 2013

Barnard Road – Residents Concern Over Traffic

In June I was approached by residents concerned about road safety following an accident that took place in Barnard Road. I wrote to Wolverhampton City Councils Road Safety team and highlighted the concerns I had received.

Here is the response I have received

Dear Councillor Bateman I have looked at our database for records of Personal Injury Accidents (PIA) and found that there have been no PIA’s recorded in the last five years along the main stretch of Barnard Road or at either of the junctions with Griffiths Drive.  I have recently had an update stating that accident records are up to date up to April 2017 so I can only assume that the accident that occurred recently has not have been input onto the database by West Midlands Police at this stage. We do not currently hold speed data for Barnard Road as it has not been raised as an issue previously and given the amount of on-street parking taking place it is unlikely that average vehicle speeds would be high. It would appear that some inconsiderate parking is taking place near to road junctions which is against guidance in the Highway Code. I will therefore add Barnard Road to our list of sites to introduce a Traffic Regulation Order in the form of double yellow lines at its junctions with Griffiths Drive.  Please be aware that due to the on-going budgetary and resourcing constraints we do have a backlog of TRO’s to progress so it may be some months before we can draw up plans and advertise the restrictions.  Obviously as the restrictions are subject to public consultation their implementation will be dependent on whether objections are received during consultation.

I will of course continue to keep you updated with regards to this issue, and I will ensure that the information is placed on my social media sites, so residents can read the latest.


Kitchen Lane Set For Traffic Lights.

Wednesfield North residents and readers of my social media sites- there will be temporary highway disruption on Kitchen Lane between Clare Ave Junction and Phillips Avenue as Western Power Distribution install a link box.

This highway work will take place between 11th and 13th July 2017.

There will be some highway disruption as this work is undertaken.

The work will be protected by two way traffic signals, so please be aware of delays when you plan your journeys.

Canada Day 21-06-2013

Happy Canada Day Wolverhampton! & Canadians Wherever You Are!

Today July 1st is Canada Day – So what is Canada Day?

On July 1, 1867, the nation was officially born when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. However, Canada was not completely independent of England until 1982.

The holiday called Dominion Day was officially established in 1879, but it wasn’t observed by many Canadians, who considered themselves to be British citizens. Dominion Day started to catch on when the 50th anniversary of the confederation rolled around in 1917. In 1946, a bill was put forth to rename Dominion Day, but arguments in the Canadian House of Commons over what to call the holiday stalled the bill.

The 100th anniversary in 1967 saw the growth of the spirit of Canadian patriotism and Dominion Day celebrations really began to take off. Although quite a few Canadians already called the holiday Canada Day (Fête du Canada), the new name wasn’t formally adopted until October of 1982.

Here in Wolverhampton we have had close relationships with Canada over the centuries.

In recent years we have hosted as a City Council two High Commissioners of Canada, as trade and manufacturing between our City and Canada continues to prosper.  For me I was born in Montreal and today I am preparing to welcome two of my Canadian cousins who are set out today from Canada to join me here in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton for a holiday!

I will be having a Canada Day drink at some time today!


Wolverhampton Tower Blocks- West Midland Fire Service Visits.

Councillor Phil Bateman said today ” I am placing this information on my social media sites, so those that are interested can view the progress and the advice that is available. Even though there are no High Rise living in Wednesfield North.”

West Midlands Fire Service and Wolverhampton’s   health and safety team will be visiting high rise blocks to check the access to each block, give advice on what to do in the event of a fire and give advice on fire prevention.

The next visits will be on:

Monday 26th June:

  • Whitmore Reans: St Andrews House, Whitmore House
  • Lakefield: Lathe Court, Grosvenor Court, Gregory Court

Tuesday 27th June:

  • Wednesfield: Wodensfield Tower, William Bentley Court
  • Merry Hill: Pennwood Court, St Josephs Court and Highfield Court
  • Vauxhalls: Vauxhall House, Connaught House and Sutherland House
  • Heath Town:  Tremont House, Lincoln House

Wednesday 28th June:

  • Heath Town: Ling House, Hawthorn House, Red Oak House
  • Stowlawn: Clem Attlee Court, Hugh Gaitskell Court and Winston Churchill Court
  • Bilston: Arthur Greenwood Court

Friday 30th June:

  • Chetton Green: Harrowby Court, Patshull Court

They have already visited Graiseley Court, Russell Court, Grosvenor Court at Graiseley, and Brockfield House, Campion House and Longfield House at Heath Town. We’ll announce the dates for other addresses very soon.

For more information about fire safety at your blocks, visit our fire safety guidance page.

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Discovering Wolverhampton AND Having Fun Too!

Over the last two weeks I have been on holiday and this site has been rather quiet!

But there is as always a lot going on in and around Wolverhampton so just have ‘butchers look’ at what is taking place.

Take a look at what’s on in the City of Wolverhampton between Friday 30 June and Sunday 16 July 2017.

The City Council have arranged a packed programme of events and activities and plenty of opportunities for anyone living, working, visiting or doing business here to sample what the city has to offer.

From Wolverhampton’s very first Festival of Food and Drink to special offers at some of our visitor attractions and entertainment venues, there’s something for everyone this Summer and all year-round.

So please take the time to click on and View the packed programme at

You will be surprised at all the events and activities here in our historic City of Wolverhampton.



Wolverhampton's Winning Team!

Wolverhampton Wins Armful of National Awards!

Tonight City of Wolverhampton Council attended the MJ Gala Awards night in London. The City was represented by the Leader, Managing Director and members of SEB and several colleagues who have helped prepare our entries over the last couple of months.

  • The City of Wolverhampton Council are finalists in seven of the 14 categories including:
  • Local Authority of the Year’,
  • ‘Most Improved Council’,
  • ‘Impact and Learning in Children’s Services’,
  • Workforce Transformation’,
  • ‘Senior Leadership Team’,
  • ‘Behaviour Change’ 
  • ‘Excellence in Governance and Scrutiny’.

The City was also commended in an eighth category, ‘Commercialism in the Property Estate’, for our city centre investment strategy including the highly successful i10 development.

The MD Keith Ireland said ” The MJ received 500 submissions in total so to make it as a finalist in half of all the categories highlights our improvement journey. It’s also a magnificent achievement to be finalist in seven categories when you consider that the next highest number of finalist nominations for another council was four.

This is a real achievement for the city council, its employees, Councillors and partners. I’m proud of the hard work Councillors and employees have put in to make this possible and to get down to this stage shows the huge strides we have made on our transformation journey. The night will be a fantastic opportunity to raise the profile of the City of Wolverhampton and to demonstrate that we are a confident, capable council. Fingers crossed!”

Councillor Phil Bateman said “Now I can report the good news – because I am putting this article to bed late at night, or the other way round early in the Morning! Wolverhampton  won the following Awards. The Big One Which was Council of the Year – Wow! –

  • Council of the Year,
  • Most Improved Council,
  • Excellence in Governance
  • Leadership team of the Year. 

I am personally delighted that Wolverhampton has done so well.

This Authority has changed considerably, it is far from being a failing Council. It is a City Council that is operating efficiently and effectively. Well done our political leadership, and the very strong executive management team that is led so well by MD Keith Ireland.



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Second Information Bulletin – Terrible Grenfell Tower Tragedy.

Further to the information I placed on my social media pages yesterday, about the awful fire incident in Grenfell Tower in London.

Here is the latest information that I have with regards to this terrible incident. The Prime Minister has announced a Full Public Inquiry into the fire. There are 17 people declared dead at this moment, but we have to set ourselves because that number will increase.

Now with regards to the situation in Wolverhampton, here is some more information which is additional to the information I placed yesterday.

Just for clarity our Ward here of Wednesfield North does not have any tower blocks.

City of Wolverhampton Council have informed me that there is cladding on some of our Towers – The information that I have here is that there is some cladding on some of our 36 tower blocks, indeed it is 18 which have cladding.

Most of these (12) are clad with insulated render – not made of plastic, and without spaces to cause a possible “chimney effect” to spread a fire. These include blocks at Merry Hill, Arthur Greenwood Court (Bilston), Lakefield, Hickman and Stowlawn. These do not post any special risk.

Over 10 years ago, three blocks at Graisley estate near the city centre and three towers at Heath Town (Brockfield, Campion and Longfield) were clad or partially clad with a  ‘rain screen’ system fixed on to the blocks. Whilst these are NOT identical to the system as used at Grenfell, we are immediately checking the specifications, reviewing the full working drawings and installation methods so we can be certain they pose no special risk. If necessary, there will then be full, on site testing.

Access for emergency vehicles

The emergency services have raised no issues with City of Wolverhampton Council about access to tower blocks, however, to be absolutely sure, the City are asking the Fire Service to check access to every tower block in the city and advise if more space is needed – if necessary, we will create it.

Advice about what to do in the event of a fire and how to prevent fire

As tower block residents know, the advice has been to stay put in their flats in the event of a fire unless they are advised to leave the building. Clearly we all have questions about this. We are arranging for health and safety staff and the Fire Service to visit tower blocks to provide advice and assistance to residents on what to do in the event of a fire and about fire prevention.

Gas- There is no gas in any of our tower blocks.

This is the second such information bulletin I have placed with a view to keep my constituents and residents informed of events as they happen, and how the incident in London may impact on Wolverhampton. I will continue to keep you informed of developments as they are reported to me.


Like Buses! Wait for One and Two Turn Up Together!

Its congratulations time for all our Volunteers at The Hub on Ashmore Park as they have once again pulled in another Award for their Voluntary Service commitment, this time from City of Wolverhampton Council! This Award comes on top of the Queens Award already announced this month! You have to be proud of the work that is taking place, and the activity that happens in the heart of our community. Your three Councillors are delighted that once again our community volunteers are recognised for the work they do on all our behalf.

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Information to Wednesfield North Residents

Many of the residents of Wednesfield North like Mary, Rita and I, will have been looking at the Tower Block of flats that have been on fire today with horror. This morning’s news about the fire at Grenfell Tower in London is shocking and our thoughts are with all the people affected.

When I was alerted to the news this morning I spoke about the horror of the incident, and expressed my condolences on social media.

But tonight I want to reassure my readers and our constituents here in Wednesfield North, that from early this morning this City Council have been active and checking and rechecking the Wolverhampton City Council situation.

I want to re-assure my constituents their families and their friends if I can with this information.

First of all there are no high rise flats here in Wednesfield North,

But the City does have 36 tower blocks located across the city, 18 of those have external cladding.

I want to re-assure you that there are Fire safety measures in place at all these towers.

All fire safety standards are maintained including:

  • Daily fire safety checks.
  • Professional expert annual fire risk assessments.
  • Fire retardant paint in communal areas – specification checked.
  • Dry risers in place and regularly checked.
  • Smoke alarms are installed in every flat.

The Grenfell Tower disaster will focus heavily over the next few days, as the horror becomes more evident, and the injuries and the missing persons are addressed in ever more detail.

As a City Councillor I am pleased with the actions taken by the City of Wolverhampton Council to date:

The City Council have worked quickly and with urgency to inform us that they are confident that the cladding in Wolverhampton is of the correct standard, but City Officials are undertaking urgent checks with manufacturers. I am very pleased that this is taking place with speed and urgency.

I am further informed that this City Council will be making and delivering an update for tenants and residents living in high rise flats. I think that this level of assurance is good as everyone will be jumpy about the panic they have witnessed in London via the television.

This morning’s news about the fire at Grenfell Tower in London is shocking and the images we have all watched all day will be with us for a long time.  I know that constituents here in Wednesfield North will be as one with us, and your thoughts, like ours will be with all the people affected by this calamity.

I also hope you will recognise this note is meant to re-assure you that our City Officials are doing all they can to check, question, and deliver safe homes for our citizens…..

I can assure you that your City Councillors are already working with Officials and the fact is that the City Council also works closely with the local fire service, and I am assured that they have not advised of any issues.

Wolverhampton like many other City’s and Towns will look carefully to see if any lessons can be learned from this terrible incident in London. I will of course keep you the readers up dated with any news as I receive it.