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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.”

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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.