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Councillors Call For Water re-Connection!

Wednesfield North Councillors are working with Ashmore Park Bowling Club to get their water supply re-connected, in time for the advent of the new Bowling season.

The water supply may have been affected by the deep freeze weather we have had recently.

Councillor Mary Bateman said ” We are however on the case, and will do our best for it  to be connected soon.”

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We Need Your Opinion – Now!

There has been a big explosion of interest in the Black Country Core Strategy and the implications it could have on housing and the Greenbelt that has been in use for decades. Essington and Wednesfield have been protected from merging by the stringent regulation and operation of Greenbelt policy. With these proposals your Wednesfield North Councillors are now looking to understand your views as to the consultation. If you can take a few minutes to complete this survey, it would be appreciated!


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Proposal – 2,500 Homes on Essington – Wednesfield Boundary!

Wednesfield North City Councillors said today “We fear that this Strategic Plan has put the cat amongst the pigeons!”

Wednesfield North Councillors said “Developers and constructors have made it known yesterday of their keenness   to look at sites to develop homes along the Green Belt within in Essington and in Staffordshire, and the beautiful amenity that gives Wednesfield North residents the  only ‘big sky’ vista available in this part of the City. This landscape which has remained unchanged for centuries is now clearly under threat.

The Wolverhampton North East border at Wednesfield North, is being earmarked for a huge 2,500 home development, massive in size and area, and running along side the Essington and Wednesfield Boundary. The plans also want to see even more homes in similar style alongside the Bushbury Staffordshire Boundary.

This land is attracting big attention…. Whilst it is important to flag up that at this stage the Councils are simply publishing the ‘call for sites’ information which has been submitted through a public consultation. 

Nevertheless we know how our Community  will feel and how angry and upset they will be at the implication of construction on this site and others along the City border over the next twenty years, as valued Green Belt land as from today becomes the target for house building.

City Officers have informed your Councillors that “No assessment has been made of the relative merits of these sites, and no decisions have yet been taken.”

They inform your Wednesfield North Councillors that all of the sites will be considered against planning criteria as part of the Black Country Core Strategy Review, following a joint Green Belt review with South Staffordshire Council programmed to take place during 2018.

The responses to the Issues and Options consultation included ‘call for sites’ submissions, where landowners and developers put sites forward for consideration in the review.

 The consultation responses and details of the ‘call for sites’ submissions was made public on 12 March.

The next stage of the Plan process will be a Preferred Spatial Options report, due to be published in late 2018.  There will be extensive public consultation at this stage, which will inform development of the final Plan.”

Councillor Phil and Mary Bateman with Councillor Rita Potter said “Let us state from the outset, Wednesfield North Councillors are strongly against the development of Green Belt and the loss of any further agricultural land North of Linthouse Lane and Kitchen Lane.

We will strongly object to the loss of these amenities, and we will fight to ensure that there is no merging via the 2,500 homes identified for potential construction along our border with Essington and Ashmore Park.

Adding thousands of homes in Essington and marching them right up to Linthouse Lane and Kitchen Lane will alter dramatically the area that our residents enjoy as amenity. We feel that our community will be strongly against these proposals.

We note from the City Officer comments that there will be extensive consultations later this year about these proposals, and we serve notice now that our team of Labour Councillors will be vociferous as we aim to reflect what our constituent’s views will be.”

Please note our strong feelings and our determination to reflect what our constituents will want.


Councillor Mary Bateman.  Picture by Shaun Fellows / Shine Pix

Wednesfield North Ward Labour Party Announce Prospective Candidate!

Councillor Mary Bateman has been selected as the Prospective Candidate for Wednesfield North Labour Party in the forthcoming Wolverhampton City Council elections In May 2018.

Mary has been the sitting Councillor since 2014, and is well known around the Ward.

Born and bred in Wednesfield, Mary has been active in our community of Wednesfield North for more than 30 years.

Wednesfield North Labour Party said today “We are very pleased to announce that Mary has agreed to become our Prospective Candidate, she has done much good work in the community, is active in schools as a Governor, Mary has been active in voluntary work in Wednesfield, through Wednesfield in Bloom, The Wednesfield Canal Festival, The Hub on Ashmore Park, and other organisations.

Mary is a quality candidate for the Labour Party, she lives here in  Wednesfield North Ward , we are proud to work with her to win the Ward again for Labour”.

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International Women’s Day – Inspiring Women #PressforProgress!


Wednesfield North Labour Party is proud to support International Women’s Day 2018

We are proud in Wednesfield North to have  two very active women Councillors, in our team of elected members.

Both Councillor Rita Potter and Councillor Mary Bateman play a full role in the activities that take place here in our Community.

Both Councillors do their best to inspire women in their daily activities. They are great role models, whether it’s through their activities in the community, or by their volunteering, or in their support of progressive policy in the City Council.

The Suffragette Movement is 100 years old this year, we are sure that those determined women who brought about changes to the British Parliamentary System. Women throughout Britain have been pressing for progress ever since.

One suffragette, Emily Davison, ran out in front of the king’s horse during the Derby of 1913 and was killed, in pursuance of giving women the right to Vote.

The International Women’s Day 2018 campaign theme is #PressforProgress. It is a theme that our two Councillors enact every day on behalf of our community. They represent Wednesfield North well and we are very proud of them.


Wednesfield North have three City Councillors two of whom are Women Councillor Rita Potter and Councillor Mary Bateman.


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2018 Residents Programme


Wolverhampton has its 2018 Residents Programme fast approaching – The Residents Programme showcases what ‘a great place the city is to live, learn, work and have a healthily lifestyle’ and promotes the support available to residents so that they can make the most of the opportunities within the city.

Look out for over 50 opportunities for free support with living, learning and working in the City of Wolverhampton! A packed programme of events runs from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 31 March which includes free drop-in and bookable sessions to support people into work, to find an apprenticeship, to find the right home and improve their wellbeing.

There are also events aimed at supporting families, supporting people to stay independent, and information on how you can get more involved in our city. You can find out more at the website

Waiting and Parking Restrictions Order for Russell Close

AND RESTRICTION OF WAITING AND STREET PARKING PLACES)   (AMENDMENT NO 3) ORDER 2018 Vehicles will be prohibited from waiting/loading/unloading at any time in parts of Russell Close and Barnard Road. Existing traffic regulation orders will be varied or revoked where necessary to facilitate these proposals. Copies of the Orders, Statement of Reasons and plans showing the road(s) affected may be inspected at normal office hours at Main Reception, Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton or by e-mailing Any objection to the proposed Orders should be made in writing to the undersigned by 29 March 2018 stating the ground for the objection

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A Message from Your Councillors- A Well Done to City Council Staff!

This is a message from your Wednesfield North Councillors team….To all Wednesfield North residents. Hopefully we will have seen the last from the “Beast from the East”! It certainly brought March in with a roar!

We want to thank Wolverhampton City Workers and all the staff that put in extra effort to try and keep the city open and safe, and moving.

A huge thank you to city officials and staff from right across the council who worked overnight and sometimes, in atrocious conditions, to keep the city safe and moving.

We have seen some local criticism about what the Gritting Crews ‘havent done’.

But I can assure you all that Gritting crews worked tirelessly over the period this weekend to treat the roads – covering more than 1,000 miles of highway and spreading over 263 tonnes of salt on the priority network as well as refilling salt bins across the city.

The Gritters have been working non-stop, mechanics have been working hard to keep the wagons moving and many other colleagues have been on call and helping too.

Wolverhampton Homes staff have done everything we have requested of them for tenants who have been unfortunate with the weather. It’s inevitable that with the kind of arctic weather we have had to endure, that some homes pipes and boilers have been breached by the sub-zero weather and snow. There have been multiple call outs at the same time for the same problems with pipes bursting and condenser boilers suffering badly from the sub arctic temperatures.

We want to thank everyone for helping our constituents here in Wednesfield North.

Social media has been immensely important, and unlike in previous weather storms, it was noticeable how much the Wolverhampton Today pages were used for communication. Also our own social media sites were being read, and responded too by larger numbers of residents than before..

We do hope residents will continue to be informed through the City Council social media channels, Wolverhampton Today on Facebook and @wolvescouncil on Twitter. Plus please use ‘blog’ site for information which is linked to CouncillorPhil Bateman MBE Facebook site, and Phil Bateman Twitter account.

So finally let’s hope it is better and warmer weather from now on!

Thank you for reading this from your Wednesfield North Labour Party Team.

Yours sincerely

Councillor Phil Bateman

Councillor Rita Potter

Councillor Mary Bateman

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Millbank Street Up date

The Planning Permission for the House of Multiple Occupancy in Millbank Street that was submitted to the Planning Committee in December 2017, has now been withdrawn. Here is what Wolverhampton City Council Planning team has officially informed me.


“The application has been formally withdrawn and so is no longer under consideration.”


That means that there is no HMO being considered for this site.


But the issue of the site and the house has not yet be resolved, as the agent will want to do something with this property. So everyone will have to be alert! If it is to remain the same as it was a family home. I am sure that everyone locally will be in favour.


I can say however that if there is a further application submitted I have it from the City Council that they will of course consult residents.


I must admit it was good to see so many local residents coming together in the way that the community did, to make their views very clear, about the unwanted planning application.

Make no mistake it was very much the unity of your purpose that helped convince the decision makers!

Please keep together and be alert about the owners alternative proposals, if he comes up with any.

Big New Station – Brings Big News For Wolverhampton.

Galliford Try to deliver more than a railway station to the city

The contractor appointed to build City of Wolverhampton’s new railway station has committed to deliver further social and economic benefits to the city.

Galliford Try is one of the UK’s leading construction groups, responsible regionally for major projects such as the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

They have started early site works in preparation for the start of demolition of the existing railway station – with the new station building expected to be completed in 2020.

During that time Galliford Try will implement a Community Benefits Plan in the city, covering a range of education, employment and supply chain activity.

Targets include 27 activities focused on either education, apprentices and employment, 203 apprentice weeks, 8 work placements, and using 50% or more local labour.

Galliford Try have also pledged their support to city homelessness initiatives – The Church at Broad Street, which provides a bed for the night for homeless people, and the Good Shepherd Ministry, which feeds homeless people.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “Galliford Try has been tasked with delivering a railway station the City of Wolverhampton can be proud of.

“They have a crucial part to play in the city’s £150 million Interchange project.

“It is also great to see a major company like them make such a strong commitment to the people of the City of Wolverhampton through their corporate social responsibility channels.”

Simon Burton, Managing Director of Galliford Try West Midlands and South West, said: “As a responsible contractor, investing in the local economy and skills is a vital part of what we do. We are delighted to be able to engage with the Council on the Community Benefits Plan and look forward to working with them to achieve our targets going forward.”

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New Railway Station – nightime