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Fly Tipping In Baylis Avenue


I had a constituent contact me after she had read of the Fly Tipping issues on the True Briton site.

She  then highlighted her concerns about a former Garage Site at Baylis Ave and the amount of fly tipping that had been there for a considerable period of time.

I contacted the Wolverhampton Homes team and they have responded stating that they have inspected the site, and that they are going to arrange for the Estate Caretaking team to visit the site and for items to be removed.

I want to thank the Wolverhampton Homes team for being so prompt and reacting to your City Councillors  request.

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Well Done Wolves!

Well Done Wolves! A football result that has made my family very happy! Plus it is going to be a very big lift for the City of Wolverhampton.

You have to recognise the fact that this current team and Manager are having a season of immense significance. So from this Baggies fan …go on and enjoy every minute of what is turning out to be a season of great promise. I can see another 80,000 Party on the horizon!


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Culture Wednesfield – JSDA Dancing Off To Disney Land!


I just want to say what a fabulous Show that Julie Sarah’s Dance Academy just put in tonight at Dormston Centre Sedgley. It was a fantastic dance show, starring the best of Wednesfield’s talented dancers.

Mary and I watched with excitement as the dancers went through their routines.

From the youngest and cutest dancers through to the Adult dancers the show was just so clever in its presentation and delivery.
Culture Wednesfield – Is alive and well here, and Julie Sarah’s Dance Academy is the catalyst for the talent that was on show tonight (16 March).

With 43 dance routines the audience which packed into the Dormston Centre, were treated to an awesome night. They in turn showed their delight at the routines by whooping and cheering, stomping and whistling. Making that atmosphere electric in the show.

The measure of the talent in this Wednesfield dance academy can be measured by the fact that eleven girls have been invited to perform at Disney Land Paris!

This after top choreographer Craig Wharmby talent spotted the youngsters at Julie Sarah’s Dance Academy, everyone in the auditorium greeted this news with huge noise.

As two of the Local Councillors for Wednesfield North we would like to say how proud we are of JSDA and Julie who runs the academy, and after tonight and all the excitement.

We would like to offer our own congratulations to everyone in our community, that helps the Dance Academy reach such high standards. I know lots of parents volunteer their time to the Academy when shows like these are produced. So if you get a chance to see JSDA in action take it! Marvellous talent, great dance!



Average Speed Enforcement Cameras Coming!


Wednesfield residents please be aware of the changes that will be taking place on Wolverhampton and Black Country Roads!

Average Speed Enforcement cameras will be installed on key Black Country routes in a bid reduce casualties and tackle anti-social behaviour. 

The phased introduction of average speed enforcement across the Black Country will bolster the speed enforcement operation across the highway network and raise the profile of this important tool to assist in reducing road incidents and clamp down on careless drivers across the Black Country.

The routes under consideration are:

Area Location

  • Wolverhampton A449 Stafford Road and A4444 Black Country New Road
  • Walsall A34 Birmingham Road, A4444 Black Country New Road, A4148
  • Broadway North and A41 Black Country New Road, Moxley to


  • Dudley A4123 Birmingham New Road and A458 The Hayes/Park Rd/Drews Holloway/Stourbridge Rd (Lye to Halesowen)

Across the Black Country in 2017 there were 2,105 road traffic collisions resulting in personal injury to 2,916 people; 418 of these casualties resulted in serious personal injury and 24 people lost their lives.

In Wolverhampton, there were 503 road traffic collisions resulting in personal injury to 684 people; 84 of these casualties suffered serious personal injury and one person was killed.

Additionally, across the region there has been increasing levels of anti-social behaviour such as car cruising which has adversely impacted on the community.

The new cameras aim to support the West Midlands Combined Authority Road Safety Strategy to significantly reduce killed and seriously injured casualties in the West Midlands.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “It’s shocking to see the amount of people that have been seriously injured and even lost their lives on our roads. We recognise something needs to be done to tackle this Black Country-wide issue to reduce road incidents and anti-social behaviour.

“As a council, we have a responsibility to implement a wide-range of engineering and education schemes to address road safety issues to protect our residents and visitors.

“As well as supporting the Black Country car cruising ban, average speed enforcement cameras have been successful in reducing road accidents in other areas and I’m pleased to see them coming to Wolverhampton and the rest of the Black Country to improve safety for all road users.”

This approach to enforcement is fully endorsed by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner as it improves the traffic speeds along the route and enables the future introduction of enforcing red light running and ensures a consistent approach to the delivery of speed enforcement across the West Midlands area.

Cllr Dr Lynnette Kelly, Assistant West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “I have promised that I would improve road safety and do all I could to reduce the number of injuries and deaths on our roads. That is why I am pleased that these safety cameras are being delivered. Speed is one of the biggest causes of deaths on the road and one of the biggest issues that local people raise with me on a daily basis.

“The Black Country Councils are installing the cameras and the police are supporting them by processing and enforcing the fines. This shows that we are on the side of the overwhelming majority of motorists who drive safely and sensibly and want others to do so also.”

The new cameras will be installed on a phased introduction from 11 March 2019.

Cameras are also set to be introduced in Sandwell on A34 Birmingham Rd (between Scott Arms and Walsall boundary) and A4123 Wolverhampton Road (between Hagley Road and Pound Road) subject to Sandwell Council’s Cabinet approval next month.

40 Dead in Horrendous Shooting!

I am sure that Wednesfield North residents will have their sympathy and their thoughts with the people of New Zealand, and Christchurch in particular.

This mass shooting of 40 killed and 28 injured, men women and children at prayer, is just horrendous.

What a shock for this peace loving country. I hope you will all join with me and express your sympathy to the Mayor of Christchurch.Lianne Dalziel.

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Latest News- South Staffordshire Green Belt.

I have always tried to ensure that we place information here in Wednesfield North where Local Residents can read and avail themselves of the latest proposals.

Last year on the 18th April 2018, I informed Wednesfield North residents of South Staffordshire plans that could lead to new homes being constructed on what is currently Green Belt land in South Staffordshire. This land is within the Staffordshire boundary, but fronting Kitchen Lane and Linthouse Lane.

That message in April last year was primarily aimed at Wednesfield North constituents who have an interest, or who are interested in the announced proposal by developers to build 2,500 homes on what is current ‘Green Belt’ land within the Parish of Essington and within the District Boundary of South Staffordshire D.C.

At that time South Staffordshire District Council were still finalising work on their current Site Allocations document (SAD) but then they switched and began working  on the review of their Local Plan.

This document was to set out strategic growth options for South Staffordshire and consider what levels of growth can be accommodated.  They further informed me that they were updating their Strategic Housing and Economic Land Availability Assessment (SHELAA) which will contain all the sites suggested to them (including Linthouse Lane) and this will be the starting point for site options.

Wednesfield North City Councillors Mary Bateman, Phil Bateman,  and Rita Potter have asked that their contact details be added to South Staffordshire District Councils Local Plan database, and that means that we will receive automatic updates on local planning matters.

I went onto urge any of our Wednesfield North constituents or local residents in Wednesfield who wish to be added to the database, to do so, by sending their email address to .

Today the 11th March 2019 I have received the following information “The Black Country authorities and South Staffordshire commissioned a joint Green Belt Study.

This Study is now well under way and should be finished by this Easter.

South Staffordshire will use the results of this study, and other evidence they have commissioned separately, to select preferred sites for their next stage of consultation.

The next stage is the “Preferred Options Consultation”, which is programmed for March/April 2020.”

Clearly there is still some work taking place, it is a real live issue.

But the consultation has yet to start. I would urge local residents to email and ask that their names and interest are addressed when the South Staffordshire Plan starts to relate to proposals.

The email address is

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2019 – Our Coming Action Packed Summer !

An Action Packed Summer of 2019 Is stretching out before you Wednesfield! I do hope that you will join with our Volunteers and help us where and when you can.

Now how about this for an action-packed Summer here in Wednesfield North and Wednesfield. All of this program is aimed at making our community a better place to live and work and take fun. It is designed to improve our Local Economy. Increasing footfall in the local businesses across our community. Making the place look good, and enhancing our environment.

Please place these dates in your Diary! If you can help, or want to take a part  in any of these events please contact me on

Wednesfield in Bloom-  In 2018 Wednesfield was Gold Award winners and a winner in the Community Awards. We want to do the same if not get better recognition above last year’s success.

This year Ashmore Park will be part of the integral arrangements for judging by the Heart of England Inspectors. We do not know the date of the Inspection yet. But it is likely to be taking place in the first week of July.

If you are a keen gardener, love flowers and feel you want to help and contribute to the volunteers in making our part of the entry up here a winning one, please let me know. We had a meeting yesterday at the Ashma Café and I want to thank those volunteers that came along and offered to volunteer their services.

It was good to hear that the Pet Shop and The Ashmore Hardware Store, are keen to be involved again, as is L&A Lettings.

We will be encouraging all our shops to become involved in a small way. Placing flowers in their shop windows. Hanging baskets if appropriate, window dressing etc.

I am currently looking for additional flower containers to be placed around the Shopping Parade. The Hub at Ashmore Park is in! and they will be looking at the way they can improve their front and back gardens. I want to see if the Ashmore Park Nursery School will do some work with flowers on their school frontage. I am also going to talk with the Medical Centre and hope that the Doctors will also come on board.

Our brilliant Community interest Public House the Ashmore Inn always has a magnificent display of hanging baskets. Again, I am hopeful that the Gaffer Kevin, will allow his Public House to play a key role in the Ashmore Park entry. 


#Stuff4Steph! – Ashmore Park Fun Day Saturday 6th July 2019- This is a date for your diary! On the 6th of July we will be holding a #Stuff4Steph Funday here on Ashmore Park outside and including the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade. It is aimed at family fun and entertainment. It will be this event that will open a week of other community events and actions, and I and the volunteers from the Hub that are putting the programme together plan to have a #Stuff4Steph event taking place on everyday of this week.

It should be good for all the shops and trading outlets on the Parade, it should be good for Families, and it will be good for our whole community. Please put the #Stuff4Steph date in your diary now!


Wednesfield Canal Festival August 10th & 11th Bentley Bridge on the Wyrley & Essington Canal- This will be the fifth event of its kind that has been held here in Wednesfield. The program is brought to you by the Volunteers of ‘Hands on Wednesfield’. Last year even with poor weather more than 4,500 people turned out to enjoy the live music the stalls and the events. We are all aiming for it to be even better this year! 

Wednesfield North own #ShopLocal Campaign Saturday 17th August 2019-  #ShopLocal is the brand that your three Councillors – Cllr Rita Potter Cllr Mary Bateman and myself Councillor Phil Bateman here in Wednesfield North have initiated and supported. We all believe in the need for vibrant local shops and stores, and we have a track record of support. #ShopLocal has put a focus on the shops and added much needed colour and pride into our community. In the run up to the 2017 designated #ShopLocal day – Councillor Mary Bateman was able to advocate the need for the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade to be given a lick of paint. As it was looking tired and a bit unloved.

This was achieved, and with some crisp and bright painting the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade, and the shops and stores have been made to look – that bit more attractive. In 2018 the #ShopLocal campaign was about making residents more aware of the tough trading that is taking place in all the local neighbourhoods in Wednesfield North, where Local Stores exist. This time of the year when many Local Residents go on holiday is tough for Local shop keepers. As they often have to take account of less footfall. The economy is the key to peoples shopping habits, and of course people will look for bargains to match their purse. In 2018 I paid for Social Media advertising and the results show that this promotion reached 2891 persons. However, the organic reach of our #ShopLocal campaign also reached out and informed a further 1485 persons about the message and the needs of the campaign. So in total 4376 local people were made aware of what your Councillors in Wednesfield North were trying to do to support our own Wednesfield North traders.

2019 #ShopLocal will have a theme and a vision which will be announced later this year.

I hope you agree with me that all these events will make Wednesfield ‘Rock’ it all takes hard work in organising, but the Summer will be brilliant! Watch out for further information.


Wednesfield In Bloom 2019 – Ashmore Park Is In!


Wednesfield In Bloom 2019

Preparing for Wednesfield in Bloom 2019 is now well underway. There is a lot of work to be undertaken, not just the physical graft which is always needed, but the work behind the scenes planning and getting the right permissions.

This week we had our first Planning Meeting of 2019. The Wednesfield in Bloom team agreed some changes that will impact heavily on the way we organise for this year.

We will for instance concentrate on getting some fund raising going! Everything that we do, is geared to expenditure in some way, and therefore needs resourcing in one way or another. The team are looking at the following fund-raising events to deliver some of the required resource

  • Spring Raffle is being considered
  • Coffee Morning linked to something around Roses.
  • A Community Planting Day Maybe 1st June

We are also looking to confirm the Heart of England Judges arrival date. When that is confirmed I will quickly let you know.

Wednesfield in Bloom are considering adopting a new theme following last year’s successful campaign when the 2018 entry won a Gold Award for the Village, and a coveted Community Award for the work we did across the diverse cultures that exists here in our Village. We were very pleased with this additional recognition.

Within our overall plan for this year (2019) there will be

  • Craft Projects
  • School Celebrations
  • Residents Garden Showcase

The team set up further sub-groups

  • Plants
  • Events
  • Ashmore Park
  • Schools
  • Craft

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Now this is the exciting news. Ashmore Park will be part of this years Judges itinerary. I shall be leading on the Ashmore Park contribution. What we achieved last year with the magnificent Planters on Ashmore Park Shopping Parade was very well received. We will need to build on this for 2019.

So, I shall be looking to develop all that we did last year on Ashmore Park with even more flowers.

If you feel you can help please message me or contact me via

So keep an eye on this page as I inform you what we are doing. Please like last year we will need donations of plants. More than that I will need the good will and the help of Ashmore Parkers! I will be speaking with Shop owners, and others to see what help they can offer,

  • The Ashmore Inn gave our community a fabulous display of Hanging Baskets, as they do every year, I am hoping that Kevin will be in for the ride this year.
  • Plus I am hoping that the Ashmore ParkNursery School
  • The Hub at Ashmore Park
  • With the Ashmore Park Doctors at the Clinic will join in also.

Please keep an eye open for the next bits of information that will be disseminated as we build for a great event and the added colour that getting ready for Wednesfield in Bloom brings!

Hope you can help! 

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Tuesday Blog – Ahoy! It’s Wednesfield Canal Festival.

Tuesday – Time to Turn to Wednesfield Canal Festival.

Everyday there is an issue that takes time to investigate and find a resolution for.

Tuesday was one of those difficult days.

No set meetings for either Mary or me, but a lot to do during the day.

But a lot of casework to be dealt with from Housing cases through to environmental and road safety issues were in the list of things that were attended too!

I was pretty pleased to be informed that I had been able to give advocacy for one constituent, which has led to her case being reviewed and revised, but the best news is that the Tribunal she attended was successful and she has been awarded Employment and Support Allowance with the Support component. She has received a substantial sum of money for the arrears that the Government had denied her for a considerable time.. I am pleased with this result!

Besides the fact that we need shopping, and there were one or two family issues to divide our time into.

During the remainder of the day I had to move up a gear to start the preparations for the Wednesfield Canal Festival that Hands on Wednesfield, and I are leading on, which will take place on the 11 and 12 August 2018.

The venue will be The Bentley Bridge Leisure Park and at the heart of the festival will be the Wyrley & Essington Canal and The Nickelodeon Public House.

There is a huge amount of work to be undertaken as we start accelerating the proposals that goes into its planning and the detailed activities. All of this effort is designed to first put Wednesfield on the City and regional map, and to provide fun and activities here in our City during what is very much a holiday month.

Last year 4,300 people visited over the two days the Wednesfield Canal Festival operates. That is a big event and of course the work behind the scenes is itself epic.

As soon as the ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ judging day is over, a good many of the same volunteers that take part in the supporting of the ‘In Bloom’ activity, are quickly marshalled into the production of the Canal Festival.

There really is no rest for the wicked!