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Latest News – Proposal for 2,500 Homes In Green Belt .

Wednesfield North Labour Councillors today issued further information to their Local Residents relating to plans and proposals to build on current ‘Green Belt ‘ in Essington.

This message is primarily aimed at Wednesfield North constituents who have an interest, or who are interested in the recently announced proposal to develop 2,500 homes on what is current ‘Green Belt’ land alongside Linthouse Lane and Kitchen Lane and within the Parish of Essington and the District Boundary of South Staffordshire D.C.

Councillor Bateman said ” have received this further information from South Staffordshire District Council.

South Staffordshire District Council is still finalising work on their current Site Allocations document (SAD) but have also begun work on the review of their Local Plan.

They inform me that they are working towards publishing Issues and Options for the new Local Plan in Autumn of this year, by which time they hope the revised NPPF will be in place.

This document will set out strategic growth options for South Staffordshire and consider what levels of growth can be accommodated.  They further inform me that they are currently updating our 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 PhiIBateman 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 would now urge any of our Wednesfield North constituents or local residents in Wednesfield who wish to be added to the database, to do so now, by sending your email address to .

We will continue to inform Wednesfield North residents of new information as we receive it of plans around this development.

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Pet Owners – Please Pick Your Pets Poo Up!

There is a lot of complaints coming in that dog walkers are not picking their poo up after their dogs have fouled the pavements  here in Wednesfield North.

I am told that there is a particular problem around the Sandy Crescent, Ashmore Ave and Bargery road area of Ashmore Park. I would like to remind pet owners that it is against the law to allow your dog to foul public areas including parks.

You could even be stopped, to see if you are carrying two bags. to deal with your dogs mess!

Please if you are a pet owner please pick up after your dogs fouled.

I have asked the Local Authority to inspect the roads/footpath mentioned here.

Ashmore Park ‘Walk of Stars’.

Ashmore Park Walk of Stars!

Today the 12th December 2018 – We announce the twentieth person who has entered our magnificent Ashmore Park Walk of Stars!

Ashmore Park is a great community, and Ashmore Parker’s are great folk! The estate has always fostered good sportsmen and women. But not everyone is aware that the estate has nurtured other great talents also.

I have represented Ashmore Parkers and Wednesfield people on two Councils for some 32 years! I lived on Ashmore Park in the early part of my life and my sister Eileen still does. I went to school on the estate and I have had the great fortune to be involved in every day estate life, for decades.
One of my constituents Ian Eastaugh tapped out a message on my Face Book Page suggesting we had a roll of honour for ‘famous Ashmore Parker’s!

I thought it was a great idea, I knew about the decent amateur footballers that the estate produced like Brian Blower and Arthur (Archie) Richards, Steve Williams and his brother professional footballer Gary Williams, and Sean O’Driscoll. But what other Ashmore Parker had become ‘famous in their field’!

I decided to turn to the World Wide Web. It is a wonderful tool, I asked through my Face Book page for Ashmore Parkers, to tell me who they thought should be recognised in some public way!

Here are the names and professions of people who have made it to this list! Its breadth will blow you away. I do hope that this Walk of Stars initiative will help to inspire Ashmore Park youngsters.

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Willard Wigan MBE (Already in the Ashmore Park Walk of Stars) receiving a Wolverhampton Famous Sons & Daughters Award from George Cross holder Lisa Webb (nee Potts) at an Awards Evening in Wolverhampton 9 Nov 2017.

Here are the 20 names of people who are our Ashmore Park Stars, but not in any particular order

  •  Professor David Rayson – Artist – London Royal College of Art. David was appointed Professor and Head of Painting at the Royal College of Art in 2006. He is a practising artist, tutor and curator and his work has been exhibited widely in the UK and internationally. His work is included in major collections held by the Tate, Whitechapel Art Gallery, the British Council, Deutsche Bank, Rubell Family Collection, The Open University and The Contemporary Art Society.
  •  Tony Milovsorov –Athlete run for Tipton Harriers lived and went to school on Ashmore Park, he took part in World Cross Country Championships.
  • Phil Palmer – Is a legend on the estate with his Musicland Shop. He has given countless children and their families an introduction into the world of music. Bringing pleasure to many and in some cases sparking music talent that is being displayed much wider than in just our locality. Phil has played for royalty and appeared at top notch venues around the UK and abroad displaying his own music talent. He may not live on Ashmore Park, but he is certainly PART of Ashmore Park. A former Military man, who went onto win a Guinness World Record for the longest note blown. Follow the link to see the BBC Midlands Today film taken at the time…
  • Sean O’Driscoll- Footballer, and one of the best known Football Manager’s in the UK
  • Karl Henry who played football for the Stoke, Wolves and QPR. He lived in Ashmore Park and went to St Alban’s School.
  • Gary Williams Aston Villa footballer & brother of
  • Steve Williams who played for Walsall
  •  Barrie Gower- Went to Coppice High School, Barrie has been involved with many productions for both TV and Film including the Harry Potter series and most recently HBO’s Game of Thrones. He also contributed to Academy award winning makeups for The Wolfman and The Iron Lady.
  • Roger Ellis World Cycle Speedway Champion – Roger rode for Wednesfield Aces and his home is on Ashmore Park!
  • Willard Wigan MBE a sculptor- Known for his miniature sculptures, fabulous eye! His work has been recognised by the Guinness Book of Records. His sculptors are typically placed in the eye of a needle! He was commissioned to create the Coronation Crown on the head of a pin! In celebration of the Diamond Jubilee of HRH Queen Elizabeth the Second.
  • Adrian Anslow – fell during an attack on the Atlantic Conveyor in the Falklands War. Much admired and courageous military man. His family received an Elizabeth Cross medal in his honour,
  • Beatrice Cattermole legendary Head Teacher of Ashmore Park Primary School – Influenced hundreds of Ashmore Parkers and was held in great esteem
  • Terry Green teacher- Fund raiser and Local Choir Master – Once again a teacher held in high esteem. for his work at Coppice High School
  • Nigel Garton – West End Actor,stage and character actor
  • Ian Mason- died serving his Country •
  • Annie Wildey – International Artist now living in New York
  • Kenny Rock – Comedy scriptwriter an Ashmore Parker who is a script writer to the stars! – which includes Ken Dodd, Dave Allen, Dick Emery, News Huddlines, The Grumbleweeds, Kenny Everett, Russ Abbot, Joan Rivers, Brian Conley and The Two Ronnies! Wonderful just wonderful!
  • Raj Kumar – Much loved shop keeper who served Ashmore Park for more than 32 years before passing away suddenly in the shop in 2017. More than 2,000 residents and customers turned out for an impromptu service on the shopping parade! All of which underlined the star quality this man had, through his help for others.–He was a stand-out trader here for 32 years, he was immensely popular, and I think he did more for relationships than perhaps anyone we know. So many Ashmore Parkers have asked for his inclusion to the Walk of Stars, I am happy to agree with their sentiment. Raj was a legend locally, on a Par with Ronnie Barkers own cult shop keeper Arkwright
  • Al Barrow of Rock Band Magnum,  He was Born Nov 1968 in Ashmore Park, Wednesfield to Margaret & David Barrow. He plays with Magnum a national and international iconic Rock Band.
  • December 12th 2018 – Here is the latest member to be enrolled in the Ashmore Park Walk of Stars! Martin J Cooper England Rugby Union International, who gained 11 Caps for England.

Here is the Official Result of the City of Wolverhampton Election



City of Wolverhampton Council

Election of a City Councillor for


Wednesfield North

on Thursday 5 May 2016


I, Keith Ireland, being the Returning Officer at the above election, do hereby give notice that the number of votes recorded for each Candidate at the said election is as follows:


Name ofCandidate Description(if any) Number ofVotes*
BATEMAN, Philip Thomas Alexander Labour and Co-operative Party 1615 Elected
HARRIS, Lee David Green Party 200
RANDLE, Andrew Scott The Conservative Party Candidate 641

* If elected the word ‘Elected’ appears against the number of votes.


The number of ballot papers rejected was as follows: Number ofballot papers
A      want of an official mark 0
B      voting for more Candidates than voter was entitled to 8
C      writing or mark by which voter could be identified 0
D      being unmarked or wholly void for uncertainty 12
E      rejected in part 0


Vacant Seats: 1 Electorate: 8719 Ballot Papers Issued: 2476 Turnout: 28.40%


And I do hereby declare that, Philip Thomas Alexander Bateman is duly elected.

The majority being 974 votes over the second placed Conservative candidate.


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‘Thank You’ – Message for Wednesfield North!

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” I want to thank every individual in this Ward who made the time to vote for me. I really do thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Well yesterday I was walking around like a Zombie….I went to bed sometime around 4.00am on Friday morning, after a full day in manic mood electioneering on Thursday. Our First Labour Group meeting and AGM was held last night on (Friday) when we (as a Labour Group) supported the Labour Leadership team that has seen our Party grow to 49 Labour Councillors in this City.

Labour Group Leader Roger Lawrence was returned, as was Deputy Leader Peter Bilson. The Group Chair remains Councillor Linda Leach, as does the Group Secretary Cllr Andrew Johnson.

I want to give personal thanks to my Agent Geoff Foster who again masterminded a great local victory here in Wednesfield North. Also Councillors Rita Potter and Mary.

We really are a very good team here in Wednesfield North, each of us are different, each of us have different strengths, but in essence we all get on and that is the secret to being able to deliver the sort of service that our residents want.

I want to thank every individual in this Ward who made the time to vote for me. I really do thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I also want to say that I shall represent everyone in this Ward regardless if you voted for me or not. If you doubt that statement there are others around who are active in a different Party, that have actively sought my help, and yes I represented them and had the success they needed with their case.

Representing Wednesfield North has been an important part of my life for decades, there is still much to be done, and I am excited by a new four year term.

Can I once again thank all of you for voting for me.

Our New Municipal year starts now, and I will once again report events and issues via social media. In fact I believe that the very good result we have had here in WN is because of the effect of social media. Day to day events and issues are reported by me. That gives our residents up to date information on what is happening in the Ward. This information is not usually printed by our evening newspaper the Express and Star.

I think those social media news story’s have helped to create a great conduit to you our residents. The theme of my next four years will be the same as the last year #SpeakingUp4WednesfieldNorth. There is a lot to do…..thanks for reading this.



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Celebrating St Patrick’s Day – With Memories of 2006!

Happy St Patrick’s Day 2019 Wednesfield and Wolverhampton! 

#HappyStPatrick’sDay Back in 2006 we resurrected St Patrick’s Day in Wolverhampton, and we had a marvellous morning with our Irish Community in the Mayors Parlour. My thoughts at that time was that it was right that we remember the contribution of those early communities in the development of this great and historic City!

The Irish community itself  started to arrive in the then Town in the at the end of the 18th century. The Town ( According to Author Chris Upton) was making a name for itself at that time by plentiful engineering work, developing canals and the unskilled work on offer.

One of the draws was that there was already a sizeable population of Catholics in the Town.

The Irish community at that time were driven by the potato famine in Ireland in the 1840’s and they clustered in the town centre around Stafford street and Caribee Island. In 1851 there were 6,000 Irish people here in the Town.

Those families and their descendents are still here in numbers. They have made a wonderful contribution to Wolverhampton, and today in 2019. I wish them all a very Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Want a Lock Up Garage On Ashmore Park?!

During a recent enquiry I have made with regard to the garage site on Snape Road, Ashmore Park.

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I have discovered that surprisingly the site is subject to low use. I had asked that it be ‘spruced up’ following a complaint from a local resident to me. Quite rightly he pointed out to me that the site is opposite the True Briton PH. It attracts visitors both locally and a little further afield. It is detracting from the street scene as they are not hidden away…they have a frontage open to viewing from street level and the PH itself.


Now Wolverhampton Homes tells me that ” Due to its low usage and the lack of demand for the garages it was decided that it was not financially viable to carry out repair work either on the garages themselves or the forecourt.  Given the low occupancy rate at present, the need to recoup any investment over a maximum of 10 years via the rental income would not be possible.”

There are 13 garages on the site, yet only 3 of which are let.

Wolverhampton Homes go onto tell me that “Interest in the site from other residents is limited although we are currently looking to see if we can generate more demand by way of advertising.  If the number of garages let increases it may be possible that the site is reconsidered as part of the garage improvement programme for 2016/17”

If there are any residents living locally that would like a lock up garage to rent.

Email me on………………….

For the resident who contacted me I have not given this up at all. Just the first round of a skirmish I think!

Twenty Two More Boats To Visit Wednesfield!

More Good News for Wednesfield!

Canal Boats Visiting WednesfieldI have really a great deal of pleasure in announcing that the second ‘cruise’ of the summer will dock in Wednesfield on Sunday 13th September.

Indeed it is the biggest ‘cruise’ yet with some 22 narrowboats plying the Wyrley & Essington canal with a view to spending the night here.

The Cruise organisers have informed me that “ We plan to moor all 22 boats in and around the Bentley arm overnight Sunday 13th September.

This great news for Wednesfield as 22 narrow boats around 40 people will be spending their leisure time in the village. This is good news for tourism and local businesses.

The trade that businesses will do with these visitors is welcome and I hope that it continues to grow and prosper.

On the flip side the narrow boat owners will see and experience a wonderfully diverse canal in the Wednesfield area. Fabulously tranquil places with a great deal of wild life diversity. They may be lucky enough to see a ‘flashing jewel’ in our local Kingfisher, while they are here.

The Wyrley & Essington canal is currently in a process which will lead to the canal becoming a Local Nature Reserve. This is just the start of a really good future for Wednesfield based on the canal which itself has been serving Wednesfield since 1790