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Princess Irene Brigade Commemoration Medal Mayoral collection 2005

Honouring The Prinses Irene Brigade Today in Wolverhampton.

Today Mary and I will be attending Jeffcote Road War Graves Cemetery in Wolverhampton. It is the time when the Annual Laying of wreaths takes place. It is a special Remembrance Ceremony attended by the Mayor of the City.

The Freedom Regiment The Prinses Irene Brigade based in the Nederlands is one of the only, if not the only, Foreign based Regiment with this honour in the West Midlands County.

The link with the Prinses Irene Brigade and Wolverhampton goes back to the Second World War when the brigade was billeted in Wrottesley. A little known fact is that during this time the Dutch Crown Jewels were kept in the safe at Wolverhampton Town Council! 

I am very proud that during my term of office as Mayor of the City of  Wolverhampton in 2005/2006 that I took the resolution, to the City Council and engendered the full City Council to support making the Brigade a ‘Freedom Regiment’. for the City of Wolverhampton.

Today I will stand in silence and reflect on the Prinses Irene Brigades role in the Second World War, think about the great friendships that have sprung up every years since that war ended here in Wolverhampton and the families of those in Nederlands.



A Five Week Leak – No Severn Trent Action- Shame on Them!


There is a water leak that has been running for 5 weeks in Kitchen Lane Ashmore Park.
It lies between the homes from the junction of Millbank Street and Wolmer road with Kitchen lane.
It is smelly, growing algae, it has flies and the neighbours are very upset that they are no nearer getting the repair done.
Severn Trent to need to make the repair urgently – take a look  at the attached a video Click to see

Ashmore Park Walk of Stars – Kevin B Garner

Kevin B. Garner After Coppice he studied at Wolverhampton Polytechnic for his Degree in Engineering. Today he is the Head and Principal Lecturer Of Department Architecture and Design. Over the years he has done much improve and develope the department at home and abroad. Kevin still lives in Wolverhampton and continues to work at the Wolverhampton University

(Item 8) Taking the Year in Review (2015) Wednesfield North -Footways -Highways & Transport –


This year has been a busy year for these services and the issues they have thrown up in 2015.

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National Grid – Acorn Road -Noisy and at times more than annoying for residents!

The largest number of complaints I have received are about issues in this order –

  • Top of the complaints people have made this year places complaints about the National Grid and the noise and mess they have made whilst replacing Gas infrastructure on Ashmore Park. Also up there is the complaints I have received about Highway Safety on Griffith Drive – These were the top two issues residents complained to me about during 2015 when it comes to this section.
  • The second most numerous complaints’ I have received relate to Highway maintenance issues and Potholes in particular! – Alongside those issues sit Car Parking, and grass verges and the two are often linked together!
  • Public transport also features but low down in the list for popular complaints, yet alongside people’s complaints about trees. Interestingly most people contact me when talking about trees to either have them lopped or felled! Though I have had one case this year where residents have requested a tree!
  • Other complaints in this sector but just the single types of complaint were about travellers accessing land across highways, Overgrown Cemetery, Removal of Bonfire residue, Abandoned vehicles, fly tipping, bikes,

I also received complaints about low hanging branches on trees in Ashmore /Acorn Ave, I got the matter addressed, and during the course of the year there were many similar issues about trees which were planted in the Highways. Also in the same month I had complaints about the new LED lights placed in Orchard Road for ‘flickering’. Wolverhampton Highways Chiefs told me that “Our Electrician has been out to Orchard Road today and changed several Cell’s after checking nearly all 20 lighting columns, hopefully this will have eliminated the problem of the flickering lights.”

  • During January Councillors were informed that Chris Barker would be leaving Highways and the City Council. Chris has always been a very responsive Officer, and I personally was sad to hear this news. I sent Chris a message wishing him well in his new career outside the City Council. I was also informed by Highways that the minor carriageway works that I had requested for the Linthouse Estate had now been carried out in -Janine Avenue – carriageway -Jayne Close – carriageway -Measham Way – footway -Prestwood Avenue – kerbing -Roderick Drive – footway and carriageway -Springhill Road – footway -Sudbury Close – kerbing -Thomas Mason Close – kerbing – Whitehouse Avenue – footway- Linthouse Lane – footway – Brailsford Close – footway and carriageway -Ridge Lane – reactive works to carriageway and nu-phalt works to carriageway.


I was requested to help with the removal of an abandoned vehicle in Kitchen Lane.

I raised the issue of Griffith Drive and its safety record following a car chase and damage to a wall. I also wrote about the access way into the Park in Russell close because of its dangerous surface to pedestrians.

There were also complaints in February about damaged grass verges in Linthouse Lane. with Government austerity measures biting and following Government cuts in funding the Public realm team wrote back “The Public Realm team, who maintain grass verges, have advised that they are not prepared to undertake repairs to damaged verges where the underlying problem still exists because any repairs will be destroyed almost immediately. Verges are not regarded as places where people are expected to walk so they are not required to be maintained to the same standard as footways in terms f trip hazards, potholes, etc. We are keeping a schedule of problem locations for consideration if/when any funding becomes available in the future, and I will ensure that this location gets added to that schedule.”

I arranged street lighting in Hodson Close, where bungalows had been subjected to burglary and other nuisances riding bikes and motorcycles on a pedestrian footway.. I also had complaints about cars parking on footpaths, all of which was reported to the Local Police.

March –High winds started the month and blew a tree down in Johnsons Ave which I reported. I also reported the boundary fence being down between Walsall and Wolverhampton in Simmons Road.

More Pot holes reported this time in the Park Way public highway on Ashmore Park.

I requested the Authority, to introduce some dropped kerb to the pavements  taking people with disabilities into the Ashmore Park because it is difficult for those with wheelchairs or motorised buggies to access. Currently they find it difficult to access the footpath and have to mix in with cars It’s not good, and it is a health and safety issue. there was a Lot of concerns still about parking around Woodened Primary school and the  school gates, and on the grass verge. Complaints came in about Woodend school and parents parking which was highlighted. Not only is this dangerous for other road users it is also churning up grass verges. Is there a chance that we can get the grass verge protected or re-established? In March there were two further accidents on Griffith drive, one a car hit a public highways sign and smashed a tree out of the ground. The second was a minor accident hitting and damaging a car then fleeing.

BnsbPPfIEAAvGC4RadarComplaints about the High St in Wednesfield constantly come up in Public Meetings during this year. Where the Highway regulations are ignored by many motorists. Residents feel this issue is also an important safety issue. All the Wednesfield Councillors are in conversation with Highway Chiefs about this issue.




Floating Pop-Up Market Arrives for Christmas Trading in Wednesfield!

I just want to draw your attention to the fact that there is a floating Pop -Up Market taking place at Bentley Bridge just in time for Christmas! I have been informed that your custom is wanted!

There are four boats trading for the first time ever during this Christmas period. I do hope Wednesfield folk will turn up and trade with them over this week end.

I am reliably informed that a “Santa Paws grotto will be open this weekend at Bentley Bridge. £5 includes a doggie mince pie, a doggie Xmas gift & a donation to a doggie charity plus chance for furpals to sit inside the grotto.”

Also in attendance will be trading crafts from Morgana & Here Be Dragons floating emporium (on their first ever visit to Bentley Bridge.).

I am keen that Wednesfield residents turn up and speak with these traders who have travelled many miles through the Inland Waterway system to be here…trading in Wednesfield! 

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Wyrley & Essington Canal – Boat Owners Will You Help Please!

Many Narrow Boat and other pleasure craft owners will know that I am trying very hard to ensure that this canal at this Village of Wednesfield is not only welcoming but relevant to your leisure journeys, your trading requirements and that we are using the heightened interest in our canal to drive improvements to the tow path, the trade in the Village, and of course the enhanced understanding of the natural world that the canal serves.

Earlier this year I ran a survey asking if you could tell me if you travelled on this canal, if you stayed overnight and I asked a lot of you quietly! ( How much you spent on re- provisions entertainment, leisure food etc!)

From all the info you gave me and I thank you for that…I have gleaned that from January through to end of August/ that there were some 80 movements on our WE, 57 boats overnighted at Bentley Bridge, and on average a £100 was spent by boats whilst here.

Now I wonder if you could be so good and tell me

  • Have you travelled on the Wyrley & Essington canal through Wednesfield in September, and October 2015
  • Have you overnighted in Wednesfield and if so when did you do so (during these months only please)
  • Have you had a ‘pop-up’ market during these months ( If so would you tell me how many people you estimate attended?

This will be really useful information. What the canal lacks is some good relevant statistics. I only ask these questions so that we can build a picture of what is taking place here in Wednesfield.

If you would like to email me with your comments my email address is Otherwise I am very happy to build what is happening across these public pages.

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The Fund Raising is Not Quite Over!

I am making a plea to all my friends and relatives, constituents and work place colleagues. Yesterday I took part in a Cycle Speedway Race for the Charity “Breast Cancer Now” It was well organised , and whilst I did not win the race…..I did do my very best!

I would like to appeal to you all, to consider making a donation to my collection. Over many, many, years, I have always tried to help people, individuals and others. Can you help me now and make a small donation to ‘Just Giving’. If you can follow this link it will take you to the

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Councillor’s Actions.

I always try to set out the activities that I am involved with as we strive to represent you on the City Council.

  • Currently we have two crime issues that I am pursuing with West Midlands Police.
  • I also have two housing cases that are live.
  • I have been working closely with CRT & The City Council with regard to Wednesfield Canal and its improvements.
  • I have also designed a 4 and a half mile walk which I am excited about, linking in history, nature and healthy walking activity.

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  • Football pitch cut in time for the weekends games….Thanks Justin for the complements!
  • Pothole filled

More Road Works on Sunday!

More Road works On Sunday – Woodend Island junction of Linthouse lane . Temporary Traffic lights will be in operation. Manhole repair.roadworks

Wood End Road(roundabout Lower Prestwood Road / Linthouse Lane) Fallings Park / Wednesfield North Severn Trent Water Manhole repair 21June 21June   ü   09:00-12:00 4-way temporary traffic signalsPedestrian crossing not in useSunday working only