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Information On Scammers!



I have received this information from the Police who are acting with this charity. Residents in Wednesfield North and elsewhere may find the information useful. 

Age UK comment on landline scams

Caroline Abrahams, Charity Director at Age UK, said:
“Scammers will use any means possible to cheat people out of their money and we’d urge everyone to be cautious when they receive a cold-call from someone requesting personal information, no matter where they say they’re calling from. If there are any niggling doubts it is always sensible to end the call and contact the company or government department separately using a phone number taken from a piece of official correspondence or their website.
“We encourage people to feel in control of who calls them at home, for example by signing up to the Telephone Preference Service or installing a call blocking device. To find out more about how Age UK can help, including obtaining the Charity’s free information guides ‘Avoiding Scams’ and ‘Staying Safe’, people can call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 6565, visit www.ageuk.org.uk or speak to their local Age UK.”

Age UK press office contact details

Liz Fairweather: 020 3033 1718
Out of hours number: 07071 243 243.

Kind Regards The Partnerships Team

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Councillors Report – 17 New Items of Case Work Opened!

February 2019

This is just a brief note with regards to my activity with colleagues held over the month of February. It does not amplify everything that is happening but it is a good descriptor of the wide range of activities that are undertaken here in Wednesfield North and the City Council.

I want to thank Councillor Rita Potter for picking up the slack whilst Mary and I have been on holiday.

Advice Surgery – Two were held and attended at Ashmore Park Nursery School, and The Hub at Ashmore Park.

This is the headlines of the issues and cases I am dealing with which have been opened in February, there are other cases that are being progressed that were opened in January as well, and which  I am still active on.

Charitable and Funday Planning Activities that have taken place during February

  • Wednesfield in Bloom attended organisational meeting, made many individual actions around the organisation. Launched the Ashmore Park In Bloom appeal with Councillor Rita Potter – An Appeal through the Express and Star was made.
  • #Stuff4Steph Charitable activities start and organisation help for the Opening event on the 6th July 2019 and making arrangements for activity. This continues to be a time tabled activity with many individual meetings taken.
  • Wednesfield Canal Festival – A two-day event scheduled for the 10th & 11th August 2019 a number of meetings attended through February, and paperwork dealing with Licences continue to be addressed.
  • Visiting Oak Meadow School ‘A Million Dreams’ show casing the work undertaken by the children as they future predict where they would like to be in their careers. All there Councillors were hugely impressed by the work done by the school. I was very pleased that all three Councillors were invited.

Individual Case Work Opened in February and activated. These are new cases.

17 new pieces of case work opened. I have also attended 4 Meetings with individuals and organisations.

  • 3 Housing cases
  • 1 Police issue
  • 1 Road safety
  • 3 Blue Badge cases
  • 1 Canal & River Trust
  • 1 Vandalism
  • 1 Litter
  • 2 Dog Poo Issues
  • 2 Welfare Rights.
  • 1 Planning
  • 1 Volunteering

I have also attended two funerals. Plus two City Council Meetings.

All in all an active February 2019. Even with a vacation involved.


Why not follow the activity taking place daily and reported on  via Twitter Facebook and www.PhilBateman.com


Failure To Scoop Your Dog Poop -Will Land you In The Poop!

Last week I placed information relating to Dog Fouling on the site outside of the Ashmore Park Nursery and the Doctors Surgery on Griffith Drive. There had been a huge number of complaints.

I can inform you that there is no fouling signs up now on street furniture

-Dog Fouling letters have been delivered to some local homes

-The School has been spoken too and an explanation of the actions have been made.

-Patrols have taken place and an Officer has spoken with parents

Residents must know that the Authority will prosecute offenders, and I wish this note to be a warning to those dog owners that Do NOT  ‘Scoop the Poop’. There will be patrols and people will report offenders for action to be taken. You have been warned!


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I Celebrated #WorldRadioDay!

February 13th #WorldRadioDay!

I just love Local Radio, it provides a tremendous service to Local Communities. I first became hooked with Local Radio in the  1970’s. I remember my first radio interview which was on Beacon Radio. Surprisingly it wasn’t on transport.

In those days I was on my first public body. The Wolverhampton Community Health Council.IMG_6009 Phil Bateman BBC Radio Interview

I have been lucky enough to have spent some thirty years or more contributing to Local Radio. I dearly love the medium, and I was lucky enough to be asked by the now passed Tony Inchley Station Manager of BBC Radio WM, to stand in and act as the guest presenter on the Locally famous BBC Radio WM Ed Doolan Show. That was and still is a career highlight for me.

I went onto serve on an advisory board for Radio WM during Tony’s time bossing the station.

I have given hundreds of interviews on radio from across the World. Plus I have made many friends. I hope that LOcal Radio continues to prosper here in Wolverhampton and the West Midlands…our community would be much the poorer if it were to decline. Support#WorldRadioDay

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Wolverhampton- Growing and Ambitious!

Our City continues to grow with almost 260,000 people living within our boundary’s, It contains 102,200 homes.  It’s a great City with a thousand years of history, and a manufacturing history that is envied by many other towns and Cities. With almost 8,500 businesses and 113,000 jobs. Wolverhampton is  not a City to ignore!

We should be proud of our City and rather than talking it down. We should be talking it up!

We have 2m visitors a year, and we should be ambitious enough to want more!  Just a 30-minute drive away is a market of 1.73 million people. So Folks be proud of Wolverhampton and let’s see it continue to grow, for all of our own future prosperity.Wednesfield Road Signs


Stop Your Pet Pooping On The Pavement!


I have returned home this afternoon to find two messages on my answerphone off two different people complaining about Dog Pooh surrounding the pavement at the entrance of the Ashmore Park Nursery School.

The first message was from a lady who told me in no uncertain terms that the dog mess outside the School and the Doctors next door was a health hazard for the children and the patients. The second call was of a similar nature. I have written to the Director of Public Protection asking him to intervene and arrange for some ‘pavement action’ around the school and the doctors.

I have asked if the City of Wolverhampton Council can clean and place a No Fouling Notice up to remind dog walkers of their responsibility in law. One of the complainants had witnessed the owner with a dog at the time.

Please if you are a dog owner you have a liability in law to ‘scoop the poop’. Please do not leave it for others to walk in. Especially around such important places like Doctors and Schools which by the nature of the buildings attract heavy footfall.

There is a financial penalty if the offence is witnessed or captured via cctv.


Severn Trent Water – Griffith Drive Closure Warning!

I want to warn business and residents living on Ashmore Park that Severn Trent Water Company are planning to effect closure of part of Griffith Drive in phases, to renew the water mains. This work is scheduled in April 2019.  This is the information that I have been furnished with to date.

It is proposed Griffiths Drive is closed in both directions from its junction with Southall Road for approximately 425 metres in a western direction. It is expected this closure will operate in phases along this section of road, commencing on 08/04/19 until 29/05/19 to facilitate water main renewal works on behalf of Severn Trent Water.

Due to the temporary traffic management required to facilitate the works, Severn Trent Water (Amey) have already approached some of the premises directly affected to discuss the scope of the works and access arrangements.

It is anticipated the majority of the works will be completed by drilling, as it is hoped this method of working will reduce obstructions and maintain access to frontages. When making connections onto the new pipe, Severn Trent Water will work closely with the premises directly affected and endeavour to plate over car park entrances to maintain access wherever possible.

Would everyone who is likely to be affected by this work please note the situation. There will be disruption one would expect to the Local Bus Service, and to Local trading establishments, as well as homes.

I am seeking more information and I will publish it and make you aware, as I receive it.

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Fly Tipping Information -Wednesfield North



Fly Tipping Information -Wednesfield North

Keep your street Neat! Fly Tipping is a crime! City of Wolverhampton Council now operates Fly Tipping Campaign.  In the second of these up dates – This one relates to the dates  from 14 January through to the 27th January.

In Wednesfield North – There were no Fly Tipping incidents reported in this Ward during this period.

This is Good News!

So in this second report and update – Here are the facts.

  • Across the rest of the City there were however 170 sites reported
  • This is a 61% decrease in Fly Tipping reported over the same time 2018.
  • There is a campaign total now of 14 Fixed Penalty Notices being served on polluters.
  • ‘Shop a Tipper’ 2019 – There have been  24 Tip Offs now which are being followed up.

Clearly, the campaign that the City Council is waging is aimed at reducing this awful scourge. I will continue to place this information on my sites as the information becomes available

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Bowling to Success!



“The Bowling Green will be reinstated once the housing development at Danesmore Pastures has been completed’’

This was one of the outcomes that came from our most recent (Jan 2019) meeting with City of Wolverhampton Council when your three City Councillors met with Managing Director Tim Johnson in January 2019.

Councillor Rita Potter speaking for the Ward Councillors said ” This is good news as it will help to deliver a better Bowling Club facility, and bowls is a growing sport. We are delighted though that the reinstatement has been confirmed by the Managing Director.”

The Ward Councillors had shown the MD around Wednesfield North in October 2018, just after he had been appointed as the new Managing Director of the City Council.

Jessup the contractors working on the Housing Development at Danesmore Pastures have struck up a good relationship with the Ashmore Park Bowling Club. The Bowling Club lost one of their Greens to the construction. It hasn’t stopped a strong relationship being struck up between the contractors and the Bowling Club, in fact the relationship has been a rather good one. The water tap was lost to bad weather and the supply to the Ashmore Park Bowling club was reinstated by Jessup’s, with support via the City Council.