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Local Nature Reserve – Wyrley & Essington Canal Chugs Nearer!

I can now inform you that both Wolverhampton City Council and Walsall MBC Cabinet’s have now approved the Local Nature Reserve designation for the Essington & Wyrley Canal, now the only impediment to formal designation is the signing of the documents forming a legal agreement between the three parties.

The Canal and River Trust legal team are currently looking at the detail of the documentation, hopefully the delays will be sorted soon.

I remain very optimistic that the final legal agreements, are just days away from being sorted!

Having waited since 2007 for some success with this Local Nature Reserve scheme for Wednesfield, I think I can summon up a little more patience.

I will keep residents and constituents posted on the events as they happen…..

Cllr Ian Angus

Problem parking outside schools comes under scrutiny

Problem parking outside schools comes under scrutiny

Released: Friday 22 September, 2017

The age-old problem of parking outside schools is coming under the spotlight next week – and the City of Wolverhampton Council is inviting residents to help come up with a solution.

Its Vibrant and Sustainable City Scrutiny Panel is being asked to consider what the council can do to alleviate inconsiderate parking around schools amid reports nationally that there are some 22,000 pedestrian casualties near schools every year.

Car ownership and car usage has significantly increased over the years, and more and more parents are relying on using a car to take their children to school. This has rendered original school drop-off and pick-up schemes, street layouts and traffic control measures ineffective in controlling congestion.

At the same time, fewer parents are willing to let their children walk or cycle to school independently amid road safety and “stranger danger” fears, while research in 2014 found that a third of parents thought that stopping on the yellow ‘keep clear’ zones outside schools marked by zig-zag lines was acceptable.

All of this is exacerbating the problem of inconsiderate parking outside the City’s schools – and increasing danger to young pedestrians. Between 2012 and 2017, there were 198 child pedestrian casualties in Wolverhampton. Eleven were injured during the school run, resulting in one serious and 10 slight injuries.

The Vibrant and Sustainable City Scrutiny Panel is due to meet on Thursday (28 September, 2017) and will hear evidence about the issue from representatives from West Midlands Police, staff from local schools including Loxdale Primary and The Royal, the walking charity Living Streets, and residents who live near schools where parking is a particular problem.

The Scrutiny Panel is also keen to hear the views of other parents, carers, teachers and residents, and is inviting people to share details of problem parking outside local schools – along with any suggestions they have to tackle the issue – by emailing Scrutiny Officer Earl Piggott-Smith via earl.piggott-smith@wolverhampton.gov.uk prior to the meeting.

Councillor Ian Angus, Scrutiny Panel Chair, said: “The issue of problem parking outside our schools is increasing steadily, and one that the council is determined to do all it can to tackle.

“The Scrutiny Panel will be looking at the various initiatives which are either underway or have previously taken place in Wolverhampton and elsewhere in

the country and hearing evidence from people affected by the problem in one way or another as we seek to find solutions.

“This is about changing people’s behaviours, and what is very clear is that the council cannot do this on its own or solely through enforcement – the issue can only be tackled with the help involvement of schools and the support of residents and most crucially motorists.”

The City of Wolverhampton Council already runs a number of schemes for schools to help alleviate parking outside their gates. They include the Safety Outside Schools Programme in partnership with West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service, which focuses on parking and road safety among other issues and encourages schools to hold patrols to educate parents about inconsiderate parking.

The Safer Routes to School initiative has led to the installation of safety features around participating schools and the introduction of parking restrictions where appropriate, while the council’s Road Safety and Public Health teams are working with a number of schools to develop “park and stride” schemes, whereby parents are given a rendezvous point away from school and encouraged to complete the journey on foot.

Other initiatives including Walk Once a Week and Beat the Street, both of which encourage children and parents to walk or cycle to and from school, Bikeability cycle training which is offered to all primary and secondary schools to give children the skills to cycle safely on the City’s roads, and class visits by school crossing patrol wardens to introduce pupils to the Green Cross Code.

The council has also endorsed a pavement parking publicity campaign, with leaflets being delivered in streets where it is a particular problem, and deploys a CCTV vehicle and Civil Enforcement Officers to issue penalty charge notices to vehicles who stop on the yellow zig-zag lines outside schools or park on single or double yellow lines. The council is currently in the process of strengthening parking restrictions near to schools further.

Councillor Angus added: “We know that there are a number of schemes already in operation designed to improve road safety and tackle problem parking, and we want to highlight these.

“We want to understand the extent of the problem and hear what works well and not so well so that, ultimately, we can improve road safety around our City’s schools.”

Details of the meeting are available at http://bit.ly/2yqcqHV.

ENDS

Notes to editors:

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Speeding In Or Near Your Street?! – Want to help?

I have been in contact with West Midlands Police following neighbour comment in Broad Lane North relating to the traffic speeds.

The Police are keen to recruit some local people to be part of community speedwatch. Here is what Wednesfield Police have informed me “ We would gladly welcome volunteers to assist with speedwatch.

It is a community priority and is continually raised at PACT. I am sure you are aware that I always ask for volunteers at these meetings, sadly I rarely get any.”

So if you are interested in becoming a member of the Local Speedwatch campaign…Direct Message me.Or contact me via my email address which is – email@philbateman.com

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Wolverhampton Council – Calls For More Police Funding!

Councillor Phil Bateman said today This is the Resolution I placed before Wolverhampton City Council – on Neighbourhood Policing on Wednesday.

“The City of Wolverhampton Council is concerned about the ability of the West Midlands Police as it is currently funded to continue to deliver the sort of proper Community and Neighbourhood Policing that keeps our City safe.
We note the Chief Constable’s recent comments that the force is very stretched, and that he may not be able to deliver ‘neighbourhood policing’.
We therefore request that the Police and Crime Commissioner urgently demand
increased funding from Government to meet the needs and requirements of West
Midlands Police and the Chief Constable and return confidence in Policing to our City.
We call on the Government to provide the resources that tackles the changing face of crime, protects our residents and their property, delivers better and safer policing, in an age when large Metropolitan conurbations also have to protect themselves from terrorism.”

The City Council debated the resolution and all 60 Councillors including the City Conservatives supported the motion. The Conservatives though were just a little concerned about the ’emotion’, but I appealed to them to support the motion and they did!

Here is the speech I gave on Wednesday night!

Speech
“This city Council does not debate the standards of Policing in this City often enough in my humble opinion, but that is in itself a for debate another day/
In Moving the motion on your order paper I strongly feel that we have to have police numbers to reflect the crime that is taking place.
During this summer period my frustration was that there were numbers of consecutive days when my Ward of Wednesfield North did not have either a Police Constable or a Police Community Support Officer on duty.

I estimated that this happend at least a couple of days every week. When you go days at a time when your Sgt is not in situ it gets harder to get a response from the Officers when you email information or make requests around crime.

So if I pass information on to my Police team electronically about issues, you can wait a week or longer to get a response. There are no Local Police stations that are open in Wednesfield. Making contact with the Police is a real chore. That what my constituents tell me.

Senior Police Officers are shrinking from sight, you never see anyone other than a PC and a Sgt, the link between the force and the public is getting more and more remote. The reason is clearly because the police numbers are shrinking, and shrinking. The thin blue line is getting thinner and thinner!

In March 2017 Her Majesties Inspectorate of Constabulary for Policing in England and Wales said that policing was in a “potentially perilous state” as government cuts lead to investigations being shelved, vulnerable victims being let down and tens of thousands of dangerous suspects remaining at large.”

I want to question where this lack of Government funding is taking us!

Serving Officers are currently unhappy at the way the Government has axed thousands of Police Officers from their ranks. We are reading of their comments in the national press, and in the social media.

The HMIC said, Some Police forces are reclassifying high-risk domestic abuse victims to a lower level of concern.

Police Officers is some forces are being assigned to investigations that they are not qualified to conduct, the HMIC found, while other forces are struggling to get to grips with the volume of wanted suspects – including murderers, rapists and violent offenders.

Around a third of domestic abuse cases across England and Wales are being shelved because the victim does not support police action – this rises to 50% in five of the 43 forces, which has led to concern at HMIC that officers are not properly discharging their responsibilities in a bid to slash their workload.

HMIC also issued a warning that a shortage of detectives and investigators amounts to a “national crisis”.

There is a great swell of Public Opinion that wants to see MORE police officers not less on the local beats and active in our communities. The Prime Minister who was Home Office Secretary for 6 years and who as Prime Minister has driven forward more Police cuts, needs to know that we all want to be safe!

We all want to be safe from crime, we all want to see crime solved quicker, and at better rates than they currently are now here in the West Midlands. We all want to be safe from terrorism also. I also want to see more PC’s and PCSO’s in Wednesfield not less.

We do not want our Police here in Wednesfield or the West Midlands to be in a perilous state.

I can inform you that in the days I formulated this resolution in July and August we had gangs issues in WN .There were reports of knives, Macheti attacks and a youth with a gun to his head!

During this period I had call to phone 101= I couldn’t contact the police through 101, and had to finally dial 999

The public were very concerned. There are no police for days, officers have told me they are embarrassed by the situation. There are Logs that have never been investigated.

It’s a regular occurrence on the Ashmore Park estate…no police, no PCSO’s, as our neighbourhood police get dispatched to yet another West Midlands Town.

This Government needs to know as our PCC needs to know . Residents are unnerved, they are scared, they want a better police presence. I have written to my MP, Now I am seeking a support from the City Council I move the motion! I urge all 60 City Councillors to support it!.”

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Wednesday – Full Council At Wolverhampton Low Level Station!

Wednesday is the 20th September. A little local history is made when the City Council is held at the Grand Central banqueting Suite, which rose from the former Great Western Railway Station..The Wolverhampton Low Level Railway Station!

The move has been made as the Civic Centre Council Chamber is closed for refurbishment.

Ironically I worked at Wolverhampton Low Level Station for many years, and to go back for A City Council meeting will be a delight for me. In fact I shall be moving a resolution at the City Council meeting tomorrow that calls for more funding for the Policing of the City.

The Grand Old Low Level Station an architectural gem in my mind. Will have heard my dulcet tones talking politics many times on the platforms of that station in the late 1970’s and Early 80’s!

I was in those days an active National Union of Railwaymen Local Departmental Committee member, and (union official). Indeed I once led a strike of Parcel Delivery drivers from that station! When the management induced a decision, that later got overturned, and even though we went on strike, payment of my union members were made after the management reversed their decision!

I am looking forward to delivering my speech tomorrow is it is an important call for more funds for our force in the City. The thin blue line here in Wolverhampton is getting thinner and thinner. We want the police to be neighbourhood police officers, we want the police to be available when crime takes place, and we want crime solved when it happens. Currently our local Bobbies are at full stretch, and they are moved into other towns like Walsall and West Bromwich when those towns do not have enough officers! That leaves our local areas denuded of Officers….my constituents want to see police officers and PCSO’s in Wednesfield. They do not want to go day after day without seeing that uniform. I am sure there will be plenty of support for this resolution. I am hoping the Tory Councillors on the City Council will also support the resolution! But I am not going to hold my breath….

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Ugly Graffiti Mars – Ashmore Park Shopping Parade

I have asked the Wolverhampton Homes team to review and clean the graffiti tags that are starting to appear around the shopping parade. They are ugly tags and very off putting for customers and residents a like.

The situation just cannot be allowed to continue and I am appealing for residents & shop keepers to report anyone they see creating this ugly mess. I shall be in touch with the Police also.

The Shopping Parade needs all the footfall it can get, making the place unattractive and unappealing will threaten the survival of the traders and that cannot be allowed to take place.

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Wolverhampton – New electric car charging points for taxis.

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New electric taxi charging points to also be made publicly accessible

New electric car charging points for taxis in the City of Wolverhampton are also to be made accessible to the public.

City of Wolverhampton Council was handed £478,000 government funding in March to help fulfil a long-term plan to grow the number of electric taxis in the city.

The Office for Low Emission Vehicles’ (OLEV) has since confirmed the electric charging network can also be made available for public use

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Telecommunications Tower Proposal for The Pheasant Island.

Residents of Wednesfield North may be interested in the consultation correspondence that your Councillors have received this morning (Saturday) from a Telecommunication company who is seeking to develop a new Telecommunication infrastructure of a proposal for a 17.5 metre monopole with 3no shrouded antennas, 2no equipment cabinets and 1no meter – The Company have informed that their preferred site is in front of The Pheasant Inn on the verge of the highway, in our Ward of Wednesfield North in the Wood End area.

The company is keen to hear what views the Councillors have towards their proposals.

We in turn are keen to hear your views on this matter. PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT OR EMAIL ME ON email@philbateman.com

This is the correspondence we received –

For the attention of the Ward Councillors for Wednesfield North

Dear Councillors,

Vodafone Limited has entered into an agreement with Telefonica UK Limited, commonly known as O2, pursuant to which the two companies plan to jointly operate and manage a single network grid across the UK. These arrangements will be overseen by Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd (CTIL) which is a joint venture company owned by Vodafone and Telefonica. This agreement allows both organisations to pool their basic network infrastructure, while running two, independent, nationwide networks. It will also maximise opportunities to consolidate the number of base stations and will significantly reduce the environmental impact of network development. However as you will appreciate mobiles can only work with a network of base stations in place where people want to use their mobile phones or other wireless devices. Without base stations, the mobile phones and other portable devices we rely on simply won’t work.

In light of the above a new base station is needed in the Wood End area, in order to provide 2G, 3G and 4G coverage and capacity for both Vodafone and Telefonica. Having explored a number of options as detailed in the table below, my client is looking to advance a proposal for a 17.5 metre monopole with 3no shrouded antennas, 2no equipment cabinets and 1no meter at the entitled site. In this regard please find attached the draft plans of the proposal in which we would appreciate any comments you may have at this stage. Taking the attached into account the purpose of this email is to consult with you and seek your views on our proposal before any planning submission is made. We understand that you are not always able to provide site specific comments, however, Vodafone and Telefónica are committed to consultation with communities on our mobile telecommunications proposals and as such would encourage you to respond.

Before we advanced the attached site and proposal, it is of note that we have considered alternative site options and discounted them as follows:

Site Type

Site Name & Address

National Grid Reference

Reason for not choosing

1

Rooftop

Long Knowle Primary School, Blackwood Avenue, Wolverhampton

WV11 1EB

E 394094

N 301594

The site provider was approached about accommodating a telecommunications installation however there has been no confirmation of interest or unwillingness to date. Given the time that has elapsed and the attempts to gain some form of acknowledgment, this site has to be discounted as the operator does not have the owner’s permission to use their land.

2

Greenfield

The Bethany Chapel,

Lower Prestwood Road,

Wolverhampton,

WV11 1JX

E 394334

N 301468

The site provider was approached about accommodating a telecommunications installation however there has been no confirmation of interest or unwillingness to date. Given the time that has elapsed and the attempts to gain some form of acknowledgment, this site has to be discounted as the operator does not have the owner’s permission to use their land.

3

Greenfield – SW

Roundabout of Long Knowle Lane, Blackhalve Lane and Pear Tree Lane

Wolverhampton

WV11

E 393734

N 301850

This location is too far removed from the search area to provide the required level of coverage and would impact upon the neighbouring base station sites in the network. Therefore, this site has to be discounted as it does not meet the operator’s technical requirements.

4

Rooftop

Red Lion Pub

Amos Lane

Wolverhampton

WV11 1HZ

E 394050

N 301290

When taking into account the roof shape of the property, its overall building height and the immediate natural and built clutter, it was felt that the building does not lend itself to host a sensitively designed telecommunication installation. A rooftop proposal of significant height and massing would be required to meet the operator’s technical requirements. In this regard it is considered that should a proposal of this type come forward it would be highly visible and out of keeping with the host building and surrounding uses.

5

Greenfield – SW

Outside Red Lion Pub

Amos Lane

Wolverhampton

WV11 1HZ

E 394057

N 301253

An application by Vodafone for a 12.5 metre monopole clad with timber effect (LPA Ref.: – 12/00164/TEL) was refused by Wolverhampton City Council and was deemed unacceptable due to its height and appearance in the street scene.

6

Greenfield – SW

Linthouse Lane

Opposite Ridge Lane

Wolverhampton

WV11

E 394442

N 301544

This site is found on the edge of the search area and given its geographical position would not provide meaningful coverage and capacity to the target area. Therefore, this site has to be discounted as it does not meet operator’s technical requirements.

7

Greenfield – SW

Grass verge of Lower Prestwood Road, near the roundabout with Wood End Road and Linthouse Lane, Wolverhampton

WV11

E394434

N301519

This site was introduced to the LPA, however they considered the location unacceptable as they felt a proposal here would significantly impact upon the open space visual amenities and be detrimental to the street scene.

8

Rooftop

The Pheasant PH, Wood End Road, Wolverhampton,

WV11 1YQ

E394529

N301520

When taking into account the roof shape of the property, its overall building height and the immediate natural and built clutter, it was felt that the building does not lend itself to host a sensitively designed telecommunication installation. A rooftop proposal of significant height and massing would be required to meet the operator’s technical requirements. In this regard it is considered that should a proposal of this type come forward it would be highly visible and out of keeping with the host building and surrounding uses.

9

Rooftop Existing Telecoms

1-7 Long Knowle Lane, Wolverhampton

WV11 1HZ

E393997

N301273

The building accommodates a Telefonica installation in the form of antennas shrouded in mock flagpoles. They are not shareable structures in their current form, in which significant redevelopment would be required to meet the operators needs. In this respect it is considered that an increase in height and a complete change in appearance would increase the visual prominence of this installation on the host building, within the street scene and on surrounding uses.

The Local Planning Authority mast register and our records of other potential sites have already been reviewed, the policies in the Development Plan have been taken into account and the planning history of telecoms in the area has been examined. All Vodafone and Telefonica installations are designed to be fully compliant with the public exposure guidelines established by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These guidelines have the support of UK Government, the European Union and they also have the formal backing of the World Health Organisation. A certificate of ICNIRP compliance will be included within the planning submission.

In order to give you time to send your comments or request further information, we commit to allow at least 14 days before an application is submitted to the Local Planning Authority. This 14 day period starts from the date of this email.

We look forward to receiving any comments you may have on the proposal.

Kind Regards

Chris Taylor

Mono
Steam Packet House, 76 Cross Street
Manchester M2 4JG

Web: www.monoconsultants.com

Mono Consultants Limited, a company registered in Scotland, company number SC175320. Registered office 3rd Floor, 48 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5TS

Chinese Delegation in Wolverhampton

The City of Wolverhampton continues to boost its reputation, and amongst the number of visitors the City have received this year, was the latest delegation from China.

On Thursday Wolverhampton City Council were visited by a delegation from Guangzhou Municipal Government in China.

The 20 delegates were keen to find out about the City of Wolverhampton Council and how we provide information to Government on our performance as well as how we measure local indicators.

The party were greeted and welcomed by Councillor Andrew Johnson, Andrew is our Cabinet Member responsible for Finance.

A City of Wolverhampton commemorative gift was presented to Mr Zhang Wentao, Director of Guangzhou City People Government Affairs Management Office. The visit builds on existing relationships developed with China as a result of last October’s trade missions to Anquing and Shanghai and Fosun group’s acquisition of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.

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Metro Work Closes Bilston Road Wolverhampton on Sunday.

Bilston Road will be closed in both directions from Sunday 17 September at 00:30am and will reopen at 7.00am later that same morning.

This phase of works will also include the closure of Eagle Street at its junction with Bilston Road until 23 December. Access to Eagle Street will be via Steelhouse Lane only. For access to Bilston Road please follow the diversion via Steelhouse Lane, Bilston Road, Bilston Island, Bilston Road.

Could we ask that you contact logistics / haulage companies in advance if possible, if you have any deliveries/collections during the times of this closure so that they are aware of the closure and appropriate diversion routes.

If you are unable to do this and encounter any problems with deliveries/collections during the closure, please do not hesitate to contact me via the details at the bottom of this email. To log any out of hours queries or concerns please contact 07920 216 223, and will aim to get any issues resolved as soon as possible.

Further Information can also be found on our website www.metroalliance.co.uk or on your Local Authority webpage.