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All Wednesfield North Schools Are Closed On Monday!

Following the very heavy snowfall today Sunday, School Head-teachers and their Governors have decided to close all the schools in the Ward of Wednesfield North, tomorrow morning because of the severe weather conditions. A full list of closed schools for Wolverhampton can be found on Wolverhampton Today.

Closed

  • Woodend Primary School 
  • Oakmeadow Primary School
  • Corpus Christi Primary School
  • St Albans Primary School
  • Coppice High School
  • The Federated School of Ashmore Park Nursery & The Phoenix Nursery school
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New Planning Application – City Councillor to Object!

I have objected to the proposal to change the retail unit PLANNING USE at 601 Griffith Drive which shares a site with the Co-Op. These are the terms of the objection.

“I want to object to Reference 17/01363/FUL the proposal to change the use of this unit from Class A1 Retail.

The original planning application for the construction of these two units on the part of the Ashmore Inn site was itself contentious. The decision to give planning permission was ‘sold’ to residents on the basis it would enhance the retail situation for the wider community.

This decision to so quickly change the retail classification, to Sui Generis is a very retrograde step.

My objections are that the site is not suitable for the change of use demanded. There are a limited number of car parking spaces that were set out for the development and took into account the requirement of the Public House already on site, and the new Co-Op shop.

I use the facilities and I am concerned that the majority of the customers for the new applicant, will not be local, they will be travelling further and will be coming by car in the main. This will increase traffic flow at a very sensitive part of Griffith Drive. There are three Nursery and Child Care facilities, within 150metres of the proposed shop.

The schools generate a lot of movements of pedestrians and vehicles when the schools are open. As does the Public House and the other retail stores opposite on the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade. Additionally there is a very busy bus stop outside of the Ashmore Inn, with local buses every 6 minutes. These public transport movements also constrain and complicate the highway movements on Griffith Drive.

There are not enough parking bays at 601 Griffith Drive at certain times of the day for the current arrangements as they stand, but to have up to 15 extra cars taking up bays outside the proposed Salon – will create undoubted conflicts of movements.

I would urge you also to consider public safety. Currently there is a very well used pedestrian crossing that serves the Shopping area, the schools, the bus stop, the public house and the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade.   It is already a cause for concern because of cars using the Co-Op car park for access to the shop.

Take 15 bays out of circulation and you will affect the performance and the viability of the Co –Op shop.

Potentially the parking problems will increase, and road and pedestrian conflict in a very tight area is a major concern for me.

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Battle Information All Signed Up!

You know when you have been arguing for such a long time for an action, you think after a while you will not achieve it! Well today we have exceeded that wish… when a boundary sign was erected that tells people entering into Wolverhampton and our Village of Wednesfield, that it is the site of a huge battle that changed the history of Britain. This battle took place when the Mercian’s and Saxons defeated the Danes here in Wednesfield in August 910 AD.

Back in 2015 I moved a resolution in the City of Wolverhampton Full Council asking the Authority to recognise the importance of the battle that took place here.

Our neighbourhoods and our Wednesfield History Society recognised the unique situation, because if the Danes had won. Then the  Danelaw would have been extended from York over most of Britain.

It is feasible to consider that if that had happened, we may all be ordering our drinks in Danish now! Those of us who cherish our history also firmly believe that the battle and its location within The City of Wolverhampton, can help re generate our local economy….here is the resolution passed by the City of Wolverhampton Council  in 2015.

“This City Council recognises the importance of the Battle of Wodensfield which took place in August 910 within the current City Boundaries. We wish to ensure the historic significance of this battle by declaring that the City Council flag is flown over the two day Anniversary (5/6) August  annually. We further request the City Council to investigate and report back to Cabinet, ways in which this historic event can be marked to regenerate and develop our local economy.”

I am pleased also to announce that in the run up to the Battle date in August it is planned to add, a further Boundary Sign. Adding further impetus to the events staged by Wednesfield History Society and their partners at the anniversary date…. Its been a good day for Wednesfield today, despite the snow.

 

 

Wolverhampton NEET figures ahead of national curve

Wolverhampton NEET figures ahead of national curve

Latest figures on getting young people into education, employment and training put City of Wolverhampton ahead of national and regional improvements.

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Jobs Fair 2017

Encouraging young people to stay in learning or training, or start an apprenticeship, brings huge benefits. Young people are better skilled and ready for work, their earnings potential increases and their health and wider social outcomes are improved.

The Department for Education data relates to 16 to 18 year olds Not in Education, Employment, or Training (NEET) and ‘not knowns’ (those whose outcomes are unknown).

There has been a dramatic 3.1% reduction in the City of Wolverhampton from 8.4% in 2015/16 to 5.3% in 2016/17.

The current national NEET figure stands at 6%, while in the West Midlands it is 7.3%.

The improvement has been driven by City of Wolverhampton Council service – Connexions Wolverhampton – which provides information, advice, guidance and practical support to help young people get ready for adult and working life.

It has achieved the impressive numbers through proactive efforts to engage young people like door knocking, early identification and intervention, and enhanced partnership working.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: “These figures are hugely encouraging and reflect the improvement in schools, and the work of Connexions Wolverhampton, the college and local training providers.

“Young people who disengage from learning and training will struggle to access employment in the future so it is vital we give them as many opportunities as possible.

“More than £3.7 billion of investment in the city is either on site or in the pipeline and we will continue to work closely with city partners to provide recruitment and training opportunities through events such as our successful jobs fairs and the Wolves at Work programme.

“The Connexions service has used these events and programmes to provide greater training and employment opportunities for young people.”

Connexions Wolverhampton was awarded the Matrix quality standard at the end of last year, which is a kite mark for organisations that provide Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) either as a core component of their service offer or as part of their wider provision.

Wolverhampton Connexions Centre, 118-119 Salop Street, is open every weekday between 1.30pm and 4.30pm, except Wednesdays. You can also call 01902 773040 for support and advice.

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Zebra Crossing Called For! – Amos lane

I have been asked to support a Zebra Crossing in Amos Lane Wednesfield.

The Lane is busy – parents and children cross Amos lane from Wood end and Bellamy Lane in my Ward  to go to Wodensfield School. I have had a local parent write to me explaining in detail the threat she sees every school day to families and children as they try to cross this busy main road.

I am keen to hear residents comments, and other road user comments, as I start to bring together the evidence that is required  to deliver this road safety resource.

Please if you have any  comments for or against, or  if you are a parent or local resident.

Please let me know your views.

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Congratulations Coventry – UK City of Culture 2021!

Coventry has been named the UK’s city of culture for 2021, a one-off opportunity to boost the economy, tourism, civic pride and access to the arts. It is a great chance aso to be in the national spotlight.

I want to congratulate Coventry –  its good news for them , and its good news for the conurbation!

The Bid was  a massive opportunity to put Coventry in the national spotlight and to create a lasting legacy to benefit the city for years to come, and you know what? Its paid off for them….I for one am very pleased that it has too…..

Today I have been involved with Duties commensurate with my role of Chair of Ashmore Park & Phoenix Nursery.

I chaired a meeting of the seven Nursery Schools across Wolverhampton, (W.H.E.E.L) lt stands for Wolverhampton Hub for Excellence in Early Years. As they unveiled a policy document with proposals relating to furthering the development and investment in the Early Years Community.

Those attending the conference were the seven maintained Nursery Schools, also in attendance was Meredith Teasdale the new Wolverhampton City Council Education Director, Councillor Claire Darke Chair of the Education Portfolio, and the City’s Managing Director Keith Ireland.

It was a good and interesting meeting – A report written by Annie Davy who had been commissioned by the Nursery Schools was delivered by the Author. The report talked about supporting a proposal to form an on line connector that can support a quality improvements by sharing Ideas, materials and training and development opportunities.

It was a good meeting – it set out how valuable the maintained Nursery Schools were, and a very good debate took place around the presentation. I summarised what had taken place, and I was very pleased to see the interest that was being expressed by the City Council and the Officer Corps about the detail.

The meeting closed with a tour of the Ashmore Park Nursery, which was led by Head Teacher Sue Lacey (Pictured Above) who had earlier spoken to the WHEEL report, and set the scene relating to the development of our federated school. On the short tour of the Nursery  we were able to speak to Councillor Clare Darke, the MD, and Education Director about Ashmore Parks work with the EU around the European Erasmus Project of which we are part.

I believe the Managing Director Keith Ireland was interested in what he had seen and heard about the Wolverhampton Nursery Schools initiative and the work we were undertaking here in Ashmore Park in International Education.

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Supported Living Scheme – Barnard Road

Here is the latest situation concerning the construction of the Supported Living Scheme taking place in Barnard Road –

In a recent article on this blog I wrote about the request a resident spoke with me about concerning the poor state of Barnard Road on Ashmore Park. The new Supported Living Home being constructed by Voyage appeared to have ‘lost control’ over the contractors building the development.

The resident asked me to pop a long and take a look. Which I did.

It was an appalling mess. Mud on the road and footpaths, which were also obstructed, Vans everywhere!  There appeared to me to be a lack of control, and the planning conditions placed on the developer, were it seemed not being carried out.

I wrote immediately  to the Highway Authority and Planning Authority so that they could be made aware of the situation. They have responded by telling me that –

“The supported living scheme currently being built on Barnard road is designed to support adults with a learning disability who will benefit from living in a community environment rather than residential care. 

The building was originally scheduled to be completed at the end of October 2017, however the contractor has reported difficulties recruiting and retaining appropriate tradesman and a design issue with the roof has resulted in a delay to the completion of the building, which is now scheduled for completion by 8 January 2018 with new tenants moving in by 22 January 2018

The trench in the road has been filled in and covered up, the final top layer of tarmac was placed on 28 November 2017. And the project manager will be on-site to check that this is completed correctly.

Voyage have held a number of community events and a recruitment event locally in the Hub. 

A further ‘drop in’ session is planned to take place on 16th December at the Community Hub. Residents of Ashmore Park will be invited to drop in between 1030 and 1230, should they have any questions about the build.

I will continue to inform residents via my social media sites as more information is delivered.

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Wolmer Road Fly Tipping

I had a complaint about Fly tipping from residents. The complaint referred to public rights of Way Wolmer Road and Griffith Drive and Wolmer Road and Kitchen Lane.
Wolverhampton Homes Estate Services have visited the two sites and confirmed the presence of fly-tipped items on both of the sites.

Checks have been made and there does not appear to be any evidence present to help identify the perpetrators that we could refer on to the Councils Public Protection department for further investigation.
 
Therefore we have raised a works order for an Estate Caretaking team to attend to both sites and arrange for removal of the fly-tipping.
 
The works order has been raised this morning (28 Nov 2017)and a team will attend within the next 7 days.
Can I make a plea and ask if there are any residents who have seen this happen or who knows who have tipped these items, could they contact me on  email@philbateman.com
 
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City Has 4500 Tonnes of Rock Salt – For the Roads!

With winter hovering over Wednesfield it is perhaps just worth reminding motorists to be careful when driving. City of Wolverhampton Gritting crews are now on standby and ready to for action when icy conditions are forecast.

The city has a plentiful supply of salt! In fact they have  4,500 tonnes of rock salt in stock for the winter season. The way that is spread onto the roads by a fleet of 9 gritting lorries and a team of drivers who each have a specific route to treat around the city when the temperatures plummet!

City of Wolverhampton Council  routinely treat 239 miles every time the gritters go out – that is more than 50% of all roads in the city. The roads are divided into priority 1 and 2 routes.

Your Councillors in Wednesfield North are always grateful to the Gritters as they do a magnificent job on the whole, keeping our main roads passable for traffic , and playing their part in keeping the region moving when cold hard weather hits our City.