Scan_20180715 (7) Looking Glum! campaign to get traffic lights to assist children crossing the road in the 80's

WMCC – Looking Back at History 1980’s.

Here I am looking a little glum following a campaign based round road safety here in what was my Ward on the County Council which encompassed both Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South.

I represented those two Wards from 1981 until the West Midlands County Council was abolished by the Margaret Thatcher Government.

The print out that I received from the County Council was enormous, and it stretched the length of the old members room in Birmingham.

Needless to say the measures that were being chased were successful. The photograph clearly settles the point about the incidents that had been recorded!

Scan_20180715 (6)Margaret Benton & Sue Hall Dudley Bus Garage Maintenance Oct 1985

WMCC -Looking Back on Public Transport! Dudley Bus Maintenance Building.

I was proud of the role I played in modernising public transport in the conurbation. Here on the 21st October 1985 – I am seen with my former Wards Bridge School teacher Margaret Benton and our friend Sue Hall.

Both were Wolverhampton Councillors, but I remember the  pride that I felt that day with Margaret , and Sue in attendance.

The WMCC had allocated resources creating  investment  for the  modernising  of public transport in the West Midlands conurbation.

Scan_20180715 (2) Adderley Park Station Opening

Birmingham Rail History – Opening Adderley Park Rail Station.

On being made Chair of Passenger Transport Committee in the West Midlands County Council in August 1981.

Looking back recently I came across this photo it records the role I played in opening  the newly refurbished Inner City Rail station of Adderley Park in Birmingham in those day’s.

Adderley Park station was originally opened on 1st August 1860, a small two-platform on the outskirts of the centre of Birmingham and was used by passengers to access local factories as well as local residents travelling to Birmingham. The passenger platforms were located to the east of Bordesley Green Road, which was crossed the line by overbridge. Access to the platforms was via steps from the roadway with a booking office being provided on each platform.

When I was Chair of the WMCC Passenger Transport Committee – I was also a member of the National Union of Railwaymen at the time.

I remember that it was a big thrill for me to be undertaking that role. I remember feeling very proud at the time, that I was part of an organisation that was going to have such a big impact upon the Second City and the transport future of the huge conurbation of the West Midlands.

Here looking on is Councillor Renee Specter a member of the Passenger Transport Committee , with the Opposition Conservative member of the Committee.

 

The then West Midlands County Councillor- Phil Bateman. Cutting the First Sod - Circa 1983"

Cutting The First Sod!

I have found this old photo out. It shows me digging what used to be described as the “First Sod” on what was then the Ashmore Park Youth Club. I had campaigned for the West Midlands County Council to build an extension to the Youth Club using the County Council Task Force which they did…it was about 1983 I think.

It is certainly a youthful picture. I can see former Police Constable Brian Tew in the back ground whilst the photographer lined up the shot!

I remember it well and we had a few days of real rain..the site was very wet and muddy!

 

Scan_20180714 (3)Peter Temple Morris defecting 1992

Right Place – Right Time! Number 10 Downing Street

You know the old saying- “Right Place at the Right Time” well this was the case for me back in 1998.  I was attending the House of Commons when Peter Snape MP for West Bromwich East said “come on we have to take Peter Temple Morris over to meet the Prime Minister.” Peter Temple Morris was a Conservative MP and had crossed the House, coming over from the Tory’s to Labour. I was asked to accompany them, with Denis Turner, and that was the first time I had been to Downing Street.

Former Conservative MP Peter Temple-Morris, who defected to Labour after the 1997 election, has died aged 80.

After crossing the floor and being given a peerage, Baron Temple-Morris sat as a Labour peer in the House of Lords for 17 years.

The son of a Tory MP, he previously represented the Herefordshire town of Leominster between 1974 and 2001.

 

Wards Bridge Re union 1992

Wards Bridge Re -Union Circa 1992

I attended Wards Bridge Secondary Modern in Wednesfield from 1961 to 1965

I recently came across this Wards Bridge ReUnion picture taken in the Hall at the school in 1992

I am standing on the back row an the left- standing besides me I think is  Stephen Ward?

Can people name those that attended?

These Geese Are about to get a new home on the soon to be designated Local Nature Reserve!

The Phil Bateman Blog – Hectic Thursday!

Hectic Thursday – Meeting after Meeting! Phew…

Today I started by attending a meeting at the Civic Centre making plans for Fridays continuation of the Scrutiny Panel looking in to the flooding that took place on Bank Holiday May 27th 2018. This meeting with the officials was important as it sets what the agenda will be on Friday.

11.30 – On Bentley Bridge Leisure Park for a meeting with City Council Officials and Mark Welsby of Bentley Bridge Leisure Park relating to the work that I have been undertaking trying to get the Wyrley & Essington Canal gain official Local Nature Reserve status!

Well Football may not be coming home folks. But the status I have craved for this canal, most certainly is! Look out for the week before the Wednesfield Canal Festival, as I am hoping that the official announcements will be made then! Yippee!

12.30 – Meeting moved onto the The Nickelodeon, and the Hands on Wednesfield team met with me, as we worked through all that needs doing to deliver an up beat all action week end for the Wednesfield Canal Festival.

The late this afternoon I along with Mary attended the The Vibrant City Scrutiny Panel at the Civic Centre where we had a full agenda. One of the items discussed was the Kingdom contract for enforcing action against those that litter the City.

Litter is a growing issue. I know it divides people. But without enforcing the law we would be under a pile of dropped litter items. It certainly made a lively debate amongst Councillors like it has done already on these my Facebook Page.

One of the most important facts that have been produced recently by the Public Health team on the City Council is the fact that 22.5% of City adults smoke. That indicates that rates of smokers in this City are going down and our statistics are improving. I think that this is something to be proud of. Though we need to see the figures reduce even more…

20994020_10212973891915550_8976397568423595299_n Wednesfield Canal Festival.

Tuesday Blog – Ahoy! It’s Wednesfield Canal Festival.

Tuesday – Time to Turn to Wednesfield Canal Festival.

Everyday there is an issue that takes time to investigate and find a resolution for.

Tuesday was one of those difficult days.

No set meetings for either Mary or me, but a lot to do during the day.

But a lot of casework to be dealt with from Housing cases through to environmental and road safety issues were in the list of things that were attended too!

I was pretty pleased to be informed that I had been able to give advocacy for one constituent, which has led to her case being reviewed and revised, but the best news is that the Tribunal she attended was successful and she has been awarded Employment and Support Allowance with the Support component. She has received a substantial sum of money for the arrears that the Government had denied her for a considerable time.. I am pleased with this result!

Besides the fact that we need shopping, and there were one or two family issues to divide our time into.

During the remainder of the day I had to move up a gear to start the preparations for the Wednesfield Canal Festival that Hands on Wednesfield, and I are leading on, which will take place on the 11 and 12 August 2018.

The venue will be The Bentley Bridge Leisure Park and at the heart of the festival will be the Wyrley & Essington Canal and The Nickelodeon Public House.

There is a huge amount of work to be undertaken as we start accelerating the proposals that goes into its planning and the detailed activities. All of this effort is designed to first put Wednesfield on the City and regional map, and to provide fun and activities here in our City during what is very much a holiday month.

Last year 4,300 people visited over the two days the Wednesfield Canal Festival operates. That is a big event and of course the work behind the scenes is itself epic.

As soon as the ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ judging day is over, a good many of the same volunteers that take part in the supporting of the ‘In Bloom’ activity, are quickly marshalled into the production of the Canal Festival.

There really is no rest for the wicked!

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There is never A Dull Day in Wednesfield!

Over the week end  two of my constituents contacted me about Two Staffs bull terriers on the loose. It is alleged that they had attacked a man and his dog.

I phoned the 101 number to report, but the number just rang out. I am concerned that it is getting harder and harder to contact the Police. In the end I left an email. Not good I will be writing to the police placing my concerns on public record.

I received this note late last week “I know you are busy at the moment with Wednesfield in Bloom, but I wonder if you could pass this on to the relevant people who could fix the problem.

I catch the bus by the shops in wood end road in particular the bus stop by the Qmin restaurant. It looks like work has been done on pavement for disabled users or motor rise scooters. But with the heat etc the pavement has come loose and is a unsafe and unsightly as per pictures attached.”

I did contact the Highways team and they got back in touch saying that they were going to take a look, and sort something out. Which they did.

Well the Heart of England in Bloom Inspectors came and went last Friday. They were very enthusiastic about the work the Wednesfield Volunteers had done. I expect Wednesfield to win an Award! My own personal thanks goes to everybody who did some work, or who donated flowers, or did some other job to get us through the day. It has been a marvellous experience.

Of course even though the Wednesfield in Bloom Inspectors have now been and gone! The plants still need looking after…I have to say I pray for a little rain at night. I know if it starts (rain!) we probably will not see the sun again! But running around with water in the car is very wearing.

So this week started (Monday 9 July) with a daylong session of The City Councils Scrutiny Panel which I am chairing. It relates to the localised flooding that took place in The City last bank Holiday. The Scrutiny Panel was an all-day affair and not open to the public. Thought the findings will be published.

This was followed by a Wolverhampton Labour Group Meeting in the evening. We left the City Council around 8.30pm….a very long day! Plus the start of a new week……