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National Express – Award Winning Quality and Performance from this Coach Operator!

If you are interested in transport here in the West Midlands…You may be interested in the following information.

National Express has proven itself king of the road after coming away from two industry awards ceremonies with armfuls of silverware. In the last four years National Express has shown its quality by consistently being recognised as a company displaying innovation and performance. Achieving the runner up position consistently.

Now the UK’s largest coach operator finally has been crowned Large Operator of the Year at the 2018 UK Coach Awards.

Beating tough competition from The Kings Ferry, Edwards Coaches and Lucketts Travel.

National Express then went on to win the biggest prize of all – overall Operator of the Year – by topping the winners of the Small and Medium Operator of the Year categories.   At the ceremony held in Blackpool, National Express also won the Making Coaches a Better Choice award for its excellent next generation coach the Caetano Levante III, meanwhile the customer response team were runners up in the Customer Service award and the lost property team Ann Colley and Merlyn Bryan narrowly missed out on the Unsung Heroes award.

All of this indicates to National Express passengers and customers, that the business is always looking to improve. That in itself is rather good news for residents in Wolverhampton and the wider West Midlands. We need more quality operators serving our conurbation.

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Emergency Road Works Waddensbrook Lane- Traffic Delays.

Notification of emergency road works:

 

Location: Waddens Brook Lane junction of Silverton Way.

 

Promoter: Western Power Distribution.

                                                   

Nature of works: Cable Fault.

 

Traffic management: 3-way temporary traffic signals.

 

Duration: 14/05/2018 – 16/05/2018.

 

Please Note this information…traffic is already building around the lights. This will cause congestion whilst it is being treated. Give your selves plenty of time to travel the road……

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

Local Nature Reserve – “long laborious Job”.

It’s been a long and laborious job at times, pressing and promoting the need to turn our fabulous Wyrley & Essington canal into a Local Nature Reserve of some repute.

It seems to have been a lifetime in arguing for this to happen!

But today I can inform you that I have been informed, that the City of Wolverhampton Council has now signed a collaboration agreement and all we are waiting for now is for the Canal and River Trust to approve and sign it.

I am still not sure on the timescales for this, but I have been pushing for a quick resolution.

Walsall appear to be on a slower track and so they are now proceeding separately with the CRT regarding the designating of their section of the Wyrley & Essington canal as a LNR.

 

By and large this is very good news! Sad that Walsall is on ‘a slow line’ but I am sure there will be an agreement later this year, and I will continue to keep you all updated on the progress.

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Local Shop Keeping Legend Has Road Named After Him!

Following the tragic death last year of popular Ashmore Park shop keeper Raj Kumar.

Wolverhampton Homes and Wolverhampton City Council have agreed to the naming of the service Road that loops around the back of the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade as – Raj Kumar Drive.

This is a permanent reminder to Raj, and I am sure the whole community will be delighted that this very special man is to be remembered in this way.

The road naming ceremony will be a tribute to him and will take place on Friday the 18th May 2018 at 12noon.

I do hope that the event will be fully supported by our community.

The Reverend Sam Leach has informed me that St Albans Church will be opened after the renaming ceremony, for refreshments for the family and, all in our community who wish to have a tea & coffee there.

I do hope that the event will be well supported by our community.

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Norman Davies – A Tough No Nonsense City Leader!

Councillor Norman Davies former City Councillor, Former leader of Wolverhampton City Council, a tough and no nonsense Local Government politician that led Wolverhampton Town to Wolverhampton City Status. A decent bloke and a man that loved his family.

Norman was born on the 18th March and he died on the 28th March 2018.

He received a funeral service at St Leonards Church on Tuesday 1st May 2018, just a couple of day’s before this year’s Local City Council elections.

Norman would understand why this little obituary was a bit late in being published!

Norman represented both Springvale and Bilston East Wards during his period on Wolverhampton Council. He was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 1992.

 

Norman was good Leader of Wolverhampton he was a tough man, but he was kind and gentle away from the job of running the Council. He had a kind of folksy image, something he would take challenge on I am sure. But he always had ‘an old saying’ to pronounce upon when trying to explain himself…!

I had several times quoted at me the old saying “I’m too old a cat to be pissed upon by young kittens!” I usually got that if he was suspicious of something I was doing!

Some 29 years ago to this very day – Norman agreed to a charity football match between what was Wolverhampton Town Council and Sheffield City Council in aid of the Sheffield disaster fund. This is what he wrote in the programme that was produced and sold, as the Wolverhampton Councillors played in the Wolves strip against their Sheffield rivals….

 Dear Supporter, Thank you for buying this programme. I do hope that you enjoy the football on show. The importance of this event is clear for all to see, as it will benefit both the Hillsborough Appeal, and a hard working local charity. It is fitting at this time that the links between our two footballing towns, Wolverhampton and Sheffield, are strengthened by raising money for such worthy causes. I mention the very generous donations that have been made by the local Companies listed overleaf. Their sponsorship of this event, and that of many, many local people, is much appreciated.

Norman Davies- Leader, Wolverhampton Borough Council.

Norman was a football supporter he supported the Wolves and his local Bilston Town football club. He would have loved today, as the Wolves team head for City Art Gallery for a Civic reception before, meeting all the fans in the West Park to celebrate the promotion of the team from the Championship to the Premier League.

I have some great memories of Norman, he and I had our differences, but they never became any more than that. But we also had lots of laughs, and he was forever getting lost when he accompanied me anywhere out of Wolverhampton.

But that is another story!

 

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Mary – What A Super Mandate!

Well after Thursdays election results and the issues relating to the election, for those that are interested in delving a little deeper into what happened politically here in Wednesfield North, you may like to read this.

Mary Bateman the Labour candidate here won with 1242 votes that is 60.31% of the votes cast. That is a massive endorsement for Mary and her campaign. She also increased the size of her vote from 1192 in her last election in 2014 to 1242 which is 50 more votes in total.

The last time Mary stood in 2014 she had a majority of 234 votes over UKIP who had finished second… This time Mary increased her majority to 493 votes over the Conservative Party who this time finished second in our Ward.

That is a massive 47% increase in Labours Majority over all the other Party’s contesting the 2018 election.

It is disappointing that the overall vote was down across the Ward, but you cannot take away Mary’s result, which was very positive and gives her a marvellous mandate from the electors in our Ward.

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New Aldi Announces Plans!

Aldi on Coppice Farm has written to Mary and I pointing out that they have had their plans validated by Walsall MBC and that they are now out consulting residents.

They tell us that they had distributed a community newsletter to 1,996 households and businesses in surrounding areas to their future store.

They tell us that they had very strong support, for their proposals for Aldi. Which will lead to an on- going programme to rebuild a high quality carefully designed store. They will be employing around 40 workers in full or part time jobs, when it opens.

So it looks like the local economy is going to get a much needed boost!

It also means that our Wednesfield residents living in Coppice Farm will get a highly prized award winning discount food retailer, right on their doorstep, with free customer parking.

Everyone keeps asking when it is to open , so we know it will be a highly prized local asset.

Sadly the correspondence doesn’t give an opening day…but it is nevertheless a great indicator that the plans are on the move…..If you want to ask Aldi more about their plans and proposals you can contact them direct on 0800 298 7040

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THEFIGHT TO STOP CLOSURE OF WEDNESFIELD POLICE STATION

THE FIGHT TO STOP CLOSURE OF WEDNESFIELD POLICE STATION – I thought that Wednesfield North residents would be pleased to know that the campaign that has been waged by Wednesfield North and Wednesfield South Labour Parties, and which has been running now for several months has had some success.

First Councillor Greg Brackenridge from Wednesfield South and Councillor Mary Bateman together recently handed over to our Member of Parliament – Emma Reynolds MP, hundreds and hundreds of signatures collected from Wednesfield people in the High Street , through the foulest of winter weather.

This was evidence of the brilliant support from this Village, for the campaign to retain Wednesfield Police Station.

When Labour took to the streets – the people queued to listen to our case, to keep Wednesfield Police Station in public ownership and open for Police services. They queued to sign the petition forms!

That was the first success that we have had, the second in the campaign, was the agreement of our Member of Parliament Emma Reynolds to accept the petitions and raise them with West Midlands Police –

Emma also ran her own survey on this issue – as we did here in Wednesfield North.

This was she has had to say to me in an email recently.

Emma Reynolds ” I have shared your views with West Midlands Police and demanded that they look again at their plans. It is worrying that so few people knew what was happening and as a result were not able to have their say. In Parliament I will be challenging ministers over crime and policing policy. At every level it appears to be lacking and they need to get a better grip on the situation.”

 

Locally I have also written on behalf of Wednesfield North

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Councillor Greg Brackenridge and Councillor Mary Bateman, handing over the petitions to Emma Reynolds MP surrounded by supporters.

, and have been in  correspondence with the Chief Constable. That  correspondence has led to some movement.

The force through their administration have asked me to meet with Chief Superintendent Mears, the senior Police Officer here in this City, which of course I will do.

Wednesfield Labour Councillors are always working hard to support the police, and make Wednesfield safer.

We continue to feel that the removal of Wednesfield Police Station will be detrimental to the future police service, we would operate going forward.

If Wednesfield Police station is closed and sold off we will be here in Wednesfield in a worse position. We are convinced that if we lose the Police Station now we will never see one open in our community again. We as individual Councillors here in our community, and together with our Party, will continue to fight this Police Station closure.

VIDEO: Creative and Tech on rise in the city

Creative and Tech in the rise in this City!

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Young business owners tell us how the City of Wolverhampton is the place to be for the fast-growing Creative and Tech sectors.

Wolverhampton is one of 12 European cities participating in the Gen-Y City project, which aims to help regenerate cities by identifying what young people also known as Millennials or Generation Y want and need, so helping attract and retain skilled young people in these cities.

We caught up with a number of them at a recent Creative and Tech meet-up at the Light House in the city. Watch video…

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Labour Councillors Fighting For Your Green Belt!

We are fighting for your Green Belt! This will be a battle – It will be a tough one to win!

This Wolverhampton City Council election on Thursday 3rd May 2018, is very much about having strong representation here in Wednesfield North. We want you the Voter to be able to rely on the strongest team and the strongest representation there is.

Wednesfield North Labour Party were the first to break this story about how 2,500 homes are being made ready to be constructed on Green Belt land locally, and we are pleased that we did!

It wasn’t the Councils of South Staffordshire District Council, Essington Parish Council, or even Staffordshire County Council that told the public about these proposals first. It wasn’t the Express and Star, or the Local Radio stations that told the public about the enormous interest the developers were showing in this Green Belt Land!

It was Wednesfield North Labour Party and it’s Councillors who were vigilant and found the information buried deep in a regional report. It was our team that went public, and told you. It was twenty four hours before the Government confirmed their plans on housing in the House of Commons!

We have made our opposition to the proposals for the construction of 2,500 homes a major part of Wednesfield North Labour Party’s Local Election Campaign, in the run up to the City Council elections on the 3rd May 2018

The proposals that will go to South Staffordshire District Council to build 2,500 homes on this agricultural land within the Essington Green Belt is strongly opposed by all three of Wednesfield North’s City Councillors.

Councillor Mary Bateman has been telling residents on the doorstep and in her election literature “SpeakingUp4WednesfieldNorth” that has been distributed to homes right across Wednesfield North that – “We will strongly object against the loss of Green Belt and the loss of any further agricultural land, North of Linthouse Lane and Kitchen Lane.

We will strongly object to the reduction of these Green Field sites.”

Your City Councillors have spoken with Officials at Wolverhampton City Council and the information is becoming clearer by the day. The key to the development is what South Staffordshire District Council does with their Local Plan Review.

It will be down to South Staffordshire who will make the initial decision probably in this Autumn on how they designate their land.

Wednesfield North Labour Councillors are already collating information that will need to be used to argue against these proposals. The homes may be constructed on South Staffordshire land. But we suspect that the infrastructure for its delivery in terms of highway capacity, beefing up local road networks will be off our own Local road network here in Wednesfield. We suspect that the extra homes will add to the problems we have here in Wednesfield around health delivery, education, and where we look to replace the valuable amenity that we lose under bricks,tarmac and mortar.

Halting or ameliorating proposals will revolve  around how we oppose the proposals. Your Labour City Councillors are already making their own plans to defend the Green Belt.

We recognise how valuable the current site earmarked for construction is for wildlife, how rich and diverse the site is in flora and fauna and what significant heritage and historic interest would be lost if the site was designated for construction. Your Councillors have already contacted South Staffordshire politicians to seek and meet with them to understand where they stand. We have opened up lines of communication with interested local naturalists to see what help with their expertise that they can bring.

There is a lot yet to find out about the process, and how elected members and the general public will have their say, and how that say is then reflected in decisions.

Your Wednesfield North Councillors are already looking closely at the Authorities time table

  • South Staffordshire District Council start a Review of their Local Plan in the Autumn of 2018
  • Followed by a decision of that Council in 2020 of next year
  • Proposal then for an issues and options stage in 2021.

 

Wednesfield North Councillors also set an on-line survey and the information that was returned is very valuable.

 

  • 257 people responded to the survey on this housing announcement.
  • 143 persons who responded were from Wednesfield North – and the next largest cohort of responders were from South Staffordshire.
  • 143 who responded were from Wednesfield North Ward. That is 56% of the Poll. Of all the responses received, irrespective of whether they came from, Wednesfield North or South Staffordshire –
  • 95.7% said the Greenbelt was important.
  • 91% or 236 people either living in Wednesfield or Essington didn’t think the proposals were a good development for either Wednesfield or Essington.
  • 60% of those surveyed believed that local people needed homes. But the info suggested that it should not be at the loss of this Greenbelt!
  • 89% or 231 of the people responding to the survey agreed that the site being earmarked for housing is rich in Wildlife and Heritage. They agreed that the Housing Development should not take preference over this important Green Belt.

We will be using this information on what your views are in our campaign going forward.

Wednesfield North residents have a simple task to make now.

A Vote for Mary Bateman Labour at the City Council elections will be a very strong indicator of what you – the Wednesfield residents want!

Voting for Mary Bateman Labour will keep our team intact as we go into battle with the planning authorities in the Autumn.

Voting for Mary Bateman Labour will signal that the residents of Wednesfield North are fully behind us in this battle.

I know that the residents of Wednesfield North recognise that together we are a very strong team. We are not just here at election times, we are here the year around. None of the other candidates have either the experience or the public awareness required to win this argument.

My plea is that you use your vote on Thursday to return Mary as your Councillor for another term! That will be a significant move that can only help our cause, and help you in the battle to save our Green Belt.

Vote Mary Bateman Labour – Thursday 3rd May Wolverhampton City Council Election.