Wolverhampton- Information Brief for Wednesfield North.

Just a few information pieces for Wednesfield North. Care homes in Wolverhampton have remained stable this week with no deaths recorded from Covid-19. which is good news. So the City Council has now withdrawn restrictions to indoor visits in Care Homes.

All schools will be open in the City from the 7th of September.

A total of 3,959 business grants have been paid by the city, worth £44.9million in value.

Discretionary Grant Fund – The second round of applications closed last week (28 August). We are still finalising the number of applicants and their eligibility, but as at 25 August there were 246 applications received. Any remaining funds after 28 August will be distributed amongst applicants, and final payments must be made by 29 September. On 30 September all remaining funds are to be returned to government.

Traffic management and some barriers are being removed from High Streets from next week. We will monitor the impact of this, particularly on traffic movements in pedestrian areas. We are reviewing the line markings and directional arrows in Dudley Street and will replace if necessary. Plans for permanent (rise and fall) barriers for Dudley Street are being finalised and we will consult with traders in the City Centre for an installation in October/November. The police have requested the Traffic Regulation Order in place in the city centre be extended from 4pm to 5pm, which is currently under review. Semi-permanent works have been carried out in Lichfield Street and Dudley Street, creating more usable outside space for premises.

In addition to the Emergency Active Travel Funds (EATF) used to deliver a programme of measures in and around the City Centre to encourage cycling, we were also successful in a bid for an additional £110,000 to construct a new crossing providing improved linkages between the City Centre and Molineux / the University. A condition of the grant from was that the scheme needed to be delivered by the 7 September, and subject to the new signalling being commissioned over the weekend, the new crossing over the ring road will be operational from next week.

I hope that you found these items of some interest.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more