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About 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

Could You Get A Grant for Your Team?

Councillor Phil Bateman said today ” If you run amateur sport clubs, or are involved with Physical Activity here in Wednesfield North. You may be interested in this information?”

Local sports clubs and physical activity providers which want to claim a grant of £1,000 towards the costs of being Covid-19 compliant can find out more at special workshops today and next week.

Volunteer-led sports clubs and physical activity providers in Wolverhampton are eligible for a Covid Compliance Grant offered by the City of Wolverhampton Council to encourage regular rapid Covid-19 testing and Covid-safe environments by offsetting the costs involved in this.

Sports clubs and physical activity providers in Wolverhampton can apply for the grant by calling 01902 290242 or visiting, and are invited to find out more at virtual workshops taking place today (Tuesday 22 June) and next Tuesday 29 June, both from 4pm-5pm.

They will cover what being Covid-compliant looks like, how organisations can be Covid-secure and how to apply for the grant. There will also be a question and answer session and further information about testing and risk management.

To register for today’s workshop, visit, and for next week’s event please click Please note, it is not compulsory to attend either workshop in order to apply for the grant, they are for guidance only.

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council’s Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: “A third of people with Covid-19 don’t have any symptoms and could therefore pass it onto others unknowingly. Regular testing is helping to track down these cases and prevent onward transmission, protecting individuals and the wider community.

“That’s why we are asking people in Wolverhampton to get a free rapid test twice a week, either at one of our public test centres, at home or in the workplace where available.

“The Covid Compliance Grant is intended to help our city’s grassroots sports clubs and physical activitiy providers get back on their feet and, at the same time, encourage them to be Covid-secure and embrace a routine of regular coronavirus testing.

“This will give people confidence that clubs are doing all they can to protect participants from Covid-19 and keep the wider community safe from this deadly virus.

“I would encourage eligible organisations to join the free workshops either today or next week to find out more about the scheme.”

Wednesfield Police are Active!

Wednesfield Police have informed me that they have been busy today! This is what they say –
“Good afternoon everybody, first day back off our 3 rest days and the team have recovered several stolen vehicles, the one pictured was found dumped in an alley off Olinthus Avenue by local residents, the team also recovered a stolen Fiat Panda that had been racing around Ashmore Park on Friday night (11th) and also a brand new BMW 1 series that had been stolen off the back of a transporter.

Officers have also been busy deterring shoplifters over Bentley Bridge and also conducting regular standard patrols all around Wednesfield.”

The information is being widely distributed by Wednesfield Police – which is pleasing to see. All to often there is little information that gets back out on the streets. Well Done Wednesfield Police Neighbourhood Team….

Wednesfield Police Issue Statement about Hate Crimes.

Councillor Phil Bateman said” this issue is a message from Wednesfield Police. I am pleased to see them taking this matter so seriously.”

Wednesfield Police state “We have sadly been given information, that unknown offenders have been on The Park at the rear of Barnard Road and defaced a memorial bench, dedicated to those fallen soldiers in the World War of 1914-1918.
Offensive images have been scratched into the shapes of soldiers which make up the back of the bench.
This is totally outrageous and unacceptable,
This has been reported to the council for repair and enquiries are ongoing, patrols will be continued and any offenders identified will be dealt with accordingly.”

The Remembrance Bench that has been attracting the unwanted attention is located within The Ashmore Park.

Want To Be A Help To Your Community?!

Councillor Phil Bateman said today “Want to be a help to your community? then read this message from Wednesfield Police.”

If anyone would be interested in joining the West Midlands Police Streetwatch scheme, you can contact PCSO 30536 Ian Kerrigan, who is Wednesfield’s lead officer, he can be contacted on his e-mail – , on his work mobile 07391864067 or by dialling 101, then ext 872 3006

In short, this scheme is to encourage residents to take some ownership of where they live and where residents carry out patrols of their own local neighbourhood, noting issues and reporting back to us or direct to the council to highlight problems.

Nobody is expected to challenge any individual and put themselves at risk, in fact exactly the opposite. Issues could be, littering, flytipping, dog fouling, damaged street furniture, suspicious behaviour, and or any other general ASB.

You would be accompanied by an officer initially, but then left to go out as and when you can.

There is a requirement to register and provide details plus undergo a Police National Computer check by ourselves.

Queens Award Winners for Voluntary Service – Wednesfield in Bloom!

What A Big Day for Wednesfield in Bloom.

They have only gone and won the Queens Award for Voluntary Service!

What a fantastic achievement. Wednesfield North Labour Councillors Mary Bateman, Rita Potter and Phil Bateman MBE , offer the Wednesfield in Bloom team of Volunteers the heartiest of congratulations on their success!

It is akin to be awarded a MBE in the Queens Honours list. A fitting tribute I may add to all our fantastic volunteers. Who have made Wednesfield shine over the last five years. Our Volunteers have been a huge difference to Wednesfield. Not just bringing colour to areas that needed it. But also to the fact that the camaraderie has been infectious.

Wednesfield in Bloom brought about great community spirit, and has done great things in bringing our diverse communities together around a common purpose.

We are so very proud of every single Volunteer. Plus the army of residents who have donated flowers, and money to allow the Wednesfield in Bloom activities to flourish. Please Wednesfield give a huge ovation.

A very special ‘Well Done’ to Chair Jo Watson who leads the organisational aspects. Now to celebrate for Wednesfield in Bloom. Join in Wolverhampton….!

City Moves Forward With Canal Side Investment.

The proposal for a transformative scheme including 366 new homes and commercial space in the heart of Wolverhampton’s historic Canalside Quarter has been approved in principle.

The £65million proposal directed by build-to-rent developer Placefirst is for an ambitious residential scheme, to be located close to Wolverhampton’s new £150m transport Interchange on land off Lower Horseley Fields in the city centre.

The development will deliver the first phase of a canalside community as part of a major regeneration project in the area, providing a mix of townhouses, new build apartments and commercial space across five acres of brownfield land.

The scheme, which will include the sensitive restoration of heritage canalside properties such as Union Mill, and major bio-diversity and environmental improvements, is designed by award-winning architecture practice jmarchitects with WSP as planning and heritage consultants.

Planning permission is subject to the resolution of matters of detail, conditions and a s106 agreement. Placefirst aim to begin construction later this year.

Nat Ex Bus Services – During Half Term

Half term
From Sunday 30 May until Sunday 6 June 2021, National Express West Midlands will be operating normal timetables except on these services:
• X1/X2 (Birmingham to Coventry/Solihull)
• 1 (Tettenhall Wood to Dudley)
• 47 (West Bromwich to Wednesbury)
• 79 (West Bromwich to Wolverhampton)
And on bank holiday Monday (31 May 2021), we’ll be running a Sunday service.

From Sunday 6 June, there will be timetable changes and some stops in Birmingham city centre around Lower Bull Street will be moved for the Midland Metro roadworks.

National Express West Midlands plans to bring in our summer timetable on Sunday 25 July, and our autumn timetable will come into force on Sunday 29 August 2021.

Waiting for A Bin To be Collected?

During the last few weeks. I have had a couple of cases where residents are still waiting for their unwanted waste bins to be collected by the City Council.

I recently wrote about one such case and here is the response received. I thought it may help to explain the reason why this action is taking so long for some residents, still waiting for those bin removals. This is what the Manager wrote –

“During the last twelve months and continuing, Waste Services have managed our resources to ensure that front line collections continue despite the challenges posed by the Coronavirus Pandemic.

This has meant that some non-priority services have been delayed, such as the collection of unwanted bins.

This service will be resumed as soon as resources allow and I can assure you that your residents receptacles will be a priority at this time.

In the meantime, I would ask for patience and understanding in this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any further enquiries.”

I hope that this helps to explain, that whilst we are moving back to a more normal situation. We are not quite there yet. The Pandemic is still having a huge impact on the City Council and as to the service organisation.

Wednesfield North Ward Under Pressure -From Fly Tippers

In just the first five months of this year. I have had to report 12 individual locations of Fly Tipping in Wednesfield North alone. This is an extraordinary amount of fly tipping that is taking place. We have 30 Wards here in our City, and Wednesfield North is just one of them!
We are not talking about some one emptying their bin. In most of the cases they are lorry loads and Light vans that are being used to tip.
The expense to the Public purse must be moving into huge amounts.
Tonight I have had information and a set of Photographs of a huge vehicle with its own crane – dumping rubbish on the City /South Staffordshire Boundary.
I cannot show the photographs – but I can publicise it.
The matter has been reported to the Police and the City Council.
My thanks to the citizen who took the photos….We really do need to do much more in detecting and acting against these pirates that are doing this. By the way of a reminder – of this shocking act that took place.

The Photograph depicts the Fly Tip that took place on Griffith Drive on the 31st March 2021.

Back Into Life! – 28 Narrow Boats Cruise into Wednesfield.

Good news for Wednesfield! Today the Wyrley and Essington Canal will be once more throbbing with the sound of 28 Narrow Boats taking part in the Walsall Campaign Cruise.

Tonight Sunday – All 28 Narrow Boats will be overnighting at the Bentley Bridge Moorings. This is good news for the Village, and for the canal as we get back to activity on this ancient waterway.

These are water borne tourists to our Village and our City. Work I undertook over the previous years, show that as an average the boats that tour and then moor here, spend on average around a £100 on food and provisions.

This is a great economic benefit to our traders. Please if you see them give the boaters a warm welcome.