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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

Kill Speed on Linthouse Lane!


There has been much concern about the speed motorists travel along Linthouse Lane in Wednesfield. This has been a longstanding problem, since the Automatic Speed Cameras were turned off, several years ago.

Local residents have been voicing their concerns as accident after accident continues to occur. Your Wednesfield North Councillors have been in contact with the Local Authority constantly. Requesting a Road Safety scheme that will make Linthouse Lane safer, and supporting residents calls for action. We have been succesful in arguing our case.

Here is the latest response that has been made by the Highway Authority, following further contact by Councillors, and the finance approved through the City Councils Budget process.

“Linthouse Lane was identified as a route of concern during the most recent annual road safety review and subsequently has been approved for the allocation of funding through the Road Safety Capital Programme for 2024/25.

We are not able to provide detail related to the design at this time as the project is at feasibility stage where multiple options will be assessed for effectiveness to reduce injury collisions including economic assessments to prove cost efficiency.

Prior to the completion of detailed design, Consultation will be undertaken with Councillors and members of the public to explain the project, Request feedback to gauge public opinion and where suitable, develop the design further based on information received.”

With regards to the placing of static speed cameras. This is a further comment that details the response to the requests we have made.

“I note that there has been a request for Average Speed Enforcement (ASE) to be implemented on Linthouse Lane. It is the responsibility of West Midlands Police (WMP) to enforce vehicle speed limits on the network however, we have worked in partnership with WMP to establish a criteria for the implementation of ASE. I can inform you that Linthouse Lane does not meet with the criteria for the implementation of ASE however mobile speed enforcement is undertaken at Linthouse Lane opposite Springhill Road.”

Councillors will be contacting the Highway Authority again as we are keen to progress this scheme as soon as possible.

£500m Investment Plan – Building a Thriving City!

Elections are important, and we are looking forward to the 2nd of May here in Wolverhampton.

We have been busy as a Labour led Council, in building for the future. As part of that planning for the future investments of £500m for new apartments, retail and leisure spaces at the designated City Centre West and St Georges part of the City, will be moving forward.
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Planning is key to any delivery. and City Centre West has featured heavily in the Wolverhampton Investment Prospectus. It is the largest single regeneration opportunity in the city centre.

The transformation of the west side of the city into a new City Centre West Quarter is set to deliver around 1,000 new homes, along with leisure, retail, and high-quality public spaces.

Its all part of our plan to ‘Build a Thriving City’ which we can all be proud of!

Wednesfield North Ward is no longer dominated by City Council’s Social Housing sector.

Take a look how Wednesfield North Ward profile is changing

The Wednesfield North Housing Profile is –

Private home ownership is 65%

The private rented sector is 11.4%

Socially rented sector is now 22.8%

Ward Profile –

These are the sectors that employ the most people living in Wednesfield North –

Top sector is Education 300

Health 175

Construction 100

Retail 100

Accommodations & Food services 75

Transport & Storage 45

Arts & entertainment 20

Property 20

Business admin & Support 15

Motor trades 15

Information & Communications 10

Manufacturing 10

There are 200 people who live and find work in the Ward.

Most recent numbers that are unemployed -320

Diabetes Prevalence aged 17 and over 8.6% in the Ward Wolverhampton average is 9.2%

Year 6 School children Obese 2017/2018

Ward 26.4% Wolverhampton 28.1% England Average 20.4%

Dementia Prevalence

Wednesfield North Ward 3.3%

Wolverhampton Average 4.6%

Unemployment Claimant Count for February 2024 – 5.1%

the fourth lowest of 20 Wards in City of Wolverhampton.

Wolverhampton unemployment Claimant Count is 7.3%

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Labours Commitment -A New Wolverhampton City Learning Quarter!

Labours 2021 Election Manifesto for the City of Wolverhampton stated that ‘Kids’ would have “No more Cuts in our children’s services, and that we would invest more than £2m to ensure that activities and services will again return to all our communities.” We delivered on that commitment.
The City Labour Group is now going to deliver a new £61m new City Learning Quarter to help 45,000 learners and 7,500 apprentices over the next decade. These are good local initiatives for the City of Wolverhampton, and will do much for education. All of which is part of Our City-Our Plan and will ultimately take our City into another level. Its investments like these that make a fantastic investment, and a difference.
Education is important and it feeds through into jobs as well. Let me explain- Here in Wednesfield North our Ward profile informs that some 300 Wednesfield North residents work in the Education sector. Making it the top sector for jobs in my Ward and there is nothing but to expect that this investment will go on and improve our City wide economy.

Susan Vickers 21st ‘Star’ in Ashmore Park Walk of Stars!

Councillor Phil Bateman MBE said, “Today I am welcoming Susan Vickers, as the 21st ‘Star’ in the Ashmore Park Walk of Stars.

Susan is well qualified to become a Member due to her early years living and being educated here in Ashmore Park. Those early years are encapsulated in her book .

Today Susan delivers inspirational work across the city.

I have known her for many years, and she captures the spirit of being a Walk of Stars member. Susan is a bundle of energy, she wants to improve our city. Already she has done much to inspire young people. Susan fits the role of being a role model and a person who has developed and made a career, from a very difficult start in life.

Take a look in what Susan Vickers is involved with. A good communicator and an accomplished broadcaster, model, entrepreneur, and community champion who has been supporting numerous local festivals, charities, and events.

Her daily broadcasts on international radio reach over 985k people, making her a powerful voice in the world. She uses this platform to discuss and raise awareness about issues that many of us face on a daily basis.

Her books, which have been over 30 years in the writing, is a testament to her resilience and determination.

With the recent cultural revolution, Susan finally feels that the world is a safer place to talk about her struggles with identity, and she is proud to share her story with others.

Councillor Phil Bateman added. “Young people today have many challenges, I hope they will be inspired and to lift their eyes and have faith and a confidence in their own abilities. That they will look forward and dream big about their future. My message to young people in Ashmore Park and Wednesfield is be Inspired, have confidence in yourself. Read and gain confidence by the way all these twenty one members of this Ashmore Park Walk of Stars have achieved a place in society, and are role players, across the huge prism of life.”

Susan’s experiences as an International broadcaster, a model, and a talented communicator have equipped her with a unique perspective that she uses to help others.

She speaks out against social injustices, shines a light on important causes, and supports various charities. Susan’s latest endeavour has been to launch her own Susan Vickers Foundation. Susan’s focus is aimed at the “incredible, adoptees, fostered and care experience people. Stating that the foundation is for you”.

Susan is a powerful force for good, and her work has made a significant impact in the lives of many.

Severn Trent Boundary Box – Rocester Ave Wednesfield. Temporary Closure.

Please find details below regarding the proposed temporary closure of Rocester Avenue, Wednesfield North, Wolverhampton. (A Date for Your Diary)

• Rocester Avenue service road closed between properties 21a & 29.
Access/Egress to frontages maintained.

The closure can be viewed on One.Network via this link – https://one.network/?tm=137419585

It is anticipated that the above closure will be in place from 01/04/24 to 03/04/24 to facilitate a boundary box installation by Severn Trent Water.

If you have any concerns or comments, please contact me by 13/03/23, in order to process the advertisement of the Temporary Traffic Regulation Order (TTRO) accordingly

Two Key Wednesfield North Highways Project for Cabinet Next Week.

Next week the Cabinet will have on its agenda for debate and discussion two items that will affect Wednesfield North residents.

A road safety improvement proposal to spend £50,000 on Linthouse Lane.

Also a £417,000 project to resurface the Amos Lane.

Both schemes have been called for by Wednesfield North Councillors. So its pleasing to see scarce resources being used on these key local highways which are key corridors in our local highway network.

Talking about Commonwealth Day!

As today wanes into Tuesday the 12th March. I look back on the day with some good memories being sparked into life, following the ceremony. Mary and I chatted about our attendance this morning.

It was a good ceremony with the Commonwealth flag being raised by Wolverhampton’s Mayor, and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands County.

We were talking about some 18 years ago when Don McKinnon the then Secretary General of the Commonwealth, then accepted an invitation I had made to him in that year- to attend Wolverhampton.

We enjoyed speaking with friends, and the Mayor & Mayoress, and with Martin the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, about that super day for our City!

Raising the Commonwealth Flag in Wolverhampton

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It was with great pleasure for Mary and I , to join the Mayor of Wolverhampton and the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, on the Commonwealth’s own 75th Anniversary in our Wolverhampton.

The Commonwealth has 56 Countries who are members, the membership are strong on environmental resilience, and marine sustainability.

The President of Malta, Foreign Ministers, High Commissionaires, senior politicians are all to be present in Westminster Abbey later today.