Councillor Phil Bateman said today “our latest briefing note today from the Authority reminded us that these are things we should be noting, and the regulations we should be following.”
We are reminding people of the need to wear face coverings when they are in shops or on public transport after the Government introduced new rules to prevent the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. They should also be worn in communal areas of universities, colleges and schools by staff, visitors and students in Year 7 and above, unless people are exempt for medical reasons.
People returning to Wolverhampton from abroad must take a PCR test when they get back, and anyone who is a contact of someone who may have been infected with the Omicron variant must self-isolate, regardless of their age or vaccination status.
The national strategy is to slow down and delay the transmission of the new variant to ensure as many people can get vaccinated as possible and take up their booster offer. Currently, those eligible for a vaccine include adults aged over 40, health and social care workers and people aged 16 and over with certain health conditions, though, following JCVI guidance, boosters will be offered to every adult over 18 in the coming weeks. The time between second doses and booster doses has also been reduced from six months to three months.
The latest figures show there were 299.9 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 789 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.
Some 178,055 first doses and 161,494 second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have now been administered in Wolverhampton, while the new pop-up vaccination clinic in the Mander Centre has seen good footfall since opening last Friday
Yesterday, I went to the West Midlands Advisory Board of the Canal and River Trust. It was the first time the Board had met in person since the Covid-19 pandemic started.
I am coming to the end of the second term of Office I have served on the Board.
I am very proud of the fact that the Wyrley and Essington Canal has been improved, during this period. We have seen the Wyrley & Essington become a Local Nature Reserve something I first raised in 2007! We have seen the Wednesfield Canal Festival start and grow with ever bigger attendances, I have tried my best to ensure that the role and the advice that I offered the CRT was valid and effective.
I have met lots of people with an interest and a passion in waterways whilst fulfilling this role. The hundreds of users of the W&E, the boaters that use the canal, have always offered me their thoughts and advice. I have often used those conversations, in fulfilling the ‘Board Member’ role.
I have been mesmerised by the Wednesfield community, when and whom I have asked to do litter picks have done so with pep and humour. They have been wonderful as the picture shows!
So I think as I approach my last CRT meeting, that I really have done the best I can for my Ward ,My City, My Community, and the CRT users as a whole.
Now for some new and uplifting information. Yesterday we learnt at the Board meeting that the CRT West Midlands Region has secured two new ‘Green Flag’ awards, and renewal of two existing ones. The new awards are for the Coventry 5.5 mile, from the Basin to Hawksbury Junction, and in Stoke for the Etruria to Harecastle Tunnel stretch; while the renewals were for Revolution Walk from Brindley Place in Smethwick to Chance Glasswork in Sandwell, and for the Montgomery Canal in Shropshire. Renewal was also secured for Riverside Park, a partnership between Worcester City Council and Canal and River Trust. Three new applications will be submitted this November, which will be assessed in May-June next year and awarded in October of next year. Have a good day folks!
JSDA Julie Scriven owns and teaches J.S.D.A. It is in its 31st year as a dance academy. They follow the U.K.A. Syllabus which offer domestic and ofqual accredited grades with ucas points. They are developing the Artistic and dancing talents of Wednesfield youngsters and students, using their energy vitality and enthusiasm in a wonderfully exciting way!
Here, Julie a star dancer in her own right, and fresh from the Dance floor, at the Gwyn Morgan Hall, the HQ of the dance school.
Julie took to the stage and was the final recipeint of the Wednesfield North Community Excellence Award 2021.
Here the Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton along with the Mayoress, and Councillors Rita Potter, Mary Bateman, and Phil Bateman were looking on,and pleased to witness the occasion .
“The Awards evening was a huge success” said Councillor Phil Bateman . He went onto say “We made 22 Awards on the 19th November at the Ashmore Inn, It was the second ceremony we have held of this nature the last one being in 2019. We have fantastic people here in Wednesfield North. Some like Julie Scriven’s are top of their profession. We have also been honouring people tonight who have been more than generous with their free time. Volunteering and delivering their talents to make our community better.”
E-scooters Will Be Siezed and Crushed.
The City of Wolverhampton informs me that the Council are working with the police to remind people that e-scooters are illegal on roads, cycle lanes and pavements in Wednesfield and Wolverhampton, amid reports of an increasing number of electric vehicles in the city.
E-scooters can only be used in public in areas which are currently hosting a Government trial – these include parts of the West Midlands but, importantly, not Wolverhampton.
Anyone found riding an e-scooter in Wolverhampton could see their vehicle seized and crushed by the authorities, with police planning a series of days of action in the city to highlight the issue and to educate riders about the rules.
The latest figures show there were 355.5 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 935 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.
Nearly 340,000 first and second doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have now been delivered in Wolverhampton; 177,312 people have had one dose, and 160,807 have had their second.
To make it even easier for people to get the vaccine, a new walk-in Covid-19 vaccination service has opened in Wolverhampton’s Mander Centre (Upper Mall, Central Arcade, opposite Rymans). It will offer first, second and booster Pfizer vaccinations without the need for an appointment from 9am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 10.30am-4.30pm on Sundays. Meanwhile, the vaccination site at Aldersley Leisure Village has reopened after being temporarily closed for the Grand Slam of Darts event.
The over 40s are now eligible for a booster, six months after the second dose. Appointments can be made either online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccine or by calling 119 up to a month before vaccinations are due – and are also available without an appointment at the Mander walk-in centre.
Meanwhile, young people aged 16 and 17 years old can now get a second dose of vaccine (previously, only adults were offered a second dose) 12 weeks after their first jab, or eight weeks after if they are at high risk from Covid-19 or they live with someone who is more likely to get infections. Eligible teenagers will be contacted by the NHS via letter or text message when it is their turn.
Councillors are also advised that revised opening times will be in operation from Monday 29 November at the Civic Centre rapid test site, which will be open Mondays and Thursdays from 8am-6pm and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8am-5pm.
Stay Safe Wednesfield
We announced earlier this year that your Local Councillors would be running yet another Community Excellence Award for 2021, following the success we had with the one we promoted back in November 2019.
The Awards are aimed at Business and Individuals, Sporting Clubs and the Arts, Volunteering, Improving Lives etc. We called for entries all of whom were active or living in or had a connection with the Ward of Wednesfield North.
We asked you to nominate your own Community Excellence champions, those individuals, and organisations, that you feel have gone the extra mile to provide for neighbours, organisations, clubs. Plus, those organisations and individuals that had thought about how they could deliver their services and their programmes, their sporting achievements with one eye on reducing the carbon footprint, and locally improving our environment.
Well, we run that Award ceremony on Friday Night the 19th November 2021, at the Ashmore Inn. We the organisers thought that the whole evening was a huge success. It was good to be there, and it was good to see more than 22 Awards being made. There are still more to be awarded, as some of the recipients were unable to attend on the 19th November. We will ensure they are receipt of them as the days pass by.
In total 22 Awards were made and the photographs can be found on my Facebook pages.
The Wednesfield North Community Excellence Awards covered the following headings
• The Volunteer of the Year –Spiderman -and his team of Super Heroes – who raised almost £4,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital
• Best Community Project – Was the Wednesfield In Bloom project bringing colour and life to many of our Grey areas. Plus being recognised by Heart of England in Bloom.
• However, we also awarded The Uniform Exchange as a great Community Project
Please keep an eye open for the announcements as we enter 2022 for that years Wednesfield North Community Excellence Awards by looking on my Face Book and Twitter sites as well as www.Philbateman.com for the details.
On Friday the 19th November 2021 – At the Ashmore Inn . The Wednesfield North Excellence Awards took place. In front of the Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton and the Mayoress, also in attendance was the Leader of the Council -Councillor Ian Brookfield. -and the Deputy Leader of the Council -Cllr Steve Simkins
Councillors Mary Bateman and Rita Potter with Councillor Phil Bateman, were very much enthralled with the way that these Super heroes, had raised money for Charity, and entertained young people in the heart of the Lockdown.
Here is the nomination-
Volunteer of the Year – Spiderman.
For raising almost £4,000 for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and other local Good Causes. Spiderman – Is nominated.
Spider-Man and his gang last year worked hard and made our community smile. They did an outstanding action for our community and raising money for Birmingham children’s hospital.
This is what Spiderman and his Super Heroes said! “We did this because of Alfie in the first place. No one at such a young age should have to go through anything that our little hero Alfie went through.
No matter what the weather was we would go round and put smiles on people’s faces from going round Ashmore Park, Griffiths drive every Thursday, to walking to the Wolves stadium, and back to also raise money for our hero Alfie. Alfie is now in rehabilitation getting back on his feet.”
I thought that local residents and also parents of children at Oak Meadow School shoulld see this. I have been concerned about the lack of a crossing Patrol on Pracock Ave. I have been pressing the Authority to do more to get a replacement for the service. This is the latest set of correspondence.
“Dear Councillor Bateman, Due vacancies and sickness the current demand on our mobile school crossing patrols in very high. Our mobile school crossing patrol wardens are currently working on higher priority sites such as Birmingham New Road, Stafford Road and Cannock Road, as these are classified as higher priority sites based on our well established prioritisation system.
In the meantime, we will of course cover the school crossing patrol site on Peacock Avenue with mobile patrol cover, whenever we can, and we will continue to run recruitment campaigns to fill vacancies across the City.”
It is clear that the service is at breaking point- Hopefully the recruitment campaign will provide a crossing Warden permanently for this site.
Wednesfield Police inform me that – ,
“It is always nice to share a good news story when we can so here we go.
Last week property to the value of £14K was recovered from the site of a chop shop. Investigations identified that the recovered tools were stolen as part of a theft from vehicle.
Two victims were identified through initial reports made, they were contacted and it was confirmed that the items belonged to their respective businesses.
Arrangements were made for the property to be returned to their rightful owners.
We try to give out as much Crime Prevention as we can and we hope people know there is always advice available on our website
For now here are some simple tips incase you do happen to fall victim to these thieves.
1. Mark your tools / equipment with SelectaDNA and keep a note of serial numbers.
2. Remove tools / equipment from your vehicle on a night if possible.
3. Park your vehicle in a well lit area or in view of CCTV.
4. Better still, park your vehicle in a secured garage.
5. If you do have items stolen, ensure you give us a full description at the time of reporting including:
• Make, model and colour of items
• Distinctive markings, e.g. scratches, paint splatter
• Serial numbers
• If the tools are hired / owned and if so, who by.
Don’t forget we are always available if you need our help or advice.
LiveChat and 101 for all non emergency calls and advice.
999 always in an emergency.”
Councillor Phil Bateman added “I do hope that Wednesfield Residents will continue to report crime and suspicious behaviour. If you have any information with regards to gangs that are out robbing vehicles. please tell the Police.”
Wednesfield North residents please note this information as it relates to – Road signs around the Ring Road.
As part of the ongoing investment in road safety measures City Transport are installing “Watchman” signs at key locations around the Ring Road. These signs will detect speeding vehicles and flash a warning sign to “slow down” together with the vehicles registration.
Evidence around the use of these signs demonstrates their effectiveness at reducing traffic speeds and can be calibrated to 30 or 40mph. In order to operate they require ANPR cameras which are located overhead, a short distance in front of each sign.
These cameras have already generated some enquiries. But in my offical briefing it is said that they are for the operation of the signs and are not used for enforcement. Look out for a more detailed press release will be issued prior to them being switched on next week.