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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

59 Wolves City People Tested Positive – Latest Stats!

Latest figures show there were 22.4 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 20 April.

That means 59 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that seven day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher. Latest figures show there were 22.4 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 20 April.

Beware Pick Pockets – Bentley Bridge Shopping Park!

Wednesfield Police are warning about the activity of Pick-pockets at the Bentley Bridge Shopping Park. Please residents be very careful, take the Police advice.

Keep all your bags and purses close to hand. Plus shout like mad if you feel the need to catch anyone else’s attention!

This is what our Neighbourhood Police team are warning of!

Wednesfield Police@WednesfieldWMP· We are again asking all visitors to @BBShoppingPark to be extra vigilant and to keep all purses and bags close at hand, after further reports of attempted purse dipping by pickpockets over the last couple of days.”

Police respond to Residents Requests.

I was very pleased to see Wednesfield Police tweet this- This very afternoon. It’s what I asked for, following our residents calls for more Police patrols here in Wednesfield North and in Coppice Farm.

I reckon the Police did them selves a power of good in responding in such a positive way. Well done Wednesfield Police….

Wednesfield Police
Responding to community concerns raised regarding ASB and vehicle crime, we continue our high visibility patrols around Ashmore Park Estate, Ashmore Park playing-fields, Bottom Shops / Griffiths Drive., and also the Coppice Farm Estate (bordering
@WillenhallWMP area).

Support Phil Bateman and Vote Labour,Is the Essington Green – Belt on Wednesfield’s Boundaries Important to you?

The Essington Greenbelt is a valuable amenity for Wednesfield and the City as a whole. It allows people in our part of Wolverhampton to enjoy the countryside, enjoy and better understand farming, and what farming brings to our environment. It gives us great public walks and it allows us to see a ‘Big Horizon’.

Fab sun-rises, great sunsets over Linthouse lane, and a chance to see the stars right on the edge of our conurbation when the sun sets, and when darkness sweeps over our homes.

I first broke the fact that big developers were waiting to pounce on this land to build thousands of homes, back in 2018.

Things haven’t really changed since then. Your Three Wednesfield North Labour Councillors are still opposed to this plan. This week I wrote to City of Wolverhampton officials asking what contact had taken place with Conservative led South Staffordshire District Council with regards to these proposals. This is what City officials tell me.

The position remains as it was in January.  South Staffordshire Council have told us that they are progressing their Preferred Options report, which they are hoping to publish for consultation this summer.  City of Wolverhampton Council have not taken any action regarding the South Staffordshire Plan since last autumn.”

Today I am again going to re publish what your three City of Wolverhampton Labour Councillors submitted to South Staffordshire District Council to oppose their plans.

We made our objections through the South Staffordshire process back in December 2019.

As we approach this City Council election here in two weeks time 6th May 2021. We have not changed our views.

If I am returned as your Wednesfield North City Councillor, I will again battle to defend this important Green Belt. I will remind you that I am experienced, and I am well placed to argue for the defeat of these plans.  A vote for Labour, will be your chance to ensure that we can defeat these proposals. If You live in Wednesfield North you hold an important key. Please use your vote wisely.

Here is the Objection sent to South Staffordshire District Council in December 2019.

By Email 9 December 2019 Dear Sir/ Madam Objections – South Staffordshire District Council Local Plan Review. The three Wednesfield North City Councillors who sit on the City of Wolverhampton Council are opposed to the development of agricultural land in Essington, marked as ‘Land North of Linthouse Lane’ in the South Staffordshire District Council – Local Plan Review.

• We object against the Preferred Option G- and its proposals for thousands of homes aligned alongside City of WOLVERHAMPTON Boundary adjacent to the Wednesfield North Ward.

• We strongly object to this huge residential housing project which we believe will alter the area, and the amenity we share with Essington.

• We want to see the Brownfield sites identified, and developed first in our own conurbation, before the developers are able to press Local Authorities for valuable Greenfield Sites.

• We strongly Object to natural light, flora and fauna, animals and birds being disturbed by house building. Plus we object to losing this land as it is valuable amenity. The land lies adjacent to our own local Wednesfield boundary with Essington and Staffordshire.

• We also support Essington Action Group in their demand for evidence of the requirements regarding Brownfield sites outside the West Midlands conurbation to be examined again.

• We also feel that the Essington Action Group are correct in their submissions that the ‘Preferred Option G- chosen by South Staffordshire District Council ‘ has been written just for this land on the Wednesfield Boundary

– Councillors Phil Bateman MBE, Councillor Rita Potter, and Councillor Mary Bateman – All strongly object to the loss of this land – marked now by South Staffordshire District Council in the Parish of Essington, as Green Belt.

The residents of Wednesfield North which we as City Councillors represent, enjoy the current countryside, the animals, the birds, the Flora and Fauna of the Green Belt in Essington.

We in Wolverhampton see the current land as a delight and a much-used local amenity.

We enjoy seeing the land farmed agriculturally, as an amenity. All three of us enjoy the farming that takes place on the land inside the Essington Parish. We would be horrified to see its loss, as would the majority of our local residents. We love to see the crop rotation, the cattle from time to time. As does our residents. Whilst it is on the ‘other side’ of our Local Boundary, we see, as do our local Wednesfield inhabitants.

An agricultural sector that within our great City is indeed a rare occurrence now. So, the tasks that we see taking place from our borough boundary, are not to be scoffed at. They help to define the neighbourhood. They are of course educational to city folks, a great activity that was once practiced far more regularly inside Wolverhampton than is the fact today.

The history that is evident on the land, from the historic Monarchs Way, to the industrial history of the old Mineral Railway, are valuable to local Wednesfield residents.

The agricultural life is just feet away from urban and city living. Two very different activities that takes place just a few yards south of the Local Government boundary line within Essington and Staffordshire.

The history of the land as it once was used is important for everyone today. We would object strongly to the loss of availability to these important amenities. Wednesfield residents will not want to see the land lost to residential development of such huge proportions.

The land also has a huge historic interest to Wolverhampton and the Black Country. This land now being discussed for housing, once provided Wolverhampton and the Black Country with aviation history. History is an economic driver. We can harness that history into providing informed walks and generating amenity value with even greater benefits to Public Health and Wellbeing.

In Kitchen Lane there was regular landing and take offs of planes. In 1928 and 1929. Captain Summerfield of the Cornwall Aviation Company gave flights also from Blackhalve lane in Wednesfield. Amazingly as many as three thousand people took flights 1928. I am sure that neither Essington or Wednesfield people would want to see this aviation and such historical sites lost forever by the building of residential homes. Especially when we can develop an historic interest to go alongside the rural character that we already have here.

One such air-show came to Kitchen Lane on 30th July 1931. It was a very big air-show and putting on a big air-show you had to have a big back up team. They cleared the airstrip, checked with farmers, and the Ministry beforehand, then ran a motorcar over the airstrip at 60mph! These shows were very popular but they did require a very big organisation and the flights took place for around four years.

So, there you have it Ashmore Park has a history of aircraft landings and take offs In a City the size and complexity of the City of Wolverhampton, there is very few green spaces within our City boundaries, that give this sort of wonderful experience, we have that Essington and South Staffordshire has provided and still does provide.

The City of Wolverhampton is a City of 260,000 people. We form part of the West Midlands Conurbation. Living where we do there is nothing locally that allows the general enjoyment, we get from having the proximity of this land for our general amenity. If we lose it our residents will be impoverished forever

. It’s one of the few geographical places that City of Wolverhampton folk can see a ‘big unhindered sky’, watch the sun set, and then see the moon and the stars. There is little or no light pollution, so it is indeed a very rare site indeed.

We can watch Brown Hares, Foxes and Badgers hunt across the fields, and watch a Peregrine and Buzzard hunt the fields for their food. Its important we keep the Green Belt in this area as it is without doubt a huge benefit to our physical and mental health.

It is our view that our residents in Wednesfield North Ward which has a population of 11,019 of which 8% is BME. Should have the benefit of the Green Belt to help mitigate against the conditions that are prevalent locally. It is a fact that 18.5% of Wednesfield North children are living in poverty. Having the Green Belt as an asset on the doorstep, plays an important role in the ability of these children and their families to take advantage of these green spaces locally. Losing the Green Belt would have a detrimental effect on Wednesfield North families.

As a City Council we are always looking to improve our Local Neighbourhood. Work undertaken by the City informs that 64.8% are satisfied with their neighbourhood. This is close to the City average. But if we lose this huge Green Belt benefit to housing or any other development. Then we will also start to see us lose our own hard fought for Wednesfield Neighbourhood satisfaction ratings.

This will be because our already heavily used roads, and infrastructure here in Wednesfield will be also submerged as the 9,000 homes will tip huge amounts of people motorists and pollution into, and onto our own infrastructure and highway requirements.

9,000 homes alongside Wednesfield North and Wolverhampton City and County Boundaries will stretch our City education and health services, our District neighbourhood facilities, local district shopping and Public transport requirements.

We would also strongly object to any arrangements to link this development with our established community in Wednesfield. Brownfield sites in the City and The Black country needs to have been fully expired before valuable Green field sites are moved on by Authorities and developers a like. Please keep us informed of any further developments. Please confirm that you have received these objections.

Sent by Councillor Phil Bateman MBE,

Councillor Mary Bateman

Councillor Rita Potter


Police Answer Plea – Vehicle Crime in Wednesfield North

There have been much concerns of late, around Vehicle Crime across Wednesfield North, and in particular in Coppice Farm estate. Also vehicle crime In the neighbouring Borough of Walsall spilling over and taking place, here in Wednesfield.

I have been in touch with the local Wednesfield Police Neighbourhood team. Where I asked for increased patrols across my Ward. During the day and into the early hours. I ensured that the Police neighbourhood team were aware of the concerns of residents. Coppice Farm residents were very concerned about the increased loss of catalytic convertors from vehicles just across the boundary in Walsall.

I also raised the issue of Vehicle Crime and the protection of property with senior officers in Wolverhampton. I spoke with Superintendent Inglis about Crime numbers,and strategy, and Inspector Corrigan has since responded also.

I can inform you that the Police are taking this issue seriously. They tell me that the Police will be conducting live checks of sites and property of interest all this week. They tell me other things that I feel that I cannot make public. But they are taking this issue very seriously. I am sure the Police will want to say more, after the operations that they are carrying out this week.

My message to Wednesfield North is that I am pleased with the response I have received from senior officers.

I want you the residents to know that your concerns have and are being acted upon. I have done my level best to encourage and provide information to the Police of your concerns.

Inspector Corrigan wants me to inform you that “I understand that residents of Coppice Farm are raising concerns regarding the theft of catalytic converters, particularly in the neighbouring borough. I can assure you we take this type of crime, along with others very seriously. Any identified enquiries are conducted fast time. Due to the time of night these crimes occur, CCTV and forensic opportunities are limited but it won’t deter us from investigating these matters. We will always prioritise any particular crime hot spots, so any increase in this crime type in a particular area will result in increased Police activity. If any of the residents have any information which may assist the Police, then please encourage them to contact us on 101 or report online and will follow this up. “

I want to add that residents across Wednesfield North can trust me to press the issue of crime and their concerns to the highest levels.

Generally, across Wolverhampton, crime is always in the lower quartile in Wednesfield, when analysed against local Wards across the City. It is a generally safe neighbourhood. But it is important that we drive crime lower. I will always press the Police on your behalf. I am pleased with Inspector Corrigan’s detailed response to me. I look forward to seeing the results of the actions they are taking as a Force this week

Orchard Road Closure -As Severn Trent Plan Work During May 2021.

Please find details below regarding the proposed temporary closure of Orchard Road, Wednesfield North, Wolverhampton:

• Orchard Road closed in both directions at its junction with Bellamy Lane.
Vehicular Diversion Route: Bellamy Lane, Wood End Road and vice versa.

It is expected the closure will be in place between 10/05/21 and 12/05/21 to a boundary box and meter installation by Severn Trent Water.

Covid-19 infection rate: Wolverhampton

Covid-19 infection rate:

Latest figures show there were 28.7 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the seven days to 13 April.

That means 75 people in the city tested positive for the virus in that seven day period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” Lets keep following the advice Wolverhampton!

The Ashmore Park Food Bank -Still Supporting the Community!

As the Pandemic wanes into yet another phase, it is with some pride that Mary and I can state that since the food bank first opened on Ashmore Park there is jus three weeks in total that we haven’t donated something towards the good work it does, supporting our community.

Today we again donated tinned meat and other items to its support.

Mary and I always appeal to residents to support the cause if they can. Also, we encourage our residents not to hesitate in seeking some support from the volunteers if you do need some food support. The Food Bank at St Albans is a friendly place….

We also took in some meat products donated by Elaine and Phil from The Butchers on Ashmore Park!

Extended Severn Trent Work May Lead to Delays.

Please note that due to further works on site required to repair the main these works have been extended to 19/04.

Notification of emergency road works:

Location: Willenhall Road outbound on the approach to Noose Lane

Promoter: Severn Trent Water

Nature of works: large main repair piece 2m 12”

Traffic management: lane closure

Duration expected: 13.04.21 – 19.04.21

Gang Targeting Catalytic Converters.

Residents please be aware. There is a huge spate of activity around the local towns and within Wolverhampton. There is a gang who are targeting Catalytic converters on cars. Amongst them Hondas. They have struck in and around Walsall, Locally Coppice Farm and here in Wednesfield. Please be aware of this activity.

I have recently written to Wednesfield Police requesting that they patrol Wednesfield North, and set up patrols during the late and EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING.

If you do know or have witnessed any of these illegal acts. Please phone the Police first. Let the Police have the information