Good morning Wednesfield! – here is a briefing on the recent issues that I have raised or have been involved in.
• Ashmore Park Wolmer Road Fly Tipping. It has been reported to me that the Garage site that links Wolmer Road and Griffith Drive has lots of fly tipped rubbish. I have reported the matter and Wolverhampton Homes have asked one of their caretaking teams to visit and remove.
• There is a dispute about a tree- and I have asked the Chief Legal Officer to get involved.
Its worth reporting that your three Councillors over the last financial years (2019-2020) supported Wednesfield community, in a variety of ways.
We managed to help provide resources –
• For the successful Wednesfield History Society’s Lancaster Memorial on Lichfield Road.
• The Christmas lights at the Ashmore Park Shopping Parade.
• We also supported #TheShopLocal campaign.
• We introduced the ‘Community Excellence Awards’. Which we are again supporting this year.
• Two Remembrance benches in The Ashmore Park and on the ‘Black Path at Coppice Farm.
• We also supported The Way -Sensory project.
• Plus ‘door counters’ at the Hub through the Hands on Wednesfield Voluntary Group.
Woodend This week we have reported a damaged pathway in Woodend Road, and is now being examined by the service team.
Lichfield Road –We are involved with a water leak on Lichfield Road, where a dispute has broken out with Severn Trent Water company regarding a water leak that is making a Marsh out of the grass verges. This matter has been rolling along since the early start of this year.
The Oaklands- Twyford Grove where a mine shaft was uncovered. The Coal Authority after a slow start took control, and over the last few days of last week has filled and capped the anomaly. The work was completed last Saturday.
Good Day Wednesfield! I want to thank all the supporters of our Wyrley and Essington Canal litter pick. Despite a lot of rain you all turned out this morning to litter pick on this grand old canal. It is Wolves newest Local Nature Reserve and it goes from strength to strength because you the residents care.
There is no doubt that it was a dramatic day, heavy rain that brightened later! The Worshipful The Mayor of the City of Wolverhampton, Cllr Greg Brackenridge joined us and gave an address, about the importance of the work we do. Then we set out to pick rubbish!
The day didn’t sop there though! True to form we hit a problem just before we reached Wards Bridge. The engine of Narrow boat Lea, built in 1982 packed up!
Many telephone calls later the message from CRT came through, “could we drag the boat back to Bentley Bridge moorings.”
That left us with a dilemma.
Our team working from Perry Hall Bridge back into Wednesfield were left without support. They had been bagging litter, now we had to tell them that rubbish they had bagged was now to stored by the bridge they were nearest too. That will now be picked up tomorrow Monday.
Two more of our litter pickers collecting litter in the Moathouse area also had too do the same.
The rest of the team turned into ‘horsepower’ and then muscled the boat back to Bentley Bridge moorings. As James Clarke remarked, “This May just turn into a uniquely Wednesfield sporting challenge!”
What a Sunday folks. I want to thank everyone of you that turned out. That is the spirit in what makes Wednesfield great!
Well tonight I was down the ‘Big Bed’ in the Village doing a bit of planting, bit of weeding, with Wednesfield Bloomers Maureen and Julie, with Sharon, and an awful lot of watering.
But there is a tranquility in Wednesfield in the Summer evenings, that make it a joy not a chore. Well done you Bloomers.
Wednesfield a great Urban Village, looking good with some great planting by Volunteers!
In Twyford Grove on the Oaklands Estate, there have been some underground movement. This has led to an opening appear in the pavement.
The Coal Authority inspected the movement and took charge of making the opening safe. On Wednesday 30th June, I am informed that the The Coal Authority will be on-site treating the anomaly, and making it safe.
The Coal Authority will take a few days to do all the work they are scheduled to do. Like many places in the Black Country we do find the evidence of old mining actions. The coal seam was particularly shallow in parts of Wednesfield, and many workings were not marked on maps, at the time.
Its been an awkward time for residents in Twyford Grove with part of the pavement and highway fenced off. Hopefully things will return to normal for them next week.
This week I will be looking to receive information on the ‘fly tip’ of rubbish reported in a number of garage sites in Wednesfield North. Also, a response re a resident’s concern about their waste disposal issues.
Plus, a report I have requested relating to a water leak in a grass verge.
Readers of this site will know that, following information from users of the Labyrinth on the Ashmore Park. Parents contacted me with concerns that the equipment was unsafe, and dangerous. I contacted the department straight away. The initial response is that the Labyrinth has been vandalised, many of the wooden posts around the boundary had taken the brunt of this activity. The ones that had been vandalised and replaced, were vandalised again
The Officers further informed me that they were making arrangements to make the equipment safe, plus it is past its life expectancy, and beyond economic repair. That in my mind means that it is going to be removed
I will update readers after the further questions I have asked are responded too.
Have a great day Wednesfield…..
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 www.wolverhampton.gov.uk/covidcompliant, 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 https://bit.ly/3iZsSIX, and for next week’s event please click https://bit.ly/3iY5H1t. 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.”
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 –
email@example.com , 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.
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….!
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.
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.