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Many Wednesfield Residents Enjoy Perry Hall Park


Councillor Phil Bateman said ” I have received complaints from a resident in Wednesfield North who complains about early morning Quad bikes racing around Perry Hall Park.

It seems that the Police are not seeing this ASB. Please if you see it or are subjected to it. Contact 101 and log it with the force.” Here is what Wednesfield Police say – “Due to recent complaints made, in particular around the Perry Hall park area, the team have increased passing attention and some foot patrols in the area, we also cover ALL the other green spaces as and when we can.

We understand that groups of youths have gathered at times and have left litter behind when they leave.

We have seen very little in the way of A.S.B in the areas, considering the amount of users, we have seen people enjoying the green spaces as they should and as expected groups of kids have gathered at times, but nothing much other than the odd isolated incident of ASB which we have attempted to deal with at the time.
Our patrols will continue and we shall endeavour to deal with any issues as and when they arise.

Don’t Waste Your Postal Vote!

I want to appeal for the Labour Voters in Wednesfield North to return your postal votes and ensure that your vote is indeed counted.

This is a tough election and every vote is a precious vote. Please Post your Vote back today.

Please post it back today -Just three days left until Pollling Day!

But you must have filled it out correctly, signed it, and sealed it in the envelope provided.

Four Good Reasons to Vote Labour on Thursday!

Here are some key issues that I hope residents in Wednesfield North will hold in their mind when they are Voting on 6th May – In the Super Thursday Elections.

• Vote for Phil Bateman Labour and Co-operative . I have campaigned long and hard to protect the Essington Green Belt from thousands of dwellings that developers are just waiting to swoop on. I am committed to keep fighting against that proposal. Conservative led South Staffordshire Council is still progressing it as one of their Options. Their Public Consultation document will be released, after the elections later this Summer. You have been warned!

• Campaigned and still campaigning to save Wednesfield Police Station. We have been campaigning for years! Its still there. A Vote for Labour in the Mayoral election and a vote for Simon Foster Labour, for the Police and Crime Commissioner Elections, will help bring this about.

• Crime is a big topic here in Wednesfield North at the moment, more vehicle crime is taking place with a gang stealing Catalytic Converters. I want more Bobbies on the beat, and I have made that clear over recent years, and in recent weeks. I want you to back me with a strong mandate to press for this with the new Police and Crime Commissioner. Vote Simon Foster Labour – for the new Police and Crime Commissioner.

• Liam Byrne the Labour Candidate for Metro Mayor has a great policy that I do hope you will support, by voting Labour at the Mayoral Elections. He has committed to have a Youth Workers back in every Neighbourhood. A policy that I support strongly.

These are four very good reasons for residents in Wednesfield North to Vote Labour in these elections. I will state more reasons every day in the lead up to May 6th 2021.

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.

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


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

Don’t Pinch The Wild Flowers!

Today a member of the public reported that there was a lady on the canal towpath who was lifting wild flowers and removing them from this Local Nature Reserve which the Wyrley and Essington canal is.

It goes without saying that the wildflowers are best left where they are, so everyone can enjoy them. Be it flowers or ferns. Please leave them where they are.

The member of the public who witnessed this act reported the matter to the police and a log number was given….