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Mary Wins Wednesfield North for Labour!-

Big result for Mary as she once again wins her third election for Labour in Wednesfield North on City of Wolverhampton Council.

As Labour romps to success in the City Council election.

I am proud of Mary, she is a caring individual and it’s pleasing that she won the seat 1358 over her Tory opponents 875. A cracking majority of 484.

Labour holds Wolverhampton City Council which is a great result for the City.

Don’t Lose That Vote!

Hi Wednesfield North don’t leave that Postal Vote behind the clock, or on the Mantle, or in a pile of letters!
Today is the day to use it, fill it in, and post it back to the Civic Centre. Your vote may be the crucial one. Please don’t lose it – Vote today.

Explorer Cruise Starts Season In Wednesfield!

On the 6th May Explorer Cruises, will be gathering at Bentley Bridge at the start of their tour of Birmingham and Black Country Canals. The tour will be made up of Eleven Narrowboats and they will be overnighting here in Wednesfield. These boaters are really tourists, here to enjoy our lovely Wyrley and Essington Canal and the Local Nature Reserve here in Wednesfield as they start their own adventures on the wonderful canals of our region.

The Narrowboaters will be out and about in Wednesfield, please make them welcome if you see them. The ‘spending power’ they bring for our shops and restaurants is an important factor for Wednesfield. Plus their keenness to know our history is important to us, so that future cruises by this organisation, are encouraged to happen.

I will be meeting them to welcome them to Wednesfield as I have done in all the past years that we have been fortunate to attract the BCN organised Explorer Cruises.

The Photograph Shows an Explorer Cruise back in 2016, As Cllr Phil Bateman tells the boaters about Wednesfield’s Village history.

Earth Day Today Wednesfield -Enjoy It!

Earth Day is an annual event on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First held on April 22, 1970, it now includes a wide range of events coordinated globally by EarthDay.org including 1 billion people in more than 193 countries. The official theme for 2022 is Invest In Our Planet.

Here in Wednesfield your three City Councillors are supporting Earth Day, by asking you to take a look at the recent investment made here in our Ward environmentally.

In the Ashmore Park we have seen investment take place in the shape of our ‘New Tiny Forest’

Along our fantastic Local Nature Reserve on the Wyrley and Essington canal, where you will see low level environmentally sustainable lighting between the city and Wednesfield Bentley Bridge. Enhancing pedestrian safety. Plus you can see Nature itself reinvesting, with new young waterfowl! Just Beautiful!

Councillor Mary Bateman said today ” Earth Day is all about the work we do here in Wednesfield and more. It is about the great volunteers of Wednesfield in Bloom, its about the volunteer Litter Picks, its about campaigning against the destruction of the Essington Green Belt. Its these issues that are important to me, as i am sure they are important to you. I am Wednesfield born and bred, and I would like you to enjoy what I enjoy here in our home.”

Subject: An open message to Michael Fabricant, MP for Lichfield following your outrageous assertions about health workers and teachers.

Councillor Phil Bateman said today “Unusually I am placing an open letter penned by one of my constituents Mr Bruce Kirk ,onto my Blog. Bruce is livid about Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant. Anyway this is what Bruce wrote in Open Letter to Michael Fabricant MP…”

“Dear Mr Fabricant,

First, I wouldn’t want to be your election agent at the next General Election, that is if you are not forced to resign your seat first.

Secondly, the continued insistence of Boris Johnson’s supporters to attempt to trivialise his law-breaking, is deeply insulting, not only to health workers and teachers but also to those who put their lives on the line in service to the community, week in and week out during the COVID crisis, especially in the face of changing restrictions imposed by the Government with very little notice. Our health and education services did us proud and many paid the ultimate sacrifice, with their lives.

Each year, on 11 November, we stand in honour of the fallen in war. We should be standing in honour for the fallen who gave their lives for our people when we needed them during COVID. Many of those who survived paid for it with their own health and well-being. Yet all you can do is insult them.

Michael. many people have described your comments as laughable. In my opinion, your comments are worse than that. They are an outrageous insult to people who gave their time and lives willingly. Those people and the British public as a whole, deserve better than this from you, an elected Member of Parliament who has sworn an Oath of Allegiance to the Crown. I expect that you will reap the whirlwind from those who comprise your electorate, who you have so grossly insulted.

Thirdly, I believe that the great majority of the people in this country are decent, law-abiding people who obeyed the law during COVID. In the case of the relatives of the 177,000+ people who have died with COVID, that obedience led to great misery and grief because they obeyed the law and were not allowed to see their dying relatives.

Let’s put a “conservative” estimate on it. If each person who died had one partner and two children, that amounts to over half a million people who did the honorable, selfless thing and obeyed the law at great cost to their own health and well-being. They felt they had no choice.

For you and other Johnson supporters who trivialise the consequence of him breaking the law as unimportant is an outrage and one that the British people will not forgive.

The game is up, Mr Fabricant, for you and other Johnson supporters. If you do not do the honorable thing and bring the seriousness of the situation to the attention of Mr Johnson, the British People will not forget your betrayal of them. Regrettably, our democracy does not allow public ability to strip the Prime Minister of his powers and duties in circumstances like these. However, such powers are within your gift.

We know how you like to be outrageous and court publicity. You like to be popular. But there are times for all of us when we have to take stock, recognise that we have miscalculated and take a different course.

Mr Fabricant, that time has come for you now. In your own interests and, more particularly, in honour of those people you have defamed and insulted, it’s time for you to act with humility and service, with honesty and decency and show yourself to be an upholder of the law, not an apologist for a law-breaker whose days are numbered.

Mr Fabricant, the time has come for you to put the interests of the country before own, just as health and education workers did.

I look forward to hearing that you have done the honorable thing so that normal, decent, law-abiding service can be resumed and, once again we can look up with pride to those that serve us. Yours sincerely,Bruce M Kirk”.

Budding Wolverhampton artists of any age could get to have their work displayed in the city’s art gallery after the council launched a competition to find the best portraits of HM The Queen.

Councillor Phil Bateman said ” It would be brilliant if budding artists from Wednesfield, joined the competition””

Queen’s Jubilee Portrait Competition
Budding Wolverhampton artists of any age could get to have their work displayed in the city’s art gallery after the council launched a competition to find the best portraits of HM The Queen. As part of the city’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, artists are invited to submit a portrait of the monarch which can be drawn, painted or even created digitally. There are four categories covering all age groups and the winners will be selected by a panel including the Mayor, local radio presenter Dicky Dodd, a local artist and representatives from WM Lieutenancy and the youth council. Entrants must live in the city, their work must be no bigger than A3 size and must feature the Queen in some capacity (but creativity is encouraged). The winning artworks from each of the four categories will be displayed in the art gallery and the artists will be invited to afternoon tea with the Mayor and receive a jubilee-themed goody bag. The deadline for entries is 4pm on Friday 31 May. Digital entries can be emailed to: mayoral@wolverhampton.gov.uk alternatively, entries can be dropped off at: or posted to: The Mayor’s Office, Civic Centre, St. Peter’s Square, Wolverhampton, WV1 1RL or dropped off at business reception at the rear of the Civic Centre. People must include a note with their name, age, postal address and either a phone number or email address when they submit their entry.

City Ideas Fund awards for schemes to support young people The next successful applicants to the City Ideas Fund have been announced by City of Wolverhampton Council

Plus, there are more to come.

The fund offers a one-off grant of between £500 and £10,000, for city employers, partners, voluntary organisations, community groups and individuals to develop ideas and projects which help young people into employment, training and learning. An initial pot of £100,000 is available to fund ideas, with plans being put in place to increase this following a wave of innovative project proposals.

The second round of funding has so far seen seven applicants secure funding to help address some of the key challenges connected with reducing the number of unemployed 18 to 24-year-olds in the city from 2,660 in November 2021.

Further applications are currently being reviewed and new projects to receive funding will be announced in the coming weeks. Successful applicants are chosen by an independent Blind Evaluation Panel made up of representative organisations and young people from across the city and moderated by an internal team from the Council. Amaze Clothing Co Ltd, Access to Business, TLC College, YMCA Black Country Group, Wildside Activity Centre, Wolverhampton Community Radio Training Ltd, and Aspiring Futures (CIC) have all been awarded funding for projects.

Back in March I reported this water leak on Linthouse Lane to City’s Highway department, they inspected and reported the matter to Severn Trent water company.

Four weeks later the water is still spewing onto the Linthouse Lane, and Severn Trent Water Company has not repaired the breach. I know that many individual residents have also reported the leak to STWC. In fact, its now estimated that hundreds of gallons of water has swirled onto the Lane, and shop keepers as well pedestrian home owners have all had to suffer. Now pedestrians are saying the smells from the water are past a joke.

The Severn Trent Water company responsible should be admonished for their indifference to the problem. This type of water leak is now a growing problem and is creating more pollution of the environment.

In the new municipal year at City of Wolverhampton Council, I will be pressing for the City to again look closely at the relationships and the responsibility that we jointly share with Severn Trent Water Company.

I shall be asking the City Council to start investigations as to the performance of Severn Trent Water company, where it comes to reducing water leaks here in our City.

1328 New cases of Covid-19 for Wolverhampton

Covid-19 update -Councillor Phil Bateman said ” I received this new update relating to the City Covid-19 infections on Friday evening 8th April. I thought Wednesfield North residents would like to see the information.”
There were 504.9 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 1,328 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of cases will likely be higher.
Following new guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), five to 11-year-olds with no underlying health conditions are now eligible for two doses of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine.

Each vaccine is a third of the dose given to older children and adults, and will be administered 12 weeks apart. Appointments can be booked online via the National Booking System.

Over 75s and clinically extremely vulnerable are eligible for a spring booster, and can book as above once they have been contacted about this.

Wednesfield Councillors Supporting World Health Day

Today is World Health Day April 7th – Here in Wednesfield North, Councillors Mary Bateman, Councillor Rita Potter and Councillor Phil Bateman welcomed this UN Day of action .

Councillor Phil Bateman said “In the midst of a Covid -19 pandemic, a planet that is having problems with its environment., Plus, increasing diseases like cancer, asthma, heart disease, and dementia. We here in Wednesfield, very much want to support the UN World Health Day 2022.
WHO which focus global attention on urgent actions needed to keep humans and the planet healthy and foster a movement to create societies focused on well-being.   We here in Wednesfield are very much part of that World. So, today, Wednesfield North Councillors, visited the Waterside House in Wednesfield.
Waterside House is a care home in Wednesfield in the City of Wolverhampton and provides a safe and caring environment for up to 60 people living with dementia.
Late in 2021, Wednesfield North Councillors visited the home. which houses a large amount of Wednesfield residents, who all now call Waterside House their home.
Councillor Mary Bateman takes up the story. ” I was visiting a ‘Wednesfield in Bloom’ event at St Thomas’s Church in the Summer. I came across staff from Waterside House who were taking part in the event. A long conversation followed, which led to us as Councillors visiting Waterside House late in the Autumn . We were shown around the home, and we were informed about the work that MH and Waterside House were involved with in dealing with dementia.
We were taken by the way that the staff within the Home were creating such a happy atmosphere, and we were impressed with the plans of the residents and the staff for their gardens. The vision that was spelled out was compelling for us.
Today we returned and met with staff, again toured an already improved gardens. and joined with them, as they welcomed an £800 donation we had made to Waterside House from our Wednesfield North Ward Funds,earlier this year aimed with the objective to improve their facilities further.”
Our donation made at the time were aimed to further enhance the gardens, and improve the leisure facility that the residents use.
Wednesfield North Councillors big hope, is that our Ward Funds donation will improve the health and mental well being, of everyone that uses the gardens going forward.

What a great visit on World Health Day! Tying our Village in Wednesfield into a huge Global policy objective!

Owners of the Waterside House is MHA which is the largest charity care provider for older people in the UK, they offer some of the highest quality care, accommodation and support services throughout Britain. Their mission is to inspire the best care and wellbeing at every stage of later life. Founded by members of the Methodist Church in 1943,