Family History is a useful and enjoyable pastime. Many of us are involved in the enjoyment of uncovering the pastimes, the trades and the local history of our families. I have been involved for years in uncovering the links.
Last night whilst I was looking at some old birth certificates, i noticed that my dad, who was born in 1913 lived at 42 Alma Street in Heath Town at his birth. I also noticed that his father my Grandfather Joseph Bateman is described on his birth certificate as a ‘Blacksmith and Licenced Victualler.”.
Closer investigation throws up that 42 Alma Street was in actual fact The Royal Oak Public House. Question now is at that time was grandfather Joe the Licenced Victualler at The Royal Oak in 1913?….more to do.
Back in November I received information from residents in Sandy Crescent regarding a largely redundant Garage Site, when during the night some unsavoury practices had been allegedly taking place.
I contacted the Authorities because it was suggested that a bollard be erected to keep the vehicles and Fly-Tippers away, and those using the car park in the night for other unwanted activities.
The enquiry was ref T11784.
The Fly-Tipping had been removed but the bollard had not been erected. I have been in constant touch with the authorities. The argument is being made that this is a Public Right of Way and The City Council has a responsibility and it was not just a Wolverhampton Homes decision.
I now have another reference Number T11978
Since the original intervention I made there has been a debate taking place within the Authority, because there is an additional issue of access for the National Grid, and their access arrangements for the Electricity -Sub Station, that is also located on the site..
So the conversations are still taking place between The National Grid, Wolverhampton Homes, and City of Wolverhampton Council. I will continue to keep you updated on any progress that is made.
There is a real concern from residents living close to Coppice High School, as the intruder alarms at the school have been for a number of months last year, activating in the late night/early hours of the morning.
I had reported the neighbour concerns during 2023 to the school, and they were very reactive and initiated a number of steps with their alarm company to redress the problems.
Sadly there has been an issue in the start of this year, where early morning activation by ‘spiders’ has caused the alarm to ‘sound-off’ at 1am.This has disturbed residents sleep.
The School is trying its hardest to deal with the problem. I thought that the neighbours should be aware that the issue is not being ignored. Hence the information that is on this social media site. Any changes to the position will be reported here.
“Anti-Social Behaviour and more, is the Bain of West Midlands Cities and Towns” said Councillor Phil Bateman of Wednesfield North.
He went onto say “Its not just an issue here in Wolverhampton, but when it occurs on public transport, it is serious and dangerous, and the Authorities and local Police with other public transport agencies working in partnership, become the best way forward to deal with the matter.
At the end of last year we had started to receive reports from bus users that ASB and assault was taking place on the 59 bus route, that links Wednesfield with Wolverhampton.
Today at a Safer Wolverhampton Partnership meeting. I released information from TfWM about the way that the complaints had been handled.”
TfWM had written to me saying “Thank you for continuing to shine a light on the issues being experienced by passengers of the 59 bus route on a weekly basis. I know you have personally worked diligently for many years to help build a safe and reliable transport network, so I can appreciate how worrying these reports must be.”
TfWM continued that ” that many incidents have been reported to you with each of these being shared with our Safer Travel Team, National Express West Midlands and neighbourhood police teams.
TfWM has dedicated further resources to patrolling the 59 route leading to the identification of a youth most commonly involved in these abhorrent attacks. Taking a wider view of the 59 service, our Transport Safety Officers and Safer Travel Police Team have seen a reduction of incidents since their regular patrols began. In November, 9 reports had been identified to relate to the 59 service and its route however, we have seen this fall to just 3 in December 2023. Their patrols mirror the times that have been reported and will continue to evolve alongside any further reports we receive. To date, four other youths have been identified using CCTV and the Neighbourhood Police team have visited them and their parents at their homes to discuss their antisocial behaviour. 1 was issued with a first stage warning with the remaining 3 being issued ASB advisory letters. This was achieved thanks to the coordinated efforts of the Safer Travel Team, the bus operator National Express West Midlands and the Neighbourhood Police Team.
I hope that this update assures you and passengers that TfWM is actively working with partners to tackle this kind of behaviour which will not be tolerated. We will continue to monitor the levels of antisocial behaviour and should you receive any further reports, please do not hesitate to contact us again.”
Councillor Bateman added – “All three of your City Councillors Mary , Rita and myself, work hard with all these agencies to ensure that we do all we can to help our Ward develop safe effective. and efficient public transport services. We know its hard for bus passengers when their bus services don’t turn up, or when they are delayed by bad behaviour and worse.
This particular issue has been difficult, but there are some positive actions that come of it. Transport for West Midlands report that there has been a reduced number of incidents since the actions started. My hope that these police actions with partners will help to deliver safer bus services for users and residents.”
The meeting took place today in The Hub at Ashmore Park, Griffiths Drive Ashmore|Park.
The facts are that churches and vicars play an important role not only by providing inspirational spiritual guidance to those religious individuals. But, the Church buildings and the staff and volunteers that do so much to keep the Church estate in good working order often play a key role in the wider community activity.
The Church estate often provides meeting rooms, sport venues, etc. Weakening the leadership chains of communities by not replacing Vicars in Posts, is a dire blow that can be seen as nothing short of a crisis in the communities that make up our City, and the settlements that nestle closely to us.
Since I wrote about Wednesfield’s Parish Church. I have been informed that there is no full time Vicars in place at Essington, St Marys Bushbury, Holy Trinity in Short Heath, St Leonards in Bilston.
You may know more?
Plus, there is a temporary Bishop standing in for the Vacant seat of The Bishop of Wolverhampton. That role is being filled by The Bishop of The Falklands. I know that there are concerns in the congregations of these Churches. But there is also concerns outside of the Church as I have described here. I am sure the Anglican Church must have a plan going forward? It would be good to hear it.
City Council are giving consideration to commencing a city-wide review of the non-residential assets and a small number of residential assets to determine the future management of these assets.
Your Wednesfield North City Councillors have been asked for our views before binding and lasting decisions are made, about a disused former Garage site in Blackham Road on Ashmore Park.
For the garage site at Blackham Road the proposed solution being given consideration is to demolish garages, remove foundations and secure site. This site could be considered for a potential HRA residential redevelopment sometime in the future.
Your Councillors Rita Phil and Mary would like to hear your views over the next few days. We need those thoughts that you may have before the 9th of .January 2024
Local residents views would be most welcome –
Recently I wrote to the Lord Bishop of Lichfield about the failure of the Church to appoint a full time Parish Priest to the Parish Church of Wednesfield. I made it clear that many of the Parishioners were concerned with the delay. I also made it clear that not having such an important position within the Church Community filled. Was doing much damage to the Church, and the role it plays at the heart of the greater community. Not only was the spiritual offer diluted by no Parish Priest, but also the social role was very much weakened.
I thought that Wednesfield residents may have been interested in the response I received. Here it is re-printed in full. Written on behalf of The Lord Bishop of Lichfield, from the Bishop of The Falklands, whom he asked to respond to my correspondence.
Here is the response.
“Dear Councillor Bateman, The Bishop of Lichfield has passed your email on to me to respond, which I am glad to do.
The diocese as a whole shares your frustration about the difficulty in filling this vacancy. Far from hindering the appointment of a parish priest, we have worked with the parish to advertise the post five times, but so far we have received no applicants. This is I’m afraid an extreme example of a problem across the whole Church, where there are presently more posts available than there are priests to fill them.
I can only agree with you about the negative effects of the absence of an incumbent, and I can assure you that the diocese remains committed to ministry in inner urban areas. We remain hopeful that the right person will be found to fill this post, and others which are at the moment without a priest, but it is becoming a more and more difficult process at the present time.
The previous substantive Bishop of Wolverhampton retired at Easter this year, and the process for a new appointment will begin in January. I have been serving as Acting Bishop since September and will continue until Easter next year, by which time I hope a new appointment will be on the horizon.
Thank you for writing to Bishop Michael; it is an encouragement to know that the Church is valued as an integral part of the social fabric of the City. I hope we will find a good candidate who will be able to serve the people of your wares and the parish.
With all best wishes +Jonathan
Rt Revd Jonathan Clark,
Bishop for the Falkland Islands
Acting Bishop of Wolverhampton, Diocese of Lichfield.
Councillor Bateman added “Since I wrote the initial letter I am surprised at the number of Parish Churches here in Wolverhampton that are also in the same situation in this City and its bordering Parishes, with no full time vicars.
Councillor Phil Bateman said today ” Wednesfield North Councillors want you to be prepared for the next Atlantic Storm which will hit Wednesfield later today! Mary Rita and I, have just received the following notice. It relates to the 8th Named Storm – this one is Storm Henk.”
We are just dropping you an email to update you on the latest weather forecast in light of Storm Henk expected to impact the UK today. Yellow Weather Warnings for both Wind and Rain have been issued for the area until 21:00hrs this evening, Tuesday 2nd January. There are also two flood alerts currently in place by the Environment Agency that could impact on Wolverhampton for the River Sow and River Penk, and Upper Tame.
Snapshot taken from our Met Office Advisor (02 Jan):
HEADLINE: Strong winds across the south of the Midlands, further rainfall across the West Midlands.
An unsettled start to 2024 as the next area of low pressure to influence the UK has been named by the Met Office as Storm Henk and is set to bring a swathe of strong winds across parts of the South-West, south Midlands and East Anglia before moving into the North Sea this evening. It will also be wet with some further rain spreading north-eastwards across the region during the course of the day and this is falling on saturated ground and likely to exacerbate the river and flooding situation. The south to south-westerly winds may gust up to 50-60mph for a short time this afternoon, isolated 60-70mph over exposed parts of far southern Worcestershire and Warwickshire, before veering to the west and easing later in the evening. A separate wind warning covers more northern areas of the West Midlands with gusts of 40-50mph more likely. 15-30mm of rain could fall during the course of Tuesday, this heavy ran falling on saturated ground and likely to cause some travel disruption and a Yellow Rain warning covers the West Midlands.
Yesterday your three City Councillors Mary, Rita and I, had a site visit with Officers at the ‘Top Shops at Higgs Road ‘ on Ashmore Park Estate.
We requested a meeting because we are perturbed with the sad and sorry state of this important public facility.
Your Councillors have set out many of the issues, and we were strong with our view on the requirements. We will obviously keep you all informed on the progress as it’s made.
Wednesfield North and Wednesfield south with Heath Town, Fallings Park, Bushbury North and Bushbury South with Lowhill, along with Short Heath and Willenhall North now make up the new Parliamentary Constituency of Wolverhampton North East.
Its a brand new Constituency and it is sure to lead some confusions for people, as for the first time in decades we have a Parliamentary constituency that crosses Local Authority boundaries.
As you would expect Wednesfield North Labour Councillors have gotten behind our Parliamentary Labour Party candidate Sureena Brackenridge, even joining her campaign team, and crossing the Borough boundaries to campaign today in Short Heath and Willenhall North.
Here are the details of Labours Parliamentary candidate if you want to contact her.
Get in touch with Sureena by phone 07438663 282 ; or by email on sbraxWV@gmail.com