I always champion Wednesfield. and I am happy to be able to point out that during a recent Scrutiny Meeting around the Wolverhampton economy I drew attention to how well Wednesfield was doing both in terms of the local economy, and also in its contribution that it is making to the overall City economy. I think we have yet another improvement in Wednesfield’s base which will be enhanced by the news of another 80 jobs with the advent of the leisure company entry into Wednesfield.
I also pressed the Director at Wolverhampton about the City Councils direction relating to the economic development policy and the City Councils Corporate priorities. After I thought that the proposals would concentrate too narrowly on Bilston, the City Centre and the engineering & aerospace clusters taking place in Fordhouses.
Here is a report on the minutes of that meeting –
The Service Director assured the Panel that the corporate priorities take account of the issues raised by Cllr Phil Bateman, she advised that the Council will be acting in a brokerage role to work with specialist sector organisations in a sectorial base, as well as a geographical base. She advised that there is more work to do on the infrastructure however work around joint venture funding is on-going and talks with Wiggle, UTC and foreign owned companies are on-going.
The Service Development Manager informed the panel about installation of Cabinets for superfast broadband in Wednesfield to support businesses and to attract others to the area.