Good morning Wednesfield! Saturday 11 September 2021.

Good morning Wednesfield! Saturday 11 September 2021.

I start this blog with an Agenda of international story’s of major impact on the City of Wolverhampton.

There was a terror attack in New York which shook the World. When twenty years ago a coordinated attack using commercial airliners and killed a total of 2,977 people. This was a horror attack and it stunned the World. This death toll included 67 Britons.
Events today are being held around the world to remember those who lost their lives.

The attacks, which were planned by al-Qaeda from Afghanistan. It saw four US passenger jets seized by suicide attackers – two of which were flown into the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. The Third hit The Pentagon, and a fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers fought back against those that had hi-jacked the plane. Many of us here in Wednesfield will remember the moments, and remember where we were, when the news of the attack was being broadcast live to the World.

Covid-19 is also a huge Worldwide story, and today I want to bring Wednesfield right up to date with the very latest local results here in the City of Wolverhampton of the stats that affect us here in Wolverhampton.
1. Covid-19 infection rate
Latest figures show there were 397.5 new cases of Covid-19 per 100,000 people in Wolverhampton over the last seven days. That means 1,045 people tested positive for the virus in that same period – though the true number of new cases will likely be higher.

2. Covid-19 vaccination update
Over 152,000 people in Wolverhampton have now had two doses of their Covid-19 vaccines. In total, 322,192 life-saving jabs have been administered in the city, with 169,910 people having had a first dose and 152,282 people having two doses for maximum protection from serious illness caused by the virus.

3. Covid-19 vaccination for care staff
The Government has said that anyone whose duties require them to enter a registered care home, either for work or to volunteer, must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 from 11 November. That means people have until Thursday 16 September, to have their first jab so they can have their second dose in time. People who have not had both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine will not be able to enter a care home to work or volunteer after 11 November unless they are medically exempt. Executive Director of Families Emma Bennett and Director of Public Health John Denley have written to all council staff whose job role requires them to work within a care home or to enter one as part of a planned visit and so are covered by this requirement.

Saragarhi monument unveiling. In Wednesfield Village tomorrow there will be the ceremony of the Saragarhi monument unveiling. The first UK memorial of its kind commemorating the bravery of 19th-century Sikh soldiers will be officially unveiled on Sunday 12 September. The city’s new Saragarhi Monument, which stands in Well Lane in Wednesfield, is the first statue in the country to specifically honour the fallen soldiers and has been created by Black Country sculptor Luke Perry. Wednesfield’s Guru Nanak Gurdwara undertook a massive £100,000 fundraising programme for the memorial, with donations made by the temple and the project supported by the local community. The Council also contributed £35,000 towards the memorial after it agreed to transfer land to the Gurdwara on a 99-year lease. Guests at Sunday’s ceremony are set to include the Jathedar of the Akal Takht, who is the appointed head of the Sikhs of the world, members of the British Army and three descendants of the battle’s soldiers. Your Councillors wish the project well, we know that it will have a huge impact for good and it will help under pin the very local economy.

On the Agenda -This Traffic information is one for your diary -Please find details below regarding the proposed temporary closures of Griffiths Drive, Whitehouse Avenue, Linthouse Lane, here in Ashmore Park in Wednesfield North.
• Griffiths Drive closed in both directions between its junction with Linthouse Lane to outside property number 75.
Vehicular Diversion Route: Lichfield Road, Peacock Avenue and Vice Versa.
• Linthouse Lane Island at the junction with Griffiths Drive/Whitehouse Avenue closed.
Vehicular Diversion Route: Wood End Road, Lichfield Road and vice versa.
• Whitehouse Avenue closed at its junction with Linthouse Lane.
Vehicular Diversion Route: Shardlow Road, Spondon Road and Vice Versa.

It is expected that the closure will be in place from 11/October 2021 to 20/October 2021, weekdays only between the hours of 09:30 & 15:30 to facilitate carriageway resurfacing.

I hope you all have a great Saturday and a good weekend.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more