The Express and Star – Housing & Green Belt

All of this article is important. It sets out the great issues that we all need to debate.

I have placed all the housing issues that are facing my Ward of Wednesfield North on my web site for over a year now. I have also written about this on my Facebook and Twitter sites. I have tried as my fellow Councillors have in Wednesfield North, to inform our community early of the situation developing.
Housing is a big issue in Wolverhampton and the Black Country.Residents need to be aware of what is happening.

Wednesfield North Councillors has been encouraging the development of ‘Brownfield’ sites in our Ward. We will continue to do that, as we are not against House building, we have helped identify sites that have been converted to nice new homes,including new Council homes.

We understand that we need new homes. But we also do not want to see virtually all our Green Belt amenity getting wiped out by developers looking to build homes on agricultural land ‘right on our Council boundary’. If they (the developers) are allowed to take valuable Green Belt amenity away from our use, and then having our own infrastructure (Schools, doctors,highways) , distorted by an influx of 2,500 homes and the subsequent families.

That sort of development will do nothing at all for current Wednesfield families or their quality of life. I have made it very clear for over 12 months now. We will not accept that sort of planning. This is why its important at this Local Election for Wednesfield North people to go out and Vote . It is YOU that have the key to the future…..staying at home and doing nothing will encourage developers . Not put them off! I hope that the readers of this statement, will see what we as your Councillors have done…and act and support us by Voting for Rita Potter Labour. Help us protect you!

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