The Leader of the Council, delivered his state
of the city address. He highlighted:
That over the last 12 months there had been real progress in the
pace of transformation and a difference was being made to the
people of the city.
There would be improved transport links with the extension of the
metro line to the railway station and the HS2 connectivity package to the region.
The City centre would offer an enhanced retail offer with the
refurbishment of the Mander Centre and
the markets relocating to southside.
The importance and cultural heritage of the Town Centres in
Bilston, Wednesfield and Tettenhall was also recognised.
The culture offer had also been enhanced due to the refurbishment
of the Civic Halls and the Grand Theatre.
Further growth opportunities would be presented with the western
extension of i54 and development of
Unemployment was falling in the city but more needed to be done to
offer jobs to local people, it was anticipated this would be
addressed through Wolverhampton workbox, the city learning quarter
and wolves at work.
The achievement of Children’s Services in relation to
safeguarding children through early interventions and reducing the
number of LAC by increased focus on early intervention was
In future the demand for adult social care provision would increase
and this would need to be managed through restricted funding.
There had been significant improvements in the statistical data of
public health and further work would be undertaken to improve the
Housing was critical for the growth of the city and would deliver
further jobs in the city. Further work needed to be undertaken on
homelessness and a holistic approach was required.
The contribution of partners was also recognised.
The Council, faced huge challenges but was better placed to deliver
on change. The city had become a City on the move, a city on the
make, a city to be proud of”
Councillor Wendy Thompson commented that
progress had been made in the past five years but not historically
under the Labour Party. She welcomed the progress made in certain
areas however emphasised that more needed to be done to address
housing and employment. She highlighted the importance of the pace
and rate of change.
The Leader did not agree with the historical
analysis and added that previous projects had fallen through due to
lack of funding etc. going forward the council needed to ensure the
same problems were not encountered again.