Wolverhampton City Council

Election results for 2019

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    Elected in 2019
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Civic hall 'will reopen on time' despite firm's collapse

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Joe Sweeney

A revamp of Wolverhampton Civic Hall will be finished on time and within budget, a council's pledged.

Wolverhampton Civic Hall in North Street
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The ongoing refurbishment of the building has been hit by several setbacks, including the collapse of construction group Shaylor last month.

The local authority's Director of Regeneration, Richard Lawrence, told councillors it had already had several offers of replacement contractors and he was confident work would restart this autumn.

The Civic Hall is currently scheduled to reopen in 2021 which, along with the regeneration of the city's Wulfrun Hall, was budgeted at £38.1m last year.

Mayor praises 'amazing courage' of transgender rapper

Allen Cook

BBC News

A rapper who is around 11 months into his transition from female to male was invited to visit his home town's mayor.

Nate Ethan Watson and Claire Darke
Wolverhampton City Council

Nate Ethan Watson, from Wolverhampton, has spent a decade in the music industry and performed with the likes of D Double E and Tim Westwood.

In April, speaking to Victoria Derbyshire on BBC One, the 34-year-old said he believed he was the UK's first transgender grime artist, but struggles to believe there are no others.

This week, the city's mayor, Claire Darke, invited him to visit the Mayor's Parlour and said he had shown "amazing courage and determination to be true to himself".

'Achievements of women' theme for new mayor

Local Democracy Reporting Service

Gurdip Thandi

Celebrating the achievements of Wolverhampton women will be one of the city’s new civic leader’s themes for the coming year.

Claire Darke
City of Wolverhampton Council

Councillor Claire Darke, who has served the Park ward since 2008, was officially sworn in as the 61st Mayor of Wolverhampton at a ceremony held at the Civic Centre on Wednesday.

“I am the 61st Mayor of Wolverhampton but only the 10th woman mayor so to reflect this, one of my themes of the year is celebrating women’s contribution to the city,” she said.

Cuts to youth services linked to knife crime

Wolverhampton has seen the biggest cuts to youth services in the country over the last three years.

Wolverhampton council house
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The 91% drop in spending is being linked to a rise in knife crime by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Knife Crime - which analysed data from local councils.

City of Wolverhampton Council said that it has invested in the OnSide Youth Zone, which has also attracted private and grant support, in place of council run youth centres.

"Many more young people use the services at the youth zone than ever used youth centres so there is an arguably better provision for less public funding," it said.