Tettenhall branch covers two council wards: Tettenhall Regis (covering the northern part of Tettenhall village, Aldersley, and Claregate), and Tettenhall Wightwick (covering the southern part of Tettenhall village, Compton, Tettenhall Wood, Wightwick, and parts of Castlecroft and Finchfield). The wards’ combined population is 23,000 people, living in around 10,000 households.
Tettenhall is a mainly affluent area, with three-quarters of people owning their own home and only about one in ten living in social housing. There are high levels of employment and good educational attainment.
18% of Tettenhall residents are retired and 13% are over 75. A significant number live in residential or nursing care or have health conditions which limit their daily activities. Others are involved in providing unpaid care to these residents.
Tettenhall Labour members have recently been involved in a successful campaign against closure of Wood Road GPs’ surgery. This was run with a group of Tettenhall residents and the former Labour Wolverhampton SW MP, Eleanor Smith. Whilst communicated as a problem with GP recruitment, the key issue in fact was increasing charges made by NHS Property Services—these threatened to make the practice financially unviable.
Closing the surgery would have meant an extra 4000 patients using the other Tettenhall GP surgery in Lower Street – which already has 8000 people on its books – and extra travelling time for older and disabled patients.
The campaign successfully argued against the proposed changes and managed to keep the surgery open, albeit with reduced working hours.
The campaign is continuing around three priorities: securing an extra GP for the practice, measuring the impact of the surgery’s reduced working hours on vulnerable patients’ access to treatment and lobbying NHS Property Services to reduce its charges in future.
Other issues in Tettenhall Regis include:
- Higher education
Other issues in Tettenhall Wightwick include:
- Higher education
- Social care
Both Tettenhall Regis and Tettenhall Wightwick are future prospect wards.
There are no Labour councillors representing Tettenhall Regis at present.
The local Labour Party has canvassed energetically in recent local elections and Labour’s average vote share has gone up during this time. Labour did especially well in 2018, when our Regis candidate Chester Morrison won 1,120 votes compared to the Conservative candidate’s 1,568.
General elections usually see a high turnout of voters—in 2019, this was 70.6% in Regis and 73.1% in Wightwick. Labour got a healthy number of votes in both wards—2,276 in Regis and 1,912 in Wightwick. Whilst we don’t have local councillors, this vote is recognised as being very important in returning a Labour MP in Wolverhampton South West.
Within the local Labour Party, the two Tettenhall wards work together as one branch. As of April 2020 we have 188 members. Branch meetings are on the second Tuesday of every other month at Tettenhall Library. We notify members of upcoming meetings a week beforehand.
The Branch Secretary is Helen Lewis, who can be contacted at email@example.com or on 07944 270165.
We have an AGM each year in July, where we hold elections for branch officers.
We’re also involved in community activities, such as litter picks and tree planting.
Please note: due to the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings are currently held online via Zoom.