Statement of Stephen Wilson

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I have lived in Spring Road for over 42 years with my wife, Marta. Two of our three grown up children and our four grandchildren still live within Grosvenor Ward.

As a qualified Accountant I worked in Local Government for 38 years. Since retirement I have continued my links with local government by acting as Clerk for two Community Councils. I am also treasurer of Wrexham Care Association and have been a Govenor at St. Joseph's High School for over 26 years plus a member of Rhosddu Community Council for the last 9 years.

Unlike my opponents I have proven success in making changes within the Ward:-

A play area has been provided on Ashfield.
The first Public Space Protection Order in Wrexham has been put into place covering the two parks on Rhosddu Road.
Two residents meetings have demonstrated to the Council, and others, the scale of the anti-social behaviour problem and the strength of residents feelings.
Two pedestrian crossings have been put on Rhosddu Road.
A school crossing patrol has been funded for Plas Coch School.
Various roads have been resurfaced.
Work is underway to develop two large sites on Grosvenor Road plus some of the empty premises are being brought back into use.

I am aware that more needs to be done including:-
Further tackling anti-social behaviour.
Ensuring empty properties, including the 'old' Printers Shop, are brought back into use/replaced.
Regulation of HMO properties.
Repairing pavements.
Improving Residents Parking.

I believe that a second term as Councillor would give me the opportunity to further resolve these issues.

As an independent candidate, I have no ties to any political party and am, therefore, able to focus on matters that are of concern to local residents.

I believe that personal ambition is no substitute for experience especially in these hard financial times.

Questions & Answers

1. Often we are told that highways, street lighting, bin collections and anti-social behaviour are some of the issues people care most about. Aside from those what are the key local issues in your ward? (The question below will ask what you think should be done)

2. Further to the above issues you have specified, at a ward level what would you do to resolve these problems if elected?

3. As a councillor and as a member of the council what would be in your power, and your priority, to help local businesses?

4. How do you think adult social care in Wrexham should be funded?

5. What do you think is the most urgent thing, in the power of councillors, required to improve the local education system?

6. What do you think should be done with the Groves school building, and the site?

7. What are your thoughts on the housing supply in Wrexham, and if you feel more housing needs to be created in volume, where would that be sited and who would it be targeted at?

8. On litter and dog fouling enforcement, do you think this should be provided via a third party, and should it be enforced to the letter of the law or in a more lenient manner?

9. Do you favour the current Executive Board system or a politically balanced system? Why?

10. As has happened in Wrexham recently - if you change political allegiance from what you are currently seeking election for (eg. resigning from, or joining another party) will you trigger a by-election? If not, why not?

11. 'Reshaping' Wrexham Council is a major theme impacting all areas of the local authority. What areas do you think could see deeper savings made and why?

12. With the 'Reshaping' programme, which specific areas would you look to grow and create revenue streams in?

13. The Town Centre Masterplan is an aspirational document which could shape and transform the town centre over the next ten years. What is your future vision for Wrexham town centre, and how will you help achieve it?

14. Many politicians are accused of being out of touch with voters and only surfacing before elections. What will you do to ensure you stay in touch through the coming years if you are elected?

15. What are your thoughts on the current provision and support for the arts in Wrexham, and what would you do to support the arts?

16. Wrexham Football Club had been let down greatly before being taken over by the fans themselves. As a councillor what action would you champion to help the club?

17. Wrexham's Night Time Economy employs a large number of people and generates revenue for the town. As a councillor what action would you like to see from Wrexham Council to improve that sector?

18. Wrexham Council currently has two Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) in place in the town centre and Rhosddu area. How should anti social behaviour be tackled?

19. New Psychoactive Substances are a recent well documented problem in and around town, what do you think is the solution?

20. Councillor pay, iPads as tools for the job, and allowances have all been topics of debate over the last few years. What is your view on this?

21. The ownership and operation of Plas Madoc Leisure Centre has been debated over recent years - where do you believe the responsibility for funding and running such public amenities should lie?

22. What actions would you take, or support, as a councillor to encourage Welsh language use growth? Or, if you are against this, why?

23. Currently Wrexham Council webcast their Full Council, Executive Board and Planning meetings, and some Scrutiny. Would you like to see the webcasting system rolled out to cover all meetings and how else do you think the local authority could involve the public more in the democratic process?

24. This will be the first time some people are old enough to vote, with that age limit possibly dropping in future. Candidates are on the whole older and male. What will you do to represent a more diverse viewpoint?

25. What local activity have you taken part in over the last few months to improve your ward? Regardless of if you win, will you continue any such action that benefits your ward?

In a few hundred characters to wrap this up, why should people vote for you?

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