Statement of Adam Stanley Davies
We invited them to tell you a little about who they are, any political history and about their political leanings.
I have been involved in politics for over two decades at all levels (local, regional & national) behind the scenes and as a local candidate. I have been associated and affiliated to a number of parties directly and cross bench. I still have many friends within all parties and recognise their genuine passion for what they do and for that I fully respect them. However, over the many years I've worked with people it is very clear that one size doesn't fit all and to truly represent people at local level it is paramount to be independent and not governed by a party with a national agenda.
It is important to recognise that being skilled & experienced with working with communities proves a vital criteria in being able to resolve issues quickly to the holistic benefit of the community and county alike.
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)
Facilities & Services Education Public protection Access to a GP Youth facilities Training & Enterprise Economic Development Drug use protecting people from harm Violent crime Traffic related offences Parking Adult social care Counselling services Council Tax and value for money Bullying in schools Council Budget Road conditions Employment
2. Further to the above issues you have specified, at a ward level what would you do to resolve these problems if elected?
There are many more issues to add to the list and a serious action plan is required at county level to resolve it all. Let us not pretend it's going to happen in weeks as Brymbo & Tanyfron have many years of neglect and decay to attend to. Much of the work to be done requires an experienced and dedicated individual who can be strong enough in chamber to fight for the ward and defend its right to a fair deal in partnership with fellow cllrs and county borough staff.
3. As a councillor and as a member of the council what would be in your power, and your priority, to help local businesses?
Partnerships are often a key answer however private owners building their debt from empty shops and increasing rents to cover their debts are killing our town. Wrexham town needs to be governed by Wrexham and for which we need to own the property and compulsory purchase the town centre as a long term investment and in doing so give the economic team leverage to negotiate with high street retailers to regenerate the town, create jobs and see Wrexham not just survive but thrive. Local business has always been the back bone of this country and they deserve all our effort, support and commitment. This would also mean the town must learn from its mistakes and reintroduce the Monday market as we all knew it in the 1980's. The council set Wrexham on a path to destruction when they pushed out the traders and butterfly effect of this is what we see today simply because Wrexham is obsessed with city status so it can charge the public city taxes.
4. How do you think adult social care in Wrexham should be funded?
Wrexham Council has become so ancient in its thinking that it lacks the courage to make the real decisions needed. This is because of the lack of business skills within the elected body. The budget needs restructuring to advantage of the electorate and not directors of departments. Stop cutting front line services to hurt the public and stir up discomfort and instead make cuts higher up with more than comfortable directors.
5. What do you think is the most urgent thing, in the power of councillors, required to improve the local education system?
One size does not fit all and each school is very different to the next. Our school teachers work incredibly hard and need the full support of the authority and to do this each school must be considered on its own merits individually and to do this a county audit/survey needs to be conducted to learn from the professionals doing the job what they need and not to presume anything.
6. What do you think should be done with the Groves school building, and the site?
This is a beautiful site and should be offered to Coleg Cambria free on loan to extend and develop their portfolio of subject areas and in addition bring more people into the town.
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?
The current housing strategy seems to be working in principle however more properties are needed. However before we make promises of new affordable houses we need to create the jobs first.
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?
A third party encourages greed in place of fair play. People can make mistakes and sometimes genuinely be unaware of accidental littering. Respect is earned and never inherited and greedy third parties are more interested in issuing fines instead of using common sense and decency
9. Do you favour the current Executive Board system or a politically balanced system? Why?
The current system is fine.
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?
Party politics has no place in local government. If the elected individual believes that the decision of the party conflicts with that of the interest of the electorate to the extent they can no longer be affiliated to the party then no by-election should stand. The counsellors who in recent years resigned from the Labour Party for its treachery towards leisure services and particularly Plas Madoc did so as they believed in the people first. In local elections we elect candidates on their strengths and not what what Whitehall is currently debating.
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?
Balance the books and remove the favours for favours mentality and the counsellors take control of the council and not be dictated to by the staff within the departments.
12. With the 'Reshaping' programme, which specific areas would you look to grow and create revenue streams in?
As previously stated take ownership of the town create a legacy to hand down to future cllrs and create jobs reducing the dependency on Welfare. Wrexham wastes hundreds of thousands of pounds every year but the lack of business experience on the council creates the butterfly effect of a chaotic council. The council needs strong leadership prepared to make hard and determined decisions and not drag their feet. Strong and experienced leadership coupled with skill and courage will transform Wrexham.
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?
Compulsory purchase the town Develop Economic Team to encourage business to Wrexham with cheaper rents and deal making/breaking offers to bring the high street to life. TJ Hughes to become huge indoor market. BHS building to become PFU hub. Reintroduce Beast Market Create jobs by supporting business Clean up the town with zero tolerance policing
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?
I'm available 24/7 as the electorate already know. I've been answering calls and messages as early as 4am. There are real issues that people need help with and experience and a caring attitude is what is needed to support and represent the communities.
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?
I welcome community arts programmes of all varieties and we should all embrace the opportunity to be expressive and tolerant of expressions of others as this understanding and respect of sharing ideas and feelings can only be a positive activity.
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?
There are many great sporting activities in Wrexham including the brilliant youth football leagues. Lessons can be learned from Cefn Druids as they seem to be growing stronger each week year on year. I would like to see the old kop transformed into a stage area for more concerts like we had last year. A brilliant buzz in the air that night.
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?
Regulate taxis and private hire to produce a fair pricing policy so people know what they're getting before they commit. Remove street drinking so the landlords can Police consumption and reduce ASB. Enforce a no parking policy on high street and abbot street to protect patrons at night Safer taxis schemes
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?
A zero tolerance approach should be enforced. Behave or be punished.
19. New Psychoactive Substances are a recent well documented problem in and around town, what do you think is the solution?
Town centre & public spaces need to be a drug and alcohol free zone. Employ third party CEO to enforce fines and any breach of the peace results in arrests. If you can afford the drug you can afford the fixed penalty and conviction. Zero tolerance is required to protect the public from harm.
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?
Technology moves so quickly and becomes outdated within a year for most. If counsellors ferl they need these luxury items then they should buy them themselves. If cllrs care about the community then they don't need to claim expenses as they can use the facilities within county hall and correspond from a desk there. As for travel expenses etc well I think they should all be scrapped as men and women alike commuting into town or industrial areas etc to get to their jobs pay their own fuel bill and bus fares AND PARKING TICKETS why shouldn't cllrs do the same? The electorate choose an individual to represent them, not put them on a pedestal and fill their pockets.. Its all wrong and they should be scrapped! We stand for election because we care about the communities within a county and not to fill your boots and over inflate bank balances and egos.
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?
What happened to Plas Madoc was nothing short of treachery and deceit of the lowest kind. Freedom leisure have taken over all of the leisure facilities in Wrexham that make them money. They say it's not for profit but someone's getting a nice wage at the top of a tree somewhere aren't they. Plas Madoc leisure centre and the communities who have used it were nothing more than shafted and sold down the river to ensure the freedom leisure deal made someone money in my opinion. The people of Wrexham pay their taxes and so deserve their facilities and services. Plas Madoc should never have been threatened with closure and should still be maintained by the authority just like everything else. Plas Madoc belongs to the people of Wrexham and all facilities should be returned including Plas Madoc Leisure centre.
22. What actions would you take, or support, as a councillor to encourage Welsh language use growth? Or, if you are against this, why?
The Welsh language as if this year is compulsory at GSCE level for all pupils in Wales. As much as our heritage has a defining factor in our evolvement as individuals and as a collective community personally I feel it should be optional and more focus be given to core and STEM subjects.
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?
Broadcast all meetings and hold recordings within an online library. Online surveys have proven ineffective as of late but cllrs should have proactively made wards aware of the online survey for budget cuts.
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?
I have recently debated this topic whilst working in Ysgol Bryn Alyn. The consensus opinion was if we're old enough to drive and old enough to pay tax then we should be allowed to vote on how our taxes are spent. To be fair the pupils at Bryn Alyn are very level headed and it's a point you can't argue. I often presented the opportunity to debate and banter out ideas and concepts in a lesson and found that the boys and girls were equally in strength of arguement. Too often are women labelled and stigmatised and too be honest it really gets my back up. As a dad I want my daughter to thrive in whatever she chooses to do and I hope I raise my children as great as my Mum and Dad did with me. Girls are EQUAL in every sense to Boys and I'm positive if a woman wanted to get into local politics then I'm sure she would. Brymbo & Tanyfron had the best female cllr Wrexham has ever seen and Bronwen Greenaway was a driving force of change, evolution, dignity and pride.
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?
I have tackled many sensitive issues like neighbour disputes and domestic violence to spending time with the Brymbo Lodge YFC community champion Kieron Howard and Billy Billington. The Brymbo Lodge YFC have over 150 children within their catchment and focus on community leagues and skills development linking generations together with grandparents, parents and children all coming together supporting each other. They have been going for 20 years and never received a penny from any community council or voluntary grant. The work these community champions embark upon week in and week out giving their time freely to dedicate to generations of children is the most admirable act of charity and commitment to the community I've seen and I look forward to supporting them all in the future in any way I can whether I'm elected or not. A fantastic group of community heros who are an inspiration to us all.
In a few hundred characters to wrap this up, why should people vote for you?
I'm not interested in progressing to a Welsh Assembly or Westminster seat. I'm interested in the community that shaped my heart. Brymbo & Tanyfon deserve a community to be proud of & representative who cares about them enough to get the job done and not use the community as a stepping stone to bigger things. The forgotten community of Tanyfron deserves recognition, the Plas Brymbo estate has been abandoned and Brymbo village has been left to decay for too long. It's time to fight for the community and I believe I'm the only candidate strong enough to deliver on everything promised that has yet to materialise. Let May 4th be the difference to Brymbo & Tanyfron ward for the history that it's had and future we could build together.
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