Statement of Rob Jones

We invited them to tell you a little about who they are, any political history and about their political leanings.

I'm a local lad with a passion for the area. I served 15 years in the army and have seen many changes both good and bad in the area. I'm already very active in and take great pride in my community and I'm passionate about developing it further and creating opportunities for the constituents. I am a community councillor, football coach for Brymbo Lodge Under 14's, Under 9's and also Black Lane Primary school.
action and results will be my key objectives . To make change for the better and improve the community

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)

Having spoken to lots of people in my area speeding is an issue which is mentioned frequently and clearly a worry for lots of people. Also children hanging around the local area is a major concern.

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

One of my first priorities if elected would be to hi-light the problem of speeding with Highways and look at ways of practically tackling this issue. I would also look into developing opportunities for children to be involved within the community.

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

I would spend time talking to and be accessible to local business to find out what issues they are facing and how we could work together with the council to resolve these.

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?

I think the most important thing is to try protect the education budget. Budget cuts inevitably mean losing teachers which has a massive impact on the pupil/teacher ratio and a detrimental effect on learning.

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

To not utilise the building seems such a waste. I think it should be developed into something useful and beneficial for the people of Wrexham.

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?

I don't support this being provided via a third party and I also think it should be enforced more strictly. If it's enforced more strictly, the fines would provide more revenue for the council which could be spent on more cleaners and dog bins.

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?

I think its important to work with and listen to local businesses to get people back in the town centre. Possibly reducing rates to help businesses set up might be one option.

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 will always be contactable via phone, email or social media or just knock on my door. I will be honoured to represent the people of Bryn Cefn and will do me upmost to be their voice.

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?

I already work closely with Wrexham Football club in my capacity as a football coach. We always look at ways to involve the club and the players to help develop the youngsters. I would look to continue this relationship and develop it further.

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?

I would look at ways to develop the empty premises in Wrexham to encourage businesses to invest in the town and create opportunities and jobs for the people of wrexham. I'd also encourage more bidding for the large concert events in the town.

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?

I think its important to work with the police and authorities to educate the offenders and create opportunities for them.

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

I think we should look at long term solutions to the problem. Supporting the police and long term opportunities to prevent people from turning to these substances.

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?

I think that iPads and embracing technology is the way forward and will provide significant cost savings for printing and postage but I also think that councillors should fund their iPads from their own allowances.

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?

I am fully committed to supporting the use and growth of the Welsh Language and feel that opportunities should me made available for anyone wanting learn.

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?

I support the webcasting system being rolled out to cover all meetings. I feel that transparency is very important. Elected councillors serve their communities and as such they should be able to view everything discussed.

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 intend to listen to and work with all age groups equally.

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?

For the last 7 years I have managed Brymbo Lodge Under 14's and under 8's and also Black Lane Primary School football team. This is something I enjoy very much and plan to continue.

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

I'm a local lad who is passionate about changing things for the better. I will always be approachable, always be around (not just at election time) and will listen to the community. I am running independent of any politic party hence have no party line to tow and only the best interests of the community I hope to represent. I will be your voice, support you and fight your corner when needed. I already have close links with the community through my voluntary work and would be honoured to have the chance to represent the people of Bryn Cefn.

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