Statement of William Derek Wainwright
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I was born in 1952 at Trevalyn Hospital, Rossett, Wrexham and have lived in Wrexham all my life. I have been a resident of Pentre Broughton since 1978 with my wife Kay and have 3 grown up children, Jason,Mark and Clair.
I went to Hafod Y Wern Junior School and Yale Grammar School. I am a firm advocate of Lifelong Learning and have studied with the Open University and graduated with a BSc Social Studies and have a Diploma in Health and Social Welfare.
Most of my working life has been in manufacturing including a spell in Brymbo Steelworks. For over 13 years I was a GMB Senior Steward and before that a Shop Steward for 2 years representing over 350 members based on Wrexham Industrial Estate.
With reference to any political history and leanings, I have always voted for the Labour Party both national and locally. The Labour Party is built on equality,social justice and compassion and there is an urgent need for a Welsh Labour led County Council to ensure that education,social care and housing that are all services within the control of the local authority have the commitment that is high up on the Welsh Labour agenda. The current County Council Executive Board consists entirely of Independant and Conservative councillors.
Recognising and facing the challenges for Wrexham will be Labour's way forward. Please vote for me as I want to face that challenge.
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)
Social Care Education Housing
2. Further to the above issues you have specified, at a ward level what would you do to resolve these problems if elected?
If elected and we had a Welsh Labour led council in the forthcoming Local Government Election the Wrexham Labour Manifesto would be putting democracy back into Wrexham. By working together, my commitment would be to ensure that the the issues of social care, education and housing can be resolved in our Bryn Cefn ward. Only Welsh Labour will move Wrexham forward. High quality social care is a right and not a privilege. There would be a commitment to a preventative approach with emphasis on early intervention Quality education is a human right and not just a public good. A Welsh Labour led council would set coherent and balanced expectations and develop a stronger partnership with Glyndwr University and Coleg Cambria. Also, they would develop the old Groves School site as a centre for skills and lifelong learning. Welsh Labour led council, would ensure there would be a Local Development Plan, developers would then not be able to build for profit without concern for community needs.
3. As a councillor and as a member of the council what would be in your power, and your priority, to help local businesses?
As a councillor in a Welsh Labour led council I would be part of a team that would have a continued focus to create a highly skilled, highly motivated workforce for local businesses. We would work with the business community to create a Business Improvement District (BID) and develop a small business incubator hub to help nurture and encourage local enterprise. The Groves site would be developed as a hub for skills and life-long learning. One other priority would be to work in partnership to establish a transport plan for the county and link in with Welsh Labour Government plans to deliver the North Wales metro. My final priority, would be to generate new local jobs and apprenticeships in the construction industry by building more homes.
4. How do you think adult social care in Wrexham should be funded?
The integration of Health and Social Care budgets and pooled budgets and also Not for profit Corporations/Social Enterprises.
5. What do you think is the most urgent thing, in the power of councillors, required to improve the local education system?
Support the Welsh Labour Governments policy to deliver 30 hours of free child care for working parents of three and four year olds.
6. What do you think should be done with the Groves school building, and the site?
Develop this site into an Education Centre for Lifelong Learning.
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?
At this moment in time it is open season on the County as five years has passed without a Local Development Plan in place. A Welsh Labour led council would ensure that a Local Development Plan is in place to cover two council terms of office. Also there is a commitment to robust quotas for affordable housing. Need circa 7500 homes and these need to be spread across the county. Social and affordable housing and to work with relevant agencies to tackle the problem of homelessness in the Borough.
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?
Wrexham Council need to amend their contract and follow the National Guidance which the Police and Council's own Enforcements Teams work to.
9. Do you favour the current Executive Board system or a politically balanced system? Why?
Believe in democracy and debate. The current Cabinet Executive Board works in other Welsh Local Authorities. Alternative to Executive Board is a Committee driven structure - however, would require monthly Full Council meetings to make the decisions.
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?
I will not be changing my allegiance. There should be a by-election if someone changes their allegiance.
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?
I am proud to be Welsh. However, with only a small percentage of the Borough being welsh speaking. Is there a real need for the Council to produce everything bilingually. There is scope for a significant saving. Let the Council consult the people. If a person wants their paperwork in Welsh let them register their request with the Council. That would be democracy.
12. With the 'Reshaping' programme, which specific areas would you look to grow and create revenue streams in?
Self-financing of departments. Job creation.
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 would like to see Wrexham made a City and the Welsh Government Centre for North East Wales and would campaign to support this at every opportunity.
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?
If elected as a Welsh Labour Councillor I would have a Labour Contract which includes having surgeries and newsletters etc.
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?
The Business Plan for the Arts Hub is continuously challenged by Wrexham Labour Councillors. It is reliant on 10 years revenue funding of £120k and will also need between £80-200k subsidies from the Council each year for the next 10 years. I am not comfortable supporting the arts when vital Council services are being cut.
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?
Build strong links with the club as it is a community based facility owned by the fans. Promote the Racecourse with its great history and reputation for their European exploits. As a councillor support Wrexham FC as a base for the young Welsh international sides to play at the Racecourse.
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?
Priority to work with partners/businesses and Town Centre Forum to create a more vibrant town and evening economy. Work closely with the police and other agencies to seek resolutions to the problems of anti-social behaviour.
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?
Public Space Protection Orders are reactive and do not address the root cause of the anti-social behaviour. Anti-social behaviour should be tackled by working together with residents, businesses and all agencies to develop a plan of action to deal with the root causes of the anti-social behaviour for the PSPO to be effective.
19. New Psychoactive Substances are a recent well documented problem in and around town, what do you think is the solution?
New Psychoactive Substance are 'legal highs' Awareness could be raised with through young adult charities, care workers, student services, drop in centres, youth clubs and substance misuse groups. Fit in with secondary school curriculum and other target groups. Education films delivered by medical experts and other professionals showing the consequences of taking NPS. Tough and clear legislation to tackle this issue.
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?
Councillors to lead by example. Pay for parking when attending meetings. Lease I Pads . (self financing long term) Reduce Executive Board from 10 to 8. Senior salaries to be paid at lowest level.
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?
Under the council ownership this facility was losing £500k a year. Plas Madoc Leisure Centre should be supported during their start up phase by the Council. Voluntary workers playing a huge role in keeping it open and keeping fixed costs down wherever possible.
22. What actions would you take, or support, as a councillor to encourage Welsh language use growth? Or, if you are against this, why?
There is a need for the Council to have a bi-lingual policy for the Welsh language . No problem with supporting the growth of Welsh language.
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?
Would like to see webcasting system cover all meetings for the purpose of transparency. Council website could involve the public more in the democratic process. (like YOUGOV)
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?
Welsh Labour have put up 39 candidates across the County, our candidates are diverse in age, gender and experience.
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 will continue to be a caring member of the community regardless of the County Councillor Bryn Cefn election result on Thursday 4th May. Attended Broughton Community Council meetings as an observer and will be a member of the above Council from next month.
In a few hundred characters to wrap this up, why should people vote for you?
I am standing in the Bryn Cefn Ward as a Welsh Labour candidate as Wrexham is a county with 2 Welsh Labour Members of Parliament and 2 Welsh Labour National Assembly Members (AM) and Wrexham needs a Welsh Labour led Council,that will move Wrexham forward by putting democracy back into Wrexham Council. Our manifesto outlines an ambitious but realistic plan for Wrexham County Borough. Bryn Cefn residents should vote for me to represent them as I have proven experience as a Trade Union Official for 15 years and I am a confident communicator at all levels and will work closely with colleagues to ensure a continuity of ideas and exchange of information. I am committed to serving our community and reporting back to the residents. If elected, I promise to give it my all and make myself available to the electorate of Bryn Cefn Ward. I would enjoy the challenge and put in the 100 per cent commitment required. Please contact me on Derek.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any concerns or matters.
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OTHER CANDIDATES FOR Bryn Cefn
- Welsh Conservative Party