2012 Local Elections The letters we sent! Wrexham.com was the only media involved in the town to go to this effort.

We here at Wrexham.com sent written letters to all 130 odd candidates in the local Wrexham Council elections this year, and here are the replies! Where there is no reply below from a candidate, we did not receive one before the week of the 23rd April. If you are a candidate or voter reading this join in the debate or let us know what you think in our Wrexham Forums!

Rhosnesni (1 seat)
Conde – Welsh Liberal Democrats (answered below)
Davies – Plaid Cymru
Evans – Welsh Labour
Fearnall – Independent
Jones – Welsh Conservatives (answered below)

Conde – Welsh Liberal Democrats

1 – Which party do you align yourself with, and why? ( Or if non aligned, why not?),

I align myself with the Liberal Democrats, I try in everything I do, to ensure fairness, equality and most importantly, I listen to the problem to come up with a proper solution, these are all traits that I believe the Liberal Democrats embody.

2 – What will be your first personal priority or aim if you were elected?

My first priority if elected, or even if I am not, is to thank the people of Rhosnesni Ward for their support in my campaign.

3 – Why do you personally want to be a councillor when you so often you just get blamed for problems beyond your control?

My reason for wanting to be a councillor, is that so many people will look at the work councillors do and say “I can do that better than them”. This combined with the ethos my family life instilled with me of ” Don’t whine about something, do something about it” is the reason in it’s entirety.

4 – Many politicians and local councillors are accused of being out of touch with voters. What will you do to ensure you stay ‘ in touch’?

My pledge, if I am elected on May 3rd, is to keep in contact with the residents of Rhosnesni Ward, such an important thing in my opinion. I will do this by regular focus leaflets, street leaflets and via. my personal website ( currently in development regardless of the election) of course, my contact details will be made available to all the residents of Wrexham. Also, I will try to hold surgeries twice a month if possible, but a guarantee of once a month.

5 – How do you plan to tackle or prevent anti-social behaviour in your local area?

Rhosnesni Ward is an example of how to deal with anti-social behavior, enough space for young people to be able to express themselves or to play. But anti-social behavior is not just confined to young people, however even those who do not come under the “young-people” tag, have enough things to do, and this is the true basis for a strong community.

6 – Do you think this local authority has the means to improve economic and job opportunities? And if you do, what do you think the priority actions should be?

WCBC does not directly have the means to improve economic opportunities, however, there are always opportunities for events to be held in, and encouraged by Wrexham. This is definitely an opportunity that Wrexham needs to capitalize on, which the increasing numbers of people interested in crafts, enterprising businesses, or community markets, we need to do everything we can to support and encourage participation on a local level, before we can make headwinds in a larger scale.

Our priorities should be to promote the local businesses and markets and entrepreneurs to be able to grasp their target markets, in order to encourage growth in our local economy. By producing quality goods, we can attract trade with other areas in the UK, and potentially abroad.

7 – What do you think has been the best decision taken by the council in the last 4 years?

I believe the best decision made by the Council is the emphasis put on the photo-voltaic panels attached to 3,000 council houses.

8 – What do you think has been the worst decision taken by the council in the last 4 years?

Although there is always room for improvement, I think that generally Wrexham is an efficient council able to protect frontline services and, at the same time, keep the council tax down to the 14th lowest in England and Wales.

9 – What is your favourite place to visit or favourite thing to do in the local area?

My favorite thing to do in Wrexham is to go bowling on a Wednesday afternoon with my friends in Eagles Meadow, it is definitely the highlight of my week!

10 – If you had to pick your best memory connected to Wrexham, what would it be?

My best memory of Wrexham is sitting in Belle Vue Park in the sunshine, with a bottle of cold water and friends to talk to.


Jeremy Jones – Rhosnesni

1 – Which party do you align yourself with, and why? ( Or if non aligned, why not?),

I am standing as a Welsh Conservative candidate. As a Conservative I firmly believe that the way forward, both locally and nationally, is to have an economy driven by private enterprise. This creates jobs and provides taxes to pay for local services that we all deserve. The way in which money is spent on these services must also be carefully monitored and scrutinised to ensure that you, the council tax payer, get the best value for your hard earned income.

2 – What will be your first personal priority or aim if you were elected?

My first priority if elected, will be to urge a review of the traffic management systems in the area including the one-way system on Rhosnesni Lane.

3 – Why do you personally want to be a councillor when you so often you just get blamed for problems beyond your control?

As a businessman in the town centre it is easy to be critical from ‘the outside’. I would like to help to be part of the solution.

4 – Many politicians and local councillors are accused of being out of touch with voters. What will you do to ensure you stay ‘ in touch’?

Unlike the majority of the candidates standing in Rhosnesni, I live in the ward. The easy way to stay in touch is to be around and about, having a pint in the Goulbourne, buying your groceries from the local supermarket not to forget fish and chips from Borras Chippy.

5 – How do you plan to tackle or prevent anti-social behaviour in your local area?

We have great examples of community spirit in Rhosnesni which helps to prevent anti-social behaviour. Organisations such as the youth football have helped to build upon this. However, I do feel we are at the bottom of the list for new facilities and this needs to be looked at.

6 – Do you think this local authority has the means to improve economic and job opportunities? And if you do, what do you think the priority actions should be?

Of course the local authority has the means to improve economic and job opportunities in the area. You only have to think of the efforts of Sydney Tongue and Bob Dutton in attracting investment into Wrexham. We must ensure that the town has the correct infrastructure to bring high quality businesses to the area.

7 – What do you think has been the best decision taken by the council in the last 4 years?

The best decision by the council is to keep council taxes down.

8 – What do you think has been the worst decision taken by the council in the last 4 years?

Well I am afraid it has to be the Eagle Meadow development which along with the other out of town areas has decimated the town centre.

9 – What is your favourite place to visit or favourite thing to do in the local area?

Popping down the local for a pint!

10 – If you had to pick your best memory connected to Wrexham, what would it be?

I suppose my favourite recurring memory was the long trek down Bryn Estyn Lane to the Bonfire night every November.