December 23, 2015 at 3:35 pm #105130
As the ‘restricted ‘ document is now in the public domain is Wrexham.Com going to post the full document on the web site as I am sure there are a number of other ‘anomalies’ that people may wish to comment on.
In respect to capital expenditure to refurbish the car park this has been queried under an FOI in the past and the response quite clearly shows that many of the ‘maintenance’ jobs required in a report about 5 years ago have never been undertaken- the figures were aprox £800k then.
How on earth can any Trust take on such a massive liability project- they will not see funding surpluses coming from the car park for a considerable number of years.
It also means that the Trust will be in direct competition with the Council Car Parking that will be a lower rate.
You also need to be aware that currently Council staff have subsidised car parking in this car park — will they be offered car parking in Waterworld instead thus leaving the Trust with a massive drop in usage.
No wonder they want this as part twoDecember 23, 2015 at 4:09 pm #105131
“the financial plans for the proposed centre that will be paid for with a £1.5m contribution from Wrexham Council plus possible ongoing support due to a predicted ongoing net operating deficit.”
Why would a Council, that is constantly telling the people of Wrexham they have to make huge cuts in essential services, invest in a project that at the outset is predicted to operate with a deficit?December 23, 2015 at 10:34 pm #105143
This whole question is surreal. That said, it is reminiscent of the current question of the naming of the prison. Both reveal that there are individuals and groups who have distinctive agendas and who are in positions of influence/power. It is no coincidence that Wrexham’s leading Education institutions have ditched their traditional anglicized titles and have embraced alternatives…the pressure is on to do the same in the prison scenario. On both University and Prison, the name should have been either North East Wales or Wrexham……like other places nationally. On the Arts Hub, it is clear that there is a big fat agenda in play and that the facts and logic are being tossed to the wind. Projections that anticipate a loss, anticipate a capital injection from Council coffers, anticipate a mere 20 Market stalls, anticipate higher Car Park charges, and anticipate higher Rents, all suggest a recipe for disasterDecember 23, 2015 at 11:29 pm #105145
Clearly a report that us mere mortal should never have been told about- if the Welsh Government and Arts Council go near this with any more funding then the traders in Wrexham need to go for a Judicial Review not something any political party about to embark on a campaign for their election in May for Cardiff will want to be faced with. The explosive information is now out who will light the touch paper. This project in its proposals is currently doomed to oblivion.December 24, 2015 at 9:16 am #105151
For all businesses, especially any new Arts Hub, attracting visitors to the town is a priority so how can the Council justify doubling the cost of parking in the People’s Market car park? To do so,as a means of maybe creating some extra income for an ill conceived loss making enterprise will impact on all businesses in the town. St. Marks car park is closed, Vinci is under used because of pricing issues and most of the Council’s car parks make you leave after two hours, hardly the strategy of a town wishing to attract visitors to stay , shop, eat and use the new Arts Hub!December 24, 2015 at 11:50 am #105166
And once again the council tax payers will be crapped on because of certain’persons’ agendas in this particular development.
Austerity/budget cuts yet money is available to process this scheme it appears, we are being led like lambs to the slaughter.
No doubt Hugh Jones will once again give voice as to how good this project will be for Wrexham (is he North Wale’s answer to Donald Trump)? and no doubt we will soon have flying pigs.December 24, 2015 at 1:18 pm #105181
Surely the Executive Board cannot allow this project to be voted through. I hope the Leader of the Council keeps to his word of looking at what is best for Wrexham and votes accordingly. Party Politics aside this is a no brainer.December 24, 2015 at 2:43 pm #105184
With the new parking charges announced today by Eagles Meadow the Council will definitely need to rethink their proposed new People’s Market parking tariff. Eagles Meadow will not only be cheaper but is cleaner, well lit, has more space and their lifts are immaculate!December 24, 2015 at 9:50 pm #105201
Total estimated costs of the scheme is £4,563,500 to develop 3,179 sq mts on the ground and first floor of the Peoples Market Building. Market stall provision is 660 sq mts, where as before the market stall provision was 1,249 sq mts. There were 245 responses to the public consultation, but the report does not give a breakdown of those opinions. The road to disaster.January 5, 2016 at 9:00 am #105501
So the Arts Council are making a decision on the funding for the Arts Hub in February, and it is a Lottery Funded application. Do the Lottery make annual follow up grants?
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