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    DerekJackson
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    Interesting webcast today of the Full Council meeting https://wrexham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/445589 . Wrexham now has a new Deputy Leader of the Council – David A Bithell from Johnstown Ward taken over from Councillor Hugh Jones.
    Plenty of thanks for the work of Hugh Jones but no comment about Cllr Bithell and he did not even given any form of acceptance or thanks for the role that had been determined after the last election.
    The Labour Group abstained en-bloc yet they could potentially have wrestled back the position if they had done a coalition with Plaid and hoped to pull some of those Council Members who would have gibe against their Group – how many of the Independents or Conservatives would have voted a different candidate.
    How long will any joint working between Messrs Pritchard and Bithell last before their disdain for each other comes to the fore. The fact that they both control two separate Independent factions’ groups shows that they can’t work together- if the could the whole Executive would be made up of Independent Councillors rather than two Groups of Independent and the Conservatives.
    David Bithell is taking over a very powerful position and yet has never put out any form of manifesto, so the public know what they stand for. Looks like a volatile same old same old for the next two and a half years.

    #174628

    Matt
    Participant

    Looks like a volatile same old same old for the next two and a half years.

    Definitely the key take home from all this – nothing has changed and I very much the average Wrexhamite will even know or care about this change.

    #174630
    AMA Express
    AMA Express
    Participant

    doubt ?

    #174643

    BenjaminM
    Participant

    This move will undoubtedly make the running of WCBC even more Executive-centric and the remaining Councillors will have less say than ever.
    We have seen in the past how dictatorial the governance is, but with two like minded individuals occupying the two senior posts, I think we are in for some dreadful times and decisions.

    #174649

    JaneJ
    Participant

    You only need to look at the last Council Executive Board to see how much is a closed shop with the majority of Councillors being side-lined – the whole meeting to 35 minutes.
    With massive e issues about budgets, service cuts, staff redundancies, potholes to name but a few items how can a Council with such a broad remit only spend 35 minutes on discussion.
    This is only one step away from Boris Johnson and Prorogation – they closed Parliament and they may as well close the whole of the Council member structure and hand over to the Dictatorship..
    Do we not even have any officers in the Council that have topics that are on a must discuss list..
    Shame on the lot of them.

    #174653

    jimbow
    Participant

    You only need to look at the last Council Executive Board to see how much is a closed shop with the majority of Councillors being side-lined – the whole meeting to 35 minutes.
    With massive e issues about budgets, service cuts, staff redundancies, potholes to name but a few items how can a Council with such a broad remit only spend 35 minutes on discussion.
    This is only one step away from Boris Johnson and Prorogation – they closed Parliament and they may as well close the whole of the Council member structure and hand over to the Dictatorship..
    Do we not even have any officers in the Council that have topics that are on a must discuss list..
    Shame on the lot of them.

    Just a pity the Labour Group abstained from voting. What a shower.

    #174658

    JaneJ
    Participant

    Fully agree – at least if they had voted they could have tested the water about how many defectors were required to oust the Leadership. We have two Independent Groups why not a third made up of defectors from the separate Pritchard and Bithell Groups.
    It would have helped to see how much faith the Council Members have in their Leadership.

    #174662

    Thor
    Participant

    Just a pity the Labour Group abstained from voting. What a shower

    Typical Labour

    Talk the talk but cant walk the walk.

    We are ready for a GE any time any day

    But not Oct 15 no not that day

    We dont like Pritchard polciy
    Qe sit on our hands when required

    Thought Walking away was NOT a labour policy

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