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    wrexview
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    Is it appropriate for the Mayor , our first citizen, to wear a paper chain in an official Full Council, Zoom meeting? Surely he doesn’t need to wear a pretend Mayoral chain to show his status. Full Council meetings are the place where serious decisions are made about the future of our town and even if the meeting is now on Zoom , the usual decorum should be maintained.

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    #197676

    Matt
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    The role of mayor in Wrexham is completely useless as we have discussed many a time on here in the past – perhaps we’ve actually saved money on him this year when there’s no paper envelopes all over the county for him to go and ceremoniously open at expense to the council tax payers.

    So by wearing some paper chains it just further highlights how trivial his role is and not to be taken seriously in the slightest. Perhaps he fancies himself as the court jester instead?

    #197677

    thetown
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    How much does it cost rate payers in the Wrexham Borough to have a mayor,how much does it cost for the mayors ball and why should the ordinary tax payer of Wrexham have to fund it.I suppose it is a job for the boys and more back handers

    #197681

    zinger
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    The Mayor is the figurehead for the council. He attends functions, open days, exhibitions, prize givings, old folks homes, fund raising tea parties, fund raising coffee mornings, school nativities & carol services.

    Wearing his robe & chain of office is the centrepiece of many photos and those who belong to voluntary groups are very pleased and honoured to have the Mayor attend.

    I presume that those complaining about the role of the Mayor don’t work in the voluntary sector and would have no idea how much it means to have some recognition once in a while.

    The Mayor supports a great number of charities. When it come to paper chains, think of the school children who proudly made it for him to wear in place of his Mayoral chain of office due to covid.

    Former mayor and mayoress of Wrexham raise £9,000 for Wales Air Ambulance

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    #197683

    thetown
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    But this is 2020 times have changed council taxes going through the roof the Wrexham public do not need such a person,you say figure head of the Wrexham council it is not royalty,you mention voluntary services but this man is getting paid for these duties,Iam sure the school children would rather meet Rex the dragon or even Rocky robin.

    #197689

    MP1953
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    Also Zinger this particular Mayor does a lot for the local community above and beyond what is expected.

    The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.

    #197692

    zinger
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    thetown – The Mayor actually represents the Queen as well. 2020 is indeed a miserable time in which to be living & you appear to wish to make it even more miserable. There are more volunteers than ever at this time & if their selflessness is recognised in the form of a Mayoral presentation when these troubled times are over then that would be amazing.

    MP1953 – Yes he does do a lot for the local community as do they all.

    Having known a fair number of Mayors through voluntary work, I also know that they go above & beyond what is expected of them & spend a substantial amount out of their own pockets.

    He is also a paid County Councillor & unpaid Community Councillor whose work doesn’t stop.

    #197693

    thetown
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    The major gets well paid for his job and expenses thats what it is all about for many as now and again information is leaked.I hate to think about the things we never find out about but then again its only money that has come from Wrexham rate payers.

    #197705

    jimbow
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    The allowances for 2019/20 were Mayor £22,568 and Deputy Mayor £17,568.a total of £40,136. Given that both are local councilors there basic pay is £13,868 each, total £27,736. The actual extra cost therefore comes down to £12,400 per year.

    #197718

    Matt
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    Okay let’s take this the other way then, because if everyone is so enamoured by a Ronald McDonald mascot mayor as has been described in the previous posts.

    Why doesn’t Wrexham go the whole hog and have an elected mayor who has political say so? If the office is so essential and demands the respect some people say they think it deserves, let’s make it official and important and put the power of mayoral influence and goodwill to work and help improve the town. Make it a price justified role chosen by the electorate.

    It would make more sense than the current Executive board leadership set-up where an independent leader voted in by a handful of people from Esclusham runs the whole county. The rest of us didn’t have a say in that.

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