Walked through our dismal town centre yesterday afternoon. Empty shops along every street. Those that are still occupied are in disrepair. Landlords clearly not being challenged to tidy up their properties by our council.
Thousands being spent on the block paving renewal. If our town was being run as a business it would have gone bankrupt by now.
Public money being squandered by imbeciles. When will this madness end?
The town is a damn mess. If it’s not homeless harassing you for money or cigarettes it’s trying to dodge cranes and diggers. Monday, a couple visiting from Corwen sat in Nero’s before heading home saying what a dump the town was and in future they would shop elsewhere. They had been sitting outside the lady told me and was asked by a woman for a cigarette, when they said they didn’t smoke the woman let fly with: You F…G snobs, who the F..k do you think you are. It’s my home town but I admit I feel ashamed at the way it is right now.
It’s not so easy to challenge landlords (who are probably pension funds, investment trusts, private equity groups and other financial institutions based elsewhere, if not outside the UK) who work through property management companies who are also based elsewhere when the council has little power to actually force such landlords to change their behaviour. Any losses in Wrexham can be put against profits made elsewhere. Business rates are set nationally. Compulsory purchase is hardly an option these days. Probably the only landlord in the town, apart from private individuals e.g. the proprietors of the Fat Boar, Lot 11, the Bank and one or two others, to actually look after and invest in their property is the council. You need to redirect your fire elsewhere.
When there was more money about at least the council used to power wash the streets every year or so, but the age of austerity has seen that confined to the history books sadly because it has to come out of everyday spending i.e. council tax along with schools, social services,refuse collection etc etc and you won’t get any help from the welsh government for that.
They had been sitting outside the lady told me and was asked by a woman for a cigarette, when they said they didn’t smoke the woman let fly with: You F…G snobs, who the F..k do you think you are. It’s my home town but I admit I feel ashamed at the way it is right now.
You’d think with the cost of cigs these days that things would rapidly be the reverse case. The state on some people.
So, back to my point. Why waste ££££ on the refurb?
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