Williams report recommends Wrexham merge with Flinsthire council

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    NJones
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    Story on BBC news site: BBC News – Williams Commission report calls for fewer councils

    The recommendation of reducing the 22 authorities down to 12 across Wales seems to make sense given current financial situation and all the ‘fat cat’ managers.

    #66416

    gogledd
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    Why not merge with Denbughshire too, and rename it…..lets see…..Clwyd!

    #66414

    johnhoppy
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    @gogledd 11327 wrote:

    Why not merge with Denbughshire too, and rename it…..lets see…..Clwyd!

    I and no doubt a few others remember the old Clwyd County Council, and in my opinion there was not much wrong with it. I presume that if we were to revert to Clwyd that the old District Councils would be revived also.

    #66404

    NJones
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    I always said this would come full circle- things in local government always do. If only they spent less time wasting tax payers money deciding how things might be done better, and more time doing the jobs they are supposed to do- we’d probably all be better off!

    #66410

    zinger
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    Has anyone else noticed that a lot of paperwork still has Clwyd as part of the address. The Halifax for one.

    #66396

    wrexview
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    Hopefully the administrative centre for the new merged council will be in Wrexham, anything else would have a major effect on the economy of the town!

    #66415

    johnhoppy
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    @wrexview 11332 wrote:

    Hopefully the administrative centre for the new merged council will be in Wrexham, anything else would have a major effect on the economy of the town!

    The Shire Hall in Mold was purpose built to accomodate the old Clwyd CC, and I imagine it would still be able to serve this purpose. Some Departments may be centred in Wrexham, but I can not see the administrative centre being here unfortunately.

    #66397

    wrexview
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    Not long ago there was talk of demolishing the Shirehall in Mold , not sure if it was on economic or structural grounds.

    #66405

    NJones
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    Th Shire Hall in Mold has got to the age where maintenance is very costly, and the accommodation doesn’t provide enough flexibility for the current occupiers. It would be a shame to see out of use or demolished (the architect was a local man) but instead it could be revitalised?

    I think, given the concerns regarding the accommodation, that the centre would have to be in Wrexham, maybe utilising some of the buildings such as Redwither towers that WCBC owns. Still the councils have proved they don’t follow common sense or reason!

    #66411
    Alunh
    Alunh
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    I suspect that the single biggest difference nowadays is the sophistication of the Computer systems with thinks like Skype taken as read. Many family members who work for large companies no longer have to travel to work in regional centres or London.

    Rationalisation should be easily achieved and I would envisage certain services completely centralised and computerised and the savings on Admin rechanneled either back to the tax payer or into front line services.

    Sensible report and, given the growth of the private sector nationwide, a move in the right direction

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