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  • in reply to: Racism #161443
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    Club are investigating two alleged incidents – sounds like police having a look into things as well https://www.wrexhamafc.co.uk/news/club-statement-alleged-incidents-vs-dover-athletic

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    in reply to: Groves and Wrexham FC #161305
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    I’m unsure if the 9 acre is the best site for a new school though as I always thought of that as a recreational green space near to town aimed at the use of the whole community

    On that I am told the field is surrounded by a fence and is leased to the Football Club (the Boxing Club also lease the pavilion) so it isn’t a public space and hasn’t been available for community use for quite some time.

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    in reply to: Bryn Estyn/Erlas House #161288
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    Bumping a thread that started in 2014 as this is up before the Exec Board now in 2019! (Almost wrote 2018…!)

    Council look to demolish Erlas House in 2020 – cleared site could be used for future new build housing

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    in reply to: Ty Pawb summary reports #159887
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    The PDF is the snippet on substantive changes to the plan that is before councillors next week – the original plan with more detail is here: https://moderngov.wrexham.gov.uk/documents/s4153/Appendix%201.pdf

    Bear in mind the Scrutiny Committee is looking at the information and I am sure they are often in the town centre and speak to many traders to keep a finger on the pulse of whats what.

    Our report notes the Advisory Board – and hopefully the assurances about their work being made public will happen so minutes/agendas can be referenced.

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    in reply to: Ty Pawb summary reports #159885
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    On a couple of points above before I keep refreshing Sam Ricketts news…

    Can’t see any expenditure figures for wages , utilities etc.

    Staffing is listed bottom left of http://moderngov.wrexham.gov.uk/documents/s13504/Appendix%201.pdf

    Perm staff £258k and variable £30k – down roughly £40k from consultants business plan as posts not recruited until into the summer.

    As an aside, it appears the capital funding was there for the centre but not full revenue to hire prior to opening with some key roles hired afterwards. Councillors are using the word ‘wobble’ at the start, so could be a link between not having all the staff in place, and the er, jiggle.

    Food and drink £17,500 — this must be assumed to be team and coffee at meetings etc. — that’s an awful lot of drinks

    The 17,500£ for food and beverage is under the income line, rather than buying in catering for staff. Off the top of my head the initial biz plan had the council potentially running a cafe in there, but that did not happen for whatever reason.

    I am told one high end coffee machine specced and acquired by WCBC ready for their coffee shop was dormant due to that change, but has now been put into use.

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    in reply to: Homeless gehto cleared #159642
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    Walking down to the lights it did not seem that space was being used for anything so not sure they were connected.

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    in reply to: LDP statement made by Councillor Morris. #158918
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    I did that tweet – believe there were two mentioned, one in Gatewen over use of education and one in Llay regarding overage but usually that is in contracts? There was also reference to various deeds and agreements throughout the meeting.

    There is a bit from the legal officer on this webcast list on covenants https://wrexham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/384730/start_time/3433000

    Cllr Morris full comments are on https://wrexham.public-i.tv/core/portal/webcast_interactive/384730/start_time/11677000 and at 3hrs (!) 24mins talks about covenants etc.

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    in reply to: Universal Credit Furthers Pressure on Local Budget #158798
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    Looking back – in 2012 issues in terms of local administration were being considered http://www.wrexham.com/news/councils-estates-respond-national-welfare-reform-timebomb-11693.html “Concern was voiced from the council that this could create “difficulty in collecting rent” , which could then impact wider as if rent is not paid it could increase homelessness.”

    In 2013 this was referred to as a timebomb http://www.wrexham.com/news/welfare-change-pilot-sees-council-rent-arrears-increase-by-600-29605.html

    Note the below is from that 2013 article and not current:

    Torfaen, a county borough close to Newport in South Wales, is one of six areas where the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) is running what it calls “demonstration projects” ahead of wider introduction of the Welfare Reform changes. In the first group of Torfaen residents on the pilot scheme rental arrears grew from £20,000 to £140,000 in just seven months.

    A large proportion of this test group that incurred the 600% rise in arrears are said to have had ‘a good track record of payment before’ with ‘a pretty low level of arrears’.

    Wrexham.com attended an information session with Wrexham Council recently where we asked if they had a prediction of what percentage of arrears they were expecting, as the BBC had reported a DWP source stating “a rate ‘in the teens’ rather than 20-30% reported“. No figure was placed or indicated, however it was recognised it is likely to be a problem.

    The report to Wrexham Council from September 2012 stated “It is also clear that the workload of Officers managing rent arrears will increase with the proposed introduction of housing benefit payments direct to tenants, instead of electronically to landlords, as part of a claimant’s benefit entitlement. The local relationships built will be even more crucial in ensuring income streams are maintained and tenants can seek advice from a local officer that they trust. The proposed reduction in housing benefit payments to claimants will also impact dramatically on the Service, particularly on income collection, rent arrears recovery and consequential homelessness.”

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    in reply to: Awful bad language by a POLICE OFFICER at Wrexham game. #158797
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    “Why didn’t he react to someone else shouting such expletives?”

    He did, he said oi, and told them to keep moving.

    Earlier in the video he tells people to keep it moving, with a clearly different voice than the one making the offensive comments.

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    in reply to: The Worlds Gone Nuts, especially this country. #157786
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    If you get to Chatwins they are selling gingerbread zombies!

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