BenjaminM

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  • in reply to: New Yellow Lines #159415

    BenjaminM
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    You’re talking to yourself again wrexview!just ask yourself a serious question, “is this really a serious topic to instigate a thread about or am I really doing it to add to the multitude of other irrelevant threads I’ve started in the past?”

    in reply to: Henblas Street Development #154845

    BenjaminM
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    I welcome the possibility that vacant properties may be brought into use as residential accommodation in the centre of Wrexham. I despair at the redundant state of Wrexham town centre in general.
    My optimism however, is tempered by the fact that the proposals will have to be considered by our illustrious Planning Committee who, let’s face it, have not got a great record for innovative thinking or indeed inventing ‘problems’ where there are none.
    I wish the developers well with their application but I will be really surprised if they get the go ahead without recourse to the appeals process, with all the additional cost that entails for all of us.
    I hope I am wrong, but time will tell.

    in reply to: Abstaining from voting at Council meetings. #154348

    BenjaminM
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    If you care to look back to anytime where contentious applications are considered, you will find that a number of Councillors, rather than nailing their colours to the mast and voting as they feel appropriate, abstain.
    I don’t think for one second that any Councillor is unable to form an opinion one way or the other after lengthy debate, but take the easy way out and abstain so that the for or against lobby cannot hold them to account.
    What disturbs me more,is the number of Councillors absent from meetings that they are scheduled (with plenty of prior notification) to attend. 7 members of the Planning Committee absent is not satisfactory, irrespective of questionable reasons given.
    More should be expected and demanded from them.

    in reply to: Council staff sickness #154108

    BenjaminM
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    Not just in WCBC, but generally, when HR departments were known as Personnel Departments the focus was on the person, their welfare, working conditions and displaying a duty of care.
    Along came national austerity and PR depts almost overnight became HR – Human Resources where individuals were no longer valued as an individual who contributed to the good of the organisation but rather as a commodity that can be used or dispensed with at will.
    I can fully understand why individuals need time away from their labours when, due to cutbacks and increased workload, where management are expecting to get 2 pints from a 1 pint pot.
    Sickness levels are unlikely to decrease to any palpable degree whilst underfunding and understaffing are now considered to be the new norm.

    in reply to: A&E Waiting Times & HMP Berwyn #152672

    BenjaminM
    Participant

    What are you on Bubble? What sort of personal medical information is handled irresponsibly?

    It doesn’t take a medical professional to identify malingerers and time wasters, in fact it is well documented that a significant proportion of A&E attendees have no need to be there anyway. Drunks with hangovers, those who have spent too long in the sun,those that are too mean to buy over the counter medication – the list is endless.
    AMA makes a very valid point, the place is teeming with those who should seek assistance elsewhere. The term Accident and Emergency means just that!
    As far as ‘reporting it’, how childish.

    in reply to: Tourist Information Centre #152588

    BenjaminM
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    I don’t think that is the most sensible suggestion. A TIO should be centrally located where people tend to head for. I cannot see how locating it on the periphery of the town would do anything to enhance the visitor experience of Wrexham. Yes, it may possibly attract a few more visitors to the white elephant, but adequate signage would have the same effect, assuming its on their ‘must see’ list.

    in reply to: Aaron Banks running rings around Ian Lucas #150736

    BenjaminM
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    The headline for this topic is, I think misleading! Aaron Banks does not run rings around anyone at this hearing. All he does is throw out insults when he is cornered.

    Totally agree. Banks stated before the hearing that he had every intention of being disruptive. All it did show to anyone who watched was an arrogant,ignorant man who resorted to insult after insult when put into an indefensible position. Walking out before the end of the session to attend a luncheon appointment was the ultimate show of contempt.
    Ian Lucas behaved in a calm and dignified manner and should be applauded for not rising to the bait.

    in reply to: Citizens Advice #150602

    BenjaminM
    Participant

    Even worse than the cost of the new frontage is the recommendation by Pritchard to keep the Executive Board at 10 members for the next 12 months and that the recommendation is being voted on by……..you’ve guessed it… the Executive Board!! Talk about turkeys voting for Christmas. We as Council Tax payers MUST do something to end the autocratic rule of WCBC where 10 hand picked, like minded individuals hold all the cards and the remaining Councillors have to suck it up time after time without any democratic recourse.
    The merging of just 2 portfolios into 1 would ensure the availability of a very much needed service to the citizens of Wrexham.


    BenjaminM
    Participant

    If the regular apres meeting coffee jaunt into Wrexham town centre yesterday by the four riders of the apocalypse is anything to go by, I wouldn’t hold your breath. I think that you will see very little change except for greater roles for the already identified sycophants.


    BenjaminM
    Participant

    I have had several posts deleted from ‘Wrexham Matters – almost instantaneously. The reason? Because I have had the audacity to post ideas or observations contrary to the ‘hail fellow well met,backslapping ideology of what has almost become a personal fiefdom.
    Matt is absolutely correct in all his assertions and observations and I totally endorse what he has to say.
    I suppose it could be argued that there are two interpretations to the meaning of the word ‘matters’, the one that I would use – things appertaining to Wrexham in the most general sense and the other – statements that only portray Wrexham in glowing terms.
    Perhaps it is encumber on Nigel now that he has decided to be the draconian arbiter on censorship, which of the loose definitions he expects contributors to adhere to. Then we may see the worth or otherwise of making pertinent comment.

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