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  • in reply to: Paying an Extra £30 to Have Your Green Bin Emptied. #160240

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    I’m assuming (because I actually cannot be bothered to check!) that it’s £30 for the year? Personally, I’d be happy to pay £30 per annum for a green bin. It’s less per year than I spend per month for my iPhone, or for my dental plan. And I really am not rolling in cash. Less than £3 per month is a good deal as far as I’m concerned.

    in reply to: Universal Credit Furthers Pressure on Local Budget #158735

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    I’m not sure what to think of UC. I’m aware the idea (or part of it) is to bring the frequency of payments into line with what people who are working receive – e.g. makes it easier to transition from unemployed to working, which in general pays monthly. Also to make people responsible for their own budgets, in particular budgeting for their housing. Both of these in principle I agree with.

    Many would be up in arms if their other (non-housing) benefits were paid differently to other people’s income, such as in food vouchers. People want the money and the freedom to budget and spend it as they wish – and they already pay their utilities out of that. So why should it be any different for rent? I think there are people who must have no idea that housing is often the single largest outgoing, because if they’ve never worked then their rent has always been paid direct to the landlord through Housing Benefit. I imagine it will make it harder still for those totally reliant on benefits to find private rented accommodation, even if they personally have every intention of paying fully and on time.

    If people in, say, social housing lose their home due to rent arrears but are then given alternative housing by the council, it’s still an upheaval for them. Sadly, I think that it may be the only way for some people to realise that not prioritising rent has consequences.

    What I do think is harsh is the one month wait before the first payment. It must be difficult, if you’re living on a breadline, to abruptly switch from weekly to monthly. I think it should have the option of some sort of phased introduction for each new applicant, building up to monthly payments – though for all I know such an arrangement might already exist.

    In principle it seems like a sensible idea that encourages personal responsibility and makes budgeting on benefits more akin to budgeting on a salary. But something does seem to be amiss in the rollout of it – e.g. have the council been providing budgeting advice to UC recipients from the outset, because surely this situation was foreseeable (I read somewhere several years ago that landlords were not happy with UC). Also, the LibDems are partly to blame for this as they were part of the coalition.

    in reply to: Worst performing A & E #157672

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    Yes, it seemed that some people were very quick to blame it on “the foreigners”.

    in reply to: Worst performing A & E #157670

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    What do people from overseas have to do with this? Why would people from overseas using the NHS cause Wrexham – in particular – to be the “worst performing” A&E?

    in reply to: The last thing town needs! #154667

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    I really did hit a nerve with my guess about your motives for the free parking for “top management” at the council, didn’t I, Councillor X. The new Lidl location is a reasonable walking distance from there, isn’t it.

    in reply to: The last thing town needs! #154659

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    Rex Ham, that’s how I read your post, i.e. that the location of the new store is not what I think of as being in the town centre. It might be because I don’t have my own transport. The furthest I go on foot is to Tesco. I don’t go to Asda and I won’t be going to the new Lidl either. I’m disappointed because I would like to see more in the actual town centre. If the bus station were in a more central location I’d be pleased with the new Lidl location, but it does seem as though there are loads of facilities (outside of the town centre) for people with cars, and very little planning in terms of what’s available for people who do not have their own transport – both in terms of shops in the town centre and public transport.
    I think the planning of retail locations is strange and haphazard in Wrexham – we have a town centre, but retail parks exist not actually in out-of-town locations but on the periphery, e.g. Plas Coch, Dunelm, Wickes. Even the newer shopping “hubs” in Wrexham were sited outside the actual town centre – Island Green and Eagles Meadow. It sometimes feels to me as if they (the council?) are doing all they can to avoid developing the town centre or that they’re even drawing people away from it. If you do not have your own transport and are on foot, it’s a lot of walking to do. It must be even more difficult for the elderly or infirm.
    With what I consider to be a poor shopping experience in the town centre and the inconvenience of shops I would otherwise be interested in were they not on the periphery, I find myself doing more and more of my shopping online. Shoes, clothes, home furnishings, etc.

    in reply to: Play Day #153973

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    Oh dear, Councillor X, did I hit a nerve? Not just a troll and not anti-council? Just eager to ensure that the council gets its priorities right and provides free parking for councillors – and you/ your OH/ your close friend or family (i.e. the “top management”) – before it does anything else … on its shoestring budget.

    in reply to: Play Day #153942

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    Yes, KidA, you may be right. I also wonder whether he’s simply a troll. His arguments for free parking and his suggestion that a kids play day is “self-centred” are just so ridiculous it is difficult to believe anyone could seriously hold those views.

    in reply to: Play Day #153905

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    OMG, pastrylover, how on earth are the people in those shops going to work with the noise from the machinery? How selfish of the council.

    in reply to: Play Day #153900

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    Councillor X, the term “top management” is yours. I don’t hate them; I just think they should be treated as fairly as everyone else. You have no such concern for all council employees – are you suggesting that other council employees do not do “an excellent job”? You would rather the council serve first and foremost one particular subset of employees than the constituents on whose behalf the council should act. I think parking should be free for all – or a personal expense for all. In a time of austerity and cuts it is disgraceful for particular council employees to look after themselves first by exempting themselves from the type of expenses that everyone else is expected to bear.

    My best guess is that either you, your other half or someone close to you works for the council in what you consider to be a “top management” role. Your desperate attempts on other threads to justify why councillors and “top management” should be given free parking smacks of self interest – yet here you accuse others of being self-centred for speaking in support of an event that was for the benefit and enjoyment of children.

    What makes you think parents and other carers left the kids there? I expect that many, if not most, will have stayed to watch the enjoyment the children were having at the event. As for how the council staff worked – that’s pathetic. I was able to avoid town yesterday but I could still have coped just fine had I needed to visit, and I could certainly work just fine in an office on the one day a year where there was extra noise due to a children’s event. Perhaps “top management” are more precious than the rest of us.

    Why don’t YOU tell us how much it cost, oh wise one? I expect it would still be a better use of council finances and resources than providing free parking for those who – in your opinion – are “top management”.

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