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  • in reply to: Wales & West Housing Association #129719

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    Have you tried ringing the police?

    Thank you, but yes. As it’s not an emergency the police don’t attend until much later, after the smell has gone. I don’t think the police are bothered – it’s too small an issue for them. Bear in mind that they can’t seem to fix the drug problems in the bus station and in town, so they’re not interested in bothering with an issue confined to a block of flats.

    in reply to: How to solve the Wrexham Zombie Apocalypse #129718

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    I agree. Whist I still think these photos are an accurate depiction of what Wrexham is like, by using old photographs the Leader gives councillors the excuse that because these are old pictures, they are not representative of Wrexham today, that improvements have been made, etc.
    I love the fact that business owners from the bus station have written to the First Minister asking for a reduction in their business rates because of the problems in the bus station, but a) I still don’t think the bus station drug problem will be fixed as a result and b) I think customers having to travel to/from the bus station should get a discount on their bus fares! However, I’m sure most of us would rather see the problem fixed rather than get discounts.

    in reply to: How to solve the Wrexham Zombie Apocalypse #129034

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    I say we all go to the Winchester, have a nice cold pint, and wait for all of this to blow over.

    I think that’s what our councillors are doing.

    They oversaw the concentration of these services in one area, took the credit when these services opened, but now wring their hands and claim it’s out of their control when it comes to dealing with the problems this has caused. Whilst one councillor cannot be expected to represent the differing views of all in their constituency, surely one of their responsibilities is to consider the risks of their policies on all constituents (not just on those with substance abuse issues), and I think they have completely failed to do this, particularly in the Rhosddu/Grosvenor Road area.

    I am a serial abstainer when it comes to voting – I make a point of attending the polling station but I spoil my ballot paper. I also have some principles when it comes to who I vote for (e.g. I won’t vote for UKIP). But in May I intend to actually vote for a candidate – and there is no way I will vote for the incumbent as I think our current councillors have let Wrexham down disgracefully.

    in reply to: Bus Station history #127798

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    On the one hand I’m pleased that the police have been “shamed” into speaking to the press about this, but I expect that in reality the police and councillors will just wait for this to die down and continue their policy of token gestures when it comes to dealing with substance abuse in the bus station and in Rhosddu. I’ve no doubt they’re banking on today’s news being tomorrow’s chip-paper.

    in reply to: Rhosddu anti social behaviour #127432

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    It’s a week later and no answer.

    Question too difficult?

    Something else I found interesting was this article from a few weeks ago, where someone from the council apparently spoke of the benefits of ‘clustering’ of services. I had assumed that haphazard planning had simply failed to recognise the effects that co-locating these services would have on the neighbourhood, but now I’m more inclined to think that clustering was a deliberate strategy. Whilst this may have been done with the best of intentions towards service users, it seems appalling to me that planners may have knowingly singled out one part of Wrexham to bear the brunt of this problem.

    I was also fascinated to learn from this that what we had previously been assured was a “small group” of service users being responsible for most of the anti-social behaviour in Rhosddu, is actually “around 40 men”. If that is the “small” group, how big is the wider group?

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    I saw this in the BBC last night: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-39014841
    I’m surprised that it is claimed residents were “happy” to do this themselves.
    I am also genuinely interested in who the CAIS “volunteers” were. Were the volunteers themselves drug addicts, or were the drug addicts too busy to help in the clean up, what with their work commitments and so on.

    in reply to: Rhosddu anti social behaviour #127081

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    I’m interested in how your petition is going, Phil Wynn. I just found this on the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-east-wales-39014841

    in reply to: Rhosddu anti social behaviour #123023

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    Phil Wynn, I’m afraid I do not see the benefit of this petition. I have three email addresses and could sign that petition 3 times – and how will you even know that I am just one person or whether I am even from Rhosddu or ever visited Rhosddu? In fact, nearly half of those who have commented have stated their location as being outside Wales – how does that strengthen a case being made to the Welsh Government? Maybe I should rally some of my friends from around the UK to sign the petition, even if they have never been to Wrexham. Perhaps it is well-intentioned, but how valid and meaningful is your petition really? I am not trying to be mean, just realistic. In all honesty, how useful do you think this petition is?

    I view this petition as a diversion – a deliberate ploy to convince people that issues are being taken seriously. It even says ‘acknowledge the distress caused to residents and owners of private land’ – people want the problem fixed, not simply acknowledged.

    Did these drug agencies have to apply for licences or seek permission of some kind from Wrexham council before setting up in Rhosddu? In the petition you ask that ‘particular attention’ be given to Ty Croeso. Ty Croeso was officially open by the then Wrexham mayor, i.e. I David Bithell. Did he or his council colleagues consider the negative impact this organisation would have on existing Rhosddu/Grosvenor Road residents, or did they only consider the benefits to service users as set down by these organisations in whatever application documentation they were obliged to complete?

    There has already been a PSPO, a public meeting, and now a petition – none of these things should be necessary, it should not have come to this. Our elected representatives should have been considering the interests of *ALL* of their constituents – not only the interests of drug addicts – and should have made a balanced decision that did not unfairly impact on people. To me the petition feels like a stalling tactic.

    If someone with a drug problem is helped by these agencies that is clearly a good thing. But for each drug addict in Rhosddu helped by these agencies, another will take their place *in Rhosddu* simply because of the concentration of drug services *in Rhosddu*.

    in reply to: Plans for 350 new homes in LLay !!!!! #122646

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    I’m torn between laughing at the idea of a “Llay Music Festival” and wondering who these McClements are. Hearing about the McClements reminds me of the situation with GHA Coaches – if at first you don’t succeed then try, try again (under a different name, of course, to dupe the casual observer).

    in reply to: Plans for 350 new homes in LLay !!!!! #122645

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    I’m torn between laughing at the idea of a “Llay Music Festival” and wondering who these McClements are. Hearing about the McClements reminds me of the situation with GHA Coaches – if at first you don’t succeed then try, try again (under a different name, of course, to dupe the casual observer).

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