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  • in reply to: Former Bhs – worst kept secret #150326

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    Hope it’s John Lewis.

    This must be the best kept worst kept secret

    I feel bad now that I may have given you false hope as regards John Lewis. Maybe it’ll be a branch of Tiffany’s. Or even something as low-class as a Zizzi’s restaurant.

    With any luck, it’ll be discount shop. I do hope so – those kind of shops are sorely lacking in Wrexham.

    in reply to: Former Bhs – worst kept secret #150294

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    If we tell you, we’ll have to kill you.

    So be it. The suspense alone will kill me. Could it be a new Apple store, Waitrose, John Lewis, something of that ilk as befits our wonderful town.

    in reply to: Former Bhs – worst kept secret #150291

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    No idea. Been waiting for someone – anyone – to respond & reveal the worst kept secret.
    Am now wondering whether you, newwales, already know the answer but are taunting those of us who don’t! Building up the suspense …
    It’s quite exciting. Who might it be?!

    in reply to: Town Centre Improvements #150281

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    I’m very much with Matt on this. I have become very suspicious about how the council conducts its business. Some things are small, such as how did Chirk win best kept village, and who on earth thought the monochrome paving & cheap plastic-looking planters on King Street were a good idea.

    Other things like the substance abuse issues in the town centre and Rhosddu areas – these never seem to improve. We get told they’re complex issues that take time to resolve, but then the council continues to approve more HMOs. Home owners in Rhosddu must despair; maybe their only option is to sell their homes to those who will convert them to HMOs.

    Mainly what’s caused me most concern is Tŷ Pawb. I went there for a second time the other day – a weekday around 3:30 pm. It was deserted. Some stalls were open but most were not. Those that were open had no customers at all. I wish now that I’d gone beforehand to the Butchers and People’s markets, by way of comparison, to see whether they had customers. I can’t get over the interior design of Tŷ Pawb. The breeze blocks. It’s as if no effort has been made to decorate the interior of Tŷ Pawb. Even if that is a deliberate choice and the very “look” they were going for, it must still have been cheaper than if they had plastered the interior and given it a lick of paint. I seem to recall that a mural was being done in Tŷ Pawb- it didn’t occur to me to actually look for this, but I certainly didn’t notice it either. Does it exist? The fact that its website wasn’t even up and running when it opened – they had plenty of notice to prepare the website.

    Perhaps it is me who is out of touch with what looks “hip” and “cool”, but I seriously wonder why it cost so much. The word that comes to my mind is “backhanders”.

    Then there was councillors’ sleight of hand when it came to paying for their own parking. They seem to look after themselves. I feel as if our council is run by a load of used-car salesmen and/or crooks. There seems to be no accountability.

    in reply to: Chirk #150265

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    Edited to add that none of these people however, had any hand in the exploitation of the village of Llay.

    Are you sure? Maybe Llay should have been the rightful winner of this award?
    I’ve never been to the village of Llay; is it beautiful?

    in reply to: Chirk #150255

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    I haven’t been to Chirk for a few years so maybe it looks lovely these days.
    Does it still have that horrible smell?

    I wonder what the criteria are for best kept village – maybe the award is not based on aesthetics such as blooming flowerbeds and hanging baskets, but more about things like littering? Perhaps it ran on a platform of “ugly but clean”?

    Is Chirk nicer than, say, Marford, Hanmer or Overton-on-Dee?

    Maybe Chirk is lovely now. But I tend to wonder about the reasons for any of Wrexham council’s decisions, as those decisions do often seem so strange.

    in reply to: Ty Pawb – success #149996

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    Hi this picture looks really artistic – take the lads away and look at the artistic way that the benches have been stacked it is a massive improvement in the plastic bottle top art that the Council paid £1000 to have for the opening.

    I think it may be a re-enactment of barricade scene in Les Misérables. It turns out Tŷ Pawb is in touch with its artistic side after all!

    in reply to: Ty Pawb – success #149803

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    I just can’t get over how sh*t the place looks. I was expecting smooth plain white walls, some decoration, an artistic space that was in itself neutral and uncluttered so as to emphasise the art pieces or other events being staged. It just looks so messy and amateurish. I honestly find myself wondering what all the money was spent on.

    Is there a way of finding out specifically where the millions invested into this project went? I mean, I expected the white walls art gallery vibe and that on opening day it would look lovely, but I still didn’t think Tý Bach would be a success. I suppose I thought the council’s commitment to it was due to delusions of grandeur. But I never imagined it was going to look this bad. It really is shocking to me – and that’s quite an achievement in my eyes for Wrexham Council who, in my opinion, already set the bar very low.

    I feel similarly about the area around the bus station – that monochrome paving and weird planters. I wonder whether the council was duped into thinking it looked hip and modern, or whether they are duping us into believing it is hip and modern and cost what they said it did (and was worth every penny).

    I also wonder about housing planning decisions. E.g. when a council officer recommends/ agrees/ approves another HMO for substance abuse people in Wrexham town. I can’t for the life of me understand why things are approved anymore.

    I honestly wonder whether there are backhanders.

    in reply to: Ty Pawb – success #149802

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    And WTF is that corrugated iron caravan supposed to be for?

    in reply to: Ty Pawb – success #149801

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    I just can’t get over how sh*t the place looks. I was expecting smooth plain white walls, some decoration, an artistic space that was in itself neutral and uncluttered so as to emphasise the art pieces or other events being staged. It just looks so messy and amateurish. I honestly find myself wondering what all the money was spent on.

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