CarolThomas

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  • in reply to: Ty Pawb – Very disappointed :-( #147169

    CarolThomas
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    I wonder if anyone in the Council contracting team even thought about putting in penalty clauses for non-completion of work by due handover date..

    in reply to: Ty Pawb – Very disappointed :-( #147119

    CarolThomas
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    Using today as a comparator for what Ty Pawb will be like on a ‘normal’ day is completely wrong — have a look in their after the children are back in school- this will be what the traders have to contend with 39 weeks of the year (the majority of their trading year). If they cant get these weeks to be profitable then their chance of survival will be limited.

    I wonder when the Council will start looking to reduce the rent to keep the current businesses on site. There have already been real variations given to the different businesses who have similar footfall.

    Getting people through the door the first time is one of the easiest things for any business – have special attractions, freebies etc. Getting people back is dependent on the first offer and impressions- clearly, today might not have done that- in particular, the lack of a programme of forthcoming events to act as a teaser is a very poor failing.

    It also looks like Nigel Lewis has now become the Chief Reporter and Marketing Officer for Ty Pawb and other Council events — without him sharing his ‘wisdom’ and films along with Wrexham.com we would all be in the dark- the Council Social Media presence has been very, very limited today

    in reply to: snow in wrexham #141681

    CarolThomas
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    The snow is great it means that my garden which I only cut the grass is now the same as my neighbour who spends £100’s every year- just wautuing to see if they get the yard brush out to brush their plastic grass!!

    in reply to: Car Parking (again!) #141404

    CarolThomas
    Participant

    There will be a kickback to the time limit – look how many cars have moved from Penymaes Avenue and Westminster Drive — lots of town workers who work all day now using the freebies.

    in reply to: Next Public Flashpoint – Black Bin Collection #141350

    CarolThomas
    Participant

    This is another example of the writer and the reader having different interpretations of the message — Councils are notorious for this even though they are supposed to communicate using styles of ‘Plain English’.. officialdom English and everyday English are often very different.

    Another statement they made that was misleading was about school budgets being frozen — what this actually meant was there is a budget cut as schools like business etc have inflationary rises in many of their costs, salary increases in line with agreed practices etc.

    in reply to: Shop Lifters in town and no police about #141316

    CarolThomas
    Participant

    I have every sympathy with you and can confirm what you have written based on personal experience- whilst I don’t condone the behaviour of the young people who U believe are from across all grouping and not just the one you have highlighted — the school uniforms are the gave away to youngsters from a variety of schools being a problem.

    I don’t want to see youngsters being criminalised for their behaviour but something needs to be done as a matter of urgency — whatever happened to the Town Centre Youth Club – The Vic has that fallen to the Council cuts.

    Shoplifting this time of the year is a nightmare– CCTV is only useful after the event to check if something happened – not many of the shop owners can afford to have someone monitoring their systems.

    Many of the shops that have radio link don’t share details of ‘suspects’ so a shop can be prepared — we all need to be working together or prices will have to rise to cover the extra costs of staff and theft

    in reply to: Difficult Decisions? #140527

    CarolThomas
    Participant

    What is clear from this document is that in most instances no one actually knows what is being spent on service so they don’t know if accepting a particular proposal will result in a service cut or one that actually closes services.

    The Council are holding some meetings for a select group of organisations that are probably cherry-picked to make they are not the ones that will raise issues.

    The survey is not necessarily reflective of the demographic split across the county for age, gender, nationality etc.

    I find it incredible to think 2000 have gone online and completed the survey? Have they done some work in schools to try and boost the number of ‘participants’?

    in reply to: Wrexham Discarded Needle Hotline #140466

    CarolThomas
    Participant

    I fully sympathise with your views, however :
    Detox is generally unavailable as there are only very few beds in Wrexham and surrounding area
    Many of the addicts are unwilling to contemplate a change and see their destiny is an early grave
    You were right about the number of needles dispensed and none collected.
    The war of words between the Council and the Crime Commissioner on who will pay for PCSO s in the next year- both Council and PCC are saying no will mean fewer uniforms on the street so less deterrent leads to more of a problem

    in reply to: Assembly wages #139852

    CarolThomas
    Participant

    Nen has a strong argument for wage increases — similar to how much should a Chief Executive of a Council get paid – for the size of the Council budget and number of staff they would probably be on £200k plus in the Private Sector– why should someone who starts work in a Public Sector Department — Education, Social Services, Environment etc assume the top of their career path is a Chief Executive. Would we be better if Council Chief Executives were recruited from people in the private sector who have strong management experience?

    in reply to: What do people think ? #139851

    CarolThomas
    Participant

    Fully agrees with designated parking as many disabled people fund walking difficult – as for free this should not be the case- a person with a disability us nit automatically without funds to pay the charge. There are a wide range f Benefits that someone can apply for under Universal Credits and if assessed to require financial support for finance then they will get this element.

    AS far as new cars, many will be on the Motability Scheme.

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