CarolThomas

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  • in reply to: Litter fines #112979

    CarolThomas
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    I look forward to the first wedding party coming out of the Registry Office in the Guildhall and receiving their first bill as a married couple from a litter enforcement officer after their guests have thrown confetti — perhaps everyone better take rice or dried flowers.

    in reply to: Election results #112973

    CarolThomas
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    To hope that non engagement will result in a collapse of an institution such as the National Assembly unfortunately is so far removed from reality. Those in ‘power’ within any institution regardless of level of support have a stranglehold and self preservation kicks in to fight for their power and financial base.
    Unless you have a civil uprising and march on the Senedd no change would occur- you then have a vacuum until someone comes forward to create a Political Leadership (dictatorship) or dare I say another Political Party. Haven’t we been there before as we are back to square one…
    Come on everyone motivate yourself and use the ballot box for change– use it for the EU Referendum and in 12 months time for the Local Council Election.
    Create change through the ballot box and not expect to achieve any change by just sitting on the sidelines.


    CarolThomas
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    Well observed- and certainly looks the case that at no time have all of the Wrexham candidates been on the same platform at the same time.
    It is no wonder that there are so few people interested if the candidates themselves cant engage.
    Looking at the news in America how have they succeeded as a nation to motivate so many people to attend all their candidates large gatherings with our candidates pulling in very few people.
    I’m sure we don’t want the US razamataz but we need something to engage the public.

    in reply to: Post Office move…. #112260

    CarolThomas
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    One of the potential elements that contribute to Mold having a thriving market is that the number/choice of retail outlets are smaller than the likes of Wrexham which then leaves a gap in consumer choice that are being filled by the market traders. The layout of Mold with only one central shopping street means the concentration of footfall in one area. This is opposed to Wrexham which is offering retailing in far too big an area for the town footfall leaving very little concentration of potential customers.
    Although clearly not feasible due to multiple ownership of retail units in Wrexham but if all shops moved to one/two areas of the town then these could boom– ie Regent Street, Queens Street, Henblas Street and High Street as the main area with the old Hippodrome site becoming a green area for activities and attractions.
    It needs to be accepted that the whole town will never be revitalised and the focus needs to be on a smaller retail zone and a move to residential in other parts to boost the potential footfall.

    in reply to: Post Office move…. #112251

    CarolThomas
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    The down turn of Henblas Street rests with two groups — the customers in Wrexham not frequenting the shops and two the retailers not providing what the footfall wanted- if these were aligned the tills would have been ringing and profits made.
    All of the major nationals who would want the bigger units in Henblas Street have masses if data on footfall, socio economic information etc on which to base their shop developments. Using this type of data they are generally able to predict what 80% of the turnover of any shop should be across a 12 month period. They have decamped because the computer statistic show it is cheaper to bail out of the area than to run a loss making business.
    It is only likely to be independent shops that take over any of these outlets as they work on gut and emotional feeling for an area as they cant afford all of the marketing data the large nationals use.
    The next two groupings of shops to close are – phone shops with the industry predicting 30-50% reduction in retail outlets by 2020 and estate agents with 30% reduction due to the increasing use of internet sales and marketing.
    New accommodation is necessary and change of foot outlets to ‘meals’ rather than fast food sandwich outlets.
    People need to stop using the Council as a battering ram for the down turn in retailing in Wrexham – the rates are only one element of the total problem. Rates will not have sufficient impact to get retailers to change sufficient to meet the social changes that are occurring in society.

    in reply to: The Groves School – Structure and Condition #112240

    CarolThomas
    Participant

    Dragon the potential is that the building (parts of) could easily be incorporated into state of the art facility. No one is against progress or forward thinking.
    Why is it that the Leader of the Council and the Chair of St Mary’s have taken till now to come up with the need for the replacement school. Where have they been for the past 10 years — we have not suddenly got all these extra children to educate.
    I agree the payment of £900k is a disgrace – but this is to do with Council Members and Officers dragging their feet– or was it they had hopped to lift the covenant and sell for development. It is their lack of action that has cost the County £900k not the campaigners.

    in reply to: Wrexham Parliamentary Election on the 7th May #73120

    CarolThomas
    Participant

    It is hard to see how an Independent can make any real impression as an MP. The whole system requires engagements 100’s of committees and scrutinising sessions– without a sharing of roles this would seem impossible for an individual. Would be interested to know how Clr Wynn sees the role of an Independent in Westminster.

    in reply to: Wrexham’ poor road infrastructure #73155

    CarolThomas
    Participant

    A potential easier solution would be to create an underpass under the railway at the side of the existing footpath at the same level to avoid gradients. You see engineering projects on the TV where tunnels underpasses are created without disrupting services for trains or roads– engineering technology is available — maybe the will and finance are not!

    in reply to: Wrexham Parliamentary Election on the 7th May #73119

    CarolThomas
    Participant

    Well it looks like we are in for an interesting set of challenges for candidates — I believe you are the second Independent to be declared (previous is Brian Edwards) so I presume we shall have at least 8 candidates.
    We should all look forward to the usual promise , sub plots, platitudes and boasts of what a candidate will do if they are successful–
    Let the debate begin– come on all you other candidates lets see what you have to offer!

    in reply to: Councillors Attendance #72862

    CarolThomas
    Participant

    Party Political apathy has been growing for a number of years – the demise of the traditional Labor vote from the industrial heartlands has long gone- the decreasing power and activities of Unions has meant the usual communications route for political messages has now reduced.
    All of these factors and the disengagement at a local level are arriving at a society that does not know how to engage in either Party Politics or political activity.
    Gone are the days when people get motivated to turn out for a political demonstration or protest about services being cut. With the exception of Plas Madoc there has been no ‘mass protest’ in Wrexham for years– any that have taken place are very localised involving a few people only.

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