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  • in reply to: Ty Pawb – Very disappointed :-( #156303

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    Confirmed at lunch time today- two of the Ty Pawb businesses will not be opening tomorrow (Monday)- abnouncements to be made tomorrow.

    This must be one of the biggest challenges for the new Chief Executiuve as it is such a public issue and financial risk if the Arts Council come calling for a reclaim if this closes or is down sized.

    in reply to: Ty Pawb – Very disappointed :-( #156260

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    Did some of the stall holders get evicted last Wednesday- been to Ty Pawb this morning and it looked like nearly half of the stalls were closed- lots of shutters down?
    Retail space feeling very flat- no atmosphere

    in reply to: Ty Pawb – Very disappointed :-( #156154

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    Any bailifs seen at 5.00pm today to evict the stalls that have not signed contracts

    in reply to: Ty Pawb – Very disappointed :-( #156094

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    The Wrexham Leader have an article today about the traders now coming together and sending a collective view to the Leader of the Council highlighting Health and Safety issues and unfinished stalls etc.
    http://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/16886853.wrexham-ty-pawb-traders-demand-resolution-to-contract-dispute/
    If what the traders are saying and I don’t doubt them as I have spoken to some and been shown the unfinished work this is not a good position for the Council or stall holders. The reduction of hours is a complete nonsense – certainly for the coffee and food outlets that could capture early or late afternoon trade.

    The Council response about more activities – is that really true, there was a report of a good comedy night – that is fantastic but why wait from September to December to plan the next one. There is just no momentum behind those in charge.

    The removal of the exhibition due to water leakage was reported — no dates have been released when the repairs will be completed or the next exhibition will arrive.

    Looking at the current reports of non-payment of rents then ratepayers of Wrexham are putting in £2 – £3,000 a week extra on top of the original budget weekly subsidy of £3,000 without looking at the massive drop in car park income and the loss of the Police aerial mast. The combined loss that ratepayers are having to pay must now surely be in the region of £10,000 upwards. This is enough to pay for 1,000 hours of extra Homecare; doubled the size of the school music service that has been cut, 15 extra teachers.

    How long can the gross mismanaging of this project be allowed to continue?

    in reply to: Sprouts and Council project management #156064

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    It is a common tactic with many Councils that they do pre-Employment Tribunal settlements and then bury under some obscure budget line.
    I’m sure the true cost of ‘running’ Sprouts will never be known but it is clear that other services have been impacted as funds were poured into the leaky sieve.
    As stated on other threads the same Department that set up Sprouts also set up Ty Pawb – say no more!
    Someone in the Council must have shares in an undertaking business as they bury so much stuff.

    in reply to: Ty Pawb – Very disappointed :-( #156050

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    Count the empty stall or late openers and early closing gives a good enough idea- closure rate by Christmas will be 25% plus with offers to charities to take on space to make it look full

    in reply to: Ty Pawb – Very disappointed :-( #156047

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    Well well – you couldn’t write this script about how not to run a business – the Council really do need to look long and hard at what they have been doing – eventually pulling out contracts that have not been agreed and because officers are in trouble for not having these in place from day one they are blame shifting to the businesses.

    Blame shift is not the way to take this forward and these levels of threats will inevitably make any other potential stall holder think twice.

    It is about time that Council Members called this in for a full Scrutiny sooner than later- they can’t possibly allow this fiasco to run as along as Sprouts before making a decision about mismanagement and huge fincial loss.

    Clearly the stallholders owe rent but what is the actual start date — you certainly have to have sympathy with them due to the lack of Wi-Fi to be able to take card payments.

    What is the Arts Council doing to try and ensure that their £million does not go totally down the pan!

    in reply to: The last rites for Eagles Meadow #155962

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    Reports in recent business papers are indicating that more people now renew their phone contract with an existing provider as an online upgrade, those with PAYG just do an internet search for the cheapest supplier- phone shops are just giving people the chance to ‘feel’ the goods and then shop around.

    Other shops that are due to shrink ion numbers are greetings card shops — people are sending more and more electronic wishes and the growth of the online service such as Moonpig were you order an actual card online and get it sent direct.

    The third group where there is significant movement is the charity shop sector (13 in Wrexham) with national organisations and the larger ones setting up ‘super save charity outlets’ – these create pressure on the smaller ones- in Wrexham the first of the ‘super’ ones is being opened up in Regent Street by Nightingale House.

    These three categories alone account for aprox 25 retail outlets of which at least a third are predicted to close within 6 – 9 months.

    in reply to: Another £100k+ loss projcet to close – ITeC #155931

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    Andrew were you not a Labour Councillor in coalition when the ITEc piggy bank was raided!


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    Matt fully agree with the comments made by Marc Jones about the Lead Members statements. This is ridiculous situation and one that give no confidence in his role or that of Environmental Services.

    As I have posted previously the termination letter from Kingdom is probably already written on THEIR computer- they will be ready to cancel the contract as this is normal business practice , no business wants a contract terminated for bad service — What is Plan B/C as the contingency. This is what Kingdom have done in other counties.

    The nonappearance of Kingdom staff can be their justification for pulling the plug because they can’t recruit to the roles in Wrexham.

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