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  • 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.

    in reply to: Sprouts and Council project management #155837

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    Ioan – the principles of both a nursery and arts facility are the same — they both need a budget. One expects to earn sufficient income through fees the other has income but needs a top up from grants or Council funds. The issue I have with Ty Pawb is that the level of subsidy going into Ty Pawb starts at one figure pre-opening of the building then as each fiasco unfolds there is more and more subsidy going to be required to keep the door open- surly as ratepayers and tax payers we cannot give a project such as this an open cheque book.

    If a Nursery was not making money in the private sector they would close – surely the same principle should apply to Ty Pawb.

    in reply to: Rhosnesni School #155689

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    Perhaps one option to pilot would be for Coleg Cambria to take over one of the Secondary School in Wrexham- it would certainly shake up the secondary school market and offer a different choice. At prsent there are very large numbers of young people being bused to schools over the boredr into England or Shropshire.

    The Coleg Cambria ‘brand’ and proven track record would certainly help to retain these pupils in Wrexham. Something has to be done soon as we are failing young people- the sad thing is that you can’t turn something like this around over night and many of those in secondary schools now are heading for failure- it needs to tackle issues from Primary school- success may take 10 years.

    in reply to: Rhosnesni School #155687

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    GWE – here is an interesting article that shows the School Improvement service itself was not up to par at one time when Estyn inspected — https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/school-improvement-consortium-back-education-13909363

    Matt the point you make about London schools and improving standards is actually replicated in a number of inner city schools – Birmingham being another with their schools outperforming Wrexham despite all of the classes dealing with a multi-racial mix of children and most not having English as a first language- what binds them and gives motivation is their culture is determined to do better than a previous generation. Do we have that type of motivation in many of our local school children?

    in reply to: Rhosnesni School #155681

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    Is this really a need for more finance – if it was how come Maelor School in Penley achieves such good results with their pupils?
    Making young people more aspirational has to be a start – this is more to do with those who live at home and if they are in work or daily TV couch potatoes (apologies this is just a general term and not reflective on large numbers of parents at Rhosnessni or Clywedog). The whole home context in which young people live is crucial to the support level they have and the family motivation.

    It i also unfortunate but a close look at the teaching staff and management needs to be carried out – staff standards play a significant part in the standards and educational development within a school. Failing schools, equals failing pupils.

    Key to the improvement should be GWE – which is the North Wales School Improvement Service — what are they doing to help?

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