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  • in reply to: Welsh nationalists Plaid Cymru who are the kidding #140873

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    With £1.4 million allocated in the budget in Westminster this week — foes Wrexham still need to make their planned cuts?

    in reply to: Councillor Pay Rise #140790

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    Some have taken pay rises in the past and then they have said they have donated it back to a Charity

    in reply to: Wrexham Discarded Needle Hotline #140621

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    I cant agree about a fixed room — the style of drug taking means that users very often will inject or smoke their substance of choice within a relatively short time after ‘scoring’.

    A drug purchase in Rhosddu is unlikely then to be consumed in another part of town where a room is available. There is evidence that the average time between purchase and consumptions less than 15 minutes- how many rooms would you need to set up to cover the town. Setting up one is the opening of the door for lots to be established — but in whose backyard?

    in reply to: Difficult Decisions? #140610

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    Phil Wynne along with many others were voted in as Independents yet it clearly looks like he along with others have lost their independence and have turned into sheep to follow either Mark Pritchard or Dave Bitthel.

    in reply to: Difficult Decisions? #140599

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    Jimbow – have you not noticed that Cllr Phil Wynne has been noticeable in his absence on this Forum since being elevated to the illustrious heights on the Executive Board.

    in reply to: Penycae Community Centre – Difficult Decisions Lie #140465

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    I hope whoever is taking it over have a full building survey carried out first and don’t find they have signed up for a building liability because the Council have not even maintained the building to meet Health and Safety requirements. Speak to those involved with Splashmagic about the works they needed to do just to comply and get the door reopens on a building the Council left in ‘working order’.
    Seek advice from other Centre Mangement that have taken over a Council property and make sure the Community Council will under right some of the ongoing costs.
    Don’t take the word of the Council – its easy for them to pass a building over that then fails as it distances them from the closure.
    Look how much work has been done before on Centres that are in the Wards of some Councillors that may have influence.

    in reply to: New “wonderful” Microphones for Guildhall #140432

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    They don’t need a board they need to borrow the ‘voting system’ that the Youth Service had — this is similar to the equipment used on TV– they spent a great deal on this and would be able to record every single vote — for, against and abstain.
    Use what they have already at no cost.

    in reply to: Wrexham Discarded Needle Hotline #140402

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    There does not appear to be a number on the Council website to report needles that are discarded but there is a form == http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/english/env_services/service_requests/syringes.cfm

    If I recollect correctly there was going to be a dedicated phone line for Councillors to use — I suggest that you bombard your Councillor everytime you spot one as they should be able to arrange for the removal.

    http://moderngov.wrexham.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?bcr=1

    The other point about less discarded needles may be that the contract the Council have with Cais funded from the Council Enabling Grant scheme to supplement Streetscene may also be effective.

    in reply to: STOP THE PARK CUTS #140396

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    I agree the whole Clywedog trail is excellent but the Council closing the three buildings, Lead Mines, Bersham School Museum and Kins Mill jas taken so much away from the whole trail as a visitor attraction — very short-sighted

    in reply to: Wrexham Discarded Needle Hotline #140393

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    Many of the discarded needles are unused – the supply in multi packs is more than a user needs for a fix – the others are a waste — two issues. the extra cost is not necessary and then the discarding of needles from people who may not come down from a fix in the same location as they injected leaving dirty needles. This is one of the reasons why Arfon Jones as Police Commissioner is advocating for rooms tio be availabe for injecting.

    Not ideal but moving users from injecting to inhaling or digesting substances us safer than needle discarded.

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