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  • in reply to: Dragon Project Nr. Chirk #150704

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    I wonder what interest if any do the Wingett family have in the consultancy firm that has been employed at £200k for feasibility work- as there are no public accounts available this at this stage it is unknown but is bound to be an avenue the Charity Commission will explore.

    in reply to: Dragon Project Nr. Chirk #150686

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    It is quite surprising that this has taken so long to get into the general public domain – clearly, some very disgruntled volunteers have brought it to the attention of the media.

    The Charity Commission is so slow on picking up on charities that don’t file accounts which surely would be the starting int- continuing not to file should have triggered alarm bells considering the level of funds that had been held.

    The whole Dragon project appears to have been a vanity project that has had little merit and so distant from the original aims of the charity to be non-existent.

    Why do some people become sucked into vanity schemes of this nature and then lose sight of what they are supposed to be doing – raising funds for people with cancer to relieve their suffering?

    in reply to: Mass Retail Space Exodus – problem #150627

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    Although Eagles Meadow had a really good write up in the press recently even they are already getting empty units. If Poundland is closing how many others are in a precarious position. Looking in the business press the next that will be going will be phone shops as consumers are planning on longer to a phone and moving to SIM deals which are not as profitable as full-blown contract phones. How long can the shops that only offer a single network survive – consumers want competition so will go to locations where they can look against different networks.

    We have to except that within 2 years it is predicted that there will; be an increase in vacant retail store space by 30% plus. The towns of the future will not be a recreation of the towns that used to flourish – consumers are driving change at a faster rate than traditional store-based retailers are able to cope.

    Town Centre shopping is almost a secondary reason for many people visiting an area- more than ever people go to town for social reasons- for this treason they are looking for alternate locations to meet up with friends and do not need a town center. An example of this is Bellis’s Farm Shop in Holt — look at the numbers in the cafe then look how many people leave the shop with no carrier bags or a trolley not many, as they have gone to socialize with family or friends not purchase items for the garden.

    in reply to: Former Bhs – worst kept secret #150471

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    Sorry to disappoint but all the units are still available according to the developer’s website or contracts not signed -http://www.mcrproperty.com/available-properties/?propid=145


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    The catch will surely be how long a contract they have- terminating early will clearly cost the Council and us the ratepayers of Wrexham. The only way to get out with zero cost will be to find something they have not been doing and go for breach of contract.

    What Kingdom staff think–
    https://www.indeed.co.uk/cmp/Kingdom-Security/reviews?fjobtitle=Law+Enforcement+Officer&fcountry=ALL

    in reply to: the exploitation of the village of llay #150364

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    Welcome back Andrew has the sun brought you out of hibernation- at least when you were on the Council you would come and comment on various threads.

    in reply to: Former Bhs – worst kept secret #150343

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    Hosue of Fraser closing their profitable Cardiff store to relocate to Wrexham>>>

    in reply to: Former Bhs – worst kept secret #150296

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    Maybe it is going to be a Charity Superstore– Nightingale to go into Boots- Cancer Research UK possible for BHS?
    https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/cruk-superstores-get-four-times-greater-profit-than-other-shops.html

    in reply to: Town Centre Improvements #150275

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    Matt what on earth have you been on this morning – even by your standards your assessment is going off the scale (even though I agree with most of it- not sure about your Trump solution).

    I can’t believe I’m going to defend the Council on some of your points just because the items don’t fall into their control- Health is a disaster but not because f Cllr Pritchard there has been gross underfunding from Welsh Government and in turn Westminster, no proper investment I training to replace an ageing GP workforce who are retiring. This is linked to people leading unhealthy lifestyles- sugar, fat, alcohol, substances — all of which are under the control of individuals who seem to have forgotten that they have responsibility for their own health and well being.

    Fire Service is also separate so no blame there for the Council. The Council will through be responsible for lots of car accidents on roundabouts and junctions as they let the grass grow so high that drivers vision is obstructed.

    in reply to: the exploitation of the village of llay #150243

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    Llay residents need to ask their local Councillors what has the Section 106 and Community Benefit clause funding from the Police Station and other developments. This funding is intended for community projects yet often ends up being snapped up by Highways or Education alone- residents should have a say in how it is spent.

    Come on Rob Walsh this is one for you to go back to villagers with…

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