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    It is common sense that this number of extra places are not required in the town centre as the 12,000 new homes are County wide. If a school is to built on the Groves this can only occur if another closes and the children moved or we have a massive fleet of ‘Child Catcher’ buses going around the County. The Alexander response was red herring.

    It also appears that the Audiology Department are going to be busy in the Maelor Hospital as selective hearing must now be an contagious illness that affects Council Members.

    in reply to: Council Budget savings! #94954

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    Thanks Wrexham.com for the update from todays Scrutiny Meeting — it would apper at last that some Councillors are starting to find their feet an challenge the “stand in” . I may not agree with Clr Jones on some points but it shows today that he seemed to have a handle on the issues being discussed.
    There seemed to be a number of fast shoe shuffle responses. Rates on Community Buildings, Lead Dep problems giving massive delays for dealing with matters.
    Perhaps one of the legal contingencies they are looking at is another fight with the Berry family over their Homestead — last time it cost £100k s or how many other ‘large’ legal challenges are on the horizon that are already known but not yet in the public domain.

    in reply to: Public transport failures! #94952

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    Have you been in touch with Council yet for their view on their subsidised services. Aso contract Clr D Bithel form Johnstown as he is Lead Member for Transport, road etc.
    davida.bithell@wrexham.gov.uk

    in reply to: Public transport failures! #94866

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    You need to check with Wrexham Council — I believe every bus operating after 6.00pm in the Wrexham area is subsidised. Ring 292000 to seek information and complain — good luck if you get any rebate/compensation

    in reply to: A New Larger Executive Board ! #94865

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    Fiddle while Rome burns comes to mind!!

    in reply to: A New Larger Executive Board ! #94861

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    It is also about using information that is readily available as stated previously. In respect to open spaces they have already taken budget cut decisions not to cut the grass as often — does that mean they don’t know whose grass they are cutting.
    BenjaminM – you have put a sting case forward for consultants but their are two end of the equation when the work of a consultant can become ineffective and certainly not value for money.
    1. The Officers drawing up the specification dont really know what they are looking for so the tender becomes very woolly and does not bring the desired results.
    2. If it is a report by experts then why are these often completely overlooked when assessed by the ‘inexperienced/lack of expertise officers’ and Council Members.
    I accept your view about them being experts but without the knowledge to understand their reports internally within the Council they become worthless

    in reply to: A New Larger Executive Board ! #94797

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    Wrexham Council must have been sprinkling Miracle Grow on the land in Wrexham if it has changed since they mapped all the space, community assets, playgrounds, youth centers, schools and other assets owned by the Council and other agencies 5 years ago.
    All of this was mapped out on a series of overlay GIS maps on software that was supposed to be state of the art for the time.

    More recently the same information was updated for the Local Development Plan that was subsequently thrown out by Welsh Government.

    The culture has developed in the Council that some senior managers only accept work that has to have their personal name on it hence the resins so much is being contracted a fresh – work undertaken by other professional staff/managers in the Council will not be acknowledged or utilised.

    Council Members are being made fools of by authorising work that is not needed.

    in reply to: A New Larger Executive Board ! #94792

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    Remember one of these consultants reports stated that Plas Madoc Leisure Centre had a first floor that was not compliant with DDA access when it had a lift!!
    How much are they going to end up paying PWC consultants to find more mega savings — report due in July. Are we nit already paying senior management to make these assessments? Is this not the same Council who say they are big enough to stand alone and not merge?
    Bringing in consultants for one off pieces of work from a business perspective would be fine — Wrexham Council however use them as a matter of course for virtually everything.

    in reply to: Wrexham Leader sales #94791

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    It is going to be interesting to see how candidates in next years Assembly Elections are going to get their message out with the Leader newspaper almost dead. Social Media will have a limited reach and without any National newspaper in Wales the prospective politicians are going to have a limited appeal whuch may result in very low turnouts

    in reply to: A New Larger Executive Board ! #94757

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