Ioan y Ffin

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  • in reply to: Aaron Banks running rings around Ian Lucas #159154

    Ioan y Ffin
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    Aaron Banks takes the approach that ‘attack is the best form of defence’. His wealth shows what a racket the insurance market is and interestingly he bases his businesses on the Isle of Man. Some cynical people may say that he does that for tax purposes, but i understand that he is very fond of Manx cats and has a big collection of motorbikes.

    Brexit, of course, is a slowest suicide attempt in history.

    in reply to: Mayor #159151

    Ioan y Ffin
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    The Mayor performs one of the most important roles in the council. In an age when we are relying on the community to come together to solve its problems, the mayor publicly acknowledges all the good work that is done by people, community groups, charitable organizations, volunteers by attending events around the district. If the mayor didn’t exist, this would never happen and loads of people who are helping make the area a better place to live would go unacknowledged. Wrexham needs a non-political figurehead to represent the county and the council; the mayoralty is also a great training scheme for any councillor as they undergo a one year long course in familiarizing themselves with the whole county rather than concentrating on one patch i.e. their ward. Having met a few mayors, i have found that those that volunteer to be mayor are more motivated to serve the community than those who are quick to grab executive posts and play politics. Your typical council in Wales spends hundreda of millions a year in delivering services and yet people think they are going to solve the budget problems by focusing on a position that costs £20 – £30,000. How financially illiterate can you be!!!

    in reply to: Wrexham Heritage dont let Council near it #159150

    Ioan y Ffin
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    Minera Lead Mines was open this summer. I saw adverts for it – Groundwork Trust was involved.
    Likewise walking past the old Bersham School, I spotted a sign promoting tours around Bersham Ironworks.
    Keeping any heritage site open to the public requires a huge commitment from volunteers as it is not everyone’s idea of fun hanging around on a wet afternoon just in case some visitors come through the door. Community groups do look after a number of heritage sites e.g. the Glyn Valley tramway folks and Brymbo Heritage Group and they can vouch how much work is involved. In short working full time and overtime for free – only the most motivated and enthusiastic need apply. Also taking on a building brings huge liabilities e.g maintenance, insurance, security, electricity, heating etc etc.

    in reply to: Does Wrexham Council have, or have access to, a vacum truck #157296

    Ioan y Ffin
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    In built-up areas, developers, landlords, homeowners could help by ensuring their front gardens (or rather parking lots outside increasing numbers of houses) are covered in porous materials i.e. gravel or grass rather than concrete, bricks or resin coated driveways so more water is absorbed by the ground rather than running off into the streets and roads. Businesses, planners, builders and architects have made the situation worse.

    in reply to: Household Waste being put into, and by public bins. #157295

    Ioan y Ffin
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    If you need your general waste bin emptying every two weeks you need to examine your lifestyle, you are creating too much waste and you are using too many resources. Simple as that. Our aim should be to move to a four weekly bin emptying cycle and to minimize our use of plastics and glasses so that we only need fortnightly recycling collections because shops and businesses that create these products should be at the forefront of ensuring all packaging is recyclable. We could encourage consumer change by charging VAT on take-away food as it is charged on the environmentally friendlier food eaten in restaurants and imposing a new sales tax on online purchases. The government has to set a rolling set of deadlines for companies to meet environmental standards. instead we have supermarkets boasting of how much money is going to good causes from people buying one-use plastic bags. animals, birds, fish and the environment are paying the price for our greed.


    Ioan y Ffin
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    It’s ironic that people can diss the results of a survey involving 1300 people by supplying their own personal anecdotal experience. We can’t ignore the fact that in the 21st century no-one needs to visit their local town – why should they? The days when you had to go to the local High Street are over; now it is a choice and often a leisure time choice and consequently Wrexham is in a competition with other towns and out of town shopping centres for people’s custom and free time. I am not sure either how spending money in Poundland, QD and the likes is supporting the local economy, let alone national and international chains such as Primark, Starbucks, Caffi Nero, and McDonalds.

    in reply to: Sprouts and Council project management #155783

    Ioan y Ffin
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    You can’t compare a child’s nursery/ child care business with a community arts and events centre. There are plenty of people earning a living running children’s nurseries (or just about as the government keep changing the rules) where the only privately run art galleries that make a profit are either in the centre of our big cities or in tourist hotspots and none of the latter actually host exhibitions, stage events, offer workshops and encourage people to get involved in the arts. Most council services don’t wash their face: schools, refuse collection, adult social care, social services for children, libraries, museums, parks etc etc. None of those services charge a commercial rate to their customers, they are paid for out of taxation and unless you are in the 40% tax bracket then you shouldn’t be complaining as you are getting a good deal.

    in reply to: The last rites for Eagles Meadow #155782

    Ioan y Ffin
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    Greggs have two other outlets in the town, as well as rivals Chatwins, Poundbakery, Gerrards etc etc. There are only so many pasties and sausage rolls a town of Wrexham’s size can manage to consume.
    Same applies to Starbucks – one down and one to go. People who like a proper coffee are already choosing elsewhere in the town – Blank Canvas, Lot 11, Courtyard Cafe, Vasco da Gama etc….
    Good riddance to Poundworld! Imported scr*p that worsens our balance of payments and does even worse for its customers.
    Perhaps Eagles’ Meadow will manage to attract some more interesting tenants than the above three. Here’s hoping.

    in reply to: Ty Pawb #155412

    Ioan y Ffin
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    Rowan Moore was commenting on the architecture of the building and Ty Pawb’s potential. No more and no less. He has a reputation for writing well-informed articles. I am sure somebody could find a critic to praise or decry what happens in the place, but he is an architecture critic, not an arts or business one. The People’s Market was grim claustrophobic low-ceilinged hole with all the appeal of a rarely cleaned municipal toilet bloc. If Rowan Moore had experienced what was there before, he would have found even more to praise in its rebirth as Ty Pawb.

    in reply to: Glyndwr planning applications #154701

    Ioan y Ffin
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    It’s great news that Glyndwr is being ambitious and the new building looks like a piece of statement architecture that has the potential to match the quality of the original 1950s main building. However, there won’t be much room to ‘expand’or quality on these new housing estates that will be built on the land off Holt Road. Even at this stage, the architects’ drawings reveal that the new occupants will be packed in like sardines – just compare the density of housing on the planned estates with their neighbours, you won’t be able to swing a cat inside or even in your garden! Usually architects’ drawings have some artistic license, so the reality could be even more cramped as the developers squeeze every bit of profit out of the land at the expense of future residents.

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