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  • in reply to: Ty Pawb – Very disappointed :-( #156065

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    Council Watcher— Offers to charities to take on space at probably rent free, at the expense of losing traders paying high rents.

    in reply to: Rates increase #156028

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    AMA Express– I would second your thought of a reduction in Councillor’s wages.

    Just looking at the attendance register for meetings between 26/3/18 and 18/9/18. Councillor’s between them were expected to attend 809 meetings..
    Councillor’s were absent from those meetings on 168 occasions. 20% absence level to me is not good enough.

    in reply to: Market Stalls and Ty Pawb #154979

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    Maybe Scrutiny will ask for an independent investigation after their September meeting.
    The same top management have been in office for years, it does seem to be not working on the markets side. Maybe time should be taken to look at the senior management, instead of only cutting back at lower levels.

    in reply to: Market Stalls and Ty Pawb #154957

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    Matt–Going back to 2003 there was a complete mess up with contracts within Wrexham Markets. Tenants had signed contracts that were not abided to by the Council.
    So, it is not a surprise that the practice of mismanagement in the markets is still going on.
    The tenancy agreements that tenants had in the Peoples Market gave them the nomination rights to sell their business when they finished, they should STILL expect the same, having gone back into Ty Pawb.

    Service Charges were quoted to me by the Council as being £70m2 for Ty Pawb.
    On the agreements that tenants had in the Peoples Market the Service Charge was calculated on the running costs from January to December and recharged to tenants from April to March in the following year. How can the Council charge a Service Charge before they know the costs of the services they provide?

    All in all a very unsatisfactory situation to be in.
    If you want things to go wrong get the Council involved.

    in reply to: Ty Pawb – Very disappointed :-( #154746

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    Disappointed on a visit to Ty Pawb today. Quite a few stalls either not let, or not open, one of the stalls only opens on a Saturday, and is working its notice.
    Tenants with two stalls cutting back to one stall, tenants looking to share space with their next door tenant to save on costs.
    All together not looking a very happy place to trade.
    Wrexham Council have very often made the excuse that they do not have any say over the landlords of empty town centre shops.

    Well, Wrexham Council and Cllr Hugh Jones as landlords, what is Plan B before the inevitable happens?

    in reply to: Town centre block paving refurbishment #154477

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    There are faults in Wrexham,the problem is the people running it.

    in reply to: Abstaining from voting at Council meetings. #154405

    jimbow
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    When the planning application came before the Planning Committee a decision was held over until a site visit had been carried out.
    Site visits normally take place 2 weeks after the first meeting. The site meetings are usually held on a Friday after which the Councillors come back to the Guildhall, to debate the action to be taken.
    Councillor X If you are happy that your elected representative elects to abstain from voting then so be it.
    BenjaminM is probably nearer to the explanation when he says the for or against lobby cannot hold them to account.

    in reply to: Abstaining from voting at Council meetings. #154339

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    Council Watcher I agree with your point that even when present Councillors are unable to vote at Executive Board level. However, this was a Councillor who was present with a vote, and chose not to use it. That disturbs me.

    in reply to: ‘Grammar vigilante’ or 'Graffiti Vandal' #154071

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    EosPengwern— As you say Welsh has been the majority language, but as you say it no longer is.
    In these times of austerity you have to spend wisely. It is not a question of changing the rules halfway through. Maybe when under Plaid Cymru times improve, you can have everybody speaking Welsh and you will be happy.

    in reply to: ‘Grammar vigilante’ or 'Graffiti Vandal' #154032

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    Let’s cater for the majority not the minority. Money is tight use it wisely.

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