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  • in reply to: Councillor Steps down from Executive Board (merged) #144497

    jimbow
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    It comes from my scouse training at Quarry Bank.

    in reply to: Councillor Steps down from Executive Board (merged) #144493

    jimbow
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    Sorry my linguistic skills don’t compute what you mean by an A.L

    A. is for the next hole down from the back collar stud.

    L. is what your tongue does to eat ice cream.

    Hope this helps.

    in reply to: Tŷ Pawb (merged mega thread) #144492

    jimbow
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    Of the original business about a quarter are no longer trading- due to retirement or moving on
    Some decamped to one of the other markets or to a shop unit.

    Why on earth would any of the previous traders want to go back to a place that has so much negativity that the future is uncertain — why would you move to a location with a current footfall of ZERO. There is no business sense.

    Most of the previous stallholders would not actually ‘fit’ the image of the new set up — some would have been actively encouraged not to return. As for the ‘craft/art’ type stalls you see in other venues they rely very heavily on large footfall of new customers on a weekly basis as their products tend to be one-off type purchases- footfall made up of ‘regulars’ from Wrexham would not be the right profile.

    One reason I heard as to why some ex Peoples Market traders are going back to give it a try in Ty Pawb is that business in the Butchers Market is that dire, that they have no other option left. It has been rumoured the Council have a 60% stall occupation in Ty Pawb. There again, knowing how the Council juggle the figures, that 60% could well be just enquiries that will not be taken up. This happened in the Butchers Market a few years back when an enquiry is classified as on offer.

    in reply to: Councillor Steps down from Executive Board (merged) #144480

    jimbow
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    I agree I think he should be judged on his performance in the Lead Post. I am hoping that he will have some good input and not just become another A.L.

    in reply to: Tŷ Pawb (merged mega thread) #144464

    jimbow
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    The Council have put in £1.5 million into this project. Plus the Council have given car park revenue to Ty Pawb. Plus the Council have given the rent revenue from the surrounding shops to Ty Pawb. Plus the Council will have to subsidise this project for up to 10 years. This is all revenue that could have been used for front line services. You may not have seen anything that indicates Ty Pawb has taken money away from frontline services, but they are using the revenue generated from car parking/shops previously used for frontline services for Ty Pawb.

    I’m confused on the Rent revenues aren’t they privately owned buildings? Business rate go to the Welsh Government? I also thought parking revenues went back into transport department coffers. You could be right but as I’ve said I’ve seen nothing on the contrary and highly doubt these revenues contributed to frontline services. Must be remindful that a lot of scaremongering appears around budgets as people like to use it as a political weapon.

    The rent revenue is for the 13 units in the North and South arcades quoted in the Fourth Street Report as creating £70,800 of rental income. The car parking in the same report is quoted as creating £60k.

    Cllr David Bithell Lead Member for car parks has stated more than once that if car park charges are not increased, front line services will be affected. Given this, if you give £60k from parking revenue to Ty Pawb even if it is out of transport department coffers it will have a knock on effect.

    You can put whatever slant you like on it, the end product is the Council are short of money and need to cut services.

    in reply to: Tŷ Pawb (merged mega thread) #144458

    jimbow
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    The Council have put in £1.5 million into this project. Plus the Council have given car park revenue to Ty Pawb. Plus the Council have given the rent revenue from the surrounding shops to Ty Pawb. Plus the Council will have to subsidise this project for up to 10 years. This is all revenue that could have been used for front line services. You may not have seen anything that indicates Ty Pawb has taken money away from frontline services, but they are using the revenue generated from car parking/shops previously used for frontline services for Ty Pawb.

    in reply to: Tŷ Pawb (merged mega thread) #144447

    jimbow
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    Don’t be scared of culture people! You may enjoy it

    No problem with culture, if it does not effect front line services. Everything has a purpose it’s just the cost.

    in reply to: Tŷ Pawb (merged mega thread) #144442

    jimbow
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    The small print in the Techniquest deal is that it is a ‘short’ lease to test the water to approach funders to give investment– in other words, this is a Pop-Up shop/activity centre that may or may not survive.
    The Glyndwr site is staying open so why would you want to come to the town centre site in a bus with no parking or go to the University site were parking is right by the Tecniquest.

    The Techniquest Glyndwr team working with support from Wrexham County Borough Council, Glyndwr University and Welsh Government has enabled this to happen.

    This raises the question, how much in monetary terms have Wrexham Council put in to enable this to happen. The rates and rent for this building in the past were outside the Council’s comfort zone. What has changed?

    I emailed Andrew Atkinson with the following:- Would it be possible to let me know how much WCBC in monetary terms, have put in to enable Techniquest to lease this building.

    He forwarded my question on to a Rebecca Morgan of WCBC.

    The reply I received from her was:- I can answer from a Housing & Economy perspective to say that we have not put in any money to enable Techniquest to lease this building.

    I replied:- Thank you for your reply. I am a little confused by the wording Housing & Economy. Are you saying no money from Wrexham Council from whatever department was used to help fund the Techniquest lease of this building.

    I am awaiting a reply.

    in reply to: Tŷ Pawb (merged mega thread) #144361

    jimbow
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    The small print in the Techniquest deal is that it is a ‘short’ lease to test the water to approach funders to give investment– in other words, this is a Pop-Up shop/activity centre that may or may not survive.
    The Glyndwr site is staying open so why would you want to come to the town centre site in a bus with no parking or go to the University site were parking is right by the Tecniquest.

    The Techniquest Glyndwr team working with support from Wrexham County Borough Council, Glyndwr University and Welsh Government has enabled this to happen.

    This raises the question, how much in monetary terms have Wrexham Council put in to enable this to happen. The rates and rent for this building in the past were outside the Council’s comfort zone. What has changed?

    in reply to: Tŷ Pawb (merged mega thread) #144351

    jimbow
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    votethecouncillorsout.
    I have reservations over Ty Pawb. On the market side there appear to be 20 stalls available to let. A market to have a reasonable chance of being a success requires variety. It looks as if there are about 5 or 6 stalls in the Butchers Market that came from the old Peoples Market. If all these relocate back to Ty Pawb, how will the other 14 or so stalls be let and with what merchandise? It worries me, and is further compounded by the Council’s lack of information on lettings. Let’s hope the back passage works and everything comes out right.

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