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  • in reply to: Difficult Decisions? #140611

    jimbow
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    Prior to Cllr. Wynne being elected to the Executive Board he was very often before the camera asking questions at Executive Board meetings. Now as a Lead Member for Education he does not ask questions on any reports coming before the Executive.
    One of the problems I believe is, the difference in pay between a councillor and a lead member. The gap is too wide, Executive Board Lead Members pay should be set at a maximum of £21k. It is hard to give up the high salary, hence keep stum and follow the leader and keep your job.

    in reply to: Difficult Decisions? #140602

    jimbow
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    Jimbow – have you not noticed that Cllr Phil Wynne has been noticeable in his absence on this Forum since being elevated to the illustrious heights on the Executive Board.

    Yes I have. I was hoping that my post would stimulate a response. Here’s hoping.

    in reply to: Difficult Decisions? #140596

    jimbow
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    Good points made Matt. Maybe Cllr. Phil Wynne, Lead Member for Education for WCBC, a regular poster on this forum could enlighten us with a reply.

    in reply to: Difficult Decisions? #140470

    jimbow
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    Could that be the reason the Council Leader does not want to increase the Council Tax more than 3% if at all possible. This would affect all residents. Thinking about the next local council election perhaps!.

    in reply to: Virgin Media cable laying in Wrexham #140182

    jimbow
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    In one of my earlier posts I wrote that an e mail I sent to the local Councillor had been forwarded on to the Council. I have been informed that this was not the case, and it was forwarded on to Virgin Media. I was informed by my Councillor that technically it’s not the Councils project, this has almost been forced on them.
    If as the previous poster has alluded to the Councils Strategic Director was involved the story takes another twist.

    in reply to: Virgin Media cable laying in Wrexham #140103

    jimbow
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    Liz,
    Just for information it will only take a week to do Ffordd Estyn down one side, not the whole of Garden Village. The pavement is dug up and the trench made deeper. The cable is then replaced and covered with a layer of concrete. The day following the concrete,a layer of asphalt is laid on top, job done.
    A workman told me they have an instrument that gives a signal as to the depth of the cable. Who found the mistake I do not know.

    in reply to: Virgin Media cable laying in Wrexham #140074

    jimbow
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    I am still awaiting a reply to my e mail that was forwarded on to the Council from the local counsellor. However, the present contractors are telling me the previous contractor went bust after having been paid for the job. I do not know how true this is. The present job I am told will take a week to complete. There must be up to 15 workmen on site. Quite a hefty bill involved for what seems a schoolboy error.

    in reply to: Savings rather than Cuts Ty Pawb #139866

    jimbow
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    The car parking income originally proposed in the budget is now no more than a pipe dream as the prices have fallen so much.

    Liz,
    Last week I queried with Cllr David Bithell the Lead Member, that the Fourth Street Report advised a charge of £4 for all day parking in Ty Pawb and the recommendation of Cll Bithell was for £2.50 all day.I pointed out that there would be a significant fall in generated income to the Arts Hub.
    His reply was, The Council will support the business case at Ty Pawb.
    Whatever it costs, the Council are hell bent on using rate payers money to get this project off the ground.

    in reply to: Council Budget error!!! #139747

    jimbow
    Participant

    As pointed out the numbers don’t add up, which are right? How can the public be certain that the actual budget produced is accurate? Time for Council to adopt a more open approach and for the detailed budget of each department to be made available online for , Councillors and public to scrutinise. Who knows what savings could be identified. There is no financial confidentiality , as it is the ratepayers who foot the bill in the end. The Council might find such openness enlightening.

    How dare you suggest such an open approach. Scrutiny proposals are overthrown by Exec Board members, only a few people rule Wrexham.

    in reply to: Council Budget #139741

    jimbow
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    The proposal to raise £25,000 by revoking the entitlements of Blue Badge holders to me does not add up.
    There are 7000 Blue Badge holders in the County Borough. If all 7000 came into town, once every three weeks for 2 hours @ £1.50 per stay, it would raise £168,000.
    How accurate are the figures on which decisions are taken?

    I have had a reply to my question on how accurate the figures for the above are,from the Head of Environment and Planning.

    The reply states the figure of £25k is admittedly very conservative.
    How many more figures in the consultation are very conservative?

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