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    @Welsh Dresser 4260 wrote:

    Isn’t that a bit misleading on the Council’s part? If they advertise a rent shouldn’t they advertise it as a gross rent. How else can an informed decision be made as to affordability? I think I am too innocent to go into business for myself.

    Everybody as a Landlord would like the highest rent possible(including WCBC).However the powers of negotiation do enter into the equation.

    in reply to: How does Wrexham spend its money #58556

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    @alunh 4159 wrote:

    The interesting one is Economic Development which is a huge Borough employer. This does many good things but, equally, could it be done without?

    Is there not a case to petition the Welsh Assembly to abandon Business rates and in some brokered deal, local Authorities refuse to take the equivalent from Central Authority and lay off the Economic Development team. Without paying business rates, you’d soon see Business boom and, accordingly, no need for economic development. Some of the shops in Wrexham now carry £20,000-£50,000 rates payable. No wonder they’re shutting and pricing out local business. Square the circle and see what happens. Leave the cash with the business!!

    Alun,
    When I had a stall in the Butchers Market the rates were recharged through the Service Charge account at £14,000 for the whole of the Market,of which my share was £670.Since then the rates have been taken out of the Service Charge and individual stalls rated seperately.This has been done for most markets in the country I believe.As a result of this my old stall now commands a rates quote of £1808


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    @wrexview 4196 wrote:

    How much rent is paid by a stall holder on the outdoor Monday market? Rents for empty indoor market stalls are published but I have never seen any figures for the outdoor market. There must be vacancies as the number of stalls seem less and less.

    I think the rent for an outside stall is in the region of about £20.


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    The way the Markets work are each stallholder pays a rent and on top a Service Charge.The Service Charge is all that the Council spend on running the Markets i.e. Staffing,repairs and maintenance,gas electric,security,that sum is then divided by area of stall, over area of market, to each individual stallholder.The Council pay the cost of the empty stalls.The return from all three markets at the present occupancy level of 70% would I estimate,bring a return to the Council of around £160,000 per year profit.The Monday outside market brings in a return of around £12,000 per year.The indoor markets rents less what the Council have to outlay to cover unlet stalls is all surplus for Council coffers.

    in reply to: Wrexham County Councillors Renumeration #56235

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    @gordon 1020 wrote:

    A big jump between £19,000 and £33,000, just can’t see how Mark Pritchard can justify that in the current economic climate especially as most public service workers have their pay frozen. I can’t even see MP’s accepting pay rises like this

    What qualifications are needed for this job at £33,000?
    I believe if it is your calling to become a councillor and serve your community,you should do it for free.If you are in a full time job, income from that should suffice,why squeeze the community for more?If you have retired,the same applies.The rest of the OAP community have to live on pensions why not councillors.Imagine a retired Council official retiring on a high pension and then becoming a councillor on a remuneration of that of a Lead Member it beggars belief.

    in reply to: parking in Wrexham town centre #59289

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    @maggy 4078 wrote:

    I wish there was alternatives to the larger stores but there are only a few independent traders left in Wrexham. The town centre is being turned into one large Poundland.

    What alternative shops would you like to see?

    in reply to: WCBC annual Feb/ Mar roadworks farce #59207

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    @njones 3918 wrote:

    here we go again with the annual WCBC roadworks farce spending all the money before the end of the tax year. Roadworks on bypass until end of March, resurfacing in various locations, one accident and the town is gridlocked.

    You can’t tell me that WCBC actually plan their roadworks?!

    I believe that Wrexham Council use a ladder system for promotion.The way it works is they promote people a rung at a time until they reach the rung at which they can not do the job.Instead of moving them back down a rung,it seems Wrexham Council leave them on the rung where they are unable to do the job properly.This maybe one reason for the bad organisation.

    in reply to: Moss valley country park – litter & neglect #59087

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    It just goes to show that highlighting on WREXHAM.COM and afterwards an e mail to the Council does have a required effect.Long live WREXHAM.COM and may it continue for ever

    in reply to: Wrexham Markets Scrutiny Committee on Weds + Council Report #58799

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    @thewayneinspain 3553 wrote:

    When was the last time the F&Fs & Es were invested in? Assuming that building work is depreciated over 25 years. I would expect that fixtures & fittings and equipment are either over 5 or ten years, so the stalls and F&F should be paid for and ready for new investment… Feeding time for the golden goose so to speak.

    With regard to fixtures and fittings and equipment being written down over a period of 5 to 10 years. I was a stallholder in the market for 17 years.In around 2007 the Council invested in a scrubber(the type of machine that cleans floors) at a cost of £10,000.This was recharged to stallholders through the Service Charge in one go,the Commercial Estates Manager at that time refused to recharge the cost to stallholders over a period of years.

    in reply to: Wrexham Markets Scrutiny Committee on Weds + Council Report #58798

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    Is it a requirement that you have to wear a tin hat

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