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  • in reply to: Litter disposal in Wrexham. #65303

    jimbow
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    @alunh 10012 wrote:

    The thing that really hacks me off in my street (Bank Street) is the cigarette stubs discarded with no care about cleanliness or the law. I don’t know if the street cleaners merely go round this crap or if it is just the case that it is so frequent.

    Ugh!

    The problem I think for the cleaners are ,the grabbers that are used by the Council.The cigarette stubs are too small for the grabber,it needs a brush and shovel to do this job properly,or perhaps a proper course of training on litter picking.

    in reply to: Wrexham Council accounts to 31 March 2013 #65168

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    The -£358,193 for Car Parks and Decriminalised Parking,if the explanation is,more money that comes in than is spent,I cannot understand the figures.
    The Council have 1184 parking spaces in the town centre.At an estimate of an average take per day of £2-50 per space, would give a daily income of around £2,960 per day, times 7 days = £20,720 per week, times 52 weeks =£1,077,440 per annum.Using the Council figures of an occupancy level of 85% it would give a return of around £900,000 per annum.This is without any income from fines ,which was the greater part of the £120,000 shortfall on the budget for 2013/14.Can WCBC please explain?

    in reply to: Wrexham Council accounts to 31 March 2013 #65167

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    @wxm 9976 wrote:

    Some questions on the budget book section for “Environment”:

    1. Why does the budget summary say £26,522,021 when the expenditure says £49,693,236?
    2. Does -£320,154 for Cemeteries and Crematoria mean that more money comes in than is spent on this?
    3. Does -£466,729 for Transport Co-ordination and School Transport mean that more money comes in than is spent on this?
    4. Does -£358,193 for Car Parks and Decriminalised Parking mean that more money comes in than is spent on this?
    5. Why is Departmental Support Nil?
    6. Support Services expenditure was Nil last year, and is £3,768,972 this year, why?
    7. Capital Financing expenditure was £318k last year, and is £3,921,186 this year, why?

    Let us hope that WCBC come on here with some answers

    in reply to: Wrexham Council accounts to 31 March 2013 #65166

    jimbow
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    WXM,
    How can the man in the street who is not an accountant make sense of the accounts? As a point,the £19,344,000 Other Operating Expenditure,if I had a breakdown of all the transactions of this expenditure, then maybe I could have some input to air on here.Unfortunately without such, I am at a loss to be able to contribute or suggest anything that would be meaningful.I would suspect that the majority of Councillors are not accountants and are therefore being led by full time officers.There seems to be very little input from Councillors.

    in reply to: Wrexham Council accounts to 31 March 2013 #65165

    jimbow
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    If the Council are prepared to change the number of hours of free parking in the afternoons to 3.00pm to 5.00pm to increase revenue,then maybe they should take a look at charging for disabled parking.Many Councils (Llangollen) now have no free parking for disabled.The reason for disabled parking is to allow the disabled person closer access to their intended venue.It is not the car that is disabled and therefore a parking charge should apply to the car.Wrexham Council have 69 disabled parking spaces in town centre car parks.Running at an 85% occupancy would bring in around £85,000 per annum.

    in reply to: Wrexham Council accounts to 31 March 2013 #65164

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    We are not given the split of the £120,000 shortfall in revenue, between loss of fines or free parking.The majority of free parking was in the Multi Storey in which there are 335 spaces for parking.If this facility is running at 92% occupancy between 9.00am and 5.00pm this would leave 27 spaces available for free parking.If all the free spaces were taken up the revenue lost would be in the region of £17,000 per annum.The quote of £120,000 seems rather high.

    in reply to: Wrexham Council accounts to 31 March 2013 #65163

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    @rob 9865 wrote:

    As this is an apt topic – there is scrutiny this week on overspends : Council Overspends To Be Reviewed On Wednesday | Wrexham.com As usual it has links to the relevant PDFs.

    Parking is set to have a shortfall of £120k apparently!

    How can we have a shortfall of £120k ? when the parking areas are running at a 85% 0ccupancy level.What level of occupancy do the Council expect?Does the shortfall of £120k include any fines that may have been imposed for overstay situations?This could reduce that figure to zero.I notice in the report that there are no staffing implications associated with the report.Is Wrexham Council still employing the exact same number of traffic wardens whilst having a shortfall of £120k? It does not make sense to me.

    in reply to: Wrexham Council accounts to 31 March 2013 #65162

    jimbow
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    I would be surprised if all the elected councillors could understand the Council Accounts.For those that do not, they are being led by Chief Officers for explanations.At a scrutiny committee meeting I attended the Chief Financial Officer made the point that the Markets were subsidised bythe Council.This was completely untrue. If this sort of wrong information is given to Councillors by those in control,what chance have counsillors,to come up with the right decisions.

    in reply to: Paving in King Street #65084

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    I do not have a problem with the paving in King Street BenjaminM,but to add to the point made by Alunh.I earned my living on a stall in the Butchers Market from 1992 until 2009.During those years the COUNCIL:-
    1.Made High Street narrower,giving problems for buses,which eventually ended in all buses being withdrawn from High Street.
    2.Closing the Car Park to build Eagles Meadow from which at that time the Butchers Market derived a lot of its footfall.Closed for three years.
    3.Made a complete mess of RENTS charged.
    4.Got rid of a reasonable Market Manager and transferred the running of the Markets to the Property Services Department of the Council.WHO DID NOT HAVE A CLUE.

    All of this affected the footfall and is one reason that I believe that if you want anything to go wrong get WCBC involved.

    in reply to: How to use ASDA Roundabout #65021

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    Similar problems arise on the roundabout outside the groves on Chester road.If you are approaching the roundabout from Nightingale House the right hand lane is for traffic to exit into Grosvenor Road.The left hand lane is for traffic going left to the Asda Roundabout or continuing on straight into Wrexham Town Centre.So to continue straight on keep in the left hand lane.
    Now when approaching from the opposite direction from the Town Centre, the left hand lane is for traffic going into Grosvenor Road,the right hand lane is for continuing straight across up Chester Road and also for turning right towards the Asda Roundabout.So for continuing in a straight line traffic from one direction is in the inside lane and from the oppisite direction it is in the outside lane.Both on the same roundabout.Please use the bus.

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