Matt

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  • in reply to: 3 Week Bins #157589

    Matt
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    Some very good questions wrexview.

    My guess is that quite a few people will opt out of green bins and just stick it in the black bin. Also, there is the option for those who don’t want to pay to have composting bins in the back garden instead. £30 isn’t a lot of money, but the principle of paying is there. Personally, I have a very low maintenance garden and only need to put the green bin out to empty about 4 times in total during Spring-Autumn and never during the winter.

    In terms of cutting down the regular recycling collection – I think they would be reluctant to cut it from weekly in case they receive criticism from the Welsh Government who are putting pressure on councils for recycling targets – even though just as much recycling would get done in a fortnight collection – but would be less labour intensive. I’ve always had 2 plastic recycling boxes, so can get away with putting out recycling once a fortnight (there’s no upper limit to how much recycling you can put out in 1 go – you can have bin bags and bin bags full of cardboard and they collect it).

    Now if only some kind of intelligent waste and recycling strategy could be applied that saved money, was efficient but also made sure rubbish wasn’t spilling out into the streets.

    in reply to: 3 Week Bins #157568

    Matt
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    That is for additional green bins isn’t it? – It was my understanding that we would all be charged £30 annually for the privilege of having our first and only green bins emptied? Meaning £60 for those with 2 bins.

    in reply to: Tŷ Pawb – Success #157564

    Matt
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    It’s quite easy to criticise the traders for being not being active all hours. However, some of them have actually seen their lives impacted on detrimentally – perhaps from a health point of view. Others have to seek additional work to support their families so they don’t starve and keep a roof on their heads and cannot afford to pay staff wages to cover that time when they are not present.

    When the actual centre management are not properly supporting these traders and the centre’s facilities (no card payments) were not completed on time when the opening occurred – then why should they slog their guts out for a pittance?

    As visitors and dissenters armchair or otherwise – most people are too busy trying to earn a living during the week to meet the ever increasing costs of living in Wrexham to go to somewhere like Ty Pawb. Quite frankly when you only have 2 days off on the weekend and kids to entertain I’d rather go pay a pound for parking at one of the country parks and go for a walk than be cooped up in an industrial looking building with very little on offer.

    in reply to: Can you give JUST £50? #157563

    Matt
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    I admire the initiative, but I think that a supporting website or social media link (Facebook or Twitter) – where people can ask questions or offer to volunteer help would provide people with more reassurances that it in fact was not a sophisticated scam.

    Also, the actual physical address (and telephone number) and a named point of contact (e.g. a treasurer or secretary) for the Rotary Club should be included and allow people to know where it is based so people can walk in to donate.

    The problem you have is that our banks are telling us all the time NEVER send your money to an unknown bank account number and sort code. It just screams red flag. My mobile banking app tells me this every single time I send money – even to family members where repeat transactions occur.

    in reply to: 3 Week Bins #157561

    Matt
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    Like Rob said in the original article – Don’t mess with the bins!

    The proposed £30 annual surcharge on all green bin collections is actually a stealth tax to push the council tax rate increase above 6%.

    You take the current Wrexham average band C rate of £1220 annually – now a 6% hike is £73.20 on top of the current rate. The £30 surcharge pushes that up to an extra £103.20 a year – which is actually an 8.5% increase!

    That increase will be an even higher percentage for lower bands and obviously a lot more money overall to pay in total on the higher bands.

    All this for less services, things taken away every year. At what point are the council going to stop making the town somewhere which is no longer attractive to live in and those who can afford to do so will start moving elsewhere.

    in reply to: Tŷ Pawb – Success #157559

    Matt
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    No. From what I’ve heard about what happened to some of the traders who quit Ty Pawb, I’d say the place was quite far from a success and a major cause for concern. The contract debacle and subsequent treatment of those trying to make a living there can only show the utter shambolic nature of the entire venture. Several months of shame vs one so-so arts night that brought in very little revenue. It’s just councillors hanging out soundbites as usual.

    With news of the further cuts and council tax hikes directly affecting front line services – the initial council revenue and any subsequent ratepayer revenue put into the project can only be described as disgraceful. Funding for schools, social care and waste collections services? When we hear children aged just 4-11 will not be served a school dinner and be forced to go hungry at school if their parents build up any school dinner debts is ‘difficult to swallow’. When the council are throwing cash about so the likes of Clr Hugh Jones can hobnob with the local finery ‘celebrating art’. Sounds a lot like the situation with the French Revolution.

    in reply to: 3 Week Bins #157547

    Matt
    Participant

    Looking at the actual consultation itself and the options given on waste services, they are strategically planning to get people to accept a £30 charge on green bins per year as it’s a far less severe option than the black bins being changed from fortnightly.

    Either/Or on the consultation (or masochists can opt for both).

    It’s one of those, would you rather be punched in the gut? Or slashed in the face with a razor blade?

    Crafty.

    in reply to: H-PACK in Llay exploiting jobseekers #157466

    Matt
    Participant

    Under the Tories who would love to bring back the workhouse for the poor, they think this is fair game. They had them all in Poundland shelf stacking last year.

    If a company is making a profit from these individuals then the very least they can do is pay them minimum wage to stop themselves from starving and keep a roof over their head – plus remove the financial burden from the state. Money is the incentive to work and for people to get off benefits. Why would anyone want to slog away for corporate shareholders and get paid nothing, when they could just sit at home for the same pittance.

    in reply to: Recyclying #157375

    Matt
    Participant

    One of the second tier Wrexham citizens I see, like many of us – who don’t have the recycling wheelie. Having to play chase the boxes and the blue bags – is there anything more stupid/pointless than the blue bags?


    Matt
    Participant

    I think most people would support litter fines – just not with the majority of the fine going to corporate profits but rather put back into Wrexham’s public coffers to fund actual clean up initiatives.

    Kingdom did nothing to reduce littering or dog fouling and weren’t even tasked to deal with fly tipping or things like dangerous hazardous waste such as used drug syringes.

    With that in mind an in-house approach can tackle all of the litter and waste issues the town faces and not just some ridiculous narrow band where fines are handed out 99% to cigarette butt droppers – with no intention to deter butt droppers as that would mean a drop in revenues.

    It will take a few years to get everything up and running but as far as most are concerned during the whole Kingdom tenure things weren’t being done properly anyway.

    If people are bothered about those being fined for litter then you can’t be impressed at all by the fact that for the last number of months and until Kingdom’s contract runs down at the end of December – 0 enforcement officers are on the streets and 0 fines will be issued. I think that will end up totalling 6 months. That generally implies litter lawlessness and a categoric failure for the company to be doing what they were contracted to do.

    That is the danger of mass privatisation – these firms only understand money making – they don’t give a toss about service provision to local communities or civic duty to meet their responsibilities in important public roles.

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