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  • in reply to: Electric Charge points #145980

    pete
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    The whole issue of electric cars and their relative greenness is an interesting one.

    On the one hand, yes an increase in electric cars within the town centre would reduce pollutants and emissions here. But of course a surge in use of electric cars would also cause of surge of energy required from the National Grid, which still has a large number of polluting power plants operating on it. So you reduce emissions in one location to produce them elsewhere.

    There was a really good talk on this subject last night at Glyndwr.

    * Over their whole life electric are better CO2 wise than internal combustion engine, but the manufacture of new cars does still create a lot of CO2. Running big generators at optimised speeds is a lot more efficient than a car engine.
    * There is enough electricity around to charge electric cars in the short/medium term, but it’s in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    * Charging overnight when you get home will make use of the glut of spare capacity in the system.
    * When charging points become “smart”, cars will charge in the early hours but feed back into the grid for the ~18 hours a day your car isn’t being used.

    Things are certainly going to get interesting over the next 10 years.

    Something that nobody seems to have mentioned. With all these cheap to run, low tax, subsidised vehicles, there will be a lot more traffic on the roads….

    in reply to: Will Wrexham Be Known As The Container Town? #145756

    pete
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    “Shipping container” buildings are all the rage in healthcare at the moment. Aside from the other benefits (speed of construction, factory finished item etc.), I think the main attraction is that they can be leased rather than being bought – handy when you don’t have the cash to buy it outright!

    in reply to: Pothole repairs #144938

    pete
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    Totally agree.
    Didn’t WCBC take maintenance back in house a few years back because their contractor was doing such a poor job? Not sure if it’s been outsourced again since then.

    It wold also help if WCBC grew a pair and started using their powers to prosecute contractors when they leave the road in a mess or don’t maintain their ironworks. For some reason they don’t seem to do this, seems to be a common problem not just in Wrexham too.

    in reply to: Speeding traffic in Ruabon #143049

    pete
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    I must say I’ve never noticed any speeding traffic in Ruabon. Dangerous driving and parking but not speeding.


    pete
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    WDA 2.0?
    Advertising the area to companies, building/extending industrial estates?

    in reply to: Customer care? #142651

    pete
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    If the train from Shrewsbury carried on to Chester (like it used to before the Virgin service started) you would be able to catch the train from Chester no problem, and people who need to work in Chester wouldn’t be left waiting 70 minutes for the next train.

    in reply to: Local Driving Standards, minimal police action. #141327

    pete
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    To be honest, it’s no worse in Wrexham than in any other big town/city. It’s a UK wide problem.

    One of the PCC’s main points in his manifesto was “There should be more emphasis on roads policing to reduce those killed or seriously injured, particularly amongst young people.” (copied and pasted from the PCC website). OK it might take time to recruit more officers but there doesn’t seem to be any improvement on the ground yet.

    in reply to: Parking #139357

    pete
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    Scrapping the free after 3 doesn’t make sense. Crescent Road and the old People’s Market car parks always have loads of spaces even though they are free in the afternoon, so charging for parking will mean fewer people in the car park.

    If the car park was always full in the afternoons/evenings I could understand them charging to reduce demand.

    The council car parks in Wrexham are pretty cheap – Little Roodee in Chester is £5.80/day, Oswestry is £6/day, Chester Grosvenor Centre is £10/day, Chester Pepper Street NCP is an eye watering £16.20/day if you get there after 9am!

    in reply to: Working in Manchester City Centre #137535

    pete
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    There’s an hourly train from Chester to Manchester (airport), plus another one which takes the slow route via Stockport. I didn’t think the connections with the Wrexham trains were that great though and there was a bit of a wait a Chester, but people do do this commute by train so it can’t be that bad.
    Your best bet might be to drive to Helsby or Frodsham and catch the train from there.

    I used to park and pedal to various locations near Manchester, but not into the city centre itself. Ok in the summer but not so much in the winter.

    in reply to: Early Morning Cyclists #135567

    pete
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    Would be nice if motor vehicles had their lights on too when it’s dark and/or poor visibility.
    The police neede to crack down on this, like they do with all motoring laws. They can pull over the invisible cyclists at the same time too.
    The problem is they have no time/money for it and other things are considered more important.

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