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  • in reply to: A483/525 Fatality #148721

    pete
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    I hope that this awful occurrence is not due to ( what seems to me looks like ) the long existing failure of the filter arrow from the south-bound A525 onto the south-bound A483.

    It has come on once when I’ve been there – once in however many years since they changed the lights.

    in reply to: Darland School starts gender segregation #147903

    pete
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    Part way through high school, we had outdoor shelters built where we could eat packed lunch if the weather was bad. Cheap and cheerful. We could eat indoors in a couple of large classrooms but usually preferred to be outside anyway.

    Why don’t they have a staggered lunchtime based on year groups?

    I’ve seen this done in smaller schools where the hall doubles up as the canteen. It’s easy to do in a small school.
    Bigger schools usually have a dedicated canteen, which is mostly empty during the day so staggering lunchtimes would make better use of the space.

    I suspect you are correct about staffing being the issue – not just the cooks/servers but also supervisors as they may be the teachers who also need to have a lunch break at some point, then return to teach the kids who have finished lunch.

    in reply to: Zip Line Adventure Park on Gresford Spoil Heap #147834

    pete
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    Would have preferred the ski jump because that’s unique, zip lines are popping up eveywhere since Zip World opened.

    Having said that, it’s still a good thing and the Go Below guys don’t seem to be thinking of other things they can use the site for at the same time so they’ve got a thumbs up from me.

    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
    Participant

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


    pete
    Participant

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

    in reply to: Customer care? #142651

    pete
    Participant

    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.

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