Peterthewatcher

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  • in reply to: Bullying at Darland High School in National Press #153265

    Peterthewatcher
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    Although messages will not just be restricted to school time it might be worth finding out from St Josephs what level of cyberbullying they have as they have banned phones in schools. Wonder if this approach has a wider benefit in stopping/reducing bullying.

    in reply to: Welsh Medium Secondary Education and the Groves School #152978

    Peterthewatcher
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    Alun you missed Dinas Bran and Oswestry which are both pulling in Wrexham pupils over the border. An interesting statistic would be how many school children who live in Wrexham County have now chosen to move out of the county or pay to go to a school that is not the normal catchment such as Penley.

    Also, Ysgol Ruabon will be closing it’s Sixth Form at the end of the week due to pupil numbers decreased to a level that they could no longer provide the desired number of courses to maintain their registration for year 12 and 13


    Peterthewatcher
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    Just looked at the Council listing of payments and there is quite a bit you can glean from the information — it is very strange why the Legal Officer did not want the information about Kingdom discussed in Public.

    Does anyone know do you actually pay the Fixed Penalty Notice to the Council or direct to Freedom?

    in reply to: Welsh Medium Secondary Education and the Groves School #152927

    Peterthewatcher
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    How much evidence is there that the demand from parents is for their children to attend a Welsh Medium School or are they assuming that a newly built school will give their child a better education. It certainly is the case for some parents and they should wake up to the fact that if they are unable to speak Welsh then their child is likely to achieve less in school — those readers and contributors to Wrexham.com who have or had children in school will understand the amount of support their children need with homework etc. Any parent who is unable to keep up with their child support will realise sending them to a Welsh School will be detrimental.

    What we need in Wrexham is a total boost to those schools that are failing ALL our children and young people.

    in reply to: Mass Retail Space Exodus – problem #150640

    Peterthewatcher
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    One of the biggest issues now is the size of the stories that are becoming vacant as the ‘big boys’ start to desert High Street retailing. The units available are so large in many locations that they will never get a re-occupancy- smaller units could be taken up by niche retailers.

    The larger stores that are owned by pension funds will have generated large profits over a period of time so they can afford to keep them empty for a while before they act. It is inevitable that we shall see many being converted into ‘activity’ type stores – some areas have already started with indoor golf, indoor driving range, lock in games etc. This mix helps to generate more leisure supporting shops and food outlets.

    The long-term nature of pension fund investments highlights why there are often very long periods of time when a store remains empty before anything seems to occur. Gone are the days when Wrexham was owned by a very few local property owners and store owners who could react quickly to changes.

    in reply to: Citizens Advice #150624

    Peterthewatcher
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    What are we not being told — why has it taken till the week of a Council Executive for the CAB to make any kind of appeal to the public — why has there been no canvassing of the Councilors by the clients who have used CAB. CAB have known for three years – why so much silence?

    That’s my negatives – as I believe CAB does provide a valuable service that if it goes many people in Wrexham will lose out- much certainly cant pay the £300 to the Council Welfare Rights Service.

    Let’s hope the debate remains as Part one although the Council’s history on finance to do with organizations has always been to move to Part 2 — what has changed..

    in reply to: Ty Pawb – success #149692

    Peterthewatcher
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    speakingthetruth — if you are going to pay my portion of the rates to support this failing ‘icon’ then yes I wi stop moaning until then as a ratepayer I have a purpose for not supporting this cash cow that we are all going to be paying for in years to come. Get real places like this only survive if they have a decent offering and make money- neither of these is true for Ty Pawb.

    in reply to: Citizens Advice #149659

    Peterthewatcher
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    The most disgraceful thing about all of this is that the Councils alternative will cost you £200 on a no win no fee basis if you are not in receipt of any Council services. It now looks like the Council are trying to make money from people who need help and support.

    Is there a charge to use this service?
    Depends – There can be a one-off charge of £200 on a “no-win-no-fee” type basis; only applies to those who do not meet the Unit`s standard criteria. Vast majority of people do not have to pay for the service. Contact us for further information regarding this.

    https://www.dewis.wales/ResourceDirectory/ViewResource.aspx?id=360

    in reply to: Row in Council Chamber #149643

    Peterthewatcher
    Participant

    At one time only one person at a time could speak as the microphone system would only allow that to happen. Not sure that would have been effective in this case as the ‘raised’ voices certainly did not need a mic.

    Looks like Cllr Pritchard has learnt a lot from the famous 4-minute meeting with Minister Leighton Andrews who came to deliver a message and left. Look what happened to Leighton he is no longer an AM.

    Would any of the Pritchard Group of Independents perhaps not have voted him in as Leader if they had seen this public display. If they are truly a Group then they should be taking action to clip his wings and bring him into line. “oh forget they are likely to be bullied into line and he will not take any notice of them”.

    Residents in Wrexham need to remember we voted our Councillors in but the Councillors themselves could vote their Leader out and shame on all of those who are in the Pritchard Independent Group – the behaviour this week if not sorted by them shows that they do not deserve tio be Couyncillors and the Public will have them vited out asap.

    in reply to: Row in Council Chamber #149626

    Peterthewatcher
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    Perhaps we might have seen for the first time in over a 100 years the Mayor’s attendant actually using the symbolic mase for the intended purpose of keeping order at unruly meetings. Instead, there could be a complaint to the Ombudsman against both of the Councillors fro bring the Council into disrepute as a consequence of behaviour within the chamber whilst carrying out public duties.
    This doesn’t bode well for the next year of Pritchard rule..

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