Rex Ham

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  • in reply to: Island Green car park #169941

    Rex Ham
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    I joined the Boycott group on facebook briefly and it was pretty clear most members were just interested in doing away with parking charges in Wrexham altogether and promoting Broughton as a shopping destination.

    Whilst I agree there should be a period of grace for picking up or delivering people from and to the station, Island Green is a commercial venture and car park revenues will be part of the revenue stream.

    However, since Cllr Pritchard has negotiated a 20 minute “free” period will that be also be offered at WCBC car parks?

    in reply to: Council staff paid twice #168347

    Rex Ham
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    Yes, I knew that too. It has always been the case. However, it’s not just local authority staff employed on elections. I have done it myself (bored out of my skull!) and I never worked for the LA. I know of retired people who do it as well. It is paid out of a separate budget provided by the electoral commission. So, no story here!!

    • This reply was modified 2 months ago by  Rex Ham.
    in reply to: Eagles Meadow (again) #162126

    Rex Ham
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    Fair enough Mr Bow, we can all make free choices thankfully! I don’t understand the logic, but your choice. However, the one thing Wrexham isn’t short of is supermarkets and last time I looked there was a Tesco extra pretty close to EM. But once everyone has turned their back on Wrexham we can all go to Broughton, or Chester or god forbid, Prestatyn to save the parking charge!

    But at least I know where to go when I want to buy my Clogau Gold!!!

    in reply to: Eagles Meadow (again) #162118

    Rex Ham
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    Let me first say that, like many of you, I agree that “High Street” shopping is on it’s knees The addition of EM has made the situation worse for Wrexham because it just adds retail space with no retailers to fill it. But, until EM came along, Wrexham never had (for example) a Debenhams. The old M&S store did not meet their then demands which is to have park and collect facilities available adjacent to the store and would probably have closed already.

    However, my main point is to question why anyone would rather pay the price of fuel to drive to (say) Broughton, just to save the £1.50 parking charge (for up to 3 hours) at Eagles Meadow. I bet the drive costs more than £2.00

    in reply to: Wrexham City #161165

    Rex Ham
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    For a long while, I was a supporter of city status for Wrexham, but you only have to listen to every day opinion to realise there is little or no support for it amongst those who would have to pay for it. So, unless someone can come up with a plan or costed financial proposal to prove otherwise, I suggest we pay more attention to the real and actual ills in our society first.

    in reply to: Transport For Wales Railway Fiasco #159796

    Rex Ham
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    Born Acorn, please don’t let facts get in the way of a good fantasy! After I posted, I realised this might be about the Halton Curve and trains to Liverpool via Parkway station, but if the Welsh Assembly Government intend to allocate battery / electric trains on the Wrexham – Bidston line, then they could operate on the sub-Liverpool stretch.

    in reply to: Transport For Wales Railway Fiasco #159751

    Rex Ham
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    From Wikipedia “Welsh Economy Secretary, Ken Skates, stated that the Welsh government were in an advanced stage of talks with Merseytravel about running a direct service from Wrexham to Liverpool”.

    Lets get writing to Mr Skates!!!!

    • This reply was modified 7 months, 3 weeks ago by  Rex Ham.
    in reply to: Transport For Wales Railway Fiasco #159731

    Rex Ham
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    Born Acorn writes: Now it appears Arriva stopped ordering spares months ago, which is something I’d read elsewhere a couple of days ago.
    Didn’t know they took the wheel lathes with them though. That would paralyse the repairing of “square wheels” caused by slippery rails.

    If this is true, and I don’t know either way, it makes the franchise business even more of a fiasco. What happened to due diligence, or even a note on a fag packet.

    Give the Wrexham-Bidston line to Mersey Rail so we can have trains running directly into Liverpool.

    in reply to: Football Museum could take preference over bin collections. #159604

    Rex Ham
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    Only in Wrexham could a positive development like this be met with scepticism and ire.

    Bins is bins. Football museum is football museum.

    Different things, different budget, different funding!

    • This reply was modified 7 months, 4 weeks ago by  Rex Ham.
    in reply to: Home Bargains to close on Boxing Day #159110

    Rex Ham
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    I agree Maureen Gray. It has been custom and practice in the Ham household to hold off buying certain products in case the recipient doesn’t call. Up until now it has been convenient to nip out to Home Bargains to buy a 4 pack of Snowball drinks if there is a sighting of Auntie Honey Rose on Boxing Day (well you always have a Honey rose Ham at Christmas right?). If she doesn’t show, we’ve wasted nowt. If however they shut Home Bargains on Boxing Day, a decision will have to be made to buy on Christmas Eve or the poor old soul will have to put up with the dregs of a bottle of S K Williams sherry I bought in 1979.

    I warn you all now, this is a dangerous prescient, next, Next will decide to close on Boxing Day, and that way civil disobedience will break out as people wander the streets from 5am on St Stephen’s Day looking for a jumper they so desperately need.

    However, Wrexham will be safe because most of the zombie’s will drive to Broughton to avoid paying for parking in Wrexham.

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