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To be an attractive and vibrant town Wrexham needs a wide range of facilities and that includes facilities for the arts, sport and commerce. The town declined funding for a new theatre some years ago so I think the setting up of an “arts hub” is a way forward. It will presumably act as a catalyst for music, theatre, painting, photography, indeed the whole range of arts is possible given the right support.
It is true Wrexham has other theatres, but the Stiwt does not seem to attract a huge range of attractions and the William Aston Hall was designed as a concert hall rather than a theatre. Indeed having performed there many times, it is not ideal for plays, being long from the stage to the back of the rear stalls. It works for pantomime, opera, ballet and stand up comedy because they do not need the “intimacy” required by plays. Indeed the town has a third theatre in the Grove Park Theatre, but that has a small capacity and is well used for their own productions.
As for the earlier comment that people prefer to travel to Mold, it really belies the real reason. Theatre Clwyd is a world class “producing house”. It has initiated theatre which is critically acclaimed nationally. Because of arts funding cuts, it now takes in more touring productions, but they are the sort of productions Wrexham could never attract even with an arts hub. “People prefer to travel to Mold” is like saying football fans from Wrexham prefer to travel to Anfield or Old Trafford rather than the Racecourse. Truth is it’s a different product.
Absolutely Wrexham needs an arts and cultural hub. To be a successful town, we need a wide range of activities. Yes, we need good shopping and sporting facilities, but the town needs to be attractive to people with an interest in theatre (of all genres), painting, sculpture, photography. These help to make a balanced town. With the disappearance of the Oriel gallery, where will exhibitions be housed? My only sadness is the town passed up on Welsh Government funding for a theatre, although I am sensible enough to realise it might need continued LA support at a time when funding is stretched. Absolutely we need to promote the arts and hopefully use it as a tool to further the education of the children of our town.
and if you google Rhosddu community council you will easily discover the elected councillors in 2012 were: Gerald Caradock, Haydn Roberts, John Roberts and Andrew Williams
Oh please, get a grip of yourselves. Rex Ham is about to come out of the closet to comment on this thread. I am a gay man, with a partner and we have calculated from our council tax demand we get our bins emptied and our street lit. We pay a precept for the police and our community council. We pay the same council charge as our neighbours who have children in full time education. We get nothing else. So, why should we pay for the education of someone else’s children? Well, because that is “society” and we are happy to pay it for the well being of all. So don’t start splitting hairs about community councils, if you can’t be bothered about finding out who they are or what they do.
Yes, Jok, I knew that. It is also to do with the insurance they hold with “ply for hire” insurance prices being more expensive than “private hire”.
As for a uniform colour, “Hackney Carriages” come in all sorts of colours these days indeed, I’ve seen a blue one driving round town.
I echo the sentiments of the last speaker!! Brilliant win. Something else to celebrate on St David’s Day!
Some interesting replies to my original post, and I take on board that fewer staff have to do more jobs in every store in town. I am sure this assistant was completing an important task as far as she and the store were concerned. I would not have expected her to drop everything immediately. All she needed to do was look at me and say something like “give me a moment and I’ll be with you” or some other acknowledgement of my presence. She didn’t even look at me when she sent me to the self serve till, which I do have a problem with. That’s a whole new post!!
I’ve had my say directly with WHSmith, however, the main point of my original post was that I am a staunch supporter of our town centre and it needs more people to use it. It also needs shops which make you want to go into them and spend your money. You only have to look at the number of empty shops in town to see the effect of “no spend”. That’s why businesses are in business, not to fill a shop, but to make money. There are lots of elements to make a shop/business successful and one of those is the staff. There is one stall in the Butchers market I always use because the staff (who don’t know me from Adam) engage me and offer some banter or even just a smile! They often introduce me to another product, which increases my spend. It’s called customer service and however it’s delivered it’s vital. That’s one of the things which will make our town centre more vital and used.
Now, can someone help me off my soap box please…..!
Perhaps the fate of the Broughton store will put more people the way of our town centre store. However, we can make the difference by shopping at BHS. It will only be safe if it is profitable, (no matter where the info comes from!)
I should also add, that even if in the unlikely event ALL the jobs go to people outside Wrexham, Those moving into the town will need somewhere to live, thus bolstering property prices, which are at the moment, low.
On balance, I can only agree with Mrs Crewe. The jobs and opportunities the prison will provide may not be the sort of jobs we are used to in Wrexham, such as manufacturing, but jobs they are still the same. There are plenty of people and firms in Wrexham who can fulfil those needs even measures against the “value for money” criteria JaneJ mentions. Even if, the only people to prosper were the taxi drivers at the railway station, it means more people are using the railway, thus safeguarding services for the rest of us.
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