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    Looks like the stormy clouds over the Guildhall Leadership may end with a very pretty Rainbow!!!!


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    No exemption they will have to buddy up with others to be effective and part of committee structure


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    Mike before long you along with the other Independents will no doubt realize if the old system is retained it is not possible to be part of the Scrutiny Committee structure unless you are part of a Group– the dividing up of places is proportionate to the numbers in each Group — an individual does not have the right to be on a committee unless they are in a Group.

    To be an effective Councillor an Independent cant remain independent or their voice will never be heard.

    The only way for this to change will be a change of the Council constitution.

    If you do decide to join one of the Independent Groups being formed ask the ‘Leader’ how they are going to keep the electorate informed. On past record neither Cllr Pritchard or Cllr Bithell have ever been ones for keeping the electorate informed

    in reply to: General Election #130957

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    You point out a very significant issue regarding items that are devolved. The national media generally pick up all of the Party rhetoric as if it is UK yet as you have pointed out Health is determined by Welsh Government same with Education, Social Care and lots of other items.
    Tax although WG have not used this power ‘yet’ but they could vary the rates set by Westminster within certain levels.

    It’s time the electorate had the proper news for Wales so that they can understand that voting in a General Election is purely for a person and not the Policies of their National Party Manifestos.

    Both our declared candidates Ian Lucas and Andrew Atkinson need to be very clear in their manifestos what they are actually getting the electorate to sign up to- Ian Lucas may have some inside track knowledge to influence WG but Andrew Atkinson will be fully controlled as a puppet from Westminster as Conservatives have no power within the National Assembly.


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    Mike would be good if you can get your new colleagues to engage with the overall electorate either through Wrexham.com Forums or other means. The public deserve to be kept in the loop.


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    It would appear that a number of people elected were successful based on their personality and local community engagement rather than what their declared political alignment might be.
    Wonder if who ever forms the Leadership party will produce any form of manifesto to tell the people of Wrexham what they can expect- if it is just the Independents that retain the Leadership what will be their overall proposals for the County as a whole rather than just the very localized issues that might have got them elected.


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    With more than 50% of the voters in Wrexham voting for an Independent – not all of them got in but it does beg the question is there really a place for Political parties in Local Government. Clearly some of the main stream Parties didn’t field candidates either of the right caliber or were unknowns in the Ward that they were standing in to have made any impact. Party leaders need to realize that the electorate were voting for a person they know, someone who came over as being able to make a difference — very few will have taken much notice about what the National Party view was on an issue.

    Local democracy is about local people having a say in what is going to happen close to home not about National Party manifesto’s. Local candidates giving their view on local matters the way they did on the Wrexham.com site is an excellent way to find out peoples thoughts.

    The discussion on the threads about Cllr Pritchard being the next Leader is somewhat strange he could not even be bothered to fill out the questions — how can his fellow Councillors consider rallying around him if they don’t even know what views he has on anything!!

    in reply to: Council in Welsh Language Spin #103181

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    The Council Members and Officers must have signed up to a circus training school to learn how to spin plates, put clown make up on to hide behind masks and illusionist tricks to learn slight of hand the way they are all behaving at present.
    Thank goodness the public are not so gullible as to not see through this façade of what at times is deceit and distortion and spin doctoring…

    in reply to: Wrexham Remembrance Service affected by Council cuts #103109

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    Council response — make your own view

    Dear Mrs Jordon,

    Thank you for your recent email to the Leader of the Council stating your observations following last Sunday’s Remembrance Day service, which has been forwarded to me for response.

    As I am sure you will appreciate we start planning these events early and on this occasion we commenced our preparations in November 2014. Despite this early planning we were unable to secure a bugler to attend the service on this particular date due to a lack of availability of the individual we usually use. To overcome this issue and having assessed what others do, it was decided that a recording played through an external PA system would be appropriate on this occasion. I can assure you the decision was purely down to bugler availability and was not a cost-savings exercise as has been reported. We are pleased to confirm that we have already been able to secure the buglers who played at the Armistice Day service on Queen’s Square yesterday for next year’s Remembrance Sunday service.

    We are delighted that the service at the cenotaph in Bodhyfryd has grown in popularity in recent years, particularly amongst younger people. We decided this year to offer the complete Order of Service in digital format on our website and via social media to enable people to download and/or print off or follow the service from their Smart devices. Again this was not exclusively a cost-cutting exercise but an attempt to ensure that people can see the Order of Service in a variety of formats best suited to their needs, including printed copies. It is not denied however, that there is a cost attributable to printing which in the present climate of making savings, cannot be ignored.

    I am sure you will appreciate it is difficult to second guess how many people will attend from one year to the next and therefore it is sensible to issue the hard copies on a first-come first-served basis and ask people to share where possible or indeed, if they wish to have a personal copy, availing themselves of the online provision. Having said this, whilst we have produced fewer paper copies of the Order of Service than in previous years we still had many left over, unused after the event

    Finally, I am proud to report that the general feedback we received about Sunday’s Cenotaph Service was very positive reflecting our commitment to delivering a dignified and respectful service.

    Trevor Coxon
    Head of Corporate and Customer Services / Pennaeth Gwasanaethau Cwsmeriaid a Chorfforaethol

    ( 01978 292202
    * Wrexham County Borough Council, Guildhall, Wrexham LL11 1AY
    * Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Wrecsam, Neuadd y Dref, Wrecsam LL11 1AY

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