Statement of Paul Pemberton

We invited them to tell you a little about who they are, any political history and about their political leanings.

Been in local councils e g Rhos for 14 yrs and wrexham for 13 yrs heavily involved with planning,licensing bee chair and vice chair Also on fire authority I successful tabled an amendment to save second pump in wrexham for now anyway

Questions & Answers

1. Often we are told that highways, street lighting, bin collections and anti-social behaviour are some of the issues people care most about. Aside from those what are the key local issues in your ward? (The question below will ask what you think should be done)

Safety and care of the elderly and trying to make the area a safer place for young and old alike

2. Further to the above issues you have specified, at a ward level what would you do to resolve these problems if elected?

More or less what I already do I visit sheltered accommodations regularly and liase with residents and I am always available to listen to problems and help when I can

3. As a councillor and as a member of the council what would be in your power, and your priority, to help local businesses?

To lobby to maintain urban rate relief it certainly helps small businesses in the local villages

4. How do you think adult social care in Wrexham should be funded?

More money is needed I think Welsh government should help more

5. What do you think is the most urgent thing, in the power of councillors, required to improve the local education system?

Whilst most teaching staff are excellent they do struggle with large classes I think a smaller number of pupils in each class would help

6. What do you think should be done with the Groves school building, and the site?

In an ideal world convert but we are told this is not acceptable my concern is whilst it's in limbo it's draining the education budget as we are told it's costing approx 100k per year on security

7. What are your thoughts on the housing supply in Wrexham, and if you feel more housing needs to be created in volume, where would that be sited and who would it be targeted at?

Plenty of brown field sites available these should be utilised

8. On litter and dog fouling enforcement, do you think this should be provided via a third party, and should it be enforced to the letter of the law or in a more lenient manner?

If there was no dog fouling and no litter no one would be fined some like the idea some don't but something has to be done

9. Do you favour the current Executive Board system or a politically balanced system? Why?

I don't have a problem with either as long as the area benefits from decisions made

10. As has happened in Wrexham recently - if you change political allegiance from what you are currently seeking election for (eg. resigning from, or joining another party) will you trigger a by-election? If not, why not?

Would not join a party have always been independent this allows me to vote my way with no ones arm up my jumper

11. 'Reshaping' Wrexham Council is a major theme impacting all areas of the local authority. What areas do you think could see deeper savings made and why?

This is getting harder every year only time and scrutiny of finances will help

12. With the 'Reshaping' programme, which specific areas would you look to grow and create revenue streams in?

We could offer housing repairs etc to local homeowners could net some income

13. The Town Centre Masterplan is an aspirational document which could shape and transform the town centre over the next ten years. What is your future vision for Wrexham town centre, and how will you help achieve it?

Try to attract more large shops and promote the cafe culture lobby these firms and charge more rates on the large empty shoos to try and kickstart them into marketing the premises and one occupied lobby for a better deal on rates (shops not shoos)

14. Many politicians are accused of being out of touch with voters and only surfacing before elections. What will you do to ensure you stay in touch through the coming years if you are elected?

I live work sleep and socialise in my constituency I have an office at work and my door has and always will be open eg people know where I work and I am always contactable

15. What are your thoughts on the current provision and support for the arts in Wrexham, and what would you do to support the arts?

I support the theatre and arts centre in my ward eg the stiwt and always try to promote

16. Wrexham Football Club had been let down greatly before being taken over by the fans themselves. As a councillor what action would you champion to help the club?

I have followed wfc for over 50 yrs I donate monthly to supporters association ( Carrol clarks group) am also a member of wst trouble is with being season ticket holder I struggle with having to declare interest

17. Wrexham's Night Time Economy employs a large number of people and generates revenue for the town. As a councillor what action would you like to see from Wrexham Council to improve that sector?

My concern is making sure the nighttime economy is run safely with a zero tolerance on drugs

18. Wrexham Council currently has two Public Space Protection Orders (PSPO) in place in the town centre and Rhosddu area. How should anti social behaviour be tackled?

Anyone committing asb should be dealt with through the legal system

19. New Psychoactive Substances are a recent well documented problem in and around town, what do you think is the solution?

More police presence and be proactive in identifying suppliers

20. Councillor pay, iPads as tools for the job, and allowances have all been topics of debate over the last few years. What is your view on this?

I have neve taken an I pad I do use one but I purchased my own

21. The ownership and operation of Plas Madoc Leisure Centre has been debated over recent years - where do you believe the responsibility for funding and running such public amenities should lie?

Central government should sit up and take more notice as the councils are struggling with ever reducing budgets

22. What actions would you take, or support, as a councillor to encourage Welsh language use growth? Or, if you are against this, why?

Ashamed I don't speak Welsh but steps that have been taken and the use of interpreters is helping

23. Currently Wrexham Council webcast their Full Council, Executive Board and Planning meetings, and some Scrutiny. Would you like to see the webcasting system rolled out to cover all meetings and how else do you think the local authority could involve the public more in the democratic process?

Make it known that most meetings are open to the public I also welcome more Webcasting as it makes everything transparent

24. This will be the first time some people are old enough to vote, with that age limit possibly dropping in future. Candidates are on the whole older and male. What will you do to represent a more diverse viewpoint?

If younger people want any advice on being a councillor I would always be willing to offer advice

25. What local activity have you taken part in over the last few months to improve your ward? Regardless of if you win, will you continue any such action that benefits your ward?

For many years I have helped organise many events in the ward ,e.g. Music in the park,fun days,Xmas parade and street celebrations,firework display and bonfire and always get involved in whatever I am needed and don't intend changing anytime soon

In a few hundred characters to wrap this up, why should people vote for you?

I always give a straight answer never promise anything that can't be done I always get back to people and if I do promise I give 100% to try and obtain desired result which we get sometimes but not always

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