Statement from Amanda Bradley
We invited them to tell you a little about who they are, any political history and about their political leanings.
I have lived in Acrefair all my life , I grew up in Whalley's Way , and spent 20 years living in Plas Madoc .
I currently work for Wrexham Council in the Housing department based at Plas Madoc Estate Office, previous to this I worked for 10 years at Plas Madoc Leisure Centre , I was heavily involved in the Save Plas Madoc Campaign, and was delighted that the centre was reopened, this has now enabled the centre to secure grant funding to carry out major repairs to the building, I am keen to ensure the centre remains viable for the long term, and will support working with others to achieve this objective.
I am an active member of the Leisure Centre and have been for many years.
Questions & Answers
1. What are the three biggest issues for your ward, how do you think they need to be resolved, and what will you do to achieve it?
One big issue is the need of car parking , congestion in Whalley's Way is becoming a hazard , and needs addressing, more off road parking. Fly tipping around the recycle centre in Plas Madoc & other areas. Liaise with the police and discuss speeding hot spots.
2. What do you think needs to be done to help Wrexham recover from the pandemic and what hands-on-role can you play as a councillor ?
Try to encourage people back into the areas that were hit the hardest by the pandemic i.e. hospitality , travel industry. Look to reduce rates for the town centre buildings that are lying empty to encourage inward investment. Making aware that the pandemic has not gone away and making sure we have the provisions for a further outbreak.
3. As a councillor you may have the chance to take on further roles eg. Lead Member, Audit, Scrutiny. What appeals to you and what skills do you bring to that role?
I have worked for Wrexham Council for 15 years , currently working in Housing department . I can bring this knowledge & experience with me , and if elected I have to resign from my role , so I can dedicate this to the community.
4. What do the words climate emergency mean to you and your ward?
Encouragement for the council to invest in greener energy & more insulation for housing, offices, etc.
5. What is the biggest thing you would have done differently from the ruling administration over the last 5 years? (Or, if you were part of the Administration - what would you have done differently?)
I would have improved the care of the elderly , so many are suffering due to the lack of resources , lack of services available , loneliness and isolation due to the impact of covid , also the rising cost of living.
6. Local health pressures are well documented, from delayed ambulances to issues in the hospital. How can the council help resolve those problems?
More funding & more staff needed to support the most vulnerable areas & reduce waiting lists, encourage more walk in medical centres within the communities.
7. What will you do on a local level to help support people in your ward affected by the cost of living crisis?
Fundraising events to support local food banks etc Looking out for available grants for the community. promote the work of the local community agents , who deliver help & knowledge . Directing people to the Financial Inclusion Officers based in the local Estate Offices who help with grants, food parcels , DHP applications to help towards housing costs, hardship funding .
8. How would you improve the local education system?
Acknowledge and address overcrowding in the classroom, make funding for schools a priority , promote & offer extra support services.
9. When the public view the Full Council meeting in June, do you envision you could be part of a Party, Group or coalition, and if so, specifically who and why?
I will be with the Wrexham Independent Group, to voice my own opinion and the voice of my ward, as not to be aligned to a political party.
10. This is a noteworthy election with 16 and 17 year olds now able to vote, what have you done to engage this new electorate and what do you think is the biggest issue for them locally ?
it's welcoming to encourage 16 & 17 year olds to vote. As a council we should try to deliver apprenticeship schemes , more training available to young people , support there needs as they have suffered the last two years with education due to the pandemic .
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OTHER CANDIDATES FOR Acrefair North
- Welsh Labour
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