Statement from Catherine Brown
We invited them to tell you a little about who they are, any political history and about their political leanings.
I write to introduce myself as your Conservative candidate for Rhosnesni. I’m aware that local residents may prefer to vote for the person who’ll support local concerns.
I’ve lived in Wrexham for over 40years. I’ve resided in Rhosnesni for over ten years in the past, and was a Community Councillor for seven years.
My sons went to school at Borras, my Doctor was in Borras. I use a Rhosnesni hairdresser and other local shops in the ward.
My priorities are, Rhosnesni first, then Wrexham town, then Wrexham County Borough.
If elected on 5th May, I plan to work for, and on behalf of the residents and businesses in Rhosnesni.
IMPORTANT Rhosnesni is becoming a two Councillor ward.
I hop you will support me on 5th May and give me the opportunity to serve you.
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?
The three biggest issues in the ward are- (1) Lack of a Doctors surgery and health services. (2) 50mph speed limit required along the link road to reduce accidents, air and noise pollution. (3) Appropriate use of Dean road field, at least half for recreation and exercise for the whole community.
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 ?
Wrexham is recovering well from the pandemic. A local company has been involved with packaging of vaccines for Covid, this has helped the employment situation. Businesses in Rhosnesni are thriving, and I will continue to support them by using them. Wrexham has acquired funds for leveling up. There is a multi million pound Wrexham Gateway project in progress, also we are in the final stages of the Wrecsam City of Culture bid. Having new owners at Wrexham AFC has resulted in sponsorship, investment, and an air of optimism in the town.
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?
Being a keen environmentalist I've encouraged Wrexham Council to install more electric car fast chargers, which they have done. I've a broad range of qualifications and experience in education and health, so will put these skills to good use for our community. I'm also active in promoting and preserving culture within the Borough.
4. What do the words climate emergency mean to you and your ward?
The climate emergency means involvement right across the age spectrum- children in primary school are taught not to run the tap whilst cleaning their teeth. Wales has a good record for recycling, let's keep it up, re-use wherever you can. Effective insulation and economic use of electricity has been promoted, many council properties have solar panels and energy saving architecture. Shop local and seasonal where you can, this keeps air miles down and helps local businesses.
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 don't think it was appropriate for Wrexham to bid for City status. I would like to have seen the Groves school building renovated and back in use. As Borras surgery building is too small for requirements now, I would like to have seen a Health Centre with walk in facilities built on half of Dean road field.
6. Local health pressures are well documented, from delayed ambulances to issues in the hospital. How can the council help resolve those problems?
I believe that expanding the pharmacy delivery service for the frail and elderly will take the pressure off this part of the service for everyone. The health centre mentioned above would help all of Rhosnesni and the surrounding area.
7. What will you do on a local level to help support people in your ward affected by the cost of living crisis?
While out and about chatting to residents in the ward, how to save money on heating and electricity bills has been discussed. Anyone in need has been made aware of the Community cupboard in Gresford, the food bank, and plans for a social supermarket in Caia Park.
8. How would you improve the local education system?
Residents have asked me to promote PE as a core subject. This is beneficial to the health and well being of our young people. They are our future.
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?
If elected on May 5th, I will be a member of the Conservative group. I believe in cross-party collaboration to best represent the interests of people in Rhosnesni and Wrexham.
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 ?
All the 16-17 year olds I've spoken to are delighted with the renovation and expansion of Coleg Cambria. They also tell me there's an effective apprenticeship scheme in place. The County Borough has extensive sports facilities and libraries available. Wrexham has a large industrial estate, and there are various employment opportunities available.
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