Statement from Roger Davies
We invited them to tell you a little about who they are, any political history and about their political leanings.
Roger Davies, an experienced campaigner, has been selected to fight the election here in Rhosnesni.
Roger was brought up in Wrexham and educated at Grove Park Grammar School, before leaving to join the Royal Navy. After leaving the navy he stayed in Devon, marrying a local nurse. He was a founding member of the SDP and the Liberal Democrats. He became both an Exeter City and a Devon County Councillor. He graduated from Exeter University and taught History, Maths and ICT till he retired and returned to live in Rhosnesni in 2014.
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?
Protecting our schools, and doing whatever is necessary to make these a natural ‘first choice’ for local parents. We must be aware that proposed new developments here in Rhosnesni mean even more pressure on our existing schools. Making sure that Wrexham gets a Local Development Plan in place as soon as possible. Every local authority has to produce a local plan showing which areas will be developed for housing, where new schools, retail or leisure facilities will be placed, and which areas are to be protected. For the last ten years, Wrexham has been without a local plan, and this has made it easy for developers to build housing estates, poultry farms and industrial units in very unsuitable places, often against the wishes of local residents. An approved Local Development Plan will stop this. It will also facilitate the building of affordable homes in suitable locations, to allow young people to get a decent home of their own. I know it is a Lib Dem "thing" to say we want to get the potholes fixed, but have you seen the state of some of the roads here in Wrexham?
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 needs more jobs, more inward investment and to become somewhere with a bit of a buzz around it. The buyout of Wrexham FC by Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney has helped to raise the profile of the town, but there’s a lot more to be done to put Wrexham on the map. Anyone walking round the town centre will see the empty shops, we have to attract small local traders back into the town and the Council can help here by offering concessions on business rates. We have to face the fact that many of the empty shops may never re-open as traditional retail spaces, so we have to re-imagine the town centre as somewhere more than just a place to shop. Again, the council has a clear role here and I recognise the work that’s being done to regenerate the centre of the town. When I served on Exeter City Council I gained experience of planning and could contribute to this.
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?
If elected I would like to become involved with the Education Committee. I was a member of the Education Committee on Devon County Council from 1994 to 1997 before I became a secondary school teacher. Now I have retired and returned home to Wrexham, I would love to use my expertise on WBC.
4. What do the words climate emergency mean to you and your ward?
There is a climate emergency and it is going to effect us all. Just ask the people in the neighbouring wards who have to deal with ever increasing flooding.
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?)
Made sure that Wrexham has a Local Development Plan in place. The lack of a plan has meant that developers have been able to put forward inappropriate developments. The 600 house development to the south of Holt road, on the edge of our ward has not gone away, it is under appeal.
6. Local health pressures are well documented, from delayed ambulances to issues in the hospital. How can the council help resolve those problems?
The reality is that ambulance and hospital issues are the responsibility of Betsi Cadwaladr Health Board and the Members of the Senedd, However Local Councillors can lobby these organisations to up their game and provide better services here in Wrexham. An issue that The council can help with is the bed blocking delays cause by the inability of social services find accommodation for patients who are well enough to leave hospital but are not able to look after themselves in their own homes. I know of one case where a 92 year old was in hospital from Feb 2021 to January 2022.
7. What will you do on a local level to help support people in your ward affected by the cost of living crisis?
8. How would you improve the local education system?
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 I will be part of the Liberal Democrat group. My party affiliation is clearly printed on the ballot paper, unlike some candidates in the County Borough.
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 ?
Where ever possible, in my travels around the ward, I have tried to speak to these new electors encouraging them to get out and vote, which ever party they support. Their biggest issue has to be the disruption to their education over the last 2 years. This is the cohort that has suffered most from the COVID lockdowns. Both Central and Local government must do more to support them as they move on into the world of higher education and, for some work. As a retired teacher I feel very strongly about this issue.
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