Statement from James Robert Hobbley

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My name is James Hobbley. Having grown up in Marford and had the pleasure of calling it my home for 36 years, I will use my voice on the council to ensure that resident's views are represented in the council chamber.
I have been Community Councillor for Marford and Hoseley for the last five years and I'm committed to addressing issues that matter to our community e.g. local planning issues, street lighting, maintenance of parks and open spaces. I am passionate about protecting our green spaces from large scale property development. I support local sustainability initiatives and charities to create a better environment for our future generations.

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 are anti-social behaviour, potholes and protecting green spaces. A closer collaboration with local community police officers and PCSO’s Is needed to ensure we crackdown on anti-social behaviour. To gather information in order to tackle the root causes of local crime. Coordinating with Wrexham county councils environment department is essential to improve road surfaces. Green spaces, places of significant importance and interest must be protected by working alongside the planning department of Wrexham council to prevent unnecessary and inappropriate large intensive planning development. If elected I will ensure that these Issues are prioritised.

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 ?

In today's climate everybody is feeling the pinch, I work with several different local charities and religious organisations in order to provide support for the community and improve everybody's life in an equal measure during these hard times.

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 would like to be more heavily involved in environmental services. I am passionate about the environment I'm protecting are green spaces.

4. What do the words climate emergency mean to you and your ward?

It means the upcoming challenge of trying to decarbonize our local environment and reduce the impact of climate change on our community whilst maintaining a high quality of life for local residents. I have an awful lot of experience in waste management and processing. I can advise on how we could provide greater efficiencies in our recycling, driving down cost and have a lower impact on the environment.

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 think the administration has done a good job considering the difficulties the last three years during the COVID-19 pandemic. I think that it's important to come out strongly now the virus has subsided and bring back Wrexham into the vibrant place it was before.

6. Local health pressures are well documented, from delayed ambulances to issues in the hospital. How can the council help resolve those problems?

By holding the Welsh government to account to ensure that resident have timely access, particularly aimed at the most vulnerable members in our community which are most likely to be left unsupported.

7. What will you do on a local level to help support people in your ward affected by the cost of living crisis?

By working with the local authority and community groups to ensure that those impacted have access to the support they need. I will also work alongside the number of prominent charities which help the most vulnerable people in our local community to whether the crisis.

8. How would you improve the local education system?

I would recommend all local schools be updated and all staff supported in their training.

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've been a member of the conservative party for several years and would work alongside them as they have successfully done for several years with a number of independent candidates, to hopefully lead Wrexham council into a better and more prosperous future.

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 ?

Volunteering at Maes Y Pant with a number of the younger community members emphasised how important the environment is to them, and they need a politician who will support good causes in the local area which affect them.

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