Statement from Lyndon Bruce Vickery
We invited them to tell you a little about who they are, any political history and about their political leanings.
Born and educated in Cardiff
My working life began with 6 years down a coal mine just north of Cardiff.
I moved into the Gas Industry where majority of my career was spent in the construction of High Pressure Gas Pipelines and other installations all over Wales
Married with 4 children, moved into North Wales in 1985 initially living in Mold then Burton and currently residing locally
Now semi retired having had my own business for the last 10 years.
I have never really had any serious political leanings but firmly believe that Britain has a future if it can believe in itself.
I believe that community's are vitally important in a world where lots of people have become disillusioned with the people they put into power.
I believe in holding the local authority to account and that local people are have a voice and are heard
I also believe that unless you speak out and take action you really can't complain.
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?
Health - the current situation with healthcare is a real cause for concern and needs to be addressed urgently. The providers of Healthcare would be better informed if they could have face to face meetings with members of the community whereby both sides can understand the issues and work together to reform. Housing - The provision of affordable housing continues to be an issue. Young people should not be forced into having to rent if they are working. Including smaller properties within developments for older people to be able to downsize releasing their properties for younger families but at the same time still allowing them to remain in the community.The local planning authority doesn't appear to understand the issues and could be more forceful when considering planning applications. Employment - Always an issue and more local jobs brings more wealth to the 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 ?
Employment - look to encourage more companies into the area, highlight the workforce Wrexham has available. Health - whilst I think here in Wrexham we have received a pretty good service through the pandemic for COVID Vaccinations etc., the fact that most GP services became almost unobtainable needs to be resolved quickly. Again face to face meeting with providers within the community should be a first start. Also sometimes, some fresh faces can achieve progress?
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?
Wide ranging skills in Project Management, including budgets and financial forecasting. Used to negotiating and understand that both sides need to be reasonable when resolving conflicts.
4. What do the words climate emergency mean to you and your ward?
I think that it is good that our damage to the planet and our environment has now been recognised and efforts are now being made to address many issues. I think locally people will be more concerned with their bills for both fuel and food and this must be recognised when deciding on courses of action. We in the UK tend to take knee jerk reactions and make rash promises prior to understanding the full impact of those decisions. Simple measures can be put in place like effective, reliable low cost public transport. Grow more of what we need at home. Make sure that existing systems are working to their full potential.
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?)
Devolution, whilst I agree that Wales should have responsibility over what and where money is spent we can't do it in isolation from the rest of the UK. I feel having watched 'devolution' working during COVID showed that it doesn't work in all cases and there needs to be the 'work together attitude'. Politics in this case was divisive and somewhat self serving when we the people, regardless of who we voted for, were the priority. Having had four different sets of rules for dealing with COVID was a bit of a joke to say the least!
6. Local health pressures are well documented, from delayed ambulances to issues in the hospital. How can the council help resolve those problems?
Look at the issue at a local level. If there is good health care provisions within the community then this would automatically reduce the pressure on our local hospital.
7. What will you do on a local level to help support people in your ward affected by the cost of living crisis?
The current situation with the rise in the cost of living is not just a UK issue. On a local level focus needs to be on the vulnerable and elderly in the first instance, ensuring they can access all the available resources and support that is available. It is at times of adversity when community spirit rises to the fore and hopefully we can encourage and develop this further.
8. How would you improve the local education system?
Again look at the issues at a local level first. Are there enough schools, are there enough teachers, what are the performance levels like locally. Then work together across all parties to come up with workable solutions, trying to leave politics to one side.
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 think, actual party politics need to be put to one side if a coalition.is required, I would support that group who were most closely matched in resolving local issues close to my heart.
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 ?
I feel for youngsters to become actively interested in politics the basics need to be initiated in education. I feel the importance of how they vote at a local level is far more important to how they would vote at a national level. I do feel that how politics are played out on National Media is detrimental to how younger voters feel they can make a difference. Let's see if we can involve them more.
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