Statement from Andy Williams

We invited them to tell you a little about who they are, any political history and about their political leanings.

My name is Andy I’ve been a Councillor 9 years representing Garden Village as an Independent. I’ve sat as a Community Councillor for 11 years and I’m part of the village committee that organises the village fete and Christmas light switch on. I strive to represent my residents and will continue to give 100%. I am a Wats Dyke school Governor, sit on various committees within the Council and I’m hoping to return to these in May. I am a full time fire fighter in Wrexham and have lived in Wrexham all my life.

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?

Parking around Wats Dyke School is a persistent problem however this is in hand as I’m having double yellows lines being installed at strategic places and times. This should make the roads around the school better and children safer. Conditions of several pavements within the village again I have this in hand and solutions are being worked on at the moment Anti social behaviour and vandalism has been an issue and Police are working hard to make these individuals responsible for their actions

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 ?

I think we need to start returning to a new type of normal and shops, offices and work places returning to face to face contact. The football Club has been a massive inspiration to the communities of Wrexham and has allowed the town to focus on a positive, I’m sure this will continue to add to our economy. The redevelopment of the racecourse and surrounding area is vital to start to shape Wrexham for the future

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’m looking forward to going back into my roles on scrutiny committees, council and planning.

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

It’s about everyone doing their bit to make a massive difference to how we live, companies working smarter with energy. and solutions need to be found to massively reduce plastic use and our carbon footprint reduced

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 whoever is in administration has a difficult job and will always get knocked by individuals for making difficult decisions. Protecting green spaces is a big concern of my residents and I will do my upmost to continue to voice their concerns. As a Council we need to be able to enforce breaches in planning issues, parking and dog fouling problems

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

We most definitely need a minimum of two super surgeries within Wrexham and look at holding BETSI to account for its actions. I strongly believe delays in Ambulances is not down to ambulance crews. Many factors compound the problem from doctors and dental surgeries, being unable to encourage new Doctors to the profession as well as keeping them, once they take up posts. Hospitals quite often are full of people who really don’t need a hospital bed due to slow discharges and unable to find spaces in care homes and community based hospitals. I believe A&E needs to work differently and government needs to invest heavily to address this long standing problem.

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

As always I will try to help my residents and offer support and sign post them to relevant people and organisations to get help and support to them as fast as possible

8. How would you improve the local education system?

We need to continue to invest in our schools and teachers and offer even better teaching standards. We need to build more schools but in the right locations in our county as well as keeping class sizes manageable and the right environment to learn

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 am standing unopposed so I’m looking forward to continuing representing my residents within the council as an independent councillor

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 am out and about in my ward daily and speak to everyone from young to old, I listen to their issues and offer support and help. If I can’t help then I will be honest and say I can’t. Issues for young people can be the complete opposite to an elderly resident to sometimes it can be finding a common ground. I am always available to sort issues out

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