Statement from Annette Davies

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My name is Annette Davies I was born in Gwersyllt and have lived in the village all my life. I live with my husband Karl in the house we bought in 1988. We have two grown up children and a beautiful granddaughter.

I am a member of Gwersyllt Community Council.

I have been a member of Plaid Cymru for many years, I love being part of a political family that genuinely care and listen. They put the needs and interests of the communities first. Community is very important to me, I believe in listening to people, being approachable and I will always try to help with any issues you may have.

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?

1. Roads and footpaths locally are in a poor condition. Some great repairs have taken place but there are still a lot to do. I don't believe that patching potholes constantly is the answer, it's not cost effective. Some of our roads need a complete resurface as do the footpaths. Dog fouling is also an issue on footpaths, no fines were issued in Wrexham last year for dog fouling, fines need to be introduced for repeat offenders and more bins provided. 2. Anti-social behaviour is a problem, people are being harassed in their homes and having their property vandalised. Gwersyllt used to have 4 PCSO's, one in each ward, there is now only 1, the lack of resources is clearly having an impact. Youth provisions could also help tackle this issue 3. The ever increasing cost of living, I have been chatting to people who are so very concerned about the rising cost of living. We have some of the highest child poverty levels in Wales, people are concerned about their heating costs as well as the rising cost of their weekly shopping. Is is acceptable for people to be reliant on food banks and charities? I believe the Government should step in and intervene, I believe we should all make a stand on this case.

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 ?

We are recovering from a pandemic, the likes of which none of us have seen. One impact is mental health, people are suffering like never before, mental health services are being inundated, they have little or no capacity. As a councillor I want to be as supportive and approachable as possible, I am a qualified mental health first aider, I know this is only a small step in the field of mental health but I will listen, support and signpost people to the right services. I will always be available to chat to anyone who is feeling low or overwhelmed with life.

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 worked in the finance industry for over 25 years, I have also worked in Human Resources for large manufacturing companies for 6 years, I have various skills and experiences to call upon. My first aim is to get elected, I will then assess what opportunities are available to me and best suit my skill set.

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

To me, climate emergency means we have limited time left to save the earth. We are very close to damaging it beyond repair and we need to take urgent steps to reduce and reverse climate change in every way we can. We have to protect our green fields and actively promote the planting of trees. Huge estates full of 3 and 4 bedroom houses are not required in Gwersyllt.

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?)

The current ruling administration have not listened to the people of Wrexham. They have made decisions behind closed doors and without full and proper communications with residents, an example of this is the city status bid. We need more honest, transparency and open debates.

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

If we strengthen social care issues, it would be possible to help reduce dependency on NHS services. If we have a solid social care team, ensuring those who need care have access to advice, support, guidance, and correct equipment, this in turn would reduce pressure on the NHS.

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

A lot of residents that I have spoken to have raised their concerns about the cost of living. The current Plaid Cymru Councillors voted against the recent 4% rise in Council Tax in Wrexham. Nationally, Plaid Cymru have worked in conjunction with the Welsh Government to agree to funding of free school-meals for Primary School children. This will have a major positive impact on spending of families and parents with children. Citizens Advice Bureau have confirmed that they will resume their weekly sessions in Gwersyllt Resource Centre after the Easter Break to advise and support people with any benefit claims or financial issues.

8. How would you improve the local education system?

The education of our children has to be a main priority. We are lucky to have 4 schools in Gwersyllt, 3 primary and 1 Secondary. Ysgol Bryn Alyn was given a glowing Estyn report in November 2021 taking it out of special measures, but schools should never be in that situation. Schools need a good board of governors, good leadership and good staff. The funding of free school meals for all primary school children will ensure all children have a good well balanced meal every school day. If elected, I will support the proposal of a new welsh medium secondary school in Wrexham

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 a proud member of Plaid Cymru. The current sitting councillors and candidates are some of the most passionate and down-to-earth people I know. I share the same core beliefs and values and we all want to work together for a better 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 ?

I have been engaging with young people and actively encouraging them to vote in the election. I believe that with todays technology it is easier than ever to access information and news, most younger voters are extremely knowledgeable with great awareness of current affairs.

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