Statement from Gerald Davies

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

My name is Gerald Davies and I have lived in New Broughton for nearly 40 years. I have recently retired from my job as an HGV driver. Throughout my years, I have been in local and national football, with North East Wales Football Association and the Football Association of Wales for over 40 years starting out as a football referee. I then became referee’s officer and after that development officer. I was asked to join the Broughton Community Council and have been a community Councillor for the last 6 years. I am currently the Chairperson of Brymbo Bowling Club, a position which I have held for 4 years. During my time at the club, I have encouraged people of all ages to get involved in the sport.

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?

One of the biggest issues in New Broughton and the surrounding areas is dog fouling. I would like to work with Wrexham Council and the local Community Council in supplying more bins and biodegradable bags to dispose of the mess safely and have more signs to educate the issue in our community, Anti-Social behaviour is another issue within our community and as a community Councillor have worked alongside the PCSO’s to target this issue. I have also raised concerns over the noisy off-road biking and reported this to 101 when I have witnessed it. The bus service within our ward, isn’t meeting the needs of residents living on the outskirts of our village. I would like to work with local bus companies, Transport for Wales, and Wrexham Council in expanding the bus route to include a service to Wrexham Maelor hospital and the town centre from the outer areas of 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 ?

The pandemic has affected everyone in some way and as we start to recover there are several areas that need to be addressed. There is a shortage of available workforce which is already impacting on local businesses and services including pay and a strategy not just at local level to create new job and apprenticeships. We also need to look at investments from major companies to improve services already in place. The Gateway Project would provide a great starting point on making the area we live and work in a more vibrant place to be and visit.

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 am willing to be an active participant at meetings and would like to devote my time to resolving issues within the community and wider Wrexham area.

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

I would like to continue the work that has already been started by the local government, hopefully reducing the risk of potentially irreversible damage to the community.

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?)

If I had been part of the ruling administration over the last 5 years, I would have tried to secure more funding from the Welsh Government for the local and surrounding areas in relation to roads, schools, and social care.

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

I would like to work with the Health Board to address the growing demand on our NHS and Welsh Ambulance Service. I would also like to address the issue of access to doctors’ surgeries and look at how this can be improved and to find ways to implement this to the local community including transport provision.

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

Over the past 6 years as a Community Council member, we have supported the Community House in Brynteg, which is a local facility for the whole of the Broughton Community. It is a good place to meet and socialise with other residents in the area. As a Community Council, we provided funding for an advisor from CAB to attend once a week, to support the residents in the area who are experiencing difficulties and need support in a wide range of areas including debt, housing, and fuel costs to name a few.

8. How would you improve the local education system?

I would support the introduction of free school transport for all eligible pupils due to the need for travel to the nearest secondary school, which is currently in Gwersyllt. I also feel there is a need for Councillors to be on the school governing board, to represent the needs of their local community. I would support a review of the current policy.

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?

Prior to my application, I had no links to any political party or group. I have since spoken with the Wrexham Independent Group and I am keen to work with them and others on key priorities.

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 think Wrexham Council and local businesses should be working together to provide apprenticeships and work opportunities, so that skills and experience can be passed on to our younger generations. There are many difficulties faced by young people when wanting to get on the employment ladder and this would give them a great opportunity. To be honest, I could also learn from them especially when it comes to technology and social media, as this is a weak point for me, but I am always willing to learn new things.

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