Statement from Derek Wright

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

I'm Derek Wright, I have been a Labour Councillor for the past 10 years representing the Cefn Ward. on WCBC I was born in Cefn and have lived there or Rhosymedre all my life, I've been married to Gaynor since 1976. We have had two children Vanessa and Darren.
I worked in Tetra Pak as a Fitter for 30 years prior to the factory closure in 2011, though I stayed on as an (unpaid) consultant for a year. I was the Union representative in TP locally, nationally and internationally.
My wife Gaynor is a retired Staff Nurse, my daughter is a teacher in Ruabon School, Head of History and Transition, my son works in the Warehouse in Kellogg's.
My main interest are travel and a combination of photography and ornithology.

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?

Now Welsh Government have allocated the money to repair the road at Pen y Bont focus has changed slightly as follows: Continue to battle with BCUHB to get a new Health Centre in Cefn. Ensure there are adequate Leisure facilities in Cefn for youths with the youth club and holiday play and campaign to ensure Ty Mawr Country Park has a future. Work with North Wales Police for safer streets.

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 Labour manifesto clearly states our policies to help grow the local economy, jobs and transport.

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?

It will be up to the Councillors in the political group I represent to choose the best people to fill all the roles our group are entitled to under the agreed political balances of WCBC.

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

This is a massive issue we all face, which I feel can not to combatted individually by people or Councils, it is a World wide problem which we all must do our part to overcome not so much for us, but future generations

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 feel there are many issues which we as the opposition challenged the administration on, though I do feel the new administration should be far more open and transparent particularly in being open to public and non Executive elected members during the Executive Board, allowing questions to be asked up to the day before these meetings.

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

If you check my three priorities the first one is the a new Health Centre for Cefn. I have chaired several safeguarding scrutiny meetings where both the Welsh Ambulance Service Trust and BCHB for answered questions from concerned Councillors over these issues. The June meeting of the SCWSC is to do this again, hopefully The A&E manager at WMH is to attend.

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

Anything I can, if we in the Labour Group form part or are able to be the administration we will ensure we draw down every penny available, access every support service available for all residents in the County Borough to ease the worst of what we will all face.

8. How would you improve the local education system?

We must improve the results in our secondary schools.

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 Labour Party Member for nearly 40 years so I will be with them, the electorate will decide to ship of the Council, if we have enough Councillors elected from our Party I would be delighted to be part of the Administration.

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 ?

The youth of our county like all others in the UK have suffered greatly from the pandemic, missing so much of the things we have all taken for granted for many year without the restriction these people have face missing school time, their mates and the other interests such as sport and holidays. We as a Council should do as much as possible to ensure facilities are available for them to enjoy.

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