Statement from Geoff Foy

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

a bit about me:
- I have lived in Johnstown for 33 years and take an active interest in community life
- My background involves creating better places for people to live, work and play through attention to housing, planning, architecture, design, heritage, sustainability and securing funding
- I chair a local charity which draws attention to good practice and tries to improve poor proposals in the built and natural environment and promotes community spirit through awards, talks and publications
I have worked for 5 local authorities (including Wrexham), 3 governments and in private practice

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?

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 ?

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?

My background involves improving the places where people live, work and play both in urban and rural areas.....I would therefore be interested in a lead role for Place-Environment and Transport where I could have the most impact in the ward I represent and also throughout the area. The town centre has been badly affected by change, neglect and misconceived proposals. A key challenge would be to reduce the retail area by converting properties back to provide residential accommodation and utilising the large area of unused upper floor space. However, to build up a sustainable town centre population the accommodation must provide a range of sizes to suit different groups and be of a good standard. My background in housing, planning, architecture, design and retail gives me the skills to coordinate this lead role. I do believe that being a Lead Member is a full time job and I would be able to undertake this role full time.

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

Climate emergency means changing what we do, what the council does and what local companies do. Make public transport more attractive by improving the evenness of the bus service through the day, encouraging bus companies to switch to electric power, and reducing the number of speeding buses through communities. I would start discussions to get Johnstown Halt rail station reinstated, all the more important now that Dennis Ruabon site has planning permission for housing. The council should progressively switch to electric vehicles for its fleet, ensure there are charging points across the area, give priority to electric vehicles in its car parks. The council should push to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings it owns through solar panels and energy efficient usage. It should check when commissioning services from companies how they are reducing their impact on climate. The council should encourage the sustainable use of buildings by refusing the demolition of buildings that could be adapted and reused. Opportunities to change road layouts to give greater safety to cyclists and walkers should be taken wherever possible. 20mph speed limits through key parts of communities would improve impact on climate, give a safer environment and improve air quality. This would certainly be the case on the Wrexham Road through Johnstown.

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?)

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

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

8. How would you improve the local education system?

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?

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 ?

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