Statement from Steve Joe Jones

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

I have lived in the ward of Johnstown all my life and I have been employed by the Local Authority for 47 years working in various sections from grounds maintenance, highway maintenance and street lighting covering both Pant and Johnstown wards. I am a member of the trade union, Unite. I have previously served as a Governor at Johnstown Infants School, currently now known as Ysgol Yr Hafod. I have been on Rhos Community Council for over 18 years as a Community Councillor representing the Johnstown ward. I have also been involved in supporting the local food banks.

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 within the Pant and Johnstown ward is dog fouling/litter. I would like to see more focus on tackling this big issue. The second is the demand for social housing. I feel that the policies need to be reviewed and the allocation of social housing should be dealt with locally with the involvement of the local members. The third is youth provision. I feel there is a lack of provision within the Pant and Johnstown wards and if elected would liaise with the Youth Service to find a way forward in addressing this issue.

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 would support any initiatives that would encourage and attract people and businesses back into our town as Wrexham used to be a thriving market town.

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?

As I have worked for the local authority for 47 years, I am familiar with the infrastructure of the Council and have a good knowledge and experience needed to meet the challenges in various roles.

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

As Wrexham Council have declared a climate emergency, I would work hard to support all current and future initiatives locally and across Wales.

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 personally would have spoken to the constituents in the Pant and Johnstown wards and taken into account their views on City Status before a decision was made as it is not just about my personal view it would be about the people I represent. With me working in a front line service I have seen first hand the difficulties faced during the last 2 years through the pandemic and how difficult it has been to continue to deliver these important services.

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

I fully support all staff within the NHS who I believe have worked tirelessly delivering the best service possible in the current situation. I would like to see a greater accountability within the senior management structure within the Local Health Board which could lead to improvements in the current situation.

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

I am currently involved with supporting one of the local food banks which I know has benefited many families in difficult times. As a Rhos Community Councillor representing the Johnstown ward, we as a Community Council have supported a local resilience group which has been working with the voluntary sector, like AVOW and Rhos Community Café/Pant Community Group to support those in need.

8. How would you improve the local education system?

I fully support the re-modelling of Ysgol Yr Hafod, Bangor Road site, as part of the 21st Century Schools Programme which will provide first class facilities for the future education of our children. I would like the opportunity to work closely with the Education Department to ensure targets are met and the correct infrastructure is in place to deliver the best possible service.

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 have not and will not have any discussion with any party, group or coalition prior to the Election.

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 fully supported via social media the involvement of young people being eligible to vote. Leaving education can be very daunting for some and I would support all employment initiatives available to young people and would help to direct them to the right people to progress in their future. I would encourage all groups within the Pant and Johnstown ward to support our younger constituents.

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