Statement from Krista Childs

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It has been a great honour for me to represent Coedpoeth on WCBC for the past ten years. I have been active in helping to support many residents with their concerns.
I am Chair of Plas Pentwyn Management Committee which helps support local groups, businesses, local volunteers, and our regular community collaborative events.
I am also Chair of Wrexham Youth and Play Partnership which continues to support and develop play and youth services in our community, our model has been adopted by WCBC and has been expanded throughout Wrexham. Thanks to WCBC Play Development Team and Coedpoeth Community Council for their continued support of this important provision.
I have been a school governor for Ysgol Bryn Tabor, which my two sons and four grandchildren attend/ed. I have also been a trustee governor for Derwen College, Gobowen until last year. More recently I joined the Golden Lion Community Choir who performed at several Christmas events last year with the support from Salvation Army, Coedpoeth Community Council and St Tudfil’s. I also joined our WCBC Housing Officers and a local volunteer on a litter picking session around Adwy shopping area. Our environment is important for our wellbeing.
I am very committed and passionate about our community and always approachable with any new ideas or initiatives that will continue to help our communities.

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?

Housing is one of the main issues in Coedpoeth, the lack of affordable housing and social housing. The refurbishment of the Maes y Capel Sheltered Unit is very important for the village as there is a shortage of elderly accommodation, there is a need for more bungalows. The loss of the Wrexham to Minera via Llewelyn Road bus service has badly affected residents in the village. As stated in our Manifesto, Wrexham’s transport system is a major concern. The condition of our roads and footpaths is a major concern, it is an issue I have raised continuously. The speed of traffic on the A525 is a particular worry.

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 ?

Recovery from the Pandemic is a major issue across the Borough and the need for a strong proactive Wrexham Development Plan is essential. I know from speaking to local business people how difficult the last two years have been and how challenging it has been for the whole community. The Town Centre needs a comprehensive plan to redevelop and revitalise the area as a whole, bringing diverse shopping and business opportunities back into the 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?

Following ten years as a local councillor I believe I have gained experience in several areas, this alongside my knowledge as a qualified social worker gives me insight into the diverse needs regarding health and well-being within our communities. The process within the Group is one where CV’s are submitted and appointments are made on the basis of knowledge and experience.

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

This is a major issue for all and habits will need to change. Coedpoeth Community Council are changing their street lighting to LED and Wrexham Council have a well established recycling program. We have done several local litter picks involving both our schools and volunteers. It has been recognised that Coedpoeth needs more trees, we have planted a Welsh Heritage Orchard at Plas Pentwyn and also planted trees at Nant Mill and Penygelli Fields.

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 am extremely concerned that the ESTYN report on education in the Borough placed our secondary schools in the category of significant concern. ‘The implications of weak outcomes in Wrexham are significant for young people’s wellbeing and their future education, training and employment’ is a direct quote from the report. I believe this should have been addressed way before it was identified by ESTYN’s critical report on secondary education. I feel that the lack of youth and play services across the Borough are a contributing factor.

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

The Council can work with the local Health Authority on issues but this is a national matter and until staffing levels are addressed within the NHS and a comprehensive health and social care service is in place, we will continue to struggle to see major improvements. GP services are a major problem in some communities across the Borough but on a positive note, Welsh Government have extended bursaries for student nurses and midwives, this helps to attract recruit and retain staff.

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

People need access to good quality advice services, we need a collaborative approach to address the significant needs that this crisis will cause. Food and fuel poverty are drastically affecting many families already and for our most vulnerable we must safeguard against those who would take advantage. Support services need to be better funded, better signposted and more readily available. This is a national problem and the Westminster Government must bring forward a more realistic solution for people.

8. How would you improve the local education system?

As stated in question 5, there are huge concerns regarding 11 to 16 education. This must be a priority for the new Council, there must a clear commitment to improve our education services and these improvements must be clearly evidenced.

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?

My hope is that Wrexham secures a Labour majority but this is in the hands of the voters. For the last eight years Wrexham has been controlled by an Independent/Tory alliance. I am hoping for a positive change and I hope the electorate is supportive of this.

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 shared information and actively encouraged young people to register to vote, to get involved and ensure their voices are heard. I canvass their opinions when I’m out and about, whenever I get the opportunity to do so. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need any further information or support Krista Childs Joint Welsh Labour candidate for Coedpoeth

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