Statement from Alison Tynan

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My name is Alison Tynan also known as Al Tynan. I am 52 years young. I am originally from Ruabon. I moved to Rhosllannerchrugog as a child and then moved up to Pen-Y-Cae when I married. I am a Community Councillor for Eitha Ward within Pen-Y-Cae Community Council and have been since 2020. I am also Chair person of Pen-Y-Cae Community Centre Management Committee at Pen-Y-Cae Community Centre. I am standing as an Independent candidate for Pen-Y-Cae and Ruabon South Ward in the Wrexham County Borough Council election of May 5th 2022.

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?

Speeding is an issue within my ward as it is within the area in general. I think that the speed restrictions on some roads needs to be reviewed to see if they can be reduced further or at least traffic calming methods introduced within Pen-Y-Cae and Ruabon South. Littering/fly tipping is also an issue. More visible enforcement is required to reduce this and also education in schools and in general is key to show the impact this has on resources and the environment. Roads and Pavements are also an issue. Some of our roads are looking worse for wear within the ward and need to be looked at now as well as some in the near future. There are also a few pavements that need looking at as they are deteriorating also. I will look to address all of these issues if elected as I believe they are important to the people within my ward.

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 ?

We are all aware of the detrimental effect the Pandemic had on everyone let alone the many businesses in the wider areas of Wrexham. Many people were furloughed and sought work in other industries and businesses to help with their own personal circumstances. Therefore, this has left a shortage of available staff within some businesses and industries and also a demand for employment in others with very few opportunities. We need investment from major companies to bring opportunities for employment to the wider area of Wrexham which will benefit everyone. We also need better transport links which have been urgently needed for some time to bring us into the 21st Century so that we can have the same access to opportunities cities nearby have.

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?

If successful, my primary role will be to become a confident, knowledgeable Councillor within the County Borough of Wrexham who can implement ways to benefit the communities I will serve and have a positive impact for the people living in Pen-Y-Cae and Ruabon South.

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

Climate Emergency means that all of us need to act now to make a difference to our planet! We need to do more to engage with our communities so that we all take more responsibility for our environment. More engagement leads to more productive and innovative ideas and initiatives which can be trialled and if successful implemented across the Borough. We need to alleviate and reduce/halt the potentially irreversible environmental damage we are causing. We may think that it doesn't impact us at the moment but we are already feeling the effects of it with the change in weather patterns, the reduction in our native species of insects, flooding etc. I can only imagine what it will be like in 30 years time for our children and grandchildren if we do nothing.

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?)

As this will be my first time if I get elected I would like to see greater transparency within the Council. I also believe a recruitment drive is needed within the Council to help deliver projects and move key innovations forward whilst also maintaining the timescales expected of them for the day to day running of a successful council.

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

There needs to be better communication and collaboration with the Health board and Council so that we can better understand the challenges they have but also look at ways the services can possibly be improved.

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

I will work with the Community Councils within the ward and also the voluntary sectors, utilizing our Community Agents also to identify any increased needs within the communities I will serve so that action can be taken and needs addressed where possible. Elected members can also influence some of 'the cost of living crisis' by ensuring parking charges, council tax and green bin costs for instance are kept as low as possible.

8. How would you improve the local education system?

I have been a school governor before whilst my own children were in school. So as a newly elected member I would again look to take on a Governor role(s) within my ward. I have always believed these to be important roles as they help influence positive pathways for children, retain the best staff within the schools and so ensure the best possible outcomes for our children. Funding is especially important too and that should be more stable across the Borough.

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 had any discussions prior to the election with any other political parties. I have met up with other Independent candidates in the area and had a photograph taken with them.

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 it is exciting that 16 and 17 year olds get a say in this election. I am a regular poster on social media and I try to engage with young people in my area. I think the biggest issue for young people is getting on the employment ladder but also knowing which direction they want to take with regards to employment and further education.

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