Statement from John Pritchard

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

My name is John pritchard, I am standing in this years election as an Independent candidate for the Marchwiel ward. I live locally in Marchwiel and have done for 49 years. I have been a local county councillor for 11 years in may 2022. During this time I have been involved with my residents of Marchwiel, Cross Lanes, Pickhill, Sontley, Erbistock and Eyton and assist with any concerns they may have. I previously worked for the local Authority, for 39 years which give me an insight how local politics work. I have been involved in voluntary work within the ward for over 40 years, youth football, carnival, a fund raising group that previously existed Friday night club raising funds for groups within the village. I set up the Christmas float previously and prepared and operated the float for 20 years with assistance from volunteers.

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?

Flooding is a problem within our rural wards some of the problems have been resolved, working with WCBC in the future hope to solve the remaining problems. Improving public transport within the rural area, I will campaign for this although part of the problem is country wide problems, residents have to pay for other means of transport, to attend doctors surgery. Litter and fly tipping and dog fouling. I have organised litter picks within our wards with the help of volunteers with all our wards and would like to thank residents who took part in our area, which is appreciated by myself and WCBC, and some individuals are still taking part. Budget permitting I will campaign for these services to be improved in the future.

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 feel Wrexham Town and surrounded wards the residents, have been affected by the pandemic, and are still wary, Children and young people also suffered not being able to be with their friends and not being involved with leisure activities. I feel our community agents and all our voluntary services did outstanding work during the past 2 years. I agree with the free parking and hope this continues to increase footfall to our town, and will always support this, again budget permitting and hope businesses gain from this and encourage more employment

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?

During my time as a councillor I have served on all scrutiny committees, planning and have also chaired some of the these I have also chaired council for 2 years, and have been lead member for young people leisure and libraries to which I became involved in visiting all sites, and with officers and all staff made a great effort to recover from the pandemic. Recently I have been appointed to another important role as lead member for adult social care which is a very challenging position but I find it rewarding working with a very valuable considerate team I have completed the leadership academy programme set up by WLGA and local government in 2020,

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

I have noticed an increase in local flooding within the rural ward, some we have been able to solve. we need to improve on our carbon footprint, I hope to organise more tree planting in the future, Less traffic on our roads and make it more assessable for cyclists, pedestrians, and improve our footpaths

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?)

It has been a very difficult 2 years and difficult to forecast priorities. I feel all council employees have done well during this period in keeping our services running and many decisions taken by all councillors supporting these. Pandemic was dealt with in the best way possible by WCBC

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

I started my lead members role for adult social care in October 2021 during my time in this role we have had various meetings with the health board which also faced difficult decisions due to the pandemic. In the future we all want to be involved in improving services within the health service, ambulance services, doctors surgeries which we have also had discussions of ways to improve. we all hope we can continue these communications in the future. My appointments are to outside bodies Betsi Cadwalader University board, stakeholders reference group and North Wales regional partnership board

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

I work with our community agents to get help for residents when required this means any benefits residents maybe entitled to, the community agents give advice that I may not be able to give that being private and confidential information. I also try to point residents in the correct direction to receive help

8. How would you improve the local education system?

I am a LA governor of Deiniol School Marchwiel, and Mealor School Penley. During this time I have had the opportunity to raise any concerns or take part in any improvement to the schools. I support our 21st century schools programme that improves the conditions of our schools and enhancing opportunities for learning in the future transition is becoming a very important factor with children moving from junior education onto Secondary Education, and to give more opportunities to students who don't gain A level qualification to have an opportunity to move on to an apprenticeship of their choice

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 would still remain independent and have not be involved in any discussions prior to the election with any groups/ or parties

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 would encourage all electorates of the above ages to take part in the election it is their future in the years to come I do feel it is important for all School Councils to be informed of what are the duties of the local authorities. My experience is they don't all know what local authorities are responsible for.

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