Statement from Will Peters

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

My name is Will Peters and I am standing in Rhos for Welsh Labour. I have lived in Rhos and Ponciau for 14 years. The area is one with a strong sense of its own identity and I would like to be the voice of that community on Wrexham Council. I am a very active trade union rep through my job in the retail sector and would bring that experience to my role as a councillor.

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?

There seem to be 3 things which are concerning people locally. There have been comments about the untidiness of the streets in Rhos. The biggest thing on people’s minds at the moment, of course, is the increase in the cost of living and the absence of any evidence from the Tory government that they have any plans to help everyday folk with this.

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 ?

The role of the council should be to support a return in Wrexham to a healthy economy. Improvements to the infrastructure, especially with regards to public transport and its links with the wider area need to be looked at urgently

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 elected, I would be happy to take on any role that the Welsh Labour Group asked of me. We make such decisions democratically and through discussion and understanding each other’s strengths. I would expect that my knowledge and skills acquired during my work and activist career would be taken into consideration, particularly in relation to equality of opportunity and equal rights for all.

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

This brings us back to a need for our council to negotiate on behalf of its constituents for improvements to public transport. This applies not only to availability but also to cost.

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?)

Wrexham council needs to be more transparent in its decision making. When the council takes decisions that affect people’s day to day lives without offering any sort of explanation as to why a particular decision has been taken, faith is soon lost in the worth of local democracy.

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

With so many GPs retiring, it will be important for the council to be encouraging the local health board to set up more Family Medical Centres in our county borough and to work with them to improve the availability of GPs.

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

I want to encourage Wrexham council to increase help to benefit advice services and money advice centres so that they can be easily accessed without long waiting times.

8. How would you improve the local education system?

Across Wrexham, our overall secondary school results aren't good enough and some schools have been in special measures for too long. If elected, I would seek to become a school governor at the earliest opportunity to help me better understand the issues that need addressing and so that I could positivity contribute to the running of our schools

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?

Standing, as I am, for Welsh Labour, clearly it is my hope that after some years of an ‘Independent’ with Tory support -run council, we would be able to become a majority group. So many Independent councillors has meant too many special interest issues being taken up and not enough seriously joined-up decisions getting made.

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 ?

Whilst I realise it is a question of poor funding from central government, at the same time, there is still a shortage of facilities for young people in the borough. We need to make a greater effort to engage the voluntary sector in trying to meet some of this need.

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