Andrewmackembailey

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  • in reply to: Social Media comments and ‘old’ Councillors #210145

    Andrewmackembailey
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    As someone who “retired “ from the council in 2017 ,after a total of 20 years I can assure your correspondents I reciece(d) no pension from the Clwyd Pension pot.You had to apply for it and I , and I believe most others ,didn’t.
    On the general point Ms Harper makes if she was more of a historian of WCBC she would find a gender balance more to her liking in the early days of WCBC , with female councillors taking major portfolios, such as Social Services and Education.To date the only female leader of the council has been Labours Shan Wilkinson. I look forward to another female leader in May 2022 , and no Carrie it won’t be you ! I agree that we need a more diverse council , be that gender ,age and occupation. The councils have a job of work to do on such as times of meetings, arrangements to fit with modern working practices and much more . Political parties need to build on the Welsh government’s extension of democracy to 16 & 17 year old so the candidates they present to the electorate is more diverse. In truth Ms Harper’s foray is just a rather transparent plug for her Gresford candidate. Gresford is perfectly capable of selecting a good candidate without such a plug !

    in reply to: Visitor boom causes problems at viaduct. #210032

    Andrewmackembailey
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    Owain Glyndwr – best to lay off the Penderyn – fine Welsh whiskey though it is . Neither Wrexham or Cornwall are cities -and long may that continue!


    Andrewmackembailey
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    Independents – agree with the comments. Back in 93 when I was introduced to the Independent group leader I asked “ Independent- – Group , how does that work .”
    Still waiting and has been pointed out some “ independents “ stood on one or other manifesto- all no doubt declaring “ if things change I will of course go straight back to my electorate.” Again despite my long local government experience I am still waiting!

    in reply to: Nine Acre Field #207411

    Andrewmackembailey
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    Thanks Liam

    Take your word , so it seems like the communication of the news to the community from the new owners is what is lacking!

    in reply to: Nine Acre Field #207187

    Andrewmackembailey
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    The report on the planning application is I believe faulty in one respect.
    It states that the new owners of Wrexham AFC , who used the field until recently, when they secured a return to Colliers Park in Gresford.

    As far as I , and fellow community councillors are concerned the use of Colliers Park is for the FAW – Football Association Wales .
    Indeed I was at the celebration of their taking over the tenure in 2019.

    in reply to: Covid Deaths #206961

    Andrewmackembailey
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    Totally agree their needs to be an enquiry starting now into all the aspects of pandemic and its handling in the UK.
    Astounded by the gross hypocrisy of the Welsh Tories in the Senedd who are asking for a Welsh enquiry , whilst their bosses in Westminster repeatedly say “ not yet – not yet ,” Any enquiry needs to be UK wide and the elements in Wales ( Scotland and N Ireland) to be part of that.
    If/when there is an enquiry it would be interesting to note how UK representatives , from Wales have been so out of step with the strands of the disease, and the attempts to combat it in Wales !
    Rather than playing pathetic games the Welsh Tories would be better employed asking for an overall UK enquiry NOW , and they may even get support across the Senedd for that .


    Andrewmackembailey
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    I am probably not the one to compare councillor popularity in my own neck of the woods .
    I would point out however that in a democracy it is the electors in a ward that ultimately measure that popularity not your Facebook mates . Whether our “ popular councillor would have won 5 elections out of 6 , over 24 years , or have continuous electoral success over 23 years , like some of his predecessors- Well I guess we will never know !

    in reply to: Senedd Election 2021 #204547

    Andrewmackembailey
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    Parking mad

    You query that Mark Drakerford said he would retire after the Senedd election. Well he certainly did not retire BEFORE the election so that is another promise by Welsh Labour that has been kept!

    in reply to: Defection ! #204530

    Andrewmackembailey
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    Pinky

    You suggest that party policy and direction change and I wonder what glaring change of Lib-Dem policy has changed so drastically that a previous national candidate is so disgusted with that he quits?
    Please enlighten me !
    If by suggesting the defection , coming as it did post the Senedd election and pre ( the position deciding ) Annual Council is my cynicism we shall just have to wait and see how the change helps “ the good people who voted for me !” , rather than the individual councillor!
    As to the 2014 defection , whilst none of the defectors have truly explained the core reason(S) they defected I am confident it had nothing to do with the policies of the wider party .In my opinion it would appear that it was more a reaction to a lost debate and a democrat vote about local matters . As to not benefiting from that decision I will leave it to others as to whether there was a “ miscalculation at the time !
    I do know that the result of that – desertion of the party that worked for their election-is the present Tory/Independent council.
    I would suggest that such councils are called NO OVERALL CONTROL for a good reason!

    in reply to: Senedd Election 2021 #204349

    Andrewmackembailey
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    Jane J

    The car parking issue at Island Green could have been written a quarter of a century ago , not 12 months!
    The planning permission for this area , which included the parking issue, was agreed by the late Wrexham Maelor Council in 1995 ( or early 1996 ) Those of us on the Shadow Authority- May 1995-31/3/1996 were consulted , and if my memory is correct ,made comments about the parking, but the decision rested elsewhere.
    So you are totally correct the MP’s issues are
    “ old hat 🎩 “!

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