DerekJackson

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  • DerekJackson
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    The biggest difference between Chester and Wrexham is that their empty shop rate is far below Wrexham with almost 92% across the city.
    In a buoyant retail environment businesses will invest in such a scheme as they see this as an added incentive.
    The key driver is confidence in your business and the future of the area- unfortunately many business owners in Wrexham don’t have that level of confidence.

    in reply to: Webcasting of Council Meetings #67921

    DerekJackson
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    The method being used in Wrexham to allow Councilors to ask questions is clearly going to slow down debate — anyone wishing to ask a question other than the Executive has to move from their chair to a table to ask a question – there will be no free flow. Also what about those Councilors who find it difficult to walk.

    in reply to: No bin collection due to strike action #68422

    DerekJackson
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    This is a massive health issue that surly the Council cannot allow to happen..

    in reply to: Former Groves High School Site #68391

    DerekJackson
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    Watch this site the ‘official’ announcement will be made before 18th July if final agreements can be made between the Council and the other party. Previous legal issues now resolved.

    in reply to: Cultural Services to Community Trust #68405

    DerekJackson
    Participant

    Where will all the funding come from as the proposal is for services that are currently free to access or part of large subsidy. Interesting the Council don’t seem to have examples of hower this is working with similar types of services.

    in reply to: Webcasting of Council Meetings #67920

    DerekJackson
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    It was a good listing – funny but also very close to the truth of what is happening in and around the town.
    Do you now of anywhere to buy life size cardboard cut outs– I am sure there is a market for lots of the Councilors to put one on a seat at Council meetings to hide their absence from meetings- don’t worry about not hearing from them as many attend but never ask a question or take part in debates. If you are watching the new Council broadcast don’t adjust the volume when it is quite it is just the Councilors not speaking!

    in reply to: Cultural Services to Community Trust #68404

    DerekJackson
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    Cemeteries to consortium of Funeral Directors– look out for FDs buying a field and applying for planning permission– there are already two planning applications in Flintshire for private Crematoriums-
    Bins to private company Biffa, Ash Waste
    Roads to be run by Wales Highway Authority to maintain the A55

    In a lot of Council services there is probably a potential for another provider– just means that the public may have to buy in services from the private sector or other provider rather than assuming the Council will be the provider.

    Perhaps we should be working on the assumption that Councils as we know them will be a thing of the past the same as full occupancy of shops in towns — they served a purpose at a given time in history but things have now moved on..

    in reply to: Cultural Services to Community Trust #68403

    DerekJackson
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    The Council may end up with Statutory services only — Education, Social Care and a few other work areas. WG have already had reports presented that shows education across Wales would be best run on a regional basis. The new Heath and Social Care Bill has reference to Social Care and Health being aligned — do people in receipt of any social care or heath provision know who manages which bits of their overall care — ideally they do not need to know provided there is a quality service.
    Libraries — there is a minimum standard for a Council but they could contract out.
    Youth service — one youth club would meet the standard

    Planning Services – requirement for access to a service but not necessary run by each Council
    Leisure – no statutory minimum

    As you can see not much left so we can safely say that the old style Councils (not just Wrexham) will never be the provider of such wide ranging services that they have in the past. Is this what WG are aiming to achieve– it does not bode well for ratepayers who are still paying the same level of rates yet with almost non existent services.
    Less services should also result in less Councilors.

    in reply to: Missing Councilors #68360

    DerekJackson
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    Unless things have changed at one time a Councilor only ever had to attend Full Council meetings which only occur 4 times a year– does anyone know what their minimum attendance is so they claim their full allowance.

    in reply to: The Aroma of Wrexham #68213

    DerekJackson
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    There was a big drain cleaning wagon working on the junction by Arnolds pub this morning — wonder if they have found blocked drains

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