Matt

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  • in reply to: Plannng permission #206311

    Matt
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    It doesn’t really matter what gets granted or not granted by the WCBC planners because those with enough time and money can just go to planning appeal at the Welsh Government and build wherever they like anyway – such as Glyndwr building on playing fields.

    None of it is fit for purpose on any level – smaller sensible ideas rejected and of course they can’t afford to appeal. Bad ideas forced through with £££.

    in reply to: Council Pension Meeting #206157

    Matt
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    It’s just posturing and a complete waste of time.

    Cllr Bithell also gave a run down of the finances, explaining: “Fossil fuels make up about £25 million approximately 1.1% of Clwyd Pension Fund assets, which are over £2 billion.

    That is not exactly a percentage worth sweating over, if the figure was much higher – perhaps up at 10% I’d say they had an issue, but as it goes any actual effort is a waste of time and resources.

    If these councillors were actually properly eco minded, they would rapidly increase the roll out of electric car charging points, increase the investment in cycle routes around the county and secure bicycle parking in town. Also look into overhauling the public transport system and getting more people on busses and trains than in cars.

    Perhaps even help identify viable sites for solar arrays or wind farms in the county.

    They can labour all they want on minute points in regards to pensions, but nobody is fooled. Do something for us in Wrexham, not pretend you care about the environment with pointless motions like this to get your Boy Scout or Girl Guides Eco Badge.

    in reply to: Grass Is Green, Bear Defacates In Woods And… #206028

    Matt
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    I don’t think they are. They are entirely for show. Because it’s an environmental speed limit zone rather than a safety zone, I don’t even know if they have the legislation in place to enact speeding fines. If they did, surely they would have enacted them by now and turned the stretch into a cash cow.


    Matt
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    I can tell you now, she is not one of the stronger councillors from my local area. Clr Phillips is significantly better for local community issues.

    Clearly there were major objections in regards to what was said otherwise she wouldn’t have stepped down. Of course we shall never find out.

    in reply to: Senedd Election 2021 #204137

    Matt
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    JaneJ that has been the age old problem for democracy in the UK forever – voluntary participation. If you made it compulsory to vote like in Australia, even if abstaining or spoiling the ballot remained valid options then perhaps we would get different results on a high turnout.

    I admire your optimism at change in council elections and I can tell you already, it’ll be an exceptionally low voter turnout. A few older councillors might retire, a few plucky and well motivated Plaid candidates might sneak in by impressing people in a ward.

    However, for the most part the same faces will get voted in. I guarantee Pritchard’s seat is safe and all of the Tory seats as for a number of independents in the supergroup. There is little appetite for new grass roots individuals to become councillors under Labour or any other non Plaid banners to pick enough of the support of the 30% of voters who turn out to vote in council elections.

    You may have noticed there’s quite significant swings and gains and losses in this week’s English council elections and they seem to get in on hot local town/city level issues.

    There’s a far more parochial approach to the Wrexham council elections where you vote for the person you know and has known everyone’s mums and dads and grandparents for years in the local area and who goes round picking up all the litter and dogsh*t.

    That’s great on a community level, but translates very poorly when these same people find themselves in an Executive position covering the entire county and are meant to take a successful and holistic approach to issues that benefit all of Wrexham. Okay so there’s Council Officers to support them, but what do we know of their expertise and they have little to no accountability.

    I’d love to be proven wrong but the complete inertia in the way UK politics runs make it hard to believe that will be the case.

    in reply to: Senedd Election 2021 #204136

    Matt
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    Zinger, perhaps that is something the good people of Wrexham need to hold Lesley to account on. She gets a free ride because both Westminster MPs who have stood whilst she’s been an AM/MS have been a lightning rod for criticism and means she can just trundle along in the background.

    If the Senedd brand wants to increase its performance and level up from just the Assembly as it was previously called and also improve its credibility up North then she will need to step up to the plate and help deal with some of these areas drastically in need of improvement around the town.

    There needs to be far less buck passing of “Oh it’s Westminster’s fault” and getting down to Cardiff and shaking them down there for further funding and action instead.

    in reply to: Senedd Election 2021 #204107

    Matt
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    Fair play to both Ken and Lesley for getting voted back in. I voted Plaid this time, as I’m not happy with the overall UK-wide Labour party and cannot back them under such poor leadership and Westminster representation. However, much better to have these 2 representing the Wrexham area than the Tories.

    in reply to: Tut tut tut Cllr Harper #202841

    Matt
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    Brilliant, linking to smear merchant in chief Paul Staines. Well known for his anti racism stance after proposing to form a pact with the BNP in his student days.

    in reply to: Tut tut tut Cllr Harper #202832

    Matt
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    in reply to: Tut tut tut Cllr Harper #202831

    Matt
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    Haha the Tories are coming out of hiding on the forum – must be an election coming up!

    Tory Activists

    It’s significantly embarrassing that you are trying to run a gotcha when it was in fact a Tory running the incredibly racist and bigoted campaign in the first place. The slogan Plaid are running doesn’t include the N word. Peter Griffiths’ did and he got voted in by racist Tory voters.

    https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/15/britains-most-racist-election-smethwick-50-years-on

    Have the Tories changed since 1965? We’ll let you decide…

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