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View more details for consultation Raising the profile of periods Raising the profile of periods Wrexham County Borough Council 04 Sep 2018 28 Sep 2018
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham County Borough Council has received some funding to provide female sanitary equipment and products across Wrexham schools.  A small group of Councillors has been set up (a Scrutiny Task and Finish Group) to consider what the Council can do to improve provision locally and to make sure that this money is spent in the right way.

What we found out

The full report on the findings and recommendations of the Task & Finish Group can be found here (http://moderngov.wrexham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=172&MId=4433 ).  Key messages were as follows:-

 

Availability of sanitary products/sanitary disposal facilities:

  • There appears to be some provision of sanitary products across all schools, but pupils don’t necessarily know about it.
  • There is disparity between where free sanitary products are available and how pupils would like to access them – pupil preference for direct access through vending machines or boxes in toilets/cubicles vs staff preference for indirect access through nominated member of staff.
  • Although there is provision of sanitary disposal facilities (bins) across schools, there appears to be inconsistency in following the Council’s model hygiene policy which is based on Welsh Government guidance (ie Sanitary disposal units are available in all age-appropriate female toilets within individual cubicles). 

     

Choice and Quality of Sanitary products

  • Overall, sanitary towels and tampons are the preferred products, but towels are the main preference for primary schools.
  • Less than 50% of pupil respondents thought the choice and quality of products were suitable in both primary and secondary.  Most of the comments related to the need for pupils to have more choice.

 

What difference has it made?

The Lifelong Learning Scrutiny Committee made a number of recommendations to the Head of Education, based on the feedback from schools, pupils and local groups involved in the distribution of free sanitary products in Wrexham.  These included the following:-

 

  1. That sanitary dispensing shelves be provided in as many female toilet cubicles as possible across all secondary schools, within the limited Welsh Government grant funding available.

     

  2. That, with regard to the provision of free sanitary products, the Welsh Government revenue grant funding be prioritised as follows:-

     

    (a) the provision of sanitary towels across all Secondary Schools for direct access within the toilet cubicles, with tampons also being made available on request from a nominated member of staff, in accordance with education guidance. 

     

    (b) some provision of sanitary towels in all primary schools

     

The Chair, Councillor Carrie Harper, also forwarded the report and recommendations to the relevant Welsh Government Ministers to highlight the ongoing need for specific and sufficient funding to address this issue.

 

In March 2019, Welsh Government issued additional funding of £96,507 to the Council to ensure sanitary products are made available to all learners in all schools free of charge.   The funding has been allocated as follows:-

 

  • All secondary schools have been provided with a range of free sanitary products (range of tampons and towels).   From September 2019, secondary schools will also be provided with a small supply of reusable products (reusable towels and mooncups). 
  • All primary schools received a supply of products (range of sanitary towels) during June 2019, with additional products being made available throughout the year.
  • Unfortunately, the dispensing shelves in school toilets proved too costly.  Instead, all secondary schools were supported with funding to enable them to develop local distribution systems which are developed in conjunction with the pupils and considers their view that the products should be freely accessible within the toilet cubicles

 

All schools have been asked to feedback on the usage of the products, which will inform future deliveries throughout the year and potential future spending.

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View more details for consultation Draft Integrated Network Map Consultation Draft Integrated Network Map Consultation Wrexham County Borough Council 23 Apr 2018 16 Jul 2018
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham County Borough Council (along with all other Welsh Local Authorities) is required under the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 to produce an Integrated Network Map setting out a 15 year programme of improvements. The public consultation is to inform the development of the Integrated Network Map will be undertaken during 2018. The feedback received from the consultation will be used to help inform the development of the Integrated Network Maps.

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View more details for consultation Wrexham Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) 2013 to 2028 Wrexham Local Development Plan 2 (LDP2) 2013 to 2028 Wrexham County Borough Council 09 Apr 2018 16 Jul 2018
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham County Borough Council is preparing the Local Development Plan (LDP) which will replace the current adopted Unitary Development Plan. The LDP will be a long-term land use and development strategy focused on achieving sustainable development and will:

  • guide development for housing, employment, retail and other uses;
  • set out policies that will be used to decide planning applications; and
  • safeguard areas of land requiring protection or enhancement.
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View more details for consultation Local Housing Strategy 2018-23 Local Housing Strategy 2018-23 Wrexham County Borough Council 16 Apr 2018 09 Jun 2018
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham County Borough Council needs a housing strategy to respond to the challenges of providing housing and has a clear framework which sets out the forthcoming direction of housing in Wrexham County Borough.

The Local Housing Strategy 2018-2023 will provide information on current provision, demand and main influences as well as outline what is required for the next five years. The strategy will consist of three parts. A one page strategy will deliver the headlines of what we want to achieve, further detail will be provided in an accompanying booklet which is a continuation of the one page strategy and an Action Plan which will detail the actions, targets and measures of how the Council will achieve the commitments outlined in the strategy.

The Strategy may need to be reviewed during its lifetime in order to respond to any changes in  legislation, funding and resources which cannot be predicted at present.

This strategy is not a stand-alone document and reflects the priorities in Wrexham County Borough Council’s Plan. Both the Council Plan and the Local Housing Strategy support and are underpinned by a  number of themes in current legislation. We recognise that a housing strategy is not just about “bricks and mortar”. It is about regeneration, prosperity, aspirations, economic growth and supporting people to live in their homes and communities.

The Local Housing Strategy will follow three themes:

  • More Housing More Choice
  • Improving Homes and Communities
  • Better Services to improve people’s lives
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View more details for consultation Draft Local Planning Guidance Note 35: GREAT CRESTED NEWT MITIGATION REQUIREMENTS – Johnstown Draft Local Planning Guidance Note 35: GREAT CRESTED NEWT MITIGATION REQUIREMENTS – Johnstown Wrexham County Borough Council 05 Mar 2018 02 Apr 2018
Why are we doing this?

This is one of a series of local planning guidance notes, amplifying local development plan policies and reflecting national guidance in relation to developments affecting Great Crested Newt (GCN)  Triturus cristatus populations.  This guidance note is intended to provide advice and guidance to developers, land owners, members and other local authority council officers when assessing development proposals involving, or in close proximity to GCN population, together with other material planning considerations.  

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View more details for consultation Draft Local Planning Guidance Note 5: Houses in Multiple Occupation Draft Local Planning Guidance Note 5: Houses in Multiple Occupation Wrexham County Borough Council 04 Dec 2017 19 Feb 2018
Why are we doing this?

The purpose of the draft revision Local Planning Guidance Note 5: Houses in Multiple Occupation is to set out criteria for how proposals for houses in multiple occupation (HMO) will be assessed so that smaller/more affordable units of accommodation can continue to be developed whilst at the same time trying to avoid over concentrations of HMOs in specific areas. The guidance also sets out the important planning requirements for HMOs, including minimum external areas for large HMOs.

In parallel with the proposed up addition an update to Local Planning Guidance Note 16: Parking is proposed.

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View more details for consultation The Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB Draft Supplementary Planning G The Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB Draft Supplementary Planning G Wrexham County Borough Council 20 Nov 2017 29 Jan 2018
Why are we doing this?

The draft SPG seeks to provide clear and easy to understand guidance to raise awareness of the AONB and improve the quality of development and landscape design in and around the AONB. When approved by each of the Local Planning Authorities the SPG will be a material planning consideration in determining planning applications and appeals.

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View more details for consultation The Wrexham We Want The Wrexham We Want Wrexham Public Services Board 10 Oct 2017 02 Jan 2018
Why are we doing this?

We've been working on a plan that we hope will shape the present and future of the county borough of Wrexham.

It's really important we get it right. That's why we've worked hard to involve you every step of the way, and now it’s time to ask for your views on the plan that we’ve drafted. 

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View more details for consultation Difficult Decisions 2018-20 Difficult Decisions 2018-20 Wrexham County Borough Council 25 Oct 2017 30 Nov 2017
Why are we doing this?

Local Councils have less money to spend on services because Government (UK and Wales) are giving us less money in our budgets every year.  Wrexham Council has already saved around £18 million in the last three years, and we think we’re going to have to find another £13 million over the next two years. Overall, we have had to make savings of £52 million since 2008.

We want to be able to deliver good services to you, and we’re always looking for ways to get better at what we’re doing.  We are working hard to become a more modern organisation and to make sure that we have the right staff and services in place to meet the needs of local people. 

We are trying to make savings which don’t affect the public in a bad way, but as we have less and less money to spend every year, it’s getting harder.  We are also given new responsibilities by Welsh Government every year, which all cost money and time (e.g. changes in Social Services).

What we found out

More than 3,700 people took part in the consultation and gave their views about the proposals we made, as well as making some suggestions of their own.

We'd like to thank everyone who took part for their time.

What difference has it made?

The results from the consultation were presented to Elected Members in order to shape the decisions they made about Wrexham County Borough Council's budget for 2018/19.

The 'You Said, We Did' report details what decisions have been made about each of the proposals presented for consultation.

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View more details for consultation Information, Advice & Assistance Survey Information, Advice & Assistance Survey Wrexham County Borough Council 12 Oct 2017 24 Nov 2017
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham Adult Social Care Department recognises that the right information and advice; given at the right time, can empower people to achieve positive outcomes in their lives.

Our vision is that Wrexham citizens are able to get information and advice about how to improve their independence and wellbeing, when they need it, in the way they need it, wherever they look for it.

We want our citizens to have the information and support they need to live safe, active, healthy lives and to be able to live independently for longer.  A key aspect of achieving this outcome is for citizens to have easy access to Information, Advice & Assistance.  Section 17 of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act (Wales) 2014 places a duty upon the Local Authority to establish an Information, Advice and Assistance service.

 

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