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View more details for consultation Knife Crime Knife Crime Wrexham County Borough Council 05 Jul 2020 31 Jul 2020
Why are we doing this?

In 2019, members of UK Youth Parliament voted ‘Put an End to Knife Crime – too many young people’s lives are lost to knife crime, the government need to do more to help end the knife crime epidemic’ as their top issue for 2020. 

Therefore, in order to find out more about the issue of Knife Crime in Wrexham, the Member and Deputy Member of UK Youth Parliament for Wrexham, with support from the Senedd yr Ifanc, have created a short questionnaire to ask other young people their opinion. This questionnaire will take approx. 10 minutes to complete and has 18 questions.

The aim of the questionnaire is to give the Member and Deputy member of the UK Youth Parliament a clearer understanding of Knife Crime in Wrexham.

This questionnaire is completely anonymous; we would like you to answer the questions openly and honestly. You are able to pass any questions that you may not want to answer.

This questionnaire is aimed at young people who live, attend school or work in Wrexham and its surrounding communities.

 

What we found out

The aim of the questionnaire was to gain knowledge of the current knife crime situation in Wrexham from a young person point of view. Information found from this consultation:

106 young people aged 11 -25 completed the questionnaire.

71 young people thought there was knife crime issue in the UK
36 young people thought there was a knife crime issue in Wrexham while
42 young people were not sure if there was an issue in the area
30 young people knew someone who had carried a knife or sharp object
40 young people worry about knife crime in Wrexham
10 young people admitted carrying a knife or sharp object
69 young people didn’t know what advice was available in Wrexham on knife crime
62 young people had not been taught about knife crime in School

What difference has it made?

The information found will help shape and guide the work of the Member and Deputy Member of UK Youth Parliament. They believe there needs to be a co-ordinated anti knife crime message spread across the county. The co-ordinated message should raise awareness of the anti knife crime message in schools, on social media platforms, youth clubs and youth groups. 

From the data and responses, the Members of the UK Youth Parliament for Wrexham and the Members of the Senedd yr Ifanc would like to make the following recommendations to improve knife crime in Wrexham:

  • Further education in Wrexham high schools to raise awareness, reduce the worry and reduce knife crime.
  • Training for professionals
  • Work conducted in Wrexham to see how young people gain knives, in particular young people who are under  the age of 18.
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View more details for consultation Borras CP School Consultation Borras CP School Consultation Wrexham County Borough Council 22 Jun 2020 20 Jul 2020
Why are we doing this?

The Council is undertaking this consultation in accordance with the Welsh Government statutory requirement for a Pre-Application Consultation for major developments in Wales. As part of the consultation process we have prepared a draft version of the planning application for the refurbishment and extension of the Borras Park CP School Infants and Juniors buildings to provide a Welsh Medium Primary School facility and neighbouring English medium facility and will be carrying out a 28 day consultation. The purpose of the consultation is to raise awareness of the development within the community, to engage local residents and provide them with the opportunity to review the plans and associated documents so they can provide their views on the proposals prior to the formal application.

You can review the following documents below:

  • Planning Application Form
  • Borras CP Proposed GA Floor plans
  • Borras CP - Existing Roof Plan
  • Borras CP - Proposed Roof Plan
  • Borras CP - Existing Plans
  • Borras CP - Existing Elevations
  • Borras CP - Proposed Elevations
  • Existing Nursery Floor Plan
  • Proposed Nursery Roof Plan
  • Existing Nursery Roof Plan
  • Proposed Nursery Floor Plan
  • Proposed Nursery Elevations
  • Existing Nursery Elevations
  • Existing Welsh Medium Floor Plan
  • Proposed Welsh Medium Roof Plan
  •  Existing Welsh Medium Roof Plan
  • Proposed Welsh Medium Floor Plan
  • Proposed Welsh Meduim Elevations
  •  Existing Welsh Medium Elevations
  • Design and Access Statement
  • Borras Park - Outline Drainage Strategy Report
  • Appendix A - Proposed Site Drainage Layout 1 of 2
  • Appendix A - Proposed Site Drainage Layout 2 of 2
  • Preliminary Ecological Appraisal & Preliminary Roost Assessment
  • External Lighting Layout - Sheet 1 of 2
  • External Lighting Layout - Sheet 2 of 2
  • Parking Assessment
  • Location Plan
  • Existing Site Layout
  • Proposed Site Layout
  • Stage 1 Tree Survey & Indicative Arboricultural Impact Assessment

Please send all comments to: borras@readconstruction.co.uk 

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View more details for consultation Coronavirus–My Experience of it and Moving On:Survey for Children and Young People in Wrexham Coronavirus–My Experience of it and Moving On:Survey for Children and Young People in Wrexham Wrexham County Borough Council 09 Jun 2020 28 Jun 2020
Why are we doing this?

To consult children and young people about their lockdown experience and give them an opportunity to suggest ways in which services can support them whilst we begin to move out of lock down

What we found out

What we found out  - The consultation allowed us to discover the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on young people in Wrexham.  We discovered that the main concerns for young people were loneliness and not being able to meet up with friends.  The majority were concerned about missing school, both for the academic and social benefits.  In addition young people were missing older family members like grandparents, and were very worried about their safety.  We also discovered what young people would like to see when they are finally able to return to youth work settings.  Ironically but not surprisingly the Wrexham consultation mirrored the findings from the Childrens Commissioner Consultation with very similar worries and concerns being highlighted.

What difference has it made?

What difference has it made? The consultation has allowed us to explore the emotional and physical impact of the pandemic.  It has allowed us to tailor our services to suit the expressed needs of young people and in some circumstances, highlighted family issues that has been signposted to appropriate services.  All in all this piece of work has allowed us to support, encourage and motivate young people through these unprecedented times and plan services to help young people and the community road to normality.            

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View more details for consultation Welsh Language Swimming Lessons Welsh Language Swimming Lessons Wrexham County Borough Council 01 Feb 2020 31 Mar 2020
Why are we doing this?

In partnership with Wrexham County Borough Council we are assessing whether there is a demand for swimming lessons to be provided through the medium of Welsh.  

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View more details for consultation Development of Strategic Equality Plan 2020-2024 Development of Strategic Equality Plan 2020-2024 Wrexham County Borough Council 10 Dec 2019 31 Mar 2020
Why are we doing this?

Every four years Wrexham County Borough Council are required to publish an Equality Plan.  This Plan needs to include equalities objectives for each of the protected characteristics included in the Equality Act 2010.

Our Equality Plan needs to be clear about what progress or success against our objectives will look like.  We need to consider relevant equality information in order to develop our objectives,  we also need to outline the steps we will take to meet our objectives.

 

What we found out

The consultation told us that in the main the areas we were considering could be areas of inequality, however, some of these were things that the Council could not have much influence over, or work to address any inequality was already underway by ourselves as part of our council priorities, by our partners - for example, health partners or the work of the Wrexham Public Services Board.  We did not wish this plan to duplicate the work of others, but to add value and make a real difference to people's lives.

More information on the Council Plan can be found here: The Council Plan and on the Wrexham Public Services Board website here: Wrexham Public Service Board

We also found we needed to be more specific in our objectives – therefore this helped us to refine and really focus our objectives on the things that we as a local authority can really make a difference to.

A summary of findings from all the consultation can be found in Appendix B of our Strategic Equality Plan and information on how the equality objectives changed as a result of this can be found at Appendix C of our Strategic Equality Plan.

 

What difference has it made?

Actions were developed to outline how we will achieve the objectives of our Strategic Equality Plan 2020-24, and performance measures developed to show how we will know that what we are doing is working.  These are shown in the information about each objective in our Strategic Equality Plan 2020-24.

 

 

 

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View more details for consultation Wrexham Council has declared a climate and environmental emergency Wrexham Council has declared a climate and environmental emergency Wrexham County Borough Council 25 Feb 2020 19 Mar 2020
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham Council has declared a climate and environmental emergency. Book your place now to have your say on what the Council has been doing, and help us to develop your ideas on how individuals, communities and organisations can work together to build a strong response for the future.

Places are limited, so please book by 5pm on Thursday 19th March 2020.

Date and Time

4pm – 6pm, Tuesday 24th March 2020

Location

The Council Chamber, Guildhall, Wrexham LL11 1AY

What we found out

A focus group was scheduled for Tuesday 24th March, but this consultation event did not take place.due to the commencement of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.  The consultation could potentially be undertaken as a virtual event and will hopefully be rescheduled in the future.  

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View more details for consultation Consultation for the Council Plan 2020-23 Consultation for the Council Plan 2020-23 Wrexham County Borough Council 04 Feb 2020 17 Mar 2020
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham County Borough Council provides many services to you, whether you live here, work here or are just visiting, such as: schools, waste collection, social care, council housing, planning services, roads, museums, country parks and trading standards.

Our vision for the future is that all the people that live here are supported to fulfil their potential, prosper and achieve a high standard of well-being.  We will be a strong and inclusive community leader to help make this happen. 

Our Council Plan

This Council Plan outlines what our priorities will be up to March 2023 to help us achieve our vision and to contribute to Wales’ Well-being Goals.  These are the services we will be focussing most on improving and which we believe will have the most benefit to you if we get right.   

Our other important services will still be delivered but details about those will be included within our internal business and service plans.  We will also be continuing to work on key areas that underpin all of our work across the Council – areas such as anti-poverty, equality and the Welsh Language.

Our six priorities are:

  • Developing the economy
  • Ensuring a modern and resilient council
  • Ensuring everyone is safe
  • Improving secondary education
  • Improving the environment
  • Promoting good health and well-being

To read the full draft Council Plan click here.

Tell us what you think

It is proposed that these six priorities will be our priorities for the next three years, therefore we are keen to hear your opinions about the focus of each of these priorities to make sure your views are taken into account as we finalise our plan.  We would also like to know what you think about the Council Plan as a whole and if you think it will help us to deliver our vision that all the people that live here are supported to fulfil their potential, prosper and achieve a high standard of well-being.  This consultation is open from 4th February to 17th March.

What happens next? 

 Once this consultation closes, the results will be analysed and the findings used to finalise our Council Plan 2020 – 2023 which will be presented to Council in May 2020 for approval. We will ensure that we feedback to you the results of the consultation at that time.

What we found out

The survey asked respondents to read a description of each priority and of the areas of focus for 2020-23. Respondents were then asked to what extent they agreed that identified areas of focus for 2020-23 would achieve each priority.

Respondents were also asked to what extent they agreed that delivering all six of the priorities would enable the Council to meet its vision that all people living in Wrexham County Borough are supported to fulfil their potential, prosper and achieve a high standard of living.

There were 98 responses overall - this is a low response rate and not all respondents answered every question / fully completed the survey.  We think this might be for a number of reasons – because of the recent consultation on the six priority areas in summer 2019, there were no proposals about any specific service changes or cuts, as well as the emerging Covid 19 situation. 

For each priority, there are clear areas of focus which the large majority of respondents strongly agreed or agreed would contribute to achieving the priority.  Additionally, more people strongly agree or agree than strongly disagree or disagree that almost all the identified areas of focus will contribute to achieving the priorities. 

The single area of focus which the majority of respondents strongly disagreed or disagreed would meet a priority was ‘Welsh language’ for Priority 2 – Ensuring a Modern and Resilient Council (30% strongly disagree or disagree, 21% strongly agree or agree).  This correlates with the profile of respondents to the survey overall, only two of whom indicated that they spoke Welsh.  The council is, nevertheless, required to meet the legislative requirements of the Welsh Language Standards.

A report detailing the findings is available here.

 

What difference has it made?

Analysis of comments received from respondents offers a range of suggestions and ideas as to how the council’s priorities could be achieved.

The findings of the survey have been used to further develop the detail within the proposed priorities.  The Council had been due to consider the Plan for approval at its meeting in May 2020, however the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic has delayed this process and approval is now expected in Autumn 2020.  The agreed Council Plan will be available on the Council’s website.

 

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View more details for consultation North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority Public Consultation 2020 onwards North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority Public Consultation 2020 onwards North Wales Fire and Rescue Service 18 Sep 2019 31 Dec 2019
Why are we doing this?

Who is this consultation aimed at?

If you have an interest in the future of North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, then this consultation is aimed at you. 

Every year, before deciding on its plan for the following year, North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority invites comments on a particular subject.  The ideas, insights and different points of view that people contribute can be really helpful for making sure that the Authority’s plan for the following year is a good one. 

You don’t need to be an expert in environmental issues to respond.  All that the Authority asks is that you think seriously about the issues and submit your views, ideas or information by the deadline. 

 

What is this consultation about?

This year the Authority is asking about developing a long-term Environment and Sustainability Strategy.  What do you think that Strategy should include?  What should be at the forefront of the Authority’s thinking in terms of planning for the next 20 or 30 years?  What ideas do you have for the services that it might provide in the next decades?

Looking back over the past 30 years, we have seen significant changes in how people live and also what local people expect to contribute towards, and receive from, public services.  What do you think is likely to happen over the next 30 years?  Is there anything specific to North Wales that needs to be considered?

Climate change, environmental responsibility, social responsibility…what would you like to see in the Fire and Rescue Service’s plans for the future?  Everyone knows that it is a Service that has changed and adapted to a great extent over the years.  But waiting until the last minute before reacting is rarely the best way of doing things, which is why the Authority needs to plan ahead with an adaptable long-term strategy. 

We hope you find the information provided useful and that this will encourage you to submit your views before 31 December 2019. Details on how to respond are available at the end of the document.

 

 

 

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View more details for consultation Tenant and Leaseholder Satisfaction Survey 2019 Tenant and Leaseholder Satisfaction Survey 2019 Wrexham County Borough Council 15 Sep 2019 29 Nov 2019
Why are we doing this?

This suvey will provide us with valuable infoirmation, which will be used to improve our services.  We would be grateful if you could spend a few minutes completing this survey.

The names of all tenants who return the completed survey by 1st November 2019 will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 in vouchers.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey

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View more details for consultation Difficult Decisions - Further Cuts Budget Consultation 2020/21 Difficult Decisions - Further Cuts Budget Consultation 2020/21 Wrexham County Borough Council 30 Sep 2019 13 Nov 2019
Why are we doing this?

Due to the decisions made by Government, Wrexham Council has had to make huge changes to the things we do and the way we work which have meant we’ve cut our budget by over £62m since the economic crisis in 2007/2008 – this is the same as over 25% of our current budget of £237m and means we have reduced our number of employees by over 600 people.  We have done this by becoming more efficient and have tried, wherever possible, not to reduce the range of services we provide. 

Unfortunately, the money that the UK and Welsh Government gives to us (which is about 3/4 of our entire funding) is already below the Welsh average per person and this year we are again expecting further reductions.  We are estimating that we will be around £9.8m short of what we need over the next two years – with £5.4m of this needed next year.  However, because of the uncertainty with politics and government at the moment, we won’t know the exact amount that we’re being given until November.  This depends on what the governments in the UK and Wales decide is important to them – but there is a chance that that the budget shortfall will increase to approximately £7.2m for next year.

Putting it simply, we are no longer in a position where we can continue to do everything we did five years ago and we are now beyond a tipping point – meaning we have no other option but to stop or reduce service delivery when the budget is being reduced by so much.  Due to the level of cuts being imposed on us by Welsh Government, we are left making unthinkable decisions, which will impact on residents.  We do not want to do this.

We will continue to lobby the UK and Welsh Governments until the point they realise they cannot keep cutting public services and we will do everything we can to support key frontline services, whilst continuing to review other areas to look for any last efficiencies we can find.

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