Current and planned consultations


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View more details for consultation Review of Polling Districts and Places – Response of the (Acting) Returning Officer Review of Polling Districts and Places – Response of the (Acting) Returning Officer Wrexham County Borough Council 14 Oct 2019 28 Oct 2019
Why are we doing this?

Under the Representation of the People Act 1983, the Council has a duty to divide its area into polling districts and to designate a polling place for each district.  It also has to keep these arrangements under review. The Electoral Administration Act 2006 introduced a duty on all local authorities in Great Britain to review their polling districts and polling places.

What do we want to know?

The Council appreciates the co-operation of polling places in providing their building for the day so that electors have a convenient place to vote.

The Review seeks to address issues which have arisen, either due to the closure of community centres and chapel rooms, or issues arising during recent elections and will also be informed by feedback from polling station staff and inspectors.

A polling district is a geographical area created by the sub-division of an electoral area, ie a constituency, district ward or division into smaller parts.

A polling place is a building or area in which polling stations will be located.

A polling station is the room or area within the polling place where voting takes place.

In view of the Local Democracy and Boundary Commission (LDBC) review of electoral arrangements taking place, a preliminary review of current polling districts has been carried out and, unless any representations are made as part of this consultation, no proposed changes to polling districts will be put forward at this time.  It may be necessary to carry out a further interim review of the whole area following publication of the LDBC final proposals.

The Notice and public consultation document were published on 9 September and the deadline for responses closed on 11 October 2019.

Please see attached the recommendations of the (Acting) Returning Officer.  Any persons involved in the consultation can comment on these recommendations.  The deadline for responses is 28 October 2019.

If you have any comments, please address them to:

Scrutiny Team

Governance and Customer Services Department

Wrexham County Borough Council

Guildhall

Wrexham

LL11 1NF

or by email to: polling@wrexham.gov.uk

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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.

What do we want to know?

This consultation will keep you informed about some of the things we’re already doing to save money or increase our income (some of which we’ve asked you about before).  We’ll also explain to you some of the proposals we have for making further changes.  In some areas, such as social care, we are able to develop and deliver new services which are achieving better outcomes at a lower cost (see section on people below) these are positive changes enabling a better quality of life.  However in many other areas we don’t think we’re left with much choice about these proposed cuts, so we’d like to know what you think about them, and to find out whether you have any other ideas.  We’ve presented these proposals to you within the four themes of our Council plan: Economy, People, Place and Organisation.

Even whilst you’re telling us your views on what we have proposed so far, we’ll still be working to try and find even more places where we could reduce what we spend – in case our allocated budget from Welsh Government is as poor as we anticipate it will be.  Once we find out how much money we have to work with (in November) there won’t be enough time for us to come out to you with another budget consultation on any additional proposals.  However, we will ensure that consultation and engagement takes place with people and groups who will be affected, before any actions are taken.

The feedback you give us, along with feedback from other consultations taking place on individual proposals, will all be taken into account before we make our final decisions on the budget in February 2020.  To let you know how each of the proposals has progressed, and how your views influenced the decisions we have made, we will publish a report entitled 'You Said, We Did'.

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View more details for consultation Shaping the Future of Wrexham Library Service Shaping the Future of Wrexham Library Service Wrexham County Borough Council 30 Sep 2019 01 Dec 2019
Why are we doing this?

We know that the demands of our customers are changing and that there are many residents who don’t use our library services because they do not meet their needs.

 

The need to ensure that we are providing the things that our residents want, at the time that they want, has prompted us to undertake a comprehensive review our library services.

 

It is also timely for us to review the library services given the need for the Council to make further budget savings and changes to the way we deliver library services could improve efficiency and deliver savings.

 

In the Autumn of 2018 we asked the public whether you would want us to make some changes to the way we deliver library services in one or two areas of the County Borough or whether we should carry out a full review of library services across the whole of the County Borough. Our objective being, to ensure we meet the needs of local residents and to ensure our services are affordable for the future.  Over 58% of you supported a full review whilst only 13% supported changes in just one or two areas with the remaining participants in the survey having no preference.

 

What do we want to know?

We know that we cannot continue to deliver the library services as they are today and we want to hear from you about your ideas on how the service should be delivered in the future. We have some ideas about the way this could be done and through this consultation, we want your feedback about those ideas and any other suggestions you have.  

 

The big challenge we have is to widen access to our libraries whilst making some much-needed budget savings which the Council has to make.

 

Please now click on our Shaping the Future document below which explains our plans. At the end of the document is a link to our consultation survey which is your opportunity to give us your views on our proposals.

 

 

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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.

 

 

 

What do we want to know?

Why adopt a new Environmental and Sustainability Strategy for 2020 onwards?

We are seeking your views on developing an Environmental and Sustainability Strategy for 2020 onwards.

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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

What do we want to know?

How satisfied are you with your home and the service you receive.

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View more details for consultation Senedd Yr Ifanc Biennial Ballot Paper 2019 Senedd Yr Ifanc Biennial Ballot Paper 2019 Wrexham County Borough Council 09 Sep 2019 25 Oct 2019
Why are we doing this?

The Senedd yr Ifanc is the Wrexham Youth Parliament, we work with young people aged 11-25 to improve and work on issues that affect the young people in Wrexham.

Every two years we consult with young people in Wrexham to identify the top issue that the Senedd yr Ifanc will be working on for 2020-2022.

What do we want to know?

This ballot paper aims to find the top issue for you,  you will find a number of issues that young people have highlighted to the Senedd yr Ifanc.

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View more details for consultation   Gwynant, Plas Madoc-Pre- Planning Application Consultation Gwynant, Plas Madoc-Pre- Planning Application Consultation Wrexham County Borough Council 01 May 2019 01 May 2020
Why are we doing this?

As we are seeking local residents views on the indicative plans for new build social housing at Gwynant, Plas Madoc.

What do we want to know?

Anyone who wishes to make representations about this propoed development must write to the applicant/agent at ceri.postle@wrexham.gov.uk or WCBC, Strategy and Development, Housing and Economy Department, Ruthin Road, Wrexham LL13 7TU.