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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 Renewal of the Dog Control and Dog Fouling Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) CY Renewal of the Dog Control and Dog Fouling Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) CY Wrexham County Borough Council 30 Jan 2020 27 Feb 2020
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham Council currently has a dog control and dog fouling PSPO which cover the entire County Borough. It is due for renewal as it ends on 1st March 2020. The intention is to renew and update the current PSPO covering the County Borough.

The existing dog fouling requirements for owners to remove their dog’s faeces forthwith from public areas, the exclusion zones for dogs on bowling greens, marked sports pitches and  play areas (apart from owners with assisted dogs) , the dogs on a lead by direction which allows an Authorised Officer to instruct owners to place and keep a dog on a lead when necessary, dogs to be on a lead on public roads and pavements and to be kept on a lead around defined areas of parks such as visitor centres and car parks will all continue.  

In addition it is proposed to include a condition that requires a person who is in control of a dog, to be carrying an appropriate receptacle or bag to remove their dog’s faeces forthwith.

We are therefore contacting you as part of the required consultation process, we encourage you to look at the prohibitions suggested in the enclosed order and would be interested in your views on the matter.

The consultation period will be open on the 30 January 2020 and will close on the 27 February 2020, therefore please ensure any representations are made by this date.

If you would like to provide the feedback to the proposed Order in writing, stating the reasons for your views or objections, email for the attention of: joanne.rodgers@wrexham.gov.uk  or by post to The Chief Officer Environment and Technical Services Department, Wrexham County Borough Council, The Guildhall, Wrexham, LL11 1RA

Alternatively, If you have any comments regarding the proposed Dog Control and Dog Fouling PSPO then please click here.

What we found out

This statutory consultation indicated broad support for proposals for the renewal of the Dog Control and Dog Fouling Public Spaces Protection Order, including the new condition for the person who is in control of the dog(s) to be carrying an appropriate bag or receptacle for the removal of any faeces that their dog may deposit. Some concern was expressed over the specific type of bags that should be carried, ability to enforce effectively and lack of bin provision in the County Borough.

 

 

What difference has it made?

The Dog Control and Dog Fouling Public Spaces Protection Order was renewed, and the new condition for the person who is in control of the dog(s) to be carrying an appropriate bag or receptacle for the removal of any faeces that their dog may deposit, was implemented.

For further details, please see the Executive Board report of 8th September 2020.

 

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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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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 we found out

The responses to the consultation were considered at a meeting of the Council held on 18 December 2019.  No changes were made to the polling districts, but some changes were agreed in respect of some polling stations.  A list of these changes with the reasons is included in the document below.  You can access the full report to Council here https://moderngov.wrexham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=128&MId=4754 

The revised lists of polling districts and polling stations in are outlied in the documents below. 

../UploadedFiles/Adolygiad Dosbarthiadau Etholiadol a Mannau Pleidleisio – Newidiadau (4).pdf

../UploadedFiles/Electoral District Reviews and Polling Places – Changes (1).pdf

../UploadedFiles/Etholiadol a Mannau Pleidleisio De Clwyd(1).pdf

../UploadedFiles/Etholiadol a Mannau Pleidleisio Wrecsam(1).pdf

../UploadedFiles/Polling Places and Polling Districts Clwyd South(1).pdf

../UploadedFiles/Polling Places and Polling Districts Wrexham(1).pdf

What difference has it made?

Alternative suitable polling stations have been found where existing ones have become unavailable or have been identified as no longer suitable which will give residents better access in future elections.

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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 we found out

Senedd yr Ifanc  Biennial Ballot Results 2019

The Senedd yr Ifanc Wrexham (Wrexham Youth Parliament) represents young people in Wrexham.

Their priority is to ensure the opinions of the young people are heard, especially when decisions are being made that affect them. In order to help them do this work the Senedd yr Ifanc have asked young people of Wrexham what they felt were the most important issues affecting them. The top issue will be worked on by the Senedd yr Ifanc over the next 2 years.

What we found out

The young people felt that Our Environment – aiming to reduce single use plastics and lower our carbon foot print in Wrexham was the priority the young people wanted the senedd Yr Ifanc to focus on. 

What difference has it made?

This consultation has led to another 2 further consultations to find out more about how the young people want the Senedd yr Ifanc to move forward. The final focus will be on community clean ups and this work is now in development.

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View more details for consultation Review of Polling Districts and Places Review of Polling Districts and Places Wrexham County Borough Council 09 Sep 2019 11 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 we found out

The responses to the consultation were considered at a meeting of the Council held on 18 December 2019.  No changes were made to the polling districts, but some changes were agreed in respect of some polling stations.  A list of these changes with the reasons is included in the document below.  You can access the full report to Council here https://moderngov.wrexham.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=128&MId=4754

The revised lists of polling districts and polling stations are outlined in the documents below. 

../UploadedFiles/Adolygiad Dosbarthiadau Etholiadol a Mannau Pleidleisio – Newidiadau (5).pdf

../UploadedFiles/Electoral District Reviews and Polling Places – Changes (2).pdf

../UploadedFiles/Etholiadol a Mannau Pleidleisio De Clwyd(2).pdf

../UploadedFiles/Etholiadol a Mannau Pleidleisio Wrecsam(2).pdf

../UploadedFiles/Polling Places and Polling Districts Clwyd South(2).pdf

../UploadedFiles/Polling Places and Polling Districts Wrexham(2).pdf

Alternative suitable polling stations have been found where existing ones have become unavailable or have been identified as no longer suitable which will give residents better access in future elections.

What difference has it made?

Alternative suitable polling stations have been found where existing ones have become unavailable or have been identified as no longer suitable which will give residents better access in future elections.

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View more details for consultation Consultation for the Council Plan 2020-22 Consultation for the Council Plan 2020-22 Wrexham County Borough Council 12 Jun 2019 24 Jul 2019
Why are we doing this?

The Council Plan is …

Our current Council Plan was first approved in 2017 and it contains four themes: Economy, People, Place and Organisation.  Under each of these themes there are a number of objectives (14 in total).  This Plan is reviewed annually and in late 2018 Elected Members discussed concerns that the Plan had become too broad for us to deliver with the shrinking budget which the Council has.  In response we have tried to define a clearer vision for each of our themes, reviewed our strategies, projects and other commitments and have now developed a smaller, more focused set of priorities to work on this year.  These are tightly defined with clear activities that will be the main focus of work for 2019/20, contributing to our priorities and other shared priorities agreed with partners through Wrexham’s Public Service Board. 

These 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

What we found out

We received 244 responses to this consultation.  Whilst this is a disappointingly low response, it is not unexpected given that we were not proposing specific service cuts or changes.

The results showed general support for the priorities, with scores for importance of more than six for all of them.

  • People were asked to read a description of each priority, which explained broadly what we intended each priority to mean and include.  People were then asked to what extent they agreed with the description of each priority.  There were higher levels of agreement than disagreement; with improving secondary education receiving the highest level of agreement (64.64%), and ensuring a modern and resilient council receiving the lowest level of agreement (40.18%).
  • People were then asked to read a series of bullet points which detailed our key activities and areas of work (in the short and longer term).  People were asked to what extent they agreed that these work areas and activities would contribute towards the aim of the priority.  There were higher levels of agreement than disagreement; with developing the economy receiving the highest level of agreement (68.93%) and ensuring a modern and resilient council receiving the lowest level of agreement (44.09%).
What difference has it made?

Feedback was provided to the Council's Priority Programme Boards in order to help revise the in-year priorities for 2019 into Council priorities for the Council Plan 2020-23. 

Public consultation on the draft Council plan for 2020-23 then took place for six weeks in February and March 2020.

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View more details for consultation Difficult Decisions 2019/20 Difficult Decisions 2019/20 Wrexham County Borough Council 24 Oct 2018 28 Nov 2018
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham Council has a track record of making cuts - £33.8m in the last five years and nearly £60m since the economic crisis began in 2007/08. Over 3/4 of these have been achieved with minimal impact on the majority of the public and without having to drastically reduce the range of services we provide. 

However we are now at the stage where we are having to reduce these services (i.e. a tipping point). The money that UK and Welsh Government gives to us (which is about 3/4 of our entire funding) is already below the Welsh average per person, alongside this we have kept our council tax low and we are now facing increasing demand for services such as children and adult's social care. 

We have been lobbying the Government, along with other Welsh Local Authorities, for a fairer proportion of their overall budget. But unfortunately we found out in early October that we have not received enough funding to allow us to meet all of our budget pressures for 2019/20, and leaves us with budget risks for 2020/21. Therefore we have to find an additional £9m this year to balance our books. In addition, we cannot afford to take our eyes off the future, as even if we do everything we are proposing in this document, we anticipate we will still need to make further cuts of around the same amount in in 2020/21.

What we found out

In October and November 2018, Wrexham County Borough Council asked the public of Wrexham to take part in the ‘Difficult Decisions’ consultation, to inform the decisions we had to make in order to contribute to the estimated £9million we need to save in 2019/20.

The consultation involved a survey and a market stall event. A number of individuals and groups also submitted letters/emails of response. 3,350 people took part in the consultation in all , and we would like to thank all those people and groups who took part.

What difference has it made?

A really important part of any consultation is feeding back to the participants about what has happened since they gave their opinions, and what effect their views have had. This process of feedback is about being able to show where your views have directly impacted on a proposal, and also explaining when there are times where we could not do everything suggested by the public (and explaining why).

So, we are now presenting this ‘You Said, We Did’ report to show you the final decisions that have been made about each of the proposals presented for consultation.

If you want to read all of the details about the proposals the Council made, and the results of the consultation, you will find a full report here.