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View more details for consultation Wrexham CBC Draft Flood Risk Management Plan Wrexham CBC Draft Flood Risk Management Plan Wrexham County Borough Council 05 Apr 2016 13 May 2016
Why are we doing this?
The Flood Risk Regulations 2009 placed a responsibility on Lead Local Flood Authorities to develop a series of assessments, strategies and plans to manage Flood Risk at a local scale. Although there is no statutory obligation on Wrexham CBC to produce this plan, we have taken the opportunity to develop this plan to assist in providing a clear and consistent approach to managing flood risk across the County Borough.
What we found out

A public and stakeholder consultation on the draft Flood Risk Management Plan was undertaken for a 6 week period between 7 April and 12 May 2016. The consultation was made available publically through the yourvoicewrexham.co.uk website, with supporting press release and direct email correspondence to in excess of 100 Councillors, Community Councils and stakeholders. A total of 18 responses were received in relation to the consultation, with the majority of respondents considering the Flood Risk Management Plan did contain clear objectives for the future management of flood risk within the County Borough and highlighted the highest risks to the County Borough.

What difference has it made?

Minor amendments have been incorporated into the plan, including an additional action plan to review and provide clarity with regards to the use, availability and distribution of sandbags. A summary of the consultation questionnaire and responses received is contained within Appendix D (http://www.wrexham.gov.uk/assets/pdfs/flooding/flood_risk_management_plan.pdf) of the final flood risk management plan, this also considers responses to individual submissions.

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View more details for consultation Wrexham Citizens Panel Wrexham Citizens Panel Wrexham County Borough Council 28 Jan 2016 05 Apr 2016
Why are we doing this?

To consult with members of Wrexham's Citizens' Panel, in order to inform key Council decisions, and service development.

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View more details for consultation Wrexham Local Development Plan – Preferred Strategy Consultation Wrexham Local Development Plan – Preferred Strategy Consultation Wrexham County Borough Council 12 Feb 2016 01 Apr 2016
Why are we doing this?

Preferred Strategy Consultation

The Preferred Strategy is the first formal publication in the Local Development Plan (LDP) preparation process. It sets out the broad approach that the LDP intends to take in order to ensure that the County is developed in a sustainable manner. It provides the strategic framework for the more detailed policies, proposals and land use allocations which will subsequently be included in the Deposit LDP.

The Preferred Strategy Public Consultation represents an opportunity for everyone in the plan area and beyond to think about how the places people live, work, learn in and visit should develop over the plan period to 2028.

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View more details for consultation Implementation of Council Tax Premiums Implementation of Council Tax Premiums Wrexham County Borough Council 16 Feb 2016 06 Mar 2016
Why are we doing this?

Background

From 1 April 2017, Wrexham Council would be able to charge a premium of up to 100% of the standard rate of Council Tax on long term empty homes and second homes. The Council is contemplating charging a premium of 50% in respect of both long term empty and second homes. The purpose of this consultation is to seek people’s views on these proposals, this consultation closes on 6 March 2016.

What is a Long Term Empty Home

  • A long term empty home is defined as a dwelling which is both empty and substantially unfurnished for a continuous period of at least one year. In considering whether a dwelling has been empty for one year, the council disregards any period prior to 1 April 2016, also any occupation of less than 6 weeks is also disregarded.

What is a Second Home

  • A second home is defined as a dwelling which is not an individual’s main home and is substantially furnished.

Why is the Council considering charging a premium on these type of properties.
The intention to charge a premium on these type of properties is to help the council bring long term empty homes back into use to provide safe, secure and affordable homes, which forms part of the Councils Local Housing Strategy.


If an owner of a long term empty property requires help in the form of financial support to bring the property back into use, the council may be able to help in the form of grants or loans and can provide information on this area if required.
Are there exceptions to avoid a premium being charged?

In a limited number of cases there are exceptions available which mean that a long term empty property or second home may not be subject to the premium for a specific period, some examples of where exceptions apply are listed below for guidance:

  • Dwelling being marketed for sale or let – would be given an exception for a maximum of 1 year
  • Annexe which forms part of a main dwelling
  • Dwelling which is someone’s main residence if they were not residing in armed forces accommodation
  • Occupied caravan pitches and boat moorings
  • Seasonal homes where year-round occupation is prohibited
  • Job related dwellings


There could be other factors also which the authority may decide not to levy the premium, these will be considered as part of the decision making process as to whether to charge a premium.

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View more details for consultation What is important to you? - Council Plan Consultation What is important to you? - Council Plan Consultation Wrexham County Borough Council 14 Jan 2016 15 Feb 2016
Why are we doing this?

The Council has a plan that sets out what we want to achieve to make Wrexham a better place. Every year the Council refreshes this plan. We want the plan to be right, so we want to hear from local people.


The Council is facing ongoing budgets cuts and we are working hard to ensure the services we continue to provide whilst making savings are effective and efficient.  Your views will help us decide where we should focus our efforts and resources across the Council Plan.  The financial challenge means it is inevitable that the range and level of services we offer will reduce. What you tell us here will also help us identify where we can continue to save money in the years to come.

What we found out

The survey received just under 1000 responses.  People also gave us their views on social media, at a consultation event, and through specific consultations with young people and people with protected characteristics. Thank you for taking the time to give us your views, the 'Key Findings' report below outlines the results of this consultation.

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 views expressed have directly impacted on proposals, and also explaining when there are times we could not do everything suggested by the public, and explaining why. The ‘You Said, We Did’ report below highlights how the findings of the ‘What is important to you?’ consultation have informed the Council Plan for 2016/17. 

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View more details for consultation Wrexham Council Draft Strategic Equality Plan [SEP] 2016-2020 Wrexham Council Draft Strategic Equality Plan [SEP] 2016-2020 Wrexham County Borough Council 11 Jan 2016 08 Feb 2016
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham LSB partners conducted a consultation in September/October 2015 to establish whether the current Equality Objectives were still relevant, needed amending or if anything should be added. 

Analysis of the consultation feedback confirmed that the Council should continue to focus on the existing Strategic Equality Objectives when implementing or further developing the Council Plan and the Strategies and Plan that underpin it.


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View more details for consultation Welsh Language Consultation Welsh Language Consultation Wrexham County Borough Council 11 Nov 2015 15 Jan 2016
Why are we doing this?
To ensure that those who want to communicate with us in Welsh are able to do so
What we found out

There were two  main  themes with regard to the feedback.  Firstly, those choosing to contact the Council in Welsh via the contact centre stated that they were often disappointed that even though they opted for a Welsh language service that it was not available and that their call would be dealt with in English.  Secondly, the lack of availability of Welsh speaking officers to  deal with queries in Welsh in Council departments.  Many acknowledged that staff were answering phones bilingually but felt frustrated that they couldn’t then continue with the call in Welsh.  Even though officers were following the Council’s procedures with regard to dealing with calls in Welsh many of those who completed the questionnaire were dissatisfied with the lack of fluent Welsh speakers in the organisation

What difference has it made?

Since the survey was undertaken the Council has been served with its Final Compliance Notice from the Welsh Language Commissioner and the Standards have come into force. This has resulted in Welsh speaking customer service advisors being made available in the contact centre, both for dealing with customers face to face and over the phone.  With regard to Welsh speaking officers in the workforce the Council continues to seek opportunities to recruit Welsh language speakers and the introduction of the Standards has resulted in a strengthening and improving the Council’s recruitment procedures which in turn will hopefully result in more posts being advertised as Welsh essential and filled by Welsh speakers. The Council has recently updated its list of Welsh speakers and all staff have been made aware of how to deal with calls in Welsh and how to contact our internal Welsh speakers. The Council actively seeks to recruit Welsh speakers and has been using different techniques/methods in order to try and reach as wide a Welsh speaking pool of potential recruits as is can  and to provide as many opportunities as possible for Welsh essential posts to be filled by Welsh speakers.

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View more details for consultation Wrexham Play Survey for Parents and Carers Wrexham Play Survey for Parents and Carers Wrexham County Borough Council 09 Nov 2015 31 Dec 2015
Why are we doing this?
In 2012 the Welsh Government passed a law meaning that every three years all local authorities in Wales must carry out an assessment of children’s opportunities for playing in their local communities

An animated video of the findings from Wrexham’s first ‘play sufficiency assessment’ in 2013 can be found here: www.wrexham.gov.uk/play 

Wrexham Council must now complete and submit a new ‘play sufficiency assessment’ to the Welsh Government by the end of March 2016.
What we found out

In the 2016 play sufficiency survey 73% of children rated their satisfaction with their opportunities for play as ‘good’ or ‘great’, 19% rated it as ‘ok but in need of improvement’ and 8% rated it ‘not good or rubbish. This compares with 70%, 20% and 10% respectively in 2013, suggesting an improvement of 3% in overall satisfaction levels. However whilst the 2013 survey included all ages of children, the 2016 survey only involved 9 and 10 year olds (those in year five at school). If only the results from children aged 9 and 10 in 2013 are taken into account then the overall satisfaction levels have increased by more like 5%.

In contrast to children, 36% of parents in the 2016 survey rated their satisfaction with their children’s opportunities for play as ‘good’ or ‘great’, 34% rated them as ‘ok but in need of improvement’ and 30% rated them ‘not good or rubbish.’ This compares with 26%, 34% and 40% respectively in 2013, suggesting a 10% improvement in satisfaction levels.

What difference has it made?

The Welsh Government’s statutory guidance for completing play sufficiency assessments sets out nine ‘matters’ that need to be taken into account each containing a range of specific criteria that Wrexham must offer a progress report against. When considering the above re-developed priorities against each of these matters Wrexham’s second PSA identifies the following key ‘systems’, which together would enable the Local Authority and its partners to work towards securing sufficient opportunities for children’s play across the county borough:

Planning for Play

Playwork as Community Development

 Professional Development for Play

Play Development Team

 Policies for Play

Partnerships for Play

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View more details for consultation Living Healthier, Staying Well Living Healthier, Staying Well Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board 17 Jun 2015 31 Dec 2015
Why are we doing this?
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board wants to hear views of the people in North Wales on health and healthcare services.
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View more details for consultation Active Travel Survey Active Travel Survey Wrexham County Borough Council 25 Sep 2015 11 Dec 2015
Why are we doing this?
What is the Active Travel Existing Routes Map?

The Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013 places new duties on local authorities in Wales to produce and publish Active Travel maps. The first stage of the Act requires local authorities to produce an ‘Existing Routes Map’ that has to be submitted to the Welsh Government for approval by January 2016. The Existing Routes Map relates to specific areas in Wales, which are determined by population as specified in the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013

The Existing Active Travel Routes Maps do not show all walking cycling routes in the County Borough. The map only includes those routes that meet the definition of an Active Travel Route as set down in the Active Travel (Wales) Act 2013. In summary

-          Routes suitable for walking and cycling (including the use of mobility scooters)

-          Routes that fall within or link settlements specified designated localities within the County Borough of Wrexham. These are: Rossett, Llay, Sydallt, Gresford, Bradley, Tan-y-Fron, Wrexham, Coedpoeth, Rhostyllen, Rhosllanerchrugog, Ruabon, Trevor and Chirk.

-          Routes that fit with definition of an ‘Active Travel Journey’. Broadly this includes journeys made to or from a workplace or educational establishment in order to access health, leisure or other services of facilities.

-          Routes that are considered fit for purpose in line with the requirements of the Welsh Governments ‘Design guidance Active Travel Wales (Act) 2013.  

 The timetable put in place by the Active Travel Act is as follows:

-       22 January 2016 Submission of the existing route maps to Welsh Government.

-       24 September 2017 Submission of the integrated network map and resubmission of the existing route map to Welsh Government.

-       24 September 2020 Resubmission of the existing route map and the integrated network map to Welsh Government.

Further information about the Active travel (Wales) Act and relevant information documents can be found on the Welsh Governments website.
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