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View more details for consultation Tree and Woodland Strategy Draft-  Consultation Tree and Woodland Strategy Draft- Consultation Wrexham County Borough Council 09 Jul 2015 30 Sep 2015
Why are we doing this?

To engage with the public on the proposed new strategy for Wrexham County Borough's Trees and Woodlands.

What we found out

The results of the consultation demonstrated that trees are an important part of the landscape and the environment for the people of Wrexham County Borough.

81% agreed with the Strategy’s overall aim “That we have a sustainably managed and protected and diverse tree population with sufficient canopy cover to benefit and meet the needs of all who live, work in, and visit Wrexham County Borough”.

81% thought that the Strategy’s objectives will ensure the Strategy’s aim is achieved.

94% thought that we are right to take a modern approach to tree management where the whole tree population is managed as essential infrastructure and where we focus on overall canopy cover, population structure and diversity.

53% thought that the Council should only prune trees when they are touching property or causing an obstruction.

What difference has it made?

The new Tree & Woodland Strategy adopted in February 2016, includes an action plan to –

Increase in tree canopy cover in urban areas to 20% by 2026, using a diverse range of tree species.

  • Target areas of lowest tree cover for increase in tree planting.
  • Review and improve tree protection process (TPO’s).
  • Integrate tree strategy goals into new Local Development Plan.
  • Encourage greater community engagement in the care of trees and improve understanding of value of trees.

Policies have also been put in place to ensure that the Council manages its own trees and woodlands in accordance with best practice.

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View more details for consultation Towards a Public Space Protection Order-Get Involved Towards a Public Space Protection Order-Get Involved Place 27 Jul 2015 19 Aug 2015
Why are we doing this?
Get involved in helping to shape our proposed Public Space Protection Order (PSPO). 
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View more details for consultation Leisure Services Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey Leisure Services Annual Customer Satisfaction Survey Wrexham County Borough Council 18 May 2015 05 Jun 2015
Why are we doing this?

To collect feedback from customers from four different leisure facilities; Gwyn Evans, Waterworld, Chirk and Queensway.

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View more details for consultation Wrexham Anti Bullying Guidance Parents/Guardians Wrexham Anti Bullying Guidance Parents/Guardians Wrexham County Borough Council 01 May 2015 31 May 2015
Why are we doing this?
Following the anti-bullying conference in June 2014, it became apparent that the Wrexham Guidance Document was out of date and did not reflect the Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Duty.
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View more details for consultation Wrexham Anti Bullying Guidance Pupils Wrexham Anti Bullying Guidance Pupils Wrexham County Borough Council 01 May 2015 31 May 2015
Why are we doing this?
Following the anti-bullying conference in June 2014, it became apparent that the Wrexham Guidance Document was out of date and did not reflect the Equality Act 2010 and Public Sector Equality Duty.
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View more details for consultation Local Service Board Tackling Poverty Strategy consultation Local Service Board Tackling Poverty Strategy consultation Wrexham County Borough Council 09 Mar 2015 29 May 2015
Why are we doing this?

This is an opportunity for the people of Wrexham to have their say regarding the LSB's new Tackling Poverty Strategy.

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View more details for consultation Exploring experiences of Tinnitus Exploring experiences of Tinnitus Glyndwr University 01 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015
Why are we doing this?

We are trying to establish a better understanding of what it is like to live with Tinnitus. This research aims to:

Explore individual experiences of the phenomena of tinnitus, in order to improve our understanding of the range of sounds experienced and the impact on daily living.

Specifically the research will:

  • Describe the phenomena of living with Tinnitus through context rich case studies collected as interviews and narratives
  • Collect a series of descriptions of sounds experienced by people living with Tinnitus
  • Replicate those sounds using a range of technologies
  • Provide a visual representation of the experience of living with Tinnitus.

Your contribution is essential in order for us to build up a picture of those experiencing Tinnitus. The research is being undertaken in association with Action for Hearing Loss Wales and Tinnitus.org


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View more details for consultation What's Important to You What's Important to You Wrexham County Borough Council 23 Jan 2015 20 Feb 2015
Why are we doing this?
Wrexham County Borough Council is working hard to ensure efficient and effective services by making significant budget savings, whilst prioritising the most vulnerable.  To do this we are having a conversation with local people so that we can understand whether the services we are offering are best meeting your needs.
What we found out
The purpose of this consultation was to understand whether the services offered by Wrexham County Borough Council are meeting the needs of the public, in order to assist the Council in determining which services to promote over the forthcoming year.  It asked people how important they considered various services to be, and also how satisfied they were with current provision in that service area.  As well as a survey, there was also a consultation event held with invited members of the public and representatives of Town and Community Councils.
What difference has it made?
The results of the consultation were used to feed into a Members workshop in early March 2015, where Members were considering performance targets for different service areas in the forthcoming year.  Heads of Departments have also used the results to help them consider which services may need more focus on for the forthcoming year.
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View more details for consultation School Transistion Consultation School Transistion Consultation Wrexham County Borough Council 16 Oct 2014 31 Jan 2015
Why are we doing this?

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To find out young people's experiences of transistioning schools

 

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View more details for consultation Difficult Decisions Difficult Decisions Wrexham County Borough Council 15 Sep 2014 24 Oct 2014
Why are we doing this?
Consult with the public on the proposed budget savings for 2015/16 for Wrexham County Borough Council
What we found out

Of the proposals for savings within the consultation, the 3 which received the highest level of agreement were:


- The proposal to move Council Tax billing from the current process of distributing paper statements/bills, to the introduction of an online billing system. 92% of people agreed, while 5% disagreed


- Reviewing the Mayoral Service in order to make significant efficiency savings. 87% of people agreed, while 7% disagreed


- The proposal to change the process applying for Housing Benefit and Council Tax reductions, to an online system.  86% of people agreed, while 5% disagreed

 

Those receiving the lowest level of agreement were:


- The proposal to review the procedures for Highways planned maintenance.  70% of people disagreed, while 24% agreed


- The proposed 5% increase in Council Tax.  58% of people Disagreed, while 37% agreed

 
- The proposal to introduce Car parking charges at country parks.  53% of people disagreed, while 43% agreed

 

We received an enormous amount of comments from you about the various proposals we had made to reach the savings target for 2015/16.  We also received comments suggesting other ways that we might be able to save money.  These included comments about ways in which the Council could work more efficiently, reduce workforce costs and generate more income.

What difference has it made?

Results of the consultation were reported to Elected Members of Wrexham Council, who used them to inform the decisions they made about the budget for 2015/16.

Findings were also reported to all Heads of Departments who used them to inform their final plans for 2015/16.

In some instances, the findings of the consultation resulted in a proposal being completely withdrawn (e.g. car parking charges at country parks); and in other instances the opinions given by the public meant that a proposal was amended in line with the opinions received. (e.g. the reduction of funding given the 'Family Friends' rather than complete withdrawal).  In other instances, savings identified in the consultation will go ahead as initially proposed.