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View more details for consultation Penderfyniadau Anodd Penderfyniadau Anodd 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
What difference has it made?
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View more details for consultation Gypsy and Traveller Consultation on Site Selection Gypsy and Traveller Consultation on Site Selection Wrexham County Borough Council 24 Apr 2014 04 Jul 2014
Why are we doing this?
Following an accommodation needs assessment for the Gypsy and Traveller community, which highlighted that there are insufficient pitches available to meet the current and future demand, WCBC are hoping to identify suitable sites for 2 new gypsy and traveler sites, and a temporary stopping site within the county borough.  The first stage of this process is to consult with members of the Gypsy and Traveler community to establish what their preferences, needs and wants for a new site would be.
What we found out
Permanent sites. The Council should:
1. Consider locating the new sites within reasonable distance of medical services. This does not necessarily have to mean that these services are ‘on the door step’, but they are close enough that travel time is not prohibitive.
2. Ensure that the proposed new sites are located appropriately to allow easy access to public transport and safe walking routes. This may mean that there is a bus stop located at the site entrance, or that there is one a short distance away. Where there will be a need to walk to a bus stop, WCBC should ensure that are safe and appropriate footpaths between a bus stop and the site.
3. Consider the research and findings of the Play Development team so that they can ensure they offer adequate and safe opportunities for children and young people to spend their free time on the new sites.
4. Ensure that the proposed new sites are within reasonable distance of appropriate schools, and that there are is pedestrian access and appropriate routes to allow children to walk to and from school.
5. Identify site locations which will allow for the site to be designed in a ‘tree branch’ layout.
6. Site locations which will allow for appropriately sized roads and access (e.g. wide enough for 2 vehicles to pass each other safely).
7. Identify site locations which will enable the new sites to have 2 separate access points (entrance and exit).
 
8. Identify site locations where the surrounding areas and existing roads allow safe access onto and off the site.
 
Temporary stopping place. The Council should:
9. Identify a temporary stopping site which is close to and/or has good access to local amenities, but which is not positioned at the side of a road.
10. Attempt to place the temporary stopping site somewhere which is not immediately close to the existing council owned site, or the new proposed permanent sites.
11. Ensure that the temporary stopping site has good access to the main route from Chester to Oswestry.
12. (Through members of the MAF continue to seek the views and involvement of members of the G&T Community throughout this process of site identification and beyond.
13. Continuously update members of the G&T community about the progress of this work to ensure that they remain informed and engaged. This is especially important given the long timeframe which is likely to exist between this consultation and the establishment of the proposed new sites.
14. The Officer Working group should consider the views of the G&T community contained in this report, alongside other legislation, guidance, resource implications and processes in order to develop suitable site selection criteria.
15. The Council should consider assessing the accommodation needs of members of the Travelling Show Persons community separately from the needs of Gypsies and Travellers.
What difference has it made?
This report will be presented to an Officer’s working group (made up of appropriate departmental representatives). It will be the role of this group to consider this report alongside other key considerations such as planning regulations, availability of land etc., The group will take into account the recommendations in this report in the establishment of site selection criteria that will inform the final site option recommendations to Executive Board.
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View more details for consultation Perfect Engagement 360 Perfect Engagement 360 Wrexham County Borough Council 14 Feb 2013 14 Feb 2013
Why are we doing this?
The Perfect Engagement event came out of 12 month’s work of engaging with people who use Substance Misuse Services in Wrexham County Borough. This event was service users’ idea. The aim of the event is to give people who use Substance Misuse Services in Wrexham an opportunity to talk about their experience of using these services. However, a second and arguably more important aim is to feedback the outcome of these discussions to providers and commissioners of the services at the event on the same day.
What we found out

KEY RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Aftercare support and services need to be developed as a matter of urgency

  • ‘Out of hours’ support also needs developing as a matter of urgency

  • The need for service providers to complete extensive paperwork needs to be reviewed and revised to free up more time for professionals to engage with service users

 These 3 key priority recommendations arose out of a consensus reached by service users, service providers and service commissioners during the event.

What difference has it made?

New services have been provided at Ty Croeso, the recovery movement is a model of success in Wales, service user involvement embedded in service delivery.