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View more details for consultation Wrexham Archives Service Wrexham Archives Service Wrexham County Borough Council 08 Jan 2024 18 Feb 2024
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham Archives hold records relating to the history of the County Borough of Wrexham since its creation in 1996 and records relating to the area when it was part of the old counties of Denbighshire and Flintshire.

The service actively collects and preserves historical records and makes them available to the public for research purposes. We are happy to add records to the collections, which relate to the history of the County Borough.

The records that we hold include maps and plans, photographs, newspapers, pamphlets and business and family collections. We also hold a large collection of local studies library books as well as providing internet access to a wide range of local and family history sources.

We value your comments and they will be used to inform decisions on the development of the service going forward, and in applications toward funding to improve the Archive Service in the long term.

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View more details for consultation Wrexham County Borough Free Period Products Survey 2023/24 Wrexham County Borough Free Period Products Survey 2023/24 Wrexham County Borough Council 12 Dec 2023 16 Feb 2024
Why are we doing this?

Free period products are available at various locations across Wrexham County Borough, we would like you to take a few minutes to complete this survey to tell us if you have been accessing them, and to tell us what you think.

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View more details for consultation Draft Flood Risk Management Plan Draft Flood Risk Management Plan Wrexham County Borough Council 10 Jan 2024 09 Feb 2024
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham County Borough Council is required to produce a Flood Risk Management Plan every six years as a part of its statutory duties as a Lead Local Flood Authority. The plan outlines a series of assessments, strategies and actions to deliver flood risk on a local scale which assists in providing a clear and consistent approach to managing flood risk.

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View more details for consultation St Mary's Church in Wales, Voluntary Aided School, Brymbo St Mary's Church in Wales, Voluntary Aided School, Brymbo Wrexham County Borough Council 23 Oct 2023 12 Jan 2024
Why are we doing this?

This consultation is for increasing pupil capacity at St Mary's, Brymbo.

The Council wishes to seek the views of interested parties regarding the proposal to increase the pupil capacity at St Mary’s Church in Wales (CIW) Voluntary Aided (VA) School, Brymbo from 154 to 210 from September 2025, with the potential to increase further to 315 if required as a result of future housing developments. The new school will be designed in a way that will allow future expansion easily if the need to increase numbers to 315 is realised.

Thank you for taking the time to give us your views.  Please note that whilst we welcome and take account of all views received, we are not able to reply to individual questions or comments sent in response to the consultation.

Your comments will be made available to Elected Members for decision making purposes and they will also be responded to via publication of a post consultation report.

Comments received during this period will be taken into consideration before the objection report is finalised.

The consultation period for this proposal starts on 23rd October 2023 and ends on 12th January 2023.

Please note: There will be a FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) sheet available during the consultation this will be updated during the consultation period.

Following feedback through the public consultation to date and further discussions with the Welsh Language Commissioner, we have reviewed elements of the Welsh impact assessment working document that underpins this area of the consultation.

The revised document can be found below. Hard copies are available on request.

 

 

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View more details for consultation Suitability Criteria for Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Drivers Suitability Criteria for Private Hire and Hackney Carriage Drivers Wrexham County Borough Council 30 Oct 2023 11 Dec 2023
Why are we doing this?

The Department for Transport (DfT) standards and the Welsh Government’s Harmonisation of Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle Licensing document were published in July 2020 and March 2021 respectively. Both publications focus on the imperative to ensure that licenses are held only by those who are fit and proper to do so.

The DfT publication sets out detailed standards against which individuals with previous convictions should be assessed. The Welsh Government harmonisation document endorses the same standards.

An analysis of Wrexham council's existing standards for taxi drivers and operators shows that they are not consistent with the DfT standard with differing rules applying in the same circumstances with regard to previous convictions of applicants for driver licences.

Revised suitability criteria are therefore needed in order to comply with the DfT standard and Welsh Government guidelines.

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View more details for consultation Draft Statement of Gambling Policy Draft Statement of Gambling Policy Wrexham County Borough Council 20 Mar 2023 23 Nov 2023
Why are we doing this?

A consultation on this draft policy was conducted earlier this year and closed on 2nd April. However, following review, a further opportunity is being made for interested parties to provide feedback and comments before the draft policy is considered by full Council.

In accordance with the Gambling Act 2005, the statement of licensing policy is a very important part of the architecture of local gambling regulation and it is expected that licensing authorities will use it to set out the local issues, priorities and risks that inform and underpin its approach to local regulation.

It provides the opportunity for licensing authorities to agree and set out how gambling is to be managed in different parts of the local authority area to deal with local concerns and issues. It provides clarity of expectation for licensees and prospective licensees about how their businesses are likely to be treated in different localities. The existence of a clear and agreed policy statement will provide greater scope for licensing authorities to work in partnership with local businesses, communities, and responsible authorities to identify and mitigate local risks to the licensing objectives.

Once published the Statement of Licensing Policy shall (subject to any further reviews and consultation) be in force for a further period of three years.

Where the policy statement is reviewed and changes proposed, licensing authorities must consult on any revision.  

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View more details for consultation City Centre Environmental Improvements City Centre Environmental Improvements Wrexham County Borough Council 03 Oct 2023 27 Oct 2023
Why are we doing this?

The City Centre enhancements are about improving the centre of Wrexham and encouraging people to reimagine and influence how it should look, feel, and function. Specifically, we want to promote better design and development, and help establish more appealing social, cultural, economic uses and activities.

We want to get public opinion on the proposals and then we would like wider views to make the scheme as representative as possible.

Considerable investment is already in place to regenerate the markets, however, despite successful building enhancement projects the High street itself remains underused and subject to issues of dangerous driving and anti-social behaviour. Public realm enhancements in this area will help to manage these issues and will help to establish the area as the go-to cultural and civic heart of the City. Strengthening the role of High Street as a higher quality day time destination and encouraging the hospitality sector will also strengthen the area as an attractive evening and night time destination.

Public realm enhancement is trying to encourage greater footfall through the streets by providing a more pedestrian friendly environment, more space for businesses to utilise pavements and more events space in a public realm of better quality.

We will be actively embracing new technologies to achieve economic, social and environmental benefits such as increased footfall, improved traffic management, energy saving, cleaner and safer streets and increased public involvement. Our proposals include practical steps that can be included to kick start Wrexham’s journey with digital technology which will help increase vitality and improve digital infrastructure, support events, and manage green infrastructure.

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View more details for consultation Wrexham Integrated Wellbeing Hubs Wrexham Integrated Wellbeing Hubs WCBC, AVOW & BCUHB 18 Aug 2023 01 Oct 2023
Why are we doing this?

Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC), Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) and Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW) are working with North of England Commissioning Support (NECS) to look at how health and social care hubs can be implemented in your local community.

Health and social care hubs are where health and social care teams work together to deliver support within your communities, giving you access to the right support at the right time when you need it. For the hubs we will be considering: existing or additional spaces/buildings providing local access to services; teams working together to deliver services in existing community spaces; and teams working together virtually.

Wellbeing will be at the heart of the hubs. According to the Wellbeing Wales Act 2014, wellbeing doesn't only mean being physically and mentally healthy; it means being well in your emotions, feeling safe where you live and being part of a good strong community. The hubs will also focus on improving well-being for carers and for people who need care and support.

As part of this consultation we sought to understand your experiences of how local services impact your wellbeing, and where there are opportunities for improvements. Your feedback will help to inform the development of wellbeing hubs in Wrexham.

Whilst we are looking at Wrexham as a whole, we recognise that there are differences in what local communities need and the opportunities for developing wellbeing hubs based on current services and local activity. Therefore, the results of the survey will be analysed across the different geographies in Wrexham.

Who are we?

This project is being jointly delivered by Wrexham County Borough Council (WCBC), Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) and the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham (AVOW).

The project activity is being run by the consultancy team at North of England Commissioning Support (NECS), in partnership with Yma, a Welsh not-for-profit project organisation based in Aberystwyth. . This resident survey is part of a wider programme of activity that will contriubute to the development of the wellbeing hubs, including:

  • Engagement with local communities through Your Voice
  • Workshops with Health and Social Care Professionals and Voluntary Sector leads.
  • Analysis of local and national data.
  • Review of national and international examples
What we found out

The survey was open for 6 weeks between 18/08/2023 and 01/10/2023. During this time it was widely publicised including on the Council's website, via AVOW, news articles and through posters in key settings such as family centres and the Central Wellbeing Hub. The consultation received 231 responses, of which the majority were detailed and thoughtful responses. We have analysed the results across Wrexham as a whole and by primary care cluster: Central Wrexham, South Wrexham and North and West Wrexham.

We found that across Wrexham respondents felt that the following were most important areas that had a positive impact on wellbeing:

  1. Physical health (157)
  2. Mental health (149)
  3. Feeling safe in their local community (103)
  4. Mobility (86)
  5. Being able to provide for their needs (71)

Across Wrexham the areas that had the most significant negative impact on wellbeing are:

  1. Mental health (104)
  2. Physical health (91)
  3. Social Isolation (77)
  4. Feeling unsafe in their community (76)
  5. Poverty (69)

We found that the most significant factors preventing citizens from accessing local services were waiting times (50%) and lack of awareness of available support (48%). There were some differences in barriers to service access across the Clusters. Central Cluster respondents did not rate “lack of local services within the community” as one of their top five barriers to accessing services, whereas this was a key barrier in the South and North and West Cluster. Transport links were selected as a key barrier to service access in the South Cluster only.

We found that easy access to information and advice was seen as a highly important priority for the design of a health and wellbeing hub along with support being available for a wide range of people and ages, and offering key health and social care services.

A wide range of current local services helping to improve wellbeing were mentioned particularly across health, community groups, voluntary groups, libraries, and green spaces. However, there were some respondents who said that there were no local services helping to improve their wellbeing. 

A wide range of ideas and suggestions were made on supporting wellbeing in communities:

  • In particular expanding access to services through adjusted opening times and outreach into rural communities.
  • Access to healthcare was significantly noted as an area for improvement.
What difference has it made?

The findings from this consultation provide an insight into the priorities and needs of local people in Wrexham and how health and social care wellbeing hubs can support wellbeing.

We will use these findings to help inform the recommendations in the Feasibility study for integrated health and social wellbeing hubs, ensuring the citizen's voice remains at the heart of how the wellbeing hubs are shaped and developed.

The feasibility study is due to be published by December 2023. 

For more information or to ask any questions about the programme and/or survey please contact: necsu.wrexhamintegratedhubs@nhs.net

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View more details for consultation Your Fire and Rescue Service – Right Place, Right Time, Right Skills Your Fire and Rescue Service – Right Place, Right Time, Right Skills North Wales Fire and Rescue Service 21 Jul 2023 30 Sep 2023
Why are we doing this?

North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority is running a public consultation to gather feedback from those who live, work and travel in the region about the future of how we provide our emergency cover services in North Wales.

Understanding your views and the views of all those who live, work and travel in our region is key to this.

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Thanks to everyone who took part in our public consultation on emergency fire and rescue service cover in North Wales.

The consultation has now closed.

 

We have not made any decisions yet and we will remain open-minded about the solution until after all the feedback, evidence and information has been gathered and considered.

All the feedback gathered will be analysed to produce a report setting out what people have said about our proposed options.

If we have received any more credible proposals before midnight on September 30 they will be reviewed against the same criteria we used to develop our consultation options.


North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority will consider the feedback, along with a wide range of other information and evidence, such as incident data, workforce data and financial data. The Authority will use all the feedback, evidence and information to decide how to proceed.

The final decision-making meeting of the Fire and Rescue Authority in December will be recorded and made available on our website to allow those interested to hear the discussion about how the decision is made.

After the final decision has been made, any changes to our emergency cover would take place in a phased approach, as part of our 2024/29 Community Risk Management Plan.

Click here to read the Emergency Cover Review Consultation Outcomes Report.

 

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View more details for consultation Customer Access Customer Access Wrexham County Borough Council 18 Jul 2023 22 Sep 2023
Why are we doing this?

We are undertaking this project to gauge the level of access you have digitally and customer access to council services, and also so that we can provide structured training to staff and to customers.

We are looking at providing free data and devices.

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