ISHERWOOD: CALL FOR FLEXIBILITY OVER FUTURE OF COMMUNITIES FIRST IN WREXHAM PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 April 2012 10:33

 

 

 

NORTH Wales Assembly Member, Mark Isherwood, has written to the Ministerfor Local Government and Communities, Carl Sargeant, highlighting local concerns regarding the options specified for the future of Communities First in Wrexham.

 

Having been advised that only a two ‘cluster’ model is now being considered, Mr Isherwood, who is Shadow Minister for Communities and Housing, has questioned why, when it has been emphasised that,because of geography and workability, a three cluster model comprising of town centre, northern and southern clusters makes more sense and is better suited to the purposes of Communities First.

 

 

In the letter Mr Isherwood states: “I am advised that Wrexham proposed and launched a consultation on a three cluster model for the future of Communities First in the Borough, involving a number of communities across a wider area than at present where indicators fell within Welsh Government guidelines.

 

“I understand that this involved four months of meetings, workshops, and Steering Group meetings.

 

“However, I further understand that the Welsh Government then indicated that it wanted a two cluster model instead and that although all community engagement has now been stopped during the period of Local Government elections, a report will still be going to the Council’s Executive Board on 24th April with two options accordingly.

 

“I am told that this comprises a town centre cluster, and only one other, with the latter including options for six or nine areas included.

 

“It has been emphasised to me that, because of geography and workability, a three cluster model comprising of town centre, northern and southern clusters makes more sense and is better suited to the purposes of Communities First.

 

“It has also been emphasised that a three cluster model will maximise added value and the multiplier effect, where local initiative will lever in additional funding.”

 

Mr Isherwood concludes by calling on Mr Sargeant to give consideration to the call for greater Welsh Government flexibility over this.

 

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