New statistics published recently by the Welsh government show that Caia Parks Queensway ward in Wrecsam has seen a significant improvement in terms of its rankings in the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation.
In 2008 the ward was ranked the 2nd most deprived ward in Wales by the index which measures a combination of factors such as income, employment, health, education, housing, environment and community safety. In this years 2011 results the ward has moved to 9th position in the index, a significant improvement on previous rankings.
Since 2008 the ward has been represented by Plaid Cymru councillor Carrie Harper who welcomed the progress that is being made, she said:“ A lot of work has been going on in the ward over the last few years. I must congratulate the Caia Park Partnership in particular who have undoubtedly made a huge contribution to the wards ranking this year. The organisation which is based in Queensway runs a variety of services and social enterprises across Caia Park. They have established Sparkles Day Nursery, a community café and have recently launched ‘Wrex Recycling’ which has been nominated for the Wales Recycling Award. The organisation also offers training courses and runs schemes to help local people back into work. Over 80% of the staff at the Partnership are local people and they currently have an active volunteer base of over 150 locals.”
“ Queensway ward which is predominantly council housing has also received a lot of council investment over the last few years. The ward has received the highest council capital spend in the borough for the last two years on the run, with money spent on installing new central heating systems and a large re-roofing programme which will continue this year. I am also confident the ward will benefit from the councils upcoming scheme to install solar panels in some of its housing stock which starts in October. Other investments such as new road resurfacing and a variety of environmental improvement projects are also making a difference. There is still plenty more work to do but it’s fantastic to see things moving in such a positive direction.”