It hasn't taken the Labour led Wrecsam Council long to start making decisions which at best can be described as perverse. It concerned the granting of a lease on land to construct a stand on a public open space in Caia Park called the Dunks. The story is reported in a well balanced article by the Leader here. The stand was to allow for the so called Venture Community Football Club to progress to the Cymru Alliance League (one can only venture a guess as to how many local players from the Caia Park community will be playing for this semi professional side!).
I describe the decision as perverse for two reasons, the first is that Wrecsam Council have a policy on public open spaces which does not allow sale or development if there is a deficit of public open spaces in the ward; in this particular ward there is a deficit of space equivelant to 24 football pitches. Secondly, Wrecsam Council agreed a policy as far back as January 2012, NOT to lease council owned football pitches to clubs for the club's exclusive use as it deprives the local community of opportunities to use the pitch. No doubt the club will give assurances that it will not be for the Venture's exclusive use but walking away with the goal posts at the end of a games is not indicative of a willingness to share community facilities.
Both these policies are now discredited and should the council wish to enforce these rules against other organisations they will find it extremely difficult and legally questionable.
Finally, is it good financial management to spend 'money' (where does it come from?) on a new stand when it's right next door to the Queensway Sports Centre which is not full utilised and could quite easily accommodated the needs of the Venture Community Football Club.
A very inauspicious start to a new council.