The following letter was sent to the Leader in response to this article:
Having read Andrew Atkinson's comments in your article (Leader, Sept 4th), I must say I am none the wiser as to what he means as to 'standards' in the town? Is he referring to anti social behaviour or is he referring to empty shops? In continuing this letter, can I presume he is referring to empty shops?
Empty shops is in fact a symptom of economic downturn something we have been suffering since 2008, and not improved by Mr Atkinson's Tory government austerity measures which have seen wages fall in real terms which means less disposable income.
In the article Mr Atkinson calls for action from the council! Is he not aware of £10.6 million town centre regeneration money from Welsh Government earlier this year? Is he not aware of the £1.5 million coming into the county annually from Communities First?
What is most surprising is the fact that Mr Atkinson doesn't know that his own Conservative Councillors are prominent in the administration that run Wrexham Council. In fact Councillor Rodney Skelland is the Chair of the Employment, Business and Investment Scrutiny Committee which leads on regeneration.
Without doubt this is an inauspicious start to Mr Atkinson's General Election campaign.
Councillor Arfon Jones.