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To: Councillor Hugh Jones WCBC
We demand a public meeting to discuss the plight of the homeless in Wrexham
We, the undersigned, demand that Wrexham County Borough Council hold a public meeting with representatives from the group 'Help Wrexham's Homeless' to include Council Chief Executive, councillor Hugh Jones as key lead members and Councillor Mark Pritchard as the council leader.
It is unacceptable for this to be a closed meeting as has been proposed by WCBC.
Why is this important?
The issue of homelessness has escalated locally, with an estimated 61, people sleeping rough locally as of October 2016 (roughly 20% of the total estimated rough sleepers in Wales). As a result of the inadequate services available some people have set up an encampment in the grounds of the former Groves school, a listed building. This building is close to residential housing and the camp is of concern to local people who fear that hygiene and safety practices are compromised.
The individuals living on the site and elsewhere in Wrexham are in desperate need of a long term solution.
In the short term there needs to be regular emptying of the skip and portaloo that the council have provided and access to the site in the event of an emergency.
There are many groups and individuals in the area taking an interest in this issue and it is only fair that they are all able to hear the council's response to these issues in the interest of openess and transparency as should be expected from our elected representatives.
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