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Ian Lucas MP is pressing Wrexham County Borough Council to reconsider plans to locate a Welsh language school in Borras.

While Mr Lucas fully supports the building of such a school in the borough, he says the site proposed by the council is unsuitable for a host of reasons, with the main concerns being over increased traffic and demand for parking. 

The MP for Wrexham has written to the council and Mike Davies, Independent councillor for the Rhosnesni ward where the new 210-pupil school would be situated, outlining his views. 

A proposal to consult on the setting up of a Welsh medium school was voted through by the council's Executive Board at a meeting on Tuesday, July 10. 

It would initially be located at the Hafod y Wern infant site but would eventually move into a permanent home in the infant building at Borras Park Community Primary School, with the refurbishment due to be ready September 2021. Infant pupils at Borras Park would be moved further up the road into the school’s junior classrooms, which are also to be redeveloped.

Mr Lucas is worried by the congestion a new school would bring to an already busy road - and says a more suitable location should be found. 

He said: "I fully support the idea of building a new Welsh language school in Wrexham but the problem I have is with the proposed location onBorras Park Road.

"The proposal envisages a 50% increase in pupil numbers with the addition of the new school. Logically, it would increase current congested access by 50%.

“I can’t see how a relatively small residential street will handle the increase in traffic – particularly at school opening and closing time – and am not surprised residents have raised objections.”

The start times of the Welsh school and Borras Park Primary would be staggered by 15 minutes, in an effort to ease the build-up of traffic, while ‘walking buses’ (where groups of pupils are walked to school by staff members along a specific route) would also be introduced. However, Mr Lucas says staggering start times would have only a ‘negligible’ effect and walking buses would be ‘inadequate’ as children would be arriving from a wide catchment area and most would need to be brought in by car.

The MP is also worried about parking around such a congested area.

“The more parking provision that exists on site, the less land is available for educational use,” he said. “The overall impression is that of increasingly seeking to put a quart into a pint pot.”

Mr Lucas said the council had failed to take account of other proposals earmarked for the area, namely the housing estates on Dean Road and Cefn Road.

He said there should also be an ‘open discussion’ about the Borras Park Surgery, a mobile unit on the site of Borras Park School which serves the community and could have to be relocated when the school sites are redeveloped.

Wrexham MP urges council to find better site for new Welsh school

Ian Lucas MP is pressing Wrexham County Borough Council to reconsider plans to locate a Welsh language school in Borras.

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Birthday celebrations for the National Health Service (NHS) continued in Wrexham over the weekend.

The Wrexham Labour Party hosted a street stall event in the town centre on Saturday (July 7), where they were joined by Ian Lucas MP, Lesley Griffiths AM, Vaughan Gething AM, the Welsh Government’s cabinet secretary for health, and NHS staff.

The event – which saw members of the public sign a giant birthday card for the NHS, which turned 70 last week – followed on from a special party at Wrexham Maelor Hospital last Thursday (July 5).

NHS workers were also presented with a birthday cake on the day.

Mr Lucas, MP for Wrexham, was proud to attend the street stall and help mark the NHS’ major milestone.

He said: “Saturday’s event was an opportunity for us all to show our appreciation and respect for our beloved NHS.

“I was proud to join the people of Wrexham and my Labour Party colleagues in paying tribute to NHS workers, past and present, thanking them for their hard work and dedication. These are people who dedicate their lives to saving others’ – and we should always remember that.

“The NHS is an extraordinary, much-loved institution – and it was only right that its birthday was celebrated over the course of several days in Wrexham.

“I’d like to thank Vaughan Gething for agreeing to join us on the street stall for what was a really wonderful day.”

Wrexham AM Mrs Griffiths, who served as Minister for Health & Social Services from May 2011 until March 2013, added: “The 70th anniversary celebrations have offered the chance to not only pay tribute to one of the nation’s most-cherished institutions, but to thank the exceptional staff, past and present, who are there to advise, treat and care for us every single day.

“In Wrexham on Saturday, it was clear just how special the NHS is to so many people and I would like to thank Vaughan Gething AM for joining in with the local celebrations.”

The creation of the NHS has been described by the Labour Party as its ‘proudest achievement’.

It was launched by health secretary Aneurin Bevan on July 5, 1948 and provided universal healthcare to all, free at the point of use.

Wrexham town centre hosts 70th birthday celebration for NHS

Birthday celebrations for the National Health Service (NHS) continued in Wrexham over the weekend.

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Ian Lucas MP has joined a Welsh sporting legend in calling for homophobic abuse at football matches to be outlawed.  

Gareth Thomas was at the Houses of Parliament on Monday, June 25 to launch a draft bill which would make homophobic chanting illegal.
Wrexham MP Mr Lucas met Mr Thomas, who came out as gay in 2009, at the launch event and fully supports the ex-rugby star’s campaign.
Mr Lucas said: “Sadly, we still hear about examples of homophobia in football and we need to ensure this quickly becomes a thing of the past. There must be a zero tolerance approach to this kind of abuse.
“The draft bill is an important step towards eradicating such discrimination from football. It has my full backing and it was a pleasure to meet Gareth at the Houses of Parliament to lend my support to this campaign.”
Mr Thomas is seeking an amendment to the Football Offences Act 1991, which made racist abuse within football stadia illegal. The amendment would extend that legal protection to LGBT+ players and fans, making any indecent chanting or gesturing with reference to sexual orientation or gender identity against the law.
The draft bill was launched by Mr Thomas and MP Damian Collins, who sits with Mr Lucas on the digital, culture, media and sport select committee.
Mr Thomas made a documentary last year for BBC Wales about homophobia in football. He tweeted to say he was ‘very proud’ to be making a difference at the House of Parliament.
The 43-year-old won 100 caps for Wales’ rugby union team, also appearing in three Tests for the British & Irish Lions. He switched codes late in his career, signing for the Wrexham-based Crusaders team in 2010 and winning four caps for his nation’s rugby league side before retiring from the sport.

Wrexham MP backs rugby hero’s campaign to tackle homophobic football chants

Ian Lucas MP has joined a Welsh sporting legend in calling for homophobic abuse at football matches to be outlawed.  


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