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Wringing of hands over Rhyl, but nothing said about Queen's Park

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 08:45 UK time, Thursday, 10 July 2008

Another year and another set of stats but still no difference in the picture - Rhyl and Queen's Park, Wrexham, are still among the most deprived places in Wales.

Denbighshire Council was quick to issue a comeback after the figures showed Rhyl West 2 [1st], Rhyl West 1 [4th] and Rhyl South West [5th], saying over the last year there had been an "extensive regeneration and a range of community initiatives to improve the quality of life for residents."

Clearly, there is still much to do.

In Wrexham, Queensway [3rd] - part of the Queen's Park [aka Caia Park] estate - still finds itself on the list. Wrexham Council seemed to be staying quiet - but the people living there are trying to help themselves.

And back in Rhyl, Clwyd AM Ann Jones, born and raised in the town, tells the Daily Post today:

"We have to accept that it has had its problems and it still has problems there, but the danger of talking it down all the time - 'Don't go round the West End' - we can't afford to keep doing that. We have to talk Rhyl up. We have to say it's a good place to come."

Blogger and newspaper columnist, Professor Dylan Jones-Evans makes a good point:

"One would have thought that, given the billions available from Europe and the 'devolution dividend' that we would have made a start on addressing these issues by now but very little impact has been made. Surely it cannot be beyond the imagination of politicians and policymakers to focus some of the resources going to 'pet projects' to diversify some of this funding to these more deprived communities and enable them to ctahc up with the rest of Wales?"

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