MEASURES to ensure migrant workers get a fair deal in Wrexham will cost the council at least £200,000 over the next three years.
Wrexham Council's executive board has this week received reports from strategic director Malcolm Russell dealing with social cohesion and race issues in Wrexham.
The reports are markers to inform councillors of the progress made since the riots in Caia Park in 2003 but they contain recommendations for improving funding for groups who aid migrant workers in the area.
The report recommends the council pays £60,000 in 2005/06 to implement the specific findings of the Caia Park report.
Last November the report made eight recommendations to prevent a repeat of the flare-up between long-term residents and migrant workers living on the estate.
These included a range of measures to link up with various partner agencies to improve relations between the council, community and migrants.
On top of the money to implement the strategy, it also recommends paying £34,000 per year for at least three years to fund a development officer for the Wrexham Refugee and
Asylum Seeker Support Group (WRASSG) and £6,000 per year for three years to the Welsh Refugee Council
'The reports reflect the changing nature of Wrexham and the challenge of promoting good relations between all sections of the community,' said a council spokeswoman.
The latest recommendations follow the outcome of the consultation on the report on the Caia Park disturbances of June 2003.
Council leader Aled Roberts said: 'These reports reflect the importance the council is giving to issues of social cohesion, which is now one of our key corporate priorities.
'We recognise the population of Wrexham is changing and that many people are coming here who have a positive contribution to make to the life and culture of the county borough.
'We also recognise that our services need to adapt to meet these changing needs and this is reflected in the measures in these documents.'