Wednesday, 8 December 2021

Llandudno ... Carbuncle Madoc Developments Flats From The Air!

Heartbreaking to see this mess ever being built, The Old house should have been retained, regardless of the fact that it was not listed is of little meaning, if the community wanted it saved that should have been enough, but clearly all the developers cared about was money, not the community.

Nice to see how wet the land is!

And the community fought hard!


Drone images have been released of re-started the flats developments on the coast of North Wales.

Madoc Developments are building Prince Madoc Cove on the site of a landmark house known as Odstone on Marine Drive, Rhos-on-Sea.

The 12 flats under construction in  Rhos-on-Sea are on the market for a combined total of over £10.5m - with a first-floor penthouse on for £1.2m.

Drone pictures of Prince Madoc Cove being built by Madoc Developments 

Barry Richards, of BR Architecture, said the site was placed on hold for five months due to Covid.

But he added: "We are fully back up to speed on-site.

"Hopefully our show home will be ready in January and the whole project complete by April 2021."

Prince Madoc Cove is being built by Madoc Developments 

When they originally revealed their plans to demolish the Odstone property, local people were up in arms and a 2,000-name petition was raised an objection.

But Cadw ruled it had no special architectural interest - paving the way for it to be demolished.

The new development has got its name as legend has it Prince Madoc set sail from Rhos-on-Sea in 1170 and landed in Mobile, Alabama, over 300 years before Christopher Columbus is said to have discovered America.

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Monday, 6 December 2021

Colwyn Bay .....The Last Trams Final Journey!

It took its final journey as it stopped in Colwyn Bay for the last time.

I am unsure of the date but the clothing looks like it is from the late 50s, so please let us know if you have a date.

Sad to think that such a wonderful idea ended and all of these wonderful trams were sent to the scrap yard! Very sad indeed.

Sunday, 5 December 2021

London ... Stop the demolition of Oxford Street – save and re-use M&S flagship store

Although this is not in our area, this is something that impacts us all. The government and councils have to now start reusing buildings and not demolishing them, Saving the planet is not a one-trick pony but fall or nothing. Please sign and share this petition. Thank You.

 Please click this link to sign, Thank You.

Don’t let M&S demolish its historic Oxford Street HQ. The demolition and rebuild of this 6-story building would pump 39,500 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. This handsome landmark building has characterized Oxford Street for almost 100 years, helping shape one of London's most famous and historic streets.

In September this year, M&S announced it was ramping up its ambitious green agenda, seeking to cut a third of its carbon emissions by 2025 and be fully net-zero by 2045. Now the company board risks betraying its own carbon targets in the midst of a global climate crisis. According to M&S’s own planning documents, the project's carbon cost of 39,534 tonnes of CO2 would require the planting of 2.4 million trees to offset its impact.

If the former Oxford Street department stores of House of Fraser, Topshop Debenham’s can all be refurbished for office and retail use, why can’t M&S follow suit?

We, therefore, call on the Chairman and CEO of M&S do the right thing by history, and by future generations. Save and re-use this building and show your customers and investors that M&S is serious about sustainability and its own net-zero commitments.

M&S must seize this opportunity to boost their green credentials and keep this part of London’s heritage in the process. Built to a high specification, this prestigious building is ready for adaptation and repurposing to suit a variety of uses, and is capable of lasting another 100 years.

Why is this important?

Under the proposals, designed by architects Pilbrow + Partners, the unlisted 1929 art deco landmark is set to be bulldozed along with two extension buildings to be replaced with a 10-story retail and office building.

Despite substantial local and national opposition, and a listing bid from the Twentieth Century Society, the plans were approved by Westminster City Council on 23rd November 2021, with a £1.2 million ‘carbon offset’ payment to be made by M&S to the council.

It’s not too late for M&S to think afresh and respond to the concerns of Londoners and customers, through saving and reusing M&S Marble Arch.

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Conwy, North Wales ,.....Delinquents attack houses with eggs!

There is a major Yob problem in Llandudno, and Colwyn Bay, and this needs dealing with. Maybe the new children's assessment center in Colwyn Bay will be able to deal with this when it is built!

 YOUTHS threw eggs at homes in Llanrwst on Thursday evening.

North Wales Police said it is investigating the incident in which the youths also banged on the doors of properties on Watling Street.

The force has appealed for witnesses or anyone with information to come forward.

Police said: "On December 2 between 6pm and 9pm a property on Watling Street was targeted by youths who threw eggs at the windows and banged on the door and windows numerous times throughout the evening.

"If you were in the area at the time and witnessed this behavior or have any CCTV or video footage of the events, please call 101 quoting ref 21000836893."

Conwy, North Wales .... Children hit by vehicles more than a dozen times in four years!

This is scary news, although there is no breakdown as the cause, ie were children running into the road? Poor parental supervision?

CHILDREN in Conwy were hit by vehicles more than a dozen times in four years, analysis of official figures has revealed.

Campaigners say more should be done to educate youngsters about road safety after thousands of child pedestrians across Great Britain were hurt or killed in incidents between 2017 and 2020.

Analysis of Department for Transport(DfT) figures by insurance company Churchill reveals that during that period, 17 children were hit by a vehicle in Conwy.

Of them, three were seriously injured.

Primary school-aged pupils made up 13 percent of all 134 adult and child pedestrian casualties recorded by the DfT in 2017-20, despite representing eight percent of the population.

Churchill's analysis found no incidents in Conwy involving a casualty aged between four and 11 happened in a 20mph zone, while none were within 500 meters of a school.

The figures also show that five children were hit during school 'rush hours', either between 7.30am and 8.30am or between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

According to the analysis of more than 600,000 accidents by Churchill, 10,100 primary-aged children have been hit by vehicles in the UK since 2017 – roughly seven a day.

More than 2,900 accidents have happened during school pick-up and drop-off times.

Kirsty Hoad, from Churchill, said the figures highlighted the importance of teaching road safety to children as early as possible.

She added: "With more than half of primary school children walking or cycling to school, this is one obvious area where children will need to know how to stay safe.

"We encourage everyone to take an active role in educating young children in their lives about road safety."

She advised motorists to take extra care near schools and said speed restrictions were in place to protect children and should be observed at all times.

Rod Dennis, from the RAC, called for more 20mph zones to be introduced around schools, saying physical traffic calming measures also played a part in making streets safer.

Mr Dennis added: "There is also a clear onus on drivers who use the car to drop off or pick up their children to think about their driving."

He said parents could send a positive message to others by walking and cycling to school or parking away from the school gates.

Nearly a quarter of the incidents recorded nationally resulted in severe injuries, with 36 youngsters killed between 2017 and 2020.

The coronavirus pandemic saw traffic levels fall across the country in 2020, with road traffic accidents dropping as a result – those involving child casualties decreased from around 2,600 in 2019 to 1,750 last year.

A DfT spokesman said any death on the road is ‘completely unacceptable and said the UK Government is focusing on improving safety via its new Road Safety Strategic Framework.

He added: “We have already invested billions of pounds in safe active travel schemes and cleaner transport infrastructure.

"We’ve also recently announced changes to the Highway Code, meaning those who present the most risk to other road users are given the greatest responsibility in creating a safer travel environment for all.”

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Friday, 3 December 2021

Abergele, North Wales ...Fury as I'm A Celebrity 2021: Intruders breached Gwrych Castle & weren't arrested!

The worst thing is why were these two idiots not arrested? What about Covid or risk to any campmate? They both should have been arrested.

An intruder has shared jaw-dropping pictures they were able to take from within the heart of the I'm A Celebrity camp after breaching the show's security system.

The man and his friend claimed they managed to wander around the camp at Gwrych Castle in Abergele, and take snaps around the campmates' quarters for around 90 minutes before being spotted.

It is the second time a security breach has been reported at the site this year after an intruder was caught by security near the camp last week.

During this security breach, the camp was empty because celebrities had been removed due to Storm Arwen.

The pair took pictures around the entire camp, showing sleeping bags on beds, the courtyard, and the dunny.

One of the intruders, who wished to remain anonymous, said they were removed from the set after managing to get past the program’s six-tier security system, which included police-approved bulletproof detection Armadillo robots.

The intruders claimed to have remained on site for around 90 minutes before being escorted off by security and said they explored all areas of the camp.

Speaking to North Wales Live, one of the intruders said: "Myself and a friend managed to get into the set after a two-hour hike over the mountain tops of the castle estate.

"I was unaware the celebs had been evacuated at the time we managed to get into the castle as I don't follow the show or the news on it, but was aware the weather had been bad on the night before due to the storm so didn't know what to expect.

"I'm slightly glad the celebs were not on set as I believe If we had managed to come into contact it could have forced the whole show off air as it would have breached the program’s Covid bubble.

"Despite this, we remained on site for at least 90 minutes before actually getting spotted by any security but this was after we had explored the entirety of the campmates' quarters."

They managed to evade multiple security systems positioned around the site’s perimeters, which included several layers of high fencing, multiple patrolling guards, and checkpoints where ID must be shown to get anywhere close to where this year’s celebrities are staying.

They also got past this year's additional security measure - Armadillo robots - which have automated sentries designed to detect and spook intruders with deafening alarms, blinding lights, and a camera.

A show source said: "This was such irresponsible behavior to put themselves and the security team in during the storm.

"They were trespassing on private property and creating unnecessary risks."

It follows a separate incident where an intruder was removed from the set last week, before Storm Arwen hit.

Speaking about the latest incident, a spokesperson for the show said: "A security breach was identified during Storm Arwen, and intruders were removed from the location with immediate effect.

"The safety of both our celebrities and our production crew remains our primary concern.”

Last year videos of the I'm A Celebrity camp appeared on TikTok after two men used their “local knowledge” to climb up a tree overlooking the castle.

Security staff now shine bright torch beams into nearby trees to detect potential spies or intruders as part of an elaborate system of security around the Grade I-listed castle.

As well as several layers of steel fencing, patrolled by guards, anti-drone equipment has reportedly been deployed.

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Colwyn Bay ....Man stamped on and punched stranger in 'vicious and persistent' attack jailed.

Glad to see this low-life piece of scum jailed, but he will be out in 2 years! To me this is attempted murder, if you stamp on someone's head you clearly intend to kill them, so a longer jail sentence should have been on the cards. 

A man has been jailed for stamping on and punching an innocent victim in a "vicious and unprovoked" attack.

Benjamin Hughes, 27, set upon Jensen Gavin near Colwyn Bay Station but it was all caught on a CCTV camera.

Today a judge at Caernarfon Crown Court said it was surprising that the only major physical injury to Mr. Gavin, then 18, was a fractured cheekbone.

Hughes pleaded guilty to causing GBH with intent and he was jailed for four years.

Prosecutor Jade Tufail said the incident happened in the early hours of September 6 near Colwyn Bay Station.

Mr. Gavin was chatting to friends at the bottom of a slope when he was approached by Hughes and his friends.

Things appear amicable but then Hughes hit Mr. Gavin with "six hard punches" to the side of Mr. Gavin's face.

The victim crouched down by a fence but Hughes did the same and seemed to be taunting him.

He then punched him to the right then left sides of Mr. Gavin's face some 10 times. Then he stamped on his back.

Friends had been trying to stop him and eventually succeeded in pulling him away.

A local authority CCTV camera operator alerted police and Hughes was arrested.

Mr. Gavin was taken to the Accident & Emergency department at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd for treatment. He underwent X-rays and a CT scan. He had a fractured cheekbone, bruising, and cuts.

In a victim impact statement, he said he remains "confused and baffled" about why he was targeted.

He said: "I worry about seeing (the attacker) again and what he will do to me. I wonder if I have one of those punchable faces."

He had lost his self-confidence and so lost his job.

Elen Owen, defending, said Hughes is remorseful about the "horror of his actions".

"He does not know why he carried out the assault."

She said he had taken cocaine and diazepam but is really a "vulnerable and frightened individual".

The judge, Her Honour Judge Nicola Saffman, told Hughes it had been a "vicious and persistent" attack on a stranger.

He had ignored warnings of people who tried to stop him.

She jailed Hughes, of Greenfield Road, Colwyn Bay, to four years imprisonment. She also imposed an indefinite restraining order to prevent him from approaching his victim.

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Thursday, 2 December 2021

North Wales ....Rare Kemp's Ridley turtle found on beach incubated to boost survival chances

This is a heartwarming story that the poor little creature blown thousands of miles off course ends up in North Wales! 

Like so many people we are hoping that this baby will make it and be able to be released back in the warm waters.

THE WORLD'S rarest sea turtle that washed up alive on Talacre beach has been placed in a specially-adapted incubator to help give it the best possible chance of survival.

The juvenile Kemp's Ridley turtle, named 'Tally' after the beach where it was found, was discovered on Sunday by a local couple - some 4,000 miles from its home in the Gulf of Mexico.

It is the world's rarest and most endangered species of sea turtle - and is thought to have been blown off course whilst journeying through warmer seas further south in the Atlantic, probably due to the recent strong wind and currents.

North Wales Pioneer:

Tally was in a state of cold water shock when it was found, and has been taken in by Anglesey Sea Zoo - which is providing it with an emergency, round-the-clock care.

The aquarium said on Tuesday that the early signs for the "extremely precious" turtle's chances of survival are positive - despite the fact, most cold-stranded turtles often die during the process of being revived.

Tally is said to be responding well to treatment, but it remains in a critical condition. It has now been placed in a purpose-built incubator to help stabilize its temperatures.

North Wales Pioneer:

On Wednesday, Anglesey Sea Zoo issued an update on its social media.

It said: "The team has worked hard over the past two days and Tally now has its own purpose-built incubator to stabilize temperatures.

"We are still seeing positive signs but taking it to minute by minute as Tally is still at a critical stage. We would like to thank you all for your good wishes and support."

Kemp's Ridley turtles are typically found in waters between 25-30 degrees Celsius, with British waters this time of year being in single-figure temperatures.

The UK's only native species of turtle is the Leatherback Turtle, which is common between May and September when it visits our coasts to feed on the huge swarms of large jellyfish.

If Tally survives, it will eventually be flown to the Gulf of Mexico to be released back into the wild.

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Llandudno .... 'Huge' plans for £20m entertainment complex at Pier revealed

Well done to Adam, I just hope the building looks like to old Pavilion as promised.

The owner of Llandudno Pier has revealed plans for a multi-million-pound entertainment complex at the old Pier Pavilion site.

Adam Williams said the new complex would likely include a bowling alley, bars, and restaurants if plans were given the go-ahead.

The plans are currently at an early stage but will be submitted as a future planning application.

The pier already employs 100 staff as well as another 50 seasonal positions, but Mr. Williams said the new development could potentially generate an additional 150 year-round jobs.

The revelation comes after Mr. Williams bought the land from developer Alan Waldron last month. The old Pier Pavilion was destroyed by a fire over 20 years ago.

In an exclusive interview with Conwy’s Local Democracy Reporting Service, Mr. Williams said: "I can reveal what the plans are going to be, but I haven’t got the drawings to reveal how exactly it is going to look.

“The basis for how I would like it to be is a similar look to the (old) Pavilion and a similar but modern-day use where it’s all indoor entertainment, bowling, restaurants, bars, all indoor stuff.

“We would have to look at a list of what works in leisure and entertainment and see what we could physically get in there and afford.

"But you are probably looking at £15m to £20m for the development, something like that. But it is premature to know what that is going to look like yet because we’ve only owned the site for a week."

Mr. Williams added: "The finished building is going to take a while. I don’t want to rush into it.

"This building is going to stay there for at least 100 years and be useful for all that period. So there is a lot of thinking to do, a lot of work, a lot of design. We need to make sure we get it right.

"The definition of getting it right is what suits the town and the tourism industry. It’s got to suit everybody."

Last month, Mr. Williams bought the land from Mr. Waldron before an auction could take place. Mr. Waldron had planning consent for 54 apartments and a restaurant.

Mr. Williams believed placing residents so close to the pier threatened its future as a tourist spot, due to the likelihood of complaints about noise and smells.

But, after spending years fighting against that planning application, which was approved in 2018, Mr. Williams has now re-registered the planning consent under his own name with Conwy County Council.

He said this allows him to retain the maximum value of the land and enables the new project to borrow against its worth when seeking finance from the banks.

However, Mr. Williams said it also means that, if the banks took control of the land in the future, the old plans for 54 apartments and a restaurant could be back on the cards.

He said: "This is huge for Llandudno. Everyone knows I think Llandudno's great to start with. But we do miss out on the winter season and the rainy days, for something for families when the weather is not nice. This would help immensely.

"It would help the pier keep jobs 12 months a year. I think it would help a lot of the hotels keep full-time jobs too and really change the economy. We don’t need to change the summer. What we need to improve is the rainy days and the winter.

"It’s very exciting. Obviously, I’m very nervous. I might not be able to deliver everything I would like to deliver, and it is quite a scary thought. There is a lot of investment going into there, but I can see the potential.

"In 20 years, we’ll look back and think: 'That was the right thing to do.'

“The aim of the game is to secure the pier’s future. Everything we do is to make sure the pier can afford its maintenance. The wind the other night didn’t help! But this will make an economic impact so we can keep going in the future.”

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Llandudno ...Delinquent Youth Rode Stolen Golf Buggy Down Main Road!

12 months is that all! Hardly worth the effort really. YDZThis country should bring back National Service starting at the age of 16.
A teenager took a “joy ride” on a golf buggy stolen from a golf club.

Someone else is alleged to have taken the vehicle but Gruffydd Roberts, 18, then got onto it.

He pleaded guilty at Llandudno Magistrates Court today to being carried on a motor vehicle without the owners’ consent.

Magistrates gave him a 12-month conditional discharge.

Prosecutor Scott McCrimmon said two golf buggies had been taken from a container at North Wales Golf Club on Bryniau Road in Llandudno on May 2.

They were driven along the main road and Roberts was seen on one of them.

Police stopped the buggies.

North Wales Golf Club in Llandudno
North Wales Golf Club in Llandudno 

Officers also found Roberts had been carrying a small amount of cannabis.

Mr. McCrimmon said: “He accepted he had seen his friends on golf buggies and he had got on for a short joy ride if I can put it that way.”

He admitted being carried on the buggy and possessing cannabis.

Sarah Yates, defending, said Roberts was 17 at the time of the offenses and regrets his actions.

She pointed out that both buggies were retrieved undamaged.

She said her client is concerned that the convictions will hinder his chances of getting on an Environmental Science course at Manchester University.

North Wales Golf Club in Llandudno
North Wales Golf Club in Llandudno 

Magistrates chairwoman Grainne McDonagh told Roberts, of Vardre Avenue, Deganwy, that he had pleaded guilty to both offenses at the earliest opportunity.

He had been 17 at the time and had been a man of good character.

She said he had “fantastic potential” and a supportive family.

She added: “The next thing I want to hear about you is to hear about you in your cap and gown in the newspaper and not about more offenses.”

Mrs McDonagh added: “You’re a lucky man that your Mam and Dad are here to support you. Don’t let them down. Your mother will probably give you more than I give you.”

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