Friday, 27 November 2015

Porth Eirias AKA, The Skip, Colwyn Bay losses over £105k in 1 year!

No real shock here that the Carbuncle on the prom known locally as the Skip AKA "Porth Whatever", is losing money. And did the year before as well, as my memory serves me correctly!
The Skip was nominated see for - By The University of Manchester

Carbuncle Cup nomination — Porth Eirias Watersports Centre, Colwyn Bay, Wales, by K2 Architects

Have your say on this year’s nominations
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From the nominators:
“A new building on Colwyn Bay promenade* looks truly awful, and is already widely disliked (or hated) by those who live here. Oppressively bland, shaped like a dumpster, and totally insensitive to the beautiful surrounding coast. This really fits the definition of “carbuncle”.
“I walk along the beach most days, and I’m confronted with this ill-conceived monstrosity. It looks so awkward, both in the crudeness of its form, and in the bizarre clash of materials (windowless zinc walls running directly into strange wood-faced sections, which are reminiscent of old garden-fence panels).
“The main concept was to have two large intersecting ramps which give the building its form, while providing access to the roof. After the building was already being constructed, wheelchair users protested that the ramps were too steep. So, to create a shallower gradient, one of the ramps had to be transformed into a kind of zig-zagging effect between added plant-beds (see below). It looks ridiculous, and remains difficult to use.
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“The local newspaper (North Wales Weekly News, 23/3/13) recently mentioned the building, with the caption: “UNPOPULAR: Some readers are unimpressed by the new Porth Eirias complex at Colwyn Bay”. I’m not surprised – it’s hideous. What were the architects and planners thinking!? … £5 million badly spent.”
“I’d like to nominate the new Colwyn Bay Waterfront building (aka Porth Eirias) for the Carbuncle Cup 2013.
“Originally the winning entry in a competition held by Conwy Council, the design underwent several compromises, resulting in a large windowless zinc-clad section which disfigures an otherwise beautiful stretch of coast.
Local residents have labelled it “Skip-by-the-Sea”, due to its striking resemblance to an industrial-scale skip. (The original publicly-approved design looked very different, with surrounding glass walls, projecting roof section, etc. Prior to construction there were warningsthat the design changes could be disastrous, but these went unheeded).
“It’s prominently positioned, a few hundred yards along the promenade from Colwyn Bay’s Victoria Pier.”
The Skip is hated by local people and Tourists alike, yet the council defend it with rigour!
well it's losing money, costs are being refused to be given on rent, lighting and repairs and now that the building is taking on water, how many more millions will the Carbuncle cost the taxpayer? 
It needs to be demolished now before it eats up any more money.

The Skip,Colwyn Bay, Porth Eirias,, F.O.I. poor reply!

So the roof is leaking, but costs are not given,interesting!

Porth Eirias Colwyn Bay , LL29 8HH.

Derek Roechilds made this Freedom of Information request to Conwy County Borough Council
Currently waiting for a response from Conwy County Borough Council, they must respond promptly and normally no later than 1 December 2015 (details).

From: Derek Roechilds

Dear Conwy County Borough Council,
It has come to the attention regarding the recently erected Porth
Eirias Development that there are structural problems with the
current building,
These are the leaking of the roof, and according to the Architects
involved, that due to the cycle track not being part of the
original design,has added to the structural problems.
Rather than hear gossip in the town, can you please clarify the
following,
What are the current structural problems with the building?
What will the costs be to repair the current structural problems?
How much of these costs will be paid for by the tax payer?
Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Derek Roechilds

From: Info-Gov Unit
Conwy County Borough Council

Diolch am eich neges e-bost. Os ydych yn gofyn am fynediad at wybodaeth
dan delerau Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000 cewch ymateb o fewn ugain
niwrnod gwaith. Thank you for your email. If you are requesting access to
information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you
will receive a response within twenty working days.

From: Derek O'Connor
Conwy County Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam

Please be advised that there are no known structural problems with Porth Eirias. However, you may be aware that earlier this year CCBC was seeking advice about some water ingress at Porth Eirias. There have been no major instances since then, but the situation continues to be monitored. More detailed investigations will be carried out in the New Year, but this is not expected to impact on the operation of the building. It goes without saying that the Council took all reasonable steps to ensure that proper contractual arrangements are in place with those responsible for the construction of the building and any remedial works, if required, will be undertaken against that backdrop.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of this response and should be sent to the address below. 

Please ensure all email correspondence is sent to the [Conwy Council request email] email address.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, or if you are unhappy with this response you may appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office – Wales, 2nd Floor, Churchill House, Churchill Way, Cardiff, CF10 2HH.

Uned Llywodraethu Gwybodaeth/ Information Governance Unit
Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol CONWY County Borough Council
E-Bost / E-Mail: [Conwy Council request email]

 

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Costs of investigations up to now? as requested please, thank you.

Not sure if Excitement is the right word that describes a Coca Cola van!

As the public await Conwy councils response to the cost of the below promotional visit of their product by CC we wait , and also ask what other businesses get from the council that they clearly give to the Coca Cola franchise?

"Excitement" !!!!!! builds for the arrival of the Coca Cola truck in Colwyn Bay

Published date: 25 November 2015 | 
Published by: Rachel Nash
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EXCITEMENT IS building for the arrival of the famous Coca Cola Christmas truck in Colwyn Bay next week.
 
The truck will arrive in the town at midday on December 2, stationing itself on Abergele Road until 8pm. 
 
During the visit, the people of Colwyn Bay will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the famous vehicle and take pictures with the truck as it lights up in a winter wonderland setting. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a 150ml can of either Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Life, Coca-Cola Zero or Diet Coke. 
 
There will also be free family entertainment including stilt walking, roller skating ice pixies, and an appearance from Disney’s Elsa and Olaf, and of course, Santa and his reindeer.
 
Radio presenters from Capital FM will also be at the stop to give visitors the chance to win tickets to this year’s Capital Jingle Bell with Coca-Cola, at the O2 arena in London.
 
In addition to the scheduled stops, for the first time this year Coca-Cola is also giving people the opportunity to win a personal visit from the Christmas truck and a hamper of festive treats worth £5,000. The competition is running on selected packs of all four Coca-Cola variants in the run up to Christmas.
 
Bobby Brittain, Marketing Director of Coca-Cola Great Britain, said: “We’re delighted to be visiting Colwyn Bay this year as part of the Coca-Cola Christmas truck tour. By launching a competition for a member of the public to win a personal visit from the Coca-Cola Christmas truck and making a further 46 stops across the UK, we’re looking forward to being able to give a little happiness to as many people across the country as possible.”
 
Organisers Conwy County Borough Council are expecting a massive turn out throughout the day so would encourage those close enough to enjoy a family stroll and leave the car at home.

All costs involved in the Coca Cola Van visit to Colwyn Bay

Derek Roechilds made this Freedom of Information request to Conwy County Borough Council
Currently waiting for a response from Conwy County Borough Council, they must respond promptly and normally no later than 7 December 2015 (details).

From: Derek Roechilds

Dear Conwy County Borough Council,
Please can you provide the following information on the Coca Cola
Van visit to Colwyn Bay this Christmas.
What are the following cost-
1,Staffing at the event? and how many staff? and the number of
hours, overtime etc?
2,What insurance costs will be put in place, ie for health and
safety?
3,What road, highway work, including bollards and staff costs will
be encountered?
4,Can you please provide Copies of all correspondence and planning
meetings regarding this event .
5,Considering the health concerns around fizzy drinks , was this
event considered in the light of the councils own health and well
being objectives?
6,As this is a company project, ie Coca Cola, in fairness to other
companies, what other companies will the council offer this
Opportunity of self promotion(assisted by the council) to?
ie why this company? And will the council offer the same amount of
financial support and staffing to other companies, or local
companies?
7, From which budget or fund has this money for the event been
allocated from?

Yours faithfully,

Derek Roechilds

From: Info-Gov Unit
Conwy County Borough Council

Diolch am eich neges e-bost. Os ydych yn gofyn am fynediad at wybodaeth
dan delerau Deddf Rhyddid Gwybodaeth 2000 cewch ymateb o fewn ugain
niwrnod gwaith. Thank you for your email. If you are requesting access to
information under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you
will receive a response within twenty working days.
Would be nice to know the costs prior the event, not after, still it's only our money, why should we be consulted?

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Conwy Council to Go! God let's hope so.........

Let's clear out the bad once and for all!

and no need for 25 million pound offices,and time to slim down the Directors and Managers in the move,Great news.

Plans for council shake-up across Wales expected on Tuesday

     
  • From the sectionWales
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More details about how councils will be shaken up across Wales are to be revealed later.
Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews wants to cut the number of councils from 22 to eight or nine.
The proposals to bring back bigger councils are broadly similar to pre-1996 arrangements.
He will publish the Draft Local Government (Wales) Bill on Tuesday but it will not become legislation before the assembly election next May.
Mr Andrews previously called the case for fewer local authorities "compelling" but the plans have been criticised by the body representing local authorities, some Labour council leaders and an ex-Labour minister.
Dyfed would be brought back by re-merging Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion, and West Glamorgan would return by joining Swansea once more with Neath Port Talbot.
Cardiff would merge with the Vale of Glamorgan, while a merger between Caerphilly, Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Newport and Monmouthshire would create Wales' biggest council, with a population of nearly 600,000.
Bridgend would join Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil.
In the eight-council model, Anglesey, Gwynedd and Conwy would merge, as would Denbighshire, Wrexham and Flintshire.
The alternative would see Conwy and Denbighshire merging.

Colwyn Bay Hotel, Old Colwyn


Very sad that this went, stunning views from there, we used to have our Christmas party there every year, gutted when it was demolished, it's now flats

Monday, 23 November 2015

Colwyn Bay Town Hall

Government Buildings

Rather than build yet more council offices on this site, why not re build the town hall? Lovely building with the statue of our brave lads outside, where it should have stayed, not shoved in a park, What were they thinking when they demolished this ?
The Government Buildings occupy the site where the Town Hall once stood.  That building was opened in 1904, with the town’s fire station next door.  In 1964 the Council moved to Glan y Don Hall in Old Colwyn and the building was demolished soon afterwards.
The War Memorial was originally erected outside the Town Hall and a World War I tank also stood there from 1920 to 1927.  When the Town Hall was demolished the War Memorial was moved to Queen’s Gardens.
Government Buildings


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay...........Slippery Floor at The Skip.... Customer falls,

Customers falls on wet floor at the Skip, but Staff just walk past!

see.....

"Unfortunately the worst experience was falling after slipping on the wet floor- the most disappointing part being the staff reaction or lack of it. A female member of staff walked past without offering to help and when I explained what had happened she simply comment that it must have been a customer with wet feet! Won't be rushing back "

The Reply back from the Skip......

"Thank you for your review. We do apologise for your accident, Unfortunately the building is of dual purpose and we have people coming up from the beach to use the facilities which is probably why the floor was wet. Having said that we are concerned at the lack of help from our staff, we pride ourselves on offering a good customer service, and the customers welfare is very important to us, your comments have been noted and will be passed on to the service team."

We suggest ........


See full review and many horrors like them at TripAdvisor, 
3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago

Never been before and arrived for Sunday lunch. Stunning location and impressive building. There was a professional yet warm welcome Maitre d and the young members of staff were all very nice and attentive. Lovely to hear so many of them speaking and greeting us in Welsh. A great choice of wines both by the bottle and by the glass and lovely selection of beers and soft drinks. Starter of mussels was lovely. But the main course of duck leg was very disappointing- overlooked and bland. The choice of dessert was not the best. Unfortunately the worst experience was falling after slipping on the wet floor- the most disappointing part being the staff reaction or lack of it. A female member of staff walked past without offering to help and when I explained what had happened she simply comment that it must have been a customer with wet feet! Won't be rushing back but overall it was a pleasant meal
  • Visited November 2015
    • 3 of 5 starsValue
    • 3 of 5 starsService
    • 4 of 5 starsFood
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This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
BrynWilliams15, Manager at Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias, responded to this review, 2 days ago
Thank you for your review. We do apologise for your accident, Unfortunately the building is of dual purpose and we have people coming up from the beach to use the facilities which is probably why the floor was wet. Having said that we are concerned at the lack of help from our staff, we pride ourselves on offering a good customer service, and the customers welfare is very important to us, your comments have been noted and will be passed on to the service team.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

Public Inquiry be held Regarding Management of The Victoria Pier In Colwyn Bay, By Conwy County Council....

Looks like this has been updated, It does read better, one might say! Although the original was more honest!

We Request That a Public Inquiry be held Regarding Management of The Victoria Pier In Colwyn Bay, By Conwy County Council.

We Request That a Public Inquiry be held Regarding Management of The Victoria Pier In Colwyn Bay, By Conwy County Council.

  • 55 SUPPORTERS
  • BYDavid Lear
  • TARGET: To Mr Carl Sargeant AM - National Assembly for Wales
55
250
we've got 55 supporters, help us get to 250 by December 31, 2015

Update #1 23 days ago ▾

Support the Pier Please come and show your support to save the Pier on Friday 16th 5.15pm in front of the Pier.Darren Miller AM will be presented with the petition by Hillary Hughes MBE a committee member which will be presented to the Welsh office.

About This Petition

This request is due to the questionable management of The of this Historic Grade II listed Victoria Pier by Conwy County Council. Starting From the early days of the community backing the restoration of the pier up to the present day demolition submission by the council. It's also about The Council Not supporting those wanting to save the Pier. Sending awarded money back, clearly what could be described as sabotaging all attempts by The Pier Trust Group and the town council to Obtain grants to restore the Pier. Clearly Conwy Council are not the best suited body to work with any aspect of Restoring this wonderful structure. So why aren't the council listen to the public, the town council and the trust?
What else do the council need to destroy? Yet the council spend millions on building that is the carbuncle on the prom, yet allowing a Grand Grade II listed building to decay, whilst regeneration goes on all around it. Well enough is enough, this madness has to stop. And due to the Council owning the Pier, no one can request emergency repairs or a compulsory purchase of The pier as the Council own it, so it could be suggested that it serves the councils agenda to watch it decay, and use this in their justification for demolition.
The Pier needs to be taken out of the Councils hands and given to a more capable body, until then, we need an inquiry as to the reason it has ended up like this.
A number of other people have also requested a public inquiry into this matter, so we need to make this happen. Please sign this Petition and let's get the ball rolling, and let's get some answers.This request will be submitted to the National Assembly for Wales, Minister for Natural Resources, Mr Carl Sargeant. Thank you. 

All costs involved in the Coca Cola Van visit to Colwyn Bay..... Loving this!

All costs involved in the Coca Cola Van visit to Colwyn Bay

Derek Roechilds made this Freedom of Information request to Conwy County Borough Council
Currently waiting for a response from Conwy County Borough Council, they must respond promptly and normally no later than 7 December 2015 (details).

From: Derek Roechilds

Dear Conwy County Borough Council,
Please can you provide the following information on the Coca Cola
Van visit to Colwyn Bay this Christmas.
What are the following cost-
1,Staffing at the event? and how many staff? and the number of
hours, overtime etc?
2,What insurance costs will be put in place, ie for health and
safety?
3,What road, highway work, including bollards and staff costs will
be encountered?
4,Can you please provide Copies of all correspondence and planning
meetings regarding this event .
5,Considering the health concerns around fizzy drinks , was this
event considered in the light of the councils own health and well
being objectives?
6,As this is a company project, ie Coca Cola, in fairness to other
companies, what other companies will the council offer this
Opportunity of self promotion(assisted by the council) to?
ie why this company? And will the council offer the same amount of
financial support and staffing to other companies, or local
companies?
7, From which budget or fund has this money for the event been
allocated from?

Yours faithfully,
Think number 7 means , if the council are allowing this company priority, why not other local companies, the same, staff,costs etc?  Good request.

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Porth Eirias Colwyn Bay.. Is the Skip suffering structural damage?, ..

Love reading the Freedom pages, someone's on the ball! Red hot more like! If the Skip is going to cost more money, then it needs to be demolished, and save the taxpayer a shed load of money!

Porth Eirias Colwyn Bay , LL29 8HH.
Derek Roechilds made this Freedom of Information request to Conwy County Borough Council
This request has an unknown status. We're waiting for Derek Roechilds to read a recent response and update the status.

From: Derek Roechilds

Dear Conwy County Borough Council,
It has come to the attention regarding the recently erected Porth
Eirias Development that there are structural problems with the
current building,
These are the leaking of the roof, and according to the Architects
involved, that due to the cycle track not being part of the
original design,has added to the structural problems.
Rather than hear gossip in the town, can you please clarify the
following,
What are the current structural problems with the building?
What will the costs be to repair the current structural problems?
How much of these costs will be paid for by the tax payer?
Thank you.

Yours faithfully,

Derek Roechilds
Derek we love you........

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Colwyn Bay ...Request That a Public Inquiry be held Regarding poor management of The Victoria Pier ,Interesting

We Request That a Public Inquiry be held Regarding poor management of The Victoria Pier In Colwyn Bay, By Conwy County Council.

We Request That a Public Inquiry be held Regarding poor management of The Victoria Pier In Colwyn Bay, By Conwy County Council.

  • 42 SUPPORTERS
  • BYDavid Lear
  • TARGET: To Mr Carl Sargeant AM - National Assembly for Wales
42
1,000
we've got 42 supporters, help us get to 1,000

Update #1 16 days ago ▾

Support the Pier Please come and show your support to save the Pier on Friday 16th 5.15pm in front of the Pier.Darren Miller AM will be presented with the petition by Hillary Hughes MBE a committee member which will be presented to the Welsh office.

About This Petition

This request is due to what I can only describe as Conwy County Councils Appalling Management of this Historic Grade II Victoria Pier, Starting From the early days of the Former owner Mr Hunt up to the present day fiasco of The Council Not supporting those wanting to save the Pier. Sending awarded money back, clearly sabotaging all attempts by The Pier Trust Group to Obtain a grant to restore the Pier. Clearly Conwy Council cannot be trusted with any aspect of Restoring this building, and looking around Colwyn Bay, it would be fair to say that It's current state is also down to them.So why don't they listen to the public?
What else do they need to destroy? Yet they spend millions on building Crap like the Skip on the prom,allowing a Grand town to be brought to it's knees, Well enough is enough, this madness has to stop. And due to the Council owning the Pier, no one can request emergency repairs or a compulsory purchase of The pier as the Council own it, so it serves their purpose to watch it decay, and use this in their justification for demolition. (It's so corrupt it hurts)
The Pier needs to be taken out of the Councils hands and given to a more capable body, until then, we need an inquiry as to the reason it has ended up like this.
Apparently a number of other people have requested a public inquiry into this, so I'm not the only angry person ! Please sign this Petition and let's get the ball rolling, and let's get some answers. Thank you.

you have the power to create change.

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WE SIGNED: WE REQUEST THAT A PUBLIC INQUIRY BE HELD REGARDING POOR MANAGEMENT OF THE VICTORIA PIER IN COLWYN BAY, BY CONWY COUNTY COUNCIL.

Found this today, very interesting indeed,
 https://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=40200613104269542#editor/target=post;postID=867229681732933756