Sunday, 26 June 2016

Llandudno....... Just how bad is it getting?

Holidaymaker's horror after dog attacked in Llandudno

Published date: 24 June 2016 | 
Published by: Steve Craddock 
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Molly after the attack 
A HOLIDAYMAKER spoke of her horror after she claims her dog was attacked in Llandudno.
Lisa Bird, from Wolverhampton, said she cut her holiday in the town short after her 12-year-old terrier cross Molly was attacked by a husky in Mostyn Street on June 15.
Ms Bird, 31, said the incident happened at midday at the bin outside Waterstones and left Molly in need of hundreds of pounds worth of vet treatment.
She said: “I would like this photo to get back to the owner of the husky that attacked my dog. She had no control over her dog as she was talking to someone with her back to her dog on a loose lead.
“I knelt on the pavement with Molly while passers by expressed their concerns at what they had witnessed. At no point did the owner of the husky make any attempt to see if Molly was ok and simply walked off.
“I was really hoping the owner would come forwardan d contribute to some of the vets bills.
“I also hope that they now muzzle the dog in public. I would hate for another dog owner to go through this.
"She is on the mend slowly, she is still on tablets and antibiotics and is due to have her stitches out next week if all goes well - there is still a lot of bruising."
A spokesperson for North Wales Police confirmed a call was received reporting a dog had attacked another dog in Mostyn Street, Llandudno. 

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Conwy County Council .......Financial impropriety

How can they be allowed to keep the truth from the public?

Financial impropriety/alleged theft/fraud & other financial concerns

Jane Davies made this Freedom of Information request to Conwy County Borough Council
This request has an unknown status. We're waiting for Jane Davies to read a recent response and update the status.

From: Jane Davies 

Delivered 

Dear Conwy County Borough Council,
I notice in todays (and previous) daily post reports that a by-election is to be arranged following "a councillor who had the worst meeting attendance record in conwy" having only attended 17 out of 50 meetings that his constituents would want him to attend to represent their views etc. What is most disturbing is that he was paid, according to the Daily Post "... who attended just 17 of 50 council meetings over an 18 month period whilst earning almost £20,000.00 of tax payers cash.."
1) Does the council have any structure in place to recoup the money paid to the councillor despite his obvious absence (as he was working away). 
2) The councillor should be made to repay the minimum of £10,000 as he failed to attend less than half the meetings. Will the council seek this repayment. 
3) Should the council set up rules for councillors that state they must attend a certain amount of meetings rather than pay them blindly. 
4) Will this councillor receive a pension from the council and how much will this be.
I notice that there have been numerous previous requests for Conwy's responses to financial negligence for example, the total mismanagement of £250,000 that was given to the help the heroes project, where conwy staff failed to follow up and check where the money was spent, this resulted in a well publicized case where a freedom of information request stated that no one within the council was Disciplined for this extreme negligence of public money.
1) Does the council have any policies or procedures that would ensure this does not happen again? 
2) Why was there no disciplinary in this case as this is a seriously large amount of cash to have been misappropriated in this way with no checks being made. This is clear negligence on the part of Conwy council. 
3) Does the council accept responsibility for the loss of £250,000 from the public purse and have they made any effort to ensure this does not happen again.
I have also seen many request for information regarding a social worker who in 2007/8 misappropriated thousands of pounds. Not only was this social worker guilty (and admitted) taking payment for hours he did not work over a very long period of time, but he also committed identity fraud. Conwy did not report this to Police and the social worker remains in post.
1) Whilst I understand this person was disciplined, why was this not reported to the police as should have been the case as at least 2 criminal acts were conducted. 
2) The Police were not informed as this has been the subject of a freedom of information act that confirmed this to be the case. 
3) Does the council consider that the public might be at risk from a person with such a serious record of dishonesty.
Yours faithfully,
Jane Davies

From: Uned Llyw-Gwyb / 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.

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Julez Walker left an annotation ()

Hi Jane, There is an awful lot of things going on with this council at the moment, A social worker and an Inquiry of a 21 year old pregnant womans death, The SW is still working, A social worker, again in Llandudno CMHT, who is under investigation for perverse actions on the internet, A death under the former Pova in the Learning Disability team, A death of an Older Person, Breach of Dols, A dismissed Pova Manager, Fraud in the Education department, to name but a few, So Jane will the public get to know the truth? Will costs be known or repaid? And will staff under investigation all be reported to the Governing bodies? 
The answer is a clear no, good luck.

From: Uned Llyw-Gwyb / Info-Gov Unit
Conwy County Borough Council

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Dear Sir/Madam

 

Please find below information in response to your three separate question
sets:

 

Question set 1:

Before addressing your questions specifically you need to be aware that
the Council does not determine the payments made to Councillors and the
rules about Councillor attendance at meetings is set within

Legislation and it is not something the Council has the power to change.
Payments to Councillors are determined by the Independent Remuneration
Panel for Wales (IRPW) and further information on how they agree the level
of payments can be found on their website
[1]http://gov.wales/irpwsub/home/?lang=en  or more specifically within
their Annual Report for 2016/17
[2]http://gov.wales/docs/dsjlg/publications...

 

1. No.  The Councillor concerned still met the qualifications required to
be a Councillor and was not disqualified in any way.

2. No. The payments made to Councillors are not based on the number of
meetings they attend (please see information on IRPW website).

3. Payments to Councillors are not based on their attendance at meetings
alone.  Currently the legislation states that a Councillor must attend at
least one meeting within a 6 month period; if they do not then they can
become disqualified.  This was not the case with the Councillor you refer
to.  The Council does not have the power to change the legislation, nor
can it put procedures in place that contravene the legislation.

4. No, the Councillor was not a member of the Local Government Pension
Scheme.

 

Question set 2:

1 and 3, information is already publicly available on Conwy’s public
web-site, in particular the agenda and minutes of a meeting of the Audit &
Governance Committee held on 14th March 2013, 5pm, which  contain
comprehensive detail of what occurred and what lessons were learned. You
can access this information via the following link:
[3]http://modgoveng.conwy.gov.uk/ieListDocu...

 

2, officers involved were no longer employed by the Council at the
conclusion of the investigation.

 

Question set 3.

1,2 & 3, The Council neither confirms nor denies that it holds information
falling within the description specified in your request. The duty in
Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not apply, by
virtue of Section 40 (2) of that Act. This is an absolute exemption and
there is therefore no requirement to consider the public interest.

 

Please accept this correspondence as a refusal notice under S17.

 

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]

Conwy County Council .......Free Eirias Park Concert tickets for Council Staff?

Somebody knows something!

Please drop us a line here.....

Event tickets
H Spencer made this Freedom of Information request to Conwy County Borough Council
This request has an unknown status. We're waiting for H Spencer to read a recent response and update the status.

From: H Spencer 

Dear Conwy County Borough Council,
I would like to request the following information:
How many tickets to the Lionel Richie concern at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay, on 19/06/2016, were given away by the local authority, for example as gift.
Additionally, please provide the names of all individuals and organisation to whom tickets were given.
Yours faithfully,
H Spencer

From: Uned Llyw-Gwyb / 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.

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under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 you will receive a
response within twenty working days.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Colwyn Bay ......calf 'bludgeoned to death' in Colwyn Bay

UPDATE: appeal launched after calf 'bludgeoned to death' in Colwyn Bay

Published date: 21 June 2016 | 
Published by: Staff Reporter
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An appeal has been launched after a calf was 'bludgeoned to death' in Colwyn Bay.
North Wales Police Rural Crime Team officers tweeted at 1.35pm that a report had been received in of a calf being bludgeoned to death with a piece of wood in Colwyn Bay.
Officers attended the scene earlier today (Tuesday, June 21), in a field near Llanelian, near Colwyn Bay.
The incident is believed to have happened between lastn night (Monday, June 21) and this morning.
A spokesperson for North Wales Police said enquiries are ongoing and anyone who has information can call 101 with reference number U091084.