“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.
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.
From: Uned Llyw-Gwyb / Info-Gov Unit Conwy County Borough Council
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 http://gov.wales/irpwsub/home/?lang=en or more specifically within their Annual Report for 2016/17 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: 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