Friday, 26 January 2018

Petition Please Sign.... Stop Conwy Councils 4 weekly bin collection plan

 Considering the large amount of litter the County already has 4 weekly bin collections are insane, it just goes to show how out of touch the council are with the real world!

The people of Conwy pay large amounts of council tax as it is as for what is in comparison to the rest of the UK poor services. The people in general have the feeling that the council care more for cash rather than good service and these 4 weekly bin collection prove this. It is a basic right of any household to have bins collected weekly and these 4 weekly bin collections need getting rid of. 

Petitioning Conwy County Borough Council

Stop Conwy Councils 4 weekly plan

Colwyn Bay ........Beer Cans Fill St Paul's Church Grounds!

Beer cans, Filled Dog Poo Bags, KFC Boxes and litter are strewn all over the Church Grounds, This is almost daily!

Colwyn Bay.......Benches Removed at St Paul's Church Due To Alcohol and Drug Problems

 Such a shame, no no one can sit down in the Church grounds due to the Anti Social Actions of Drug Users, The Homeless, Youths and Alcohol Drinkers. Well it is Colwyn Bay after all!

Colwyn Bay......Vandalism at St Paul's Church Vicarage

Another example of Colwyn Bay, the Vicarage has only been empty for a few weeks as the Care Home closed a few months ago, yet it's already been targeted, give it a few more weeks and it will be burnt to the ground!

Monday, 22 January 2018

Colwyn Bay .... Is The New Website! More Than A Little Optimistic?

A reader sent this in following accidentally coming across The new "Colwyn Bay" website. Now we here are not one's to be critical of anything, but honesty or more so estate agent language can often be a little too much, however it is an individual opinion of course, but please read on!

Please see our comments in Red!

Colwyn Bay is the thriving North Wales town everyone is talking about. Really? Who is talking about this town? 
Perfectly situated off all major transport arteries, Colwyn Bay is fast re- emerging as the commercial and leisure centre of North Wales. Correct me if I'm wrong here but hasn't Eirias Park Stadium run into over 1 million plus debt? see...
With more than £70+ million worth of investment already pumped into the area, this vibrant seaside town has a bright future ahead of it. I am somewhat concerned in the words 70 million investment, hasn't the new Council Offices run over budget by 23 Million to 53 Million, see....
The town’s extensive regeneration programme has been the catalyst to bring new leisure activity, confidence and investment to the town. What Confidence? Council Tax is at it's highest ever, and people are not seeing value for money, less policing, more crime, vandalism, arson and people can't sell their houses!
Colwyn Bay is now a vibrant, contemporary resort where sports and arts meet the sea and business. Really? Vibrant, The Town is dead most of the time, We have a Derelict Pier, A Derelict Hotel,Empty Shops, Youth Dispersal Orders in the Town Centre, A Vandalised Vicarage, Benches that are having to be removed in St Pauls Church grounds due to Alcohol and Drug user problems.
And did we mention about the amazing variety of accommodationplaces to eat and shopping facilities on offer too? Sadly most of the stunning hotels have now been demolished for blocks of flats or supported housing, We do have the ..

Bryn Woodlands House, which is lovely 

 But we also have the The Travelodge at £ 35 per night!  I remember them removing all of their bad reviews a few years ago, but here are two honest reviews, It must be noisy, it has no car park on site, and a motorway and supermarket and a road on all sides! 
Poor room essential equipment e.g. no wifi, no digital tv, no soap, no nets on windows, good local food and in a good location but noisy at the back due to delivery wagons. So its not all bad news I suppose.
By alanhR8748DR
Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Those that are disabled need help when you book and arrive at any Hotel
Here, where unlike the photo it appeared to be on a terrace it was actually built on an island in the corner of a Morrison shopping centre, there was no Car Park or even one disabled space. All residents has to walk 100 yards + to get to the door.
Once there, it was typical of it's franchise, a standard 4/5 stars could have been it's score, but parking for disabled. those with luggage, young families,aged and more was bell below what one's expectations were! By KingCuffWulfe
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Visitors flock to the vibrant year round dry beach  ( but will now be charged to park!) and other great attractions, things to do and markets  (Sadly the Market is getting less and less these days, and the Market Hall was demolished a few years ago and is now derelict wasteland!)
the town has to offer including state-of-the-art leisure facilities at Eirias.

The Eirias Stadium is also home to a great range of events and includes the start of the Rally GB and concerts by world renowned musicians such as Tom Jones and Elton John, with some performances being their first ever in North Wales!
The revamped waterfront and fantastic watersports centre at Porth Eirias also bring the crowds (See Debt Above and also very poor parking!) and there’s even the UK’s oldest operating cinema at Theatr Colwyn.(In fairness the Theatre is lovely, but it's choice in films are awful, and main Blockbusters arrive 2 and 3 weeks later than other Cinemas)
Public and private sector investment and confidence are boosted. Really!
Conwy County Council’s new offices and tourist information will open in the town in 2018, bringing over 750 additional workers to the town centre, but before the offices were demolished the tax office, housing and the job centre worked there with over 500 staff and it made no difference to the town, also 750 won't all be based there, they will work remotely, so why everyone thinks this will boost the town, also it is going to cost 1 million a year to rent which the tax payers will be coughing up for, and it's over budget by 23 Million!. Also The Tourist information closed a few years ago!
This major investment in the town will also provide a great boost to town centre footfall and trade.Well it didn't before and the beach work has done nothing for the town,The beach can be packed in summer but the town will be dead! also with the new parking fees on the Prom, this will damage the town even further!
Business really is booming! Some Shops and retailers may disagree there! see...
There’s even National recognition for all the great work and positive investment in Colwyn Bay with a plethora of awards over the last few years including, to name but a few:
• 2014 Great British High Street Award for Best Coastal Town;
• 2014 Finalist in Britain in Bloom;
• 2014 All Wales Continuous Improvement Award – Winner for Collaboration and Working across boundaries with Eirias: Colwyn Health Precinct;
• 2014 RICS Wales Awards - Regeneration Finalist & Design through Innovation Finalist for Porth Eirias.
So nothing since 2014 then!
So come and join us to see why Colwyn Bay is ‘perfectly placed’.
You might think we are being a tad harsh, but honesty should always be the best policy, however this is the opinion of the blog and some of it's readers, people must make their own mind up based on their own findings.

North Wales....Data shows knife crime is on the rise with the number of deaths involving a blade nearly doubling

This is a very big worry those of us living in Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Rhyl,Prestatyn,Wrexham, and surrounding areas are fully aware of the increase in crime and also Youth Crime,Drug Crime,Burglary,Vandalism and Robberies, and that's just some, but with cutbacks to the Police these figures will rise year on year, so just what is the solution? 
Knife crime has nearly doubled in five years across North Wales figures have revealed - with a shocking seven deaths last year.
Groups representing victims of knife crime say the shock statistic prove it is no longer a “big city” problem and is a growing issue for Welsh towns and villages.
Figures obtained by The Daily Post from North Wales Police (NWP) reveal that from 2013 to 2017 offences involving knives or blades recorded by North Wales Police (NWP) jumped from 382 to 742.
Data also revealed seven victims died in knife attacks in 2017, compared to three during the previous four years.
The Ben Kinsella Trust was set up to battle knife crime, after 16 year-old Ben was stabbed to death in Islington, London, in 2008.
Patrick Green, Trust chief executive, said: “The increase in knife crime across North Wales is shocking.
“These figures show that knife crime is no longer a big city problem as it is affecting more and more communities across Wales.
“We need to do far more to help young people understand that the dangers associated with carrying a knife.
“We need more work in schools to ensure that all young people are educated away from knife crime and we need to back this up with strong enforcement from the police and courts to take knives off our streets.”
Victims who lost their lives in knife attacks last year include Laura Stuart, 33, who was stabbed to death on August 13 on Love Lane in Denbigh, Amarjeet Singh-Bhakar knifed to death by two youths in Rhyl in April and Nicholas Churton who was murdered by Jordan Davidson with a machete in Wrexham, in March.
The number of crimes involving knives is rising in North Wales according to new data
The number of crimes involving knives is rising in North Wales according to new data 
Figures reveal a huge increase in knife crime in 2014 which increased to 648 incidents from 382 the previous year.
From 2013 to 2017 “actual bodily harm and other injury” offences jumped from 65 to 122, while “assault with intent to cause serious harm” increased from 66 to 96 offences.
All six North Wales counties showed a rise in offences over the five years with Anglesey, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham virtually doubling or more.
In 2017 Wrexham recorded 209 incidents, Flintshire 143, Gwynedd, 130, Denbighshire, 116, Conwy 94 and Anglesey 50.
Last year NWP launched amnesties across the region under its “Knives Takes Lives” campaign with more than 800 blades handed in.
Officers said they were committed to make North Wales a safer place.
A spokesman for the force said: “Knife crime is devastating. If you, your partner, son or daughter carry a knife, they are at risk - at risk of going to prison, at risk of being killed or seriously injured and at risk of having to live with the aftermath of someone’s death.”

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Llandudno....Drug needles and litter weighing 50lb collected from Great Orme beauty spot ... in one hour

The so called "Queen Of Welsh Resorts" showing her True Colours yet again!

Campaigner Jenni Cox says drug users are threatening the habitats of goats and other wild animals

Rubbish, including syringes, sharps boxes and bottles weighing in at 50lb were cleared from a Llandudno beauty spot in just one hour.
Campaigner Jenni Cox says drug users are threatening the habitat of wild animals near Kendrick’s Cave on the Great Orme.
Miss Cox, who helped revive glow worm colonies on the headland, collected more than 50lbs of rubbish, including syringes, condoms and beer bottles yesterday (Thursday January 18).
She said the area is a destination for drug-users and the homeless and rubbish left behind is endangering the lives of wild goats and their offspring.
The death of one of the animals convinced her something needed to be done.
She said: “Over winter goats use this area more frequently. Just before Christmas there was a goat death and another very poorly goat found frothing at the mouth.
“I suspect the goats ingested drugs. Nothing can be proven though.
“Some of the female goats use that area to give birth.
Needles collected from the Great Orme beauty spot in just an hour
Needles collected from the Great Orme beauty spot in just an hour
“The new kids are due very soon, so the area desperately needed to be cleared.
“I had already cleared some needles back in September so knew there were more around.”
The kind hearted campaigner said she will keep going back as long as there is a problem but said efforts to keep the area free of problems has so far proved fruitless.
Campaigner Jenni Cox
Campaigner Jenni Cox
She said patrolling the area is not without its risks.
She said: “A few of the people I encountered in the caves over the years threatened me with violence and also made threats on my life.
“It was a big relief when certain individuals got moved on from the caves.
The collected rubbish weighed up to 50lbs
The collected rubbish weighed up to 50lbs
“However the caves were closed off, which meant access was cut off for me too.
“All it achieves is creating a more private space for people to get up to no good. If the top gates were open, at least the police can get in there.”
The rubbish strewn around near Kendrick's Cave
The rubbish strewn around near Kendrick's Cave
Miss Cox would like signs put up warning people not to damage the area but also informing them of the nature that surrounds them.
She added: “Whatever the outcome, I’ll carry on patrolling the area for years to come and keep doing my bit to help protect the wildlife.”

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Colwyn Bay/Llandudno....Thug sentenced for second time after targeting victims in unprovoked attacks

Thank heavens this violent thug is off to Jail, sadly not for long enough!
A thug has been sentenced for a second time after attacking victims in two unprovoked, separate violent assaults.
Today Christopher Patrick Kerrigan, of no fixed address but formerly of Colwyn Bay, admitted wounding Nikolas Maxwell outside a fast food restaurant in Llandudno in December 2016.
The 21-year-old was handed an 18-month prison term to be served concurrently with another jail sentence imposed for a previous attack in similar circumstances.
In today’s case at Caernarfon Crown Court Jo Maxwell, prosecuting, said Kerrigan had been involved in an altercation with door staff at the Boulevard nightclub around 3.15am on December 2.
“Police had attended and the defendant ran off towards the McDonald’s restaurant where Nikolas Maxwell and two friends were walking through.
“He stood in their path making no attempt to move and when Mr Maxwell turned his head slightly he felt a strong blow to his face and realised his mouth was bleeding,” she said.
Neither man knew each other and attack was unprovoked.
Mr Maxwell was taken to hospital and required stitches in his mouth and further surgery to replace two teeth which had been knocked out by the blow. When arrested in late January last year Kerrigan refused to answer police questions.
Ms Maxwell said a few weeks after this attack Kerrigan was involved in another attack on a man outside a Rhyl nightclub
He had been caught on CCTV cameras repeatedly kicking his victim.
Last July he was handed a six-year jail term for the offence.
Today Judge Huw Rees told Kerrigan he “should be thoroughly ashamed of his behaviour” and could have received a consecutive jail term.
“I am just about persuaded that due to the progress you have been making in custody that the sentence is effective today and you will not have to serve additional time in prison,” he said.
Brett Williamson, defending, said Kerrigan still had some time to serve before he was due for release and had taken advantage of education and training programmes in prison.
“He’ll have plenty of time to grow up in prison. He accepts this is a serious incident and knows there can only be one sentence, that of immediate custody,” the barrister said.

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Llandudno, Great Orme......Sheep Mauled To Death By Three Dogs On The Great Orme

It just keeps on happening! Where are the owners, and why were the dogs off the leads? I hope the owners are found and taken to court.

A Great Orme shepherd has spoken of his "shock" after three dogs savaged one of his sheep to death.
Thursday’s horrific incident was captured on video as the dogs killed the sheep which was lying on the ground at the top of a cliff on the Llandudno summit.
The footage, captured by a walker, shows two people on the top of the hill above where the mauling is taking place but then appear to turn and walk away.
Shepherd Dan Jones, 39, who took over Parc Farm after winning the £1-a-year tenancy in a National Trust competition, says this is the first such incident since he moved there in 2016.
But the father-of-one, told the Daily Post he did not witness the attack and was alerted of it shortly after thanks to a passer-by.
Sheep that was attacked on the Great Orme
Sheep that was attacked on the Great Orme 
He said: "It came as quite a shock, mainly due to the ferocity of the attack. Sadly the sheep was in a very bad way.
“The ewe was being kept for breeding, but the dogs seemed to have grabbed her by the face. It’s quite horriffic.
“It seems that the incident was captured on video, which will hopefully help police track down whoever was responsible."
Officers from North Wales Police’s Rural Crime Team have urged anyone with information to get in touch, with the dogs appearing to be brown, black or tan Staffordshire Bull Terriers or a similar breed with yellow, red, and green harnesses on.
Mr Jones, originally from Llangristiolus on Anglesey, added: “I don’t want walkers who take their dogs up the Great Orme to feel they’re not welcome in any way.
“It’s such a lovely area to go for a walk and it should be enjoyed by everyone.
“But I would also remind people is to bear in mind the importance of keeping an eye on your dogs at all times, to avoid situations like these from happening again.
“It’s so important that owners continue to be responsible and keep their dogs on leads when around sheep, especially as we're now approaching lambing time.”
Dan Jones and wife Ceri
Dan Jones and wife Ceri 
Writing on Twitter, Rob Taylor, Rural Crime Team manager, said: “This is a time not to stay quiet but to do the right thing and report the dogs’ owner to the police.
“The dogs’ harnesses are distinctive and the power of social media can catch them, whether they are local or from away.”
Anyone with information is asked to call North Wales Police on 101, quoting reference number W000140.
Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

North Wales ....Secret papers reveal while Chernobyl nuclear fall out was landing on North Wales, government response was 'shambolic'

This is shocking, but something I think we all knew. I remember my mother saying on the day who was in the area that her skin was burning. She died of cancer a few years later. However that does not necessarily suggest a link, but it was in the soil,vegetables, and water too. I wonder what the statistic for cancer in the area of North Wales has been like following this? For example is it above expected rates? It's very scary and soon we will have a new Nuclear Power Plant in North Wales, what joy!  
North Wales was left to suffer the effects of radioactive fall out from the Chernobyl disaster while Whitehall officials and senior politicians who should have been dealing with the crisis were either overseas or preparing to go on holiday.
The explosion at the reactor in the plant in the USSR sent toxic and potentially lethal dust high into the atmosphere on April 26, 1986. But papers newly released today under the 30-year secrecy rule show the initial reaction from the government was ‘shambolic’.
Farmers in North Wales have long-criticised the slow response of the government, and the release of the cabinet papers will only compound their belief.
A week after the catastrophic release, the first signs of radioactivity were being picked up in the UK. At Wylfa nuclear power station on Anglesey, alarms were triggered by workers arriving at the plant.
But when levels were tested, it was found they had brought the radioactive dust into the plant from the outside.
An aerial view of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in May 1986 just days after the explosion
An aerial view of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in May 1986 just days after the explosion 
As panic spread and government emergency phone lines were jammed by anxious callers, officials were packing up for an extended bank holiday break.
Advice issued to calm public fears only inflamed them, while officials were dismayed to discover they did not have a contingency plan for dealing with an incident involving an overseas nuclear facility.
In one moment of pure “farce”, environment minister William Waldegrave mistakenly gave out the telephone number for the Department of the Environment (DoE) drivers’ pool instead of Whitehall’s technical information centre during a radio interview.
William Waldergrave, environment minister at the time of the Chernobyl disaster
William Waldergrave, environment minister at the time of the Chernobyl disaster
Mrs Thatcher complained that the government had given the “appearance of disarray” in her absence, while a scathing post-mortem by the No 10 policy unit concluded that it was only after the bank holiday was over that Whitehall finally gained control.
In his report to the prime minister, John Wybrew, of the policy unit, wrote: “Over the bank holiday weekend, when the fall-out first occurred, you, (foreign secretary) Geoffrey Howe and (No 10 press secretary) Bernard Ingham were away in Tokyo. Whitehall lacked a firm lead.
Margaret Thatcher was concerned the government appeared in 'disarray' in the aftermath of the Chernobyl disaster 
“Anxious telephone callers inundated Maff (the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries) and seriously hampered communications. Not until after the weekend did DoE and environment ministers firmly take charge of the government’s response.
“Before that, the ill-co-ordinated nature of the information and advice aroused rather than calmed public anxiety.”
Kenneth Baker was Secretary of State for the Environment during the Chernobyl disaster
Kenneth Baker was Secretary of State for the Environment during the Chernobyl disaster
Environment secretary Kenneth Baker sought to assure the public the risks were “insignificant”, only for John Dunster, the head of the National Radiological Protection Board, to say the death toll in the UK would run to “tens of people”.
“Both conclusions derived from the the same assumption and analysis. Mr Dunster was quantifying what he regarded as an insignificant risk,” Mr Wybrew noted.
“The next day he had to explain that tens of deaths would arise from cancer over the next 30 to 40 years, during which time millions would die from cancer wholly unconnected with the Chernobyl incident.”
When news broke of the disaster in the old Soviet Union farmers more than 2,000 miles away in Snowdonia didn’t think the fallout would threaten the very survival of their farms.
But the radiation plumes that blew across Europe in the days after the April 1986 disaster brought a legacy on upland farms over 53,000 hectares of North Wales that lasted for more than 20 years.
Workers arriving at Wylfa triggered radioactivity alarms, but they were bringing the toxic dust into the plant from outside
Workers arriving at Wylfa triggered radioactivity alarms, but they were bringing the toxic dust into the plant from outside
Restrictions were imposed on more than 300 Welsh farms and affecting around 180,000 sheep, as the caesium stays in the soil and vegetation of upland areas.
Farmer Glyn Roberts from Ysbty Ifan said: “I remember watching the disaster happen on the television but we never had any idea that the rain that was falling on us in the days after the disaster would affect us as well.”
Because of the nature of the soil in upland areas, the radioactive particles, instead of getting locked up in the soil, were absorbed by plants. The sheep grazing the land ate radioactive grass.
The weeks after the news brought massive hardship to the affected farmers as the Conservative Government was slow to respond to the plight facing the farming communities.
Glyn Roberts on his farm in Padog
Glyn Roberts on his farm in Padog 
Mr Roberts, a member of the Farmers Union of Wales, added: “It was very hard at that time, we were not able to sell our lambs to bring money into the farm and our costs were rising because we were having to keep the animals on the farm, grazing on land.
“It was threatening the livelihoods of farmers and help was not coming from the Government.
“The disaster was so far away that we never thought it would have an impact in Wales and push some farms to the brink.”