Friday, 30 November 2018

Colwyn Bay...Monthly Enforced Council Bin Collections Continue To Go Well!!!!!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says....Thank You again to a reader who lives near this area of the town for sending these pictures in!
Conwy Council claim that the Monthly Enforced Council Bin Collections are going well! What do you think it is like in your area? Please drop us a line. Confidentiality will be guaranteed.

Colwyn Bay...The Grade II Listed Imperial Hotel Is Falling Into A worrying State Of Disrepair!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...Thank you to a reader who sent this information in.
"The Ceilings are now beginning to collapse and water damage is clearly evident as the Grade II Listed hotel is just left to Rot! Why can't this be the new Charity hub? 
I hope the council and the Listed Building Department are keeping a keen eye on this hotel. It's high time the owner was serviced with a repair notice to ensure the building is water tight. Just be warned we are also watching and recording what is happening with this hotel!"

Colwyn Bay..Weylands To Be Demolished For New Crest Charity Building.

Crest have apparently been awarded £280.000 from a local Governing body to build a new Charity hub, even though they are not a charity! Crest will have their own store and offices will be available for others. 
Crest have been awarded the sum from a 1 Million funding pot. The Crest factory and sadly number 10 Weylands which was originally the Managers house for the Dairy that stood where the carpark now is. The house also has a well known boxing ring behind it where many a local boxer once trained. The council own the building and gazumped a buyer to buy it with the intention of flattening it. Very sad indeed.
And yet the civic offices are now empty and this building could have been used and the money to renovate it. Still that's just a little too clever eh!

Colwyn Bay...Are Trump Towers New Carbuncle Council Offices A Little Too Noisy!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...Oh dear! news reaches us that the open plan office at Trump Towers is causing quite a lot of problems, noise and drafts! It seems that when the door opens in the lobby the cold air sends a shiver to the lower status staff based in the open plan settings, although all the managers have nice doors and four walls!

Also a little incident in the lobby involving an upset member of the public waiting for someone from housing who was running late, became very agitated and angry ! This could be heard from all floors and disturbed many who were trying to work! We suggest earplugs or mufflers!

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Colwyn Bay...Bystanders filmed woman attempting to take her own life instead of helping!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says... This apparently happened just by The Ocean View, West Promenade,
My brother once worked as a psychiatric nurse for many years and said that people who really want to take their own life will go somewhere quiet to do it as we read so many times. Here this woman chose a busy area with many people around! Interesting why, when there was such a high chance of being stopped, however a short walk down towards Old Colwyn would have been far quieter! Just an opinion of course, but her actions will have led to the distress of others when she could so easily have trotted off to a & e and seen psychiatric liaison or her gp.

A man who rescued a woman from the sea while others filmed her walking into the water on their phones is set to get a bravery award for his actions.
Steve Griffiths, from Colwyn Bay, was on the promenade in the town to watch his daughter sailing when his friend - an officer with West Midlands Police who was off duty at the time - asked for his help.
"I had said goodbye to my friend Gavin, and was just watching my daughter sailing from the seafront when Gavin came back and said he needed my help and that we needed to be quick," said the 44-year-old, who works as a manager at Supertemps in Colwyn Bay.
"He had noticed a woman dressed only in a nightie was in the sea up to her waist off Colwyn Bay beach.
"What puzzled me at the time was that a lot of people were watching and filming what was going on using their phones, but nobody was stepping in to help the woman.
"It's a sign of the times I suppose, but it was a bit sad."

Steve Griffiths 

Mr Griffiths said that, when he and his friend tried to talk to the woman, she pleaded for them to leave her alone.
"A relative of the woman was also trying to talk to her, but things came to a head when she threw herself into the water so that she was fully submerged," he said.
The two men quickly got into the sea to rescue her, but the woman struggled against them.
"She struggled like mad, and I got sand in my eye as Gavin and I tried to restrain her," said Mr Griffiths.
The two men managed to get the woman back to the beach, and a former fire officer came to help.

The promenade at Colwyn Bay 

Mr Griffiths said: "We had to carry on restraining her, and tried to keep her warm with our coats, it was a harrowing experience."
An ambulance took the woman to hospital, and Mr Griffiths has since heard that she is receiving treatment.
The Humane Society is set to give him and his friend awards for their actions during the incident in May, and Mr Griffiths said he is also getting an award from the Chief Constable of West Midlands Police.
Mr Griffiths, who is originally from Anglesey, also revealed that, while he was working at the Ship Inn at Red Wharf Bay 20 years ago, he carried out another rescue, helping a woman and her daughter who had got stuck in quicksand on the beach.
"They were shouting for help and, without really thinking, I got onto the beach and managed to drag them out," he said.
"I lost my shoes and shirt in the process."
Mr Griffiths said the awards are "all a bit embarrassing" and described himself as "not really a hero".

Friday, 23 November 2018

Colwyn Bay - Man stopped by police carrying two knives

After a PC noticed a knife protruding from the pocket of a 19-year-old man in the centre of Colwyn Bay it was found that he was also carrying a second knife.

Benjamin Atkins of Bodfor Street, Rhyl, was spared immediate jail on Tuesday after pleading guilty to having the knives, one of them a lock knife. He was given a 16-week prison sentence, suspended for a year, and ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work with 20 days rehabilitation requirement and £200 costs.
His solicitor Donald Roberts told magistrates at Llandudno that Atkins had psychological difficulties. He had an interest in weapons “but is not a violent person in any way”.
Atkins, accompanied in court by a social worker, had no previous convictions.
James Neary, prosecuting, said the officer had spotted a silver piece of metal jutting from Atkins’ pocket in Seaview Road, Colwyn Bay, on October 14, and arrested him. When he placed him on the ground a man with Atkins ran towards the officer but stopped when the PC drew his baton. The second knife was spotted when he was being placed in a police vehicle.
During a police interview Atkins claimed he’d picked up the wrong coat, not realising that knives were in the pockets.
Court chairman Darren Campbell told the defendant: “It’s a serious offence, not only serious but dangerous walking around with knives in your pockets. We are concerned about your interest in weapons.”

Conwy County Council.....Enforced Four-weekly waste collection is causing "no problems" Council claims

"Conwy council have said the new four-weekly bin collections have posed "no problems" for most residents"!!!!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says....Really? You have to love the councils stiff upper lip don't you! As Rome Burns etc But the truth is there is more litter and filth and the public are struggling. The council it seems can waste money all over the place but not on bin collections that the public did not want monthly. Now the bin collectors just leave extra bin bags on the street and these then rip open and look a mess attracting vermin etc, but this will require more costs than simply just putting the extra bags in the wagon! Where is the sense in that? What is it like in your area? Let us know.

Four-weekly waste bin collections were rolled out across the county last month and since then Conwy County Borough Council (CCBC) said they have encountered no problems among residents and had seen an increase in recycling.
Head of neighbourhood services at CCBC, Andrew Wilkinson, said: "Since introducing the new system last month across Conwy County, we have seen an increase in the amount of recyclable material we are collecting (particularly food waste) and a reduction in the amount of wheelie bin waste.
"That is the trend we expected and wanted to see, it shows that residents are recycling more and landfilling less.
“For most people in Conwy 4-weekly bin collections are no problem, just the next logical step towards a less throw-away society.
 "More people are recycling and, thanks to television programmes such as Blue Planet, people are thinking more about what happens to their waste.”
However, Aberconwy AM, Janet Finch-Saunders said she had heard otherwise, receiving a number of complaints from her constituents since the introduction of the four-weekly system.
She said: "Since the introduction of four weekly bin collections as a trial by the then Labour, Plaid Cymru, Lib-Dem, and Conwy First Council in September 2016, I have been receiving increasing number of complaints about the arrangements and fly-tipping.
“From corresponding with constituents, I am aware that serious concerns persist for households of less than six people who cannot get a second bin, and for individuals trying to get rid of pet waste.
“Also, there is confusion over what can and cannot be recycled. For example, Conwy County Borough Council’s website indicates that plastic tubs can be recycled, which is actually contrary to industry practice and the advice I have been given.
“In addition to clarifying what is actually recyclable, the Council ought to acknowledge that some residents are going out of their way to dispose of waste responsibly – taking it to the tip, or using other bins in our community because of the lack of black bin capacity."
Conwy Town Councillor, Gary Willetts, said he was concerned about the recycling in the county as well, not jsut what CCBC were saying could be recycled but also whether the materials in the green bins were actually being "recycled".
He said: "It appears in Wales they can recycle materials which are not recyclable in England, which clearly cannot be the case.
"If material is recycled, this means in clear and precise terms, that this turns the material into a state where the material can be reused.
"If the plastic in its end use is deposited in land fill, incinerated, or dumped into rivers and oceans is clearly does not meet the criteria to meet the definition of recycled.
"The Council Tax Payers in Wales should be told the truth on the actual amount of recycling, which is achieved.
"It is not acceptable to transfer plastics to other countries, where there is a high risk of land fill or incineration taking place."
Llandudno Town Councillor, and former mayor, Carol Marubbi said the four-weekly collections had also resulted in an increase in fly-tipping.
Cwm Road, Llandudno, had been particular bad with large items just being left on the side of the road.
She said people don't have the money or the time to get to the skip sometimes so people needed to be educated on what other options they have.
Mrs Finch-Saunders said she had also seen an increase in fly-tipping within the area.

She added: "It cannot be denied that fly-tipping seems to be an escalating problem here too, causing me to wonder whether the reduction in black bin collections and introduction of charges at the recycling centre are aggravating our trash troubles.
“One thing I know for sure is that I am hearing a lot more about fly-tipping around Conwy.
"For example, I know of cases where rubbish has been left in laybys in Llanrwst, alleyways in Craig-y-Don, and a church yard in Llanfairfechan, highlighting to me that the problem is both urban and rural, and requires urgent preventative action."

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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Colwyn Bay...Council Install New pay & display ticket machines by mistake Opposite Flats on Promenade!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says....Well they will be needed in the future so just leave them there! 

More pay and display ticket machines have been installed on the Colwyn Bay promenade – but by mistake. 

“The intention is to extend parking charges from Marine Road to the junction with the Cayley Promenade on the Rhos On Sea side, but there is no definite timescale for this at present.”
Charges will apply between 10am and 4pm and will cost 50p for one hour, £1 for two, £2.50 for four and £3.50 for more than four hours.
Previous installations have caused uproar amongst residents from the area, with a number of readers taking to social media saying the paid parking would deter them from parking on the beach front in Colwyn Bay. 
But the CCBC spokesperson said the introduction of charges between Rotary Way and Marine Road had had no significant impact on parking habits to date. 
Figures for parking on that section of the promenade between February 12 and June 3 showed 7,231 people still paid to park in this area.
Colwyn Bay mayor, councillor Stephen Williams, said while the new paid parking system may not deter visitors, it was beginning to create an an issue for residents. 
Cllr Williams said: “It is a difficult decision. Tourists have no problem in paying because of the facilities they get for that money.
"But the problem is going to be during the day with local people. They are losing more and more parking spaces and it is getting harder and harder to park in Colwyn Bay.
“I get it, why Conwy County Borough Council are doing this from a financial point of view, but there needs to be a balance. Residents have to be given options. Something’s got to happen the county council certainly can’t keep taking valuable spaces.”
Money from the parking machines is used to keep Conwy’s roads safe, clean and attractive.

Conwy,North Wales...Naked man hiding in a garden led to cops' heroin and cocaine haul

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...Poor police, they must see some awful sights!
A drug user who chased a naked man from a house after finding him in bed with his ex was found to have dozens of wraps of heroin and cocaine when police turned up.
Neighbours called the police when they saw the man, who was naked apart from a sheet, in their garden, Caernarfon Crown Court heard.
But, when officers arrived, they found Darren Robert Francis Sharkey, who had chased the man, trying to empty a hypodermic syringe down the toilet.
The 34-year-old, of Gorlan, Conwy, admitted possession of cocaine and heroin when he appeared from custody at Caernarfon.
He was handed a £300 fine which was deemed paid after the judge was told he had been in custody for more than three months.
Prosecuting barrister Karl Scholz told the court that police were alerted at 4.30am on August 2 this year when several 999 calls were made by neighbours.
"They referred to a naked man hiding in a garden and asking for assistance," he said.
"Officers attended and went to another house, where they found the defendant locked in the bathroom.
"He was persuaded to open the door and was seen trying to empty a hypodermic syringe down the lavatory.
"Officers noted he was heavily under the influence of drugs and took him to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd but he refused treatment."
Sharkey was taken to St Asaph police station and officers found a number of wraps of drugs in his clenched fist and on the floor.
A further search revealed more wraps in his trousers and some were found in Sharkey's body.
The total number of wraps of heroin and cocaine found were 163," said Mr Scholz.
"They were in £10 deals and had a total value of £1,630."
Interviewed by officers, Sharkey claimed he had acquired the drugs, which were for his own use, from the man at around midnight.
He said he later returned to the house and found the man and his ex-partner in bed together. He had jumped onto the bed to assault the man, who fled naked from the house.
Simon Killeen, defending, said charges of wounding and possessing drugs with intent to supply had been dropped and said the matters before the court would ordinarily be dealt with by magistrates.
He urged the court to consider imposing a fine and take the time served in custody into account.

North Wales....Over 200 police officers have been attacked on the streets of North Wales since April

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says...There needs to be very severe penalties for these assaults, the police are only doing their job which is hard enough as it is, without being assaulted.
More than 200 police officers have been attacked on the streets of North Wales since April, the force has revealed.
North Wales Police said officers had been subjected to attacks ranging from being spat at to having their jaws broken this year.
The shocking statistic was revealed by the force as new laws come into force today introducing tougher sentences for those who attack emergency services workers.
The Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act doubles the maximum sentence for attacks on emergency services from six to 12 months.
Temporary assistant chief constable Neill Anderson said: "Every single day our officers, staff and volunteers are often dealing with very difficult and challenging situations and putting themselves in harm’s way to uphold the law and protect the public, they must be able to carry out their duties as safely as possible.
“It is wholly unacceptable for them to be threatened, attacked, verbally abused or spat at – and those responsible should face the full force of the law.
"We mustn’t forget that behind the badge, police officers and other emergency workers are ordinary people doing extraordinary jobs."
He said he was hopeful that the legislation would act as a deterrent against attacks on emergency services workers.
The law protects police officers, paramedics, firefighters, prison officers and other public servants, as well as volunteers such as those in mountain rescue teams and the RNLI.
An ambulance.
An ambulance 
Mark Jones, general secretary of the North Wales Police Federation added: "It is a national disgrace that attacks on emergency service workers continue to rise and become more prevalent so it is critical that there are strong and robust sentences given to those who violently assault our colleagues.
“Nobody should go to work to be assaulted and any attack on an emergency service worker should be seen as an attack on society as a whole."
Louise Platt, director of operations at the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: "Being exposed to assaults or any other inappropriate behaviour, verbal or physical, while they are undertaking their duties, is totally unacceptable, and we welcome this recent change to legislation aimed at providing more protection for our emergency services staff.
"Thankfully, serious incidents are isolated. However, our staff have every right to ask the public to respect and protect the work we are trying to do.”
A North Wales Fire and Rescue Service fire engine 
Stuart Millington, senior operations manager for North Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: "We will not tolerate abuse or attacks directed towards our staff members."
Gary Doherty, chief executive at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board added: “Our staff work extremely hard to care for and treat every patient who comes through our doors and it is unacceptable for them to be subjected to violent or aggressive behaviour."

North Wales....Police reveal what's behind the rise in North Wales drug busts!

Mrs Colwyn Bay Says....Cannabis is everywhere, you can smell it on people and even people smoking it in the street! It's a losing battle.
The number of drug busts carried out by police in North Wales has rocketed thanks to "increased intelligence and information".
The force has seen a 9% rise this year, compared to a 2% drop in seizures across England and Wales.
New figures from the Home Office reveal that police in North Wales made 1,179 seizures in 2017/2018, compared to 1,083 seizures in 2016/17.
Of the 135,728 drug seizures in England and Wales, 72% involved cannabis, making it the most commonly seized drug.
A cannabis factory has been unearthed by North Wales Police on Land's End in Holyhead.
A cannabis factory found by police in Holyhead 
In May, a large-scale cannabis factory was smashed by police after a raid on a property on Land's End in Holyhead .
More than 60 cannabis plants were discovered and a 24-year-old man was arrested.
Cops also seized an array of industrial extractor fans, vents, coolers and other paraphernalia to assist in the plant’s production.
The same month, seven were arrested in connection with the supply of hard drugs following a series of raids in Wrexham, Llangollen and Merseyside under Operation Bypass.
Some of the items seized for further investigation during raids across Wrexham, Denbighshire and Merseyside
Some of the items seized in raids across Wrexham, Denbighshire and Merseyside 
In October, a 22-year-old man, a 40-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman were arrested following a drugs raid in Denbigh where cannabis, drug paraphernalia and a quantity of Class A drugs were all seized from the address in Maes Y Goron.
Later that month, cannabis dealer Nathan Davies, 33, of First Avenue in Wrexham, was jailed for 10 months after being found in possession of thousands of pounds worth of the drug during a police raid.
Last November, more than 30 properties were stormed as part of an operation to crack down on drugs throughout the region as part of Operation Scorpion.
Police have discovered synthetic cannabis after a raid on properties in Wrexham on 24/05/18
Police found synthetic cannabis after a raid on properties in Wrexham 
Responding to the new figures, Detective Inspector Jon Russell from North Wales Police said: “Our priorities include tackling organised crime and the County Lines drugs supply into North Wales.
“We are targeting resources to tackle these areas including raising public and media awareness. As a consequence we have had increased intelligence and information which in turn has led to more drug seizures.”

Llandudno... Two valuable Oil Paintings Stolen From Osbourne House Hotel

An Anglesey man admitted that he was responsible for stealing two valuable oil paintings from a Llandudno hotel.

Mrs Cowyn Bay Says...You just can't leave anything valuable anymore or it will be stolen, and in this case screwed to the wall! The clientele who visit "The Fading Queen Of Welsh Resorts" are no longer the sort of people you can trust not to steal, sadly.

A court heard how the frames had been left secured to the wall.
But the actual art work had been cut out of the frames and taken away in a ruck sack..
Defendant Stephen Johnson, 46, of Bryn Du, Ty Croes on Anglesey, admitted burglary at the Osbourne House Hotel at Llandudno in January.
At Llandudno Magistrates’ Court in October he was previously jailed for a total of 44 weeks.
An appeal against the sentence was allowed at Mold Crown Court today.
Judge Huw Rees, sitting with two magistrates, reduced the sentence to one of four months
He said that the defendant was the beneficiary of a flawed sentence by magistrates who he said should have sent the case to the crown court for sentence.
It was a serious offence by a man with an appalling list of previous convictions, he said.
Magistrates had however given a starting point beyond the maximum, had imposed consecutive sentences and had failed to give sufficient discount for guilty pleas.
Two concurrent four month sentences were imposed instead.
Prosecutor Richard Edwards said that one painting valued at £1,000 had been stolen from a bedroom and £250 worth of damage had been caused to the door when he broke in.
The second painting valued at £1,500 had been stolen from a landing.
The defendant had been seen at the hotel with another man who that day had been asked to leave the premises.
His belongings had been placed in reception and the man, before leaving, was seen on CCTV to be pointing out the upper landing to the defendant.
The CCTV was viewed by a police officer who recognised the defendant and his DNA was found on one of the picture frames.
Mr Edwards told how the frames had been left on the walls but the actual art work had been cut out of the frames using some sort of sharp knife.
Simon Killeen, defending, argued that two consecutive sentence of 20 and 24 weeks was unjust in the circumstances and did not follow accepted sentencing procedures.