Monday, 31 May 2021

Colwyn Bay Selfish Camper Van Drivers Cause Heartache On Promenade!


So if they take up 3 spaces does this mean they will pay 3 times the amount! This picture was taken by a horrified local who could not believe this selfish behavior.

last night we went for a drive to walk the dogs in Llandudno and shocked at home many of these Camper Vans were parked, On the way home and after calling in at friends on the Orme, vans were parked everywhere for the night!

It really is wrong, the council should clamp down on them. Our friends who lives up there say they are a nuisance, they park on private land and drop litter, pay nothing and give nothing to the economy! 

Maybe it is time to ban all overnight parking in the county of Conwy and then these people can go and pay like anyone else has to!




Saturday, 29 May 2021

Colwyn Bay .... Terrified Residents Told To Stay Indoors During Armed Police Raid!

Most likely Drugs or Weapons1 Not a nice thing to happen but becoming almost a weekly event in Llandudno and Colwyn Bay these days!

Armed police closed off a residential street in Old Colwyn on Friday night (May 28) as part of an emergency services response.

Residents of Cadwgan Avenue were told to 'stay indoors' as more than six police cars attended along with police dogs.

Eyewitnesses at the scene said armed police officers were also visible.

The road closure reportedly started at 9.45pm.

The cause of the incident is unknown.

NorthWalesLive contacted North Wales police to ask for more details.

North Wales Police have now released a statement on the incident.

A spokesman for the force said: "Earlier this evening (Friday), Officers from North Wales Police were dealing with an incident in Old Colwyn and a man was arrested.

"Later, during part of the ongoing investigation, Police were supported by armed officers while an address was searched.

"A street in Old Colwyn was cordoned off for a short while as the operation was underway. The street has since been re-opened.

"The aim of the Police Operation was to minimise the risk to the public and we thank the local residents for their co-operation by staying indoors at that time."

Eyewitness 'told to get back inside for her own safety'

One lady who lives on the street said they’ve been told nothing but when she came out to see what all the commotion was she was told to get back inside for her own safety.

What's happened?

  • Armed police have closed off a street in Colwyn Bay
  • Residents of Cadwgan Avenue told to 'stay indoors'
  • At least six police cars attended along with dogs
  • Eye witnesses at the scene say armed police officers attended
  • The road closure from 9.45pm
From.... https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-armed-police-close-colwyn-20703939
 

Friday, 28 May 2021

Llandudno ... The War On Dog Mess Begins!

 

Well done to them I am sick of seeing dog walkers either not picking up, having dogs off leads so they have no idea what they are doing, or throwing the full doggy bags! Something needs to be done!

No More Mess

Aberconwy Liberal Democrats have written to Conwy County Borough Council on the issue of dog fouling looking for answers and have not heard anything. Aberconwy Senedd Spokesperson Rhys Jones said:

"The issue of dog fouling came up time and time again in our resident's survey. I wrote to the councilor in charge, back at the start of April, and have heard nothing. It's obvious that what the council is doing now isn't working and residents deserve to be listened to."

Rhys' letter to the council can be read here.

https://www.aberconwyld.org.uk/no_more_mess?fbclid=IwAR0ItLdxo1FjZtNqE8QDOVgkQpFNMI-YlIIN7plBR-dvGFW_lKMEvwLuwBU

Colwyn Bay .... Library move would spell fewer services and an empty historic building, say community!


 If the council wants to save money why not close the white elephant Carbuncle Skip on the prom? (Porth Eirias) 3/4 of a Million for the roof! When most of the community hate it and want it demolished! They need to get their priorities right, save the Library and leave it where it is and sell or demolish the skip and save money!

LIBRARY services could be “severely reduced” and a historic building left empty under cost-saving plans, it has been claimed.

A consultation over Conwy County Borough Council’s draft Library and Information Strategy 2021-2026 launched this week is inviting people to have their say on changes to libraries.

Changes include increasing the use of technology, new services for remote communities, and varied library hours, but it is the relocation of Colwyn Bay Library to Coed Pella that has caused an uproar.

Cllr Malcolm Worth, of Rhiw ward, said: “A lot of people are worried that a historic building will remain empty and go to rack and ruin.

“If the library is moved to where has been suggested, it does not have enough space for the same facilities as the current building. People really value the building and the facilities it has, and to lose any of them, especially after the pandemic, would be an enormous loss.”

It has been claimed the council cannot afford £175,000 maintenance costs to the building.

A petition titled ‘Conwy Council Please Do Not Close Or Move Colwyn Bay Library’, signed by 1,700 people, says: “The community is outraged and wants the library to stay where it is and become a hub with a café.

“The library is a warm, friendly well-run, and much-loved service, to move it to Coed Pella would destroy everything that is wonderful about the library.

“Also, parking is a major problem at Coed Pella and existing staff have already been told to park on residential streets due to lack of parking, so adding more services to it is madness.

“Save our library, we pay for it, and we want it left where it is.”

Neil Bastow, town councilor for Rhiw ward, said he has been frustrated that town councilors have not yet been involved in the process.

“I don’t see how the library can function to the same extent and professionalism in the council offices,” he said. “There would be severely reduced services, and fewer facilities outside lending such as the use of rooms and research facilities.”

Colwyn Bay Library, formerly the Coronation Free Library, opened in 1905 to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII and was paid for by public subscription.

Clwyd West MP David Jones said: “The library is a much-loved historical and architectural feature of Colwyn Bay and an important community resource. A number of constituents have expressed concern to me over the proposal.

“I, therefore, urge everyone who has a view to contributing to the consultation by visiting the council’s website.”

Darren Millar, Clwyd West MS who holds surgeries at the library, said he has “received numerous emails from constituents who are not happy”.

“Colwyn Bay Library is an important and well-used asset in the town with parking immediately outside and good disabled access,” he said.

A Conwy County Borough Council spokesperson said: “The consultation will run until July 18 and we would urge as many people as possible to take the opportunity to share their views. The results of the consultation will be collated and a report will be presented to councilors for consideration.”

Take part in the consultation via the Conwy County Borough Council website.

From..... https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/19332121.colwyn-bay-library-move-spell-fewer-services-empty-historic-building-say-opposition/

Thursday, 27 May 2021

Colwyn Bay .... Apparently The Skip (Porth Eirias) Has Its Own Beach! When Did This Happen?

Quite a shock to locals and the residents of Colwyn Bay that The Loathed Carbuncle Skip at Port Eirias now has its own beach! It appears it is not called Colwyn Bay Beach anymore but The Skip Beach at Porth Eirias, or Porth Eirias Beach! How dare they name our beloved beach after this mess! I hope this is a mistake!

EIGHT of Conwy County’s beaches have been named amongst the country’s best beaches by environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy

Four beaches have been awarded the Blue Flag, a world-renowned eco-label for water quality, environmental awareness, protection, safety, and services.

The Blue Flag beaches are Llandudno West Shore, Llanfairfechan, Porth Eirias AKA The Skip, (really?????! and Rhos/Colwyn Bay Beach!!!!.

A further four beaches - Abergele/Pensarn, Kinmel Bay, Llandudno North Shore, and Penmaenmawr - won the Seaside Award, the national standard for the best beaches across the UK that ensures visitors are guaranteed to find a clean, attractive, and well managed coastal stretch.

The coast awards play a vital role in protecting our precious marine environment and are recognized around the world as a symbol of quality. From popular resorts to hidden gems, all award-winning beaches must meet and maintain the highest environmental standards and achieve tough international bathing water quality targets.

Cllr Greg Robbins, Conwy County Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Transportation, said: “We are pleased that four popular beaches in Conwy County Borough have achieved Blue Flag status and that four others have gained Seaside Awards for their good water quality and facilities.

"Our beaches and natural environment have provided welcome opportunities for recreation and exercise for residents over the period of the pandemic. They also form a vital part of our tourism offer and local economy as restrictions ease.

"We hope everyone can enjoy our wonderful beaches, and I’d urge people to respect and protect the environment when they visit.”

Lesley Jones, Keep Wales Tidy’s chief executive, said: “We are lucky to have some of the world’s best beaches and marinas on our doorstep. The success is a testament to everyone who has worked so hard to protect and improve our beaches and keep our coast clean and safe.”

“With local services under immense pressure due to Covid-19, we all needed to pull together to look after our natural environment. We hope that visitors returning to our stunning coastline will cherish it more than ever and enjoy our beaches responsibly."

From.... https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/19329086.award-flags-beaches-across-conwy/

 

Colwyn Bay .... Delinquents stole mountain bikes, a car and a motorcycle then crashed it on 'night of chaos'!


They should put scum like this in the army before they end up in and out of prison for the rest of their lives!

 Two burglars stole mountain bikes, a car, and then a motorcycle which they crashed on "a night of chaos".

One of the mountain bikes stolen by Wade Gibbon, 19, and a younger accomplice belonged to a girl with epilepsy and learning difficulties who had saved up for it.

Gibbon had pleaded guilty to two burglaries and two counts of aggravated vehicle taking.

At his sentencing hearing today, a judge at Mold Crown Court sent Gibbon to a young offenders’ institution for 22 months.

Prosecutor Myles Wilson said Gibbon, who was 17 at the time, and an accomplice burgled a house's garage in Abergele on February 25 last year.

They got into the garage while the family was asleep in the house and stole the two bikes. Then they rode off towards Kinmel Bay at 3.30am.

Once they arrived in Rhyl, they forced open a conservatory door of another house.

Inside, Gibbon and his pal stole the front door key, a car key, a wallet, and bank cards, said the prosecutor.

Once again, a family - of two adults and two children aged nine and four - were asleep upstairs.

Gibbon and his friend then drove away in the family's Ford Focus.

The court heard the first the family knew about it was when police officers arrived at 6.30am to tell them that it had been found in Berth y Glyd Road in Old Colwyn.

A footprint showed Gibbon, of Harrowby Road, Stoke-on-Trent, had stood on the family's dining table.

But the prosecutor said that CCTV footage in Old Colwyn showed the pair then forcing the starter motor of a parked Lexmoto Arizona motorcycle to get it to start. They rode off then crashed it in the town.

Police arrested them four days later.

Prosecutor Mr. Wilson said the evidence, including one of the young men's phones in the area at the time of the offenses and a footprint on the dining room table, helped lead to their convictions.

Gibbon, who had not driven the Ford Focus himself, was 17 at the time of the offenses. The accomplice, who was 16, pleaded guilty to the offenses last December.

In a victim impact statement, the Ford Focus owner said they are more safety-conscious now and have installed CCTV cameras. They lost work when they had to rent a car for four weeks. When they got another one their insurance premiums were higher.

The motorcycle owner had needed his vehicle for work but had to rely on his parents to take him to start his 6am shifts.

Simon Rogers, defending, accepted it had been "a night of chaos" but said the defendant was still young and deserved a chance.

The judge His Honour Judge David Hale told Gibbon: "If it were not for the fact that these offenses were serious I would perhaps take a chance on you."

But he sent Gibbon to a young offenders' institution for a total of 22 months. He also disqualified him from driving for 23 months after his release.

From.....https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/burglars-stole-mountain-bikes-car-20679757

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Colwyn Bay ... Petition To Save And Not Move Library Nears 2,000 as Library strategy goes up for consultation!


 Well done to the campaigners for their hard work! The public can fill in the consultation which will be returned to the council, I have included the links below, 

Sign Petition at https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/conwy-council-please-do-not-close-or-move-colwyn

And Consultation at https://www.conwy.gov.uk/Sep/snap/libraries/strategyconsultation/2021/en/

And Consultation Document here https://www.conwy.gov.uk/en/Resident/Libraries-Museums-and-Archives/Libraries/Consultations/documents/Conwy-Library-Information-Strategy-2021-2026.pdf

HOW libraries can be used to benefit communities across Conwy over the next five years has gone up for discussion.

Conwy County Borough Council has launched a consultation over its Library and Information 2021-2026, which sets out its approach to improving library services. Library users, partner organizations, and interested parties are encouraged to get involved and share their views by taking part in the consultation.

The draft strategy includes plans for a community hub in the west end of Abergele, relocating Colwyn Bay Library, and providing outreach services in rural communities.

Over recent years, it has been a council priority to develop libraries into community hubs that provide a wide range of services and activities, including Conwy Culture Centre, more varied library opening hours, mobile library routes, and the establishment of five community libraries.

The draft Library and Information Strategy 2021-26 states council priorities during the period will be to:

• Contribute to the delivery of the Conwy Culture Strategy through supporting an active program of cultural activities

• Participate in a feasibility study, identified as part of the master plan, for a community hub in the west end of Abergele

• Bring Conwy Council customer-facing services in Colwyn Bay together, by assessing the potential for relocating Colwyn Bay Library to Coed Pella

• Continue the development of Conwy Culture Centre

• Evaluate the Community Library model after five years of existence. Agree on a sustainable model for the next five years in partnership with the town and community councils

• Continue to work in partnership with health and social care to explore the range of opportunities library spaces and resources provide to support mental health and wellbeing

• Increase the use of technology to improve access to Council information services.

• Develop services for communities that are remote from Council services, by using the Mobile and Home Library.

The consultation began on Monday, May 24, and ends on July 18.

Article from https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/19323959.conwy-council-libraries-strategy-goes-consultation/

Colwyn Bay ... 'Number of males' involved in disorder saw police officer assaulted and windscreen smashed on Colwyn Bay street!

Shocking, I hope these scum are rounded up and jailed and I hope the police officer is alright. Colwyn Bay and Llandudno have a real problem with juvenile gangs and anti-social behavior and this needs to being swept under the carpet.

A POLICE officer was assaulted and a vehicle windscreen smashed during an incident in Colwyn Bay.

North Wales Police said the incidents were related to reports of disorder involving a group of men on Abergele Road in the early hours of Monday morning.

"Disappointing to report that an officer was assaulted whilst trying to do his job," police tweeted.

"A police vehicle is also off the road due to having its windscreen smashed during the incident which happened in Colwyn Bay during the early hours of yesterday morning.

"Officers were responding to disorder on Abergele Road involving a number of males.

"Emergency services are committed to doing all that we can to serve the public. We can only effectively do our jobs if people work."

Officers on the NWP West Conwy Coastal Twitter page added: "Busy weekend with arrests made for offenses inc. assaults, drunk and disorderly, domestic-related assaults, drink drive, and public order.

"Unfortunately an officer was assaulted and a police vehicle windscreen was smashed whilst officers were attending an incident."

From .... https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/19325371.number-males-involved-disorder-saw-police-officer-assaulted-windscreen-smashed-colwyn-bay-street/


 

Llandudno Public protest called off after 'Four child sex offenders' quit North Wales recycling charity!


Sad to read this, Crest has been having ex-prisoners to rehabilitate them for years. I have seen many a sex offenders, robbers, drug dealers there working so why has this rubbish blown up now?

People who leave prison need to restart their life and so that they will not re-offend and these NIMBY lot need to get a grip, what do they want? These people not to rehabilitate, and go on to reoffend because they cannot get employment and change their life!

Shame on these people, and Crest hold your head up high.

A planned public protest has been dropped after four convicted “child sex offenders” agreed to leave their positions at a rehabilitation charity.

North Wales Exposure (NWE), a voluntary child protection group, said it was satisfied with the actions taken by Crest, a recycling initiative that provides work experience for unemployed and disadvantaged people in Conwy.

A protest had been arranged in Llandudno Junction on Saturday amid growing online unrest over four men working and volunteering at the charity.

In a statement, Crest said the individuals concerned had now agreed to vacate their voluntary and employed positions “with immediate effect”.

The charity said it had acted to “restore any erosion of public confidence” and to “protect Crest staff from further unwarranted online and verbal abuse”

This abuse, it said, was now the subject of an ongoing police investigation.

“We are now, regrettably, unable to ensure the safety of the individuals involved,” added the charity.

A NWE volunteer, who asked not to be named to protect his undercover work, said the outcome was positive but not ideal.

Ideally, he said, the four individuals would have remained in separate employment or volunteering roles, where they could be constantly monitored.

“The fact that they were in the same environment, where they could potentially converse and collude with each other, did not sit well with us,” he said.

“We wanted them to be kept apart and away from any contact with children.

“To allow them to work together at a charity that advertises selling children’s toys was sickening.

“However, now they are leaving, there is now a danger they will be driven underground without any monitoring.”

Online anger prompted a number of people to contact Crest directly.

Since it was established in 1998, the charity has built a team of 40 volunteers and established a collection service for electrical goods, clothing and furniture to be reused or recycled.

Crest has stores in Llandudno Junction and Colwyn Bay.

Its services had helped "transform the lives" of many former "low-risk offenders" working or volunteering for the charity, said Crest.

It acted after becoming aware of “concerns understandably raised” by the local community.

Consultations took place with the individuals concerned, and with external partner agencies.

The charity stressed that, due to legal constraints, it receives little information about specific offenses when deciding whether to engage individuals.

Instead, it relies on guidance from referring agencies to ensure all offenders are “deemed to pose minimal risk to public safety”.

All offenders are supervised, supported and attendance-monitored several days per week, it said.

“Without Crest’s commitment to supporting the justice system, the whereabouts of the individuals being supervised would likely be less certain,” said the charity.

“Therefore, Crest’s work contributes significantly to the responsible rehabilitation of offenders being reintegrated into the community, underpinning public safety.”

NWE condemned abusive threats aimed at Crest’s staff, insisting none of its own team had been involved.

“We do not condone any kind of violence,” said the NWA volunteer.

North Wales Police were approached for a comment.

From ... https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/public-protest-called-after-child-20669421

Saturday, 22 May 2021

Colwyn Bay .... A Former Councillor was Jailed For Five Years & Four Months For Molesting Children!


Well thank goodness he has been brought to justice at last but five years is an absolutely shockingly low sentence!

A LLANGOLLEN businessman and former councillor was jailed for five years and four months today(FRI) after he admitted to being a child molester.

John Clemence, 87, who had moved to Australia before being sent back to Britain, had groomed and sexually abused his victim when the complainant was both a child and adult.

Caernarfon crown court heard one offence happened when his wife was close to death.

Judge Timothy Petts told the pensioner :”You have been ambivalent about whether you accept your guilt or not.”

Clemence, living recently in Llanelian Road, Old Colwyn, was placed on the sex offenders’ register for life after he pleaded guilty to five offences involving indecent assaults. “This has had a significant impact,” the judge said.

Judge Petts added :”Given the age you will be when you are released and the low risk you are assessed as posing, unusually, it’s not necessary to impose a sexual harm prevention order.”

Prosecuting barrister Andrew Green said Clemence had been the owner of a café in the Llangollen area but had been touching the victim.

Police were told in 2016 about his shameful past. He had moved to Australia but still had a share in the business. The victim said Clemence had “used his wealth and assets” to buy loyalty from some of those who knew him while the complainant was branded a liar.

“Finding the strength to speak out has been truly liberating,” the victim told the judge. “I have done the right thing.”

John Wyn Williams, defending, said Clemence had been an energetic man who set up a well-known business. He was “public-spirited”, a county councilor, and involved in the community and school.

There was a previous conviction for indecent assault.

From... https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/19320656.john-clemence-old-colwyn-pleaded-guilty-five-offences-involving-indecent-assaults/

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Llandudno .... Knife-wielding robber marched shop worker down to cellar in Llandudno 'spree of violence'!


 And a Llandudno resident has the nerve to state that Llandudno could become like Rhyl if McDonald's' was open 24 hours a day! Llandudno has a small population and a huge crime, drug and anti-social problem, why bury the head in the sand or deny the truth?

A convicted robber has been jailed for five years for two knifepoint hold-ups at Llandudno shops.

Matthew Ward, 25, of no fixed address, admitted robbery, attempted robbery, and carrying a knife on February 17, in what police branded "a spree of violence during daylight hours in a town center".

At Caernarfon Crown Court on Wednesday, Philip Clemo, who was prosecuting, said Ward went into Billy Mac’s in Augusta Street.

The 52-year-old owner needed three stitches after he bravely made a grab at the knife to protect himself.

Ward fled empty-handed, and the owner chased after him before contacting the police.

Caernarfon Crown Court
Caernarfon Crown Court 

A second convenience store in Mostyn Street was targeted, and Ward threatened a 31-year-old assistant at the shop.

He fled with between £200 and £300 after marching the victim down to the cellar as they pleaded not to be hurt.

Ward was later found at a Bangor Travelodge after a tip-off to police.

Injured Billy Mac’s owner Sunny Thomas, who had been previously been a robbery victim, had suffered nightmares following the incident.

Mr. Clemo said Ward had been locked up in 2018 for robbing a Penrhyn Bay store.

Simon Killeen, defending, said Ward had multiple diagnoses including ADHD, post-traumatic stress disorder, and borderline personality disorder.

aid.

"Shops like these provide an important public service and courts have to protect staff against those who think they might be easy targets.”

The defendant had a lack of remorse and a history of unpredictable behavior, the judge added.

"I would like to take this opportunity to thank members of Ward’s family for their assistance in us being able to locate him so quickly.

"Incidents like this are relatively rare in North Wales and I would like to reassure the community that we will continue to prioritize public safety in all of our neighborhoods.

"I welcome today’s sentence, which underlines the message that those who endanger the safety of others will be held accountable, and I hope this in some way mitigates the impact Ward’s actions had upon his victims."

From ... https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/knife-wielding-robber-marched-shop-20632106


Colwyn Bay ... Police Appeal Following A Man Involved in Scooter A Hit And Run On Cycle Path


There are always people having near misses on this path, Bikes, Pushbikes, Scooters, you name it and they won't stop. If you have any information please get in touch with North Wales Police on 101, Thanks.

A man has sustained serious injuries following an incident involving an e-scooter on the coastal cycle path at Llandulas at approximately 2:30pm yesterday (Tuesday 18th May).

Officers were called to a report that a man had been found on the path with significant injuries.

An ambulance was called and the 64-year-old was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, however, he has since been transferred to a hospital in Stoke.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incident, or who may have information, is urged to contact us via the website or via 101 quoting 21000319865.