Monday, 8 August 2022

Llandudno...Fine for Llandudno man who smeared blood on police car in Bangor!

Sounds like a total fool to me. What a vile thing to do and will also add to his sentence! Silly Man.

But he should have had a far sterner sentence, both for the two counts of criminal damage.

A MAN from Llandudno is to pay more than £175 after he was found guilty of causing criminal damage to property in Bangor.

Richard Iveson, 38, of Prospect Terrace, was accused of smearing blood within the cell of a Peugeot vehicle belonging to North Wales Police on July 14.

This caused the vehicle to have to be professionally cleaned, at a cost of £58.03.

Mr. Iveson pleaded guilty at Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court on August 1.

He was fined £40, and ordered to pay compensation of £58.03 and costs to the Crown Prosecution Service of £85.

This amounted to a total payment of £183.03.

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Sunday, 7 August 2022

Colwyn Bay...Fire Alarms Rang Out As Terrified Residents Attempted To Evacuate Flats With Broken Lifts!

This is really worrying, we are told that the lifts are still broken, so people with disabilities cannot get down the stairs, or out of the building because the lifts are broken!

This is what one of the poor residents had to say...





This is really worrying, so what are the Council doing with all of their powers??????

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Friday, 5 August 2022

Conwy...Latest figures show increase in drug-related deaths

The simple solution would be for people to not take drugs! The government has funded a vast amount of drug and alcohol work, training, treatment, and education.

Sadly you just cannot help everyone, and blaming services is not right.

People who die of Obesity, Smoking, Alcohol, etc are all offered help and have help available but choose not to take it.

With drugs, drugs are illegal so there is no way of monitoring what addicts buy, so people who start on drugs choose to take this risk, and until the government changed the laws on drugs, addicts take the chance every time they buy their fix.

The number of drug-related deaths increased in Conwy last year, stark new figures show.

Charities have criticized the Government over a lack of action on drug deaths across England and Wales – which have reached another record high – with experts calling the latest figures an "utter disgrace".

Data from the Office for National Statistics show 11 deaths related to drug poisoning were registered in Conwy in 2021, up from seven the previous year.

They were among 4,859 drug poisoning deaths registered across England and Wales last year – the ninth consecutive rise and the highest number since records began more than a quarter of a century ago in 1993.

The figures cover drug abuse and dependence, fatal accidents, suicides, and complications involving controlled and non-controlled drugs, prescription, and over-the-counter medications.

Of the drug deaths recorded nationally last year, 3,060 (63 percent) were due to misuse, meaning they involved illegal drugs, or were a result of drug abuse or dependence – including nine in Conwy.

Around half of the deaths registered nationally in 2021 will have occurred in previous years due to death registration delays, the ONS said.

Niamh Eastwood, executive director of Release, the national center for drugs expertise, said every drug-related death is avoidable.

“It is an utter disgrace that we are again talking about record-breaking drug deaths," she added.

"Drug deaths are a public health emergency across the UK that can and must be adequately addressed. Government inaction is a political choice."

She added that deaths will continue to rise without commitment to "serious policy reforms", such as the decriminalization of possession and safe supply of all controlled drugs.

The ONS said the overall rising trend over the past decade has been driven primarily by deaths involving opiates, but also those involving other substances such as cocaine.

Just under half of the drug deaths registered across England and Wales last year involved an opiate.

The ONS figures show that the age-standardized mortality rate – which accounts for age and population size – stood at 8.4 deaths per 100,000 people in Conwy between 2019 and 2021, below the rate for Wales, of 8.9.

A UK Government spokesman said its drug strategy will help rebuild drug treatment services and tackle criminal supply chains.

He added: “This will help to prevent nearly 1,000 deaths, deliver over 54,500 new treatment places – a 19% increase on current numbers – and support 24,000 more people into recovery from substance dependency.

“This funding is additional to the annual public health grant spend and builds on the £80million put into treatment services in 2021 which worked to decrease drug-related deaths by helping services distribute more naloxone, which can help reverse opiate overdoses.”


Conwy... Council Offers Opulent £129,195 – £137,103 Salary for Chief Executive Role!

(Charlie McCoubrey describes Conwy as an excellent employer with a fantastic team culture) He would do, and what a pack of lies, it is a nest of vipers!

McCoubrey makes me feel physically sick! I wonder if he will attempt to slither his way into the role? I hope not!

Well, at least Claire Higgins (Lister) has gone so that is something.

But the question is, do we really need this role? And is this amount of money morally right when taxpayers are struggling? 

The word on the street is no, but when has the council ever listened to us poor trash! Never have, never will!

Conwy’s new chief executive will earn between £129,195 – £137,103, it has been confirmed.

The current chief executive Iwan Davies announced last week he is retiring after 11 years at the helm and 29 years working for local authorities.

Mr. Davies will remain in his position until his successor has been appointed, likely at the end of the year.

Conwy’s senior employment committee met behind closed doors last week to discuss the package that will be offered to the successful candidate.

In an employment pack available to applicants, council leader Charlie McCoubrey describes Conwy as an excellent employer with a fantastic team culture.

Cllr McCoubrey says: “We are looking for a people person, who can see the bigger picture, and be creative in developing solutions to complex issues.

“The successful candidate will have an excellent track record of achievement and will be able to direct our modernization in a post-pandemic world and strive for excellence.

“It remains a challenging time for local government, and we are looking to appoint a politically astute leader and team player, with imagination and drive, who understands the unique needs of the Conwy county.

“This role provides an opportunity to make a real impact and to lead and complement our experienced team. Working in a culture of new ideas and ways of working, you will be given strong political support to develop your leadership and creativity.”

He added: “The post holder will play a pivotal role in the complex political arena, influencing, shaping activity and behavior in order to seek democratic as well as officer and stakeholder support for key initiatives and to deliver positive outcomes.”

The job application confirms the salary is between £129,195 – £137,103.

Pension contributions are thought to be in the region of £27,000.

Applicants have until midnight on 22 September to apply.


Colwyn Bay...Terrified Residents Call Police As Gangs Of Delinquent Youths Climb on Roof Tops!

I wonder if the parents know where their dear sweet delinquent children are? If you recognize any of them please call the Police.

The pictures were put on Facebook asking for help to identify them. It seems every town has a problem with delinquency and something needs to be done about it.

If they fall off roofs fine as it is their own choice, but it is the damage they cause that is the problem, and the bills homeowners have to pay because of trash like this who think it is fun to damage property.


Colwyn Bay...An Abandoned Piano Finds Its Way Into The Town Centre!

This Piano is not from the pub and was not there yesterday! Does anyone have any idea where it came from?

Someone must know if you do please get in touch, Many Thanks.


Colwyn Bay...Sad To See The Pavillion Public House Boarded Up!

It is such a shame to see this building being boarded up like this. The previous owners tried really hard to make a go of it and held so many different events, music, quizzes, etc.

The worry is now that it will be demolished for more social housing which is blighting our towns.

We also have a high-up council member who appears to hate old buildings and is spearheading the demolition of the 300-plus-year-old Coaching Inn, The Bee Hotel in Abergele.


Thursday, 4 August 2022

Colwyn Bay...Litter Strewn At St Pauls Church!

This is really sad, this is not Seagulls, this is people just throwing litter down, and I say people but I mean the scum that congregates there at night, the same scum that forced the church to remove the benches on the grounds.

Why don't people respect things anymore?


Colwyn Bay...A Fly-tipped Mattress, Microwave & Shopping Trolley!

We once had a surge in fly-tipped mattresses has the past returned to haunt us once again?


Wednesday, 3 August 2022

Rhuddlan Nature Reserve, Ponds Dry Up In Drought!

We went for a walk the other day with the dogs and were shocked at how the ponds had almost dried up. 

Clearly, we need more rain, but I have never seen it this bad before, also trees were dying from the lack of water.


Wales...Locals may get first refusal on houses in Welsh-speaking areas blighted by second homes!

I really hope this happens in all of Wales. 

Also, the granting of planning permission for all these so-called luxury oap flats and large houses should only be given when this is added to at least 50 to 60% of the units built.

It is about time the Welsh people got some control back over their country that they have lost for so many years.

Home buyers in Welsh-speaking communities could be pushed to the front of the property queue as part of efforts to address the housing crisis in Wales. Sellers may be able to offer their properties to local people for a set period before they go onto the open market.

The proposed “Fair Chance" scheme is designed to tackle the lack of affordable housing in Wales, in particular in places where there are large numbers of second homes. Steps to protect Welsh place names will also be announced by the Welsh Government tomorrow (August 4) at the National Eisteddfod in Tregaron, Ceredigion.

Overseeing the measures will be a new Commission for Welsh-speaking Communities (Comisiwn Cymunedau Cymraeg), which will bring together experts to make policy recommendations aimed at protecting the Welsh language. The 10-strong Commission will be chaired by Swansea University academic Dr. Simon Brooks.

In Tregaron, tomorrow, Jeremy Miles, minister for education and Welsh language, will give a taste of Cardiff’s plans to safeguard Welsh-speaking communities - and to stem the rise of second homes.

“For the Welsh language to thrive, we need sustainable communities and good job opportunities in the areas where it is widely spoken,” he said. “This isn’t about imposing solutions, so everything we do will be in line with local communities’ aspirations.”

In some communities in Wales, second homes makeup almost 40% of housing stocks, demand having been further boosted by Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic. The trend has created a social crisis with a generation of young people unable to buy homes in the places where they grew up, driving migration and fuelling resentment.

Welsh language minister Jeremy Miles is due to reveal more details of the 'fair chance scheme' at the National Eisteddfod
Welsh language minister Jeremy Miles is due to reveal more details of the 'fair chance scheme' at the National Eisteddfod 

The proposed Fair Chance scheme is one of a growing list of measures introduced in an attempt to tackle the problem. As its name suggests, homeowners will be encouraged to give people a “fair chance” when local properties are being sold.

It is envisaged the scheme will be voluntary and that participants will be able to market their properties “locally only” for a fixed period. Details have yet to be announced: it remains unclear if the ability to speak Welsh will be a purchasing criterion alongside the place of residence.

Whether local people will be able to afford houses that have risen sharply in price in recent years is a question yet to be addressed by Cardiff. Critics claim that stocks of affordable housing must be increased if the property crisis is to be eased.

Will the Fair Chance scheme make any difference? Will sellers always hold out for the best price? Have your say in the comments below.

The Welsh Government said it will work with estate agents in worst-hit communities ahead of the publication of the final Welsh Language Community Housing Plan (WLCHP) in the autumn. This plan will also include support for social enterprises and community housing co-operatives, as well as steps to protect Welsh place names from erosion by English language alternatives.

Dr. Brook’s appointment as Commission chair stems from an independent review of the second homes policy he undertook for the Welsh Government in 2021. This recommended sweeping action while recognizing that policy must differentiate between regions and localities.

The report led to a series of interventions implemented by Welsh Labour and Plaid Cymru as part of their Co-operation Agreement. Councils were given discretionary powers to increase council tax premiums on second homes – and long-term empty homes – by up to 300%.

Last month, plans for new planning laws, and land transaction tax changes, were also announced, along with a licensing scheme for short-term holiday lets. From next April, self-catered accommodation must be let for half the year to avoid council tax premiums.

The measures appear to be having an effect already, with second home numbers falling slightly in counties like Gwynedd as owners grapple with a 100% council tax premium. Local Welsh speakers may now be given the first chance to snap up these properties if, as is expected, the trickle turns into a flood as council tax premiums are increased.

Critics complain current measures will do little to address the rise of Airbnb short-term holiday lets which has further tightened property supplies. Jeremy Miles expects the Commission to provide more solutions and warned some may be “difficult” to swallow.

“I’ve said many times that the Cymraeg belongs to us all, as does the responsibility for its future,” he said. “We’ll have to be brave and tackle things together that might be difficult.

“I’m sure that some of the things the Commission will tell us will be challenging, but that’s important - that’s what will help us find the most effective answers!”

Comisiwn Cymunedau Cymraeg will produce a report spanning policy areas from education to the economy. Its views are expected to be “candid”.

As chair, Dr Brooks said the report will “examine the linguistic reality of Welsh-speaking communities” in order to “safeguard them for future generations”.


I just Love Cactus!

I just love Cactus, this one flowers every year without fail, but sadly the flowers only last one day.


Tuesday, 2 August 2022

Wales: Petition opposing 20mph speed limit change nears 40,000 signatures


And quite rightly so too! Total common sense.

Here is the Petition...

A PETITION opposing a change in the speed limit on Wales' residential roads to 20mph is nearing 40,000 signatures.

On Tuesday, July 12, Senedd members voted 39 to 15 to approve the Welsh Government's bid to roll out the law.

That means Wales is set to become the first country in the UK to introduce a default 20mph limit as of September 2023.

But, the plans have faced great opposition, particularly after it was first piloted in selected areas in Wales earlier this year.

And that backlash doesn't look set to end any time soon with more and more people signing the petition opposing the change.

The petition was originally set up in March by Adie Drury when the pilot for Buckley in Flintshire began.

At that time, it was one of eight areas across Wales selected for a government trial that reduced speed limits from 30mph to 20mph on residential roads.

As a result, all unclassified roads (30mph) within Buckley, Mynydd Isa, Bryn-y-Baal, and New Brighton became 20mph zones.

That sparked backlash from residents who claimed it was doing 'more harm than good and the petition was born.

Set up by Adie Drury, it now has 38,8730 signatures (correct at time of writing on Wednesday, July 27) with that number increasing every day.

In a statement on the page, Adie says: "It is causing chaos, people avoiding the area and people having to take new routes. Many of these roads aren't suitable for a 20mph speed limit.

North Wales Pioneer:

PIC: The plan to change the speed limit on residential roads in Wales to 20mph has certainly caused a stir. 

"There have not been high occurrence rates of road traffic accidents, deaths or injuries on roads in and around Buckley that require a change to our regular 30mph limit on these roads.

"It’s entirely unjustified and was not supported by the community making it a non-democratic change. The community already supports the 20mph zones outside schools and other significant areas and would fully support keeping these in place."

Many residents were frustrated that no consultations were held with members of the public ahead of a final vote on the change.

It is expected however that local authorities will be given the final say on whether or not changing to a 20mph speed limit will be beneficial for roads in their area.

Minister for Climate Change, Julie James said the order is set to come into force on September 17, 2023.

She added: "The evidence shows us that moving to a national 20mph speed limit for restricted roads would make them safer, save lives and encourage more of us to walk and cycle. 

"This is not a blanket 20mph change and we are working with local authorities to identify potential roads where speed limits will be reduced to 20mph and those that should remain at 30mph."

RAC road safety spokesperson Simon Williams said: “Research by the RAC suggests compliance with 20mph speed limits is quite poor with an increasing number of drivers believing the limit is inappropriate for the road. Rather than setting a default 20mph limit on all restricted roads, it would be better to target areas where they are most needed – for example on residential roads or in areas where there is high footfall – as opposed to main ‘arterial’ roads where there are few pedestrians.

“However, even if compliance with new 20mph limits is poor, it should lead to an overall reduction in speeds which will have a positive effect on road safety. Better still, would be to enforce existing limits regularly to encourage drivers to slow down and to modify roads to prevent drivers from going too fast in the first place, for example by constructing traffic islands, well-designed speed humps or chicanes.”