Thursday, 30 June 2022

Colwyn Bay ...Boy, 7, stabbed himself with addict’s used syringe while ‘playing doctors’


Above the troubled Llys Trefor social housing flats, and 51 more flats are soon to be built next door!

I missed this article the first time around.

A schoolboy is being treated for Hepatitis B after he accidentally punctured his hand with a drug addict’s used needle.

The seven-year-old boy told his mother he was out playing ‘doctors’ with his friend when he found the syringe on the grounds of a block of flats in Colwyn Bay, Wales.

The accident happened on Friday but he didn’t tell his mother about it until Sunday night, as he was worried he’d get into trouble.

The devastated mum, who asked not to be named, took her son to A&E in Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan.

She was told he would need 12 months of treatment for Hepatitis B as a precautionary measure.

The 29-year-old said: ‘He has to have a load of injections. I was feeling overwhelmed when the microbiologist told me all this at the hospital.’

A&E in Glan Clwyd Hospital, Bodelwyddan (Picture: Google)
The devastated mum, 29, who asked not to be named, took her son to A&E in Glan Clwyd Hospital (Picture: Google)

She will not know for four months whether her son will develop the disease, which can develop problems such as scarring of the liver (cirrhosis).

The virus is found in the blood and bodily fluids of an infected person.

The mum, who has lived in the Sea View flats for the last four years, says she has complained to North Wales Housing on ‘numerous occasions’ telling them there are problems with drug addicts living at the property.

She has asked in the past to be moved to other accommodation, as she does not feel safe living at the address.

She said: ‘When he told me and I saw the red mark on his hand where the needle had punctured his skin I didn’t know what to do, I felt like screaming I was so upset.

‘My son is traumatized, he doesn’t like showing me his hand.. I just want to move away from here.

‘It’s just not a nice environment for my son, it’s also obviously not a safe one.’

A spokeswoman for North Wales Housing said: ‘The safety of our tenants and their families is of the utmost importance to us, and we take matters like this very seriously.

‘We have had to contact with the boy’s family since the incident and we will continue to liaise with them.

‘Regarding her request to move this is a matter for us to discuss directly with our tenant.’

From ...https://metro.co.uk/2018/03/15/boy-7-stabbed-addicts-used-syringe-playing-doctors-7390275/

LLANDUDNO: Is Llandudno The Brown Town Of Welsh Resorts?


Considering the number of drug needles found on the Orme and the bags of them collected, as well as the drug raids and arrests it would be fair to say that The "Fading Queen Of Welsh Resorts" does have a huge drug problem and a high crime problem too.

But I think it is fair to say that a lot of it is hidden by the Facade of the holiday resort, and most of the time people do not see or choose to ignore its murky underbelly.

Llandudno was once known as “The Queen of Welsh Resorts!” Now its glory years are far behind it, with it now taking over “The Brown Town” title from Colwyn Bay and Rhyl. From the closed down drug houses on the Orme to Homeless and Drug users living in its caves, it’s a delight!

DRUGS AND HOMELESSNESS

The caves have now had to be fixed with metal gates to stop the homeless living there, but they still put up tents anyway. The Orme is also full of drug needles and a regular cleanup reveals quite a haul every few months. The Gardens are a drug dealing haven, with the exacerbated police once stating that with so many entrances and exits to the park they were fighting a losing battle!

Also, drug paraphernalia and broken glass fills the playgrounds and football fields and dog walkers toss their full doggy bags in trees on the filthy beaches. Drug raids, robberies, and *** offences dwarf other surrounding towns despite Llandudnos small population. The town is a place where prisoners and *** offenders move to start a new life.

BLOCKS OF FLATS

OAP flats are crammed in anywhere where there was once a grand building, and zimmer frames fill the town with shuffling on pension day as they head to the post office in the Spar. As hotels fall into liquidation, they are quickly demolished for more Carbuncle blocks of flats and more biddies.

NOT SAFE TO WALK THE STREETS

At night the homeless people and drug users, as well as the night girls, walk the streets in gangs, and it is not a safe place to be for a normal person.
Police sirens fill the air on an almost hourly basis if not more. On top of this there are always a few murders to spice things up, and knife robberies or robberies at the local boots with a syringe full of blood being waves at a worker with the threat of infection if they do not hand over the goods.

FILTHY TOWN

Shops lie empty and the streets and alleys are litter-strewn due to the council forced monthly bin collections, so residents just dump nappies and black bin bags anywhere there are no cameras! **** are a permanent fixture in the town!

Yes, Llandudno is a pure delight (not) and far from being a gem, it is a gem we need to keep hidden and definitely not a place to venture to after dark!

DIRTY DOGGERS

Oh and let us not forget the dogging on the Orme and West shore, so you may well sight a number of people around a picnic table or in woodland not wearing their tracksuit bottoms! Be warned!

From ILive Here https://www.ilivehere.co.uk/llandudno-wales-the-brown-town-of-welsh-resorts.html

Llandudno..‘Make memories, not mess’ urges Conwy County Borough Council


Bless the council, they are always so caring! No have no problem in cutting back bin collections to once a month or removing public bins from the area, even forcing huge Carbuncle messes onto our towns and communities such as The Skip at Porth Eirias, Coed Pella Offices, and the Archives in Conwy, but they are very quick to pass judgment on others.

There are hardly any bins around the Orme which is why there are litter and drug needles everywhere.

Conwy County Borough Council is calling on everyone to take responsibility for their own rubbish as they make the most of the county’s parks, beaches, and beauty spots this bank holiday weekend.

Across Wales, rates of litter have increased as Covid restrictions have eased, and the weather has improved. The actions of a small minority have had a negative impact on everyone’s enjoyment of nature. They have also put more strain on council workers who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic to keep open spaces clean and safe while maintaining other essential services.

Conwy County Borough Council has joined forces with Keep Wales Tidy and all other local authorities in Wales to encourage people to do the right thing while they make the most of the long weekend. To stop bins filling up and overflowing, everyone is being urged to take their litter home and dispose of it there.

A Council spokesperson said: “We all have our part to play in keeping Conwy beautiful. When you’re out and about, please remember to find a litter bin or take your rubbish home with you. If a litter bin is full and waiting to be emptied, please use another bin nearby.”

The campaign is being run as part of Caru Cymru (a Welsh phrase meaning ‘Love Wales’) – an inclusive movement led by Keep Wales Tidy and local authorities to inspire people to take action and care for the environment.

Caru Cymru has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities - Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Litter has a significant and far-reaching impact on our communities. Keep Wales Tidy has identified that when areas are uncared for it makes people feel unsafe, it affects social cohesion, and the sense of pride in communities stifles economic growth and tourism.

Keep Wales Tidy Chief Executive Lesley Jones said: “We’ve all missed our favorite places during the lockdown. As we head back out, it is essential that our precious parks, green spaces, and beaches are kept clean and safe for everyone to enjoy.

“Every person has a part to play. It is not acceptable to expect somebody else to pick up the rubbish that you create.

“When you’re out, make memories, not mess – if bins are full, take your rubbish home.”

To find out more visit Keep Wales Tidy’s website www.keepwalestidy.cymru/caru-cymru

This is an old article that was just found from April 2021 see https://www.baysideradio.co.uk/news/make-memories-not-mess-urges-conwy-county-borough-council-4187

Wales...Welsh cake, Cariad & Hiraeth have been trademarked, how can this be!


How can this be right? This is our language so how can you copy right it to a product? This means that the copyright holders can sue you if the words are used without permission! What a mad world we live in!

A decision by the Intellectual Property Office to allow the words "Welsh cake", "cariad" and "hiraeth" to be trademarked has been described as "astonishing". The terms have been registered by a candlemaker called Fizzy Foam Ltd in Bridgend, which owns the Handmade Welsh Candle brand.

The company has trademarked "cariad", which means "love" in Welsh, and "hiraeth", which means "longing for home". The decision means that other businesses with similar products are prevented from using the same terms and has angered other candlemakers.

Speaking on BBC Radio Wales Breakfast, Amanda James of the Gweni candle-making business in Bridgend, who had the word "cariad" on her candle range, described the decision as "completely ridiculous". She said: "I'm in contact with a number of fellow candle-making businesses and I know that two are looking to put revocation applications on these terms.

"I will more than likely do the same because I also have a range that uses the term 'cariad' and according to this trademark that Fizzy Foam has, according to them I won't be able to use it. So I will always apply for revocation with that particular term."

She added: "I would have to bin them because I certainly don't want to go to court for it. I don't think I should be in the position to bin the range. I think the word 'cariad' is evocative, I think the word 'cariad' is an everyday word, I think 'cariad' is a word we use all the time. I don't see why I should bin the range, but I won't have a choice. Because of that, obviously, it will have a financial implication on my business."

When asked what the words meant to her, the businesswoman added: "I don't think these words should belong to anybody. I don't think they should be somebody's intellectual property. They are everyday words in our Welsh language - they are beyond the scope of the Intellectual Property Office I would argue. Where does it stop?

"We will then have the trademark on words such as 'mam' or 'dad', 'thank you' and 'diolch' - all of these celebratory terms we use from day to day. Where does it end? There must have been someone half asleep at the Intellectual Property Office when this was passed quite frankly because it's absolutely astonishing that these words now belong in the candle business to this particular company in Bridgend and nobody else can use them. It's completely ridiculous.

"I think it's something that is going to be more and more of a problem. You have to look for trademarked words and you certainly have to be a bit more mindful of what you are doing when you are naming a new candle.

"I think that it is astonishing really that we have come to this quite frankly, I know that I don't have a candle range with the word 'hiraeth' but I know it was certainly something that I was thinking of doing. And I know that this particular company has Welsh cake, cariad, and hiraeth, but they've also got Welsh gold - Aur Cymru, so there is another term there as well, which they've sort of taken ownership of.

"It will certainly make me think twice about the names that I use and also it'll make me think twice about trademarking the names that I have got that I've created myself, which aren't in everyday use."

Amanda James of the Gweni candle-making company has called the trademark decision "absolutely ridiculous"
Amanda James of the Gweni candle-making company called the decision "absolutely ridiculous" 

Intellectual property lawyer Jonty Gordon, from Amgen Law, also expressed his shock that the request for a trademark had been granted. During the radio show, he said: "I am surprised that they have been successful in their application. The Intellectual Property Office has repeatedly refused to register descriptive words of this nature when there is a potential link or contextual link between the word and the products.

"I've previously advised and made applications for similar words, and they have been rejected. I think there is certainly a case for the Intellectual Property Office to have their policy reviewed because this is a mistake and it has slipped through. I also think that these trademarks are open to challenge by producers of these products, who already have it or already use that mark on their products. I think they would have a separate case for prior art as it were, but I think they have a very strong case in seeking a review and potentially challenging the validity of this trademark."

Fizzy Foam Ltd has declined to comment.

From ...https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/words-welsh-cake-cariad-hiraeth-24358203

Conwy, North Wales ..A man who drove under influence of Ketamine banned and fined.


A MAN from Conwy has been banned from the road and fined after he was found guilty of four offenses, including driving while under the influence of Ketamine.

Ryan Walker, 28, of Maes Hyfryd, Glan Conwy, was accused of the following while driving a Volkswagen vehicle on Penmaen Road on March 13:

• Driving without a license.

• Driving without third-party insurance.

• Driving with 313 micrograms per liter of the blood of Benzoylecgonine (the main metabolite of cocaine) in his system (the legal limit is 50).

• Driving with 54 micrograms per liter of the blood of Ketamine in his system (the legal limit is 20).

Mr. Walker pleaded guilty to all four offenses at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court on June 20.

He was disqualified from driving for 28 months and was fined £240.

Mr. Walker avoided points on his driving record but is to pay further costs of £85 to the Crown Prosecution Service and a £34 victim surcharge.

This made a total of £359, to be paid as a full lump sum within 28 days.

The court also made an application for deductions from Mr. Walker’s benefits.

From  https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/20243658.conwy-man-drove-influence-ketamine-banned-fined/

What Tragedy! How Will We Manage? Heinz Baked Beans and Ketchup missing from Tesco shelves!


Although this is a national issue it of course affects local people. But is this such a big drama? 

The product is expensive when cheaper brands are just as good.

Some popular Heinz products are currently off Tesco shelves amid a price dispute. 

Customers have not been able to buy some classic cupboard staples like baked beans, tomato soup, and even ketchup online and in some Tesco stores. 

The company behind the UK family favorite Kraft Heinz has said that it is working closely with Tesco to resolve the situation caused by rising production costs. 

Kraft Heinz spokesperson said: “We are working closely with Tesco to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

“In today’s challenging economic environment – with commodity and production costs rising – many consumers are working within tight budgets. We always look at how we can provide value through price, size, and packs so consumers can enjoy the products they love and trust at a price point that works within their budgets, without compromising on quality.

“We are confident of a positive resolution with Tesco."

"We're sorry that this means some products aren't available right now. We hope to have this issue resolved soon," a Tesco spokesperson said.

The leasing supermarket added: “We’re laser-focused on keeping the cost of the weekly shop in check, offering customers great value through our combination of Aldi Price Match, Low Everyday Prices, and Clubcard Prices.

“With household budgets under increasing pressure, now more than ever we have a responsibility to ensure customers get the best possible value, and we will not pass on unjustifiable price increases to our customers.

“We’re sorry that this means some products aren’t available right now, but we have plenty of alternatives to choose from and we hope to have this issue resolved soon."

Kraft Heinz is understood to have paused supply to the retailer which is why shoppers are struggling to stock up on items from across the Heinz brand. 

North Wales Pioneer: Tesco. Credit: PATesco. Credit: PA

Customers started to become aware of the issues after the CEO of Grocery Insight Steve Dresser, posted screenshots of the out-of-stock products on Twitter and speculated that it was related to “challenges over cost price increases”.

Dresser noted that the 4x415g pack of Heinz Baked Beans, 700g Heinz Squeezy Tomato Ketchup, 605g Heinz Salad Cream as well as Heinz Ravioli were unavailable.

All of the above products remain out of stock at the time of writing.

In recent months food manufacturers have reported rising costs, including for energy and commodities, with some warning they would need to raise the prices they charge to retailers.

The price of a 4x400g pack of Heinz Cream of Tomato Soup, for instance, had risen from £2.50 to £3.50 in Sainsbury’s, while a 4x200g pack of Beanz Snap Pots had risen from £2.50 to £2.99 in Morrisons.

A single 415g can of Beanz in Asda has risen from 90p to £1.20, according to retail researchers Assosia.

Rising food prices have helped push inflation to a 40-year high and shoppers are already cutting back on the amount of food they buy, according to a survey for the Office for National Statistics.

This is not the first time that popular products have disappeared from Tesco shelves. 

In fact earlier this year, Colgate toothpaste disappeared following a similar situation with the US consumer brand Colgate-Palmolive.

From...https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/20245851.popular-heinz-products-baked-beans-ketchup-missing-tesco-shelves/

@Tesco @HeinzUK

Wednesday, 29 June 2022

Colwyn Bay...Just A Reminder “Obscene” 16.9% councillor pay rise to cost Conwy Council £146,000!


As long as I'm all right mate! So as Rome burns the council looks after their own pockets, but the tax paying public struggles to stay afloat and is the council services provided worth it? I know my answer!

Conwy councilors will receive a collective £146,000 pay rise – with the leader alone enjoying an extra £6,700 a year.

The democratic services committee voted in favor of a council report, detailing the increases that come into effect on May 9 after local government elections.

The increases are set by the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales (IRPW), not the council itself.

But whilst the IRPW set the amount that can’t be altered, councilors did have some control over paying top-ups for ‘civic salaries’ for some additional roles.

Consequently, the chairs of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, Planning Committee, Governance and Audit Committee, General/Statutory Licensing

Committee, and Democratic Services Committee all received a rise after councilors voted in favor of the increase.

Councilors can refuse an increase on an individual basis.

The changes mean a basic councilor's salary will rise from £14,368 to £16,800 a year, but the leader will be paid £56,700 a year, rising from the old amount of £49,974 – an increase of £6,726.
The deputy leader will also receive £39,690, rising from £35,320, an increase of £4,370.

Cabinet members will be paid £34,020, rising from £30,773, an increase of £3,247, and committee chairs will receive £25,593 – rising from £23,161, an increase of £2,432.

Civic Head heads will also see their pay increase from £23,161 to £25,593, and the deputy Civic Head’s salary will increase from £18,108 to £20,540.

Cllr Chris Cater proposed councilors vote in favor of the report, and Cllr Sue Shotter seconded it.

Seven councilors voted in favor; Councillors Phillip Evans and Sue Shotter abstained, and Cllr Harry Saville voted against the proposals.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Harry Saville slammed the pay rise.
“This planned 16.9% pay rise for councilors is obscene, especially as most people are having to get to grips with the economic fallout of COVID-19 and the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” he said.
“It’s astonishing that the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales – the Welsh Government quango which sets councilors’ pay – should think that this kind of pay rise is appropriate.”

He added: “One aspect of councilors’ pay that individual local authorities can control is whether to award increased ‘Senior Salaries’ to committee chairs.  I’ve previously recommended that the council cut these senior salaries to reduce the financial burden on local taxpayers.”
Councilor salaries don’t include the amounts members are able to claim back for travel costs – such as rail, air, or taxi journeys – overnight stays, and ‘sustenance’.

The IRPW says the increase would rectify the imbalance between the basic councilor salaries and the average salaries of constituents.

The matter was discussed at an earlier meeting in November, in which councilors compared their 16.9% pay rise to the 1.75% offered to council staff. Councilors expressed concern about public perception, with some describing the increase as ‘inappropriate’, especially after the COVID pandemic.

By Richard Evans – Local Democracy Reporter

From ...https://north.wales/news/conwy/obscene-16-9-councillor-pay-rise-to-cost-conwy-council-146000-36511.html#:~:text=The%20changes%20mean%20a%20basic,an%20increase%20of%20%C2%A34%2C370.

Colwyn Bay... Salaried £56,700 A Year Council Leader Cllr McCoubrey raises concerns over cost-of-living crisis!


How caring of him! McCoubrey took a whopping £6,700 a year pay rise this year!

Maybe the council needs to make some cuts to their large salaries and close Bodlondeb and move everyone to the Carbuncle Coed Pella offices, which are empty, and also the Mochdre building, and let others work from home.

If the cost-of-living crisis facing residents is the newly elected council’s biggest challenge, the council needs to do their bit!

Conwy’s leader says the cost-of-living crisis facing residents is the newly elected council’s biggest challenge. But Cllr Charlie McCoubrey says certain groups of struggling residents will soon be able to apply for payment as part of a £1m discretionary cost-of-living fund as inflation worsens.

Conwy councilors agreed that council tax would rise by 3.95% in March, but the price of food, petrol, gas, water, and electricity has rocketed in recent weeks, partly due to the pandemic and the war in Ukraine. Cllr McCoubrey says the situation is precariously difficult for the council to manage.

“In common with all councils, the cost-of-living crisis for our residents is obviously a real concern,” said Cllr McCoubrey. “Inflationary rise is about 10% and will have a massive impact on what we can deliver.

“So we are in a situation where our costs will rise and the ability of residents to pay their council tax is really heavily constrained, so it’s always a challenge, the budget, but I think this year will be as challenging as any we have had in the past. We have that need to keep the council tax as low as possible, but we also have to look after the most vulnerable. That’s always a balance for us.”

Already Conwy has paid out around 24,000 £150 council tax rebate payments on behalf of the government to ease the impact of the cost-of-living crisis. The payments were handed out to all those living in council tax bands A – D.

But around 13,000 payments in Conwy remain outstanding, due to those residents not paying by direct debit. The council is currently paying these through the Post Office.

But many other people aren’t eligible, either because they live in a higher band of property or perhaps in accommodation that is exempt from council tax.

Cllr McCoubrey said a discretionary cost-of-living scheme would soon be available for struggling residents to apply for. “Obviously we’ve released the £150 to everybody in bands A - D,” he said.

“But there is the discretionary cost-of-living scheme as well, which is just under a million pounds. That will be coming to cabinet in a week or two, just looking at where we target those that missed out because it (the £150) is quite a blunt instrument, isn’t it, so there are proposals coming there for those who missed out essentially.

“That will be for groups like for people living in houses of multiple occupations who don’t pay council tax. We also want to make sure our revenue and benefits team are well funded, in terms of they’re the people who make sure that people are claiming all the benefits that they need.

“There are lots of people who have never been in this situation that have never needed this kind of help before. So they don’t necessarily know where to go.

“It is quite difficult to appreciate. You could be living in a big house in Deganwy and still struggle and not have access to that (funds)." He added: “So we want to make sure we’ve got a really good safety net there for people. It will be a range of different benefits. It won’t necessarily be £150. The details will be at the cabinet soon.

“It is (about) two things, targeted support for those who need it, but also considering those key teams who look after people, moving forward, and have got a band of resources to make sure they can access benefits they are entitled to.”

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/cost-living-crisis-biggest-challenge-24346356

Llandudno...Woman guilty of assault in town to pay more than £450


 Do women not go to prison for assaults anymore?

A WOMAN has been ordered to pay in excess of £450 after she was found guilty of committing assault in Llandudno.

Stephanie McAdam, 32, of Mayfield Avenue, Widnes, was accused of assaulting Becky Hughes by beating her on November 14, 2021.

She pleaded guilty at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court on June 22.

McAdam was fined £288, and ordered to pay compensation of £50.

She must also pay £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service, and a £34 victim surcharge.

This amounted to a total of £457, which she is to pay in full by August 22.

From ...https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/20238376.woman-guilty-assault-llandudno-pay-450/

Llandudno...Curfew for Rhos-on-Sea woman who assaulted and obstructed police officers!


What is happening to the court system? This piece of trash should have been jailed for assaulting an emergency officer.

A WOMAN from Rhos-on-Sea has been handed a curfew after she was found guilty of assaulting and obstructing police officers.

Laura Owen, 33, of First Avenue, was accused of the following in Rhos-on-Sea on May 29:

• Committing common assault against PC Thomas.

• Assaulting a police sergeant by beating him.

• Obstructing PC Edwards while acting in the execution of his duty.

She pleaded guilty to all three offenses at Llandudno Magistrates’ Court on June 20.

Owen received a curfew, with electronic monitoring, ordering her to remain at her home address between 7pm and 6am daily until September 11.

She is also to pay £260 in compensation and £85 in costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.

This totaled £345, which she is to pay as a full lump sum within 28 days.

The court also made an application for deductions from her benefits.

From https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/20240852.curfew-rhos-on-sea-woman-assaulted-obstructed-police-officers/

Tuesday, 28 June 2022

North Wales ...Increased Covid-19 numbers lead to health board mask plea!


This is hardly unexpected, but it is very worrying, just when will this all go away, or is it here for good?

NORTH Wales' health board is asking people to wear masks once more due to a rise in Covid-19 outbreaks in some of its wards.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) made the plea earlier today (Tuesday, June 28).

The request comes following an 'increased number' of Covid-19 outbreaks, the health board says.

Concerns have been raised over the impact these have been having on staff absences.

This change will not affect those who are exempt from wearing a mask.

A statement from the health board read: “Due to increased COVID-19 prevalence in our communities, increased number of COVID-19 ward outbreaks, and the impact this is having on staff absence, we ask all staff, patients, and visitors to support us by wearing face masks in all clinical areas in all health and care settings, unless exempt.

“This includes all areas where patients receive care such as hospital wards and in clinics. While it may no longer be law, wearing a mask will help protect vulnerable people.

“We thank you for your continued support and understanding.”

From...https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/20240489.increased-covid-19-numbers-lead-health-board-mask-plea/

Colwyn Bay...McCoubrey Wants To See Carbuncle Council Offices Full Again?


Like many comments below the original article state, why not convert the carbuncle offices into social housing?

McCoubrey loves social housing, so this would be a dream come true unless the building is too old, and he does not like old buildings apparently!

But even before the pandemic, this carbuncle did nothing for the town, and now it is more environmentally friendly to work from home, maybe this embarrassing mess needs to go! And I mean the Carbuncle!

"Every job is very different. Sometimes you are better to write a report for four or five hours at home where you are not being bothered, but Cord Pella is a key building for us in terms of the regeneration of Colwyn Bay. So we need that to be as busy as possible as far as I’m concerned.”

But the leader said he thought the future of the council’s Bodlondeb headquarters was safe, despite a reduction in the number of staff based at the building. “We have a duty to look at our estate and how we run efficiently. I’m keen not to make any knee-jerk decisions because we might find a year down the line that the hybrid working is people being in the office the majority of the time,” said Cllr McCoubrey.

“So what we don’t want to do is go down a path where we decide to close something down and then realize it was a wrong move because we are all adapting to this post-pandemic world. Ultimately it is an ongoing process of looking at what works best.

"Then at some stage, we are looking to find what works properly and make some decisions, but there is certainly nothing going to be decided in the next 12 months until we see what works best for our staff.

“But (closing Bodlondeb) it’s not being discussed. We’ve got the environment, roads and facilities department in Mochdre. We have here (Bodlondeb), and we have Coed Pella.

"The original plan is to keep the three. I don’t think that will change. My gut feeling is people will spend a lot more time in the office than they do at home, and therefore, we will need these offices.

He added: “It (Bodlondeb closing) would be very controversial if it ever happens. I’d be surprised. There are no plans on the table. You could close Bodlondeb, but I just don’t see it happening.

“I think we need the actual space. There is nothing imminent, and I personally don’t think it will ever happen. It’s not been discussed formerly. It’s not something we are planning to do. I think in a year’s time, once we are settled in, then we will have the opportunity to ask, ‘do we need all these buildings?’ And my gut feeling is we will.”

From ...https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-council-boss-wants-24335636?int_source=nba

Conwy, North Wales ...A Quarter of council staff start work without criminal records checks!


A family member of ours worked for the council and also worked in schools, care homes, etc, it took nearly eight years before he had a DBS check, and he asked for it!

Considering the council had this below, they should be more cautious! 

Mr. Dyfed Rowlands the former head Manager of Floods and Environment has just been jailed for over 10 years at Caernarfon crown court. see (Plea and Trial Preparation - Case Started 10/04/2019 10:44

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DYFED FON ROWLANDS
For Trial - Case Started 12/08/2019 14:46
For Trial - Case adjourned until 15:25 12/08/2019 15:13
For Trial - Resume 12/08/2019 15:23
For Trial - Jury Sworn In 12/08/2019 15:45
For Trial - Case adjourned until 10:15 12/08/2019 15:59
Trial (Part Heard) - Resume 13/08/2019 11:41
Trial (Part Heard) - Jury Sworn In 13/08/2019 12:00
Trial (Part Heard) - Prosecution Opening 13/08/2019 12:11
Trial (Part Heard) - Case adjourned until 13:50 13/08/2019 12:51
Trial (Part Heard) - Prosecution Case 13/08/2019 13:54
Trial (Part Heard) - No Event 13/08/2019 14:43
Trial (Part Heard) - Legal Submissions 13/08/2019 15:40
Trial (Part Heard) - Case adjourned until 10:15 13/08/2019 16:16
Trial (Part Heard) - Witness Number 2 Sworn 14/08/2019 10:21
Trial (Part Heard) - Defendant Sworn 14/08/2019 11:29
Trial (Part Heard) - Case adjourned until 14:00 14/08/2019 13:08
Trial (Part Heard) - Summing Up 14/08/2019 14:04
Trial (Part Heard) - Case adjourned until 10:00 14/08/2019 14:31
Trial (Part Heard) - Prosecution Closing Speech 15/08/2019 10:05
Trial (Part Heard) - DYFED FON ROWLANDS; Defence Closing Speech 15/08/2019 10:27
Trial (Part Heard) - Jury retire to consider the verdict on 15/08/2019 at 12:01
Trial (Part Heard) - Verdict to be taken 15/08/2019 15:32
Trial (Part Heard) - Hearing finished for DYFED FON ROWLANDS 15/08/2019 15:44
For Sentence - Case Started 16/08/2019 10:50)
However in April Mr. Rowlands was placed on bail, can the authority please clarify how long he worked until it came to light that he was in fact on bail, and on what date was he dismissed?
As this is a criminal case and has now been settled by a prison sentence, it is in the public interest to know the above facts.
Also can the Authority please clarify why there has been a complete media blackout on reporting the case?
see ref
http://causelist.org/d/b80kv1exkcis/ 


Almost a quarter of new council workers who needed a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check started work without having one in place,  a Welsh Government audit has found.

The Wales Audit Office study of Conwy council’s safeguarding of vulnerable people arrangements for 2018-2019 was discussed at the authority’s audit and governance scrutiny committee.

In total, 76.6% of new starters who needed the DBS check had one in place when they started work – according to the latest figures covered by the report. The target is 100%.

Auditors found Conwy council had “addressed the majority of the recommendations” from a 2015 study about safeguarding but found it “could improve” training arrangements.

Safeguarding training was completed by 48% of staff, and less than a third of staff in the authority’s education department had completed domestic violence awareness training by March 2019.

It also emerged the council was unaware of how many school staff had completed safeguarding training because not all schools use the council’s computer system. Council officers want education staff to adopt its “robust” policies but cannot force them to say the report.

The audit office report said: “It is the responsibility of headteachers or the Designated Safeguarding Person in schools to keep a record of all staff who complete training and on what date, and they should be able to provide a list to the Council on request.”

The report went on to say the authority is considering transferring school staff records to its own system.

The council said it had responded to the proposals by “developing an action plan”.

Officers rejected a claim only 36 out of 62 schools had bothered to reply to a survey about how effective they were at giving safeguarding training to school governors. One officer claimed compliance had been “100%”.

However, Wales Office auditor Gwilym Bury told members that officers had been given a draft of the audit report and none of the figures were challenged.

The audit office study said it was the council’s “responsibility … to ensure they receive safeguarding training”.

Elsewhere the council was given a clean bill of health by auditors for its financial management and “effective use of resources”.

From....https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/quarter-council-staff-start-work-17811685