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Members' Lounge => Politics & Current Affairs => Topic started by: SteveH on September 14, 2016, 06:05:50 PM

Title: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on September 14, 2016, 06:05:50 PM
Saying all the right things, as long as it is pushed forward, good for North Wales

Growth plan to create 120,000 extra jobs in North Wales.

A growth plan that highlights how the region can create an extra 120,000 jobs has been unveiled.
The North Wales Economic Ambition Board has put forward its vision for the region’s economy.

The document - A Growth Vision for the Economy of North Wales - urges the UK and Welsh Government to back their ambition for investment and greater powers in the region.
They say the return will be an increased size in the region’s economy from £12.5bn to £20bn by 2035

“We have a good track record in attracting investment but recognise that more needs to be done if job creation and income levels are to match UK levels.

“The plan focuses on strategic infrastructure investments that link business to key markets and communities, developing and skilling the workforce to take advantage of opportunities and working with partners cross-border to grow key sectors and support projects with the potential to transform our economy.

“We recognise that the plan is ambitious, but we have identified a number of projects that could support jobs and prosperity.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/growth-plan-create-120000-extra-11884007 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/growth-plan-create-120000-extra-11884007)

Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on September 15, 2016, 03:39:09 PM
'Tax cut' or 'spin doctoring'...rates relief pledge for North Wales businesses turns into row.

The Welsh Government says it has delivered a tax cut for thousands of small firms in Wales but this claim has been attacked as "spin-doctoring" by a business group.
Local Government Secretary Mark Drakeford has confirmed that the £98m Small Business Rates Relief scheme will be extended for 2017-18, with it becoming permanent after then.

FSB Development Manager Mike Learmond said: “Whilst we welcome the announcement that Small Business Rates Relief in Wales is to be put on the same permanent basis as in England, to describe such a move as a tax cut for small businesses is blatantly misleading and the worst form of spin-doctoring.
"Putting the current relief scheme on a permanent footing merely maintains the status quo and does not mean that small businesses in communities across Wales will pay any less in business rates than they did previously.

“In its manifesto Welsh Labour pledged to 'offer a tax cut for all small businesses' - today’s announcement in no way meets that pledge, and we would urge the Finance Minister to look at how the Welsh Government can keep the promise that it made to the small business community and the wider electorate.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/tax-cut-north-wales-businesses-11891307 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/tax-cut-north-wales-businesses-11891307)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on September 20, 2016, 03:48:50 PM
I think this article shows how lucky Llandudno is, and will be in the future, certainly from a shopping point of view.


More than one in five shops lie empty in some town centres in North Wales - sparking a “ghost town” warning.
Shocking figures from the Local Data Company(LDC) show the region has some of the worst performing towns in the UK when it comes to empty premises.

Bangor had a shop vacancy rate of 21.8% in the first half of 2016.
This figure was one of the worst in the UK for towns of that size, although the vacancy rate was down from 22.4% in 2015
In Rhyl , 21.6% of shops were empty, up from 17.5% in 2015 as the seaside resort has struggled to cope after losing major chains like Marks & Spencer and Next in recent years.

“There are so many empty units and a lot of those filled are charity shops, we need to do something to get retailers back on the high street.

“If something does not happen soon Rhyl town centre will be a ghost town.
“We are looking at setting up a Business Improvement District which is a start and we need action on rates from the next re-valuation.
Bangor has already seen the creation of a Business Improvement District to help support the city centre.

More and comments below article....
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/ghost-town-warning-one-five-11910657 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/ghost-town-warning-one-five-11910657)

Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on September 21, 2016, 01:45:12 PM
Is your North Wales business a tourism champion?
Tourism firms and small businesses are being urged to get their entries into the Daily Post Business Awards 2016.
The awards aim to find the area’s most innovative companies and talented people.
Prizes will be awarded to the firms and business people who have excelled over the last 12 months and are helping drive the economy forward.
There are 10 categories for businesses to enter with a showcase awards ceremony in November at Bangor University, who are the headline sponsor of the awards and also support the Business Person of the Year category.

Has your organisation helped promote the growth and expansion of the local tourist industry? Can you demonstrate how you are attracting more visitors to North and mid Wales for days out and longer holidays, business trips, conferences, exhibitions or other events?

Entries will be judged on business achievement and growing financial performance, with the business possibly also demonstrating strong future growth potential.
The 10 awards are open to ANY type of business based within North Wales.
It’s free to enter and there are number of ways to enter your business.

For an entry form and information visit www.dailypostbusinessawards.co.uk (http://www.dailypostbusinessawards.co.uk) , call: 01492 574 472 or email events@dailypost.co.uk.

“The aim of the North Wales Economic Ambition Board (NWEAB) is for a single, joined-up vision for economic and employment growth for North Wales.
“Currently with the public and private sector working together within the NWEAB, a “Team North Wales” approach can be delivered through collaboration and partnership working.
“Our ambition is to support the further development of a confident, cohesive region with economic growth, capitalising on the success of high value economic sectors.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/your-north-wales-business-tourism-11905541 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/your-north-wales-business-tourism-11905541)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on September 30, 2016, 11:44:38 AM
Thousands of firms in North Wales are set to find out how much they are set to pay in business rates today - but huge demand has seen the Government's on-line checker crash.

The Valuation Office Agency published the new "rateable values" of their properties at around 9.30am this morning.
It was set to show the changes in the amount firms will pay in business rates from next April.

North Wales is expected to benefit as the last review took place in 2008 prior to the economic crash.
But the system has experienced serious technical difficulties this morning due to the sheer level of demand.

Some figures have been available but many searches have come back unsuccessful.
The Government department is working to resolve the issues.

One Llanfairfechan firm said it had been able to log-on and had discovered the rates they were due to pay on a new unit could soar.

All UK firms pay a tax on the shops, offices, warehouses and factories that they use.
Rates are the third biggest outgoing for many small businesses after rent and staff costs.   ref DP
Title: Re: North Wales News ........business rates slashed
Post by: SteveH on September 30, 2016, 07:26:58 PM
High street retailers across North Wales could see their business rates slashed after the UK-wide review by the Valuation Office Agency(VOA).

The final business rate level is calculated by multiplying the rateable value with a ‘multiplier’ (the number of pence per pound of rateable value) set by the government.
Colliers found that some stores on Mostyn Street in Llandudno could see rateable values almost halved, with an average reduction of around 20%.

Colwyn Bay firms on Station Road could benefit from 20% cuts while those in the Bay View Centre were projected to see falls of 43%.

Edward Hiller, managing director of Llandudno landowner Mostyn Estates, said: "For the past six years, retailers in Llandudno have in the main suffered excessive rates bills.
"For those that have survived the combined impacts of the past recession, and internet competition, it is encouraging to see their costs can now approach some sense of normality.
"The headline numbers suggest a modest average fall in rateable values within Llandudno.
"However, we have noticed there are some significant differentials.

"There are some very obvious areas we will be discussing with the Valuation Office.
"As a case in point, I fail to see why Vaughan Street has improved over that time. It is just about to lose the Post Office, which could be a significant blow to footfall.

MORE  http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/could-shops-your-north-wales-11963260 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/could-shops-your-north-wales-11963260)

Title: Re: North Wales News..........Dog owners
Post by: SteveH on October 04, 2016, 10:30:56 AM
Dog owners in North Wales are being warned about the potentially fatal parasite lungworm after an increase in reported cases.
Lungworm is a parasite that lives in slugs, snails and frogs which can cause weight loss, difficulty breathing, a chronic cough, trouble exercising, and can even be fatal.

Chris Cater, who has been in practice as a small animal vet in the Llandudno area for 34 years, said he had noticed an increase in lungworm cases throughout the country over the last few years.
Mr Cater, clinical director at Cater Veterinary Practice in Llandudno, told the Daily Post: “The trouble is that slugs and snails are involved because they swallow the larva of the lungworm so they’re part of the cycle.
“Dogs will eat slugs and snails and will get the infection from that.
“Dogs can also accidentally digest slugs and snails from their water bowls and toys, so it’s important to make sure that they’re left outside clean in the garden."

“The lungworm is a problem in North Wales as there are a lot of slugs and snails and it’s very rural with wet weather.
“The lungworm comes from Southern Europe and it has sped throughout the country in the last few years.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/warning-north-wales-dog-owners-11974827 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/warning-north-wales-dog-owners-11974827)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on October 25, 2016, 04:49:40 PM
Interesting article re. Lonely Planet travel guide puts North Wales #4 best place to visit.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/north-wales-global-top-ten-12070597 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/north-wales-global-top-ten-12070597)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on December 13, 2016, 12:22:49 PM
Bank of Wales to launch next year...and it will be based in the North.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bank-wales-launch-next-yearand-12312176 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/bank-wales-launch-next-yearand-12312176)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on December 16, 2016, 03:48:50 PM
I found this article interesting, and looked into it a bit more, links below.......

800m Deeside waste incinerator construction to start next month.
Wheelabrator Parc Adfer will be a combined heat and power enabled facility which will generate 18.8 MW (gross) / 16.6 MW (net) of sustainable electricity to meet the needs of over 30,000 UK homes and businesses.

In 2014, Wheelabrator was selected as preferred bidder to build and operate the facility over the next 25 years as a public-private partnership, with support from the Welsh Government to serve the five local authorities that make up the North Wales Residual Waste Treatment Project - Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Gwynedd and the Anglesey councils.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/800m-deeside-waste-incinerator-construction-12331482 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/800m-deeside-waste-incinerator-construction-12331482)

Seems a very impressive system ...well worth watching......
Video    http://www.wtienergy.com (http://www.wtienergy.com)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on December 23, 2016, 02:09:55 PM
This seems a bit heavy, considering its tax payers money paying the fine........

Gwynedd Council hit with £73,000 fine for waste 'negligence'.
Tywyn county councillor Mike Stevens criticised NRW for taking the case to court and using a “big stick” to beat the council with.
He said: “This fine isn’t going to benefit the taxpayers of Tywyn and the people of Gwynedd.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/gwynedd-council-hit-73000-fine-12363828 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/gwynedd-council-hit-73000-fine-12363828)

Comment.......
Steamnut
So, if the Council makes a mistake then, indirectly, we pay the fine. If we make a mistake then we also pay. If my business makes a mistake then I pay not my customers. to make things a bit fairer why not fine, or sack the employees involved? Oh, sorry, I forgot, Council employees assume that have a job
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on January 12, 2017, 04:30:59 PM
Cleaners could earn £45 an hour in North Wales...but...............

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/cleaners-could-earn-45-hour-12443909 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/cleaners-could-earn-45-hour-12443909)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: TheMedz on January 16, 2017, 01:19:30 AM
Not sure if this has been mentioned before but just in case it hasn't.

Interesting NHS waiting times app.

Hopefully you will never need to use it but just in case, this app might make the decision to go left or right along the A55 to A&E a more informed one.

 It was written for the Midlands hospitals but can be used for North Wales.


http://www.waittimes.uhnm.nhs.uk/ (http://www.waittimes.uhnm.nhs.uk/)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on February 21, 2017, 12:06:21 PM
Did you spot Apache helicopters over North Wales?

No you weren't mistaken, they were Apache helicopters on exercise around our region.
Squadron Dave Williams from RAF Valley said locals should keep their eyes peeled over the next few days as there will be some good images to be had as they roam the region.
He said: “They’re here on detachment for around a week around the local area.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/you-spot-apache-helicopters-over-12632032 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/you-spot-apache-helicopters-over-12632032)

Some comments.....
there's me thinking north wales police have got some new toys

Heard it was Trump looking at all the protesters against him!
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: born2run on February 21, 2017, 12:08:48 PM
I've seen these lots of times over the years from my office. They often fly over Conwy mountain as they did yesterday about 4pm
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on February 22, 2017, 12:21:15 PM
This type of investment adds to the increasing popularity of N. WALES

Plas Glynllifon owners give exclusive first look inside historic mansion they will transform into 5* hotel
Paul and Rowena Williams have spoken to the Daily Post about their £6m plans.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/plas-glynllifon-owners-give-exclusive-12636854#ICID=sharebar_twitter (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/plas-glynllifon-owners-give-exclusive-12636854#ICID=sharebar_twitter)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on March 11, 2017, 12:53:17 PM
Nice to see some positive thinking, I hope they can make it work.

New £14m cheese plant earmarked for 2018 opening on outskirts of Bangor.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on March 19, 2017, 10:57:18 AM
Look out Anglesey.........

Anglesey Council chiefs trial new firm to tackle dog mess and litterbugs......guess who   

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http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/anglesey-council-chiefs-trial-new-12754982 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/anglesey-council-chiefs-trial-new-12754982)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on March 23, 2017, 08:50:50 PM
What do you think ?

town council is planning to spend up to £1,000 a year renting a garage ... from the 12-year-old son of its own mayor.
Beaumaris officials struck a deal with schoolboy Dai Ifor Evans-Jones - the son of mayor Gwen Evans-Jones - to rent a garage he owns.
The unlikely budding property tycoon stands to make £87 a month from renting out the site - just behind the family home - for which his mother says he paid £13,000 in pocket money he’d saved up.
Cllr Evans-Jones told the Daily Post “everything is above board”, and that she left the council chamber when the arrangement was approved.

13 comments.... http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/beaumaris-anglesey-mayor-son-garage-12788985 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/beaumaris-anglesey-mayor-son-garage-12788985)
Title: Day Tripper - Let's visit Llandudno
Post by: Cambrian on March 25, 2017, 06:08:56 PM
In case anyone is interested, there is a very positive two page spread in today's Daily Telegraph on visiting Llandudno.  Various local businesses such as Providero and Johnny Dough's are covered, some with pictures.
Title: Re: Day Tripper - Let's visit Llandudno
Post by: SteveH on March 25, 2017, 06:28:13 PM
Sorry Cambrian, cannot see article on line without signing up.   :(
Title: Re: Day Tripper - Let's visit Llandudno
Post by: Nemesis on March 26, 2017, 06:43:47 PM
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In case anyone is interested, there is a very positive two page spread in today's Daily Telegraph on visiting Llandudno.  Various local businesses such as Providero and Johnny Dough's are covered, some with pictures.

It isn't happy with the pier though is it?
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on March 30, 2017, 12:25:51 PM
Sad news, crash site found, five dead

A major search has been launched after a helicopter with five people on board went missing.
The UK Coastguard is co-ordinating the massive search and rescue operation which is now focusing on the Snowdonia National Park area.
Live: Search for missing helicopter 'focusing on Snowdonia'

The aircraft, with five people on board, went missing at 4.15pm on Wednesday
BYTOM DAVIDSON
UPDATED12:19, 30 MAR 2017
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on April 17, 2017, 10:21:28 AM
An acorn picked from Mametz Wood where thousands of Welsh soldiers were slaughtered during World War I, is to be planted in Llandudno by Lord Mostyn.

The poignancy of the planting ceremony, which is taking place next Saturday at Bodysgallen Woods, will resonate with the landowner as his grandfather raised one of the battalions that fought in the battle.
Organisers are also inviting any descendants of those who died in the battle to attend.

The oak sapling will be planted in the grounds near the spot where a photograph was taken showing the then Lord Mostyn inspecting his troops in 1916.
Mametz Wood was the objective of the 38th (Welsh) Division during the First Battle of the Somme.

The acorn from which the sapling has grown, was picked up in the forest of Mametz by Wyn Jones, from Rhos on Sea
“I picked up the acorn and put it my pocket and then totally forgot about it, but when I discovered it again weeks later-for the hell of it I put it in a pot and couldn’t believe it when it started to sprout.
More  http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/acorn-world-war-battlefield-planted-12901418 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/acorn-world-war-battlefield-planted-12901418)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: PhilMick on April 17, 2017, 06:04:33 PM
Is this the photo http://royalwelchfusiliersmuseum.blogspot.co.uk/2016_09_01_archive.html (http://royalwelchfusiliersmuseum.blogspot.co.uk/2016_09_01_archive.html)

Scroll down the page until you see it

Phil
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on April 17, 2017, 06:43:01 PM
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Is this the photo http://royalwelchfusiliersmuseum.blogspot.co.uk/2016_09_01_archive.html (http://royalwelchfusiliersmuseum.blogspot.co.uk/2016_09_01_archive.html)
Scroll down the page until you see it
It makes sense, I have that photo somewhere, as it is possible my Grandfather was part of the group, fortunately he survived, I have copied the photo from your link.  $thanx$ 
Just noticed the Gt. Orme goat mascot at the front.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on April 27, 2017, 06:13:10 PM
Welsh Mountain Zoo's HALF PRICE deal for local residents
The Colwyn Bay attraction is launching its first ever community weekend with 50% off for people living in Conwy county.

"Tickets for next week’s offer which runs on May 6 - 7, will be from £6.35 an adult and £4.78 for children aged 3 - 15. The offer will be given to anyone presenting documentary proof of residency in Conwy County."
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/welsh-mountain-zoo-conwy-deal-12925451 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/welsh-mountain-zoo-conwy-deal-12925451)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on May 20, 2017, 10:39:09 AM
Conwy's business champions are revealed at annual award ceremony
Surf Snowdonia boss and Welsh Mountain Zoo are among the winners.

The winners of Conwy Business Awards 2017 have been revealed this evening.

The awards are now in their fourth year and celebrate the best of Conwy’s private sector businesses and their contribution to communities and the local economy.
Awards were presented at a glittering ceremony at Venue Cymru on Friday night.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/conwys-business-champions-revealed-annual-13063737 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/conwys-business-champions-revealed-annual-13063737)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on June 10, 2017, 11:10:12 AM
This sounds like a good idea, but the design looks shocking.......

Zip World has revealed plans for a 75-bedroom hotel with a giant slide and underground caving.
The proposed Gwesty Antur/Adventure Hotel at Parc Tŷ Gwyn, off the A470 on the outskirts Llanrwst, will include a dining area, sauna and pool.

The proposals also include adventure-based features such as the slide from the top to the ground floors, external climbing wall and virtual reality pods.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/zip-worlds-new-adventure-hotel-13166269 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/zip-worlds-new-adventure-hotel-13166269)

Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on July 12, 2017, 12:32:26 PM
Industry Figures Back Investment for North Wales and Cheshire Rail Strategy.

http://businessnewswales.com/industry-figures-back-investment-north-wales-cheshire-rail-strategy/ (http://businessnewswales.com/industry-figures-back-investment-north-wales-cheshire-rail-strategy/)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SDQ on July 12, 2017, 01:02:42 PM
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Industry Figures Back Investment for North Wales and Cheshire Rail Strategy.

http://businessnewswales.com/industry-figures-back-investment-north-wales-cheshire-rail-strategy/ (http://businessnewswales.com/industry-figures-back-investment-north-wales-cheshire-rail-strategy/)


Very nice, who's going to pay for it though?
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on July 12, 2017, 01:32:04 PM
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Industry Figures Back Investment for North Wales and Cheshire Rail Strategy.

http://businessnewswales.com/industry-figures-back-investment-north-wales-cheshire-rail-strategy/ (http://businessnewswales.com/industry-figures-back-investment-north-wales-cheshire-rail-strategy/)
Very nice, who's going to pay for it though?

The subject of the N.W. rail link, raises it's head every now and again, the only good news is, they are still talking about it, although I am not convinced they will remember N.W. if it ever gets going.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on August 16, 2017, 12:58:59 PM
This looks like a good opportunity, I hope the local schools get involved.

Hundreds of jobs on offer at Wales's largest careers fair in Llandudno
There are more than 40 employers already signed up for SkillsCymru at Venue Cymru

The North Wales event, which is free to attend, will be happening on October 4 and 5 at Venue Cymru, Llandudno and is expected to attract more than 10,000 young people, graduates and job-seekers
The event will also feature a careers information evening for parents, which will be hosted on October 4 at Venue Cymru
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/hundreds-jobs-offer-waless-largest-13481606 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/hundreds-jobs-offer-waless-largest-13481606)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on September 23, 2017, 02:13:01 PM
COMING SOON TO AN AREA NEAR YOU.....?

Dog owners will be fined if they don’t carry enough bags to clean up after their pets.

Denbighshire council is the latest to roll out a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) enforcing strict new rules to keep communities free from mess

Kingdom will enforce the order which comes into effect from next Wednesday and will see pet owners hit with a £75 fixed penalty notice if they flout the rules.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/denbighshire-dog-poo-bags-fine-13662831 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/denbighshire-dog-poo-bags-fine-13662831)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on October 31, 2017, 11:38:54 AM
All change...................

Arriva Trains 'proud' of rail service improvements in North Wales as announces it won't be carrying on

The company has released a comment after it was revealed yesterday they have withdrawn from bidding for services beyond 2018

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/arriva-trains-proud-rail-service-13835184 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/arriva-trains-proud-rail-service-13835184)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on December 13, 2017, 04:03:51 PM
North Wales gets its own regional chief from Welsh Government to drive economy.

Since devolution the Welsh Government has often been accused of being Cardiff-centric and is now taking steps to move to a more regional approach.
This has seen them create the new role for a senior civil servant dedicated to providing leadership in the region and bring together other partners to develop the economy in North Wales.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/north-wales-gets-regional-chief-14031727 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/north-wales-gets-regional-chief-14031727)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Cambrian on December 13, 2017, 06:00:38 PM
Who would have thought it Steve ?  Before the WAG was established, the Welsh Office had an Assistant Director (Industrial Development) located in North Wales. Funny how it takes nearly 20 years for the current lot to realise the need!
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on February 17, 2018, 04:03:37 PM
Any one feel the earthquake ?

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/earthquake-tremor-wales-north-swansea-14303263 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/earthquake-tremor-wales-north-swansea-14303263)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Fester on February 18, 2018, 12:07:22 AM
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Any one feel the earthquake ?

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/earthquake-tremor-wales-north-swansea-14303263 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/earthquake-tremor-wales-north-swansea-14303263)

I did not.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: TheMedz on February 18, 2018, 07:27:52 AM


I did not.
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I can't tell you how relieved that makes me feel Fester. Thank You.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on February 19, 2018, 01:47:40 PM
See which North Wales developments are shortlisted for Wales Project of the Year
The projects range from a restored beach shelter to an adventure hub.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/see-north-wales-developments-shortlisted-14307672#ICID=sharebar_twitter (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/see-north-wales-developments-shortlisted-14307672#ICID=sharebar_twitter)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Hugo on February 19, 2018, 02:35:07 PM
Tellytubby sent me this link about the fastest RIP ride in the world.  Last year TellyTubby arranged for four of us to have a trip on the RIP ride from Menai Bridge and it was a great experience and we got up to about 50 mph in that boat so we're looking forward to seeing what the new boat is capable of



https://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/rib-boat-anglesey-zip-world-14306833 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/rib-boat-anglesey-zip-world-14306833)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on March 09, 2018, 02:46:35 PM
Interesting article relating to local issues.......

Wages have hiked 10% in this sector but some employers still struggling to recruit
Hospitality sector transformed and wages are now increasing.

Hospitality wages are increasing more rapidly than any other industry - with sector growth, the Living Wage and staff shortages driving the pay hike.

The sector has transformed in recent years with North Wales at the forefront of the changes - creating more full time permanent roles and more emphasis on training and retaining workers.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/wages-hiked-10-sector-employers-14382586 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/wages-hiked-10-sector-employers-14382586)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on March 16, 2018, 01:12:03 PM
Car dealer Slaters of Abergele goes into administration
KPMG has been appointed as administrator to the cash strapped family business

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/car-dealer-slaters-abergele-goes-14399415 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/car-dealer-slaters-abergele-goes-14399415)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on May 17, 2018, 09:35:10 AM
Councils unite to back 'one North Wales' to bring economic success
The region's six council leaders are supporting the #backthebid campaign to secure £1.3bn boost.
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/councils-unite-back-one-north-14667645 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/councils-unite-back-one-north-14667645)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on November 09, 2018, 12:15:40 PM
Planners give verdict on Surf Snowdonia's plans for zip line hotel and adventure centre
Surfing lagoon bosses want to bring 106 bedroom hotel to the Conwy Valley


Plans for a 106 bed hotel and adventure attraction at Surf Snowdonia look set to be knocked back.
An application for the hotel and an activity building will go before Conwy's planning committee when it meets next Wednesday.
Andrew Ainscough, the managing director at Surf Snowdonia made the application for the 106 bed hotel and a five storey activity building, with the plans set to cost £10 million and bring in 100 jobs.

"A report before members of the committee concluded: "The initial details in the submission fail to demonstrate compliance with a number of matters including flood risk, drainage, land contamination, ecology, residential amenity, highways and planning obligations.
"The development should not be approved until associated social and environmental impacts have been fully addressed."
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/planners-give-verdict-surf-snowdonias-15392770 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/planners-give-verdict-surf-snowdonias-15392770)

Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Meleri on November 10, 2018, 01:28:49 PM
Why on earth have CCBC Planning Department accepted this application if the details in the submission fail to demonstrate compliance with several matters.They normally have pre application discussions between the Officers & applicant, why not tell the applicant at that stage to come back when the application complies. The Planning Department recommend the Planning Committee vote against giving permission so why waste their time, money & manpower on this, it beggar belief. It's about time CCBC started looking at ways to save money in various departments and this is one area they could start  >:(
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on November 15, 2018, 11:29:20 AM
We cannot deny the investment made by these companies, and I am not be surprised by this decision.

A hotel and adventure centre at Surf Snowdonia has been given the green light by planners in Conwy.
   
The plans, set to cost £10 million and create 100 jobs, will see the building of a 106-room hotel in Dolgarrog as well as a five-storey activity building.
The four-storey hotel would have facilities including a gym, spa, bar and restaurant, as well as treatment rooms and conference and other function rooms.

Officers had originally recommended that the application be refused after concerns were raised about the suitability of the development in such a rural area and issues over the flood risk.
But the recommendation was changed ahead of today’s meeting after the council received updates from the applicant.

Speaking against the plans at the planning commitee meeting, Catherine Mortimer Hart said: “Surf Snowdonia is a massive development in the county and has been a good use of a redundant industrial site, with the activity to date being enjoyed by thousands of visitors.

“The original application promised a major boost to all tourism businesses in the area.
“However, this proposal threatens to make the site completely self-contained and this will diminish the opportunities for local enterprise.”  
 continued..... https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17225929.plans-approved-for-new-hotel-and-adventure-centre-at-surf-snowdonia/ (https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17225929.plans-approved-for-new-hotel-and-adventure-centre-at-surf-snowdonia/)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on November 21, 2018, 10:18:16 AM
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Car dealer Slaters of Abergele goes into administration
KPMG has been appointed as administrator to the cash strapped family business

Good news for Mochdre.

Former Slaters of Abergele site bought in £1.6m investment
Gwynedd Forklifts Ltd has expanded into garage's former Mochdre site.

The former servicing site on Blackmarsh Road will provide additional space and create 10 new jobs for this local family business.  ref DP

Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on November 26, 2018, 11:39:27 AM
Following on from the above posts, re. the new hotel at Surf Snowdonia.

Surf Snowdonia is in advanced talks with Hilton to open a hotel at its Conwy Valley surfing lagoon.

Under the plan a 106-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn would open next to the lagoon along with a 'wellness spa' and conference facilities.
The company also revealed a new brand and more details of its game-changing new adventure offer which will open to visitors in summer 2019.

Surf Snowdonia, which opened in 2015, will rebrand to Adventure Parc Snowdonia to reflect its broader offer, although the 300-metre inland surf lagoon will remain a key part of the attraction.

Investment in the development will be in the region of £16m and Surf Snowdonia say around 100 new roles will be created.

 Continued       https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/surf-snowdonia-talks-hilton-over-15465022 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/surf-snowdonia-talks-hilton-over-15465022)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on December 15, 2018, 10:51:18 AM
One of world's largest wind farms off coast of North Wales could be about to get BIGGER
The 160 turbine Gwynt y Mor, situated around 10 miles off the coast of Colwyn Bay, could get extended.

Now operator Innogy is seeking to extend the wind farm, which was the second largest in the world when it was built.

There are no details yet about how many extra turbines could be added.

A spokeswoman for innogy said: "In October 2018, The Crown Estate completed a review of applications to extend existing UK offshore wind farms.

"Subject to a successful plan level Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA), The Crown Estate intends to grant rights to extend offshore wind projects including Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/one-worlds-largest-wind-farms-15553952 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/one-worlds-largest-wind-farms-15553952)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on January 03, 2019, 03:20:23 PM
Not so good news for Conwy, as the All-Wales Boat and Leisure Show, is moving to the Anglesey Showground, but good news for North Wales.

A MAJOR maritime-themed show will spearhead ambitious plans to transform Anglesey into the events capital of North Wales.
Tourism chiefs have hailed news that the All-Wales Boat and Leisure Show is coming to the Anglesey Showground as an economic boost for the island.
The event from May 30 to June 1, is expected to attract boat lovers from across the UK.
It’s grown out of the All-Wales Boat Show previously staged in Conwy and Pwllheli.
https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17333669.maritime-themed-show-tipped-to-provide-economic-boost-to-anglesey/ (https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17333669.maritime-themed-show-tipped-to-provide-economic-boost-to-anglesey/)

Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on January 07, 2019, 12:09:33 PM
Zip World going to 'next level' after Lloyds takes stake in £45m adventure business
LDC has bought out two of the investors with founder Sean Taylor remaining at helm of the business.

Now Lloyds Development Capital (LDC) have bought out two of the shareholders and will provide a cash injection and additional expertise to expand the business further.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/zip-world-going-next-level-15639282 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/zip-world-going-next-level-15639282)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on February 14, 2019, 11:26:44 AM
North Korea and Russia in cyber attacks on Anglesey council
Attempts by rogue states to breach authority's digital security.

I liked some of the comments............   https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-korea-russia-cyber-attacks-15826587 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-korea-russia-cyber-attacks-15826587)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Ian on February 14, 2019, 02:11:53 PM
I rather liked this quote:

Quote
A report by the council's security chiefs revealed that there had also been attempted hacks from Russia.

So Anglesey has 'security chiefs', eh? And anyone who runs a blog or a forum is well aware there are hordes of would-be hackers attempting to gain access all the time. Quite a few are from Russia, but most are trying to sell pornography or drugs.

Wonder if CCBC has 'security chiefs'?
Title: Re: North Wales News ........ Rhyl Air Show
Post by: SteveH on April 09, 2019, 10:41:06 AM
What's coming to Rhyl Air Show instead of the Red Arrows
The famous display team pulled out of the annual spectacular but here's what you can see instead.

The RAF Eurofighter Typhoon display team will be making their debut appearance at Rhyl Air Show in place of the Red Arrows, organisers have today announced.

The annual extravaganza which takes off on August 24 and 25 will also feature the Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane along with the Tucano.

The line –up also includes Team Raven – a formation aerobatic display team flying 5 Van’s RV8 aircraft from Wales, high energy aerobatics from Steve Carver and The Royal Logistic Corps Silver Stars Army Parachute Display Team.

Last month, the RAF's famous Red Arrows announced they won't be appearing at the show because they will be displaying in the US and Canada later in the summer.    More    https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/whats-coming-rhyl-air-show-16099874 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/whats-coming-rhyl-air-show-16099874)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Fester on April 11, 2019, 11:20:14 PM
The Typhoon?  Wow, that’s a fabulously noisy beast.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on June 16, 2019, 09:38:49 AM
Fears have been raised over the impact of planned 60 metre barges as part of a tidal project off the west coast of Anglesey.

Menter Mon is developing the £35m Morlais tidal scheme off Holy Island/Ynys Gybi - with international firms lined up to use the infrastructure to test new tidal technologies.

Anglesey resident Mark Llewellyn, who lives on the coast of Holy Island, said he was initially supportive of the project.
But this was when he believed the schemes would all be underwater and his opinion has changed after being told part of the project will involve barges off the coast, near South Stack.   cont.  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/fears-over-flotilla-barges-anglesey-16431677 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/fears-over-flotilla-barges-anglesey-16431677)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on June 30, 2019, 03:04:33 PM
A TOURIST attraction which once won a prestigious national award will finally close this weekend.

The Bodelwyddan Castle Trust announced in February that it would keep the property open to the public as long as possible after deciding to sell the 99-year lease.

Since then, although the mansion itself and art gallery have been closed the gardens and parkland have remained open. But with very limited income the closure was inevitable.
“We have looked at other ways we might become self-sufficient but just could not carry on,” said Trust chairman Dr Helen Papworth.
Cont..... https://www.rhyljournal.co.uk/news/17736675.bodelwyddan-castle-which-is-up-for-sale-and-valued-at-1million-to-finally-close-its-doors/ (https://www.rhyljournal.co.uk/news/17736675.bodelwyddan-castle-which-is-up-for-sale-and-valued-at-1million-to-finally-close-its-doors/)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on July 19, 2019, 02:25:33 PM
First pictures of Hollywood film crews in Snowdonia for Wonder Woman sequel
Warner Bros is currently filming the follow up to the 2017 film Wonder Woman

North Wales Live last night revealed that the makers behind Wonder Woman 1984 were set to use Swallow Falls near Betws-y-Coed to shoot some action scenes.
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/first-pictures-hollywood-film-crews-16614231 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/first-pictures-hollywood-film-crews-16614231)

Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Ian on July 19, 2019, 05:48:52 PM
Hmmm...Gal Gadot will make a welcome addition to the scenery.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on July 20, 2019, 09:46:09 AM
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Following on from the above posts, re. the new hotel at Surf Snowdonia.

Under the plan a 106-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn would open next to the lagoon along with a 'wellness spa' and conference facilities.
The company also revealed a new brand and more details of its game-changing new adventure offer which will open to visitors in summer 2019.
Surf Snowdonia, which opened in 2015, will rebrand to Adventure Parc Snowdonia to reflect its broader offer, although the 300-metre inland surf lagoon will remain a key part of the attraction.
Investment in the development will be in the region of £16m and Surf Snowdonia say around 100 new roles will be created.
 Continued       https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/surf-snowdonia-talks-hilton-over-15465022 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/surf-snowdonia-talks-hilton-over-15465022)

Hilton hotel development underway at surf lagoon
Work has started on the 106 bedroom hotel at Adventure Parc Snowdonia in the Conwy Valley.

A ground-breaking ceremony was held at the Conwy Valley surf lagoon this week for Hilton Garden Inn Snowdonia.
The combined investment is worth £16m with "significant" funding from Welsh Government. An exact figure is due to the finalised in the coming weeks.    Cont.. https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/hilton-hotel-development-underway-surf-16615116 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/hilton-hotel-development-underway-surf-16615116)