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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)



Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on July 31, 2019, 03:07:42 PM
Ambitious plans to rebuild storm ravaged Holyhead Marina unveiled
The breakwater and pontoons were damaged along with dozens of boats when Storm Emma hit in March 2018.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/ambitious-plans-rebuild-storm-ravaged-16675314 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/ambitious-plans-rebuild-storm-ravaged-16675314)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on August 10, 2019, 04:58:33 PM
A FORMER popular tourist attraction has officially been closed off to the public.

Bodelwyddan Castle Trust said said that public access is no longer granted for the woodlands, parklands, play area and trench experience. The trust were hoping to stay open until the end of the year, but 'various obstacles' have resulted in the early decision to close.

https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17829047.bodelwyddan-castle-park-halt-public-access/ (https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17829047.bodelwyddan-castle-park-halt-public-access/)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on September 06, 2019, 11:01:14 AM
GRANTS from a fund which has paid out nearly £4 million in 10 years are on offer again this year.

Applications to the fund are being sought by The Gannett Foundation, the charitable arm of Gannett Co, Inc, owner of Newsquest Media Group, which publishes the North Wales Pioneer.

Charities in North Wales are being urged to apply for a grant from the fund, with a deadline of Friday, October 18. The judges will meet in November to choose the winners.

A spokesman for Newsquest said: “We value practical and creative projects that bring lasting benefits to the communities and neighbourhoods served by our newspapers and online audience.

“That includes schemes for neighbourhood improvement and local problem-solving, economic development, youth development, education and cultural enrichment, care of the elderly or infirm, help for the disadvantaged or disabled, and environmental conservation.

“We particularly invite clearly reasoned applications asking for specific items of equipment or materials. Most of our applications are for relatively modest sums meeting everyday needs and that will be our special focus in 2019.

“We are also able to join with other contributors to support elements of more ambitious projects. While preference will be given to ideas which create a tangible and durable benefit, we will consider single events, performances or other projects of limited duration that otherwise meet our criteria.”

Applicants must be registered charities, and must not have received a grant from the fund within the last two years.

Gannett Foundation UK 2019 Application Form.docx
Grant forms IDEALLY the trustees prefer grant application to be in electronic PDF format on the standard application form but paper applications can be accepted.

To find out more email news@northwalespioneer.co.uk

In every case, applications must arrive by 5pm on Friday, October 18, 2019.


     
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on September 10, 2019, 06:30:17 PM
The Virgin Atlantic publicity stunt that saw these amazing Airbus images captured over Wales
Airbus A350-1000 caused a stir when it was seen circling the region on Saturday.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/virgin-atlantic-publicity-stunt-saw-16897109 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/virgin-atlantic-publicity-stunt-saw-16897109)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on October 04, 2019, 12:14:26 PM
That's an exceptional spend by visitors ! ! 

Overall spend by visitors to North Wales increased to £3,241 billion in 2018

https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17947013.overall-spend-visitors-north-wales-increased-3-241-billion-2018/ (https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17947013.overall-spend-visitors-north-wales-increased-3-241-billion-2018/)


GOVWALES Report 2018     https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/statistics-and-research/2019-06/wales-tourism-performance-report-january-to-december-2018.pdf (https://gov.wales/sites/default/files/statistics-and-research/2019-06/wales-tourism-performance-report-january-to-december-2018.pdf)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on October 19, 2019, 09:54:30 AM
Dramatic images of what's planned for the Ferodo and Plas Brereton sites have been released as the formal pre-application consultation gets underway.

Maybrook Investments, which owns Ferodo, had completed the deal to take on derelict mansions Plas Brereton and Plas Tŷ Coch.

The developer announced that they wanted to build a holiday village and water park on the site and were in discussions with Landal Greenparks, one of Europe’s leading park operators.           https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/incredible-images-show-whats-planned-17109448 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/incredible-images-show-whats-planned-17109448)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on February 12, 2020, 11:24:59 AM
I have read recently the difficulties Anglesey is having funding schools and doctors surgeries etc, and this mornings story that the WG is going to fund a 100 space Park and Ride at Gaerwen, costing £600.000 a great idea, but it does seem over expensive and hardly a priority.

A55 park and ride to tackle 'fly parking' and congestion
Jones Bros has secured the contract to build the facility on Anglesey
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/a55-park-ride-tackle-fly-17733695 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/a55-park-ride-tackle-fly-17733695)

Title: Re: North Wales News...............Jobseekers
Post by: SteveH on March 20, 2020, 10:44:42 AM
Supermarket giants have launched a massive recruitment drive - with jobseekers crashing career sites.

Sectors like hospitality have had to cut workers as the country closes down many social activities to stem the spread of coronavirus.
But food stores have been booming as shoppers stock up on groceries and items like loo roll - and they need extra workers.

This has seen an urgent appeal for more staff with hopes they can take on some people left jobless by the problems hitting other sectors like tourism and hospitality.       

Today there were up to 250 jobs within 50 miles of Conwy - from shop assistants to drivers - with many roles wanting an immediate start.
Ref DP     https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/tesco-co-op-asda-iceland-17951277 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/tesco-co-op-asda-iceland-17951277)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on March 23, 2020, 06:33:13 PM
One of Europe's largest agricultural shows has been cancelled due to the "deteriorating situation" surrounding coronavirus.

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society announced on Monday that the 2020 Royal Welsh Show will not go ahead in July.

Steve Hughson, chief executive, said: "It is with deep regret that due to the deteriorating situation surrounding Coronavirus, the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society after taking careful account of the latest Government and Public Health guidance, has today announced the cancellation of the 2020 Royal Welsh Show."                    ref Pioneer
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on May 01, 2020, 02:59:55 PM
New smoking laws will come into force later this month and will see certain types of cigarettes banned.

The legislation, which will be brought in on May 20 includes stripping menthol-flavoured cigarettes from the shelves.

Smokers will no longer be able to buy rolling tobacco or skinny cigarettes with a "characterising flavour other than tobacco" from UK stores.

The smoking ban is part of an EU Tobacco Product Directive law with the aim to attempt to stop young people smoking.
It is also part of a four-year plan to phase out flavoured cigarettes.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/everything-you-need-know-new-18183092 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/everything-you-need-know-new-18183092)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Hugo on May 01, 2020, 03:43:32 PM
Does it apply to bonfires Steve?
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on May 05, 2020, 03:46:11 PM
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A FORMER popular tourist attraction has officially been closed off to the public.

Bodelwyddan Castle Trust said said that public access is no longer granted for the woodlands, parklands, play area and trench experience. The trust were hoping to stay open until the end of the year, but 'various obstacles' have resulted in the early decision to close.

https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17829047.bodelwyddan-castle-park-halt-public-access/ (https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/17829047.bodelwyddan-castle-park-halt-public-access/)

Financial details which remain 'unresolved' could prove a stumbling block in efforts to sell Bodelwyddan Castle

After 12-months of being on the market, Bodelwyddan Castle is attracting a considerable amount of interest.

It is understood, however, that financial details which remain unresolved could act as a stumbling block in efforts to sell castle.

The gothic revival style country house, set within 200 acres including farmland, parkland and woodland along with a two bedroom house - St Asaph Lodge - was put up for sale with an asking price of £1million after Denbighshire County Council withdrew its £144,000 annual grant in 2017.

https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/18426760.financial-details-remain-unresolved-prove-stumbling-block-efforts-sell-bodelwyddan-castle/ (https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/18426760.financial-details-remain-unresolved-prove-stumbling-block-efforts-sell-bodelwyddan-castle/)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on May 22, 2020, 11:58:00 AM
Britannia Bridge fire:  50 years on

Two firefighters have recalled being trapped on the roof of a burning bridge, high above the Menai Strait, to mark the 50th anniversary of the fire.

On 23 May 1970, John Owen and Les Roberts were working for Anglesey Fire Service when they tackled a blaze on the Britannia Bridge - which links the island to the rest of Wales.

But they soon found themselves surrounded by flames and "panicking".

"It was that moment I shook hands with my maker," Mr Owen said.

They have told their story in detail for the first time as part of a BBC Wales programme to mark 50 years since one of the most dramatic fires in recent Welsh history.

Videos etc....  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-52760291 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-52760291)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on June 04, 2020, 04:44:59 PM
Plans for a wind farm off the coast of North Wales have been revealed - with the potential for 332 metre high turbines.

innogy Renewables wants to build Awel y Môr just over 10km off the coast of Llandudno and Colwyn Bay as an extension to its Gwynt y Môr scheme.

It could include up to 107 wind turbines to the west of the 160 windmills of Gwynt y Môr with the Environmental Impact Assessment part of the scoping report submitted.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/wind-farm-turbines-taller-eiffel-18363294 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/wind-farm-turbines-taller-eiffel-18363294)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on June 30, 2020, 04:12:54 PM
With the number of developers collapsing, leaving others to pay the price, which is usually a high one, it is to easy for them just to walk away, change the company name and start again, need to make them more liable.

Developer behind Denbigh asylum-themed hotel bid collapses with £113m debts
Signature Living Hotel Ltd, based in Merseyside, had wanted to revamp the North Wales Hospital.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/developer-behind-denbigh-asylum-themed-18514045 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/developer-behind-denbigh-asylum-themed-18514045)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Hugo on June 30, 2020, 06:22:05 PM
That type of thing happens too often and the directors seem to get away with it under company law.
I wonder who exactly owns the freehold on this valuable site
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Robbie G on June 30, 2020, 07:21:58 PM

Hugo
I think it is back in the ownership of D.C.C. , they have appointed Jones Bros. of Ruthin as main contractors for housing , seems an ideal site for Mr Waldron to me
 

Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: spotty dog on July 01, 2020, 09:53:36 AM
I believe the backer for Prince Madoc Cove the development next to Rhos Golf Club is pulling out, and it's up for sale ( as is ). I'm waiting for confirmation
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Nemesis on July 01, 2020, 10:45:18 AM
oh goodness. I hope not, not an ideal time to buy something. Hope we aren't left with another eyesore.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on July 01, 2020, 02:40:28 PM
Port bosses want to build £600m tidal lagoon off the coast of North Wales
Under the proposal the lagoon wall would stretch from the breakwater at Mostyn to Point of Ayr in Flintshire

Plans have been unveiled for a £590 million tidal lagoon capable of providing low carbon electricity to power 82,000 homes in North Wales.

Building the 6.7 kilometre long lagoon, stretching from the breakwater at Mostyn to Point of Ayr in Flintshire, would create 300 jobs during the construction phase and up to 30 high-skilled permanent posts.

It’s being developed by Mostyn SeaPower Ltd, a subsidiary of the busy Port of Mostyn, who say it will provide a massive boost for the regional economy and would play a key role in helping North Wales to recover from the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

Previous schemes for a giant £7bn tidal lagoon on the North Wales coast have not progressed and the wider sector was hit by a snub from UK Government when it failed to back the £1.3bn Swansea Tidal Lagoon in 2018.

But the developer of this new scheme believes the more modest ambitious of this project could get the go ahead and also inspire further tidal power projects along the North Wales coast.

cont  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/port-bosses-want-build-600m-18518325 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/port-bosses-want-build-600m-18518325)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on July 02, 2020, 10:33:13 AM
A £60m leisure resort, which would include a water park, is being planned for north Wales. ref BBC

Maybrook Investments wants to develop the old Ferodo factory site and nearby Plas Brereton on the banks of the Menai Strait, near Caernarfon.

The plans would also include more than 250 holiday lodges and apartments, shops, restaurants and bars, creating 80 jobs.
Maybrook has applied to Gwynedd council for planning permission.
The company said it could start work immediately if this was granted.

It also plans to renovate part of the old Ferodo factory into commercial units, which would have enough space for 600 people to work on site.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on July 30, 2020, 01:25:22 PM
Major Trawsfynydd jobs boost for 'next two decades' as chosen for decommissioning project
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority said the Trawsfynydd Site has been chosen as the site to lead Magnox’s reactor decommissioning project
https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/major-trawsfynydd-jobs-boost-next-18687158 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/major-trawsfynydd-jobs-boost-next-18687158)



The North Wales firms who have secured emergency Covid funding from Welsh Government
Recipients of phase one of the Economic Resilience Fund have been published
Conwy
Adventure Parc Snowdonia Ltd: £100,000

Alpine Travel: £65,000

Anna Davies (Betws-y-Coed): £37,500

Blas ar Fwyd, Llanrwst: £77,500

BODNANT FURNACE FARM: £77,500

Creating Enterprise C.I.C: £100,000

Elmtree Healthcare: £89,000

Empire Hotel (Llandudno ): £85,883

Grosvenor Construction: £67,000

Merrion Hotel, Llandudno: £66,100

Welsh Mountain Zoo: £85,000

Palins Holiday Park: £52,500

Ray Seager Scaffolding Services: £75,000

Restaurant 72, trading as Harveys New York Bar & Grill: £100,000

St.Kilda Hotel, Llandudno: £70,000

The Royal Oak Hotel, Betws-y-Coed: £80,000

Tynedale Hotel, Llandudno: £72,500

more https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-firms-who-secured-18685248 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/north-wales-firms-who-secured-18685248)
Title: Re: North Wales News..................Red Arrows
Post by: SteveH on August 11, 2020, 10:18:34 AM
Red Arrows practise display over Anglesey - when you'll catch it
RAF Valley will play host to 'out of season practise' later this week.

The Red Arrows are coming to Anglesey for a practise session this week.
The Covid-19 pandemic has left the aerial display team largely grounded

A Notice to Airmen (Notam) published in the past few days states "The Red Arrows will conduct flying display rehearsals at Royal Air Force Valley, Anglesey on 13th August 2020.

The document notes between 9am and 4pm that day no aircraft is to fly below 8,100 feet within a six nautical mile circle centred on the airbase. But the display is expected to take place between 12.45pm and 1.30pm.

Based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire the team was formed in late 1964 as an all-RAF team, replacing a number of unofficial teams that had been sponsored by RAF commands.        https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/red-arrows-practise-display-over-18746902 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/red-arrows-practise-display-over-18746902)




Title: Re: North Wales News..................Red Arrows TODAY ?
Post by: SteveH on August 13, 2020, 09:44:46 AM
Re above    Possible sightings today......

Thursday 13 / 08 / 20, Flying Display REHEARSALS @ VALLEY on ANGLESEY, AHEAD of FLYPASTS IN OTHER AREAS OF U K, 09.00 - 16.00hrs. 
Title: Re: North Wales News..................Red Arrows TODAY ? Video
Post by: SteveH on August 13, 2020, 02:36:05 PM
UPDATE on above.

LIVE: Pictures and updates from Red Arrows display at RAF Valley
The aerobatics team are having a training rehearsal over Anglesey   ref DP

Pictures and videos.......  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-pictures-updates-red-arrows-18762824 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-pictures-updates-red-arrows-18762824)
Title: Re: North Wales News..................Red Arrows TODAY ? FLYPAST
Post by: SteveH on August 13, 2020, 04:41:23 PM
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UPDATE on above.

LIVE: Pictures and updates from Red Arrows display at RAF Valley
The aerobatics team are having a training rehearsal over Anglesey   ref DP

Pictures and videos.......  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-pictures-updates-red-arrows-18762824 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-pictures-updates-red-arrows-18762824)

Well Llandudno just had a Red Arrows fly past, complete with coloured smoke, and looks like they are heading home to Scampton, along the coast ..   $good$                         stock photo, came over to fast   :-[
Title: Re: North Wales News.... Wind farm Colwyn Bay and Llanfairfechan.
Post by: SteveH on August 21, 2020, 11:24:18 AM
Plans to create one of the biggest offshore wind farms in the world off the north Wales coast have got a step closer despite fears over the impact on scenery.

About 100 turbines could be built as part of plans for Awel y Môr, between Colwyn Bay and Llanfairfechan.

Campaigners who fought against the nearby Gwynt y Môr farm said the turbines were "an eyesore".

RWE Renewables said the wind farm would create "green clean renewable energy".

Back in 2015, the same developers opened one of the UK's largest offshore wind farms, Gwynt y Môr, which has 160 turbines, off the coast of Llandudno, Conwy.

Now they have been granted rights by the Crown Estate for the sea bed between Colwyn Bay and Llanfairfechan.

cont  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53851846 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53851846)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on September 22, 2020, 09:58:39 AM
Furloughed workers within the arts have been temporarily employed on I'm a Celebrity.

The new series will be filmed in Abergele and is set to provide jobs for the local community.
This includes a recent recruitment of experienced production runners within the area by ITV.

They aren't the only local professionals involved with the upcoming TV project though.
North Wales Live can exclusively reveal that furloughed theatre staff are also being used.

Technicians from Venue Cymru and Theatr Colwyn began working on the production this month.
Eight employees joined the show last Monday (September 14) along with an additional two yesterday.

The staff, all of whom had been furloughed, are now expected to remain on set for another 10 days.
They will be paid by ITV and are currently assisting crew on location at Gwrych Castle.

Those involved account for 50 percent of the permanent staff within Venue Cymru's tech department.
And it's hoped that ITV will extend their contracts in the coming weeks to cover production itself.
It could also offer roles on the series to additional furloughed theatre staff during filming of the show.

This may include more technicians as well as those in other departments, such as in catering.

cont   https://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/im-celebrity-hires-furloughed-north-18969398 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/im-celebrity-hires-furloughed-north-18969398)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Hugo on September 22, 2020, 11:25:41 AM
Anyone on furlough is paid by the Government ( that's you and I ) so many employees consider taking temporary jobs during a furlough. They should check carefully for rules against outside employment and/or second jobs, as their employer is free to enforce these policies even during a furlough.
Title: Re: North Wales News.....Llangollen Railway vandalised
Post by: SteveH on October 16, 2020, 04:35:46 PM
A TRAIN owned by Llangollen Railway had its windows smashed and seats and tables damaged by vandals.

North Wales Police has launched an investigation into the incident which occurred some time between Friday afternoon and Monday (October 12) while the train was situated outside Llangollen train station.

Police say the perpetrators "smashed windows, pulled up seats and tables and left empty bottles of alcohol".

Liz McGuinness, general manager of Llangollen Railway, which has battled to survive amid the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, said: "We are devastated at the awful damage that has been done to our beautiful carriages.
"It's one of the carriages we use and were hopeful of using when we plan to reopen over October half term.

"We're not sure exactly how much repair costs are going to be, but it's going to be in the thousands.
"In my nine years of working for Llangollen Railway this sort of thing has only happened once - and that was years ago.
"It's saddening that someone would go out of their way just to cause damage to one our train's carriages."

Anyone who can assist police with their enquiries is asked to call them on 101 quoting reference number Y150557.

The Leader: https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18790491.police-appeal-train-vandalised-llangollen/ (https://www.leaderlive.co.uk/news/18790491.police-appeal-train-vandalised-llangollen/)
Title: Re: North Wales News...Fireworks displays called off
Post by: SteveH on October 17, 2020, 03:07:38 PM
All major bonfire night and fireworks displays have been called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic.    ref DP

Both Llandudno and Colwyn Bay town councils announced earlier this year that their firework displays - which usually attract more than 20,000 spectators combined - will not be going ahead.

Other town councils, including Buckley, Denbigh, Caernarfon and Pwllheli have now confirmed that no public displays have been organised in these areas due to social distancing rules.

Anglesey County Council have also confirmed that the annual events in Beaumaris, Llangefni, Holyhead and Amlwch have been cancelled.

According to government guidelines outdoor gatherings of more than 30 people are not allowed anywhere in Wales.

North Wales Fire and Rescue Service (NWFRS) is now appealing to the public to think twice about using fireworks at home.

Title: Re: North Wales News..RRS Sir David Attenborough
Post by: SteveH on October 21, 2020, 01:11:15 PM
The RRS Sir David Attenborough is sailing to North Wales
The vessel, once dubbed Boaty McBoatface, will be undergoing trials in the region's coastal waters and its crew will be training in Holyhead ahead of polar trip.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/rrs-sir-david-attenborough-sailing-19140372 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/rrs-sir-david-attenborough-sailing-19140372)
Title: Re: North Wales News.... Wind farm Colwyn Bay and Llanfairfechan.
Post by: SteveH on October 23, 2020, 01:22:06 PM
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Plans to create one of the biggest offshore wind farms in the world off the north Wales coast have got a step closer despite fears over the impact on scenery.

About 100 turbines could be built as part of plans for Awel y Môr, between Colwyn Bay and Llanfairfechan.
Campaigners who fought against the nearby Gwynt y Môr farm said the turbines were "an eyesore".
RWE Renewables said the wind farm would create "green clean renewable energy".
Back in 2015, the same developers opened one of the UK's largest offshore wind farms, Gwynt y Môr, which has 160 turbines, off the coast of Llandudno, Conwy.

Now they have been granted rights by the Crown Estate for the sea bed between Colwyn Bay and Llanfairfechan.
cont  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53851846 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-53851846)

A county council economic spokesman told owners of a wind farm he’d rather see a tidal lagoon than more giant turbines off the coast.

Cllr Goronwy Edwards, Conwy county council’s cabinet member for economic development, revealed he told Innogy Renewables the council’s preferences during a presentation about Awel y Mor wind farm extension.

Speaking at Thursday full council meeting he said the new field would see Gwynt y Mor field “double in size” in the direction of Anglesey.
The proposals, revealed earlier this year, would see giant turbines taller than the Eiffel Tower (up to 330m) situated off the coast.

https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/18817092.conwys-economic-chief-shows-support-tidal-lagoon-awel-y-mor-wind-farm-expansion-presentation/ (https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/18817092.conwys-economic-chief-shows-support-tidal-lagoon-awel-y-mor-wind-farm-expansion-presentation/)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Robbie G on October 23, 2020, 04:32:25 PM
 Well we are  pretty quick to find fault with CCBC but I agree with Goronwy Edwards comments on the new wind farm ,lets hope they don`t  proceed with the new farm and we have a tidal lagoon to replace them but the decision will be made in London .
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: norman08 on October 23, 2020, 08:41:57 PM
With this lot ccbc the lagoon will go to Deeside as far as Rhyl that's where they are in favour of.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on October 27, 2020, 12:30:44 PM
Airbus' latest giant BelugaXL flew into Broughton this week on first operational flight
The third of the mammoth planes to come off the production line has made its first trip to North Wales.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/airbus-latest-giant-belugaxl-flew-19172439 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/airbus-latest-giant-belugaxl-flew-19172439)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on November 03, 2020, 03:25:27 PM
How giant wind farm turbines will look - from Llandudno prom to the summit of Snowdon
The CGI images have been created to show the impact of Awel y Mor on the landscape

The developers of a new wind farm off the coast of North Wales have opened up a virtual exhibition - with CGI images showing how the turbines will look from various points across the region.

RWE Renewables is leading the development of Awel y Môr - a sister project to Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm.

It would sit to the west of Gwynt y Môr with the turbines potentially 332 metres tall. There would be between 57 and 107 turbines, depending on the size chosen.

cont   https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/how-giant-wind-farm-turbines-19212656 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/how-giant-wind-farm-turbines-19212656)


PS  Climate change: Welsh green energy hindered by 'strained' grid capacity
Developers of green energy schemes in Wales face "significant challenges" in linking up to electricity power lines, the industry association has warned.

Lower emissions targets could be missed as a result, Renewable UK Cymru said.
It also claimed new zones allocated by ministers for onshore wind farms provided "virtually no opportunity whatsoever" for development.   cont  BBC  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-54782345 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-54782345)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on November 14, 2020, 10:06:11 AM
Stena Line preparing for 'return of duty free' as Holyhead booze cruise could be back after Brexit
The ferry giant said there would be 'significant savings' on alcohol and cigarettes under the new prices

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/stena-line-preparing-return-duty-19278759 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/stena-line-preparing-return-duty-19278759)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on November 19, 2020, 11:49:52 AM
THE British Antarctic Survey’s new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough, has berthed at Orthios Jetty, Holyhead Port during a break in trials off the North Wales coast.

The ship has completed its first series of technical tests and shortly after arrival will be handed over from the builders, Cammell Laird shipyard, to the Natural Environment Research Council and British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

While operating in North Wales waters prior to arriving at Holyhead, the ship’s propulsion, steering, engineering and navigation systems were all calibrated.

A spokesperson for the BAS said: “The crew will spend approximately 50 days intensive training at Holyhead, including safety drills, familiarisation, helicopter deck certification and stocking and stowing the ship. The stay will also include the completion of her interior fitting out.

“She is programmed to sail early next year for ice trials in the Arctic, and in November 2021 make her maiden voyage to Antarctica.

“In Antarctica her role will be to support scientists conducting vital research in the polar regions.”

The spokesperson added: “The RRS Sir David Attenborough is a multidisciplinary research platform that will transform how shipborne science is conducted in the polar regions and provide scientists with state of the art facilities to research the oceans, seafloor, ice and atmosphere.”      ref Pioneer
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on November 26, 2020, 10:22:19 AM
Leaving things a bit late ?..............

The Roadking truck stop in Holyhead and Bryn Cegin business park in Bangor have been identified as the two target sites for a new customs facility.

Proposals for a customs HGV facility on Anglesey Show’s existing park-and-ride facility on the Mona Industrial Estate were thrown out by the island's local authority in September.

This month North Wales Live revealed that traffic coming into Holyhead from Dublin is set to be directed to interim sites in Birmingham and Warrington for customs checks.

UK Government said it was progressing its hunt for a suitable site nearer the port and that two potential locations have been identified.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/roadking-bryn-cegin-uk-governments-19345718 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/roadking-bryn-cegin-uk-governments-19345718)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Ian on November 26, 2020, 10:38:01 AM
Quote
This month North Wales Live revealed that traffic coming into Holyhead from Dublin is set to be directed to interim sites in Birmingham and Warrington for customs checks


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Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on December 17, 2020, 10:20:29 AM
The £1billion North Wales Growth Deal is taking a major step forward today as a final agreement is signed.

The major deal, which is backed by £120m each from the Welsh Government and UK Government, is set to create thousands of jobs and transform the region's economy.

The final deal agreement will be signed in a live streamed virtual event on Thursday.

A few days later, on 22 December, progress on the Mid Wales Growth Deal is expected to be announced involving representatives of Powys and Ceredigion county councils as well as the Welsh Government and UK Government.

Both deals will back green and sustainable growth in their regions' economies.

Minister for economy and North Wales Ken Skates said: “This has been an incredibly difficult and challenging year for businesses across Wales, and we know that there are more challenges to come as we continue to deal with the effects of the pandemic.

“I’m pleased, however, that we are able to move forward with both the North and Mid Wales growth deals before the end of this year which will be key for the future.

cont   https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/1billion-north-wales-growth-deal-19472629 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/1billion-north-wales-growth-deal-19472629)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on December 18, 2020, 10:10:55 AM
The following comment taken from this article has a ring of truth to it, I think.............
"They’re creating a new structure that the public don’t want and will be seen as just another carriage on the gravy train, taking the power even further away from the people."

Concerns have been raised that “undemocratic” moves to establish regional public bodies will “diminish accountability” and lead to less autonomy for elected councillors.

The Welsh Government is set to create four regional bodies known as Corporate Joint Committees (CJCs) that would cover the north, mid, south-east and south-west regions of the country.

While the leaders of each local authority would sit on the relevant body, opposition was raised by members of Gwynedd Council’s cabinet when it met on Tuesday.

In the case of the north of Wales, the body would be made up of Anglesey, Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Wrexham and Flintshire local authorities as well as the Snowdonia National Park Authority.

CJCs would be legal entities in their own right, employing staff, co-opting members and having their own budget while working on fields including  transport and promoting the economic well-being of their areas via new  strategic development plans.

Cont  https://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/18952260.moves-establish-regional-bodies-will-diminish-nbsp-accountability/?ref=rss (https://www.northwaleschronicle.co.uk/news/18952260.moves-establish-regional-bodies-will-diminish-nbsp-accountability/?ref=rss)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Ian on December 18, 2020, 11:15:24 AM
It's hard to know what the benefit of yet another layer of bureaucracy could be. 
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Cambrian on December 18, 2020, 11:16:46 AM
Interesting coming on the day we learn that AMs (or MSs as we must now learn to call them) are likely to have a 2.4% pay increase!

The Gwynedd councillors make some very valid points.  WG loves to have commissioners (a handy sinecure for favoured ex-councillors) and quango-type bodies usually populated by the nomenklatura or other folk from the Cardiff Bay Repertory Company.  This enables their surrogates to carry out WG bidding come what may. Devolution should not end in Cathays Park.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Blongb on December 18, 2020, 01:28:08 PM
What do you call 1000 bureaucrats chained together at the bottom of Cardiff Bay?

A very good start $hands$
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on December 22, 2020, 10:09:53 AM
Tax hike of 1% (now 4%) on second homes in Wales approved - but some say it doesn't go far enough
The latest Welsh Government budget announcement will see people buying second homes or buy-to-let properties in Wales having to pay extra.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/tax-hike-second-homes-wales-19501689 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/tax-hike-second-homes-wales-19501689)

Comment.........
“It does beg the question though, if the Welsh Government is so eager to take this step to help manage the second home market, why do they remain so reluctant to prevent second homeowners and holiday let owners from moving their properties from the Council Tax rate to the Business Tax Rate "
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Hugo on December 22, 2020, 12:15:14 PM
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.https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/tax-hike-second-homes-wales-19501689 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/tax-hike-second-homes-wales-19501689)
Comment.........
“It does beg the question though, if the Welsh Government is so eager to take this step to help manage the second home market, why do they remain so reluctant to prevent second homeowners and holiday let owners from moving their properties from the Council Tax rate to the Business Tax Rate "

I couldn't understand that either Steve, that loophole which I believe was instigated by a businessman with interests in Abersoch should be closed.     If the properties are a genuine business then hopefully HMRC should be aware of the fact
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Hammy on December 22, 2020, 02:23:11 PM
Maybe one of the reasons for rejecting the transfer to business rates is because of the reduction in receipts which would ensue due to the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme;

'Small Business Rates Relief in Wales
The Welsh Government provides non-domestic rates relief to eligible small businesses.

eligible business premises with a rateable value of up to £6,000 will receive 100% relief; and
those with a rateable value between £6,001 and £12,000 will receive relief on a tapered basis from 100% to zero'
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Hugo on December 22, 2020, 02:51:28 PM
That's one of the reasons Hammy,     that guy in Abersoch spotted a loophole in the system and advised second home owners to change to the lower rate of the Business tax
The other thing is that they want to discourage people from buying second homes in the area as that action is inflating the prices of houses and making them out of reach of the local young people
It's not unique to Wales because Cornwall, the Lake District and other areas are facing the same problem
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on December 23, 2020, 02:14:58 PM
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Leaving things a bit late ?..............

The Roadking truck stop in Holyhead and Bryn Cegin business park in Bangor have been identified as the two target sites for a new customs facility.
Proposals for a customs HGV facility on Anglesey Show’s existing park-and-ride facility on the Mona Industrial Estate were thrown out by the island's local authority in September.
This month North Wales Live revealed that traffic coming into Holyhead from Dublin is set to be directed to interim sites in Birmingham and Warrington for customs checks.
UK Government said it was progressing its hunt for a suitable site nearer the port and that two potential locations have been identified.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/roadking-bryn-cegin-uk-governments-19345718 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/roadking-bryn-cegin-uk-governments-19345718)

Holyhead Roadking customs plan dropped by UK Government - with hope truck stop jobs can be saved
The site had been proposed for a new customs facility and workers already told they were being made redundant

“Investigations by both Welsh and UK Governments have established that there is no single site immediately available in Holyhead that is big enough to support both functions,  "This means that the operations will need to be split over multiple sites.   

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/holyhead-roadking-customs-plan-dropped-19511247 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/holyhead-roadking-customs-plan-dropped-19511247)



Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on December 24, 2020, 01:02:46 PM
Update on above......

The planned two new sites on Anglesey for customs facilities have been revealed after the proposal to take on the Roadking truck stop were dropped.

UK and Welsh Governments had entered into talks with the owners of the Roadking truck stop at Parc Cybi and staff told they faced redundancy due to the move.

But this plan has been scrapped and two new sites identified.

These are understood to be plots seven and nine on Parc Cybi.

It is understood HMRC will take on plot nine to deal with customs and immigration checks with Welsh Government responsible for ensuring compliance with DEFRA standards such as the SPS (Sanitary and Phytosanitary) checks and traffic management.

cont  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/new-planned-holyhead-customs-sites-19517631 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/new-planned-holyhead-customs-sites-19517631)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on December 30, 2020, 09:43:32 AM
Super seven that can create hundreds of jobs in 2021
From construction to communications these firms can help boost the economy next year

Despite an incredibly challenging 2020 and the ongoing impact of the pandemic there are firms in North Wales gearing up to create jobs over the next 12 months.

There are hopes that 2021 will bring better times for the economy once vaccinations start to ramp up and Wales enters the warmer spring months.

In the region there are firms already planning on growth - from sectors as diverse as communications to construction.

cont  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/super-seven-can-create-hundreds-19536025 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/super-seven-can-create-hundreds-19536025)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on December 31, 2020, 12:52:25 PM
In pictures: Striking photos from Wales in 2020

We take a look at some of the most striking images from across Wales during 2020 - a year which was defined by the coronavirus pandemic.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55489831 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55489831)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on January 01, 2021, 10:36:38 AM
More great photos of 2020.....see above

46 pictures which sum-up life in North Wales during the strange year that was 2020
It's been an eventful year for everyone and our photographers have been there to capture an extraordinary 12 months

Some are images which show just how much life has changed in North Wales during the pandemic.

Others are great examples of life as we know it - pictures which show that there is still a world beyond the facts and figures of the pandemic.

photos    https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/gallery/46-pictures-sum-up-life-19493655 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/gallery/46-pictures-sum-up-life-19493655)
Title: Re: North Wales News.........................................Conwy Census 2021.
Post by: SteveH on January 05, 2021, 04:08:44 PM
Households across Conwy will soon be asked to take part in Census 2021.                             ref Pioneer

The census is a once-in-a-decade survey that gives the most accurate estimate of all the people and households in England and Wales. It has been carried out every decade since 1801, with the exception of 1941.

It will be the first run predominantly online, with households receiving a letter with a unique access code, allowing them to complete the questionnaire on their computers, phones or tablets.

“A successful census will ensure everyone from local government to charities can put services and funding in the places where they are most needed,” Iain Bell, deputy national statistician at the Office for National Statistics, said.

“This could mean things like doctors’ surgeries, schools and new transport routes. That’s why it is so important everyone takes part and we have made it easier for people to do so online on any device, with help and paper questionnaires for those that need them.”

Census day will be on March 21, but households across the country will receive letters with online codes allowing them to take part from early March.

The census will include questions about your sex, age, work, health, education, household size and ethnicity. And, for the first time, there will be a question asking people whether they have served in the armed forces, as well as voluntary questions for those aged 16 and over on sexual orientation and gender identity.

In Wales, households will also be asked a specific question about their Welsh language skills.

Those who wish to complete the census in Welsh can do so both online and in paper form. There are 'Cymraeg' and 'English' buttons to switch between languages at any time online, and on paper you can use Welsh and English on the same form.

Results will be available within 12 months, although personal records will be locked away for 100 years, kept safe for future generations.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: norman08 on January 05, 2021, 07:40:56 PM
I hope this one is better than the last one, I know of big blocks of flats in Llandudno that didn't receive one.
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on January 08, 2021, 10:10:05 AM
Two reports affecting export of goods from the UK

The Irish Government will temporarily ease customs arrangements for businesses importing goods from the UK - in a move that should boost Welsh ports.

Last night North Wales Live reported that Stena Line was cutting 12 weekend sailings between Holyhead and Dublin, and Fishguard and Rosslare.

This follows a 70% slump in freight trade on the routes as businesses struggle with new customs arrangements after the end of the transition period on December 31.

In Ireland this has sparked concerns about empty shelves in supermarkets as goods fail to arrive.

cont  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/irish-government-eases-post-brexit-19585004 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/irish-government-eases-post-brexit-19585004)


PS BBC report  Brexit: Firms warn of problems as new EU trade rules kick in.

New border rules introduced last week are already creating problems for exporters and traders, say firms.

On Friday, Marks & Spencer became the latest company to warn of the administrative burden and increase in export costs to some countries.

Parcels firm DPD has already suspended some services and there have been warnings from seafood exporters.
One export trade body told the BBC there was a "growing problem and sense of unease" among its members.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55583244 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-55583244)
Title: Re: North Wales News.............Truckers bypassing Holyhead
Post by: SteveH on January 14, 2021, 10:00:50 AM
Truckers bypassing Holyhead   &shake&  to Dublin route a sign of 'Brexit success' says Boris Johnson
The PM made the claims during the Liaison Committee meeting earlier this evening

The PM said that trade between Northern Ireland and Great Britain is flowing so smoothly that many exporters are opting to use the new route and bypassing North Wales in the process.


https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/truckers-bypassing-holyhead-dublin-route-19621056 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/truckers-bypassing-holyhead-dublin-route-19621056)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on January 14, 2021, 05:11:52 PM
Update on above...

Stena Line has cancelled Irish Sea sailings again this weekend as the post-Brexit trade slump continues at Holyhead and Fishguard.

The ferry firm is still reporting a 70% drop in freight trade on routes between Wales and Ireland compared with similar periods in previous years.

The reason is stockpiling prior to the end of the post-Brexit transition period and a surge in direct services between Ireland and the rest of the EU.

Additional red tape on trading is impacting retailers, hauliers and ports in the UK and the island of Ireland - while Covid travel restrictions are hitting passenger figures.

cont  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/stena-line-cancels-holyhead-sailings-19624567 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/stena-line-cancels-holyhead-sailings-19624567)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on January 16, 2021, 01:45:52 PM
Irish hauliers are bypassing Welsh ports to avoid Brexit bureaucracy, industry leaders say.

So called "teething problems" with new export rules are causing "enormous strain on staff", according to one haulage company.

But others warn of a longer-term shift by truck firms from using Holyhead, Fishguard and Pembroke Dock.

long-term consequences for the ports.

cont   https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55682597 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55682597)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Hugo on January 18, 2021, 04:04:54 PM
Plaque in memory of missing antiques dealer mysteriously appears on bench - and no-one knows why          I remember watching a TV programme on the original disappearance and it could shed no light on the reason why she vanished without trace



https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/plaque-memory-antiques-dealer-mysteriously-19616661 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/plaque-memory-antiques-dealer-mysteriously-19616661)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on January 26, 2021, 09:39:48 AM
Traffic through Holyhead Port has been down by more than 50%, and traders at the frontline of Brexit in Wales are warning a long-term drop in its port activity will hurt its future.

The port is the second-largest roll-on-roll-off port in the UK and according to Wales Online, they carry 1,200 lorries and trailers across the Irish Sea every day.

The UK officially left the European Union on December 31 and many concerns have been raised about the falling numbers at the Port.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/brexits-taking-back-control-plan-19697798 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/brexits-taking-back-control-plan-19697798)
Title: Re: North Wales News........... Avian Influenza (bird flu) Anglesey.
Post by: SteveH on January 28, 2021, 10:02:50 AM
A CASE of Avian Influenza (bird flu) has been confirmed in pheasants at a premises on Anglesey.

The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales has confirmed the case.

A temporary control zone (TCZ) has been immediately imposed around the infected premises to limit the risk of the disease spreading and as part of the wider surveillance and disease control measures.

Further laboratory results to determine if virus is a Highly Pathogenic type are expected in the next 48 hours. If so, the TCZ will be replaced by 3 km protection and 10 km surveillance zones.

cont  https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/19045177.bird-flu-discovered-pheasants-anglesey-chief-veterinary-officer-wales-confirms/ (https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/19045177.bird-flu-discovered-pheasants-anglesey-chief-veterinary-officer-wales-confirms/)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: Ian on January 28, 2021, 10:46:18 AM
Is there no end to the good news. I wonder?
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on February 23, 2021, 12:30:48 PM
Stories within stories................

The deep water jetty at Holyhead port is receiving an upgrade that will make it more attractive for cruise ship passengers and prepare it for a new use.

Work has begun on the £500,000 upgrade of the Orthios jetty at Holyhead  https://www.orthios.com/the-eco-park-anglesey/ (https://www.orthios.com/the-eco-park-anglesey/) - currently being used as a base for sea trials and training by the world’s most advanced polar research vessel the RSS Sir David Attenborough.

The upgrade serves two purposes - including getting the jetty ready to receive plastics for recycling for Orthios' Plastics-to-Oil facilities at the former Anglesey Aluminium site.   https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55813259 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-55813259)

It will also benefit Welsh tourism as Orthios said it will make the jetty "more attractive" to cruise ships when the holiday industry revives.

The improvement works are being managed for Orthios by Cadarn Consulting of Anglesey.

Orthios CEO Sean McCormick said: “Cruise traffic dropped off almost entirely in 2020 due to the pandemic but we already have 20+ bookings for later this year, with each liner expected to bring hundreds of passengers and their spending power into the region.

cont  https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/holyhead-jetty-upgrade-make-more-19894584 (https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/holyhead-jetty-upgrade-make-more-19894584)
Title: Re: North Wales News
Post by: SteveH on February 26, 2021, 02:49:15 PM
Welsh exports to Irish Republic 'hindered by wrong ink'

Welsh exports to Ireland are being blocked by extra paperwork and costs at customs, says CBI Wales.

Director Ian Price said the authorities in the Republic of Ireland were "zealous" when checking goods which was "causing some delays."

He said documents had been rejected for being written in blue not black ink.

Ireland's consul general in Wales insisted the Irish Government was "focused" on facilitating trade between the two countries.

Mr Price called for "consistency of approach" when exporting to the EU.

The republic is Wales' fourth biggest export market, behind Germany, France and the US and the fifth largest market for the UK.

cont  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56201813 (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-56201813)