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Plans unveiled for new all-weather football pitch at secondary school
Locals have expressed concerns about the proposal

Plans for an all-weather football pitch at a Welsh secondary school in Penrhyn Bay have been unveiled. Conwy?s education department has applied to its own planning department, seeking permission for an all-weather artificial grass pitch at Ysgol y Creuddyn on Derwen Lane.

The planning application includes six flood lights, 2-metre high earthed mounds with 1.5m acoustic screens at the northern and eastern sides of the pitch, perimeter fencing and storage space. The pitch also includes a modular changing pavilion with two changing rooms and private showers and toilets.

Red Tape at its worst............ Someone who follows the rules, but ends up being penalised.

'I've lived in the UK for 18 years and work in the NHS and am now being forced to leave'
NHS worker Marie's application will cost around ?5,000 in total - money she simply does not have

An NHS worker who has lived in the UK for 18 years cannot afford to renew her visa after learning she must pay a ?2,600 fee to access the health service she now helps provide and fears she could be asked to leave the country. Marie Madrid, 33, an NHS care navigator, has spent around ?12,000 renewing her visa to remain in the UK over the past 10 years, but this time cannot afford the healthcare surcharge, a fee levied on most applicants for them to access public health services.

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Hobbies and Interests / Re: Gardening
« Last post by SteveH on May 14, 2024, 09:45:20 am »
Japanese knotweed: How to spot new hybrids growing in your garden
Japanese knotweed hybrids look slightly different to the original species, says expert Jennifer Holmes

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant that grows rapidly at this time of year. While it can look quite attractive, with bamboo-like stems and heart-shaped leaves, the plant spreads rapidly and may cause damage to brickwork and drains.

It can knock thousands off the value of your property as it is both difficult and expensive to get rid of. In this country, Japanese knotweed cannot set seed or propagate via seed but it can sprout from even the smallest amount of rhizome left in the ground.

Last week, McCarthy Stone announced that they planned to submit a planning application to build retirement flats on Maelgwyn Road Car Park. 

They have launched a Pre-Application Consultation asking for feedback, and we'd encourage everyone to share their views - McCarthy Stone will be expected to detail how they've addressed the points raised when they submit their planning application to Conwy County Borough Council.

You can respond to the consultation by emailing or writing to McCarthy Stone, Llandudno Consultation, Cavendish, Dalton Place, 29 John Dalton Street, Manchester, M2 6FW by 8th June 2024.  You can find full details of McCarthy Stone's proposals online here.

Maelgwyn Road car park is one of Llandudno's largest pay and display car parks and is currently leased by Conwy County Borough Council.  Parking is a huge challenge in Llandudno, so this car park is an important public asset.  As a pay and display car park it generates revenue, which supports important local services including education and social care.

McCarthy Stone first expressed an interest in building on the car park in 2021.  We ran a petition against their plans at the time, which hundreds of people signed.  Their new plans are little different to those put forward three years ago.

McCarthy Stone's latest plans are for 57 apartments with 36 car parking spaces - they're already 21 car parking spaces short whilst losing 134 existing public car parking spaces.

That means a net loss over 150 car parking spaces near the town centre.  We all know how difficult parking is in Llandudno, and this will have a big impact on residents, people working in the town centre and tourists.

We would encourage everyone who is concerned about this development to click here   to view McCarthy Stone's proposals and participate in the consultation.  When McCarthy Stone submit their formal planning application they will have to list the issues raised in the Pre-Application Consultation and explain what steps they are taking to mitigate them. 

Please feel free to email us a copy of your comments at

Kind regards,
Times Past / Re: Miriam and Isaac Jones ( Yr Ogof)
« Last post by Hugo on May 13, 2024, 10:52:35 pm »
Hi AJ,   I've just reread my last post and the first booklet should have read Penrhynside and Rhiwledyn ( Little Orme )  and that may be the one to look at in order to find your relative.
Nant Y Felin is a lovely area even if the road is very narrow and steep and the lady I saw there has now called her home Nant Y Felin which is quite apt
Times Past / Re: Miriam and Isaac Jones ( Yr Ogof)
« Last post by AJ on May 13, 2024, 08:23:40 pm »

I will look out for his books.  I should have twigged that Nany y Felin was an area rather than a house.
Thank you all again
Sport / Re: Football
« Last post by Hugo on May 13, 2024, 11:09:46 am »
                                 Man  Utd  0    Arsenal  1
Arsenal beat a very poor Utd team but the chances of Arsenal winning the league depend on Man City losing their remaining games.  City have come into good form as they usually do in the second half of a season but Arsenal have been playing well too.     
Local News & Discussion / Re: What's Llandudno Like Right Now?
« Last post by Hugo on May 13, 2024, 10:32:18 am »
I didn't  know about progress being slowed at the Craig Y Don Paddling Pool, I just thought that there was no progress at all and that the work had completely stopped.
That's a nice photo from Dave Pinnock and it's a shame that the paint "failed a slip test"        I wonder if they used the old paint, the one that was a Smurf Blue colour?     
Times Past / Re: Rhos On Sea & Colwyn Bay
« Last post by SteveH on May 13, 2024, 09:57:59 am »
Complete guide to how you can lobby for exemptions on 20mph roads in North Wales
A formal mechanism for providing feedback has been published by the Welsh Government

The Welsh Government has formally launched a mechanism whereby people can lobby for exemptions on 20mph roads. Transport secretary Ken Skates is urging people to get involved and have their say.

As well as appealing for default 20mph roads to revert to 30mph, people can also press for speeds to be lowered too. Knowing who to write to will depend on where you live and what type of road is involved.

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