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Offline SteveH

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Re: CCBC costs and cutting...Great Orme gritting proposal chaos
« Reply #615 on: April 11, 2024, 09:49:07 am »
Great Orme gritting proposal hits the skids despite 'chaos' fears
Conwy Council's cabinet said the plan would cost too much

Conwy Council's cabinet threw out a call from Llandudno councillors to grit the Great Orme as a first-priority route during cold weather, despite fears elderly people could be stranded. Two weeks ago, councillors Louise Emery, Mandy Hawkins and Harry Saville signed a petition calling for the cash-strapped council to grit the Orme?s Ty Gwyn Road.

The petition was discussed at a scrutiny committee meeting at Bodlondeb and was debated again this week by Conwy?s cabinet who threw out the idea as a "waste of taxpayers? money". According to councillors Emery, Hawkins and Saville, the steep Ty Gwyn Road becomes hazardous in icy conditions and residents are left isolated.

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/great-orme-gritting-proposal-hits-28969214?IYA-reg=49560bcd-5a9c-47f0-8fc5-ba2e71710589

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Re: CCBC costs and cutting
« Reply #616 on: April 16, 2024, 10:18:27 am »
That could be a grave mistake if the CCBC does not grit the Great Orme and it's on a bus route too.    In the photo I've attached the single storey property on the right has been hit by cars a number of times during Winter conditions.    The last time it was hit by a car there was a big crack down the front of the building and the tenant had to be evacuated as the building was deemed unsafe.
At that point in Ty Gwyn Road the slope in the road means that in icy conditions the vehicles would slide in that direction towards that building and to Old Road.   Bollards have since been placed in front of that property to stop any cars crashing in to it in the future


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Re: CCBC costs and cutting
« Reply #617 on: April 16, 2024, 07:34:47 pm »
Hugo, if we still had Llandudno UDC, it would be done.  You can see the arguments - because we can't do all the rural lanes (don't many folk have tractors ?) we won't do Llandudno!!  I seem to remember one of the criteria for gritting was whether or not the road was served by a bus route.  That seems to have been quietly dropped - the route of the 26 (same bus) in residential areas is not gritted.

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Re: CCBC costs and cutting
« Reply #618 on: April 16, 2024, 11:11:22 pm »
You are quite right Cambrian about the Llandudno UDC but now the CCBC Councillors seem to work in cliques but why don't the Llandudno Councillors speak up and look after the town's interests.
Prevention is better than damage or injury to a person or property.     I'll give one very tragic incident as an example and that was on the road from Abergele to Rhuddlan some years ago.   Cyclists from Rhyl set out for a ride one Winter's day and the road was not gritted and a car skidded on the ice and killed four of the cyclists.    No one ever wants a repeat of that tragic day

I've just attached an old link of the Llandudno floods to show the section of road that is dangerous if ungritted in Winter.   Water finds its natural way and in this case it's down Old Road

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlIJ3vmlcP4


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Re: Conwy Council to close town regeneration programmes
« Reply #619 on: April 19, 2024, 10:20:37 am »
Cash-strapped Conwy County Council is seeking to cut costs and close its town regeneration programmes whilst streamlining staff hours.

After increasing council tax by 9.9% and slashing front-line service budgets, including 5% from schools, Conwy is now planning to cut its town regeneration programmes.

The council committed to transforming Llandudno, Abergele, and Llanrwst town centres in July 2021 following COVID after hailing the BayLife Initiative regeneration project as a success.

The BayLife scheme was later renamed Colwyn Bay Town Centre Regeneration Programme, in line with the other three towns? schemes.

But Conwy will now seek to merge and streamline the work of the four programmes as part of local area forums, reducing the number of meetings and the duplication of work and making ?more effective use of staff resources?

The various regeneration programmes have focused on housing regeneration schemes, tourism and culture-led regeneration projects, and attracting businesses and workers.

cont https://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/24261408.conwy-council-close-town-regeneration-programmes-cut-costs/?ref=rss&IYA-reg=49560bcd-5a9c-47f0-8fc5-ba2e71710589

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Re: CCBC costs and cutting
« Reply #620 on: May 08, 2024, 09:56:53 am »
Decision to use ?540k to plug school project funding gap to be questioned
Conwy Council's leader has been asked to explain what 'governance' there was around the decision

Conwy Council's leader will be questioned on a decision to use ?540k to plug a school building project's funding shortfall. Old Colwyn councillor Cheryl Carlisle has tabled a question to leader Cllr Charlie McCoubrey about the decision process which took place before the payment was agreed for the project at Ysgol Y Creuddyn in Penrhyn Bay

In an agenda ahead of next week's finance and resources scrutiny committee, Cllr Carlisle said: "Can you please explain what scrutiny, democratic and constitutional approval processes were given and complied with to arrive at the decision to remove ?540,823.45 from the Capital Repair and Maintenance Grant and use it to plug the funding shortfall in order to commission and build a new Welsh Immersion Unit at Ysgol Y Creuddyn?"

cont https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/decision-use-540k-plug-school-29126530?IYA-reg=49560bcd-5a9c-47f0-8fc5-ba2e71710589

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Re: CCBC costs and cutting
« Reply #621 on: May 09, 2024, 02:09:11 pm »
Walking past the Triangle on Abbey Rd. this morning, I noticed a new bench an been installed there....... new expensive looking seat, on a
new concrete base.......this has been situated next to a low wall approx. fifty feet long, this wall has a flat top at seat height, need I go on?

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Re: CCBC costs and cutting....Changes to council tax in Wales
« Reply #622 on: May 16, 2024, 09:10:09 am »
The date when council tax bills in Wales will change massively revealed
Changes could have been brought in as soon as next year but won't happen until 2028

Plans to dramatically change council tax in Wales will be introduced in April 2028. The Welsh Government has revealed its timetable for its major overhaul over council tax, which will see all properties revalued and more expensive homes asked to pay more.

It will be the first time in more than 20 years that properties have been revalued for the purposes of council tax in Wales. And as part of the work, the Welsh Government plans to increase the burden on the the 450,000 people who pay council tax at above Band D

In a statement to the Senedd, finance minister Rebecca Evans said that the Welsh Government was going to listen to the results of its consultation exercise and would bring in the changes over a slower timeline than first planned. She said that most people supported change but wanted it at the less drastic end of the spectrum.

cont https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/wales-news/date-council-tax-bills-wales-29175820?IYA-reg=49560bcd-5a9c-47f0-8fc5-ba2e71710589