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Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Friends of Pengwern are to host a community meeting and green mapping session at the area's community centre tonight (Tuesday) from 5.30-7.30pm.
The group says: "This is your opportunity to come and talk to us about what you would like to see happening in the community and to get involved with volunteering.
"We will also be hosting a green mapping event with DCC and Countryside Services to discuss what the community would like to see happen with the green spaces around the estate. This is a drop in event so you can call in anytime between 5.30 and 7pm."
* The new Mercedes with X Class.
Mercedes X-Class V6 road test by Steve Rogers
Meet the Mercedes X-Class, the poshest pick-up on the planet.
The planet? Okay, that's pushing it a bit but posh, pick-up and planet trip nicely off the tongue.
There are lots of custom pick-ups layered in gleaming chrome with outrageous paint jobs strutting their stuff at the classic car shows but as far as a working pick-up goes this is the best you will find in Europe.
Mercedes launched the X-Class early last year but with just a four-cylinder diesel which is a tad agricultural. Bring on the mighty 3-litre V6, an engine to help this pick-up stand out from the rest.
On the back of the surge in SUV popularity double cab pick-ups are almost the new fashion statement, and there are plenty to choose from. As well as the updated versions from diehards like Toyota, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Ford, Izuzu and SsangYong we have seen unlikely entries from Fiat and Mercedes-Benz.
But when it comes to a juicy V6 the choice is limited to Volkswagen Amorak or X-Class, and here the Merc streaks away with the dash to sixty taking just over seven seconds, a top speed approaching 130mph and a whopping lump of torque.
Does anyone really want to spend 40 grand on a pick-up? According to| Mercedes this is what their customers have been waiting for. No point in having the three-pointed star on the front grille if it can't beat the rest.
Is it really practical? Of course it is. This is a workhorse like any other pick up, able to haul three and a half tons, while getting muddy off road is just another day at the office. Like its four-cylinder sibling X-Class sits on a Nissan Navara chassis and shares the multi-link rear suspension.
This is key to the way X-Class behaves, particularly on public roads, and sets it apart from rivals that do not use this car like technology.
Let's not get ahead of ourselves and say this drives with the same comfort as a sports utility let alone a car but how X-Class manages poorer road surfaces is a couple of levels ahead of most rivals. Of course there are times when you are bobbling in the seat but the suspension makes a good fist of cushioning occupants against pot holes and such like.
This feeling of riding in something up market extends into the cabin where the layout and materials are pure Mercedes and move up a level from the four-cylinder X-Class.
The familiar high definition seven inch screen operated via a rotary controller and touch pad between the seats takes care of the majority of functions, apart from the heating which is good old fashioned switches. There are most of the creature comforts to be found in a top end SUV, the all round camera is brilliant, but one area X-Class is lacking is space for oddments. The cabin has been designed to look pretty but in reality it is pretty poor when looking for somewhere to store a mobile phone and such like. I put mine in the glasses holder in the roof lining.
Like a Mercedes car, the ride can be adjusted electronically and that extends to the full on four wheel drive and hill descent systems.
Enough. Let's get to the meaty end of our posh pick-up. The V6 has been round long enough to be honed and refined and delivers what is expected... performance. Best part is the mid range torque which is huge and gives a nice feeling of security when overtaking. Floor the accelerator and you are away.
Steering wheel paddle shifters for the eight speed auto can be handy for downshifts into bends if cracking along in the sport setting but it is as well to be aware of the slight delay in throttle response, particularly at roundabouts, when using the economy setting.
Expect anything between 25-30mpg but exploit that performance too often and you will be into the teens.
Whatever your take on a plush pick up there are points that need to be clear. It is not the answer to a big SUV but there are certainly tax benefits if chosen as a company car. The level of comfort is way above expectation as is the premium feel to the cabin but this is still a working pick up so don't expect miracles.
For this sort of money you could buy a seven seater SUV with all the bells and whistles and better economy but using this for family transport is not out of the question.
X-Class 350d V6
Max payload 1067kg
Monday, May 20, 2019
* Eisteddfod dancers on Centenary Square last summer.
Llangollen Eisteddfod is inviting people to help celebrate the launch of its #YourLlangollen fundraising campaign.
As part of National Fundraising Week (May 20-24) the festival will host a free event in the town’s Centenary Square this Saturday, from 11am-4pm.
#YourLlangollen aims to raise awareness of the International Eisteddfod’s charity status and how crucial donations are to maintain this unique festival for future generations.
Visitors can join in the free fun at Centenary Square, featuring entertainment from a variety of performers such as high-energy Chester-based Karamba Samba drumming troop and eclectic local soloist Leonie Ann Kirby.
They can also purchase raffle tickets to win exclusive prizes kindly donated from local business such as glamping, spa and dining experiences will support the event’s aim to raise funds for the Eisteddfod.
Set up in 1947, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod attracts some of the world’s leading artists and musicians to the Welsh scenic town for a week-long celebration.
Firmly rooted in the local community, Llangollen Eisteddfod is a charity with a unique message to encourage global harmony and goodwill through creative arts.
Eisteddfod chairman Dr Rhys Davies said “We welcome the world to Wales every year and we know the entire Llangollen community is proud of our International Eisteddfod.
"As with all charities, we rely heavily on charitable donations and are launching the #YourLlangollen fundraising campaign to raise important funds whilst also highlighting our amazing 2019 festival line-up.
“At the event in Centenary Square on Saturday visitors can enjoy free performances, buy festival tickets, and easily donate.”
The current Third Sector’s Fundraising Week aims to highlight the importance of fundraising for charities and not-for-profit organisations.
In recent years, Llangollen Eisteddfod has increasingly required the support of volunteers, sponsorship and donations to deliver this world-class event.
People unable to attend the #YourLlangollen event on Saturday can still show their support by donating:
Text YourLlangollen5 to 70085 to donate £5
Text YourLlangollen10 to 70085 to donate £10
Texts will cost the chosen donation amount plus one standard network rate message. This charge will be taken from your Pay as you Go credit or added to your monthly mobile bill.
* Tickets for this year’s festival can be purchased online at www.llangollen.net or via the box office on 01978 862001.
* The BID proposal centres of Llangollen town centre.
Following representations from a group of Llangollen businesses, Denbighshire County Council successfully applied to Welsh Government for match funding to explore the possibility of a Business Improvement District (BID) for Llangollen.
A BID is an arrangement where businesses get together, decide what additional improvements they want to make, how they’re going to manage and deliver those improvements and understand what it will cost them.
This all is put in a comprehensive business plan which is then voted on by businesses.
If the majority vote yes then a BID is legally formed, providing sustainable and equitable funding to deliver that plan.
It is a concept that has been successfully used to better manage and market over 300 places in the UK. The BID can last for a maximum of five years and must be able to demonstrate how it has benefited businesses that have funded it.
The Mosaic Partnership were appointed in October 2018 to explore the feasibility of a BID in the town and following engagement with more than 80 businesses, a financial analysis and presentations to business and public agency groups the assessment has concluded a BID is viable for Llangollen and to move forward with a ballot in early 2020.
The next phase will involve forming a BID Task Group with membership largely drawn from the local business community and The Mosaic Partnership will work with the group to undertake extensive consultation and market research, develop the operating agreement, financial planning and the BID Business Plan.
Mo Aswat, Director of The Mosaic Partnership said: “It has been great to work in Llangollen which in many ways is a successful and attractive town. Businesses have realised that to keep it that way and develop it in the face of increasing competition needs a more professional and sustainable approach. BIDs are one such way as we have seen across the country, and we look forward to moving on to the next stages here.”
Denbighshire County Council says it is supportive of this business-led process which will culminate in a democratic ballot in early 2020 to determine whether or not a BID is established in Llangollen.
* First Minister Mark Drakeford addresses
Labour Party members in St Collen's Community Hall.
Welsh Labour leader Mark Drakeford spoke about Tory austerity, the far right and his party’s proud record of standing up for Wales during a visit to Llangollen.
The First Minister was the special guest at an event at St Collen’s Community Hall organised by Clwyd South Labour Party and local AM Ken Skates on Thursday night.
The visit came on the same day it was announced that the town is to get £25,000 from the Welsh Labour Government towards the cost of a traffic improvement scheme as part of the Llangollen 2020 project, headed by local Labour county councillor Graham Timms.
Mr Skates said: “I was delighted to welcome Mark back to Llangollen and would like to thank him for giving up his time. This visit was arranged several months ago, but it is fitting that it should fall on the day it was announced that Llangollen is to benefit further from Welsh Labour Government support.
“Mark was the health minister who committed almost £5m of Welsh Government money to deliver our brand new surgery just a few years ago, which has been a fantastic addition to Llangollen.”
The announcement of funding for Llangollen 2020 comes after news that the Welsh Government is providing a grant of £75,000 to Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.
Mr Drakeford told the audience that Clwyd South was lucky to have Mr Skates as its AM and described him as ‘one of the most likeable and decent people in the Assembly and an outstanding minister’.
He added: “I couldn’t be more proud that we have him speaking up for North Wales.”
The First Minister also said that Labour are the only party that can defeat the far-right and ‘the only party that is fiercely devolutionist’.
“We are the party that has a record through devolution of leaving money in the pockets of the people who need it most and we are finding ways to carry on that tradition – free prescriptions, free school breakfasts, free hospital parking, council tax benefit to name just a few,” said Mr Drakeford.
“We are 10 years into austerity. Year after year after year the resources available to us here in Wales have gone down. It’s the longest and deepest period of austerity in 200 years.
“It’s impossible to think of a greater contrast between the first 10 years of devolution under a Labour Government at Westminster and the second 10 years under the Tories. In the first term under a Labour government our budget grew by 10% every year. In the second it grew by 5% every year and even in the third term we had real terms growth every year.
“In the second half of devolution our budget is now back to where it was in 2009 – a whole decade reversed. We’ve tried to prioritise the things that mean most to people in Wales, but you simply can’t patch everything. These are real challenges and they’re getting sharper and more real every day.”
The First Minister told the event that the current Brexit crisis being presided over by the Conservative Government at Westminster was ‘the greatest failure of political leadership I think we’ll ever see’.
He added: “The far right are the real danger in our politics. UKIP is desperate, disruptive and distasteful force and are prepared to do anything which gives them a fractional advantage. Their latest incarnation in the Brexit Party are some of the least pleasant hard-line right-wing views that have ever been presented. They don’t belong to the mainstream and it’s our job to expose them.”
Sunday, May 19, 2019
* Signs warning of the closure of Hall Street and Willow Hill.
* A major excavation at the bottom of Willow Hill.
* The house at the corner of Willow Hill and Hall Street has given up a large part of its garden to the access road.
* Land has been scooped out of the banking between Willow Hill and the youth centre.
* Looking back down Willow Hill towards town.
* Part of the site for houses on the left-hand side of Vicarage Road is prepared.
* Earth-moving vehicles get to work to the left of Vicarage Road.
* The housing site on the opposite side of Vicarage Road is cordoned off ready for construction.
llanblogger brings you these pictures of works going ahead to prepare the access road to and site of the new £25 million Willow Fields development off Vicarage Road where SG Estates are building a range of two, three, four and five bedroom homes.
SG purchased parcels of land along the left hand side of Willow Street heading up from the town from both private owners and the local authority to enable the widening operation to take place and no properties are affected.The new road heads on past the youth centre where the company will upgrade the car park and put in four extra parking spaces.
The road then branches off left on a new section across the adjacent field. It follows the line of Vicarage Road into the housing development before joining up with the existing new section of road outside the homes built by Castlemead.The original and narrower Vicarage Road will become a cycle path and pedestrian walkway.
SG managing director Steve Griffin recently told llanblogger that the new road and the diversion of services into the development site is costing £1.4 million.He assured that construction work on the new homes would only start after the access road is finished which he estimated would take about 12 weeks.
Saturday, May 18, 2019
* Hikers on the Panorama section of the Llangollen Round.
Organisers of the Llangollen Round are now offering a permanent challenge.
The Llangollen Round is a sponsored 35-mile hike visiting all the peaks around the Vale of Llangollen which those taking part can do in either one or two days.
While the event is only held once every three years, organisers have now set up a permanent challenge which can be taken at any time.
The aim is for people to test their performance against the times set by previous participants.
A Llangollen Round spokesperson said: "You can now walk the route at any time and will be awarded a certificate bearing your name and time.
"It doesn’t matter if you are a hare that nips round in seven hours or a tortoise that takes seven days - if you abide by the conditions, you are eligible for a certificate and we would like to record your name and your time on the Roll of Honour on our website.
"You can find the times previous participants have taken to complete the course on our website www.thellangollenround.info
"Can you rival those times? Or perhaps you would like to undertake your own personal sponsored challenge?
The spokesperson added: "Here’s what you have to do. Llangollen Leisure Centre will verify your time. You should present yourself to the desk there at the start and again at the finish.
"When you get back you will simply need to show them two photos on your phone or camera of the cairns on the two highest peaks, Moel-y-Gamelin, and Moel Fferna.
"The Leisure Centre is open from 9am (7.30am Mon and Wed) and closes at 9pm on weekdays. If you want to set off before 9am you must slip a note with the time under their door or take a photo of the Town Hall clock as you go through the town. You should plan to get back before 9pm. The Leisure Centre actually closes at 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays, so we have alternative arrangements in place for those days.
"At weekends you will need to return to the Hand Hotel in town, where the reception desk will ask to see the same photos and issue the certificate. A small donation is asked for these certificates and all monies go to Cancer Research UK. We also have some very nice cloth badges available.
"Finally, a few words of caution. The route is waymarked with our discs but do not even think of venturing out there without a copy of the Llangollen Round booklet. Make sure you also take with you adequate clothing, and sufficient food and water for the time you will be out. The Ponderosa Café, about half-way round, can help out with this.
"Be careful of losing daylight – there are several places where you could safely escape from the Round if you need to. Do not be caught on the mountains in the dark. And most of the route has phone reception, but just the odd patch is outside all networks. Perhaps carry a whistle and make sure a friend knows where you have gone."
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Friday, May 17, 2019
* The 2020 project is looking at easing traffic flow in the town centre.
Llangollen is to get £25,000 from the Welsh Government towards the cost of a traffic improvement scheme.
The cash, which comes as part of a £32.9 million allocation to improve transport across Wales, will go to the Llangollen 2020 project.
The 2020 Group, headed by local county councillor Graham Timms, has had consultants produce a range of proposals to ease town centre parking.
These include widening the pavements, narrowing the road, introducing trees and, most controversially, removing the on-street parking in Castle Street and also the pedestrianisation of part of Market Street.
llanblogger understands the £25,000 will be put towards the cost of preparatory work for the project.
The sum is one of nine grants made available to schemes in Denbighshire totalling almost £1 million.
"Today we publish the schemes benefiting from £12.7 million, which will create opportunities to make every-day journeys by bike and on foot for many more people, and the share each local authority will receive from the £6.3 million to undertake design and feasibility work and fund minor improvements on their networks."
* Wales's First Minister Mark Drakeford paid a visit to Llangollen yesterday (Thursday) evening. He was attending a Labour Party event at St Collen's Community Hall along with the area's Assembly Member Ken Skates.
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It’s important you speak to the council straight away if you don’t think you can pay. Ask to speak to someone in the council tax office and tell them about your situation.
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* Sioned Jacobsen, operations manager at the North Wales Victim Help Centre.
A centre that helps victims of crime has reported a worrying increase in the number of cases of sexual blackmail involving teenagers.
Sioned Jacobsen, operations manager at the North Wales Victim Help Centre, says youngsters are being targeted by online extortionists.
She revealed her concerns to North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Arfon Jones who funds the centre.
Mr Jones, a former police inspector, heard demand for the centre’s services has increased every year since it was established in 2015 and last year they made contact with 34,500 victims of all sorts of crimes.
Most people are referred to them by the police and other agencies but victims are also encouraged to call the centre themselves if they need expert support and guidance
The one-stop-shop for victims covers the whole of North Wales and is based at divisional police HQ in St Asaph.
Each victim receives a response specifically tailored to their situation and the centre employs specialists in modern day slavery, mental health and hate crime.
Ms Jacobsen said: “We have seen an increase in sexual blackmail recently where people will be sharing explicit images online and then the perpetrators will then ask for a fee otherwise they’ll share those images.
“We’ve seen quite a lot of these cases come through, especially young people, aged 14, 15, 16.
“Some of the cases are quite horrible. It’s about the blackmailers taking advantage of vulnerable young people.
“The young people concerned are sharing nude images of themselves without thinking of the possible consequences.
“For example, if it’s a teenage girl she may be sharing pictures of herself without a top on and be under the impression she’s sending them to a boy of her own age.
“Then they found out they have been tricked by a blackmailer who demands money, maybe £500 or a £1000, or otherwise they threaten to share the pictures on social media.
“It is traumatic for the victims who are left feeling totally devastated.
“I think the increase in the number of cases coming through is just down to young people being on social media which is massive these days.
“It’s the world we live in but unfortunately, I think young people aren’t aware of the dangers.
One thing I learned recently was any picture you put online and on any social media, no matter how private your accounts are, will be public if you put a hashtag after it.
“That’s an important message to get out. It’s scary and young people aren’t aware of that so they don’t know the consequences.
“It’s vitally important to get message out there that young people need to be very careful.
“The schools need to be raising awareness of the dangers of social media and what the implications could be of sharing images with people.
“With Snapchat for example once you’ve sent it people say it’s gone after 10 seconds but it hasn’t because people can screenshot it and it can be there forever then. It’s just frightening.”
Commissioner Jones said: “Keeping young people safe is a key priority of my Police and Crime Plan.
“The Victim Help Centre is providing an absolutely vital service, giving much needed support to those who have unfortunately been on the receiving end of a whole range of crimes.
“Sexual blackmail is utterly despicable and it is hugely important we get the message out about the dangers of the online world so that young people can use social media safely and responsibly.
"It is important that we educate youngsters about the perils of this dangerous practice and that we provide and their concerned parents with support to deal with the situation.
"Technological advances have brought great benefits to society but at the same time they have increased risk and the scope for wrongdoing, so we must be vigilant."
Thursday, May 16, 2019
* The children of Cylch Meithrin Llangollen line up with staff
at the re-opening of the facelifted Co-op store.
The Co-op in Regent Street, Llangollen had its official opening this morning (Thursday) after undergoing a major facelift.
It has taken contractors six weeks to complete the refurbishment during which most of the shopfloor has been renewed with fresh shelving and tills.
There is also a new Costa coffee machine and a row of self-assisted tills have been installed.
The opening was performed by the children of Cylch Meithrin Llangollen, which is one of the local causes supported by the store.
Representatives of the other causes, Llangollen Panto and Clwb Y Berwyn, were also invited.
Local suppliers were on hand with samples including Henllan bread, Llaeth y llan yoghurts and Edwards of Conwy sausages.
* Councillor Meirick Lloyd Davies (left) and Councillor Alan James.
Councillor Meirick Lloyd Davies, who represents the Trefnant ward, has been elected as chairman of Denbighshire County Council for the next 12 months.
His chosen charities for the year will be breast cancer and prostate cancer causes.
Councillor Davies is replacing Councillor Peter Scott of St Asaph, whose 12-month term in office has come to an end.
During a ceremony at County Hall in Ruthin, Councillor Scott presented a cheque for £14,500 to St Kentigern’s Hospice, his chosen charities for the year.
Meanwhile, the new vice chair for the council for the next 12 months will be Councillor Alan James of Rhyl.
During Wales Office Questions in the House of Commons yesterday Clwyd South MP Susan Elan Jones (pictured) slammed UK Government funding cuts to the police.
She cited a report from the National Audit Office that showed central government funding to the police had been cut by 30% since 2010-11.
She also quoted from a report of the cross-party Home Affairs Select Committee which described the current police funding structure as being 'not fit for purpose'.
Speaking afterwards, Ms Jones said: "I'm very angry at how the UK Tory Government has cut funding to police budgets.
“I know first-hand from helping local people who've been affected by crime that there is no such thing as a victim-less crime. Crime affects individuals and it affects our local communities too.
"It's wrong that changes to the police funding system in recent years have meant less is coming from the centre. As a consequence richer parts of the country are not paying their fair share.
"I know how hard our local police work but they deserve a better and fairer funding system. It's vital that we support victims of crime and invest properly in police funding."
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The subway entrance now features brick pillars and coping stones, as recovered from the former Bridge 31, and, above, work is underway to install the traditional fencing, as recovered from the Great Western station at Burnham in Buckinghamshire and renovated by the Llangollen team on site.
Planned now are the installation within the stairway of a chairlift for use by the mobility impaired, a necessary feature for any opening of the station.
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
A contingent from Llangollen joined what was described as the "first ever" march for Welsh independence held in Cardiff on Saturday.
People from across Wales journeyed to the capital for the event organised by All Under One Banner (AUOB) Cymru and supported by YesCymru, Awoken Cymru and Welsh Football Fans for Independence.
Estimates suggest that far more than 1,000 people, and possibly as many as 3,000, attended and organisers hope the march will get more people talking about Welsh independence in what they described as a "resurgence of interest".
Amongst those taking part was 28-year-old Deian Timms from Llangollen who sent in these pictures of himself and friends to llanblogger.
In an opinion piece in Wales Online, Deian is quoted as saying: “We’re fed up. It’s a system that’s not working for us, which we have always known. But recently things have been highlighted, especially with Brexit and nothing is going to change if we don’t do anything about it."
Monday, May 13, 2019
The group of volunteers putting together Llangollen’s contribution to the county council’s next Local Development Plan is holding the second of its three planned meet-the-public events today (Monday).
Shape My Llangollen (SML) was formed last year at the behest of the Town Council to produce a 'place plan' for Llangollen.
The idea is that this plan, when approved and endorsed by the Town Council, will feed into the new emerging Local Development Plan being produced by Denbighshire County Council.
The plan will cover topics such as the natural environment, built environment, economy, and community and is a genuine opportunity for some grassroots democracy.
SML is therefore engaged upon a far-ranging consultation exercise is contacting as many of our local organisations and individuals as possible to seek their views on any issues which affect or concern them so that they may have an input into the plan.
This could be anything from the state of local roads and pavements to the provision of social care and youth facilities, in fact anything which might have an effect on the local community.
During May SML is hosting a series of three consultation events when we’ll be asking members of the public for their views on what’s good and bad about our town and finding out how they think it could be improved.
The first of these was successfully held last Tuesday at Llangollen Health Centre when scores of people took part in the question session.
The second event is today at the Co-op store in Regent Street, from 10am until 1pm and from 2pm until 5pm.
The third is at Home Bargains on Thursday May 23 at the same times.
SML chair Phil Robinson said: "If you have strong opinions about Llangollen and its future shape, we’d love to meet and chat to you, so please come along and see us."
Sunday, May 12, 2019
North Wales Assembly Member Mark Isherwood has hit out at Labour Welsh Government Ministers for their "incessant attempts" to undermine Brexit.
His attack came after he questioned the Brexit Minister over claims that EU elections will in effect be a second referendum.
Addressing the Counsel General and Brexit Minister Jeremy Miles AM in the Assembly Chamber, Mr Isherwood (pictured) said: “Last week, Labour's ruling body rejected calls for the Party to commit to a second EU referendum, with some senior Labour figures counselling that the alternative would have forfeited leave-supporting Labour areas, but with others having since quit the Labour Party because of Mr Corbyn's failure to support a second referendum - a situation, may I say, that other Parties may be familiar with also.
“How, therefore, do you respond to those who are saying that the EU elections, which we now know are going ahead on 23 May, will in effect be a second referendum?”
In response, the Minister said: “We will be engaging in these elections, reminding people of the benefits that membership of the European Union has had for Wales. I think the lesson for us here is that we should all, in this place, recognise the value that Wales has derived from membership of the European Union. I think any relationship with the European Union short of that is less good for Wales than membership. I think we will take the opportunity, in the coming weeks, of reminding people of the advantages that we have had as members of the European Union.”
Mr Isherwood added: “Although some 60 per cent of UK Labour constituencies voted to leave, including 59 per cent in Wrexham and 56 per cent in Flintshire, and although the Labour Welsh Government claims to respect the outcome of the referendum, Labour Welsh Government Ministers never cease in their campaign to undermine it. At least Plaid Cymru are honest about their intention to betray the result of the EU referendum, despite Wales voting to leave the EU."
Saturday, May 11, 2019
* Winners of the tenants awards line up.
A nature project in Llangollen has scooped one of the top honours in the first ever Denbighshire Housing Tenants Awards.
During a ceremony in Rhyl this week Friends of Pengwern won the Community Project of the Year award.
Working with the Nature for Health project, the group have helped improve the local, natural environment.
Their winning citation says their work has made a real difference in their community, bringing people together to look after their local and natural environment, while encouraging others to take a pride in their area.
Project activities include dry stone walling, community woodland and willow weaving. The group are now leading on this and working with the Woodland Trust.
A host of tenants from across the county were honoured for their achievements at the inaugural awards arranged by Denbighshire Housing and held at the 1891 restaurant in Rhyl.
Winners in the other seven categories were:
* Communal Garden of the Year award: Trem Y Foel Residents Association, Ruthin.
* Tenant Garden of the Year award: Angela Carrington-Roberts.
* Housing Resident/Community Group of the Year award: The Marsh Community Association, Rhyl.
* Denbighshire Housing Customer Service of the Year award: Shirley Rippingale.
* Tenant of the Year award: Stuart Nield-Siddall of Rhyl.
* Young Tenant of the Year award: Bethan Owen of Rhyl.
* Denbighshire Housing Award: Gina Jones, chairperson of the Marsh Residents Association.
Jamie Groves, Denbighshire’s Head of Facilities, Assets and Housing, said: “We were honoured to host the first ever award ceremony, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our tenants. The panel was delighted at the quality of the applications which showed the vast amount of good work going on in communities county-wide.
“There are some great examples here of tenants making great efforts to look after their properties, as well as some exemplar community projects that help improve the life of residents living in their community. Their hard work, commitment, drive and amazing efforts help the housing team to provide a great service to tenants."
Geoff Davies Lead Officer for Community Housing told the packed audience about the vision for Denbighshire Housing is to invest in council homes and neighbourhoods to the highest standards, working with tenants to agree priorities but recognising that people then make communities great places in which to live.
The evening’s main sponsors were Roger W Jones, Rhyl & Jewson. The other sponsors were Alliance Leisure, Hags, Liberty Gas, AICO, SC2, G Parry Home Improvements, Capita One, Greenspace team, Denbighshire Housing, Torus; Sherratt a Howdens.
During the ceremony, there was a performance from Côr Sain y Sir. The choir is made up of Denbighshire County Council staff.
Friday, May 10, 2019
* Pavement markings in connection with the surveys.
2020 is a group set up by county councillors, Llangollen Town Council, the Chamber of Trade and the Welsh Government to search for solutions to traffic flow and parking in the centre of town.
Information on the project's Facebook page posted earlier this afternoon says: "An update below from Denbighshire Highways regarding surveying work for the Llangollen 2020 project.
"Final plans have not been confirmed but these surveys by DCC Highways will allow for realistic costs to be developed, so a promising step forward.
"There are still many opportunities for residents to input into and discuss the proposed plans, with the work not likely to be carried out until early 2021."
The post adds: "Please note that in Llangollen we have temporary traffic signals in place on the A5/Market Street junction, A5/Castle Street junction and the A539 Mill Street/Castle Street junctions tonight (Friday) and tomorrow (Saturday) night from 8pm-6am to carry out utility surveys (GPR). Next week from Tuesday to Thursday the surveys continue on the other streets within the centre during the same hours but not under temporary signals.”