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Monday, May 20, 2024

Police close Horseshoe Pass following crash, says story

North Wales Live is reporting a breaking story this afternoon (Monday) that police have closed the Horseshoe Pass due to a crash.

The story says that the road has been shut in both directions and that drivers have been told to find alternative routes.

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/police-shut-horseshoe-pass-warn-29207458

An eye witness told Leader that a car has come off the road and ended up in a ravine. 




Police seek information on stolen two-day-old calf


* The stolen two-day-old calf. 

Police are seeking information about the theft of a calf stolen from land in Llangollen last week - at just two days old. 

Details of the cruel theft are given by the North Wales force's rural crime team in a post on their Facebook page. 

Team member Tim Troseddau reports: "Stolen overnight Tuesday 14th May from land in the Eglwyseg area of Llangollen, a 2 day old Highland Calf. Unbelievable! 

"If anyone has any information that could help, please get in touch, ref 24000448363."

* See the team's post at: https://www.facebook.com/share/p/Yk4pcoVpBtmPGEhR/

Sunday, May 19, 2024

Latest local roadworks alerts

Latest local roadworks alerts from Causeway one.network are:

 

Berwyn Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire


20 May - 21 May

 

Roadworks, Delays likely

 

Traffic management: Traffic control (multi-way signals)

 

Description: EXCAVATE SERVICE BREECH JOINTBAY IN FOOTPATH AND 1/4 M TRACK IN FOOTPATH TO CUSTOMERS WALL

 

Works location: outside 8

 

Public facing description: one.network has automatically assigned a category of Unclassified works to this Works based on the information available. Please note: Works Descriptions are not published by Scottish Power Renewable Energy.

 

Responsibility for works: Scottish Power Renewable Energy

 

Current status: Planned work about to start

 

Works reference: GY0022101343089

 

 

 

Castle Street, Llangollen, Denbighshire


20 May - 22 May

 

Roadworks, Delays likely

 

Traffic management: Traffic control (multi-way signals)

 

Description: NOTICE FOR TM IN CONJUNCTION WITH GY002 2101343089

 

Works location: OUTSIDE 45

 

Public facing description: one.network has automatically assigned a category of Unclassified works to this Works based on the information available. Please note: Works Descriptions are not published by Scottish Power Renewable Energy.

 

Responsibility for works: Scottish Power Renewable Energy

 

Current status: Advanced planning

 

Works reference: GY002210343089D



* Latest roadworks alerts from Denbighshire County Council:


GLASCOED BACHE MILL ROAD 23/05/2024 23/05/2024 Adferiad/ Reinstatement O'CONNOR UTILITIES (DCC) LLANGOLLEN

A542 Abbey Road with JCT of Castle Street ABBEY ROAD 23/05/2024 24/05/2024 Gwaith ar droedffordd / Footway works OBR CONSTRUCTION, LLANGOLLEN Goleuadau Traffig Dros Dro/ Temp Traffic Lights

A542 APPROX 55M TO 290M NORTH OF ENTRANCE TO LLYWYN CELYN, ROAD FROM PENGWE ROAD FROM PENGWERN TO TYN CELYN 03/06/2024 03/06/2024 Adnewyddu Polion / Renew Poles MJ QUINN (DCC) LLANGOLLEN Ffordd ar Gau/Road Closure

A539 - Ponsonby Arms, Mill Street, Llangollen MILL STREET 09/07/2024 10/07/2024 I reoli traffig ar llwybr amgen / To control traffic on an alternative route NMWTRA (DCC) LLANGOLLEN Goleuadau Traffig Dros Dro/ Temp Traffic Lights

A539 Castle Street, Llangollen CASTLE STREET 11/06/2024 13/06/2024 Overnight patching works - Hogans. TM Amberon. CORE HIGHWAYS CONWY (DCC) LLANGOLLEN 

 

 

 


Llangollen Ramblers take the sunny Wales Coast Path


Llangollen Ramblers enjoy the sunshine on the Wales Coast Path near Tenby last week.  

Around 40 miles were walked in total, and a good time was had by all.  

* If you are interested in joining - the ramblers do lots of local walks as well - contact Judy on smithdinbren@gmail.com.  

She said: "We welcome new members."

Saturday, May 18, 2024

MS brands lack of coeliac disease diagnosis 'unacceptable'

* Llyr Gruffydd MS with Trudy Winsper and Evelyn Altemeyer, Health Policy Lead – Coeliac UK.

After speaking to a Llangollen woman with the condition, a North Wales MS says it’s “unacceptable” that so many people living with coeliac disease aren’t receiving a diagnosis.

Llŷr Gruffydd, who represents the region in the Senedd, recently met with representatives of Coeliac UK at the Welsh Parliament to discuss the issue.

The Plaid Cymru politician also spoke with campaigner Trudy Winsper from Llangollen, who has coeliac disease.

According to research by Coeliac UK, a charity for people who need to live without gluten, over 20,000 people in Wales are living with coeliac disease without receiving a diagnosis.

Mr Gruffydd said the lack of an effective diagnosis pathway is negatively impacting the “quality of life” of people who have the condition, as well as putting “strain” on the Welsh NHS.

Though one in every 100 have Coeliac disease, figures suggest that only around 36% of them get a diagnosis. On average it takes 13 years to receive one.

Coeliac disease is a serious condition where the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues when gluten is eaten. This causes damage to the lining of the gut and means the body can’t properly absorb nutrients from food.

Because of the way that coeliac disease can affect the gut, it's frequently misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome.

The symptoms range from mild to severe, and can include bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, mouth ulcers, sudden or unexpected weight loss, and anaemia.

Coeliac UK provides its 65,000 members with trustworthy advice and support. It also funds research into coeliac disease, and works with healthcare professionals to improve diagnosis and fights for better availability of gluten free food.

The charity’s mission is to ensure that one day, no one’s life will be limited by gluten.

Llŷr Gruffydd MS said: “I am grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with representatives from Coeliac UK at the Senedd.

“At the event I had the opportunity to speak with clinicians and with patients and hear about the barriers that exist to getting a diagnosis.

“I am especially grateful to have had the opportunity to speak with Trudy Winsper from Llangollen and hear about her experience with the condition.

“A significant number of people have the condition, including many constituents in North Wales.

“The research from Coeliac UK which suggests that there are over 20,000 people in Wales living with coeliac disease without receiving a diagnosis is concerning.

“It is unacceptable that people who are living with coeliac disease aren’t receiving diagnosis they need.

“Not only does this negatively impact the lives of people who have the condition and cause them more suffering, it also puts more strain on our NHS when it is already under enormous pressure.

“This is because leaving coeliac disease untreated increases the risk of developing long-term health complications.

“It seems abundantly clear that there needs to be a far more effective diagnosis pathway for people who have the condition in Wales.”

Friday, May 17, 2024

One of world’s rarest trees returned home to Llangollen

* Planting partners.

A partnership has safeguarded an extremely rare tree found in Llangollen for future generations to enjoy.

Pupils from Ysgol Dinas Bran, Gwernant and Bryn Collen have been learning all about the Llangollen Whitebeam, a very rare tree which only exists at two locations in the world.

In 2017, a project ran in partnership between the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley National Landscape, Chester Zoo and Natural Resources Wales (NRW), commissioned a detailed survey to determine the population of this species, as well as to gauge their condition.

In total, only 315 of the trees were recorded, 307 were found at Creigiau Eglwyseg Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), with an additional eight trees in Shropshire.

Berries were also carefully collected and taken to Chester Zoo where skilled botanists cultivated the plants at the zoo for several years, by recreating the unique environment of Llangollen in a behind-the-scenes plant nursery.


* The Llangollen Whitebeam.

Now, six years later, 20 of the rare trees have been replanted in several locations around Llangollen, including one at Dinas Bran this month. The reintroduction was supported by local school pupils from Ysgol Dinas Bran and volunteers.

Emlyn Jones, Head of Planning, Public Protection and Countryside Services, said: “We are so fortunate to the rich diversity of wildlife found in Denbighshire and the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley National Landscape . To think that we hold almost the entire global population of just one species is remarkable and something to cherish.”

“Given the inaccessible places these trees grow, they are easily overlooked and many people are not aware as to the importance of this species.

“By planting them with school children, future generations will have a greater appreciation as to what is on our doorstep, and people will now be able to see and appreciate the Llangollen Whitebeam as it is planted in and around the town.”

Richard May, NRW Environment Officer, said: “We are very happy to have worked on this positive project with our partners at Clwydian Range and Dee Valley National Landscape and Chester Zoo.

“We now have an up-to-date survey of the endangered Llangollen Whitebeam and we understand more about the health of the population and what conservation management it requires.

“It’s amazing to think that this tree can only be found in two places in the world, and I’ll enjoy seeing these trees restored to Castell Dinas Bran.”

Richard Hewitt, Team Manager of the Nursery team at Chester Zoo, added: “Chester Zoo is well known for its species-saving work with a variety of animals, but many maybe unaware that we’re also dedicated to saving the world’s botanical treasures, too. Our team have dedicated more than six years to nurturing this species in our nursey, starting with a mere seed and growing them right through to these magnificent trees. It’s a great feeling to now see them go on to thrive in their historical home in North Wales.

“Without the help of this partnership, this special tree could have disappeared from our planet altogether.”