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Thursday, July 30, 2015

New boards promote town trails

Preparations are being made to install a new set of information boards promoting town trails across Denbighshire, including Llangollen.

Continuing Denbighshire County Council’s commitment to meeting the needs of visitors and local residents and businesses alike, the Destination, Marketing and Communication Unit have redesigned their  suite of Town Trails in Llangollen, Corwen, Ruthin, Denbigh, St Asaph, Prestatyn and Rhuddlan, including a  brand new one produced for Rhyl.

These leaflets are being complemented by the information boards which will be placed in prominent locations within the main towns in the county shortly.

The Boards are being funded by the Welsh Government through the Regional Tourism Engagement Fund.

Councillor Huw Jones, Cabinet Lead Member for Community Development,  said: “We have received a really positive response  from the tourism industry and local businesses to the new town trails leaflets.

“We now want to make sure that as many people as possible can access the information and placing the Town Trails boards in prominent locations will be a visual reminder to visitors and residents about the wealth of history, architecture and fascinating stories in our main towns."

The free leaflets will be available from the Tourist Information Centres and libraries in Denbighshire. For further information or a free copy of any of the towns please contact Denbighshire’s Destination, Marketing and Communications Unit on 01824 706072.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Appeal for information on stolen quad bike

North Wales Police are appealing for information following the theft of a quad bike from secure lock up in Bryn Eglwys, Corwen.

Sometime between 16.00 on 21/07/2015 and 14.00 on 24/07/2015 unknown offender(s) cut a padlock of a secure steel shipping container and stole a Yamaha 550 grizzly quad bike, 4x4, green in colour, 2012/2013 model.

If you have information, contact North Wales Police by dialling 101 quoting reference RC15111113.

Alternatively, you can provide information anonymously by calling Crimestoppers Wales on 0800 555 111.

North Wales Police urge residents to always report suspicious activity to them at the earliest opportunity.

New health centre previews tomorrow

Thursday 30 July 2015, 3 – 6 pm 
Canolfan Iechyd Llangollen Health Centre 
Bishops Walk 
LL20 8RZ 
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and Dr A D Evans & Partners are hosting an open afternoon at the new Health Centre situated next to Bishops Walk in Llangollen. 
This will be an informal opportunity for people to familiarise themselves with the new building, and find out more about the services that it will offer, before it opens on 24 August. 
If you require any further information please contact the Health Centre on 01978 860625.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

County to consult public over care proposals

Denbighshire’s Cabinet has agreed to consult the public on proposals for the Council’s in-house care services.

In March 2014, the Council’s Performance Scrutiny Committee agreed that a Task and Finish Group be set up to examine options for delivering high quality social care services in the county.

Discussions have already taken place with individuals and their families, resulting in the options considered.

At its meeting at County Hall, Ruthin today (Tuesday), the Cabinet agreed to consult the wider public on the following preferred options, but to also include the option for the public to put forward suggestions of their own.

A council statement says:

"Awelon, Ruthin: The Council wishes to emphasise that no resident in Awelon currently will need to move, the reason being that the assessment for the majority of residents states clearly they are too frail and elderly to be moved.

"At a future agreed date, we would stop new admissions and work with the individuals and their families at their own pace to explore, wherever appropriate, suitable alternatives as appropriate and enter into a partnership with the owner of Llys Awelon to develop additional Extra Care apartments on the site. The aspiration is for the site to have 50 extra care flats and a new community facility for wider use but it may take several years.

"Cysgod y Gaer, Corwen: To enter into a partnership with relevant stakeholders (including Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the third sector) to develop the site into a ‘support hub’, offering both residential and extra care type facilities, as well as an outreach domiciliary care and support service to the tenants of local Sheltered Housing Schemes and the wider population of Edeyrnion and the surrounding area.

"This would ensure that the individuals living in Cysgod y Gaer currently can continue doing so through retaining beds at the location, but also develops services that support independence and improved outcomes for others in the local area.

"Extra Care Schemes: The suggestion for all three schemes is to tender for a social care provider for each of them and enter into formal consultation with the staff involved regarding transfer of employment. This does not require a formal public consultation as it involves only a change in provider, not the service."

Cabinet also  agreed two additional recommendations:
  • that any future provision must recognise the importance of delivering care services through the medium of Welsh for those older people who require it and maintain the capability to do so.
  • that the Council engages with Welsh Government Ministers, officials and the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board in order to urge greater collaboration and partnership working between the Council and BCUHB in the provision of services relating to the care of older people.
Councillor Bobby Feeley, Cabinet Lead Member for Social Care, said: “People’s expectations about how they want to live their lives as they get older is changing.  People rightly want (and demand) control over their own lives and the freedom to choose how to live it. 

"Most people tell us that they do not want to live in a residential care home or go to a day care centre when they get older.  They say that they would prefer to live in their own home and be supported to be as independent as possible for as long as possible.

“That is why we have carried out a review of our in-house care provision, in response to the changing needs of the public.

“We also recognise the need to consult widely on the proposals and Cabinet’s decision gives us the green light to do so”.

Over the coming weeks, the Council says it will inform residents of how they can contribute to the consultation. Detailed will be posted on the Council’s website and social media sites, as well as through the media. The consultation is expected to begin in September.

Bikefest bosses reassure residents

A member of the team running this weekend’s big biking event in the town has written to residents reassuring them steps are being taken to minimise any disruption caused by the event.

LlanBikeFest 15 will be staged at the pavilion this Saturday and Sunday and is expected to attract bikers from all parts of the UK to see the range of attractions it is offering.
In his letter, John Hutchinson of the BikeFest team says: “As you may know, several motorcycle shows have been hosted by the site in recent years, but this a new event, organised by a group of enthusiasts, headed by Llangollen businessman Harry Edwards and supported by the Llangollen and District Motorcycle Club.

“We want to make this an annual, family-friendly festival which will be enjoyed by local people as much as the motorcycling fraternity, and bring real benefits to the Llangollen community.
“We are very much aware of our responsibility to minimise any disruption to local residents and businesses, so noise on site will be strictly controlled and we will be actively urging motorcycling visitors to ride respectfully and responsibly, especially along Abbey Road and through the town.”

Details of attractions and activities at the festival can be found at and on Facebook, but here’s a summary of what’s happening on site:

Friday, July 31st
10.30am >
Some activity on site as exhibitors, clubs and traders arrive to set up.
Saturday, August 1st
9.00am – 6.00pm
First day of show. 11.00am official opening by Mayor of Llangollen and celebrity guests. Trials riding and stunt displays throughout the day.
Some live music inside the Pavilion. Commentaries over PA system.
Saturday, August 1st
7.30pm – 12.00
Main showground closed. Live music inside the Pavilion only.
Sunday, August 2nd
9.00am – 5.00pm
Second day of show, including trials riding and stunt displays throughout the day. 11.00am – 2.00pm: Pre-65 trials bikes visit and leave site.
Some live music inside the Pavilion. Commentaries over PA system.
Sunday, August 2nd
5.00pm – 10.30pm
Exhibitors, clubs and traders leave site.

Organisers say all vehicles will use the main entrance and the town end entrance will be pedestrian only.

Monday, July 27, 2015

AM wants young people to apply for bus scheme

Ken Skates AM is encouraging young people in his constituency to register for a new Welsh Government scheme which will give them a third off bus travel from September.

The Welsh Young Persons Discounted Travel (WYPDT) programme will help people aged 16-18 cut the cost of accessing education, training and work, as well as all other journeys.

Bus users are being encouraged to register for the scheme via (English) or (Welsh), which will enable them to receive discounted fares on all local services and TrawsCymru journeys throughout Wales.

Mr Skates, the Welsh Labour AM for Clwyd South, said: “This is great news for -16 to 18-year-olds and shows the importance the Welsh Government places on helping young people to access opportunities such as training and employment.
“Travel costs can be a real barrier for young people and sometimes stop them getting a job or gaining the skills they need to find work. This scheme will help change that by making it cheaper and easier for them to get about.
“I would encourage all eligible teenagers in Clwyd South to register.”

Mr Skates added: “This is yet another Welsh Labour policy aimed at helping young people. We’re helping them find work through Jobs Growth Wales and we’re helping them study through the continuation of the Independent Living Fund – which the Tories have axed in England – and capping tuition fees, and now we’re helping them save money on travel.”

Search is on for young heroes

A top children's TV producer is spearheading a search for young heroes.
Nia Ceidiog is fronting the campaign launched by the Eagles Meadow shopping centre in Wrexham to find Summer Stars who deserve a big pat on the back.
The winners will be honoured with their names being inscribed at a Hollywood-style Walk of Fame at the shopping centre.
BAFTA winner Nia, who was brought up in Coedpoeth and went to Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, wrote the original Fireman Sam stories in English and Welsh and has a long list of credits including the popular series, Something Special, for CBeebies.
Nia was delighted to back the Summer Stars initiative that's being organised to coincided with the children's activities at Eagles Meadow over the summer holidays.
The activities will include visits by popular television characters like Paddington on August 4, Shaun the Sheep on August 11, Spongebob Squarepants on August 18 and The Gruffalo on August 25.
The winning  Summer Hero will receive a £25 voucher from The Entertainer toy shop, a family tickets for Tenpin and the Odeon and a voucher for a family meal at Frankie and Benny's worth £50 and a voucher worth up to £30 from Nando's. Meanwhile, the runner up will receive family tickets for the Odeon and Tenpin along with a voucher for a family meal at Frankie and Benny's worth £50.
Nia explained they qualities the judges would be looking for.
She said: "Maybe they look out for an elderly neighbour or play an important role in their local church, community centre or youth club. Or maybe they are a rising sports star.
"Whatever their shining example to their peer group is, we want to hear about it."
Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths is also backing the idea.
She said: “I think the search for Summer Stars is a great idea and could help give some local youngsters the boost they need.
"There's bags of talent among the youngsters of Wrexham and I feel sure there will be some very worthy nominees.
"I would urge everyone to have a good think about the young people in their communities who deserve a pat on the back either for the work they do, the troubles they have overcome or for simply being a good example to their peers and get nominating now."
Eagles Meadow manager Kevin Critchley said: “It may be that the young person you know raises money for charity on a regular basis or volunteers to help people in their neighbourhood.
“Perhaps they play an active part in their local church or youth centre. Or maybe they are a rising sports star who is dedicated beyond their years to their training.
“Perhaps they have battled illness with bravery and good humour. Whatever their shining example to their peer group is, we want to hear about it.”
* To enter a young person you know, aged 11 and under, please email a short description of the nominee along with your contact details, including a daytime telephone number, to Entries should be received by Friday, July 31.