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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Denbigh and Flint Show on Thursday

http://www.denbighandflintshow.com/cms/

Not sure when everything starts. If you've been before you might have some idea.

The weather?

Same as current with perhaps extra rain in afternoon.
But that's two days away so it could change.

Traffic Alert Wrexham A483 / A55

Between September and March there will be large delays Posthouse roundabout etc.

The response from those in charge of minimizing delay is very very very pathetic.

Link http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/demands-roadwork-warnings-ahead-53m-7633330

Highways Agency project sponsor Mark Mosley said " “We do not provide diversion routes unless a full road closure is necessary, but drivers can plan their own routes to avoid the work if they feel the delays are unacceptable.”
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Not if you're in a 2 hour queue on the bypass you cant !

Non locals will not know its happening either.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Where does your rate money go within Flintshire?


Budget

Education – £10 million
Adult social services – £48 million
Capital and other financing costs – £37 million
Waste and the environment – £16 million
Children’s social services – £14 million
Highways and transportation – £11million
Leisure, libraries and culture – £9 million
Local democracy and community support – £5 million
Housing services such as homelessness, housing advice – £3 million
Planning and development – £1 million

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What do Flintshire Council contribution to services cost?
The average cost of a secondary school £3.3 million
The cost of a medium sized primary school £632,000
School transport – £6.8m (total cost £6.9m)
Youth service – £1.2m (total cost £1.5m)
Average contribution for a residential care home £748,000 (total cost £986,000)
Learning disability day care services – £967,000 (total cost £983,000)
Running disability work opportunity centres – £1.8m (total cost £2m)
Older people day care services – £535,000 (total cost £571,000)
Leisure centres – £2.8m (total cost £8.3m)
Libraries – £2.1m (total cost £2.3m)
Clwyd Theatr Cymru – £1.1m (total cost £5.3m)
Highway maintenance – £6m (total cost £7.5m)
Waste collection services – £5.5m (total cost £9.8m)
Household recycling centres – £2.7m (total cost £2.9m)
Streetlighting costs – £1.2m (total cost £1.3m)
Town centre CCTV – £240,000 (total cost £356,000)
Countryside services – £356,000 (total cost £417,000)
Costs for trading standards service – £751,00 (total Cost 774,000)

If an aircraft lands in your garden

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/safety-proposal-put-forward-due-7618675

Alternative Title. An accident waiting to happen.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The JW's

Have been doing their rounds today in Penyffordd. I have big issues with someone trying to sell me something.

Something I don't want whether on the streets of Chester or at my door.

In fact I think door selling should be made illegal.

I have a relative who was visited by the JW's early this week in Saughall.
Denise stands no messing from anyone. (ex school teacher)

The JW's dont believe in blood transfusions.

"Do you realise my husband would not have seen any of his grand children if he went along with your silly rules"

Exit stage left..................

keywords: Jehovah Witnesses

Car Tax Disk System to be abolished come October

I've seen cameras on lamposts springing up everywhere.
Now it all makes sense.
There's one near Dobshill garage if you want to see one.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/tax/11026639/Death-of-the-tax-disc-learn-new-rules-or-face-1000-fine.html

The cameras are also good at surveillance. Just type in your registration number.............

M56 closed Runcorn

You may need to know this.

Penyffordd Airport: Commercial flights plan 'dead in the water'

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/hawarden-airport-commercial-flights-plan-7596687

Perhaps the politicians can have a commercial airport next to their houses.

Soil their own doorsteps.

Better still Ms Sandbach AM can be put to live at the bottom of the runway.

Summer Holidays


Bardsey Island


Nothing much happening locally. I spent two summer holidays here.
Two one week yoga retreats.

No alcohol, no mobile phones, no radio and no telly.

Can only be reached by boat. If it gets too rough to go back to the mainland it's tough. You just have to wait for the right day.

Link Daily Post
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-amazing-pictures-show-north-7595904

Monday, August 11, 2014

If you like ice cream



May I recommend this from Lidl.

Half the price, as a good if not better quality, with more ice cream than the over rated Haagan Daz

The question will be of course is it in stock? ( no its is'nt )

Registering for Elections

An article here about Wrexham Borough. Same applies to Flintshire.

http://www.wrexham.com/news/electoral-registration-changes-got-your-letter-46729.html

I recently had cause to search the Wrexham Electoral Election. Someone told me that my father had a sister, unknown to me.
The sister had a daughter who lived in a certain post code area of Wrexham. The daughter's married name was Jones, I also had initials for her and her husband.

You can look through the Electoral Register by hand. It is your right. They do however handicap you. It would be very easy for it to be database searchable. The rules do not allow for this.
My task was to look through tens of 1000's by hand.

Council's sell the names to 3rd parties. You can elect not to be sold I think.

I realised the futility of the search. So I paid £12 to 192.com and found address immediately.

Perhaps unfair.

In the end one happy relative ( and 192.com ) who had been searching streets that my parents used to live in for clues of my existence. Angela now has an extended family from Wales all the way to Greece.

Apparently the new registration will make it more difficult for electoral fraud.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Weather update

Wind apparently starting 6pm
Rain to follow

http://www.wrexham.com/news/4050-mph-wind-warning-wrexham-area-46716.html

postscript: we get to 6pm , not much wind................
not that I'm complaining.
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