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Monday, December 31, 2007

The Ceasefire ends .......

Approximately 2 months ago after talks with Inspector Alun Oldfield of North Wales Police I agreed to a 1 month suspension of protest whilst a traffic calming initiative was applied to Chester Road , Penyffordd. As a token of good faith I added a month on myself.

The traffic continues to speed through the village by the 1000 each day.

Whilst talking to Nigel Jones the Clerk to the Council I noted that the traffic behaviour in our village is impossible in Rossett due to their traffic calming and 20 mph compulsory speed limit.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Prestatyn Windmills

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Castle Cement support Penyffordd Junior Football Club

Mark Cox the General Manager of Castle Cement Padeswood presenting Sean Lewis-Wickes of Penyffordd Junior Football Club with boot bags for the players to ensure a mud free Chrismas for the young Penyfforddians.

Monday, December 24, 2007


A reply from ArriveAlive with regards my FOIA request.

Re: A Freedom of Information Act Request Our Ref: FOI Dec 07.03 SCFL 26

Dear Mr Hughes,
Thank you for your request detailed below. Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) a response will be sent to you if possible within 20 working days. Due to the Christmas break this reply is due on 29th January 2008; however, we hope to respond before that date.

The Perfect Christmas Present from the Evening Leader

The Evening Leader letter published in todays edition.
Letter Title Human's Safety is Important Too

Hi Kate,
Hope you are warm enough.
A letter for possible insertion into The Leader with regards the bats and badgers at Meadowslea
Re: McLean's housing development for Meadowslea, Penyffordd.
I see Cllrs Colin Bithell and David Williams are in The Evening Leader with regards
a new bat house and the protection of a badger sett on the above development.
Colin mentions a possible zebra crossing to be placed near Meadowslea because it is busy.
Chester Road is the centre of the village, 5 times as busy, a major route to a junior school,
crossed by many OAP's, many busy exits and used by horses. It has no crossing or traffic calming.
I was wondering if our county councillors have negotiated any concessions from McLeans for funds for
traffic calming on Chester Rd which is a short cut and rat run that
has over 1500 speeding cars, lorries and buses each day from 5.30 am to midnight?
Us human creatures in Chester Road have a right to an environment too.
The village centre currently trashed daily.
The figures of 1500 speeding vehicles daily can be confirmed by Flintshire Highways Dept.
regards Colin
Penyffordd District

Sunday, December 23, 2007

A Freedom of Information Request

I have made a request to Esmaeil Ahari - Project Manager for Arrive Alive. I have asked for a copy of the data collected by Hugh Jones, Arrive Alive Safer Roads Officer for Flintshire prior to the meeting with Flintshire Highways and my County Councillors in May 2007.
This data was collected for the 4 days prior to the meeting. This data is collected so Flintshire Highways have an exact view of the situation.
I have asked for the information in electronic format.

Open Door Newsletter

Castle Cement produce a community newsletter. Both in English and Welsh. A letter from Mark Cox who is general manager of Castle Cement Padeswood. Mark and staff wish us all a Merry Christmas. Mark mentions Emissions Watch who he says have a role to play but their information gathered must not be confused with kiln emissions which are continually measured and regulated to less than 30mg/Nm3. The maximum allowed by their permit.

Mark points out that Emissions Watch's monitors must also pick up other pollutants in the area as well. (inc. traffic pollutants)
Our village gets a regular stream of traffic pollutants off our main road to the By-Pass.

Castle Cement's sponsor the following groups.
Mold Rugby Club £1500.
Peny Y Group £19,000
Penyffordd Scouts and Guides £5,000
Penymynydd Church £9,000
Also many other causes are sponsored.

I wonder how Castle are fixed for a little traffic calming?

Employers to bear responsibility for their employees driving.

The publication of a new policy by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in relation to "bad" driving has implications not only for drivers but for employers and the police as well.
Link: BBC

Sunday - Race Afternoon

We are doing a little re-arranging so I have been out and about. On Sunday, Chester Road is plagued by many many 100's of speeding cars using Penyffordd as a short cut. I can't think of too many villages in Flintshire where cars are left to their own devices to do whatever speed they like.
Penyffordd is short of good county councillors.
Our current councillors are hopeless.

I am of a mind to re-start protest now but I will wait until January 2nd 2008.
My notice board in the hedge for 3000 daily passers by.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Trouble at Croes Atti Flint

Since I am currently in the protest business I keep my eye on developments else where.
I haven't got a full handle on what's happening at Croes Atti but ...........

Last week a lady was complaining her correspondence to Flintshire County Council was going missing. This week a letter by John Yorke who is a campaign leader against the way Flintshire County Council appear to be operating.
1. The reluctance of officers to deal with her over requests for information.
2. County Councillors stating they had been misled by council officers.
3. Incensed County Director writes to Council Leader to protest the above
and for the correct information to be published to correct what councillors had misled about.
4. Three Flint County Councillors accuse protest group of misinformation.
I am currently experiencing a very mild version of this.
5. The protest leader states he has proof of all statements made.
I think he has done a FIA enquiry.
6. At Flintshire UDP enquiry only one proposal was offered in defense of the Croes Atti development, submitted after the closing date. (Thrown out.)
7. The signature on the above letter was allegedly that of a relative to the Flintshire County Council planning officer appearing before the enquiry.
8. Back to 2004 a member of the same planning team said that only a few vehicles would use the Croes Atti distributor road.
9. I suspect that the following was divined after a FOI request. Email from a County Director reads concern about estate design and the 2000 vehicles a day that would be using the area as a rat run.
10. A planning meeting where the planning application was passed. Flint County Councillors were substituted with non Flint Labour councillors.
11. The above was strongly criticised by the County's auditors.
12. Plans were changed to allow access from the A548 (bottom road)
13. WDA, the landowner has asked for time extensions from 3 to 5 years to finish landscaping commitments also they want higher house densities.

The campaign leader finishes by hoping that in the May elections 2008 Flint residents will be afforded service and understanding of their concerns.
Quite, I hope for a similar arrangement by Penyffordd County Councillors in the dealing with speeding cars in Chester Rd.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Minister for Regeneration and Environment

This is Jane Davidson AM , Minister for Regeneration and Environment for the Welsh Assembly Government. I have 200o cars a day speeding passed my house every day Jane. We need some environment similar to Rossett. Also County Councillors to match.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

So they have finally got one of us!

We have watched the HMRC data handout debacle from afar.
Not any longer!
The letter arrived in the post today

AGAIN! HMRC loses pensions data tape.

Totting up

So we now have the following identity record leaks:-

- HMRC Standard Life - 15,000
- HMRC child benefit database - 25 million
- HMRC Countrywide Assured - 6,500
- NI DVA - 6,500
- Driving Standards Agency - 3 million

The messing around when identity fraud is committed can be legion.
The compensation for worry, time, etc will not be forthcoming because its the government.

Link: Techworld

The Current State of the Village Centre Environment

So it is 300 days since I first brought the speeding traffic to the attention of my councillors. It didn't start out as a protest just a few emails to councillors.

The first gambit by Cllr Colin Bithell and Penyffordd Community Council was to tell me speeding traffic was nothing to do with them.

People and organisations who stand out.

1. The Evening Leader
2. Cllr Linda Vidamour
3. Cllr Cindy Hinds
4. Police Inspector Alun Oldfield.
5. Cllr Edwina Davies
6. Alan Skips
7. Springfield Building Supplies

People and organisations who do not shine.

County Cllr Colin Bithell.
County Cllr David Williams.
Flintshire County Council.

David has been sending me a letter from Dave Faulkner of FCC for about a month. People ring him up about issues, he directs them to ring FCC. Not quite councillor mode.
Flintshire County Council in corporate spite mode. They give us half a rumble strip.

My friend Truth Crusader thinks nothing of the speeding traffic. His attitude sums up a proportion of Penyffordd.

Do we have the worst county councillors in the worst county in Wales?

So as we go into 2008. It's more eye catching signs and attempts to get in The Evening Leader.

The traffic speeds have altered little, still many over the limit.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

I can feel a letter coming on

Very cold today. Third day in a shed of 2 degrees C. I have pulled my lower back doing inappropriate lifting. I also have a slight cold that is manageable.
My back gets better very slowly. Coughing causes a sharp spasm in my lower back. Sneezing is an option best to be avoided.

The traffic of course continues to plough through the village............................
Noisy and dangerous.

North Wales Police are finishing their traffic calming initiative this week.
It has altered some behaviour but it is not enough.

Having a village centre as a place to meet and talk rather than a speedy short cut to somewhere else seems foreign to some minds. Penyffordd has plenty of philistines and is seen a soft touch by Flintshire County Council.

Penyffordd village awaits an extra million or two vehicles a year with A55 Warren Hall, Broughton Park Extension, Warren Hall Business Park, Flintshire UDP and Wrexham UDP.

Flintshire County Council have given the thumbs up to The Welsh Assembly some time ago, Penyffordd roads will take all the above mentioned developments , no problem.

We are getting regeneration stuffed down our throats with no thought to village environments.

The Penyffordd By - Pass is already gridlocked at times before these extra millions arrive.
The late Cllr Derek Darlington saw all this coming. Our current councillors say nothing.

Much fun is going to be had with Freedom of Information requests.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Possible multi-use path between Mold and Saltney Junction

The track would be 12 miles long. The excellent Sustrans are involved. The route goes passed Castle Cement, Penyffordd Station and Airbus. Saltney Junction is close to the Saltney pedestrian bridge over the River Dee, then a long lane with little traffic leads to Sealand Road. Then its on the cycle path into Chester. From Mold to Chester on a cycle track with very little vehicle involvement.
External funding will be needed.

Planning for 29 houses on the Meadowslea site granted

Plans have been approved for 29 mock Tudor houses reports Kate Forrester of The Evening Leader. A building has been left standing because it has bats in it. Also there is a badger sett present.
Cllr Colin Bithell is looking forward to seeing the new bat house built. The application includes a small play area. Cllrs Colin Bithell and David Williams say they prefer more play area in central Penyffordd of which Penyffordd is short of. The badgers will also have to be built around.

Cllr Bithell opines that we should have a zebra crossing in the middle of the village.

This is something I agree with him as well a the bat house and the badgers, best not to let DEFRA know :(
It would help if it was on a raised platform so traffic cannot any longer just plough through the village. There is an issue here with less parking space for the Post Office. The removal of double yellow lines would help.

Postscript: I think Colin means a zebra crossing up the Vounog
2000 cars a day continue to speed through village.
Some villagers including Truth Crusader think me an idiot to protest.
Just wait until January my idiot friends

To my three readers

The blog may look a little strange whilst I wrestle with trying to get an image at the top of the blog.
There is a bug, so I will try different formats.

Things you don't read about Penyffordd County Councillors

Mold Councillors are looking for a showdown with Flintshire County Council over speeding issues in the town. Whilst my new friend Truth Crusader equates cars parking on paths with cars, motorcycles and lorries speeding passed my house at 50 mph by the 1000. We are a major route to school (primary), we have horses, OAP's and parked cars and the middle of the village.
My friend Truth Crusader has a strange regard for village environment.
I recommend a visit to Rossett. That model of traffic calming with a compulsory 20 mph in the village centre.

I see half of Flint appears to be a rat run. The natives are getting restless at Coed Onn and the surrounding areas. The one way system and a lack of by-pass being responsible for the rat runs.
Coed Onn awaits the onslaught of the Croes Atti development with its 400 houses plus 600 vehicles?

Thursday, December 13, 2007

The Bewley family in The Evening Leader

Ian, Carol and Samantha Bewley, 12 of Penyffordd are out Geocaching.
Link: Geocaching

Cllr Edwina Davies Lady Captain of Padeswood and Buckley Golf Club 2008

Edwina stood with me for 2 hours last week while PC Chris Pullen attempted to calm the speeding hordes. Edwina informs me that she played competitive football up to the age of 40.
Edwina is the lady in pink on the right, second row.
No sign of a county councillor yet. They think little about village centre environment.

Monday, December 10, 2007

A Community Council for the 21st Century

Penyffordd Community Council should have its own website. Google's Blogger can meet the basic standards. Its easy to use and free. Council minutes put on the website before the following meeting. So residents can question respond to issues that affect them. A forum where matters can be aired.
I have had Nigel Jones (Clerk to The Community Council) speak to me. As he rightly points out minutes have to be ratified by The Community Council at the following meeting.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Cllr Linda Vidamour Community Councillor for Penyffordd

An Independent Councillor for Penyffordd. May we get more like Linda next May. Political flavour of no concern. Linda has pushed for a village newsletter. Lets hope it develops to something online. Lets have an inclusive democracy for the village. Not some top secret meeting once a month to which most people are oblivious. An email address for Penyffordd Community Council would be good.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Christmas Newsletter from Cllr Cindy Hinds Page 3


PENYFFORDD AREA COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION - This Association was formed because of the lack of facilities within the village. We are there for everyone young to old but our first priority was facilities for young people, mainly an area for different ball games.

I am pleased to say we now have planning permission for a multi-use games area on Millstone Playing Field for all our young people in the village. Due to the kindness of the Community Council, A.D. Waste and Castle Cement we are well on the way to achieving our aim. There is also a Committee, who work very hard to raise funds but help is always needed from any volunteers for future events to improve the quality of life for people in the village. The Association would welcome anyone to come to their meetings.

The time and place will be put on the notice board in the Post Office.

We would want to hear from all voluntary organisations and residents to are needed for our village.

The Pen-Y Group (which is some of the young people of the village) have received another award which is the “Criminal Justice Award” for their help in improving relations between young and old and giving a presentation on safety in senior citizens' homes. If anyone is unsure of what our aims and objectives are, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Steve Johnston (Chairman) on telephone no: 077 897 157 94 or myself. We are a registered charity and are here to help the community.


After 36 years of giving excellent service of running dancing classes, Mrs.

Pam Lomas has decided to retire. Pam held her final show in October and everybody thanked her for all she had done. It was a very emotional evening where she received a number of presents and bouquets of flowers Pam has been ably assisted over the years by Mrs. Jean Morley, Mrs. Barbara Large, Mr. Patrick Reeson and the late Mrs Val Ragsdale.


The Royal British Legion in Pen-y-ffordd is more than just a place to go and socialise and have a drink. lts premises are used by many charitable organisations, mostly free of charge. A presentation evening was held in October for all those who took part in walks, bike rides etc. throughout the year to raise money for MacMillan nurses (total amount £9,000). These are so worthwhile and could not exist without people like The Ramblers. The Legion itself, through its membership continues to raise money for the welfare of our servicemen and women and its membership and its Branch, through the Poppy Day Appeal. It is seeking new members. The more members it has the more viable the club becomes and more money is raised for our serving and ex servicemen and women. If you would like to know more about the work of the Legion, both officially and socially,

to be continued

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Christmas Newsletter from Cllr Cindy Hinds Page 2

ENVIRONMENT AGENCY - Some months ago, because of my concerns about any emissions and dust that may or may not have been coming from Caste Cement I agreed in July of this year to have a small monitoring system installed in my garden This is checked by the Environment Agency and I am pleased and relieved to say that up to this date they have not reported any contamination during their monitoring.

The Environment Agency is due to withdraw their main air pollution monitoring system which is based by The Institute. Carl Sargeant has objected to the air monitoring system being removed on behalf of his constituents.

CASTLE CEMENT - I also contacted Mr. Cox, General Manager of Castle Cement, with residents and my own concerns, mainly on dust and noise issues. Mr Cox has been very co-operative and vastly improved the infrastructure over the past three months and ensured a strong and continued focus on the environmental impact. Also he will be installing 5 noise suppression systems this month on dust plant motors and 2 acoustic screens by the end of the year, which will benefit noise emissions greatly.

UNITARY DEVELOPMENT PLAN - The U.D.P. for the village has been discussed at the Public Inquiry held at County Hall Mold, and is now well under way. A number of written and verbal submissions have been given to the Inquiry (including my own). The main complaints are the infrastructure and amenities e.g playing areas for all age groups of young people, adequate sewerage and drainage systems doctor's/dentist's services over-development, affordable housing, schools, the impact of more traffic on our village roads etc. I was very shocked to learn that we are losing another amenity, which is the clinic. This has been done without any discussions with our County Councillors and Community Councillors.

Considering the number of houses proposed for the village I still cannot understand Flintshire's Planning Committee, who are adamant that our villages can take at least 300 extra houses without all the facilities mentioned being dealt with first. I will endeavour to keep you informed as the Public Inquiry continues.

DOBSHILL - In response to some resident's complaints, I wrote to to
Flintshire C.C. s Highways Department on the 12 July 2007 concerning the dangers of having 60 mph in a residential area In response they stated "The Welsh Assembly Goverment is currently reviewing the criteria for the setting of local speed limits. Some further consultation is required by WAG on the published document and following ratification an assessment of all speed limits/requests will be made including consideration of the appropriate speed limit for Dobshill.''

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

A Christmas Newsletter from Cllr Cindy Hinds

This is the first part of Cindy's newsletter. I have some OCR (Optical Character Recognition) software which will scan a sheet of paper and turn the text into digital format.
As it is in the public domain I have not asked permission to copy. There may be an occasional mistake due to the OCR getting the wrong idea.

Policing - We now have a new Community Beat Manager, P,C. Chris Pullen. His telephone number is 0774 824 1744.

Police Neighbourhood Forum - Since the last but one Forum I am still receiving complaints about dog excrement on pavements, the Millstone Playing Field and other spots within the village. The vast majority of dog owners are very responsible and clear up their dog's mess and put it in the receptacles provided but that small minority still seem not to care for the environment in which they live. Could I make a plea to that small minority to please clear up their dog's mess? I have also received complaints about horse droppings on the footpath by the side of Meadow Rise and the Church. Many of us like to see horses and their owners riding or walking them through the village as it adds considerably to village life atmosphere.

The horse owners using this footpath. could you please use another area as the droppings are causing problems for our senior citizens and young children? Speeding and Heavy Goods Vehicles though Village - Speeding and heavy vehicles using the village as a rat run is still a concern among a number of people. Mr. Colin Hughes has been fighting very hard to get speed restrictions put on Chester Road and the heavy goods vehicles redirected along the by-pass instead of coming through the village. Whilst I believe in his sentiments of making Chester Road safer for pedestrians of all ages and heavy vehicles redirected is worth supporting, I feel at times he does go over the top with his enthusiasm. Another area where there are complaints of this kind is Vounog Hill. We know that on many occasions large vehicles do need to come into the village for access but there is no need for other vehicles to abuse the villagers by using it as a rat run.

The answer I received from Flintshire County Council's Highways Dept. to my letter (dated 12th July, 2007) regarding an environmental weight limit on heavy vehicles was this would only be possible with Police support, as they would have the sole responsibility for enforcement. It did be further discussed with the Traffic Inspector from Wrexham at the next Police Liaison meetings

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

A Test

I have allowed a person called truth crusader the rights to comment and publish.
Which side is he on?

A Doctor writes........................

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Further on the Chief Constable visiting Penyffordd

The above item covered by The Evening Leader. Cllr Colin Bithell photographed for the article. No mention of the speeding traffic through Chester Rd in the article. I suppose Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom and Colin Bithell can't be seen to have anything to do with a so called vigilante.

You only normally get vigilante type action when the people in charge ignore what's going on ( a commentator at the bottom thinks otherwise). I have well over a 1000 speeding cars passed my house every day which is in the centre of the village. Both Colin and Cllr David Williams have shown little interest. A look around at councils around me shows better run villages. Rossett being a shining example. Compulsory 20 mph and traffic calming measures that make it near impossible to do more than 20 mph.

I noticed the other morning when out on the speed gun with PC Chris Pullen that there were quite a few children cycling to school. It's criminal that this traffic is allowed to fly through the village. Quite a few are fellow villagers, out of their little cul de sacs, foot to the floor. It was a culture shock for the rat run that morning. More speed training this week.

We are having trouble in the village with youths at the moment. The Chief Constable was shown a 20 minute video by a villager showing the antics of the youths. At one point one of the youths was seen "mooning" in front of the others. To the uninitiated showing his bum.

The Traffic Calming Initiative by North Wales Police nearly half way through. A difference of behaviour ie. less speed, can be seen by some drivers.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Penyffordd Residents to Sue Castle Cement

Residents to sue Castle Cement over dust and noise

DOZENS of villagers who say their lives have been made a misery by a nearby cement factory are planning to sue for the “nuisance” it causes.

Click here

Someone has been using my Wireless Broadband

One of my community councillors thinks I'm quite good with computers. I can however be a little thick. We have had this occasional problem accessing the internet. Its very frustrating because it goes then comes back. Anyway, I have a wireless Belkin router.
We do not use the wireless bit at present, we are all hard wired.
For months I have been wondering if the Police were downloading my hard drive or we were being used in some DNOS denial of service attack as a "BOT"

I wouldn't mind but someone has been hogging all the bandwidth.
We have nearly lost money on Ebay auctions.

It would appear my wireless side of the router is open. This is done as a default. I think this is wrong. I ran an IP address that was in the firewall log.
It's in China ..............................
I live next door to a Chinese Take Away.

I have looked at the wireless security before.
It looks complex.
There are 4 versions
The fear is being locked out by the firewall without the encryption key.
Anyway my friends next door appear to be sorted.
I've set the encryption to mild.
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