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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Lisa's Kitchen chicken and peppers

Not much happening in Penyffordd at the moment. Although the footy team beat someone 7 0 last Saturday. A blog reader said to Lisa in Mold "Do you actually make Lisa's Kitchen meals? lol

Penyffordd District comment

With regards the elderly couple killed by a young racer outside Mold. North Wales Police and the North Wales Police should take some responsibility for having a skeleton traffic division. Penyffordd has racers through the village everyday. At night the roads are left to youth hurling around with no enforcement in sight.

Boy racer gets 6 years for deaths.

We get them past here every day.
Further proof that policing is out of control.
Should North Wales Police Authority have been in the dock as well?
They stood by whilst Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom decimated the traffic division.

When are you going to do something about it Chief Superintendent Ruth Purdie?

The 1000+ speeders every day ignored by yourself.

Link The Daily Post

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Leaves are turning colour and falling quicker

due to drought in The Telegraph

Are The Police out of control?

Last week a mother killed herself and a child after years of bullying. Then we have a mother having her house broken into and being assaulted. The police will not turn up because they say they may inflame the situation.
Much further down the list we have un policed roads in Penyffordd. Still capable of causing death though.
Neighbourhood forum's a waste of time.
The police are failing us so are
those who are paid to regulate the police.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Secret Meetings?

Penyffordd councillors had a secret meeting with Charles Hughes Head of Engineering and Derek Kirby Head of Highways Strategy over Warren Hall developments.

Was the meeting minuted?
Was the meeting discussed at monthly community council and minuted?
If not why not?

Have Penyffordd councillors capitulated?

Warren Hall will affect Chester Rd, Wrexham Rd and Corwen road with increased traffic levels.

Postscript. Cllr Cindy Hinds informs me she has made representations to Shire Hall with regards Warren Hall developments.

Lisa's Kitchen Irish Stew

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Friday, September 25, 2009

A55 Warren Bank Interchange

in The Leader

A55 Warren Hall Development

in The Daily Post

The consequences of Warren Hall development by Mike Brain

copied in full , I'm sure he will not mind.

From: Mike Brain ( Higher Kinnerton
Remote Name:
Date: 12 Aug 2009
Time: 15:46:01 +0100


At last Broughton has woken up and protested. this is my opinion back in 2005 SAY NO to the planning application for Warren Hall Business Park., being held on 27th July 2005. I am a resident of Higher Kinnerton who has recently attended a meeting on 22nd July 2005 at the Unit 7 WDA offices in St Asaph, chaired by Mark Tami MP, included Carl Sargeant AM , and Chris Farrow , and another colleague from the WDA. My great concern, supported by most of the residents of Higher Kinnerton, Penymynydd and Penyffordd, is the HUGE INCREASE IN TRAFFIC expected. Also raised was the buried carcass of animals that had foot & mouth, the location of which is directly under the proposed Hotel. This meeting heard the objections re-iterated and the replies by WDA, who welcomed our opinions and advice. If, as it is likely, that many of the proposed 5000+ jobs could be women on a part-time basis, this further increases the traffic! It has already been reported that FCC will have a budget shortfall & intend to make job cuts, and this means any requests by local Community Councils for Match Funding for Traffic Schemes will be declined, just when they will be needed most, to combat ‘rat runs’! See below my earlier objections. I have learned from Chris Farrow that he will be part of a new Welsh Assembly Committee with similar powers, but more accountability to taxpayers –see my reason number 3. Since my objection item 6, there has been flooding at BAe and Broughton Retail Park. Re: Planning Application 038744 Warren Hall Business Park Class B1. I object to the above having seen the WDA exhibition in our Village Hall and listened to the concerns of other residents. My main reasons are:- 1. The application should not be considered until FCC has published its Unitary Development Plan. 2. The scheme is too large and will generate major traffic problems for our village and it’s currently easy access to the A5104 and A55. 3. The WDA are a failed QUANGO due to be abolished soon, long before the proposed scheme would start, leaving the locals with an unwanted development that would provide jobs for mostly outsiders. 4. The B1 category has the potential to change this mainly residential & agricultural area into an Industrial Zone. 5. The existing plan is a ‘re-hash’ of earlier ones from 17 years ago, and would contribute to ‘urban sprawl’, breaking the planning guidelines and our ‘Green Barrier’. 6. This application gives me no confidence that it’s ‘promises’ will be kept relating to ‘leisure facilities’, that there is a potential for water ‘run-off’ increasing the risk of flooding.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Bad news for Chester Rd Penyffordd

Work has started on the A55 Warren Bank Interchange at Broughton. This will have an enormous effect on traffic through Penyffordd unless through traffic is banned. Traffic coming from the North of England travelling to Mid Wales will get off the A55 at Warren Bank instead of Dobshill and take a short cut through the village also on the way back home. This will add 1000's of vehicles each week. This news is very bad for Chester Rd.

A55 Warren Bank Interchange Improvements

Alienating People

Why do I do it? I think its called frustration.
There is no real interest shown after nearly three years of pushing.

So far I have alienated.

1. Cllr Cindy Hinds and so most probably Carl Sargeant AM and Mark Tami MP
2. Cllr David Williams
3. Penyffordd Community Council
4. Arrive Alive
5. North Wales Police
5. North Wales Police Authority.
6. Flintshire County Council.

How do you get the above agencies and people to see there is an issue? I went through Pontblyddyn the other day the Arrive Alive van is there regular. Why isn't the van in Chester Rd?

Only former Inpector Alun Oldfield ( now with CID ) has ever invited me to a site meeting. If I went away tomorrow or stopped complaining about traffic little would get done. postscript Arrive Alive have also invited me to a site meeting in the past.

Penyffordd councillors have little interest in environment. It's nearly three years since I started campaigning after Penyffordd Council said " nothing to do with them"

They have little concern whatsoever for village safety and environment.

Being nice to people doesn't work.
So does alienation work? Not sure......
Living on a road that has over a 1000 speeders daily is not fun.
It used to be near 2000.
If elected people will not fix it I intend to be a pain "ad infinitum".

Rossett village is the model, Flintshire County Council I feel wish to retain Chester Rd an ex trunk road as a de facto trunk road. So lies the problem.....


Cllr Cindy Hinds in The Leader

pontificating in traffic issues in Shotton.

Link The Leader

My comments which are at the bottom of the article.

Whilst sympathising with the predicament of the Shotton gridlock I and other Chester Rd, Penyffordd residents would wish to see Cllr Cindy Hinds getting involved a little nearer home with our morning rat run and constant speeding. Cllr Cindy Hinds has been in the job for over two years now and has so far failed to address Chester Rd residents concerns. We are a major route to school. North Wales Police should be pressed into honouring their commitments to communities.

Postscript. The Labour Party should refrain from getting Cindy to quote on traffic issues until she has fixed Chester Rd Penyffordd. The exception being the rolling out of 20 mph zones in communities and outside schools.

Further postscript. I shoot at the wrong people. Cindy is part of a scrutiny committee on Environment at FCC. Cindy was speaking in her capacity as a committee member. Still ironic as we have over a 1000 speeders a day through the village. Is speeding cars nothing to do with environment?

Leader Quote

"But Cllr Matt Wright, chairman of Flintshire’s environment and regeneration scrutiny committee, has vowed not to let the issue go and said it remains a top priority for Dave Faulkner, the council’s head of highways and transportation.

Cllr Wright made the promises after members of the committee, including Penyffordd councillor Cindy Hinds, voiced fears about Shotton having become one of the worst areas in Flintshire for traffic problems."

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Chief Constable Mark Polin

is to start his new position as head of North Wales Police on November 1st 2009.


My account on The Leader has been hacked. I have a comment against my name which I did not make.
My password is unguessable. Do I have a keyboard tracker on my computer? Or is it easy to compromise the Leader's computer systems?

I have asked questions and await the answers.
Link :
  1. Posted by: hen ddraig at 17:18 on 22 September 2009

    The A541 is a through route and under the present department of transport guidelines 20mph limits are not permitted on through routes. The answer to this dangerous crossing is to separate pedestrians and traffic, scrap the current crossing and build a footbridge.

  2. Posted by: penyfordd_district at 23:02 on 22 September 2009

    Bring back a man walking in front of cars waving a red flag to stop them speeding in the village

  3. Posted by: penyffordd_district at 09:08 on 23 September 2009

    I did NOT make the above comment Leader. Someone having a laugh.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Jobs to go at Vauxhalls?

1200 jobs to go in UK.
Link Timesonline

More 10:10 rubbish

The last thing business needs at the moment is a 10% drop in orders. The Lib Dems show themselves unsuitable to govern.

Link The Guardian

Home grown produce

Hot pepper plant with chillies.

An email to CBM Howie Williams with regards speeding in Chester Rd Penyffordd

cc Chief Constable Mark Polin North Wales Police

Good morning Howie,

The rat run currently in full flow.
I hear you are not happy about disparaging remarks I have made about you.
You can blame Cllr Cindy Hinds,Cllr David Williams and Penyffordd Community Council for my comments.
After over 2 years it is patently obvious they have no appetite to stop the speeding traffic in Chester Rd.
Votes, revenge and apathy over child and OAP safety?
Perhaps they should all go except for Cllr Linda Vidamour?

How to stop the morning rat run part one.
Stand at the entrance to Terrace Lane or sit in car doing paper work.
Rat run cannot see you so they cannot accelerate from the middle of the village.
If they continue to take no notice they deserve booking.

Perhaps you can rope in the ghost squad otherwise known as North Wales Police traffic division?
My MP Mark Tami has written for the 2nd time to Arrive Alive perhaps you can confer with them.

Your suggestion that the speed limit be rolled back up the hill is most excellent.

Colin Hughes
Chester Rd, Penyffordd
Taking pride in where he lives even if councillors don't
copied to blog

ps. NWP and Arrive Alive need to alter their websites with regards Penyffordd. The exclusions and lies makes one think that the other content is fiction as well

postscript: Some may find the above harsh, it does however need to be spelt out.
I am sad at having to resort to these measures, the speeding just carries on and so do I until it stops. I want to live in a village not a race track

Monday, September 21, 2009

Bloody Mary Bolognese with garlic bread

Click image to enlarge


Mark Tami MP writes to Arrive Alive

on behalf of Chester Rd residents with regards our daily rat run.

Click image to read, image cropped and shrunk to load easily.

Google to help The Leader?

Link The Guardian

Final say on Flintshire UDP

A six week consultation starts today. Observations must relate to the Inspector's findings or to the non acceptance of the Inspectors findings.

Link FCC Proposed modifications

Wrexham invest further in community safety with 20 mph limits

whilst Flintshire County Council do nothing. It's worth repeating that Cllr Tony Sharps head of roads at Flintshire County Council has Northop Hall sorted. Bumps entering the village, no HGV's.
Leader quote "
Wrexham Council has already put in place the lower limits limits outside 18 schools, inc luding Ysgol Morgan Llwyd, Rhosymedre CP and Ysgol ID Hooson.

And the move has proved so successful when it comes to making it safer for children to cross the road and improving traffic flow that there are plans to extend it to Eyton Controlled, Ysgol Rhiwabon, Johnstown Junior, Ysgol Penrhyn at New Broughton, Park CP at Llay, St Mary’s RCP, Borras Schools, Ysgol Heulfan at Gwersyllt, Ysgol Clywedog and Wat’s Dyke CP."

Link Wrexham more 20 mph zones

Penyffordd Councillors lack of commitment

For 2.75 years I have raised the issue of mass speeding through the village. There has been very little interest.
Chester Rd is a major route to a primary school, councillors ignore this.

My polite letter to Penyffordd Community Council met by a phone call from Community Clerk Nigel (GNI) Jones saying that speeding was nothing to do with the council.
Little has changed.

I have been in various trouble including threats of legal action with Cllr Colin Bithell being the ring leader because Penyffordd councillors will not push North Wales Police and Arrive Alive to do their job.

I helped with the removal of Cllr Colin Bithell at the last election because he would not listen. He lost a very lucrative position (circa £20,000) in Flintshire County Council due to him not seeing speeding as a village issue

At the next election we need a mass clearout.

We need 10 Cllr Linda Vidamour's.

Postscript: Lisa my wife informs me she will no longer attend Penyffordd Community Council meetings due to my blog comments.

Friday, September 18, 2009

An email to Penyffordd Cllrs

cc. Inspector Martin Best, Chief Superintendent Ruth Purdie

Dear Councillors.

You will see that speeding is not down for Chester Rd.
Speeding was discussed at the last neighbourhood forum.
Why is it not on NWP website?
Why are actions promised not happening?

Is this lax office work or are you all part of a conspiracy
against Chester Rd health and safety?

Colin Hughes
Chester Rd Penyffordd.
copied to blog

Alison Halford's Blog new post

Problems with the Ombudsman.

"Much time, better directed on serving my constituents is being taken up with defending myself against what is developing into a Kangaroo Court scenario."

Link here

They're leaving

next door that is when it's sold. I believe we are also having new neighbours at the other end of the row as well. Decima and Tony Hodge whose nephew is Will Gallagher (Cons) who stands against Mark Tami MP at the next general election.

The house is up for £120,000.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Where's your post?

Most probably still in the depot.
If not it will be shortly.

Link The Telegraph

Something that needs to be said

I wrote this letter to The Leader last week. Looks as if it will not make the letters page. In some ways this format is better as it sits permanently on Google where as the Leader letters page is not put on their website.

cc. Chief Constable Mark Polin, Carl Sargeant AM, Mark Tami MP.

Dear Leader
A letter for consideration.
With regards the recent tragic loss of Eric Townsend a retired police officer and his wife Marie on the Mold bypass last December by a racing motorist who has now been found guilty. It is ironic that a former police officer should be struck down in the golden years of his retirement due to North Wales Police's abandonment of traffic policing aided and abetted by the North Wales Police Authority, Welsh Assembly Government and Home Office.
As the Leader letter writer, a retired police officer Mike Griffiths recently stated former Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom decimated the traffic section of NWP.
Is it not time to clear out most of the pen pushers who produce statistics we do not believe and get police officers back on the streets? This would please both communities and police officers on the front line.
With regards speeding traffic, Arrive Alive have very detailed data which is currently kept secret of where speeding is concentrated. This information should be made fully available to communities and North Wales Police so that the plague of anti social driving can be addressed properly and efficiently
The loss Eric and Marie Townsend should be a poignant reminder to North Wales Police management and politicians that making North Wales roads safer requires much more than just lip service.
Colin Hughes
still over 1000 speeders in Chester Rd, Penyffordd everyday.............Arrive Alive have this data but hide it from us.

Link The Daily Post

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Our Postal Service

Link Mail Online

The new Leader logo

I have to do this to get logo on the right...........................

Seat belts save Penymynydd Couple

Stephen Edgerton and Helen Turner, from Penymynydd, were travelling to their holiday cottage when their car was involved in a collision on the A5104 between Bryneglwys and Llandegla.

The rest of the story The Flintshire Leader

An email to the new Chief Constable Mark Polin with regards Neighbourhood Forums

Dear Chief Constable,
We are well into our morning rat run of about 300 vehicles many speeding, lots with illegal exhausts.

I realise you have not started yet but one topic I feel you should have at the top of your list when you start are Neighbourhood Forums. Whilst a very good idea in theory they fall down flat if there is no accountability which is the position we have in Chester Rd, Penyffordd.

Last forum meeting NWP promised action against speeding. What have we had, nothing!
Councillors will not push NWP.

It also seems politically acceptable that speeding and illegal exhausts are ok.

Is this the new Wales? mediocrity!

We have mediocre councillors, county, politicians and police including Arrive Alive.
Arrive Alive should be disbanded for hiding speed data from communities.

Are you going to make a difference or will it be business as normal, just stopping a few vehicles with registration plate issues looking like you are doing something when in fact you are doing nothing just collecting good wages and a nice pension.

North Wales including Chester Rd is a race track. Are you going to do anything about it?
Are you going to make your mark?

One mad ratepayer.

Colin Hughes
Penyffordd District

keyword: Jim Moore All Wales Safety Partnership.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Telling Lies

I very rarely tell lies. One of the only times is to spare someone's feelings. If you do not tell lies life is straight forward. There is also the moral side.

I put in an FOIE to Flintshire County Council over the placement of a CCTV camera below which was positioned looking directly at my house.

The questions I asked on the FOIE included a question or two to which I already knew the answer.
I got the reply to my FOIE yesterday.

Someone has answered a question dishonestly or perhaps there has been a misunderstanding.
All will be revealed when I find out.
I do have my suspicions though.

Postscript. Complaint passed to Directorate Freedom of Information Complaints Officer for Flintshire County Council.

Monday, September 14, 2009

The Flintshire Leader a new look

Also The Leader is now available first thing each day. The design has changed the new look is cleaner.


Bikers postscript

Five bikers were involved in accidents. I saw 10 born again bikers speed through Penyffordd on their way home. No idea what so ever.

Link The Daily Post

Sunday, September 13, 2009

1000's of motorcycles descend on North Wales

in protest over their view that that North Wales Police are victimising motorcycle riders. All summer on any sunny Sunday motorcycles can be heard from the middle of the village tonning it down the Penyffordd Bypass. These motorcyclists are having a laugh. North Wales Police usually ignore laws regarding decibal levels of exhaust systems and they feel hard done by!
This is why North Wales sounds like a race track.

My informant tells me police helicopters are being drafted in from other forces.

Perhaps we need the army in to help North Wales Police and VOSA to check exhaust noise levels and confiscate any machines that are over the limit. If there are 5000 motorcylces there must be a 1000 over the limit. The fines could pay for the police presence.

I read on the net that we had all this protesting in the media about the headless motorcyclist and former Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom. The proper story that should have been told was that the motorcyclist involved had no insurance or tax, he had a head on with a car with a family in it. The family were trapped in their car which included two children with a headless body for more than an hour.

Motorcycle News Claim Back North Wales

What do if stopped. This is handy for anyone stopped by police

Here's a novel idea. How about all those politicians and councillors whose wards are along the roads where some of the above race their motorcycles standing up and supporting North Wales Police?

A voice of reason on the MCN website


how sad

I am frankly both disgusted and saddened by the number of people that seem to be committed to pissing off police officers who are carrying out their paid duties which includes enforcing the law and reporting people that have broken the law for prosecution. Every time someone rides into NW with an illegal no plate, exhaust or whatever, they are justifying the stop action being taken by NW police. I find it incredible that so many people fail to recognise this simple fact. It is a real shame that more people are not campaigning to ensure that the 1 in 8 that are currently stopped and found to be illegal are encouraged to get legal, thereby reducing the number that each week are effectively justifying the action taken in stopping bikes in the first place! People in glass houses and all that. It really is THAT simple!

12 September 2009 11:25

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Lawlessness on the roads.

I've been out by the garage all afternoon, not a place I like to stay long. Wholesale speeding , illegal modified exhausts, Arriva buses speeding, motorcyles screaming along the bypass.

Arrive Alive, North Wales Police and Flintshire County Council will do nothing as do most of the councillors.
The village, county and country has gone to the dogs.
Does no one have any respect for the village they live in?

Arrive Alive and Flintshire County Council hide the traffic speed data so North Wales Police do not have to do their job.

I have a letter for The Leader this week if published will not be liked by NWP one bit.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Mark Polin named Chief Constable of North Wales

An email to the new Chief Constable.

Congratulation on your promotion. I hope you will restore proper policing to North Wales. Currently North Wales Police are ignoring 1000 vehicles that speed through Chester Rd each day.

Colin Hughes
Chester Rd

Daily Post
Everything to do with Mark Polin

keywords: North Wales Police Authority, Cllr Ian Roberts, Chirk, Cllr Chris Bithell, Mold, Chief Superintendent Ruth Purdie, Eastern Division.

key phrases: THE Deputy Chief Constable of Gloucestershire police is set to take the top job on the North Wales force.
Mr Mark Polin was appointed Deputy Chief Constable of Gloucestershire Constabulary on 19th October 2007.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Leader Britain needs?

Link The Times

BBC article on economic recovery in Penyffordd

In contrast, the most blunt message came from the Castle Cement works near Penyffordd. The manager there can even remember the date when the order book fell off a cliff: 15 March, 2008.

Mark Cox says at first they thought it was a blip but it quickly became apparent something more serious was happening with the downturn in construction. He's predicting another full year of recession.

Penyffordd is fortunate. It's in an area of north east Wales which, together with the M4 corridor, is the country's economic powerhouse. The proximity to the Airbus and Toyota plants and others has provided plenty of opportunities in the past and no doubt will continue to do so in the future.

Link BBC

House sales August

• 56, Penymynydd Road, Penyffordd, CH4 0LQ - Sold for £145,000 on 27-05-2009

Penymynydd robberies men arrested

Link The Chronicle

Time for the idiots to return fire?

On Tuesday The Leader published a letter from me castigating the 10:10 action group who think its a good idea to cut down on such stuff as foreign holidays to lower UK carbon releases.

I said "Is it a good idea to cut Airbus jobs by 10%?" My letter at the bottom of this.

Bring the fools on. I'm sure Friends of the Earth will have something to say.

There have been encouraging soundbites in the media about recovery. I do not think we will have any green shoots for a while. Massive UK debt will affect us for the next 20 years.

Postscript. Are my deliberations correct, no letters yet.............................

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Cars are being stolen

Detectives are also connecting the crime spree to a white van seen in the Penyffordd area around midnight on Sunday, where two men were spotted acting suspiciously.

Link The Daily Post

We are slaves to red tape

say North Wales Police officers in The Daily Post

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Ways of getting more bobbies on the beat

Your chance to get rid of the dead wood on Penyffordd Community Council

The remit of the Commission is to examine ways in which a more diverse range of people could be encouraged to stand as councillors.

Please give them your views for a better democracy.

keyword: Welsh Assembly Government Consultation

Link Consultation on the report of the Councillor Commission Expert Panel Wales - Are we being served?

All Wales Safety Partnership All Spin

An email to Jim Moore

Hi Jim,
I see someone else feels similar to me about your organisation.

Comment quote link below "Once upon a time, the police would turn up, measure up, take some photos, examine the vehicles-on site- or take them away to examine later, and then re-open the road, fairly quickly.
If you are held up in a traffic queue now, and have to catch a flight, or a ferry, or your tacograph is ticking away. The police seem unconcerned and absolve themselves of any responsibility of the delays, and adjoining traffic chaos, caused in the area. They spend hours taking minute measurements so they can load them into a computer program to prove that the vehicle was going too fast, the bend was too sharp, the road was too wet, etc,etc, produce a glossy report, present it, and the chances are, nothing will be done to improve the situation at that spot. Highways authorities are spending less on roads, the police have reduced their traffic patrols by 15% to 20%, and rely mainly on Safety Partnership Cameras to police the roads.

In fact, if you believe the statistics from Safety Partnership's, they save so many lives, they're bringing them back from the dead ! If you compare actual UK road death figures over several years, there's hardly any difference, it's mainly spin !"

Link Wales Online story

Ruffling the feathers of the carbon foot print brigade?

A strange day today. How to unload a 600 pound battery from car without a forklift truck, solved.
Had no car until I could move it. Question why would someone buy a 600 pound battery?
Answer 12 volt house electric system that is off grid.

Internet being funny. We could receive emails but could not browse online. How can that happen?
Answer to problem. Close down network of computers, turn off adsl modem and turn off network router. Restart in reverse order. This fix did not become apparent until after much head scratching.

Or are the spooks messing me around?

Thank you to The Leader for publishing my letter today which is below. It takes a non politician to say what needs to be said, this should not be the way. Where is the opposition? Siding with the government to hasten our demise.

Airbus quite some time ago decided non core manufacturing should go sub contract. All the shops I used to work in have gone. Magellan Aerospace formerly Trefn Engineering do lots of work for Airbus. Today they have announced nearly 50 redundancies please bear that in mind when reading my letter.

I said the other day to someone that I intend to remain a PIA until something is done about all the speeding traffic which unfortunately I have had to listen to today whilst removing my 600 pound load from car.

I didn't realise until today just who had signed up to the stupidness below.

I await a trashing in the Leader letters page. I hope Dominic Lawson's (ex editor of The Times) statistics are correct.

Link The Guardian - Cabinet sign up to 10:10 Climate Change

Dear Leader
A letter for consideration, there are a lot of very silly people out there.

I read in The Leader with interest that the 10:10 Climate Change campaign is gaining momentum in North Wales. Can we look at the facts before this harebrained campaign goes any further. One of 10:10's aims is to encourage people to fly less. Do they want 10% less Airbus workers or Airbus aircraft?

UK's current contribution to global carbon emissions is less than 2%. China and India in the next year will make UK's contribution less than 1%. North Wales' contribution to global warming is an irrelevence. Cutting your energy bills by 10% is admirable but the energy companies will just raise charges to cover the shortfall.

Angelsey Aluminium closure is the wake up call for mass job losses unless we are very careful. We are in the middle of the largest recession since the depression. If the Private Sector in Wales which provide wages for ALL public sector jobs is not allowed unfettered access to recovery with improved bank assistance there will be mass unemployment and large shortfalls in money available for pensions and healthcare.

This campaign is madness, it is time
to wake up before Wales becomes a nation of sheep farmers. China and India will be laughing all the way to the bank. The time for this campaign is when we return to prosperity not whilst we are down on our knees.

Colin Hughes
Penyffordd District
global carbon emissions figures taken from The Sunday Times
" When the wind power blows jobs will fall" by Dominic Lawson.

Daily Rat Run denial by councillors

For 2.5 years vow I have been going on a speeding in Chester Rd. This morning I spoke to Mr Davies who lives on Chester Rd. He goes to Wrexham Football match with Cllr Colin Bithell. Mr Davies has spoken to Cllr Bithell about speeding, he just ignores what Mr Davies says as he does when I mention speeding. Mr Davies watches the rat run each morning and has complained to North Wales Police but so far to no avail.
Is it not time for all those Penyffordd councillors who think councillor duties extend to a monthly inconvenience attending community meetings even if it gets in the way of a Liverpool match to stand down?

Penyffordd Councillors risking lives daily?

Postscript. I forgot to repeat Cllr Colin Bithell has tried to get North Wales Police to shut me up, they declined saying I had a right to free speech. Then he got Penyffordd Community Council to approach Flintshire County Council with a view to them taking me to court. They declined.

It's time for Cllr Colin Bithell to retire. He has never had any vision as a county councillor for Penyffordd to remain a village centre. Just picked up his £12,500 each year and was only interested in Shire Hall.

Monday, September 07, 2009

Terrace Lane Stables Development

Work carries on before planning permission has been granted. Have they been given the nod?
I understand a planning officer from FCC has been out to the site.

Elan Homes at Meadowslea

Had a look tonight no one has moved in yet.
Prices ranges from just £309,995 for a Warminster four-bedroom home to £349,995 for a five-bed Weston

Link Elan Homes

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Boeing beating Airbus

I have read a book about the development of the Jumbo jet by Boeing which was the first of the new airbuses. The trade wars continue below.

Link The Independent

Flintshire County Councillor has died

Mel Higham county councillor for Northop has passed away. Cllr Tony Sharps had been friends with Mel for 50 years.

Quote from Leader full article below "Former council leader Alex Aldridge, who went on regular holidays to Spain, staying with Cllr Sharps and Cllr Higham, who owned an apartment there, said: “Mel was a generous, warm, true friend, who made it to the top without treading on anyone"

The Leader
NE Wales BBC

Saturday, September 05, 2009

The New and the Old

Airbus A380

This afternoon there was a flyby by the only Vulcan bomber in existence that is airworthy just after 3.00pm. This was followed by the A380 Airbus. Both did circles around Airbus Broughton. We were returning from a walk so decided to watch them from Hope Mountain along with about a 100 other people. It was not the best place. Broughton was the best place to watch.

Link 40 years of Airbus in The Leader

Thursday, September 03, 2009

My objection to Terrace Lane development filled in online.

Land adjacent to Brooklyn Farm

My comments are not yet showing acknowledgement has been given. Given my previous difficulties with FOIE's this is not a good sign.

Reasons not to have it.

1. It affects house values of those that back onto the field
2. It is for 12 stables. It's too large.
3. Access will be via Terrace Lane which is very narrow.
4. Once planning is given they will be looking to build a house due to the number of horses
that will need to be looked after.
The following could be used " Security and well-being of the horses would be a material consideration"

5. This is the thin end of the wedge. Once this development is granted there will be ongoing pressure to allow further residential expansion. Penyffordd's share of Flintshire UDP housing is already approaching 30% of the current village which is an unfair obligation.
6. The field has a footpath on which local people walk their dogs. Horses can be dangerous creatures and have a capacity to kill or seriously injure local people and their dogs.
7. It's a business development on greenfields.

8. Question - Is it outside boundary for development?
9. The smell of horse urine down wind of stables would be offensive.
10. The impact on the visual amenity of nearby residential properties
11. The buildings would harm the rural character of the locality.
12. The buildings would underminine the openness of the countryside.
13. I am told that horses require an acre each. I understand the proposal is for 12 horses and the field is 9 acres with the buildings and manage taking up a proportion of the 9 acres. This means insufficient grass requirements for 12 horses.
14. I am told the building is large enough to have an upstair area. If this is so it would appear that plans are in place to use this area as accommodation.
15. Work has started and a substantial amount of money spent before planning consent has been given. I find this flagrant breech of planning rules of considerable concern.
16. The fields have been used for many years as a village common by many villagers. This will amount to the removal of a village amenity.

postscript. The way that the new owners are going ahead before planning permission is granted suggests that permission is a mere formality.

It was interesting which community councillors were not at all bothered about this breach of planning law. Why do they turn up?

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Cllr David Williams all dressed up

Shirt, tie and suit.
First Penyffordd Community Council meeting then off to The Red Lion to meet BBC Wales. I'm sure all will become apparent in due course.

To Abergele Golf Club

Isn't life strange. Today I have played golf with former Chief Superintendent John Vaughan of North Wales Police. He was also I think Detective Chief Superintendent. John is a gentleman, a fine man. He tells me Chief Superintendent Ruth Purdie worked in one of his departments.
John tells me he was in the force when David Owen was Chief Constable.

I did a type of " Round with Alliss" with John. This is a telly program where Peter Alliss, golf professional and BBC presenter plays a golf round with celebs.

My golf partner was less than happy with this pre-occupation. I asked John such questions as what crime he solved as a detective gave him the most satisfaction.

I also asked him who he thought would be the new Chief Constable of North Wales Police.
To be continued......

John sends his regards Ruth.

Penyffordd Community Council September meeting

At 6.30 pm in the room at the back of The Institute. All are welcome to attend.
I think speeding may get a mention tonight courtesy of Cllrs Linda Vidamour and Cindy Hinds.

Speeding traffic Chester Rd

I have been banging the drum about this for over 2.5 years now and still the speeding goes on. It is a considerable amount of traffic over a 1000 speeding vehicles each day. It used to be 2000 in 2007. Flintshire County Council hold two sets of traffic data that prove my assertions. They will not currently release it.

Perhaps this is about to change.

Most Penyffordd Councillors can't see the issue. I can't see what their purpose is apart from blocking those who want to stand. This distortion of local democracy has got to change. It will be brought before the village before the next local elections.

Postscript: The above is causing some issues with councillors. Cllrs Cindy Hinds and David Williams, Lisa Harding and myself organised own election literature which is how it should be.

The other 10 councillors stood "en block" on one sheet. This required no effort by most of those who stood.

This is a distortion of democracy.

The only councillor who shines on the list of 10 is Cllr Linda Vidamour. If we had 10 Linda's we would be flying along. We haven't, just loads of dead wood some with a grudge.

The bottom line is that those with grudges have done little over speeding traffic in Chester Rd. This will be mentioned at the next local elections if it is still happening.
(looks like I repeat myself)

Link Speeding in Hawarden in The Leader

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Hotmail has changed you will need to alter your Outlook Express settings

I have Hotmail emails bouncing today. Not mine yours out there. If you are sending emails and no one is coming back to you it will be because of what is written below. I run Outlook Express and have had to comply and alter OE settings.

Microsoft want you to move away from Outlook Express. Just take no notice if you are happy with it.

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