Wednesday, September 30, 2009
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
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
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.
Friday, September 25, 2009
From: Mike Brain ( Higher Kinnerton
Remote Name: 22.214.171.124
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
A55 Warren Bank Interchange Improvements
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.....
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?
"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
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.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Good morning Howie,
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
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
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.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
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
cc. Chief Constable Mark Polin, Carl Sargeant AM, Mark Tami MP.
Link The Daily Post
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
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.
keyword: Jim Moore All Wales Safety Partnership.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
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
Sunday, September 13, 2009
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.
Help 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
12 September 2009 11:25
Saturday, September 12, 2009
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
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.
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
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.
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
Tuesday, September 08, 2009
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?
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
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
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.
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
Sunday, September 06, 2009
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"
NE Wales BBC
Saturday, September 05, 2009
Link 40 years of Airbus in The Leader
Thursday, September 03, 2009
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
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.
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
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