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Monday, February 29, 2016

Local Transport Issues - Update

Previously I have communicated a councillor email on these pages with regards potential future plans on local public transport.

A notice based on the email was/is in the Post Office window, I had a copy put in my letter box.

I am advised that the blog contents with regards the above email which was copied verbatim are not correct so I have removed page.

The following appears to be the case.

Flintshire County Council are looking at ways to save money as Westminster are reducing budgets. In turn Welsh Assembly Government will have to reduce money given to councils.

FCC are looking at under utilised services. Local transport is one of the areas being looked at.

I am advised that

"the proposal is for the subsidy to be withdrawn for any under-utilised journeys or bus routes that are no longer cost effective."

I presume this issue will be discussed at Penyffordd Community Council meeting this coming Wednesday at 6.30 pm. You are cordially invited to attend.

Penyffordd Carnival 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

People in Hope and Caergwrle mark liberation from English oppressors

Wonder what they think about the Roman Experience founder who wants to build a Roman fort  near Hope gravel pits.

Owain Glyndwr must be turning in his grave.

The Romans weren't very nice to the Welsh.

Anglesey a pretty horrifying event between the locals and the Romans.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

A Penyffordd Councillor who cares about speeding traffic ( the lives of Penyffordd residents which includes children )

Now there's a rarity. Stand up Cllr David Walker. David has raised the issue of having a Community Speed Watch. Looks like he's having slight trouble with the paperwork. David however is not to be put off. You will need great determination David,  Penyffordd Council hate anything to do with speeding

How about getting Gosafe on Chester Rd, David?

Each work day between 7 - 9 am there is a significant minority that hammer through the village, speed bumps or no speed bumps. Overtaking outside The Institute.

I think we should have compulsory 20 mph zones. Chester Rd, Spar, Youth Club, minimum.

What's the difference between Gosafe and Community Speed Watch?

Gosafe. - Staffed by ex servicemen who can handle themselves, locked inside a van, they have anti personnel equipment, they give people points and fines. They have the law on their side. They are anonymous, you don't know who they are or where they live

Community Speed Watch

You will be known to some of the speeding locals, speeding drivers can be idiots, Are you up for abuse ( no pepper spray for you) The way of dealing with miscreants is too long winded.
Speeding points and fines hurt.

When I was protesting against 2000+ a day speeders through Chester Rd, I got personal abuse, my car damaged twice, late night phone calls ( I'm exdirectory )
Some of my antagonists should be ashamed of themselves, yes I know who you are.

I think Community Speed Watch is all up hill in effort with little return long term.

Penyffordd Cllrs are famous for their indifference to speeders, most of them live up cul de sacs.
When I complained I was told speeding was nothing to do with the community council ( remember Tom? )

The Way Forward?

1. A big all the way across the road speed bump where Chester Rd goes 30mph coming into the village from Broughton. Also one on the Vounog and near the Spar.

2. Permanent 20 mph zones

3. Regular Gosafe visits.

4. A banning of through HGV

5. Make it unattractive as possible to use the village as a shortcut

First off get FCC to put wires across roads to assess the problem. They're so sophisticated they can even tell what type of vehicle (ie. Ford Escort) goes over them. Only problem being they do not like sharing the data. Residents are too stupid to read spreadsheets. Perhaps I should qualify that last statement. Council Officers for whatever reason do not like residents having all the information.
Perhaps Flintshire County Council have changed?

Spare a thought for your community councilor

Someone must be doing a lot of talking.

Penyffordd Community Council website - Lost in space

Apparently secret agent David Walker is taking over operations from Cllr David Williams.

Why is it  that councilors once elected go into GCHQ mode?

I'm sure however Cllr David Walker will run council website better.

Time to loose fake fir trees David.

Is it Friday? No Missed it - Time flies by!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Tribute to tidy up man Mervyn

Penyffordd Community Council's tribute to Mervyn

The other day an acquaintance of mine could see this person walking towards him with a certain familiar gait. As the figure got closer it dawned on him who the person appeared to be.
It was the ghost of Mervyn.

It was only when the person drew up close that it became apparent who the person was.
It was Mervyn's brother.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Cyclist Accident

In The Daily Post @ 8.19am

RTC involving car and cyclist

Reports of an accident, a car and a cyclist involved on A550 Wrexham Road around Wrexham Road (Penyffordd).


Not knowing anything about the above........... I think cyclists and main trunk roads a bad idea.
Too many idiots around.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Penyffordd Community Council have lost their website address.

Doctor's Waiting Room Flareup

Tempers raised over waiting time at Buckley doctors in the Daily Post

The Marches practice deny there is an issue. Everyone knows there is except the practice.

Marches are also in Broughton. They recently protested against a new practice opening in Broughton

My last wait 90 minutes for a 5 minute appointment.

Will there be any new places at the new Hope Health Centre? Will they have enough doctors?

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Wok 1 Penyffordd Chinese Takeaway Menu

Postscript. Here's their proper menu. My menu is more recent than link below. Prices vary.

Below is the menu for Wok 1 Penyffordd. I have no financial interest in supplying this, although if they fix the fence around the back I would be happy.

Prices and items subject to change without notice.

For those among'st you who are connoisseurs of the hot, extra chillies can be added.....................

Click image to enlarge

Monday, February 08, 2016

Cllr David Walker comments

"A couple of points can you point out to me were the Community Council have agreed to spend all the 106 Money on the institute or is this more hearsay. Having said that with discussions going at County Level regarding withdrawing Discretionary Rate Relief local VOLUNTARY organisations could well be glad of the institute.
Can you also point out to me how you have arrived at this figure of £400 for the council website. I am certainly not aware of this figure and I have yet to see it in the Councils accounts. I can assure you I have made several comments regarding the Website being down and I have been assured that it will soon be up and running trees and all."
Hi David,

Thanks for the communication. It's good to see.

1. All the council website designers needed was a page saying "Site currently down, will be back up shortly" It's called keeping everyone informed.

The fake fir trees are an embarrassment, perhaps the worst front page council website in UK?
The previous version was good enough. I seem to remember seeing a council minute that said the fir trees would be removed. ( about a year ago)

2. Council website costs. I await to see any figures you can find. Not sure if Clerk Sarah holds full accounts due to her short reign in the position.. I didn't draw the 400 quid out of thin air I remember reading it. If council accounts are digitized it should be possible to do a 10 second search and bring up all the costs associated with website design and running costs. Perhaps I should do an FOI?

3. 106 money for Institute. If you look at the bottom right hand corner of the minutes posted on the Penyffordd Council Board  at the Post Office it is mentioned that a Penyffordd sports club is not happy with the possible allocation of 106 funds for the Institute.
Can't see it all it's on the next page hidden. ( we won't go there)

best wishes Colin

postscript: Item 3 . There are now new minutes on Council Board outside Post Office. If anyone wants to view council minutes when the Council website is down they can usually be found in the desk draw on the left of the Post Office counter near the postal scales.

Yesteryear - Me

Not much happening Penyffordd. At least one group in the village are protesting about Penyffordd Council blowing all the 106 money on the Institute. Looks like I need to go analogue in the Post Office ( take photo of minutes) as Penyffordd Council digital is down still.

We've been to Birkenhead Docks today. I know how to treat a girl. This is a company I joined as a junior engineering officer, 40 years ago. It's no longer in existence.

Here's a ship I was a junior on. Vertically opposed 6 cylinder Doxford diesel main engine
as big as a house. There were 12 guest rooms for paying passengers as well as capacity for general cargo. Not that big 7200 tons.

If you fancy an evening "Deep Sea"

postscript: As mentioned I've been up the Wirral. Trunk roads must be in a similar state to those in Romania and Albania. Large pot holes everywhere. Say what you like about Flintshire and Wrexham, Our roads however are a lot better.

Penyffordd - House for Sale

Saturday, February 06, 2016

Penyffordd Community Council Site Still Down

Perhaps its been hacked by Anonymous !

I think the explanation a bit more simple.

No explanation why site is down, all it needs is a polite note on a single web page.

Perhaps someone , perhaps a cllr might wish to enlighten why our £400 council website is down?
Perhaps its having another £400 of our money thrown at it?

You can do websites for free you know.

Friday Night

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Property News

The Vicarage Penymynydd finally gone
Tom to get a new neighbour.

Sales recently added within 500m of CH4 0LJEdit location
10 Coed Y Graig £232,500
Penymynydd, CH4 0XD 14th December 2015

11 Coed Y Graig £269,950
Penymynydd, CH4 0XD 15th November 2015

8 Linwood Close £160,000
Penyffordd, CH4 0ND 23rd October 2015

The Old Parsonage Chester Road £660,000
Penymynydd, CH4 0EN 9th October 2015

9 Coed Y Graig £269,000
Penymynydd, CH4 0XD 16th September 2015

Sales recently added within 500m of CH4 0HPEdit location
13 Alyn Drive £145,000
Penyffordd, CH4 0HP 16th December 2015

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Penyffordd Community Council website is down

Perhaps someone is chopping down all those silly fir trees. I have a story but need to check my facts.
Maybe tomorrow?

postscript: maybe not, nothing like offering advice on how long site will be down, weighs stuff up really. ( pissups and breweries)

Perhaps someone has not paid internet fees?
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