Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Either you are well or you are sick.
If you are well, there is nothing to worry about.
But if you are sick, there are only two things to worry about-
Whether you will get well, or whether you will die.
If you get well, there is nothing to worry about.
But if you die, there are only two things to worry about-
Whether you go to Heaven or Hell.
If you go to Heaven there is nothing to worry about,
and if you go to Hell, you'll be so busy
shaking hands with old friends that you
won't have time to worry.
So why worry?
My leaflet is all my own work.
I say this to the Williams clan. What if one you gets run over in lawless Chester Rd or Hawarden Road? A child, grand child or grand mother. Cllr David Williams has known for a year about the level of speeding.
Would you blame David or put it down to bad luck?
I call it bad village management.
Has he asked Flintshire Highways about the traffic data recorded? -- no
I told him in March about the speeding traffic, we had the meeting in May with Flintshire Highways.
I agree to stuff I know will not work, I had no choice but to go along.
I think the meeting sorted by Colin Bithell and Flintshire Highways before hand.
1. An extra 30 mph speed sign - of no use
2. A rumble strip
3. A possible flashy sign
4. A route to school map to be sorted via Penyffordd Primary School Headmaster
The route to school map was not followed up.
There is progress in the slowing of traffic but it is not fixed by along way.
Are we pressing Flintshire Highways to check traffic speeds again? -- No
All the above applies equally to Cllr Colin Bithell
You Williams clan should be pushing for a safe village, not leaving it wide open for the daily rat run. Do you not have any village pride or do you all live up quiet cul de sacs and can't care less?
Swansea City plans 20mph speed limit outside all primary schools
Kevin Clinton, head of road safety for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, says the slow zones are effective.
He said, “People, especially children, should be free to use the streets on which they live without the fear of being killed or injured by drivers who are going too fast and 20mph zones can reduce child pedestrian casualties by up to 74%.”
It would appear the board of governors have had this problem since 2000. It would appear the Welsh Assembly have had enough of the extra hand outs due to the governors inability to keep control of expenditure. Colin Bithell is a governor.
Colin's Political Career
His political career began after his family had moved to Broughton, Chester, and in 1970 he was elected to Flintshire Council.
After four years and boundary changes, Flintshire was taken into Clwyd.
Colin, however, chose to seek a seat on Alyn and Deeside District Council, and served for 19 years, being chairman in 1982/83. After a short period away from local politics, he was elected to Penyffordd Community Council and Flintshire County Council.
Now aged 71, Cllr Bithell is deputy leader of the Independent Group on Flintshire Council and is a governor of the Welsh College of Horticulture at Northop.
Northop College Mismanagement
The Evening Leader
Or has the postal vote and national politics got in the way. We shall see.
Monday, April 28, 2008
If any of you are reading this can I ask the following question.
Do you have your own mind or do you always do what others tell you?
Penyffordd and District has consistently missed out on opportunities available.
Is it not time for a change?
Will you consider voting for myself Colin Hughes, Lisa Harding, Linda Vidamour, Cindy Hinds, Jane Hopwood and David Williams for Penyffordd Community Council.
Average age 56 instead of the current 68 years of age.
You do not have to vote for all 10 places just the ones of your choice.
Its time for a regime change, will you help to make it so? Your vote is secret.
The problem is not what I think it is going to be but something trivial that needs to be precise.
There is a problem with the wording regards publishing and printing of my electoral leaflet. I have left out the printers or in this case copiers. We changed from using a company in Buckley because their commitment to customers was poor.
Forgot to put copier company in Mold on the literature.
The waters are now calmed I have sent the required data to Colin Everett.
I remain steadfastly committed to living in a village centre not a shortcut speed rat run for over a 1000 vehicles a day.
Sunday, April 27, 2008
David feels aggrieved and feels it is personal. It is not personal . If Colin Bithell and Tom Jones had volunteered email addresses they would have had exactly the same.
I have apologised to David if I have caused him and his family distress. Some of my blog is "tongue in cheek" and not to be taken seriously. This however does not come over on The Internet very well.
I stay committed to living on a road that has a 30 mph speed limit that most of you have in your roads. I should be living in the middle of a village with a bypass, not a road that is a rat run for 1000+ cars and lorries.
After my original push off by Nigel Jones, The Clerk to the Council who explained that speeding traffic was nothing to do with Penyffordd Council I sent an email possibly through Cllr Linda Vidamour or Cllr Cindy Hinds as Nigel will not have an email address saying I would do my best to have a regime change in the elections the following May.
They continue to try to ignore the speeding so it comes to this.
Cllr David Williams did not receive the email to the Penyffordd Community Council but has known of the speeding issue for over 12 months.
Cllrs Linda Vidamour, Cindy Hinds and Edwina Davies have helped and communicated through out the last year.
Cllr Colin Bithell and Tom Jones have tried their best to ignore me for the last 14 months.
Cllr Colin Bithell takes the applause for getting an extra 30 mph sign (doesn't work), half a rumble strip and a flashy sign whilst trying to ignore the dangerous conditions that are in place every school morning between 8.30 and 9.00 am in Chester Rd , a major route to school.
Postscript. David was telling me various projects he has helped with in the village.
He rightly says I have done nothing.
If I can bring about the traffic calming of our village centre by making our politicians sit up I will have achieved extra safety for our children, OAP's and horses.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
Just to familiarize the reader who may not know the local government system. It is a smaller model of our national government. We have a local government and we have a local opposition. They compete to run Flintshire County.
We currently have a majority to Labour on Flintshire County Council so the Labour Group run the show.
Labour hold all the executive positions. They have something like a two seat majority over the non labours.
The Local Opposition is made up non Labour. Our Cllr Colin Bithell is Deputy Leader of the Local Opposition which is why he gets £16,000 a year instead of £12,500 which is what every county councillor gets plus expenses. Colin gets the extra as he has to spend a lot of time at Shire Hall which may even be on a daily basis.
So David who has attended 3 out of 15 meetings has not supported the Independents at all.
David must ask the question of why would the local opposition as a group do anything to help Penyffordd with his total lack of turning up and reliability. He doesn't even apologise for not turning up.
So David what did we get for your £12,500 last year.
I know a resident who rang you up about a problem and you told them to put it in writing.
Why the extra hoop to jump through.
Not really what you get the £12,500 for David.
Community Councillors get no money in fact there is a negative, my election literature cost £160 and there in no certainty of me getting on the Penyffordd Community Council. My investment is there because I have had 14 months of getting not too far.
On the back of David's election sheet one of David's aims is to raise the profile of Penyffordd at Shire Hall and with councillors. - How can you do that if you do not go too meetings and support the Independents?
David feels that with another 4 years he can make further progress in improving the quality of life in our village.
So you have known about 100's of cars flying through our village each morning on a major route to school for 14 months.
What is the progress on this daily trashing of our village. Not much.
David has mates in the village who can't see the trouble with doing 50 mph passed the Post Office.
Post Script. Cllr Colin Bithell has done his best to ignore the speeding.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
The great man Cllr Tony Sharps has been in the day before with his printing instructions. Tony of course has his village tied down traffic wise whilst Chester Rd Penyffordd is still part of Charles Hughes' 60 mph trunk road network.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
So David does three out of a possible fifteen and takes £12,500 home
So that's £4166 per meeting.
Flintshire County Council rules on attending meetings is that you should attend 4 out of 12. I think it should be 8 out of 12.
Cllr D T M Williams - attendance at Flintshire County Council Meetings
1st March 2007 (Ordinary) - attended - P
13th March 2007 (Ordinary) - apologies - x
17th April 2007 (Special) - apologies - x
25th April 2007 (Special) - Didn't attend or tender apologies- x
8th May 2007 (Annual Meeting) - apologies - x
22nd May 2007 (Ordinary) - attended - P
28th June 2007 (Special) - Didn't attend or tender apologies - x
31st July 2007 (Ordinary) - attended - P
27th September 2007 - special - 10.00 am - apologies - x
special - 2.00 pm - apologies - x
23rd October (Ordinary) - looks as though his name was put in and then crossed off
6th November (Ordinary) - apologies - x
5th December (Special) - apologies - x
29th January (Ordinary) - Didn't attend or tender apologies - x
19th February (Special) - apologies - x
I have 2000 cars that speed passed my house everyday.
It also took him 4 months to pass over contents of a letter by Dave Faulkner Acting Director for Regeneration and Environment for Flintshire County Council.
You nearly caught me lol
I cant win with Arrive Alive
They can't come enough or have the right strategic places to stop the morning rat run.
They turn up when I say we don't need them because of the traffic lights.
The van was very well blended in with the parked cars.
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
All the way from Rhodri Morgan First Minister to the village cat.
I have the first five of Tom's Independent Party to show.
1. Joe Bell
Joe is not a well man and should not be standing
2. Colin Bithell
Colin is a governor of both schools but will not have me telling him that we have 2000 speeders on a major route to school every day. I think Tom Jones is involved.
3. Edwina Davies. Edwina stood with me in the freezing cold for two hours with CBM Chris Pullen trying to educate the speeders.
4. Joe Davies. Should not be standing He is too old in my opinion.
5. Stan Davies. Stan's photo looks like one of the great train robbers. married to Edwina
What I thought would be a doddle has gone to being complicated and expensive. Colin Bithell who stands to loose £60,000 over 4 years if not elected has done some investing.
Cast coated A4 white paper with a spot of colour for his photo. I'm sorry Colin but you look the typical untrustworthy politician with that smile.
The professional photo, the design and printing are quite an eye watering sum for pieces of paper that may be read by a third of the recipients.
So the cast coated paper and the colour photo are gone lol
The visit to the printers was an experience we will like to forget. I used to have my breakfast on this little council run trading estate 20 years ago. The printers is opposite. We turn up 1.15pm, three or four staff are sitting around looking very disinterested. No reception area just printing equipment and boxes everywhere. Takes 5 minutes to find someone to talk to. I have a little look around. They have a Heidleberg printer that does A3. We used to do printing and I always fancied one, lovely to watch, poetry in motion. The engineering that allows a sheet of paper to be picked up and a dot of ink applied to within a thousandth of an inch still makes me marvel. Of course a modern printer for a computer now does the same. Printers are sold at a loss so they can get you to buy the ink
Someone gave me an offset litho once. It was due I think for the scrap yard. Then they found us some work, letterheads and business cards too. There started an unhappy apprenticeship in the black art of offset litho printing.
Any way back to the printers. Our man descends from upstairs and we go across to his offices. Very nice but not very concentrated on getting our job done. I give my CD to the design chappy. He can only see the photos. he cannot open our files which have 4 hours of work on.
He has also had his personality removed like the workers in the printers.
We come away brain scrambled. We can't believe how crap we have been looked after.
I get home and find I can give it to them in pdf format which they will accept.
They will however will not be receiving our little order.
No interest in having our business at all.
keywords: Penyffordd Local Elections May 2008
I think we will be leaving ours to the last minute.
Community Cllrs of course get no money in fact I would say a proper functioning community councillor will be well and truly out of pocket over four years. I'm not talking about councillors who turn up once a month for a meeting and do nothing else.
Monday, April 21, 2008
Friday, April 18, 2008
Quite a few cars there tonight and Lisa is not home yet.
Call me cynical but are our councillors starting to do the right thing on the eve of an election.
postscript: This is how community policing should work. I say no more as I have plenty of wooden sheds.
Do we have any more surprises before the elections, Police working with county councillors on speeding issues, one never knows.
keywords: Katie Quinn (sargeant) rather nice, North Wales Police
Number of residents attending 14.
So lets see Colin.
1. Chester Road a route to school still a race track after he has known about it for 14 months
He takes praise on stuff I have pushed him into doing
The initial contact by Nigel Jones saying that speeding was nothing to do with them must have been discussed by Colin Bithell and Tom Jones before phoning me.
2. Health facilities that includes doctors and a health centre are leaving Penyffordd. Grandma and Grandpa will have to get the bus to Buckley or Hope.
How does the above help Penyffordd and District families Colin?
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It's no one from Penyffordd is it?
All a bit silly really as you get election expenses of £600 per person.
* I am of course completely wrong on this. Greed sees the £600 but fails to to read the detail which say expenses will not be re-embursed. You do however have to send in the expenses form.
This is where Peter Hain came unstuck with the failure to mention £106,000 on his expenses form.
The rules with regards becoming a councillor are fragmented. I got Lisa to phone up last week because I wasn't sure of rules. Even after looking at the website given by Flintshire County Council I was still unsure. Its dead easy to walk into bother with the election authorities. Over paying people to deliver leaflets, honest criticism being labelled a smear, not having the correct wording on your leaflets.
As mentioned previously I got a communication from Flintshire County Council with 2 weeks to go discussing what to have on your literature. If I was having 4 colours with this, that and the other on it would have been printed by then
I keep to the speed limits because I have a daughter in the car with me most days and I want to be in control of my driving.
However, the idiots who go over the limit have no thought for anyone else but themselves.
Let's hope they never injure or ill a child, person or animal in their thoughtlessness as they would never forgive themselves.
Is there anyone out there who knows the speed limit in Sandy Lane?
And to the police; if you want to catch speeders park down Sandy Lane and fill your boots.
Precisely the same in Chester Rd. Flintshire County Council's reply and proposed actions are lame.
Flintshire County Council continuing to favour road users over house and village environments
As for North Wales Police filling their boots, do me a favour!
Chester Rd Penyffordd.
Currently partially traffic calmed due to Wales and West Utilities who
have the road up for the next 5 weeks
keywords: Charles Hughes, Dave Faulkner, Inspector Alun Oldfield,
A Freedom of Information Enquiry ( No3) to the Arrive Alive Partnership
Hope you are well. Winter continues to hang on. Yesterday we were going to Bontuchel until I looked at the local BBC website. There are too many nutters on the road as it is, snow is a foreign substance to these idiots so I try to avoid journeys in snow. I see someone managed to close the Mold Ruthin road for the morning yesterday. Mindless automatons driving to work, road conditions the last thing on their minds. I see it in their eyes as they tail gate me.
On to the business in hand. I have been left a considerable sum of money by a great aunt who thought highly of me, I get on much better with mature ladies than most other humans, children are down at the bottom of the list. I see them trying to get run over each morning. Someone however needs to care for them, their headmistress most probably running around like a headless chicken with school inspectors.
Before I rush out to buy the latest Audi I was thinking of purchasing the device that Hugh Jones of Flintshire Arrive Alive Partnership (picture above) is taking down off the lamp post. These devices as you know are so sophisticated that they can even tell how many occupants are in a car together with the vehicles speed, direction, exact time, exact speed and weather conditions. Isn't technology marvellous.
It's a pity ( A disgrace) your bosses continue to hide vital information to our village safety. I have a County Councillor ( 13 days remaining) who can think of about 6 different items of a higher priority than 2000 cars that speed passed my house which is a route to school. Both County Councillors with their heads buried in the proverbial sand like a couple of ostriches. What speeding cars, I see no danger here.
The FOIE comes in the following form
1. What is the model and name of the above device that Hugh is taking down off the post.
2. The company name and address of the people who supply the above device.
3. The name of the software that is used to process the above data.
I await the managements reply with interest. Arrive Alive should bear in mind that they work for us the general public. We pay the wages. Arrive Alive Partnership continue to put lives at risk by refusing to hand over anonymous data that shows exact speed and times of vehicles in Chester Road for May 2007.
The only reason for not supplying full data is the hiding of Arrive Alive's gross inefficiency in dealing with speeding cars in communities. They were not set up to deal with our speeding issues.
I approximate there are over 1500 communities in North Wales who are poorly serviced by the current setup. That's 700+ who are on the books and another 700 who were knocked back by Arrive Alive's ridiculous high bar qualifying system.
They were set up to deal with accident black spots. There needs to be proper talks about funding for Arrive Alive and an end to this Marquis of Queensberry stuff. The Department of Transport's comments with regards Richard's horse box a disgrace.
The speeding public who are many do not give a toss about village environments and will continue to treat villages like Penyffordd with impunity until the introduction of proper measures such as civil engineering solutions, hidden speed cameras or Spanish traffic lights.
I'm sure you will pass this on to Inspector Essi Ahari of Arrive Alive management
Have a good weekend lets hope it warms up for the garden. Mine's here
regards Colin Hughes
ps The Gas Company are doing road works for the next 5 weeks perhaps they can slow the traffic down. To date Arrive Alive, North Wales Police and Flintshire County Council are a failure.
Inspector Alun Oldfield of North Police has asked me to remove him from my email list as I have made a complaint against North wales Police.
Cllr David Williams also does not want my email but David is getting one anyway. Its what you get your £12,500 a year for David.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
David will be seeking advice over my various mutterings.
Along with Inspector Alun Oldfield, David is refusing to have any more emails from me.
As a county councillor I'm not sure David has the luxury of not communicating with his electorate, all I was doing was reminding him of 2000 speeders that travel passed me every day.
It will be interesting to see what you have done to earn your £15,000 (approx) whilst being our elected representative.
I wonder whether you have two more weeks as a County Councillor or another four years. I'm on the case till the traffic behaves. I haven't started using my notice board properly on the corner of my hedge. Hope you have all the yes people lined up to vote.
Does someone actually ring people up and tell them to vote for David Williams?
Do Penyffordd people have a mind or are they sheep, we will see.
Long live democracy!
The complaint of course needs to go to Richard which it will shortly.
Inspector Oldfield takes exception about being on my email list as my complaint is ongoing so he says. He has also asked me to take a photo of CBM Chris Pullen off my blog.
A second request to NOT email him.
I suppose it looks like North Wales Police support my blog which they do not.
So I have removed Chris' photo with his phone number on. It was there nice and handy if someone wanted it quickly.
So much for Community Policing as long as you don't continue to point out the 2000 cars that speed passed your house every day.
Perhaps no one wants to go to Neighbourhood Forums because they can see they offer little of substance.
We have a Neighbourhood Forum tomorrow night at 7 pm. Lisa is going I will not as a protest.
North Wales Police have washed their hands of the speeding in Chester Rd.
Arrive Alive do not have the commitment or the resources
Policing by smoke and mirrors and public relations through the newspapers
A blog I read says "Liberty if it means anything is the right to tell people something they do not want to hear".
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Last week I got Lisa to phone up Flintshire County Council with regards the rules for election literature. We were pointed towards a website that discussed with great gravity the rules plus an example. I think in around the year 2000 laws were passed just before the elections and everybody had literature printed that was illegal. A slight adjustment had to be made to make their literature legal, a right balls up.
Nearly all well organised people will have had their literature in the hands of their printer by now. With the advent of blogs there are some rather large holes that can be fallen into, especially where you have criticized those who are going to stand.
I have edited some of my blog just in case. The blog will not now be used as part of my election literature.
Monday, April 14, 2008
Bell, Joseph William J W.
Davies, Edwina Mary E M. Edwina tells me she played football up to the age of 40
Davies, Joseph J.
Jones, Margaret Doris M D
Vidamour, Linda L. New kid on the block. Was elected in a bye election. Good, we require more Linda's. The Penyffordd Mafia have tried to grind her down at times. Growing in confidence
Davies, Stanley Eric S E
Hinds, Cynthia C. Cindy is good for the village. Just so happens Cindy is standing for the Labour Party. The wrong party for half of Penyffordd. Very short sighted not to vote for Cindy. Cindy does a lot of unpaid work for Penyffordd.
Jones, Thomas William T W. He has nominated 6 residents and it would have been 7 out of 10 if Linda Vidamour had not nominated Joe Bell.
Fourteen months on and still over 2000 vehicles speeding passed my house everyday.
Williams, David Trevor Mostyn D T M.
Hopwood, Jane J Jane is standing for the first time. Nominated by Tom Jones which is a bad start. I have high hopes for Jane.
Harding, Lisa L. Lisa is my wife. Lisa has attended Penyffordd Community Meetings for about 14 months. She has a fantastic memory for phone numbers, car registration and what people say.
An Aries star sign woe behold anyone who tries to pull a fast one on Lisa.
Hughes, Colin Nicholas C N
To be continued
Thursday, April 10, 2008
My conversion rate somewhere near 1 in 20 for successful letters published.
It's The Evening Leader's bucket and spade, so they choose.
This is nothing to do with letter published.
I made a comment regards North Wales Police use of a horse box on the Evening Leader website.
The comment was on the lines that us villages need a secret weapon against speeders
It's been pulled, there is a box you can click as unsuitable.
Perhaps a hairy biker pulled it lol
I only found out about it by looking who has looked at the website.
I followed a line backwards that led to a North Wales Police link an Inspector No3
Would that be Inspector Alun Oldfield?
Has Alun got some sort of editorial control at The Leader?
Anyway here's my letter
It's not been added to the Leader Website as of yet.
Postscript. Not sure if the 100's millions will stand up to scrutiny. By the time you add officers, pensions etc the figures are very large.
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
|Bithell, Colin C||5 Allerton Close, Penyffordd, Nr. Chester, . CH4 0NJ||Thompson, Derek R|
|Bell, Joseph William J W||40 West View, Penyffordd, Chester, .||Independent||Jones, Thomas W|
|Davies, Edwina Mary E M||Hope Green, Wrexham Road, Penyffordd, Chester, . CH4 0HT||Housewife Independent||Jones, Thomas W|
Jones, Rita F
|Davies, Joseph J||73 Hawarden Road, Penyffordd, Nr Chester, . CH4 0JD||Independent||Jones, Thomas W|
Walsh, Pauline A
|Jones, Margaret Doris M D||18 Plas-Yn-Rhos, Penyffordd, Nr.Chester, Flintshire, . CH4 0JY||Independent||Jones, Thomas W|
|Vidamour, Linda L||71 Chester Road, Penyffordd, Chester, . CH4 0JP||Independent||Matthews, Jeffrey J|
Owen, Peter J
|Davies, Stanley Eric S E||Hope Green, Wrexham Road, Penyffordd, Chester, . CH4 0HT||Independent||Jones, Thomas W|
Jones, Rita F
|Hinds, Cynthia C||38 Berwyn Avenue, Pen-Y-Ffordd, Nr. Chester, Flintshire, . CH4 0HS||The Labour Party Candidate||Thomas, Joan J|
Parry, Dennis R
|Jones, Thomas William T W||Cross Farm, Penymynydd, Chester, .||Retired Farmer, Independent||Bell, Joseph W|
Davies, Edwina M
|Williams, David Trevor Mostyn D T M||Cae Derw, Wrexham Road, Pen-Y-Ffordd, Near Chester, Flintshire. CH4 0HT||Griffiths, Peter|
Woodward, David M
|Hopwood, Jane J||Orchard House, Station Way, Pen-Y-Ffordd, Flintshire, . CH4 0GA|
Works for The Evening leader
|Independent||Jones, Thomas W|
Jones, Margaret D
|Harding, Lisa L||1 Belle Vue Terrace, Penymynydd Road, Penyffordd, Chester, . CH4 OLS||Independent||Boyd, Gillian M|
Bailey, Susan K
|Hughes, Colin Nicholas C N||1 Belle Vue Terrace, Penymynydd Road, Penyffordd, Chester, . CH4 OLS||Independent||Boyd, Gillian M|
Bailey, Susan K
Link Flintshire County Council
|Bithell, Colin C||5 Allerton Close, Penyffordd, Nr. Chester, . CH4 0NJ||Independent||Jones, Thomas W|
Taylor, Valerie M C
|Williams, David Trevor D T||Cae Derw, Wrexham Road, Pen-Y-Ffordd, Near Chester, Flintshire. CH4 0HT||Griffiths, Peter|
|Hinds, Cynthia C||38 Berwyn Avenue, Pen-Y-Ffordd, Nr. Chester, Flintshire, . CH4 OHS||Labour Party Candidate/Ymgeisydd Plaid Lafur||Thomas, Joan J|
Jones, Lorna P
Link Flintshire County Council
I am standing as a community councillor for Penyffordd yet I am standing for a position with one hand tied behind my back because of Arrive Alive's current refusal to supply data which has a relevance to village safety on a very busy route to school that has approximately 2000 vehicles that speed through the village.
I am daily ridiculed in Penyffordd village over my claim of 2000 speeding vehicles.
Arrive Alive's refusal to hand over the required data is an active obstruction to the democratic process of Wales.
There are over 700 communities who want Arrive Alive assistance with maybe another 700 communities who have been refused assistance due to Arrive Alive's high bar qualification
keywords: Inspector Essi Ahari, Arrive Alive management, Inspector Alun Oldfield, happy smiley stories.
It would be a good call for you newspapers to ask Arrive Alive in FOIE's for the number of clients that Arrive Alive currently services plus the number of clients refused plus speed data. They currently use a statistical method to blind communities as to the actual speeding. Their speed average of 32 mph hiding 2000 speeders a day in Chester Rd , Penyffordd
I have asked for electronic speeding data collected by Arrive Alive for North Wales for 2004 and 2007 to gauge speeding in North Wales Communities. It has been rejected on amount of time to collect data. Also they claim a non standard databases.
Quite frankly to be charitable I find their excuse rather lame. With DVD technology I'm sure the data would fit on a DVD no bother.
Arrive Alive Complaint
Arrive Alive Refusal
Monday, April 07, 2008
Chester Rd , a major route to school with no lolly pop and a daily rat run.
Nearly 2000 speeders a day, every day through Penyffordd a rural village with a bypass.
Sunday, April 06, 2008
I currently have various FOIE's against public agencies.
Arrive Alive have refused to hand over harmless anonymous data that is of relevence to village safety. They site exemptions under sections S31 and S38.
We are in the second phase of my request. It takes 4 to 6 months. Its called kicking the ball into the long grass. As long as we have speeding in Chester Road I will continue to press. Arrive Alive's grounds for refusal are very weak.
I have about 8 FOIE's against Flintshire County Council. They are currently breaking the FOI Act on at least half of my requests because they are supposed to reply in 20 working days. As with Arrive Alive I have asked for electronic data for May 2007 when they measured traffic speeds for about 4 days.
I have also asked for various pieces of information with regards a meeting in May 2007 being misled by holding back of vital information with regards safety of Penyffordd village. Flintshire Highways also said they had no funding left for the year yet Cllr Tony Sharps appeared to get funding in the same year 10 months later.
Also I have asked for communications by Cllr Colin Bithell , Cllr David Williams and the late Derek Darlington who was County Councillor for the village and Leader of Flintshire County Council with regards Chester Rd and increased traffic due to various schemes.
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Friday, April 04, 2008
address to communicate with the council.
The request was denied. I see Flint Town Council make Nigel who is also ours and Leeswood Clerk to the Council have an email address.
Link Flint Town Council
Keyword G N I Jones
Email address for Flint Town Council
His letter is below my reply.
Flintshire Highways have the knowledge and the funds available to slow down traffic in the middle of Penyffordd village if they so choose. A visit to Wrexham Council villages show perfect examples.
regards Colin Hughes
Dear Mr Colin Hughes,
I refer to your general enquiry regarding the above.
For your information Penyffordd Junior school featured in the above
initiative in June, 2003. This involved a consultation meeting
with the Headteacher, Chair of Governors, Parent Governor, Local Members,
Council Officers and a representative from the N.W. Police.
As a result new signage was provided on the approach to the school and the
'school keep clear' zigzag markings were made mandatory.
Also, a zebra crossing facility was installed on Hawarden Road near the
Junction Corwen Road (by Scouts Hut).
The initiative is now called Safe Routes in Communities programme and any
schemes identified must be supported by School Travel Plans before any
bid can be considered for funding by the Welsh Assembly Government.
There are no immediate schemes being considered for Penyffordd Junior
school. However should any scheme(s) be identified as a result of a Travel
submitted by the school, these will need to be prioritised in conjunction
with other Flintshire schools.
I hope the above information clarifies the situation.
Geraint, Senior Road Safety Officer
A Letter from Derek Kirby with regards Chester Road being used as a de facto trunk road (my description)
1. Arrive Alive do not have the resources to deal with this plague.
They also have one arm tied behind their back. Arrive Alive have got to be seen to be fair.
Arrive Alive have set the bar high for qualifying for Arrive Alive assistance using statistics to hide the true speed data. To take an example Chester Road is quoted by North Wales Police as having a 32 mph average speed. This figure when presented to councillors hides 2000 cars that do plus 30 mph passed my house everyday which is in a rural Welsh village, has a bypass, is a 30 mph limit and is a major route to school.
2. North Wales Police had a big splurge in The Evening Leader and other local papers about CBM's getting their own speed guns. They promised 10 sessions then an audit of the effects of the speed gun sessions. They did four sessions then Arrive Alive declined to measure traffic speed over say a four day period similar to when I made my original complaint.
North Wales Police do not have the resources to deal with this daily plague that goes on. They too have one arm tied behind their back.
3. Flintshire County Council have the means but not the will at present to stop this daily assault on our village that has a poorly designed bypass. Chester Road acts as the second trunk road through the area. They have £60 million quid to spend on what the like. (Source Evening Leader).
4. Our Penyffordd Councillors mostly still "away with fairies" on this problem.
I have about 7 FOIE's going with Flintshire County Council as a result of Flintshire Highways officers telling a meeting that they had no money and hiding the fact that 2000 cars speed through Penyffordd village every day. Deceit and Evasion.
Also North Wales Police, Arrive Alive and the North Wales County Councils have all the data on this speeding using state of the art monitors that can even tell how many passengers there are in a vehicle. Yet they refuse at present to make this data public.
So there we have it. North Wales a speeder's race track. A plus 100 mph race track f0r motorcyclists at the weekend. Two agencies North Wales Police and Arrive Alive using smoke and mirrors to try to stop this epidemic.
You newspapers having a go at Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom when you should be having a go at the 1000's of speeding motorcyclists and the tens of thousands of cars and lorries that endanger the public. Is there no political or newsworthy capital in safety and environment?
The current system is not working and needs serious changes, its time to get unpolite with the speeding public who are legion. They are currently still on course to carry killing themselves and innocents who were in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
The Letter in The Evening Leader
keywords: Chief Constable, North Wales, Horse Box, Richard Brunstrom, North Wales Police,
Postscript. The £100's of millions is a bit out. Penyffordd is going to get an extra part time PC. Castle Cement will be paying.
As to their effectiveness.
Wednesday, April 02, 2008
Cllr Colin Bithell announces that the flashing lights are installed and working in Chester Road and The Vounog.
The pro active sign has been discussed at meetings over the last 8 months
Later on we get to "Any other business" one councillor says "can't we have one of those flashy signs?
I think he is standing for re election.
Are you people real?
Quite disgraceful really.
Cllr Vidamour and Hinds are excluded from the above. We need another 6 or 8 Cindy or Linda types.
I will also be be voting for Cllr David Williams for Community.
Tuesday, April 01, 2008
You are directed down a few corridors. There is a sign saying do not enter please knock and wait. Is this the correct way to deal with people? Reminds me of being at school.
We are however dealt with in a very cordial manner.
A couple of queries with regards our nominees election number.
Also present a community councillor from Leeswood. The conversation turns to Nigel...........
Then we are on our way up the hill passed The Law courts where a barrister is smoking outside.
We are done and dusted. Lisa and myself standing for Community Council because they are not doing part of their job properly.
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