Thursday, July 31, 2008
Warren Hall developments will be very bad for Penyffordd and district unless we are protected.
Postscript. Cllr Cindy Hinds informs me the meeting is early September.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Sir: The letter from Councillor Mollie Toy from Southwell (30 August) about sat-nav luring HGVs to her small town with inadequate roads struck a chord with residents of our tiny village of Milton Malsor in Northamptonshire.
We regularly get huge HGVs stuck in our narrow streets, damaging the cottages as they struggle to get out. We believe some of them are aiming for Lodge Farm Industrial Estate, five miles away, rather than our Lodge Farm.
Can anything be done, asks Councillor Toy? Well, we have been pressing the county council to impose a weight limit on the access roads to our village, although it has dithered for months, worried about the policing of such a limit. It needn't be. We will be out there with our cameras dealing with lawbreakers until the haulage companies know that they can't mess with Milton Malsor without getting fined.
A village with spirit!Links
Letters: Revenge on sat-nav
Sat Nav Scourge
Sat Nav lorries damage roads
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Cllr David Williams has presented the above form to Penyffordd Community Council for their backing. The form has been handed out to various communities that are plagued by speeding traffic. Please print the above form and fill in the details. We should be a village community not some speedy short cut for over 1000 outsiders every day.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
From the Left: Penyffordd Community Association Chairman Steve Johnson, Deeside Sunday League Chairman Peter Robinson and Peter Olsson of Penyffordd Red Lion Strollers FC.
A cheque was presented by Peter Robinson to Steve Johnson for £400. This money gratefully received for a Multi Use Games Area for the youth of Penyffordd. The £400 will go towards the £52000 needed. The current total stands at £45,000.
Castle Cement have generously agreed to do the base.
Cllr Cindy Hinds has been heavily involved in this project.
Over the years the Deeside Sunday League have raised over £30,000 for various groups in Deeside.
A copy of the photo may most probably be purchased from here The Evening Leader
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Click here The Evening LeaderQuote from Dennis Parry of Penyffordd.
"Society member Dennis Parry said: "I am disgusted by the closure.
The Cheshire is not a ruthless bank – it is a building society and is supposed to be one of the country’s top employers. There should have been full consultation with staff and members and I would call on the society to halt the closure process until we get the full facts.”
Monday, July 21, 2008
Whilst we await their deliberations may I mention the following.
Many communities in Flintshire are daily subject to danger from speeding and its sisters noise and air pollution. There are currently 3 consultations in progress with regards the above.
Carl Sargeant AM has a consultation about road safety and 20mph limits in communities. The Taith Regional Transport Plan Consultation for the next 25 years is taking place
and locally to Penyffordd Cllr David Williams' Speed Survey. The first two can be found by
searching The Leader Website.
If you think safety and environment are important to your community
you should make your opinions known to the above representatives.
If you do not take part you will have no right to complain later.
regards Colin Hughes
John Butler's letter yet to appear on the Leader website
Notes: Cllr Cindy Hinds is currently in discussions over traffic and HGV's with Flintshire County Council.
Our Welsh MEP's here
I have heard Eluned Morgan (Labour) speak at a fund raising night, have exchanged emails with Glenys Kinnock (Labour) and Jonathan Evans (Conservative).
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Carl Sargeant, AM for Alyn and Deeside, has welcomed the launch of an Assembly Government consultation on new guidance for setting local speed limits on Welsh roads.
Mr Sargeant said: “I am regularly contacted by constituents who are concerned about specific local aspects of road safety, be it outside schools or through the villages in our constituency. The Welsh Assembly Government is committed to continually promoting road safety in Wales and to reducing the number of road collisions and casualties, and this consultation marks an important step in delivering appropriate speeds in our communities.
“I am very keen to hear what constituents think about this issue, and would encourage interested groups and individuals to share their views with me by calling me on 01244 823547 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be sure to feed any ideas or comments into the consultation process.”
The 12-week consultation will look at several key issues relating to the setting of speed limits, and includes:• 20 mile an hour speed limits at appropriate locations - such as in the vicinity of schools; • Speed limits through villages; • The categorisation of routes by quality and traffic use; • The potential for, and implications of, 50 mph speed limits on lower quality rural roads; and, • A proposed period of five years for Highway Authorities to review and amend speed limits on their road networks.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Other proposals contained in the Green Paper, entitled Policing Our Communities Together, will mean the police must respond to emergency calls within 15 minutes, to “priority cases” within one hour, to telephone calls and e-mails within one day and attend non-emergency calls within two days.
Currently CBM Chris Pullen is not responding to me at all.
Link Daily Post
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
( I fib it may be a day or three)
No writing letters and posting. Just three or four mouse clicks and its bought with full details of delivery such is the advantage of The Internet.
Maurice Evans is a former resident of Penyffordd who was our County Councillor for a period.
In the book Maurice mentions the late Sam Ithell OBE of Penyffordd who played a big part in the shaping of the Flintshire Labour Party. Sam was Irene White's election agent.
Sam Ithell's record as Flintshire County Councillor for Penyffordd 1967, 1964, 1961, 1958, 1955, 1952, 1949. Chairman of Flintshire County Council 1967.
Background. Sam Ithell was a steam roller driver for Flintshire County Council. He was made an Alderman in 1970. Served as a Justice of the Peace for 25 years.
Thomas Rowlands' of Dobshill record as a Flintshire County Councillor for Penyffordd 1931, 1928, 1925, 1922, 1919. Chairman of Flintshire County Council 1925.
Background Tom Rowlands was a miner's agent.
No show from Stan, perhaps the match?
Also Cllr Jane Hopwood sends apologies.
Cllr David Williams in standard form. Promises to turn up but doesn't. Sends The Council a three sheet statement, which doesn't go down well because he has not turned up.
No show by CBM Chris Pullen, no apologies either.
Doesn't reply to emails about 5 cars in the dogging woods at Penymynydd Primary school home time about quarter a mile from the school.
Cllr Tom Jones sees absolutely no advantage to himself to the having a village website. Tom remains fixed in the 1970's watching his control of the village slip from his grasp. His legacy to the Penyffordd village will be here for the future to show how narrow minded he was. 2000 speeding cars through the village each day and he is not bothered one iota.
Village safety doesn't even register. His re election a disgrace. Why do people act as sheep?
County Councillor Cindy Hinds business like and to the point, keeping Penyffordd Council up to date with what is happening at Shire Hall.
Councillor Linda Vidamour was superb.
The power of The Internet is doing Cllr Colin Bithell's head in.
A relative from Australia has been doing a little Google and telling Colin what's on about him.
Cllr Bithell went on about control of the village website. I have offered to do one for free.
Penyffordd Community Council are going to pay for one. All that's required from my end is I set one up for them, they change the password, control handed over.
Not that I would alter or put personal points of view on a village website.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Dolly of course comes with her waste disposal issue.
It is another matter though if you are reliant on Flintshire County Council due to ill health and old age...............
link : The Evening Leader
Friday, July 11, 2008
Decision reached on future of Flintshire horticulture college.
Former Penyffordd councillor Colin Bithell, a governor at the horticulture college, said: "There has been a tremendous amount of talking and a lot of tension, but it's possible now to go forward.
Click here to read The Wrexham Leader
The front man in the middle with the piercing dark eyes Jack "Black Jack" Garston, head man when I started my apprenticeship in 1970.
Jack lived in Saughall at the bottom of the runway, a big white house.
Years later Lisa and I got to know his daughter Karen Roden who lived in Penyffordd.
keyword: Airbus, De Havillands,
postscript: Barry Champion 1st left.
Source The Flintshire Chronicle.
Maurice Evans has written a history of the Labour Party in Flintshire. Maurice was a councillor for Penyffordd and Hope, Clwyd County Council and Alyn and Deeside Council. Included in the book is former East Flint MP Eirene White.
Does Penyffordian Dennis Parry who was Leader of Alyn and Deeside Council feature in the book?
The book which is priced £10 post free is available from Mr Evans at 43 Cil y Craig, Lllanfair PG, Angelsey, LL61 5NZ. Telephone 01248 712169.
Penyffordd Council continue to take umbrage at being told they are not doing their job. ie 2000 speeders a day through village.
One wonders on who decided. A committee decision not as they have not met. Is this Cllrs Tom Jones/ Colin Bithell democracy or were all consulted?
One waits for the accepted offer. Is it going to be free or is it to be paid for on an ongoing basis?
A custom designed website that requires constant additions from a paid web master is not the way to go.
keywords: GNI Jones. Clerk to Penyffordd Community Council.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Link New Regional Transport Plan 2008.
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Photos can be located and purchased by going here and typing in the number in the bottom right hand corner
Arthur Arnold also liked to thank senior Penyffordd Football Team players who gave up their time to referee the matches
Photos can be located and purchased by going here and typing in the number in the bottom right hand corner.
In The Flintshire Chronicle Penyffordd Under 7's have won their age group in a football tournament sponsored by Castle Cement. Penyffordd Junior's Chairman Arthur Arnold thanked the hosts Castle Cement also Shaun Wilkes, Phil Deduca and Neil Connah for all their hard work.
Also thanks were given for all those that turned up on the day.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
Monday, July 07, 2008
They are alright but can't see the issue with speeding passed my house.
Chester Road, Penyffordd remains firmly in the hands of the law breakers. Just the odd 1500 every day.
keywords: unaccountable, North Wales Police not doing their job, Arrive Alive can't do the job.
Whilst this may seem schizophrenic I actually agree with Mr Fontes.
This method is very inefficient. Drivers just warn each other and most carry on as before after the event.
At the end of the day there are only three ways of stopping the modern motorist from speeding.
Speeding points on license or the fear of and the inability through civil engineering solutions called traffic calming. Motorists including myself do not like platforms or bumps but nothing else stops the speeders in communities
Education will not work. A look at Chester Rd, Penyffordd rat run in the morning proves Mr Fontes' point.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
2000 anti social behaviour acts each day plus the illegal exhaust systems
What happens to other villages? Do they just have to put up with it too.
North Wales Police and Arrive Alive continue to be unaccountable to North Wales residents.
The current withholding of full traffic data a criminal act in itself. They put these grand corporate statements on their website then completely ignore them.
keywords: Chief Superintendent Ruth Purdie, Chief Constable Richard Brunstron, unaccountable.
LINK: North Wales Police Intelligence
The above at the Liverpool Echo. The real power of blogs
One would have expected controversial blogs by Chief Officers of North Wales Police to elicit more responses or posts than what gets published and that is exactly what happens. Many posts are not published on spurious grounds but the underlying reasons always seem to be a disagreement with the authors view. This is censorship, Chief Officers publish their view but they do not grant a right of reply. From now on I will copy and paste every blog published by Mr Brunstrom and Mr Wolfendale on this forum, which then allows everyone the right to respond....Please use the facility and enjoy.....
Link People for Proper Policing
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Here's Ben Oldacre in The Guardian on the murky world of statistics.
or here The Slate
Friday, July 04, 2008
Under the water we go via Wallasey Tunnel. On a round trip that takes in Waterloo, Toxteth, Aigberth, Woolton, Penketh and Warrington. Lisa took this on our way through Toxteth perfect for that group girly night out.
keywords: stretch hummer, chick truck, pink.
Carl's previous post was Head of Mobility and Development with Telford and Wrekin Council.
Carl starts his new role in September.
1. Corporate Management & Leadership
Contribute to setting the corporate strategic agenda through leadership, forward planning, management and overall delivery of the Corporate Strategy to deliver positive outcomes for communities in Flintshire. As part of the corporate management, team ensure that corporate governance arrangements are developed, maintained and adhered to across the Council.Ensure corporate strategies, policies and procedures are effectively and consistently implemented across the council.
All fine words but part of another universe, not reality.
A good look through the above shows that your job has very little to do with village environment.This shows in the currect status of Chester Rd Penyffordd which is a noisy rat run for 100's of cars, lorries and buses. Flintshire County Council website front page gives the impression of a rural county. Underneath environment wise it is rotten to the core in places like Chester Rd Penyffordd. 3000 vehicles a day even though we have a by pass. The place is lawless North Wales Police have given up on speeding traffic and illegal exhausts. They seem rather too close to Airbus corporate wise.
Flintshire Highways are hiding traffic data that shows how crap the place really is.You will be having a challenge in your new position in this third world county. Good luck. I will be in touch when you start in September
regards Colin Hughes
postcript 2010. Little change in the above
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Mr. Daniel Lampard
Tel: 01244 540750
keywords: kitchens, bathrooms, tiling, decking and patios
Quote from the letter
Thirdly, the report also failed to point out that in view of these concerns the planning officers agreed to an urgent meeting to look again at these traffic difficulties.
Over here in Penyffordd we just role over and accept everything. No healthcare the village centre a noisy rat run.
Lets hope Cllrs David Williams and Cindy Hinds can stop years of neglect.
Penyffordd has been a soft touch for too long.
Link The Evening Leader Coed Onn Rd
keywords: Charles Hughes Head of Engineering, Flintshire County Council
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
It's all a con.
Down here in the real world, wholesale oil prices rose 100% in a year and still going up, gas has gone up wholesale wise 130%.
Food prices are going up, hardly anyone can get a mortgage.
People are going slow on motorways.
People wondering do we really need to go out for the day.
Everything to do with houses will suffer due to the nearly complete stoppage of building.
Most firms borrow money. The borrowings are based on certain assumptions. The current climate will not have been accounted for.
A lot of people have also borrowed the recent increase in equity in their homes. Large flat screens in 2 or 3 rooms, long distance foreign holidays every year. Two new cars on the drive.
Why can't the national newspapers stop handing out the fodder handed to them by Government and report the truth?
We live in a house with solid walls and inadequate roof insulation. The water heating system needs upgrading. I've got Lisa to bid for some Kingspan on Ebay tonight. We won the bid on £84 plus £30 postage. If I install it correctly it will pay for itself by Xmas.
The equivalent in BQ is £600. The stuff I'm getting has no foil barrier and are 2nd's
We now have triple glazing in nearly 30% of the house, this will be extended. This is a byproduct of having 200 illegal exhausts passed the house every day.
I have a solar panel design for for 60% hot water for the year. I also have a concentrated solar power system to sell back to the utility company. It involves 600 degree temps, steam and a steam turbine. My engineering powers will be needed to be re honed. I can get the stainless steel welded through a friend if I pay for the labour which will be very handy. Concentrated Solar Power will be the new oil. In USA and Africa anyway.
I'm looking to nearly heat the house with light bulbs because of the very high value of insulation for roof, windows and walls. A 12 volt light system will be put next to the 240 system.
I'm also looking at making small savonius wind turbines to heat water and provide lighting power.
Food wise I'm buying fruit trees.
Inspector Alex Goss of North Wales Police explained to the complainant the reasons why initiative was carried out and the result of the initiative. ie locals complaining.
The results always look small beer because drivers warn one another. If a speed test was carried out previous to the initiative using the magic box then compared with results carried out by the Police covered in fluorescents there would be quite a difference.
Vehicles continue to fly through Chester Rd Penyffordd. A form of traffic calming to stop vehicles dead is required. Lets hope Flintshire Highways move up a gear with traffic calming and compulsory 20 mph zones for villages and schools.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Mr Colin Hughes
Sent by email to: removed
My answer in red
Our Ref: FOI Dec 07.03 additional information
Dear Mr Hughes,
Further to our correspondence I can now provide a breakdown of results from the latest speed survey on
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June 08 (10 day survey)
Apr 07 (7 day survey)
Average daily total
85th percentile speed
Peak times of speed
Similar patterns shown
0700 and 2230 hrs
Peak volumes of traffic
Similar patterns shown
0830 and 1730 hrs
Arrive Alive's website say this
|Vounnog Hill/Chester Rd, Penyffordd||30|| / 39mph percentile|
The above data continues to not show well in excess of 1500 speeding vehicles daily through Chester Rd. You continue to protect the companies AIRBUS and RAYTHEON from carrying out their corporate environmental duties to local villages such as Penyffordd. Your 28 mph average a total distortion of the reality of the situation.
Since we first received complaints of excessive speed on
- Site visits and speed surveys have been carried out by
- A site visit was carried out by Flintshire County Council Highways staff to discuss engineering.
- You have been invited to the Arrive Alive office several times to discuss your concerns but have not accepted these invitations.
- Of what use is a visit by myself if you will not address the reality of over 1500 vehicles speeding through the village each day.
- The area has been included as an Arrive Alive site of community concern and visited routinely; we have also visited the nearby Vounog Hill area.
- Visits once every Preston Guild are of little use.
- The area has been included as a Police community site.
- North Wales Police have abandoned Chester Rd with regards 1500 speeding vehicles each day.
- The Community Officer and/or Safer Roads Officer have visited the area with flashing speed indicator signs as part of a driver education programme.
- This has been of little success, you have the exact data but will not show the evidence.
- Rumble strips and advance warning of the 30 mph limit have been installed.
- A vehicle activated sign has been installed.
- This has helped but there is nothing for the opposing direction, which is the direction of the morning rat run
- The casualty history has been checked for 3 years to Jan 08, showing one slight injury occurred on the Vounog Hill section and one slight injury on
Hawarden Road. No personal injury collisions are recorded on Chester Roadduring these 3 years.
- You continue to ignore 1500 speeding vehicles which are a constant danger to our school children.
- An Arrive Alive enforcement officer has been in contact with you to discuss your concerns and realistic expectations.
- This officer identified the main problem is noise of vehicles with volume and speed of vehicles linked to this. It should be noted that the volume of traffic and noise are outside the remit of Arrive Alive. Speeding traffic is within the remit of Arrive Alive. 1500 speeding vehicles a day which you continue to hide.
- After further correspondence the Community Sergeant arranged a visit to discuss your concerns. Yes I met with Sergeant Alun Davies but in what way does this resolve 1500 vehicles that actually speed through Chester Rd, Penyffordd everyday?
Hugh Joneshas approached local businesses and is in the process of arranging a driver awareness programme at Airbus, this is part of our usual business. I also understand the Daily Post reported in February 08 that ‘Airbus, Broughton, won a national road safety award for for creating better driving techniques and reducing risks for employees at the site.’ At the time of this award Airbus' employees continued to speed through this village and have done ever since. Wales
- Results from the latest survey have been fully interrogated and show a clear reduction in the levels of speeding at this site. You continue to hide the total data your position is a disgrace. You are acting in a totally unaccountable manner. Your actions in my opinion are one of falsehood and evasion.
As you see, effort has been taken to listen to your concerns and take appropriate action.
No , not really your action has been very poor. You have the total data but refuse to act upon it.
Our daily morning 300 vehicle speeding rat run during the time when primary school children are walking and cycling to school a continuing disgrace.
I am sure you understand that our staff must give attention to the needs of many and staff time must be allocated accordingly. You do not have the resources do deal with this problem. Arrive Alive is all smoke, mirrors and continuing evasion.
All the above efforts have seen very little real progress of speeding traffic through Penyffordd village centre which is a major route to school. You continue to hide anonymous data that can be put on any computer with MS Excel. You endanger school children, OAP's and horses that use Penyffordd village centre by your token efforts.
Therefore, I am formally asking you to remove the Arrive Alive email address from your circulation list. This is to ensure administration staff are able to provide a balanced service to each area of their work.
I am formally refusing to comply with the above request as we still have over 1500 speeding vehicles each day through Chester Rd, Penyffordd.
Thank you for raising your concerns and I trust this detailed response may be reassuring.
Reassuring is not the word I would use. Total unaccountability to the residents of Chester Rd, Penyffordd is nearer the mark.
Essi Ahari (Insp.)
Manager, Arrive Alive
Cllr. David Williams
Cllr. Cindy Hinds
Cllr. Linda Vidamour
Sgt. 1633 Alun Davies
Gerwyn Powell, Flintshire County Council
Other interested parties as appropriate.
Perhaps they might be Inspector Alun Oldfield, Chief Superintendent Ruth Purdie
and Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom.
This will remain a public record of the unaccountability of North Wales Police and the Arrive Alive Partnership.
ps With regards my FOIE for data for May 2007 for Chester Rd in which you refused to give the data, I have objected, you stated there is then a 4 - 6 month appeals procedure. This period is now up give me your answer. A negative for the data release will result in me appealing to the Information Commissioner.
I will also be pursuing other FOIE 's to show the true position of the Arrive Alive Partnership and North Wales Police in relation to speeding traffic in the communities of North Wales.
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