It would appear I am not the only one who takes issue. I share views of the Information Commissioner for Wales.
During the run up to the elections it turned out ( it was commented) that all previous Penyffordd cllrs had email addresses.
in terms of resident interest. It was difficult to get to the boards to see traffic calming layouts.
In fact I came away not seeing the proposals for Chester Rd !
It was good to see head highways honcho Neal Cockerton, Head of Transportation and Assets in attendance. His team did a very good job of explaining traffic calming to the attendant crowds.
Councillors from the village included County Cllrs Cindy Hinds and David Williams. Also Cllrs Tom Jones, Colin Bithell and Clive Weed.
I thanked Chairman Cllr Tom Jones for the backing of Penyffordd Community Council.
Introduced myself to Neal Cockerton and thanked him for making the consultation possible
Had a very good talk with Ian Jones Senior Highways Engineer about traffic calming techniques.
He also told me he travelled on one of the last trains on the railway line that used to route through the middle of the village.
Forms were available to fill in with regards traffic calming for Chester Rd and Hawarden Rd, for and against. Officers will now analyse feedback and responses to see what way forward ( or backwards) will be taken.
We share a common entry at the back with five other properties. We all have gates. On three occasions in the last week our gate which is open to the main road has been left wide open.
We have a bull terrier who as well as being Chairman of Vandalism, Walks, Security is also Chairman of the Escape Committee.
His road sense is at the same level as a five year old, somewhere near zero.
Last night I said to Lisa I suspected primary school children.
Today all has become clear.
It seems whilst mum is outside Penyffordd Junior School chatting to other parents her two off spring run down to the bottom of the road, run back and two across Chester Rd and generally cause havoc including running up our alley way opening the side gate.
Apparently when asked where their dad is they say they haven't got one !
The Daily Post and Flintshire County Council are to be congratulated for high lighting traffic issues in Penyffordd.
"Cllr Bernie Attridge, cabinet member for environment at Flintshire, said: “The proposed traffic calming measures for Penyffordd are welcomed, and will improve the safety of all road users in the village.
“The scheme has been assessed in accordance with Flintshire Council's traffic calming policy.
“I urge people to attend the consultation event, so they can see for themselves what we are proposing and their view can be taken into account in the development of the scheme.”
I have been getting in a bit of a panic on over lack of lack of advertising of the consultation. Mary Post Office had a letter sent to her home address which is no where near Chester Rd or Hawarden Rd.
Mary has kindly photo copied it and put it in the Post Office window.
I don't know anyone else who has received the consultation letter off Neal Cockerton , Head of Transport Assets, FCC.
I will be out over the next day putting copies through interested residents letter boxes.
at 6.30pm start . All are welcome to attend. Flintshire Highways officers will be at the meeting to discuss village traffic management. WRONG! Highway officials will be at a meeting on 20th June at 6 pm. My mistake. Tx to the person who emailed me pointing this out )
It is hoped that councillors see the benefits of traffic calming to Penyffordd environment. The village being a major short cut for traffic inc HGV between trunk roads to the north and south of the village.
It is hoped our elder statesman ( a school governor) who lives in a cul de sac can be persuaded as to the safety benefits of having a traffic calmed village.
Gosafe are here yet again tonight ( 7 pm )
There will be a public meeting following the community council meeting on the 25th June so that members of the public can raise concerns for and against.
Higher Kinnerton are currently having traffic calming installed.
I am of the opinion that a third of Chester Rd traffic is through traffic.
In 2007 Chester Rd traffic levels were 2800 vehicles a day. A third of that is nearly a 1000. Since then A55 Warren Bank has been constructed making the village a lot more attractive as a short cut many of whom are commercial.
This last month has seen HGV coming through the village at about 60 a day at times.
Chester Rd and other Penyffordd roads have the wires down to measure traffic volume, speed, etc.
This will be the eighth traffic measurement of Chester Rd since 2007.
Today Chester Rd has been the subject to a traffic survey outside the Penyffordd Post Office by a company acting for Flintshire Highways?
That's one of the ones we haven't got in Penyffordd
I've had an outer ear infection.
The end result a slight loss of hearing - temporary or permanent?
I was given various antibiotics - eardrops and tablets.
One antibiotic was gentamycin.
Googled possible side effects of antibiotic reveals - loss of hearing, tinnitus ( which I have slightly) and the destruction of inner ear balance which means you can't stand up anymore without assistance. A kidney toxicant as well.
No mention at the doctors of the above. I decided against the gentamycin.
Didn't tell the doctor though as all I wanted was a referral to an ear specialist.
I have developed eczema along the inner arm and leg areas which I hope is temporary. This I put down to the antibiotics.
My wife has to carry tablets everywhere to stave off hive attacks after a brush with an antibiotic she can no longer take.
Cure worse than not going in the first place?
Any way it's onward to Wrexham Maelor Hospital ENT ..............
Further thoughts. If it wasn't for antibiotics 45 years ago I wouldn't be here................ Such is life.
For protecting Chester Rd community against danger and noise. This morning's positioning of the van will catch a few. More would be caught if drivers did not warn one another.
My argument being that if serial speeding drivers are caught more quickly they have less chance of killing or seriously injuring people. When you get six points on your license it's wake up time. That's except for the idiots of course.
Thus sang the large gathered assembly outside the Penyffordd British Legion this afternoon. And very good it was too.
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations going very well. All my favourite anthems being blasted out along Chester Rd.
Perhaps we could have had the village shut to through traffic making them use the bypass?
A good afternoon for villagers and organisers after the constant rain yesterday.
THANK YOU to everyone who
came out to vote on Thursday, 3rd May 2012 in the local elections. A special THANK YOU to those who voted and
helped me to be re-elected to the County Council and Community Council. Also elected to the County Council (2 member
Ward_ was David Williams. Colin Bithell
was unfortunately the candidate to lose out.
Colin has been through such a hard time dealing with a serious illness
and the loss of his wife, Faith, who had been very active member of the
community. I believe Colin is resilient
and will continue to contribute to the Community Council and his work as a
Council – Eight members were re-elected
to the Council. Two new members also
succeeded, Helen Jones and Clive Weed.
They will be an asset to the Council and wish them well in their term of
office. The candidate that failed was
Colin Hughes but I am sure he will continue to monitor village activities and
try again in five years time.
Two members of the Council
retired, Jane Hopwood and Margaret Jones.
Jane has been a valuable member of the Council and I would like to thank
her for her term of service and her friendship.
Like a lot of people in the community, work and family have to come first
and I wish her well for the future.
Margaret Jones has been a
long standing, diligent and well respected member of the Community Council She has served this community for 27 years on
so many different committees and governorships, always thinking how she can help
make our community a better place. I
have been privileged to sit alongside her at Council and learnt a lot from the
way she conducted herself and her contributions in debate. Margaret has decided that she now wants to
take more time to be with her husband, who is not too well and I think I can
speak on behalf of the whole of the community in thanking her for the public
service she has given us and wish both Margaret and Tecwyn all the best for the
Results - County Council
– Colin Bithell (362); David Williams (563) and Cindy Hinds
Community Council – Stan
Davies (341); Joe Bell (356); Clive Weed (384); Edwina Davies (429); Linda
Vidamour (447); Colin Bithel (479); Helen Jones (484); Tom Jones (539); David
Williams (601); Cindy Hinds (830). Not
elected Colin Hughes (230).
Local items - Dove Cottage, Rhos Road,
Pen-y-ffordd – On Sunday
5th August 2012 Dove Cottage Gardens is open to the public between
. £3 admission, children free. There is a plant sale plus tea, coffee and
home-made cakes. I can recommend the
scones with fresh cream and strawberries!!!
All monies go to the National Garden Scheme (mainly Cancer
Charities). Mr and Mrs Wallis have been
awarded 5 stars by Visit Wales for their bed and breakfast
If you need Acupuncture or
Holistic Therapies Mrs V Williams of Peacehaven,
Lane is on your
doorstep. It is good that we have
businesses in our village where we do not have to travel
Legion – The Legion is seeking the
support of all ex-service people in our community and asking them to come and
view the refurbishment of the club. They
are also renewing their effort to find new members, especially those of the
younger age group. Bob Oldham is leading
this campaign 01352 759426.
Police – Pen-y-ffordd District and Kinnerton have been allocated
PSCO 2872 Rob Bainbridge. I welcome this
news as I felt over the past twelve months residents have lacked the presence of
police in the Ward. You can contact him
on 07854 355040. If the crime is serious
then you must telephone 0845 6071002 or for anti-social behaviour 101.
Community Association (PACA) – I have
to THANK ALL WHO HELPED OUT AT THE ALL DAY BREAKFAST. (We could not do without you) and to Jess
Thomas who organized the event, which takes a lot of hard work. A special Thank You to those who
donated the food for the event and others who gave donations. The Association make £1,143.00 towards
Events – Jubilee – Pen-y-ffordd and
Penymynydd Royal British Legion on the 4th June at is celebrating the Queen’s
Diamond Jubilee and invites you to join them for this special occasion. During the day there are all sorts of
entertainment and at night a family disco.
– Please support the Carnival on
Saturday 16th June between . If you can
volunteer to help with these two particular events please contact the British
Legion on 01244 550089 and Mrs D Week (Carnival) on 01244
Jubilee – Mrs Jean Turner, a lady from
our village, has been chosen to carry the torch for the Jubilee from
Hickory’s right through the park in
Chester. She has raised
thousands of pounds, along with friends from work, for different charities and
deserves this honour.
Out of Hours Numbers for
Residents – Housing Repairs and
Homelessness – Galw Gofal 0845 373 3665:
Street Scene – daytime number 01352 701234 diverts to Galw Gofal out of
hours: Social Services Emergencies are
dealt with by the Wrexham Emergency Duty Team 0845 053
For other matters please
contact County Hall in the first instance 01352
Any vulnerable people who
have Carers Cards, are Lone Workers or who have any form of Telecom Equipment
may access the service directly – either through their call buttons, pull cords
or the dedicated Flintshire number which they would be given when they register
to receive the service.
Flintshire has an excellent
website where you can make you complaints or access any information - www.flintshire.gov.uk
M.P. and Carl Sargeant’s A.M. Surgery is on the Friday 15th June
between at the British Legion. MP’s contact no. is 01244 819854 and AM’s is
published and paid for by Mrs C Hinds, 38 Berwyn
Avenue, Peny-y-ffordd. Nr. Chester. CH4