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Title: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on September 03, 2010, 10:26:02 AM
This is a  'Catch All' topic for snippets of news/info relating to Colwyn Bay that don't really deserve their own topic.
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Post by: DaveR on September 03, 2010, 07:54:42 PM
The Original Factory Shop has now opened in Station Road, where the old Litten Tree pub used to be.

http://www.theoriginalfactoryshop.co.uk/ (http://www.theoriginalfactoryshop.co.uk/)
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Post by: DaveR on September 03, 2010, 11:17:20 PM
Colwyn Bay's Imperial hotel For Sale:

ONE of Colwyn Bay’s most iconic buildings is for sale with fears that it could be turned into flats.

The Imperial Hotel on Station Road is on the market after a pub was forced to close.

It shut its doors two weeks ago due to falling numbers.

Now, the historical building which faces the train station is on the market freehold which could see the building bought and developed.

The former hotel is now on the market for £850,000.

The spacious property comes with four floors and space for development. It has already attracted interest from developers.

Cllr Bob Squire hopes the site isn’t transformed into flats or houses of multiple occupancy.

“I would be dead against that.” he said.

“We’ve got an abundance of flats, more than we need. They wouldn't get the planning permission.

“It is a big opportunity to regenerate. The Imperial is a perfect place in Colwyn Bay, it really needs something welcoming.

“I would like to see something developed more attractive for families.

Former manager of the Imperial pub, Eric Mills said: “It’s quite sad it’s closed but that seems to be the way of the world at the moment.”

The pub is currently owned by Manchester brewery, JW Lees.

Pub Operations Director, Mark Welch said: “We haven’t taken this decision lightly.

“The business has been running down. It’s been dropping year on year.

“There’s a serious problem in Colwyn Bay that the authorities need to address.

“Colwyn Bay is beset by problems in terms of the cost of alcohol and with late night drinking and revelry on the streets.

“Colwyn Bay is a very difficult place to trade.”

The building is under Chester based property firm, Wild Commercial. Director, Daniel Wild said:

“We’ve had a reasonable amount of interest.” said Mr Wild.

“It’s quite early days. most have been from investors keen to redevelop the building. There’s a lot of space and potential in the building. It’s a reasonable price and no doubt there’ll be some interest. I can’t discuss what types of interest there area but obviously they would need planning permission before they can change the building.”

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2010/09/02/iconic-colwyn-bay-hotel-on-market-for-850k-55243-27181453/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2010/09/02/iconic-colwyn-bay-hotel-on-market-for-850k-55243-27181453/)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on September 08, 2010, 09:26:15 PM
I was reading in the paper last week about how efforts to let the former Woolworths store in Colwyn Bay had been hampered because the store was constantly flooded. That's the first I've ever heard of such a thing happening there, does anyone know different?

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Post by: ormegolf on September 08, 2010, 09:36:42 PM
I saw this about the old wollies flooding. I dont see how it could be flooding in the normal sense (i.e.from the sea,river or surface water) unless, of course, the grids around there are blocked.And if thats the case, well just unblock them. Maybe they mean the roof is in bad shape and letting water in. Or maybe a cellar, but I doubt it  Mike
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Post by: DaveR on September 09, 2010, 12:47:18 PM
They were talking about having to pump out the building, so it sounds like a cellar to me. All very odd, never heard of that before.
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Post by: DaveR on September 21, 2010, 06:26:16 PM
Sunrise this morning, looked just the colour of Galaxy chocolate!  _))*
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Post by: ormegolf on September 21, 2010, 08:49:20 PM
Did you go back to bed after you took this shot? :P
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Post by: DaveR on September 21, 2010, 08:55:21 PM
No, I had breakfast!  :D
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Post by: DaveR on September 25, 2010, 09:54:30 PM
Nice to see a new business opening in Colwyn Bay - the Big Photoshop & Vue Studios have just opened in Penrhyn Road:
http://www.bigphotoshop.co.uk/info/index.html (http://www.bigphotoshop.co.uk/info/index.html)

Best of luck to them!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 09, 2010, 08:01:25 PM
The High Tide at Colwyn Bay today was level with the top of the Prom:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Trojan on October 09, 2010, 09:10:09 PM
Looks like you snapped that shot from a rubber dingy Dave.  L0L
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Post by: Bellringer on October 09, 2010, 09:20:35 PM
Or perhaps he was on his jetski
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Post by: DaveR on October 09, 2010, 09:20:57 PM
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Looks like you snapped that shot from a rubber dingy Dave.  L0L

Yes, seasickness was a big problem.  :puke2:
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Post by: DaveR on October 10, 2010, 01:51:32 PM
The new Travelodge at the entrance to the Bay View Centre is approaching completion:
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Post by: ormegolf on October 11, 2010, 08:43:17 PM
I.m still unsure as to where the visitors cars are going. 99 percent of travelodge visitors arrive by car. The other one per cent are illegal stowaways hiding in a car.Anyone know?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 11, 2010, 08:44:38 PM
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I.m still unsure as to where the visitors cars are going. 99 percent of travelodge visitors arrive by car. The other one per cent are illegal stowaways hiding in a car.Anyone know?
I think they will receive a permit to park in the Bay View Centre car park. I'm impressed at how they have squeezed such a large building on that site!  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bellringer on October 11, 2010, 08:51:08 PM
There's a Travelodge in Harrogate that doesn't have its own carpark - there are some nearby pay & display carparks and pay & display street parking but it's all rather expensive. We only stayed there one night once we found out when we arrived - you normally assume that such places do have parking facilities. Moral - always ask, never assume!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on October 12, 2010, 08:14:35 AM
That's an increasing trend.   In-town hotels seem to be using NCP constructions quite a bit more, now.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 14, 2010, 08:10:27 PM
The Principality Building Society are opening a branch in Colwyn Bay, don't yet know where though.
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Post by: DaveR on October 20, 2010, 02:08:19 PM
Sounds like one to avoid!!  $dins$

OPERATORS of a Rhos On Sea pub have been forced to pay a total of £2,800 after failing to meet minimum food hygiene standards.

Baranswift, who own and run the Aberhod Old Hall on the Cayley Promenade, were prosecuted by Conwy County Borough Council under food hygiene regulations.

A food hygiene inspection of the premises on September 30, 2009 found a failure to ensure that the premises were clean and in good repair and condition.

Llandudno Magistrates heard how the structure of food rooms were dirty with mould and condensation on walls, dirty crockery, dirty internal fridge surfaces, dirty fridge handles and dirty floor under equipment.

Baranswift were fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,000 legal costs and £800 investigation costs. A total of £2,800.


http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/94627/pub-failed-food-hygiene-test.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/94627/pub-failed-food-hygiene-test.aspx)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 28, 2010, 02:34:56 PM
I saw this ship when I was on the computer so went down to Rhos to have a look.  It was moored about 200 yards off shore and is called the Galatea but I've no idea what it was doing there.
Had a look on Google and came up with some info about the ship but it has now gone off in the direction of Penrhyn Bay.

Galatea
Trinity House
This page is devoted to postcards and photographs of the 2007 Trinity House vessel Galatea.
 
The ceremonial cutting of the steel to begin the construction of the new 84m Trinity House Multi-Function Tender (MFT) THV Galatea occurred at the Stocznia Remontowa SA shipbuilders yard in Gdansk, Poland, on Tuesday 11 October 2005. The Galatea arrived in Harwich from Poland on 23rd July 2007. The Galatea is a replacement for THV Mermaid (4) which will be sold out-of-service once Galatea has successfully completed an initial period of trials and crew training. She has an overall length of 84.20 metres and breadth of 16.50 metres. The level of sophistication in her equipment is second to none and boasts dynamic positioning, a large aft working deck area, integrated bridge management system and forward helicopter flight deck. She is also able to carry out additional tasks such as hydrographic surveying and wreck finding and contract commercial work.
 
General particulars:
Shipyard: Stocznia Remontowa SA, Gdansk, Poland
Date Vessel launched: 26 July 2006
Port of registry: London
Length overall: 84.20m
Length between perpendiculars: 75.00m
Length loaded water line: 79.20m
Breadth moulded: 16.50m
Depth moulded to main deck: 7.20m
Design draught moulded: 4.25m
Scantling draught moulded: 4.50m
Air draught: 30.00m
Gross tonnage: 3569 tonnes
Diesel electric
Two azimuth propellors
Two bow thrusters
Trial speed: 13.50 knots
Service speed: 12.50 knots
Crane capacity: 30 tonnes
 
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Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on October 28, 2010, 06:09:18 PM
Its a Marine Survey Vessel,  usually berthed at Menai Bridge.
Used by Bangor University I'm told.
Its usually knocking around Gt Orme's head, and up and down the Conwy Estuary.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 28, 2010, 06:14:43 PM
Thanks Fester for the info, it's quite an unusual boat and I haven't seen it before.   There is a link to find out the activities of the boats but I have lost it I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 28, 2010, 06:21:56 PM
It's not the Prince Madog....

(http://farm1.static.flickr.com/39/87370553_161e954dfc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/20839124@N00/87370553/)
Prince Madog research vessel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/20839124@N00/87370553/#) by P_P_Hughes (http://www.flickr.com/people/20839124@N00/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on October 28, 2010, 06:25:33 PM
Ahh .. no.
It was definitely the larger Galatea vessel, very close to the Pier today.
I must be mistaken about its purpose...
The NWWN has a column each week where the RNLI mentions all significant shipping movements .. might have to wait until next Thurs for more info!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Gwyn on October 28, 2010, 07:02:00 PM
 $wales

The "Galetea" is a buoys and lighthouses ship and I also saw  it in Rhos this afternoon.  It was tending to the "Rhosneigr" wreck buoy just off Rhos point.
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Post by: Fester on October 28, 2010, 07:31:32 PM
Hi Gwyn!
Funny you should mention that ... because about half an hour after The Galatea was close to Llandudno Pier, another much smaller vessel with Trinity House markings sailed up to the Pier Head.
I couldn't see what was going on from 200 yards away ... but looked interesting nontheless!

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 03, 2010, 04:54:24 PM
I was in my garden this afternoon when I heard some loud booming noises similar to when they were using the pile drivers for the windmill's.
Visibility was less than 100 yards so I couldn't see what was going on and wondered if anyone knew
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Post by: Daven on November 07, 2010, 01:06:34 PM
Wasn't the Galetea featured in one of the Three Men in a Boat programmes
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 09, 2010, 03:29:58 PM
I could see the high tide from my window so I went down to the Rhos Promenade to take some photos.   The North Easterly wind was creating some large waves and some young lads were playing dodge the waves but not always successfully!
I took some more photos from the safety of the shelter by the Aberhod but when I had finished I was just getting in the car when a large wave came right over the shelter and soaked me and the inside of the car!
When I drove to the pier I was taking no chances and took the last photo from inside the car.
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Post by: Pendragon on November 09, 2010, 03:39:47 PM
great pics Hugo.  D)
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Post by: Hugo on November 09, 2010, 03:52:24 PM
Thanks Pendragon,  I've changed into some dry clothes now and as I'm typing I can see that the sea is still rough although the tide is on it's way out now.
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Post by: Pendragon on November 09, 2010, 04:18:10 PM
I used to love walking on Pen beach, I always thought it was better before the new road to be honest. Now its all concrete and anti-vandal paint. Its always had a calming effect on me.  :rage:
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Post by: ormegolf on November 09, 2010, 09:34:43 PM
Before the big breakwater was built opposite the Rhos Abbey a weather situation similar to todays would definately seen the Cayley flooded and seawater well on the way towards the cricket club.
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Post by: DaveR on November 09, 2010, 09:52:57 PM
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Before the big breakwater was built opposite the Rhos Abbey a weather situation similar to todays would definately seen the Cayley flooded and seawater well on the way towards the cricket club.
Definitely. It would have looked this this, i suspect:
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Penrhyn Ave, Rhos in 1982. Contributed by Jemima
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Post by: Hugo on November 09, 2010, 10:50:18 PM
I've been looking at your photo on pg1 Dave and that was a very high tide indeed.   Today's tide wasn't that high and it's just as well because there could have been some serious flooding today if it had been.
That breakwater at a cost of £250K has more than paid for itself.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 10, 2010, 02:53:11 PM
Today's a completely different day in Colwyn Bay. It's sunny and dry with hardly any wind and the sea is calm again.  I've just looked out of my lounge window and the visibility is excellent. I can see the Lake District clearly and there seems to be a lot of snow on the mountains there. Further north I can also see Scotland and there is snow there too.  I got my binoculars out to get a better look at the mountains and the snow.
I can also see part of the Isle of Man although it is not as clear in that direction as the Lake District is.
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Post by: suepp on November 10, 2010, 03:46:08 PM
you must have a Panoramic view from the window Hugo! I'm off to the Lake district for the weekend, better pack my boots and fleeces ???
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on November 10, 2010, 06:18:43 PM
Playing 'dodge the waves' !!!
No...!
When the sea is THAT rough, the prom should be CLOSED.
I spent a lot of time in Scarborough, and they now close the prom on stormy days ... because quite a number of innocent (and some idiotic) people have been swept to thier deaths by the waves taking them back into the sea....

Seriously, that picture of that person under the wave on the prom is risking his life ....
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Post by: Trojan on November 10, 2010, 06:32:54 PM
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Playing 'dodge the waves' !!!
No...!
When the sea is THAT rough, the prom should be CLOSED.
I spent a lot of time in Scarborough, and they now close the prom on stormy days ... because quite a number of innocent (and some idiotic) people have been swept to thier deaths by the waves taking them back into the sea....

Seriously, that picture of that person under the wave on the prom is risking his life ....

That's Hugo's wife.  L0L
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Post by: Hugo on November 10, 2010, 07:43:29 PM
I got her to pose for that one Trojan!     ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 10, 2010, 07:48:00 PM
I saw  tomorrows weather forecast for the Lake District and N Wales and there are gales up to 80mph and rain too.       Hope it changes by the weekend Suepp but I'm sure that you'll have a good time anyway.
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Post by: DaveR on November 10, 2010, 08:02:37 PM
Wonder if there will be another high tide? It's in at 13.07 tomorrow.
*goes off to charge up camera*
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Post by: Hugo on November 11, 2010, 10:43:48 AM
Looking at Rhos on Sea right now and there is not a wave in sight.  The wind is getting stronger but nowhere near the 80mph gusts forecast for today. 
The wind today is a westerly and blowing from the shore so that's why the sea is relatively calm today.   On Tuesday the wind that was causing those waves was a North Easterly.
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Post by: Ian on November 11, 2010, 10:55:51 AM
I don;t want to worry you, Hugo, but it will become much worse, later.  The most worrying factor is the lack of rain.  Once the showers stop, the wind will build and then the overnight gusts could wreak some serious damage. The mean wind speed tonight for our little area is forecast at 79 mph; that knocks trees over and lifts roofs.  It's not going to be nice and you can expect the worst to be between 2100 tonight and 0300 tomorrow.  If you happen to be West facing as we are, you won't get a lot of sleep,

The low pressure centre is now projected to be moving across the North of Scotland, which might afford us some relief from the very worst gusts, but the isometric charts for midnight are very tight and suggest some battering.  However, it's probably not going to be quite as bad as they were saying earlier.

The worst winds follow the passage of the LPC, and it currently hasn't arrived.
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Post by: Ian on November 11, 2010, 03:53:25 PM
The Met office has now downgraded their warning to 'Be Aware' for the Conwy valley and the 3 Towns area;  the warnings for Anglesey and Wirral remain at 'Be prepared'., the second most severe state.
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Post by: Ian on November 11, 2010, 03:57:59 PM
"There is a moderate risk of severe weather affecting Northwest England, some Pennine areas, and parts of North Wales during Thursday evening. Westerly to southwesterly winds are expected to gust 70 to 80 mph around exposed coastal areas and over hills, with gusts of 55 to 65 mph further inland. Winds should ease into Friday morning."
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Post by: DaveR on November 11, 2010, 05:35:36 PM
It was certainly very windy in town late afternoon (Llandudno). I was in Homebase and the roof was creaking very loudly.
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Post by: Fester on November 11, 2010, 06:28:42 PM
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It was certainly very windy in town late afternoon (Llandudno). I was in Homebase and the roof was creaking very loudly.

That place should be renamed Homo-base,  as the last 3 times I have been in I have been served by overtly, and flamboyant gay men!

Not a problem, ... I'm just saying thats all!

As Peter Kay says, I can't be homophobic, I'm not scared of my house! 

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Post by: Yorkie on November 11, 2010, 08:12:33 PM
But it's worth holding a few shares in the Group!      ZXZ
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Post by: Ian on November 12, 2010, 07:52:25 AM
Maximum recorded wind speed overnight was 91 mph at Capel, and Anglesey was closed off completely overnight.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 12, 2010, 10:05:19 AM
our bird table blew over and there are a couple of fence panels down in Mountbatten Green in Penrhyn Bay, otherwise all looks to be undamaged  D)
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Post by: DaveR on November 14, 2010, 02:17:08 PM
When i went past the old Woolworths store this morning, there was a lot of work going on both inside and out to tidy it up, looks like it is being prepared for opening...but as what?
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Post by: Yorkie on November 14, 2010, 03:33:42 PM
Odds on it will be a Discount Book Shop.            _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 20, 2010, 07:44:49 PM
The new Travelodge at Colwyn Bay (by the entrance to Morrisons on Greenfield Road) is almost ready for opening. Have to admit that it looks ok, despite my initial doubts.

http://www.travelodge.co.uk/search_and_book/hotel_overview.php?hotel_id=495 (http://www.travelodge.co.uk/search_and_book/hotel_overview.php?hotel_id=495)
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Post by: DaveR on November 22, 2010, 05:36:44 PM
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When i went past the old Woolworths store this morning, there was a lot of work going on both inside and out to tidy it up, looks like it is being prepared for opening...but as what?
To answer my own question, it has opened as a furniture store.  :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 25, 2010, 11:29:54 AM
I was taking our dog out for a walk just after 8.00 am and there was a thin scattering of hailstones on the ground.  There was also a cold Northerly wind blowing and although it was low tide I could see plenty of white crested waves around the coast.
It's a good job that I was well wrapped up and didn't feel too cold on this brisk walk.   When I was coming back I noticed that there was a lot of smoke coming again from a fire in the woods but I don't know what is going on there.   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 25, 2010, 01:25:07 PM
Tried this morning going To the Bay View Shopping Centre (a good bargain in Bevans that I'm after) what a nightmare! got a ticket from the machine and then no spaces available  :rage:  and some parking spaces had market stalls on them!? I tried going there some months ago and it was just as bad  :rage: Seems like the car park is nowhere near big enough for the centre!  I might try again tomorrow morning early  D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 25, 2010, 06:37:40 PM
The car park used to be far bigger until they extended the shopping centre across half of the top deck.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 25, 2010, 06:43:12 PM
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The car park used to be far bigger until they extended the shopping centre across half of the top deck.

So more shops and less parking!  ???
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Post by: ormegolf on November 25, 2010, 06:46:40 PM
I am only saying my experience, not taking sides. I go in there in a car virtually every day, sometimes twice a day. Driving down the ramp I look at the top car park. If it looks full (ish) I go to the bottom. I can honestly say that for the last 18 months I have NEVER had a problem.  Mike
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 25, 2010, 06:49:44 PM
 *&( I've not noticed a top and bottom car park :o  just the small one outside
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Post by: DaveR on November 25, 2010, 06:51:26 PM
Ah, there's a large one underground level as well, that usually has a spare space in it. You go onto the shop level car park, then take the ramp down.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 25, 2010, 07:16:31 PM
thanks for that! I expect when I try again tomorrow morning I will see the notices pointing to the other carpark!  D)
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Post by: Fester on November 25, 2010, 11:04:29 PM
Merddin!!  What are you doing?   We are talking about a shopping centre here... you may feel compelled to spend money???   Its not a place you should consider going methinks.

 
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 26, 2010, 07:10:55 AM
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Merddin!!  What are you doing?   We are talking about a shopping centre here... you may feel compelled to spend money???   Its not a place you should consider going methinks.

 

 L0L  well its an amazing bargain, a Draper workbench at halfprice, just £9.99  D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on November 26, 2010, 07:55:08 AM
...but do you only get half the bench?


 :laugh:
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 26, 2010, 08:27:01 AM
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...but do you only get half the bench?


 :laugh:

good point I'll buy two and glue them together   L0L

Thinking about it, a seperate thread listing available bargains would be a good idea, where shoul it go?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on November 26, 2010, 08:29:43 AM
Excellent idea!  I'd put it in the arcade.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 26, 2010, 11:09:20 PM
all done, got there at 9am and plenty of spaces, bench bought for £9.99  D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 28, 2010, 10:32:08 AM
There was a light fall of snow here overnight but it has settled on top of frozen snow and makes walking on the side roads very tricky.   The water in the bird baths, watering can and rain butts is still frozen although it is quite sunny outside and they say it's going to get worse!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 30, 2010, 09:19:01 AM
We had another snowfall overnight and everywhere is covered in snow. I'll venture outside to take our dog out for his morning walk but it looks really cold out there with a strong North Easterly wind blowing.     I'll need to wrap up well and to make matters worse the central heating boiler is on the blink!    :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 30, 2010, 02:32:41 PM
As I was walking the dog earlier this morning the snowplough and a gritter went past and at least they are keeping the main roads open.  The pavements on the other hand were very slippy and it was safer walking on the road especially if you have a 5 stone dog pulling you about!
When I got back from the walk I had to spend about half an hour digging the snow from the drive in order that I could get my car out and do some shopping.     
 :Sisyphus:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 01, 2010, 12:36:21 PM
About another inch of snow fell overnight so after taking the dog out for a walk my first job was to dig out the snow from the drive again!   As I passed  Ysgol Pen Y Bryn it looked like the school was closed as there were no cars parked in the snow covered car park.
It's strange looking down on to Rhos as it doesn't seem affected by the snow yet we have more than our fair share here.   

    :Sisyphus:     
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on December 01, 2010, 02:29:56 PM
We in Llandudno had a covering this morning, which had frozen,very nasty underfoot.
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Post by: ormegolf on December 01, 2010, 06:07:56 PM
Bit off topic are'nt we? Everything to do with Colwyn Bay and we read about Llandudno and the Orme!!!!    (Picky little beggar)
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Post by: Hugo on December 05, 2010, 06:38:26 PM
I thought it was safer to have a walk on Anglesey today rather than go up on those icy mountains so I set off for Anglesey in my car at about 9.45am.
I went down my usual route to the A55 via Oak Drive into the narrow section of Llanrwst Road and turned right into Woodland Park.  I turned the sharp corner very slowly but found the back end of the car skidding and I ended up sliding sidewards on the black ice down the road.  I only came to a halt when the car hit the kerb and stopped suddenly.  Normally there is a car parked at that particular spot but luckily for me there were no cars nearby today. 
After that it was a slow crawl down the road to the main road and while this weather continues I'll stick to the main roads!     :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on December 05, 2010, 07:34:43 PM
Hugo, my friend, I dont want you having an accident. Im not sure ( without looking at a street map) whereabouts you started from but I "think" you are somewhere up Kings Road in Colwyn Bay. If so, and no doubt you already know this--but just in case you dont--all that area up towards Colwyn Heights has a remarkedly different weather pattern to down in West End. Ive known the heights cut off by snow on Kings Road and positively warm sunny conditions at the bottom  Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 06, 2010, 10:45:30 AM
Thanks for your concern Mike.  I do live on the heights and there is indeed a different weather pattern up here.
I've still got snow and ice in my garden and it's been there for 10 days now and there seems no chance of it going in the near future.   I should have known better after living here for 25 years but while this freeze continues I'm sticking to gritted roads only!
I should have taken a photo just to show how bad it is up here but unfortunately I didn't bother.    By the way are you still going on that holiday? It'll be a lot warmer there for sure.   
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Post by: Bellringer on December 06, 2010, 02:07:27 PM
One consolation Hugo I suppose is that if the ground is covered in snow and well and truly frozen, those badger visitors of yours won't be able to dig holes in your lawn!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 06, 2010, 03:57:52 PM
Perhaps not Bellringer, but I've got another problem with the garden now.
Our hairy hound chases them up the garden on the same route everynight and now that particular stretch near the hedge looks like Aintree Racecourse on a heavy going day!      :'(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on December 06, 2010, 06:00:01 PM
To answer your question about holidays. NO,  My passport was delivered into agents acting for the Indian Gov. on November 3rd. I am still waiting for it back.  Mike
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Post by: DaveR on December 06, 2010, 09:39:50 PM
The Travelodge is pretty much ready to open.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Trojan on December 07, 2010, 05:49:17 PM
Exellent architecture.

Blends in well with the many retirement homes in the area.

 :-X
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bellringer on December 07, 2010, 06:04:01 PM
It's certainly a more impressive building than most Travel Lodges which I think can only be described as practical but character-less.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on December 07, 2010, 06:39:53 PM
I think that all the people that moaned about it being built there should give a public apology and admit "THEY WERE WRONG"
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Post by: DaveR on December 07, 2010, 06:59:35 PM
I think it looks ok, blends in well with the building across the road in the background of the photo.
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Post by: DaveR on December 11, 2010, 11:12:03 AM
I see that Huw Evans, Principal of Coleg Llandrillo, is retiring. He has transformed the place, without a doubt.

I remember interviewing him once and he said that answers he gave me would depend upon whether the interview was being recorded or not!  _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 17, 2010, 10:24:41 AM
There was only half an inch of snow overnight but the snow has already started to freeze and walking on the pavements is quite difficult.    The school was open when I walked past but I noticed that many cars were missing so I expect that some teachers have not been able to get in because of the snow.
My next job is to start clearing the drive for the third time this year!
   :Sisyphus:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 17, 2010, 04:11:51 PM
I cleared the drive late morning and this afternoon it has been snowing heavily and the drive is covered in snow again.  I took this photo a few minutes ago and the flash was on so the light has hit the snowflakes hence the funny white dots everywhere!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 17, 2010, 05:11:50 PM
Just taken my dog for a walk around Colwyn Heights and the snow is falling fast. The roads are treacherous at the moment although cars are moving very slowly up the hill.   The shops have closed and if the snow continues then cars will have to be abandoned.
No sign of any snowplough or gritters anywhere.   I'm staying put tonight.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 18, 2010, 10:52:09 AM
More snow fell over night and the mini ploughs were out when I went to the shops earlier today.  No papers,bread or milk in the shop  but deliveries expected IF the vans can get through!
Pen Y Bryn car park was covered in snow and one chap was busy making a path from the gate to the door of the restaurant.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 18, 2010, 05:06:52 PM
I've just taken our dog out for his walk and its freezing at the moment.   The pavements are lethal and the roads that haven't been gritted are not much better.
Just when I thought I was safely home and after putting the dog in the back garden I started gritting the driveway.   About half way down our drive I did a bit of a Todd Carty impression (Dancing on ice) and slid all the way down the drive and across the road until I hit soft snow on the other side of the road and I was then ok.

 $good$
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Post by: Yorkie on December 18, 2010, 05:12:28 PM
A sort of human sled by the sound of it!      ))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on December 18, 2010, 05:21:08 PM
Hugo, you be careful. I want your knees in good order for the New Year. I need to continue reading your descriptions of your various walks (and various cakes consumed). Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 18, 2010, 06:25:46 PM
We all need to be careful at the moment. Any one of us could slip and broken leg ensues.  ???
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 18, 2010, 10:49:09 PM
I was talking to a friend while I was walking my dog this afternoon and she had a pair of Yaktrax on her feet.   They helped her with walking in these icy conditions.
I'm off to Betws Y Coed tomorrow, after Lunch at the Maenan Abbet ( weather permitting) and I'll get a pair from the Cotswolds Outdoor place.  May even have a coffee next door at the Royal Oak.
You'd have laughed Mike if you had seen me sliding down the drive and across the road, both arms were horizontal and flapping away like a birds wings.     :)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 18, 2010, 11:04:53 PM
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We all need to be careful at the moment. Any one of us could slip and broken leg ensues.  ???

happened to me in February 2007 back in Oxfordshire, my van got stuck in bad snow and walking very carefully to the back of the van I slipped and fell backwards on to my back and broke my wrist  :o  I had it put in a temporary cast and was told it needed an operation and I'd have to wait for a call when a bed was available, over a week later I was still waiting so I got on to my MP and within a couple of days I had my own room in the hospital and a metal plate and screws put in (still there now!) I have slightly restricted movement in the right wrist but to this day I'm not keen on  snow on roads and pavements! (great in the scenery, pics etc)  The MP was David Cameron who to his credit and my suprise was very helpful  D)

so be very careful on the ice!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on December 19, 2010, 10:28:30 AM
The temperature in Betws this morning at 1000 was -12oC and the roads are still bad.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on December 19, 2010, 10:45:40 AM
Minus 8 this morning at 7am. Just walked down ( carefully )for a paper, the roads and pavements are lethal. Even where the road has been gritted it has iced over.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 19, 2010, 10:58:09 AM
Thanks for the info about Betws Y Coed.  I was due to go to Maenan Abbey today for lunch and then on to Betws to buy Yaktrax to help with walking on the ice but I've already cancelled the meal.   Apparently  50% of people have also done the same because of the weather.
My car has thick snow and ice on it and the road outside is frozen over.  So I'll stay at home instead.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on December 19, 2010, 11:02:23 AM
So glad to hear that Hugo. Much safer. ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on December 19, 2010, 12:35:17 PM
Even our off-roader, with diff lock, has to think twice about climbing some of the hills.  In the Betws  - Llanrwst areas they're using farmers' tractors  with ploughs and gritters on . Tractors are really one of the few vehicles that can navigate the roads safely, at the moment.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 19, 2010, 12:51:27 PM
A neighbour of mine a few doors away was washing his van in the driveway yesterday. After that he proceeded to use the hose on his driveway and front door steps to wash away all the snow.
The water then ran onto the road and across it before flowing away.   What a plonker!
I walked past the house with extreme care this morning as obviously it was now like an ice rink.
 :rage:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on December 19, 2010, 03:37:24 PM
Witless !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Trojan on December 20, 2010, 08:31:09 PM
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Even our off-roader, with diff lock, has to think twice about climbing some of the hills.  In the Betws  - Llanrwst areas they're using farmers' tractors  with ploughs and gritters on . Tractors are really one of the few vehicles that can navigate the roads safely, at the moment.

Indeed, no one can complain of being stuck behind a slow moving tractor, as they're the only vehicles on the road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 21, 2010, 03:22:41 PM
It's freezing up on the heights but I had to go out to Llandudno to get some shopping and some bird food.  The central heating is working at the moment and I'm still waiting for the plumber to phone me about coming to look at the boiler.
However it's gone a bit darker outside and has started to snow again but not too heavy at the moment.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 21, 2010, 11:22:20 PM
It's just as well we went shopping today, there's 6 inches of snow in Colwyn Heights and it's still snowing heavily now.
We'll be going nowhere tomorrow that's for sure.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Trojan on December 22, 2010, 01:21:14 AM
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It's just as well we went shopping today, there's 6 inches of snow in Colwyn Heights and it's still snowing heavily now.
We'll be going nowhere tomorrow that's for sure.

An experienced mountain walker like you Hugo.....and you can't even navigate Colwyn Heights in the winter!  L0L
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Post by: DaveR on December 22, 2010, 08:13:10 AM
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It's just as well we went shopping today, there's 6 inches of snow in Colwyn Heights and it's still snowing heavily now.
We'll be going nowhere tomorrow that's for sure.

An experienced mountain walker like you Hugo.....and you can't even navigate Colwyn Heights in the winter!  L0L
What's the weather like for you at the moment, Trojan?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on December 22, 2010, 09:43:20 AM
Oh heck-- don't ask  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 22, 2010, 11:34:00 AM
I did a good impersonation of Eddie ( The Eagle) Edwards though when I slid down the drive the other day then straight across the road too before the soft snow stopped me from going in a hedge!      ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Jas on December 22, 2010, 02:54:59 PM
Hi Hugo,  Merry Christmas to you & your family. VV I have been trying to post a photo to  the Forum, but cant work out how, can you tell me?. Regards Jas   PS Did you know that I have arrived back here?.  also, loved your snow photos
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on December 22, 2010, 03:01:56 PM
Already answered, Jas:

How to upload photos to a post.

1) After writing your post, underneath the message box, click on Additional Options.
2) Next to Attach, click on the 'Choose File' button.
3) Select the photo file you want to use from my computer's hard drive (it must be less than 300k in size).
4) If you want to add another photo, click on (more attachments) and repeat the procedure.
5) Click on Post and the message & photo should be displayed.

You just add the photos and they are displayed at the end of your post but you don't choose where they go in the post. You can add a maximum of 4 photos per post at present, although we can easily change that if you would like more.

Have a go, any problems, just let me know and I will advise.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Jas on December 22, 2010, 04:12:46 PM
Thank you again. No excuses for not knowing now. Best wishes for xmas Jas VV
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Trojan on December 22, 2010, 09:05:13 PM
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It's just as well we went shopping today, there's 6 inches of snow in Colwyn Heights and it's still snowing heavily now.
We'll be going nowhere tomorrow that's for sure.

An experienced mountain walker like you Hugo.....and you can't even navigate Colwyn Heights in the winter!  L0L
What's the weather like for you at the moment, Trojan?

Been raining all week.  :'(

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 23, 2010, 10:57:27 PM
Hi Jas, thanks for your good wishes and I hope that you and the family have a Happy Christmas and a good New Year.
I knew that you had arrived back as I've been reading your posts but wondered if you had had second thoughts and were heading back on account of the weather!   
Looking forward to seeing your photos and hope that you have settled in to your new home.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Jas on December 28, 2010, 09:13:56 AM
Hi Hugo, Yes I am settling  in OK, the weather is a BIG shock tho! & thoughts of Aus are lurking in the back of my mind. Haven't booked a return flight yet :o.  All the best for 2011  ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 28, 2010, 10:41:30 AM
Wait until the Winter is over Jas as it has only just started!    There are some snow scenes on BBC North West Wales and there's one of Manod Road Blaenau. I bet that's worse than Glan Conwy.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 03, 2011, 06:54:47 PM
Whilst in Colwyn Bay this morning, I noticed that the former United Reform Church (corner of Sea View Road/Abergele Road) had come up for sale yet again. It's going for auction, with a guide price of £125,000. Looks cheap for the money but,beware, it's a moneypit even with CCBC grants available:
In a letter dated 4th June 2010 from Conwy County Borough Council it was indicated that a grant would be available for internal and external works. Internal works grant at 50% of the total cost and external works at 80% of the total cost, subject to grant resources being available.

Some photos from when i viewed it back in December 2008:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3197/2941798069_61ab14c91b_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/2941798069/)
Exploring (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/2941798069/#) by SnakeCorp (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3296/2942657128_24d4679178_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/2942657128/)
Exploring.. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/2942657128/#) by SnakeCorp (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr

Details:
http://www.propertypilot.co.uk/pdf/160+1359.PDF (http://www.propertypilot.co.uk/pdf/160+1359.PDF)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on January 03, 2011, 11:02:59 PM
Would make a great show gallery for Snakecorps Photography PLC

Lets have it.

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Post by: DaveR on January 04, 2011, 11:25:36 AM
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Would make a great show gallery for Snakecorps Photography PLC

Lets have it.
Not in Colwyn Bay, thank you!
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Post by: Yorkie on January 04, 2011, 02:29:10 PM
Penrhyn Bay Library may be available soon!     $wales
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 07, 2011, 12:02:32 PM
It has been snowing up here on the heights and it was sticking. There was about half an inch on the drive when I cleared it but it's starting to melt now.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 23, 2011, 07:02:36 PM
I noticed that a whole section of Lawson Road has been fenced off, presumably ready for demolition. Let's hope the bulldozer keeps going and clears the whole road...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 29, 2011, 04:57:29 PM
I've noticed a few times lately that Speakers Corner cafe has not been open when I've gone past. I looked in through the window today and saw the entire place seemed to be covered in dust! Does anyone know if they've shut down or is something else going on?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on January 29, 2011, 05:19:11 PM
I'll give them £50 for the drum kit, if they have closed down
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 29, 2011, 05:29:38 PM
I suspect your neighbours would offer more...to prevent it getting into your hands!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on January 29, 2011, 09:23:05 PM
(http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-music001.gif) (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 29, 2011, 11:00:06 PM
the other day we went to see the starlings at Colwyn Bay pier, well worth  a look at around 4.15pm on. There must have been thousands of them swirling around

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f295/AustinRover/Jan%202011/DSCF1314.jpg)

(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f295/AustinRover/Jan%202011/DSCF1309.jpg)

the condition of the pier is not improving!
(http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f295/AustinRover/Jan%202011/DSCF1318.jpg)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Trojan on January 30, 2011, 01:04:54 AM
Dixieland used to be full of birds in it's heyday.

Sadly, it's only the feathered variety seen on the pier now.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on February 03, 2011, 12:33:26 PM
Big cutbacks coming at Rydal School. Could its long term survival be in jeopardy?

RYDAL Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay plans to axe up to 37 members of staff as it faces an £833,000 debt.

The private school on Pwllycrochan Avenue blames falling pupil numbers, especially boarders, and the financial climate for the cuts which are will be made following a consultation process.

Facing job losses are eight teachers, 10 catering staff, 10 cleaners as well as technicians and staff from the boarding, administration and bursary departments and Rydal Penrhos Society.

Controversially, the school is planning to drop Welsh and Latin from the secondary curriculum, and only clean the school every other day.
Pupil teaching hours will be cut from 32 lessons a week to 29, with pupils expected to work outside lessons to make up the shortfall. Teachers are also expected to help with “extra-curricular” studies as part of their new contract.

Headmaster Patrick Lee-Browne says the proposals are a worst-case scenario, but one former teacher says morale is very low among staff.
“It is impossible to run a good educational establishment when you completely demoralise the staff,” she said.
“They have been asked to work more for less money. Morale was in their boots when I left.”

Another anonymous teacher, still at the school, felt similarly: “Staff have lost confidence in the management which has failed to show any leadership in the last three years and the staff believe it is this lack of leadership, and not the recession, that has caused the dip in numbers at the school.”

The school, which charges fees of between £3,600 and £7,805 a term, is negotiating with trade unions and staff until the 90-day consultation is complete in March.

Staff facing the chop will be scored on attendance, extra curricular contribution, flexibility, responsibility, qualifications and experience.
As well as job cuts, responsibilities will be reallocated as the current 21 heads of department will be replaced by eight faculty heads.
The school employs 220 staff, with 75 teachers.

Headmaster Patrick Lee-Browne said the school was still working to avoid redundancies.
“The proposals are the worst case scenario. We are working to avoid redundancies,” he said.
“We’re making good progress with the consultation to reach agreements to try and save costs.”

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/02/03/redundancies-expected-at-colwyn-bay-school-55243-28103868/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/02/03/redundancies-expected-at-colwyn-bay-school-55243-28103868/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on February 03, 2011, 02:51:59 PM
I really hope they have come up with a robust, transparent and above all FAIR method for determining redundanies.

The criteria mentioned are similar to those my colleagues and I were forced use on many occasions when redundancies came around.

However, many injustices were done as each manager conducting the appraisals and 'ticking the boxes' , all had a different view of what 'good' looked like.

Some managers were lenient, others were very much ''by the book''.  That invariably meant that stricter managers lost more staff, as their judgement made thier staff SEEM as if they had more faults.

One girl was given a mention in her appraisal for using the internet during working hours.  Although she was actually the least offender in the office.
Other managers never took their staff to task on this issue,  and this resulted in the poor girl LOSING her job when the scores were totted up!













Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Blongb on February 04, 2011, 03:01:44 PM
I've always been in favour of voluntary first, then if necessary last in first out. That way at least everyone knows where there up to and it gets rid of managerial bias 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on February 04, 2011, 03:29:55 PM
I agree BlongB, and luckliy that was the preferred method on most occasions. 
I benefitted from that personally too (at the very end)

However on one occasion I well remember an expensive firm of consultantscame in, compiled a list of what they considered dead wood and we were left to implement it.
In fact it was purely a way of getting rid of the youngest and cheapest victims.
Thereby leaving behind older (more expensive to pay) and demoralised staff... who really wanted to go!

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Blongb on February 04, 2011, 03:34:10 PM
Which ever method is used Fester, it will bring heart ache and misery to some poor soul
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on February 05, 2011, 02:25:56 PM
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I've noticed a few times lately that Speakers Corner cafe has not been open when I've gone past. I looked in through the window today and saw the entire place seemed to be covered in dust! Does anyone know if they've shut down or is something else going on?
I can now answer my own question - Speakers has shut down after the Landlord seized the premises for non payment of rent.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on February 07, 2011, 05:36:09 PM
The Murmuration at Colwyn Bay Pier.

"A “murmuration” of starlings, as this phenomenon is known, must be one of the most magical, yet underrated, wildlife spectacles on display in winter. Impenetrable as the flock’s movements might seem to the human eye, the underlying maths is comparatively straightforward. Each bird strives to fly as close to its neighbours as possible, instantly copying any changes in speed or direction. As a result, tiny deviations by one bird are magnified and distorted by those surrounding it, creating rippling, swirling patterns. In other words, this is a classic case of mathematical chaos (larger shapes composed of infinitely varied smaller patterns). Whatever the science, however, it is difficult for the observer to think of it as anything other than some vast living entity. The logic behind this spectacular behaviour is simple: survival. Starlings are tasty morsels for peregrines, merlins and sparrowhawks. The answer is to seek safety in numbers, gathering in flocks and with every bird trying to avoid the edge where adept predators can sometimes snatch a victim."
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on February 07, 2011, 09:22:46 PM
The maths is simple?   I was with you when you took these pictures remember... and I never saw any of these birds using a calculator.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 07, 2011, 09:30:32 PM
I said it was worth seeing and as you know Fester, bird's brains are powerfull  D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on February 21, 2011, 02:21:31 PM
Contractors are due to start this week on the first phase of £5m plans to improve Colwyn Bay's coastal defences and promenade facilities.

The initial phase is designed to protect more than 200 properties, the A55 and railway line opposite the northern entrance to Eirias Park.

A storm last winter caused damage that cost more than £500,000 to repair.

The current defences are more than 100 years old, with the promenade the first line of defence against the Irish Sea.

Contractors are preparing to start work this week after Conwy County Borough Council confirmed it had received final funding.

In total, £2.3m has been confirmed from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) along with £2.7m from the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) announced last month.

Phase 1a will also see the first part of the promenade improvements taking place, including a new raised area for visitors.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-12523484 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-12523484)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on March 04, 2011, 02:37:12 PM
I could see black smoke billowing past my house and went to investigate where it was coming from. It smelt of burning plastic and as I neared the source I could see that my neighbours house was on fire. It was so distressing to see the family outside the house watching it go up in flames and hearing explosions inside the building. The Fire Service had been called out by a few neighbours but hadn't arrived yet although the sirens could be heard in the distance. I counted 4 fire engines,1 ambulance,a Police car and two other vehicles arriving on the scene.
I saw the lady owner arriving back from her walk with the dog. She had gone out for a walk and was arriving back completely unaware of what was going on and was devastated to learn of what had happened. It was so upsetting to witness such a thing and the only good thing was that no one was seriously injured although the husband had burns to his hands and face and was taken to hospital. I should imagine he is also suffering from smoke inhalation too.
My thoughts are with the family because it must be extremely hard to cope as they only have the clothes that they are wearing. Everything else in the house must be damaged by the fire or by the water from the Fire Engines. It happened about 10.30am and the Fire Engines and the Incident Command Unit have only just left the scene.
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Post by: Nemesis on March 04, 2011, 03:16:12 PM
How dreadful.
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Post by: Jack on March 04, 2011, 06:21:26 PM
It must have been a massive blaze because I could see the smoke rising as I sat in the traffic jam on the A55 at Llandulas, a fire engine from Abergele was going down the old road presumably to help the Colwyn Bay crews and as I neared Llandudno another fire engine was heading down the 470 towards Colwyn Bay.  Very Sad, any idea what caused it?
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Post by: Hugo on March 04, 2011, 08:18:25 PM
I heard something said but I don't want to speculate at this moment. I saw two people with Cameras go into the place and the Fire Investigators were there but heard nothing since.
Late this afternoon I drove past and the damage was not readily visible but the windows were open to let out the smell of smoke.
I've got a lot of sympathy for the family as I went through something similar with a relative  but not on the same scale but that's another story and I wouldn't like to go through it again
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Post by: Fester on March 04, 2011, 08:42:14 PM
Pray God they were fully insured.... and I am so relieved that no one has been badly hurt.
That may be the only shred of comfort that the family can cling on to at the moment.
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Post by: TheMedz on March 04, 2011, 08:55:12 PM
You go through each day and you think  your minor things look important but in the wider scheme they are nothing but a trifle. Why do i keep worrying about  things instead of getting on and making the most of each day?
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Post by: Fester on March 05, 2011, 12:03:52 AM
I learned a few years ago to (try) and not worry about things I can't affect.

One of my biggest fears was redundancy.
Then I realised that if those at 'the top' were planning to edge me out, there was nothing I could do about it, so why worry?
Similarly, if an asteroid is about to hit the Earth tomorrow, I can't stop that happening.

Eventually redundancy DID come, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me!!
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Post by: brumbob on March 05, 2011, 03:44:50 PM
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Eventually redundancy DID come, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me!!
I was expecting voluntary redundancies shortly, I'm gutted they're not going to happen now  :rage:
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Post by: Hugo on March 07, 2011, 07:09:18 PM
I saw my neighbour yesterday and he has got burns to his face which he said were superficial but no other burns elsewhere. Thank goodness he is fully insured and everything on the insurance side seems to be working efficiently. The loss adjusters were coming and he would know very soon know how things will proceed.  It's going to be months rather than weeks before they can move back into the property but in the meantime they are hoping to rent the property next door which has been up for sale for a while and has no sitting tenant.
I just hope that things can get back to normal for them asap, it's such a shame to think of what has happened but on the other side it could have been a lot worse.
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Post by: dwsi on March 07, 2011, 08:45:39 PM
It's good to hear that things are going well for them. I went past as the last of the fire engines was packing up.
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Post by: DaveR on March 08, 2011, 04:47:31 PM
I'm told there was an armed robbery at the NatWest bank in Colwyn Bay today.
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Post by: Yorkie on March 08, 2011, 04:52:39 PM
It seems to me that the main robbery of Banks is committed by the Bosses with their Millions in Bonus Payments!     _))*

With one of the lesser payments it worked out at almost £2,500 per hour over the year!
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Post by: DaveR on March 09, 2011, 08:27:47 AM
"Three people have been arrested on suspicion of robbery after an incident outside a bank, say North Wales Police.

Police said the victim had money taken from him on the steps of the NatWest bank on Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, at 1044 GMT on Tuesday.

Two men aged 36 and 41, and a woman, 35, were awaiting questioning at St Asaph, the force said.

Police are appealing for witnesses to call them on 101 or 0845 6071002, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The woman was arrested after a vehicle was located by the North Wales Police helicopter on the A55 near Caerwys, said police."
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Post by: Hugo on March 10, 2011, 11:46:20 AM
I'm not surprised that the robbers didn't get far on the A55, there's enough road works there to stop the crooks making a quick getaway!

Well done to the Police though for doing such a good job.

&well&
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Post by: Hugo on March 10, 2011, 05:26:32 PM
There was a photo on the front page of the NWWN (Colwyn Bay edition) and a report inside of the fire.  I hope the family are able to get over this disaster.
It just shows you how easily fires can develop and also highlights how dangerous the job of a fireman can be.
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Post by: DaveR on March 19, 2011, 07:49:44 PM
Lot of redevelopment work going on in Colwyn Bay at the moment.  $walesflag$

Photo 1 - Promenade Redevelopment
Photo 2  - New Rugby Centre at Eirias Park
Photo 3 - Renovation of Theatr Colwyn
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Post by: Paddy on March 20, 2011, 04:28:12 AM
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Lot of redevelopment work going on in Colwyn Bay at the moment.  $walesflag$


Have they had an influx of cash or grants recently? They seem to be on a bit of a spree!
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Post by: DaveR on March 20, 2011, 08:45:38 AM
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Lot of redevelopment work going on in Colwyn Bay at the moment.  $walesflag$


Have they had an influx of cash or grants recently? They seem to be on a bit of a spree!
WAG has designated Colwyn Bay a Strategic Regeneration Area, so there's a lot more cash and changes on the way.  $walesflag$

http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/housingandcommunity/2008/081014regeneration/?lang=en (http://wales.gov.uk/newsroom/housingandcommunity/2008/081014regeneration/?lang=en)
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Post by: DaveR on April 07, 2011, 08:20:05 AM
I note that, in next weeks CCBC Cabinet Meeting, the following item is on the Agenda:

"Application for Compulsory Purchase Order of Colwyn Bay Market Hall"

The old KFC on Princes Drive has already been purchased. What are CCBC's plans for this area when it has been cleared?
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Post by: Trojan on April 07, 2011, 10:17:20 PM
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I note that, in next weeks CCBC Cabinet Meeting, the following item is on the Agenda:

"Application for Compulsory Purchase Order of Colwyn Bay Market Hall"

The old KFC on Princes Drive has already been purchased. What are CCBC's plans for this area when it has been cleared?

Retirement flats?  ;D
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Post by: Yorkie on April 08, 2011, 08:43:28 PM
Totally by accident I have just visited John Oddy's Blog which is still showing his Xmas message as the last posting.  What is he doing nowadays, has he given up on the Blog?     :roll:
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Post by: DaveR on April 08, 2011, 08:45:01 PM
Funnily enough, I emailed John an hour or two ago, asking if he would like to join the forum.
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Post by: Trojan on April 09, 2011, 03:36:52 AM
Hope he joins, he's a likable chap is John.

It will make BrumBob happy too - they will be able to in-depth chats about tobacco & smoking again.  :votive:
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Post by: Yorkie on April 09, 2011, 07:44:38 AM
Brumbob seems to have exitted the Forum.   
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Post by: Trojan on April 11, 2011, 12:53:36 AM
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Brumbob seems to have exitted the Forum.   

Yes, how ironic.  :-X
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Post by: Yorkie on April 11, 2011, 11:28:25 AM
The games room just won't be the same without him!     L0L

Maybe we could now prune a few of them without upsetting anyone.     D)
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Post by: Yorkie on April 12, 2011, 05:26:10 PM
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Brumbob seems to have exitted the Forum.   

And I am now following close behind!


Been nice to know you!
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Post by: Trojan on April 12, 2011, 06:17:18 PM
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Brumbob seems to have exitted the Forum.   

And I am now following close behind!


Been nice to know you!

What?

How could you do this to me?  :'(
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Post by: DaveR on April 13, 2011, 10:53:14 AM
Speakers Corner in Penrhyn Road is set to reopen as the Glass Lounge under the ownership of former employee Hayley Walker.

"She hopes to return the bar to its former glory as a live music venue on Saturday nights, and opening it as a wine bar on Friday evenings."

Best of luck to her!  :)
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Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2011, 08:45:14 AM
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I note that, in next weeks CCBC Cabinet Meeting, the following item is on the Agenda:

"Application for Compulsory Purchase Order of Colwyn Bay Market Hall"

The old KFC on Princes Drive has already been purchased. What are CCBC's plans for this area when it has been cleared?
The acquisition by Compulsory Purchase of the old Market Hall building in Colwyn Bay has been approved.
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Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2011, 08:49:28 AM
Colwyn Bay railway station set for revamp
Apr 14 2011 by Richard Evans, North Wales Weekly News

PLANS for a brand new multi-million pound railway station in Colwyn Bay have been announced.

Featuring a new glass front and back, the concept will mean train passengers will be able to look out to sea from both the station and adjoining Station Road.

Designed by Manchester-based BDP, the plans include much improved disabled access and will make the station more friendly and secure for passengers.

A new cafe is included in the early concepts, as are new ticket machines and parking spaces.

The plans were unveiled by the designer, together with Network Rail and Arriva, at a non-public meeting at Colwyn Leisure Centre last week.

The event was billed as a consultation event as part of the Assembly-backed Railway Station Improvement Wales project.

The plans go hand in hand with the council’s Bay Life Initiative Colwyn Bay Masterplan which includes a new station as key to the town’s regeneration.

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/04/14/colwyn-bay-railway-station-set-for-revamp-55243-28515706/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/04/14/colwyn-bay-railway-station-set-for-revamp-55243-28515706/)
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Post by: ormegolf on April 16, 2011, 08:37:43 PM
In response to Dave Rs query about the old market hall, the old KFC etc in the Bay, and the council plans. In my mind I have the answer to that question, but I cannot believe that I know it but no one else on the forum appears to know. How unbelievable. I cannot recall whether I read it, or where, or heard it or dreamed about it. The plan is to pull everything down and build offices for use by CBC. The only other things that I remember is that the supporters of this plan said that there would be a load of workers spending cash in the Bay on their way to and fro in work, eating out etc. The opponents pointed out that amongst the plans there was a subsidized staff canteen, so tough luck to the cafes. It was also discussed where all the staff cars were going to go. My memory is even hazier here but I think there was some proposal to take over some public car park and use that, Douglas Road comes to mind but I realise thats a fair step away.  Mike  P.S. It is a fair while ago since I heard this, probably about a couple of years.
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Post by: DaveR on April 16, 2011, 08:45:59 PM
You're quite right, Mike, but I believe that idea has been dropped for now (key bit: 'for now') and they are talked about a mixed use building. Here is the Market Hall as it looks at present:
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Post by: DaveR on April 25, 2011, 05:48:52 PM
The old Threshers Off Licence at the top of Penrhyn Road has had a new Victorian style shopfront and glass/iron canopy installed, using grant funding. A big improvement!
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Post by: Trojan on April 25, 2011, 08:39:23 PM
Looks like it already has a nice layer of bird droppings on the right.
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Post by: Fester on April 25, 2011, 10:53:06 PM
There are many buildings and businesses in Mostyn St and Upper Mostyn Street which would benefit greatly from just such a new canopy.

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Post by: Trojan on April 26, 2011, 01:51:55 AM
I was wondering what materials went into it's manufacture. The same as the Victorian era?
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Post by: DaveR on April 26, 2011, 08:13:24 AM
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I was wondering what materials went into it's manufacture. The same as the Victorian era?
Yes, the grant specifies that original materials must be used.
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Post by: Trojan on April 26, 2011, 05:12:33 PM
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I was wondering what materials went into it's manufacture. The same as the Victorian era?
Yes, the grant specifies that original materials must be used.

Aha,  $thanx$
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Post by: DaveR on April 26, 2011, 05:28:58 PM
A comparison shot...before and after renovation:
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Post by: DaveR on May 02, 2011, 02:30:20 PM
Bit of a rough start to Promenade Day this morning!
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Post by: Bri Roberts on May 02, 2011, 02:41:08 PM
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The old Threshers Off Licence at the top of Penrhyn Road has had a new Victorian style shopfront and glass/iron canopy installed, using grant funding. A big improvement!

I guess all it needs now is a new tenant.
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Post by: DaveR on May 02, 2011, 04:10:41 PM
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The old Threshers Off Licence at the top of Penrhyn Road has had a new Victorian style shopfront and glass/iron canopy installed, using grant funding. A big improvement!

I guess all it needs now is a new tenant.
...at £14,500 a year.
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Post by: DaveR on May 02, 2011, 04:11:32 PM
Once the High Tide had receded, Prom Day turned into a big success:
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Post by: white rabbit on May 02, 2011, 04:42:59 PM
Went past this today and it looked like a glorified car boot sale
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Post by: DaveR on May 02, 2011, 04:47:44 PM
Fairs generally do, surely?  8)
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Post by: Hugo on May 05, 2011, 07:26:07 PM
There has been a couple of car crashes on King's Drive today. The first I saw was just before 4.00pm when a car came up the one way system in King's Road and hit a car coming down the hill.
Both cars were in a bit of a mess but hopefully no one was seriously injured by the accident.
Later on just before 6.00pm a red car turned over on the bad bend near the top of King's Drive and there was a fire engine and Police car at the scene.  Traffic coming down the hill and also going up it had to stop and do 3 point turns and go back the way that they had come. The road is now open and wasn't closed for long.
It's a wonder that there haven't been more crashes in the past the way that people drive and cut the corner by the Church as they come into Lansdowne  Road.      :o
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Post by: DaveR on May 05, 2011, 08:40:27 PM
That corner by the Church is certainly very dangerous.
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Post by: Yorkie on May 05, 2011, 08:51:15 PM
There are no dangerous corners - just dangerous drivers! 

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Post by: DaveR on May 20, 2011, 11:57:03 AM
The old Dandos shop (opposite Woolworths) has finally been sold, I hope the new owners remove the awful shutters on the ground floor and renovate the building.

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Post by: ormegolf on May 20, 2011, 09:36:44 PM
Seeing this photo takes me back to an incedent probably not far off 70 years ago. At that time my family lived in Rhos, this shop was a newsagents and, I have no idea why, we had weekly/monthly periodicals ordered there. So one day I was given the task to ride there and pick them up. A nervous easily embarrased youngster. I go to the counter and say "Can I have The Lady, The Gardener and The Scout" and the women behind the counter fell about laughing. I had no idea why. It was only many,many years after that Lady Chatterleys Lover hit the shelves and I suppose it was something to do with that.
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Post by: DaveR on May 21, 2011, 05:44:05 PM
I noticed this sign whilst I was walking up in the Conservation Area in the upper part of Colwyn Bay. Many of the old Victorian houses seem to have been bought up by Developers who pull them down and build far larger blocks of flats in the large grounds. Makes me wonder what the point of a Conservation Area is really?

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Post by: Fester on May 21, 2011, 06:17:45 PM
I know my response has b****r all to do with Colwyn Bay,  but I agree Dave.  What is the point of Conservation Areas?

Take another look at Topolinos Pizza Monstrosity in Upper Mostyn Street.   :weeping: :weeping:
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Post by: Nemesis on May 21, 2011, 06:25:12 PM
And all the plastic windows that people have sneaked in without permission !
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Post by: dwsi on May 21, 2011, 06:30:29 PM
Conservation area management in Wales

http://www.civictrustwales.org/report_site/chap1.htm (http://www.civictrustwales.org/report_site/chap1.htm)

 $walesflag$
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Post by: DaveR on May 31, 2011, 08:13:23 PM
Several more shops in Penrhyn Road have had their 1980s shopfronts removed and authentic Victorian ones reinstated as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative programme. Penrhyn Road is starting to look quite smart now.
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Post by: DaveR on May 31, 2011, 08:36:13 PM
Work is progressing well on the new North Wales Rugby Centre at Eirias Park:
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Post by: Waffagolf on June 04, 2011, 01:46:46 PM
Colwyn Bay Civic Centre back in (I think 1969/1970??). The Mayor of Colwyn Bay has a shovel in his hand, so I guess he was going to hand it to the official guest to cut the turk perhaps? The guy in the wig is looking at his watch. I wonder if the guest was running late! Would this be in the day of Colwyn Foulkes I wonder? I have a feeling all present were awaiting the arrival of HRH Prince Charles? But if anyone knows differently please let us know.
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Post by: Waffagolf on June 04, 2011, 01:49:17 PM
Whoever the official guest was that day at the Civic Centre, they arrived in a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud. Seen arriving in top pic and leaving in bottom pic.
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Post by: Waffagolf on June 04, 2011, 01:52:24 PM
This picture is a bit blurry (sorry), but I think it must have been the members of Cor Meibion Colwyn who entertained the crowds on the day. All the proceedings were recorded for posterity, and a few years ago I took the Regal Zonophone reel to reel tapes to the council to put in their archives.

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Post by: DaveR on June 04, 2011, 03:56:35 PM
I think it was Prince Charles opening the Civic Centre back in 1968:
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Post by: Waffagolf on June 04, 2011, 04:09:50 PM
Well done DaveR. I Thought it was Charles. I did think it was after the Investiture, but I was wrong.
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Post by: DaveR on June 04, 2011, 04:14:14 PM
I was pleased to see that a new fountain has been installed in Queens Gardens, Colwyn Bay:
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Post by: SCMP on June 07, 2011, 07:59:45 PM
It's been operational for about a week now, it makes such a difference to the park. I hope it stays that way and suffers no damage because it really is pretty.
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Post by: born2run on June 10, 2011, 07:45:27 PM
I waited 2 hours for a bus to get home from Old Colwyn today.... Word is somebody jumped of Rainbow Bridge? Anyone know if this true?
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Post by: ormegolf on June 10, 2011, 09:19:16 PM
I dont see why, if there was an incedent at rainbow bridge it would affect bus services in or to Old Colwyn
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Post by: Fester on June 10, 2011, 09:26:33 PM
I was told by someone stuck in traffic, that the A55 was closed both ways... because someone had jumped off that bridge.
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Post by: born2run on June 10, 2011, 09:31:38 PM
Traffic was completely jammed getting into Colwyn Bay... this was about 4 and it took us over 30 minutes to get through the Bay.... Could have been another incedent I suppose
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Post by: born2run on June 10, 2011, 09:54:59 PM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/06/11/a55-closed-after-man-threatens-to-jump-from-old-colwyn-bridge-55578-28859127/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2011/06/11/a55-closed-after-man-threatens-to-jump-from-old-colwyn-bridge-55578-28859127/)
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Post by: Fester on June 10, 2011, 09:58:27 PM
If I had been in THAT tailback, I would have been egging the selfish #&@T to jump... and quick!

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Post by: Ian on June 11, 2011, 08:21:26 AM
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If I had been in THAT tailback, I would have been egging the selfish #&@T to jump... and quick!

Obviously, we can't possibly know what prompted him to do something like that, although attempted suicides in the UK run at 800 per week.  However, the main issue is information. I wonder if the various radio news systems were able to warn those in the queue about what was happening?
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Post by: born2run on June 11, 2011, 04:07:29 PM
Very sad indeed. 100 people on average kill themselves on the tubes in London every year
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Post by: Yorkie on June 11, 2011, 04:31:13 PM
Some interesting statistics here
http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=1092 (http://www.statistics.gov.uk/cci/nugget.asp?id=1092)
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Post by: Ian on June 11, 2011, 04:40:00 PM
What's particularly interesting is that the female suicide rate is and always has been significantly lower than the male.
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Post by: Yorkie on June 11, 2011, 04:56:58 PM
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Very sad indeed. 100 people on average kill themselves on the tubes in London every year

I had the unpleasant task, with others, of looking for the bits of one poor soul along the tracks.
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Post by: Trojan on June 11, 2011, 05:37:32 PM
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Very sad indeed. 100 people on average kill themselves on the tubes in London every year

I had the unpleasant task, with others, of looking for the bits of one poor soul along the tracks.

I used to hear stories of homeless males urinating onto the tracks from the platform. The third rail (middle) carries a high voltage to power the train.

The current would travel up the stream of urine and electrocute the person. 
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Post by: DaveR on June 11, 2011, 05:41:59 PM
There are suicide pits at every Tube Station, so that someone jumping off the platform will fall far enough down not to be injured by the train.

Lots of Tube stories here:
http://www.trainweb.org/tubeprune/unstories.htm (http://www.trainweb.org/tubeprune/unstories.htm)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 11, 2011, 06:02:19 PM
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I used to hear stories of homeless males urinating onto the tracks from the platform. The third rail (middle) carries a high voltage to power the train.

The current would travel up the stream of urine and electrocute the person. 

Is that true or are you taking the p**s?  ;D
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Post by: Trojan on June 11, 2011, 06:45:21 PM
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I used to hear stories of homeless males urinating onto the tracks from the platform. The third rail (middle) carries a high voltage to power the train.

The current would travel up the stream of urine and electrocute the person. 

Is that true or are you taking the p**s?  ;D

 _))*
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Post by: Yorkie on June 11, 2011, 06:57:57 PM
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I used to hear stories of homeless males urinating onto the tracks from the platform. The third rail (middle) carries a high voltage to power the train.

The current would travel up the stream of urine and electrocute the person.  

Which just goes to illustrate that one should always pee in short spurts!    L0L
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Post by: Ian on June 11, 2011, 07:04:04 PM
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The current would travel up the stream of urine and electrocute the person. 

It doesn't.  Urine doesn't discharge as a single stream , but as thousands of unconnected droplets, thus preventing the passage of electricity.
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Post by: Trojan on June 11, 2011, 07:15:38 PM
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The current would travel up the stream of urine and electrocute the person.  

It doesn't.  Urine doesn't discharge as a single stream , but as thousands of unconnected droplets, thus preventing the passage of electricity.

http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/202/has-anybody-gotten-electrocuted-peeing-on-the-third-rail (http://www.straightdope.com/columns/read/202/has-anybody-gotten-electrocuted-peeing-on-the-third-rail)

Marshall Houts's Where Death Delights (1967) contains the sad story of one Joseph Patrick O'Malley, a man with two unfortunate habits: heavy drinking and wandering through subway tunnels.

One morning, O'Malley's mangled body was found in a tunnel 50 yards from the nearest station. He had apparently been struck and killed by a train.

But an autopsy turned up another cause: "The burns on the head of the penis and on the thumb and forefinger were obviously electrical burns … The stream of urine had come into contact with the 600 volts of the third rail. The current had coursed up the stream to cause the burns on his body as the electricity entered it.

"In all probability, he was dead from electrocution before the train ever hit his body."

Others have their doubts, however.

The combination of water and electricity is notoriously volatile — so much so that there might be a built-in safety factor, i.e., the shock would be great enough to knock you down. This would spoil your aim and cut off the current before the electricity could do its lethal work on your heart muscles.

In any case the experience would not be pleasant. So take a tip from your Uncle Cecil: play it cool, stay in school, and watch where you're spreading those vital fluids.

(2009 addition: The Mythbusters TV show has pointed out that the urine stream would break into droplets shortly after exiting the penis and wouldn't provide a continuous path for the flow of current. However, it's possible that at sufficiently high voltage the juice could arc past the air gap. The UK Daily Mail reported in 2008 that a Polish tourist had been electrocuted after urinating on a 750-volt rail in London, and a 14-year-old boy was reportedly killed doing the same on a 600-volt rail in Chicago in 1991. We have also belatedly learned of a 1977 case in which an inebriated Chicago man was electrocuted after walking onto ground-level tracks and urinating on the third rail at close range. Available documents indicate his penis was exposed but provide no further details. Notwithstanding uncertainties about these cases, caution with respect to peeing and third rails is advised.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on June 12, 2011, 08:41:55 AM
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However, it's possible that at sufficiently high voltage the juice could arc past the air gap.

That's right, although the dielectric breakdown voltage for air is approximately 3000 V/mm (= 3 kV/mm), but it can depend on other factors such as the geometry of the gap and the air pressure.  Generally, however, it's unlikely that anything less than 1000v would bridge that gap. Much more likely, given the first recorded instance was of a drunkard whose coordination would also be somewhat suspect, is that the unfortunate individual in question touched the rail by some other means, albeit fleetingly. That could easily tip him into more direct contact.  As to the others, would any sane and sober individual ever get close to a third rail?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on June 12, 2011, 08:52:43 AM
You do also get the odd case of dogs being electrocuted when they cock their legs against a faulty lamp post.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on June 12, 2011, 09:33:49 AM
One very interesting thing I saw many moons age was the electrocution of a cow, lying - nose first - towards one of the big pylons on the Roman road on the Carneddau. No visible sign of dangling cables, but the cow was certainly dead, and the chap in attendance was saying something about 'concentric fields'.  What I do know - as I've tried it myself - is that you can light up a fluorescent tube by holding it above your head by its two ends, if you're standing near to the base of one of the high-voltage pylons NG use for their main distribution network.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on June 28, 2011, 01:07:02 PM
CCBC have been busily buying up empty properties in central Colwyn Bay. Most will demolished as part of the Regeneration programme:

KFC Building, Princes Drive - £225,000
10 Douglas Road - £114,000
Market Hall, Princes Drive - £758,500
22 Station Road (Roumania House) - £230,000

They are also intending to spend £450,000 on 'public art' in central Colwyn Bay.  :-X
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on June 29, 2011, 12:56:42 AM
Where is all this money coming from for CCBC to spend? ...(I know the answer, its coming from us!)

Surely, for a fraction of that price, they could buy up the Pier Pavilion site in Llandudno ... and then this era of desolation on that site could begin to lift.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on June 29, 2011, 07:13:58 AM
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Where is all this money coming from for CCBC to spend? ...(I know the answer, its coming from us!)

Surely, for a fraction of that price, they could buy up the Pier Pavilion site in Llandudno ... and then this era of desolation on that site could begin to lift.


Colwyn Bay was designated a Strategic Regeneration Area, the money is coming from WG.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on June 30, 2011, 11:01:23 AM
Wetherspoons in Colwyn Bay is currently closed for refurbishment.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on July 02, 2011, 11:59:19 PM
I have been into many Wetherspoons, but the one in Colwyn Bay is the best by far.

All the different levels, soft furnishings and intersting architecture make for a really pleasant place to have a beer and grub.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on July 03, 2011, 12:04:24 AM
It is much better than a lot of other Wetherspoons.

Good to see another eyesore shopfront removed in Penrhyn Road and replaced with a more sympathetic design:

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 03, 2011, 06:27:54 PM
It was a beautiful warm day here yesterday and the evening was pleasant too.    About 10.00pm I was looking out over the sea and the visibility was excellent.  You could see the Isle of Man and the Cumbrian hills quite clearly but the pictures I took were rubbish so I'm not posting them.
Today was another lovely day and this photo was taken this morning.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on July 03, 2011, 06:42:51 PM
Why is almost every shop in Colwyn Bay closed on a Sunday??  :o It's like a throwback to some bygone religious age.
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Post by: DaveR on July 03, 2011, 07:44:33 PM
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Why is almost every shop in Colwyn Bay closed on a Sunday??  :o It's like a throwback to some bygone religious age.
It's a chicken and egg situation. Shops don't open because there are no people about. People dont come because there are no shops open. It is deathly quiet in the Bay on a Sunday, like a ghost town.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on July 03, 2011, 11:23:05 PM
This is nothing new. In the early eightys i.e. 30 years ago, a Rhyl based bus operator of a sort ran a bus service from the Bay to Llysfaen. His drivers were all from the Rhyl area and they just could not believe their eyes when they travelled the eight miles or so from the heaving masses of people around Rhyl on a summer seasonal Sunday to the empty streets of the Bay.
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Post by: Hugo on July 04, 2011, 12:17:36 PM
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This is nothing new. In the early eightys i.e. 30 years ago, a Rhyl based bus operator of a sort ran a bus service from the Bay to Llysfaen. His drivers were all from the Rhyl area and they just could not believe their eyes when they travelled the eight miles or so from the heaving masses of people around Rhyl on a summer seasonal Sunday to the empty streets of the Bay.

If it's the same coach operator as I think it is, he picked our football team up after we had an end of season late night /  early morning drinking spree and it turned out that he had more to drink than most of our team!         :roll:
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Post by: DaveR on July 04, 2011, 12:21:36 PM
 :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on July 23, 2011, 10:53:55 PM
Another shopfront on Penrhyn Road has been 'victorianised' with the aid of Townscape Heritage Initiative cash:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on July 23, 2011, 10:56:10 PM
Has to be said that Penrhyn Road is the smartest street in Colwyn Bay now, looks a lot better than it did a few years ago.
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Post by: poppy on July 23, 2011, 11:08:47 PM
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Another shopfront on Penrhyn Road has been 'victorianised' with the aid of Townscape Heritage Initiative cash:

I saw the same thing today. Looking better......
Title: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 29, 2011, 12:45:15 PM
A Property Management Company has asked me to put forward names to them of reputable LOCAL businesses for them to consider and accredit for Property Maintenance and also businesses for regular Garden Maintenance for a new development they currently manage on the far side of Old Colwyn.

Any recommendations?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 30, 2011, 09:02:46 AM
Are there no suitable businesses locally?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 03, 2011, 07:40:19 AM
I cannot believe there are no suitable businesses locally in either Colwyn Bay or Old Colwyn.

This work may have to remain with contractors on the Wirral.

On the other hand, a lack of replies may also demonstrate how little this site is viewed by viewers east of Rhos-on-Sea.
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Post by: poppy on August 03, 2011, 09:17:24 AM
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A Property Management Company has asked me to put forward names to them of reputable LOCAL businesses for them to consider and accredit for Property Maintenance and also businesses for regular Garden Maintenance for a new development they currently manage on the far side of Old Colwyn.

Any recommendations?



I thought the entry was a tad unclear. I'm still not sure what it means. Call me stupid......!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 03, 2011, 11:02:21 AM
Please let me know, poppy, what you do not understand and I will do my best to explain. $good$
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Post by: poppy on August 03, 2011, 11:23:26 AM
A quick read leads to the conclusion that the property management company wants to accredit the work of local businesses to themselves.  :o

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 03, 2011, 03:53:21 PM
poppy, the Management Company wish to appoint local contractors to carry work onsite for them on a regular basis on their new site in Old Colwyn instead of sending people down from away.

The accreditation will come from a business having appropriate insurance in place. e.g. – Public Liability Insurance with a minimum indemnity limit.

They also naturally do not want to deal with cowboys or pay in cash.

I am only playing piggy-in-the-middle and trying to help local tradesman.

I can assure you there is no financial recompense in it for me.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on August 06, 2011, 05:10:22 PM
I was just looking out to sea when 5 fighter planes flew overhead in formation in an easterly direction closely followed by another formation of 5 fighter planes.  Is there an air show on Anglesey today?
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Post by: DaveR on August 06, 2011, 05:15:33 PM
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I was just looking out to sea when 5 fighter planes flew overhead in formation in an easterly direction closely followed by another formation of 5 fighter planes.  Is there an air show on Anglesey today?
Just saw them myself, and was wondering what show they were appearing at.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Jack on August 06, 2011, 05:31:42 PM
There is a free air show today and tomorrow over Rhyl promenade.  Red Arrows appearing amongst many others.  Full backing by Denbighshire County Council perhaps CCBC should take note?
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Post by: Bri Roberts on August 06, 2011, 05:51:37 PM
Yes, me and the missus drove over to Rhyl around 11.30am this morning for the FREE air show.

http://www.rhylairshow.co.uk (http://www.rhylairshow.co.uk)

The website clearly advertises the event starts at noon but nothing started until around 2.15pm when the RAF Falcons Display Team parachuted down from above.

As this was shortly followed by a rain shower, we bid a hasty retreat undercover from our near perfect position sitting on the beach.

The programme looks better for tomorrow with the RAF Red Arrows due at 1pm with plenty of more action over the next two hours.

If you are going to venture over may I suggest you take the A547 (Abergele – Rhuddlan – Prestatyn Road) and drop down through Meliden to the Ffrith and make your way back towards Rhyl promenade from that direction as today there was room to park on the prom immediately before the Sun Centre for a nominal fee.

If there isn't then today there were plenty of parking spaces in the car park next door to the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on August 06, 2011, 09:52:34 PM
That must be why Llandudno was much, much quieter than any day was this week, or the corresponding weekend last year.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on August 06, 2011, 10:42:08 PM
Fester, I can remember when the sight of the RAF Red Arrows in Llandudno Bay was a regular event but not any longer.  Z@@

 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on August 06, 2011, 10:44:10 PM
 :o Dear me, Bri...  could this mean that Llandudno has fallen behind even RHYL???  in the pecking order...   :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 06, 2011, 10:55:18 PM
To be honest, Fester, I did witness a few promising signs on the seafront in Rhyl leaving me wondering where Llandudno and Rhyl will both be in 10 years time.  *&(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Jack on August 07, 2011, 09:07:40 AM
Also don't forget the huge amounts of money that is being invested in the Bay of Colwyn waterfront development, more competition for Llandudno.  Plus Colwyn Bay has a proper sandy beach which is much more of an attraction for families.
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Post by: DaveR on August 07, 2011, 12:43:57 PM
Colwyn Carnival is on today in the town centre; sadly, it doesn't seem to have been advertised as the turnout is pretty poor. Most of the cafes and shops are closed, which isn't helping matters.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on August 08, 2011, 12:26:15 AM
Why would shops and cafes be closed, in any seaside town, on any day in August?
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Post by: DaveR on August 09, 2011, 09:25:02 AM
A special Monty Python event, fronted by hometown star Terry Jones, will mark the official reopening of Colwyn Bay's Victorian theatre after a facelift.

Jones, Theatr Colwyn's patron, will be interviewed by comic Phill Jupitus after a screening of the Python classic, The Holy Grail.

The grand reopening will be held on 15 October, the theatre has announced.

The building has undergone refurbishment after receiving a £750,000 grant.

The money has been spent creating a new box office and a community room.

Jupitus, who is a team captain on BBC 2's Never Mind The Buzzcocks, will interview Jones as part of a special Monty Python afternoon, which includes a screening of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

The session will end with questions from the audience.

Money has been spent moving the bar and creating the box office, office space and community room. There will also be disabled access to all floors.

The theatre was expected to open last spring, but the revamp was delayed by a few months due to unforeseen structural problems.

The venue's new programme will reopen on 14 September with a production of Godspell, before Jones, who lived in the town until he was four, returns for the official ceremony.

He lent his support to the project in a visit to the theatre in April 2010.

"I've got a soft spot for Theatr Colwyn because my granddad used to run the Colwyn amateur dramatic society in the 1930s," he said at the time.

"He conducted a performance of Yeomen of the Guard here, which was also to raise funds. So it's great to follow in his footsteps."

Sarah Ecob, general manager, said: "Terry is one of the most famous of all comedy writers and performers.

"For him to make a second visit to Theatr Colwyn is wonderful. The Monty Python afternoon event will not only benefit the venue but also St David's Hospice, which provides a vital service to the community."

The building is said to house the oldest operating cinema in the UK.

Alice Robinson, chair of of the theatre's joint management committee, said: "I have been associated with the venue for decades now but have never seen any redevelopment on the same scale as this, it has been a major refurbishment."

She added: "It is so exciting to see this finally happen, after so many years of hoping. But this is just the first phase. We need to carry out a second phase of redevelopment at the rear of the stage, so the fundraising needs to continue."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-14448807 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-14448807)
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Post by: ormegolf on October 13, 2011, 04:29:28 PM
The promnent Imperial, often known as the imp, the worst pub in town" has sold subject to contract over its windows
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Post by: ormegolf on October 13, 2011, 04:32:40 PM
   Oh, and by the way, just in case you dont know the area --- to earn the title worst pub in town, well, you certainly have to fight hard against the opposition
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Post by: Bri Roberts on October 13, 2011, 06:30:04 PM
Next Monday evening's performance of 'An Inspector Calls' has been sold out for the past ten days at Theatr Colwyn.

I wouldn't mind except I was hoping to go and see it.  :(

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Post by: Yorkie on October 13, 2011, 06:54:08 PM
I'll get the local Sergeant to call round - it's the next best thing!    ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: viv on October 13, 2011, 08:28:46 PM
the lengths you have to go to to see a policeman these days! :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 23, 2011, 06:28:52 PM
The new Rugby Centre at Eirias Park is very nearly finished, I had a nosey around this morning - its looking good. The thing on a pole is a wind turbine, btw:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 29, 2011, 10:48:52 AM
The former Imperial pub at the bottom of Station Road is now available for short term let as a shop:
http://www.stdavidsproperty.com/asp/detail.asp?l=13&p=777&o=49 (http://www.stdavidsproperty.com/asp/detail.asp?l=13&p=777&o=49)

"This superbly situated lock up retail premises was formerly trading as a Public House/Nightclub and is now available as a Retail unit. We are presently only offering the shop for short-term lets for the Christmas period on an easy in/out agreement. "
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on October 29, 2011, 01:45:20 PM
   In it's nightclub days the bouncers had an easy in/easy out on your ear policy
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 04, 2011, 12:55:40 PM
SAINSBURY’S, Tesco Express or Costa Coffee could soon boost trade in Colwyn Bay town centre.

St David’s Commercial, the agents responsible for the sale of the Imperial Hotel on Station Road, say the purchase could mean a major retailer moving in.

The hotel, together with the buildings which accommodate The Manshop, Eat Easy and the former travel office, has been sold for an undisclosed fee to developers in the north of England.

The new owners will now collect rent from the businesses based at the site and refurbish the derelict Imperial Hotel.
St David’s Commercial’s Colin Flannigan says Sainsbury’s are already looking for a site in Colwyn Bay and revealed business is booming.
“A client of ours from up north has acquired the freehold of the Imperial and are looking to renovate. The freehold includes the whole building,” he said. “It would be nice to get a coffee shop there, maybe a Costa Coffee, and we will approach them and other retailers. “We are looking to put a retail shop there, not a pub, maybe a Sainsbury’s or a Tesco Express. Sainsbury’s have been looking in Colwyn Bay. It is good news if we can pull it off.”

Mr Flannigan believed a price drop in property was responsible for more business properties changing hands in the town.
“Colwyn Bay seems to be getting busier, I must admit,” he said.
“The prices have come down to a certain level, and our investors are attracted to come here because the prices have come down maybe 25%.”

Cllr Chris Hughes believed the sale of the pub was evidence Colwyn Bay’s council-headed regeneration effort was working.
“This is what we have been working for. We’ve always said the council can’t regenerate the town, but what we can do is put the infrastructure and building blocks in place to make it attractive to the private sector,” he said.
“That is what we are seeing now – property developers are seeing Colwyn Bay as something that could work. That is what we wanted to do, increase footfall and the number of jobs for local people. ”

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/11/03/sainsbury-s-tesco-express-or-costa-coffee-could-be-seen-in-colwyn-bay-55243-29709167/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2011/11/03/sainsbury-s-tesco-express-or-costa-coffee-could-be-seen-in-colwyn-bay-55243-29709167/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian48 on November 04, 2011, 02:09:00 PM
I noticed this and must admit, I think it's always annoying when article titles are written like this. It maybe should have just said 'Imperial Hotel Building Sold' because that's all that has happened.

As for Colwyn Bay, I think it's a bit early to say 'business is booming'. I really hope it is as it would be great to see the Bay back on the way up. I must say though, last time I was there a few months ago, I was pretty shocked by it. Even compared to when I used to go there regularly in the early to mid 90s, it seems worse today.

Some of the buildings have been done-up beautifully though. I think part of the problem is the people you come into contact with. It's a shame that some of those now displaced from the worst parts of Rhyl by regeneration are moving in ever greater numbers to Colwyn Bay. Subhumans might be too strong a term, but.....
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Post by: cygnusx-1 on November 04, 2011, 07:38:53 PM
This is what Bob Squire has been telling the council he sits on for many years.......problems(challenges to put a positive spin on it) brought in from outside the area.
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Post by: DaveR on November 04, 2011, 08:09:31 PM
Bob Squire was right!
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Post by: cygnusx-1 on November 15, 2011, 07:50:41 PM
Marine Road in Colwyn Bay.......why have people started parking under the A55/Railway Bridge over the last few months?

Surely this is a hazzard preventing the traffic from flowing freely........yesterday a white van was parked there causing problems at about 5.00pm and it was there again tonight. The red Renault Clio parked there had an expired tax disc when I walked past last Thursday afternoon.

I know there are no yellow lines under the bridges but surely people know it could cause an accident restricting the road width so 2 cars cannot pass without stopping......and it is such a busy area.

I am surprised the council have not been to yellow line the area.......there are much wider roads in Colwyn  Bay which have been double yellowed in the last couple of years......Conway Road at the top of Marine Road for example in front of Queens Gardens.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 15, 2011, 10:23:33 PM
This is a new one on me. It's certainly a stupid place to park and not the sort of place you'd want to leave a vehicle for long either!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 08, 2011, 11:55:54 AM
I've seen cars parked there on a number of occasions and it is a stupid and dangerous place to park. I think that people are parking there because the Council have imposed time limits on all the roads near the town centre and unless there are double yellow lines on the road then they are legally able to park under the bridge so they just do it.
As for the red Renault Clio with an out of date tax disc, then it should have been reported to the Police as it is illegal and won't be covered for insurance purpose, that is if it is insured anyway.
  It's thoughtless people like that, that puts the price of insurance premiums up for the rest of us.
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Post by: Yorkie on December 08, 2011, 04:15:05 PM
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I've seen cars parked there on a number of occasions and it is a stupid and dangerous place to park. I think that people are parking there because the Council have imposed time limits on all the roads near the town centre and unless there are double yellow lines on the road then they are legally able to park under the bridge so they just do it.

I think you will find that the only place that it is legal to parkon the public highway is in an area specifically set aside and marked to allow parking.    Any other place on the road is classed as obstructing the highway, although generally a blind eye is turned to it.
 :(
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on December 08, 2011, 07:37:19 PM
The cars are not causing the same obstruction anymore..........they have taken to parking on the pavement!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on December 08, 2011, 08:05:15 PM
The drivers better watch out - Big Brother could leap ionto action!

As with most elements of traffic management, local authorities have the power under the Road Traffic Regulations Act 1984 to make Traffic Regulation Orders, allowing for specific parking regulations to be implemented in specific areas, according to the demands of local circumstances.  Local authorities can for example introduce a Traffic Regulation Order in a single road banning the parking of vehicles on any part of the pavement (these bans must be indicated with traffic signs), whilst a range of other methods can be used to manage pavement parking, including the introduction of bollards and heightened kerbs.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on December 09, 2011, 12:51:21 AM
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The cars are not causing the same obstruction anymore..........they have taken to parking on the pavement!!

A great Album is 'A Farewell to Kings;, by Rush.... well done Cygnus X-1
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Post by: cygnusx-1 on December 09, 2011, 07:56:39 PM
Fester ..........I gave the disc of ''A Farewell to Kings'' a spin last Wednesday whilst the house was empty, at a volume the teenage children complain about!

It took me back to February 1978 Liverpool Empire and the first time I saw Rush.....twin neck guitars, dry-ice etc........... I even read the tour programme whilst listening.......what a  :( 50 year-old!!

PS......there was still a car parked under the bridge at 5.30pm tonight on the pavement. :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on December 09, 2011, 11:26:29 PM
I saw RUSH at Queens Hall Leeds in the early 80's, a fabulous gig in a crap soul-less venue, (a vast former tram shed basically)
I still have most of the Rush albums, some on vinyl.... and I really must get round to transferring all my favourite records onto CD... eventually... one day???

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: snowcap on December 12, 2011, 10:19:08 PM
i saw Rush many times at liverpool what a striker, brilliant
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: dwsi on December 18, 2011, 11:27:14 PM
Nearly all of the 2000 seats in the new grandstand at Eirias Park was sold out today for this game ->

North Wales RUC - News - RGC 1404 U18 go down 17-22 in Sunday afternoon thriller against Cardiff Blues http://bit.ly/tDWHoN (http://bit.ly/tDWHoN)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on December 28, 2011, 06:44:09 PM
My husband found this photo today of his mother and grandmother.
We think it is Colwyn Bay and it was taken in 1967.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 28, 2011, 06:55:53 PM
It is Colwyn Bay Pier and  you can see the Little Orme in the background.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on December 28, 2011, 07:03:54 PM
and Dixieland. ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 28, 2011, 07:08:03 PM
Nice to see the Pier looking fairly decent, for a change. Within a year of that photo being taken, Colwyn Council had sold it for £50,000 to TrustHouse Forte Leisure, who removed the domes from the roof of the Pier Theatre, covered up all the windows and converted it into the Dixieland Showbar. They also built the Golden Goose Amusements on the former area of decking at the Pier Entrance:

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Once the work was complete, the Pier looked like this (top half of photo, click to see full size):
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Post by: dwsi on January 05, 2012, 04:58:57 PM
 £1m revamp for derelict building in Colwyn Bay - North Wales Weekly News http://bit.ly/y4myFN (http://bit.ly/y4myFN)
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Post by: DaveR on January 05, 2012, 05:35:04 PM
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£1m revamp for derelict building in Colwyn Bay - North Wales Weekly News http://bit.ly/y4myFN (http://bit.ly/y4myFN)
"A BRAND new £1m bistro cafe, training facility and entertainment spot is to replace a derelict building on Colwyn Bay’s high street.

The Judge and Jury pub and its upper floors date back to around 1892 and will now be renovated by drug and alcohol charity Cais, following an application to Conwy’s planning department.

Cais says the new building is not a treatment facility for recovering addicts and alcoholics, but a venue to train those recovering from addiction, giving them job prospects and qualifications. The charity already operates a treatment service at the nearby Dawn Centre on Prince’s Drive.

The pub is still open for business but the building and its dilapidated upper floors are now going through the final stages of sale negotiations with the private owner.

Once complete, the Grade II listed building will feature a cafe/ takeaway, entertainment space, training kitchen, meeting rooms and offices for the Probation Service."


Hmmm...one less pub in Colwyn Bay.

Whilst I welcome the investment and renovation of this building, I would raise the issue of a charity operating a business (a cafe) in direct competition with local businesses in the area. Is this right? Business owners are having a hard time anyway at the moment, do they really need the extra competition from a charity that will be able to undercut them?

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Former Municipal Building, Station Road, Colwyn Bay (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/1458664515/#) by davidrobertsphotography (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: dwsi on January 05, 2012, 06:48:10 PM
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"A BRAND new £1m bistro cafe, training facility and entertainment spot is to replace a derelict building on Colwyn Bay’s high street.

The Judge and Jury pub and its upper floors date back to around 1892 and will now be renovated by drug and alcohol charity Cais, following an application to Conwy’s planning department.

Cais says the new building is not a treatment facility for recovering addicts and alcoholics, but a venue to train those recovering from addiction, giving them job prospects and qualifications. The charity already operates a treatment service at the nearby Dawn Centre on Prince’s Drive.

The pub is still open for business but the building and its dilapidated upper floors are now going through the final stages of sale negotiations with the private owner.

Once complete, the Grade II listed building will feature a cafe/ takeaway, entertainment space, training kitchen, meeting rooms and offices for the Probation Service."


Hmmm...one less pub in Colwyn Bay.

Whilst I welcome the investment and renovation of this building, I would raise the issue of a charity operating a business (a cafe) in direct competition with local businesses in the area. Is this right? Business owners are having a hard time anyway at the moment, do they really need the extra competition from a charity that will be able to undercut them?

(http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1337/1458664515_e1043a0f54_z.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/1458664515/)
Former Municipal Building, Station Road, Colwyn Bay (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/1458664515/#) by davidrobertsphotography (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr

41/43, Station Road, Colwyn Bay >> St Davids Property - Property Site Manager. -  http://bit.ly/zZdCr5 (http://bit.ly/zZdCr5)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 05, 2012, 08:02:23 PM
Been for sale for many years, I've looked at it myself. Upper floors are pretty much derelict. I did a blog post about its history a couple of years ago:

http://llandudnoandcolwynbay.blogspot.com/2009/07/muncipal-building-station-road-colwyn.html (http://llandudnoandcolwynbay.blogspot.com/2009/07/muncipal-building-station-road-colwyn.html)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 11, 2012, 10:20:20 PM
From John Evans on Twitter:

'Major incident in Pwllycrochan Woods #ColwynBay earlier....Police chopper, 3 police cars, 2 ambulances, full mountain rescue team, near ravine.'
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 12, 2012, 10:36:08 AM
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From John Evans on Twitter:

'Major incident in Pwllycrochan Woods #ColwynBay earlier....Police chopper, 3 police cars, 2 ambulances, full mountain rescue team, near ravine.'

Any more news on what happened?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 12, 2012, 10:52:51 AM
I believe a car crashed down the ravine and the occupant had to be rescued but am not 100% sure.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 12, 2012, 01:07:44 PM
I've not noticed anything when I've gone by today but it has happened before by the bad bend when a mini coming down the hill somehow missed the barriers and hit a tree on it's way down
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 12, 2012, 01:20:03 PM
http://newsar.org.uk/2012/01/0412-team-callout-in-the-colwyn-bay-area/ (http://newsar.org.uk/2012/01/0412-team-callout-in-the-colwyn-bay-area/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 12, 2012, 03:13:02 PM
Thanks for posting the link Dave. Last night I saw the helicopter hovering overhead for quite a while but didn't know what was going on and just now I drove down the hill but couldn't see anything that could indicate what had happened last night.
It seems though that a lot of the emergency services were involved in this operation.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 12, 2012, 07:42:05 PM
The Inshore Lifeboat has been called out to an incident at Colwyn Bay. It is just being launched from the Slipway by the new Waterfront Centre.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 13, 2012, 08:36:37 AM
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Been for sale for many years, I've looked at it myself. Upper floors are pretty much derelict. I did a blog post about its history a couple of years ago:

http://llandudnoandcolwynbay.blogspot.com/2009/07/muncipal-building-station-road-colwyn.html (http://llandudnoandcolwynbay.blogspot.com/2009/07/muncipal-building-station-road-colwyn.html)

Judge and Jury pub claim they are not moving for Cais
Jan 12 2012
by Richard Evans, North Wales Weekly News


AN ANGRY pub landlord says he has no plans to close despite a drugs charity planning to open a cafe, educational centre and entertainment spot at his premises.

Last week drugs charity Cais claimed it was applying to Conwy planners to transform the Judge and Jury pub on Station Road in Colwyn Bay while the sale went through. Llandudno-based Cais said the £1m bistro, training cafe, Probation Service office and entertainment spot would be funded through the Welsh Government as well as charity. The centre will train recovering addicts and alcoholics in the catering industry, but not provide treatment.

But angry landlord Sean Flemming says he has no plans to close after running the pub for two years. Sean, who has the freehold on the pub with his partner Dawn Lemm, has a lease on the property until 2019 and plans to stay open. “I’m annoyed because my customers think we are closing now and I’ve spent two years building my business up,” he said. “The Imperial has shut and the Litten Tree has closed but we’ve managed to stick it out during these hard times. We’ve got customers coming in asking ‘what the heck is going on?’. “Most of our customers are older daytime drinkers and we’ve invested about £25,000 in the pub. Also, Cais said the upper part of the building is derelict – well, that’s the flat we live in!”

Clive Wolfendale is the chief executive of Cais and said the sale of the building was still going through.
“The relationship between the tenant and the landlord is out of our hands,” he said.

http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/01/12/judge-and-jury-pub-claim-they-are-not-moving-for-cais-55243-30104100/ (http://www.northwalesweeklynews.co.uk/conwy-county-news/local-conwy-news/2012/01/12/judge-and-jury-pub-claim-they-are-not-moving-for-cais-55243-30104100/)

So CAIS are buying a building that they cant use until 2019? :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: dwsi on January 13, 2012, 05:35:17 PM
Man suffers serious back injuries in North Wales ravine fall - News - Daily Post North Wales http://bit.ly/yV1zoL (http://bit.ly/yV1zoL)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 13, 2012, 09:54:12 PM
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The Inshore Lifeboat has been called out to an incident at Colwyn Bay. It is just being launched from the Slipway by the new Waterfront Centre.
Two young men had a lucky escape this evening when they were rescued by RNLI lifeboat after the engines of their outboard-powered inflatables both failed some way off Colwyn Bay.

When the alarm was raised one of the pair had already tried, without success, to swim ashore, and as a result was extremely cold.

Called out by Coastguards at 7 p.m., Llandudno's inshore lifeboat launched from Colwyn Bay pier slipway twelve minutes later. The two men were quickly picked up and in view of their very cold condition were taken ashore immediately to where a specially-tasked ambulance was waiting. The casualties were handed over to the paramedics whilst the lifeboat returned to sea to recover the two inflatables.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 13, 2012, 10:27:12 PM
What a fantastic job these guys do  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 13, 2012, 10:42:16 PM
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What a fantastic job these guys do  $good$
I second that; one of the best charities to support, in my view.  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: martin on January 14, 2012, 10:30:36 AM
It really does make you think.  Without people like the RNLI volunteers who are willing to give their time, and sadly, sometimes their lives, these two lads would almost certainly be dead, what a fantastic job they do. $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: dwsi on February 07, 2012, 06:42:58 PM
North Wales Chinese restaurant owner fined for hygiene offences - North Wales News - News - Daily Post North Wales http://bit.ly/z69Vl7 (http://bit.ly/z69Vl7)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Jack on February 10, 2012, 07:45:36 PM
Great to see so many thousands of supporters at Eirias Park for the under 20s rugby between Wales and Scotland.  I was supposed to be there too but a severe case of 'man flu' has meant I will have to be content watching it on S4C.  Great that it is so well supported and a great facility for gogledd cymru  $walesflag$
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Post by: SCMP on February 16, 2012, 07:49:22 PM
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North Wales Chinese restaurant owner fined for hygiene offences - North Wales News - News - Daily Post North Wales http://bit.ly/z69Vl7 (http://bit.ly/z69Vl7)


I was reading the pioneer yesterday and that chinese restaurant had paid for a full page advertisment to encourage business.... i turned the page and low and behold the article about the hygiene offences and descriptions of mold in the kitchen etc!!! oops!

SCMP
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: outlawowl on February 16, 2012, 09:46:24 PM
perhaps the Chinese restaurant knew the article was going in and wanted to try and negate the bad publicity rather than it being an oops!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on April 04, 2012, 10:24:30 AM
Colwyn Bay Prom currently closed due to weather conditions.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on April 06, 2012, 07:07:22 PM
The entrance to the old Indoor Market Hall in Princes Drive has been boarded up. CCBC bought the whole building a couple of weeks ago and plan to demolish the lot and redevelop as shops with offices above.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on April 06, 2012, 07:10:37 PM
I was disturbed to hear today that two new businesses (cafe and chip shop respectively) in Station Road had their windows broken a week or two back. An anonymous letter was pushed through the door of the chip shop stating that they were not welcome in Colwyn Bay and should go back to Rhyl. Both businesses have spent a substantial amount of money to set up in Colwyn Bay, their businesses look very attractive and this sort of behaviour is deplorable.  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on April 06, 2012, 07:54:37 PM
   Having been brought up in Rhos and later in life spent around 40 years in or close to Rhyl, Ive got feet in both camps.
   Unfortunately this anti Rhyl businesses coming west is pretty prevalent. I hate to say this because the person who said it to me is a close relative but ----- a few years ago a man by the name of John Povah (from Rhyl) started a fishing/boating business at the Rhos Point. It was said to me, not in jest "We dont want people from Rhyl coming along here changing things." I think they meant livening it up a bit. Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on April 06, 2012, 09:24:21 PM
I find it amazing. It's not like Colwyn Bay is that superior to Rhyl these days.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on April 25, 2012, 05:55:23 PM
The Forties Festival in Colwyn Bay last Saturday was a big success, lots of people about.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on May 07, 2012, 07:19:42 PM
Visited the Prom Day. Always feels like a bit of an odd event, neither one thing or another. Never can understand why it is scheduled up against the Extravaganza either? CCBC must be keen on it, judging by the number of (presumably paid) staff they had wondering around, not to mention tents manned by various council depts.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on May 07, 2012, 07:36:24 PM
I know Fester will want to see this pic  :laugh: , this is the main performer at Prom Day, the X Factor contestant, Kitty Brucknell. She was actually very good!:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8025/7153092321_abe4ffa008_c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/7153092321/)
Here Kitty! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/7153092321/#) by [davidrobertsphotography] (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 07, 2012, 07:47:42 PM
Great pic!! she was good on the XFactor I thought  8)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 07, 2012, 07:55:51 PM
I found this old postcard of Colwyn Bay yesterday at a car boot sale.

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/DSCN1433.jpg)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on May 15, 2012, 11:01:11 AM
Planning Application has gone in to convert the upper floors (the old Wings Club) of the Imperial Pub in Station Square to 17 flats:

Application No: 0/38846 Grid Reference: 284994,379086
Application Type: Full Case Officer: Bryn Kyffin
Determination Level Planning Committee Team: Major Applications Team
Received Date : 13/04/2012 Registered Date: 04/05/2012
Development Type(s): Change Build Use Ward: Rhiw
Community Council: Cyngor Tref Bay of Colwyn Town Council
Location: Imperial Buildings Princes Drive Colwyn Bay Conwy LL29 8LF
Proposal: Conversion of First, Second and Third Floors to 17 no Self-contained Apartments
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on May 15, 2012, 01:16:30 PM
This makes me feel very sad. I was one of the very first members of the R A F A club which was opened up there around 1951. I was recently demobbed from the RAF and a Mr Judge, I hope I've remembered his name correctly, twisted my arm to join. I knew him through Gilbert Berry of Berrys Garage in Rhos. Gilbert had also been in the RAF and both of them were determined to make a success of this club--- and for very many years it was. Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on May 15, 2012, 10:58:15 PM
On a very different line of thought, I wondered whether I should put this in a Quiz thread. However ----- It has been in Colwyn Bay in one form or another for, I don't know, maybe 100 years. In the same place. It was there this morning. Now ---- its gone, no sign of it at all apart from obvious disturbance at ground level, maybe a foot or so. high.   Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on May 15, 2012, 11:07:53 PM
Think we might need a little clue, Mike!
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Post by: Paddy on May 16, 2012, 07:39:36 PM
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On a very different line of thought, I wondered whether I should put this in a Quiz thread. However ----- It has been in Colwyn Bay in one form or another for, I don't know, maybe 100 years. In the same place. It was there this morning. Now ---- its gone, no sign of it at all apart from obvious disturbance at ground level, maybe a foot or so. high.   Mike

Great question Mike. Can we play the "yes/no" game with it?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on May 17, 2012, 11:09:33 AM
Sorry to DaveR , Paddy and anyone else who wasted their time reading my post. I must hold my hands up --- I made a complete mess of it.
  It was, I thought, the overnight demolition of one of the tea bars on the prom, close to the new development.
  On looking again, closer, today I realise that the tea bar is still there. What I had seen was the foundations of one of the shelters which had been knocked down a good while ago. But the foundations could not usually be seen because the site workers cars were always parked on it.
  Sorry again everybody. I will take more care in posting in the future mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 17, 2012, 12:24:32 PM
Mike, don't worry about it, this is all a bit of fun, I often put odd things on here, better than putting nothing at all on!  :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on May 19, 2012, 12:52:09 AM
Just blame it on the beer Mike, ... it gets us blokes out of so many difficult situations.   Z** Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on June 11, 2012, 08:15:39 PM
There's been an interesting turn of events regarding the Home Curtains & Bedding Shop in Seaview Road.  There's been a closing down sale on there since before Christmas and they have now finally closed down, however the shop was immediately occupied by a new shop called Rectella (which to me sounds like a chewy, fruity flavoured bumhole) which sells......curtains and bedding :o.

Still, at least the shop is still occupied which is no bad thing.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on June 11, 2012, 08:53:54 PM
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There's been an interesting turn of events regarding the Home Curtains & Bedding Shop in Seaview Road.  There's been a closing down sale on there since before Christmas and they have now finally closed down, however the shop was immediately occupied by a new shop called Rectella (which to me sounds like a chewy, fruity flavoured bumhole) which sells......curtains and bedding :o.

Still, at least the shop is still occupied which is no bad thing.

Funny you should say that, sizeable Andy.  (I can't bring myself to refer to you as Fat Andy)  :D

I used to deal with Rectella when purchasing drapery and soft furnishing products for a company I worked for.

I always used to think 'Rubella', and had a mental picture of my supplier of being an itchy and annoying diseas of the bumhole.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: dwsi on June 22, 2012, 11:19:56 AM
Colwyn Bay Victorian building Heritage Lottery Fund grant
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-18537290 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-18537290)

More than £4m could be spent restoring the Victorian character of the north Wales town of Colwyn Bay.
The Heritage Lottery Fund made the announcement after pledging £800,000 for the latest round of improvements to buildings.
The town has been undergoing a revamp over the last few years and more is now planned.
The latest HLF grant will "improve and preserve the unique character" of historic buildings in the town centre.
Premises due for the improvements include the old Woolworth building, the art deco A&A Cash & Carry and Central Hotel.
Restoration work will see traditional shop fronts restored with cast-iron canopies.
A total of 37 projects are being considered, including reopening empty buildings, creating exhibition spaces as well as a local history centre.
Local colleges providing building courses will create heritage-based training modules teaching traditional building techniques to help with
the restoration and future maintenance.
The former Woolworths store will be revamped as part of the work
Conwy council was given the £803,500 grant via HLF's Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).
"Once a thriving Victorian seaside resort, Colwyn Bay has many distinctive buildings which have fallen into disrepair after many years of social and economic decline," said a HLF spokesperson.
"The aim of the THI scheme will be to create new and sustainable uses for the buildings to attract new businesses, improve the retail offer and build the confidence in the local community."
The last THI grant of £600,000 was awarded in Colwyn Bay in September 1998 and was spent on its Victorian conservation area.
The project could result in up to £4m being spent on buildings in Colwyn Bay over a five year period taking into account match funding from the private sector with help from project partners Conwy council, HLF, Welsh government and its heritage section, Cadw.
Councillor Phillip Evans said the latest grant "forms an essential component in the renaissance of the town" which follows the reopening of the regional events centre at Eirias Park as well as £5m improvements in the town's promenade.
Conwy principal conservation officer Peter Jones Hughes said similar THI projects have made a "significant impact" in Penmaenmawr and Llanrwst.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 12, 2012, 07:55:41 PM
I was driving down Princes Drive about midday today and there were 3 marked Police cars outside the building where the Dawn Centre is.   I wonder what was going down there?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: dwsi on October 09, 2012, 06:46:41 PM
Colwyn Bay in line to get new sandy beach

COLWYN Bay is in line to get a new sandy beach.

Conwy county council’s cabinet yesterday voted to pledge £667,000 to secure a grant of £2m from the Welsh Government to improve the town’s sea defences.

The authority had already secured an additional £1m of funding from the Welsh Government for the Colwyn Bay Waterfront coastal defence scheme by stumping up £333,000 of supported borrowing from this year's capital programme.

By agreeing to pay the £667,000 from next year’s budget the council, which will decide the matter at a full council meeting on October 25, will see beach sand material imported onto Colwyn Bay seashore which is now mostly pebbled. This will result in 50m of sand to help protect the promenade.

Cllr Mike Priestley commented: “We’ve had an offer from the Welsh Government. We’ve agreed the sea defences are going to be a beach in Colwyn Bay.

“We all need to work together [to back the proposals] to achieve this, if we work together Colwyn Bay will be the winner of this project.”

Old Colwyn councillor Cheryl Carlisle added: “It’s excellent news for the whole of Colwyn Bay."
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/10/09/colwyn-bay-in-line-to-get-new-sandy-beach-55578-32000329/ (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2012/10/09/colwyn-bay-in-line-to-get-new-sandy-beach-55578-32000329/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on October 11, 2012, 10:11:48 AM
The "new" Rectella shop which only opened in June already has "Closing Down - Everything Must Go" signs daubed on the window.  I wonder if this really the end or whether there'll be another six month long sale before the shop opens under a new name?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on December 02, 2012, 04:22:45 PM
    According to posters all over the building there is an exciting time to be had between now and Xmas.  Where?  The closed down Imperial Hotel on the station square in the Bay.
   You name it, its going to be there. And what a mixture!!
   I hadnt got a piece of paper to jot any of the events down (and no I wasent carrying an iphone) so this is just a sample, and maybe I've imagined some of them.

            An Art Gallery.
           Sculpters.
           Mother and children nursery
           A Jazz Band
           A lecture by someone about something
           Refreshments
           Stamp collecting
           Disco   
           Photography exhibition
           Gardening Club meeting
                                                      etc etc etc

       I might add that they are not all there at the same time. It appears that there is a different theme or event each day.
     
      There is also a long list of around 30 names of individuals who, presumably, are going to attend.  Unfortunately for me there wasent a single name that meant anything to me. Perhaps Ive led a sheltered life.

     The whole idea has a name, but that, again, meant nothing to me and because of a lack of pencil I couldnt write it down so that you could, if interested, google it.

     Possible this is a charity or a religious group, I dont know.   Mike           
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on December 02, 2012, 06:02:18 PM
The events in the Imperial are being run by an arts group called "En Gedi".  They had a similar series of events there at Easter so there seems to be a religious angle to this.

The list of events is on their website - http://www.engediarts.com/events/christmas-show-2012/eventlets (http://www.engediarts.com/events/christmas-show-2012/eventlets) - some of which sound quite interesting and most appear to be free.  The advent feast on 22nd December sounds especially tempting!

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on December 24, 2012, 11:21:30 AM
A COLWYN Bay hotel is set to be transformed into housing after a recent decision from a planning authority.

The top three floors of The Imperial Hotel, on Station Road, will be converted into 17 self-contained apartments after a planning decision from the Wales Planning Inspectorate, after an appeal from the representatives of developers Redway Ltd.

The development will comprise 16 two-bedroom flats and a single one-bedroom flat, aimed at young couples without children, older couples and single parents.

When the application was submitted in September, members of Conwy County Borough Council’s planning committee raised issues with the application, including the number of existing empty properties in Colwyn Bay, and the possibility it could undermine the town’s regeneration.

The committee proposed to grant conditional permission, subject to the applicant entering into a Planning Obligation (106) to agree to pay a commuted sum in lieu of on-site neighbourhood open space provision.

But a new report from Welsh Government planning Inspector Iwan Lloyd said:
“There is no evidential basis to conclude that the commuted sum figure is directly related to the development, or fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind to the development.”

The report concludes that the obligation on the applicant to make an open space provision was not “necessary or reasonable”.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: poppy on December 24, 2012, 12:56:31 PM
If it goes the way the old Metropole went it will be a good thing. Or will it be another bed sitting slum? Time will tell.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SCMP on January 06, 2013, 03:52:22 PM
Does anybody know what happened to platform 3 in Colwyn Bay? I remember it as a kid and i beleive it got turned into a pub and then closed down? I can't seemt o find anything about it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 06, 2013, 04:42:11 PM
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Does anybody know what happened to platform 3 in Colwyn Bay? I remember it as a kid and i beleive it got turned into a pub and then closed down? I can't seemt o find anything about it.
It went bust in the end, I think, probably the early 1990s. The train was sold off and the buildings were all demolished.
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Post by: SCMP on January 06, 2013, 04:50:02 PM
I definately remember the train and the cute little shops.
I think i recall people eating in carraiges but that might be my imagination. I was talking to a relative who has moved to Colwyn Bay a few months ago and describing things that used to be here that she might remember from visits as a child and i had totally forgot platform 3 every existed!
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Post by: Jack on January 06, 2013, 05:45:47 PM
I went to an 18th birthday bash there in 1992 so was still there then but like DaveR said don't think it lasted much longer.  (Hope it was nothing to do with our rowdy behaviour?!)
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Post by: ormegolf on January 06, 2013, 08:24:41 PM
  I remember for a time coach trips from Rhyl were advertised. I dont know if any actually ran. Also, for many years after it had closed there was a sign on the prom pointing the way to the platform, at the bottom of the path leading up towards the station, to the west of the pier. I'll have a look tomorrow to see if the faded remains of this sign are still there----its probably only two or three years ago that it was still there. Mike
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Post by: DaveR on January 06, 2013, 08:35:02 PM
Platform 3 Sign:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/38649303 (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/38649303)

Coach being lifted into position at Platform 3:
http://www.6g.nwrail.org.uk/plat3coachcomp.jpg (http://www.6g.nwrail.org.uk/plat3coachcomp.jpg)
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Post by: poppy on January 07, 2013, 03:00:33 AM
Bygone days with an open pier and untouched coastline (compared to the present day).
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Post by: Ian on January 07, 2013, 08:24:57 AM
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I definately remember the train and the cute little shops. I think i recall people eating in carraiges but that might be my imagination.

I knew the owner of Platform 3 (Roy) fairly well at the time. The concept of the place was inspired and he made a decent job out of the cafe / pub area and bringing in the coach for the restaurant and a Thomas the Tank Engine...er, Tank engine (real and full-sized) to sit at the end of the platform made the venue a weekly visit for us and the two boys when they were little.

He also converted the adjoining spaces to office / shop spaces which I'd have thought would have suited small, growing concerns rather nicely, with excellent transport links and super views from the windows.  Sadly, only one business took the offer up and that was a model railway business, who sold via mail order as well. I suspect the big economic downturn of the very early '90s finished it off.  It was never busy, either, possibly because it wasn't that easy to reach (you either had to cross the tracks via the bridge or enter through the worryingly-suspect tunnel from the prom) and eventually the model train shop moved to the front of the station, where they could be seen more easily but eventually went into liquidation themselves.
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Post by: Hugo on January 07, 2013, 11:23:26 AM
We had many lovely meals at Platform 3 and there was a nice ambiance having a meal in the carriages there.   The meals then changed more to nouveau cuisine and didn't represent value for money so we didn't go often after that and not long afterwards the business ceased trading.
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Post by: Ian on January 07, 2013, 12:42:04 PM
Towards the end, Hugo, they weren't able to pay the chef, so the cuisine was being created by the servers themselves.  I only found this out after the place had closed down.
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Post by: ormegolf on January 07, 2013, 03:24:54 PM
  Well at least then the waiter couldn't put the blaim on the Chef Mike
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Post by: Hugo on January 07, 2013, 10:29:58 PM
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Towards the end, Hugo, they weren't able to pay the chef, so the cuisine was being created by the servers themselves.  I only found this out after the place had closed down.

That's a shame Ian because the whole theme was quite unique for the town and the food and service was excellent.
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Post by: ormegolf on January 12, 2013, 02:06:09 PM
   re Platform three. Yes, the sign for it is still on the prom and in a reasonable state. The path up to it looks overgrown --- I only hope no one has actually gone up the path in the last 15 or so years looking for it. Mike
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Post by: ormegolf on January 12, 2013, 02:15:30 PM
  A bit of good news about the Bay.
  Today the top of town, Abergele Road, deserted, cold, empty shops. But I went in to a cafe that has been there for very many years, its changed hands, its been closed down. Its right opposite the Prince of Wales Theatre on the corner of Douglas Road.
  I think its changed hands again fairly recently. What a surprise when I went it. I only just got a seat, full of "nice" people, I'm not being snobbish but you know the Bays reputation. The food I had was first class, fast, hot, a good price. Couple of mederteranian men running it, and they definately know their stuff, and the word must have got around fast.  Mike
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Post by: DaveR on January 12, 2013, 03:34:15 PM
Used to be Blodwyns cafe, then Blods, I think Mike? I've been in there couple of times, its pretty good. I can also recommend the Glass Lounge at the top of Penrhyn Road, very good.  $good$
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Post by: Hugo on January 12, 2013, 04:21:17 PM
Before it was called Blodwyn's,  I used to go there in the 60's when it was called Sinbad's.  It was more like a coffee bar then with a cellar downstairs that we would go to in the evening.   
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Post by: ormegolf on January 12, 2013, 06:53:51 PM
  Hey Hugo and Dave, thats the one. BUT --- what went on in the cellar at night, thats what I would like to know. Have I missed out? Mike
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Post by: Hugo on January 12, 2013, 10:42:35 PM
That cellar could tell a few stories Mike.     ;)
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Post by: Fester on January 13, 2013, 01:28:45 AM
Sounds like the Cellar Dwellers had more fun!
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Post by: FatAndy on January 14, 2013, 08:03:28 PM
The cafe on the corner of Abergele Road and Douglas Road is now called "Coffee Corner" - http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g551979-d3162783-Reviews-Coffee_Corner_Colwyn_Bay-Colwyn_Bay_Conwy_County_North_Wales_Wales.html (http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g551979-d3162783-Reviews-Coffee_Corner_Colwyn_Bay-Colwyn_Bay_Conwy_County_North_Wales_Wales.html)
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Post by: ormegolf on January 14, 2013, 08:41:54 PM
  You picked your name so I am afraid you have asked for this.  I TOLD U IT WAS A GOOD CAFE     Mike
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Post by: Hugo on January 16, 2013, 05:12:16 PM
It was much colder today in Colwyn Bay but yesterday we had very clear views of the Lake District and the Cumbrian Hills from our lounge.  It looked as if they had had a very heavy snowfall and it made you feel cold just looking at it.
The forcast for Friday doesn't look good for any part of the country but we may be lucky here.
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Post by: Hugo on January 19, 2013, 11:05:28 AM
We were lucky upon the Heights as there wasn't a lot of snow yesterday, probably only about one inch but I still had to clear the drive this morning.
The Badgers and a Fox were in the back garden last night and left a clear trail in the snow when they came there looking for some food.
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Post by: ormegolf on February 05, 2013, 12:09:11 PM
  Announced today that the Council have awarded the contract to pull down the old Colwyn Bay market hall and all the adjoining empty buildings. Its going to take a couple of months to complete. A bit of a dodgy job apparently. Next to a protected building, I assume that is the old Princes Cinema, now Weatherspoons, and squashed in between the main road and right alongside the railway. mike
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Post by: DaveR on February 05, 2013, 01:18:15 PM
Yes, that's good news, although I would have liked the chance to go round the old Market Hall with the camera before demolition. It's unchanged inside from the day of the fire back in the 1980s.

Demolition will have to be a careful process, as the building is attached to Wetherspoons (Princess Cinema). Will be odd to see the bottom of Penrhyn Road without any buildings there.
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Post by: Gwynant on February 23, 2013, 09:15:39 AM
                  We spent a very enjoyable evening in the Colwyn Theatre last night where the excellent Ruby Turner (who is often seen appearing with the Jools Hooland Big Band) was on with her own four-piece band. It was an amazing show with Ruby performing not only numbers from her back catalogue but also new unrecorded material in two sets culminating in a thoroughly well-deserved standing ovation from a very full house. I hadn't been to the Colwyn Theatre since the renovations took place and was very impressed with the results, as it is small enough to provide a club-like atmosphere but large enough to accommodate a decent sized audience. Let's hope that the people responsible for booking the acts take note and continue to book singers/bands of this quality, and will have noticed that there is a market in the area for them, as was proved last night.
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Post by: Hugo on March 01, 2013, 11:40:37 AM
Has anyone any idea of what happened on the A55 at Colwyn Bay yesterday?    I arrived back from the Conwy Valley and there was a thick mist starting from the 50MPH speed limit and then the traffic came to a sudden halt and it took ages for me to get off the first sliproad as the town seemed to be gridlocked.
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Post by: SDQ on March 01, 2013, 12:15:59 PM
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Has anyone any idea of what happened on the A55 at Colwyn Bay yesterday?    I arrived back from the Conwy Valley and there was a thick mist starting from the 50MPH speed limit and then the traffic came to a sudden halt and it took ages for me to get off the first sliproad as the town seemed to be gridlocked.


I don't know the details but I heard there was an accident of some sort yesterday afternoon.
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Post by: Hugo on March 01, 2013, 01:40:19 PM
Thanks SDQ     
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Post by: DaveR on March 04, 2013, 11:30:53 AM
Prom Day has undergone a massive overhaul! The re-branded event is extending from one day to two and will take place over the weekend of 18-19 May.

And that's not all... For 2013, the brand new Prom Xtra is moving location too, to Porth Eirias, Colwyn Bay's new watersports centre, which will be launched during this year's event! 

Prom Xtra organiser, Conwy County Borough Council, is promising an event bigger and better than ever before. As well as the much loved funfair, new activities include a giant sandcastle sculpture, a local food market, the Yorkshire Building Society family zone, outdoor adrenaline experiences and many other beach and water displays.

It's still free admission and most of the exhibitions and displays are free too, so it's a great way for the whole family to spend their weekend. Activities start at 10am on Saturday and will close at 5pm. Sunday also gets going at 10am, but activities will wrap up by 4pm.

Cllr Graham Rees, Conwy Council's Cabinet Member for Tourism, Marketing & Leisure said, "Prom Xtra will be great for Colwyn Bay. It doesn't cost anything to attend, which is great news for families and it'll attract lots of people to the area, which will hopefully boost sales for our local businesses."

As well as two action packed days, there'll be a beach party on Saturday night too. Prom Live celebrates the official launch of Porth Eirias and will be headlined by a top Radio 1 DJ! Admission will be first come, first served, but it's still free! The party will get started at 5pm so get there early to avoid disappointment.

http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=142&doc=32682&Language=1&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter (http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=142&doc=32682&Language=1&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter)
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Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2013, 04:46:36 PM
Demolition of the old Market Hall at the bottom of Penrhyn Road (abandoned since a fire in 1986) is well underway:
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Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2013, 04:49:51 PM
As one or two Forum members predicted, the Amber Coffee Shop in Station Road has now closed down permanently, and has a sign in the window saying 'Lease Available'. It's fitted out to a high standard inside, maybe a good opportunity for a Llandudno coffee shop operator to expand?
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Post by: DaveR on March 16, 2013, 04:53:57 PM
The former Municipal Building in Station Road (latterly the Judge & Jury pub, before that Libertys, Kavicks Bazaar etc) is undergoing full renovation. It will reopen as a base for the CAIS alcohol charity.
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Post by: Hugo on March 23, 2013, 11:55:57 AM
We have been fortunate with the weather this year but last night we had the heaviest snowfall of the Winter so far.
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Post by: hollins on March 23, 2013, 12:21:52 PM
Your garden looks really beautiful Hugo. Hope this weather doesn't put off all those daffs you planted.
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Post by: Hugo on March 23, 2013, 02:44:28 PM
Thanks Hollins,  I planted the Daffs in pots but there were a lot planted to naturalise in the lawn and they are just peeping out of the snow.
I was at the Winter Garden in Bodnant some weeks ago and there was a gardener there patiently  planting bulbs individually using a special tool to do the work.  The funny thing is that I started doing that but it's so time consuming that I reverted to plan B and that was to dig a large turf out then plant the bulbs underneath and then replace the turf.
It worked ok until the bulbs started coming through and lifting the turf with them so that they looked like minature grass molehills!   Once they have flowered and died down then I'll flatten the turf.
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Post by: Hugo on March 23, 2013, 05:39:44 PM
My wife and I have spent some time this afternoon clearing the snow from our drive.   Now it's started snowing again and sticking.    :Sisyphus:
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Post by: DaveR on March 23, 2013, 06:10:11 PM
Thats always very annoying!
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Post by: snowcap on March 24, 2013, 11:57:38 PM
still not as bad as 1963, snowed new years day and froze for 14 weeks, we got married on the 23 of Feb it was that cold the photographer asked us to leave out the guest photo,s , mainly because the bride maids would have been frozen.
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Post by: Hugo on March 27, 2013, 04:50:43 PM
I've not long come back after walking my dog and came back looking like an abominable snowman when a heavy snowfall came down while I was out walking.  Thankfully it has stopped now and the snow has melted
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Post by: Nemesis on March 27, 2013, 05:16:02 PM
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still not as bad as 1963, snowed new years day and froze for 14 weeks, we got married on the 23 of Feb it was that cold the photographer asked us to leave out the guest photo,s , mainly because the bride maids would have been frozen.

I remember that Snowcap-- I was studying at Bradford Tech and had to get there on 3 buses. No joke when we used to wear straight skirts and stiletto heels.
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Post by: Yorkie on March 27, 2013, 05:21:55 PM
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No joke when we used to wear straight skirts and stiletto heels.

And that was just the fellas!      ZXZ
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Post by: Nemesis on March 28, 2013, 10:52:32 AM
Them an' all ! :o _))*
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Post by: DaveR on March 29, 2013, 06:54:21 PM
The old Market Hall, Princes Drive, in the process of demolition:
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Post by: DaveR on March 30, 2013, 01:39:13 PM
Very heavy Police presence in Colwyn Bay today for the football match against Chester FC:
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Post by: cygnusx-1 on March 30, 2013, 04:13:58 PM
Did you tell them the ground is on Llanelian Road as they appear to be heading towards the West End? ;D
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Post by: born2run on March 30, 2013, 05:56:15 PM
1100 Chester fans expected, and they smashed the place up last time. Though I haven't heard of any trouble this time. Kick of was at noon and all the local pubs were closed which must have helped!
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Post by: DaveR on March 30, 2013, 08:01:06 PM
I've never seen so many police and police vehicles in Colwyn Bay. Who is footing the bill, Chester FC?
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Post by: born2run on March 30, 2013, 08:06:18 PM
There's always lots of arguments about this in football, in general it's the police not the clubs who bear the cost.
However in excessive circumstances the police will try and force the clubs to pay - this happens a LOT in Glasgow!!

Be interesting to see about this one, but whatever way it's still a bumper home game for the Bay alone - the'll be making as much today, just in ticket sales as they usually do in 4 or 5 home games.
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Post by: cygnusx-1 on March 30, 2013, 08:12:08 PM
The kick off was actually at 1.00pm and the only trouble was that Chester were a far stronger side.The pubs were not all closed, you had to know which door to use and be a regular as the S£Y game kicked off at 12:45.

To be fair the last time Chester came to town the 1100 fans did not smash the place up it was the usual minority who did that.......we do not blame all the Germans for the world wars do we?

Colwyn Bay FC had to foot the policing bill so the take was greatly reduced :'(
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Post by: ormegolf on April 01, 2013, 07:35:10 PM
Going back a few days to Dave's post about the old Judge and Jury in Station Road, colwyn bay be ing turned into an alcohol advice centre. Rather ironic. At least any customers/users will as likely as not know the building. Mike
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Post by: FatAndy on April 07, 2013, 12:58:13 PM
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Going back a few days to Dave's post about the old Judge and Jury in Station Road, colwyn bay be ing turned into an alcohol advice centre. Rather ironic. At least any customers/users will as likely as not know the building. Mike

I believe the plan is for CAIS to open a cafe/bistro where former substance users can go to receive training and work experience to help them get their lives back on track, basically it will be like Cafe CAIS in Llandudno but probably a bit more upmarket (which may make it the first time any organisation has gone upmarket by expanding from Llandudno into Colwyn Bay).  I don't believe there'll be any treatment services based there.

It's therefore more likely that customers won't know the building but the staff will.
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Post by: DaveR on April 07, 2013, 03:12:57 PM
They're doing a great job in restoring one of Colwyn Bay's most interesting buildings. The only thing that bothers me slightly is that they will be operating a business in competition with other cafes & restaurants but having the financial advantages of being a charity - this seems fundamentally unfair to me.
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Post by: hardknox on April 16, 2013, 09:55:52 PM
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still not as bad as 1963, snowed new years day and froze for 14 weeks, we got married on the 23 of Feb it was that cold the photographer asked us to leave out the guest photo,s , mainly because the bride maids would have been frozen.
Im old enough to remember the snow in 63,,bloody hell that was a winter and a half!!!
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Post by: Nemesis on April 17, 2013, 03:24:56 PM
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They're doing a great job in restoring one of Colwyn Bay's most interesting buildings. The only thing that bothers me slightly is that they will be operating a business in competition with other cafes & restaurants but having the financial advantages of being a charity - this seems fundamentally unfair to me.

Some of the council grants listed in the Pioneer seem a little strange-- not much for Llandudno's tourism, the word Erias seems to crop up alot !
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Post by: DaveR on April 20, 2013, 08:40:04 PM
'Our George' belts out "Leaning on a Lamp Post" at the Forties Festival in Colwyn Bay today:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8247/8666517574_0654a27cbe_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/8666517574/)
George Formby Tribute (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/8666517574/#) by [davidrobertsphotography] (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr
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Post by: DaveR on April 20, 2013, 08:42:28 PM
Final stages of demolition for the Market Hall:

(http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8242/8664990759_5a2acac526_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/8664990759/)
Demolition (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davellandudno/8664990759/#) by [davidrobertsphotography] (http://www.flickr.com/people/davellandudno/), on Flickr
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Post by: Linda on May 09, 2013, 11:12:37 PM
There seems to be a new shop opening in the Old Jewellers at the bottom of Station Road. The Old Jewellers closed a short time ago.
Do hope its not another charity shop( Although for fear of being misunderstood there) there are a lot of charity shops around that area,and doing a good job Im sure.
Think it may be another Jeweller so would be good to retain a quality shop there.
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Post by: Nemesis on May 10, 2013, 09:27:23 AM
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There seems to be a new shop opening in the Old Jewellers at the bottom of Station Road. The Old Jewellers closed a short time ago.
Do hope its not another charity shop( Although for fear of being misunderstood there) there are a lot of charity shops around that area,and doing a good job Im sure.
Think it may be another Jeweller so would be good to retain a quality shop there.

Didn't I see a while back that it was going to be a jewellers?
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 10, 2013, 10:27:11 AM
A TIDAL power firm is investigating a £2.2 billion scheme off the North Wales coastline that could create more than 2,500 jobs.

Tidal Lagoon Power are currently working to bring a 250 megawatt (MW) tidal turbine project to Swansea Bay that would provide power to 107,000 homes.

 Now it has been revealed that they are also eyeing up the coastline at Colwyn Bay as a location for a second scheme producing a potential one gigawatt (1,000MW) of power.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/north-wales-tidal-project-would-3568906 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/north-wales-tidal-project-would-3568906)
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Post by: Linda on May 10, 2013, 09:21:25 PM
maybe they could turn it into a Surfing lagoon to go with the sandy beach and watersports centre, all VERY Californian .
Maybe get a few folk off the street and into work!  :D. Seriously Im all for Hydro power always thought the wind turbines a complete waste when you have got constant tidal change to use. Plus one of those lagoons will look a lot better than the Pier at the moment.
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Post by: FatAndy on May 12, 2013, 05:24:14 PM
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There seems to be a new shop opening in the Old Jewellers at the bottom of Station Road. The Old Jewellers closed a short time ago.
Do hope its not another charity shop( Although for fear of being misunderstood there) there are a lot of charity shops around that area,and doing a good job Im sure.
Think it may be another Jeweller so would be good to retain a quality shop there.

There was a sign nailed to the shopfront saying something like "Coming Soon - Colwyn Jewellers" although that sign disappeared a while back.  However there were some plumbers in there on Wednesday and Town & Country Carpets where there on Thursday so somebody is obviously getting set to open.

The shop that's intriguing me is the extended unit at the entrance to the BayView shop where Thorntons used to be.  There are a team of shopfitters working in there at the moment.
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Post by: DaveR on May 12, 2013, 05:28:00 PM
It will be interesting to see what happens with them both.
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Post by: Nemesis on May 12, 2013, 08:14:09 PM
Perhaps that could be where Poundstretcher is moving to? The Upper Mostyn Street Poundstretcher shop seems suddenly to have shed 1/2 of it's stock.
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Post by: DaveR on May 13, 2013, 03:38:06 PM
Another £5m has been allocated for further work on Colwyn Bay's Promenade to rebuild sea defences and enhance the beach:
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/new-flood-coastal-defences-north-3661585 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/new-flood-coastal-defences-north-3661585)
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Post by: DaveR on May 14, 2013, 08:06:24 AM
A positive article about Colwyn Bay in the Daily Mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2321303/Colwyn-Bay-rebuilds-beach-time-summer-pumping-sand-seabed.html (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/travel/article-2321303/Colwyn-Bay-rebuilds-beach-time-summer-pumping-sand-seabed.html)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 14, 2013, 08:18:17 AM
Great to see positive news stories!  $walesflag$
Title: Welsh Mountain Zoo - Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on May 15, 2013, 11:38:12 PM
In all the years I have been visiting the three towns area, and latterly, living in it...  I have never before been to the Welsh Mountain Zoo.
Well, today, I had family visiting, and the continued poor weather meant no work for me... so a visit to the zoo seemed like a good idea.

As it turns out it was a GREAT idea.
I had often imagined that it would be quite a low budget, bargain basement sort of place, but it is really a quite impressive attraction for the area.  I can definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a reasonably priced and interesting day out.

It is not easy to find, up a single track road, but once inside you can wander around and meet all kinds of exotic creatures at close quarters. There are also very good (and moderately priced) cafe facilities.

From the car park, we followed the map to the sealion pool, which was worth the admission fee on its own. There is a very informative show, but if you just want to sit and watch them glide around underwater there is a glass-walled viewing pool which allows you to spend as much time as you want there, its quite hypnotic.

From there, we went to watch the Humboldt Penguins feeding time. But there is a twist!   The penguins come parading out onto the grass, amongst the spectators, and they are highly tame and comical.  See the pictures below.
We saw Bears, Reptiles, Camels, Condors, Marsupials a Red Panda,.... and some very entertaining Meerkats.
In fact I won't spoil it by listing any more animals, I will leave it for you to discover.

Below are just a few pictures taken either on my phone or on my daughters 'point and shoot', so the quality isn't as great as we have come to expect on the Forum.
The final picture is of a Gecko lizard that I nearly trod on!!  It was on a path near the car park, and when my daughter pointed it out to a handler, he said it had long since escaped, and would be returned to the lizard house after a very long absence!
Furthermore, he said that back in the 60's, many snakes had escaped, the descendants of which are seen quite often these days in the area surrounding the zoo! 
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Post by: DaveR on May 16, 2013, 08:32:35 AM
Looks good, haven't been since I was a kid. How much it is to get in now?
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 16, 2013, 09:01:09 AM
I last went in the Sixties, my main memory is of cobras being 'milked' for their venom! and Fester now reports that many snakes escaped !  :o  :o must have another look sometime!
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 16, 2013, 10:30:15 AM
This is what I remember seeing!

http://bps.britishpathe.com/hls-vod/flash/00000000/00004000/00004118.mp4.m3u8 (http://bps.britishpathe.com/hls-vod/flash/00000000/00004000/00004118.mp4.m3u8)
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Post by: DaveR on May 16, 2013, 10:38:29 AM
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my main memory is of cobras being 'milked' for their venom!
What did they do with the venom?
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 16, 2013, 10:41:15 AM
Somehow make it into serum, I expect health and safety would not allow this to happen now as in the film! No glass screen, nothing!
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Post by: Hugo on May 16, 2013, 11:19:48 AM

"Furthermore, he said that back in the 60's, many snakes had escaped, the descendants of which are seen quite often these days in the area surrounding the zoo! "

I think that there was just one Italian snake that escaped but she was pregnant at the time. The snake was a live bearing snake and had the young in the woods where you can find some of them today.   Thankfully the snake was not a poisonous type!


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Post by: Nemesis on May 16, 2013, 11:37:17 AM
Have they finished the new Reptile House yet?
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Post by: ormegolf on May 16, 2013, 02:31:07 PM
Oh Fester, thinking the zoo was a bargain basement sort of place. North Wales Tourism are an organisation determined to stamp out this impression that some people may have of any tourist attraction.
 The very long standing Chairman is about to retire after many, many years. He happens to be a Mr Jackson, owner of the zoo.
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Post by: Ian on May 16, 2013, 02:56:07 PM
There are two brothers:: Nick and Chris.  Chris is very able and a nice guy.
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Post by: Fester on May 16, 2013, 08:28:08 PM
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Looks good, haven't been since I was a kid. How much it is to get in now?

Admission was £10.95 per adult, but there are concessions of £2.00 reduction for pensioners, and £4 off for under 16's.

I baulked at the price at first, because I thought it was going to be a bit crap!  But in hindsight, it is very good value indeed and I highly recommend a visit.

The reptile house is finished, and that is where I encountered the massive alligator.

I could go on and on about the zoo, but I think it is better that you discover some of the interesting creatures for yourselves.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 18, 2013, 02:51:29 PM
We had a look at the Colwyn Bay Prom event, worth a look, very cold though!

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/P1020292_zps2fd2bc75.jpg) (http://s1088.photobucket.com/user/penrhynpigeons/media/P1020292_zps2fd2bc75.jpg.html)

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/P1020222_zps73eebdaa.jpg) (http://s1088.photobucket.com/user/penrhynpigeons/media/P1020222_zps73eebdaa.jpg.html)

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/P1020231_zpsb6a77a57.jpg) (http://s1088.photobucket.com/user/penrhynpigeons/media/P1020231_zpsb6a77a57.jpg.html)

We both enjoyed free Segway rides! Yes FREE!! I had to encourage Erindoors to have a go and she loved it!

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/P1020284_zps326243a8.jpg) (http://s1088.photobucket.com/user/penrhynpigeons/media/P1020284_zps326243a8.jpg.html)

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i331/penrhynpigeons/P1020271_zps4a640ccd.jpg) (http://s1088.photobucket.com/user/penrhynpigeons/media/P1020271_zps4a640ccd.jpg.html)
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Post by: Bellringer on May 24, 2013, 12:47:28 PM
The NWWN says that the Prom event attracted 80,000 people. I realise that is probably a 'guestimate' but it seems a bit over the top to me. How is such a figure arrived at for an event of this type?
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Post by: Yorkie on May 24, 2013, 01:34:14 PM
Never 80,000 in a month of Sundays!  That's almost a quadrupling of the local population.   Typical exaggeration of the Press probably aided and abetted by local Councillors!   :D
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Post by: cygnusx-1 on May 24, 2013, 02:05:35 PM
Was the count done by the number of cars that passed by on the A55 and taking a guess that there were 2 people in each car?

You might get close to 80000 using that methadology!

I certainly had no problem getting around and I live in the trap between The Park Hotel and The Marine were there is no escape from traffic if the Promenade and A55 are blocked by 80000 people in 40000cars.

8000 might be a closer figure :o
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 24, 2013, 05:14:16 PM
We went on Saturday morning, it was so busy that we had to wait about one minute before we could get on the Segways!! :o May have been a couple of minutes if you went on the Sunday! :laugh:

Big waves this morning in Rhos one Sea / Colwyn Bay!
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Post by: Fester on May 24, 2013, 11:22:12 PM
That third picture...... the seawater looks to be inches from you!   :o :o :o
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 24, 2013, 11:40:19 PM
Yes it looks like it, but happily neither me, camera or car got wet!  ;D
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Post by: Linda on June 06, 2013, 10:39:35 PM
I don't know how many people driving through Colwyn bay east would have used their cameras today. I had to do double take as couldn't believe what i saw ,a woman stood posing in her doorway completely topless,and nearly bottomless too.  :o Obviously been sunbathing white patches couldn't be missed. I probably wouldn't have blinked an eye abroad but Abergele road ,main busroute and very busy road. Hope there were no accidents , looked a little burnt though.  Oh my, what a lovely sight for any visitors (uch! not) .Not a pretty sight believe me.  ;D
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Post by: DaveR on June 07, 2013, 07:57:36 AM
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I don't know how many people driving through Colwyn bay east would have used their cameras today. I had to do double take as couldn't believe what i saw ,a woman stood posing in her doorway completely topless,and nearly bottomless too.  :o Obviously been sunbathing white patches couldn't be missed. I probably wouldn't have blinked an eye abroad but Abergele road ,main busroute and very busy road. Hope there were no accidents , looked a little burnt though.  Oh my, what a lovely sight for any visitors (uch! not) .Not a pretty sight believe me.  ;D
Fester is asking if you could be more specific about the address?  :laugh:
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 07, 2013, 09:50:35 AM
 _))* _))*
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Post by: Linda on June 07, 2013, 09:53:36 PM
Tell Fester how much is it worth, we could do a deal ! had our car repaired today  _))*
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Post by: DaveR on June 15, 2013, 06:27:47 PM
Had a walk through Eirias park today, the area by the lake is looking very tatty and run down.
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Post by: Fester on June 16, 2013, 11:52:02 PM
It's being mismanaged..  &shake& &shake&
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Post by: Hugo on June 23, 2013, 05:47:37 PM
There has been a large ship in the Bay for a few days and I suppose that it has something to do with the wind farms.  I've picked up my binocs and on the side of the ship it says "Floating Hotels"
It may be nice on board but I wouldn't fancy staying there in these winds!     
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Post by: ormegolf on June 23, 2013, 08:02:31 PM
Hugo, are you sure its been there for a few days? Because, at the height of the strong winds yesterday afternoon, I thought I spotted it arriving off the Little Orme and assumed it was running for shelter.
   The large cable layer from Pensarn to the windfarm has been around for several weeks. Far be it from me to accuse you of being confused between the two.
   But ---- if you'r not --- then I am HaHa
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Post by: Hugo on June 23, 2013, 11:11:19 PM
Hi Mike,  hope that you are well and that these high winds are not affecting the course too much.   It's the same boat Mike, when I'm on the computer the window overlooks the Bay and it's been in the same spot for a few days. At the moment it's still at anchor and lit up in the Bay.  I can also see another smaller craft at anchor not too far away from that boat.
I can't make out the name of the boat but if I was nearer the shore then perhaps I could.  I'll let you know tomorrow.
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Post by: bigbadhenry on June 24, 2013, 08:34:31 AM
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Hi Mike,  hope that you are well and that these high winds are not affecting the course too much.   It's the same boat Mike, when I'm on the computer the window overlooks the Bay and it's been in the same spot for a few days. At the moment it's still at anchor and lit up in the Bay.  I can also see another smaller craft at anchor not too far away from that boat.
I can't make out the name of the boat but if I was nearer the shore then perhaps I could.  I'll let you know tomorrow.

Wind Solution ( Floating Hotels ) used for the wind farm.
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Post by: Hugo on June 24, 2013, 11:10:58 AM
Thanks very much bigbadhenry for that information.   The ship is still in the same place and sounds like it has all the facilities for an enjoyable stay.   The wind has died down a bit today and it would be nice to be on board it today.
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Post by: ormegolf on June 24, 2013, 12:23:14 PM
Hello bbhenry, you write that this boat is used for the wind farm. My mind boggles.i know they need a lot of construction staff, but--. If you are correct what on earth does it do?
 And thanks Hugo. I appreciate that you have an excellent view of this boat from your house. And I certainly don't want to fall out over this. But I've got an excellent view of it driving past Rhos point every day, and the first time I saw it was Saturday afternoon.
  So, assuming that we are both correct, do you think it slips away for an hour or two every so often? This is the only sensible solution unless one or other of us is going a bit---you know what I mean.
Seeing that I am older than you I suppose the finger will be pointed at me.
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Post by: Hugo on June 24, 2013, 06:45:04 PM
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 And thanks Hugo. I appreciate that you have an excellent view of this boat from your house. And I certainly don't want to fall out over this. But I've got an excellent view of it driving past Rhos point every day, and the first time I saw it was Saturday afternoon.
  So, assuming that we are both correct, do you think it slips away for an hour or two every so often? This is the only sensible solution unless one or other of us is going a bit---you know what I mean.
Seeing that I am older than you I suppose the finger will be pointed at me.

It was there earlier Mike but it has gone away now.  I've been working in the back garden today so I didn't see when it left the Bay but it may have been there to shelter from the winds we have had recently.     You could be right when you say that it may slip away for an hour or two.  I'll have a look again for it later.
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Post by: Cambrian on June 24, 2013, 08:15:24 PM
If you have a look at live.ships you can seek the all about this vessel and its route.
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Post by: ormegolf on June 25, 2013, 11:02:45 AM
  I had a forced trip down memory lane early this morning. I THINK it's called back promenade but that might be a nickname.  It's the road you went along to getto the main entrance of Penrhos college. Last time I went along it? Probably sixty years ago.
 Reason isent along it? Prom by The Toad well and truly sealed off by the Police.
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Post by: DaveR on June 25, 2013, 04:46:44 PM
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  I had a forced trip down memory lane early this morning. I THINK it's called back promenade but that might be a nickname.  It's the road you went along to getto the main entrance of Penrhos college. Last time I went along it? Probably sixty years ago.
 Reason isent along it? Prom by The Toad well and truly sealed off by the Police.
A moped rider was taken to hospital for treatment after a collision with a car in Colwyn Bay this morning.

The accident happened on the West Promenade near the Toad Hall Inn shortly before 7.30am.

The car involved was a silver Ford Fiesta.

North Wales Police said the riders injuries were not serious.
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Post by: BMD on June 26, 2013, 03:37:02 PM
I'd been wondering if the strange cream-coloured foam washing up on Colwyn Bay beach lately was pollution, or some weird after-effect of adding all that sand. A couple of days ago there was also an unpleasant smell, and an orangey-brown substance accompanying the foam.

Here's the answer, apparently: http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/123885/scientists-sniff-out-odour-in-colwyn-bay.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/123885/scientists-sniff-out-odour-in-colwyn-bay.aspx)
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Post by: Hugo on June 26, 2013, 04:18:57 PM
It seems to be there every year and is worse sometimes depending on the weather.   
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Post by: Fester on June 26, 2013, 10:18:38 PM
There is a similar phenomena which occurs from now on in Llandudno Bay.
I have seen it for the last 4 years.

It is a cream coloured, foamy trail on the sea which emanates from the shore near the paddling pool, and extends accross the bay in a straight line, under the pier and beyond.
I thought it was pollution of some kind, but....

Those in 'the know' tell me it as an algae bloom and it disappears by mid August.
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Post by: Linda on July 06, 2013, 12:08:03 AM
I am concerned over the size of the insects that land on our conservatory roof since the warm weather
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Post by: Linda on July 06, 2013, 12:10:01 AM
 :o aaa.gif
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 06, 2013, 06:29:39 AM
Scary!  :o
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Post by: Fester on July 06, 2013, 10:54:36 PM
Put me out of my misery..... what is it?
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Post by: Ian on July 07, 2013, 07:41:27 AM
A seagull?
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Post by: welshwiz on July 18, 2013, 08:19:14 PM
New rock formation spotted,
Spotted this on the way back from Llandudno tonight. $good$
Someone must spent a lot of time on this.
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Post by: Yorkie on July 18, 2013, 09:12:49 PM
Is Craig O in town?    :D
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Post by: Nemesis on July 18, 2013, 09:33:00 PM
There were a few of these on North Shore one afternoon last year.
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Post by: Linda on July 18, 2013, 11:10:14 PM
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Put me out of my misery..... what is it?

I i forgot to say it was an odd angle of our sky dish  ;D
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Post by: Linda on July 18, 2013, 11:51:57 PM
An interesting and light hearted piece of news for Colwyn Bay.   A friend of mine was down at llanddulas beach this morning (as a paramedic they sometimes have a cuppa stop off there) saw swimming towards Colwyn Bay a pod of Porpoise (Dolphin as she called them)
This is the second time, Last year I was at Old Colwyn at saw them going towards Llanddulas and that same afternoon ,My friend saw them whilst she was walking her dog. Amazing to see as the last time I watch Porpoise was at Puffin Island in the channel there. Plenty of mackerel around so chasing them no doubt.
She managed to get a photo, looking forward to seeing it. Have to get my camera clicking this week. Plus an increase of sightings of seals. *&(
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Post by: Hugo on July 25, 2013, 03:50:28 PM
I was looking out of my front window and thought that I saw a flare floating on the sea not too far from the shore but my couldn't see it clearly with my binocs so I went downstairs to get a more powerful pair.
Couldn't see anything at all when I looked again but now I have just witnessed a yellow rescue helicopter searching in that area and it looks like two other small vessals are also out searching for something.
The helicopter has just landed on the small beach in Rhos on Sea but I don't know exactly what is going on down there.

It has now taken off from the beach and has flown in an easterly direction towards Llanddulas where it has disappeared from my view, perhaps it is headed for Glan Clwyd Hospital?

The two boats that I thought may have been involved in a search are now returning to Rhos Harbour
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Post by: norman08 on July 25, 2013, 04:08:46 PM
2 people on a jet ski 1 on shore ok 1 missing ,so must have found them on way to hospital hope ok , young dav murrey raised the alarm ,fb is a good thing sometimes
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Post by: Hugo on July 25, 2013, 06:56:03 PM
Thanks Norman, hope that whatever happened has a happy ending.
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Post by: DaveR on July 25, 2013, 07:20:47 PM
RNLI, RAF & COASTGUARDS DEAL WITH NORTH WALES COAST MEDICAL EMERGENCY

Following multiple 999 calls to Holyhead Coastguard this afternoon (25/7) reporting a flare or jetski on fire in the Rhos-on-Sea / Colwyn Bay area, Llandudno RNLI inshore lifeboat was called out at 1445 hrs. At the same time the RAF Sea King call-sign 'Rescue 122' was scrambled to the area.

Taken to Colwyn Bay by road the lifeboat launched shortly afterwards, and her crew soon located a small dinghy offshore containing one man who had suffered an angina attack, and had lost his relieving spray overboard.

He was immediately taken aboard the lifeboat, and in view of his condition the RNLI crew set off at full speed for the shore, at the same time maintaining radio communications with the approaching helicopter crew. The casualty was landed ashore at 1525, at the same time as Rescue 122 arrived overhead. The RAF paramedic crewman was landed and proceeded to stabilise the casualty; the helicopter returned shortly afterwards to land on the beach, take the casualty on board and fly him to hospital.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on July 28, 2013, 10:41:36 AM
Well here is a Q&A in today's 'Mail on Sunday' that I must confess I once thought I would never see again in my lifetime.  D)

If you do not believe me then turn to page 52 of the newspaper's Travel Section.
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Post by: Nemesis on July 28, 2013, 11:29:03 AM
OMG---- I hope it reaches their expectations !
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Post by: Linda on July 28, 2013, 01:01:04 PM
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OMG---- I hope it reaches their expectations !
Me too Nem, beach is good when weather holds, waterfront debatable until all up and running,a bit more for the kids would be good. Erias park was really good at one time now needs lots of TLC. Zoo is pretty good. Rhos pleasant with paddling pool but empty Rhos point cafe. As a whole area though Conwy, Llandudno and Colwyn bay with lots of speedy work( i only say this as by the time something is complete, another area falls into repair)  could be a pretty good spot. :Sisyphus:
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Post by: Nemesis on July 28, 2013, 03:58:05 PM
 _))* _))*

Perhaps we should get Sisyphus on the council !
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Post by: ormegolf on July 28, 2013, 08:29:39 PM
   The sad thing is that anyone doing an internet search (or any other search come to that) on Colwyn Bay after accommodation will be sadly disappointed.  There are a few remaining in the Bay, the Travel Lodge which doesn't really fit in to a weeks holiday, and thats it.
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Post by: FatAndy on August 10, 2013, 06:21:11 PM
The signage from outside the Amber Coffee Shop on Station Road has been removed and there were some people in their this morning.  They didn't look to be doing much other than standing looking out of the window.  I also noticed a closing down sign in the window of the Age Cymru charity shop which is closing for good on 31st August.
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Post by: hollins on August 22, 2013, 07:30:25 PM
While visiting Porth Eirias this morning we were told to watch out after 4pm for a Shogun vehicle which had become submerged earlier in the morning. The driver had gone out early to launch a boat.
These photos show what we saw when we returned at about 5pm.
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Post by: DaveR on August 22, 2013, 07:34:20 PM
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Well here is a Q&A in today's 'Mail on Sunday' that I must confess I once thought I would never see again in my lifetime.  D)

If you do not believe me then turn to page 52 of the newspaper's Travel Section.
It sounds as though it was written by someone who has not been to Colwyn Bay since 1973.  :laugh:
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Post by: snowcap on August 23, 2013, 10:52:56 AM
is that the skip they are going to put it in? (last photo)
Title: Colwyn Bay Zoo workers scoop £1m on National Lottery
Post by: Bri Roberts on August 23, 2013, 07:37:04 PM
Zoo workers went wild today after scooping a £1m lottery prize.

The lemurs at the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay joined the celebrations as the syndicate of 16 staff sprayed champagne to mark their "unbelievable" win in the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle.

Each member of the group will get £62,500, allowing staff to pay for houses, a dream wedding and the holiday of a lifetime.

Peter Litherland, 50, an animal collection manager who lives at the zoo, said: “We're still all absolutely stunned. We cannot believe that something like this could happen to us.

“I hadn’t even bothered to check the ticket as we never believed we would win. It was only when I went to buy our next tickets online that I realised we’d won.

“I thought the website couldn’t be right and asked my girlfriend, ‘does that say what I think it says?’

“We sat there for 15 minutes looking at it in disbelief before we started calling around and more and more keepers started turning up.

“When it was confirmed over the phone, we all cheered and hugged each other and there were a few tears. I think it’s fair to say none of us slept that night.

“I still think it’s an intricate and well-planned joke, but I’m really pleased for everyone. It’s nice to be able to share the happiness with people I’ve worked with for a long time.”


http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-zoo-workers-scoop-5776976 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-zoo-workers-scoop-5776976)
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Post by: hollins on August 24, 2013, 07:07:04 AM
Here is a link to the report from the guys at the watersports centre about the submerged car.

http://www.colwynbaywatersports.co.uk/news/eventful-few-days/ (http://www.colwynbaywatersports.co.uk/news/eventful-few-days/)
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Post by: penpal on September 05, 2013, 12:58:47 PM
Does anyone know what has happened to Rooms and Blooms on Abergele rd (opp Stermat?)  Went there yesterday am and removal vans - didn't know they were up'ing sticks  :'(
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Post by: BMD on September 05, 2013, 01:43:22 PM
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Does anyone know what has happened to Rooms and Blooms on Abergele rd (opp Stermat?)  Went there yesterday am and removal vans - didn't know they were up'ing sticks  :'(

It seems that their shop/property has been up for sale: http://www.stdavidsproperty.com/asp/detail.asp?p=549 (http://www.stdavidsproperty.com/asp/detail.asp?p=549)

It's a shame if they are going - it's the only place I know in the region that supplies a good range of gourmet coffee beans.
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Post by: FatAndy on September 07, 2013, 04:22:05 PM
Deane's Removals were outside Rooms & Blooms this morning moving stuff in.  I had a quick glance through the door and it looked like there were jars of coffee beans just to the left as you go in.
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Post by: BMD on September 07, 2013, 04:58:56 PM
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Deane's Removals were outside Rooms & Blooms this morning moving stuff in.  I had a quick glance through the door and it looked like there were jars of coffee beans just to the left as you go in.

Funnily enough, I just walked past myself and noticed the coffee bean jars - perhaps they are the last items to be moved out (pretty much everything else seemed to have gone). If they've been left I might make an offer for them - those ultra-dark-roast continental and sumatra lingtong beans are a seriously valuable commodity.
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Post by: FatAndy on September 07, 2013, 05:34:59 PM
If there's any Kopi Luwak it's mine (but to sell on rather than for personal consumption  :'().
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Post by: SDQ on September 07, 2013, 07:06:48 PM
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If there's any Kopi Luwak it's mine (but to sell on rather than for personal consumption  :'().


Wuss! It'll put hairs on your chest.  :)
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Post by: FatAndy on September 07, 2013, 07:40:54 PM
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If there's any Kopi Luwak it's mine (but to sell on rather than for personal consumption  :'().

Wuss! It'll put hairs on your chest.  :)

That would have been been good once upon a time, the problem is these days they'd all be grey  :(.
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Post by: penpal on September 09, 2013, 12:51:18 PM
Apparently a "coffee" company / folk have bought the property so the retail part will be staying - this is all just here say - not confirmation :) fingers crossed Z**
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Post by: FatAndy on September 17, 2013, 11:31:16 AM
One of the shops just down from the theatre has a sign in the window saying "Indian Restaurant/Takeaway coming soon".  I'm not sure Colwyn Bay necessarily needs another takeaway but the shop concerned has been closed for so long I can't remember what it used to be and it's being looking a bit derelict so it's good news that it will finally be reoccupied.
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Post by: DaveR on September 17, 2013, 12:33:05 PM
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One of the shops just down from the theatre has a sign in the window saying "Indian Restaurant/Takeaway coming soon".  I'm not sure Colwyn Bay necessarily needs another takeaway but the shop concerned has been closed for so long I can't remember what it used to be and it's being looking a bit derelict so it's good news that it will finally be reoccupied.
Didnt it used to be an Abandoned Animals Association charity shop for a while?
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Post by: FatAndy on September 17, 2013, 02:22:45 PM
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One of the shops just down from the theatre has a sign in the window saying "Indian Restaurant/Takeaway coming soon".  I'm not sure Colwyn Bay necessarily needs another takeaway but the shop concerned has been closed for so long I can't remember what it used to be and it's being looking a bit derelict so it's good news that it will finally be reoccupied.
Didnt it used to be an Abandoned Animals Association charity shop for a while?

That sounds like the one, I think I remember the signage outside but I don't remember the shop being open (and I've worked in Colwyn Bay for four years now).  I've got a vague recollection that Dan's Den were in there for a while but if they were that must have a few years ago as well.
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Post by: DaveR on September 17, 2013, 05:24:22 PM
I think you're right. It's been an eyesore for quite a few years now, I remember the flats above were occupied by some dubious characters.
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Post by: snowcap on September 17, 2013, 06:49:13 PM
Yorkie and fester playing scrabble
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Post by: Yorkie on September 17, 2013, 07:27:04 PM
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Yorkie and fester playing scrabble

You've guessed!  We have a reet proper gambling den there.   The dowdy look is just to disguise our activities from the uninitiated.  As may West would say, "OK, Big Boy, come up and join me sometime!"
 ZXZ
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Post by: Fester on September 17, 2013, 11:42:48 PM
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Yorkie and fester playing scrabble

The games are taking a long time to complete as I have no 3G signal at home, and the weather has kept me holed up for most of the time.
However, tonight I went to a Darts match in the Junction, and I could not help making a couple of moves. During which time I noticed that SDQ absolutely CRUSHED me with a 130 point word.  :o
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Post by: FatAndy on September 24, 2013, 08:43:27 PM
The KKK Asian Food Store has vanished from Abergele Road  :'(.

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Post by: DaveR on September 24, 2013, 08:45:06 PM
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The KKK Asian Food Store has vanished from Abergele Road  :'(.
Have the Klan been run out of town?  :laugh:
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Post by: Fester on September 25, 2013, 12:23:33 AM
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The KKK Asian Food Store has vanished from Abergele Road  :'(.
Have the Klan been run out of town?  :laugh:

That seems to be the kux of the matter.  :P
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Post by: FatAndy on October 02, 2013, 09:13:51 PM
It appears the shop vacated by KKK is going reopen as a "shabby chic" shop called Vintage Rose.  So if anyone needs some old tat then Colwyn Bay will be the place to go.
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Post by: Blongb on October 03, 2013, 08:01:24 PM
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It appears the shop vacated by KKK is going reopen as a "shabby chic" shop called Vintage Rose.  So if anyone needs some old tat then Colwyn Bay will be the place to go.

I wonder if they'll sell spray gloss white paint  WWW
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Post by: FatAndy on October 05, 2013, 09:10:13 PM
It looked like Vintage Rose was set to open today.  I had a glance through the window this morning and looked like they had some interesting stuff in there, although it's not the sort thing I'd ever buy.  It appears someone has got their inspiration from watching Drew Pritchard on the tele.
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Post by: born2run on October 05, 2013, 09:18:24 PM
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It appears the shop vacated by KKK is going reopen as a "shabby chic" shop called Vintage Rose.  So if anyone needs some old tat then Colwyn Bay will be the place to go.

I wonder if they'll sell spray gloss white paint  WWW

Wonder if they will sell white hoods and crosses ???
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Post by: Fester on October 05, 2013, 09:26:38 PM
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It appears the shop vacated by KKK is going reopen as a "shabby chic" shop called Vintage Rose.  So if anyone needs some old tat then Colwyn Bay will be the place to go.

I wonder if they'll sell spray gloss white paint  WWW

Wonder if they will sell white hoods and crosses ???


Why BTR?  Are you looking for a cheaper supplier?  :laugh:
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Post by: Minime on October 08, 2013, 11:24:02 PM
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It appears the shop vacated by KKK is going reopen as a "shabby chic" shop called Vintage Rose.  So if anyone needs some old tat then Colwyn Bay will be the place to go.


Probably every female on the forum read shabby chic and vintage rose and thought oooh wheres that must go :)
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Post by: ormegolf on October 09, 2013, 06:12:35 PM
   Walked past there midday today.  No customers inside at that time, if that means anything
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Post by: BMD on October 11, 2013, 05:39:44 PM
Work now seems almost completed on the impressive Victorian building on Station Road which previously housed the Judge & Jury pub (and historically the town's municipal HQ, I believe). The work has been going on for months & months - must have cost a fortune to renovate. It's good to see such a building restored, but its future use (charity-run bistro and "training" and "admin offices") just seems to highlight (to my mind at least) the sad fact that Arundales - a great, long-standing fruit & veg shop on the other side of the road - couldn't be kept open. (Two different things, I know, but...).

There was another large (4-story) Victorian building renovated into apartments recently - on Penrhyn Road, just down from the Chinese restaurant. Again, it took months & months and must have cost a fortune. I guess in both cases the funding was largely public money (ie Council grants for regenerating the town)?
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Post by: FatAndy on October 11, 2013, 07:16:49 PM
Arundales are still in business, they've just closed the retail arm to concentrate on the wholesale side of their business.  David Hughes did exactly the same with M. Hughes & Son in Llandudno, he closed the shop in Madoc Street because the wholesale operation was generating the bulk of the profits.  It was inevitable Arundales would close their shop, the big surprise is that they kept it going for so long.
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Post by: ormegolf on October 11, 2013, 08:38:56 PM
   I went to school with John Arundale---dont ask me how many generations back he is.  You say the wonder is how they managed to survive for so long. I suppose after so many years, no one can grasp the nettle and admit defeat.
   I feel so sorry for the children/grandchildren see ing the end of a family business through no fault of theirs.
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Post by: FatAndy on October 13, 2013, 05:44:19 PM
I wouldn't feel too sorry for the Arundale children and grandchildren, they haven't lost their business.  Arundales is still in business although these days they only do wholesale and home deliveries - http://www.arundales.com/. (http://www.arundales.com/.)  If anything the children and grandchildren will be better off as they're likely to be inheriting a more viable business that's concentrating on it's strengths and divesting itself of it's weaknesses.  I couldn't see how they could keep the shop viable given the competition from Morrisons, Lidl and Aldi but given the number of hotels, restaurants, cafes, etc in the area then there's plenty of potential for their wholesale division.

Of course this all assumes the children and grandchildren want to take over.  I believe M. Hughes & Son is no longer owned by the Hughes family.  From what I remember David Hughes was the grandson of M. Hughes and I know he had at least three kids so it seems none of the fourth generation of Hughes' fancied the prospect of having to get up in the middle of night several times a week to travel over to the Liverpool fruit and veg market (and who can blame them  ;)).
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Post by: ormegolf on October 13, 2013, 10:48:14 PM
   Fruit and Veg Wholesaling seems even more dodgy financially than retailing.

   Remember John Garstang, a very big f and v wholesaler originally in back Greenfield Road but built a brand new large warehouse in Colwyn Avenue, Rhos. Delivered all over N.Wales. But no longer.

   In Rhyl Robertson Reids and Jacobsens were two more examples long gone.

   And what has taken their place. A flurry of very small retailers who buy themselves a van and make the trip to Liverpool themselves. Supplying hotels and guest houses might give them a bit of seasonal turnover, but they cannot get a decent margin, otherwise the hotelier will be off in his car to Asda.
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Post by: DaveR on October 14, 2013, 08:29:03 AM
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Work now seems almost completed on the impressive Victorian building on Station Road which previously housed the Judge & Jury pub (and historically the town's municipal HQ, I believe). The work has been going on for months & months - must have cost a fortune to renovate. It's good to see such a building restored, but its future use (charity-run bistro and "training" and "admin offices") just seems to highlight (to my mind at least) the sad fact that Arundales - a great, long-standing fruit & veg shop on the other side of the road - couldn't be kept open. (Two different things, I know, but...).

There was another large (4-story) Victorian building renovated into apartments recently - on Penrhyn Road, just down from the Chinese restaurant. Again, it took months & months and must have cost a fortune. I guess in both cases the funding was largely public money (ie Council grants for regenerating the town)?
There's an ancient blog post about the history of the Municipal Building here:
http://llandudnoandcolwynbay.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/muncipal-building-station-road-colwyn.html (http://llandudnoandcolwynbay.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/muncipal-building-station-road-colwyn.html)
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Post by: BMD on October 14, 2013, 07:58:05 PM
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There's an ancient blog post about the history of the Municipal Building here:
http://llandudnoandcolwynbay.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/muncipal-building-station-road-colwyn.html (http://llandudnoandcolwynbay.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/muncipal-building-station-road-colwyn.html)

Very interesting - I had no idea the building's upper floors housed 'massage parlours' in the 1990s. Nice old photo of the Victorian gents - I hate to think what their impression of 21st century Colwyn Bay would be.

On the Arundales closure, the newspapers reports quoted the owners saying that pedestrianisation of Station Road decreased custom - and that this was the final nail. It's a pity. I can see the difficulty of competing with supermarkets, etc, but if the pedestrianisation finally made the difference which led to closure, it's a shame that something couldn't be worked out with the council, funding-wise. Given the importance of a "real" shop like that, adding life and colour to a street which desperately needs it, I've have thought the council might've bent over backwards to come up with ways to prevent it becoming another empty space. Especially when you look at the amount of money they seem to be putting into other "regeneration" projects around town.

The fruit & veg shop in Rhos on Sea seems to be doing well, at least - and that's in the middle of the Co-op & Spar.
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Post by: ormegolf on October 14, 2013, 08:48:21 PM
   Yes, I am delighted to say that Rhos, where I lived from aged 5 to 18, is the exception that proves the rule.

    It appears to be a prosperous little circle of small individual shops, maybe a few too many cafes, but apart from that a throw back to 50 years ago retail wise. And, reasonable on street parking as another bonus. AND a promenade.
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Post by: FatAndy on October 15, 2013, 08:56:22 AM
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On the Arundales closure, the newspapers reports quoted the owners saying that pedestrianisation of Station Road decreased custom - and that this was the final nail. It's a pity. I can see the difficulty of competing with supermarkets, etc, but if the pedestrianisation finally made the difference which led to closure, it's a shame that something couldn't be worked out with the council, funding-wise.

I read that article and I personally don't believe a word of it.  Station Road was pedestrianised so long ago I can't even remember when it happened but it must have been well over a decade ago.  If that had been the final nail in the coffin Arundales would have closed many years ago.  You also need to bear in mind that there's a car park directly opposite the back door of the shop so they could easily have offered a collect by car service in the same way M&S in Llandudno do (or did?).  It might even have been possible to put in a back door so customers could park on the Ivy Street car park and walk straight into their shop.  If there was a final nail in their coffin it's probably supermarkets starting up home delivery services which allows people to shop without even leaving their houses.  You can't blame the council for the fact that the world is changing or that business owners are too slow to respond to those changes.
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Post by: DaveR on October 15, 2013, 09:16:05 AM
Station Road has suffered badly from pedestrianisation, in my view. More often than not, the whole street feels empty and desolate. Far better to reopen it to traffic with a line of parking down both sides.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 15, 2013, 09:19:27 AM
One way traffic, with parking down both sides is what is required, bring it back to life again!
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Post by: DaveR on October 15, 2013, 09:20:24 AM
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One way traffic, with parking down both sides is what is required, bring it back to life again!
Yes, sorry, should have said, one way traffic only - top to bottom.
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Post by: Nemesis on October 15, 2013, 08:03:37 PM
There were people in the Bay Centre today collecting donations towards the pier. :o
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Post by: ormegolf on October 15, 2013, 08:33:48 PM
   Whilst I can only admire their ambition but ------  to be realistic nothing, nothing they can possibly collect however big will make one jot of difference to the state of the pier.

    You are talking millions of pounds here. What are thinking of doing with the tiny amount of cash they may collect?

   Having said that, I take my hat off to them for their endeavours.  Although in my opinion the cash collected won't make the slightest difference, the publicity I hope their work receives might do some good
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Post by: DaveR on October 16, 2013, 08:14:02 AM
They have been given a target amount of cash to raise by the Heritage Lottery Fund, in order to prove they are serious about their ambitions for the Pier and so they can be considered for the 'big grant'.
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Post by: ormegolf on October 16, 2013, 08:04:04 PM
   Oh, thanks Dave. Thats a different matter. Consider my earlier post deleted Mike
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Post by: hollins on October 21, 2013, 06:51:20 PM
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It appears the shop vacated by KKK is going reopen as a "shabby chic" shop called Vintage Rose.  So if anyone needs some old tat then Colwyn Bay will be the place to go.

I popped in to the new Vintage Rose shop today (thanks Andy). There are some nice things in there and it was well displayed but disappointing for me was that there wasn't enough "old tat" to rummage through! Apart from some old china items most things were new. The lady in there was revamping an old lamp stand so maybe there will be more old stuff in the future.
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Post by: viv on October 30, 2013, 07:59:15 PM
Does anyone know which Colwyn Bay shop was on fire today? Hope no-one was hurt. I had heard that it was the Computer shop -but which one?
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Post by: FatAndy on October 30, 2013, 09:00:25 PM
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Does anyone know which Colwyn Bay shop was on fire today? Hope no-one was hurt. I had heard that it was the Computer shop -but which one?

The Daily Post website has this report -

"CANDLE SET FIRE TO CURTAINS: A WOMAN was taken to hospital to be treated for minor burns after a candle set fire to curtains at a flat above a computer shop this afternoon.

Fire crews from Colwyn Bay and Llandudno were called to the four storey building on the A547 at Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, along with a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance.

Police took to Twitter to warn motorists of traffic disruption on the busy road and urged them to use alternative routes while firefighters dealt with the incident just after 4pm.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 4.04pm to reports of a fire at a property on Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay. We sent a rapid response vehicle and an emergency ambulance to the scene, and a woman in her 20s with minor burns was taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.”

A North Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “The fire was caused by a candle that ignited nearby curtains.”"
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Post by: welshwiz on October 31, 2013, 07:06:41 PM
Why do they put on twitter? not a lot of help if your driving ???
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Post by: ormegolf on October 31, 2013, 11:18:58 PM
   I dont suppose anything put on 3townsforum is a lot of use if you are driving
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Post by: Yorkie on November 01, 2013, 10:19:49 AM
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   I dont suppose anything put on 3townsforum is a lot of use if you are driving

Unless, of course, you are on the first tee with your 3G phone in your hand!     :D
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Post by: FatAndy on November 01, 2013, 03:11:17 PM
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Why do they put on twitter? not a lot of help if your driving ???

It's even less use if you're not on Twitter.
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Post by: TheMedz on November 01, 2013, 09:31:01 PM
This afternoon Mrs Medz and I went for a brief leaf kicking (ended up as leaf mulch kicking after all the rain!) walk through Fairy Glen in Old Colwyn and on the way back to the car came across Llanelian Road Cemetery. I must admit to never having noticed it before but the derelict building inside the graveyard on further investigation was very strange in shape and architecture. With what looked like some sort of alter or table in the middle of the building.  I can see from google that it describes the place as being a  morgue but can't find any more info on the place. Putting Llanelian into Google also brought up some reference to a murder in a flat there in 2010. Spooky. The day after Halloween probably wasn't a good time to discover it! Has anyone got any more information about the place?
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Post by: BMD on November 13, 2013, 04:31:21 PM
The shop replacing Rooms & Blooms has opened. It's similar in a way to the former shop/café  - it sells coffee beans & loose tea, etc, and has a nicely arranged/decorated café area. It also stocks (and is heated by) infra-red heating panels, which look pretty good. After I chatted with the lady there about coffee, she kindly gave me a free sample of coffee beans. So that gets my thumbs-up - give it a try.  $good$
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Post by: FatAndy on November 13, 2013, 06:25:47 PM
The Celtic Winter Fayre kicks off tomorrow in Colwyn Bay.  Three marquees were being set up on Sea View Road along with a couple of wooden sheds at lunchtime today.  I'll be lunching in style tomorrow on free miniature cubes of cheese and bits of broken cream crackers dipped in relish  $good$.
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Post by: Bellringer on November 15, 2013, 04:29:02 PM
I drove along the promenade this afternoon and noticed sand on the promenade on the Rhos side of the pier, obviously caused by yesterday's strong winds. Couldn't help but wonder if this is the start of another West Shore type of issue or just a 'one off'.
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Post by: Linda on November 15, 2013, 09:28:20 PM
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I drove along the promenade this afternoon and noticed sand on the promenade on the Rhos side of the pier, obviously caused by yesterday's strong winds. Couldn't help but wonder if this is the start of another West Shore type of issue or just a 'one off'.

That part of the road has been hit quite a lot with sand and its only November  :)
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Post by: norman08 on November 15, 2013, 10:42:34 PM
that won,t be a 1 off ,it will happen all the time as the sand is level with the prom along there so it will blow on the road they won,t listen .
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Post by: Hugo on November 16, 2013, 11:17:26 AM
I've seen it already and my immediate thoughts were of West Shore Llandudno were the "consultants" have ruined the area.     
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Post by: Yorkie on November 16, 2013, 11:28:22 AM
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I've seen it already and my immediate thoughts were of West Shore Llandudno were the "consultants" have ruined the area.   

Problem is they use very expensive Consultants when the real answer is free, one just has to apply some "Common Sense" as is readily available in the $3towns$.
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Post by: Linda on November 16, 2013, 08:58:08 PM
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I've seen it already and my immediate thoughts were of West Shore Llandudno were the "consultants" have ruined the area.   

Problem is they use very expensive Consultants when the real answer is free, one just has to apply some "Common Sense" as is readily available in the $3towns$.

Yes, I reckon Three towns forum could certainly solve quite a lot, with a little common sense and the expertise available on here. Who needs Consultants  ZXZ
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Post by: Bellringer on November 16, 2013, 09:37:29 PM
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Yes, I reckon Three towns forum could certainly solve quite a lot,

I've got a couple of shovels but not a lot of energy!!
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Post by: norman08 on November 16, 2013, 10:14:35 PM
are the shovels to move the sand or knock the councils heads to get a bit of sense  _))*
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Post by: Linda on November 16, 2013, 10:25:39 PM
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Yes, I reckon Three towns forum could certainly solve quite a lot,

I've got a couple of shovels but not a lot of energy!!

 )*)&  Brains not brawn is called for  :roll:
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Post by: Bellringer on November 16, 2013, 10:29:57 PM
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are the shovels to move the sand or knock the councils heads to get a bit of sense  _))*

Take your pick. 

Oh dear, just realised what I've just typed, sorry about that!
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Post by: Hugo on November 16, 2013, 10:34:36 PM
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are the shovels to move the sand or knock the councils heads to get a bit of sense  _))*

It can't be for the Councillors Norman because where there is no sense there is no feeling!
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Post by: Minime on November 26, 2013, 01:42:20 PM
Anyone know what incident happened in pwllychrochan woods?  Plod has knocked advising not to go in the woods alone as there had been a one off incident last night, no cause for alarm but be vigilant.  Right some details may be helpful to stop the mind going into overdrive!
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Post by: DaveR on November 26, 2013, 01:55:40 PM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/appeal-track-down-man-after-6341248 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/appeal-track-down-man-after-6341248)
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Post by: Minime on November 26, 2013, 06:20:02 PM
Cheers dave that puts me at ease not!  Some knuckle dusters and a baseball bat when I take the dog out then.....
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Post by: Hugo on December 05, 2013, 01:02:54 PM
It was bad on the seafront earlier and I can see that the tide is still high in Rhos on Sea.   Thank goodness for the breakwater there.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25220290 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25220290)
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Post by: FatAndy on December 26, 2013, 06:53:15 PM
If anyone got a Kindle off Santa there's a free e-book currently available from Amazon called "The House In Wales" by Richard Rhys Jones.

"Product Description

From the flames of Man, straight to the flames of Hell.

Recently orphaned by the bombing of Liverpool at the start of World War Two, Danny Kelly is evacuated to the relative safety of Colwyn Bay, unaware of the evil that awaits him there.

Once there, he is cast into the oppressive realm of Satan and his acolytes, a world of escalating human sacrifice and voracious desires, lorded over by a village priest and his seemingly prim housekeeper.

Will Danny, isolated, inexperienced and vulnerable, survive where so many others have recently succumbed?

Or will there be another victim claimed by ‘The House in Wales’?


http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00C2SL5DY/?tag=ho01f-21 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00C2SL5DY/?tag=ho01f-21)



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Post by: DaveR on December 27, 2013, 12:21:57 PM
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If anyone got a Kindle off Santa there's a free e-book currently available from Amazon called "The House In Wales" by Richard Rhys Jones.
I read it a couple of months back. Please be warned that, although it starts off ok, there are some very adult themes later in the book that some people might not like at all.  &shake&
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Post by: Nemesis on December 27, 2013, 12:37:06 PM
Have read about a 3rd of it having picked up the post first thing.
Very reminiscent of Richard Laymon's books of which I have read all.--- don't read if easily offended ! :o
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Post by: Nemesis on December 28, 2013, 01:24:08 PM
Finished the book last night. The 'adult themes' didn't bother me, but I can imagine some people being horrified, as Dave R suggested.
Fat Andy-- have you tried Richard Laymon, John Saul and Graham Masterton? If you enjoyed The House in Wales these authors will be just your cup of tea. If you can still stomach one that is having read some of the above !! :o ;D
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Post by: DaveR on December 29, 2013, 11:53:40 AM
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Finished the book last night. The 'adult themes' didn't bother me, but I can imagine some people being horrified, as Dave R suggested.
Fat Andy-- have you tried Richard Laymon, John Saul and Graham Masterton? If you enjoyed The House in Wales these authors will be just your cup of tea. If you can still stomach one that is having read some of the above !! :o ;D
Funland by Richard Laymon is one of my horror favourites.
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Post by: DaveR on December 29, 2013, 12:13:25 PM
CAIS have done a good job of converting the former Judge & Jury in Station Road into Porters Coffee Shop & Bistro. The building was originally the Municipal Building for Colwyn Bay back in the 1890s, and housed a bank, town hall, police station, court and cells!
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Post by: Gaylord Screwsby on December 29, 2013, 02:10:26 PM
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Finished the book last night. The 'adult themes' didn't bother me, but I can imagine some people being horrified, as Dave R suggested.
Fat Andy-- have you tried Richard Laymon, John Saul and Graham Masterton? If you enjoyed The House in Wales these authors will be just your cup of tea. If you can still stomach one that is having read some of the above !! :o ;D

Graham Masterton seems to have moved onto crime novels set in Ireland which I don't think are as good as his earlier horror works. Still OK though.
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Post by: Nemesis on December 29, 2013, 02:21:59 PM

Funland by Richard Laymon is one of my horror favourites.
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Pity he died so young.

Have you read 'Beast House'?

I agree about Graham Masterton-- I prefer his earlier horror novels. I am a bit the same with Steven King. I re-read Pet Cemetery and Christine earlier this year. Christine spooks me out !!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 07, 2014, 02:35:33 PM
Council buys town centre property

Conwy County Borough Council has bought a prominent town centre property to secure accommodation for employment and help deliver its Masterplan for the regeneration ofColwyn Bay.

The Council has purchased the property at 2 Coed Pella Road and 45-47 Conway Road....

Currently the Colwyn Bay base for DWP and HMRC, this large imposing building is identified in the Masterplan as a strategic site in the town. Coleg Llandrillo and commercial businesses also occupy the ground floor of the property.

The existing tenants have leases which will remain in place and the continuing rental income will help the Council meet the capital cost of buying the building.

The purchase is intended as a long-term investment, allowing the Council to control the future of the site, to protect employment opportunities and support regeneration in the town; it also has potential as a good location for Council offices.

Conwy Council Leader, Cllr Dilwyn Roberts, said, “This is the latest piece in the regeneration jigsaw for the town. As owners of this building we will have control of a key site, which will be invaluable in our work to deliver the Masterplan.”

The Council confirmed that owning the building will:

•   maximise the value of existing Council assets adjoining the property;
•   provide a range of opportunities to achieve the Council’s office accommodation strategy;
•   provide short, medium or long term options for regeneration of an important town centre site.

As an integral part of the BayLife+ Programme and Colwyn Bay Masterplan, the future redevelopment of the site would provide further job opportunities and inward investment.

Retention of the site and the offices occupied by DWP and HMRC will provide the potential for both local and central Government staff to be retained in the centre of Colwyn Bay.
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Post by: FatAndy on January 08, 2014, 09:38:11 AM
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Council buys town centre propertyCurrently the Colwyn Bay base for DWP and HMRC, this large imposing building is identified in the Masterplan as a strategic site in the town. Coleg Llandrillo and commercial businesses also occupy the ground floor of the property.

Not any more they don't.  The One Stop convenience shop closed down a couple of months ago and the shop that was briefly occupied by a firm of ambulance chasing lawyers has been repossessed.
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Post by: DaveR on January 08, 2014, 10:05:32 AM
How has the Council money (presumably a million or two) to buy this building, whilst at the same time cutting public services due to an apparent lack of funding?

The reasons given for the acquisition are weak, to say the least.  &shake&
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Post by: viv on January 08, 2014, 10:59:06 PM
The Council will be getting rent from the shops and the Civil services that will remain for some time. They will also move Housing Benefit from the old Bank and that will be taken over by Cartrefi Conwy who share occupation at present. Also they will be able to save money on the rental and overheads at the Dinerth Road site (owned by Welsh Govt), and possible also the Civic Centre. So the initial cost should be recovered in savings elsewhere.It also means that the whole building will be occupied by people with decent paid jobs who will wander into town in their lunchbreaks and spend some of their hard-earned!
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Post by: Bri Roberts on January 08, 2014, 11:07:37 PM
and enjoy ample free parking for staff at the rear.
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Post by: Hugo on January 08, 2014, 11:08:53 PM
That building and the car park were listed in the LocaL  Development Plan for CCBC so it would be ironic if the CCBC had to vacate the premises in the future because of their own guidlines
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Post by: DaveR on January 09, 2014, 09:08:40 AM
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The Council will be getting rent from the shops and the Civil services that will remain for some time. They will also move Housing Benefit from the old Bank and that will be taken over by Cartrefi Conwy who share occupation at present. Also they will be able to save money on the rental and overheads at the Dinerth Road site (owned by Welsh Govt), and possible also the Civic Centre. So the initial cost should be recovered in savings elsewhere.It also means that the whole building will be occupied by people with decent paid jobs who will wander into town in their lunchbreaks and spend some of their hard-earned!
The shops all closed down ages ago.  :roll:
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Post by: FatAndy on January 09, 2014, 09:18:20 AM
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The Council will be getting rent from the shops and the Civil services that will remain for some time. They will also move Housing Benefit from the old Bank and that will be taken over by Cartrefi Conwy who share occupation at present. Also they will be able to save money on the rental and overheads at the Dinerth Road site (owned by Welsh Govt), and possible also the Civic Centre. So the initial cost should be recovered in savings elsewhere.It also means that the whole building will be occupied by people with decent paid jobs who will wander into town in their lunchbreaks and spend some of their hard-earned!

This was pretty much what I was going to say.  There's talk of the tax office closing with the loss of 81 jobs so if that does happen there should be plenty of space for the council to centralise some of their departments there and it would also offset the loss to the Colwyn Bay economy.  The question of what to do with the shops is a tricky one, I'd assume that the Job Centre and Coleg Llandrillo will be staying put but finding occupants for the other two units might be easier said than done given the number of empty shops elsewhere in the Bay.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 09, 2014, 09:41:30 AM
That building is now quite old.

One cannot rule out knocking the whole place down and rebuilding a new purpose-built corporate HQ for CCBC or CCBC/DenbCC on that site with reduced parking spaces for cars.

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 09, 2014, 09:52:37 AM
Built in the early 1970s, I think. It does now look very tired.

It makes me chuckle a little when I hear talk of council jobs coming to the town. All they are doing, of course, is just recycling the council tax money back into the local economy via their wages. The point is...we need to attract private employers that actually bring NEW money into the area or Colwyn Bay will never drag itself out of its decline.

It's telling that CCBC can only see such a large site in terms of usage for themselves instead of trying to attract a large new employer to occupy the building, as a lot of local authorities would.
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Post by: Hugo on January 09, 2014, 10:52:46 AM
The lease is expiring about March 2015 anyway and the jobs for HMRC will have gone by then.
The plans I saw in the Civic Offices were for shops in Conwy Road and residential properties behind them ( I can't remember the exact figure but I think there were 16 )
It was not outline planning just the LDP so it could change again especially if CCBC are involved
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 11, 2014, 11:06:25 AM
If your surname is Jones then you will be granted FREE entry to this afternoon's rugby match at Parc Eirias for RGC 1404 v Narberth.

Kick-off: 2.30pm

I suggest you take your passport or photo driving licence along with you as proof of identity.
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Post by: Jack on January 11, 2014, 11:43:56 AM
This is a brilliant initiative from RGC. Everyone with the same surname of the man of the match from the previous game gets free entry at the next home game.  $walesflag$
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Post by: Yorkie on January 11, 2014, 12:47:18 PM
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This is a brilliant initiative from RGC. Everyone with the same surname of the man of the match from the previous game gets free entry at the next home game.  $walesflag$

Brilliant yes, but only for those lucky buggers with the same surname as one of the players!  Somewhat unfair and less than sportsmanlike me thinks!

Fortunately i am not  a fan of Rugby, or Football.    $walesflag$
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Post by: Bigmurph on January 11, 2014, 02:37:25 PM
That is a great idea by RGc I just hope they get a really good crowd for today's match, they have had some decent results this season and have shown they can compete with the South Wales teams.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on January 11, 2014, 04:36:37 PM
FT: RGC 28 Narberth 6.
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Post by: Jack on January 11, 2014, 06:26:41 PM
Excellent win against second in the table Narberth  $walesflag$

Man of the match, Bryn Williams!  ££$
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Post by: Fester on January 11, 2014, 09:48:32 PM
Do they have any Festers in the squad at all?
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 11, 2014, 10:59:16 PM
 _))* possibly not!  :laugh:
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Post by: Bri Roberts on January 11, 2014, 11:29:41 PM
No but there is 1 x Roberts.    ;)
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Post by: DaveR on January 15, 2014, 09:19:33 AM
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The Council will be getting rent from the shops and the Civil services that will remain for some time. They will also move Housing Benefit from the old Bank and that will be taken over by Cartrefi Conwy who share occupation at present. Also they will be able to save money on the rental and overheads at the Dinerth Road site (owned by Welsh Govt), and possible also the Civic Centre. So the initial cost should be recovered in savings elsewhere.It also means that the whole building will be occupied by people with decent paid jobs who will wander into town in their lunchbreaks and spend some of their hard-earned!

This was pretty much what I was going to say.  There's talk of the tax office closing with the loss of 81 jobs so if that does happen there should be plenty of space for the council to centralise some of their departments there and it would also offset the loss to the Colwyn Bay economy.  The question of what to do with the shops is a tricky one, I'd assume that the Job Centre and Coleg Llandrillo will be staying put but finding occupants for the other two units might be easier said than done given the number of empty shops elsewhere in the Bay.
With the news coming today that the forthcoming council reorganisation could mean 15,000 job losses in local Councils in Wales, is it not extremely silly to be purchasing more office accommodation for a Council that I'm fairly certain won't even exist in a few years time?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-25730619 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-25730619)

"Reorganising councils in Wales could cut 15,000 jobs, the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) has said.

Next Monday, the Williams Commission on public services is likely to recommend a big reduction in the number of councils from the current 22."
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Post by: Ian on January 15, 2014, 09:51:33 AM
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Next Monday, the Williams Commission on public services is likely to recommend a big reduction in the number of councils from the current 22.

The last restructuring in Welsh local government was nearly 20 years ago.

Last autumn, First Minister Carwyn Jones said he knew of no-one who argued to keep the existing councils in their current form.

But that was the view from many at the time the 22 were created. The Tory government, however, was far more interested in scoring points regarding Labour councillors than listening to the warnings by many that the fragmentation of councils into smaller units would lead to massively diluted capabilities, a growth in short-termism but - above all - huge costs for the rate payers as each tiny new council would give out jobs for the boys to create their own little empires.  I remember clearly one minister saying that councils would combine to share resources. Lying or simply stupidity? Now, at even greater cost, it's all being returned to what it was 21 years ago.  Unbelievable.  And we we elect these people.
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Post by: DaveR on January 15, 2014, 10:02:51 AM
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Next Monday, the Williams Commission on public services is likely to recommend a big reduction in the number of councils from the current 22.

The last restructuring in Welsh local government was nearly 20 years ago.

Last autumn, First Minister Carwyn Jones said he knew of no-one who argued to keep the existing councils in their current form.

But that was the view from many at the time the 22 were created. The Tory government, however, was far more interested in scoring points regarding Labour councillors than listening to the warnings by many that the fragmentation of councils into smaller units would lead to massively diluted capabilities, a growth in short-termism but - above all - huge costs for the rate payers as each tiny new council would give out jobs for the boys to create their own little empires.  I remember clearly one minister saying that councils would combine to share resources. Lying or simply stupidity? Now, at even greater cost, it's all being returned to what it was 21 years ago.  Unbelievable.  And we we elect these people.
You mention fragmentation, but the area/services currently served by Conwy was previously served by four different authorities - Colwyn Borough Council, Aberconwy Borough Council, Clwyd County Council and Gwynedd County Council?
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Post by: Ian on January 15, 2014, 10:58:15 AM
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You mention fragmentation, but the area/services currently served by Conwy was previously served by four different authorities - Colwyn Borough Council, Aberconwy Borough Council, Clwyd County Council and Gwynedd County Council?


That's simply because they chose to reduce the overall size of the previous pretty large authorities, and create new extra smaller ones but failed to realise (although I cannot understand why) that each new one would try to create its own power bases and empires. Had they simply extended one or the other to cover the region it would have made far more sense. I don't hear many singing the praises of CCBC at the moment, so I doubt it could have been any worse.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Cambrian on January 15, 2014, 11:47:55 AM
Pre 1996, it is worth recalling that Clwyd was a sort of monolith run by one Dennis Parry and Colwyn Bay arguably did not get a fair share of resources which gravitated to Deeside and Wrexham.  Likewise, Llandudno and Conwy Town suffered at the hands of Gwynedd which most people agree was far too big an entity. Local Government will never be perfect and I have little doubt that other forums elsewhere regularly criticise their own councils.
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Post by: Ian on January 15, 2014, 12:55:15 PM
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it is worth recalling that Clwyd was a sort of monolith run by one Dennis Parry and Colwyn Bay arguably did not get a fair share of resources which gravitated to Deeside and Wrexham.

I'm willing to bet that those areas would argue the opposite. The problem is that it's always in the eye of the beholder and never easy to prove one way or another.
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Post by: DaveR on January 15, 2014, 02:15:20 PM
I've noticed that Colwyn Bay people like to complain how Llandudno gets all the money spent on it, whilst Llandudno people say just the opposite.

Quite often, their position is based on ignorance of the facts. The Pier saga is a prime example -"look how much the council spend on Llandudno's pier, whilst Colwyn Bay's get nothing' got mentioned a couple of times. In reality, Llandudno's Pier is privately owned and nothing whatsoever to do with the Council.
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Post by: Bri Roberts on January 15, 2014, 02:16:36 PM
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Pre 1996, it is worth recalling that Clwyd was a sort of monolith run by one Dennis Parry and EDWIN LAKE.  ;)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 15, 2014, 04:12:26 PM
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I've noticed that Colwyn Bay people like to complain how Llandudno gets all the money spent on it, whilst Llandudno people say just the opposite.
I live in Rhos on Sea so I can moan about both places!  :twoface:  :twoface:  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 20, 2014, 03:50:38 PM
The proposals outlined today for local Council reorganisation are for either 2 or 3 councils to cover North Wales.

In the local area, that means we would either become part of a Gwynedd/Anglesey/Conwy supercouncil or maybe just a Conwy/Denbighshire combination.

A decision should be made by Easter.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on January 20, 2014, 05:05:41 PM
My parents have lived in the same house for 52 years but have only lived in 3 counties, so it must be time for them to move county, ??? again!!
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 20, 2014, 05:10:37 PM
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A decision should be made by Easter.

I first read that as 'A decision should be made by Fester' !  :laugh:
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Post by: Fester on January 20, 2014, 07:18:56 PM
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A decision should be made by Easter.

I first read that as 'A decision should be made by Fester' !  :laugh:

My decision is...... Conwy will merge with Denbighshire.   (Which is what the BBC news reader said!)  ;D
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 20, 2014, 07:58:57 PM
 $good$  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 23, 2014, 12:44:46 PM
I see Tom Jones has been announced at the headline act for this year's 'Access All Eirias' event in Colwyn Bay this Summer. Nice to see a proper big name booked at last!
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Post by: FatAndy on January 23, 2014, 04:29:37 PM
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I see Tom Jones has been announced at the headline act for this year's 'Access All Eirias' event in Colwyn Bay this Summer. Nice to see a proper big name booked at last!

He might be a big name but unfortunately the ticket prices are gigantic so I think I'll be giving this one a miss  ???.

http://www.accessalleirias.com/en/tickets/ (http://www.accessalleirias.com/en/tickets/)
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Post by: Ian on January 23, 2014, 04:52:05 PM
They're far from pricey compared with other major venues.
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Post by: llewelyn on January 24, 2014, 12:56:16 AM
Oh come on Tom is worth it ! any star costs £100 plus . :-*
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Post by: FatAndy on January 24, 2014, 08:55:36 AM
For me the ethos (such that it is) of the "Access All Eirias" event has been destroyed.  The first year had a free concert on the Friday night.  OK there were no stellar names but we were able to attend as a family and we had an enjoyable night out and it was noticeable that there were a lot of other families there as well.  Last year the Friday night tickets were kept cheap (I think they were a fiver?) and again no stellar names but we could afford to go as a family and had a good time and again there were lots of other families there.  This year there's absolutely no chance of affording upwards of £160, to be honest although myself and my wife both work we couldn't afford one ticket let alone four.  So this year we feel like we've been excluded and I suspect many other "average Joes" living in Conwy County will feel the same.  Personally I'd have preferred it if they've kept with the policy of booking lesser known artistes and keeping the ticket prices at an affordable level.  Hopefully this year they'll do things back to front this year and we'll able to go on Saturday instead.
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Post by: Yorkie on January 24, 2014, 09:06:01 AM
Who wants to go to a concert where about all you will hear is screaming and shouting and very little of the Artiste's performance.   Tom Jones, after all is a Pensioner, past his prime, and why young girls and women want to throw their underwear at him is unbelievable.

However, I do remember meeting him at Shepperton Studios before he was well known and will ever be grateful for him teaching me how to play the chord of F# on my guitar.    :D
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Post by: Jack on January 24, 2014, 06:32:12 PM
Free entry (with ID) to anyone with the surname Williams at tomorrows RGC game at Parc Eirias. The Gogs are playing Blackwood and kick off is 2-30  $walesflag$
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Post by: Bri Roberts on January 24, 2014, 08:01:38 PM
Have we got any?  $walesflag$
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Post by: Fester on January 24, 2014, 08:20:12 PM
Yorkie, Tom Jones is great, a pensioner maybe, but still great.

He is an international star and a Welsh/British institution.   (delete where not applicable)

I would pay a lot of money to see him, somewhere like Manchester or London, but I will be working when he visits Colwyn Bay.
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Post by: Yorkie on January 24, 2014, 08:57:44 PM
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Yorkie, Tom Jones is great, a pensioner maybe, but still great.


I agree with you.  I never said he wasn't any good, but I prefer to be able to listen to a performance rather than get involved in the hysteria that seems to be an essential aspect of the act. 
 :D
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Post by: Jack on January 26, 2014, 09:03:30 AM
Another decent result for RGC at Parc Eirias winning 36-17 against Blackwood. Man of the match - Carwyn ap Myrddin!  $walesflag$
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Post by: Fester on January 26, 2014, 07:08:37 PM
Does that mean that our very own Merddin Emrys can go for free next week?
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 26, 2014, 10:05:35 PM
I can guarantee that I won't be going to see sport not involving cars!  :laugh:
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Post by: snowcap on January 26, 2014, 10:13:41 PM
Why not give Jack your tickets then?
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Post by: Jack on January 26, 2014, 10:41:15 PM
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Why not give Jack your tickets then?

Nice idea Snowcap, but you have to show ID at the ticket office!!! (and I'm not sure that is ME's true surname  :roll:)

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Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 26, 2014, 11:03:45 PM
It isn't Myrddin or Merddin....   ;D
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Post by: Yorkie on January 27, 2014, 03:05:25 PM
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It isn't Myrddin or Merddin....   ;D

Probably just plain old Jones!    :D
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 27, 2014, 04:52:55 PM
Funny you should say that!  :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on February 04, 2014, 06:13:13 PM
There's a bit of activity going on in some of the empty shops around Colwyn Bay at present.  The old Woolworths, the former Age Cymru shop, the shop on Princes Drive that used to be a newsagents but more recently was Bastable Upholstery and the shop next door to Magna Kitchens on Abergele Road all appear have work taking place.  There's no sign that any are about to reoccupied, this could just be landlords trying to make their properties more attractive, but at least they aren't being left to rot.
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Post by: Linda on February 05, 2014, 12:40:39 PM
Rumour has it at the moment that the Woolworths building is being taken by bargain booze and Subway, a bit disapointing as i think a decent retailer would have been better for the town. On the other hand at the moment just about sums up the centre. Its a shame some of the interesting  private retailers are further up Abergele road and the Station road area which is central has been let down.
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Post by: Linda on February 06, 2014, 02:26:39 PM
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Rumour has it at the moment that the Woolworths building is being taken by bargain booze and Subway, a bit disapointing as i think a decent retailer would have been better for the town. On the other hand at the moment just about sums up the centre. Its a shame some of the interesting  private retailers are further up Abergele road and the Station road area which is central has been let down.
Today confirmed Subway and bargain booze are interested in Colwyn bays old Woolworths site. I suppose better than an empty building. Also a Pizza outlet on station road in the Indian restaraunt.
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Post by: DaveR on February 06, 2014, 06:47:05 PM
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bargain booze are interested in Colwyn bays old Woolworths site. I suppose better than an empty building.
I'd tend to disagree. Subway is fine, but the last thing Colwyn Bay needs is another source of discounted alcohol!!
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Post by: Linda on February 07, 2014, 01:07:07 AM
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bargain booze are interested in Colwyn bays old Woolworths site. I suppose better than an empty building.
I'd tend to disagree. Subway is fine, but the last thing Colwyn Bay needs is another source of discounted alcohol!!
Yes just meant the building wont be left in a state but I know exactly what you mean, my post should have reflected that .Bargain booze in prime position isnt a good look nor will it enhance that bit of town at all. Hope it doesnt add to more drinking on the streets after the pubs close.  Just seems a strange building for that sort of setup. I wouldnt have thought Bargain booze would need that size of premises. I bet the pubs down there will be worried.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on February 07, 2014, 08:49:36 AM
There's already a Bargain Booze in Abergele Road so presumably if they move into the old Woolies that existing branch will close...so one shop gets filled but another gets vacated.  I don't think the new outlet would cause any problems that don't already exist given that the existing branch is no more than two minutes walk away from where the new branch will be (and there are other places nearby selling cheap booze - Home Bargains, Morrisons, Spar, etc),  but from a personal point of view as a bloke who works in Colwyn Bay I had hoped for a new shop I can browse in to kill a few minutes at lunchtime  :(.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: poppy on February 07, 2014, 11:59:56 AM
Woolworths was a huge store on 2 floors. The space will be wasted on a stop off for booze and a butty.  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on February 08, 2014, 07:11:14 PM
Bid to create "tidal lagoon" in Colwyn Bay: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-bid-create-tidal-6685600 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-bid-create-tidal-6685600)
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Post by: Ian on February 09, 2014, 10:05:56 AM
That sort of idea has been mooted many times in the last few years, notably by one of our local Councillors.
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Post by: DaveR on February 10, 2014, 12:41:13 PM
Darbys Fish & Chip Shop in Station Road is up for sale:
http://uk.businessesforsale.com/uk/North-Wales-Successful-Fish-And-Chips-Shop-Business-For-Sale.aspx (http://uk.businessesforsale.com/uk/North-Wales-Successful-Fish-And-Chips-Shop-Business-For-Sale.aspx)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on February 10, 2014, 06:39:36 PM
   An excellent business as far as the premises go. But, I am not trying to be clever when I say I am not surprised it is for sale.
   In my opinion fish and chip shops are primarily a teatime and evening institution positioned close to residential areas. Not a town centre site however nice.  Maybe you could get away with one in a large footfall city like Chester--- but Colwyn Bay?
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Post by: Fester on February 10, 2014, 08:55:40 PM
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   An excellent business as far as the premises go. But, I am not trying to be clever when I say I am not surprised it is for sale.
   In my opinion fish and chip shops are primarily a teatime and evening institution positioned close to residential areas. Not a town centre site however nice.  Maybe you could get away with one in a large footfall city like Chester--- but Colwyn Bay?

Mike, Did you say a large football city like Chester? 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on February 10, 2014, 09:16:51 PM
The problem with opening a food outlet in Colwyn Bay is that you're relying almost entirely on locals for your trade and the people of Colwyn Bay seem to be quite tribal when it comes to which cafes, etc they visit.  The Bay View cafe is always packed, the Eateasy and Coffee Corner always seem to get people in and the other established places like The Pantry and the Good Taste Bistro do ok.  But new places always seem to struggle, remember the Amber Coffee Shop?  Recently myself and Mrs FA visited the new Porter's Coffee Shop.  It was very nice to be fair, certainly a step up on many of the other cafes in the area, but during the half hour or so we were in there over lunch time we didn't see one other customer.  The only way I can see of starting up a new food place in Colwyn Bay and being successful would be to open a Sushi and Bratwurst bar to cash in on all the Rydal kids who wander the streets each lunchtime.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on February 11, 2014, 10:12:39 PM
We had the first snowfall of the Winter on the Heights this afternoon and it stuck.  It wasn't thick but there has been another snowfall just now and if it freezes overnight then the roads and pavements will be treacherous in the morning.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on February 12, 2014, 07:17:58 PM
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Rumour has it at the moment that the Woolworths building is being taken by bargain booze and Subway, a bit disapointing as i think a decent retailer would have been better for the town. On the other hand at the moment just about sums up the centre. Its a shame some of the interesting  private retailers are further up Abergele road and the Station road area which is central has been let down.
Today confirmed Subway and bargain booze are interested in Colwyn bays old Woolworths site. I suppose better than an empty building. Also a Pizza outlet on station road in the Indian restaraunt.

There are now posters in the window advertising "Bargain Booze coming soon".  No mention of Subway though.

One other empty shop is now showing signs of activity.  The old "Hair Express" place next to Barnardos had people in to tidying the place up.  My money is on a new hairdresser/beauty salon/nail bar (but that's purely a hunch).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on February 13, 2014, 01:42:09 PM
The signage is going up on the old Woolies and it is Bargain Booze and Subway.  It looks like Subway will be on the right as you look at the shop (immediately adjacent to KFC) with Bargain Booze taking up the rest of the space.  There's a poster in the window advertising an opening date of 21st February so they aren't hanging around.

The former Hair Express place has a poster in the window advertising the impending arrival of "Jacob's Barbers".  The poster also says that they're recruiting now so if anyone knows any out of work barbers called Jacob this could be the opportunity they've been waiting for.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on February 16, 2014, 08:16:27 PM
The cascade in Pwllycrochan Woods was looking good after all the recent rain:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on February 18, 2014, 08:42:23 AM
It looks like the new Bargain Booze shop is going to be a convenience store rather than just an off licence, which would explain why they wanted premises of that size.  It's probably quite fitting that while Llandudno gets a Sainsburys convenience store Colwyn Bay gets a Bargain Booze one  ;).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on February 18, 2014, 09:41:41 AM
Just a shame they chose that name, really. If it had been called 'Colwyn Convenience Stores', no-one would have batted an eyelid.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on February 18, 2014, 12:10:56 PM
The sign outside says "Bargain Booze Select Convenience".  I've just googled that name and it appears there are similar shops across the UK so it seems that they're evolving their business into the convenience store market.  I agree the name isn't the most appealing but they'd probably argue that Bargain Booze is an established and well known brand so why waste time and money building a new brand from scratch.  And I can't imagine the name will put people off in a place like Colwyn Bay, their success or failure will depend on how cheap they are and not what name is above the door.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Neil on February 18, 2014, 05:21:07 PM
When you look at the percentage of alcohol against food items in the average convenience store
their title might be more honest and appropriate!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on February 18, 2014, 05:35:31 PM
Note the connection:

http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,10.msg70515.html#msg70515 (http://threetownsforum.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,10.msg70515.html#msg70515)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on February 19, 2014, 08:41:45 AM
What's the connection?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 19, 2014, 08:53:52 AM
Colwyn Bay Football Club are celebrating St David's Day!

People called "David" get in free to watch Barrow AFC & a chance to win tickets to see Tom Jones @ Access All Eirias
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on February 19, 2014, 10:27:15 AM
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Colwyn Bay Football Club are celebrating St David's Day!
People called "David" get in free to watch Barrow AFC & a chance to win tickets to see Tom Jones @ Access All Eirias

What about if your name is 'Day" or you're simply a Saint?   :twoface: :twoface: :twoface:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on February 19, 2014, 10:37:23 AM
Dunno but I understand they are currently considering Dewi and Dafydd as well.

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Post by: born2run on February 19, 2014, 01:55:04 PM
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Dunno but I understand they are currently considering Dewi and Dafydd as well.

Yes all those are acceptable! Brilliant idea, and anyone can win tickets to TJ not just Dave's!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Pendragon on February 19, 2014, 02:14:39 PM
It is a very novel idea, we don't celebrate St Davids Day as we should I believe.  I've tried to get a choir in the Legion but I have no chance as they're all booked up.  I have been advised to book the Choir well in advance, so I'll be organising them for next year.  The Maelgwyn Choir are in St Pauls/Johns (can't remember the name sorry) Llandudno and a friend of mine is in the Cantorion Colin Jones and they are performing in Aberystwyth not that we could afford them anyway  ???
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 19, 2014, 03:47:15 PM
Pendragon! Welcome back! Hope you are well!  <:<:<:< $welsh$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on February 19, 2014, 04:54:44 PM
Didn't notice you had gone  :P
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Pendragon on February 19, 2014, 06:45:30 PM
Thanks Merddin I'm fine....You? xx
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on February 19, 2014, 07:08:34 PM
Fine thanks, still surrounded with pigeons!  D)  ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on February 19, 2014, 08:00:34 PM
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Thanks Merddin I'm fine....You? xx

Hello Sweetie Pops!   $walesflag$ $walesflag$ $walesflag$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on February 20, 2014, 08:52:50 AM
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It is a very novel idea, we don't celebrate St Davids Day as we should I believe.  I've tried to get a choir in the Legion but I have no chance as they're all booked up.  I have been advised to book the Choir well in advance, so I'll be organising them for next year.  The Maelgwyn Choir are in St Pauls/Johns (can't remember the name sorry) Llandudno and a friend of mine is in the Cantorion Colin Jones and they are performing in Aberystwyth not that we could afford them anyway  ???

Our St David's Day cards always seem to sell, so someone must celebrate it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on February 20, 2014, 09:18:36 AM
The Saturday night Access All Eirias concert is to be headlined by Jessie J.  There must have been a BOGOF offer on judges from "The Voice".

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/jessie-j-added-access-eirias-6728039 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/jessie-j-added-access-eirias-6728039)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: snowcap on February 20, 2014, 09:35:20 PM
nice to see you back on the forum Pendragon, missed your walking storeys, hope it,s not a flying visit
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Pendragon on February 20, 2014, 10:19:23 PM
Aaah your all so nice  ;D   $thanx$ not sure why I ever stopped posting if I'm honest, I will be walking again now as I must confess I really don't go walking when it's cold and raining.  Got to get some practice in over the next few months anyway as the plan for this years Poppy/RNLI walk along the Pembroke Coastal path which is a total of 187 miles.  It can't possibly be as hard as the Offa's Dyke last year.  Although it was a real laugh.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on February 21, 2014, 08:27:29 AM
Good Luck with that one Pen.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: snowcap on February 21, 2014, 11:36:56 PM
I walked from StHelens to Southport 22miles in all, on the first Red Nose day in 1988 we raised quite q few bob for the local hospice, never again i could hardly walk after we had rested for half an hour. Good luck with your,s Pen hope all goes well for you, your a brave girl to even try it
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on February 26, 2014, 10:18:28 AM
There's now an Online Petition to get Station Road in Colwyn Bay reopened to traffic. It's really a no-brainer, but CCBC seem doggedly determined to keep it closed, even thought the pedestrianisation has never been a success.

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/de-pedestrianise-station-road-colwyn-bay (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/de-pedestrianise-station-road-colwyn-bay)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on February 26, 2014, 04:10:31 PM
The moving bollards system on Station Road seems ill-considered to me (to put it mildly), and I think it should be removed - or switched off completely - regardless of whether the road is de-pedestrianised. There are two sets of bollards; the main purpose of the ones halfway down the road are (I'm told, by the council) to prevent vehicles turning the wrong way from an access alley into Station Road. This seems remarkable overkill considering that only a handful of vehicles per day use the access alley - mainly bins/utility vehicles. Bollards are a very expensive solution here - a "No Right Turn" sign would've been adequate.

Also, outside the strict cut-off time (11am-4pm when the top bollards remain fixed upright), they no longer provide a deterrent to cars taking a short cut down Station Road (which was one of the council's original stated purposes). Too many people - including taxis, etc - know the bollards move, allowing access, between 4pm-11am - making the operation of the bollards pointless during this time.

So, you have the absurd situation of the bollards constantly going up and down with the accompanying tape loop: "WARNING, BOLLARDS IN MOTION... WARNING, BOLLARDS IN MOTION" (repeated four times for each vehicle - twice in English; twice in Welsh) in the early evening when there's a procession of people taking a short cut down Station Road when travelling home from work, etc. I pity the poor residents in the apartments in Station Road who get this tape-loop repeatedly in the evening.

So, whatver the plans, I hope somebody considers the bollards. Down with the bollards!  :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on February 26, 2014, 04:16:30 PM
Sounds like a load of Bollards to me!
 :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on February 26, 2014, 04:47:34 PM
Never mind the Bollards here's the

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2008/12/30/1230675664257/Sex-Pistols-in-1978-001.jpg)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on February 26, 2014, 07:02:46 PM
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Never mind the Bollards here's the

(http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2008/12/30/1230675664257/Sex-Pistols-in-1978-001.jpg)

WHO?    _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on March 07, 2014, 11:53:25 AM
I parked my car by the Toad Hall on Colwyn Bay's Promenade so that I could take my dog Marco on the beach but then found that all the entrances to the beach were cordoned off.
It seems that construction work on the sea defence will be starting soon and this section of beach will be closed while the work continues.
We drove to the Old Colwyn part of the beach and that part was open to the public so we were able to enjoy a walk there with Marco.
On our way there we passed Porth Erias on the way and to be honest it looked an embarrassing mess unfortunately
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 07, 2014, 01:29:41 PM
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On our way there we passed Porth Erias on the way and to be honest it looked an embarrassing mess unfortunately

Sounds like they've made some improvements since we last paid a visit!  :twoface:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on March 09, 2014, 09:44:33 AM
Yes, I noticed the other day that the section of Prom/Beach between the Pier and Porth Eirias has been fenced off, pending start of the redevelopment work.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on March 10, 2014, 08:56:35 AM
I walked from Eirias Park to Rhos-on-Sea on Saturday and the beach and promenade were both fenced off between Porth Eirias and the pier and then beyond the pier the promenade was open but the beach was closed all the way to Rhos.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on March 10, 2014, 09:23:00 AM
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I walked from Eirias Park to Rhos-on-Sea on Saturday and the beach and promenade were both fenced off between Porth Eirias and the pier and then beyond the pier the promenade was open but the beach was closed all the way to Rhos.
Yes, I saw that last night when I went past - what on earth is the rationale behind it? I was under the impression that it was only the stretch of Prom between Porth Eirias and the bottom of Marine Road that was currently being rebuilt?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on March 10, 2014, 12:03:19 PM
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. . . . . . what on earth is the rationale behind it?

We are approaching Easter, Whitsun and other holidays, and CCBC want to offer the visitors the same facilities as usual --- ABSOLUTELY FA!
 ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: andyCYD on March 10, 2014, 01:12:11 PM
I know the plan is to import more sand at some time soon. Could it be something to do with that?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on March 10, 2014, 03:39:04 PM
"Due to the heavy machinery which will soon be in place on the promenade and beach, the beach from the Aberhod Slipway to Porth Eirias is now closed to the public on safety grounds.

There is a strip of beach immediately west of Porth Eirias which will remain open for the majority of the work and be accessed from Porth Eirias.

We appreciate this may inconvenience some users but safety is the paramount concern during works. We will be re-opening sections of the beach as and when work allows, details of which will be posted to the Waterfront website and also in the public information cabin on site."


http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=8199&doc=34334&Language=1 (http://www.conwy.gov.uk/doc.asp?cat=8199&doc=34334&Language=1)

I suppose in fairness they couldn't have started this work last month but hopefully now that it is underway they'll get a shift on and get finished ASAP.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on March 10, 2014, 05:23:38 PM
I was TOLD OFF last week for going in the area with my dog........I moaned that the signs are not visible from where I went over the new barrier by Porth Eirias.......mind you the over weight chap had a long chase to tell me that, as I had ignored the shouting voice to see how much effort he put in!!
He also told me 6 months was the time scale.....so that will be about the middle of September, well after the kids are back in school?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on March 13, 2014, 09:09:24 AM
The former Blockbuster Video shop has been re-let and is currently being refitted.  No clues yet about who the new tenant might be.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on March 17, 2014, 07:40:02 PM
Colwyn Bay Football Club are celebrating Mother's Day by offering free admission to all mothers (plus up to two under 16 children) for their match against Altrincham on 29th March  ;D.

http://www.colwynbayfc.co.uk/2014/03/mothers-bay/ (http://www.colwynbayfc.co.uk/2014/03/mothers-bay/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: rhos.rover on March 19, 2014, 08:02:33 PM
Dear Moderators, should this here? My apologies should this need moving.

I happened to overhear a conversation which may be of interest to readers.
No names- No pack-drill.
It concerns land adjacent to the recently refurbished pub, formally known as ‘the Ship’, situated on Llandudno road in Rhos.
From what I heard, the land to the left of the newly erected white fences appears to have no outright owners. CCBC are aware of this, and for example, I believe the council have taken responsibility of hedge trimming along the pavements and dealing with keeping it tidy. I personally saw council employees cutting back the hedge a week or two ago. 
So…I hear a chat where it is mentioned that CCBC may well ‘gift’ this land to the new owners. Surely I misheard or they were mistaken? If not, that’s very generous isn't it?
Should the new restaurant venture unfortunately fail, that’s a nice windfall to whoever sells the entire pub plot as a building site. And will we still be paying for upkeep on this plot if it's to be given away?
It’s not the size or shape of the plot, but should this be true, the principle I question.  &shake&

I enclose some (poor) pictures to show the size and location of this plot.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on March 19, 2014, 08:09:34 PM
Currently, the work being done on the beach seems to involve assembling a large, permanent concrete pipe from the rainwater outlet in the prom wall (about 150 yards from the pier, Rhos-facing side). I assume this is because the built-up sand had almost completely covered the outlet. (I could picture geysers spurting up in the middle of the town if it was completely blocked).

I guess the pipe will run right out to sea somewhere? It seems a big job - they've already laid concrete foundations on which to rest the concrete pipe sections (after digging up a load of existing sand). Had they not thought of this before they pumped the sand last year? It seems a much more difficult job now.

Or at least that's my interpretation from what I can see. Please correct me if I'm wrong. It could be something else, I suppose - perhaps it's the new "focal point" to replace the pier.  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on March 20, 2014, 07:09:54 AM
This is entirely the right place, RR, and this is interesting:

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So…I hear a chat where it is mentioned that CCBC may well ‘gift’ this land to the new owners. Surely I misheard or they were mistaken? If not, that’s very generous isn't it?

Time for our resident sleuths to try to find out exactly what's happening. CCBC giving something away? Hmmm.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on March 20, 2014, 08:58:01 AM
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Currently, the work being done on the beach seems to involve assembling a large, permanent concrete pipe from the rainwater outlet in the prom wall (about 150 yards from the pier, Rhos-facing side). I assume this is because the built-up sand had almost completely covered the outlet. (I could picture geysers spurting up in the middle of the town if it was completely blocked).

I guess the pipe will run right out to sea somewhere? It seems a big job - they've already laid concrete foundations on which to rest the concrete pipe sections (after digging up a load of existing sand). Had they not thought of this before they pumped the sand last year? It seems a much more difficult job now.

Or at least that's my interpretation from what I can see. Please correct me if I'm wrong. It could be something else, I suppose - perhaps it's the new "focal point" to replace the pier.  ;)

You're quite right. I think they tried to do it the cheap way last year by simply grading the sand slightly around the outlet - that didn't work as the sand moved to block the outlet. So now they have to extend the outlet out a couple of hundred feet beyond the raised sand levels on the beach.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on March 20, 2014, 09:06:05 AM
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This is entirely the right place, RR, and this is interesting:

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So…I hear a chat where it is mentioned that CCBC may well ‘gift’ this land to the new owners. Surely I misheard or they were mistaken? If not, that’s very generous isn't it?

Time for our resident sleuths to try to find out exactly what's happening. CCBC giving something away? Hmmm.
Based purely on my on my knowledge of the topography of the area, I think the land in question is a short sliver of woodland running along Llandudno Road behind the former bus stop - between the Ship and the bungalow in the old quarry.

According to the Land Registry, it's Unregistered and, thus, probably has no owner. I think its unlikely to have any value as a development site, as it's steep and far too narrow, so it is probably the best thing for the Ship's owners to take ownership of it and tidy it up etc.

I'd say though that the process would involve the Ship taking possession of the Land through Adverse Posession and then applying for formal ownership after the statutory period - as CCBC don't own the land, they cannot gift it to anyone.
Title: Re:Venue Cymru.
Post by: Gwynant on April 02, 2014, 01:23:36 PM
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                  We spent a very enjoyable evening in the Colwyn Theatre last night where the excellent Ruby Turner (who is often seen appearing with the Jools Holland Big Band) was on with her own four-piece band. It was an amazing show with Ruby performing not only numbers from her back catalogue but also new unrecorded material in two sets culminating in a thoroughly well-deserved standing ovation from a very full house. I hadn't been to the Colwyn Theatre since the renovations took place and was very impressed with the results, as it is small enough to provide a club-like atmosphere but large enough to accommodate a decent sized audience. Let's hope that the people responsible for booking the acts take note and continue to book singers/bands of this quality, and will have noticed that there is a market in the area for them, as was proved last night.
       
             I can heartily endorse your comments Dave. We went to see Ruby Turner there in February last year and were really impressed with the atmosphere, facilities and the pricing of the tickets there, which was very reasonable.
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Post by: Dave on April 02, 2014, 03:27:44 PM
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                  We spent a very enjoyable evening in the Colwyn Theatre last night where the excellent Ruby Turner (who is often seen appearing with the Jools Holland Big Band) was on with her own four-piece band. It was an amazing show with Ruby performing not only numbers from her back catalogue but also new unrecorded material in two sets culminating in a thoroughly well-deserved standing ovation from a very full house. I hadn't been to the Colwyn Theatre since the renovations took place and was very impressed with the results, as it is small enough to provide a club-like atmosphere but large enough to accommodate a decent sized audience. Let's hope that the people responsible for booking the acts take note and continue to book singers/bands of this quality, and will have noticed that there is a market in the area for them, as was proved last night.
       
             I can heartily endorse your comments Dave. We went to see Ruby Turner there in February last year and were really impressed with the atmosphere, facilities and the pricing of the tickets there, which was very reasonable.

That's what I meant ( on my Venu Cymru post) it's a shame you only find out about events after it's too late and they have been and gone.
I haven't a clue who Ruby Turner is but had someone flagged it up before the event I would have been interested to go !
Lets have a more active what's on and up and coming thread !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: viv on April 03, 2014, 10:08:55 PM
http://www.colwyn-tc.gov.uk/town-council (http://www.colwyn-tc.gov.uk/town-council)  have a look at the new Bay of Colwyn Town Council - I think it's rather good - like the links!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on April 03, 2014, 11:35:47 PM
   You are right, its not bad at all. A lot better than the usual stuff put out by local government
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on April 04, 2014, 07:44:56 AM
That could be a good model for others to follow.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on April 08, 2014, 12:16:56 PM
The 1940s Festival is this weekend. Looks good
Anyone know where it is? The leaflet is a bit confusing  ???
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on April 08, 2014, 01:50:06 PM
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The 1940s Festival is this weekend. Looks good
Anyone know where it is? The leaflet is a bit confusing  ???
It's usually held in Penrhyn Road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Jack on April 08, 2014, 01:56:02 PM
The 'battle' is at Parc Eirias on Sunday afternoon and the dance is in the barn at Parc Eirias on Saturday afternoon. Rest is in Penrhyn Road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: jemima on April 08, 2014, 01:59:39 PM
The Facebook page is:
https://www.facebook.com/FortiesFestival?fref=ts (https://www.facebook.com/FortiesFestival?fref=ts)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on April 08, 2014, 03:39:58 PM
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The 'battle' is at Parc Eirias on Sunday afternoon and the dance is in the barn at Parc Eirias on Saturday afternoon. Rest is in Penrhyn Road.

Thanks  $good$

Where is Penrhyn road? I'd like to see the George Formby guy but there doesn't appear to be any schedule or anything
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on April 08, 2014, 03:46:24 PM
Ahhh they've just told me on facebook - very efficient  :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on April 08, 2014, 03:52:09 PM
'George' was very good when I saw him 2 years ago.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on April 08, 2014, 06:36:49 PM
I think it was the year before last that a "museum" and events space was set up in one of the empty shops on Penrhyn Road, although that shop is now occupied by Bastable Upholstery so it's no longer available.  However there are other empty shops so hopefully they'll find somewhere to occupy this year.  It's good to see some of the businesses in the Bay already gearing up for the festival with Union flags and bunting already starting to appear around town.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on April 09, 2014, 07:16:26 PM
   Who says nothing is happening in Porth Eirias?

   Its not really a laughing matter. However at 6.30 this evening, no one around as per usual, arrival of two police cars, an ambulance, all with their lights flashing, and a good few high vis jackets running around.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on April 12, 2014, 01:36:56 PM
We had a look around the 1940's festival this morning and I have say we were very impressed.  It's certainly grown since the first year.  There are a couple of pop-up museums in the old Blockbusters and the old Second Hand shop, loads of WWII vehicles including the replica Hurricane, loads of people in costumes and loads of people in general.  I can't remember seeing Colwyn so busy and vibrant for a long time, if ever. 

There's also a marquee set up in Sea View Road occupied by local food producers and arts and crafts businesses.  Not remotely connected to the 1940's it has to be said but a great opportunity for local small businesses to demonstrate their wares.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: A.L.N. (a local nobody) on April 12, 2014, 05:04:57 PM
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   Who says nothing is happening in Porth Eirias?

   Its not really a laughing matter. However at 6.30 this evening, no one around as per usual, arrival of two police cars, an ambulance, all with their lights flashing, and a good few high vis jackets running around.

Dammit!!!!!!  a few days before opening and someones stolen the restaurant. :-[
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 12, 2014, 10:26:41 PM
 :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 12, 2014, 10:34:46 PM
We had a look at the Forties Weekend this afternoon, very enjoyable, we'll be back to see the battle tomorrow afternoon!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 12, 2014, 10:55:00 PM
Three more.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on April 12, 2014, 11:35:54 PM
Greedy buggers them Germans aren't they? 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on April 13, 2014, 07:41:54 AM
I like your sepia photos ME especially the one with the mean looking soldier eating a kebab!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on April 13, 2014, 08:07:45 PM
We visited the Forties Day on Saturday, enjoyed it as always. Good to see Colwyn Bay full of people for a change. George Formby aka Paul Casper was excellent - this is him performing at another event:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_9rnWJ_zCM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_9rnWJ_zCM)

And here's one of my favourite pics from the event:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Linda on May 16, 2014, 01:32:33 AM
Such a shame that Colwyn Bay seafront wont be available to visitors for a while yet. Anyone have any idea when this project is suppose to be complete. I did hear (exciting) news that the plan was to have it all cleared for Prom day in August, but whow! thats the end of the summer isnt it?
Much needed work being done I agree , sea defences have to be created, but sadly could put folk off visiting, this year. What with that and Llandudno's beach problems , summer for us cancelled.?
I feel sorry for local businesses.  Hope you all are going to receive some compensation when folk go whizzing by down the A55 towards Anglesey beaches. There last week and the beaches were as lovely as ever.
The time and money that was spent on the Waterfront building ,could have been spent on what is being done now!! and the building or Skip could have been built at a later date. So we could have had a decent prom and beach and road much much sooner. They could have still put the base in,
instead looks like what was completed  has now had the rug pulled from underfoot. Looks a mess with all the weeds anyway. &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 16, 2014, 08:07:06 AM
I have to agree 100% with that Linda!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on May 16, 2014, 08:46:57 AM
I heard last night the popular Deganwy Prom Day has had to be cancelled this year.

Let's hope it returns next year bigger and better with a brand new prom.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on May 16, 2014, 02:23:41 PM
The race is still happening though isn't it? I hope so as I'm in it  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on May 24, 2014, 12:13:37 PM
The Police were at the top of King's Drive in Colwyn Bay a little earlier and stopping the traffic going up or down the hill.
Apparently a car had flipped over and was blocking the road and the Police were waiting for a tow truck to come and take it away.   Hope that  no one was seriously injured in the incident
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on May 24, 2014, 02:56:44 PM
Just heard the planes going over for the Air Show at Llandudno but I couldn't see a thing in the rain and low clouds.  Just hope that Llandudno gets a better view.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on May 24, 2014, 04:14:36 PM
Some of the displays were cancelled according to the tannoy I heard, because of the weather where the planes were taking off from. My OH set off with the dog just as some planes were doing acrobatics overhead, but he arrived back completely soaked, so the weather must have followed the planes. Nasty smell of wet dog following me now !! Poor Frizzy, we could have wrung him out.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on May 29, 2014, 01:34:08 PM
Domino Pizza will be opening in Station Road, Colwyn Bay,
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on May 29, 2014, 06:02:39 PM
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Domino Pizza will be opening in Station Road, Colwyn Bay,

Thanks for that info. Here's the only thing I could find on it:

A COLWYN Bay shop has been acquired by a world renowned pizza chain. Domino's Ltd have bought the property, located at 12 Station Road, and renovations are expected to be completed on the site by the end of June. More to follow. http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/134196/domino-s-pizza-chain-to-arrive-in-colwyn-bay.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/134196/domino-s-pizza-chain-to-arrive-in-colwyn-bay.aspx)

No 12 Station Road is what used to be the Amber Cafe.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on May 29, 2014, 07:03:03 PM
Is that where it will be?

I tried to find it on Google Maps but I could not locate 12 Station Road in Colwyn Bay presumably because it is no longer a through road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on May 29, 2014, 10:15:58 PM
There's been work going on in the old Amber place for a few weeks now but they've whitewashed the windows so you can't see in.  It's a bit disappointing to find it's Domino's as they're currently offering a £1 lunch deal via O2 Priority Moments on Mondays but the offer only runs until 16th June so I doubt they'll be open in time for me to take advantage  :(.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on May 29, 2014, 10:45:59 PM
I met a very pleasant you lady in my shop the other day, who has arrived (from Poland I think) to work in Domino's at Colwyn Bay,

She was very clued up, and enthusiastic.
She also told me that the delivery radius includes Llandudno.

Mmmmmmm, that means I can have my New York Cheese Steak pizza........... brought to my door!     $dins$ $dins$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on June 03, 2014, 06:28:28 PM
The sex shop in Colwyn Bay has closed down and been replaced by a "vape" shop.

Of course I personally wasn't aware that there was a sex shop in Colwyn Bay, my mate told me about it  ;).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: A.L.N. (a local nobody) on June 05, 2014, 07:39:02 AM
Travelling past the sea defence project/beachproject every week it seems one side is manic like a mining camp the other seems to have stalled. Will it really all be finished and tidied up for the August festivities or have we got the year wrong again?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on June 05, 2014, 10:18:35 AM
Here's an update (from the Pioneer) on Domino's opening in Colwyn Bay:

A NEW Domino’s pizza branch is set to create up to 35 jobs in Colwyn Bay.

The international pizza chain announced last week it will open a branch on Station Road in the town centre in time for the summer season.

A Domino’s Pizza Group spokesperson said: “Work has begun on the new store and we’re hopeful to be able to deliver freshly made pizza to the residents of Llandudno, Colwyn Bay, Conwy and surrounding areas in the near future.

“Domino’s Pizza takes its role as a responsible neighbour very seriously and our franchisees work very hard to play an active role in the community, not only by delivering great tasting pizza but also by supporting numerous local charities, groups and events.”

Continues here: http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/134407/new-domino-s-pizza-branch-to-create-up-to-35-jobs-in-colwyn-bay.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/134407/new-domino-s-pizza-branch-to-create-up-to-35-jobs-in-colwyn-bay.aspx)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on June 05, 2014, 11:07:05 AM
It's nice pizza but a bit expensive for what it is. Pizza hut takeaway is better and it's 2 for 1 on Tuesdays!!! Bargain  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on June 05, 2014, 12:16:15 PM
I can't see how Domino's will create 35 jobs, unless they're all five hour a week contracts.  I went to the one in Birkenhead on Monday, which is only a takeaway, and there was only one guy working there doing everything from taking the orders, taking payment and making the pizzas.  It was fairly busy with most of the customers there to take advantage of the Priority Moments £1 lunch offer (myself included  ;D) but the one guy seemed to cope ok on his own.  Even if Colwyn Bay has a few tables for people to eat in and if it does deliveries I still can't see how they'd need 35 people.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on June 05, 2014, 12:21:25 PM
Some great news for Colwyn Bay today with a smidge over £12m coming from the WG Vibrant and Viable Places programme to fund regeneration of the town.  God knows it needs it.  Rhyl and Caernarfon both missed out so congrats to Conwy Council on being successful with their bid $good$.

Conwy Council gets £12.022m to target regeneration projects in Colwyn Bay, including the North Colwyn Bay housing renewal area to tackle empty and underused properties.

The investment will also fund phase two of improvements to the prom and coastal defence works and improve the town centre’s appearance.


http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/36m-funding-bonanza-north-wales-7220515 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/36m-funding-bonanza-north-wales-7220515)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on June 05, 2014, 01:33:07 PM
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I can't see how Domino's will create 35 jobs, unless they're all five hour a week contracts.  I went to the one in Birkenhead on Monday, which is only a takeaway, and there was only one guy working there doing everything from taking the orders, taking payment and making the pizzas.  It was fairly busy with most of the customers there to take advantage of the Priority Moments £1 lunch offer (myself included  ;D) but the one guy seemed to cope ok on his own.  Even if Colwyn Bay has a few tables for people to eat in and if it does deliveries I still can't see how they'd need 35 people.

Will be zero hour contracts more like
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on June 05, 2014, 02:14:10 PM
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I can't see how Domino's will create 35 jobs, unless they're all five hour a week contracts.  I went to the one in Birkenhead on Monday, which is only a takeaway, and there was only one guy working there doing everything from taking the orders, taking payment and making the pizzas.  It was fairly busy with most of the customers there to take advantage of the Priority Moments £1 lunch offer (myself included  ;D) but the one guy seemed to cope ok on his own.  Even if Colwyn Bay has a few tables for people to eat in and if it does deliveries I still can't see how they'd need 35 people.

Will be zero hour contracts more like

They can all be zero hour contracts but those pizzas ain't going to bake themselves so they'll need to give some people some hours somewhere along the way.  Unless it's going to be a DIY pizza store where you have to make your own.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on June 05, 2014, 08:00:19 PM
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They can all be zero hour contracts but those pizzas ain't going to bake themselves so they'll need to give some people some hours somewhere along the way.  Unless it's going to be a DIY pizza store where you have to make your own.

Such are already out there.  Put money in slot - remove pizza - insert in microwave - push button - when green light shows - remove Pizza!   Voile!    :D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on June 11, 2014, 10:40:34 AM
Beach developments - they are currently laying down stepped pre-formed concrete sections between the pier and the Skip-carbuncle (I didn't have my camera with me, unfortunately). And on the other side of the pier, the work on the beach seems mostly done, from what I can make out. Hopefully they'll be opening the beach before the summer is over.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on June 12, 2014, 03:33:45 PM
I also forgot my camera today BMD but I took these with my phone which show the steps you mention. I think it will look good when all is finished. I can't help wondering though why it couldn't have been done all together previously.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on June 12, 2014, 03:37:51 PM
The scene on 22 August 2013 and today.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on June 12, 2014, 03:45:12 PM
Some not very attractive features at the skip.
The boat depot looked well stocked but under used. Maybe it is different at the weekends.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Linda on June 12, 2014, 10:43:22 PM
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I also forgot my camera today BMD but I took these with my phone which show the steps you mention. I think it will look good when all is finished. I can't help wondering though why it couldn't have been done all together previously.
I agree Hollins,, seems such a waste of time not doing it all together last year. Hope its open soon though, shame everyone will be crammed onto what little has been left.  I was down there monday evening watching a pod of Dolphin feeding between Rhos and Old Colwyn about 6 of them. A great treat for any photographers, take a look at the Colwyn Bay watersports FB page. Some folk got great photos of them.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: peterh on June 27, 2014, 03:55:52 PM
Please be aware there are new 20 mph speed limit signs now in place on the promanade between the skip and the other side of the pier towards Rhos. It is very easy to be driving on in the 30 limit sections and not notice the change. I spoke to someone in highways to enquire if the new restriction was active as there is no large signs confirming the change at each end. The guy did say 600mm circular signs should be fitted and he said he would email the department resonsible. I hope our beloved safety camara partnership are aware of the non compliance!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 27, 2014, 11:08:09 PM
20mph  :o whatever for? Seems ridiculously slow! Thanks for the tip off!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on June 28, 2014, 07:26:27 AM
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20mph  :o whatever for? Seems ridiculously slow! Thanks for the tip off!

Probably just another cash cow to rob the motorist of even more of his hard earned dosh!   ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on June 28, 2014, 07:30:20 PM
  For the first time ever I am on the side of the authorities who decided to reduce the speed limit at the eastern section of the prom. As a temporary measure ---- keep an eye out.that it is back to 30 mph by September.
   The reason?  The extensive work going on east of the pier has taken all the pavement and around a couple of feet of the road. So it is fractionally narrower than the west of the pier section. But the main danger is pedestrians walking west from old colwyn end have nowhere to walk. They SHOULD cross over the road and walk along the old track bed of the Welsh FFargo train but they don't. They carry on walking onthe seaward side of the road, after a while they become nervous when they realise vehicles are missing them by inches. But they have nowhere else to go. A wall on the left. A security fence on the right. And a long walk to the pier in front of them.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: norman08 on June 28, 2014, 08:58:57 PM
well when we walked that way last week they had a sign by the pier to cross over and use the other walkway ,mind you their are some stupid folk about ,mind you seing the overgrown mess on the skip ccbc should be ashamed .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on June 29, 2014, 12:38:00 PM
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mind you seing the overgrown mess on the skip ccbc should be ashamed .

It's certainly a weird look. At one end you have an industrial skip. At the other you have sub-suburban wood-panel fence chic, plus the wildly overgrown patio aesthetic. No wonder the architects are proud.

I can picture the first meeting between council and architects. CCBC: "We don't really want all that stylish glass and curved roof of the competition entry. What we want is an architectural expression of our passive-aggressive resentment towards the people of Colwyn Bay, who we're nominally supposed to serve and represent."
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 29, 2014, 01:36:48 PM
 L0L funny yet sadly true!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on June 29, 2014, 02:14:10 PM
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We don't really want all that stylish glass and curved roof of the competition entry. What we want is an architectural expression of our passive-aggressive resentment towards the people of Colwyn Bay, who we're nominally supposed to serve and represent."

Wonderful!  _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on June 29, 2014, 11:32:39 PM
I've always wondered what 'passive-aggressive' means.

I concluded that it's just a way of people undermining and belittling what you have to say, when they don't really have a logical or valid argument against you.




Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on June 30, 2014, 10:26:48 AM
oooooh look at Fester with his big grand statement  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on June 30, 2014, 10:42:51 AM
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oooooh look at Fester with his big grand statement  ;)

This is the type of comment this Forum thrives on.  Keep up the good work BTR!  ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on June 30, 2014, 01:07:28 PM
I guess it ("passive-aggressive") is the kind of term that's often overused, or misused, against individuals, as Fester notes.

I find it fits those in positions of relative power who take out their frustrations on others in various indirect ways.  :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on July 23, 2014, 08:44:09 AM
I see a supposedly 'cash strapped' CCBC have not only spent millions to buy an office building in Coed Pella Road, Colwyn Bay, but are now intending to demolish the building and build a brand new one for themselves on the site, at a cost of many millions more!

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/colwyn-bay-relocation-council-workers-7358926 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/colwyn-bay-relocation-council-workers-7358926)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 23, 2014, 09:29:09 AM
Couldn't they move into Porth Eirias?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 23, 2014, 09:36:46 AM
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Couldn't they move into Porth Eirias?

The skip is far to dangerous to be in!
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Post by: Ian on July 23, 2014, 10:36:47 AM
 _))* _))* _))*

Are you healing up yet, ME?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 23, 2014, 10:53:16 AM
 :laugh: yes, but still two black eyes, painful nose and top lip, sore wound on the inside of bottom lip and both shins bruised just below the knees at the same height as the concrete blocks! Otherwise fine!  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on July 23, 2014, 12:36:36 PM
The due date for a reply to my FoI request regarding the Skip expired yesterday.   As usual the Council use every tactic they can to prevent information being disseminated. No reply received from them saying they would not reply or any reason, legal or otherwise, as to why they could not perform.

It seems that, as usual, I will have to put a Complaint to the Information Commissioner and let the taxpayer pick up the bill.
 :rage:

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 26, 2014, 12:28:03 PM
Taking advantage of the lovely hot weather we are currently having, my wife and I had our evening meal on our balcony which overlooks the sea.  Watching the boats coming and going while eating and drinking red wine was a idyllic and a bonus was to listen to Tom Jones and co singing in Eirias Park.   We stayed on the balcony until Tom finished his act at about 10.00pm. and will now be looking forward to listening to Jessie J singing tonight.       $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on July 26, 2014, 08:46:29 PM
  You could hear Tom Jones from Colwyn Heights?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on July 26, 2014, 10:09:18 PM
Thats not unusual.........as they say!
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Post by: Hugo on July 26, 2014, 10:39:53 PM
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  You could hear Tom Jones from Colwyn Heights?

Yes Mike, loud and clear.   It was a lovely enjoyable evening and the bottle of wine helped too.   ZXZ

I was looking forward to sitting out tonight and listening to Jessie J but at about 8.00pm the heavens opened and we had to settle for a coffee and watch TV inside  instead.   
I felt sorry for those people in the arena who would have got drenched but I hope they still enjoyed the show.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 26, 2014, 10:51:18 PM
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Thats not unusual.........as they say!
_))*  _))*
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Post by: Ian on July 27, 2014, 07:31:12 AM
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Thats not unusual.........as they say!

Superb!  _))* _))* _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on July 28, 2014, 06:32:09 AM
Does anybody know the background to this recent tweet from the comedian, John Martin?

John's resignation will be a great loss to Colwyn Bay Football Club and their supporters.

Sadly, after some soul searching I have stepped down as VP of @ColwynBayFC and walked away from the club. Good luck next season
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on July 28, 2014, 12:24:33 PM
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Does anybody know the background to this recent tweet from the comedian, John Martin?

John's resignation will be a great loss to Colwyn Bay Football Club and their supporters.

Sadly, after some soul searching I have stepped down as VP of @ColwynBayFC and walked away from the club. Good luck next season

Nope but he was supposed to play a show with Ricky Tomlinson yesterday and that was cancelled.
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Post by: Yorkie on July 28, 2014, 06:17:56 PM
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Does anybody know the background to this recent tweet from the comedian, John Martin?


Sorry to say, I don't even have a clue who he is or what he does!  Maybe he's just fed up with Colwyn Bay.     
 $walesflag$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on July 29, 2014, 04:12:26 PM
The Tomlinson show was cancelled due to 'lack of support' it was advertised and promoted very poorly, maybe this is what irked him
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Post by: Fester on July 29, 2014, 11:52:07 PM
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The Tomlinson show was cancelled due to 'lack of support' it was advertised and promoted very poorly, maybe this is what irked him

I went to see the Ricky Tomlinson Show at VC about 5 years ago....... it was crap to be honest.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: snowcap on July 30, 2014, 10:36:00 PM
R.T. is as funny as toothake
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Mikethewatch on July 30, 2014, 10:53:18 PM
I was given a video of his some time ago ( obviously) watched about 5 mins of it before putting in the bin , he's just not funny.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on July 30, 2014, 11:47:50 PM
He spent most of the night sat in a chair ranting about Mrs Thatcher, and various political and Union disputes from 30-odd years ago.
It was like like listening to Born to Run arguing with Ian on this Forum..   :laugh:

He needs to get a grip of himself.  It wasn't entertainment.    &shake& &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on July 31, 2014, 07:01:35 AM
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It was like like listening to Born to Run arguing with Ian on this Forum

So we'd better put the Equity ticket application on hold, then?

 ^^^^
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on July 31, 2014, 10:23:53 AM
 _))* I think he's brilliant and his autobiography is one of the top 2 I've ever read as well.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on July 31, 2014, 10:26:52 AM
Anyhow did anybody find out why JM left CBFC? Something about him being treated badly? Shame, nice club with great fans but they do seem to enjoy burning a lot of bridges
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on July 31, 2014, 06:01:15 PM
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It was like like listening to Born to Run arguing with Ian on this Forum.
:laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on August 01, 2014, 08:35:34 AM
I think John Martin's departure from Colwyn Bay F.C. had something to do with the Gary Speed Memorial 10k race.  It sounds like their was some sort of argument or disagreement with how it was organised.  I suspect though there was more to it than that, the 10k was probably just the straw that broke the camel's back.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on August 01, 2014, 08:57:08 AM
They used camels?  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on August 01, 2014, 08:58:52 AM
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They used camels?

Well, at least we know why he took the hump...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on August 01, 2014, 02:42:51 PM
It looks like the BayView Centre is about to reach 100% occupancy.  The unit outside where the Bay Gallery had been is currently being re-fitted.  There's no signage yet but I assume this will be Brighthouse who are advertising for staff in the Bay. 

The empty unit inside next door to Holland & Barrett is also being refitted and will opening as Autonomy Ladieswear - http://www.autonomystores.com/home/4569612921. (http://www.autonomystores.com/home/4569612921.)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on August 04, 2014, 01:17:05 PM
The former Age Cymru shop at the top of Station Road is to become a Coffee Shop.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on September 11, 2014, 12:57:21 PM
"New master plan drawn up to 'transform the fortunes' of Colwyn Bay"

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/138051/new-master-plan-drawn-up-to-transform-the-fortunes-of-colwyn-bay.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/138051/new-master-plan-drawn-up-to-transform-the-fortunes-of-colwyn-bay.aspx)

Another one? How many Masterplans have we had for Colwyn Bay? Penrhyn Road looks quite smart now, but the rest of the town centre leaves a great deal to be desired, despite many millions of investment. The new pathway to the Prom from Station Square looks nothing special, just some fancy paving.

I suppose at least our masters have finally realised the sense of opening Station Road to traffic once again. Shame it took them twenty years longer than the rest of the population to work out it was a good idea.  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on September 11, 2014, 10:14:46 PM
I look forward to the Llandudno Masterplan,  Oh wait!, we have the Llandudno Development Plan,.......... but mysteriously it never mentions anything about little things like the Pier Pavilion Site.    &shake& &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on September 12, 2014, 08:51:37 AM
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I suppose at least our masters have finally realised the sense of opening Station Road to traffic once again. Shame it took them twenty years longer than the rest of the population to work out it was a good idea.

But these things need careful consideration over many years.  Can't rush them, y'know :-))))
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on September 23, 2014, 10:22:57 PM
I was driving on the A55 through Old Colwyn this afternoon about 2.30pm and a Police car had pulled up another car and behind the car was a van with Immigration listed on the side.
It's the first time that I have seen an Immigration van in the area, although I know that they have been about for a bit
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: majormellons on September 25, 2014, 01:49:23 AM
You need to get out more! ;D

I understand that raids into our 'overseas' run restaurants is due a resurgence over the next few months.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on September 25, 2014, 02:48:24 PM
A couple of things I've just seen on the Internet seem worth mentioning:

David Jones MP says: "I'm told a certain cabinet member on @ConwyCBC directed councillors not to attend the #ColwynBay tidal lagoon meeting. Hope that's untrue." And: "If @ConwyCBC can't see the potential benefits of the #ColwynBay tidal lagoon, it's a very sad day."

Also, Tom Davidson mentions that 'Work on Colwyn Bay waterfront has "slipped behind schedule" and will be finished "sometime in October" according to Bay Life strategic board'.

A bistro, or anything resembling a cafe in Porth Eirias, meanwhile stills appears to be a distant hope at best.

Links:
https://twitter.com/DavidJonesMP/status/514833434838319104
https://twitter.com/WeeklyNewsBay/status/515130222736592896
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on September 25, 2014, 11:06:32 PM
  I drive along the prom twice a day, everyday. I laughed to myself when I read somewhere that the work on the prom would be quote "completed before the end of the month."
   Doesn't say what month of course. But presuming that they meant September it is obvious to any simple non construction educated observer that there wasn't a chance in hell of that happening. It would take until the end of the month just to get the assorted skips, diggers, offices, pallets etc etc cleared away never mind finishing off the actual construction operations. Why do people make these stupid remarks?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on September 26, 2014, 08:06:34 AM
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Why do people make these stupid remarks?

Presumably because there are sufficient stupid people around to believe them?  :twoface: :twoface: :twoface:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on October 02, 2014, 04:11:03 PM
The beach between the pier and Rhos looking good - golden in the early Autumn sunshine, and settled a bit more (no caterpillar tracks, etc). The other side of the pier (towards the Skip) starting to look nearer completion.

The big concrete "anchor" (the one with the plaque, alongside the ramp from the pier to the station) was being destroyed by heavy machinery as I strolled past. Wonder why? Presumably they are putting something in its place. A sign with directions to the bistro, maybe?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 02, 2014, 05:09:54 PM
Plans for Old Colwyn solar park set for approval by Conwy Council

PLANS to construct a solar park made up of more than 47,000 solar panels in a field in Old Colwyn are set to be approved by Conwy County Council.
http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/138953/plans-for-old-colwyn-solar-park-set-for-approval-by-conwy-council.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/138953/plans-for-old-colwyn-solar-park-set-for-approval-by-conwy-council.aspx)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 03, 2014, 09:24:28 AM
Colwyn Bay is only town in Wales to make Great British High Street shortlist

The high street is seen as a model of regeneration. Footfall in the town has soared by 30% since 2012, with 52 new shops opening and 22 businesses have expanded or been refurbished.
Property consultant Richard Baddeley, a member of the local “town team”, praised the growth of independent stores in the high street.

Clwyd West Conservative MP David Jones said: “It’s a riot of colour. It’s very, very attractive.”
He applauded the efforts of the local authority and town council to revitalise the high street and insisted it was “on the up”.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-only-town-wales-7872428 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-only-town-wales-7872428)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on October 03, 2014, 10:36:59 AM
Good to hear, although it has a long way to go. To my mind, Penrhyn Road looks smarter than Station Road. It's a shame about those slightly pathetic trees they planted (on Station Road) - which haven't really flourished. When you look back at the Victorian scenes, you can see what a difference a few trees make. No doubt there are practical restrictions.

(http://i59.tinypic.com/6sxly9.jpg)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on October 03, 2014, 10:02:57 PM
   I constantly moan about how slapdash the local papers have all become in recent times. Constant mistakes all over the place.
   However, unless I am dreaming, the largest ever is right across the front pale of one of our local papers.  Because its headlines scream out that the speed limit on the prom has been DOUBLED from 20 mph to 40 mph.    It was reduced to 20mph on a temporary basis whilst the road/prom works went on. But since when was the prom 40 mph?    News to me.
   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 03, 2014, 10:24:42 PM
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   I constantly moan about how slapdash the local papers have all become in recent times. Constant mistakes all over the place.
   However, unless I am dreaming, the largest ever is right across the front pale of one of our local papers.  Because its headlines scream out that the speed limit on the prom has been DOUBLED from 20 mph to 40 mph.    It was reduced to 20mph on a temporary basis whilst the road/prom works went on. But since when was the prom 40 mph?    News to me.
   
Mike..Think it was a misprint they put it right later, I noticed the same thing. it is now 30mph.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on October 04, 2014, 08:29:18 AM
Thank the Lord for that. It would be like a race track.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 04, 2014, 10:31:22 AM
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Good to hear, although it has a long way to go. To my mind, Penrhyn Road looks smarter than Station Road. It's a shame about those slightly pathetic trees they planted (on Station Road) - which haven't really flourished. When you look back at the Victorian scenes, you can see what a difference a few trees make. No doubt there are practical restrictions.
Hi BMD, found this, when looking at the weather reports!!....It is an interesting read, thought you would like it, more on the link.

"However, tree cover varies widely across Wales – from only 6% in Rhyl to 30% in Treharris.
The study also identified that in a quarter of towns in Wales the tree canopy cover declined between 2006 and 2009 – with more than 11,000 large trees lost altogether."
"The i-Tree Eco study found that in total, Wrexham’s trees save the local economy more than £1.2 million every year by:"

http://naturalresourceswales.gov.uk/about-us/media-and-news-centre/press-release/benefits-of-urban-trees/?lang=en (http://naturalresourceswales.gov.uk/about-us/media-and-news-centre/press-release/benefits-of-urban-trees/?lang=en)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 04, 2014, 11:08:48 AM
Conwy Council have been removing mature trees from the side streets of Colwyn Bay and Llandudno for years, whilst not replanting any of them to my knowledge. Both towns used to have lovely tree lined streets back in the 1970s.

The trees in Penrhyn Road, Station Road and Sea View road are all dying because no-one has bothered to water them (they all have little underground reservoirs that are supposed to be topped up with water in dry weather).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 04, 2014, 11:57:29 AM
According to the report, and from what I have heard in the past, we need more trees not less, I understand the urban problem of roots damaging roads and pavements etc. but there must be a suitable tree for this situation, also there are areas where more trees could be planted without causing problems.
Once again you are down to money verses the environment, and we know what usually wins. &shake&
Forestry commission...
The Forestry Commission have developed the Right tree for a changing climate database to aid in decision making of which species to locate in certain locations for trees to withstand the stresses of climate change.
Street trees
Trees in urban areas are known to provide a wide range of environmental, social and economic benefits. The tree canopy can:
Reduce the urban heat island effect by shading and evapotranspiration
Reduce pollution by intercepting particulates and absorbing greenhouse gases
Reduce flooding by intercepting rainfall.
http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/URGC-7EKEC8 (http://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/URGC-7EKEC8)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on October 04, 2014, 12:07:09 PM
VERRY interesting!    $thanx$  Never knew that!   ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on October 04, 2014, 12:17:12 PM
And it looks so great with trees. With the Victorian architecture, it rivals the Parisian boulevards. Several of the avenues of Colwyn Bay which have retained trees look magnificent. The shopping areas look a bit sterile without. I'm almost inclined to take a big watering can out to the water-deprived trees of Station Road, and to hold it up to the CCTV, as if to say: "this is what you should be doing". With undergound reservoirs for that purpose, you'd think they'd make the effort. (This seems to be a common theme - I recall the early deaths of the first trees they planted at Porth Eirias, etc).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 04, 2014, 12:27:01 PM
BMD, Your right, I think we forget, and take trees for granted, until they are no longer there, I like your
"With the Victorian architecture, it rivals the Parisian boulevards. Several of the avenues of Colwyn Bay which have retained trees look magnificent."
 and the CCTV comment _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on October 04, 2014, 01:06:58 PM
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"With the Victorian architecture, it rivals the Parisian boulevards. Several of the avenues of Colwyn Bay which have retained trees look magnificent."
 

I don't know where in Paris you have been, but any similarity between Colwyn Bay and Paris is purely accidental!    _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 04, 2014, 01:17:13 PM
Colwyn Bay does not have a huge pylon in the centre, Paris has one though! 😉

Just had to edit this as the iPad changed the word Colwyn to Clown! 😳
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 04, 2014, 01:29:10 PM
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"With the Victorian architecture, it rivals the Parisian boulevards. Several of the avenues of Colwyn Bay which have retained trees look magnificent."

I don't know where in Paris you have been, but any similarity between Colwyn Bay and Paris is purely accidental!    _
Extreme poetic licence Yorkie.... :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on October 04, 2014, 01:49:48 PM
I think I said it rivals Parisian boulevards, not that there's a close similarity. Elegant architecture and trees, I meant!

I think we're allowed some imagination when the council seems to lack it.  :laugh: (In fact, you don't need much imagination - have a look at the picture I posted).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 04, 2014, 03:26:22 PM
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I think I said it rivals Parisian boulevards, not that there's a close similarity. Elegant architecture and trees, I meant!
I think we're allowed some imagination when the council seems to lack it.  :laugh: (In fact, you don't need much imagination - have a look at the picture I posted).
I spend to much time, getting side tracked on Google, I was looking for a "jokey" comparison  photo of a 1900s Parisian street to post, and ended up with the "history of street trees in Paris" , like I said before, we take trees for granted, a lot of planning went into what we see today.

http://www.deeproot.com/blog/blog-entries/history-of-street-trees-in-pariscity-making-and-the-golden-age-of-the-boulevard (http://www.deeproot.com/blog/blog-entries/history-of-street-trees-in-pariscity-making-and-the-golden-age-of-the-boulevard)

Very unusual image of Paris, should interest DaveR, but as this is the C.B. thread, I'll post it in photography..
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on October 04, 2014, 04:42:40 PM
Rivals from definition, just to be pedantic, I'm feeling somewhat pedantic today!

RIVALS
To be or seem to be equal or comparable to.
"the efficiency of the Bavarians rivals that of the Viennese"
synonyms:   compete with, vie with, match, be a match for, equal, emulate, measure up to, come up to, compare with, bear comparison with, be comparable to/with, parallel, be in the same league as, be in the same category as, be on a par with, be on a level with, touch, keep pace with, keep up with;
 _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on October 04, 2014, 05:55:02 PM
It's a long time since my architectural studies, but I recall strong French influences on Victorian architecture and design. It wasn't just the Art Nouveau type of thing, either. There were influences in church design and urban planning. We tend to see Colwyn Bay in terms of its modern, somewhat run-down, appearance - but you get a different story when you look at those old photos. I'm no expert on the history of the fancy cast iron, glazed canopies and (now disappeared) curved-glass shop fronts, etc. But with Haussmann's Parisian boulevards (around 1860 onwards) so influential, it might not be such a huge coincidence to see Victorian planners favouring wide tree-lined roads after that time. Not really similar, but certainly comparable in many respects.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on October 04, 2014, 07:51:03 PM
  Curved glass shop fronts. Instantly springs to my mind the TV comedian whose name I cannot recall having great fun with one leg outstretched. I'm sure someone will immediately tell me his name
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on October 04, 2014, 08:09:48 PM
Harry Worth.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on October 04, 2014, 08:15:18 PM
I'd forgotten all about him, but Youtube records everything: Harry Worth: Window Scene (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIPihrhzr-U#)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 05, 2014, 10:53:15 AM
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It's a long time since my architectural studies, but I recall strong French influences on Victorian architecture and design. It wasn't just the Art Nouveau type of thing, either. There were influences in church design and urban planning. We tend to see Colwyn Bay in terms of its modern, somewhat run-down, appearance - but you get a different story when you look at those old photos. I'm no expert on the history of the fancy cast iron, glazed canopies and (now disappeared) curved-glass shop fronts, etc. But with Haussmann's Parisian boulevards (around 1860 onwards) so influential, it might not be such a huge coincidence to see Victorian planners favouring wide tree-lined roads after that time. Not really similar, but certainly comparable in many respects.
Definitely. The development of Colwyn Bay was certainly not based on the local vernacular shop architecture of the time, but on national and European influences.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 05, 2014, 11:33:12 AM
"Definitely. The development of Colwyn Bay was certainly not based on the local vernacular shop architecture of the time, but on national and European influences.""
When I was looking at the links below, you could see the changes and influences through the years.
For those interested in colwyn Bay history, a couple of links...to Colwyn Bay heritage on line.
http://colwynbayheritage.org.uk/buildings/ (http://colwynbayheritage.org.uk/buildings/)

http://colwynbayheritage.org.uk/ (http://colwynbayheritage.org.uk/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on October 06, 2014, 08:42:32 PM
  Hello SteveR, I will have to learn how to reshow earlier posts!!!

  A couple of days ago I commented on one of our local papers splashing the whole of the front page and a chunk of page 3 telling us about how the temporary speed limited on the Bay prom was being "reinstated" (their word) from 20 mph to 40 mph.

   You replied that it was probably a typing error and they corrected it later.

   Absolutely NO WAY. They have just pulled the wool over your eyes.

  For a start how could they correct it later? The paper doesn't come out until next Wednesday. But in any case the "40 mph" was printed at least eight times (Ive scrapped the paper so I cannot give an accurate count) and its not just that. The phrase reinstated was used at least twice, once being a quote from a local Councillor.

    No, thy are just slapdash and journalists of bygone years would turn in their graves if they saw the careless shoddy way the papers are printed nowadays.  And if I was the Councillor being quoted I would smartly tell them to apologise.  Unless, of course, he too thinks that its been O.K. to drive on the prom at 40 mph until the last few weeks. In which case he is lucky he hasn't been done for speeding

   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on October 13, 2014, 02:40:31 PM
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This is like Daily Mail roulette. We've gone from unemployment benefits to immigration in one swift spin.
Sorry B2R, do not want to go there, used only to make a point on the benefit issue.

I'm only teasing Steve. I think we are pretty far off topic with what's happening in Colwyn Bay anyway though  _))*

Speaking of Colwyn Bay I FINALLY made my way to the beach yesterday and it was beautiful  8)
few too many people for my liking still - so I expect it's a nightmare in summer - but even so a lovely beat of sand and cracking view - even bought my Son a plastic football from the tourist hut thing, and amazingly it WASN'T a rip off!

Didn't see that skip building thing everyone harks on about though. :-[
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 13, 2014, 03:13:54 PM
Hi B2R,  O.K. $good$ , re the beach, glad you had a good day, weather was fantastic, we had weekend visitors, thought it was like this all the time!, did the Llandudno tour...C.B. beach official opening this thursday?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 13, 2014, 05:05:49 PM
The Rothesay 'Hotel' on Colwyn Bay Prom is awaiting demolition, to be replaced by the imaginatively named 'Ocean View' development:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 13, 2014, 05:36:14 PM
Seems a lot happening in this area, surprised they want to demolish it, looks OK not a lot of space gained by knocking it down?....with all the regeneration in CB, there could be a lack of Hotels....has this been closed for some time ?....Also "Ocean View" name, already on Rhos prom, an old "family" house, think I'll claim copyright.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 13, 2014, 05:51:52 PM
It hasn't been a hotel for many years. Recently, it has seen use as a dumping ground for criminals for other parts of the UK:
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-rape-attack-man-6560285 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-rape-attack-man-6560285)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 13, 2014, 06:00:24 PM
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It hasn't been a hotel for many years. Recently, it has seen use as a dumping ground for criminals for other parts of the UK:
OK. better development flats than the present situation.     $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on October 13, 2014, 07:44:41 PM
   Thank goodness that after around 55/60 posts this thread has got to writing about Colwyn Bay.
 Today the new beach got a first minor taste of why it was constructed in the first place. There was a stiffish North East wind and a reasonably high tide.  Waves were breaking over reasonably badly towards Rhos --- and around to Penrhyn Bay.
   But between the Colwyn Bay end of the Cayley embankment all the way to Porth Eirias you could walk on dry sand. Except past the pier, of course. But that is a different matter.
  So, my verdict from an unqualified bomber command technician, bank official, shopkeeper, tours coach driver, golf course impresario with not the slightest knowledge about the construction of coastal defences, is "So far, so good. Money well spent."
  Time (and tide) will of course tell. Maybe I will have to eat my words after the first really big North East storm.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on October 13, 2014, 07:53:42 PM
  Glad to see the Rothesay building pulled down. Driving past I often recall a terrible tragedy that happened there sixty or more years ago.
   The owners had a beautiful pair of young children, maybe blond twins. Often sitting outside in their joint pram. A fire. Both died. Still brings tears to my eyes.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 13, 2014, 10:20:28 PM
I was walking on the sandy beach in Old Colwyn about 10.30am today and it was quite windy and cold and the incoming sea was rough, didn't stay there too long though and there was no one else there.
Yesterday was completely different as it was warm and sunny and the sea was calm and it's a good attraction for visitors and locals alike.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on October 14, 2014, 07:16:25 AM
I've moved all the Benefits and volunteering posts to 'Unemployment and Benefits".
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 14, 2014, 04:48:43 PM
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   Thank goodness that after around 55/60 posts this thread has got to writing about Colwyn Bay.
 Today the new beach got a first minor taste of why it was constructed in the first place. There was a stiffish North East wind and a reasonably high tide.  Waves were breaking over reasonably badly towards Rhos --- and around to Penrhyn Bay.
   But between the Colwyn Bay end of the Cayley embankment all the way to Porth Eirias you could walk on dry sand. Except past the pier, of course. But that is a different matter.
  So, my verdict from an unqualified bomber command technician, bank official, shopkeeper, tours coach driver, golf course impresario with not the slightest knowledge about the construction of coastal defences, is "So far, so good. Money well spent."
  Time (and tide) will of course tell. Maybe I will have to eat my words after the first really big North East storm.
We've yet to see a real test this Winter. I remember when the road by the Pier looked like this (March 2009):
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 14, 2014, 04:55:50 PM
Great Photos Dave and I particularly liked the last one.   You tend to forget just how bad the sea can be at that stretch of the Promenade.
It'll be interesting to see how the new sea defence in that area copes with the Winter storms.
Title: GOOD NEWS for the three towns area
Post by: SteveH on October 15, 2014, 04:19:33 PM
Mochdre car part firm rises from the ashes       $walesflag$

 Car parts factory whose closure saw nearly 100 workers made redundant is back in business with ambitions to drive the creation of more than 50 jobs.
The Quinton Hazell water pump plant in Mochdre went into administration 18 months ago with staff told their jobs had gone.

Now the firm is on target to sell 250,000 water pumps this year and have just launched their new brand Pro Flow, with the tagline Made in Wales - Fitted Around the World.
They are now recruiting apprentices with the ambition to be selling 600,000 pumps a year within three years.
That could see the workforce, now 17, up to around 50 or 60 staff.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/mochdre-car-part-firm-rises-7929687 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/mochdre-car-part-firm-rises-7929687)

Good luck to them..
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 16, 2014, 06:11:15 PM
TAX OFFICE TO CLOSE: More bad news on the economic front, I'm afraid.

 Almost 40 jobs will be axed when Colwyn Bay tax office is closed next year.

 Public and Commercial Services (PCS) trade union hopes staff can be offered voluntary redundancy or be redeployed in Wrexham but HM Revenue and Customs bosses cannot rule out compulsory redundancies.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on October 16, 2014, 09:34:27 PM
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TAX OFFICE TO CLOSE: More bad news on the economic front, I'm afraid.

 Almost 40 jobs will be axed when Colwyn Bay tax office is closed next year.

 Public and Commercial Services (PCS) trade union hopes staff can be offered voluntary redundancy or be redeployed in Wrexham but HM Revenue and Customs bosses cannot rule out compulsory redundancies.

That's part of 1000 HMRC job losses, across the UK, when supposedly the amount being uncollected by tax evasion has never been higher!

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on October 17, 2014, 07:30:07 AM
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That's part of 1000 HMRC job losses, across the UK, when supposedly the amount being uncollected by tax evasion has never been higher!

That's right. Of course, they may intend to re-employ the same people, but at lower contract salaries...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 17, 2014, 09:09:00 AM
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That's part of 1000 HMRC job losses, across the UK, when supposedly the amount being uncollected by tax evasion has never been higher!

That's right. Of course, they may intend to re-employ the same people, but at lower contract salaries...
...thus saving the taxpayer a few quid?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on October 17, 2014, 12:07:37 PM
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...thus saving the taxpayer a few quid?

It's HMRC, Dave. Think there's even the remotest possibility that any savings will ever work their way back to anyone?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 17, 2014, 04:30:52 PM
From June 2014.
£36m funding bonanza for North Wales town centre and home upgrades

A £36m package of projects across North Wales will aim to regenerate town centres and upgrade homes and businesses.
Council schemes in Anglesey, Conwy, Flintshire and Wrexham have been given the go ahead for funding by the Welsh Government after a bidding process, under its Vibrant and Viable Places programme

Conwy Council gets £12.022m to target regeneration projects in Colwyn Bay, including the North Colwyn Bay housing renewal area to tackle empty and underused properties.
The investment will also fund phase two of improvements to the prom and coastal defence works and improve the town centre’s appearance.
“In North Colwyn Bay for example, over 500 homes are set to benefit from targeted investment to improve the property exterior and energy efficiency performance.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/36m-funding-bonanza-north-wales-7220515 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/36m-funding-bonanza-north-wales-7220515)


Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on November 03, 2014, 02:39:16 PM
There's an interesting piece by Tom Davidson on the blueprint for some fairly big changes to the centre of Colwyn Bay (in this week's Weekly News - there doesn't seem to be an online version yet).

One of the proposals is to make a new pedestrian link between Bay View shopping centre and Station Road. This will be via the ground floor of Roumania House, which is the building next to what used to be Arundale's fruit & veg shop. With glazed canopy, walkway, plaza, etc. At least if I read it right.

On the face of it, I'm not convinced this is wise - and I can think of better ways for money to be spent on improving Station Road and the surrounding area. I hope they've it thought it more than with Porth Eirias.

If Tom (or anyone else reading this) knows the contact details for the best person to write to on this, I'd be grateful. In fact, it might be good to put such details on prominent display here, as I think this must be a matter for public discussion.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 03, 2014, 02:44:15 PM
I see the old chestnut of reopening Station Road to traffic has popped up again. No one apart from the Council has ever wanted it closed to traffic, but they always think they know best.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on November 03, 2014, 03:04:12 PM
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There's an interesting piece by Tom Davidson on the blueprint for some fairly big changes to the centre of Colwyn Bay (in this week's Weekly News - there doesn't seem to be an online version yet).

One of the proposals is to make a new pedestrian link between Bay View shopping centre and Station Road. This will be via the ground floor of Roumania House, which is the building next to what used to be Arundale's fruit & veg shop. With glazed canopy, walkway, plaza, etc. At least if I read it right.

On the face of it, I'm not convinced this is wise - and I can think of better ways for money to be spent on improving Station Road and the surrounding area. I hope they've it thought it more than with Porth Eirias.

If Tom (or anyone else reading this) knows the contact details for the best person to write to on this, I'd be grateful. In fact, it might be good to put such details on prominent display here, as I think this must be a matter for public discussion.

I agree.... $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on November 03, 2014, 03:47:52 PM
Seeing as how the Town Team's proposals are now open to consultation best person to contact is probably Richard Baddeley.

However if you want to speak to Conwy Council directly, I'd suggest speaking to head officer on the Masterplan Rob Dix, although getting a solid answer out of him is... difficult difficult lemon difficult. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on November 03, 2014, 05:08:06 PM
Eirias Park - Bonfire Display
The free display at Eirias Park is on November 5 at 7pm.

The bonfire is lit at 7.15pm and the display starts at 7.30pm.

Donations are encouraged and split between local charities, Wales Air Ambulance and the Fire Fighters Charity.

For more information call 01492 532248.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on November 03, 2014, 05:46:15 PM
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Seeing as how the Town Team's proposals are now open to consultation best person to contact is probably Richard Baddeley.

However if you want to speak to Conwy Council directly, I'd suggest speaking to head officer on the Masterplan Rob Dix, although getting a solid answer out of him is... difficult difficult lemon difficult.

Okay - thanks for that.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on November 06, 2014, 10:20:51 AM
So the consensus seems to be the fireworks were rubbish last night. I watched on a hill and don't think I got the full effect but I hate fireworks anyway. But from what I've seen on facebook most people there were disappointed.
Most of the comments were - not big enough budget not impressive blah blah blah
Seems to me it costs a fortune and if people still aren't happy cancel them all together - waste of time!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 06, 2014, 10:22:42 AM
I thought they were pretty good. There was a massive crowd there and gridlock throughout Colwyn Bay before and after the event.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on November 06, 2014, 10:36:38 AM
B2R, if I didn't like fireworks, I wouldn't go out, stand on a hill and watch them.

Also, if you don't like fireworks, if CCBC spent 20 million quid on them, you still wouldn't be impressed would you?

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on November 06, 2014, 11:07:26 AM
Alright hecklers  :o

I said I wasn't likely to be impressed anyway - BUT I also said the other people I've seen talk about them who do like this sort of thing also said it was rubbish. And as for you quote Mr Fester

"B2R, if I didn't like fireworks, I wouldn't go out, stand on a hill and watch them."

Some of us are forced to do things by our other halves we don't want to!! :-*
including giving up the darts
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 06, 2014, 11:10:12 AM
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including giving up the darts
:o  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on November 06, 2014, 11:44:18 AM
B2R, are you saying that you have retired from darts because your other half has pressurised you?
If so.... she has done you a massive favour!  :laugh: :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on November 06, 2014, 12:03:15 PM
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B2R, are you saying that you have retired from darts because your other half has pressurised you?
If so.... she has done you a massive favour!  :laugh: :laugh:

I can neither confirm nor deny that  :'( But I do know your team is dooooooomed without me, doooooomed I tell you  ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on November 08, 2014, 01:40:16 PM
Tom Davidson @WeeklyNewsBay
Colwyn Bay has won the coastal category of the Great British High Street award. Yes you read that right. Congrats to all.
Town will now recieve share this of £30,000(?) - no notion yet what it will be spent on.
Judges said: "Colwyn Bay’s thriving town centre is a fantastic example of a high street which looks to the future while embracing heritage"
Judges "impressed with the Town Team’s collaboration with CBTHI to regenerate the nineteenth century distinctiveness of Colwyn Bay."
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on November 08, 2014, 02:43:19 PM
Just by chance, this afternoon I looked in on Porth Eirias aka the skip to see what if anything was going on. I was pleasantly surprised to see a very nice exhibition style event inside. Mainly nautical, lifeboats, Royal Naval histories with lots and lots of local pictures dating back to shipwrecks in the 1800s, quite a bit about the Home Guard and local life during the war in the Bay right up to the recent shipwreck in Llanddulas a couple of years ago.
  And, to come to the point, a lot of literature and details from the Colwyn Bay Heritage group. SO I now know better. There was quite a bit of development in Colwyn Bay between 1860 and 1900. And lots of the existing buildings were constructed during those years.
   If anyone has got half and hour or so to look in I am sure you would find information to interest you  Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on November 11, 2014, 12:47:07 PM
Colwyn Bay tidal lagoon project consultation gets underway

An ambitious tidal lagoon project has had its first public consultation.
Tidal Lagoon Power wants to build a power-generating lagoon from Rhos Point, near Colwyn Bay, to Prestatyn.
The company is seeking planning permission for another lagoon in Swansea Bay, with a decision expected in spring 2015.
After that the company will focus on North Wales, although feasibility studies are already underway.
More than 100 people turned up at the meeting at St Paul’s Church in Colwyn Bay on Monday night.

David Jones MP, who chaired the meeting, was keen to remind people it was still early days on the project. He said: “The people of Colwyn Bay need to come forward with an open mind – this is a big opportunity for jobs, the economy and tourism. It could be a national project.

“It was an extremely good meeting, there was between 100-150 people there to listen to the project and some very good questions were asked.
“Bearing in mind it is still early days, and we were reminded of that by Ioan Jenkins (development director for Tidal Lagoon Power), the signs are positive.
A spokesman for Tidal Lagoon Power said: “Valuable discussion and we look forward to continuing our initial consultation and project feasibility work in Colwyn Bay.”

Also at the meeting were representatives from Restore Our Beach in Llandudno, who want to explore the possibility of the lagoon extending to the town and being used as coastal protection.
Alison Shields, chair of Restore Our Beach, said: “It’s refreshing to see a company be so open with the consultation process.
“We have had discussions with Tidal Lagoon Power (about the lagoon including Llandudno) and they are open to the idea.
“The problem for us is this project will take years and Restore Our Beach want a solution sooner rather than later.”

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-tidal-lagoon-project-7819889 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-tidal-lagoon-project-7819889)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: viv on November 11, 2014, 09:05:08 PM
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Tom Davidson @WeeklyNewsBay
Colwyn Bay has won the coastal category of the Great British High Street award. Yes you read that right. Congrats to all.
Town will now recieve share this of £30,000(?) - no notion yet what it will be spent on.
Judges said: "Colwyn Bay’s thriving town centre is a fantastic example of a high street which looks to the future while embracing heritage"
Judges "impressed with the Town Team’s collaboration with CBTHI to regenerate the nineteenth century distinctiveness of Colwyn Bay."


The judges were Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and David Blunkett.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on November 12, 2014, 07:56:05 AM
The tidal lagoon possibilities seem very interesting, although the time-scale will be protracted, to say the least.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on November 13, 2014, 02:57:56 PM
Tom Davidson @WeeklyNewsBay
Follow
.@DavidJonesMP has slammed decision: ‘I'm dismayed @ArrivaTW... (will) exclude the 2nd biggest town in N. Wales from prime morning service."

From 14th Dec the 0950 from Man. to Holyhead will no longer stop at Colwyn Bay
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on November 13, 2014, 03:08:45 PM
Seems laughable they can miss out 2nd biggest town in North Wales...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 13, 2014, 04:06:12 PM
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Seems laughable they can miss out 2nd biggest town in North Wales...
It's amazing...what are they thinking of?  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on November 13, 2014, 04:07:45 PM
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Seems laughable they can miss out 2nd biggest town in North Wales...

 :laugh: till you :'(    What will be the effect?..I am not up on train travel, I thought there was hope of better links to Liverpool / Manchester?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on November 13, 2014, 09:37:18 PM
Outcry after Arriva ends train stops at Colwyn Bay on busy morning service

A train firm’s decision to miss out North Wales’s second biggest town from one of its busy morning service has sparked an outcry.

Clwyd West MP David Jones was “dismayed” when Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) revealed its 9.50am Manchester Piccadilly to Holyhead service on Mondays to Fridays won’t stop at Colwyn Bay.

The company admitted some of its passengers would be “disappointed”, but insisted it would make the train less crowded.
The train will also not stop at Abergele & Pensarn after the change is introduced on December 14.
ATW managing director Ian Bullock wrote that he “very much regrets if our new timetable has generated concern.”
In a letter he told the MP this change may cause “disappointment to a number of customers who are used to the current schedule and stopping pattern of this train”.

However, Mr Bullock says Colwyn Bay will be served by another operator. He said: “There will be a connection for Colwyn Bay at Chester with a Virgin Trains service which arrives some 10 minutes later than now.”
Mr Bullock added that there will also be a connection for Abergele and Pensarn at Chester with Arriva Trains Wales’s service from Birmingham International, arriving at 12.03pm.
But Conservative MP Mr Jones, a former Welsh Secretary, said that he is dismayed that Arriva Trains Wales have decided to exclude Colwyn Bay and called for a rethink
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/outcry-after-arriva-ends-train-8107036 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/outcry-after-arriva-ends-train-8107036)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on November 13, 2014, 10:55:30 PM
Back in the 1970s I used to enjoy a weekly rover ticket in the school holidays and go as far as Chester from Colwyn Bay to catch the Boat Train on a Saturday.This did not not stop anywhere until Holyhead and trains were held in the side platforms at stations including Colwyn Bay to let it past........happy days.

How many people get off in Colwyn Bay from the current service at 10:00.....can they both be given a taxi from Rhyl?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on November 14, 2014, 08:10:37 AM
I like their logic:

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The company admitted some of its passengers would be “disappointed”, but insisted it would make the train less crowded.

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on November 14, 2014, 08:44:42 AM
As Steve H says I am not up on train travel, but when I last did my 'day trip' through to Yorkshire I left here at 20 to 7 and even at that hour people were embarking at both Colwyn Bay and Abergele.

Had a trip on a bus to Rhyl a week or two ago, made the mistake of sitting upstairs at the front of one of the new buses. If I could have coped with coming downstairs on a moving bus I would have done, I was so shaken about. I enquired about the price of a single train ticket when I got off ,just out of interest, to come back, and was quoted £8.Needless to say I got the bus, sat downstairs and had a better ride. :-X
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 14, 2014, 08:56:40 AM
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The company admitted some of its passengers would be “disappointed”, but insisted it would make the train less crowded.
Using that logic, the train should not stop at any station.  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on November 14, 2014, 09:11:18 AM
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The company admitted some of its passengers would be “disappointed”, but insisted it would make the train less crowded.
Using that logic, the train should not stop at any station.

To be fair, though, it's always the passengers that cause the trouble.  It's exactly the same in hospitals.  Those patients are to blame for long waiting times and crowded waiting rooms...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 14, 2014, 10:02:28 AM
 _))*  L0L
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 29, 2014, 04:40:28 PM
The Central Pub at the top of Station Road in Colwyn Bay is undergoing refurbishment to become the 'Station', which is apparently a 'Dining Experience'.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on November 29, 2014, 08:56:30 PM
So we will have to say The Station.....you remember........were a murder took place in the cellar bar in 1980?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 30, 2014, 09:16:25 AM
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So we will have to say The Station.....you remember........were a murder took place in the cellar bar in 1980?
That rings a very vague bell, do you remember the details?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on November 30, 2014, 04:54:16 PM
A lad called Darryl Jones committed the murder by sticking a broken glass into a lad's neck and he bled to death. Darryl was a year or two older than me, about 19/20 at the time. I was out of town at the actual time it happened but had parked by the library later in the evening and had the police round my parent's house on the Sunday as they had taken car numbers for possible witnesses.

The cellar bar was very popular at the time but the incident did take the shine off the place....cannot remember when it finally closed but did enjoy bands like Badger Bell in the lounge on a Sunday evening until the mid/late 1980s. Not been in there or any pub in the Bay for 20 years apart from Wetherspoons......am I missing anything?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on November 30, 2014, 05:02:29 PM
Of course there was another incedence late 80s. A big fight in town close to the central. The manager and assistant manager of the central versus a motley Crewe of hells Angels bikers.
  Nothing unusual about that, you say..  But it turned out that the bass charring ton manager and assistant had left their pub and set about the hells Angels further down the road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 30, 2014, 05:14:45 PM
Thanks for the info. It would seem that some of Colwyn Bays rougher pubs are slowly disappearing, with both the Central and Imperial closing in recent years.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Gwynant on November 30, 2014, 05:27:35 PM
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The cellar bar was very popular at the time but the incident did take the shine off the place....cannot remember when it finally closed but did enjoy bands like Badger Bell in the lounge on a Sunday evening until the mid/late 1980s.
             I can remember travelling to the Bay to watch Badger Bell many times there on a Sunday night, great times! They had two lead guitarists and they always finished off the evening with their own version of "Freebird". We booked them for a gig at the Llandudno Rugby Club and they went down a storm, I can still see the expression on the face of the Club Chairman's wife when the did "Rock the Vicar"! 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on December 01, 2014, 08:49:53 AM
I think the plan is for The Central to re-open as The Station. The plans did seem a bit pie in the sky though so I don't know if that's actually happening...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 01, 2014, 09:42:01 AM
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I think the plan is for The Central to re-open as The Station. The plans did seem a bit pie in the sky though so I don't know if that's actually happening...
Well, nothing had altered on the exterior. It's been closed for a while now, as well.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on December 01, 2014, 09:58:27 AM
Yeah a good few months. Can't say I was a regular before it closed either.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 01, 2014, 10:06:22 AM
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Yeah a good few months. Can't say I was a regular before it closed either.
I think I ventured in there once when I was about 18. Haven't set foot inside since!  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on December 01, 2014, 01:42:07 PM
The Central closed sometime in August.  I can't remember the exact date but there was a poster in the window advertising their closing down party (I declined my invitation but I'm sure Colwyn Bay's incapable of being upstanding community was well represented at the momentus event).

Since then I've walked past most days during my lunch break and seen no sign of activity whatsoever.  Until today that is.  There are now posters in the windows advertising the opening of The Station in April 2015.  There were also lights on inside so something must have been happening.  Having said that there were no skips, builders vans, etc so the work hasn't started yet in earnest.  The posters did however list Cadw as one of the partners in the scheme so hopefully this will be a proper building restoration and not just a cosmetic lick of paint to cover the cracks bodge job.

In other Colwyn Bay news the Old Manshop on Station Road has finally closed following their attempt to get into the Guinness Book of Records for the world's longest ever closing down sale.  There are already decorators in the shop refitting it.  I don't know who is going in there but judging by the very "funky" wallpaper that's being put up as we speak it's going to be something very different to what it was previously.

Also the former Speroni's/Gusto Italiano place on Conwy Road is being refitted as a snack bar and looks set to open very soon.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 01, 2014, 07:05:19 PM
I noticed that the Manshop had finally closed down, as well. With the exception of the cafe, the whole of Imperial Buildings is now vacant and the whole lot is up for sale at £395k, thats a bargain in my book for a prime piece of CB real estate.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on December 01, 2014, 07:23:50 PM
Badger Bell's........Rock the Vicar had the poetic line........''Evening Vicar...show us your meat''.......to see it done live, remains up there with seeing Led Zeppelin supporting Chas and Dave!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on December 01, 2014, 07:25:47 PM
Welcome back Fat Andy, (or as I prefer, Andy!) .... I was just talking about you with Dave R, over a cuppa today!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 02, 2014, 08:29:01 AM
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Welcome back Fat Andy, (or as I prefer, Andy!) .... I was just talking about you with Dave R, over a cuppa today!
Indeed we were, hoping to see you back on the Forum, and you magically appear!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on December 02, 2014, 09:34:46 AM
 >>>a post or two back and DaveR mentions "some of c bs pubs" etc. my mind goes back to when the Bay had just THREE pubs in the whole town. Four if you count the bar on the pier. Then the Park was built around 1938.
  So when I was old enough to venture forth into unknown territory like Old Colwyn, Llandudno, Abergele, Rhyl and especially Holywell and Flint I just could not believe how many pubs there were. Or rather I should say how few the Bay had. Holywell for example had three right next door to each other in the High street. Evidence that the Bay was a new town, unlike all the rest
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: snowcap on December 02, 2014, 09:29:18 PM
The way things are going Mike the young ones of today will be asking what a pub is, they are closing down that quick
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on December 03, 2014, 10:01:55 AM
The Prince Madoc (on Station Road) seems to do okay - or at least there's often loud, boisterous groups of people outside in the early hours of the morning, and nightclub levels of music booming out of it. (Feel sorry for the residents living in apartments nearby, though).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on December 08, 2014, 11:36:16 AM
Cash and Carry opposite Bargain Booze sold subject to contract. Don't know more than that atm I'm afraid.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on December 08, 2014, 07:30:12 PM
It was a shop in 1960s/70s called Dandos.........a childrens/toy shop.....never had those roller shutters as you could shelter in the entrance as it was a few paces to the front door off Conway Road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on December 11, 2014, 06:36:48 PM
The former Manshop on Station Road has been redecorated, has shiny new fixtures and fittings installed and some stock put out and waiting on said fixtures and fittings.  From what I could see through the window it would appear the new occupants will be retailing items of apparel aimed at the more mature gentleman.  Hopefully they remembered to apply for change of use planning permission.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Mikethewatch on December 11, 2014, 11:36:02 PM
If it was previously a retail outlet, why would ' change of use ' be required or  am I missing something?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on December 12, 2014, 08:41:17 AM
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If it was previously a retail outlet, why would ' change of use ' be required or  am I missing something?

Were they not previously also selling apparel for men?  Even us oldies?   ZXZ
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 12, 2014, 08:48:07 AM
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It was a shop in 1960s/70s called Dandos.........a childrens/toy shop.....never had those roller shutters as you could shelter in the entrance as it was a few paces to the front door off Conway Road.
Dandos was a great toy shop, and the building itself is a fantastic design. One of Colwyn Foulkes', I believe. Shame it has been allowed to deteriorate so much in recent years, those roller shutters look terrible.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 12, 2014, 08:48:36 AM
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The former Manshop on Station Road has been redecorated, has shiny new fixtures and fittings installed and some stock put out and waiting on said fixtures and fittings.  From what I could see through the window it would appear the new occupants will be retailing items of apparel aimed at the more mature gentleman.  Hopefully they remembered to apply for change of use planning permission.
Good news for the Bay, I thought we might have been seeing another empty shop there for a while.  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on December 12, 2014, 08:51:50 AM
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If it was previously a retail outlet, why would ' change of use ' be required or  am I missing something?

My thoughts too, surely a retail outlet is still a retail outlet?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 12, 2014, 09:08:12 AM
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If it was previously a retail outlet, why would ' change of use ' be required or  am I missing something?

My thoughts too, surely a retail outlet is still a retail outlet?
As far as I know, that's the case:

A1 Shops - Shops, retail warehouses, hairdressers, undertakers, travel and ticket agencies, post offices (but not sorting offices), pet shops, sandwich bars, showrooms, domestic hire shops, dry cleaners, funeral directors and internet cafes.
A2 Financial and professional services - Financial services such as banks and building societies, professional services (other than health and medical services) including estate and employment agencies and betting offices.
A3 Restaurants and cafés - For the sale of food and drink for consumption on the premises - restaurants, snack bars and cafes.
A4 Drinking establishments - Public houses, wine bars or other drinking establishments (but not night clubs).
A5 Hot food takeaways - For the sale of hot food for consumption off the premises.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on December 12, 2014, 09:18:33 AM
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If it was previously a retail outlet, why would ' change of use ' be required or  am I missing something?

The comment was intended to be ironic.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on December 12, 2014, 09:21:34 AM
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The former Manshop on Station Road has been redecorated, has shiny new fixtures and fittings installed and some stock put out and waiting on said fixtures and fittings.  From what I could see through the window it would appear the new occupants will be retailing items of apparel aimed at the more mature gentleman.  Hopefully they remembered to apply for change of use planning permission.
Good news for the Bay, I thought we might have been seeing another empty shop there for a while.  $good$

The redecoration work began almost as soon as Manshop closed so the new tenants were clearly already lined up to move in.  It looks like they've effectively taken over Manshop as a going concern but taken the opportunity to revamp the business and drag it kicking and screaming into the 20th century.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on December 12, 2014, 09:50:52 AM
Going back to Dando's,s a true story.
  For some reason I do not know, my Mother used to order her mags from there rather than from the local newsagents in Rhos where we lived.
  So one day I was dispatched to fetch said mags from Dando's. I was around eleven years old and of a shy disposition, always nervous of adult strangers and very easily embarrassed.
  I take my courage in both hands and walk in up to the counter and in a nervous voice said "For Mrs. Owen of Rhos on Sea. Can I have The Gardener, The Lady, and The Scout"
  The women behind the counter fell about laughing. It was years and years before Lady Chaterleys Lover was published, but looking back on it I assume it was something on those lines that they were laughing about.
  Of course me, the embarrassed shy kid, thought for some reason they were laughing at me. I never went back in that shop again
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Post by: FatAndy on December 12, 2014, 01:49:49 PM
I can finally put an end to all the endless speculation - the new shop in Station Road will be called "Gatsby Menswear".
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Post by: born2run on December 12, 2014, 02:35:37 PM
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I can finally put an end to all the endless speculation - the new shop in Station Road will be called "Gatsby Menswear".

That'll be great
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Post by: Fester on December 12, 2014, 09:20:05 PM
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Going back to Dando's,s a true story.
  For some reason I do not know, my Mother used to order her mags from there rather than from the local newsagents in Rhos where we lived.
  So one day I was dispatched to fetch said mags from Dando's. I was around eleven years old and of a shy disposition, always nervous of adult strangers and very easily embarrassed.
  I take my courage in both hands and walk in up to the counter and in a nervous voice said "For Mrs. Owen of Rhos on Sea. Can I have The Gardener, The Lady, and The Scout"
  The women behind the counter fell about laughing. It was years and years before Lady Chaterleys Lover was published, but looking back on it I assume it was something on those lines that they were laughing about.
  Of course me, the embarrassed shy kid, thought for some reason they were laughing at me. I never went back in that shop again

Don't know what they were laughing about Mike,  but The Lady is still going strong!

2 years ago, I won a free annual subscription of it, (it's a weekly still), and Mrs Fester started to read it.

It's very 'high-brow',  very 'Downton Abbey' if you will.

When the free year ended,  they very kindly carried on sending it.... for another year, and we have never paid anything!
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Post by: Yorkie on December 12, 2014, 09:37:08 PM
Long tome since I read The Lady, but I seem to remember it had a very good Crossword.  At the time I was looking for a job as a Chauffer to a very rich widow!   L0L
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Post by: Nemesis on December 13, 2014, 08:51:05 AM
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Long tome since I read The Lady, but I seem to remember it had a very good Crossword.  At the time I was looking for a job as a Chauffer to a very rich widow!   L0L

Used to buy it when our daughter was looking for a job as a nanny, Interesting reading, but as Fester says somewhat highbrow.
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Post by: white rabbit on December 13, 2014, 08:00:40 PM
 In the past I used The Lady a lot to search for jobs.  One of the best being "au pair" to the children of the Portuguese Consul and his wife in Rotterdam.  I thoroughly enjoyed my year with them.
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Post by: Nemesis on December 13, 2014, 09:51:49 PM
There really were some super jobs on offer in there, glad you got and enjoyed the job.
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Post by: Nemesis on December 22, 2014, 02:27:27 PM
Colwyn Bay Zoo has been forced to close due to the high winds.
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Post by: Hugo on December 22, 2014, 02:41:19 PM
It is very windy up here and all my garden furniture is still on the floor so as to save it from any damage
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Post by: Jack on December 22, 2014, 02:43:50 PM
I put my trolibox out this morning for the very first time; came back at lunchtime and two out of the three boxes are missing - blown away. What a waste of money.
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Post by: nwpo on December 22, 2014, 03:56:50 PM
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I put my trolibox out this morning for the very first time; came back at lunchtime and two out of the three boxes are missing - blown away. What a waste of money.

Have a search for my posts from earlier this year. We were in the early rollout area so have had it for over a year - same problem as they only tested them to a Beaufort Force 5 - 24mph!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 22, 2014, 04:26:09 PM
The wind today in Colwyn bay is WSW  about 26mph at present gusting to over 40 mph but you can add a bit more on for up in the Heights
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Post by: Hugo on December 26, 2014, 04:53:06 PM
It's snowing heavily on the heights and sticking on the ground.   If it's still there tomorrow I still won't clear it though as I'm going nowhere thanks to this Winter bug.     :(
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Post by: Nemesis on December 26, 2014, 06:00:37 PM
Don't blame you Hugo-----just been at the Kil-Cough bottle myself. It certainly takes some shifting, the bug, not the snow ! Flurries here, but nothing sticking yet.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Yorkie on December 26, 2014, 06:50:10 PM
Just returned from dahn sahf and lots of sleety snow between Chester and Cowyn Bay.   Seem to be settling on the road side and fields but the amount of traffic keeping the road fairly clear.    ZXZ
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Post by: snowcap on December 26, 2014, 10:42:09 PM
2or3 inches here in StHelens
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 26, 2014, 11:17:01 PM
Sleet earlier this evening here in Rhos on Sea, thankfully turned to rain now!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 07, 2015, 04:15:03 PM
The wind has picked up here on the Heights and it's getting worse, should be fun tomorrow as it's bin day!    The last time it was windy there was rubbish and plastic bins all over the place.
I wonder how things are up there with Mull as the forecast for Scotland looks bad?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: mull on January 07, 2015, 04:31:22 PM
Been wild up here today.
Yesterday was our Paper bin day, but as is usual up here bin lorry did not come.
I left the bin out overnight and this morning it was on its side but lid had remained shut so contents still inside. bin lorry turned up about 1130 probably because it could not get over to Iona. Iona ferry been cancelled all day today.
Oban/ Cragnure ferry has kept running. Must be a good skipper on this week.
Not much hope for Friday though, forecast is for Storm 10 and I should be going off with my Search Dog "Fly" for a weekends training in Glen Clova, ( not to be confused with going "dogging").
Looks like everyone is going to have a rough weekend.

Keep safe.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 27, 2015, 12:04:42 PM
The run down block of properties next to the Park Hotel at 118-126 Abergele Road ( https://goo.gl/maps/RSf51 (https://goo.gl/maps/RSf51) ) are to be demolished and replaced by flats.

More info here:
http://tinyurl.com/koubkaj (http://tinyurl.com/koubkaj)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: norman08 on January 30, 2015, 11:05:28 AM
Ccbc have said it's costing £600,000 to look after the pier ,if they don't own it why are We paying for it ,they don,t say anything about the waste of money on that concrete eyesore ,now come on hands up who thinks Bryn williams is going up sticks in London to run that place .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on January 30, 2015, 01:55:38 PM
Well he can't be in two places at once can he?

An interesting thought:- If CCBC are to introduce parking charges on Colwyn Bay prom, will they also charge people to pay at 'the concrete eyesore', or will make that area a 'free for all'?........Food for thought !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on January 31, 2015, 01:52:55 PM
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Ccbc have said it's costing £600,000 to look after the pier ,if they don't own it why are We paying for it ,they don,t say anything about the waste of money on that concrete eyesore ,now come on hands up who thinks Bryn williams is going up sticks in London to run that place .
£600,000 to acheive nothing but letting it fall into further decay. That money would have made a good start towards refurbishing the structure.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on January 31, 2015, 07:09:04 PM
I don't believe that figure in any case.... because that would be almost FOUR TIMES the annual spend on maintenance for Llandudno Pier.    You get an awful lot for that!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on February 01, 2015, 08:20:40 AM
Quote
Ccbc have said it's costing £600,000 to look after the pier

Do we have a source for that statement? It seems absurd.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on March 02, 2015, 03:33:21 PM
The plans for the proposed tidal lagoon (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/plans-unveiled-colwyn-bay-tidal-8752386) from Rhos to Prestatyn have moved one step closer. The Colwyn Bay project would cost £5bn and, although it's a private company proposing the plans, the cost would be heavily subsidised by the taxpayer - that's us.

The idea is good in essence, but would need very careful planning and contracting to ensure the power was of real benefit to the area and not simply a means for foreign investors to get rich. The company concerned is based in Gloucestershire but if Tidal power takes off in a big way, which it might given the level of subsidies offered to Wind power companies, the company would be in danger of being taken out of the British economy.  Time will tell, of course, but wind power is currently costing the taxpayer a lot of money.
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Post by: Blongb on March 03, 2015, 03:04:26 PM
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I don't believe that figure in any case.... because that would be almost FOUR TIMES the annual spend on maintenance for Llandudno Pier.    You get an awful lot for that!


Worth bearing in mind, Llandudno Pier has been maintained on a very regular basis, with major iron works and decking being replaced as required. Whereas Colwyn Bay Pier has had nothing spent on it during the same period, so perhaps that might explain why CCBC have said it costs so much.

What I can't understand is why CCBC bought the Pier in the first place .If it had been left derelict after Mr Hunt went Bankrupt, it would have been the Crown Estates who were responsible for making it safe and born all the ongoing costs.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on April 03, 2015, 11:29:49 AM
It's typical Bank Holiday weather today, misty, raining and I can just about see the house across the road.    I hope it brightens up soon  for all the holiday makers who are here for the weekend.
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Post by: hollins on April 03, 2015, 11:49:27 AM
Same here Hugo. I feel so sorry for all the holidaymakers who have saved up for a long awaited holiday.
We have friends arriving today for a caravan holiday by the sea. Please let it cheer up for them and everyone else.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on April 09, 2015, 05:33:35 PM
I'm told that the work currently being done on Roumania House in Station Road (formerly Dan's Den) is to put the building to use as council offices (I was told this by one of the chaps working on it), and *not* to form some sort of walkway through to the other side, eventually connecting to the Bayview shopping centre (which was a council plan mentioned here previously - presumably this grand plan has now been abandoned?).
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Post by: DaveR on April 09, 2015, 07:18:27 PM
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I'm told that the work currently being done on Roumania House in Station Road (formerly Dan's Den) is to put the building to use as council offices (I was told this by one of the chaps working on it), and *not* to form some sort of walkway through to the other side, eventually connecting to the Bayview shopping centre (which was a council plan mentioned here previously - presumably this grand plan has now been abandoned?).
Good, Roumania House has a lovely frontage on it. Hope they put a sympathetic shopfront back on it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on April 27, 2015, 01:49:55 PM
The new cafe at the top of Station Road is now open.  It's called The Olive Tree (not to be confused with the eatery of the same name at Snowdonia Nurseries) and is very much a traditional "British" cafe.  Prices look reasonable and it looked pretty busy when I walked past at lunchtime.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on May 21, 2015, 08:57:35 AM
The renovation work at the Central Pub has been completed and it is now ready to reopen as 'The Station'. Photo courtesy of Colwyn THI Initiative.
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Post by: ormegolf on May 21, 2015, 07:16:20 PM
  Reasonable, I suppose, if you happen to be walking past and fancy a quick bite or drink. Cannot say more than that
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Post by: cygnusx-1 on May 21, 2015, 07:46:43 PM
Just remember.......there was a murder in the cellar!!
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Post by: FatAndy on May 22, 2015, 08:10:02 PM
The Station is now open.  There were a few people in there when I drove past at half four today.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on May 24, 2015, 08:59:58 AM
Very strange. :o

Groupon are currently selling £35 standing tickets to see the Vamps in Parc Eirias for £35.

Booking fee of £3.50 per ticket plus £2.50 postage.

I thought Groupon normally offered exclusive deals.

I can buy them cheaper direct from Venue Cymru.

http://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/liverpool/gl-scarborough-open-air-theatre-1/63760520?p=15&nlp=&CID=UK_CRM_1_0_0_144&a=13&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&sid=5ca59b0e-3758-48d9-8190-0a327d1204a8&division=liverpool&uh=92fa26e8-8a60-4bdf-8941-31b591c9ea55&date=20152405&sender=rm&s=body&c=link&d=deal-page&utm_campaign=gl-scarborough-open-air-theatre-1-63760520 (http://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/liverpool/gl-scarborough-open-air-theatre-1/63760520?p=15&nlp=&CID=UK_CRM_1_0_0_144&a=13&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&sid=5ca59b0e-3758-48d9-8190-0a327d1204a8&division=liverpool&uh=92fa26e8-8a60-4bdf-8941-31b591c9ea55&date=20152405&sender=rm&s=body&c=link&d=deal-page&utm_campaign=gl-scarborough-open-air-theatre-1-63760520)
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Post by: SteveH on May 28, 2015, 03:36:35 PM
FIRE: Two fire engines are at a building fire on Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay. The fire service was called at 2.31pm. Which building is on fire has not been confirmed.
FIRE UPDATE: Fire now out, which broke out near the Subway store on Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay, earlier this afternoon. Cardboard boxes were involved. Investigation underway into cause. ref.DPost
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Post by: born2run on May 28, 2015, 04:56:41 PM
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Very strange. :o

Groupon are currently selling £35 standing tickets to see the Vamps in Parc Eirias for £35.

Booking fee of £3.50 per ticket plus £2.50 postage.

I thought Groupon normally offered exclusive deals.

I can buy them cheaper direct from Venue Cymru.

http://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/liverpool/gl-scarborough-open-air-theatre-1/63760520?p=15&nlp=&CID=UK_CRM_1_0_0_144&a=13&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&sid=5ca59b0e-3758-48d9-8190-0a327d1204a8&division=liverpool&uh=92fa26e8-8a60-4bdf-8941-31b591c9ea55&date=20152405&sender=rm&s=body&c=link&d=deal-page&utm_campaign=gl-scarborough-open-air-theatre-1-63760520 (http://www.groupon.co.uk/deals/liverpool/gl-scarborough-open-air-theatre-1/63760520?p=15&nlp=&CID=UK_CRM_1_0_0_144&a=13&utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&sid=5ca59b0e-3758-48d9-8190-0a327d1204a8&division=liverpool&uh=92fa26e8-8a60-4bdf-8941-31b591c9ea55&date=20152405&sender=rm&s=body&c=link&d=deal-page&utm_campaign=gl-scarborough-open-air-theatre-1-63760520)

quite often they will do hotel deals as well, that are more expensive than from the hotel.
Always best to double check
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on May 30, 2015, 12:35:22 PM
House gutted after terrifying Old Colwyn fire

A house has been left completely gutted after a blaze broke out this morning.

Four fire engines raced to the terraced property on Berth y Glyd, Old Colwyn to find flames tearing through the property.
Police, firefighters and ambulance crews are still in attendance but it is believed no one was seriously hurt.

Neighbours said the occupants managed to escape from an upstairs window of the Conwy property.

As of 11.30am, smoke is still billowing from the house, which has been left completely destroyed.
One eye witness said: “The house is pretty much an empty shell, it’s been left completely gutted.

"It’s amazing that the houses on either side have escaped damage.
“Firefighters are still damping down because there is still smoke pouring from it at the moment.
“It’s so lucky that no one was hurt.”

A North Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: “We received reports of a house fire at 9.55am this morning at a property in Berth y Glyd, Old Colwyn.
A spokesman for the Ambulance Service said: “We sent a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew. Paramedics are still at the scene."
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/house-gutted-after-terrifying-old-9358740 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/house-gutted-after-terrifying-old-9358740)
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Post by: SteveH on May 30, 2015, 01:08:55 PM
MORE.......HOUSE FIRE: Two children and three adults were taken to hospital this morning after a house was ravaged by fire.

Ambulance crews took two children to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd for precautionary check ups along with a man in his 80s, a woman in her 30s and another man in his 20s.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on May 30, 2015, 04:37:04 PM
RESCUES: Coastguards have been busy with a couple of rescues this afternoon. The first involved  people on board a jet ski  which was towing a rubber ring before breaking down leaving five people stranded out to sea off Colwyn Bay. Luckily a member of the public spotted them waving for help and dialled 999. They were brought ashore by Llandudno lifeboat crew.   refDP
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Post by: SteveH on May 30, 2015, 06:10:53 PM
POLICE ACTIVITY: Hearing reports of a very heavy police presence in St Andrew's Road, Upper Colwyn Bay.
                                                .................................................
Police and forensic teams in attendance and a cordon has been taped around the address.
Air ambulance arrived on the scene earlier today. Will bring you more as we get it.
                                               .................................................
SAD NEWS: Sad to report that the incident in Colwyn Bay involves the death of a 20-year-old woman. We will bring you more on this shortly.
                                               ..................................................
Woman's body discovered at house in Colwyn Bay
A 20-year-old woman has been found dead at house in Colwyn Bay .

Police and ambulance crews were called to the address in St Andrew’s Road just after 12.20pm this afternoon.

The body of a 20-year-old female was discovered.

Police currently remain at the scene, which has been taped off while forensic examinations are carried out.

Eye witnesses told the Daily Post that the air ambulance was scrambled, landing at a nearby school in Colwyn Heights.
North Wales Police Inspector, Dawn Samuels said: “At approximately 12.20pm today, North Wales Police received a call from the Ambulance Service in relation to an unexplained death of a 20-year-old female who had been found deceased at her home address in Colwyn Bay.

“The death is not being treated as suspicious and the coroner has been informed.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/womans-body-discovered-house-colwyn-9360608 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/womans-body-discovered-house-colwyn-9360608)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on June 06, 2015, 11:59:14 PM
Eirias Park Stadium was buzzing tonight with the concert by Sir Elton John.

A fabulous event, and nice to see Mr and Mrs Dave R there....     a few pics from my crappy iphone.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on June 07, 2015, 09:20:17 AM
Yes, it was a fabulous concert, Elton performed for nearly two and a half hours without a break. At 68, he still brought the house down.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on June 07, 2015, 11:26:33 AM
Report from ...Tom Davidson..

Elton John takes to the stage at Eirias Park for first ever North Wales concert
The Rocket Man wowed the sell-out crowd at Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay on Saturday night with a hit-strewn set.

Taking to the stage shortly before 7pm, the music maestro, dressed in a sequin purple suit, kicked the show off with a long instrumental showcasing his famous piano skills.

The music icon swiftly followed it up with Love Lies Bleeding, receiving a standing ovation from his very first song.

Sir Elton, 68, then dove headlong into Benny And The Jets as the sun beamed down on an ecstatic 14,000-strong crowd.

A sore throat may have scuppered the singer’s concert in Geneva but there was no sign of it as the veteran entertainer picked out tracks from his extensive back catalogue, including Candle In The Wind, one of the highest-selling singles of all time.

Addressing the crowd after the trio of hits from Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Sir Elton said: “Good evening Colwyn Bay, North Wales!

“We’ve never been here before but we’re excited to be here even though it’s a bit cold” - to which the crowd responded with good-humoured laughter.

The gig at Colwyn Bay coincides with the release of his first album Empty Sky from 1969 and is one of the first UK concerts in his European tour, taking in Italy, Denmark, Germany and Spain.

Supporting act Bright Light Bright Light, from South Wales, got the crowd going earlier in the evening with ominous-looking clouds clearing just in time for the music to start.
MORE PHOTOS
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/elton-john-eirias-parc-colwyn--9403989 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/elton-john-eirias-parc-colwyn--9403989)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on June 08, 2015, 10:43:20 AM
I  hope you all enjoyed my tweets (@DPTomDavidson) from Access All Eirias yesterday - here's my review of the evening's activity. http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/review-access-eirias-parc-eirias-9408781 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/review-access-eirias-parc-eirias-9408781)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on June 08, 2015, 11:33:30 AM
Yes, thanks Tom. I did enjoy your tweets. It was like being there.
In fact I always enjoy your tweets. I am not on twitter myself so I was hoping to one day get the chance to thank you for your efforts.
I especially like the ones about your excitement of adding new clothes and shoes to the wardrobe which make me remember those days of not being able to wait to wear something new!
Also the ones about Newcastle United, glad you survived.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on June 08, 2015, 12:10:24 PM
I'm glad someone appreciates it - I aim to please.

T
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Post by: SteveH on June 08, 2015, 12:27:41 PM
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I'm glad someone appreciates it - I aim to please.


Well aimed..... $good$........ $thanx$
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Post by: hollins on June 08, 2015, 02:20:32 PM
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I'm glad someone appreciates it - I aim to please.

T

Tom, I confirm to the twitter doubters that I am definitely not your mum, (although I do worry about you not eating properly at times!)   ;D  and my message to you was not in any way meant to be "horribly sarcastic."     :)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on June 08, 2015, 03:36:03 PM
Haters be hatin'!  D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on June 13, 2015, 01:56:18 PM
COACH FIRE: I can tell you that Colwyn Bay firefighters were called out to deal with a coach engine fire at the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Heights at 10am today.

 But fortunately it was out when they got there. The crew simply checked the engine to make sure it was safe, said a North Wales fire and rescue service spokeswoman.REFDP.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on June 15, 2015, 12:54:33 PM
North Wales Armed Forces Day, Colwyn Bay

Conwy County will be the focus of North Wales on June 20th 2015, as Parc Eirias in Colwyn Bay plays host to the Armed Forces day on behalf of the 6 Local Authorities in North Wales.

We expect to welcome many thousands of residents and visitors to what promises to be a memorable day, with the aim of recognising and honouring our armed forces and veterans. With Drumhead service; Spitfire and Sea King fly past; Blue Falcons Parachute Display Team, military capability demonstration, assault course and whacky races; wheelchair rugby, basketball and blind archery and much, much more.

http://www.investcolwynbay.co.uk/tourism-and-lifestyle/whats-on/north-wales-armed-forces-day-colwyn-bay-p324941 (http://www.investcolwynbay.co.uk/tourism-and-lifestyle/whats-on/north-wales-armed-forces-day-colwyn-bay-p324941)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on June 19, 2015, 08:40:53 AM
Disappointing to see that the designer seating recently installed at great expense on the new section of Prom at Colwyn Bay has already been vandalised.  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on June 19, 2015, 10:03:38 AM
I am sorry to say it is the first thing I thought (vandalism) when I saw them....... :( :( :( :( $angry$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on June 19, 2015, 04:39:32 PM
Three vehicle smash closed road in Colwyn Bay

A three vehicle smash closed a key road in Colwyn Bay for more than an hour.

The A547 Abergele Road was closed in both directions after the multi-car crash which happened at around 12.45pm.

The cars involved were a red Audi, a black BMW and a white Vauxhall Vivaro.
The smash took place close to Parc Eirias and police were on the scene directing traffic.
A Welsh Ambulance spokesman confirmed they attended the scene.
Two men and a woman were taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, none with life-threatening injuries.
Police re-opened the road shortly after 2pm.
A Welsh Ambulance spokesman confirmed they attended the scene.
Two men and a woman were taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, none with life-threatening injuries.
Police re-opened the road shortly after 2pm.  Ref Tom...DP.




Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on June 21, 2015, 05:00:49 PM
LOOK: Colwyn Bay's Armed Forces Day brings thousands to Eirias Park

Thousands of people from across North Wales turned out to honour past and present servicemen and women on Saturday.
People of all ages packed on to Eirias Park in Colwyn Bay for this year’s North Wales Armed Forces Day.
Flypasts by the search and rescue helicopter and a Spitfire wowed the crowds, who also saw an impressive parachute display by the RAF Falcons.

The celebration was held by Conwy County Borough Council on behalf of the six local authorities in North Wales.
Liz Roberts, chair of the council and Conwy’s Armed Forces champion, said she was “thrilled” with the turnout, which she estimated at about 2,000.
She said: “It was a lovely day and we were thrilled with the amount of people that came.
“So much was happening and we built up lots of contacts, which was fantastic as the whole idea of the event was to bring the armed forces community together with the communities that reside here.”

Cllr Roberts added: “I’d say there were about 2,000 here. If we’d had everyone in the stadium which seats just over 2,000, it would have been absolutely full.
“The people who had stalls on the day were really pleased with the amount of people who were asking about what support they give to people in the armed forces.”

An extreme assault course and wacky races were among the highlights of the day, along with an impressive military parade.
A World War One exhibition was also held with a small village especially for children.

Cllr Roberts said: “One minute it was drizzling, but then the sun shone all the way through the drum head service.
PHOTOS..http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-colwyn-bays-armed-forces-9497934 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-colwyn-bays-armed-forces-9497934)
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Post by: ormegolf on June 21, 2015, 07:55:02 PM
   What makes this even worse is it is not an example of sudden on impulse vandalism.  Thats bad enough.  But tools or implements of some sort have been used. So presumably must have been carried to the site.
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Post by: SteveH on June 21, 2015, 08:38:18 PM
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   What makes this even worse is it is not an example of sudden on impulse vandalism.  Thats bad enough.  But tools or implements of some sort have been used. So presumably must have been carried to the site.
The same area where £3.000 worth of special tunnel lighting vandalised.... $angry$
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Post by: Nemesis on June 21, 2015, 09:27:50 PM
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I am sorry to say it is the first thing I thought (vandalism) when I saw them....... :( :( :( :( $angry$
exactly my thoughts
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Post by: SteveH on July 01, 2015, 05:07:00 PM
Music tourism pumping £95m into Welsh economy

Music tourism pumped £95m into the Welsh economy last year - with North Wales events like Festival No.6 and Access All Eirias leading the way.

UK Music has published Wish You Were Here 2015 – a new report that reveals the vast contribution of music tourism to the economy in Wales.
The study - carried out by Oxford Economics for UK Music - showed that over 211,000 music tourists visited Wales in 2014 to attend a concert or music festival.
These visitors generated £95 million ........?.. &shake& ....?......in total for the local economy, and helped sustain 768 full-time local jobs.

In North Wales the big festivals of 2014 included Wakestock in Abersoch, Festival No.6 at Portmeirion and Access All Eirias which brought singing legend Tom Jones to Colwyn Bay.
MORE..........http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/music-tourism-pumping-95m-welsh-9561419 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/music-tourism-pumping-95m-welsh-9561419)
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Post by: Fester on July 01, 2015, 05:24:10 PM
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Music tourism pumping £95m into Welsh economy

Music tourism pumped £95m into the Welsh economy last year - with North Wales events like Festival No.6 and Access All Eirias leading the way.

UK Music has published Wish You Were Here 2015 – a new report that reveals the vast contribution of music tourism to the economy in Wales.
The study - carried out by Oxford Economics for UK Music - showed that over 211,000 music tourists visited Wales in 2014 to attend a concert or music festival.
These visitors generated £95 million ........?.. &shake& ....?......in total for the local economy, and helped sustain 768 full-time local jobs.

In North Wales the big festivals of 2014 included Wakestock in Abersoch, Festival No.6 at Portmeirion and Access All Eirias which brought singing legend Tom Jones to Colwyn Bay.
MORE..........http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/music-tourism-pumping-95m-welsh-9561419 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/music-tourism-pumping-95m-welsh-9561419)

Yeah right... each person spent £450 each.    &shake& :laugh: :laugh:
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Post by: Ian on July 01, 2015, 06:15:48 PM
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Yeah right... each person spent £450 each

That's not what the the report states. Rather it says they 'generated' the amount in question.

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These visitors generated £95 million in total for the local economy, and helped sustain 768 full-time local jobs.

It's a complex study but seems soundly based on stats from the ONS and the Virtual Microdata Lab (VML) maintained by the ONS. Based on the models they've used and the criteria they've applied it seems - if anything - to be understating the case.
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Post by: bigbadhenry on July 02, 2015, 07:58:15 AM
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Yeah right... each person spent £450 each

That's not what the the report states. Rather it says they 'generated' the amount in question.

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These visitors generated £95 million in total for the local economy, and helped sustain 768 full-time local jobs.

It's a complex study but seems soundly based on stats from the ONS and the Virtual Microdata Lab (VML) maintained by the ONS. Based on the models they've used and the criteria they've applied it seems - if anything - to be understating the case.

Wish I could believe these's figures banded about.
How many people come to town just see a show never stay or spend any money in cafes ect, that would mean some pods are spending vast sums of money.
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Post by: DaveR on July 02, 2015, 10:13:12 AM
I'm really not convinced that the figures are reliable. Many local people just attend a concert, then drive home afterwards.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 02, 2015, 10:42:02 AM
Like us, if we go to Venue Cymru, park for free, spend nothing, take our own snacks with us, drive straight home afterwards, I doubt if we show in any statistics!
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Post by: Fester on July 02, 2015, 12:29:31 PM
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Like us, if we go to Venue Cymru, park for free, spend nothing, take our own snacks with us, drive straight home afterwards, I doubt if we show in any statistics!

.... that is no different to 90% of the visitors to Llandudno these days, except some nip into Poundland and get the bus!
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Post by: Ian on July 02, 2015, 01:58:58 PM
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I'm really not convinced that the figures are reliable. Many local people just attend a concert, then drive home afterwards.

They do explain how they've accounted for that seeming anomaly.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 02, 2015, 02:32:30 PM
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Like us, if we go to Venue Cymru, park for free, spend nothing, take our own snacks with us, drive straight home afterwards, I doubt if we show in any statistics!

.... that is no different to 90% of the visitors to Llandudno these days, except some nip into Poundland and get the bus!

Poundland has a bus stop inside it? Amazing! ☺
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Post by: born2run on July 03, 2015, 10:08:42 AM
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Like us, if we go to Venue Cymru, park for free, spend nothing, take our own snacks with us, drive straight home afterwards, I doubt if we show in any statistics!

.... that is no different to 90% of the visitors to Llandudno these days, except some nip into Poundland and get the bus!

Poundland has a bus stop inside it? Amazing! ☺

How much are the buses?   $good$
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 03, 2015, 10:28:32 AM
How much are the buses?   $good$

A pound? 
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Post by: Blongb on July 06, 2015, 08:58:56 PM
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How much are the buses?   $good$

A pound?

Free if you've got a Welsh Bus Pass.  ;D
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Post by: Tom Davidson on July 08, 2015, 07:50:11 AM
Seen this by my colleague about Plas Gwilym quarry site?

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/old-colwyn-quarry-housing-plans-9608559 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/old-colwyn-quarry-housing-plans-9608559)

It's long been time something was done on that site.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on July 08, 2015, 08:32:26 AM
I was just looking at that on Facebook, seems a good idea. $good$
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Post by: cygnusx-1 on July 08, 2015, 06:21:43 PM
Who would want to live in the dark for a few months a year? The bridge would give access for your property to be viewed over from a great height......daft idea?!
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Post by: DaveR on July 08, 2015, 08:02:58 PM
I thought it myself a little odd that someone would want a house with a sheer rockface at the back of you, not to mention the local kids throwing stuff down at you.
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Post by: Fester on July 09, 2015, 01:31:35 PM
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I thought it myself a little odd that someone would want a house with a sheer rockface at the back of you, not to mention the local kids throwing stuff down at you.

Many houses on The Orme have a similar issue, and due to poor drainage, can have a chronic damp problem.
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Post by: DaveR on July 11, 2015, 03:33:00 PM
Demolition work well underway at the former Rothesay Hotel:
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Post by: SteveH on July 11, 2015, 03:39:36 PM
Are they clearing it or keeping the shell?..
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Post by: DaveR on July 11, 2015, 03:52:19 PM
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Are they clearing it or keeping the shell?..
It's all coming down. Just being done very carefully due to proximity of prom and surrounding buildings.
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Post by: SteveH on July 13, 2015, 01:33:44 PM
A link from DaveR's post re Rhos/CB.........
Colwyn Bay Waterfront Project

Video....https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajTZ_dlGqrk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajTZ_dlGqrk)
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Post by: Hugo on July 16, 2015, 07:44:32 AM
It was a beautiful warm sunny day in the Bay yesterday and the visibility was excellent.    As the sun set in the west the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland were crystal clear.   The Cumbrian Hills were also visible but were not as clearly defined as The Isle of Man and Northern Island,
Today looks another fine day too, fingers crossed
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Post by: SteveH on July 22, 2015, 12:25:25 PM
Man stung by Britain's most poisonous fish in Colwyn Bay
A couple has warned parents and children to be vigilant on North Wales' beaches after one of them was stung by Britain’s most poisonous fish.

American Tina Rees was teaching husband Julian how to keep a tight line on Colwyn Bay beach when he caught his first ever fish.

Unfortunately, it turned out to be the Lesser Weever, Britain’s most venomous species, as he found out to his cost.

When he tried to unhook the catch, one of its poisonous barbs jabbed his thumb, causing agonising pain.
“I went to take the hook out and it felt like the hook was inside my thumb,” he told the Daily Post.
“But it was the barb from the Weever fish.
“My thumb swelled up and it was so sore I couldn’t do anything with it.
“They bury themselves in the sand with just their spines and their eyes sticking out.”
Tina, who lives with her husband and daughter Abigail in Rhos-on-Sea, takes up the story.
She said: “We didn’t know what it was until we got home and it took me an hour to work out what it was.”
MORE.http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-lesser-weever-fish-9672008 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-lesser-weever-fish-9672008)
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Post by: SteveH on August 21, 2015, 12:42:35 PM
POLL: Overnight ban on motorhomes and caravans along Colwyn Bay prom....POLL 12.41pm  69% yes 31% no

MOTORHOMES and caravans have been banned from staying overnight along Colwyn Bay promenade.
The new restrictions imposed by Conwy County Council come as a result of numerous complaints from residents of the increased number of vehicles using the area as a method of avoiding charges at caravan parks.

These measures mean that from 11pm to 8am vehicles of this kind will not be permitted along the promenade, and anyone doing so will be faced with a fine.
A Conwy Council spokesperson, said: “Caravans and motor homes will no longer be permitted to stop overnight on Colwyn promenade.

"The restriction has been introduced this week following concerns from local residents and councillors of a number of people camping in the area, sometimes for extended periods of time.
“Signs have been erected on site, and anyone failing to comply with this restriction faces a Penalty Charge Notice.”

The move has been backed by the Bay of Colwyn Town Council, which recommended in February a ban on motorhomes parking along the promenade from midnight-8am.
Eirias ward councillor Bob Squire said he was also wholeheartedly behind the ban and added that it could also aid businesses in the region.
“It is absolutely the right move by the council as these homes have commandeered this part of the promenade for their own personal use,” he added.

“There are plenty of nice campsites in the area that cater to these vehicles, and through word of mouth they have opted not to pay the fees at these sites and instead stay along the prom for free.

“These mobile homes have had a detrimental effect on the promenade and these restrictions are a welcome move, while it will also help businesses in the region who rely on this trade throughout the year.”
http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/151764/poll-overnight-ban-on-motorhomes-and-caravans-along-colwyn-bay-prom.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/151764/poll-overnight-ban-on-motorhomes-and-caravans-along-colwyn-bay-prom.aspx)
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Post by: born2run on August 21, 2015, 01:54:20 PM
If they don't want to pay for a campsite why don't they just park in a residential street? They wouldn't get a fine and they would get a better nights sleep.
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Post by: Nemesis on August 21, 2015, 01:56:10 PM
I can imagine the resident's reaction to that !
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Post by: born2run on August 21, 2015, 02:38:11 PM
But if they only stayed one night on each street then nobody would ever know.  $good$
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Post by: Hugo on August 27, 2015, 03:16:28 PM
I was driving on the eastbound lane of the A55 at about 10.40 this morning and there was a massive tail back on the westbound lane from Old Colwyn to Abergele.
Both lanes were blocked solid and more traffic was steadily arriving to make the situation worse.   The Police were appearing to be clearing debris or something from the road and we later heard that a car had caught fire at the spot by the Rainbow Bridge.  Hope there were no injuries to anyone.
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Post by: SteveH on August 27, 2015, 04:17:18 PM
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I was driving on the eastbound lane of the A55 at about 10.40 this morning and there was a massive tail back on the westbound lane from Old Colwyn to Abergele.
Both lanes were blocked solid and more traffic was steadily arriving to make the situation worse.   The Police were appearing to be clearing debris or something from the road and we later heard that a car had caught fire at the spot by the Rainbow Bridge.  Hope there were no injuries to anyone.
Hugo this from the DP..........Car fire on A55 causes rush hour delays
Commuters were hit with long tailbacks on the A55 this morning after a vehicle fire brought traffic to a standstill.
The blaze on the westbound carriageway near the Rainbow Bridge at Llysfaen caused tailbacks back to Abergele, some three miles away.
The incident happened at around 9am and North Wales Fire and Rescue Service were on the scene and brought the blaze, believed to have been caused by a mechanical fault, under control.
The road was fully reopened at 10am, but traffic remained heavy.REF DP
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Post by: Hugo on August 27, 2015, 05:31:32 PM
Thanks for that Steve,  I went past at 10.40am and the road certainly wasn't fully opened.   The Police or Firemen were brushing debris away and the tailback was to Pensarn.
It looked like they were trying to get one lane open but I couldn't see any movement of traffic at the time.   Thank goodness I was going in the opposite direction.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on September 09, 2015, 09:31:38 AM
It was a beautiful day yesterday and we had a delicious £5.00 lunch in the Toad in Colwyn Bay.     Our window seat  overlooked the 
golden sandy beach and it was good to see so many people out and about enjoying the good weather.
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Post by: DaveR on September 09, 2015, 09:33:04 AM
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It was a beautiful day yesterday and we had a delicious £5.00 lunch in the Toad in Colwyn Bay.     Our window seat  overlooked the 
golden sandy beach and it was good to see so many people out and about enjoying the good weather.
I've not been to the Toad for a good few years now, I remember the Burger there used to be great. Must pop in and try it again.  $good$
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Post by: Hugo on September 09, 2015, 09:43:46 AM
They all seem to be good and I'm gradually working my way through that £5.00 lunch menu.     $good$
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Post by: Ian on September 09, 2015, 10:57:31 AM
Not in a single visit, presumably?  _))* _))* _))* 
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Post by: Hugo on September 09, 2015, 11:06:08 AM
 :laugh:     :laugh:

 In my younger days perhaps but not any more.     $dins$
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Post by: DaveR on September 10, 2015, 09:18:26 AM
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They all seem to be good and I'm gradually working my way through that £5.00 lunch menu.     $good$
Looks good!

http://thetoad-pub.co.uk/files/2014/09/%C2%A35-menu-2014.pdf (http://thetoad-pub.co.uk/files/2014/09/%C2%A35-menu-2014.pdf)
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 15, 2015, 06:19:37 PM
They were filming at Rogers Jones this morning for BBC Antique Road Trip this morning, a few more in the auction than usually and a lovely old Bedford CA van used for the programme too.
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Post by: SDQ on September 15, 2015, 07:38:02 PM
The lovely Christina Trevanion!
Set Sky+ box to Record!
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Post by: Nemesis on September 15, 2015, 08:31:19 PM
Must watch for that !
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 15, 2015, 09:04:43 PM
The episode will be shown in the new year!  8)
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Post by: DaveR on September 21, 2015, 09:49:16 AM
I was sorry to hear that Bevans Hardware Store in the Bay View Centre is closing down; its possibly the only interesting shop in there!
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Post by: DaveR on September 23, 2015, 12:27:34 PM
It will be interesting to see what happens with the prominent Imperial Hotel site at the bottom of Station Road now that it has been sold.
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Post by: llewelyn on September 23, 2015, 10:40:41 PM
Another drugs and alcohol rehab centre ?
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Post by: FatAndy on September 24, 2015, 09:35:30 AM
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Another drugs and alcohol rehab centre ?

Is it any wonder some days I lose the will to live when I have to read comments like this :(.
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Post by: ormegolf on September 24, 2015, 07:14:53 PM
Just read Dave R post about Bevans closing in the prescient. But I don't agree with Dave for once.
 One of my first schoolboy jobs was in butler and timmis in Rhos. A real old fashioned ironmongers and I've always loved them. Bevans was like that in Flint. Just one shop. But over the years they grew, then sold out, then became a mini chain like a much smaller version of b and q. But without the Hugh range that b and q.thats why I, together with millions of others, use them. Because you know that what you are after buying, they will have it. At a price.
  In the Bay you have the nearest thing to an old fashioned ironmongers right in the middle of town. Matthews in Conwy road, couple of doors from the Central pub, I've forgotten their new name. If you go to Matthews and want a particular size of some ackward screw or bolt, but you only want four of them and you only use them once every ten years, Matthews will happily split a bag for you and maybe charge you 50p. B and q would have a Hugh bag, probably 50 years supply if you didn't loose them, and charge you about a couple of quid.
 A very old friend of mine worked in Matthews until he sadly died a year or so ago. I say worked, but I,m not sure whether he was paid. He had no special ironmongery skills, he was just an advisor. The old lady with no idea what she should buy but she knew her problem. Nick would listen to her, take her down the aisle and fix her up with what she needed. Never served anyone himself. Just looked after them. So Bevans out of the way might steer a but more trade to Matthews
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on September 24, 2015, 07:40:38 PM
Matthews & Son as it is now called is a brilliant ironmongers as Mike has said and nothing is ever too much trouble for the people that work there.   It's a gem of a store and it's where I head to first if I need anything.      $good$
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on September 24, 2015, 09:15:09 PM
I often go to Matthews, very helpful shop!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 02, 2015, 12:10:29 PM
I enjoyed a nice walk with my dog this morning on the sandy beach at Old Colwyn.   The sea was very calm and the tide was coming in at about 11.00am and as we approached Porth Eirias we saw a vehicle stuck in the water.  A tractor came out to help but for some reason was unable to pull the vehicle out of the sea.
When we came off the beach the roof of the vehicle was just disappearing under the water!   
in the past I've spoken to someone involved in the water sports there and they said that, that part of the beach is getting muddier and that people or vehicles would get stuck in that area and it has happened today.
I could see cameramen with massive cameras heading to the area so there may be some photos circulating later today.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 02, 2015, 01:57:29 PM
Here is an update on the incident

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/motorists-lucky-escape-car-submerged-10181500 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/motorists-lucky-escape-car-submerged-10181500)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on October 02, 2015, 02:55:42 PM
We watched a similar incident unfold in August 2013. I wonder how many times that happens?
This was the rescue after the tide had gone out.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 02, 2015, 03:18:35 PM
I wonder if Porth Eirias has been built too near that stream that comes from the Dingle in Colwyn Bay?     My friend said that he thought that the stream had created the problem of the soft mud in that particular area.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 03, 2015, 12:02:48 PM
I parked my car at Porth Eirias today but couldn't see the car that had been submerged under the sea yesterday.   Tracks in the sand by the slipway may have been made by a recovery vehicle earlier this morning.
I must admit that I've driven past here many times but this is the first time that I had walked around the site and it is better than I first thought that it would be.
The stream appears to have been culverted directly below the building and reappears near where the  4 X 4 was stuck yesterday.  It was only about 11.00am  when I was there so Bryn's Bistro wasn't full but there were a fair number of people there and I was quite impressed with the inside of the building although it seemed a bit noisy for the amount of people there.
The menu looked good too and I've heard good reports on the food as well so I might give it a go soon
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Post by: Hugo on October 14, 2015, 08:58:57 AM
A dispute over who owns a pier in Colwyn Bay has reached the High Court in London.  Ownership of the Grade II-listed Colwyn Bay pier has been contested for several years.
Businessman Steve Hunt, who ran the pier until he was made bankrupt in 2008, said it should have come back to him after three years

If the ownership of the pier reverts back to Mr Hunt, I wonder if CCBC will invoice him for any costs incurred on the pier since his bankruptcy?    It would be interesting to know also how his High Court appeal has been funded




http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-34522477 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-34522477)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on October 16, 2015, 10:51:01 AM
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I was sorry to hear that Bevans Hardware Store in the Bay View Centre is closing down; its possibly the only interesting shop in there!

There's a new shop opening soon in the former Bevans unit - Bevans Concept Store.  Presumably they got offered some sort of deal to persuade them not to relocate to Penrhyn Road?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on October 19, 2015, 09:08:06 AM
"A man who launched an attack two pensioners in the street in Colwyn Bay has been jailed. David Ronald Owen, 30, punched one of his victims so hard that the blow knocked him out and he ended up in hospital.

Owen of Rhiw Road, Colwyn Bay, was jailed for ten months yesterday after pleading guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and common assault.

Caernarfon Crown Court heard yesterday that Owen's two victims David Berry and David Williams, who are both in their 60s, were "minding their own business" in Colwyn Bay when they were attacked by Owen. He shoved Mr Williams - who had a walking stick - from behind, knocking him into a railing and leaving him dazed."

Full story with picture: http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-man-jailed-knockout-10283451 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-man-jailed-knockout-10283451)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on October 19, 2015, 09:14:38 AM
The story about a chap who CCBC claimed parked his van in the wrong place has evoked some interest:

" Steven Scott has been told to shift his van from near his home because the council thinks it being parked in Abergele Road means he is advertising his firm

The recent story of a tradesman being ordered to move his van by Conwy council because it is "vehicle mounted advertisement" has received an outpouring of support from Daily Post readers. Conwy Council have ordered Mr Scott, who parks his van by his home, to move it because it is free advertising. Mr Scott claims he is doing nothing more than parking his vehicle near to his home.

Thirty-year-old Mr Scott used to be homeless and started his business, All Year Biker, with the help of the Princes Trust. In a letter Paula Jones, Conwy council’s development and building control manager, wrote: "It has been brought to the Local Planning Authority’s attention that throughout the last several weeks your vehicle has been parked on Abergele Road for considerable lengths of time, without seemingly being moved, sometimes for days on end.

Readers took to the Daily Post's Facebook page to pledge their support for Mr Scott.

Josh Tomos Davies wrote: "What a stupid statement from the council. There's hundreds of vans across North Wales advertising their business and other councils don't say anything because it is common sense. Good luck with your business dude!"

BongoRaggles agreed: "Ridiculous, it's a mobile operating business offering a service within our county to individuals and businesses, it probably moves at random times, I've personally seen it at other locations so it's definitely not static. Is our council that bored that they have to make this young man's fledgling business in this economic time of hardship that much harder?"

Andy Hilton added: "If it's on the road and its taxed and insured tell them where to go.":"

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-man-jailed-knockout-10283451 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-man-jailed-knockout-10283451)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on October 19, 2015, 12:58:20 PM
More madness from the council!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on October 19, 2015, 09:13:38 PM
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More madness from the council!

When the Daily Post first ran this story they had the following quote from the Council - "It has been brought to the Local Planning Authority’s attention that throughout the last several weeks your vehicle has been parked on Abergele Road for considerable lengths of time, without seemingly being moved, sometimes for days on end.".   I assume that if something is brought to LPA's attention then they're duty bound to act on that information and that they're also obliged to to act within the confines of the law, in this case the Town & Country Planning Act 1990.  The Daily Post have failed to provide any evidence that the council have acted incorrectly so I personally wouldn't jump to conclusions and call this "madness".  It might be that it is madness but I'd need to see far more evidence than a wanna-be Daily Mail tabloid's ill researched reporting before making any decision.

What would be useful would be if any member of this forum could shed any light on whether or not the van is indeed parked on Abergele Road for days on end, seeing as how none of the reporters at the Daily Post have thought that it might be a good idea to find out if this is true or not.  Maybe the Daily Mail, sorry Post, could also find who brought the matter to the LPA's attention and why?  My guess is it's a local who can't park outside their house because the van is taking up a couple of parking spaces.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on October 20, 2015, 06:01:15 PM
The van is on Abergele Road outside the Police HQ usually parked the wrong way after dark! It is in nobody's way but the council staff see it every day as they go past at a guess.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bosun on October 27, 2015, 02:22:15 PM
Steve Hunt has failed in his High Court bid to regain ownership of the pier.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-34645266 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-34645266)

Mr Justice Morgan made some valid points, and the future of the pier is in grave doubt.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on October 27, 2015, 08:55:23 PM
  I see that so called businessman Steve Hunt is STILL talking about making an appeal. Will nothing stop this man from wasting even more of our money in useless legal challenges which he cannot pay for himself
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on October 28, 2015, 06:28:05 PM
The "new" Bevans store has opened in the BayView Centre looking remarkably like the old Bevans except that the till has moved to new position a few feet away from where it used to be.  And it looks like someone has over-ordered on tins of paint.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on November 02, 2015, 06:09:16 PM
The Coca Cola truck is coming to North and mid Wales this year.

On Wednesday, December 2 Colwyn Bay from midday until 8pm people will be in for a treat when the red-coloured Coca-Cola truck visits town.

There’s plenty of free, fun family entertainment planned too. Look out for stilt walking candy canes and toy soldiers and roller skating ice pixies all interspersed on the festive tree lined Station Road.

And thanks to Disney no Christmas event would now be complete without an appearance from Elsa and Olaf!

There’ll even be a couple of reindeer and of course the star of Christmas himself, a visit from Santa arriving in style on a vintage charabanc!

Most activities will take place from 4pm to give parents a chance to pick the kids up from school.


http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/coca-cola-truck-coming-north-10358126 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/coca-cola-truck-coming-north-10358126)

This should attract a few people into the Bay but having read about the traffic chaos this truck always seems to generate I'll have to make a mental note not to park too close to the town centre on the day if I want to get home from work before midnight.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 04, 2015, 09:57:03 AM
The true meaning of Christmas...people flocking to see corporate nonsense like this.   :laugh: &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 04, 2015, 09:57:59 AM
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  I see that so called businessman Steve Hunt is STILL talking about making an appeal. Will nothing stop this man from wasting even more of our money in useless legal challenges which he cannot pay for himself
I suspect the Pier will have fallen down before Mr Hunt has exhausted every possible Appeal he can think of?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on November 04, 2015, 06:57:59 PM
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The true meaning of Christmas...people flocking to see corporate nonsense like this.   :laugh: &shake&


Oops!  L0L
http://warpedwales.co.uk/2015/11/03/christmas-already-cancelled-as-coca-cola-truck-has-wheels-stolen-in-wrexham/ (http://warpedwales.co.uk/2015/11/03/christmas-already-cancelled-as-coca-cola-truck-has-wheels-stolen-in-wrexham/)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on November 04, 2015, 07:43:16 PM
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The true meaning of Christmas...people flocking to see corporate nonsense like this.

Indeed.  Back to Saturnalia, I say  WWW WWW WWW
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on November 04, 2015, 09:08:57 PM
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The true meaning of Christmas...people flocking to see corporate nonsense like this.   :laugh: &shake&

I'll probably go along but mainly because I work in the Bay so I'll be nearby anyway and also because they'll most likely be handing out freebies (which would mean the kid's presents would be sorted).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: FatAndy on November 04, 2015, 09:10:10 PM
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The true meaning of Christmas...people flocking to see corporate nonsense like this.   :laugh: &shake&


Oops!  L0L
http://warpedwales.co.uk/2015/11/03/christmas-already-cancelled-as-coca-cola-truck-has-wheels-stolen-in-wrexham/ (http://warpedwales.co.uk/2015/11/03/christmas-already-cancelled-as-coca-cola-truck-has-wheels-stolen-in-wrexham/)

I'd love to know how they drove it from Wrexham all the way to Grimsby with no wheels  :o.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Blongb on November 06, 2015, 03:50:03 PM
Went and watched the Firework display in Eirias Park last night which was fantastic, the best I've seen for a long while. The only thing that mared it was the "Chav" who thought it was a good idea to bring his Dog $smack$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on November 06, 2015, 06:05:30 PM
I have been to a bonfire with a dog.....mind you she was springer spaniel trained to a gun and was more interested in the food!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: alw on December 15, 2015, 03:18:14 PM
Plans for the new Council offices are published today

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/first-images-colwyn-bay-office-10601622 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/first-images-colwyn-bay-office-10601622)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 16, 2015, 08:48:56 AM
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Plans for the new Council offices are published today

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/first-images-colwyn-bay-office-10601622 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/first-images-colwyn-bay-office-10601622)
It truly amazes me that, at a time of austerity, when cutbacks are announced all the time...that CCBC are announcing plans for grandiose offices. Why can't they work out of cheap rented accommodation?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 16, 2015, 09:43:01 AM
Where are they finding the money from to pay for it? Seems wrong to me!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on December 16, 2015, 10:12:41 AM
When the car parks are in this state.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on December 16, 2015, 10:15:00 AM
It's even more amazing when you consider that CC might not even exist in the near future...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: bigbadhenry on December 16, 2015, 10:36:46 AM
"It's even more amazing when you consider that CC might not even exist in the near future..."

Now the end of CBCC would be no bad thing
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: OrmeMac on December 17, 2015, 04:44:43 PM
It never ceases to amaze me just how immune councillors and senior council management deem themselves to be from financial reality. Not only do they make sure they are well rewarded but money is always found for vanity projects no matter the cuts made elsewhere. With all councils currently under review who in their right mind would commission plans for a new HQ? Maybe the end of Colwyn Bay Pier would be more suited for them to base themselves in the future.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bosun on December 17, 2015, 07:10:20 PM
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It never ceases to amaze me just how immune councillors and senior council management deem themselves to be from financial reality. Not only do they make sure they are well rewarded but money is always found for vanity projects no matter the cuts made elsewhere. With all councils currently under review who in their right mind would commission plans for a new HQ? Maybe the end of Colwyn Bay Pier would be more suited for them to base themselves in the future.

I am certain that this post echo's the thoughts of the vast majority of the local population.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 18, 2015, 08:56:20 AM
I was reading the Pioneer earlier...on page 1 is a load of blurb about this new office building (which is costing £36,000,000 btw), a page or two later I'm reading a lot of doom and gloom from CCBC about cutbacks in spending!  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on December 18, 2015, 11:11:21 AM
So how do they find £36,000,000!? This is madness!  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 18, 2015, 11:42:18 AM
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So how do they find £36,000,000!? This is madness!  :o
I assume a developer is footing the bill, in return for a very large rent indeed....
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Blongb on December 18, 2015, 11:44:15 AM
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So how do they find £36,000,000!? This is madness!  :o

Absolute madness, especially if CCBC is going to disappear when the local government reorganisation takes place.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 21, 2015, 10:34:07 AM
Sink hole opens up in Abergele Road Colwyn Bay:   The authorities are looking into it.    &shake&

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/all-about/colwyn-bay (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/all-about/colwyn-bay)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on December 21, 2015, 05:59:50 PM
When I saw this on the Daily Post blog .....I thought..... what again, they have only just repaired a sink hole or is it sloppy journalism. Fortunately it is sloppy journalism, or the repair has been done between 07:45 and 17:15 today in world record time. It is number 3 in the most read stories today still!


Still you got a good old joke out of it :Dt
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: OrmeMac on December 23, 2015, 04:36:49 PM
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-building-modelled-one-10640830 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-building-modelled-one-10640830)

Surely, given the Council's record, as soon as they found this building was of historical importance they would have applied to demolish it? Oh, and once again they're building new £7m council offices...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 24, 2015, 08:39:06 AM
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http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-building-modelled-one-10640830 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-building-modelled-one-10640830)

Surely, given the Council's record, as soon as they found this building was of historical importance they would have applied to demolish it? Oh, and once again they're building new £7m council offices...
Odd how Cllr Hughes makes no mention of the pier in his plans. He used to be very keen on it at one time, being Chairman of the Friends of  the Pier campaign.

As regards the other plans, its significant to me how the only work mentioned is that which is funded by the public sector via grants. The private sector obviously doesn't view Colwyn Bay as an attractive investment proposition.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 24, 2015, 04:53:37 PM
It's the first time that I've been on the Old Colwyn beach for a few weeks now and I noticed a change on the beach since I last visited.     There is more sand than before and it's moved position quite a bit.
It's true what they say about shifting sands and I suppose that's what makes it difficult for those people involved in planning their sea defence work.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 24, 2015, 05:13:57 PM
The full Moon looked nice tonight looking across the sea towards Rhyl
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on December 24, 2015, 05:41:31 PM
What a stunning picture Hugo.
You are so lucky to have that view.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Blongb on December 25, 2015, 12:42:23 AM
I believe it's called a cold Moon when it looks like that Hugo.

Merry Christmas to you and all our readers.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 26, 2015, 03:27:51 PM
Thanks Blongb for that info,  I didn't see the cold moon rising on Christmas Day though as I was just trying to get dry after taking my dog out for a walk in the driving rain.
It's been a few years since we had a white Christmas but our dog was quite happy in it and at least I didn't get wet then

Hope that you and everyone on the forum had a good Christmas
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 30, 2015, 03:29:57 PM
What a night it was with last night's gale,the  windows and tiles were rattling and the bird feeders and metal garden furniture were  all blown over.  What more could happen?
Well it's bin day tomorrow, so we'll have to wait and see.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 01, 2016, 12:12:59 PM
Yesterday afternoon, I was walking my dog Marco near where I live and I had a very pleasant surprise.   A car stopped and it was ME and his wife and they had recognised my dog from photos I had posted on the forum.
We had a nice conversation and it was really good to see them both looking so well after they had had such a traumatic year for the pair of them.
Thanks ME for going to the time and trouble to stop and talk to me, it's very much appreciated and I'd like to wish you both a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on January 01, 2016, 01:14:50 PM
Thanks Hugo, great to meet you in real life, I saw your dog and thought that must be Marco taking Hugo for a walk lol! Thankfully things are a lot better for us now, a verry happy new year to you too Hugo!   D)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on January 01, 2016, 02:31:47 PM
That's good to hear ME. I was wondering how you both were.
When I am walking around in the Three Towns area I am always imagining if that is so and so from the forum.
Glad the dog gave it way for you and Hugo.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 15, 2016, 03:15:06 PM
The Promenade stretch at Old Colwyn has been closed this week and I'm not surprised with the winds and high tides.
Today wasn't particularly rough but I wouldn't like to be there when it was rough.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Neil on January 15, 2016, 06:17:32 PM
High tide yesterday at Colwyn Bay.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 15, 2016, 07:16:16 PM
Now that's what I'd call a rough sea,  you'd deserve a hot coffee in Bryn's Skip after being out in that weather.  Great photos Neil   $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: alw on January 16, 2016, 11:24:22 AM
After 2 years of research and planning the Eirias Park lake will be restored using a £44,000 grant from WREN.

The boating lake in Parc Eirias Colwyn Bay is to be regenerated with a cash investment of £44,055 from funding body WREN.

The grant, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will pay for draining the lake and clearing the weeds and debris; installing weed inhibiting equipment to help keep it clear in the future; create an environmental area to the southern end of the lake with the silt from within the lake; and create a reed bed habitat that can be left to grow and develop naturally.

Caroline Jones, Leisure Development Officer for Conwy County Borough Council believes the investment in the facility will make a huge difference to the potential for the community to use the lake.

A number of community groups including Colwyn Bay Model Boat Club, Colwyn Canoe Club and Colwyn Watersports have expressed an interest in using the lake once the project is completed.   With the water free of weed growth, there will be an ideal environment for model boats, canoes and sailing vessels to operate.  Aside from the sporting potential, the rejuvenation of the lake will also make the area look better.

Cllr Graham Rees, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Marketing and Leisure said, “It’s fantastic that the project has been awarded this grant by WREN.  These improvements to the boating lake will help towards achieve our objective to establish and develop a variety of family activities in Parc Eirias."

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

Meleri Jones WREN Grant Manager says: “This enhancement will make a great difference to the lake, which is an important feature of the park. We look forward to seeing the project being delivered.”

 


The work should be completed by Easter and is the first stage of a regeneration of Eirias Park.

Eventually the model boat club will move here from it's existing lake behind the Civic Offices.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 17, 2016, 02:53:36 PM
When I went past the Skip at Porth Eirias today I noticed that the two wind turbines were not working.  Someone I spoke to on the beach thought one of them had been out of action for a while.
Does anyone know whether there is a problem with the two turbines?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on March 02, 2016, 04:58:04 PM
High tide was due in about an hour's time when I took these photos but I didn't hang about because the weather was closing in.    It's bin day in Colwyn Bay tomorrow and with winds of 40 mph forecast my bins can stay put until the morning.   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on March 03, 2016, 09:24:15 AM
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When I went past the Skip at Porth Eirias today I noticed that the two wind turbines were not working.  Someone I spoke to on the beach thought one of them had been out of action for a while.
Does anyone know whether there is a problem with the two turbines?
I've not seen them working for the past 6 months, at least. Is anyone really surprised? They're probably maintained by the same people who look after CCBC's water features....  :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on March 11, 2016, 03:23:13 PM
Yesterday and today have been beautiful sunny days and it was nice to see people sitting out by the Kiosks on the promenade making the most of the good weather.
It was a complete contrast to Wednesday with its rough seas and gale force winds.  We were sitting in the comfort of The Toad and watching either a very brave or a complete nutter,  kite surfing just off the shoreline and not too far from where that 30 foot boat had been pounded against the rocks a bit earlier.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on March 11, 2016, 10:30:06 PM
 I,ve been away for some time so I cannot speak about what has gone on since Novembe. But the two wind towers at Porth Eirias were stopped early last year so that Scottish power contractors could connect them to the national grid and pay for the excess power produced by them. This was not a simple job at all. I am sure many of you remember the traffic lights on the prom which existed for months. Below ground cabling had to run from the towers all the way to an existing substation close to the site of the old Colwyn Bay hotel, close to The Toad. This took an age, plus a smaller substation on the Porth Eirias had to be constructed. This was all done by subcontractors. One a local experienced local contractor from Llysfaen. Obviously the towers could not run whilst this was being done. But that didn't really matter. The cost of the lost power to the at that time empty site was just a few coppers. The work appeared externally to be completed by the end of September. What has happened since then I don't know.
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Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on March 11, 2016, 10:40:14 PM
I don't know what is going on by the Toad right now Mike but there is a 5 way traffic system in place near the building. It's a bit of a nightmare at times
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on March 18, 2016, 02:11:22 PM
Colwyn Bay's Parc Eirias to benefit from £5 million loan to improve facilities

The Deputy Minister for culture, sport and tourism, Ken Skates AM, announced today (Friday, March 18) that Parc Eirias will benefit from the £5 million Welsh Government loan scheme to update its facilities, which will include the addition of  a new 3G pitch.

Parc Eirias will receive a loan of almost £1 million to update its facilities with  a new 3G rugby /football pitch, an artificial bowling green, a hydrotherapy pool, multi-purpose activity room and dedicated ATP hockey surface.

The Wales Collaborative Sports Facilities Group will also be providing £300,000 in funding. With almost £900,000 from Conwy County Borough Council, the total investment in the project will be £2.19million.

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/159955/colwyn-bay-s-parc-eirias-to-benefit-from-5-million-loan-to-improve-facilities.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/159955/colwyn-bay-s-parc-eirias-to-benefit-from-5-million-loan-to-improve-facilities.aspx)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on March 18, 2016, 10:59:13 PM
Hello Hugo, No the lights on the prom, which have now gone, were nothing at all to do with the wind towers at Porth Eirias. The substation I was writing about is just to the left of the flats nicknamed Coldich (sorry about the spelling). The lights you just mentioned were only there for a week or so to allow a very large crane lift up scaffolding etc.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on March 18, 2016, 11:07:32 PM
Hi Mike, good to see you posting on here again and hope that you are not feeling the cold after being in the tropics for so long. 
Thanks for the info about the substation near Colditz  but I wonder what has happened to the wind turbines by the Skip as they haven't been working for a while?
I was pleased to see that those lights weren't on for long as I can park nearer the Toad now.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on March 19, 2016, 09:45:37 AM
Were the lights to do with the demolition and re-build at the Rothsay?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on March 22, 2016, 05:31:15 PM
I've been looking from my house at something in the sea off Colwyn Bay/ Old Colwyn for a while now and can't make out what it is.     It's a dark patch of water that seems to be moving about in the sea but inside the circle something else seems to be moving.
I've seen similar things in Llandudno when shoals of Mackerel came in to the bay but this time it's different.
It's certainly not a cloud but it's puzzling me as to what it is. It's probably about a mile from the shore
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on March 27, 2016, 01:18:15 PM
Typical Bank Holiday weather today, torrential rain that was so heavy I couldn't see as far as Rhos on Sea.    I'm still drying out after having taken my dog out for his walk earlier this morning.
Hope that it clears up soon as I don't fancy getting drenched going out to the Toad later on.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on March 30, 2016, 03:27:08 PM
Funding boost of £680,000 to Colwyn Bay town centre housing

A PROJECT to improve the energy efficiency of properties in part of Colwyn Bay is to receive a large funding boost.

The £680,000 funding, part of the Welsh Government’s Vibrant and Viable Places programme, will enable works to begin on 33 more units in Lawson Road in the town where a number of premises have already seen improvements undertaken.
The project will increase the thermal efficiency and increase their energy rating whilst tackling fuel poverty.

The scheme is one of twelve regeneration projects in Wales receiving a £12.8m boost.

The additional funding brings the total investment in the Welsh Government’s flagship regeneration scheme to £118 million. A recent report found, between 2014 - 17, the programme will create more than 2,000 jobs, support 3,000 people into work and bring a further £300 million into Wales. It is also expected to provide 1,000 affordable homes and more than 2,300 homes in the private sector

Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths, said: “This additional funding is a huge boost to a key regeneration project in Colwyn Bay which will make a very real difference to their local communities. The funding will create jobs and traineeships and boost the housing supply.

“The Welsh Government is committed to creating jobs, supporting the economy and increasing housing supply and our flagship VVP programme is at the heart of our efforts.”
http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/160341/funding-boost-of-680-000-to-colwyn-bay-town-centre-housing.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/160341/funding-boost-of-680-000-to-colwyn-bay-town-centre-housing.aspx)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on March 31, 2016, 05:49:25 PM
Yesterday and today have been really nice Spring days with sunshine and hardly any breeze.   I noticed a nice sunset last night and looking across the bay at night it's filled with lights from the windfarm
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on April 05, 2016, 10:05:16 PM
   Pleased to see the new beach has  now got donkeys on it. Glancing as I drove past it looked as if there were 3 or 4, and although there were very few people around, there were some around the donkeys. Didn't have time to stop and see whether they were from Llandudno, but I think that is likely.
   I also spotted something going on just to the east of the pier. Looked like some men were unloading some black large models . Don't ask me what they were, I had just driven over the hump by the pier and only spotted the activity in the corner of my eye.
   I may be wrong here but I cannot recall the Bay ever having donkeys even before the war. Yes I know there is the donkey path towards Old Colwyn but I understand this nickname grew about because the owner of the path swopped it with a man for a donkey. Alf Roberts or Francis had horses on the beach at the Rhos end in the 1930s.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Daihardwelshman on April 06, 2016, 08:39:45 AM
Apparently, we have our very own Anthony Gormley statues on the prom........... _))* _))*
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on April 06, 2016, 10:02:43 AM
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Yes I know there is the donkey path towards Old Colwyn but I understand this nickname grew about because the owner of the path swopped it with a man for a donkey.
Close but no cigar, Mike! The Donkey Path was so named because a Donkey was raffled in order to pay for the construction of the path. In the pre-A55 days, it was a pleasant stroll through fields and trees along the path of what is now the link road from the marine roundabout down to the Prom.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on April 06, 2016, 09:51:46 PM
Oh yes u have jogged my memory. I knew it was something like that. And of course you would know it was a pleasant walk seeing as your grandmother lived just up the road in Kennedy court. Thinks --- I wonder how he knew that?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on April 07, 2016, 11:38:55 AM
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Oh yes u have jogged my memory. I knew it was something like that. And of course you would know it was a pleasant walk seeing as your grandmother lived just up the road in Kennedy court. Thinks --- I wonder how he knew that?
I think we had a chat about it once, Mike.  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on April 07, 2016, 11:40:57 AM
CCBC will be closing the Prom to traffic from Marine Road to the Pier COMPLETELY for up to one year, with effect from the 25th April. This is to allow the next phase of the Prom reconstruction to begin. let the traffic chaos begin!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on April 07, 2016, 12:05:20 PM
... I thought you meant Llandudno for a fleeting moment!

But of course THAT is to come in the next couple of years, when the Pavilion Project gets underway!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on April 07, 2016, 12:47:48 PM
Colwyn Bay health centre on track for summer opening
A NEW multi-million pound primary care centre is to open in Colwyn Bay this summer.

Shadow health minister and Clwyd West AM Darren Millar praised progress on the facility after visiting the building, which is based on the site of the former Conway Road Primary School and is expected to open in June.

The centre will serve patients who are currently registered with Rysseldene Surgery, on Conway Road, and Rhoslan Surgery, on Pwllycrochan Avenue.

Mr Millar said: “This is going to be an impressive facility, which will host a pharmacy and replace two GP practices in the town, it will be a fantastic asset to the local community.
“I cut the sod for this development less than 12 months ago, so it was great to return this week to see the progress which has been made. I was told everything is going according to plan and the new centre is on schedule to open its doors to patients in June.
http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/160646/colwyn-bay-health-centre-on-track-for-summer-opening.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/160646/colwyn-bay-health-centre-on-track-for-summer-opening.aspx)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on April 07, 2016, 01:36:04 PM
Quote
“I cut the sod for this development less than 12 months ago

That's no way to talk about the CCBC planning chair...
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on April 07, 2016, 01:59:20 PM
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“I cut the sod for this development less than 12 months ago

That's no way to talk about the CCBC planning chair...

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Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DVT on April 07, 2016, 06:46:54 PM
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Apparently, we have our very own Anthony Gormley statues on the prom........... _))* _))*

They look very good, better than the ones on Crosby beach.  Who was reponsible for them ...

http://www.anwcc.org/colwyn-statues.jpg (http://www.anwcc.org/colwyn-statues.jpg)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on April 08, 2016, 12:27:54 PM
Colwyn Bay Promenade year-long closure sparks fury
A large part of Colwyn Bay Promenade could be closed for up to a year if funding is secured for the next stage of the waterfront project.

Some local residents who enjoy going to the beach, or use it as a link road have expressed their dismay with others fearing the closure will deter tourists.
The ongoing Colwyn Bay Waterfront project aims to tackle the condition of coastal waterfront defences, which have been exposed by declining beach levels along the promenade.

Planning permission for phase two of the multi-million pound project was awarded late last year, but Conwy County Council is still waiting to hear if the funding bid is successful.
In preparation for a successful final funding package the local authority has this week issued public notice informing residents that Marine Road to Colwyn Bay Pier will be closed during the construction works for a maximum period of 12 months.
The road order comes into effect on April 25 - emergency access for pedestrians will be maintained.

Cllr Dave Cowans, cabinet member for highways said: “The proposed work includes raising the level of the promenade and road, widening the promenade, creating headland areas, constructing new access to the beach and landscaping.
“The road closure order has been made at this stage in preparation so that if funding is successful work can begin as soon as possible.”

“The exact timing and extent of the road closure will be confirmed when the outcome of the funding bids is known and a public information day will be arranged to share full details.”
He added: “We realise closing this section of promenade will cause disruption, but every effort will be made to keep this to a minimum.”

On the Facebook page of the Colwyn Victoria Pier Trust Campaign, an unimpressed Heather Green wrote: “Just in time for the summer. Why? Should be September start with the aim to finish by June/July for the following summer.”

Donna Coulson added: “Doesn’t that effectively stop any traffic from going along the promenade-there’s not an alternative way round is there?
“Tourists should be told to get off A55 at Old Colwyn if they want to get anywhere near the sea-front - don’t expect the council will think of that!
“For me, that will prevent me going up to Old Colwyn with the dog and driving my child to school along the coast road.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-promenade-year-long-11154711 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-promenade-year-long-11154711)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on April 08, 2016, 01:31:11 PM
Have CCBC thought of the short stretch of Marine Road that we have been discussing on here recently?    I counted seven vehicles parked under the A55  bridge and the Railway bridge the other day and those vehicles are parked there all day long.  I can't see that being a good thing if the Prom traffic has to divert up Marine Road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on April 14, 2016, 10:54:12 PM
About midday I drove to Old Colwyn beach and passed two coaches from Stoke that were parked in that 15 minute zone opposite the skip.
The children were getting out and it must have been a Muslim school because some of the women wore Burkas and the men had bushy beards and were in traditional dress.
I came past about 40 minutes later and the coaches were still parked there but no sign of the children.  I suppose they must have gone to Eirias Park as there wouldn't be anything in the skip to keep them occupied.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on April 15, 2016, 01:51:39 PM
What about the weight limit on the promenade?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on April 15, 2016, 03:07:29 PM
Probably both buses were over the limit but how many vehicles take notice of the 7.5 ton limit?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on April 19, 2016, 05:31:30 PM
The weather was really nice today and the sandy beach wasn't crowded when I took my dog for a walk there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on April 21, 2016, 07:07:34 AM
It looks like it will be another fine day here in Colwyn Bay
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on April 21, 2016, 07:30:44 AM
Great pics of sunny Colwyn Bay Hugo.  $cool$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Neil on April 24, 2016, 04:52:44 PM
Here's a pic of the new artworks on the prom, I like them.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SDQ on April 24, 2016, 07:19:37 PM
The guy on the left's a bit dodgy looking back at the children!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on April 25, 2016, 03:37:39 PM
Colwyn Bay to host BBC Proms in the Park
The BBC Proms in the Park will be held at Parc Eirias, Colwyn Bay this year for the first time in September.

The annual outdoor September spectacular - which features the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales and special guests - will be broadcast live on BBC services.
It will be part of a UK-wide celebration of the Last Night of the Proms 2016.

BBC Cymru Director, Rhodri Talfan Davies said: “ BBC Proms in the Park is so well-loved here in Wales by both audiences and performers.
“Every year it draws thousands to enjoy a feast of music in the open air, and I’m delighted that we’re able to stage the event in Colwyn Bay this year in a first for North Wales.”

Coun. Rees.  “We’re thrilled to welcome BBC Proms in the Park to Colwyn Bay and I’m excited to see yet another major event secured at Parc Eirias.
“Events are extremely important to Conwy County as they provide significant economic value for our many small businesses.
“Those who have experienced Proms before will need no encouragement to come along, but I urge those who haven’t to join us - you won’t be disappointed!”

The BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, BBC Proms in the Park will see them going alfresco in a part of the country they’re very familiar with.
Michael Garvey, Director of BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, said: “We perform regularly locally in Llandudno, as well as nearby in Bangor, so we know we have great support across North Wales.
“We can’t wait to bring the Proms in the Park experience to Colwyn Bay, it’s a great way to experience the orchestra and the perfect finale to our summer of music.”

Early Bird tickets priced from £12.50 will be available from Friday, May 6, from the Venue Cymru website or the Box Office on 01492 872000 and the BBC NOW Audience Line, 0800 052 1812
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/colwyn-bay-host-bbc-proms-11238328 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/music-nightlife-news/colwyn-bay-host-bbc-proms-11238328)

Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on April 29, 2016, 03:35:30 PM
We have had snow, sleet, hail, thunder and torrential rain up on the heights this morning, it must be a Bank Holiday coming up!     
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on May 05, 2016, 04:50:36 PM
Only a few days later but what a difference in the weather.   Today was a lovely sunny warm day and it was just nice to wear Summer clothes and have a walk on the sandy beach in Old Colwyn.
It was such a shame that it wasn't like that for the Bank Holiday
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on May 09, 2016, 07:26:39 PM
The New Life Revival Church Community Centre in Colwyn Bay seems to be coming on and nearing completion. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on May 09, 2016, 07:42:52 PM
Rather momentous, that. A Liverpool-based church, which seems to be bucking the trend of closing churches. Building new ones is almost unheard of.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Blongb on May 10, 2016, 02:14:56 PM
It will be just like all the others Churches, they will try to control what you can think and see how much money they can get you to part with, or am I being a touch to cynical?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on May 18, 2016, 11:56:45 AM
Businesses in Colwyn Bay have complained about BIDs levy
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/colwyn-bay-business-district-backlash-11347795 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/colwyn-bay-business-district-backlash-11347795)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on May 18, 2016, 12:20:11 PM
Previous messages, maybe not in this thread, have mentioned the fact that the two wind generators as Plas Eirias are not turning. I remember mentioning that it was a very big job to connect them to the grid. Anyway today one of the pylons, for want of a better word, is on its back on the ground, and being worked on. I imagine that must be quite some job to fell one of those all in one piece so it's resting on the ground. Haven't seen any giant cranes around.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on May 18, 2016, 05:10:18 PM
I had a walk on the Old Colwyn beach today with my dog and what a difference to a few days ago.  Then I was in shorts and a T-shirt but today it was long trousers a fleece and anorak and I was still cold.
Anyway I passed that wind generator (nearest one to the pier) and it was still down.  An eastern European engineer said he thought that there was an electric problem with it.   The turbine is 18 metres high and is lifted up by hydraulics
I noticed that the landscape gardening on the skip hasn't improved
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on May 19, 2016, 09:29:29 AM
The new railings at Rhos/Colwyn Bay Prom look very smart:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on May 19, 2016, 08:53:20 PM
  And look. Lots and lots of sand. Llandudno, cry your eyes out
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on May 19, 2016, 09:24:20 PM
Grrrrr !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on May 19, 2016, 09:37:32 PM
  And as you can see from the photo two messages back, the prom is heaving with people
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on May 19, 2016, 09:42:13 PM
And to go back to Hugo's message, the windmill has an electricity problem. Yes, I suppose so. Seeing that is doesn't do anything else but produce electricity
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on May 20, 2016, 08:54:59 AM
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Anyway I passed that wind generator (nearest one to the pier) and it was still down.  An eastern European engineer said he thought that there was an electric problem with it.   The turbine is 18 metres high and is lifted up by hydraulics
Perhaps someone should do a FOI Request to see how much money CCBC has made from electricity it has generated, compared with the costs of maintenance...   &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on May 28, 2016, 11:13:59 AM
Thank goodness this person only hit the traffic lights and nothing else


http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/driver-hits-colwyn-bay-traffic-11379848 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/driver-hits-colwyn-bay-traffic-11379848)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on May 28, 2016, 09:16:58 PM
We saw that just after it happened, not sure how she did it?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Daihardwelshman on May 31, 2016, 11:49:30 AM
I had my first contact with Colwyn Bay watersports centre based at the Porth Eirias skip this weekend due to the Rotary Club sponsoring a watersports weekend for children. I felt compelled to mention it on here as we were overwhelmed at how professional the whole set up was.

The whole weekend was sponsored and paid for by The Rotary Club of Colwyn Bay and i think they might have had some funding from the windfarm people. Everyone had the opportunity to take part in Sailing, Kayaking, Windsurfing and Paddle Boarding all for a princely sum of... £0.00 including the hire of wetsuits, lifejackets and a packed lunch, my girls had a ball, they absolutley loved it and it was good seeing the place really busy. They all received certificates at the end together with an iced bun!!!!

I then looked to see if they did something similar which meant the kids could carry on the skills they had learnt. However to join their beach club at the watersports centre costs £50 per day. Now I have twins and £100 per day is just too much, so unfortunatley after having a taste of life on the waves it proves to be too costly, which in reality, wasterports are in general.

However i must congratulate The Rotary Club and the watersports centre on an extremely well run event, my girls are looking forward to next years already????
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on May 31, 2016, 12:44:56 PM
Nice to see the good comments, but the prices are not aimed at local children, spending their summers on the beach, more for the tourist market, shame they could not do a "locals club" considering ........" Colwyn Bay Watersports is a Community Interest Company ( CIC ) working with Conwy County Borough Council to deliver watersports tuition from the Porth Eirias site."


Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on May 31, 2016, 11:06:48 PM
After another sunny day today there was a nice sunset here
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on June 01, 2016, 08:21:25 AM
Wow, that is a view to die for, fantastic.
I really miss the sunsets where we live now. We face south and the sun sets behind a hill!
We can see a pale pink shadow of it in front of us. I said to Mr H last night I bet they are enjoying a good one in the 3 towns last night and I was right.
When I was in Anglesey the house I was staying in also faced south and the sun set behind the hill but one night I walked out on to cliffs behind and took this.
I love sunsets!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on June 01, 2016, 12:26:55 PM
That's a really lovely sunset Hollins and so nice to see how the Sun changes the colour of the clouds and that coast looks quite rugged too.     If you were to walk from the brickworks at Porth Wen in the direction of Cemaes Bay the scenery changes dramatically and is very rugged and it's strenuous too.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on June 01, 2016, 04:34:54 PM
PLANNERS are expected to give the green light to plans for a new four storey council office building in Colwyn Bay.

A planning application submitted by Muse Developments limited requests permission for the demolition of all existing on-site buildings and structures and the construction of a new four storey council office building including customer service area, child contact centre, CCTV suite, multi storey car park and other associated works on land bounded by Conway Road, Coed Pella Road, Lansdowne Road and Queen's Drive.
http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/162718/planners-to-discuss-proposals-for-new-four-storey-council-offices-in-colwyn-bay.aspx (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/162718/planners-to-discuss-proposals-for-new-four-storey-council-offices-in-colwyn-bay.aspx)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on June 02, 2016, 11:19:45 AM
Colwyn Bay promenade parking charges should be introduced say council chiefs.
A report to Conwy councillors recommends asking motorists for cash to park at the new promenade and at Porth Eirias.
In February, the authority considered an overhaul of car parking in the county.
One of the proposals was to charge for parking at the new Colwyn Bay promenade, which has undergone extensive regeneration work in recent years.
There is also a car park next to the Porth Eirias bistro and watersports centre which is currently free.
It is expected the parking fees will raise about £50,000 a year.

Two comments......
".Thats right, raise £50k for the council, but the area looses a lot more, as people will go else where, I would..."

"Things are not built for the enjoyment of the people these days, they are built for the enjoyment of the accountant"

More   http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-promenade-parking-charges-11414973 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-promenade-parking-charges-11414973)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 02, 2016, 12:24:10 PM
A very stupid and shortsighted idea!  &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on June 02, 2016, 02:40:08 PM
Actually, it's not a new idea. Charges were in force from around 1964 - 69, I think.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on June 05, 2016, 03:08:45 PM
It's been another hot and beautiful day here today and packed with people making the most of the glorious weather.   I was lucky enough to find a parking space near the Kiosk on the prom with the pink car parked outside and enjoyed one of their nice ice creams.      ;D

I was looking through the window a few days ago and a boat was anchored off Rhos just waiting to go into the pier at Llanddulas and a bit later I saw it moving towards the quarry.   It just seemed to glide along on the calm waters of the bay.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on June 06, 2016, 12:17:45 AM
It's the sister vessel of the freighter that got wrecked on the Colwyn Bay beach in the storm a couple of years ago.  A regular visitor to Llandulas
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on June 06, 2016, 10:26:04 AM
I went along Colwyn Bay prom yesterday and can honestly say that I have not seen it so busy since the 1970s, the beach was packed and people were parking in every possible place on the pavement. Just a shame that the pier could not be renovated and open to provide some more facilities for visitors and jobs for locals.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay ........... Earthquake ?
Post by: SteveH on June 14, 2016, 10:32:20 AM
Earthquake hits North Wales with tremors and loud rumble.
The magnitude 1.9 quake had its epicentre in Colwyn Bay and affected parts of Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey.
An earthquake caused tremors and a loud rumble in North Wales last night.

According to the British Geological Survey (BGS), the magnitude 1.9 quake affected parts of Gwynedd, Conwy and Anglesey at about 10.40pm on Monday.

The quake 's epicentre was in Colwyn Bay, but it was felt in places including Llandudno, Beaumaris and Caernarfon.
In a tweet this morning, the BGS said: “Small earthquake confirmed in Colwyn Bay.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/earthquake-hits-north-wales-tremors-11469582 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/earthquake-hits-north-wales-tremors-11469582)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on June 14, 2016, 03:41:00 PM
Anyone know the latest situation regarding the proposed work to the prom (between the pier and the Cayley embankment)? It was originally scheduled to take place this summer, if I remember correctly. But I see no sign of it so far (no advance warning signs of road closure, etc).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on June 14, 2016, 05:32:35 PM
I've heard no more about it but wasn't it from the Pier to Princes Court apartments ( aka Colditz)       CCBC will need to stop cars parking under the railway bridge/ A55   or there could be some problems arising with the traffic flow.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on June 15, 2016, 12:42:18 PM
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I've heard no more about it but wasn't it from the Pier to Princes Court apartments ( aka Colditz)       CCBC will need to stop cars parking under the railway bridge/ A55   or there could be some problems arising with the traffic flow.

Yes, I think the warnings about long-term road closure were from pier to Marine Road. The open day I attended at the skip showed the proposed work along the prom extending further along to Cayley/Rhos. Come to think of it, I don't think the funding was certain at that point. Perhaps that's where the delay lies.

("Colditz" seems pretty apt for that big apartment block).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on June 24, 2016, 08:01:00 PM
The day started off wet this morning but when I was using the computer at about 8.00am  it brightened up a bit and the sea looked good as the Sun was starting to come out from behind the clouds.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SDQ on June 24, 2016, 08:44:17 PM
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The day started off wet this morning but when I was using the computer at about 8.00am  it brightened up a bit and the sea looked good as the Sun was starting to come out from behind the clouds.


Are you using this as a metaphor for a post Brexit new dawn?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 05, 2016, 04:01:57 PM
I noticed this helicopter hovering quite low over the sea for a few minutes and it then moved off to Rhos on Sea where it circled around for a while.    I don't know what it was looking for, but from Rhos it just flew off to its base
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on July 05, 2016, 04:54:22 PM
Hi Hugo - when were the pictures of helicopter taken? I think it is linked to a missing man from Colwyn Bay.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on July 05, 2016, 05:27:05 PM
It seemed to be above me as I picked the dog up from Penrhyn Bay at around 3pm. It then followed the coast over Llandudno and was over the Orme as I got home.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on July 05, 2016, 05:55:10 PM
I believe it was to do with missing man David Spencer, who police say has been found.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 05, 2016, 06:57:00 PM
Hi Tom,  I think that it was about 2.50pm when I first saw the helicopter.   I'm glad that the man has been found and hope that he is safe and well.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on July 07, 2016, 04:46:04 PM
Colwyn Bay promenade parking charges approved by Conwy Council.

Plans to charge people to park on parts of Colwyn Bay promenade look set to be introduced,
Residents, traders and councillors are up in arms at the proposals over fears it could hit the town’s businesses as well as the Colwyn Bay regeneration plan.

The move was approved by the Conwy Counci l cabinet this week.
Pay and display machines will be placed on the promenade at Colwyn Bay and Old Colwyn while charges will also be introduced at the Porth Eirias car park for the first time.

Rhos on Sea councillor Phil Edwards said that councillors had launched a “last ditch attempt” to halt the charges but it failed “at the final hurdle.”
He added: “The only village that will be directly affected by this proposal is Rhos-on-Sea with its small independent traders, many of whom are already struggling to survive and rely heavily on visitors.

“I have received assurances the introduction of parking charges in Rhos will be delayed.
“But I still believe these charges should not have been introduced until at least the whole of the promenade works have been completed and the impact on our traders properly assessed.”

Old Colwyn councillor Cheryl Carlisle said: “The views of local people, businesses, town and county councillors have been completely disregarded.
“Scrutiny and cabinet colleagues have ridden roughshod over the emerging regeneration of the Colwyn Bay‎ area, and will negate any positives from the huge investment made in Porth Eirias, and the beach.

“This is not part of a cohesive county wide parking project, rather it’s an attempt at a money making scheme.”
The parking charges on the promenades are expected to be introduced sometime in the next three months.
REF DP
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: alw on July 10, 2016, 08:43:58 PM
Signs have now gone up around Colwyn Bay leisure centre setting a 3 hour limit on parking there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 17, 2016, 04:06:18 PM
It was an absolutely glorious day today in Colwyn Bay when I took my dog for a walk on the sandy beach at Old Colwyn.  I drove back along the Promenade and every where was packed with people enjoying the hot weather.
The Kiosks and ice cream sellers were doing a roaring trade and it was difficult to see any car parking spaces on the Promenade from Old Colwyn to Rhos on Sea,   I just hope that the proposed parking charges will not have an adverse effect on the area in general and the Prom in particular
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 18, 2016, 05:19:38 PM
I went on the beach again today and as I was walking along the sand I noticed that dozens of small Jellyfish were stranded on the beach.
They were mostly the Compass Jellyfish which can give a sting.
I looked them up on Google
Special features:  Compass Jellyfish are tinged orange-brown and have 16 dark brown V-shaped lines radiating from the centre which divide the bell into 32 lobes around the edge.  They have four long, frilly mouth arms which extend below their 24 tentacles.  Compass Jellyfish change their sex from male to female as they mature.  They can give a very painful sting.

If you are stung, the best thing to do initially is to rinse the wound in salt water.  Rinse with vinegar (if you have some) as the acid will neutralise the toxin in the sting.  Urinating on a sting is unlikely to help.  Gently scraping the affected area with a credit card or razor will remove any remaining nematocysts (the tiny poisonous sacs released by the jellyfish tentacles)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SDQ on July 18, 2016, 05:39:43 PM
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I went on the beach again today and as I was walking along the sand I noticed that dozens of small Jellyfish were stranded on the beach.
They were mostly the Compass Jellyfish which can give a sting.
I looked them up on Google
Special features:  Compass Jellyfish are tinged orange-brown and have 16 dark brown V-shaped lines radiating from the centre which divide the bell into 32 lobes around the edge.  They have four long, frilly mouth arms which extend below their 24 tentacles.  Compass Jellyfish change their sex from male to female as they mature.  They can give a very painful sting.

If you are stung, the best thing to do initially is to rinse the wound in salt water.  Rinse with vinegar (if you have some) as the acid will neutralise the toxin in the sting.  Urinating on a sting is unlikely to help.  Gently scraping the affected area with a credit card or razor will remove any remaining nematocysts (the tiny poisonous sacs released by the jellyfish tentacles)



So, is the urination thing just an urban myth? I've heard it mentioned a number of times.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on July 18, 2016, 06:11:33 PM
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I went on the beach again today and as I was walking along the sand I noticed that dozens of small Jellyfish were stranded on the beach.
They were mostly the Compass Jellyfish which can give a sting.
I looked them up on Google
Special features:  Compass Jellyfish are tinged orange-brown and have 16 dark brown V-shaped lines radiating from the centre which divide the bell into 32 lobes around the edge.  They have four long, frilly mouth arms which extend below their 24 tentacles.  Compass Jellyfish change their sex from male to female as they mature.  They can give a very painful sting.

In the early 30s my Dad got one done the front of his old fashioned one piece bathing suit, very nasty ended up in hospital.  :(     :'(

And this is for SDQ.......
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 18, 2016, 11:07:12 PM
My dog marks anything above the level of the sand, so he evened up the score for your Dad Steve as he peed on a number of the Jellyfish that were on the beach.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 19, 2016, 03:24:09 PM
It's scorching hot today so I took a break from gardening and went on the computer instead and I noticed a small ship pass by but it was too far away for me to see it properly.
Rhos and the Little Orme look particularly good bathed in today's sunshine.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Jack on July 19, 2016, 03:43:17 PM
Looks like the 'Balmoral' Hugo
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 19, 2016, 04:31:12 PM
Thanks Jack, when I saw it it was heading in the direction of Rhyl but probably going to Liverpool.     I'm surprised that no one  has posted a photo of it at Llandudno Pier, unless of course I've missed seeing it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on July 19, 2016, 05:15:36 PM
Hugo, just checked AIS vessel tracking, the Balmoral is heading for Menai Bridge..........

You can identify passing ships on.............
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-5/centery:54/zoom:8 (http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-5/centery:54/zoom:8)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on July 19, 2016, 06:41:19 PM
I was lucky to see it last Tuesday just approaching the pier. Trouble was I was in slow moving traffic and not able to get at my camera.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: mull on July 19, 2016, 06:46:28 PM
Balmoral doing a sailing round Angelsey in the next few days. Hope they get good loadings,be an interesting sail.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Cambrian on July 19, 2016, 08:25:43 PM
The Balmoral is in the area for a few more days.  The sailing this afternoon was Menai Bridge - Llandudno - Cruise towards Rhyl and back as far as Conwy Bay then Llandudno and Menai Bridge.  The ship will be back in September but the sailings then will be extended as their south coast sailings have been curtailed due to the pier at Cowes being out of action. It looks as if she will be here for around 3 weeks so plenty of opportunities to sail.

Current sailing timetable available in the TIC at Llandudno Library or at the White Funnel website.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 19, 2016, 09:33:28 PM
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Hugo, just checked AIS vessel tracking, the Balmoral is heading for Menai Bridge..........

You can identify passing ships on.............
http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-5/centery:54/zoom:8 (http://www.marinetraffic.com/en/ais/home/centerx:-5/centery:54/zoom:8)

It seemed to be heading in the wrong direction then Steve as it was going east past Colwyn Bay

Thanks everyone for the info on the Balmoral, I'll have to pop down to the Pier when its there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 19, 2016, 09:39:36 PM
Because of the heat, I've only just taken my dog out for a walk and at the top of Kings Drive a Fire engine came rushing up the hill with its lights flashing but no siren on and headed off in the direction of Llanrwst Road.   
I've no idea where it was going but it was too hot for a long walk so I turned around then

According to the Daily Post the fire is in Cedar Park which is just off Copthorne Road

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/all-about/colwyn-bay (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/all-about/colwyn-bay)


Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 19, 2016, 10:11:17 PM
Looking across to Rhos on Sea at 10.00pm this evening
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on July 19, 2016, 10:26:51 PM
These pictures you have posted today are amazing Hugo.
Do you have a roof terrace?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 19, 2016, 11:10:15 PM
Thanks Hollins, I took the photo from my balcony which is in front of the room I use for my laptop.   The balcony is  north facing so it was the coolest place to sit today, but even then it was still too hot for my liking.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bellringer on July 20, 2016, 01:50:12 PM
Well done Hugo, your picture made it on to Derek's BBC Wales lunchtime forecast.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 20, 2016, 02:52:01 PM
Thanks very much for letting me know about that Stan.   I did send the photo off but thought no more about it and of course missed  out seeing it on Derek's lunchtime forecast.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 20, 2016, 03:49:10 PM
See the devastation at Colwyn Bay house after flames rip through roof



http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/see-devastation-colwyn-bay-house-11641086 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/see-devastation-colwyn-bay-house-11641086)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 21, 2016, 12:38:58 PM
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See the devastation at Colwyn Bay house after flames rip through roof



http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/see-devastation-colwyn-bay-house-11641086 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/see-devastation-colwyn-bay-house-11641086)

I had a walk up to Cedar Park and it was the first house in the grounds that was on fire.   It's caused extensive damage but thank goodness no one was hurt.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on August 02, 2016, 03:43:47 PM
Colwyn Bay library has succumbed to the new layout trend for public libraries, typically referred to as "one-stop shop". Of course, I'm all for providing various functions and services, but I wish the designers of these new-style layouts would realise that a "creche" and a library are two distinct functions. Putting them together in the same space (with no separation) kind of defeats one of the original main purposes of public libraries (a haven of peace and quiet, enabling you to read/concentrate).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on August 03, 2016, 07:42:08 AM
The Sun was doing its best to break out from behind the clouds this morning at 7.30am when I took the photo. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on August 03, 2016, 11:00:29 PM
My wife and I were watching the BBC Wales news on TV this evening and at the end of the news Derek Brockway presented the weather forecast for Wales and she recognised the view on the TV.    It was the photo I had taken this morning and  I had forgotten to tell her that I had sent it off  to the BBC.
It was nice seeing it this time as I had had missed seeing one on before.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on August 04, 2016, 08:04:29 PM
Well done Hugo, fame at last! It was a super photo.
My sister once saw one of my sunrise photos on the weather forecast on the Victoria Derbyshire but I didn't see it.
Still a mini claim to fame though!   ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on August 04, 2016, 10:13:37 PM
You have taken some great photos of sunrises and sunsets Hollins,  did you post a photo of the one that appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on August 04, 2016, 10:53:16 PM
Yes. It was the second photo on the reply number 1688 in Three Towns Coffee Centre.
Page 113 in February.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on August 05, 2016, 11:11:08 AM
I've just looked at the photo and it's really beautiful with all those colours, I  just wish that I could get up early enough to see something as nice as that.
Your photo on the next page of the Swiss Rosti with Bacon and Cheese looked delicious, hope that it tasted as nice as it looked.     $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on August 14, 2016, 10:37:59 PM
It has been a pleasant day in Colwyn Bay today and from my home the visibility across the sea has been excellent.
This morning the views to Cumbria and across to the Wirral Peninsula have been crystal clear and later on in the late afternoon the Isle of Man and Ireland have been really good.
The first photo was taken looking over the Little Orme to Ireland.    The Isle of Man is not in the picture but was to the right of the land you can see.
The sunset was taken from my balcony later this evening
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on August 22, 2016, 10:48:47 AM
Colwyn Bay’s Eirias Park lost Conwy council (Tax payers) close to £1m this last year.
The venue - which has hosted concerts from megastars such as Elton John and Lionel Richie, lost £939,000 - around £160,000 more than expected.? ?
The council has now drafted in a troubleshooter to help boost income and cut costs.

The figures were outlined in a report to Conwy County Council’s Principal Overview and Scrutiny Committee, although council officers believe the complex is of economic benefit to the region overall.

Eirias Park posted a deficit of £939,332 in 2015/2016 despite hosting superstar Elton John and pop band The Vamps in June 2016, attracting 20,000 paying fans.
The anticipated loss for the year was a little less than £778,000.

MORE and Comments   http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-eirias-park-complex-11779999 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/colwyn-bay-eirias-park-complex-11779999)

Interesting but expected comments below article...........
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on August 22, 2016, 01:54:35 PM
That phrase "council officers believe the complex is of economic benefit to the region" hides a multitude of sins. It probably is for the hotel and catering industries certainly, and they presumably pay Council tax and are helped to survive by the events, thus creating more for the council's coffers. But getting the precise figures in regard to the big picture is almost certainly impossible, so I'm unsure how anyone can make the claim they do.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bosun on August 22, 2016, 02:17:42 PM
Many years ago, I assisted with the creation of a 'rivers trust' to help restore the natural habitat of a counties rivers. At a Rivers Trust convention I attended, there was a fascinating and well researched paper presented that conclusively showed that each salmon caught on Scottish rivers was worth £2,400 to the local economy. The researchers had interviewed several hundred visiting anglers who had completed comprehensive questionnaires, and the results showed that many came with none-fishing family or spouses, all stayed in hotels or lodges, ate in restaurants, purchased gifts, hired cars, brought petrol etc. As a result, the rivers habitat was invested in, fish stocks increased, Scottish salmon fishing was promoted internationally and the tourism expenditure input into the local economies increased exponentially. 

As Ian says, precise figures for this sort of benefit are impossible to obtain, but Scottish tourism gained a proven massive increase with investment in the Salmon rivers. Surf Snowdonia, Zip World, Eirias Park and other local attractions all contribute collateral income to the local economy, but precisely how much can only be generalised. Whether the cost benefits of Eirias Park are worth a 'loss-leader', is difficult to establish, but I suspect that attendees visit and return concert venues without putting a significant benefit into the local economy.   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on August 22, 2016, 03:14:33 PM
CCBC must be concerned if they have brought in a "Troubleshooter to help boost income and cut costs." lets hope they have found someone with experience in performance management skills.

They could always offset the losses, from the profits made by Venue Cymru and Porth Eirias.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on August 22, 2016, 07:07:41 PM
'Troubleshooter'.  Sounds expensive to me.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on August 22, 2016, 08:59:40 PM
  Do I understand you correctly? Are you saying that Venue Cymru and Porth Eirias are making profits?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on August 23, 2016, 07:49:18 AM
VC certainly is.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on August 23, 2016, 10:39:25 AM
Colwyn Bay this morning at 6.00 am and it's warm and sunny here now so I've got the chance to mow the grass  before it rains again.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on August 23, 2016, 11:08:53 AM
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  Do I understand you correctly? Are you saying that Venue Cymru and Porth Eirias are making profits?
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I must admit to going by old information, and assuming  :-[ nothing had changed, and being surprised by Ian's comment.  (will do better)
I have had a quick look for up to date info, without results, Ian, can you point me in the right direction please.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on August 23, 2016, 11:16:12 AM
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Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on August 23, 2016, 12:38:11 PM
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That phrase "council officers believe the complex is of economic benefit to the region" hides a multitude of sins.

Yes. The logic seems to change depending on the council's intentions. If they want to promote something costly (changes to the prom, Porth Eirias, etc) then they say it's "economically beneficial to the region" (in some vague, unquantifiable way). But if they want to get rid of something (eg the pier) they focus on the costs instead, and go quiet on all the unquantifiable ways in which it would "economically benefit" the area.

Most of these things that have wide public use (beyond some narrowly defined business purpose) are ultimately costly - but that's fair enough, precisely because they have wide public uses beyond a narrow business case. That's why we inevitably have things like government funding and EU grants (etc) paying for them. It's a pity the council spokespeople can't be straight on this point - or at least be more open with the accounting, instead of requiring FOI requests, as was the case with Porth Eirias. Do they think we're all disciples of Margaret Thatcher's ghost, or something? I mean, obviously we're concerned by huge public costs, but we don't need to be fed the line that all these things are (or need to be) profitable or "economically beneficial".
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: nwpo on August 23, 2016, 02:47:48 PM
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wow! since when?

The latest annual accounts aren't out yet, but in 2014/15, Venue Cymru lost £1,710,000. Theatr Colwyn £18,000 and the Great Orme Tramway £181,000 - Total losses for the 3 main attractions (their words not mine) of £1.9 million!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on August 23, 2016, 03:10:29 PM
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The latest annual accounts aren't out yet, but in 2014/15, Venue Cymru lost £1,710,000. Theatr Colwyn £18,000 and the Great Orme Tramway £181,000 - Total losses for the 3 main attractions (their words not mine) of £1.9 million!

Thanks NWPO, that's the figures I was going by, I remember a heated discussion in the summer of 2014 on the "Venue Cymru thread"  regarding the losses at that time.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: nwpo on August 23, 2016, 04:49:38 PM
I don't know how they work out the "Economic Benefit" to an area (pull a figure out of the sky I think), but I do know the following from their report which shows contributions to overheads - profit/(loss):

Ospreys v Sale (April 2015) - £0
1940's weekend (April 2015) - (£32)
Round Table Dinner (April 2015) - (£35)
MMA (May 2015) - £2,456
Boxing, Netball, MMA (May 2015) - £895
Access All Eirias (June 2015) - £619

I would suggest that the contributions to overheads being so low would show a naivety in estimating. An event like AAE should return more than £619 to the coffers - or put another way just 3 pence per attendee!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on August 23, 2016, 05:00:58 PM
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The latest annual accounts aren't out yet, but in 2014/15, Venue Cymru lost £1,710,000. Theatr Colwyn £18,000 and the Great Orme Tramway £181,000 - Total losses for the 3 main attractions (their words not mine) of £1.9 million!

Yes, they made a big loss 14/15.  But I can't remember where I saw it but there was a piece saying VC had not only broken even but made a profit this year.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on August 23, 2016, 11:11:52 PM
  I'm treading a bit carefully here because I could well sit alongside the representative of this attraction in meetings of which we are both members. But I feel I must write this.
  The tramway, and to me at any rate this hugh loss. I see the tramway every day, seven days a week, come rain and shine from around 9.30 in the morning to the last tram around 6 p.m. They are invariable full to overflowing virtually the whole day, including days with howling gales and downpour of rain.. Going past the stations, particularly the main entrance station, there is a queue of hundreds for most of the more popular days. I assume the trams run with the maximum possible journeys every day.
   On the minus side I suppose there are unexpected problems with the track, or vehicles, or in the power shed.
   But surely as an outside observer it does not seem difficult to predict in advance of every season how much it costs, how much it will take, throw in a bit for an emergency or two, and work out how much the fares have to be to make a profit. Or are they saying that it s so expensive to run that by charging the "correct" price no one would go on it. Or, no beating about the bush, are the administration costs so high that they need a radical overhaul.
   I'm not looking forward to the next meeting. I might be thrown out.   Mike
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on August 23, 2016, 11:14:37 PM
   Just seen that the thread the tramway was mentioned is "everything to do with Colwyn Bay." Of course it has nothing directly to do with Colwyn Bay but any loss by Conwy council does have a concern to Colwyn Bay. Ian please move if you wish
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on August 24, 2016, 02:16:59 AM
You are correct Mike, the Tramway just HAS to make a profit or something is very wrong.
Think about the Cable Car, which hardly ever runs, but presumably makes a profit of sorts, or it wouldn't continue, as it is a private enterprise.
Ian, I don't think VC turns a profit, the last figures I saw were yet another substantial annual loss despite cost cutting and extra funding being pumped in.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on August 24, 2016, 08:02:07 AM
I'll do a bit of digging.  I remember being surprised when I saw the piece, but I'm sure I did see it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on August 24, 2016, 08:14:58 AM
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Yes. The logic seems to change depending on the council's intentions. If they want to promote something costly (changes to the prom, Porth Eirias, etc) then they say it's "economically beneficial to the region" (in some vague, unquantifiable way). But if they want to get rid of something (eg the pier) they focus on the costs instead, and go quiet on all the unquantifiable ways in which it would "economically benefit" the area.
Spot on!  $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on August 24, 2016, 08:16:36 AM
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The latest annual accounts aren't out yet, but in 2014/15, Venue Cymru lost £1,710,000. Theatr Colwyn £18,000 and the Great Orme Tramway £181,000 - Total losses for the 3 main attractions (their words not mine) of £1.9 million!

Yes, they made a big loss 14/15.  But I can't remember where I saw it but there was a piece saying VC had not only broken even but made a profit this year.
I'd be absolutely amazed if that were the case (sadly).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on August 25, 2016, 08:05:54 PM
   Anyone any idea what the dozen or more "20" signs that have suddenly appeared on every third lamppost between Aber Hod and the "pink car" cafe kiosk mean? They certainly look very like a speed limit sign, circular with a red ring around the outside but are much larger than the repeater signs that often are in place in a speed reduction area. But they are not as big as the normal speed limit signs, and, unless of course I failed to see it, there is no normal reduction from 30 to 20 at entry. And nothing if you drive from Colwyn Bay to Rhos. And no sign when you leave the stretch.
  Does it mean you must not exceed 20 driving from Rhos to the Bay but you can go to 30 the opposite way? There are a very small number of roads like that. Just before you go over the bridge in Queensferry from England you are restriction free but on the other side of the dual carriageway you are restricted.
   Ive got a vested interest. I got a ticket driving towards Rhos last week. About two days before the prom further along was closed
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on August 25, 2016, 09:39:39 PM
Cannot find them in the Highway Code and you need the large signs to enforce a speed limit according to the awareness course I recrntly attended!! I did 29.5 mph along there yesterday with a police car right behind with no bother. I would agree you need signs going the other way but are they for the cycle path perhaps?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on August 26, 2016, 07:13:27 AM
20mph signs appeared in Llanrwst more than a year ago, intended (I think) to slow traffic down as it passes through the centre - although going any faster there would be pretty difficult, anyway. But they don't conform to RTA regs; they have signs on the way in from both directions but no signs on the way out to show the limit has changed.  I seem to remember legislation passed a few years ago allowed councils to introduce 20mph zones where they felt appropriate. 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: peterh on August 26, 2016, 08:07:40 AM
What I don't understand is the yellow background which is something I have never seen on a circular sign. There are no such signs listed on the web so they are a mystery. Maybe a mistake!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on August 26, 2016, 08:12:11 AM
The Llanwrst signs are standard colouring.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on August 26, 2016, 08:32:05 AM
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   Anyone any idea what the dozen or more "20" signs that have suddenly appeared on every third lamppost between Aber Hod and the "pink car" cafe kiosk mean? They certainly look very like a speed limit sign, circular with a red ring around the outside but are much larger than the repeater signs that often are in place in a speed reduction area. But they are not as big as the normal speed limit signs, and, unless of course I failed to see it, there is no normal reduction from 30 to 20 at entry. And nothing if you drive from Colwyn Bay to Rhos. And no sign when you leave the stretch.
  Does it mean you must not exceed 20 driving from Rhos to the Bay but you can go to 30 the opposite way? There are a very small number of roads like that. Just before you go over the bridge in Queensferry from England you are restriction free but on the other side of the dual carriageway you are restricted.
   Ive got a vested interest. I got a ticket driving towards Rhos last week. About two days before the prom further along was closed
They're all all to do with the Prom road closure, I think, as the yellow background of the signs matches the various diversion signs that have appeared around the area at the same time.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on August 26, 2016, 06:32:29 PM
Looks like the signs are not working............

17:54 TOM DAVIDSON
Reports from scene
Accident on Cayley Prom.

It appears a pedestrian was not hit by a car but rather left his car following a crash with another vehicle and collapsed, he was then taken to hospital.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/live-colwyn-bay-road-closed-11806619 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/live-colwyn-bay-road-closed-11806619)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on August 26, 2016, 07:41:24 PM
It turned out a man collapsed AFTER a crash on that one, don't blame the signage! http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-collapses-after-colwyn-bay-11807124 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/man-collapses-after-colwyn-bay-11807124)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on August 30, 2016, 06:09:38 AM
It was a warm sunny day in the Bay yesterday and it looks like it's going to be another good day today.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on August 31, 2016, 11:14:38 AM
Colwyn Bay free beach wi-fi is 'first in north Wales'.
Conwy council said the service in Colwyn Bay was the first of its type in north Wales.
The free wi-fi zone runs from Porth Eirias to the pier.
Cllr Mike Priestley, Conwy's cabinet member for communication said: "We recognise that having access to information quickly is increasingly important, with benefits for both users and businesses."
Ref BBC Wales
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on August 31, 2016, 01:46:06 PM
Where else ?What a surprise, bet Llandudno doesn't get a look in ! :-X
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on August 31, 2016, 02:04:55 PM
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Where else ?What a surprise, bet Llandudno doesn't get a look in ! :-X

And yet, a lot of people in C.B. think Llandudno, get's it all?

I Googled "can a town get grants, to set up free WiFi" ......I found this old article interesting, with some successes and costly failures.    (I wonder which way CCBC's will go)
https://www.theguardian.com/local-government-network/2011/dec/05/councils-free-public-wifi-networks (https://www.theguardian.com/local-government-network/2011/dec/05/councils-free-public-wifi-networks)

Free WiFi? Councils, proceed with caution...........
Town and city councils are, rightly, taking action to implement open WiFi networks, keeping pace with the demand for ‘always on’ network connectivity and the shift towards ‘smarter’ lifestyles. Choosing the right provider, however, is key to avoid falling at the first hurdles: finance and expertise.
http://www.intechnologywifi.com/blog/free-wifi-councils-proceed-with-caution/ (http://www.intechnologywifi.com/blog/free-wifi-councils-proceed-with-caution/)

And if you want to dig deeper this is the full page of links....
https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enES433ES433&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=can%20a%20town%20get%20a%20grant%20for%20wi%20fi (https://www.google.co.uk/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&rlz=1C1CHKZ_enES433ES433&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=can%20a%20town%20get%20a%20grant%20for%20wi%20fi)

Makes me wonder, just how much cost is involved..........?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on August 31, 2016, 06:13:58 PM
I feel a freedom of information request coming on !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on August 31, 2016, 06:56:46 PM
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Colwyn Bay free beach wi-fi is 'first in north Wales'.
?...runs from Porth Eirias to the pier.


There's a Pier?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on August 31, 2016, 08:24:05 PM
Pile of rubble near the skip  :roll:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on September 01, 2016, 03:05:19 PM
I'm all for free public Wi-fi, but I didn't realise it was a beach thing. Do kids need internet instructions on how to build a sandcastle?

Still, I suppose it fits in with the conference rooms at Porth Eirias. The council should also consider putting printing & photocopying facilities along the prom. And, of course, the pier has to go - it's not really appropriate office furniture.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on September 01, 2016, 04:04:52 PM
I think it's very much a beach thing.

Just think it's one of the few places you can spend hours and hours with literally nothing to do.

In the olden days you might have taken a book to the beach - maybe even a radio. Some beach games such as boules or volleyball. But these days the youngsters want to read on the internet on their phones and stream music from a cloud and play games on their hand held consoles and i pads  $good$

Good to see the area showing some initiative
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on September 01, 2016, 04:38:34 PM
We were having lunch there today and Mr H tried the Conwy wifi out. You do have to register with your name, postcode and email address but it was working fine.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on September 01, 2016, 04:50:29 PM
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But these days the youngsters want to read on the internet on their phones and stream music from a cloud and play games on their hand held consoles and i pads  $good$

So sitting on the beach will be like sitting on a crowded bus or train? What an appalling development!  ;) :laugh:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on September 01, 2016, 06:50:39 PM
Sand, salt water and iPhones don't mix terribly well. I'd be surprised to see many using their brand new iPads on the sand.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on September 01, 2016, 09:28:46 PM
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I think it's very much a beach thing.

Just think it's one of the few places you can spend hours and hours with literally nothing to do.

In the olden days you might have taken a book to the beach - maybe even a radio. Some beach games such as boules or volleyball. But these days the youngsters want to read on the internet on their phones and stream music from a cloud and play games on their hand held consoles and i pads  $good$

Good to see the area showing some initiative

Fancy all that new sand doing nothing but being sat upon !! :roll:
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on September 08, 2016, 11:02:59 AM
I think this is a great idea, which should be encouraged throughout the County......

SHOPPERS in Colwyn Bay are to get a taste of Conwy as part of a new high street project.
On Friday, September 9 a new trial will begin which will see 14 producers from Conwy team up and work together for four months to showcase and sell their produce.

Through working with Conwy County Borough Council and Communities First, the producers will take over shop unit 24 (pictured inset) in Station Road from September to December, initially opening two days every week.

Every Friday and Saturday customers to the shop will be able to buy meat, fruit, vegetables, yogurt, cooking oils, beer, bread, cakes, biscuits, gin, eggs, and other food in doing so, support the local economy.

Anthony Griffiths, from Llanrwst based Scilicorns Bakery, one of the producers taking part in the project, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us as local producers to work together to highlight the quality of the food that we can produce here in Conwy.”

Cllr Dilwyn Roberts, leader of Conwy County Council, will officially open the shop on September 9.
He said: “Everyone should be encouraged to support local shops and local producers wherever, and whenever they can.
“By doing so we celebrate the high quality foods that are produced here in the county of Conwy.”

During the trial, restaurants and hotels will also be invited to meet the producers and taste the food in a bid to encourage more local produce to be sold in local eateries.  REF Pioneer
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on September 08, 2016, 11:45:40 AM
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I think this is a great idea, which should be encouraged throughout the County......

SHOPPERS in Colwyn Bay are to get a taste of Conwy as part of a new high street project.
On Friday, September 9 a new trial will begin which will see 14 producers from Conwy team up and work together for four months to showcase and sell their produce.

Through working with Conwy County Borough Council and Communities First, the producers will take over shop unit 24 (pictured inset) in Station Road from September to December, initially opening two days every week.

Every Friday and Saturday customers to the shop will be able to buy meat, fruit, vegetables, yogurt, cooking oils, beer, bread, cakes, biscuits, gin, eggs, and other food in doing so, support the local economy.

I agree, Steve, it sounds like a good idea. I've just seen the newly-installed shop sign, which looks pretty good, as if they mean business. A big improvement on what I always regarded as sort of "fake" shops (the council's earlier well-intentioned attempts to put some kind of display inside vacated premises).

Here's a flyer for the project (pdf format): http://www.ruralconwy.org.uk/downloads/020916-flyer-eng.pdf (http://www.ruralconwy.org.uk/downloads/020916-flyer-eng.pdf)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on September 08, 2016, 12:11:12 PM
It was raining for most of the morning but the weather quickly changed and became warm and very humid.    I had a walk along the prom from Rhos and then stopped for an ice cream at the Kiosk that has the pink car  outside.     $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Daihardwelshman on September 08, 2016, 12:45:39 PM
This is why I love living where I do in Rhos on Sea $walesflag$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on September 10, 2016, 06:43:15 PM
Proms in the Park tonight in Eirias.  Will be televised live though the red button.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on September 12, 2016, 07:10:43 AM
The Sun was just coming into view above the hills in Prestatyn when I took this photo earlier today.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on September 13, 2016, 10:08:58 AM
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Proms in the Park tonight in Eirias.  Will be televised live though the red button.

Was a brilliant event, and remarkably cheap. They even allowed people to take in their own food and drink and there wasn't a hint of trouble. Well do to the organisers  $walesflag$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on September 14, 2016, 12:31:02 PM
It was nice on Rhos Prom earlier today, quite warm but still very hazy but that pile driver on the Prom in Colwyn Bay  was really noisy and I can still hear it from my house now.
Thank goodness there's only 11 months to go on the redevelopment work!       &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on September 15, 2016, 10:41:21 AM
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The Bay's shopping ability is and always has been limited. There is no reason for anyone outside of the town to travel there for shops, they have nothing that Llandudno can't offer. If they had a Primark or a  TK Maxx or a Dunelm mill things would have been different.

They have the market but that is not as busy as it was and has lost its appeal over recent years and has been steadily declining until eventually it will be gone...

(Above quote is lifted from the Llandudno thread)

It's true that Colwyn Bay has limitations in terms of shopping choice, town layout, etc, but these aren't the only factors that determine success. I can think of several of small towns and villages with these limitations which are flourishing. Knutsford and Stockton Heath in Cheshire, for example. These are different from Colwyn Bay, of course, but whatever factors have determined success/failure, it hasn't boiled down to shopping choice (etc) relative to nearby towns with more choice.

I think a lot is down to overall visual impression. The above examples don't appear run-down, even though they have a lot of charity shops and several of the limitations that Colwyn Bay suffers from. There are some key locations in Colwyn Bay which currently create the run-down impression (I mentioned the Imperial Hotel and the Prince Madoc earlier, for example). I think Penrhyn Road in Colwyn Bay is looking pretty good at the moment, but not Station Road, unfortunately, because of things that stand out like a sore thumb, and despite improvements such as The Station restaurant/cafe. I agree with DaveR (in the other thread) that if attention was focused on getting a central core of the town looking good and working well, it would help enormously with that run-down impression that no amount of celebrity chefs/performers and "event hubs" is shaking off.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on September 15, 2016, 12:17:26 PM
I think the attractiveness is a valid factor but I think it's a very small one compared to things like choice of shops, ample parking, accessibility etc, and choice of other venues (food etc). Look at Asda in Llandudno, it looks like a disused airport hanger but it's always busy!

Llandudno has much more shops of all types and that's the crux of it. You can easily spend a day shopping (Two retail parks plus the high street, plus 10 million coffee shops) there, whereas you'd struggle to fill an hour or two in the Bay and your options for eating and drinking are very limited.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on September 15, 2016, 02:10:51 PM
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Look at Asda in Llandudno, it looks like a disused airport hanger but it's always busy!

I think that's a different issue, though. After all, Morrisons in Colwyn Bay and Aldi in Old Colwyn are busy too. Driving to a functional supermarket to get the shopping done, and vibrancy/reputation of a seaside town, are two separate issues to my mind. None of the non-locals I know who visit Llandudno go there for the supermarkets! They already have good supermarkets where they live. Neither do they go there mainly for "events" (although that can obviously be an important factor at times). They go because, overall, it 's a lovely place - they get a real uplifting seaside holiday feeling, not a slightly depressing, run-down impression.

Sometimes the council gives indications that they understand this, regarding Colwyn Bay. But, at other times, they don't. It hasn't yet been consistent or focused enough to work. Perhaps it's simply out of their hands in a lot of cases (issues of ownership, etc)?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on September 15, 2016, 03:04:23 PM
Again I agree with what you're saying to a part. But if we are talking about a pure shopping experience I think scenery matters quite little. People are quite prepared to  drive to places like Broughton for the big Asda or Wrexham or Liverpool because of Primark.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on September 15, 2016, 03:21:38 PM
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But if we are talking about a pure shopping experience I think scenery matters quite little.

Ah, well - it's precisely my point that we aren't talking about a "pure shopping experience". If we were, things like sea, sand, fresh air, beautiful Victorian building facades, piers, etc, wouldn't matter. A giant shopping mall would do it - no need for historical seaside towns.  ;)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on September 15, 2016, 04:10:12 PM
But do people mix that experience in with shopping? I've always felt you have your seaside people who are content to look at scenery, visit attractions sit on the beach etc and your serious shoppers (mainly wholly women) who want to look at every inch of every shop in the town and want the best shops.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on September 15, 2016, 05:08:24 PM
I do not think the Bay will ever be a shopping destination, big retailers today are looking to maximise profits and will only invest in established proven areas, however that said I think there is potential in smaller shops catering to the day tripper market, its up to CB to find what these markets are, .... artisan art, antiques, cafes etc.

They have to capitalise on the new beach/facilities and the town. 

On a recent visit I noticed a lot of empty properties whose grounds where overgrown, encroaching on to the pavement, and full of litter, the same with a lot of the rental properties, the owners should be forced to rectify these problems, that would be a good starting point.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Dave on September 15, 2016, 08:56:58 PM
Other than the fact the Pier is a mess and the Skip is a waste of money (In my humble opinion) I think Colwyn Bay does rather well as a beach resort but only for day trippers. It's very hard to find a parking space when the sun comes out. Whether they spend much money when they get here is another matter and most won't venture in to the town as it's too far to walk and there is little parking space in town to bother looking there.
I think the answer for Colwyn Bay town centre is to build lots more purpose built retirement flats around the centre of town. Cafes and restaurants would spring up supply the need for all those wealthy oldies who would walk to the local shops too. Drive out those who hang around cheap boozers making trouble and encourage them to go and live in Rhyl instead. Sorry Rhyl.
Pensioners wouldn't worry about the noise from Jet Skis (Colwyn Bay's claim to fame) they would just turn down the volume of their hearing aids.
Local financial advisors and stockbrokers would enjoy a boom looking after those pension pots that everyone can't wait to get their hands on, and ultimately so would the undertakers.
In the meantime all those residents from Upper Colwyn Bay might start venturing back in to town for their evenings entertainment instead of heading further afield  elsewhere.
Problem solved
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on September 16, 2016, 10:35:28 AM
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Other than the fact the Pier is a mess and the Skip is a waste of money (In my humble opinion) I think Colwyn Bay does rather well as a beach resort but only for day trippers. It's very hard to find a parking space when the sun comes out. Whether they spend much money when they get here is another matter and most won't venture in to the town as it's too far to walk and there is little parking space in town to bother looking there.
I think the answer for Colwyn Bay town centre is to build lots more purpose built retirement flats around the centre of town. Cafes and restaurants would spring up supply the need for all those wealthy oldies who would walk to the local shops too. Drive out those who hang around cheap boozers making trouble and encourage them to go and live in Rhyl instead. Sorry Rhyl.
Pensioners wouldn't worry about the noise from Jet Skis (Colwyn Bay's claim to fame) they would just turn down the volume of their hearing aids.
Local financial advisors and stockbrokers would enjoy a boom looking after those pension pots that everyone can't wait to get their hands on, and ultimately so would the undertakers.
In the meantime all those residents from Upper Colwyn Bay might start venturing back in to town for their evenings entertainment instead of heading further afield  elsewhere.
Problem solved

I like the idea. The more senior* & respectable demographic certainly doesn't harm Abergele. And many of the practicalities make sense for Colwyn Bay. The council needs to change its approach, though: less focus on appeal to hipsters; more on those with bad hips.

(*Which, I hasten to add, is an age-group I'm fast approaching).
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on September 17, 2016, 10:28:51 AM
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Drive out those who hang around cheap boozers making trouble and encourage them to go and live in Rhyl instead. Sorry Rhyl.

I was walking up Station Road (Colwyn Bay) last night around 11.45pm - very ugly, violent scenes outside the Prince Madoc. It started in the noisy, drunk crowd that gathers outside that pub, but spilled out onto the whole middle section of the road.

I've lived in some bad areas (including a rough inner-city part of Bristol that was prone to actual riots), so my reaction to this kind of thing is "Ho-hum", rather than "What's the world coming to!". Still, it's not good for the centre of a seaside town like Colwyn Bay. At one point there was some of that hideously loud hysterical screaming that usually signifies that someone has been seriously injured in the violence. But I didn't see any blood, and a police car finally turned up, so hopefully nobody was badly hurt. A very unpleasant and threatening atmosphere, though - I ended up taking a detour.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on September 17, 2016, 11:20:00 AM
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Whether they spend much money when they get here is another matter and most won't venture in to the town as it's too far to walk and there is little parking space in town to bother looking there.
I think the answer for Colwyn Bay town centre is to build lots more purpose built retirement flats around the centre of town. Cafes and restaurants would spring up supply the need for all those wealthy oldies who would walk to the local shops too. Drive out those who hang around cheap boozers making trouble and encourage them to go and live in Rhyl instead. Sorry Rhyl.
In the meantime all those residents from Upper Colwyn Bay might start venturing back in to town for their evenings entertainment instead of heading further afield  elsewhere.
Dave,I completely agree with everything you said above, the three towns area is an ideal retirement area (sorry B2R) .and Llandudno is surely running out of development space, and to me it seems reasonable that CB  is the next logical choice and the Town Team/Council should be encouraging investors and developers to this end.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on September 18, 2016, 03:12:55 PM
It's a nice sunny day in the bay today and it's good to see the yachts taking advantage of the weather. Even the windfarm looks good in the Autumn sunshine
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on September 19, 2016, 09:40:34 AM
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Drive out those who hang around cheap boozers making trouble and encourage them to go and live in Rhyl instead. Sorry Rhyl.

I was walking up Station Road (Colwyn Bay) last night around 11.45pm - very ugly, violent scenes outside the Prince Madoc. It started in the noisy, drunk crowd that gathers outside that pub, but spilled out onto the whole middle section of the road.

I've lived in some bad areas (including a rough inner-city part of Bristol that was prone to actual riots), so my reaction to this kind of thing is "Ho-hum", rather than "What's the world coming to!". Still, it's not good for the centre of a seaside town like Colwyn Bay. At one point there was some of that hideously loud hysterical screaming that usually signifies that someone has been seriously injured in the violence. But I didn't see any blood, and a police car finally turned up, so hopefully nobody was badly hurt. A very unpleasant and threatening atmosphere, though - I ended up taking a detour.
The Prince Madoc looks terrible now, Colwyn Bay would be far better without it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on September 19, 2016, 10:31:11 AM
I found this last night, probably been posted before, but relevant to this discussion..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1le5tXu4wY (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1le5tXu4wY)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 01, 2016, 11:14:55 PM
It had rained here for most of the day but improved at about 6.30pm  so I decided to take a some photos from the balcony and went there a couple of times.
I went back on the computer and could see the clouds changing again but this time I just sat in the room  and took some photos through the glass.
They looked ok  on the camera but when I downloaded the images I realised that it was a mistake.  That fairy in the photo is just a transfer on the window to try and deter birds from flying into the window and the lights from the room are reflected in the image.
I won't be so lazy next time and will take the photos from outside instead
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on October 02, 2016, 08:25:54 AM
Would have been a nice shot for our Ghosts topic :-)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 02, 2016, 08:37:03 AM
That'll teach me a lesson not to be so lazy next time.     
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on October 02, 2016, 08:56:42 AM
Actually, it looks rather effective, and could have the Photoshop experts tying themselves in knots trying to fathom out how it was done.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 02, 2016, 12:54:43 PM
I like it, Hugo you will have to experiment with other subjects and show us the results.     $good$
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Post by: Hugo on October 02, 2016, 12:57:57 PM
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I like it, Hugo you will have to experiment with other subjects and show us the results.     $good$

I'm afraid that it was just a     $booboo$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 10, 2016, 01:07:13 PM
I had a nice walk with my dog along the sandy beach in Old Colwyn yesterday but noticed that the sand keeps shifting about.  Thankfully the stone groynes help to prevent excess movement of the sand but it makes you realise that the Victorian engineers with their wooden groynes placed at more frequent intervals knew exactly what they were doing.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 17, 2016, 04:02:07 PM
After a wet start to the day, the weather picked up and Rhos harbour looked nice in the sunshine.  Those windmills in the photo looked very close
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: hollins on October 17, 2016, 04:19:19 PM
I hate the windmills Hugo but that is a clever picture with such a well defined horizon lurking just behind the harbour wall.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on October 17, 2016, 06:37:14 PM
Yes, it's good. When the weather clears it's amazing how close mountains and windmills can appear.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 05, 2016, 03:29:29 PM
It was pretty rough at the Skip at midday today and I don't just mean the building work that is going on around the place.   The wind was blowing in from the sea and the waves were breaking on the rocks and yet high tide was still an hour away.
At least a number of people were braving the conditions and making the most of the surf today.

The Skip seemed quiet today and I was wondering if the road works by the Pier had had a detrimental affect on trade, that and the fact that some of its best customers seem to be on holiday a lot.      ;D
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Post by: hollins on November 06, 2016, 09:03:47 AM
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The Skip seemed quiet today and I was wondering if the road works by the Pier had had a detrimental affect on trade, that and the fact that some of its best customers seem to be on holiday a lot.      ;D

I can't think who you mean!     ;D
True though, not been for a while. She said last time we went, "I hope you will keep us going in the winter months."

Amazing to see your photos of the sea and the conditions down there Hugo. Quite calm here as we face south with a hill behind us.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 06, 2016, 03:07:53 PM
The sea was rough again today Hollins but there were no people kite surfing like there were yesterday.   In places it was like a snowstorm with foam from the sea blowing all over the place.   Lots of people were there watching the waves coming in, most were sensible but you always get those that are not.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on November 06, 2016, 04:09:56 PM
Hugo, very brave going out in that,............the railings in your photos look mishapen ,  are they the original or new replacements ?........
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 06, 2016, 06:42:11 PM
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Hugo, very brave going out in that,............the railings in your photos look mishapen ,  are they the original or new replacements ?........

Not brave really Steve, quite a few of the shots were taken from inside my car with the window down.   I didn't go anywhere near the railings so I can't tell you anything about them, but I know a man who can!   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on November 07, 2016, 09:56:16 AM
If it is anything to go by the new railings at the Rhos end of the prom are more sturdy looking and painted white. Think therefore that these must be the old ones.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 14, 2016, 01:24:19 PM
I was on the old Colwyn promenade earlier and had a look at the gas rig that has moved closer inshore and took a couple of photos as the colours on the horizon looked so unusual.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on November 14, 2016, 07:27:56 PM
The railings down at the Old Colwyn end are the old ones, they get flattened by the waves on a regular basis in the Winter.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Blongb on November 16, 2016, 07:11:10 PM
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I was on the old Colwyn promenade earlier and had a look at the gas rig that has moved closer inshore and took a couple of photos as the colours on the horizon looked so unusual.

Not a Gas Rig Hugo but a 4 Leg Jack-up Crane Barge probably there to carry out maintenance work on the windmills   $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 16, 2016, 07:26:40 PM
Thanks for pointing that out Blongb      $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on November 16, 2016, 09:51:43 PM
http://www.shipais.com/showship.php?mmsi=219456000 (http://www.shipais.com/showship.php?mmsi=219456000)
Any help?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on November 18, 2016, 03:49:12 PM
We had an early morning hail shower and the car windscreen was frozen over for the first time this year and although the weather improved later  it was still unsettled earlier this afternoon.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 02, 2016, 12:02:01 PM
It's a dull overcast day in Colwyn Bay today but it's surprising how good the visibility is.   I can see from my window N  Ireland,  Isle of Man,  Scottish lowlands, Cumbria and all down the west coast of England.    The photo isn't very good but it's one of the Cumbrian Hills.
There is only a thin coating of snow on the Carneddau mountain range but I'm going to keep away from there as it's probably quite icy on the tops.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on December 08, 2016, 05:22:38 PM
Free parking to support roadwork hit businesses in Colwyn Bay and Rhos-on-Sea..
A regeneration group has forked out to allow shoppers to park for free in a bid to support traders hit by the seafront developments on Colwyn Bay promenade.

Shoppers heading for Rhos on Sea and Colwyn Bay will be able to park free under the £3,500 initiative, funded by Colwyn Business Improvement District (BID).
The parking initiative was put in place by the BID team and Conwy County Borough Council, following concerns about a potential drop in trade during the ongoing seafront improvements.

Charges at the 64 space Colwyn Avenue car park in Rhos will be suspended until the end of February, while parking in Princes Drive car park, Colwyn Bay - which has 49 spaces - is free until New Year’s Day.

BID project manager Anna Openshaw has already organised Christmas activities to draw extra shoppers to the towns, including window displays and a shopping event.
BID chairman and local solicitor Huw Edwards said: “The idea came following a meeting with businesses in November, when some traders raised concerns that shoppers may be put off because of the diversions in place due to the waterfront improvements.

“We worked closely with Conwy Council’s traffic team to identify the most appropriate car parks and then calculate the cost to the BID. The council staff have been very helpful and supportive.

“I am very happy that we have been able to identify a potential issue for traders and then work quickly with Conwy Council to put a solution in place, so supporting businesses in the area - it’s exactly why we wanted to create a BID for the Bay of Colwyn.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/free-parking-support-roadwork-hit-12291866 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/free-parking-support-roadwork-hit-12291866)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on December 08, 2016, 08:30:04 PM
So, in effect, I'm paying for this 'free parking' in Rhos and the Bay, whilst having to pay for my own parking only 5 miles away in Llandudno.
Just great.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: born2run on December 09, 2016, 08:23:27 AM
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So, in effect, I'm paying for this 'free parking' in Rhos and the Bay, whilst having to pay for my own parking only 5 miles away in Llandudno.
Just great.

Why do you have to pay for your own parking in Llandudno? It's not easy but far from impossible to park for free. I've never paid for parking in Llandudno.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on December 09, 2016, 10:27:26 AM
There are certainly a few roads in town where you have a far better chance of finding a space than others.

You're not paying for the free parking, Fester, the businesses in Colwyn Bay are footing the bill though their BID.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on December 10, 2016, 11:17:39 AM
Cant do right, for doing wrong........I must admit to leaning towards CCBC footing the costs, but in the end, that affects all rate payers.?

Traders anger at regeneration cash pot paying Conwy council for free parking.
This has now been criticised by some businesses who say the council should be the ones offering free parking, especially as it is their seafront project that is causing the problem.

Kathryn Robinson, from Details, Rhos-on-Sea, said: “We welcome that Colwyn BID are highlighting the current situation affecting trade in Rhos on Sea but question the decision of Colwyn Bid to pay Conwy County Council for car parking.
“I feel the council are being rewarded for a problem they have caused.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/free-parking-support-roadwork-hit-12291866 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/free-parking-support-roadwork-hit-12291866)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on December 11, 2016, 05:07:45 PM
I hadn't noticed the nice sunset today until I went to the kitchen at the back of our house so I got the camera out and took some photos of it.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on December 24, 2016, 10:37:00 AM
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This afternoon Mrs Medz and I went for a brief leaf kicking (ended up as leaf mulch kicking after all the rain!) walk through Fairy Glen in Old Colwyn and on the way back to the car came across Llanelian Road Cemetery. I must admit to never having noticed it before but the derelict building inside the graveyard on further investigation was very strange in shape and architecture. With what looked like some sort of alter or table in the middle of the building.  I can see from google that it describes the place as being a  morgue but can't find any more info on the place. Putting Llanelian into Google also brought up some reference to a murder in a flat there in 2010. Spooky. The day after Halloween probably wasn't a good time to discover it! Has anyone got any more information about the place?

Look at the amazing transformation volunteers have made to this Old Colwyn cemetery. $good$
An army of volunteers have helped uncover a raft of war graves lost in an overgrown cemetery.

Eighteen months ago the gravestones at Llanelian Road Cemetery in Old Colwyn were in a state of disrepair, with trees and vegetation so untidy they were hiding some of the graves.
The cemetery dates back to the 1800s and there are two sides to it a Free Chapel area which is tended regularly by Conwy County Council, and the other side which is Church of Wales.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-amazing-transformation-volunteers-made-12346910 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/look-amazing-transformation-volunteers-made-12346910)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 13, 2017, 10:40:59 PM
The Old Colwyn Promenade is closed until further notice

http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/171237/update-old-colwyn-prom-will-be-closed-until-further-notice.aspx#.WHlW0YKmvJ4.email (http://www.northwalespioneer.co.uk/news/171237/update-old-colwyn-prom-will-be-closed-until-further-notice.aspx#.WHlW0YKmvJ4.email)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 17, 2017, 03:31:27 PM
That's not far from where I walk my dog so I'll have to watch it!


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-38643574 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-38643574)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 20, 2017, 04:50:15 PM
The Promenade is now open in Old Colwyn so I had a nice walk on the sand yesterday.   The recent storms have resulted in lots of shells getting washed up by the high water mark and damage to the railings on the Promenade.
Today has been sunny but very cold and we had some nice colours in the sky as the Sun was starting to set.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 24, 2017, 04:31:22 PM
I travelled from Old Colwyn on the A55  today at about 3.00 pm  and came off at the Rhos on Sea slip road but the traffic at the West End was grid locked so I had to turn left instead and then make my way to Kings Drive.
I've no idea what was causing the hold up but doubt if it was the usual school run.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: norman08 on January 24, 2017, 06:00:51 PM
They say it was an articulated wagon got stuck.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on January 24, 2017, 10:41:36 PM
Thanks Norman   $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on February 01, 2017, 11:57:51 AM
I had a walk on the sandy beach in Colwyn Bay earlier this morning between the Pier and the Skip.     I took some photos of the Pier but didn't realise that the Pier is home to other birds apart  from the resident Pigeons.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on February 01, 2017, 12:13:21 PM
Heartbreaking to see the pier like that.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on February 01, 2017, 12:54:10 PM
It is such a shame to see it like that, I've seen a photo of it in its heyday and it looked a grand building.    Even the safety fence along the beach is down in places so CCBC should address the problem asap.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on February 16, 2017, 04:49:03 PM
I wonder if Donald Trump will be interested?


http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/advert-colwyn-bay-fart-classes-12612430 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/advert-colwyn-bay-fart-classes-12612430)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on February 16, 2017, 06:31:38 PM
Liked Kelly's alliteration :-)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on February 16, 2017, 06:54:40 PM
And they said it couldn't be bottled ....
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: PhilMick on February 17, 2017, 12:35:40 PM
Nothing like a cuppa and a good fa**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Nemesis on February 17, 2017, 03:29:41 PM
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It is such a shame to see it like that, I've seen a photo of it in its heyday and it looked a grand building.    Even the safety fence along the beach is down in places so CCBC should address the problem asap.

Lovely morning, low tide and not a thing happening anywhere around the remains of the pier.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on February 17, 2017, 03:45:16 PM
I was on the sandy beach in Old Colwyn  late morning and  it was perfect for walking the dog.    The sea was very calm and there was no hint of a breeze and the temperature was 12C .       I could see a lot of Seagulls by the end of the groyne and noticed that there were dozens of dead Starfish  near the groyne
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on February 17, 2017, 04:17:29 PM
H. Is that groyne covering an outlet ?  Poss.  some nasty pollution affecting the starfish.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on February 17, 2017, 10:26:03 PM
I'm not sure if it does or not Steve but the groyne is not very long and I would have thought that it would be a lot longer if it was getting rid of the nasty stuff.
There are a number of these groynes on the beach and they need them to stabilise the sand.    The current there goes from west to east and the Starfish were mainly on the western side of the groyne so they could have drifted there in the current.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on February 22, 2017, 01:44:29 PM
I've just seen two of the Apache Helicopters flying past in an easterly direction.   They were flying over the sea and quite low too but I didn't realise that they were Apache Helicopters until it was too late to take a photo.
They were much quieter than the Chinooks that passed by a couple of weeks ago.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on February 23, 2017, 10:16:16 AM
The weather is pretty rough up here on the Heights.    Storm Doris has coincided with the bin day and litter is all over the place and bits of trees have fallen all the way down the hill. 
A large tree has fallen in Pen Y Bryn Road and blocked the road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on February 23, 2017, 12:40:19 PM
Just looked out of my window and the sea looks quite rough and the wind has not started to die down yet so I'm staying put today.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: alw on February 23, 2017, 01:00:17 PM
Colwyn Bay Pier has suffered further damage in the storm
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on February 28, 2017, 11:26:20 AM
Apart from the health question I picked up on the cost of two million pounds for a new football pitch, ?

New Parc Eirias football pitch sparks cancer fears

The pitch is being developed following a cash boost of more than £2 million from Conwy Council and the Welsh Government.

Fears have been raised the new 3G football pitch at Parc Eirias, in Colwyn Bay, could cause cancer.
Artificial 3G pitches are created by inserting synthetic grass-like blades into a thin base layer of sand.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/new-parc-eirias-football-pitch-12666632 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/new-parc-eirias-football-pitch-12666632)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on March 24, 2017, 03:33:26 PM
New car park at Parc Eirias
Work will start on the construction of the new car park at Parc Eirias on Monday (27/03/17).
The new car park will be mainly for visitors attending sport, business and recreation events at Parc Eirias; it will offer parking spaces for cars, coaches, motorcycles and bicycles.
The work will be carried out by Llysfaen-based Jennings Civil Engineers and Building Contractors, and is expected take about 16 weeks. RefDP
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on March 24, 2017, 04:02:27 PM
Hi Steve,  I had an e-mail from a friend two weeks ago and he said that the plans for the new Council building in Coed Pella Road Colwyn Bay have changed and as a result they are no longer going to build an underground car park on the site.
He said that the new car park at Parc Eirias is for the staff and visitors for the new Council Offices but that seems strange as the two places are  some distance apart.        ???
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on March 24, 2017, 04:23:18 PM
I seem to remember the new offices will require 700 staff ?  Fun and games all round then.   
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: llewelyn on March 24, 2017, 04:52:00 PM
If this is true. Local residents will have a problem council staff filling all street parking !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on March 24, 2017, 05:08:59 PM
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If this is true. Local residents will have a problem council staff filling all street parking !

Soon be as bad as Llandudno, and I do sympathise with the residents, I have just remembered, this new build is taking away a large car park, so the problem is worse than I thought.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on March 24, 2017, 05:24:36 PM
Sounds completely bonkers! Why have the car park nowhere near the offices? Anyone would thing that CBCC were organising this!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on March 24, 2017, 06:06:56 PM
It is likely to be a park and ride.......that is the word on the street!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on March 24, 2017, 07:04:10 PM
Or the CCBC version, "park and taken for a ride".
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on March 24, 2017, 08:55:06 PM
This was the original application and included a multi storey car park, no mention there of underground parking but I've not made any other search but I'll ask my friend again and see what he can tell me.



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0/43441   Land in Colwyn Bay Town Centre bounded by Conway Road, Coed Pella Road, Lansdowne Road and Queen's Drive Colwyn Bay Conwy LL29   Non-material amendment to planning permission granted under code ref. 0/42552 (Demolition of all existing on site buildings and structures. The construction of a new four storey council office building including customer service area, child contact centre, CCTV suite, multi storey car park, landscaping and other associated facilities and works) to allow for the reduction in height of multi-storey car park
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on April 25, 2017, 11:36:28 AM
The former mansion estate of Lord Colwyn that later housed two convalescent homes has been put up for sale.
Queen's Lodge mansion was built in Colwyn Bay at end of the 1800s for a wealthy industrialist.

Now Legat Owen has been instructed to sell the renowned former Lord Colwyn’s Estate as a unique development opportunity.
The 13.7-acre site off Queens Avenue is situated in an elevated position overlooking Colwyn Bay.
A spokesman said: "Consisting of two separate buildings including the original dwelling once occupied by Lord Colwyn and a more recently developed property, the land offers mature woodland, with walled and landscaped gardens and a pond.

Ben Lamont, surveyor at Legat Owen, the sole commercial agent for the site, added: “The sale of this estate provides a rare opportunity to acquire a stunning premier asset in one of North Wales’ most popular destinations.
"The site has potential to reap maximum reward for the area, considering the extensive regeneration and redevelopment of the bay’s iconic seafront and amenities that is attracting further inward interest.
 We look forward to working with clients to discuss the endless opportunities.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/historic-colwyn-bay-mansion-estate-12938173 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/historic-colwyn-bay-mansion-estate-12938173)


Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on April 25, 2017, 06:11:12 PM
Queen's Lodge in Colwyn Bay is up for sale.  It's set in 13 acres of ground so I don't know what the future holds for it.     I've a vague memory that there was a planning application made in the past but don't know whether it has expired or not


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-39706294 (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-39706294)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on April 26, 2017, 10:24:26 AM
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The former mansion estate of Lord Colwyn that later housed two convalescent homes has been put up for sale.
Queen's Lodge mansion was built in Colwyn Bay at end of the 1800s for a wealthy industrialist.

Now Legat Owen has been instructed to sell the renowned former Lord Colwyn’s Estate as a unique development opportunity.
The 13.7-acre site off Queens Avenue is situated in an elevated position overlooking Colwyn Bay.
A spokesman said: "Consisting of two separate buildings including the original dwelling once occupied by Lord Colwyn and a more recently developed property, the land offers mature woodland, with walled and landscaped gardens and a pond.

Ben Lamont, surveyor at Legat Owen, the sole commercial agent for the site, added: “The sale of this estate provides a rare opportunity to acquire a stunning premier asset in one of North Wales’ most popular destinations.
"The site has potential to reap maximum reward for the area, considering the extensive regeneration and redevelopment of the bay’s iconic seafront and amenities that is attracting further inward interest.
 We look forward to working with clients to discuss the endless opportunities.”
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/historic-colwyn-bay-mansion-estate-12938173 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/historic-colwyn-bay-mansion-estate-12938173)
Probably the biggest estate remaining in pretty much its original state from Victorian times in Colwyn Bay. No doubt the majority of the lovely gardens and woodlands will be bulldozed to provide noddy houses, with the mansion being converted into luxury apartments. Another big part of what I call the 'real' Colwyn Bay will be gone for good.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: BMD on May 08, 2017, 01:28:44 PM
The work on the prom between the pier and Marine Road looks fairly close to completion. I think it was scheduled to be opened this May.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on May 15, 2017, 07:57:56 AM
Staff at the Post start work at the new office at Bryn Eirias today: https://twitter.com/DPTomDavidson/status/863998534181408768
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Post by: SteveH on May 15, 2017, 10:04:11 AM
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Staff at the Post start work at the new office at Bryn Eirias today: https://twitter.com/DPTomDavidson/status/863998534181408768

 $good$        ££$
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Post by: cygnusx-1 on May 15, 2017, 12:24:02 PM
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Staff at the Post start work at the new office at Bryn Eirias today: https://twitter.com/DPTomDavidson/status/863998534181408768

Well is it the Park Hotel or the Marine Hotel after work?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Tom Davidson on May 15, 2017, 03:19:35 PM
I'm not sure yet  Z**
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on June 05, 2017, 05:05:31 PM
Travellers set up camp at Parc Eirias


https://newsdesk.moreover.com/click/?p=Q1QyL2E9MzA4MDM0MTA1NzMmcD0xNGUmdj0xJng9VUliV2V4X05saW5JaDBXYktrYUNoUSZ1MT1ORCZ1Mj1nMTEwOA&a=30803410573&f=TmV3cw&s=ZXhwb3J0&u=ZXIubmV3bWVkaWFAYmJjLmNvLnVr&cn=QkJDIE5FV1MgT05MSU5F&ci=334&i=283&e=Tm9ydGggV2FsZXMgRGFpbHkgUG9zdA&d=685&t=3&k=36145&fi=119597&ac=&ck=0ff621f201af6d4103c23ee093edfd4c
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 05, 2017, 05:28:16 PM
Send in the bulldozers to shift them!   &shake&
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on June 17, 2017, 07:03:53 PM
A red helicopter (possibly an air ambulance)  passed closely overhead about 10 minutes ago and looked like it was landing near the Bryn Cadno Reserve but no sign of it now near the Community Centre on the heights
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on June 17, 2017, 10:52:34 PM
I had been back in the garden for about 15 minutes when I heard the sound of the helicopter starting up and it went overhead but went in a westerly direction possibly to Bangor Hospital whereas incidents in Colwyn Bay normally go to the Bodelwyddan Hospital
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on June 18, 2017, 04:11:16 PM
I never found out why the helicopter was in the area yesterday, but just now I was looking out of my window and another helicopter was flying very low above the bay in Rhos on Sea and it looked like it was searching for something, then it flew off along the coast in the direction of Rhyl
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on June 18, 2017, 05:09:25 PM
H. Todays helicopter is SAR 936 Coastguard rescue based,in Caernarfon, the one you mentioned yesterday, I had a look on Flight tracker, it did not give any details, but, flew from Tudweiliog to your area, circled for bit, then headed back.?

I think I mentioned Flight Tracker before, but just in case......  https://planefinder.net/     and if you click on the plane icon you are interested in, it will give you info. and flight path.   ££$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on June 18, 2017, 07:00:46 PM
Thanks very much for posting the link Steve,         $good$
 I'll have a dabble with it later.      That red helicopter I saw last night did land somewhere near me because I heard the rotor starting up again just before it left for Gwynedd.
I'm sure that I'll find out more on the jungle drums at the shop tomorrow.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on June 19, 2017, 07:00:09 PM
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H. Todays helicopter is SAR 936 Coastguard rescue based,in Caernarfon, the one you mentioned yesterday, I had a look on Flight tracker, it did not give any details, but, flew from Tudweiliog to your area, circled for bit, then headed back.?

I think I mentioned Flight Tracker before, but just in case......  https://planefinder.net/     and if you click on the plane icon you are interested in, it will give you info. and flight path.   ££$

I've only just found out about the helicopter, it was the air ambulance and had come to the area with all the other emergency services to help someone who was seriously ill.    Sadly he died and the Air Ambulance was no longer needed.
He was a really nice guy and we became friends after we walked our dogs together.     He'll be missed by all those people that knew him.
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Post by: SteveH on June 19, 2017, 07:10:34 PM
Sorry to hear the sad news.
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Post by: Merddin Emrys on June 19, 2017, 09:58:32 PM
Sorry to hear that Hugo.
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Post by: Hugo on June 19, 2017, 11:03:58 PM
Thanks Steve & ME
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Post by: Hugo on June 19, 2017, 11:07:04 PM
It was a lovely sunset tonight and I took this photo from my balcony.    The land on the right of the picture is the Isle of Man and on the far left above the Little Orme is Ireland
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 19, 2017, 11:26:56 PM
Thanks for sharing, Hugo.

I never knew before that it was possible to see Ireland.
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Post by: Ian on June 20, 2017, 07:18:58 AM
Given the right conditions, Bri, and the right altitude of the observer, it's possible to see Scotland - or at least the highest peaks.

http://www.ringbell.co.uk/info/hdist.htm (http://www.ringbell.co.uk/info/hdist.htm)
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Post by: Bri Roberts on June 20, 2017, 08:32:13 AM
Thank you, Ian.

So tonight's challenge, Hugo?
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Post by: Hugo on June 20, 2017, 08:46:27 AM
I can also see Scotland from here,  one Winter's day the Cumbrian Hills were so clear you could see the snow on the peaks quite clearly with the naked eye.
We noticed that to the left of the hills were the Scottish lowlands and they were also covered in snow and we are guessing that the area we can see in Scotland is the Solway Firth area
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DVT on June 20, 2017, 09:27:33 AM
I seem to remember on a holiday in the Isle of Man many years ago that there was a claim that from the top of Snaefell (IOM's highest peak) you could see six kingdoms ... Manx, Welsh, English, Scottish and Irish ... and the kingdom of heaven.

Seems Hugo can claim the same!
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Post by: Hugo on June 20, 2017, 10:35:07 AM
Make it 7 DVT if you include the Kingdom of the Sea      $good$
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on June 25, 2017, 10:41:21 PM
It was a nice sunset tonight at about 10.00 pm as I was looking towards the Little Orme
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Post by: Hugo on July 03, 2017, 10:39:09 PM
A couple of powered para gliders flew overhead this evening and they were very high up and heading in the direction of Llandudno.    By the time I got my camera out I was lucky to just get a couple of fuzzy photos of one of them.
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Post by: norman08 on July 03, 2017, 11:38:02 PM
We were in eirias park yesterday lunch time five came over from Chester way towards Llandudno .
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 12, 2017, 10:52:35 PM
It has been a really warm sunny day in Colwyn Bay and tonight's sunset was really good.     Visibility was excellent this evening and Ireland,  the Isle of Man were clearly visible as were the Cumbrian Hills and the Lancashire coast
The second photo shows the Cumbrian Hills behind the windfarm
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Post by: hollins on July 12, 2017, 10:57:55 PM
That second picture is amazing!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 21, 2017, 02:19:16 PM
Not long after I took this photo, the heavens opened and there was torrential rain again in Colwyn Bay but now a short while later the weather is back to how it was before.
It's just crazy weather at the moment.
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Post by: Daihardwelshman on July 21, 2017, 02:29:22 PM

Colwyn Bay Promanade not opening untill 12/08/2017, why am I not surprised????



http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/colwyn-bay-promenade-road-wont-13365499#ICID=sharebar_facebook (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/colwyn-bay-promenade-road-wont-13365499#ICID=sharebar_facebook)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on July 21, 2017, 07:06:08 PM
Promenade still closed........my flabber is gasted. At least there will be less space for camper vans to park overnight!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on July 23, 2017, 10:41:09 AM
Colwyn Bay has been named as one of the most visited seaside destinations in the UK.

With its long sandy beach and diverse range of activities, Colwyn Bay’s reputation as a great resort to visit dates back to the 19th century.
And now, the location has been been named as one of the top spots to visit by railcard holders.

The North Wales coastal town has seen a whole host of development over the past few years. The £5m Porth Eirias, with its watersports centre and bistro owned by Welsh celebrity chef Bryn Williams has brought a buzz to the seafront.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/best-seaside-uk-wales-beach-13344867 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/whats-on/best-seaside-uk-wales-beach-13344867)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 23, 2017, 06:02:12 PM
Sounds very nice Steve, I must go there one of these days.       ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 25, 2017, 08:16:22 AM
I can sympathise with the guy because I know people who have driven to the Toad for a meal only to find that there has been no  parking spaces available and they have then carried on to an alternative place to have a meal.
The Toad did well to continue trading a few years ago when those apartments were being  built on both sides of the place




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Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on July 26, 2017, 01:27:52 PM
A North Wales Police spokesman said they were called at 10.02am to Station Square, Colwyn Bay after a gold-coloured Ford Focus has ended up on its roof. There are no reports of anybody suffering any injuries and no other car was said to be involved. REF DP
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on July 27, 2017, 09:17:15 AM
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A North Wales Police spokesman said they were called at 10.02am to Station Square, Colwyn Bay after a gold-coloured Ford Focus has ended up on its roof. There are no reports of anybody suffering any injuries and no other car was said to be involved. REF DP
How is it possible to do that unless you are driving too fast?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Dave on July 27, 2017, 11:58:30 AM
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A North Wales Police spokesman said they were called at 10.02am to Station Square, Colwyn Bay after a gold-coloured Ford Focus has ended up on its roof. There are no reports of anybody suffering any injuries and no other car was said to be involved. REF DP
How is it possible to do that unless you are driving too fast?

Possible but not probable I would have thought.
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Post by: SteveH on July 27, 2017, 12:24:54 PM
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A North Wales Police spokesman said they were called at 10.02am to Station Square, Colwyn Bay after a gold-coloured Ford Focus has ended up on its roof. There are no reports of anybody suffering any injuries and no other car was said to be involved. REF DP
How is it possible to do that unless you are driving too fast?

I have noticed recently on dash cam footage,(You Tubes stupid drivers) how easily some cars roll over even during slow shunts, and the car above despite being on it's roof, is not to badly damaged.

Found this video as example...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sbNBZvSx_A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sbNBZvSx_A)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Quiggs on July 27, 2017, 03:29:21 PM
It looks like a large limestone block under the sump, maybe hit a gatepost ??
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Post by: SDQ on July 27, 2017, 03:29:43 PM
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A North Wales Police spokesman said they were called at 10.02am to Station Square, Colwyn Bay after a gold-coloured Ford Focus has ended up on its roof. There are no reports of anybody suffering any injuries and no other car was said to be involved. REF DP
How is it possible to do that unless you are driving too fast?

I have noticed recently on dash cam footage,(You Tubes stupid drivers) how easily some cars roll over even during slow shunts, and the car above despite being on it's roof, is not to badly damaged.

Found this video as example...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sbNBZvSx_A (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0sbNBZvSx_A)


I agree, I used to have the same mindset as DaveR but after watching some of these videos was amazed at how easily some cars roll, especially at very low speed. Qute an eye opener.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SDQ on July 27, 2017, 03:32:10 PM
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It looks like a large limestone block under the sump, maybe hit a gatepost ??


I think it's in Colwyn Bay railway station car park.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 27, 2017, 04:00:54 PM
The Ford Focus appears to have ended up in the lay by by the bus stop across the road from the railway station.  When I went past shortly after the vehicle was removed from the scene there was a Police car parked in the same position and it had it's blue lights flashing.
It's still hard to imagine how the accident happened though
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on July 27, 2017, 04:17:50 PM
Recap: Colwyn Bay crash leaves car on its roof near train station
Vehicle involved in accident close to train station.

Video.....  http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-colwyn-bay-crash-leaves-13386744 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/live-colwyn-bay-crash-leaves-13386744)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on July 27, 2017, 06:53:48 PM
Yes, it was in that lay by where the buses go from, perhaps we'll find out in due course what exactly happened?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: spotty dog on July 27, 2017, 06:59:40 PM
The arrive alive van was on the prom [cayley embankment] yesterday is the 20MPH signs on the lampposts advisory?   no pre warning sign on road.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on July 28, 2017, 08:34:35 AM
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The arrive alive van was on the prom [cayley embankment] yesterday is the 20MPH signs on the lampposts advisory?   no pre warning sign on road.
Yes they are, the actual speed limit is still 30 along there.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on July 29, 2017, 10:11:57 PM
Plenty of holiday makers around the park gates this morning. Must have been in the sea as plenty of clothing drying.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on July 29, 2017, 11:45:50 PM
Ooops, doesn't look like holiday makers to me!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on August 09, 2017, 11:50:40 AM
New name for Parc Eirias revealed
Major firm steps in and has snapped up naming right for the 6,000 seater stadium
BYTOM DAVIDSON
10:31, 9 AUG 2017UPDATED10:34, 9 AUG 2017

The venue in Colwyn Bay will now officially be called Stadiwm Zip World, after the adventure tourism firm snapped up the sponsorship rights.

Cllr Mark Baker, Conwy’s Cabinet Member for the Community Development Service said: " In these times of financial austerity, it’s essential that local authorities explore all avenues to make sure we get the best from our resources.

"Sponsorship opportunities are amongst the options available, and this collaboration will contribute to the longer term sustainability of our excellent facility at Parc Eirias and help to ensure its continuing success.
http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/new-name-parc-eirias-revealed-13451727 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/new-name-parc-eirias-revealed-13451727)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on August 09, 2017, 06:00:37 PM
The holiday makers were still by the Zipworld Stadium this morning......Tom Davidson will be able to see them from his new desk when the trees drop their leaves.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on August 10, 2017, 07:14:16 PM
The holiday makers have left their pitch this morning ......I assume their pitch fees will pay to take the rubbish pile away?!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on August 12, 2017, 02:29:54 PM
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Colwyn Bay Promanade not opening untill 12/08/2017, why am I not surprised????



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Well I went down Marine Road at 11:40 today and had to turn left.......shock horror!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on August 12, 2017, 02:40:17 PM
I was there at 12.30pm and had to do the same too,  but it should open sometime today as they were removing the temporary barriers from across the road
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on August 12, 2017, 06:58:09 PM
Came along the open promenade road at 3:15 but it is still under construction with much plant machinery and barriers up around the unfinished bits......a work still in progress but another route to Old Colwyn which should relieve pressure at the West End provided the promenade stays open from now..... those bad weather gates can be closed very easily but don't  quote me on that!!
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on August 14, 2017, 09:41:49 AM
We had a walk along the new section of Prom on Sunday morning. Looks good but still very much unfinished, probably another 2 weeks worth of work at least.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: ormegolf on August 22, 2017, 11:00:43 PM
Remember the discussions about the 20 signs that suddenly appeared travelling from Ros to by the toad on the prom in colwyn bay. ?  Much discussion, why were they yellow, what did they mean, was it speed advisory to drivers travelling towards colwyn bay, was it for cyclists on the cycle track?
  Me, I had no idea apart seeing as there were over a dozen of them the cost of manufature and fixing on lampposts was considerable.
  Well I've got news for you. They have all gone.
  Still don't know what they were threatening us with or what we must not do. But I still know the manufacture and erection costs plus the costs of taking them down is now even more considerable.
  I must assume they were somehow connected with the partial reopening of the prom between the east end of the Cayley embankment and the toad..all I can say is what an overkill if that was the case. The first sign was before passing aberhod. Rather a long way before the "pink car" kiosk I think you will agree


Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on September 04, 2017, 08:08:14 AM
The battery on my smoke alarm must need replacing as it set off the alarm this morning           :rage:
but at least I could take this early morning photo.
Every house should have a smoke alarm because believe me they do work.        ;D
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on September 04, 2017, 09:28:46 AM
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The battery on my smoke alarm must need replacing as it set off the alarm this morning           :rage:
but at least I could take this early morning photo.
Every house should have a smoke alarm because believe me they do work.        ;D

I agree, recent figures show an increase of 12% in house fires, after years of declining percentages, it is a worrying trend.
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Post by: Blongb on September 05, 2017, 12:58:24 PM
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Every house should have a smoke alarm because believe me they do work.        ;D

Saved my place from going up in smoke, when a Beco fridge caught fire at 02:30. The Alarm was so efficient I was able to get to the fire almost as soon as it started and dealt with it myself. As an added precaution I have never bought a Beco product again.  :o
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on September 05, 2017, 02:30:36 PM
We have a Beco fridge freezer in the kitchen and when things started to go wrong with certain Beco  products I checked the details and the backing on the appliance and luckily for us they were ok.     We also have a fire alarm in the hall next to the kitchen and that's very sensitive too so we have to close the door to the hall when cooking anything so that it doesn't set the alarm off.
I can't stress how important those alarms are and every home should have one fitted
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Dave on September 05, 2017, 04:03:01 PM
Beko? A bit of a Turkey !
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on September 05, 2017, 06:39:12 PM
BEKO products were originally made in Italy, and they were cheap but had a poor reputation.
Production moved to Turkey, (I went to the factory) ex Bosch management from Germany set it up.
Quality improved massively, costs went down ... and they moved into TV and audio products too.
These days BEKO are an excellent brand in term of reliability and value for money.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Ian on September 05, 2017, 07:14:07 PM
Not according to Which? Beko tend to rate rather poorly in comparative testing and member feedback.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on September 06, 2017, 09:07:57 AM
Beko are rubbish. That is all.  :P
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on September 06, 2017, 11:37:52 PM
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Not according to Which? Beko tend to rate rather poorly in comparative testing and member feedback.

I'm talking about value for money, and great improvements over time.
Not TV and audio as such, but I purposely bought BEKO when I went for my Fridge Freezer, washing machine, and tumble dryer.  White goods are their forte.
I've been delighted with them.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on September 07, 2017, 09:34:12 AM
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Work now seems almost completed on the impressive Victorian building on Station Road which previously housed the Judge & Jury pub (and historically the town's municipal HQ, I believe). The work has been going on for months & months - must have cost a fortune to renovate. It's good to see such a building restored, but its future use (charity-run bistro and "training" and "admin offices") just seems to highlight (to my mind at least) the sad fact that Arundales - a great, long-standing fruit & veg shop on the other side of the road - couldn't be kept open. (Two different things, I know, but...).

There was another large (4-story) Victorian building renovated into apartments recently - on Penrhyn Road, just down from the Chinese restaurant. Again, it took months & months and must have cost a fortune. I guess in both cases the funding was largely public money (ie Council grants for regenerating the town)?
There's an ancient blog post about the history of the Municipal Building here:
http://llandudnoandcolwynbay.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/muncipal-building-station-road-colwyn.html (http://llandudnoandcolwynbay.blogspot.co.uk/2009/07/muncipal-building-station-road-colwyn.html)
Nice little web article on the restoration of the Municipal Building here:
https://www.colwynbaythi.co.uk/building-project/porters/ (https://www.colwynbaythi.co.uk/building-project/porters/)

Renovation of the building cost £1,176,660.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on October 03, 2017, 01:58:44 PM
'This is what Colwyn Bay needs to do to regenerate town centre'
Urban design expert gives his verdict on how the shopping area can be revived.

Bristol-based Ben Hamilton-Baillie, who specialises in traffic and urban design, has come up with a series of recommendations after conducting a study.
He presented his findings to members of the Colwyn Business Improvement District (BID) who commissioned the survey to find ways off bringing in more shoppers, visitors and investment to the area.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/this-what-colwyn-bay-needs-13706850 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/this-what-colwyn-bay-needs-13706850)
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: cygnusx-1 on October 03, 2017, 07:19:53 PM
Well....apart from mentioning underground public toilets and a fun fair this chap wants to relive a period pre-1984.....happy days! A railway goods yard on the lower level of Morrisons' car park is my suggestion if he wants any ideas.

I wonder how much he was paid by the local traders?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Dave on October 04, 2017, 12:18:45 PM
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'This is what Colwyn Bay needs to do to regenerate town centre'
Urban design expert gives his verdict on how the shopping area can be revived.

Bristol-based Ben Hamilton-Baillie, who specialises in traffic and urban design, has come up with a series of recommendations after conducting a study.
He presented his findings to members of the Colwyn Business Improvement District (BID) who commissioned the survey to find ways off bringing in more shoppers, visitors and investment to the area.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/this-what-colwyn-bay-needs-13706850 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/this-what-colwyn-bay-needs-13706850)

The bit about the railway station strikes me as twaddle and probably added to put a unique appraisal on the situation as the rest is so,so obvious.It seems most people can't remember why Colwyn Bay became what it is now but the die was cast way back in the late '60's and it's pretty much impossible to turn the clock back now.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Bri Roberts on October 06, 2017, 08:10:41 AM
The new HQ seems rather large.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: DaveR on October 06, 2017, 08:27:55 AM
It looks like the HQ of a secretive govt dept, dedicated to monitoring and oppressing the will of the people. Oh wait...  :laugh:
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Post by: Ian on October 06, 2017, 09:07:47 AM
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Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Fester on October 07, 2017, 02:31:13 PM
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It looks like the HQ of a secretive govt dept, dedicated to monitoring and oppressing the will of the people. Oh wait...  :laugh:

... and wasting money?
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Robbie G on October 12, 2017, 08:05:17 PM
Can some one tell me how many staff CCBC employ .The new offices in Colwyn Bay appears huge surely we don't employ that many people to fill that building . 
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: alw on October 12, 2017, 08:57:01 PM
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Can some one tell me how many staff CCBC employ .The new offices in Colwyn Bay appears huge surely we don't employ that many people to fill that building .

750 administrative staff  share about 450 "hot desks" . A great many of the staff have a roaming remit and their old traditional desk was empty for most of the day, they are already using the this system at their old bases

I often attend meetings with council staff and their "office" moves with them. At any CCBC premises, such as a leisure centre, they log into  server using the corporate WiFi from their laptops and then plug their telephone handset into a USB port. To all intents and purposes they are at their own desk, all their software, reports and email are available and their public 01492 phone number works just as any fixed line.

No longer do they have to promise to look something up back at the office, or send me an email later, everything is to hand, everywhere.

It is almost magic, but in reality it is just 21st century management.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 25, 2017, 11:57:53 AM
The Air Ambulance helicopter came hovering above the Heights 10 minutes ago but I didn't see it land up here.

I've just seen it again and it is hovering quite low over the Pen Y Brtn School area
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: Hugo on October 25, 2017, 02:47:51 PM
Not long after the helicopter came back Mrs H had to drive down Kings Drive and the Police were there directing traffic.   Apparently there had been a car crash on that bad bend near the top of the hill  so that may be the reason for the Air Ambulance Helicopter.
I just hope that there were no serious injuries to the people involved.
Title: Re: Everything to do with Colwyn Bay
Post by: SteveH on November 16, 2017, 04:05:58 PM
Council's £35m offices taking shape with project manager saying they will be 'cost effective'

Council's office development is not a 'palace for members' says project boss.

http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/councils-35m-offices-taking-shape-13904157 (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/business/business-news/councils-35m-offices-taking-shape-13904157)