Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Press Release Regarding Public Conveniences In The Borough

Cabinet Member draws line under Public Convenience closures

Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Mike Priestley has announced that he does not intend to compulsorily close any public conveniences in the county borough.

The extensive consultation with communities over a number of years attracted much debate and interest from the public.

Cllr Mike Priestley said: “The review of our service was never about saving money, we aimed to improve the service by spending money from closed facilities on refurbishing others. But, during the consultation many people have said that they would rather have a basic facility than none at all.”

With this in mind Cllr Mike Priestley has consulted with the Council Leader, cabinet colleagues and Senior Executive Team and announced that Conwy’s existing public conveniences will remain open.

He added: “Our budget will not extend to significant refurbishment or improvement of any of these facilities, and I must stress that if any are vandalised or damaged we may not have the funds to repair them and they may be closed until money is available.

“However, I’m still committed to working with Town & Community Councils, local groups and businesses to look at opportunities to improve the service, whether by transferring responsibility or contribution to running costs.”

In support of the decision Cllr Phil Edwards, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I very much welcome this announcement for our communities. The issue has been debated at great length and this decision today will set all our minds at rest. It will be warmly welcomed I'm sure by our residents, businesses and the many thousands of people who visit our beautiful county."


Sunday, 14 October 2012

Head Trauma Treatment in North Wales

There is an article in Tomorrows Daily Post regarding the decision to switch treatment of Head Trauma from North Wales from The Walton Centre to Stoke in North Staffordshire. I have some information that I will use to check the performance of this decision.

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board say that they will save around £240K a year (Let us see).

I have concerns regarding the extra time this will take in getting seriously injured patients to North Staffordshire down the M6.

Monday, 6 August 2012

What A Day At The Races

This was the finishing line at Chester Race Course yesterday. My wife and I have attended this event for the last few years and generally had very good weather.

I have to say I haven't seen so much rain fall so heavily for so long as it did yesterday. We stayed overnight and some shops were closed today due to flooding. Nevertheless we had a good couple of days.

Friday, 20 July 2012

The Royal Welsh Way

Today saw another section of the A470  signed off and named, The Royal Welsh Way.The section in question is the Bodysgallen Hall Hotel Stretch. I now need to work on further funding for four more road signs.

Once again Thanks to all that have assisted in this worthwhile project.

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Friday, 18 May 2012

Cabinet Post - Conwy County Borough Council

Yesterday at full Council the Leader, Cllr Dilwyn Roberts announced that I would have the Cabinet position with responsibility for Highways and Property. Below is what I said regarding my new appointment.

"I’m taking on a new portfolio and I’m looking forward to the challenge of a new set of responsibilities. Investment in roads and infrastructure is vital to Conwy’s future prosperity and I’m determined to be involved in delivering services in an innovative way and securing quality and the best value for the people of Conwy."