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."





Monday, 14 May 2012

Edwards Of Conwy

On a recent visit to Asda in Llandudno, I grabbed the opportunity to introduce the Deputy Prime Minister to what I believe to be some of the best produce in the UK. Edwards of Conwy produce and in paticular their Sausages!!

Nick Cleggs Verdict, he said "Gorgeous".

Ward Work

I am pleased with this piece of work carried out on my Ward. I was contacted by a resident regarding the entrance to Glan Y Mor Rd, stating how tired it looked. I asked that this area be put forward for regenerating as part of The Llandudno Junction Regeneration Programme and was supported by fellow Councillors and The Board.

The grassed area will now be maintained and feedback from residents is positive. (I'll try and find a photo from before the work was carried out and attach it later)

Saturday, 5 May 2012

Thank You Marl Ward Residents

 Votes  for me roughly work out at 70% of total returned

Marl - results
Election Candidate Party Votes %
Mike Priestley Welsh Liberal Democrats/Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru 909 40% Elected
Sue Shotter Welsh Liberal Democrats/Democratiaid Rhyddfrydol Cymru 683 30% Elected
Bill Chapman Welsh Labour/Llafur Cymru 324 14% Not elected
Beverley Anne James Welsh Conservative Party Candidate/Ymgeisydd Plaid Geidwadol Cymru 225 10% Not elected
Karen Marie Jones Welsh Conservative Party Candidate/Ymgeisydd Plaid Geidwadol Cymru 157 7% Not elected

Voting Summary
Details Number
Seats 2
Total votes 2298
Electorate 3165
Num. ballot papers issued 1299
Number of proxy votes 13
Number of ballot papers rejected 5
Number of postal votes sent 593
Number of postal votes returned 436
Turnout 41%

Share of the votes (%)
Mike Priestley 40% Elected
Sue Shotter 30% Elected
Bill Chapman 14% Not elected
Beverley Anne James 10% Not elected
Karen Marie Jones 7% Not elected

Results graph

Monday, 16 April 2012

The Royal Welsh Way

A proud day for me today. The official unveiling of The Royal Welsh Way at Bodysgallen Hall. My thanks to everyone who made this happen. Road signs almost all in place along the section of the A470 (Roundabout of A55 north along the A470 to Roundabout Marl Lane) Pic courtesy of

Sunday, 8 April 2012


Family coming for Lunch, looks like a little exercise will be needed Monday!!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Update The Royal Welsh Way

I will confirm this but it looks likely that April 16th at 2pm will be the time and date for the official unveiling of The Royal Welsh Way.

The event will be held in the grounds of Bodysgallen Hall. I am hoping that the Unveiling will be done by 1 veteran, 2 soldiers from Blind Veterans UK  and a serving Soldier/Officer.

In attendance for the Ceremony will be an assortment from the Regiment including the Goat Major and representatives who have made this project happen including Gareth Davies who contacted me via Facebook to see if we could name a road after the Regiment.

It is fair to say that this small project has captured the attention and support from across Wales and I am really pleased to have been able to have progressed it.

My thanks to all involved.

Friday, 9 March 2012

The Royal Welsh Way

This is one of the eight signs that are now hot off the production line. On the top left hand side you have Conwy County Borough Council's coat of arms and the top right hand side is the Royal Welsh regiments Cap Badge.

There will be an official unveiling on the 16th April (to be confirmed). This has been a very rewarding project and I would like to thank the following for making this happen:

Cllr Merfyn Thomas
Cllr Philip Evans
Cllr Graham Rees

Glan Conwy Community Council
Conwy Town Council
Officers Conwy CBC
Royal Welsh Regiment

For their support:
Cllr Sue Shotter
Cllr Meirion Hughes

More to Mention at the unveiling.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Ffordd Y Cymry Brenhinol - The Royal Welsh Way

The order for naming  a section of the A470 has been signed and now as you travel north up the A470 from the A55 to the Roundabout at Marl Lane just before the Bodysgallen stretch, you will be travelling along The Royal Welsh Way.

Phase 2 will be the naming of the Bodysgallen stretch up to the St David's College Roundabout, Wormhout Way.

I am really pleased with this project and the idea came from a resident in my ward via Facebook.

Official unveiling sometime in April. I will update via this blog.
Thanks to all involved.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

West Shore & Kinmel Bay Wind Blown Sand

I can confirm today that Conwy County Borough Council's Environment Department has received a Marine Consent License, this license will now enable us to redistribute the wind blown sand below the high water mark at certain states of the tide (Spring Tides).

This will hopefully assist with the problem of the sand blowing around as at least it will get wet twice a day!!!

I have asked that we deal with this issue before the Easter Break. We will also monitor the situation.


Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Operation Afghanistan Goodie Box Appeal

This appeal finished today after a month of collecting goodies for our brave troops that are just starting a tour out in Afghanistan. The appeal supported by Tesco Llandudno Junction and my Council colleagues Merfyn Thomas, Graham Rees and Meirion Hughes collected items for The Royal Welsh regiment, items included wet wipes, deodorant shower gel, books, dvd's and writing material, these items are difficult to purchase on the front line.

We handed over hundreds of items today and I feel that these items may help boost morale and demonstrate to our brave troops that we are thinking of them.

My thanks go to all those that donated.


Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Cleanest Streets in Wales

Conwy has been awarded cleanest streets in Wales 3rd year running, Conwy County Borough Councils Environment Department signed up for further improvements during 2012.

Sunday, 1 January 2012


The Bad News is time flies. The good news is you're the Pilot. -by Michael Altshuler