Saturday, 21 February 2009
Craig Ollerton said...Oscar, not up on the ins and outs of this 1982 plan. Educate me, what does it mean, what is it for? what processes of planning is it used in?
The 1982 district plan was a template to be used for the development of the area until 1991, by which time a new update plan was to have been adopted, it was a template for retail developments etc, I say template as it was not to be necessarily a statement of intent set in stone.
When this was drafted there was for example no Mostyn Champneys, no Conwy Tunnel, no Tesco, not the cafe culture that we now have in most towns and cities, no Parc Llandudno, no Internet as to speak off that has influenced some of our shopping habits. no lo cost airlines and certainly not the going abroad habit that most of us now have, we in North Wales still had thousands and thousands of families spending their summer holidays here, many for the whole week, not the 2 and 3 day breaks that many come for now.
In short, the 1982 plan was a framework based on an entirely different era, nothing like the commercial world that we now live in.
Conwy planners have made things up as they have gone on, in some cases have used the 1982 plan as an excuse, a form of cop out, whilst they on the whole have no coherent alternative, many of these councillors them selves have no idea about how out of date a plan the planners are using.
It would have been a great idea to have had a clean sweep of the hierarchy of the planning department when Dithering Detheridge went, and brought a new person with a new vision in, that had worked previously in the big wide world, rather than just here in the Conwy County area.
If the average business,whether it be hospitality, retail construction etc were still trading an operating on a business plan that had not changed since 1982 it woulds have long since died and gone bust, a bit like the council we have has done, except of course unlike business who have no guarantee of income, unlike the council that is guaranteed income no matter what.
Can you honestly imagine these people being successful in the private sector or a sector that survives and is judged on results??
I doubt it!
Please do yourself a favour and click onto the link to read what I am talking about!
Craig Ollerton said...
Oscar, not up on the ins and outs of this 1982 plan. Educate me, what does it mean, what is it for? what processes of planning is it used in?
Their silence at times is deafening!
7% return on your money in this day and age is not at all bad, especialy as it is a full repairing lease!
Friday, 20 February 2009
Now today after being away for the best part of the week, I was in the Trinity Square area of Llandudno as I was going to Marks for some Lunch, and I bumped into a chap I had not seen for many a year, and the way he looked at me was sheer hate.
Why he looked at me in that way was many years ago I knew that he was up to no good, buying and selling stolen goods, so I told the police about it in confidence, they some time later raided his place, NOT the place that I had told them about by the way, and they did not find a thing on THIS occasion.
However some days later he was by my car as I went to it on the way home and a verbal altercation took place , he called me a grass,amongst many other things, fair enough, but who could have told him about it?
ONLY the police, as only 2 other people knew about me phoning , in those days, the local police station, the 2 that I had told would never have told him, yet he had found out.
So in relation to the banter below, I would think very carefully before I would now give information to the police, drug dealers I am sure are not very nice people to deal with, especially so if they think you have grassed them up!!
"i know witnessed over 20 drug deals taking place today in broad daylight in a certain place in Llandudno. All this whilst they were busy pulling motorists not 200 yards away"
"As interesting as this pic is and keeping a good story going unfortunately this is a minature palm tree and is nothing like a cannabis plant....should have gone to specsavers instead of spying on the old bill. Always surprises me when someone says something about seeing drug deals being made down the road from the cops stopping a car......I suggest you speak to the boys and girls in blue and tell them what you see and who's dealing; that way you won't get stressed. I'm sure I heard that drug dealers use cars too, so maybe they have good reason to stop cars!!"
"I can only assume by your defensive responce that you are old bill. Like i said it was someone i know who was witnessing these deals. Im not stressed about it, I just think its a shame that these low life have the run of the streets, and for your information the person who witnessed this did try to contact the local community beat officer with no luck so far. Perhaps if the boys and girls in blue got out of their cars and walked about for a change they might witness what goes on under their noses.
20 February 2009 08:20"
I am not saying which one it is, as it does NOT have a board advertising it as being available, so it would not be fair on the staff to say.
Look at the rates payable though!
How much worse is it going to get?
I was speaking to an accountant who cover much of North Wales, dealing with some very large clients, and he was of the opinion it has got no where near as bad as it is going to get.
The property is arranged over basement, ground, first, second and third floors. The property is held on a full repairing and insuring lease for a term of 25 years, expiring 28th August 2011, subject to no further rent reviews. The rateable value is £84,500 pa.
Sincere good luck to him, and don't get too sidetracked by some of the local Conservative members!
"A nutmeg (or tunnel or panna) is a technique used in football (soccer) or hockey, in which a player plays the ball through an opponent's legs. This can be whilst passing to another player, shooting or occasionally to carry on and retrieve it them self."
Maybe it is me, but I have never seen how much it costs for the twinning of the town with Wormhout costs.
What benefit is it to the "normal" people of Llandudno?
Does charity not start at home, such as spending every spare penny there is on the town?
I know Bertie Bertolla used to be all for the twining, but to be fair he is nothing to go on, there was a picture in this weeks Pioneer of him sitting on some bench, looking as if he had had an accident in his pants.
Made me laugh really, Sean from Bryan Davies had got on to him about the dreadful state of the benches in North Western Gardens, now Bertie if he was any use as a town councillor should already have noticed the state of these benches, for is that not part of the role, being custodians of their patch, whilst the rest of us get on with some meaning full role?
Back to the twining, if you google llandudno twining wormhout you get nothing of any use,
so what is the use??
All I can see from the town council website is the following,
Can you imagine setting off fireworks and causing millions of pounds worth of damage?
Thursday, 19 February 2009
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
What more can be said??
It is a poor show to say the least, not a word of support for the business owner from Betty Williams, if ever there was a bigger waste of money than some of our councillors here is one!
I have neither heard or read a word about this from any other source, but we all deserve better that is for sure!
MP slams Assembly Government over business rates
29 January 2009
Westminster Clwyd West MP, David Jones, has criticised the Welsh Assembly Government for undermining struggling North Wales businesses with an above-inflation increase in non-domestic rates.
Under Assembly plans, the non-domestic rates multiplier will rise from 0.466 to 0.489 in the next financial year.
The consequence will be a rise of almost 5 per cent in business rate bills for the financial year 2009-2010.
David Jones said:
“According a report by the International Monetary Fund published yesterday, Britain is entering the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression; it will affect this country more severely than any other developed country in the world.“
At a time such as this, it might have been expected that the Labour – Plaid Cymru Assembly Government would have wished to support struggling Welsh businesses, rather than undermine them still further.“Businesses in towns like Colwyn Bay, Abergele and Ruthin are already feeling the pain of the downturn.
They need help from government, not more financial burdens.
“Businesses across Clwyd West are telling me that they are finding it an almost impossible struggle to cope with ever-increasing business rates, when their profits are severely squeezed and trade is slowing down.
“Despite all their warm words and their “economic summits”, therefore, the Assembly Government are now actively helping to push North Wales businesses into insolvency.”
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
The West Shore, despite promises last May, that should they get elected, the councillors would push for a weekly sweep. well they got elected, and the West Shore has never got it's weekly sweep.
And today I read that it has been voted a favourite poem again.
When I had my very first office that I could call my own, I found a printed copy of "If" and hung it proudly up, that with some brand new business stationary and a business stamp were all I brought in the physical sense to the new job, that was to be fair like no other work I had done before, it was a new start, and with my enthusiasm and self belief it was it like hitting the ground running.
It was a hard start to business, harder looking back now, than it felt at the time, but in all honesty failure was never an option, provided I gave the dedication and time to the new business, and of course kept good housekeeping of the business.
Many was the time I would sit and look at the poem and hear this mans words as he recited this poem to me, funny I always remember him having tea on his breath as he recited it to me.
He was like a Grand father to me, and like a Father to my own Father, it is true that these few people that leave a mark such as his on us never really leave us, they are but in the other room like another popular poem describes death.
If only we knew then what we know now.
IF you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:
If you can dream - and not make dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and DisasterAnd treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:
If you can make one heap of all your winnings And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: 'Hold on!'
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,'
Or walk with Kings - nor lose the common touch,
if neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minuteWith sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man, my son!
There he was, driving from Builder Street in his car, at 3.30 pm, and out the butt came in full view.
You have to give it to Bychan, he never has cared too much for detail, even as he empties the bins he leaves a fair percentage on the floor!
Monday, 16 February 2009
81-83a Mostyn Street, Llandudno, LL30 2PD
A1 - Shop
Old Nat West
52 Mostyn Street, Llandudno, LL30 2RP
Rates payable: £39,039 pax
Now one further problem in all of this is that last year the beloved Government scrapped any rate relief on empty property, in the past, after 6 months rate free, the property owner only had to pay 50% of the rates due, from last year the property owner now has to pay the full amount, unless it is a listed building, in which case there are NO rates payable.
Hence in some cases land lords are now demolishing some proprieties to save paying vast amounts in rates, the other point that as trade is , in the past the property owner might well have being a bit choosy as to what sort of business they would want to trade from their premises, hence they may well have said no to having more charity shops or pound like shops, but having to pay the full business rates, they may well say, sod it, I will take the first one to come along.
Not a decision you could blame them for taking in the present climate.
But can you imagine Burton's corner empty, together with Woolworths on the other end, not to mention the others?
Not a nice thought.
Hope the councillors put their hands up and take some responsibility for this, for they allowed Parc Llandudno, and then to add insult to injury, took a bunger of £400,000 so Parc Llandudno could build another store!
Once councillor even had the cheek to e mail me to say she took exception to me calling it a bunger!
Well prove me otherwise!
Years ago it would have been called a bribe!
One of the many things that gets right up my nose are people that get away with fiddling their tax, and thus benefiting many times over in doing so.
In the year 2009 and the technology that is now available it should not be too difficult to follow a paper trail through the land registry and the like.
One thing that should now come out of this once and for all, are the many stories that are now doing the rounds true?
If not, then the persons involved can at some stage get on with their lives, if they are true, then justice will have to be seen to being done and with out delay.