Business Wales grant available for Denbighshire businesses
Businesses in Denbighshire are being encouraged to apply for an emergency grant.
The Economic Resilience Fund Sector Specific scheme opens at midday on Wednesday, January 13 and will provide emergency financial assistance to businesses and their employees.
It is for businesses primarily in the hospitality, leisure and tourism sectors, including supply chains, where businesses have been forced to close or have been affected by Welsh Government restrictions which started on December 4.
This scheme is administered by Business Wales.
Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council, said: “It has been a very difficult period for businesses in Denbighshire and I would encourage those eligible to apply for this Welsh Government funding.
“This scheme has a specific amount of funding so businesses need to apply as soon as possible. The Council understands how important local businesses are to our communities and the local economy and we will continue to work with the Welsh Government to ensure support is available to our county’s traders.”
Businesses are encouraged to use the eligibility checker and read the guidance before applying to ensure they meet the specific criteria. You can find more information at https://fundchecker.businesswales.gov.wales/sectorspecificgrant/
Businesses cannot apply for this grant, if they have already applied for the Restrictions Non Domestic Rates or Restrictions Discretionary grants which are administered by Denbighshire County Council.
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One Voice Wales and Save a Life Cymru are working together to encourage communities across Wales to understand the importance of learning CPR ( Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation) and using a defibrillator.
Every year, in Wales, over 6,000 people will have a cardiac arrest and at least 80% will happen in the home. Currently less than 5% will survive a cardiac arrest if it happens in the community.
There is no telling who will be next and it can happen suddenly to anyone at any age.
Save a Life Cymru’s mission is to equip the people of Wales with lifesaving CPR and defibrillation skills to help reduce the number of people who die as a result of a cardiac arrest. We can only achieve this if we all work together.
Please follow us on, Twitter: @savealifecymru and Facebook: @achubbywydcymru
Our website is: www.gov.wales/savealifecymru
Residents reminded to exercise from home during lockdown
Denbighshire County Council is reminding residents of Welsh Government regulations to only exercise from home.
The Council has been working with North Wales Police to ensure people comply with the regulations not to travel for exercise in line with Alert Level 4 restrictions.
The car parks at Loggerheads Country Park and Moel Famau, as well as the roads leading to Moel Famau, are currently closed.
Cllr Tony Thomas, the Council’s Lead Member for Housing and Communities, said: “We are asking people to follow the guidance to stay at home during the current lockdown and to only exercise from home.
“Welsh Government regulations state your exercise should start and finish from your home and you should exercise alone or with a member of your household or support bubble.
“We have been working with North Wales Police and a number of people attempting to visit Loggerheads Country Park and Moel Famau and other sites have been turned away or fined and the roads to Moel Famau remain closed.
“We understand this is a difficult time and everybody is keen to enjoy the countryside but we are asking people to stay away for a bit longer to help reduce the spread of coronavirus and keep our communities safe.”
The visitor centre and cafe at Loggerheads Country Park and the tea rooms at Plas Newydd are currently closed.
Regulations state that people with specific health or mobility issues may need to travel from their home in order to be able to exercise.
You can read the Welsh Government guidance on exercising during Alert Level 4 at https://gov.wales/alert-level-4-frequently-asked-questions
The cases of the virus are increasing and we all must be sensible over the Christmas break to protect ourselves and our families, friends and neighbours.
There has been a rise in loneliness, depression and sadly suicides and so once again can ask for your support in keeping an eye on your neighbours especially over the festive season. You may not be able to invite them over for Christmas dinner but a telephone call can make all the difference.
I would like to thank everyone for helping out in our Communities over the last twelve months, making those calls and checks on their neighbours and collecting shopping and prescriptions for those people who are on their own or just struggling to get out. Thank you.
Staying on the subject of Covid 19 as you all know there is now some light at the end of the tunnel with the roll-out of the first approved vaccine. All the Governments have set targets for the roll out and those of us who are front line staff and those who are most vulnerable will be the first to get the vaccine. Again, it is being managed differently in each part of the UK but please do not telephone your GP about the vaccine roll out. I understand that the Health Service in Wales will contact everyone as soon as the vaccine is ready for you and it will take some months before everyone receives it. By calling your GP you will only be adding to their work load.
The Welsh NHS Covid testing centre has now closed in Ruthin and has moved to the Market Street Car Park in Llangollen. The site will open between the hours of 9.30 and 3.30 and once again no appointments are required although you should only go if you have been referred by your GP or you think you have Covid symptoms. You can still book a test via 119 but you will more than likely be sent to the main testing centre on the Deeside Business Park Queensferry.
The latest Covid stats for Wales show a worrying increase in cases per 100,000. In the Rhondda they are 1,243, Swansea 1,064 and Merthyr 1,032. In comparison Denbighshire’s figures are 158 per
100,000. Sadly, we cannot afford to be complacent because the figures can change very quickly as we have seen in London and the Southeast.
Just when we all thought that the four governments had at last come together to present a united front on the way to manage the Covid Pandemic over the Christmas period they have all once again started to give out different messages about Christmas and the New Year. We now have a three/four-tier system in England, a four-tier system in Wales and a five-tier system in Scotland, which is all very confusing especially when you are possibly travelling between the home countries.
If you are over fifty you can now have a free flu vaccination in Wales. This can be completed via your GPs surgery or through your local Chemist. You should telephone to book a slot.
Tree Felling Due to Diseases
Sadly, large areas of Larch on Moel Famau will have to be felled because it is diseased. This will involve traffic lights between the two car parks where most of the Larch has been growing and some paths will have to be closed in that area for health and safety reasons while the felling is undertaken.
Ash Die Back is now a major concern in our ward and the Llanarmon Community Council have just been granted planning permission to fell two Ash Trees in the St Garmons grave yard. They plan to replace the trees with other native species. Over the next few years, we will see many of our Ash trees disappear and if you are concerned about a tree in your area you should contact the County especially if it is on the roadside. If the tree is on private land you need to check that it does not have a preservation order attached to it before you take any action to fell the tree. In the majority of
cases the felling of trees will have to be paid for by the land owner and care should be taken when disposing of any material associated with the tree because it harbours the disease. Please contact the County for advice.
Denbighshire Support for Community Events
Denbighshire have announced that there will be support for larger Community events in the future and they can assist with equipment such as Tannoy systems etc. The County are also be happy to publish details of planned events on the County’s Website. See the County’s Website for more information and where to get help.
There are now defibrillators on the outside walls of Cafi Florence at Loggerheads, the Canolfan Dewi Sant in Eryrys, the Village Hall in Llandegla, the village shop in Llanarmon, the Village Hall in Llanferres and the Public Toilets at Moel Famau. There are also defibrillators in the old telephone boxes in Graianrhyd and Maeshafn and in the school at Llanarmon. Llanarmon Community Council also have a mobile defibrillator for use at external events across the ward and this can be booked via the community council clerk Norma Wright or myself.
The Ambulance Service also confirm that they plan to install a defibrillator near the summit of Moel Famau in the spring with the help of Denbighshire Countryside Services.
Please make a note of where your local defibrillator is just in case you need one and again can I thank everyone who helps to maintain these vital pieces of equipment.
The Saw Mill in Llanferres has now installed a new defibrillator which will be available to local residents in the case of an emergency.
If Covid was not bad enough cases of Avian flu have recently been reported amongst the wild bird population in Wales. Therefore, all captive birds should be kept indoors from the 14th December including pets and commercial chickens, turkeys, ducks, etc.
Because this is only affecting Wales at present an all-Wales Avian Influenza Prevention Zone was set up in November and for further information view the Welsh Government website https://gov.wales/avian-influenza
If you have any concern about your birds you should contact your vet for advice.
There will be another road closure in the Llandegla area between the 11th and 13th January and this will involve the road that passes through the Hafod from the A525 by the Plough to the A542.
Scammers and Fraudsters
Once again beware of fraudsters and scammers. They are very active over the Christmas period.
The latest include calls to say that a transaction abroad has gone through your bank account and that you should call them back to stop the transaction. Another involves a call to say that either your Amazon account has been debited with an item or the Amazon annual charge. Never respond to the caller and always go through directory enquires for your bank or Amazon’s telephone number.
Also beware of charity scammers who want you to sign up to a direct debit or give money over the telephone. Don't do that. If you want to help any charity then look up their contact details yourself (not any the scammer may have) and then contact them direct yourself.
I can confirm that there has been no change to the County’s gritting routes this winter but can I ask that if you park on the road side please park as close to the kerb as you can. This will help the gritter to get through.
The new yellow grit boxes are being delivered and these will replace piles of lose grit in most areas. Over a thousand boxes have been ordered but it will take about twelve months to get all of these distributed and therefore there will still be a need for piles of grit in some places.
As this will be my last update before Christmas and the New Year, I would like to take the opportunity of wishing you all a Merry Christmas in whatever form that is and also a Happy Healthy and Peaceful New Year.
Walk In Test Centre Ruthin
A new walk-in Test-Centre has opened today in the County Hall Car-Park, Ruthin.
You do not need to book and results will be texted to you within 72 hours! This facility will be available for the next few weeks – it isn’t permanent. I will keep you informed as this develops.
If in doubt the other nearest test centre is still based at the Deeside Business Park.
The vulnerable and residents on the County’s Shielding register in Denbighshire will have been called again as part of the Well-Being Checks during the recent Fire-break Lock Down here in Wales. There has been a lot of positive feedback about this service but please let me know if you are on the shielding list but did not receive a call.If you are ever unsure or worried about a call you have received call 01824 706000 to check that the call was from DCC.
It is a good time to remind everyone to be good neighbours, especially as winter approaches, and to ask you to keep an eye on elderly residents in your Community. I have noticed that when I am speaking to residents over the telephone, many of them are pleased just to have a chat; therefore let’s not forget that a call a day helps to keep the blues away.
The number of Covid cases have fallen in North Wales but they have still been rising in South Wales. Now that the Fire-break has been lifted it is now in our hands to follow the basic rules to keep ourselves and other people safe.
I am pleased to announce that there will be a new Mobile Post Office Counter Service for Llanferres beginning Thursday 19th November. This is an excellent friendly service and the vehicle will park in the slip road by St Berres Church entrance.
The Service opening hours for all our villages will also be changing as from next Thursday and they are as follows:
Llandegla Car Park 12.00 to 13.00
Llanarmon Yn Ial Raven Car Park 13.30 to 14.30
Eryrys Outside Canolfan Dewi Sant 14.45 to 15.15
Llanferres St Berres slip road 15.30 to 16.15
All these services will run weekly on a Thursday until further notice but if we do not use them, we could lose them. Don't forget you can use the service in any of our villages which may still be closer than travelling to Ruthin or Mold. During my discussions with the Post Office they confirmed that they intend to continue with the Mobile Van service in future. This means that they can park, open the doors and serve straight away. It also means that the Communities they serve do not have to arrange to open village halls etc. You must still observe the social distancing rules and wear a face mask at all times. It may also be a good idea to remember to take an umbrella with you!!
The Mobile Post Office Service includes:
Post letters and parcels.
Travel money and travel money card.
Cash withdrawals from Bank Accounts.
Personal and business banking deposits.
Change service for Businesses.
Home phone and broadband.
One4All gift cards.
Mobile phone top ups.
Gas and Electric top ups.
Because England is now in Lock Down for the month of November it has been decided to terminate the X1 Bus Service (Ruthin to Chester via Mold) in Mold rather than Chester.
The Chester link will restart on the 2nd December.
Denbighshire’s main recycling centres reopened on the 9th November. You still need to book a slot and this can be done by telephone on 01824 706000 or online by visiting http://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/recycling
Denbighshire’s Libraries also reopened on the 9th and you can browse, collect books as well as using their Computers and the One Stop Service by making an appointment at your local Library.
Ruthin Library telephone number is 01824 705274.
For more information including the Home Library Service and opening times visit
The police have advised that there is yet another scam doing the rounds which looks very authentic and appears to have been sent by the Royal Mail.
It states that the Royal Mail have tried to deliver a parcel and goes on to say that there is a £1.99 fee to pay. Once again do not click on the link because they are after bank details etc.
If you receive any e-mail like this or any that appear to be a scam please forward them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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