Update on our Broadband Campaign in Graianrhyd from Kevin Patterson.
Out of a total of 50 properties in and around Graianrhyd, I'm pleased to say we now have 44 properties registered on the Community Fibre Partnership (CFP) Scheme - these can all be seen on this map. My thanks to Sue Jones for her help in spreading the word throughout our community and delivering all the letters as well as Phil Burrows, Digital Officer at Denbighshire CC. On Monday I submitted all these details to BT Openreach.
As you may or may not know, each property is awarded a government grant depending on whether they are just a residential property or they are a residential property running a business or charity from home. Residential only properties receive £3,000 and Business / Charity properties receive £7,000. Basically all the grant money is pooled together into one community pot. Of the 44 properties, 14 have either a business, charity or both running from them, the rest are residential only. In total our pot stands at £188,000. Speaking with Phil at DCC, he believes this should be enough to cover the cost of installing fibre broadband for us all - which, if he's right, is great news! If it isn't then there are other potential grants we could call upon, if required.
So what's next? BT Openreach are now working on a ballpark cost for us. This should be back with me over the next week or two. As long as the ballpark cost is within our budget of £188,000 they will then proceed to the next stage, which is to work up a full design, showing what speeds each house would receive. After that, and assuming we are still within budget, we'll give them the go ahead to proceed. The work will then be scheduled in with their engineers and they should hopefully give us a rough estimate of when the work will be completed by.
The Bar will be also open BOTH EVENINGS from 5pm till 8.00pm
for takeaway drinks (sealed containers only)
THIS WEEKEND WE WILL HAVE
Carlsberg, San Miguel, Strongbow, Tetley and Guinness back in stock
To place your order, and book your slot for collection
Please phone 07720909247
FOR FISH & CHIPS AND CURRIES
Butter Chicken Curry
Veggie option Vegetable Korma
all served with rice - at the lockdown price of £8.50
Payment can be made on collection
( Card payments only )
If you don’t have a suitable sealed container, we have reusable 500ml containers @ 50p each
and 1litre containers @ 75p each
On behalf of The Raven
There have been a number of important announcements about changes to the current Covid 19 regulations which may or may not happen if there are any further Covid spikes in Wales. The pandemic is ongoing and we must all still take care to follow the guidelines on social distancing, general hygiene and wearing face masks on public transport etc.
As your County Councillor and a Group Leader I have been meeting once a week with Denbighshire’s Chief Executive, the Leader of the Council, the Head of Finance and other Group Leaders to review everything from the current finances at DCC, how the council is now being run and how it will be run in the future and the impact of Covid 19 on everything we do. We receive Covid stats from the health board and I have been pressing for some time for more detailed reports so that we can try and id Covid hot spots in the County. I believe this information is key to how we as a County can
manage any outbreaks and it would help us to concentrate resources where they are needed. I also believe that if there was an outbreak in one of our communities you would all want to know so that you could take local precautions.
The police have asked me to circulate details of two vehicles that have been acting suspiciously in
the Ruthin area. One is a light blue Cherokee Jeep and the other a light blue Mazda 5. Both have
ladders on their roofs. The occupants who have strong Irish accents are calling on residents asking if they want to sell their caravans. The police are advising that people secure their caravans by locking them to the ground and if anyone sees these vehicles in their area, they should report them to the police immediately.
The Schools in Wales have now reopened and those pupils who have opted to attend will be going back to school on a strict rota basis. In the case of Ysgol Bro Famau the pupils will be looked after at the Llanferres site because there is more room there. Although this is a very short term it will give teachers at all of our village schools a chance to see how the new norm works before everyone ideally starts back to school for the new school year in September. It also means that those children going to secondary schools in September can at least have an end of term and some preparation for what is a big move for them. This school year will end on the 17th July when in Denbighshire schools will finish for the summer holidays. All Caravan Parks will open on the 13th July in Wales along with self-catering cottages and on the 6th July, people will be able to travel relatively freely in Wales as they are in England. The 6th July is also the date when the Country Parks will reopen at Loggerheads and Moel Famau and so with the ability to travel further we should brace ourselves for an increase in visitors. The Moel Famau and Loggerheads public toilets will also be open. The Park Rangers and the Police will keep a close eye on the number of visitors and if they feel that the Park at Moel
Famau is reaching capacity the Police will still have the power to close Forestry road again at Tafarn Y Gelyn if necessary.
There have been some concerns raised about the use of the car park at Pistyll Gwyn quarry. At a recent meeting with Tarmac I suggested that the bund between the car park and the B5430 should be removed as far as the wall and gate into the quarry. At the moment this area of the car park cannot be seen from the road and it has led to fly tipping, overnight parking and unsavoury night time activities! Tarmac have agreed to remove the bund and they have also agreed to reinstate the height barrier and rebuild the stone wall at the entrance as well. The reinstatement of the height barrier will help to stop overnight parking and larger vehicles from entering and fly tipping.
I have now managed to get rid of my green waste thanks to the reinstatement of the green bin collections and I would just like to remind everyone who pays for this non-statutory service that their payment for those ten weeks missed during the lock down will be carried forward.
Some of the popular footpaths closed during the lock down have already reopened and as from Monday the main paths around Moel Famau and Loggerheads will also reopen. To avoid the crowds, it may be a good idea to get hold of a good ordnance survey map and walk some of the many
footpaths in our area. Our ward has the highest number of footpaths in the County and there are also some excellent community circular walks supported by maps produced by Countryside Services. When walking in the Countryside please always follow the Countryside code, close gates behind you and keep your dogs on a lead when crossing farm land. Most importantly explore and enjoy this beautiful part of the world. DWR Cymru (Welsh Water) has provided bottled water supplies to each local authority for people on private water supplies in the event of a drought this summer.
The Llanarmon Yn Ial/Llandegla ward has a large number of properties and businesses who have their own private water supplies from deep wells and springs and any illegal tipping could affect these supplies. This is another reason to report any fly tipping as soon as you find it. Asbestos was tipped in a stream in Graianrhyd last year and that case is still ongoing.
Sadly, I have now had confirmation that both the Llanarmon Show and the Eryrys Tractor
Show have been cancelled for this year due to Covid 19.
I know that everyone will be disappointed because these shows form part of our
communities’ social calendar and a lot of work goes into organising these events by the
committees involved. Hopefully everything will be back to normal next year.
The Llanarmon Yn Ial Community Shop have asked me to let everyone know that they are increasing their opening hours as from Monday 6th July. The revised hours are 8.00am until 4.00pm Monday to Saturday and from 9.00am to 2.00pm on a Sunday.
Can I once again thank all the volunteers who have gone the extra mile during the lock down to help their communities and the Spar Shop and their staff at Loggerheads for doing the same.
I used the mobile post office In Llanarmon on Thursday which is an excellent service and which is being well used in both Llanarmon and Llandegla. Sadly, they have been unable to include Eryrys in the mobile service due to a very tight schedule but it is hoped that Eryrys residents can get down to Llanarmon until normal service is resumed. I have covered the Post Office hours in a previous update. The Westminster Government are keen to get Superfast Broadband rolled out across the UK and in some rural areas, broadband is still an issue. The majority of our ward now has Superfast BB and some have Ultrafast BB but there are still pockets where the service is still very poor.
The Welsh Government have announced that they are doubling the value of the Community Broadband [BB] scheme vouchers and it looks as if Graianrhyd will be one of the first Community schemes in Denbighshire. They have managed to get over forty-four households to sign up and the County’s new Digital/BB officer Phil Burrows is helping them through the hoops. I would like to thank Kevin Patterson and Sue Jones for leading the way on this Community project. If you are in a BB ‘not-spot’, speak to your neighbours and then to Phil Burrows to see if he can help you.
Many of you may be aware of a new Traveller site that has appeared in our ward during the lock
down. It has been constructed in the open countryside near the reservoir on the A525 as you cross
the County Boundary from Wrexham into Denbighshire. This was first brought to my attention by a number of residents in that area when a gateway appeared giving access to the land from what is a busy and fast road. Over the following weeks I reported to the DCC planning team further developments and supported these reports with pictures. Last weekend it became clear what was happening when a number of caravans appeared on the site and on Tuesday morning, I attended a video conference with the DCC Senior Planning Officer, the Planning Enforcement Officer, Planning Legal Officer and the Police. This is an illegal development and the County will take enforcement action but sadly I believe that this will take some time to resolve!!
There are a lot of issues in the ward at the moment and as a result of this my telephone line is hot and my e-mail inbox is always full. Please bear with me and I will endeavour to respond to all e-mails within two to three days. As the lock down eases, pubs and restaurants reopen and other forms of entertainment open their doors again, it is important that we all take responsibility for protecting ourselves and everyone that we meet. Please do not forget that the virus is still out there and none of us would want to catch it or pass it on to our friends and family. Please do not hesitate to contact me If you think that I can help in any way.
Good News, both Llanarmon and Llandegla will receive a mobile Post Office Service as from Thursday 18th June. The van will arrive in the Llandegla car park at 9.30am and will leave at 10.30 am. It will then travel to Llanarmon Yn Ial where it will park in the Raven car park from 11.00 am until 12.00 noon. Sadly, still no news about a similar service for Eryrys at the moment but I will chase this.
At a Video Conference last week with the Leader of the Council and the DCC Chief Exec it was confirmed that there had been a rise in the number of reported Covid 19 cases in Denbighshire. Although the increase was only small it meant that Denbighshire was sadly leading the way with Covid 19 cases in North Wales.
It is fair to say that in Denbighshire there are more Covid checks being undertaken than other counties and there may be a number of other contributing factors such as the fact that Ysbty Glan Clwyd is situated in Denbighshire and that we have some very deprived areas in towns such as Rhyl. I did ask if the Health Board could confirm where the Hot Spots were so that we can concentrate support in those areas.
Denbighshire also has a mobile testing unit for or Care Homes and our staff are involved in the Test, Trace and Protect exercise.
The response to the reopening of the Counties recycling sites and the appointments booking system has been very positive but there have been some concerns about the fact that you can only re book after 28days. I raised this prior to our Video Conference and the Chief Exec announced that you can now book two slots to visit the centres each month.
More good news, the postponed resurfacing work on the A542 between the Dafarn Dywyrch roundabout on the A5104 (Horseshoe Pass roundabout) and the Gate House on the A525 will start this week. The road will be closed with diversions via Llandegla.
The Councillors for Llangollen had asked the County to consider reducing the speed limit on the Horseshoe Pass after a number of fatal accidents over the last few years. I did not comment on the section of road in their ward but I did support a reduction in the speed in our ward which includes the section of the road past the Ponderosa and through the bends past Ty Newyddion. I feel that because of the numbers of visitors to the Ponderosa and the Moors in that area a reduction in the speed limit would be appropriate. I have also discussed this with the Llandegla Community Council who agreed with my comments. Speed checks were undertaken and the County with police support are now putting this out to consultation.
Tarmac have started to transport rock this week from the Graig Quarry Graianrhyd via the B5430/A494 through Ruthin and on to Rhyl. You will therefore see an increase in large trucks on the B5430.
For those of you who have run out of reading material during the Covid Virus lockdown I am pleased to announce that DCC Library Service will now be offering an online order and collect service.
Library members can order books using the online catalogue and by using the Order and Collect order form on the Councils website https://www.denbighshire.gov.uk/order-and-collect-library-books or by telephoning your local Library. People can return their books at the same time and all books currently on loan but late due to the Covid 19 lock down can be returned with no late fines. If you are just returning books you need to contact the Library by telephone first.
Even more good news - After a lot of chasing and with the help of our MS Darren Millar the Welsh Government via the Trunk Roads Agency have agreed at long last to Install the promised flashing 40 mph signs in Loggerheads. They have undertaken further speed checks and have agreed that there is a problem with the speed of vehicles through Loggerheads. It has taken nearly two years but we are there at last. The signs can be moved to various hot spots and I have asked if the A494 through Llanferres can be included.
Did you know that you can now request a Covid 19 home test kit?
You should only do this if you are displaying any of the following symptoms - Continuous cough, fever, loss of smell or taste and you will need to take the test within the first five days of feeling unwell.
The test kits are available via free phone 119 and people with hearing or speech difficulties should call 18001 119.
The National Government has announced that it is to extend the job retention scheme by which enables employers to furlough their staff through to the end of October but on a sliding scale. To check for further information looked at Guidance published by HMRC.
There is also a reopening check list for food businesses closed during the Covid 19 lock down. Please see https://www.food.gov.uk/business-guidance/reopening-checklist-for-food-businesses-during-covid-19
If you have driven along the B5430 recently you will have noticed that the sides of the road have been cut back ready for resurfacing. This was another highways project that was delayed due to Covid 19. I am pleased to confirm that the B5430 from the Ruthin Junction with the A494 right through to the section completed last year will be resurfaced soon. This project will exclude the sections completed about three years ago but will mean that the majority of the B5430 will be brought up to an excellent standard. I will let you know when the work is scheduled to commence because it will involve reduced speed limits and traffic lights.
Finally, most of us have spent some time in our gardens during the lock down. I started a lot of my veg such as runner beans, lettuce, etc in my green house. With the ground now warming up I have planted most of them outside only to see the local slug population enjoying a hearty meal at my expense. I am not a great believer in using slug pellets and so I have been putting out my beer traps. This means that the slugs in my garden are being dealt with and my conscience is clear knowing that they died happy!! If you have a better way of dealing with slugs please let me know.
Please do not hesitate to contact me If you think that I can help in any way.
CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC UPDATE
Llanarmon yn Ial Community Council are trying to help our community, contact details of every councillor is on this website. We will continue to hold council meetings, but now virtually via the internet; which are open to the public. Contact the Clerk and you will be issued with the code required to join the meeting. Public and press are allowed to speak for the first 10 minutes of any meeting.
All agendas and minutes of meetings are available on llanarmon.com and planning applications can be accessed on Denbighshire County Council’s website. If you have any comments or observations that you would like to be raised, please contact the Clerk at the above address; or you may wish to contact Denbighshire County Council Planning Department direct.
Recent guidance; In order to comply with current guidance, Llanarmon Playing Field remains closed. The cemeteries will remain open. Please note (with great sadness) that only 10 members of the invited family are allowed to attend, others must be turned away.
Councillor Susan Jones, Graianrhyd continues dedicating a great amount of time ensuring Graianrhyd and area (her closest community) are all fully communicating, updated and looking after each other.
County Councillor Martyn Holland continues to work tirelessly keeping our whole community fully updated of the changing situations. For only matters of significant concern please contact him on: phone: 780703 or email: email@example.com
Support and volunteering
We are truly grateful to both these councillors. I’m sure you will agree there are many, many residents of Llanarmon, Graianrhyd, and Eryrys who have also given a lot of time, effort and care in volunteering. Some people offer assistance directly to immediate neighbours and others within our community.
We thank volunteer John Hanahoe he has kept all information on llanarmon.com website fully updated and maintained. Along with adding all the twitter updates which has proved to be such a vital source of reliable, accurate information. Please do send him information or news you would like to share.
The team of volunteers at the local community shop have provided a ‘survival’ service for many vulnerable and local residents. We thank all our volunteers.
We encourage you to use your community council, who aims to work closely with the local authorities in our area. If we all work together we can reduce worry and isolation and get practical assistance when it is most needed.
Norma Wright (Clerk)
Due to the corona virus fewer people are using the buses with the schools closed and people avoiding unnecessary travel. Add to this the fact that the bus company are also losing staff through self isolation the County are revising the bus services to meet key journeys.
Attached are the revised bus services for our ward ( excluding Llandegla) which will take effect as from next Monday 30th March.
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