(1) Meeting Opened
The chairman opened the meeting
Those present signed the attendance sheet
Brian (Covid), Heulwen, David, Gwynfor, Lynne and David Horsley, Chris Turner, and Cllr. Madden.
(4) Police Report
ASB Queen’s Rd, Queen’s Ave and Ellis Ave
(5) Treasurer’s Report
Brian submitted the following:
- O.C.R.A. Funds: £269.55p
- War Memorial: £1338.00p
- Defibrillators: £680.00p
- Graffiti Project: £200.00p
To this will be added £20.00p for defibrillator training and £100.00p towards the Graffiti Project donated by OCRA members.
No further news. Chairman gave an outline of the BID history and purpose for the benefit of new attendees. Local businesspeople and solicitors are working to ensure that Old Colwyn will be able to utilise its portion of funding.
(7) Vacant Building Plots
Secretary had that morning received communication from Cardiff informing us that negotiations to get existing powers in England to tax vacant land plots devolved from Westminster to Wales have to date failed. Darren Millar AM, has submitted written questions to the Finance and Local Government Minister for Wales in response to our requests. Considerable potential rating income is being lost throughout Conwy County whilst residents rates rise each year. One plot at Queen’s Road capable of containing several dwellings has been dormant for some 20 years and is overgrown and is being used to deposit rubbish. The Secretary has been informed by the County Council that this is not a priority, and the have no figures of such empty plots or buildings through the County.
Cheryl would appraise David Jones MP of the situation.
(8) War Memorial
Merfyn told us that arrangements are in hand to tidy the memorial up ready for Armistice Day. There is a dearth of volunteers for the Poppy Day Appeal and it would not occur this year. Arrangement are in hand to close the road and organise the event together with the police. A member told us that Caitlin Walsh would be willing to act as a bugler for the occasion.
Stephen Binks and Diege have made extensive research over the past years to up-date the missing names on our Memorial. A Herbert Jones was absent in 2012 but it is now known that he lies in Sion Chapel graveyard, Llanrwst. This has now been tidied up. He reminded us that 2023 will mark the 100th anniversary of the War Memorial’s installation and arrangements are in hand to mark this suitably.
(9) Minafon Flats
Meetings are continuing. No further news.
As instructed a defibrillator has been purchased and in Secretary’s possession until we can install it, possibly at promenade when complete. Secretary is now the ‘responsible person’ for the installations at Sure Hope and Queen’s Court. Both are now in service.
(11) Cycle Path
The new gates are installed, but cyclists continue to flout the pedestrian only notices.
(12) Speed Cameras
Gail told us that efforts are being made to re-locate speed indicators in Dolwen Road to more effective locations.
(13) Dog Fouling
Reported to be extensive in some areas.
Lianne does not respond to requests re location of cameras. Secretary to enquire at CCBC Regulatory Department
(14) Overflowing Waste Bins
Cheryl makes almost daily requests for action here, especially at Abergele Road where they are dirty and often overflowing.
(15) Any Other Business
(a) Parking Wynn Avenue/Abergele Road
Potentially dangerous parking at the Wynn Avenue junction with Abergele Road where customers from Aldi use the location thereby obstructing exit and entry for traffic. For drivers descending Wynn Avenue, the markings are poor at Cadwgan Road especially for strangers to the area causing them to believe Wynn Road has precedence. Cheryl informed us that these locations are already in mind for action where traffic audits are being conducted.
(b) Wynn Gardens
Cheryl told us that solar lighting will be placed in Wynn Gardens paid for by the Heritage Fund. Everyone is delighted that the police, together with the help of Councillors and local residents have located the wooden carving in Tan y Coed Gardens. The identity of the miscreants remain unknown.
Cllr. Neil informed us of the gradual rise in status of Colwyn Bay football club as spectator attendance increases and more games are won. Disabled access is being improved and 400 youngsters are training hard to take over as players retire. As Chairman he is in negotiations with the European Association to hold junior international games here. Together with our rugby ground and water activities, the Bay is becoming increasingly notable as a sporting centre.
(16) Meeting Closed
There being no other business, the meeting closed at 8.20pm. The next meeting will be at 7.30pm, Tuesday 1st November 2022