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Row over plan for prom parking fees

Tywyn Promenade parking Row

GWYNEDD Council has been lambasted over its plans to charge for parking along Tywyn’s promenade.

The town council has vehemently opposed the plans, saying the land was gifted to the community for 'the good of the town' by industrialist and benefactor John Corbett in 1889.

Cllr John Pughe, who has campaigned fiercely against the "illegal" plans, remains outraged.

Speaking at a town council meeting he said: "Gwynedd Council is going to enforce charging on the promenade? Well I wanted it minuted that I believe they have not shown due diligence." "We have told them time and time again that the land belongs to us and let them know that the relevant paperwork is with the Charity Commission which proves just that."

Other councillors agreed, with Cllr Mike Stevens saying it’s one of the few places in the county where people can park for free, and Gwynedd Council is "pushing its luck".

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 22-09-16


A Welsh railway is offering the chance to experience steam trains at night

Talyllyn Railway is offering the chance to experience steam trains at night

The Talyllyn Railway's late night steam event will let you enjoy the magic of this narrow gauge railway after hours

Travelling by steam train has a certain charm but a Welsh railway is offering the chance to experience it at night.

The Talyllyn Railway's late night steam event on Saturday, August 27, will see trains departing from Tywyn Wharf station up until 11pm, transporting passengers into the encroaching darkness with all the sights, smells and sounds associated with a steam train in the dark.

Trains will be running between Tywyn and Nant Gwernol. Near Dolgoch station they will pass through a magical fairy-lit glen, while at Abergynolwyn passengers can enjoy a barbecue and real ale bar.

Organisers say the 7pm departure will be a "party train" which aims to raise funds for the Welsh Hearts charity to provide defibrillators.

A special illuminated train will also be running departing from Tywyn at 8pm and 11 pm.Before boarding the train at Tywyn passengers will also be able to visit the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum, which will be putting on a light show of its own, showing exhibits in a new way.

Source: Wales Online

Date: 20/08/16


Police warning after spate of burglaries in Gwynedd

Buglaries and crime in the Tywyn area News Story

NORTH Wales Police are asking communities in Gwynedd south to remain alert and report suspicious behaviour immediately after a spate of crimes were reported recently.

Sometime overnight between Monday 25 and Tuesday 26 July, five crime occurrences were reported in the Dinas Mawddwy and Llanaber areas of Gwynedd south which Police believe are linked.

An attempt theft of a quad bike and tools took place in Dinas Mawddwy whilst there was a theft of a tipper truck and diesel and power tools from two locations in Llanaber.

A quad bike was also stolen from a farm in Dolgellau and a generator stolen from a layby on the A494 in Rhydyman.

Sergeant Neil Jones at Pwllheli Police Station said: "Investigating Officers are eager to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour or activity. Initial enquiries point towards the suspicious behaviour of the occupants of a silver Vauxhall Zephyr and white Ford Fiesta which were seen in the area."

"Clearly we'd like to hear from anyone who also saw these vehicles or indeed anyone who witnessed any suspicious behaviour to contact Police immediately"

"Initial enquiries identify the offences occurred overnight and that offenders will have used vehicles to aide their crime so any suspicious vehicle sightings may help progress our investigation so if you know something please phone in."

North Wales Police would like to hear from anyone who was in the area at the time and may have witnessed events to contact them on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 and quote RC 1611 0074.

Source: News North Wales

Date: 28 July 2016


A493 in Gwynedd closed after cyclist falls off bike

Air Ambulance Tywyn News Story

Emergency services are at the scene following the incident between Aberdyfi and Tywyn

Source: Daily Post

Date: 14 July 2016


Toby's fund buys £1,500 vital heart kit for school

Tywyn News Story

A FOUNDATION set up to commemorate a Tywyn teenager who tragically died has donated a huge sum to install life-saving equipment at his old school.

On Tuesday, Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn was delighted to receive a cheque for £1,500 from the Toby Edwards Memorial Fund which will be used to install a defibrillator outside of the school building where it can serve the whole community.

The fund was established to commemorate the life of Toby Edwards, who died in his sleep after succumbing to heart failure in May 2012 aged just 20.

The sad passing shocked the whole town and the fund has subsequently raised many thousands of pounds for local causes in Toby's name over the last four years.

In their latest display of generosity, trustees of the fund have donated the four-figure sum to Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn after the comprehensive school recently started a campaign to install a defibrillator following an educational life-saving course by Welsh Hearts.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 7 July 2016


School launches campaign to buy defibrillator

Tywyn News Story

A TYWYN school has launched a campaign to raise funds to buy life-saving equipment for the whole community.

Nick Aitken, volunteer fund-raiser for north Wales and CPR trainer, recently visited pupils from Year 10 at Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn to give training on CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator.

The children also learnt the difference between a heart attack and a cardiac arrest and how to stay safe, recognise the signs and what to do in an emergency.

Mr Aitken said: “It was a very engaging, practical and fun learning environment.

"Best of all, they learnt how to work as a team or other person to save lives. We also learnt how to place a casualty in the recovery position, deal with a casualty regurgitating and someone who is choking."

Welsh Hearts is currently campaigning for CPR to be taught in all Welsh schools as a lifesaving skill. "With 8,000 cardiac arrests each year outside of hospitals in Wales, survival rate is just three per cent," he added. "If early CPR and early defibrillation is applied, survival rate rises to around 50 per cent thus, our need to place community defibrillators across all parts of north Wales.

"These children in Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn recently learnt how to save lives and their headteacher Helen Lewis was very impressed, as was I with the skills learnt within a short lesson."

Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn have now pledged to start fundraising to purchase a defibrillator that will sit on an external part of the school building which will not only serve the school but also the community.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 1 July 2016


Heartbreak at sudden death of Adam, 24

Tywyn News Story

HEARTBROKEN family and friends have paid emotional tributes to a 24-year-old Tywyn man who passed away suddenly at the weekend.

Described by his best friend as "a force of nature", Adam Tucker passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday after a blood clot moved from his legs to his lungs.

Adam, who grew up surrounded by a close knit group of friends and family in Tywyn, has been fondly remembered by his family this week.

Ben Tucker, Adam's older brother, described his late sibling as “hilarious” and "probably the most intelligent guy I'll ever meet".

Close friend Karl Goddard, for whom Adam was best man, said: "We're all heartbroken". Adam leaves behind his parents, Rob and Angela, as well his brother, and sister Karen.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 30 June 2016


TV show examines case of Tywyn minister who dismembered parishoners' private parts

Tywyn News Story

ONE of the most disturbing criminal cases in Tywyn's recent history is to be revisted by an S4C true crime series.

'Y Ditectif, fronted by Mali Harries, looks back at the remarkable case of the minister who mutilated corpses in his chapel in the 1980's.

Emyr Owen, the minister of Bethesda Chapel in Tywyn was sentenced to four years in prison for the mutilation of three corpses and for writing death threats to people in North Wales in anonymous letters.

The shocking case is featured in the programme Y Ditectif on Tuesday 28 June, 9.30pm on S4C.

The bizarre case shocked the community of Tywyn in 1985 and made national headlines.

The clergyman was found to have severed the penises of the bodies after they had been laid out in the chapel of rest. He was caught after police in North Wales carried out an investigation into anonymous letters including one letter threatening to kill a woman’s four year old granddaughter.

Former North Wales Detective Constable Gwyn Roberts recalls his time working on the case on the S4C programme and explains how Emyr Owen was caught.

He says the well-respected preacher explained that he had an evil side to his personality.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 28 June 2016


Top jobs for Meirionnydd councillors

Tywyn News Story

TWO of Meirionnydd's foremost female politicians have been elected to prominent positions with the county council.

Councillor Beth Lawton representing Bryncrug and Llanfihangel has been elected to chair the Services Scrutiny Committee and Tywyn councillor Anne Lloyd-Jones will oversee the Planning Committee.

Cllr Lawton, who is an governor for Craig Y Deryn will also serve as vice chair of the Special Educational Needs Joint Committee for Anglesey and Gwynedd.

Both women are Independent members on Gwynedd Council.

Speaking of her achievement, Cllr Lloyd-Jones said: "I am delighted and honoured to be have been elected as chairman of the Planning Committee, a job which will certainly be challenging.

"My thanks to the previous chairman councillor Mike Sol Owen from Pwllheli for his work during the past two years."

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 28 June 2016


Councillors urged to work together to reap the rewards

Tywyn News Story

THE outgoing chair for Tywyn Town Council offered some strong words of advice for his fellow councillors in his final meeting before standing down.

Cllr John Boulter, who has presided over the council for the previous 12 months, accused some councillors of harbouring a "sincere lack of respect and trust for other councillors and their opinions".

After suggesting it was an "honour and a privilege" to serve both the council and the people of Tywyn and expressing that he enjoyed the experience "in the main", Cllr Boulter went on to chastise some of the council members at that latest town council meeting on 11 May.

He stated: "We as councillors are accountable to those who elected us at the last election and we should never forget this fact. Unless we work together as a team, no matter who chairs the council, Tywyn will not reap the rewards it so deserves.

"Yes, have your opinions in the chamber, have your disagreements but if you can't agree, let democracy dictate the outcome and let's move on. There appears at the moment a sincere lack of respect and trust of each other and their opinions."

He went on to quote Nick Bennett, the public services Ombudsman for Wales, who recently warned Tywyn town councillors to "try to resolve any underlying animosity that may exist between them for the benefit of their community" and reminded elected members that they were there to "serve in the public interest and not to pursue private vendettas".

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 27 May 2016