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State-of-the-art station for police and fire service officially opened

Tywyn Fire Station News Story

The chair of the North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority has officially opened the Tywyn Fire and Police Station this month.

The joint station, sited on Pendre Enterprise Park, is a fully operational fire and police station.

Work began on the project back in February 2015 and was completed in January this year. The investment has upgraded the facilities from the previous fire station on Frankwell Street that had been operational on the same site since the 1960s.

Simon Smith, chief fire officer, said: "The previous fire station at Tywyn was an old building in great need of upgrading. Today we work more closely with our partners in the police, therefore it made clear sense for both police and fire and rescue service staff to operate from the same building.

"The project has involved a substantial investment of £1.25 million and demonstrates the commitment of both organisations to their staff and local community."

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 13 June 2016

Latest closure leaves town with no banks

Tywyn News Story

PLANS by HSBC to close three of its branches in Meirionnydd, which would leave Blaenau Ffestiniog without a bank, has sparked a petition in support of angry residents and businesses.

HSBC is planning to close branches in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Tywyn and Barmouth by September. The news comes less than a year after Natwest closed its branches in the towns.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 23 June 2016

Tywyn Hospital minor injuries unit closure leaves patients facing 'shocking' 40-mile round trip

Tywyn Hospoital minor injuries unit News Story

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board blame staff taking time off for holidays and sickness for the two week closure at Tywyn Hospital.

Patients in Tywyn will be forced to make a 40-mile round trip to the nearest minor injuries unit because the town's unit has closed due to low staffing levels.

Bosses at Tywyn Hospital have shut the minor injuries unit for the next two weeks and blame staff being sick and taking holidays for the closure.

According to Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) hospital chiefs are now are working on a new staffing plan and will not reopen it until staff numbers increase.

Patients who require treatement for minor injuries have been advised to go to the local GP surgery or to the minor injuries unit in Dolgellau Hospital, around 20 miles from Tywyn Hospital.

A spokesman for BCUHB called on patients to help the NHS out by making alternative arrangements while the minor injuires unit was closed.

He said: "We would like to remind all patients that they can help the health service by going to the service that is most appropriate for their needs such as their local high street pharmacy, GP, by ringing NHS Direct Wales or by attending one of our minor injuries units."

Source: Daily Post

Date: 10 Mar 2016

Tywyn skate park flasher was naked from waist down and committing sex act

Tywyn News Story

Jeremy Mark Randon, 40, drove drunk to the skate park and asked girls for directions while partially naked and pleasuring himself

A drunk driver stopped his car and asked three girls for directions while pleasuring himself and naked from the waist down.

Jeremy Mark Randon was also over the drink drive limit at the time of the incidents, The victims also included two women.

Randon, 40, pulled up at the skatepark in Tywyn, on the town's High Street and also on the Tywyn to Bryncrug road.

Prosecuting barrister Jonathan Austin told Mold Crown Court how the incidents happened close to the Skateboard Park in Tywyn, in the High Street and on the Tywyn to Bryncrug Road, on October 3.

At the skate park a girl aged 16 saw a stranger get out of his car.

He asked for directions and she quickly realised that he was naked from the waist down and was engaging in an indecent act upon himself.

She was shocked and disgusted, moved away as quickly as she could and the police were informed.

A few minutes later a woman aged 24, who was with a 20-year-old female friend, rang the police and said that she was in the High Street when the same thing happened to them.

A girl aged 16 rang the police to report a similar incident when he got out of the car asking for directions, again naked from the waist down.

The final victim was a girl aged 14 who had been very frightened and just started running when the same thing happened to her.

At 10.30pm police on the look-out for the defendant saw a Ford Focus badly parked in Brook Street and when approached ,the defendant was said to be fiddling with his trousers and his zip was open.

Source: Daily Post

Date: 30 Dec 2015

Steering group backed location of bridge

A STEERING group established to lobby for a new Dyfi Bridge consistently backed a new bridge at the location that has now been suggested by consultants, minutes from meetings have shown.

The minutes from two meetings of the group, which was established by Machynlleth Town Council, show that representatives from south Meirionnydd almost unanimously backed a new bridge adjacent to the Millennium bridge for cyclists and pedestrians.

Plans for new Dyfi Bridge

In fact, Meirionnydd representatives on the committee had opposed a suggestion from Tywyn campaigner Morgan Vaughan that a new bridge should instead be built to link Pennal and Derwenlas.

The minutes have been released after criticism from Tywyn councillor Mike Stevens that the opinions of people from areas outside of Machynlleth had not been taken into consideration and that there had been no attempt to include representatives from Meirionnydd in the process of planning for the new bridge.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 03 November 2015

'Lives could be in danger' if new lights aren't installed

Tywyn Fire Station News Story

A TYWYN town councillor and former firefighter has raised concerns that resident's lives could be in danger if new warning lights are not installed near the new fire station (pictured).

The new station, due to open within the next few weeks, is situated in the industrial state near the Huws Gray Depot and Cllr Mark Kendall is concerned emergency vehicles will struggle to get on to the main road in the event of a fire due to high volumes of traffic.

"I was a firefighter myself for many years so I know how important every second can be when reacting to an emergency," he said.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 26 October 2015

Historic locomotive heads to Aber for refurbishment

Talyllyn Railway loco refurbishment in Aber

AN HISTORIC steam engine from Tywyn has been making tracks down to Aberystwyth for a much needed refurbishment.

On Thursday (22 October) the Talyllyn Railway's locomotive Sir Haydn left Tywyn on a low-loader bound for Aberystwyth.

The train's ultimate destination was the Vale of Rheidol Railway's workshops where the train would be restored to working order.

The locomotive has been out of service since the summer of 2012, although it has made various publicity trips on behalf of the railway. Steam engines enthusiasts were particularly delighted to see Sir Haydn make a guest appearance at Talyllyn's 150th anniversary celebrations in July this year. Now the aim is to have the locomotive back in service for its own 140th anniversary in 2018.

As such, an agreement has been reached with the Vale of Rheidol for a 'staged' overhaul, with an initial assessment period to determine precisely what work will need to be done before it can re-enter service by Spring 2018. A repair fund has already raised £30,000 towards the work but before thorough checks it is impossible to know exactly how much it will cost to get the locomotive rolling again.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 23 October 2015

Tywyn beach wardens 'didn't do anything' to help hero grandad who died trying to rescue girls

Air Ambulance Tywyn News Story

Richard Guest suffered a heart attack trying to save two 13-year-olds but coroner criticises 'passive' patrol staff

A grandfather died trying to rescue two teenage girls in the sea, despite the presence of patrol staff on the beach who did nothing to help.

Coroner Peter Brunton said the beach wardens, employed by Gwynedd Council, remained "totally passive" during an inquest into the death of Richard Guest who suffered a heart attack while helping to rescue two 13-year-old girls from "atrocious" waves at Tywyn, in Gwynedd in July. Mr Bruton said: "It seems the beach had patrol marshals but they did not go into the water. "This gives cause for concern. They remained totally passive as far as this tragic event was concerned."

But the council however defended the actions of wardens. A spokesman said: "As these members of staff are not qualified or properly equipped as beach lifeguards, they are, for safety reasons, discouraged from entering the water in dangerous conditions. "However, in this tragic incident, two of the council's beach wardens did in fact enter the water, and were directly involved in assisting to recover a girl from the water and assisted in saving her life.""

Source: Daily Post

Date: 22 Oct 2015

Memorial for WW2 hillside bomb death brothers near Tywyn

Tywyn News Story

A memorial stone has been put on a Gwynedd hillside to remember three young brothers who were killed in an explosion during World War Two.

It is thought Charles, 13, Christmas, 11 and Idris Evans, nine, came across an unexploded mortar bomb while on a walk near Tywyn in May 1944.

The hillside near their home was used by the Army for exercises during the war.

Their brother, Sam Evans, thanked organisers who remembered his brothers.

Source: BBC News

Date: 20 October 2015

Farmers get rare second chance to win Fferm Ffactor

Tywyn News Story

TWO Meirionnydd farmers have been given a second chance to win the Fferm Ffactor title.

Contestants in the new series of Fferm Factor had a shock in the first programme of the series as ex-contestants Rhys Williams, of Tywyn, Rhodri Jones from Llanuwchllyn and Heilin Thomas from Llandysul joined the competition out of the blue.

The new team has put even more pressure into the mix to win the title and an Isuzu D-Maz Youkon pick-up worth over £25,000.

Rhys, 36, is the manager of a 700-acre beef and sheep farm in Tywyn and originally competed in the 2013 series of Fferm Ffactor.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 15 October 2015