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Council criticised after delay to public survey over budget cuts

Tywyn News Story

A TYWYN man has criticised Gwynedd Council for a delay in supplying paper questionnaires for people who want to have their say on the upcoming budget cuts.

As part of the Gwynedd Challenge consultation, which will be open until 13 November, people are invited to scrutinise a list of possible service cuts worth £12m and have their say on those proposals that they do not want the council to include in its final £7m list of actual cuts.

The local authority is carrying out drop-in sessions, public forums across the county, as well as encouraging those to take part in the consultation through print and online questionnaires.

However, Tywyn resident Quentin Deakin (pictured) told the Cambrian News he was outraged Gwynedd Council has not supplied paper questionnaires in public libraries, leisure centres or in any council offices after more than a week into the consultation.

Gwynedd Council confirmed the online questionnaire will be going live on 12 October and that paper questionnaires would also be available then.

Mr Deakin said: "If Gwynedd Council has decided to host a public consultation then they need to do it correctly.

"I have asked numerous times when the papers will be available in Tywyn library, but I haven't been given any reassuring answers.

"I have attempted to complete the questionnaire online, but that's not working either, its very bad form."

Mr Deakin said he believes it is critically important the paper questionnaires are readily available for everyone in the region.

He added: "There is an elderly population in Gwynedd and not everyone is comfortable using the internet - that's if they have access at all. "Even that's not working at the moment, I'm losing patience."

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 08 October 2015

Upset staff hit out at plans to relocate sorting office

Tywyn News Story

ANGRY staff at Tywyn's postal sorting office have hit out at plans to close the centre and move their jobs to Machynlleth.

Last week, staff at the Royal Mail Sorting Office heard "out of the blue" that they might be relocated to Machynlleth early next spring.

The staff of 12 - half of whom have already had their hours reduced over the last year - would face an extra commute of 30 miles a day along "difficult, slow roads which are liable to flood".

The Royal Mail has assured staff that no-one would lose their job but, if the closure goes ahead, they would have to travel to Machynlleth and back in their own vehicles.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 08 October 2015

Heroic holidaymaker's family thank community

Tywyn News Story

THE FAMILY of a holidaymaker, who lost his life in Tywyn this summer as he helped to rescue two teenage girls, have thanked the community for their support.

Thousands of pounds have been raised in memory of heroic pensioner Richard Guest, who swam to the rescue of teenage girls off the coast of Tywyn in July this year, but lost his life in the process.

Speaking this week, his family gave their heartfelt thanks to the community for supporting them so much. Mr Guest's daughter, Ceri Donovan, said this week: "Thank you to all who donated. We collected a grand total of £2,160 for the Wales Air Ambulance and £2,160 for the RNLI in memory of Dad through a mixture of cash, cheques and JustGiving fundraising pages.

"We are all incredibly grateful for the generosity of everybody who donated and we think that Dad would have approved of the worthy causes.

"We have been so grateful for all the support we have received and the kindness of people in Tywyn.

"We thought the donations were generous too - thank you again."

The 74-year-old grandfather-of-four swam to the stricken teens and held one of the girls afloat while they waited for the lifeboat. Mr Guest's death shocked the close-knit community of Tywyn and people from miles around paid their respects.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 01 October 2015

Plans to improve safety at dangerous junction

Tywyn News Story

TRUSTEES are to improve the safety of a notorious junction near Tywyn.

Calls have been made for safety improvements along the A493 between Tywyn and Bryncrug, following a number of crashes in recent years.

There are a number of concealed entrances to caravan parks along the 50mph road, which are difficult to pull out from safely due to high walls and vegetation.

As a result, Tywyn councillors, who are also trustees of the Ynysmaengwyn Trust, which runs the caravan park on the stretch of road, have agreed to reduce the height of the wall over the winter.

Tywyn Town Council chairman Cllr John Boulter said: "People travel down that road far too quickly.

"We have to do something quickly, are we going to wait for someone to die before we act?"

Cllr Mark Kendall said the exits from the caravan parks, Ynysmaengwyn and Ysguboriau, are blind junctions and it is unsafe for vehicles to pull out.

He said: "Visitors don't know the entrances are there either, so perhaps that's why people's speed creeps up, they just see a straight road.

"As trustees of Ynysmaengwyn," he added, "we can make positive actions - if we act now we can make the road safer for next year."

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 1 October 2015

Banned driver back on road after just five days

Tywyn News Story

A DISQUALIFIED motorist who was spotted driving through Tywyn by an off-duty police officer has narrowly avoided being sent to jail.

PC Arch knew Alan Westley, 55, of Tyne Close, Brownhills, Walsall, had been banned from driving when he spotted his Audi being driven through Tywyn on 22 June.

A trial was held at Dolgellau Magistrates' Court last week and Westley was convicted of the charge after Pc Arch identified the defendant.

Sentence was adjourned until last Thursday for pre-sentence reports by the probation service.

Westley had been banned from driving by Walsall magistrates on 17 June, just five days before being seen driving in Tywyn.

The court heard the defendant was appealing against the original driving ban conviction and the appeal was due to be heard shortly.

At the hearing at the crown court, Westley is hoping to preoduce evidence to prove that medication could have affected the alcohol reading.

The court clerk, Tudur Parry, reminded the magistrates that the driving ban was imposed by magistrates in Walsall and that a trial had been held and the defendant had been found guilty of driving whilst disqualified.

Westley, who was not legally represented said: "I have had a divorce, lost my home and family, lost my job after the driving conviction and now my car. I want to serve the ban, get my driving licence back and get my life sorted out."

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 25 September 2015

One airlifted in three-car crash in Gwynedd

Tywyn News Story

A passenger with serious injuries has been airlifted to hospital after a three-car crash in Gwynedd.

The Audi A3 collided with a MG ZR and a Subaru on the A493 Tywyn to Bryncrug road at about 20:40 BST on Tuesday.

Another Audi passenger was taken hospital in Dolgellau, and the Subaru's driver was taken to Ysbyty Bronglais in Aberystwyth, Ceredigion.

Both had minor injuries. North Wales Police is appealing for witnesses to call 101.

Source: BBC Wales

Date: 19/08/15

Race the Train voted one of 100 must-do events

Race the Train voted one of 100 must do events

THERE are just two weeks to go before Tywyn's popular sports event Race the Train steams into action.

It is the 32nd time the iconic race has been run and hundreds of people are expected to flock to the Meirionnydd coast to participate and spectate in one of north Wales' premier sporting events.

The gruelling event takes place between Tywyn and Abergynolwyn as runners battle to beat a Talyllyn steam engine back and fore along its 7.25-mile track on Saturday, 15 August.

To beat the train, runners can usually expect to have to run approximately 14 miles in less than two hours.

This year Race the Train is associated with charity Action for Children - an organisation which helps over 300,000 children/carers a year.

Abigail Henderson, Action for Children's community partnerships fund-raiser for North Wales, said: "Race the Train is in its 32nd year now, and has been voted one of the 'must do 100 events before you die' and is one of Runners World's 'Top 10 UK atmospheric events."

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 30th July 2015

Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn ranked the best school in Wales

Tywyn News Story

A small bilingual school in North Wales has been ranked the best in the country.

Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn beat 212 other Welsh secondaries in a major new education guide published today.

The Real Schools Guide 2015, compiled by the Daily Post's data unit, aims to give a far more comprehensive picture than traditional league tables.

It takes into account 23 different datasets - including not just GCSE results but factors like value-added scores, pupil-teacher ratios and truancy rates.

The guide is published as a print product but parents can also go online to browse the full data, compare different schools, and find links to contact details and recent inspections.

You can search how your school did here

The guide gives each school an overall rating out of 100 as well as star ratings out of five in four key categories: attainment, teaching, attendance and finances.

With an overall score of 88.6 out of 100, Ysgol Uwchradd Tywyn was comfortably out in front by almost five points from its nearest Welsh rival.

Source: Daily Post

Date: 3rd August 2015

Councillor campaigns for unlimited Sunday parking

Tywyn News Story

A COUNCILLOR is campaigning to get unlimited parking in Tywyn town centre on Sundays.

Cllr Mike Stevens has asked Gwynedd Council for unrestricted parking in the town on a Sunday after a large number of people were ticketed in January last year due to "confusing" parking restrictions.

The county council has agreed to go out to public consultation on the matter and says, if no objections are made, restrictions could be lifted on a Sunday within three months.

Speaking to the Cambrian News this week, Cllr Stevens highlighted his concerns."The problem is that Tywyn has a 45-minute parking limit throughout the town, seven days a week, all year round," he said.

"I discussed this with Gwynedd Council as I felt we had to alter the Sunday parking restriction."As the council doesn't like having too many variances for different times of the year and days of the week as people get confused, it seemed the simplest solution was to keep the Monday to Saturday as a restricted waiting time and make Sunday unrestricted throughout the town.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 04 June 2015

New promenade parking charges 'would be illegal'

Illegal Promenade charges on Tywyn Promenade

PROPOSED new council parking restrictions at Tywyn's flagship promenade have been branded "illegal".

The promenade was built in 1889 and paid for by English entrepreneur John Corbett who proceeded to gift it to the town. Tywyn councillor John Pughe said this week he was furious over plans by Gwynedd Council to introduce parking charges.

"There's absolutely no way they should charge for parking at the promenade - it was a gift for the town, it would be illegal," he said.

"In this economic climate, we need to do everything we can to attract visitors not scare them off," he added.

Source: Cambrian News

Date: 19 March 2015