FILLING THE ACCOUNTS OF POLICE AUTHORITIES
I was fascinated to read the article in last week’s edition of the North Wales Weekly News, where the headline shouted “Focus on saving lives, not just on making money”.
I genuinely admire the fact that the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner Julian Sandham has gone on record saying “we need to tackle problems where they exist and make our roads safer... we have been advised by the [Police] Force that [speed camera] deployments take place to reduce the likelihood of collisions”. He also went on to say “What I’m advocating is that we should be using Go Safe to its best effect which is reducing casualties on our roads”.
If this is all factual then why do I see, on an almost daily basis, a member of that very same police force concealed above the A55, clearly monitoring the busy dual carriageway for those travelling more than 50mph? This is also true for the mobile speed camera vans which are usually positioned where there is a sudden change of lawful vehicular speed from 50/40mph to 30 or 20mph - normally just around a corner in areas like Glan Conwy, Rhos-onSea & Deganwy.
I do not condone speeding and I never would, plus I have held a clean driving licence for more than twenty years, but what can only be described as shady and sly policing is in absolutely no way a deterrent to speeding individuals and purely exists to fill the accounts of the local police authorities.
There is no other reason than that. How exactly is a speed camera operator, wearing dark clothes and hidden 40 feet above a busy A-road, going to reduce casualties?
It won’t because it’s a police money-making machine, and every single taxpayer should be disgusted. I certainly am. extreme problems, then there’s the cost of removing the sand back onto the beach.
If we were to have the same problems in Llandudno not only would it shut the north shore road down, hotels would lose business.
Of course if there were some way to contain the sand for a portion of the beach, maybe similar to Rhos-on-Sea then that would protect the sand from being blown onto the prom by easterly winds.
The streets of the so called Queen of the Resorts could not afford to be laden with tons of sand as does the West Shore Beach. I would say Llandudno is one of the cleanest resorts for miles, lets keep it that way. agreement through “under the radar”. This is because it is likely to result in the weakening of protections for food standards, public services (including the NHS) and the environment in order to benefit big business.
However, the UK is not being forced into this treaty by the EU - the UK government is in favour of it. The most worrying part of the treaty is the Investor State Dispute Settlements (ISDS) which would weaken democracy by allowing large corporations to sue governments for passing laws that could reduce their profits (I’m not making this up!).
As Mrs Newbound says, the vote on June 10 in the European Parliament was postponed because of opposition to TTIP. It is now easier than ever to get our MEPs’ contact details online. Write or email them asking them to vote against TTIP to protect our democracy and our public services. of visiting an elderly friend in Llandudno General Hospital.
I would like to commend all the Staff on Beuno Ward for their professionalism and compassionate care for my friend, and also their approach to myself and his family.
I would like to praise their dedication for their outstanding kindness especially in the light of recent negative press towards North Wales Hospitals.