North Wales Weekly News - - YOUR VIEWS - Name & ad­dress supplied Mel Wil­liams Llan­dudno Katharine Sheehy Brade Tre­friw T Percy-Hughes Rhos-on-Sea

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.

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