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High Street Approval!

St. Asaph City Council and many residents of the city have expressed their approval of the work undertaken by the proprietor of the Kinmel Arms and the occupants of Elwy Bank, two prominent High Street properties, that have recently been given a facelift.
The external painting of the two properties has greatly contributed to the improved appearance of the High Street and could, hopefully, set a trend. The recent addition of colourful hanging baskets has also given the streets a welcome air of optimism and those businesses who have made this effort are to be congratulated.
City Council representatives have recently met with ‘Street Scene’ officers from Denbighshire County Council to establish a programme of city centre improvements in readiness for the five year anniversary of the award of City Status in June next year and the expected increase in visitors to attend celebratory events.
Owners of businesses in the city who need remedial work on their premises can apply to Denbighshire County Council for a grant towards external repairs. The funding for shop frontage scheme is a maximum of £1000 and 50% of the full project cost can be claimed on completion following a successful application. Anything that has been undertaken before approval will not be eligible for funding. Applicants are required to check the details of their proposed improvements with DCC Planning department to ensure compliance and bilingual signage is encourage where possible.
To apply for a grant contact Kirsty Davies, email kirsty.huttondavies@denbighshire.gov.uk 01824 706701


New Logo Welcomes Visitors

A Welcome sign featuring the new logo being put in place on the A55 by Highways Maintenance. Other signs on the busy A55 welcoming visitors to the city will be put in place during future maintenance work . The logos have been provided by St. Asaph City Council to replace older logos which had deteriorated due to long exposure to the weather.

Cautious welcome to draft financial settlement

Denbighshire County Council has given a cautious welcome to the provisional financial settlement by Welsh Government, with the proposed settlement slightly better than expected, but remains challenging.
The Council will see an increase of 0.5% , the first increase since 2013/14. This will help to ensure that the Council can deliver its priorities and avoid further cuts next year.
Councillor Julian Thompson-Hill, Cabinet Lead Member for Finance, said: “The Council will need to consider the proposed settlement in greater detail.
“What it generally means is that the savings we have already identified for 2017/18 will be sufficient and the Council will not need to find any further cuts for the next financial year.
“An increase in funding is always to be welcomed, but we need to consider this good news in the context of continuing increases in the Council’s costs.


Council welcomes sentencing in odour nuisance case

Denbighshire County Council has welcomed the sentencing in a court case taken by the authority against a recycling plastic product manufacturer in Bodelwyddan.
The Council took the owners of Plastecowood factory in Bodelwyddan to court after complaints about an odour emanating from their plant was received by neighbours and by council staff working at their depot nearby.Despite an abatement notice being served, the owners failed to comply and after a period of monitoring by the Council, the company was found to be in breach of the notice. The company pleaded not guilty, but was found guilty of the offence after a two day trial at Llandudno Magistrates Court.
In the case taken by the Council, the company was fined £500 and ordered to pay £11,566 in costs. company also fined £20,000 with £1,729 costs in a case taken out by the Health and Safety Executive.
“The sentencing sends out a clear message that refusal to comply with abatement notices to resolve a problem could be a costly mistake. I would also like to commend the Public Protection team for all their work on this case. They provided all the help and guidance possible and provided plenty of opportunity for the company to resolve the issue before taking action”.