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Urdd National Eisteddfod Invited to Denbighshire in 2020

At a meeting in Denbigh a unanimous decision was reached to invite the Urdd Eisteddfod to the county in three years’ time.
Approximately 200 attended the meeting including members of Denbighshire County Council, local residents and representatives from various local establishments and organisations. With their support, along with the Urdd locally, it was agreed that a formal invitation was made to the Urdd Eisteddfod to visit Denbighshire in 2020.
It was confirmed that the Maes will be located on the outskirts of Denbigh, and although Eisteddfod yr Urdd has been held within the county’s current border seven times in the past, this will be its first visit to the town itself.
Leader of Denbighshire, Councillor Hugh Evans OBE, said: “The Urdd Eisteddfod last visited Denbighshire in 2006 when it was held on land at Ysgol Brynhyfryd.
“At that time, the Urdd Eisteddfod was a tremendous success and provided a great opportunity for children and young people to benefit from Wales’ largest youth festival. There was also a lot of enthusiasm locally, with communities working together to raise funds and to arrange a wide range of events to promote the Welsh Language and culture locally.
“It was the same when the National Eisteddfod returned to the Vale of Clwyd in 2013.Now, we have a great opportunity to work together to arrange an Eisteddfod to remember.
“The Council has already been involved in discussions with the Urdd, and fully supports the idea of the Eisteddfod returning to the county”.

Council frustrated at Access to Superfast Cymru broadband

Denbighshire County Council has expressed its disappointment and frustration at information released by the Welsh Government on which properties will not get access to fibre broadband through the Superfast Cymru programme.
Although a second scheme is due to get underway next year there are no guarantees that properties in Denbighshire currently unable to access superfast broadband will get this opportunity in the next phase.
The current information shows that there are 2,400 properties not able to access superfast broadband in Denbighshire.
Councillor Richard Mainon, Cabinet Lead Member with responsibility for Digital: “This is very disappointing as the Council has been pressing both the Welsh Government and BT for many months for answers as to when all communities in the county can benefit from it.
“The Council is aware of the economic benefits that high quality broadband can bring to communities and that superfast speeds are or will become essential for many of our businesses and residents.
“Until now there has been uncertainty on which properties would not benefit from the publicly subsidised Superfast Cymru programme and the Council has shared the frustrations and concerns of our businesses and residents.
“The Council has identified those properties in the county that cannot access superfast broadband. While this is far from unique across Wales,the Council is taking the opportunity to highlight the issue and support communities in moving forward”.
Funding is available from Welsh Government for individuals and groups of property owners to upgrade their broadband themselves and the Council is providing information on these opportunities on its website – www.denbighshire.gov.uk/superfastbroadband
The Council believes the Welsh Government’s ‘Access Broadband Cymru’ (or ABC) scheme may be the most appropriate option for most residents. It offers grants of up to £800 per household on a first come, first served basis.
The Council is willing to coordinate meetings with the most affected communities who would beinterested in working together to improve their broadband, but would need local ‘champions’who would be willing and able to co-ordinate the work required to implement a comunity solution.
If you are interested, or know of anyone who would like to work with theplease contact the Council, on 01824 706000 or e-mail: customer.services@denbighshire.gov.uk