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Achieving more in partnership with our community

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Achieving more in partnership with our community

Croeso Welcome from your Mayor and Councillors

Welcome to our website which we hope you will find easy to navigate. We have endeavoured to lay before you all the information you might wish to know about the workings of Penmaenmawr Town Council.

All our Councillors are committed to improving the environments of the three Wards and working in partnership with other groups and the local county council to provide the best value service possible.

Agenda and Minutes of Council Meetings are available on the meetings page. A large amount of other information is available on the other pages.

Please feel free to contact any of the Councillors or the mayor at any time. We are always more than happy to listen to your concerns and ideas to improve own Town. We achieve so much more when we work together.

Please contact us via the contact page or on the email address below.

Your views are valuable to us to help shape our community.

Open letter to the cabinet of Conwy County Borough Council

Dear Councillor

Like most residents of Penmaenmawr I was very disappointed to learn that Conwy Council is considering imposing parking charges in our village.

We have worked hard and spent over a decade putting Penmaenmawr back on the map as both a shopping centre and a place to visit.

Parking is very limited in the town and to draw visitors in we need a convenient and free parking area. The car park is also used by local residents to park when using the library as well as the shops. The County Council’s own survey shows how damaging charging would be with 77% of respondents saying they would stop using the car park if charges were introduced. This means they would not be using the town’s amenities which would impact on the vibrancy and sustainability of the town centre.

I would like to stress:

  • The estimated of income (£37,000) made in the report to Council is extremely optimistic. In reality I believe that the charges would only raise a fraction of this - barely enough to defray the cost of the machines, software and enforcement.
  • Charging would create parking problems within the village as motorists would look for free parking on the street. This would also raise council enforcement costs.
  • No study has been made into the economic impact on the community or consideration given to the small retail base in the town who rely on the local community.
  • No consideration has been given to the impact on the library (now run by volunteers) next to the car park. This is particularly important as the Tourist Information Office is moving into this building shortly

The net effect will be for local residents and visitors alike to avoid the charges and simply go elsewhere to shop.

Penmaenmawr Town Council has long recognised Conwy's financial difficulties and have tried very hard to work in partnership with the Council. We fund the library, the local Community Centres and undertake a lot of the footpath maintenance within the village. We are also in discussion with the County Council concerning taking over the running cost of the toilets and cleaning the bus shelters.

We are a small community with limited facilities and shops who work hard to succeed. Introducing these charges would be a real blow to the fragile town centre.

I urge the Cabinet to reconsider this proposal – I believe that you will never achieve the running costs of the scheme and will only succeed in undermining years of diligent work by the Town Council and the community in establishing a sustainable economy in Penmaenmawr.

I understand the extreme financial pressure the Council finds itself under – but by putting additional pressure on local businesses and creating potential unemployment is not the solution.

Yours sincerely,

Dafydd Lloyd Borland
Mayor of Penmaenmawr

Penmaenmawr Town Council Vision

Penmaenmawr Town Council is committed to improving the environment and the quality of experience for the people who live, work and visit the area.

To achieve this vision the Council will work towards:

1. Setting an individual focus for the town, (comprising the three wards of Penmaenan, Pant-yr-Afon and Dwygyfylchi) making it distinct from other towns and areas.

2. Improving the facilities and looking after the well-being of all our citizens.

The above will be realised through:

1. Working in collaboration and partnership with other groups and organisations.

2. Seeking and listening to public opinion, across the generations, and objectively considering all comments and requests to the best of our ability.

3. Fostering links with other agencies in order to maintain and promote the individual and special character of Penmaenmawr – its environment; its heritage; its amenities; and its people.