[ 19.04.20, amended 21.06.20 ] COVID-19

Thanks to those frontline staff, pharmacists, postal-workers, refuse-collectors, home delivery drivers, couriers, bus-drivers, essential clerical staff, and volunteers, working within our local area and beyond during the current situation.

No thanks to those using the lockdown as an excuse for anti-social behaviour and as an opportunity to line their pockets or to abuse planning rights, local examples of this being the current situation at Tomen Lechi Taldrwst, and two addresses at the top of Talysarn, both on Hen Lôn1 and both belonging to the same family, with one frequently doing their best to destroy the quality of life for the surrounding neighbours with their dogs (something they have made a point of doing for many years now despite numerous council complaints and despite facing legal action over the matter)2 and the other currently involved in building an extension to their already considerably extended property despite being turned-down for planning permission and being told by the council to restore the site to how it was prior to the commencement of work.

I cannot name any members of the family involved in the dog nuisance or the illegal building work, nor can I give the actual addresses, but one would not be difficult to identify for obvious reasons and the other frequently has heavy machinery of one kind or another working around the back of the house or on the hillside to the back of the property (outside of being an obvious construction site even allowing for most of the materials being hidden in the outbuildings and around the back of the property).

The situation with planning goes back to an attempt to build a garage and store in 2011 (which was refused), followed by an application to remove a 106 agreement3 tying the property as an affordable dwelling in 2017 and at the same time also to build a new four-bedroom dwelling "for local need for local housing", also refused.4

Clearly, now, it has been decided to take advantage of the COVID-19 situation (whilst local planning are unable to inspect sites) to do things the way that their other family members (the ones causing the dog nuisance and, incidentally, the actual owners of both the properties) did back in 1998: build regardless and force the matter through retrospectively ...and to hell with their neighbours (many of whom are either frontline workers, essential staff, or in lockdown). Suffice to say that rest, respite, or peaceful leisure (or lockdown) is certainly not something they will be enjoying, especially if they live between the dog noise and the construction site and do not appreciate ongoing excavator noise every night as late as 22:00 hours or beyond.5

On the construction site work to excavate the footings appears to have been completed, along with pipework and a drainage pit. Last night, - 18th April, 22:00 hours, - work was ongoing under the cover of darkness and, again, on the 21st April, with a large excavator on the hillside above the property6 7 in a location used to tip the excavated soil from the intended location of the garage and store (always assuming that they, too, are not simply re-purposed for use as a further puppy farm).

If you want to comment on the illegal shed/garage/house to Gwynedd Planning Enforcement please feel free to use the following details8: Paula Evans - Online Ref: 187 Enforcement Ref: G20/0047.

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Complaints: Breach of Planning Applications

1 Curiously enough, one of the addresses (that of the construction site) is incorrectly given as being located on Ffordd Rhiwlas in the planning documentation, but is, unquestionably, on Hen Lôn.

2 For anyone looking to move to anywhere, or to buy property, or to occupy holiday accommodation, in the vicinity of Talysarn (or Ffordd Hyfrydle) you might definitely want to reconsider: the dogs, or puppies, can usually be heard at some point every day and frequently for an extended period of time amounting to statutory nuisance and audible across most of the area. The owner is unpleasant to put it politely, and does not give a XXXX whether you are Saesneg, Cymro, or Cymraes; so, no, this is not a case of English vs. Welsh. Either way, the odds are that you will have no problem identifying the property if you feel a need to.

To be absolutely fair in this, though, there are others in the area who occasionally cause a nuisance with their dogs, most notably an alsation owner in the block of houses on the Penygroes end of the row, several houses beyond where a public right-of-way leads up from Ffordd Hyfrydle and onto the field area below Hen Lôn.

3 Taken from investmentproperty.co.uk: "[A] section 106 agreement forms part of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and is a demand by the local planning authority for a property developer to offer something to the local community that will enhance and aid the local area in return for the granting of planning permission for their development." Ironical, is it not, when it is quite apparent that the character trying to push ahead with the development quite clearly does not give a XXXX about enhancing anything beyond their personal situation?

4 Which goes a long way to explaining why the large stockpile of rock and stone hidden around the back of the property of a type used in building stone-built, or clad, properties, the construction of what looks to be a system of drains and drainage, and the removal of a large wooden shed that used to be there (not to mention additional to the profusion of breeze-block with corrugated tin roofing outbuildings, already extant, that were not there originally).

There is, additionally, the question of why the applicant should suddenly feel the need to try and justify their application on the grounds of being "for local need for local housing" after previously trying to remove the 106 agreement on the original dwelling?

5 Always assuming they know which clown it is that is responsible for the noise and fumes every evening, and long after dark, additional to invariably upsetting their dad's dogs in the nearby kennel and those of other dog owners in the immediate vicinity.

6 Land which is (at the very least) unimproved semi-natural scrub land, and subject to further restrictions, including Environmental Impact Assessments, before being subject to any development or improvement work (including the removal, or clearance, of rocks or boulders).

7 A lot of the more recent work has involved using a large excavator to work the livestock pen area above the site, mostly on the opposite side to that bordering Clogwyn Melyn and extending right across from one side to the other, with soil and earth being dumped on the near side and rocks and boulders being removed from the far side for use in the building work and, possibly, other projects. Gwynedd County Council Planning Enforcement are continuing to be updated with new material and updates on the development of the site, which is still being worked on an ongoing basis.

8 The site, and the hillside above it, can be viewed, legally, from Clogwyn Melyn by the more adventurous; however, please be aware that any photographs in support of enforcement action must not include anyone living at the property (outside of clearly working on the site) or the house itself.

Kudos to Povey's Garage in Penygroes for stepping-in to provide much-needed relief in Gwynedd Council's time of austerity cuts by making their toilets available in place of the public conveniences. - Diolch i fawr!

...also the bus drivers who still travel along Ffordd Hyfrydle en route from Talysarn to Penygroes. - The council may have stranded bus users along Ffordd Hyfrydle, and the lane above, citing the excuse of traffic congestion, when they could have placed stops along the main road, with cut-throughs for access, but at least not all the bus drivers have abandoned us; so, thanks from one local person, at least.

...and thanks, too, to our local councillor I. Dilwyn Lloyd, Sian Gwenllian AC/AM, and Hywel Williams AS/MP for your ongoing help, support, and advice in the Dyffryn Nantlle area.

Anglesey Roofing [ now based in Bangor ]: leave their site waste behind or casually discard it in adjacent gardens, including wooden battens with nails protruding from them and large roofing sheets that are left to blow away in the next strong wind. Manager does does not respond to complaints, even when those complaints are made via the NFRC. The website complaints procedure also contained small print relating to the company questioning the mental capacity of any complainant (which was replaced, briefly, with something more comprehensive and professional following a complaint about the company to the NFRC).

Their BBA certification is interesting too: the British Board of Agrément does not appear to have them listed as either as an installer or as a certificate holder under Anglesey Roofing or Anglesey Roofing Company Limited, to give them their full trading name; and they use black transit vans with no business livery in addition to the usual fleet vehicles.

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