Archives for October 2008
It's seven years this month since BBC Local covering Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham was set up with the help of the local community who have made this site the success it is.
It was started quite literally with just a few pages but has grown and grown, with the vast majority of the non BBC Local News content provided by you - our audience.
Take a look at some of the other stories and blogs we're following today.
Most Haunted presenter Paul Ross told the audience gathered to watch the opening of the paranormal programme's controversial seven night show live from Denbigh Hospital that they would be sensitive to people's feelings.
But what with talk of planned vigils including people in padded cells and strait-jackets, his words might prove to be empty and locals had started to call the programme bad taste before it even went on air [BBC Local: Will patients be turning in their graves? | 'Damned' TV show under fire | Daily Post: Show blasted as tasteless | Your comments: Helencard and Hydra]
So last night a couple of us went along to see for ourselves.
[Imagine] You're an English holidaymaker travelling back home from north Wales. You've had a fab time, the locals were great [goes without saying] and, despite the weather, all went well.
Then, to round it off, you see her as you approach the Welsh-English border on the A5117 / A550 at Deeside. She's 20 metres long and nine metres high - a sculpture of white stone cut into the turf. She's a lion and the pride of England.
But what about the people on the other side of the border? Surely they'd have preferred a sculpture of a dragon!
What will North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom make of it?
The question for us is 'will other councils follow suit and would authorities on the chief's patch even dare to consider it?' Watch this space...
We've just received a Press statement from Denbighshire Council's cabinet giving their backing to calls for a prison in North Wales.
And they've gone further, giving support for two locations in Denbighshire to be considered for a prison - the Greengates site off the St Asaph Business Park and the former North Wales Hospital site in Denbigh.
- Flintshire Council plans to spend £100,000 on councillors' laptops
- Wrexham drivers given 4,000 tickets in six months
- Meet Sam, the 17-year-old farmer
- Impassioned plea about living conditions at Flint's maisonettes
- Bid to bring £38m Welsh arts centre to Wrexham
- Chief Constable debates removing the word "police" on vehicles in favour of Welsh equivalent, "heddlu"
Whether you're a believer or not, it's one thing to try and summon the spirits of a long forgotten age, but what will former Denbigh Hospital patients, staff and their families make of TV's Most Haunted team hosting live seances on site during Halloween?
- Why Rhyl Pavilion theatre should not be closed
- £56m Oswestry market retail park critics voice fears
- Police advice to help us protect our communities
Thanks to everyone who came to see us yesterday at the BBC Wales Here for You roadshow. It was great chatting with everyone and we hope you enjoyed the day as much as we did.
BBC radio personalities Adam Walton, Roy Noble, Jonsi and Hwyel Gwynfryn were also there along with X-Ray presenters Lucy, Rhodri and Jess, weatherman Derek Brockway, news reader Sian Lloyd and our very own Wales Today journalist Matt Richards [see photos below and share yours via our Flickr groups].
We call it cross platform working; when material made for radio, telly or the web can be used on the other platforms too. It's not just cut up and re-used, it's adapted to suit the medium.
- Two local men named in list of those 'who wrecked Britain'
- Inside Denbigh Hospital
- Saunders' plea to Wrexham people
- Named: 48 Post Offices to close
Find out more here...
Wrexham featured in The Guardian's weekly column, Let's Move To..., last weekend and raised a couple of interesting points [Is Coedpoeth cute?] Annoyingly, it also referred to Wrexham as in Clwyd.
Why can't people from outside the area get this right? Clwyd hasn't existed for over 10 years! Other than that it was interesting to read the comments at the bottom of the page, 'From the streets of Wrexham', in particular one contribution the gist of which was that the best thing about Wrexham is...nearby Chester!
What do you think of the column's view of Wrexham and the surrounding area?