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Old 06 February 2004, 04:11   #31
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There are plenty of them that use the slip during the season!!

To say they would benefit from Jono's services, and those of a trailer reversing instructor, is an understatement!!

Has anybody witnessed the "trailer rage" which has become a regular feature of summer life in Trearddur Bay. Whoever build the slip with a bit of a curve in it had a wicked sense of humour!!

Front wheel drive cars, trailers towed once or twice a year, wife, kids, curved slip, and a queue!! brilliant entertainment!!
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Old 06 February 2004, 06:20   #32
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Save our slipway Jan 19 2004

By David Greenwood Daily Post

PLANS to build luxury waterside homes overlooking the Menai Strait could force the closure of a slipway used by boat owners for more than 40 years.

The future of the Porth y Wrach slipway, at Menai Bridge, has been thrown into doubt because of possible car parking problems if extensive housing developments go ahead in the area.

But the closure threat has sparked a storm of protest from the Civic Society.

Its members claim the waterfront should be earmarked for community use and include a heritage centre.

The slipway, built by the government during the war and taken over by the town's former urban council in the 1960s, is used by owners of small angling boats, divers and jet skiers. It is also an ideal launch site for people who have vessels moored in the Strait.

At the moment the boat owners leave their cars and trailers on the nearby county council-owned Min y Don site.

It is being sold for development and there are plans for up to 22 homes.

Min y Don is near a timber yard and old warehouse - the focus of another plan to build 38 houses and apartments.

Suggesting closure of the slipway, the island's senior maritime officer Mike Mothersole warned of the existing limited parking and said the situation would only get worse with the develop-ment of Min y Don. He also warns that reclaiming part of the foreshore for parking would be expensive.

But last night Selwyn Williams, chairman of Menai Bridge and District Civic Society, described the idea of closing the slipway as scandalous.

"We have been campaigning to try and persuade the county council to leave the waterfront alone as a local amenity where local people and visitors can take in the wonderful views of the Menai Strait. There are no other suitable launch sites to the Strait in the area, except at Beaumaris."

He added: "Selling prime land to developers is trashing our local history and heritage."


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Old 09 February 2004, 11:42   #33
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Hmmm!! All lost interest, or am I about to be found somewhere near the high water mark with my tongue cut out?
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No, certainly no loss of interest, it just appears we've deferred to you on this one! Would you suggest that we now write individually to the aforementioned Arthur Owen at the Planning Dept. and if so perhaps you wouldn't mind furnishing us with a contact address?

Unfortunately I appear to have temporarily mislaid my masonic apron and tools and, you know, a man in my position really can't be seen wandering the streets of London's business quarter with a rolled-up trouser leg, draped in a silken noose and holding a sharp instrument against my bared nipple. Not that I would wish to mock the activities of bored middle-aged men who hanker after a faintly exotic social life, and if Mr.Owen is willing to block planning permission for the Menai Bridge development, then I would be more than happy to roll up my trouser leg, dress up in Middle Age costume and join him in a ritualistic ceremony of his choice
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Aaaaaaah.....

Christ, no wonder people join the Masons when the content of their job description's that bloody boring. Dressing up in goat skins suddenly has a faint appeal
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Old 11 February 2004, 04:17   #37
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I think a letter/letters from NW Ribsters pointing out the diversity of our membership, and the benefits we bring to the area would be useful, obviously emphasising the fact that without convenient access to the water, we will be forced to take ourselves, and therby our custom, elsewhere.

Given the Beaumaris situation too, we may be stuck with Holyhead or Trearddur, with no safe access to the Straits. Friars Bay can be evil, and is likely to be lost in the not too distant future, again due to re-development.

Thing is, they sing too!!!!!
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I will write a letter from my company, especially as we are opening our new Menai office Shortly and this slip will be important to us.
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New office in Menai Bridge? Tell me more?
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