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Gwynedd restaurant smashed up in council bin lorry crash still waiting to be fixed

A family run restaurant building has still not been repaired four months after a bin lorry ploughed into the back of it.

Service at Yr Wylan restaurant in Porthmadog came to an abrupt halt on Friday, January 20 when the Gwynedd Council truck smashed into it leaving a hole in the rear of the building.[1][2]

Owners Claire and Justin Roberts, who also live above the restaurant with their teenage children, were forced to close for four days after an environmental health officer deemed that the building was “unsafe” for the public.

The restaurant has since reopened but despite an inspection being carried out by the council and necessary repairs being approved, building work, which is expected to cost thousands, has still not begun, leaving the family in limbo.

Yr Wylan Porthmadog restaurant owner Claire Roberts

Yr Wylan Porthmadog restaurant owner Claire Roberts (Photo: Arwyn Roberts)

Mrs Roberts said: “We arranged for a structural engineer to assess the damage ourselves and we’ve been told that the damage is so bad that the stone will have to be removed and replaced.

“It wont just be a patch up job and it means that the hole will end up being three times as big while it’s being repaired.

“We’ve got no idea when it’s being repaired or how long it’s going to take.

“The worry is that they’ve not just damaged our restaurant, it’s caused damage to our flat bathroom too meaning we wont be able to use it while the damage is fixed.

Yr Wylan restaurant, Porthmadog

Yr Wylan restaurant, Porthmadog (Photo: Arwyn Roberts)

“I don’t think the council realise how big the job is or how it’s going to impact us, where will we live while the work is being carried out?

“It’s also coming up to busy season now, we can’t afford to close for weeks while the repairs are carried out.

“It’s affecting our work as well as our home and we’re fed up of being in limbo with no idea of when things are going to happen.”

Claire and Justin, who have been running the business for 13 years, believe the crash happened as the bin lorry tried to navigate past illegally parked cars down Smith Street.

The rear of Yr Wylan restaurant Porthmadog

The rear of Yr Wylan restaurant Porthmadog (Photo: Arwyn Roberts)

They say they have spent six years complaining to the council about the cars parking illegally behind their business, but their calls and e-mails have gone unanswered.

Claire added: “The only good thing is that the warning signs and barriers prevent people from parking there at the moment.

“The whole situation is getting very silly, it just needs to be sorted out.”

A council spokesperson said: “The matter is being dealt with by the council’s insurers.

“Surveyors have carried out an inspection of the building on behalf of the insurers and the necessary repair work has been approved.”

References

  1. ^ Service at Yr Wylan restaurant in Porthmadog (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  2. ^ leaving a hole in the rear of the building. (www.dailypost.co.uk)

Four months on Porthmadog restaurant damaged in bin lorry smash still has gaping hole in back

The back of a family-run restaurant has still not been repaired four months after a council bin lorry ploughed into the back of it.

Service at Yr Wylan restaurant in Porthmadog[1] came to an abrupt halt on Friday, January 20 when the Gwynedd Council truck smashed into it leaving a hole in the rear of the building.

Claire and Justin Roberts own the business and live above the restaurant with their teenage children.

They were forced to close[2] for four days after an environmental health officer deemed the building “unsafe” for the public.

The restaurant has since reopened but despite an inspection being carried out by the council and necessary repairs being approved, building work, which is expected to cost thousands, has still not begun.

The rear of Yr Wylan restaurant Porthmadog

The rear of Yr Wylan restaurant Porthmadog (Photo: Arwyn Roberts)

Mrs Roberts said: “We arranged for a structural engineer to assess the damage ourselves and we’ve been told that the damage is so bad that the stone will have to be removed and replaced.

“It won’t just be a patch up job and it means that the hole will end up being three times as big while it’s being repaired.

“We’ve got no idea when it’s being repaired or how long it’s going to take.

“The worry is that they’ve not just damaged our restaurant, it’s caused damage to our flat bathroom too meaning we wont be able to use it while the damage is fixed.

“I don’t think the council realise how big the job is or how it’s going to impact us, where will we live while the work is being carried out?

“It’s also coming up to busy season now, we can’t afford to close for weeks while the repairs are carried out.

“It’s affecting our work as well as our home and we’re fed up of being in limbo with no idea of when things are going to happen.”

Yr Wylan restaurant, Porthmadog

Yr Wylan restaurant, Porthmadog (Photo: Arwyn Roberts)

The couple, who have been running the business for 13 years, believe the crash happened as the bin lorry tried to navigate past illegally parked cars down Smith Street.

They say they have spent six years complaining to the council about the cars parking illegally behind their business, and say their calls and e-mails have remained unanswered.

Claire added: “The only good thing is that the warning signs and barriers prevent people from parking there at the moment.

“The whole situation is getting very silly, it just needs to be sorted out.”

A council spokesman said: “The matter is being dealt with by the council’s insurers.

“Surveyors have carried out an inspection of the building on behalf of the insurers and the necessary repair work has been approved.”

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References

  1. ^ Yr Wylan restaurant in Porthmadog (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  2. ^ They were forced to close (www.dailypost.co.uk)

Lorry roof torn off in Gwynedd bridge crash

A lorry had its roof torn off when it smashed into a low railway bridge and caused traffic chaos.

The top of the Spar HGV was ripped off in the accident at about 10.30am on the A497 between Porthmadog and Pentrefelin.

The road was closed until 1.30pm with buses, cars and lorries all having to perform U-turns and find a different route.

The lorry suffered extensive damage and debris littered the road.

A Spar delivery lorry crashed into the Wern Railway Bridge on Penamser Road, Porthmadog

The Spar lorry left debris on the road (Photo: Arwyn Roberts)

One motorist told the Daily Post: “It’s been chaos around here. All the B roads are clogged up with drivers trying to avoid the closure.

“It’s an important road between Criccieth and Porthmadog and some people don’t know about alternative ways to drive.”

A train passing on the railway line at roughly the time of the accident was delayed for six minutes, but there were no further issues on the line.

Spar have been approached for comment.

Lucky escape for passenger who had his feet on dashboard when car crashed into HGV on A55 in Gwynedd

A passenger who had his feet on the dashboard when the car he was in crashed into a lorry had a “lucky” escape.
The man suffered minor injuries in the accident on the A55[1] in Gwynedd[2].
Emergency services were called at about 12.50pm to a two-vehicl…

Dying Anglesey man ‘made to sleep in hospital storeroom’

A dying man was made to sleep in a hospital storeroom without even a bell to alert staff, claims his widow.

John Gibbs, who suffered from dementia, heart failure, chronic kidney disease and diabetes, had been admitted to Ysbyty Gwynedd[1] after 20 years of being cared for at home by his wife Mavis.

Following the 79-year-old’s death on the Glyder ward on March 29, 2016, Mrs Gibbs complained to the Public Services Ombudsman about his treatment in the preceding weeks.

At the end of his life, the former HGV driver was too weak to even speak, but Mrs Gibbs claims some hospital staff were “desperate” to move him out of hospital and into a hospice or nursing home.

Mrs Gibbs claims her husband was made to sleep in a "storeroom"

Mrs Gibbs claims her husband was made to sleep in a “storeroom” (Photo: Mavis Gibbs)

Mrs Gibbs says that, about two weeks before his death, she found her husband had been moved from the general ward to what she described as a “storeroom”.

The 81-year-old said: “In regards to his general care, I have no complaints about the doctors and nurses and thought they were very good.

“But, when visiting him one day, I was shocked to find he’d been moved from the shared open ward to what I could only call a storeroom of some sort.

“It wasn’t a private ward at all. It even had filing cabinets still in there with hardly enough room to swing a cat.

“What concerned me most of all was that, while he was on the general ward, the other patients were happy to help in any way if they could see he was in discomfort.

“But, in that room where he’d been left all alone overnight, unable to speak, with staff not even providing him with a bell, he had no way of letting anyone know if he needed help.”

Mavis Gibbs

Mavis Gibbs

Mr Gibbs was moved back onto the ward after his wife complained to staff, but she says the hospital’s discharge co-ordinators tried to move him to a hospice or nursing home despite his weakened state.

“It was plain to anyone that he was much too weak to cope with a move at that stage,” she said.

“But some of the staff seemed determined to move him out, even though I was adamant he was in no fit state.”

In her complaint to the Ombudsman, Mrs Gibbs said a discharge co-ordinator continued to offer him a place at a nursing home in Rhyl[2] – 40 miles away from her home in Dwyran in Anglesey[3].

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board says staff merely offered her a list of hospices and nursing homes across Anglesey, Gwynedd[4] and Conwy[5].

However, they did admit that a discharge co-ordinator approached Mrs Gibbs with a map of an Anglesey nursing home, when it had already been established that her husband was too unwell to be moved.

“It is the health board’s opinion the care Mrs Gibbs received fell below the standard reasonably expected”

In the board’s response to Mrs Gibbs’ complaint, director of corporate services Chris Wright said: “It is recognised that it was unfortunate that the Discharge Coordinator had approached Mrs Gibbs with the map when it was evident Mr Gibbs was too unwell.

“This has been addressed to the staff member who has reflected and learnt from this experience and would like to apologise for any distress she may have caused Mrs Gibbs.

“I would like to sincerely apologise for the distress caused to Mrs Gibbs in the last days of her husband’s life.

“It is the health board’s opinion that the care and service Mrs Gibbs received fell below the standard reasonably expected, which amounts to a breach of duty of care.”

Mrs Gibbs complained to the ombudsman about her husband's treatment

Mrs Gibbs complained to the ombudsman about her husband’s treatment (Photo: Mavis Gibbs)

Mr Wright went on to say, however, that an investigation had established there had been no breach of the duty of care to Mr Gibbs.

A spokesperson for the health board said: “In order to meet patient demand in times of peak pressure on our hospitals, occasionally we will convert clinical areas such as treatment and assessment rooms into temporary bed space.

“This process is fully risk assessed, complies with infection prevention and control requirements, and is always in consideration of the wellbeing of our patients.

“Our ward staff work extremely hard to ensure any patients occupying temporary bed space receive the same levels of care as any other patient on our wards.”

References

  1. ^ Ysbyty Gwynedd (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  2. ^ Rhyl (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  3. ^ Anglesey (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  4. ^ Gwynedd (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  5. ^ Conwy (www.dailypost.co.uk)

Council smashes bin lorry into back of restaurant

A council smashed a bin lorry into the back of a restaurant[1] – then closes it down for a health and safety breach linked to the incident.

Service at Yr Wylan restaurant in Porthmadog came to an abrupt halt last Friday when a Gwynedd Council[2] bin lorry ploughed into the back of the restaurant.

Claire and Justin Roberts, who live in the flat above the restaurant with their teenage children, have run the eaterie in Porthmadog for 13 years.

They say they have spent six of those years complaining to Gwynedd Council about cars parking illegally behind their business.

Claire and Justin Roberts, owners of Yr Wylan in Porthmadog

Claire and Justin Roberts, owners of Yr Wylan in Porthmadog (Photo: Daily Post WS)

Despite being told that a structural engineer would assess the damage on Friday, Mr and Mrs Roberts were told no one would visit until Friday January 27th, reports Daily Post[3] .

The pair have now been closed down by an Environmental Health Inspector after they were unable to provide documentation stating the building is safe for the public to enter.

Mrs Roberts said: “We’re in a very stressful situation and it doesn’t seem like anyone wants to help.

“We’ve been complaining for more than six years to Gwynedd Council about people illegally parking behind the building but they’ve ignored us.

“We’ve sent them hundreds of e-mails but they’ve all gone unanswered.

“Because of these cars their lorry was unable to get passed and it crashed into our wall.

“So Gwynedd Council ignored our complaints, Gwynedd Council crashed into our home and business and Gwynedd Council have now shut us down.

“If they had acknowledged our concerns then this wouldn’t have happened in the first place.”

The rear of Yr Wylan restaurant

The rear of the Yr Wylan restaurant (Photo: Daily Post WS)

The couple received a Prohibition Notice under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 when the inspector visited their property yesterday afternoon.

Mrs Roberts added: “It’s a farce really, there seems to be no point of contact for us.

“We’re now losing out on business because the council haven’t sent out a structural engineer to solve a problem that they caused in the first place.”

They are also unsure whether their flat is structurally safe but say they have no choice but to stay there.

The pair are now calling for Gwynedd Council to do something about the parking problem.

Councillor Jason Humphreys who represents Porthmadog’s east ward wants smaller vehicles to be used to collect waste down the narrower streets in the town.

He said: “Parking is a horrendous issue in Porthmadog, but Smith Street is probably the most serious.

“We have seen a building being damaged here in an incident involving a council waste collection vehicle and a parked car.

“I’ve spoken to the owners of the building, but will need to get the official view of the council before drawing any firm conclusions.

“There are regular complaints about parking in and around Smith Street.

“Buildings can be repaired but I am far more concerned about the risk to life.

“Some of the shop back-entrances open directly onto the road and one can see how a lorry clipping a building under similar circumstances could whack a person leaving such an entrance.

“Badly parked cars are also causing mayhem in and around the Madog Street entrance and this could quite conceivably lead to other incidents.”

Following a meeting with Gwynedd’s waste management department, Cllr Humphries says he will be pressing the idea of smaller waste vehicles even further.

While Mr and Mrs Roberts said they were told no one would visit until January 27th, the council now says an engineer will visit them tomorrow.

A Gwynedd Council spokesman said: “The matter is the hands of the council’s insurers, a loss adjuster attended on Friday (20th) and matters are being progressed.

“The insurers have confirmed that a structural engineer will visit the site tomorrow morning.”

References

  1. ^ restaurant (www.mirror.co.uk)
  2. ^ Gwynedd Council (www.mirror.co.uk)
  3. ^ Daily Post (www.dailypost.co.uk)

Porthmadog restaurant forced to close by council … after THEIR bin lorry smashed into it

Restaurant owners have been forced to close indefinitely after a council bin lorry crashed into their building.

Service at Yr Wylan restaurant in Porthmadog[1] came to an abrupt halt on Friday 20th of this month when a Gwynedd Council bin lorry ploughed into the back of the restaurant.

Claire and Justin Roberts, who live in the flat above the restaurant with their teenage children, have run the eaterie in Porthmadog for 13 years.

Recap: Bin lorry smashes into Porthmadog restaurant[2]

They say they have spent six of those years complaining to Gwynedd Council[3] about cars parking illegally behind their business on Smith Street.

Despite being told that a structural engineer would assess the damage on Friday, Mr and Mrs Roberts were told no one would visit until Friday January 27th.

The pair have now been closed down by an Environmental Health Inspector after they were unable to provide documentation stating the building is safe for the public to enter.

Mrs Roberts said: “We’re in a very stressful situation and it doesn’t seem like anyone wants to help.

“We’ve been complaining for more than six years to Gwynedd Council about people illegally parking behind the building but they’ve ignored us.

The rear of Yr Wylan restaurant on Smith Street in Porthmadog

The rear of Yr Wylan restaurant on Smith Street in Porthmadog (Photo: Staff)

“We’ve sent them hundreds of e-mails but they’ve all gone unanswered.

“Because of these cars their lorry was unable to get passed and it crashed into our wall.

“So Gwynedd Council ignored our complaints, Gwynedd Council crashed into our home and business and Gwynedd Council have now shut us down.

“If they had acknowledged our concerns then this wouldn’t have happened in the first place.”

Gwynedd lorry crash forces restaurant to close[4]

The couple received a Prohibition Notice under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 when the inspector visited their property yesterday afternoon.

Mrs Roberts added: “It’s a farce really, there seems to be no point of contact for us.

“We’re now losing out on business because the council haven’t sent out a structural engineer to solve a problem that they caused in the first place.”

They are also unsure whether their flat is structuraly safe but say they have no choice but to stay there.

The pair are now calling for Gwynedd Council to do something about the parking problem.

Councillor Jason Humphreys who represents Porthmadog’s east ward wants smaller vehicles to be used to collect waste down the narrower streets in the town.

Overturned lorry closes A547 in Abergele[5]

He said: “Parking is a horrendous issue in Porthmadog, but Smith Street is probably the most serious.

“We have seen a building being damaged here in an incident involving a council waste collection vehicle and a parked car.

“I’ve spoken to the owners of the building, but will need to get the official view of the council before drawing any firm conclusions.

“There are regular complaints about parking in and around Smith Street.

Claire and Justin Roberts, owners of Yr Wylan in Porthmadog, have been shut down after a Gwynedd Council bin lorry crashed in to the back of their building last week

Claire and Justin Roberts, owners of Yr Wylan in Porthmadog, have been shut down after a Gwynedd Council bin lorry crashed in to the back of their building last week (Photo: Amelia Shaw)

“Buildings can be repaired but I am far more concerned about the risk to life.

“Some of the shop back-entrances open directly onto the road and one can see how a lorry clipping a building under similar circumstances could whack a person leaving such an entrance.

“Badly parked cars are also causing mayhem in and around the Madog Street entrance and this could quite conceivably lead to other incidents.”

Following a meeting with Gwynedd’s waste management department, Cllr Humphries says he will be pressing the idea of smaller waste vehicles even further.

While Mr and Mrs Roberts said they were told no one would visit until January 27th, the council now says an engineer will visit them tomorrow.

A Gwynedd Council spokesman said: “The matter is the hands of the council’s insurers, a loss adjuster attended on Friday (20th) and matters are being progressed.

“The insurers have confirmed that a structural engineer will visit the site tomorrow morning.”

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References

  1. ^ Porthmadog (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  2. ^ Recap: Bin lorry smashes into Porthmadog restaurant (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  3. ^ Gwynedd Council (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  4. ^ Gwynedd lorry crash forces restaurant to close (www.dailypost.co.uk)
  5. ^ Overturned lorry closes A547 in Abergele (www.dailypost.co.uk)