The managing director of one of Wales' biggest building developers says planning decisions in Gwynedd are forcing his company to stop investing there. Mark Watkin Jones says the company's ecountered more problems with planning in Gwynedd than anywhere else in the UK.
But Gwynedd Council say that around 90 percent of planning applications in the county are granted. Ian lang reports.
Councillor Louise Hughes, of LLanegrin in Gwynedd says the move to a three week black bag collection was a big and expensive mistake.
She said, “It’s ridiculous. They did a questionnaire and had almost 2,000 responses and most people said ‘no way’. I can’t believe they’re going to go ahead, it will be a complete, unmitigated disaster.
“What it will mean especially for coastal towns is seagulls will be ripping open bin-bags. What is the point of consultation and then saying ‘we’re going to do it anyway’?”
The new collection regime will come into force in October and will take 18 months to introduce. Gwynedd County Council says it will save £350,000.
Gwynedd Council has become the first in Wales to introduce black bag collection every three weeks.
Councillors say it'll save £350,000 and recycling and food waste bins will still be collected weekly.
Diana Hulme on Facebook says says, "Do we get a reduction in our council tax to reflect the reduction in the number of collections???? Let me guess...no."
Stephen Giffard on Twitter add, " That's good news for rats I suppose."
Ben Jones on Facebook says, "Living with my partner and a 2 year-old baby and the bin is packed to the top after 2 weeks as it is. We recycle its not as if we just throw everything in one bin!"
Mared on Twitter says, "Disgusting health hazard. Are GCC going to slash the council tax to reflect the loss of services? No, I thought not!"
Dustbins in Gwynedd will be emptied every three weeks instead of fortnightly following a vote by councillors.
The unanimous decision was taken by cabinet members claiming it was a sensible step repeated in other parts of the country.
The new timetable will come into force in October and will take 18 months to introduce throughout the county - it's claimed it will save £350,000.
The council heard that public surveys have shown that half of people anticipate problems with such things as nappy disposing. There were also concerns over rats, smells and bins becoming too heavy.
However there will be no changes to weekly household recycling, and food waste services, and a fortnightly collection of garden waste says the council.
Currently only half of Gwynedd residents use recycling bins.
“We must take steps to persuade those residents who continue to throw waste that can be recycled into their residential waste bins to start using the weekly recycling and food waste services,” says Councillor Gareth Roberts.
The A470 is closed in both directions after an accident between Trawsfynydd and Bronaber.
A woman's died after a fire in Gwynedd.
More than 20 firefighters were called to a flat above a chemist shop in Penrhyndeudraeth at around 1030 last night.
A woman in her 80s was found and treated at the scene but later died. Firefighters say a man in his 80s had managed to make his own way out.
Gwynedd and Anglesey appear to have amongst the most peaceful neighbourhoods in the UK, according to research by Churchill Home Insurance.
Both had a low number of statutory nuisance complaints per person, between January and September last year.
Number of statutory nuisance complaints received (Number of statutory nuisance complaints per 1,000 residents).
Isles of Scilly - 0 (0)
Gwynedd - 69 (0.6)
Worcestershire - 334 (0.6)
Nottinghamshire - 750 (1)
Glasgow - 644 (1.1)
Peterborough - 217 (1.2)
Liverpool - 557 (12)
Sunderland - 378 (1.4)
Anglesey - 104 (1.5)
Amber Valley - 210 (1.7)
A man has been arrested by police investigating the theft of six dogs in Gwynedd.
Three dogs stolen last week have now been recovered.
Two of them were more than 60 miles away in Aberystwyth, and the last at Bontnewydd.
Five of the dogs were taken from Betws Garmon, and the sixth from Waunfawr.
A man from Caernarfon is in custody awaiting questioning.
A Gwynedd hotel owner has told how a massive tree crashed through a conservatory roof and missed his family accommodation by just two feet.
The lucky escape happened as communities across Wales were rocked by another day of stormy weather.
This picture by Gwynedd photographer Erfyl Lloyd Davies clearly illustrates the Cadwgan Hotel's near miss as an enormous tree fell onto the adjacent conservatory roof.
Owner Karen Greenfield says the tree missed the family's living accommodation by just two feet.