County Voice


Local Development Plan consultation closes

Many thanks to those of you who dropped by to see us at our Local Development Plan (LDP) drop in sessions in Llangollen, Ruthin and Rhyl.

The LDP draft Preferred Strategy consultation is now underway. The new LDP will replace the existing one once adopted (anticipated 2021) and will cover the period 2018 – 2033.

The draft Preferred Strategy is the first major stage in the preparation process and sets out the overall proposed growth levels for employment land and housing, along with a broad sense of where growth will be directed. There are no specific land allocations or detailed policies at this stage. The more detailed work will be consulted upon in 2020.

The candidate sites register that accompanies the main consultation documents shows land that has been submitted by landowners for consideration in the new LDP. At this stage none of these sites are indicated for inclusion in the LDP by the Council but comments and any local knowledge are welcomed on them.

All of the consultation documents are available in libraries and one-stop shops as well as online via the Council's website.

Anyone can send comments in, up to Friday 30th August. You can do this via the consultation portal, e-mail or comments form.  The Local Development Plan team are available to answer any questions during normal office hours.  You can e-mail them at or phone on 01824 706916.

All comments received will be reported back to Council along with proposed changes to the draft Preferred Strategy by the end of 2019.

More information can be found on our website.

Countdown to Eisteddfod proclamation begins

Come and see us at the proclamation ceremony for the Urdd Eisteddfod, taking place on Saturday, October 5th in Prestatyn.

The parade will begin at the town’s leisure centre and high school site before travelling towards the High Street and down towards the Nova and to Bastion Fields.

There, the council and a host of other organisations will be hosting fun activities for the whole family.   Schools will also be performing on a stage being provided by the Urdd.

This is a great opportunity to showcase Denbighshire and to announce officially that the Eisteddfod will be returning to the county in May 2020.

For further details about the proclamation ceremony, please visit:

Get yourselves prepared

September is Preparedness Month – #30days30waysuk - with a focus on providing advice and information to you on a wide range of issues about your health and well-being.

All councils, Welsh Government, the emergency services and utility companies have joined forces to run a social media campaign throughout the month, with a focus on a different topic each day.

Each day there will be advice and information on all kinds of things – from requesting safe and well checks from the fire and rescue service, creating a home emergency plan, safer driving, details about the Choose Well This Winter campaign, fire safety advice, what to do if you have no power, advice on cyber crime safety, driving in winter and much more.

You can follow the messages from September 1st through the Council’s Facebook account: or Twitter:

Get involved in the conversation by using the hashtag #northwalesresilience #30days30waysuk.

Free Caravan and Motorhome Weight Checks

Residents in Denbighshire, or anybody passing through the county who own caravans or campervans are urged to take advantage of free weight checks and safety advice from Trading Standards – to make sure they stay on the right side of the law.

Why are we holding these weight check days?

The Council's Trading Standards department want to educate all road users about the risks of overloading. Overloading vehicles not only causes damage to roads and your vehicle but it also puts other road users at risk.

Our aim is not to catch people overloading their vehicle, we’d rather people didn’t do it in the first place.

Who is carrying out the weight checks?

Officers of Denbighshire Trading Standards will be on site to carry out the weight check and advise the owner accordingly. An officer from North Wales Police's Community Safety Team may attend to advise about caravan security. No other agencies will be present.

If I attend the weighbridge, what will it involve?

Pop along with your caravan or motorhome loaded as if you were going away on holiday and we will check the gross weight or train weight (car and touring caravan) and the axle weights. We want to make sure that you are not exceeding any of the plated weights of your vehicle.

What if I am Overloaded?

We will work with you to advise and reduce the load to an acceptable safe amount. There will be no enforcement action taken against you. We want to make sure you are legal and safe to travel on your journey and understand what weights you can carry safely.

Will I be provided with any documentation?

You will be handed a copy of the weighbridge certificate after being weighed, so you have a record of what your vehicle weighed and a reminder of what extra you may be able to load onto the vehicle.

Do I need to bring anything else with me?

Make sure that you have any hand books with you for your car/ motorhome or caravan, just in case we can’t identify the location of the weight plates. You can also bring your driver’s licence if you’re unsure about your eligibility and towing weight restrictions.

The free “Check Your Weight” sessions are being held at the Weighbridge on the A525 between Rhuddlan and St Asaph on the following dates and times.

  • Wednesday, 4 September (12pm - 4pm)
  • Friday, 20 September (9am - 1pm) 
  • Friday, 27 September (9am - 1pm)

You don’t need to make an appointment, you can simply pop along between the listed times on the dates mentioned and find out if your vehicle is within its legal weights. Whilst there you can chat about the security of your caravan/ motorhome with an officer from North Wales Police's Community Safety Team. 

The weighbridge can be found on the Rhuddlan to St Asaph A525 road, approximately ¾ of a mile from Rhuddlan, located in the layby.

There will be signs indicating the weighbridge is in operation.

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