Thursday, 12 May 2011


In the news lately and for the last year or so for that matter, is the problem of funding our museums.

These include the Roman and Maritime museums and artifacts. The two venues are relatively small are situated in different locations in the town. So, if funding one of them was a problem, then funding two of them doubles the cost does it not?

We have been told time and time again that if no funding was found then they would have to close both venues.
It seems that this day has arrived and neither museum will open this summer.

So, what to do?

Could I suggest that this would be a good time for the Town Council to open it's doors to the public?

Having worked closely for many years with the former Town Clerk Mr Vernon Pierce, (we were the first ever to put the council online) I know that the Institute building has a wealth of historical artifacts that are often not seen by the public.
We have a fantastic chamber to show off, as well as the old baths under the building.

With all this in mind, isn't it possible to combine all three establishments under one roof and make it available during the summer months?

I understand that most museums are free in the UK (but not all) and there is always a way around this and charging a small fee to see all three museums at one venue would be the way forward.
A room or even the empty shop under the offices (this has been empty for three years plus) could be used for the purpose and gifts / mementos could be sold to help fund the venture.
We are very lucky in Caernarfon as we have many historians who would love to be a part of this and added to local volunteer staff, this could be a great new visitor attraction for Caernarfon. I know of the Local Resident Historians Gwydion have numerous exhibitions which would add to the venture. The proceeds could benefit the town!

This could be the solution to the problem and add a little bit more to the visitors experience of Caernarfon.

York does it, why can't we?

Monday, 9 May 2011

Parking Mad!

What I saw this week beggars belief!
The story goes like this......

A visitor parks his car on the Maes and stops a parking warden for assistance.

He asks:

"Where is the Pay and Display machine?" I heard the warden reply. "This is not a car park! This is a pedestrian zone!"

The visitor looked round and you could see in his face that he was indeed confused. He was looking at the 20 or so vehicles parked on the Maes and I bet he was wondering, If this is a no parking zone, then why is the warden not doing his job and booking these cars?

I've said it before and I'll say it again. If Gwynedd wanted the Maes to be car free then they would order their parking wardens to book EVERY car on the Maes.

So why isn't it happening? Can it be because, if they do, then they are cutting off a nice little earner for themselves?
Very soon, drivers would stop parking on the Maes and Gwynedd would lose thousands of pounds a year in parking fines.
By booking a percentage and leaving the rest alone, they ensure a steady return of those who got away.
Can any of you think of a better reason????

I am on record as saying there will be a death on the Maes, if something isn't done about the Maes. I pray to God I am wrong.