IT'S been another busy week in this part of the North Wales coast, with our team bringing you all the latest news.

In case you missed them, here are the top five most-read stories on the North Wales Pioneer website this week:

1. New hotel above popular Llandudno restaurant given go-ahead

The most-read article this week was our report on plans to convert a retail space above a popular restaurant and bar in Llandudno into a hotel.

The application, submitted by Ormo Lounge owners Loungers UK, will see the retail, storage and staff space above the restaurant, at 4-6 Gloddaeth Street, become a hotel as an extension of the business.

It was approved by the council this week.

Read more about the plan here

2. Colwyn Bay residents and landlords in limbo as contractor went bust

This was most popular Local Democracy Reporting Service story on our site this week.

Frustrated residents and landlords in Colwyn Bay say their lives are being made a misery by unfinished work carried out at their privately owned properties on behalf of Conwy County Council.

The residents say leaking pipes and broken guttering are causing worsening damp and black mould whilst half-fitted windows and doors and unfinished insulation mean the properties are uninhabitable and unfit to rent.

Read the full story here

3. Conwy and Denbigh residents battle it out on Come Dine With Me

Contestants from Conwy and Denbighshire have had their culinary and hosting skills put to the test on this week’s episodes of Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me.

The show features five people who each host a three-course dinner party for the other contestants at their own home, with the highest-scoring chef winning £1,000.

This week’s episodes, filmed in the summer of 2022 and shown every night this week at 6pm, were filmed at the homes of residents of Rhos-on-Sea, Llandudno, Conwy, Deganwy and Denbigh.

Read the full story here

4. 'Plant powered cafe' Pip & Oat opens in Llandudno!

We shared how Llandudno's first 'plant powered cafe' has gone down a treat with customers.

Sara Turner, who owns Green Island Bistro on Rhuddlan High Street, opened ' Pip & Oat' on Saturday, February 3, at a unit on Clonmel Street. This was previously occupied by Precious Memories Photography.

Sara said: "It was a brilliant weekend. Saturday was crazy busy, we had to turn people away as we couldn't fit everyone in.

Read the full story here

5. Conwy secondary school’s ‘phone-free’ policy sees success

Readers were interested to learn how pupils at a school in Conwy are benefitting from a revolutionary phone-free policy during teaching hours.

Students at Ysgol Aberconwy put their phones in lockable pouches at the start of the school day and swipe them open as they leave to create a “phone-free zone”.

The school introduced the initiative in September and has noticed its positive effect on the students and the school community.

Read the full story here