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Murphy Oil sells Murco site in Milford Haven

Over 400 people lost their jobs at the site last year Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Pembrokeshire County Council has welcomed the sale of Milford Haven's Murco oil refinery, calling it good news for jobs and the economy.

The site has been sold to a firm called Puma Energy and comes four months after a separate sale collapsed which led to hundreds of job losses.

The announcement has been also been welcomed by the Welsh Government.

We welcome the news that Murphy Oil has come to an agreement with Puma Energy for the sale of Murco Milford Haven site and three inland terminals.

This is good news for all the staff who will remain and for Pembrokeshire and South Wales as a whole.

However, over 400 employees and contractors have lost their jobs, plus more in the wider supply chain. Whilst many have found work in the oil and gas sector, 26% are still looking for work and we will continue to support them and the wider business community

– Welsh Government spokesperson

The challenges of the Murco site at Milford Haven have been well recognised, and while a fully functioning refining operation was always my hope, any activity which retains jobs and indeed the infrastructure of the site is important for the Pembrokeshire economy.

– Cllr Jamie Adams, Leader of Pembrokeshire County Council

Demolition for Barry Island pub - permission for flats

The Dolphin Pub in Barry Island looks set for demolition to make way for 24 two-bedroom flats and four shops on the ground floor.

Artist's impression of the new development at Barry island Credit:

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s planning committee resolved to approve the application for a residential and commercial development on the Barry Island pleasure park site.

The approval could see the final hurdle overcome on the road to reinstalling the once-renowned Barry Island Pleasure Park funfair says the council.

We are very eager to see Barry Island restored to its former glory, and if this approval means we can finally move towards the revival of the funfair then I think that’s good news for everyone involved. It’s been a difficult journey so far, but now that the committee has resolved to approve the application, we’re hoping the site owners will put the necessary arrangements in place to allow the funfair to be brought back to life.

– Director of Development Services, Rob Thomas


Llandudno pier up for sale

Credit: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

Llandudno's pier is on the market along with Blackpool Central and South piers for a collective asking price of £12.6 million.

Llandudno, which is 695 metres long (2,280ft), is the only pier which is grade two listed, meaning any future owners would require Listed Building Consent to make changes to the structure.

Blackpool Central Pier, which stands at 341 metres long (1,118ft), and Blackpool South Pier, which is 150 metres long (492ft), do not benefit from listed status, despite opening in 1864 and 1892 respectively.

But Richard Baldwin, a director at Bilfinger GVA, who are selling the piers for Cuerden Leisure, said it would be very unlikely that a new owner would make significant changes.

The Victorian piers, which were constructed using cast iron piles, steel frames and wooden decking, all boast amusement arcades and rides. St John Stott, director at Cuerden Leisure - which also owns Eastbourne Pier - said the group was selling three of the four piers as it was "restructuring its assets".

These piers are all in good order and trading successfully, and, given that Easter is almost upon us, I have no doubt that they will quickly find a buyer or buyers.

– National Piers Society spokesperson

How many famous businesswomen can you name?

Welsh organisations could lose out on major grants or contracts from the Welsh Government if they don't have a woman on their board, a group of Assembly Members has suggested.

Read More: Welsh Assembly report calls for more women in positions of influence

It is an idea aimed at tackling the shortage of women in high-profile positions in public life here.

Our reporter Alexandra Lodge has been speaking to people in Cardiff Bay - who found it much easier to name a prominent businessman than a businesswoman...

The female director of one company in Newport is calling the plans to penalise businesses without women on their boards, "positive discrimination" and "tokenism."

Liz Maher who founded and is managing director for VAT specialists, Centurion says:

"You're into areas of positive discrimination and I would rather I was valued for the input I could bring into a business rather than be judged on a quota and that's one of the primary concerns I'd have with the recommendation that's been made"

A group of Assembly Members are campaigning for more do be done to balance the amount of men and women in public life.

Here's Alexandra Lodge's full report:

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