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Llandudno to get new Travelodge hotel

Budget hotel chain Travelodge is to create 400 jobs by opening 15 new sites this year. - one of them in Llandudno in north Wales.

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The company is investing £100 million in the new hotels, which include four in London and buildings in Glasgow, Southampton, Llandudno, Poole and Bristol.

The expansion will boost the number of Travelodges across the UK to over 500, with almost 38,000 rooms. The company said it had identified sites for another 150 hotels which could create 3,000 jobs.

Chemical factory in north Wales to close

A chemical factory in north Wales employing around 60 workers could close.

The AMRI plant in Holywell. Credit: amriglobal.com

Albany Molecular Research (AMRI) in Holywell says it is consulting with its workers over a plan to close its UK facility.

In a statement the company said:

"The original strategy for the Holywell site was to act as a conduit between Europe and the United States. However, the site has not been able to do this in a way that maximizes value for our customers and shareholders and is not aligned to the new strategic direction of the company."

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Swansea horse charity pleads for donations

A group of volunteers are calling for help to safeguard the future of a scheme which looks after neglected or abandoned horses in Swansea.

The Community Horse and Pony scheme which currently has seven horses in its care but is facing a bleak future after the charity that funds it has gone into administration.

The group says that despite their best efforts food and supplies are starting to run out.

Our Swansea Correspondent Dean Thomas reports.

Wales 'hits 1million fibre broadband milestone'

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It's been announced more than a million households and businesses across Wales can now connect to high-speed fibre broadband.

The milestone has been achieved through BT's commercial fibre roll-out and Superfast Cymru, the partnership between the Welsh Government, UK Government the European Union and BT.

The 1m total includes more than 130,000 premises in Cardiff, 90,000 in Swansea and 50,000 in both Newport and Wrexham.

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Swansea business owners excited by £500m city regeneration plans

Representatives from Swansea Council are in London today to showcase plans for a £500m re-development of the city centre.

Iconic buildings and sites such as the Civic Centre have been placed on the market in the hope developers will invest in what is described as a 'the best chance in a generation' to regenerate the city centre.

Today the public will get the first view of fly-through designs that architects say will 're-link' Swansea city centre to the sea, as part of ambitious plans to turn the city into the financial capital of Wales.

Two hundred job contracts end at Ford Bridgend

Around 200 jobs are to go at the Ford plant at Bridgend. The company says the workers were employed on temporary contract which would end in 2015.

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In a statement the company told ITV News, "Approximately 200 temporary contract employees at Bridgend Engine Plant, involved in the staged run out of a customer six-cylinder engine, are to be released on schedule in 2015.

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Support for new motorway tested in Senedd vote

There's no agreement on the best solution to congestion on the M4 around Newport Credit: PA

Conservative AMs will force a vote in the Senedd today on whether there should be a review of the Welsh Government's plan to build a new motorway south of Newport to relieve pressure on the existing M4.

The £1 billion project is highly controversial, both because of its cost and because of the environmental impact on the Gwent Levels wetlands. Some business groups prefer the idea of upgrading the existing Southern Distributor Road to a motorway, arguing that it would be a cheaper and quicker solution.

That's angered residents who live near the distributor road who fear the noise and pollution that might be caused by a motorway. Now the Conservatives' transport spokesman, Byron Davies, says he's not convinced that a full motorway is required and that more modest improvements might be enough to relieve pressure on the M4.

It doesn't have to be a motorway.

– Shadow Transport Minister Byron Davies AM

That's roughly in line with what the Liberal Democrats have been arguing, while Plaid Cymru oppose spending such a major part of the transport budget on just one road scheme.

There's also been opposition from some Labour AMs, including two former ministers. So it would appear that most Assembly Members at least have doubts about the project. The Welsh Government has already conceded that construction work won't get the go-ahead before the 2016 Assembly election.

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