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Community groups could take over public facilities

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The Welsh Government is considering Wales-specific law to help communities bid for, own and run assets transferred from the public and private sectors.

They would include facilities like halls, churches, playing fields, pubs and post offices.

It says developing a bespoke law would mean the maximum flexibility to suit the specific needs of Welsh communities.

People across Wales are encouraged to have their say on the plan.

Community halls, playing fields and post offices all play a central role in providing crucial services and keeping people connected in our communities. However, the current challenging financial climate has placed great pressure on such facilities.

When buildings and services which are working well and are important to the community are at risk of closure, we want to enable communities to take over ownership. This will not only ensure these key services continue, but also create jobs and skills opportunities for local people.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Communities Minister

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Bid to stop noisy snoring on trains

Rail passengers are being given nasal strips to stop them snoring on First Great Western trains.

Sixty per cent of passengers say snoring's a problem. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Research for the company has revealed snoring is high on the list of annoying things passengers do on trains, with sixty per cent saying it's a problem.

Only one in five passengers say they feel comfortable waking up a person snoring near them.

This week is national Stop Snoring Week, with health officials saying it affects fifteen million people in the UK.

Sainsbury's drops plans to open at Haverfordwest

Sainsbury's has dropped plans to open a new store at Haverfordwest.

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The planned store could have seen 500 jobs created. A spokesperson for supermarket told ITV Cymru Wales they were "disappointed" but shopping habits had changed and more customers were using online food shopping.

Pembrokeshire Council said the housing development plans for over 700 new homes at Slade Lane will continue as planned.

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Natural Resources Minister seeks 'Big Six' talks

Natural Resources Minister Carl Sargeant has written to the UK’s “Big Six” energy firms, along with the Co-operative Energy and First Utility, asking them to meet him to discuss how they can work more effectively with the Welsh Government to tackle fuel poverty.

30% of Welsh households 'are in fuel poverty' Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Welsh Government says almost a third of households in Wales are in fuel poverty.

"In Wales we have been successful in delivering multiple benefits through our energy efficiency programmes, such as Arbed, including jobs, wider community benefits, training and advice for residents.

Our additional investment for the next financial year is £35m. I want the energy companies to see how effective our approach in Wales is and discuss how working together we can maximise the amount.. they invest in these schemes in Wales."

– Carl Sargeant, Natural Resources Minister
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