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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.


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


Childcare costs rise in Wales

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Parents in Wales are paying, on average, just over 1 hundred and 3 pounds a week to have their child, aged under 2, in a nursery.

The Family and Childcare Trust also says, last year, the cost was up by a third on the previous 12 months.

For a child aged 2 and over the cost is around a pound less.

Praise for Llandudno Station revamp

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The multi-million pounds refurbishment of Llandudno railway station is earning praise.

A report by the Welsh Government and Network Rail says the project, which delivered new frontage, improved access, ticket office, and customer information systems has enhanced the environment and the perception of safety and security.

It also says step free access and dedicated changing facilities have been highlighted as best practice for other station modernisation projects

Trains provide a vital link to jobs and services to many people, which is why I want to see improved accessibility at railway stations across Wales. Our Station Improvement Programme targets a number of stations where access can be significantly enhanced. This report highlights the good work that has been done at Llandudno and where improvements can be made to help plan similar future works.

– Edwina Hart AM, Transport Minister

'Save £200 by switching suppliers'

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The UK Government says 650,000 households across Wales are missing out on their share of £130 million by sticking with their energy company.

It says by shopping around and taking advantage of the best energy deals on the market, millions of people can save around £200 - and some can save even more.

The ‘Power to Switch’ campaign, launched today, encourages people to switch supplier and save money by visiting

There are 26 energy companies on the market and some fixed deals are £100 cheaper than they were a year ago.

We need to shout loud about the benefits of switching tariff. Too many people think energy firms are ‘all the same’. That’s far from true, there are huge differences on both price and customer service.

The worry is that news of recent price cuts, even though they were paltry, will have given many false confidence that they’re on a decent deal. Examine the figures and the ugly truth is very different.

– Martin Lewis, Money Saving Expert

Cardiff one of UK's most 'energy savvy' cities

37% surveyed in Cardiff said they'd like to make energy saving a priority - the highest percentage recorded outside London Credit: PA

People from Cardiff are among the most energy savvy in Britain, according to the latest research from British Gas.

Over half of those surveyed said they try to save energy in their home, with 87% saying they would change their energy habits if it meant making savings on their bills.

The poll also showed people in the capital are taking more steps to save their energy, with over a third knowing about smart meters - more than 15,000 of which have already been installed in the city.

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