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Nationwide beach clean up event this weekend

Volunteers in Wales are taking part in a nationwide beach clean event this weekend.

Langland Beach in Swansea is one of the beaches pinpointed for a clear up. Credit: ITV Wales News

The clean up operation is happening on over thirty beaches in Wales including Llandudno, Freshwater, Langland, Ogmore and Rhyl.

The UK's leading marine charity hopes a record number of people will get involved to clear our beaches of litter. They blame a change in domestic habits over the last 50 years for the increased amount of litter, waste an plastic now being washed up on our shores.

"Our domestic habits over the last 50 years or so have resulted in dirty beaches. We throw more stuff away than ever. Plastic in the marine environment may take hundreds of years to break down and it washes up or is blown onto beaches in bits from micro pieces to larger chunks. We flush stuff down the loo we shouldn't, and that ends up in our water ways and then our beaches."

– Tom Bell, The Marine Conservation Society

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Lagoon restoration aiding flood protection

Credit: Natural Resources Wales

Natural Resources Wales says an important flood water storage lagoon on the Wentlooge Levels is helping to protect communities after being restored.

It says a team of engineers has completed a four-week project to remove large quantities of silt from the lagoon, to increase its capacity to store flood water and protect nearby homes and farmland from flooding during high tides.

After being removed from the lagoon, the silt has been placed into special pods to dry it out.

Once dry, the team will be able to make use of it across South Wales to repair existing flood defences and build new ones.

Wales to hot up as Mediterranean weather arrives

Sunbathers behind a windbreak on Whitesands Beach, Pembrokeshire Credit: PA

Weather forecasters say Wales will enjoy warm sunshine as we head through the week. After a cool and wet August, warm weather coming northwards from the Mediterranean is set to send temperatures rocketing over the coming week.

This evening and tonight, Wales will be a mostly dry with any isolated light showers easing away. While tomorrow will start generally cloudy with some mist and fog patches, these will steadily break up, allowing some warm sunny spells to develop. Temperatures could reach 22C - the mid-September average is around 17C (62.6F).

As we head to the end of the week a lot of dry and fine weather is expected with it becoming warm or very warm and increasingly humid. There is a risk of scattered heavy and thundery showers.

While the temperatures are expected to be abnormally high they will not constitute an "Indian summer", according to Mark Wilson, a meteorologist with the Met Office.

The Met Office's meteorological glossary, first published in 1916, defines an Indian summer as "a warm, calm spell of weather occurring in autumn, especially in October and November", usually occurring after the first frost of the year.

It said the warmest recorded temperatures in the UK in October and November were 29.9C (85.8F) on October 1 2011 in Gravesend, Kent, and 21.7C (71F) on November 4 1946 in Prestatyn, Denbighshire.

North Wales wind farm gets green light

Permission has been granted for a new wind farm development near Denbigh in north Wales.

The wind farm project will cost £100m Credit: PA

The 32 turbine wind farm, developed by RWE Innogy UK, will have an installed capacity of up to 96MW - equivalent to the approximate domestic needs of up to 40,800 average UK householdsor more than all the households in Denbighshire.

The project will cost around £100m.

This is a tremendous project, which can deliver significant benefits for the local communities, businesses and the environment, and is an important contributor to the UK energy mix and energy security.

We have already started to make inroads into working with the business sector through our supply chain events, to ensure local companies are well placed to bid for contracts when they emerge. We will build on this locally and with other business organisations over time.

– Martin Cole, RWE’s Clocaenog project developer

Lawyers to join Holyhead Marina campaign

Plans to redevelop the marina include 300 new apartments, office and leisure facilities. Credit: Anglesey County Council

A local group of protesters have been joined by specialist environmental lawyers to stop plans to build a £100m marina on Holyhead's coastline.

The Newry Beach Holyhead Waterfront Action group say the creation of apartments and leisure facilities will destroy the town's historic coastline.

The group with the help of the lawyers have applied to Anglesey County Council to have the area registered as a town or village green under section 15 of the Commons Act 2006.

Around 4,000 people have signed petitions in opposition to the plans.

READ MORE: £100m redevelopment of Holyhead Marina set for approval

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Two men fined over £700 for cigarette butts litter

A Kidwelly man has been fined £600 for throwing a cigarette onto the floor in Llanelli.

The men were targeted by Camarthenshire County Council. Credit: PA

Dean Ward, aged 30, of Maes y Wern, Carway, Kidwelly, was convicted at Carmarthen Magistrates Court in his absence. He was also ordered to pay prosecution costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £60.

Ward was in Vaughan Street in February when environmental health officers saw him finish the cigarette and throw the end on the floor before walking away. When approached and asked if he knew why he had been stopped he said ‘It’s obvious, isn’t it, you haven’t got anything better to do’, the court heard.

In a separate incident a Llanelli man was fined £110 for throwing his cigarette on the floor.

Shannan Martin Thomas, aged 22, of Penyfan Road, Llanelli, was ordered to pay £100 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge by Carmarthen magistrates.

The court heard that environmental enforcement officers saw a motorist at McDonald’s drive through discard his cigarette onto the floor. When asked why he had thrown the cigarette on the floor said: “I don’t know, I just done it.”

Millions invested to reduce flood risk in Wales

Aberystwyth was one of the places battered by storms this year Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A new report by Natural Resources Wales has found that £165 million has been invested in flood and coastal protection schemes since November 2011.

The investment, from the Welsh Government and European funding,is thought to have directly reduced the risk of flooding for more than 6,500 homes and businesses.

Since November 2011, Wales has experienced destructive and extensive flooding, with more than a thousand homes and businesses hit in places like Ceredigion, St Asaph, Ruthin and Rhyl.

In total, floods caused an estimated £71 million of damage.

The flooding we have seen in recent years in communities like Ceredigion, St Asaph and Rhyl, and the impact it has on people's lives, shows how important this work is.

With climate change predicting that we are likely to see more extreme weather in the future, we are taking action now to make sure we can be more resilient to the increased risk of flooding.

There is much work still to be done, but it is encouraging to see so many people who have suffered in the past working together and taking steps to make themselves and their communities better prepared for flooding.

– Steve Cook, Natural Resources Wales

Anti-fracking protest in Swansea comes to an end

An anti-fracking protest in Swansea has come to an end, according to police.

South Wales Police can confirm that a protest on a construction site at Fabian Way has concluded.

Around eight protestors accessed the site this morning and conducted an anti-fracking protest.

Officers were deployed to the area and the protestors have now left the site.

– South Wales Police
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