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Plans for over a thousand homes discussed

Plans for over 1,700 homes at Bodelwyddan in Denbighshire will be discussed today.

Plans for nearly 2,000 homes in Denbighshire will proposed later. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

The application is an outline proposal for the development of 1,715 dwellings including affordable dwellings, an up to 80 bed care home and 50 close care flats, an up to 100 bedroom hotel, a new primary school and two local centres.

It also includes a new access and a link between A55 Junction 26 and Sarn Road, pedestrian and cycle routes.

Areas of formal and informal open space, green space and structural landscaping and drainage infrastructure are also envisioned.

The planning application was submitted to the Council in December 2013, and a consultation took place between January and March 2014.

Clean-up after oil spill into river hits community

Officers from Natural Resources Wales have launched an investigation and clean-up operation after 300-400 litres of oil leaked into the River Berem in Pontyberem over the weekend.

Residents complained of fumed from the spill Credit: google maps

The source of the pollution was traced to a nearby residential heating oil tank where it is believed an act of vandalism led to the spill says NRW.

NRW are now working closely with Carmarthenshire County Council, Dyfed Powys Police, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Public Health Wales to manage the impact of the incident on the environment, local people and the homeowners.

There is only a slight sheen on the river and the smell has almost gone. The oil isn’t pleasant we don’t expect it to cause long lasting damage to the environment. We are also working with the local authorities and the police to support the homeowners. They are an elderly couple who are shocked by the incident so we are making sure that they are kept safe and warm at this difficult time.”

– Natural Resources Wales

Bid to get Barry Island Pleasure Park restored by Easter

In recent years the site has fallen into disrepair and it closed in September 2014 Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

It was once one of Wales' most popular seaside destinations. At its peak, the Barry Island Pleasure Park and beach attracted half a million visitors in just a weekend. But in recent years the park has fallen into disrepair.

Now there's new hope for the amusement park after a businessman launched a bid to restore the dilapidated site.

Henry Danter has announced a £20m plan to bring back the fairground rides and build new apartments. And he's hoping to get the first 10 rides up and running by April.

I have a lot of passion and love for it and it's sad to see it in the state it's in today but we are going to try and make it better than it's ever been.

– Henry Danter
Plans include a new 25,000 sq ft arcade Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Henry is currently in crucial talks and, if given the go ahead, he plans to start work on the site immediately.

The regeneration would include a 25,000 sq ft indoor arcade, shops and new fairground rides.

Once opened, the park would also create 10 local jobs, but more could follow as the site expands.

At its peak, Barry Island would attract nearly half a million in a weekend Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

Henry Danter's family is familiar with the funfair industry with three generations in the business. He also has strong links to Barry Island, having visited the amusement park when he was a young boy.

I have had a lot of fun days spent in Barry from the time I was born. It was always a day to remember. It's a matter of knowing this park all my life, always having a love for Barry. Having a vision for it and when you see something that used to be so good turn into something so bad, it's a challenge.

– Henry Danter

Negotiations are still ongoing between Henry and relevant councils.

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Work starts on multi-million pound revamp of St Fagans museum

The revamp will include a new visitor experience Credit: Kier Construction

Work is to start on a multi-million pound revamp of St Fagans National History Museum.

It's thanks to one of the largest grants ever awarded by the Heritage Lottery fund in Wales.

£11.5 million is being invested into the redevelopment of the site on the outskirts of Cardiff.

St Fagans is one of Wales' most popular tourist attractions in Wales Credit: Kier Construction

Part of the revamp will include a new visitor experience integrating national collections of archaeology and social history.

The project is also being supported by the Welsh Government which has given £6 million of funding support.

The redevelopment will create over a 1000 volunteering placements and offer educational visits for schools.

St Fagans was established as the first open-air museum in 1948 and is currently one of Wales' most popular tourist attractions with over 600,000 visitors every year.

'Dramatic' comeback for rare butterfly

Credit: Andy Seeley

Conservationists say one of Wales’ rarest butterflies is making a comeback in Carmarthenshire.

The wildlife charity, Butterfly Conservation, says it's been working to stabilise numbers of the internationally threatened Marsh Fritillary by increasing and improving habitat areas.

The work has paid off with experts reporting a dramatic increase in numbers in Carmarthenshire.

Since the mid 2000’s the Marsh Fritillary has struggled here. But site conservation work by ourselves and partner organisations, combined with improved weather during the butterfly’s flight period, has meant numbers are stabilising and on some sites we have seen a spectacular recovery.

– Russel Hobson, Head of Butterfly Conservation Wales
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