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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.


Water bills in Wales to fall by £5 in 2015

The company supplies 1.3 million households across Wales Credit: PA

Dwr Cymru Welsh Water customers can expect to see their average household bills fall by £5 this year, as the company announced plans to keep prices below inflation for the sixth year running.

It says the below inflation rate increase is thanks to its 'unique non-shareholder model' and customers could see lower price increases up until 2020.

At the same time, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water has announced it's to invest £1.5 billion improving services and protecting the environment.

This is good news for most customers and reflects the fact their views have had more influence than ever before on the price and services they expect from Dwr Cymru Welsh Water.

However we know many low income households are already struggling to pay their water bill or in debt and we will continue to challenge the company to ensure those vulnerable customers get the support they need.

– Diane McCrea, Chair, CCWater's Wales Committee


North Wales Police bill up

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North Wales council taxpayers will be faced with an above-inflation increase of 3.44% in the bill for policing.

Members of the Police and Crime Panel agreed the rise at at their Conwy meeting.

Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick QC said it would equate to an extra 17p a week per average household and increase the precept to a total of more than £66.6 million.

He told members that it is the fifth consecutive year of severe cuts for the force and it is likely that a £15.5 million reduction will have to be found in the next four years.

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.

Petrol prices down again - but not yet 99p in Wales

The big four supermarkets are all cutting the price of their fuel again.

This petrol station price drop was branded a publicity stunt. Credit: PA

Asda, Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Tesco are all knocking a further 2p off their petrol and diesel. The Tesco cut takes effect from this afternoon, while the reductions by the other three companies will kick in Tuesday.

For Asda customers, the latest reduction means they will pay no more than 103.7p a litre on petrol, with diesel at 110.7p a litre. The reductions have come after it was revealed that a Birmingham service station had cut the price of its petrol to 99.7p a litre.

But the AA said that, although welcome, the Birmingham reduction "appears to be a publicity stunt rather than a reflection of general pump prices".

Petrol price cuts today - £1 a litre is predicted soon

All four of the big supermarkets are cutting fuel prices again. Asda, Morrisons and Sainsbury's are reducing their petrol and diesel by 2p a litre from tomorrow, while Tesco's similar 2p-a-litre cut will take effect from this afternoon.

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The reductions mean Asda customers will pay no more than 105.7p a litre for petrol, with diesel being 112.7p a litre. This is Asda's 14th fuel cut since the end of September, with 21p a litre coming off its petrol price in total and 17p a litre off its diesel.

For Morrisons and Sainsbury's it is the seventh cut since the beginning of December.

The RAC has predicted that petrol could dip as low as £1 per litre, although the AA is more sceptical. RAC fuel spokesman Simon Williams said today that the latest cuts would further lower the average price of petrol, which is now cheaper than it has been for around five years.

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