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Criticism over £3.4m of public money spent in Bala

A report out today says £3.4 million of public money spent on a heritage centre in Bala could have been saved if the steps had been taken to prevent the centre from closure.

The Cywain Centre opened in April 2008 but ran into difficulties and closed in September 2011.

The report by the Wales Audit Office says those that funded the centre were aware that the business case for the centre was unrealistic.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: "Safeguarding public money is something we take extremely seriously.

"We have already made improvements to the way we monitor projects, based on lessons learned from previous WAO reports. We will now consider the recommendations of the WAO's report and will respond to the findings in due course.

"However, it is important to recognise that EU programmes and projects are delivering for Wales. We are in a better situation now as a result of vital EU funds investment, worth some £4 billion since 2000."

Section of A477 to officially open after £68m upgrade

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The A477 between and St Clears and Red Roses will officially open Credit: Welsh Government

The A477 between St Clears and Red Roses will be officially opened by the Transport Minister Edwina Hart today, after a £68 million scheme to improve the road.

The new road will improve safety and journey times along the busy route which, together with the A40, forms part of the Trans European Road Network linking West Wales with the rest of Europe.

The route is also the main access to the tourist destinations of south Pembrokeshire, including Tenby and Saundersfoot, as well as ferry traffic to and from the Republic of Ireland using the port at Pembroke Dock.

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A £68m scheme has improved the A477 for commuters in West Wales Credit: Welsh Government

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Former Hotpoint factory to be redeveloped

A former factory in Denbighshire is set to be redeveloped after £1.55m of Welsh Government funding was announced for the project.

The Hotpoint factory in Bodelwyddan, which was built in the early 1980s and employed 750 people at its peak, closed in 2009 with the loss of 300 jobs.

The 25-acre site could eventually house two main units and several smaller industrial units.

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Nigel Evans: 'Stop witch hunts'

Former Commons deputy speaker Nigel Evans speaks outside court Credit: PA

Former Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans has demanded that the Crown Prosecution Service be forced to pay his £130,000 legal bill after he was cleared of rape and sexual assault charges, the Mail on Sunday has reported.

He has also called for a review of anonymity guidelines that that allowed his seven male accusers to keep their identities secret.

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