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Wales gets ready for tourist season after damaging Winter storms

Porthcawl was battered by winter storms earlier this year Credit: PA

Funding of £855,000 has been announced today to help make sure Wales is prepared for the tourist season, following the winter storms.

The Wales Coast Path, which welcomes nearly three million visitors every year, will receive £545,000, so that areas of the path that were damaged during the bad weather in December and January can be repaired in time for summer.

This funding will be available to the 17 local authorities that were the worst hit.

Aberystwyth, one of the areas hardest hit by the January storms, will also benefit from a £310,000 allocation to restore the promenade and get the area back to business.

The funding will be used to replace damaged lighting, railings and street furniture like benches, bins and flag poles.

The promenade sea wall will also be repaired and repointed.

Today's announcement takes the total funding to over £10 million to help coastal areas which suffered from the wettest winter on record.

See more: In pictures: the storm damage across Wales so far.

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Two charged over mislabelling of goat meat

Two men have been charged with mislabelling goat meat products as either lamb or mutton.

Dafydd Raw-Rees, the owner and Food Business Operator of Farmbox Meats Limited in Aberystwyth and Colin Patterson, the company representative, are accused of mislabelling goat meat in order to sell the produce.

The pair have been charged with 19 offences relating to the Food Safety Act and one offence of failing to comply with the traceability requirements of meat sold by the company.

Both individuals will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on April 14.


Aberystwyth storm repairs to be completed by Easter

Aberystwyth seafront was battered by high winds and massive waves earlier this year. Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

A council spokesperson said: "Work has been going on apace to ensure that any necessary work to Aberystwyth promenade and Ceredigion's beaches will be completed by Easter.

"Beaches are being reprofiled where necessary and damaged equipment replaced with over £500,000 being spent on the recovery works to date."

US Air Force apologises for Aberystwyth sonic boom

Several F-15E Strike Eagle jets stationed at RAF Lakenheath in Suffolk were taking part in a training exercise at the time.

A spokeperson said the force offered "sincerest apologies for any disturbance or concern".

A number of F-15E jets (similar to the one pictured) are stationed at RAF Lakenheath Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Archive

"At that time, several F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft were conducting a challenging air-to-air training mission.

"Typically, this would be carried out over water but the airspace to be used was lost to us and the jets were re-routed to the Wales Military Training Airspace" the spokesperson said.

"During the course of the training exercise, near the coast and in the vicinity of Aberystwyth, one of the aircraft, already travelling at high speed, inadvertently and briefly went supersonic at around 18,000 feet and in the process was likely to have caused the noise that was reported online."


Tills closed at Aberystwyth supermarket after tremors

Morrisons supermarket in Aberystwyth had to close some of its tills, after tremors from a suspected sonic boom caused ceiling tiles to move.

The tills were closed briefly while staff checked for damage.

Tremors from the suspected sonic boom were felt at this Morrisons store.

There have been other reports of rooms shaking, after many people heard what they thought was an explosion in the town.

Suspected sonic boom felt in Aberystwyth

People in Aberystwyth have felt tremors from a suspected sonic boom this lunchtime.

Owain Meredith from ITV News said it happened at around 1310, and the room shock with what initially sounded like an explosion.

He said two jets were seen flying overhead.

Aberystwyth prom shelter 'will be rebuilt'

The shelter collapased in the recent storms. Credit: PA

The Bath Rock Shelter on Aberystwyth Promenade will be rebuilt using as much of the original timber as possible says Ceredigion Council.

A meeting on Monday between the council and Wales' historical monuments body CADW decided the work would use as much of the original timber as possible.

The work will start when the sea wall has been strengthened and the weather improves which could be before the end of May.

Talks held on future of Aberystwyth's seafront shelter

The shelter was battered by waves in last month's storms. Credit: PA

The future of Aberystwyth's iconic seafront shelter that was damaged in January's storms will be discussed later today at a meeting involving Cadw and Ceredigion County Council.

The grade II-listed shelter on the promenade was badly damaged and close to collapse after being batter by the waves. Work has already started to remove the shelter.

It is estimated that the cost of the repairs to the shelter and the town's promenade could be in excess of £1m.

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