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Anglesey Council staff given voluntary redundancy option

The Menai Bridge Credit: PA

Anglesey Council’s entire workforce will be given a chance to apply for voluntary redundancy as financial cuts continue to bite.

Around 3,300 staff have been given the option, including teaching and school support staff.

Anglesey Council is aiming to cut its expenditure by £20m over the next four years.

Many of our services now have little option but to look at their staff.

It must be stressed that this will not guarantee that an employee can be released. We must still be able to keep the right balance of skills, abilities, experience and knowledge to ensure we can provide the best possible services to the people of Anglesey. There are also a number of key posts that the Authority will be unable to do without and in those instances redundancy isn’t applicable.

We will, therefore, still reserve the right to refuse individual requests for voluntary redundancy where these might result in a less effective service provision or not be cost effective.

– Anglesey Council Chief Executive, Richard Parry Jones

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Public consultation begins over Wylfa Newydd power station

Wylfa Newydd is the name of the project to build a new nuclear power station at Wylfa. Credit: ITV Wales News

The company behind plans for Wylfa Newydd power station on Anglesey has today set out how people can have their say on its new nuclear build plans.

Horizon Nuclear Power has set up a 10 week consultation period on the proposed multi-billion pound power station.

The consultation is a major step in the planning process and is the first time people will be able to view the company's proposals for Wylfa Newydd in detail.

People will be able to access the information online, at a series of public exhibitions and at libraries across north Wales and Anglesey.

It is crucial that people have the opportunity to have their say on our proposals. Wylfa Newydd is a major investment in the region and brings with it a wide range of benefits, from the economic to the educational, so we want to encourage people to take the time to get involved and understand what the project means for them, for the local area, and for Wales and the UK more widely.

– Alan Raymant, Chief Operating Officer at Horizon

Man airlifted to hospital following off-shore slip

The man was flown to Ysbyty Gwynedd following the slip. Credit: Bing

A 58-year-old man was winched aboard an RAF rescue helicopter yesterday afternoon after suffering a spinal injury following a slip on board a motor cruiser off Puffin Island.

Hundreds of holidaymakers and onlookers watched on as an insure lifeboat from Beaumaris was launched to bring the man back to shore.

A Sea King helicopter from Valley was then called and the man was airlifted to Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Kayak kids saved in Anglesey

A man and three children have been saved off the coast of Anglesey this afternoon after their two kayaks capsized.

It happened in Church Bay on the north coast of the island. The Holyhead lifeboat, along with a passing boat, found the four clinging to a rock.

A Sea King helicopter from RAF Valley also attended.

Flights from Cardiff to Anglesey drop by 43%

Over £1m of tax payer's money is spent a year on subsidising the air service between Cardiff and Anglesey but a report publishd today says if the service is to continue it needs to be marketed better to improve passenger numbers.

The flights operate twice a day but passengers numbers have dropped. Credit: airliners.net

The National Assembly’s Public Accounts Committee report comes ahead of a decision by the Welsh Government on whether the service should continue.

The service has been running twice daily weekday flights since 2007 and and without a £1.2m subsidy “would not otherwise be commercially viable” says the report.

The report says passenger rates have fallen by 43% since their peak in 2008-09 and poor marketing is to blame.

While initially successful, the committee would like to see this improved, in order to once again maximise value for money, such as promoting the available connecting bus service and flights to other destinations.

– Public Accounts Committee

The committee says its also concerned the service is under performing when it comes to providing value for money for the Welsh taxpayer and says the Welsh Government should in future ask for a "comprehensive marketing programme" to be undertaken by a successful bidder.

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