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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


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:

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.

Rapper caught with cannabis at Welsh airport

The 32 year-old was filming in Wales when he was stopped at the airport. Credit: PA

Rapper and actor Ashley Walters, also known as Asher D of So Solid Crew, was ordered to pay nearly £1,500 on a cannabis rap after being stopped at an airport on Anglesey.

Walters, has appeared in The Bill, Grange Hill and starred in the Channel 4 drama Top Boy.

He appeared before magistrates at Holyhead, Anglesey, and admitted possessing cannabis at the island’s airport at Valley.

Walters, of Hackney, London, was filming Take Down at nearby South Stack last month - the court heard the 32-year-old was arrested on June 17 as he prepared to board a flight to Cardiff.

Deputy head struck off after relationship with boy, 15

A former deputy headteacher has been struck off the teaching register, after a tribunal ruled he had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy from another school.

Meirion Owen Williams was deputy head of Ysgol y Borth, a primary school on Anglesey, when the relationship went on for six months in 2003, the General Teaching Council for Wales hearing heard.

The GTCW panel today ruled his behaviour amounted to unacceptable professional conduct, and banned him from teaching for life.

Education Minister welcomes local authority progress

Education Minister Huw Lewis has welcomed the news that education services in Pembrokeshire and Anglesey have been brought out of special measures, while Powys has also been judged to have made progress.

I’m pleased to see that two local authorities have come out of special measures today and one out of significant improvement.

They’ve made positive progress and have improved, but they all must now work hard to ensure their improvements are sustainable to provide the best education possible for young people in their areas.

We’ve put in place an ambitious agenda to raise standards and performance across the board here in Wales – we owe our learners nothing less than the best.

– Huw Lewis, Education Minister
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