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Vale Council 'furious' at Barry Town decision

The Vale of Glamorgan Council says it is 'furious' that the Football Association of Wales has stood by its decision regarding Barry Town's place in the Welsh League.

We have stood shoulder-to-shoulder with the club on this matter from the start, and we want the players and the manager to know they will continue to have our unflinching support.

This is not just about football – it is also about pride in the town, its future and the future of our young people.

– Councillor Gwyn John, Vale of Glamorgan Council

No change to FAW's decision over Barry and Llanelli

The FAW says its decision stands regarding the futures of former European Cup entrants Barry Town and Welsh Premier League side AFC Llanelli after a special meeting was held today.

Both clubs had been refused entry into the Welsh Football League following off-field problems last season.

The meeting was called to consider new information in relation to a previous decision of Council concerning Barry Town United and Llanelli Football Club.

Two-thirds of those eligible to vote at the meeting must agree for Standing Orders to be suspended in order to receive the new information and reconsider the decision. Of the 29 Council Members present, 15 voted against and 14 voted for Standing Orders to be suspended.

As such, the information could not be heard and the previous decision of Council, relating to the two clubs, stands.

– Football Association of Wales

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Man dies in Barry collision

A man has died after a collision in Barry this afternoon. The accident, involving a grey Toyota Camry and a grey Vauxhall Astra, happened at around 1.55pm.

The Toyota driver, a 63-year-old local man, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 71-year-old driver of the Vauxhall was taken to hospital for treatment for shock.

South Wales Police is appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident to contact 101.

Vale of Glamorgan Council 'disappointed' by Barry Town rejection

"The Vale of Glamorgan Council is extremely disappointed to hear of the Football Association of Wales’ decision not to permit the newly named Barry Town United AFC to remain within the Welsh Football League.

The Barry Town Supporters’ Committee have funded the playing of football by Barry Town at Jenner Park for the last two seasons. This committee, club manager Gavin Chesterfield, his management team and the players are a credit to Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan and have all worked tirelessly to retain a Barry Town football team at the highest levels of Welsh football.

The council is considering its position in this case matter as we very much recognise the importance of a high standard of football to Barry and the Vale of Glamorgan as a whole.

The ramifications of the decision are considerable as the council planned to work with Barry Town United AFC to improve youth football for both boys and girls and to develop improved coaching skills across the various Leagues, who use the Vale’s pitches, to improve the standard of amateur football.

– Cllr Neil Moore, Leader of Vale of Glamorgan Council

Barry Town and Llanelli rejected by Welsh League

by Nick Hartley, Sports Reporter

Former European Cup entrants Barry Town and Welsh Premier League side AFC Llanelli have been refused entry into the Welsh Football League following both clubs' off-field problems last season.

Barry Town were withdrawn from the Welsh League last season by owner Stuart Lovering but had been reformed by a group of supporters under the name of Barry Town United AFC with the hope of continuing nest season in the Welsh pyramid.

Llanelli AFC were forced out of business earlier this season after the High Court ordered them to be wound-up with tax debts of around £21,000 owed to Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs.

A meeting of the Football Association of Wales Council considered both applications for the newly formed versions of both clubs to be re-entered in the Welsh Football League but they have rejected the idea, recommending that both apply for member of their local association.

In practice that means both clubs will have to start at the very bottom of Welsh football if they wish to cary on.

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Birth of bald eagle triplets in captivity "very unusual"

The birth of three bald eagle chicks in captivity is "very usual", says Griff Griffiths, owner of the Wales Hawking Centre.

"People have had [bald eagles] in private collections and zoos in Wales for a long time, but they're notoriously difficult to raise"

"They just lose to too much weight and they die just before they hatch from an egg, unfortunately."

Police investigate robbery of Barry widow

Police are investigating a burglary in which a widow's video diary of her husbands last days was stolen from her home.

Her engagement and wedding rings were also taken from her home on Coldbrook Road East in Barry, along with some technical goods.

Police say the incident took place sometime overnight between Friday 8th March and the following morning.

The victim of this crime has recently been widowed and a number of the stolen items are very sentimental to her.

This has been an extremely distressing incident for the victim and the theft of her engagement and wedding rings as well as the camcorder which contained a video diary of the victim’s late husband’s last few days are of particular concern to her.

– Detective Constable David Rich of Barry CID

If you have any information concerning this crime please contact Detective Constable David Rich at Barry CID on 01446 731606 or 101, quoting reference 62130071813.

Funding boost set to revamp former Butlins site in Barry

It defined many a family holiday for generations - now a £700,000 grant is set to breathe new life into the old Butlins site in Barry as part of a £3.3m regeneration project for the town.

Closed shops will be revamped and the Butlins site made into an events arena and car park until an investor can be found.

The investment comes during Wales Tourism Week, as those in the industry call for more effort to be put into raising Wales' holiday profile abroad.

The tourism sector currently employs more than 10% of the Welsh workforce - as our Business Correspondent Carole Green reports.

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