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Barry, Llanelli & Bettws admitted to Welsh League

Barry Town can now officially play in the Welsh League along with Llanelli and Bettws. Credit: Barry Town AFC

At a meeting today of the Football Association of Wales a decision was made to admit Barry Town United AFC into the Third Division of the Welsh League.

Following Friday’s decision at the High Court the Football Association of Wales Council held an emergency meeting in Cardiff.

Barry Town United AFC won a court battle against the FAW over its decision to refuse the club entry to the Welsh League.

Following that decision, the FAW Council considered the position of Llanelli Town AFC and Bettws AFC and also admitted them into the Third Division of the Welsh League.

Potential changes to the fire service in south Wales

Two fire stations could be axed and two more down graded under plans to change the way the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service operates.

Kenfig Hill and Porthcawl fire stations would be the ones to close - replaced by a new station in South Kornelly.

In the Vale of Glamorgan, Barry and Cowbridge would have a reduced service.

Changes in other areas will be announced later this year.


Closure of Barry food factory 'a terrible blow'

Premier Foods at Barry which is to close produces products for Hovis.

Local AM for Barry, Jane Hutt, says she will meet with Premier Foods following its announcement of the closure of its factory with the loss of 43 jobs.

Ms Hutt said it would be a terrible blow, "after a long history of providing jobs for local people at their site in the Docks.

"I will be meeting with the company, Premier Foods and the skilled workforce who are affected, regarding this announcement and will ensure that every avenue of support can be made available to them."

Barry food factory to close with 43 job losses

Hovis bread and Mr Kipling cakes firm Premier Foods today revealed plans to shut a 109-year-old flour mill with the loss of 43 jobs.

The group is set to close the mill at Barry Docks by the end of October, bringing to a close a long history in South Wales.

Its Atlantic Mills site was built in 1904 by the then Hovis-Bread Flour Company - Britain's largest flour miller, which has since been renamed Rank Hovis.

Premier said the closure would be phased over the coming months, impacting the mill's workforce and a number of local contractors.

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


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
  1. Nick Hartley, Sports Reporter

Barry Town and Llanelli rejected by Welsh League

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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