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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

Remedial work to repair Aberystwyth promenade should be completed by Easter, Ceredigion Council says.

Bad weather earlier this year caused significant damage to various parts of west Wales including the shelter on Aberystwyth seafront, which has now since been removed for repairs.

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."

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Storms expose prehistoric forest on Ceredigion coast

by Kevin Ashford

The west coast of Wales took quite a pounding in the recent storms - and they have exposed a large expanse of a prehistoric forest on the beach in the village of Borth.

The sight has brought a surge in visitors - keen to get a look and feel of the remains of the 6,000-year-old trees before they get covered up again.

Photos & video: Wales recovering from disruption caused by extreme weather

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.

Dylan Thomas's cliff-top home up for sale

The house was at the centre of the Hollywood film 'The Edge of Love' Credit: Jim Raw Rees estate agents

A cliff-top bungalow in New Quay, Ceredigion, where Dylan Thomas and his wife Caitlin lived is up for sale.

The couple lived at the home named 'Majoda' between September 1944 and July 1945. It's said to be a place which inspired much of his best known poems and writing including ‘Quite Early One Morning.’

The house, depicted by a mock-up in the field next-door, was at the centre of the Hollywood film 'The Edge of Love' starring Keira Knightly, Sienna Miller and Matthew Rhys.

The film depicts Dylan Thomas and his wife in a complex three-way relationship with a neighbour, Vera Killick. Unfortunately for the poet, Vera’s husband was a Commando officer. Home on leave, he took against Dylan and one night fired a few shots at Majoda.

Today, Majoda is said to be much more peaceful.

The rent Dylan and his wife paid back then was £1 per week but the property had no electricity or running water. Today it has a price tag of around £450,000 and has been thoroughly modernised.

Tributes to Ceredigion teenager killed in A487 crash

Gwenno Fflur Tudor's family said the 18-year-old 'always had a smile on her face'

Tributes have been paid to an 18-year-old girl killed yesterday in a crash on the A487 between Llanrhystud and Llanon.

Gwenno Fflur Tudor, from Llanilar in Ceredigion, was a student at Llysfasi Agricultural College.

Her family said: "Gwenno was a lively, bubbly girl who always had a smile on her face.

"She enjoyed taking part in sports and played football for Penrhyncoch and hockey for Tregaron. She also enjoyed taking part in Young Farmers activities. She loved to spend time outdoors, and spent a lot of her time outdoors on the farm.

"Gwenno will be very deeply missed by family and friends."

Dyfed Powys Police family liaison officer Helen Yelland said: “This is a tragic incident that has had a heartbreaking impact on Gwenno’s family and a very close-knit community, who have come together in their grief following the tragedy.”

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Aberystwyth clean-up: Use of volunteers 'not yet appropriate'

High tides caused debris to be washed onto beaches and nearby roads Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The council dealing with the clean-up operation in Aberystwyth have said they are still trying to remove large debris from roads and beaches caused by storm damage over the last few days.

Ceredigion County Council says despite receiving numerous offers, 'it's not yet appropriate' for members of the public to be involved in the operation due to the heavy machinery required to complete the first stage of the clean-up.

But, the council added it would be more than happy for volunteers to assist towards the end of the week depending on it's progress and the weather.

It said information and further updates will be released through social media as to where and when the cleaning work will need to be done.

West Wales jobs 'good news' for Welsh food industry

The Economy Minister, Edwina Hart, has welcomed news that more than 200 jobs are to be created in West Wales, with support from the Welsh Government, at a new beef processing and packing facility, as part of a major contract with supermarket giant Sainsbury’s.

Dunbia is investing £7.5m to create 208 jobs at Felinfach, near Lampeter, with support from a £1.8m business finance grant from the Welsh Government.

The Minister said:

I am delighted that support from the Welsh Government ensured this investment came to Wales and will create jobs in the rural economy. It is good news for the Welsh food industry, the farming community and Ceredigion. The announcement of job losses at Sharp, near Wrexham, earlier this week was a stark reminder of just how volatile the economy remains. Dunbia is already a significant employer in rural Wales and a major player in the red meat sector which was worth £595million to the Welsh economy in 2012 .

This investment supports Welsh Government policies and initiatives to increase added value processing of agricultural produce in Wales to ensure the benefits are retained in Wales and help create jobs and spread prosperity. I am also pleased to hear of the training schedule and skills development programme proposed by Dunbia and the company’s commitment to developing their staff.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister

200 jobs created at beef processing and packing plant

More than 200 jobs are to be created in West Wales with support from the Welsh Government at a new beef processing and packing facility as part of a major contract with supermarket giant Sainsbury’s.

Dunbia is investing £7.5m to create 208 jobs at Felinfach, near Lampeter, with support from a £1.8m business finance grant from the Welsh Government.

The new facility is to be operational by February 2014.

The news was announced today by Economy Minister Edwina Hart on a visit to Ceredigion.

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