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Wales "left off" Europe's priority transport network

The EU map shows Liverpool, not Holyhead, as the main route to Dublin Credit: Plaid Cymru

Plaid Cymru is blaming the UK government for leaving Wales off an EU map of priority transport corridors entitled to a share of €26 billion. The so-called TEN-T network indicates the ferry from Liverpool to Dublin as the main route between Britain and Ireland. The A55 to Holyhead is not shown.

Plaid MEP Jill Evans has claimed that the map is based on information given to the European Commission by the UK government. She described it as "another act of betrayal by the UK government against Wales". Ms Evans added that she will be taking the matter up with the Commission.

Welsh routes could still be included in a revised map of Europe's core transport network and so also be eligible for EU aid. But the priority corridors which leave Wales out are expected to have first claim on the money.

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Anglesey leisure resort - to create 600 jobs - rejected

Councillors on Anglesey have rejected plans for a massive new leisure resort that is designed to create 600 jobs.

The project involved 800 lodges and other leisure faciilities at three sites near Holyhead.

It divided opinion in the town, between those who want more jobs and those who are concerned about the environment.


Anglesey leisure resort plan rejected

The proposal was for a flagship leisure park near on three sites near Holyhead. Credit: Land and Lakes

A proposal for a massive new leisure resort, which developers say could create 600 jobs, has been rejected by Anglesey County Council.

The plan, from developers Land and Lakes, would include around 800 lodges, at Penrhos, Cae Glas and Kingsland.

It was refused by the council's Planning and Orders Committee this afternoon.

26 jobs at risk at ferry firm in Holyhead and Fishguard

The company says its services will not be affected Credit: ITV News Wales

26 jobs are at risk with ferry operator Stena Line at Holyhead on Anglesey and at Fishguard in Pembrokeshire.

The company says 21 positions in Holyhead, and 5 in Fishguard are at risk of redundancy.

A company spokesperson said: "Our ferry operations have been losing money for a number of years which is clearly not a sustainable position. Following a comprehensive review of our European operations, we have identified a number of areas in which we need to become more efficient and reduce costs.

The company says its services will not be affected by the proposals.


Young artist donates Sea King painting to RAF Valley

Emily Speakman presents Sergeant Martin Seward with her painting inside the Sea King at RAF Valley Credit: Corporal Pete Devine, RAF SAR Force © MOD 2013

A 14-year-old artist from Mold has 'blown away' RAF Valley Search and Rescue crews by presenting them with an oil painting of a Sea King helicopter.

Emily Speakman's painting 'Brenin Y Mor' - The Sea King - depicts a C Flight 22 Squadron helicopter flying over the sea near Holyhead.

RAF Sergeant Martin Seward said: “Emily’s painting is of such a high quality that I was completely blown away. It’s hard to believe it was painted by a 14-year-old.”

Emily and her family pictured in front of the Sea King with Search and Rescue crew members Credit: Corporal Pete Devine, RAF SAR Force © MOD 2013

After presenting the painting to the force, Emily and her family were taken inside the duty SAR Sea King - the same helicopter depicted in the painting.

The teenager, who has been painting for just over two years, said she is 'fascinated' with the Sea King.

Of her artistic ability, Emily said: "I used to watch a TV programme on art and asked my mother for an oil-painting set and that was the start of it.”

Her painting will now hang on the wall of the force headquarters.

Cash seized at Holyhead port

Cash totalling £75,000 has been seized at Holyhead port. A Vauxhall Astra coupe arriving by ferry from Dublin was stopped on July 25.

Investigations are continuing into the find and the driver, from West Yorkshire, is being given time to provide evidence of the money's origins and intended use.

“Where we suspect that cash may be linked with criminal activity, we can seize it and it will only be handed back if it is later proved to be legitimate.

"We are working hard to prevent drugs, contraband, illegal immigrants or the proceeds of crime from crossing our borders and these seizures show the robust controls we have in place.”

– Vicky Allan, Border Force Assistant Director
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