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Bakery job losses 'sad news' for Newport

Councillors and representatives in Newport have tweeted their disappointment at the news that reportedly 390 jobs are to go at the Avana Bakery site in Rogerstone.


My heart goes out to workers and families at Avana following jobs news - especially after the hope when the factory was bought in July.


Sad news for Avana Bakeries Welsh Gov need to demonstrate the expertise and provide support and assistance to ensure new orders forthcoming


Almost 400 jobs at risk at Newport bakery

Up to 390 jobs could be at risk at a Newport bakery, just weeks after it was bought by a new owner.

Avana Bakeries in Rogerstone was at risk of closure earlier this year after losing its contract with Marks and Spencer. It was bought by Food Utopia Limited last month. There are reports jobs could now be at risk again.

Cllr Chris Evans, who represents Rogerstone on Newport City Council tweeted his concerns.


Seems my worst fears about #Avana bakery have been realised, details still coming through, but, not, good news.

Village campaigners oppose solar farm plans

Solar panels
The proposals are for a solar farm similar to this one near Marlborough Credit: PA

Villagers have set up an action group protesting against plans to put a large solar farm on countryside between Cardiff and Newport.

Local people from the village of Michaelston-Y-Fedw and the surrounding area set up 'Keep Us Rural', in response to a large number of applications for 'Green Energy' schemes to put solar farms and wind turbines on nearby farming land.

So far the group have held several demonstrations, claiming that the plans would 'blight the landscape', and reduce the ability to use the land for farming.

The proposals, by EEW Eco Energy World Ltd, include plans for transformers, fencing and CCTV, as well as the 18MW solar panels.


NATO security preparations causes traffic chaos

Cardiff Castle
Fencing can be seen around areas of Cardiff. Credit: Angharad Brown

Security preparations are continuing ahead of the NATO summit, with barriers and fencing being put in place in areas of Cardiff and Newport, causing traffic congestion.

Cardiff Council is advising people who usually travel by car into the city to consider public transport.

This event is a tremendous opportunity to showcase South East Wales to the rest of the world. The fence line is driven by the unique security requirements and as such isn't determined by the council.

We will continue to work with our partners to minimise disruption to businesses, residents and transport providers. Since the fence line started to be put up on the highway on Friday evening, a traffic plan was scheduled with signage to show drivers the diversion routes available.

To avoid congestion, we advise all those who usually travel by car into the city to consider public transport or use the park and ride facility at either Leckwith or Pentwyn. Those who chose to travel by car are asked to allow extra time for their journey.

– Cardiff Council Spokesman

Information on the NATO summit can be found on the Cardiff Council and Welsh Government's websites.

Police probe into social media cases

Hundreds of police employees have been investigated for breaching social media guidelines at forces across Wales and England.

In the past five years a total of 828 cases were reported to police bosses, one involving an officer from Gwent Police who allegedly acted inappropriately while attending a member of the public's home. They received a written warning.

An employee with Dyfed Powys Police was also accused of being 'threatening, bullying and intimidating towards a complainant by sending private messages via Facebook.'

A total of 36 cases were recorded in Wales.

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