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Health board to pay £105,000 of protestors' costs

A judge has told Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board to pay the costs of those who brought a judicial review of its decision to downgrade maternity services at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan.

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Justice Nicola Davies at Mold Crown Court also discharged a restraining order preventing the downgrade after the health board did a u-turn and agreed to carry out fresh consultations.

The health board was also told to make a £105.000 payment towards protestors' costs in the next 30 days.

Last week health chiefs said they would no longer contest a judicial review of the controversial plans. The board said it would start consultation afresh.

Campaigners brought the proceedings when the health board said it wanted to remove the doctor-led maternity service at the hospital.

More: 15,000 signature petition over maternity services at Glan Clwyd hospital delivered to the Senedd

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Appeal after sex assault on 'elderly woman'

Police are appealing for information after an elderly woman was sexually assaulted at her home in Rhos-on-Sea.

The woman was assaulted at her home on Brompton Avenue in Rhos-on-Sea. Credit: Google Maps

The victim was at her home on Brompton Avenue at around 4pm on Monday, June 22, when a man entered her property and sexually assaulted her.

The victim told the offender to leave which he then did.

He was seen walking away from the property on foot in the general direction of the A55.

The offender is described as being in his 70’s, around 5ft 5’ tall, with a round face, He is also described as being well built and has a large amount of grey hair and a full moustache. He was wearing a dark beige or brown colored suit and a stripy shirt and brown shoes.

Anyone with information relating to the incident is asked to get in touch on 101 quoting reference number RC15094463 .

Call for Welsh towns to have 20% tree canopy cover

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The Woodland Trust (Coed Cadw) is launching a petition calling for all cities, towns and villages in Wales to have a minimum 20% tree canopy cover.

It also backs the planting of native trees which, it says, can provide a habitat and nectar source for pollinators and fruit trees which will provide a sustainable source of food.

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It says the tree canopy cover in Wales varies dramatically, from just 4.5% in Fochriw in Caerphilly to 34% in Trimsaran in Carmarthenshire.

It also cites a study in Wrexham, last year, which, it says, showed trees save the local economy £1.3m every year by:

  • Intercepting 27 million litres of rainfall from entering the drainage system, the equivalent of saving £460,000 in sewerage charges.
  • Absorbing 1,329 tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
  • Improving health by removing 60 tonnes of air pollution, saving the health services £700,000.

People often refer to the more attractive areas of towns as being ‘leafy’. Areas like this can provide a more attractive and healthy environment for people to live and work in, for all kinds of reasons.

We want everyone to benefit from trees, so we’re working to persuade local authorities around Wales to plant more trees where people live.

– Angharad Evans, Campaigns Officer

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