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Parking fines in line with other cities, says council

Cardiff Council says the effective enforcement of parking regulations is "crucial in maintaining the free flow of traffic within the city." It says the number of parking penalty charge notices (PCNs) is similar to other cities of a similar size.

We are confident that the number of PCNs issued by the councils is comparable with other cities of a similar size who chose not to respond to his request for information.

The sample of councils quoted is very small and does not include such cities as Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and Edinburgh so it can be concluded that the sample does not give a completely accurate picture of council activity in this context.

– Cardiff Council spokesperson

Churchill sent Freedom of Information requests to a total of 435 local authorities in the UK and received responses from 187.

Cardiff second highest parking fine city in the UK

Cardiff and Swansea are both in the top 10 councils issuing parking tickets outside of London Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Cardiff Council issued the highest number of parking fines outside of London last year, according to insurers Churchill.

A total of 56,766 fines were given to drivers in Cardiff in 2013, with only London boroughs issuing more tickets.

Swansea Council also came in the top 10 councils outside of London, with 35,543 tickets issued.

Local authorities handed out more around 7.8million parking penalty charge notices across the UK last year, amounting to £255 million in fines.


Coastal 'future proofing' urged

The Rhossili area was hit by Winter storms. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/PA Images

The National Trust says a clear UK-wide strategy is "urgently needed" to help future-proof coastal areas from rising sea levels and extreme weather.

The Trust, one of the UK's biggest coastal owners, says many of its sites have been "battered" by storms and "hit hard" by high tides this winter.

Part of the footpath down to the golden sands of Rhossili on Gower, South Wales - recently voted the UK's best beach - has been washed away by storms.

The National Trust was founded in 1895, with its first acquisition a small area of coastal cliff around Barmouth in Gwynedd.

Damsels in distress

Damselflies and Dragonflies flourish in clean water. Credit: Glandwr Cymru

Glandwr Cymru, the Canal & River Trust in Wales is warning the wettest winter on record could have had a lasting impact on populations of damselflies and dragonflies.

It says fluctuating river levels and fast currents are known to wash away larva (or nymphs).

As larva live underwater for up to three years, our unprecedented floods may have a long-term effect on dragonfly populations.

Dragonflies' ancestors were around before dinosaurs. Credit: Glandwr Cymru

The Trust is asking people to help monitor the insects as part of its annual Great Nature Watch, which launches today


Nearly a quarter of jobs 'pay less than the living wage'

The living wage stands at £7.65 per hour across the UK. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Wales TUC says close to a quarter of jobs in Wales pay less than the living wage.

Their analysis of official figures revealed 23% of Welsh workers are paid below the living wage - a higher share than in any other UK nation or region.

It also found the concentration of low paid work varies across parliamentary constituencies.

For example, Dwyfor Meirionnydd and Rhondda top the table of pay blackspots with 39.9% and 39.7% of those working locally, earning below the living wage respectively.

For working women, the picture is even bleaker, with around 46% of women working in Dwyfor Meirionydd taking home less than the living wage.

Today marks the 15th anniversary of the introduction of the National Minimum Wage.

'Be aware' warning for fog

The warning's valid until 0900 Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

The Met Office has issued a yellow 'be aware' warning of fog for:

Powys, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Torfaen, Bridgend, Caerphilly, Cardiff, Carmarthenshire, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath Port Talbot, Rhonnda Cynon Taff, Vale of Glamorgan, Ceredigion & Swansea.

Watchtower at Barry sells for £60,000 at auction

There are restrictions and what the new owner can use the building for. Credit: Paul Fosh Auctions

An architect has paid £60,000 for an old watchtower in Barry after it went up for auction with a guide price of just £1,000.

The un-named buyer, who is from London and has family connections in Barry, bought the 150-year-old coastguard watchtower after it went under the hammer in Cardiff.

The winning bidder fought off competition from14 other buyers to take home the keys to the watchtower overlooking the Bristol Channel, which was owned by the Vale of Glamorgan council.

The building has previously been used by Sea Scouts. Credit: money.uk.msn.com
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