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Father stages 'protest' bike ride over son's death

A grieving father has staged a protest bike ride from the Swansea to the Senedd to demand a legal duty of candour from health care professionals.

It's 24 years since Robbie Powell from Ystradgynlais died after a series of medical problems. Now his father, Will is calling for the introduction of what's being called "Robbie's Law" to enforce opennesss among Welsh health professionals. Dean Thomas reports

Councils 'reviewing charging policies' says WLGA

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) says councils are working with communities to identify what services should be prioritised and how they should be funded.

Councils have been reviewing all charging policies as a result of continued austerity measures. Welsh councils are facing a combined £280million funding gap in this financial year, and everything is being done to protect local facilities and services.

A recent report by the Asphalt Association highlights the growing repair bill for maintenance of the highways network in Wales. The report estimates that while councils repaired around 148,000 potholes in 2013 alone, at a cost of about £7.5m, a combination of heavy rain and storm conditions has left Wales facing a £440m bill for future repairs.

– WLGA spokesman


£8.7m profit for Welsh councils from car parks

Wales's car parks generated £8.7million for councils in the financial year 2012/13 Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Welsh local authorities made more than £8million in profit from their car parks in 2012/13, according to the RAC Foundation.

The organisation has published figures that show Cardiff Council had the biggest surplus at £2.6million.

Swansea Council's car parks raised £1.3million in profit and Gwynedd's made £800,000.

The numbers came from the official accounts that councils are legally obliged to provide to the Welsh Government each year.

New service at Cardiff Airport as Easter getaway begins

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Cardiff Airport is set to launch its Jersey service today Credit: ITV News

With the mild weather and late date, this Easter is expected to be one of the busiest Easters in years.

Cardiff Airport is launching a new service to Jersey today and 12,500 passengers are expected to come through the airport over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The AA says over half of people in Wales will drive somewhere on holiday this weekend.

Stenaline is expecting 60,000 passengers to be carried on its Holyhead and Fishguard routes across the Irish Sea.

First Great Western's services to London Paddington from Swansea and Cardiff will be reduced from two per hour to just one due to engineering works.

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