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Health board still cannot say when £700k helipad will be ready

There is still no sign of when a £700,000 hospital helipad will be operational - eight months after ITV Wales revealed it didn't have enough lights on it.

The helipad at Prince Charles Hospital in Merthyr Tydfil, which is intended for night flights still needs fencing and lighting installed around the site, according to health board Cwm Taf Morgannwg.

When ITV Wales last reported this story, it was more than a year since the state-of-the-art facility was completed.

In May 2017, the health board said "the helipad has had sign off from the Civil Aviation Authority and will become operational imminently".

The Wales Air Ambulance still uses the old helipad

But more than a year later, and after identifying the need for more safety measures, the health board still does not have a date for when it could be used. It said in August 2018 that the landing pad would be ready, "in the next few months".

Now, eight months on, the health board still cannot give a time for when the helipad will be operational.

With an application to install fencing and lighting submitted to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Cwm Taf Morganwwg said in a statement:

"As soon as the CAA approval is granted, the Health Board will be able to confirm the permanent arrangements with Merthyr Tydfil [Council] and the fencing will be constructed to enable the new helipad to be fully operational. This fencing is important to protect public safety when helicopters land and take off from the helipad."