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Sand from storms to be dredged at Burry Port

Sand banks have narrowed access to the sea. Credit: Ron Cant

Work will start at the end of April clearing sand and silt at Burry Port Marina.

Carmarthenshire Council says the worst storms for many years have shipped more sand and silt into and at the entrance to the harbour, than for many years.

"It is little surprise the harbour has become heavily silted because we have even had to bulldoze, almost daily at one stage, car parks at the North Dock, Llanelli, to keep them open," said Harbour master, Rory Dickinson.

"The harbour has suffered with effects of windblown and sand laden water pouring in."


Number of deaths last winter to be revealed

The vast majority of excess deaths usually effect those who are over 75 Credit: ITV News

Figures will be released later this morning on the effect that last Winter's cold weather had on death rates in Wales.

Official figures are expected to be higher than last year since March 2013 was recorded as the coldest since 1962.

Last year, there were 1,300 excess deaths in Wales and almost 2,000 the year before.

Data, compiled by the Office for National Statistics, compares the number of deaths during the winter months with the average in other parts of the year.

New gritters for Torfaen Council

Torfaen Council has three new gritters to help deal with winter weather. They replace older, more unreliable gritters that have become costly to maintain. The council has a total of seven large gritters and two smaller ones.

Three new snow blades, which can be fitted to the ride-on mowers, will also help clear pedestrianised areas of any snow and ice.

These new vehicles will help us keep Torfaen moving regardless of the weather. Our winter maintenance teams are extremely dedicated and are once again preparing for what could be another difficult winter.

There has already been seven gritting actions in the last two weeks, with many more predicted over the next few months. However, we are fully prepared. We have 4,000 tonnes of salt in our barns, plus a reserve stock of 2,000 tonnes in a shared regional barn in Ebbw Vale.

– Cllr John Cunningham, Torfaen Council

Campaign to help Rhondda pensioners during winter

The gritters could be out this week with temperatures expected to fall Credit: PA

Pensioners in the Rhondda are being given containers of special salt to sprinkle over their paths and driveways during icy conditions.

The 'Shake The Salt' project, by the Rhondda 50+ forum and the Rhondda Rotary Club aims to make senior citizens feel less isolated as temperatures tumble.

The hope is to give out similar products for free to thousands of others who struggle to tackle steep paths and outdoor stairwells.

David Lewis, chairman of the Rhondda 50+ Forum said: "We know that not only do people slip on icy steps and break bones; the fear of slipping on icy paths keeps older people isolated at home during the winter."

So far, almost 200 containers of salt have been distributed to households.

Cwm Taf: Royal Glamorgan A&E 'very busy'

Cwm Taf health board has tweeted to advise patients that A&E services at Royal Glamorgan are under pressure.

It has asked those with minor injuries to visit Ysbyty Cwm Rhondda instead, which is just under 10 miles away.

It comes ahead of a debate by Assembly Members later on how to prepare the Welsh NHS for another busy winter.


AMs debate how to prepare Welsh NHS for busy winter

Assembly Members will debate how to prepare the Welsh NHS for winter Credit: PA

A debate will be held in the Senedd later on how to prepare the Welsh Health Service for another busy winter.

Last week David Sissling, the Chief Executive, revealed to the Public Accounts Committee that the service was only just catching up with the backlog of cancelled operations caused by last winter's surge in demand.

In October, Hywel Dda Health Board outlined plans to stop some non-urgent operations over winter months.