Sunday, November 28, 2021

Tag: Wales

Clacton Wheel to spend Christmas in Wales

Clacton Pier Wheel relocated to Wales
Clacton Pier’s anniversary wheel is to be temporarily relocated to Wales for the Swansea Winter Wonderland this year, following an “amazing” first season on the pier.

Future of Llandudno Pier threatened by £20m development

Llandudno Pier at risk due to seafront apartment complex
The future of Llandudno Pier could be “at risk” if a new £20m seafront apartment complex is built, according to owner Adam Williams, who warns “there is no reversing a residential development after it’s been built.”

Welsh government offers support for hospitality and leisure supply chain businesses

Welsh government offers support for hospitality and leisure supply chain businesses
After being left to fend for themselves under pandemic conditions for more than a year, eligible supply chain businesses in Wales will receive up to £25k from the newly re-elected government in its latest support package.

Welsh Government next to face legal challenge from indoor hospitality

Wales reopening indoor hospitality legal action
The same legal team behind the case against the English Government over its decision to reopen pubs and restaurants later than non-essential retail is now taking on the Welsh Government over its refusal to provide clarity for indoor hospitality.

Welsh funfairs get 26 April green light

Welsh Funfairs reopening
Welsh funfairs and theme parks are to reopen as of 26 April, following the latest guidance from first minister Mark Drakeford, delivered on 1 April.

Wales may open in time for Easter, hints Drakeford

Mark Drakeford contemplating Wales Easter reopening
The Welsh government has confirmed that it is contemplating reopening its economy in time for the Easter holiday. In an interview with BBC Breakfast earlier this week..

The moment Wales went mad: Pubs no longer permitted to sell booze

Mark Drakeford Wales lockdown Pubs
Pubs and restaurants are prohibited from selling alcohol under new Covid-19 legislation in Wales, as the country also forces its leisure venues to shutter altogether.

Mecca “delighted” to re-open Welsh clubs

Mecca Bingo re-opened Wales
With Wales coming out of a 17-day lockdown on 9 November, Mecca Bingo has expressed its delight in welcoming regulars back to its Swansea and Wrexham bingo halls.

Cohesive confusion: Wales re-opens whilst England and Scotland tightens reins

lockdown restrictions England Wales Scotland
Continuing on its saga of devolved daftness, Wales has now come out of lockdown, enabling adult gaming centres in the principality to reopen, whilst the entire nation of England technically remains locked up until the end of the month, and Scotland has added three more councils to its tier 3 resulting in more AGCs closing up.

UK high street recovery stalls as new measures take hold

UK High Street Recovery
New figures reveal that the UK high street’s promising post-lockdown recovery has stalled, with the union Usdaw now calling on the government to “implement meaningful action.”

Government’s new Covid-19 restrictions leave operators scratching their heads

Track and trace
A new raft of restrictions supposedly in service of preventing the spread of Coronavirus have demonstrated their irrelevance in how bewildering and unenforceable they are.

Bacta: Welsh government stance on AGCs is “pendantic”, “outrageous” and “kafkaesque”

Welsh flag business relief grants
Bacta CEO John White has called Cardiff out on its absurd “nothing to do with us” stance, as a rising number of Welsh arcade owners are asked to payback Covid-19 business relief grants. The Principality is being questioned over its principles, questions seemingly it’s not keen to answer.

“Pay us back your grant money,” Welsh council tells yet another AGC owner

emergency grant repayment request showcase amusements welsh government
As arcades remain closed - seemingly indefinitely - throughout Wales, yet another AGC operator has been told by their local authority to repay £25,000 of emergency grant money.

Welsh government leaving AGCs in the lurch, says Crole

Jamie Crole AGC operator Wales
AGC operators in Wales have been facing yet more grief in dealing with their local councils, with one business owner lamenting that his gaming outfit has not only been denied any relief on business rates - but is still none the wiser as to when it might re-open.

Bridgend council U-turn on grant money “crazy,” says AGC operator

Alex Carpanini BBC news
The lunatics are running the asylum in Cardiff as far as Welsh arcade operator Alex Carpanini is concerned, after one local council cited guidance from the devolved government in its request that he pay them £25,000 back in Covid-19 relief funding. This was certainly not in the Treasury’s spirit of doing “whatever it takes” to protect businesses during the crisis.

Llandudno Pier: Leisure industry faces “fight for survival”

Llandudno Pier
As the Welsh attraction prepares for a compulsory closure order, Llandudno Pier manager Adam Williams fears that promised government support “won’t touch..

Tenby beach gets cable, just not for the telly

Tenby beach erosion safety
It’s one of the most highly-trafficked stretches of sand in Wales, but coastal erosion in Tenby has exposed power cables which pose the risk of serious...

Conwy Council push for pier reconstruction

Seaside resorts, reinvention, investment, tourism
Conwy Council has opened the tender process for construction of Colwyn Bay’s new landmark pier. The structure will replace the Victoria Pier, dismantled in 2018 after parts of the framework began to fall into the sea. We’re intending to go out to tender for the construction work by the end of March, with the aim of work starting on site later...

Porthcawl investment plan approved

Porthcawl, investment, wales, eu
Plans for a multi million pound Maritime Centre development project in Porthcawl has been given the green light by councillors. An earlier form of the plan put the overall cost at around £7m and as such contravened the spending cap for crucial European funding. The now-approved complex is set to require a smaller £5.5m investment which, according to backers, will...

Mumbles Pier plans unanimously approved by Swansea Council

Mumbles-Pier, redevelopment
Swansea Council’s planning committee has unanimously approved plans to redevelop the Mumbles Pier headland and foreshore, despite being blocked from having a final say by the Welsh Government. At a meeting last week, committee members praised the plans - submitted by pier owner Ameco - as aspiring to bring much- need business and tourism to the area. If given the go-ahead,they...

Welsh government puts Mumbles Pier plans on hold

Wales, mumbles, mumbles pier, swansea council
Plans to build a hotel, retail complex and 26 flats on the foreshore and headland of Mumbles Pier appear to have received a major setback. According to BBC Wales, the Welsh Government has ordered Swansea Council not to grant permission without the prior authorisation of ministers. A letter to the council’s head of planning said that while the government’s instruction “prevents...

Mumbles development lays on protected ground, claim opponents

Emotions run high when it comes to seafront developments; and Mumbles Pier, not surprisingly, fits into that category. The Ameco development in the glorious Welsh seaside town will see £35 million invested in the pier and a five- storey hotel. All good so far for the regeneration of Mumbles. But, not everyone wants this and their search for any loophole...

Council leader praises “protection of the past” at Mumbles Pier

Mumbles Pier
A visit from the head of the local legislature has seen Swansea Council praise Ameco’s project to maintain the town’s heritage by refurbishing its Victorian pier. The leader of Swansea Council has thrown vocal support behind the major restoration effort at Mumbles Pier - saying that he is “delighted” that the city has opted to “protect its past.” Councillor Rob Stewart...

Four bingo players net over £150,000 at same bingo hall in one month

Players at Castle Bingo, in Merthyr Tydfil have been left stunned as after a set of huge wins in the space of one month. One player took home £50,000 at the end of July - followed by two £47,000 jackpots and another £10,000 win. The first winner, mother-of-three, Judith, from Tredegar, was introduced to bingo by her husband 20 years ago...

Repairs still wanting at Llandudno Pier

Llandudno Pier
Urgent repairs to Llandudno Pier are still unable to take place,says owner Adam Williams, as it continues to face major potential disruption from a nearby residential development. Structural damage to both the steel frame and wooden decking of the pier was sustained over eight months ago, with the necessary repairs estimated to cost £150,000. But these are funds that Williams is...

The north-south divide of Welsh tourism

Llandudno Pier
While recent figures suggest a stand-still in attracting foreign tourism to Cardiff and the rest of Wales, Adam Williams, owner of Tir Prince and operator of Llandudno Pier, explains that as far as tourism statistics go, the northern region Wales “may as well be a different country”. With foreign tourism spend down 17 percent in Wales, but up eight percent...

Process to replace pier at Colwyn Bay begins

Colwyn Bay
The resort’s Victoria Pier maybe no more, but next year could see the first step on the road to bringing a full-length pier back to the Welsh seaside resort. The construction of a new truncated pier in Colwyn Bay could start as early as spring 2019 after an architect was chosen to draw up the designs. The Welsh resort’s former Victoria...

Mediawatch tackles heatwaves, Dolly Parton and Wales

Weather sun beach
This week on Mediawatch we are heading to a video assistant referee to clear up some confusion, it initially appeared that a legal battle in Wales, Dolly Parton, a spinal fracture and a heatwave had entered the fray and my word, they’ve given it, absolute scenes. The word “Wildin” is a colloquialism often used by the linguistically creative youth of...

New entrance plans to return Aberystwyth Pier to ‘former glory’

Aberystwyth Royal Pier
The Royal Pier’s owner has said that enhancing the entrance to its pavilion building is crucial to keep its business - including the arcade - sustainable. The amusement arcade on Aberystwyth’s Royal Pier is set for a major facelift as part of a scheme that would see the attraction undergo its first regeneration work in 30 years. Owners Revgate Aberystwyth Ltd...

Investment and its power in driving up standards, says Paolo Sidoli

The British seaside is enjoying a resurgence in popularity with UK holidaymakers which has led to strong investment and a demand for the latest equipment says leading children’s ride specialist Paolo Sidoli. Our company is based on the coast in Porthcawl,” explains industry stalwart Paolo Sidoli, “and we can see the year-on-year increase in visitor numbers and its positive impact...