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Welsh government puts Mumbles Pier plans on hold

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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’

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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

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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...

Llandudno Pier points the way for preserving amusement industry

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Llandudno Pier, the longest in Wales, has always acted as an example of a great British seaside destination. Ahead of the summer season in the Victorian resort, Coinslot spoke to pier owner Adam Williams about contending with government regulations and building the future of the area. Llandudno Pier has served as a North Wales landmark and a centre for amusement...

Bingo players angered as free bus service cut in Rhondda

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Bingo players from the Rhondda are outraged after the announcement of plans to cut a free bus to and from Castle Bingo. The twice-weekly return service was provided by the company for its members and took people from the top of Rhondda Fawr to the venue in Natgarw. Members said the change was announced without any consultation and without any offering...

Wales rejects unpopular ‘tourism tax’

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Hoteliers and operators in Wales have welcomed their government’s decision to reject a “tourism tax” in favour of a “vacant land tax”, but some don’t feel this decision is definitive enough. The Welsh government has rejected a controversial ‘tourism tax’ which many believed could have been detrimental to the country's tourist industry. Tourism brings in £5bn a year to the...

Cross-party criticism of Wales’ proposed tourism tax

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  In a National Assembly for Wales debate last week, a tourism tax proposed in the Welsh Government’s budget for 2018-19 received cross-party condemnation.   Assembly Members from the Welsh Conservative Party, Plaid Cymru, and UKIP were unanimous in their opposition against a new tourism tax for the country during a National Assembly for Wales debate last week. Proposed in the Welsh Government's...

Colwyn Bay Pier demolition plans approved

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  The Welsh Government has given its final approval for the dismantling of the Grade II-listed Colwyn Bay Victoria Pier following extensive damage caused to the structure during Storm Doris earlier this year.   In July Colwyn council approved plans to dismantle the pier, and for the remains to be redeveloped into a much shorter structure. However, before any action could be...

New pier for Colwyn Bay given the go-ahead

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Conwy County Council will now seek permission from the Welsh Government to demolish Victoria Pier and replace it with a shorter structure.   Plans to demolish Colwyn Bay’s Grade II-listed Victoria Pier and in its stead build a brand new replacement have been given the green light. Last week, Conwy County Council’s planning committee granted permission to dismantle the remainder of the...

Local support arises for Barry Island park extension

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Barry Island’s amusements offering owes much to the Pleasure Park. So when Henry Danter tried to improve it further, much to the support of his business community colleagues, things were looking good for the town. Until, that is, planning bureaucracy stepped in. Neighbouring businesses have shown support for Barry Island Pleasure Park as the attraction’s new extension comes under fire...

Pleasure Park on firmer ground as owner celebrates second anniversary

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Work has completed on the latest improvement project at Barry island Pleasure Park coinciding with the second anniversary of its new ownership.   The process of firming up the ground across the entire pleasure park, something that had drawn a degree of criticism from visitors, has been finished ahead of what is anticipated to be a busy second half of May,...

Drakeford sets out further plans for Welsh relief

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As the debate around English business rates continues to rage, Mark Drakeford, cabinet secretary for finance and local government in the Welsh Assembly, lays out the country’s plans for high street business rate relief.   On 17 December 2016, as part of the final Budget, the Welsh Government announced an extra £10m to support high street retailers. I am today setting out...

Tir Prince aiming high with expansion planned in 2017

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Operating in favourable market conditions, North Wales amusement park, Tir Prince, saw a great deal of success in 2016. Director Adam Williams is optimistic that these successes can now fuel progression and innovation in the park going forward. Tir Prince amusement park saw a fruitful year on the North Wales Coast and operators of the site see no reason why...

Lords push for even greater powers in Wales

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Despite achieving success in limiting the ability of new betting shops to site FOBTs in Wales, peers in the House of Lords are calling for greater powers to remove existing machines. As we reported last week, the government has backed plans to devolve control over new FOBTs to Wales as part of the upcoming Wales Bill. An amendment initially proposed by...

Llandudno Pier takes leading role in north Wales winter tourism drive

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Llandudno Pier is playing a leading role in efforts to boost full-time job opportunities and develop a winter tourist season in Conwy County. The county incorporates a number of traditional seaside resorts on the north Wales coast, including Abergele, Colwyn Bay, Llandudno and Towyn. According to Conwy County Borough Council, around 41 percent of jobs in the area are part-time due...

Welsh Lords given hope on FOBTs controls

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During the most recent Lords hearing on the Wales Bill, which would see certain powers devolved to the Welsh government, there was once again an impassioned plea to see controls over FOBTs added to the list. During the committee stage in the House of Lords, Baroness Morgan of Ely stated: “Whilst I think we have to recognise that betting probably...

MP calls for independent Welsh Tourism Board

Coinslot Welsh Tourism Chris Davies
Tory MP Chris Davies has attacked the Welsh Government for what he called its “failure” to back the tourism industry in Wales, as new figures show that overnight stays in Wales have fallen dramatically in the past year. “The news of a fall of almost 100,000 domestic visits to Wales last year is deeply troubling, particularly when other areas of...

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