ALL CALM & SUNNY IN CARDIFF BAY FOR PENARTH LABOUR AM VAUGHAN GETHING

Screen Captures57Cardiff South and Penarth AM Vaughan Gething has tweeted his constituents to tell them – with a selfie – that he’s been taking a quick break in the sunshine from his onerous duties as Welsh Government Health Secretary.

Gething – who is now in charge of the NHS in Wales in the new Welsh Labour/LibDem/Plaid  Coalition Government in the Welsh Assembly had told reporters that the Welsh NHS faces “difficult challenges“, but that he is “optimistic” about the future.

He says that the best way to tackle the growing demand for health services from an ageing population is to help people “live healthier lives”.

Gething says the deal reached between Labour and Plaid Cymru [to keep Labour in power] will mean prioritising the policies which both parties support – including setting up a fund for new treatments and a controversial strategy to increase the numbers of General Practitioners (GPs) in Wales.

Only four days ago the tie-less First Minsiter Carwyn Jones had said Labour had no idea what Plaid Cymru's policy was on recruiting 1,000 extra doctors.

Only four days ago the tie-less First Minister Carwyn Jones had said Labour had no idea what Plaid Cymru’s policy was on recruiting 1,000 extra doctors.

Last weekend the newly – and eventually – re-elected First Minister Carwyn Jones,  (who asserts the deal is “not a Coalition agreement“) , had publicly poured scorn on the policy of his new coalition partners – Plaid Cymru – to recruit 1,000 doctors”. 

Carwyn Jones said the Labour Party had never understood the detail of the Plaid policy  and it was “for them” [Plaid Cymru] “to explain”.

He said “When they talk about 1,000 doctors – what?… GPs?… Orthopaedic surgeons? …We never know. We’ve never understood the detail of that . Because we don’t understand the detail neither party can come to an agreement on that“.

Plaid Cymru Leader Leanne Wood  called  the First Minister’s comments “rubbish – absolute rubbish”.

Plaid Cymru's LeaderLeanne Wood called the First Minister's claims "rubbish- absolute rubbish"

Plaid Cymru’s Leader Leanne Wood called the First Minister’s claims “rubbish- absolute rubbish”

She said it had been made it very clear in the negotiations with Labour, exactly how the Plaid Cymru wants “the mix-up of doctors and care professionals  to look”. Ramming the point home, she suggested that the First Minister had spoken on this matter “without being briefed”

Leanne Wood had also said all the policy details across the board had been spelled out in negotiations before Plaid Cymru had agreed to support Labour. She said Labour knew full well that the deal is that Plaid has to see progress within the current Assembly term on at least 5 of Plaid’s 9 policy pledges in the last election and by the end of the Assembly progress on all 9. 

A forthcoming review of the long-term future of the NHS in Wales will – says new Health Secretary Vaughan Gething  – require the input of other parties and that “Any re-organisation has to be about improving outcomes for patients” .

He wants to see more services provided in the community rather than in hospitals but has  ruled out any further private sector involvement in the Welsh NHS – saying that he does not see the need for a greater role for the private sector in the organisation.  He says “I’m always guided by the best interests of patients”

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VALE COUNCIL BANS JET-SKIS FROM PENARTH SEA-FRONT SLIPWAYS

Jet-ski owners have been toldf they can no longer use Penarth's Northern slipway

Jet-ski owners have been told they can no longer use Penarth’s Northern slipway

Owners of jet-skis have been informed they can no longer use the slipways on Penarth sea-front to launch their craft.

Unlike conventional ski boats or run-abouts, which are powered by outboard motors and  tow water-skiiers behind them, jet skis are powerful and very fast unsinkable powerboats which the drivers sit astride and steer with handlebars – motorbike style.

The craft are  powered by ejecting pumped seawater at high velocity from a steerable water-jet beneath the surface .

Jet-ski owners say they were informed by letter on May 16 by the Vale of Glamorgan Council that they were no longer allowed access to the Northern slipway – the slipway traditionally used by the Penarth Water Ski Club.

Penarth Water Ski Club normally use the Nothern slipway on Tuesdays - for conventional powerboats

Penarth Water Ski Club normally use the Northern slipway and use conventional powerboats

The Southern skipway is used primarily by Penarth Yacht Club for the launching of sailing dinghies –  and that too is out of bounds to jet-skiers.

The only other slipway in the area is near the former recycling facility outside Sully where jet-ski owners say they are concerned about leaving their property temporarily whilst on the water  because of the allegedly-high incidence of crime in the vicinity.

It’s understood that the issue is primarily about insurance cover and further talks about the provision of slipway facilities for jet-ski owners are to be held shortly.

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WE COULD BE “…HAVING A CRIME WAVE…A TROPICAL CRIME WAVE…”

Doors left unlocked in fine weather are an open invitation to burglars - say police.

Doors left unlocked in fine weather are an open invitation to burglars – say police.

South Wales Police are warning that next week’s predicted heat wave could result in a simultaneous crime wave –  unless householders take extra special care not to fall victim to opportunist thieves.

With the temperature rising, apparently it isn’t surprising. Detective Chief Inspector Bryan Heard  says “unfortunately we always experience rises in certain types of crime when temperatures soar.”

Police say opportunist criminals need just seconds to get into a house or a car and steal what is inside. DCI Bryan  is urging people to be security conscious to combat the summer trend which – police say –  brings “the misery and trauma of being a victim of crime to an unnecessary number of people.”

Fullscreen capture 05-Feb-16 152251.bmpSouth Wales Police figures show that in 2015, between May and September, there were 182 burglaries recorded across the region, and in 69 of those (37.9 per cent), burglars gained access via unsecure doors or windows. By comparison only 13 per cent of the burglaries which occurred throughout the rest of 2015 involved unsecure premises.

DCI  Heard says  “Burglaries – and thefts from vehicles –  are made easy by people who don’t lock up. In the heat, people may lose their concentration and make mistakes that they wouldn’t ordinarily make, and it takes just a moment’s lapse in concentration for a crime to be committed. Criminals actively look for vulnerable premises and opportunists will see their chance and take it. Everyone can play a part in reducing crime and by simply securing  windows and doors the risks can be decreased dramatically.”

South Wales Police have now issued a series of burglar-beating tips to guard against the summertime blues :-

  • Keep ground floor or accessible windows shut and locked in rooms you are not using.
  • Don’t leave doors and patio doors open.
  • Remember to lock up properly before going to bed.
  • Remember, insurance companies often will not pay out if a burglary is a result of an insecure door or window.
  • If you are carrying out DIY to your home, don’t leave ladders and tools out. Keep them locked up.
  • Make sure you lock side or rear gates.
  • Do not do business at the door. Often companies who tout at the door for gardening and home improvements turn out to be bogus.
  • If you are in the back garden having a barbeque, don’t be tempted to leave the front door open for your visitors to let themselves in.
  • If you are going out for the evening remember to use a timer switch on lamps or radios to give the impression someone is home.

 

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PAY-RISE MAY BE ON THE CARDS FOR VALE COUNCILLORS NEXT YEAR

Vale of Glamorgan councillors' pay has been frozen for a second year in succession.

Vale of Glamorgan councillors’ pay has been frozen for a second year in succession.

The 47 members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council – including 18 so-called “Senior Councillors” are to receive no pay-rise this year – but there’s a strong hint that they will get a rise in 2017/18.

The Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales – the body that sets councillors’ salaries across the country – says it has decided “not to increase remuneration in 2016/17″.

The February report of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales has just been published

The February report of the Independent Remuneration Panel for Wales has just been published

The panel says in  its latest determination  “Given the very modest relaxation in the constraints on public sector pay and also to prevent further erosion of the relative levels of remuneration , the Panel decided last year in view of the continuing severe constraints on local government resources not to increase remuneration in 2015/16. There has been no change in that situation in the current year and the Panel has decided not to increase remuneration in 2016/17.”

However the Panel does make an implicit promise of a forthcoming pay-rise for councillors in 2017/18. It says  that this year’s pay standstill  “will further compromise the alignment to median gross earnings in Wales that underpinned the basic salary set in 2009. This is a matter that the Panel intends to re-examine at an appropriate time in the future”.

The published report follows the recommendations which had been previously issued in  draft form. The pay rates for 2016/17 are therefore held at current levels:-

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) received a rise in recognition of her promotion as Deputy Leader of the Council . Meanwhile Council Leader Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry) receives no rise.

Cllr Lis Burnett (Labour St Augustines) received a rise in recognition of her recent promotion as Deputy Leader of the Council . Meanwhile Council Leader Cllr Neil Moore (Labour Cadoc Ward Barry) receives no rise for a second year running.

  • The Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council –  Cllr Neil Moore is paid  £48,000 a year
  • The newly promoted Deputy Leader of the council , Cllr Lis Burnett, is paid £33,500
  • So called “Level 1 Executive Members” – i.e. members of the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s ruling “cabinet” are paid £29,000. [ There are now only 5 members of the Vale of Glamorgan council “cabinet” following the resignation of Cllr Rob Curtis (who was  convicted in 2015 of a charge of common assault) and the elevation of the former Deputy Leader Stuart Egan to become Mayor of the Vale of Glamorgan 2016/17].  
  • The Level 1 Civic Salary paid to the Mayors is £24,000
  • Should there be any “Level 2 Executive Members” they will be paid £26,100
  • Level 1 Committee chairmen (“chairs” – in council parlance) will continue to be paid  £22,000 with lower ranking Level 2 chairmen paid   £20,000
  • The Leader of the largest Opposition Group receives £22,000
  • The Leaders of Other Political Groups are paid £17,000 each
  • The basic salary paid to all Vale Councillors other than the above is £13,300 – with  the exception of  Cllr Kevin Mahoney (Independent, Sully ) . He refused the last pay rise awarded, took an extra pay cut out of the existing salary and is paid £800 p.a. below the basic £13,300 rate .

It remains to be seen whether Vale Councillors will follow the example of members of Conwy County Council which this month voted to cut its  “cabinet” members salaries from £29,000 to £26,100.

Penarth Town Councillors do not receive salaries – but allowances are paid to the Leader, the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor.

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MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC SAVE STRUGGLING SULLY ISLAND CAUSEWAY WADERS

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Sully Island – showing the causeway linking it to the mainland which disappears when the tide rises

It’s emerged that on Tuesday evening two people, who were attempting to wade across the rapidly-flooding causeway linking Sully Island with the mainland, were rescued by quick-thinking and plucky members of the public .

Luckily a group of four people on the mainland at Swanbridge spotted the couple in the water as they were struggling to wade across the flooded causeway on the rising tide.

Two of the four bystanders waded fully-clothed into the sea to take lifebuoys to the couple they had spotted in the water. The other two raised the alarm and alerted the coastguards.

Penarth Coastguard officers were called to the scene and HM Coastguard at Milford Haven tasked Penarth Lifeboat to launch and go to the aid of causeway waders  – but the lifeboat was stood down before launching when it was established that the casualties had both reached the shore safely.

One of the people who had attempted to cross the causeway had to be assisted out of the water and was reported by Penarth Coastguard to have been injured . She was subsequently treated by an NHS  ambulance crew. The  other person was able to get out of the water unaided.

The causeway "traffic lights" with Sully Island in the background

The causeway “traffic lights” with Sully Island in the background

Nicola Davies, RNLI Community Incident Reduction Manager, said: ‘The tide at Sully Island can move very quickly and can catch people unaware. The causeway to the island is open three hours before low water to three hours after it – on the Barry tide times.

Nicola Davies of the RNLI says the red light means "don't attempt to cross".

Nicola Davies of the RNLI says the red light means “don’t attempt to cross”.

Nicola says “We ask people going to Sully Island to always check the tidal sign located on the wall heading down to the causeway to check when if it is safe to cross. If it is green it is safe to go and the sign will tell people how long they can safely stay on the island.

‘If it shows amber then you must be cautious as the tide is heading back in, if the sign is showing red our advice is never to go to the island as there is a real risk of being cut off.”

‘If anyone does get stuck on the island our advice is not to try to wade ashore, which is a dangerous thing to do. People can easily be swept away by the currents. People should stay on the island and dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.’

It’s yet to be established whether a similar RNLI traffic-light warning system would be installed as part of the controversial proposed Penarth Head Walkway  which – like the Sully Island causeway – would also be submerged at high tides.

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BIZWATCH: PENARTH’S NEW “GIFTS @ No. 9” IS OPENED BY TOWN MAYOR

The new shop "Gifts @ No.9" is right by the main bus stop and in one of the highest-footfall areas of Penarth

It couldn’t be more convenient : The new shop “Gifts @ No.9″ is adjacent to the main bus stop and in one of the highest-footfall areas of Penarth town-centre

The Mayor of Penarth Cllr Mike Cuddy has officially opened the town’s newest gift shop “Gifts @ No. 9″ on Windsor Road.

The new shop is  between the Funky Monkey children’s wear shop and Griffin Books and is adjacent to the Arcade and the main bus stop on Windsor Road .

"Gifts @ No.9" is the concept of experienced local retailer Cathy Evans who also owns two other successful businesses in Penarth

“Gifts @ No.9” is the concept of experienced local retailer Cathy Evans who also owns two other successful businesses in Penarth

Gifts @ No. 9 is the latest venture of well-known local retailer Cathy Evans who also owns  the fashion shop Ginger’s on Stanwell Road and nearby Bojangles.

She says “ I am a great advocate of promoting the town and independent shops in order to offer diversity for people to shop and be an alternative to the high volume of online shopping that is in existence today.”

The interior of the shop has undergone a complete makeover and re-fit in bright light colours

The interior of the shop has undergone a complete makeover and re-fit in bright, light colours

The new store is at the same location as the former “Windsor’s” shop but Cathy and her team have undertaken a complete makeover of the premises with new interior decor, lighting, shelving and a bringing in a much larger range of new stock.

There's a huge selection of practical homeware on display

There’s a huge selection of practical homeware on display

The popular line of Yankee Candles is being continued in “Gifts @ No.9” but is complemented with a much larger range of gifts and homewares  – the majority of which are  entirely new to Penarth an unobtainable anywhere else.

The manager of the new store is Sam Hurcom.

Spoiled for choice: There's just so much to choose from at "Gifts @ No.9"

Spoiled for choice: There’s just so much to choose from at “Gifts @ No.9”

Cathy Evans says Penarth has “a wonderful array of excellent restaurants, hairdressers, beauty salons which offer a high degree of customer service but physically the public have to visit them to receive their services. You can’t receive these services online.”

She says “Fashion shops, gift shops, DIY, butchers and other commodities contend with online competition, supermarkets, click and collect, outlets and highs street discounting which makes it ever more difficult to compete, therefore I am passionate about our town and community. The public  can go into our lovely independents easily and are welcomed that is worth so much to be acknowledged and recognised.”

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VALE COUNCIL’S BIN MEN TO TRAVEL BACK IN TIME

Bank Holiday bin collections in Penarth - a job for experienced time-travellers

Bank Holiday bin collections in Penarth – a job for experienced time-travellers

It now seems as though the Labour-controlled Vale of Glamorgan Council has  introduced a new skill-requirement for its hard-working band of binmen –  time travel.

With a Bank Holiday coming up on Monday it’s time once again for  local council-tax-payers to play the all-too-regular guessing game as to when the Vale of Glamorgan Council refuse lorries will come to call.

PDN reader John Constable went to that authoritative and impeachable source of  reference – the Vale of Glamorgan Council  website –  to find out, …and found this.

The Vale of Glamrogan Council's handy calendar for Bank Holday period rubbish collection dates as published on its web site ....Unfortunately it leaves council-tax payers non-the-wiser.

The Vale of Glamorgan Council’s handy calendar for Bank Holday period rubbish collection dates as published on its web site….Unfortunately it leaves council-tax payers non-the-wiser.

It’s a handy calendar setting out on which day rubbish would normally be collected – and on which day the Vale bin men , taking account of the Bank Holiday, are scheduled to actually come to collect.

However it now seems Vale Council staff are now invested with time-travelling powers rivalled only by Doctor Who.

Rubbish which wouldn’t normally be put out for collection until May 31st – will be mysteriously collected on May 1st.

Saturday May 4th was actually a Wednesday – not  Saturday – or at least is was in Penarth, if not in Barry. …As for the rest of the timetable is concerned  – it probably needs a Doctor Who to make sense of it all.

 

 

 

 

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