POLICE INVESTIGATE FAKE “JIHADI” UKIP FLYER MAILED TO VOTERS IN PENARTH

The UKIP HQ and drop-in cafe in Glebe St Penarth

The UKIP HQ and drop-in cafe in Glebe St Penarth

South Wales Police are understood to be investigating the origin of a number of  fake political leaflets – urging the recipients to “Vote UKIP” – which have been delivered by Royal Mail to voters in the Cardiff South & Penarth constituency.

The leaflet – or flyer – is said to carry allegations about benefits claimed by the family of the terrorist Mohammed Emwazi (a.k.a..”Jihadi John”) who live in Britain. The leaflet does not use the UKIP logo and does not bear any information as to who printed it and published it .

John Rees-Evans UKIP prospective candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth

John Rees-Evans UKIP prospective candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth

UKIP’s prospective parliamentary  candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth, John Rees-Evans, said he was “flabbergasted.

He said “I’m frankly shocked that somebody, who is somehow involved in the political campaigning process in the run up to the General Election, has been willing to take the risk of doing something so obviously underhand and dishonest when in fact there are a limited number of people who have access to the electoral register.”

Rees-Evans says “I can only guess as to who’s behind it and I’m very keen for the police to make progress with their investigations.”

 

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“ENHANCED MONITORING” FOR PENARTH’S NEAREST ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY UNIT

Penarth's nearest  A&E  department is at the University Hospital of Wales Cardiff - now under "enhanced monitoring"

Penarth’s nearest A&E department is at the University Hospital of Wales Cardiff – now under “enhanced monitoring”

The accident and emergency unit which serves Penarth – the University Hospital of Wales A&E department in the Heath, Cardiff is to come under what’s called “enhanced monitoring”.

Cardiff and the Vale Health Board – which oversees the hospital, the biggest in Wales – says the move is the result of “issues within its unscheduled care system”.

The decision to put the University Hospital under even more intense scrutiny has been made by  the Labour-controlled Welsh Government (which runs the NHS in Wales), the  Healthcare Inspectorate Wales and the Wales Audit Office . The move puts the hospital tywo steps away from being placed in “special measures” – which would mean – in effect – that new management would be brought in to run the hospital.

The “enhanced monitoring” follows a series of crises following an increase in the amount of people going to A&E with “complex and chronic conditions”.

Plaid Cymru AM for Penarth and party leader Leanne Wood

Plaid Cymru AM for Penarth and party leader Leanne Wood

Penarth Plaid Cymru AM (and party leader) Leanne Wood said she is concerned that the health board serving  the Vale of Glamorgan had reached such a point and hoped the closer supervision would lead to improved performance.

Penarth's LibDem AM Eluned Parrott

Penarth’s LibDem AM Eluned Parrott

Penarth Lib Dem AM  Eluned Parrott said the decision was “concerning but not surprising.”  and said she heard  regular complaints from local residents about their treatment not only at the University Hospital of Wales but also at Llandough.

Penarth's Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies says long A&E waiting times are a result of cuts to the Welsh NHS inflicted by the Welsh Labour Government.  No such cuts have been imposed in England.

Penarth’s Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies 

Penarth Conservative AM Andrew R T Davies said “It has been clear for some time now that emergency services in the Cardiff & Vale health board area have been creaking under huge pressure. This announcement places Wales’ largest hospital just two steps away from special measures, and with that the potential for the Welsh Government to be forced to intervene.”

He said “Clearly, for Vale residents this situation is deeply worrying. There have been serious concerns throughout the winter period, with ambulance response times and A&E waits reaching rock bottom.”

Penarth Labour AM Vaughan Gething is Deputy Health Minister

Penarth Labour AM Vaughan Gething is Deputy Health Minister

Davies said  “Welsh Labour’s savage budget cuts have undermined capacity in the Welsh NHS and we now need to see ‘enhanced monitoring’ leading to enhanced performance. Anything less just isn’t going to cut it anymore.”

 

Penarth resident and Labour AM for Cardiff South and Penarth,  Vaughan Gething –  who is Deputy Health Minister – has yet to make any comment on the escalating crisis .

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PENARTH IN THE TOP-THREE OF THE MOST DESIRABLE PLACES IN WALES

 Penarth Esplanade

Penarth Esplanade

We residents already know it – but the Penarth post-code (CF64 ) now officially represents  one of the top three most desirable places to live in Wales according to a new Royal Mail survey.

Royal Mail carried out a study of postcodes to find the most desirable places to live and work in throughout the UK –  based on a range of factors including good schools, access to green spaces and average commuting times.

Of the top ten places  – the first and second were taken by two areas of Swansea (Morriston and Birchgrove) . In third place came the first proper town in the listings –  Penarth.

The full list of the top ten most desirable postcode districts in Wales were – according to the Royal Mail survey- as follows :-

  • SA6 – Morriston, Swansea
  • SA7 – Birchgrove, Swansea
  • CF64 – Penarth
  • SA61 – Haverfordwest
  • SA4 – Gorseinon, Swansea
  • LL55 – Caernarfon, Gwynedd
  • SA9 – Ystradgynlais, Swansea
  • SA31 – Carmarthen
  • CF24 – Roath, Cardiff
  • LL11 – Wrexham

In England Bebington on the Wirral took top spot  –  and  in Scotland, the top place was given to G78 Neilston on the outskirts of Glasgow.


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GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS TO BE HELD BY PENARTH WOODCRAFT FOLK

The large Main Hall of All Saints CHurch Victoria Square where the General Election Hustings public meeting is to be held on April 19th.

The large Main Hall of All Saints Church, Victoria Square, Penarth  where the General Election Hustings public meeting organised by Penarth Woodcraft Folk is to be held on April 19th 2015.

At least four of the eight candidates vying to be the next MP for Cardiff South and Penarth have already committed to appear at what may well be Penarth’s first public hustings meeting of the 2015 General Election.

It’s to be held from 13:00-16:00 hours on Sunday afternoon April 19th at the Main Hall of All Saints Church in Victoria Square, Penarth  – which is capable of accommodating an audience of up to 150.

The public – and strictly secular – event is being organised by Penarth Woodcraft Folk. – a charity that encourages children and young people to participate in society  – improving their lives and others through active citizenship. The organisers  believe the hustings will an opportunity for young first-time voters – and a more general audience  – to  “question those who would seek to represent them in Parliament”.

All the prospective candidates who have so far been nominated by their respective parties have been invited to attend.

The candidates already committed to take part are Anthony Slaughter (Green Party), Stephen Doughty (Labour and Co-operative),  Ben Foday  (Plaid Cymru) ,  Ross Saunders (Trade Union and Socialist Coalition) .

UKIP’s candidate John Rees-Evans is said to be considering attending. Replies have not yet been received from the other three parties  (see full list below  ) .

Organiser John Rogan says “Young people (25 and under) can email the organisers with questions they would like to pose to the candidates. Over 25s are also invited to send us questions and, if time allows, will also be able to participate. We will then try to choose a representative selection of questions. Please email us at info@penarthwoodcraft.org.uk.”

LIST OF PROSPECTIVE CANDIDATES SO FAR NOMINATED FOR CARDIFF SOUTH & PENARTH: (NOMINATIONS CLOSE ON APRIL 9th 2015)

  • Conservative :Emma Warman
  • Class War: Richard Huw Morgan
  • Green Party: Anthony Slaughter
  • Labour: Stephen Doughty
  • Liberal Democrat : Nigel Howells
  • Plaid Cymru :Ben Foday
  • Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition: Ross Saunders
  • United Kingdom Independence Party : John Rees-Evans
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CABLE-CAR CONNECTION TO CARDIFF GETS THUMBS-UP FROM PENARTH’S CONSERVATIVE AM

What an over-water cable car system could look like

What an over-water cable car system could look like

The £100,000,000 scheme to connect Penarth to Cardiff with a trans-Cardiff-Bay cable-car link has been welcomed by Penarth’s Conservative AM Andrew RT Davies.

Nigel Roberts of CAC

Nigel Roberts of CBC

The scheme first reported  by PDN last week (see http://tinyurl.com/lwszqyo) is the initiative of Cardiff Business Council  (CBC) and its chairman Nigel Roberts who envisages a system with a capacity of 2,500 passengers per hour

Andrew R T Davies – who is Conservative Leader in the Welsh Assembly – says “Nigel Roberts’ plans will be a mouth-watering prospect for many people in the region. The views across the channel would be beautiful on a sunny day and it would be an extremely attractive way to link Cardiff with Penarth .

Andrew R T Davies

Andrew R T Davies ” You can’t help but be excited by the prospect”

Davies says “Whilst there is a long, long way to go before these plans become reality, you can’t help but be excited by the prospect. Not only would a cable car attract tourists to the region, it could also attract public funding from a number of sources if it can be proven that it would be a viable public transport option”.

He says “The Chancellor’s announcement of a potential Cardiff city deal could bring exciting projects like this closer to reality, and whilst an element of private money would be required, the UK government is making transformational ideas like this a possibility.”

 

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“BAKE-OFF” MEETS “THE APPRENTICE” AT ARCHER ROAD PENARTH

Bake Off meets The Apprentice on a front lawn at Archer Road Penarth

Bake Off meets The Apprentice on a front lawn at Archer Road Penarth (Photo Brian Stephens)

Archer Road, Penarth had its very own bake-off challenge this weekend when a group of Stanwell schoogirls got together to cook and sell cakes for a good cause.

A team of nine girls were involved in the operation which combined the challenges of the TV shows The Great British Bake Off and The Apprentice.

All the girls were involved in the multiple tasks of buying the ingredients, preparing the mixtures,  carrying out the marathon baking operation under the watchful eyes of their mums, advertising and promotion  – and then setting-up a stall in the  front garden of a house in Archer Road to market the freshly-cooked cakes .

The project leader was Stanwell pupil Madlen Thomas and the proceeds are going to LATCH and to Velindre Hospital where Madlen’s  father Rhys is currently undergoing treatment.

Demand was brisk and the result of the girls’ enterprise was a sell-out with a total raised of £421.28p .

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WHY DAVID CAMERON MIGHT APPLY FOR THE VALE COUNCIL’S NEW MANAGING DIRECTOR JOB

Fancy working for the Vale Council? Salary up to £172,000 - or more...

Fancy working for the Vale Council? Salary up to £172,000 – or more…

The Vale of  Glamorgan Council is to meet on March 25th to appoint a new managing director – following the retirement of the incumbent – and has budgeted the figure of £170,000 a year as a salary for the new appointment.

Prime Minister David Cameron might be seriously considering the vacancy.

Prime Minister David Cameron might be tempted by a salary higher than  his.

The salary would be  £28,000 a year more than the current salary paid to David Cameron as Prime Minister which is £142,000 a year.

The council may decide to appoint an internal candidate to the post on an interim basis and suggests that in such a case the so-called  “acting-up” allowance would not exceed £84,000  on top of the internal candidates existing salary.

Alternatively the council could decide to hire an external  interim manager for about three months – in which case the salary would be at the pro-rata rate of £276,000 a year.

 

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