Editor: Paul Harris
The Met Office has issued severe yellow weather warnings for snow and ice in parts of Scotland, Wales, northern England and the Midlands. Gale force winds, which reached up nearly 70mph on Tuesday night, also show little sign of relenting in northern areas of England and Wales, according to forecasters.
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NEGLECTED WORLD WAR I
Council in search for 12 new apprentices
HIGH RENTS CLOSE FOUR BUSINESS
Landlord puts up the rents which causes four businesses to close one after the other. This depressing scene is in Union Street Swansea. The oldest shopping area is now looking like I shantytown!
This block and what was the bank on the other block are all now closed. This scene is being played out all over Swansea, The High Street is in a dilapidated state, from College Street to St Helen's road the Kingsway has 25 units empty! Oxford Street has lost four main retailers. The Quadrant may be doing well but the rest of the city is in a depressing state. On top of the high rents the council is imposing unsustainable business rates. Doing well are women's hair salons, nail parlors and charity shops! On top of all this we have a crazy traffic system which is putting people off shopping in Swansea.
Neath and Port Talbot councillors in Coedffranc will discuss what to do about maintaining a damaged War Memorial at their next meeting.
CLOSED, Four shop units close after being hit with high rent increases.
On January 2014 a local military historian Mr Rod Hughes of Briton Ferry paid a visit to the great War Memorial Plaque situated at Crymlyn Burrows Memorial Community Centre. While on the visit to place a poppy wreath to the local fallen soldiers he noticed how badly neglected the marble memorial plaque was. The marble plaque was cracked, dirty and in need of restoration, also poppy wreaths have not been placed there for many years.
Mr Hughes said: “In this the Great War Centenary year 2014 it's our duty to maintain and to remember the fallen, I have taken steps to report this neglected memorial to the local councillor reminding him that it was our duty to maintain these precious war memorials, I hope it will be repaired in time for August of this year when the commemorations begin of the great war and I can place a poppy wreath upon the memorial.”
Councillors in Coedffranc discussed what to do about maintaining the damaged war memorial, In their last meeting, councillor Harry Bebell told members he'd been approached by a man about the War Memorial at Crymlyn Burrows centre. He said: “Its never been touched, never been repainted or anything like that. He asked if the community council can look into getting it all refurbished to make it look as though they weren't forgotten.”
Councillor Bebell doesn't know if this community council had a policy for the maintenance of war memorials, but members agreed to address the concerns about the memorial at the next meeting.
'We shall remember them'
GRIDLOCK: SWANSEA CITY COMES TO A STANDSTILL
There was gridlock and traffic chaos in Swansea Tuesday morning at 8am when thousands of motorists were caught in traffic jams stretching back out on Fabian Way right up to the M4. At the traffic lights on Oystermouth Road, Wind Street, Sainsbury’s, and St Thomas it was just chaos as motorists fought for position. At Elba Crescent industrial estate, business people, lorries and cars all stayed in the side roads waiting for the traffic to move, some were low on fuel. This chaos was caused because of the Boulevard roads works.
The crocuses are out, Spring is in the air, so come on everybody lets cheer up and forget that awful rainy winter, let's all learn the words to Calon Lan and make it the Welsh National Anthem!
And here to help us is Only Boys Aloud.
Boys Aloud will be appearing at the National Waterfront Museum on
Sunday 30 March 2014
HUNDREDS of young people across the city are soon expected to apply for a dozen jobs with Swansea Council.
The Council will be advertising later this week for 12 new apprentice plumbers, electricians, carpenters, plasterers and bricklayers. Last year's advert led to over 880 applications. The successful applicants will be employed in Swansea Council's Corporate Building and Property Services department and will pursue their training via the Council's Lifelong Learning and Employment Training Service (LLETS).
The four-year apprenticeship programme is part funded by the European Social Fund through the Welsh Government.
Apprentices spend four days a week being mentored by qualified staff with the other day being spent in training. They get an NVQ Level 3 qualification in their chosen trade, with training and development lasting four years. The 12 new positions will be advertised in Jobcentre Plus, Careers Wales and the local media from Friday March 7. The vacancies will also appear their website.
12 New apprenticeships up for grabs.