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Mast approved despite objections



mast1AN ANEMOMETER mast will be built for a temporary period of three years despite objections. The anemometer mast, up to 60m in height, will be located at land north of, Esgairliving Farm, Rhydcymerau. Llanybydder Community Council objected to the applications stating that the wind mast was not justified and that it was not for the intention of designing the wind farm as that has been submitted separately.

They also say that the proposal should have been included as part of a wind turbine application. One councillor stated that there was no justification for the anemometer mast whilst others questioned the time period for the mast. It was also pointed out that the application would be the starter point for two wind turbines to be built in the future. Cllr Ieuan Davies said: “Much of what is before us has objections. We can see that Llanybydder Community Council are not at all happy with the application as they say that the anemometer is just the beginning because there is a proposed application for two very large turbines on this application site.

I go along with what is said here that I wonder why the whole application doesn’t come as one because this is only a starting point for our metal valley to continue. Maybe there are only 11 objections on this application, but believe me, there are hundreds of objections when the next application comes for the two very large turbines. I am not against wind turbines but the size of course worries us all and nobody wants these in their back garden and obviously it does have an adverse effect on the landscape. The people in my area definitely don’t want this starter package.”

Cllr Anthony Jones said: “The local member has highlighted issues here. Is there a time limit for assessing wind speeds in particular areas and three years does seem rather excessive.” Development Manager Julian Edwards pointed out that the three was what had been applied for but added that sufficient data may have been collected after two years. Cllr Kevin Madge added: “I can see how local objections would come when the other application comes in in due course but unless they test that area and in one sense, if they came and put a mast up without testing it and then it didn’t work, well it would be there for a long time would spoil people’s lives in the community.

So I think that this application, as much as I hear what Ieuan says, we’ve got to test to see if this is viable .” Cllr Ieuan Davies asked: “I just wonder if the application will be brought before us very soon, so why are we putting an anemometer up if we want to see and test the wind in that area for three years?” Cllr Mansel Charles added: “The same company’s application for the same site states that the intention is to build the two turbines and have them operational by 2017 and there would be eight months of construction.

Therefore the reason given for the wind mast would be overtaken by that application, so arguably, there is no justification for it at all. Construction of the turbines is anticipated by the applicants to begin in less than one year from this summer at which point the positioning of the turbines would be fixed so data gathering would be meaningless so 12 months would be more than adequate and by asking for three years the application does not relate to the operational period of the turbines and the mast is not needed for the management of the turbines.” Cllr Anthony Jones then moved the recommendation for approval. The plans were approved by a majority with 13 voting in favour and three abstaining.

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Those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster should get jabbed by end of June



ALL those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster are being urged to take up their offer of the vaccine before the end of next month.

A deadline of 30 June has been introduced to ensure all those eligible for the spring booster will have a long-enough interval between this and the autumn 2022 booster, if they are also eligible.

An announcement by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) about which groups will be eligible for the autumn booster is due to be published shortly.

The JCVI has advised that people over-75, older care home residents and all those aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed are eligible for the spring booster.

Those who are 75 on or before 30 June, can get their booster at any point up to the deadline.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “It is important we continue our very high take up levels of the vaccine to help protect us against the risk of serious illness from Covid-19. I would urge everyone who is offered a spring booster vaccination takes up the invitation.”

If someone eligible for a spring booster has had a Covid infection recently, they will need to wait 28 days from the date they tested positive before they can be vaccinated. They will still be able to get vaccinated after 30 June as part of this campaign if they have to postpone their appointment.

All those eligible for spring boosters will be invited by their health board or GP.

It is not too late for anyone who needs a primary dose (first, second or third) to be vaccinated.

Please check for local arrangements.

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Young people in Wales being failed when moving from child to adult mental health services



MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES are failing young people when they move from child to adult services, says a mental health charity.

Mind Cymru is calling for Welsh Government to make urgent changes to improve the system.

Nia Evans, Children and Young People Manager at Mind Cymru, said: “Young people have told us that their needs, thoughts, and feelings about moving to adult services are often unheard, or ignored.

“Welsh Government must support Local Health Boards to make sure this doesn’t happen, change the way services are run and make sure our young people are being heard and properly cared for.”

Mind Cymru has published a report, in ate the result of interviews with young people about their experiences of moving from Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – (SCAMHS) to AMHS.

They highlighted five key areas where services are failing young people:
– Poor information offered to young people, particularly on their rights
– Inconsistent use and follow through of care and treatment plans
– High thresholds for SCAMHS and AMHS referrals to be accepted
– Feeling abandoned / cut off from SCAMHS
– Age still dominates decision making process for moving from SCAMHS to AMHS

Nia Evans said: “Any one of these issues could make the process of moving from children’s services to adult services difficult for our young people. But often, more than one is happening at any one time.”

“Our young people have a right to care and support from a mental health system that has been put in place to help them recover. Action must be taken immediately to make sure support systems are robust and doing the job they were designed to do.”

Mind Cymru is asking people to email their Member of the Senedd (MS) and amplify the voices of these young people whose experiences are often unheard, and use the #SortTheSwitch hashtag on social media.

The full report is available here, including what a good move from SCAMHS to AMHS would look like for young people, and where the current system could improve.

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Average UK price of diesel hits record of more than £1.80 a litre



LESS than two months after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a 5p a litre cut on the average price of fuel – diesel prices have reached a record high price of 180.29p a litre.
The previous high of 179.90p was recorded on March 23rd 2022 – the day of the Spring Statement from Sunak.

In recent weeks, the UK government has tried to move away from its reliance on importing Russian oil, following President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Worryingly for drivers of petrol cars, the price per litre is fast approaching the record levels of 167.3p per litre set on March 22nd.

This latest price rise adds another challenge to UK households, as the cost of living crisis continues to impact families across the country.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: “Sadly, despite the Chancellor’s 5p a litre duty cut the average price of a litre of diesel has hit a new record high at 180.29p.”

“Efforts to move away from importing Russian diesel have led to a tightening of supply and pushed up the price retailers pay for diesel.”

“While the wholesale price has eased in the last few days this is likely to be temporary, especially if the EU agrees to ban imports of Russian oil.”

“Unfortunately, drivers with diesel vehicles need to brace themselves for yet more pain at the pumps. Had Mr Sunak reduced VAT to 15% as we call on him to do instead of cutting duty by 5p, drivers of diesel vehicles would be around 2p a litre better off, or £1 for every full tank.”

“As it is, drivers are still paying 27p VAT on petrol and 29p on diesel, which is just the same as before the Spring Statement.”

“The average price of petrol is also on the rise having gone up nearly 3p a litre since the start of the month to 166.65p which means it’s less than a penny away from the all-time high of 167.30p set on 22 March.”

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