BANGOR will soon boast a 34 bedroom en-suite hotel after Gwynedd Council planners gave the development a unanimous thumbs-up, writes Gwynedd reporter Gareth Wyn Williams. The hotel will be housed on the site of the current Ty Glyder building, following the application from Cheshire developers, Copley Square Ltd.
The development will also include a restaurant and lounge bar, which the developers say will “enhance the tourist offer” of the city.
Bangor’s DVLA office currently occupies the facility, which is set to close in November next year with the loss of 12 jobs.
PRE-RUSH HOUR LATEST: No reports of traffic issues on North Wales roads, except on the A525 between Brookhouse on the outskirts of Denbigh and Llanrhaedr. There has been a crash there between a red Citroen and a Subaru Imprezza, and one casualty has been airlifted to hospital. Road closed in both directions for the next few hours.
I'm the late reporter on the Daily Post tonight - please get in touch if you have any news.
LLANDDULAS quarry accident: We're hearing that the casualty may have been run over by his own vehicle at the landfill site. The man in his 40s has suffered serious injuries to the abdomen and is being treated at Ysbyty Glan Clwyd.
North Wales Police confirmed that the injuries suffered by two children in a two-car collision on the A494 near Bala on Friday were not life-threatening.
We are just hearing that Wrexham FC have put in a planning application to extend the club shop
Update in relation to incident at Llanddulas landfill site: An FCC Environment spokesman said: “An incident took place at the Llanddulas landfill site, North Wales, on 15 October, which resulted in a contractor being seriously injured.
“The contractor is currently in hospital, in a stable condition.
“FCC Environment takes health and safety very seriously and is conducting its own internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident. FCC Environment will be cooperating fully with the enforcing bodies in their investigations.”
THERE is a low risk of flooding from heavy rain tomorrow (Tues) and Wednesday, according to Environment Agency Wales.
An Agency spokesman said the weather will be unsettled with windy conditions contributing to high water levels resulting in spray/wave overtopping along the west coast of England and Wales for the next 3 days.
He said:" There is a LOW coastal and tidal flood risk along the whole of the Welsh coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, with Newport, Monmouthshire and Cardigan Bay being particularly at risk.
He added: "There is also LOW coastal flood risk along the northwest coast of England on Tuesday, with minor disruption possible particularly at the Blackpool area. Minor impacts are expected such as localised flooding of land and roads and perhaps individual properties at all of these locations. Unsettled conditions will continue throughout the next 3 days maintaining the wet and saturated ground conditions in southwest England and South Wales. With further periods of rain likely there is the potential for minor disruption on Wednesday and so the river and surface water flood risk here is assessed as LOW. This forecast is updated daily or if the flood risk forecast changes."
No news from the calls to the emergency services at present.
Labour called tonight for the Government to set up an independent inquiry into the Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal to “do right by the victims”.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller earlier dismissed demands for an independent inquiry, saying she was “confident” BBC chiefs were taking the claims “very seriously”.
But Labour leader Ed Miliband said the BBC’s internal investigations were not enough.
More than a quarter of the British public believes the UK economy would suffer if Scotland became independent, according to a poll.
Just signing off for tonight - no breaking news tonight - emergency services say they are "busy but routine"
ROADS: Strong winds have closed The Britannia Bridge in Llanfair PG to high sided vehicles and a speed restriction of 20 mph in both directions between the A55 J8a junction and J9
ROADS: Looks like the wind is having an impact already. Fallen tree is partially blocking the A44 in Ceredigion at Ponterwyd between the A4120 junction and the B4343 junction. More later
POLITICS: The Welsh Affairs Committee continues its hearings on cross-border road and rail connectivity. Our parliamentary correspondent Matthew George will be covering this in London today.
LOCAL GOVT: Anglesey reporter Ffion Williams will be attending a public meeting tonight (6.30pm) on the future of Llangefni's Plas Penlan care home which has been earmarked for closure. If you're going, or not and you have a view on thisn we would love to hear it. Tweet us Facebook us @dailypost wales or e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org
POLITICS: Prime Minister David Cameron should set up talks on the United Kingdom’s constitution before it is too late, Wales’ First Minister Carwyn Jones has said.
The Welsh Labour leader, who decided against renewing a coalition with nationalists Plaid Cymru following last year’s election, has often spoken of his desire for the four home nations to remain part of the UK.
Following the Edinburgh agreement, Mr Jones admitted he would be gutted if Scotland gained independence in a referendum next year.
But the former barrister feels the Tory-led administration in Westminster should set up a special constitutional convention ahead of Scottish voters going to the polls.
CRIME: A disabled man robbed by thugs while he sat in his wheelchair has issued a desperate plea for people to help police catch his assailants.
Michael Gregory, who has Multiple Sclerosis, was travelling along the riverside path near his home in Newport when approached by two men on bikes.
Police say the pair threatened the 57-year-old with a knife before forcing him to hand over a quantity of cash. Anyone with information can call Gwent Police on 101
ROADS: Speed restrictions of 30mph now in place at Brittania Bridge on the A55 in both directions.
Morning everybody. You're LiveBlog team today is reporters Alex Hickey and David Powell, and shift editor Steve Stratford. If you know of any stories breaking where you are, get in touch with us on Twitter (@dailypostwales), Facebook or call 01492 574457.
ROADS: High sided vehicles can now use the Brittania Bridge (A55) but 30mph restriction still in place in both directions.
ROADS: Slow and heavy traffic on; A525 Ruthin Road Wrexham, eastbound at A483; A541 Mold Road Wrexham, southbound at J5 A483. B5101 Berse Road Wrexham, northbound between Rhyd Broughton Lane and A541 Mold Road
ROADS: Another fallen tree on the A483 Powys between the B4355 junction in Dolfor and the B4356 junction in Llanbister. Now cleared. Earlier fallen tree at the A44, Ceredigion also appears to have been cleared. Awaiting update from Dyfed Powys Police
EDUCATION: Some university tutors are pressurised to accept substandard work by overseas students for financial reasons, BBC Wales has been told.
One lecturer claims exams are simplified or dropped from some Masters business courses.
He claims pressure by university authorities to secure funding from international students means standards of some courses are lowered. More on this later from our Cardiff correspondent Tom Bodden.
A few pointers as to what's coming up in the national news today...
POLITICS: Computer hacker Gary McKinnon will find out today whether Home Secretary Theresa May will end his 10-year battle against extradition to the United States.
ECONOMY: Inflation is expected to have dropped to its lowest level for nearly three years in September, but there are fears the respite may only be brief as energy bills start to rise. It could be down to 2.2%, or as much as 2%.
A British man is due to go on trial in Greece today charged with murdering his girlfriend on the holiday island of Crete.
ARTS: Journalist and novelist Will Self is favourite to win the Man Booker Prize tonight, which is announced at 9.45pm at the Guildhall, Gresham Street, London. Six books are vying for this year’s £50,000 Man Booker prize, and we'll let you know what they are later.
It may be pretty windy out there at the moment, but 25 years ago things were much worse. Today is the anniversary of the Great Storm (1987). It killed 18 people and felled more than 15 million trees.
ENERGY: The government is considering a £6bn plan to import wind power from Ireland to north and west Wales via cables under the Irish Sea to the National Grid.
Element Power said the Irish-based giant wind farms in its Greenwire plan could power three million UK homes. More to come on this from Anglesey reporter Owen Hughes
Anglesey reporter Ffion Williams will be attending a public meeting tonight (6.30pm) on the future of Llangefni's Plas Penlan care home which has been earmarked for closure. If you're going, or not and you have a view on this we would love to hear it. Tweet us Facebook us @dailypost wales or e-mail; email@example.com
Ffion will be tweeting live from the meeting @HolyheadMail It's a new Twitter feed for the newspaper, and will be updated by reporters Ffion Williams, Elgan Hearn and Rhodri Barker.
SPORT: Wales boss Chris Coleman has urged his team to be mindful of the lessons they learned from their thrashing in Serbia when they take on Croatia tonight. The Dragons go into the World Cup qualifier in Osijek with some momentum after putting their first points on the board in Group A with Friday’s 2-1 win over Scotland in Cardiff. Kick-off is at 7pm.
WEATHER: I will be checking on any weather damage - loose tiles, fallen trees, high tide times etc today. So if anyone has any weather snippets please send your news or any pix to e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01492 574485. Thanks.