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January 2014 


Much debated open space to become community garden - Friday 31 January

Cemetery Approach, a piece of open land in Barry, which has been the subject of much debate over the years, could become a community garden and nature area.


Inspection finds a positive picture of services to prevent youth offending - Wednesday 29 January

A report published today (29 January) by the Probation Inspectorate has praised the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Youth Offending Service, which works with children and young people who are likely to commit offences.


Traditional art of thatching revitalising Cosmeston medieval village - Monday 27 January

Glamorgan's leading tourist attractions, Cosmeston medieval village.


3 arrests following CCTV monitoring - Monday 27 January

CCTV monitoring in the Vale of Glamorgan led to 3 arrests last week. 


Another chance to make real savings on energy bills with Cyd Cymru - Thursday 23 January

Energy consumers in Wales have another chance to make significant savings on their bills as the nation’s collective energy switching scheme, Cyd Cymru launches its second switch on 27 January as Big Energy Saving Week opens. 


Sport Relief comes to Barry Island - Thursday 23 January

It’s time to dig out that running kit! Sport Relief is here again. On Sunday 23 March the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile will be setting off on Barry Island at 11am, with hundreds of locals getting on their marks, set and go for Sport Relief. 


Calling all landlords and prospective landlord - Thursday 23 January

The Vale of Glamorgan Council and the National Landlords Association will host the Landlord and Letting Agents forum on Thursday 20 February 2014.


House to house canvassing in the Vale of Glamorgan - Thursday 23 January

Householders in the Vale of Glamorgan will be visited from Saturday 1 February to Sunday 23 February 2014 by house-to-house canvassers working to update the electoral register.


Art Central Gallery is now open on Mondays - Thursday 23 January

The Vale of Glamorgan Council's prestigious art gallery, Art Central, is hosting the HINENI exhibition to commemorate the Holocaust. 

Barry resident fined nearly £1500 for failing to produce three horse passports - Tuesday 21 January

Pandelis Tsoflias of Penmark, Barry pleaded guilty to four charges under the Equine Identification (Wales) Regulations 2009 at Cardiff Magistrates Court on the 16 January 2014.

Promise of energy savings attracts thousands to register for Cyd Cymru - Tuesday 21 January

The Cyd Cymru collective energy switching scheme for Wales has attracted 5,500 residents from across Wales, all keen to cut their energy bills. 

Visit to the site of the former magistrates court in Barry

Magistrates court transformation continues - Tuesday 21 January

Work to transform the former Magistrates Court in Barry into 52 affordable homes is continuing apace and Welsh Government Minister for Finance, Jane Hutt and Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet Member, Bronwen Brooks, recently visited the site to view the development.


Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council responds to the Williams Commission - Monday 20 January

Councillor Neil Moore, the Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, has commented on the Williams Review into Public Services Governance that has been issued today and which has been highly anticipated. 


Bute Cottage Nursery celebrates Estyn report - Monday 20 January

Staff, parents and children at Bute Cottage Nursery School in Penarth are celebrating the outcome of their recent Estyn inspection.


7 arrests following CCTV monitoring - Monday 20 January

CCTV monitoring in the Vale of Glamorgan led to 7 arrests last week.


Good luck to finalist for St David Award - Friday 17 January

Karin Williams, a school crossing patrol officer from Rhoose is a finalist in the St David Awards in the bravery category.


Bus Service 303/304 extended to Cardiff - Friday 17 January

Following negotiations between Vale of Glamorgan Council and New Adventure Travel it has been agreed that from 10th March 2014, Service 303/304 from Bridgend will be extended to Cardiff.


New flexible Greenlinks bus promises to provide boost for rural Vale - Wednesday 15 January

From Monday 20 January 2014, a new trial bus service will operate Monday to Friday between 8:15am and 6:15pm and offer transport from Llantwit Major to Cowbridge and Cowbridge to Bridgend Town Centre, linking 17 Vale of Glamorgan villages and hamlets. 


The Wales Audit Office finds Vale Council accounts in good shape - Tuesday 14 January

The Wales Audit Office has found the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s finances to be well managed, and was satisfied that the council has appropriate arrangements in place to secure economy, efficiency and effectiveness in the latest annual review by the Auditor General.


Hineni- Tuesday 14 January

An exhibition of life portraits, stories and memories commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day 2014 at Art Central Gallery in the Vale of Glamorgan.


Action plan to address Estyn report- Tuesday 14 January

An action plan has been launched by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s education service in response to the report on the council’s education service by Estyn published in September 2013.


Minister views progress on Golau Caredig, Extra Care Scheme in Barry - Tuesday 14 January

The first 'extra care' in the Vale of Glamorgan, which will provide supported accommodation for people over 55, has received a visit from the Welsh Government Minister for Finance, Jane Hutt, who was impressed with the progress being made on the development. The scheme is nearing completion and is due to open in the summer.


New homes for Porthkerry - Monday 13 January

Porthkerry Wildlife Group recently joined the ranger service to put out over 50 Dormouse tubes.


8 arrests following CCTV monitoring - Monday 13 January

CCTV monitoring in the Vale of Glamorgan led to 8 arrests last week. 

Cowbridge student is A level winner - Wednesday 08 January

A former student of Cowbridge Comprehensive School, Alastair James Richards, has been awarded the top prize for Physical Education by the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC). 

Plans underway for First World War centenary - Wednesday 08 January

2014 will see the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the Vale of Glamorgan Council is asking local community groups and community councils to use the Council’s website to publish details of the events they have planned to mark the anniversary. 


Vale of Glamorgan Council Road Safety Awards 2013 - Monday 06 January

The annual presentation awards ceremony was recently held at the Docks Office in Barry to recognise the continuing high standards achieved by Vale of Glamorgan Council School Crossing Patrols (SCPs) and the volunteers involved with the child pedestrian training scheme Kerbcraft in Vale Primary Schools.


4 arrests following CCTV monitoring - Monday 06 January

CCTV monitoring in the Vale of Glamorgan led to 4 arrests last week.


Safer Vale support Dry January - Monday 06 January

The Safer Vale Partnership is supporting Alcohol Concern’s ‘Dry January’.


4 arrests following CCTV monitoring - Thursday 02 January

CCTV monitoring in the Vale of Glamorgan led to 4 arrests last week.