February 2014



Age Cymru wants to find people to speak to the media about their experiences of scams during Scams Awareness Month in May.

These could either be people who have been scammed or family members of people who have been scammed.

They may have been targeted by rogue builders; ripped off by a postal scam such as a fake lottery; or been tricked into handing over bank details by phone or online scammers.       

If you can help, please contact Iwan Rhys Roberts or Laura Nott on 029 2043 1562,,

Rest assured, we won’t put pressure on anyone, or ask or expect them to do anything that makes them feel uncomfortable.


 Iwan Rhys Roberts
External Relations Officer
Age Cymru
029 2043 1562


“NHS Patients’ Watchdog launch On-line Survey 

Urgent  appointments with the GP 


Patients’ across Wales are being given the opportunity to rate accessing their GP in a National Survey launched by the Community Health Council.


The Survey asks how easy it was to obtain an urgent appointment to booking yourself in for a routine appointment with your GP. It also asks Patients’ to indicate how long they waited to be seen once they had an appointment.


Community Health Councils (CHCs) across Wales have concerns about GP appointment systems and timely access for patients given that approximately 90% of contacts with the NHS happen in Primary Care.


The survey will run for two months and we are urging anyone who has to see their GP to complete the on line survey. 


The survey can be found by accessing:

As a statutory body Mumbles Community Council receives copies of all
planning applications submitted to Swansea City Council before they go
through their Planning Committee.

Mumbles Planning Sub Committee then make a recommendation to the full Mumbles Council before submission to the Planning Department of Swansea City Council.

As part of the process the  Mumbles C.C. planning committee will discuss any letters or petitions put before the council in support of or against any planning application.

The final decision of any planning application is made by the City and County of Swansea.

MUMBLES Community Council has objected to Langland Brasserie’s expansion plans.

The owner of the seaside restaurant wants to build three decking areas on a grassy section opposite — just across the coastal path — for up to 70 diners, as previously reported in the Post.

The community council’s planning committee chairman, Brian Arthur, told councillors at a meeting on Tuesday that there had been a great deal of discussion by committee members about the brasserie plans.

Mr Arthur said he understood the business wanted to expand, and that meant jobs.

But he raised concerns about the decking area being across the footpath and the fact the scheme was within the Gower AONB (area of outstanding natural beauty).

In the end, fellow councillors voted in favour of the committee’s objection recommendation, which was on AONB visual impact grounds and concerns about hot drinks and alcohol having to be carried across the path.

Before they voted, Terry Scales suggested it was not abnormal for restaurant staff and customers to take food and drink across paths or squares, and wanted to know if the proposal would improve the seafront area.

John Cooper said: “It is nice to see someone trying to expand, but that is not the right place for it. It is inside the AONB, and the footpath is going to be terribly narrow. It is the place where everybody congregates.”

He wondered if the brasserie could negotiate with Swansea Council to expand by using huts to the left of the premises as you look up from the beach.

The application by David Johns, of Parklime Properties Ltd, will be determined at a later date by Swansea Council.

Mr Johns said the decking areas would, if built, enable the restaurant to expand its full-time workforce from 26 to 38, on top of the existing 14 part-time employees.

The plans do not indicate any increase in the 120 parking spaces currently there.

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The Mumbles Tamar Lifeboat has had its trial run from the newly built station at the end of Mumbles Pier.

This is the fourth new Tamar boat to be stationed in Wales. The Tamar features the latest in technology to enhance its lifesaving capabilities and is two metres longer that the Tyne class it replaces and has a speed of 25 knots against 17 of the Tyne class. Many other features have also been improved.

The RNLI charity is receiving great support towards its fundraising appeal to help equip the new boathouse. More help is needed to to reach its £136,000 target.

It was announced in the Evening Post, by Reporter Richard Youle that the Swansea Council tax will increase, during 2014/15 by 5%.

This will raise £4million  by increasing Band D householders paying £1,079.98 (excluding the South Wales Police precept), up £51.42 from the current year. (see the full report in the Evening Post 5th Feb. 2014).