Who remembers the Caerleon By-Pass? By Cllr Joan Watkins

Who remembers the Caerleon By-Pass? When a major housing development is proposed within a small close-nit community, one must consider accompanying infrastructure improvements to support the impact of the extra housing and an increase in population. This was the case in 1990 when a proposal for 600 houses, a marina and promenade was on the table. To go along side such a large scale development it was proposed that a by-pass was to built to cut-out the already strained one-way system. Back in 1990, the Caerleon Riverside project was intended…

Tourism Tax for Wales?

Tourism Tax for Wales? The Welsh Government’s new tax governance powers are now active, with our friends in the Assembly eagerly eying up new ways to squeeze more tax out of us here in Wales.  Unlike in England, the Welsh Assembly is led by the Labour Party who have a majority number of Assembly Members.  One of the most startling new tax proposals on the table is to introduce a Welsh Tourism Tax.  Yes, you heard that correctly.  As you can imagine, this has gone down like a lead balloon…