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Alpine Village attractions open on Museum Park in Swansea city centre

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City residents are getting the chance to enjoy a safe and festive visit to Christmas attractions at Museum Park in Swansea’s city centre.

Sayers Events is the council’s delivery partner for the annual Christmas attraction, Waterfront Winterland, on Museum Park.

However, this was cancelled this year and Sayers has put on a number of different attractions instead. This includes a Giant Wheel and a Family Fun area to complement an Alpine Food Court that opened on Monday.

The attractions include a number of special measures to ensure visitors can have a safe and enjoyable time, in line with Welsh Government regulations and guidance.

For example, people attending the attractions will need to bring identification with them in the same way that they would need to do for other hospitality businesses such as pubs and restaurants. Anyone aged under 16 will also need to be accompanied by an adult.

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration and Tourism, said: “The Covid restrictions and the need to socially distance mean we have had to plan things very differently this year to ensure people’s safety.

“As well as the Christmas lights and the Christmas attractions on Museum Park, there is also a Christmas Market in the city centre. We’ve lit up the city centre which will include some additional features on the Kingsway and the McDonald’s building on the edge of Castle Square.

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“We also have two Christmas trees, one in Castle Square and one at the top of Kingsway near the Dragon Hotel. The surrounds of the Christmas trees have been designed by a street/ graffiti artist this year to add some extra colour and vibrancy.”

He added: “But it’s crucial that people visiting the city centre to do some Christmas shopping, take in the lights or make a trip to any of the Christmas attractions do so safely.

“We can all do our bit by following the rules, keeping two metres from one another, wearing masks where required and frequently washing or sanitising hands.”

All the arrangements for the festive countdown are being put in place in compliance with current Covid-19 regulations. Should there be any further changes, then operating arrangements will also be amended accordingly.

Visitors to the Christmas attractions at Museum Park should plan ahead and be prepared to queue to get into attractions at peak times. Each attraction has its own entrance to help manage numbers and keep people safe.

Visitors to the Alpine Food Court will be served at their tables and will be asked to order their food by App. The Family Fun area includes a reindeer ride for young children and a small number of socially-distanced fairground stalls.

The reindeer ride and the Giant Wheel will operate in compliance with Welsh Government regulations including social distancing and cleaning regimes.

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To check out a full list of FAQs about visits to the Alpine Village and to keep up to date with what’s happening in Swansea this Christmas, go to enjoyswanseabay.com

(All images: Swansea Council)


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Cash and mobile taken in late night Carmarthen Road assault

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South Wales Police are appealing for information after an alleged assault between 1am and 2am on Carmarthen Road in Swansea on Tuesday 12 October.

A 60 year-old man was reportedly attacked while walking up Carmarthen Road near to the first bus stop after Dyfatty lights.

A woman is alleged to have approached the man, then assaulted him before making off with money and his mobile phone.

Police are appealing for anyone with dashcam footage, anyone who witnessed the incident or who may have more information to contact them online, by emailing SWP101@south-wales.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting reference 2100358315.

(Lead image: Google Maps)

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Health board using converted shipping containers as ‘local vaccination centres’

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Swansea Bay University Health Board say they are making it easier for older people to get their Covid-19 booster vaccinations with the use of converted shipping containers.

Three containers, known as Local Vaccination Centres (LVCs), have been located in communities across the Swansea Bay area for those who may find it difficult to get to a mass vaccination centre.

The containers build on the success and experience of the Immbulance, the health board’s mobile vaccination unit.

And they are able to free up the Immbulance to be deployed to cover new areas.

The units can be located in one place for several days and include staff facilities, which means they can stay there longer and don’t have to be driven away each night and be brought back the following morning.

Staff are providing Covid booster vaccinations for those with an appointment only and aim to deliver 60 jabs every day.

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People can then wait the usual 15-minutes after a vaccination either in their cars or in the container itself.

One of the units has been placed in Seven Sisters Rugby Club car park to serve those in the Dulais Valley and neighbouring communities.

Another of the LVCs has been placed near the Guildhall in Swansea, which has proven to be a popular location for the Immbulance.

James Ruggiero, Swansea Bay University Health Board’s Assistant Head of Operational Planning for the vaccination programme, said: “This project is part of our ongoing effort to increase access to vaccinations across the Swansea Bay area. 

“These units are helping us in our aim to get as many people vaccinated as possible, particularly those who may have difficulty in travelling to our mass vaccination centres.”

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Lead image: Matthew Armstrong, immuniser; Andrea Howells, clinical supervisor; Ian Worthing, immuniser (Image: Swansea Bay NHS)

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MP pledges support for local pubs in Gower

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Tonia Antoniazzi MP has pledged her support for the Long Live the Local campaign to help pubs and breweries in Gower recover and thrive.

Tonia joins over 125,000 people who have signed the petition so far, including 137 in Gower alone.

Ms Antoniazzi is calling on the Government to lower VAT for pubs and for an overall reduction in Beer Duty.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on brewers and pubs throughout the UK and continues to do so as the sector tries to kickstart its recovery.

The campaign argues that the sector needs an immediate boost and the fact that a local pub adds £100,000 to its local economy, creates jobs and acts as a social hub, underlines how directly investment in the form of lower VAT and an overall cut to beer duty can help pubs and their communities to recover. It will also boost Britain’s world class brewing sector, a homegrown manufacturing success story that brews over 80% of the beer we drink.

Brewing and pubs in Gower supports 1344 jobs and contributes £29m to the local economy. With £1 in every £3 pounds spent in UK pubs going to the taxman, British drinkers and pub goers are overtaxed and this is hampering the recovery of our cherished locals and Britain`s brewers.

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Commenting on the campaign, Tonia Antoniazzi MP said: “Pubs are at the heart of communities across Gower, but with pubs bearing a disproportionate burden as a result of the pandemic the Government should consider cutting unfair taxes on pubs that are hampering their recovery. I’m supporting the Long Live the Local campaign and calling on the Chancellor to lower VAT for pubs and reduce Beer Duty overall at this year’s Budget to support the recovery of pubs.”

Emma McClarkin, Chief Executive of the British Beer and Pub Association said: “85% of pubs are based in community and rural areas, bringing jobs to the parts of the UK that need them most. They employ over 600,000 people, of which 43% are under 25. Cutting VAT and an overall reduction in Beer Duty would go a long way to helping pubs and brewers across Gower that are desperately trying to recover.

“We are very grateful to Tonia Antoniazzi for her support for the Long Live the Local campaign, and hope that the Government listens to MPs across Parliament and the thousands of people across the country who are calling on the Chancellor to lower VAT & Business Rates for pubs and reduce Beer Duty overall.”

Lead image: Emma McClarkin with Tonia Antoniazzi. 

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