01/01/2017 BBC Wales Today


01/01/2017

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Estate agents in Monmouthshire say they're seeing a big increase

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in the number of people from England buying property in the area.

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They say it's partly because of the promise to cut

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the Severn Bridge tolls which have risen today by 10 pence - to ?6.70.

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The UK government says it will halve the fees in 20-18 when the bridges

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To commemorate the first crossing of the Severn Bridge, I have great

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They've opular since the first bridge was opened

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Less popular - the charge to use either of the two Severn

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crossings when travelling from England into Wales.

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Especially if you live or work near the border,

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And my partner does so we are paying sort of ?13 a day to get to and from

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I train over in Portishead two nights a week.

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It becomes a struggle to get back and forth

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So as house prices in places like Bristol rise sharply, the UK

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Government says it's going the half the tolls for the bridges in 2018

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when they come back into public ownership.

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Estate agents say that combination is resulting

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in more sales in Chepstow, Caldicot and here in Magor,

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About 70 to 80% of all buyers recently have

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And of course with the bridge coming down in

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price, people are assuming that they are going to be able

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to work over the bridge and save a lot of money.

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says people moving into the area could be great for business.

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But it also says there's also a challenge.

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Cheaper tolls might make it more likely that people to go

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Causeway shopping centre across the water too.

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The traders should wake up a little bit and think about working together

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more to do something in the town, to make sure that we are attractive,

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more attractive than we are at the moment, because the cribs Cosway is

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going to expand, there will be a temptation of people to go out of

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the town and go there. The Welsh government says it wants

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control over the bridge tolls. The UK government has no plans

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to hand it over but will confirm more details about lowing

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their cost in due course. A man has been arrested in Llanberis

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following the suspicious death North Wales Police say they're not

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looking for anyone else in connection with the incident -

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which happened at around They are currently

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awaiting the results A teenager is in a critical

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condition in hospital following an incident

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in Newport last night. Police were called to Edward

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the Seventh Avenue just after ten o'clock, where they found

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a 19-year-old man Two people are in custody

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in connection with the incident - and detectives are appealing

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for witnesses. A wetland centre in Carmarthenshire

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has re-opened, nine days after closing, following a case

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of an infectious strain of bird flu. The UK's first H5-N8 strain

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in a wild bird was found in a wild duck on the Burry Estuary,

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near the Llanelli Wetland Centre. It closed "as a precautionary

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measure", but now says all the birds "look fine" and would

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be watched closely. the Scarlets completed

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the season's Pro12 double over the Cardiff Blues,

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in a compelling match in Llanelli. A try by Willis Halaholo wasn't

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enough to turn things The final score 15-10

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to the Scarlets. At Rodney Parade, the Ospreys

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continued their winning streak, beating the Newport

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Gwent Dragons by 7-0. Justin Tipuric opened

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the scoring in the first half, In football - as Swansea City look

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set to appoint the club's third manager this season -

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the Supporters' Trust say they're happy with

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the choice of Paul Clement. It's believed the former Derby boss

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and current Bayern Munich assistant-manager has been in talks

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with the Premiership club The American, Bob Bradley,

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was sacked on Tuesday. It's understood an official

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announcement may come As a 21% shareholder we have been

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kept fully involved in the selection process. Paul has a very good

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pedigree, albeit inexperience as a manager. But his pedigree is

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something that we welcome. We think he will be well-placed to keep us in

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this league. But if that fails, we think he is the man to mount a

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promotion challenge that is needed next season.

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Meanwhile in the National Leage Wrexham were in

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action this afternoon - but Southport avenged their Boxing

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Day defeat at the Racecourse - beating Wrexham by three

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Thousands of people in Wales got 2017 off to a chilly start

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with a New Year's Day swim in the sea.

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Nearly 2,000 swimmers braved the waves at this charitable event

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Other events were held around the Welsh coast with up

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to 500 swimmers at events in Barry and Abersoch.

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But organisers cancelled a dip at Morfa Nefyn

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in Gwynedd due to high winds - that's now been

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It should be a bit warmer by then - so let's take a look

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at the New Year weather forecast - skies will clear overnight and it'll

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A much colder night ahead than recently,

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A clear and cold start tomorrow morning, then largely dry

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with plenty of sunshine and lighter winds.

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Top temperature for the Bank Holiday, six Celsius.

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That's all from us for the moment - we'll be back with another

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Good evening. Well, to Bake Off 2017, the weather has been fairly

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mixed, wet and cloudy in the South, colder but

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