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Estate agents in Monmouthshire say they're seeing a big increase
in the number of people from England buying property in the area.
They say it's partly because of the promise to cut
the Severn Bridge tolls which have risen today by 10 pence - to ?6.70.
The UK government says it will halve the fees in 20-18 when the bridges
To commemorate the first crossing of the Severn Bridge, I have great
They've opular since the first bridge was opened
Less popular - the charge to use either of the two Severn
crossings when travelling from England into Wales.
Especially if you live or work near the border,
And my partner does so we are paying sort of ?13 a day to get to and from
I train over in Portishead two nights a week.
It becomes a struggle to get back and forth
So as house prices in places like Bristol rise sharply, the UK
Government says it's going the half the tolls for the bridges in 2018
when they come back into public ownership.
Estate agents say that combination is resulting
in more sales in Chepstow, Caldicot and here in Magor,
About 70 to 80% of all buyers recently have
And of course with the bridge coming down in
price, people are assuming that they are going to be able
to work over the bridge and save a lot of money.
says people moving into the area could be great for business.
But it also says there's also a challenge.
Cheaper tolls might make it more likely that people to go
Causeway shopping centre across the water too.
The traders should wake up a little bit and think about working together
more to do something in the town, to make sure that we are attractive,
more attractive than we are at the moment, because the cribs Cosway is
going to expand, there will be a temptation of people to go out of
the town and go there. The Welsh government says it wants
control over the bridge tolls. The UK government has no plans
to hand it over but will confirm more details about lowing
their cost in due course. A man has been arrested in Llanberis
following the suspicious death North Wales Police say they're not
looking for anyone else in connection with the incident -
which happened at around They are currently
awaiting the results A teenager is in a critical
condition in hospital following an incident
in Newport last night. Police were called to Edward
the Seventh Avenue just after ten o'clock, where they found
a 19-year-old man Two people are in custody
in connection with the incident - and detectives are appealing
for witnesses. A wetland centre in Carmarthenshire
has re-opened, nine days after closing, following a case
of an infectious strain of bird flu. The UK's first H5-N8 strain
in a wild bird was found in a wild duck on the Burry Estuary,
near the Llanelli Wetland Centre. It closed "as a precautionary
measure", but now says all the birds "look fine" and would
be watched closely. the Scarlets completed
the season's Pro12 double over the Cardiff Blues,
in a compelling match in Llanelli. A try by Willis Halaholo wasn't
enough to turn things The final score 15-10
to the Scarlets. At Rodney Parade, the Ospreys
continued their winning streak, beating the Newport
Gwent Dragons by 7-0. Justin Tipuric opened
the scoring in the first half, In football - as Swansea City look
set to appoint the club's third manager this season -
the Supporters' Trust say they're happy with
the choice of Paul Clement. It's believed the former Derby boss
and current Bayern Munich assistant-manager has been in talks
with the Premiership club The American, Bob Bradley,
was sacked on Tuesday. It's understood an official
announcement may come As a 21% shareholder we have been
kept fully involved in the selection process. Paul has a very good
pedigree, albeit inexperience as a manager. But his pedigree is
something that we welcome. We think he will be well-placed to keep us in
this league. But if that fails, we think he is the man to mount a
promotion challenge that is needed next season.
Meanwhile in the National Leage Wrexham were in
action this afternoon - but Southport avenged their Boxing
Day defeat at the Racecourse - beating Wrexham by three
Thousands of people in Wales got 2017 off to a chilly start
with a New Year's Day swim in the sea.
Nearly 2,000 swimmers braved the waves at this charitable event
Other events were held around the Welsh coast with up
to 500 swimmers at events in Barry and Abersoch.
But organisers cancelled a dip at Morfa Nefyn
in Gwynedd due to high winds - that's now been
It should be a bit warmer by then - so let's take a look
at the New Year weather forecast - skies will clear overnight and it'll
A much colder night ahead than recently,
A clear and cold start tomorrow morning, then largely dry
with plenty of sunshine and lighter winds.
Top temperature for the Bank Holiday, six Celsius.
That's all from us for the moment - we'll be back with another
Good evening. Well, to Bake Off 2017, the weather has been fairly
mixed, wet and cloudy in the South, colder but