Knighton Leisure Centre given 12 month reprieve

Knighton Leisure Centre looks set to be kept open for at least another 12 months. Powys County Council have consulted on closing it, but now say they have found funding for next year's budget.

It follows a strong public campaign, and a public meeting in early November in which the Council said: "The settlement from the Welsh Government was better than we thought so hopefully now we can come up with a positive proposal regarding Knighton Leisure Centre".

Through a funding floor, Kirsty Williams prioritised the funding of rural councils in negotiations with the Welsh Government.

 

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Kirsty launches Healthy Home Service in Bronllys

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Kirsty Williams AM launched the new Healthy Home Service in Bronllys, aimed at preventing falls, trips and slips in the home for older people across Powys. It also looks at other areas within the home with the aim of enabling older people to remain living safely and with independence. It aims to reduce hospital admissions and enable the safer discharge of patients.

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Further redevelopment of Llandrindod Hospital announced

Following the Welsh Liberal Democrat budget deal, the Welsh Government has announced funding for the further redevelopment of Llandrindod Wells War Memorial Hospital.

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Kirsty criticises Conservatives over proposed closure of Brecon barracks

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The Conservative Westminster Government has announced its plans to close Brecon barracks.

Sennybridge Storage Compound is also planned for closure.

 

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Crickhowell Corn Exchange under new ownership

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The Corn Exchange in Crickhowell is officially under new ownership. The former pub was purchased by Corn Exchange Crickhowell Ltd, preventing a national chain convenience store being built, and in doing so keeping Crickhowell's high street independent.

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Funding floor protects rural Councils

Rural Councils have benefitted from the funding floor negotiated by Kirsty Williams in the Welsh Government budget.

 

The funding floor, designed to reduce variation in funding for councils, was part of the agreement which saw Kirsty Williams become Cabinet Secretary for Education. It ensured Powys County Council's planned 1.3% cut was limited to 0.5%.

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Kirsty encourages winter flu vaccination as Welsh Government gives sector a boost

Kirsty Williams visited Well pharmacy in Brecon this week to promote the work done by community pharmacies in Brecon & Radnorshire and across Wales.

As part of her visit Kirsty received her winter flu vaccination, and is encouraging people to get theirs.

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Investment in Brecon and Gwernyfed High Schools

The Welsh Government has approved Powys County Council's business case for the redevelopment of Brecon High School and to invest £6million in Gwerynfed High School.

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Kirsty visits Llandrindod nursery with Minister

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Kirsty visited First Steps nursery in Llandrindod Wells, along with the Minister for Lifelong Learning and the Welsh Language.

The visit offered an opportunity for First Steps nursery to meet the Minister and have some questions answered.

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Rhayader cashpoint installed

After months of delay, the cashpoint in Rhayader has finally been installed.

This news comes after the closure of HSBC left the town without an out of hours cashpoint. In the early months of this year agreement was secured to install the cashpoint, but setbacks, including the original proposed location having to be changed, have caused lengthy delays.

County Councillor Kelvyn Curry (pictured) and the Rhayader Town Council have also been very involved in securing this important service.

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