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Campervan stopover sites are coming to Gwynedd in north Wales | Travel News | Travel

Six sites will be located within walking distance of towns across North Wales, which say the developments will boost their economies and attract more tourism. The small stopover sites, which are common in France, often include public car parks so families can sleep in their campervans overnight.

Gwynedd Council, which is led by Wales’ nationalist party Plaid Cymru, has received £240,000 in funding from Welsh Government to develop the project, North Wales Live reports.

Residents have largely backed the move, with some pointing out that the “aires” across France typically enhance tourism.

One local posted on Facebook: “Excellent, it’s about time. The aires in France are excellent and enhance tourism and spending. They are nothing to be worried about as every aire we went in was treated with respect. I really hope the trial works well.”

Another posted: “Fantastic idea, owning a campervan and living in Wales, I would much rather stay local and spend my hard-earned cash on small local businesses. North Wales needs tourism.”

It’s also argued the sites will help reduce illegal and inappropriate parking of campervans. 

One woman said on Facebook: “Providing parking and facilities for this type of visitor in pub car parks could be the key to keeping our struggling village/rural pubs in business, but most pub car parks can’t be adapted.

“It’s a longer season and the numbers are growing.”

Another user wrote: “Excellent, it works in France very well.”

And one man stated: “It’s going to stop the mass gathering of vans in areas with no toilets, who ignore the no overnight signs.”

Dafydd Williams, head of Environment for Gwynedd Council, said: “Gwynedd Council has undertaken significant research into motorhomes in the county and has listened to the views of communities, motorhome owners and campsite operators in order to understand illegal or inappropriate overnight stays within the county.

“Through the Brilliant Basics funded project we will pilot a network of up to six ‘Aros-fan’ sites across Gwynedd which will provide appropriate overnight provision for motorhomes and campervans with their own onboard facilities.”

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April storms impact air travel in North Dakota | News, Sports, Jobs

April snowstorms led to fewer airline passenger boardings for the month due to larger than normal airline cancellations rates, according to the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission.

Still, North Dakota’s eight commercial service airports posted 76,553 airline passenger boardings during April, a 23% increase from the 62,168 boardings the state experienced in April 2021. The number was about 17% below April 2019’s pre-pandemic passenger count of 92,063.

Of 190 scheduled departures from Minot International Airport in April, 36 were canceled, for an 18.9% cancellation rate, the highest rate in the state. The average statewide airline departure cancellation rate for the month was 9.6%. April has been historically in the 1-3% range for a statewide cancellation rate, the aeronautics commission reported.

“April was a challenging month for our airports and passengers particularly in central and western North Dakota, as they experienced an increased amount of delays and cancellations due to multiple major snowstorms.” said Kyle Wanner, executive director of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission. “Our airports did an incredible job in keeping up with snow removal operations to alleviate the impacts to the traveling public as best as possible. That being said, we look forward to improved weather conditions as we move into the summer months.”

Minot saw 10,149 passenger boardings in April, up 11.3% from a year ago but down 20.4% from 2019. Year-to-date boardings are up 37% in Minot and nearly 44% statewide from 2021.

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Drunk County Durham mum smashed into family car on A1(M) and killed pet dog

A drunk mother killed a pet dog after smashing into a family car on the A1(M) as she filmed herself on Snapchat driving at high-speed.

Katie Webster had been drinking booze when she decided to get behind the wheel on September 15, last year. The 32-year-old then travelled along the A1(M) at speeds of up to 107mph as she filmed herself on Snapchat, before smashing into a couple who were driving home from a day out at Northumberland with their child and pet dog.

The force of the crash caused the family’s car to flip and land on its roof, killing the family dog and fracturing the spine of the mother. When Webster was arrested, she tried to make off from the scene before being taken to hospital and then attacking a police officer.

Katie Webster (inset) appeared at Durham Crown Court (main image)


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North Las Vegas bicyclist killed in traffic collision

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)— A bicyclist in North Las Vegas was struck by an SUV on Sunday morning.

According to North Las Vegas Police, the bicyclist was transported to UMC, where they were pronounced deceased.

North Las Vegas Police investigate a collision between a vehicle and a bicycle.

The incident occurred around 8:22 a.m. at Dorrell and Bostick Weir Street.

Police say a black SUV collided with the bicyclist while traveling eastbound on Dorrell Street. The driver of the SUV remained at the scene, and it police believe speed played a factor in the incident.

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Traffic the day after plane crash north of Miami Beach FL


Plane crash tragedy at Haulover Inlet Bridge

One person died when a single-engine Cessna 172 lost power and crashed Saturday into Haulover Inlet Bridge, 10800 Collins Avenue, immediately north of Bal Harbour and about two miles south of Sunny Isles Beach.

Collins Avenue and Haulover Inlet Bridge reopened Saturday night, almost nine hours after one person was killed and five people were injured when a single-engine Cessna plane crashed into the bridge.

Sunny Isles Beach police announced the bridge was reopened at 10:41 and both directions of Collins were reopened at 10:56 p.m.

The aftermath of the crash that killed 36-year-old Narciso Torres shut down Collins Avenue from 96th Street, on the border of Bal Harbour and Surfside, to 163rd Street in Sunny Isles Beach. That snarled traffic back to Miami Beach and in all other directions.

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Dad forced to make regular 100-mile trips or be deported

A Newcastle father is living in fear his family will be ‘ripped apart’ as he struggles to meet the demands of a ‘cruel’ asylum system. Moses Chikwekwete Mbano came to the UK in 2002 fleeing political persecution in his home country of Zimbabwe.

Although he fears he would still be in serious danger there, he could now be sent home if he fails to make regular 100-mile round trips to Middlesbrough to report to immigration officers.

Asylum seeker Moses Chikwekwete Mbano has been ordered to report to a police station in Middlesbrough once a week, despite living in Newcastle (Image: Newcastle Chronicle)

Moses receives no government financial support and despite wanting to work is forbidden from doing so as an asylum seeker.

His partner Daisy Motlogwa, a British citizen and NHS nurse, works for a nursing agency to provide for herself, Moses and their three children.

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Tourism Australia connects with top North American advisors at A&K 100 Club – Breaking Travel News

Tourism Australia connects with top North American advisors at A&K 100 Club  Breaking Travel News

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Landscape gardener who fleeced customers freed to work in same trade

A landscape gardener who fleeced customers out of thousands of pounds is free to run another business in the same line of work after being spared prison.

John Dunn pocketed £24,000 for work which he didn’t do, leaving three people who paid his firm, MED Landscapes, out of pocket and angry.

John Dunn who fleeced customers out of thousands

When one later spotted him getting out of his Range Rover and confronted him, he was dismissive and just told him “It’s business, these things happen”.

As Dunn, 36, of Town Square, Wallsend, was sentenced for three counts of theft, a judge said he would give him the chance to prove his claim that he wants to “earn an honest living” by releasing him on a suspended prison sentence.

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