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McDonald’s restaurant in Newbridge has been give permission to open 24 hours a day. Councillors approved proposals at a planning meeting on April 9 and the 24 hour opening of the restaurant on Bridge Street will be trialled for a year. Some residents objected to the extended opening claiming it would increase antisocial behaviour in the area, but councillors felt the year’s trial will discover whether the concerns are justified. Claims it would increase noise and light pollution were also dismissed.
The Caerphilly branch of McDonald’s has also recently announced the creation of 20 extra jobs after an expansion to its car park.
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RESIDENTS in the Crumlin area are being invited to attend a public meeting to discuss proposed improvement works on a signalised junction.
A Caerphilly council proposal, with the help of Welsh Government funding, wants to improve the A467/A472 junction in Crumlin in an attempt to reduce existing congestion problems in the area.
The information event, which will be held on Wednesday, April 30, between 2.30pm and 6.30pm at the Crumlin Institute, will offer residents, businesses and other interested groups an opportunity to find out more and view drawings of the proposals.
Officers from Caerphilly council and their partner in the scheme design, Parsons Brinckerhoff, will be on hand to answer questions and explain the scheme.
Subject to securing all the required funding, the council would begin construction this summer.
For information, or if residents wishing to attend have any specific requirements, call 01443 866 511 or email email@example.com
Following on from the news that The Black, (Masons Arms) is closing after 104 years, the owners of the Goldmine bar in Newbridge has now applied to change the building into four dwellings, moving away from the pub trade. Mr Basford who resides in Scotland submitted the application on the 7th April and in principal it has been accepted and is now pending full permission from Caerphilly council planning department. See all the documents and drawings here;
The Goldmine is steeped in history and fond memories, The Goldmine was also know as the Trecelyn, but most locals will always remember and associate the pub as the Beaufort, when it was a bustling and successful local drinking establishment filled with drinkers nearly seven days of the week.
A nation gripped by economic woes once mayhave turned to beer to take the edge off its troubles. But the number of pub closures has increased by almost 50 per cent, research shows. Twenty-six are shutting a week, compared with 18 a week only a few months ago, according to the Campaign for Real Ale. Landlords argue that pubs’ demise has been fuelled by supermarkets, which cut the price of alcohol so much it was cheaper than bottled water. But industry figures show that the amount of beer and lager bought from off-licences and supermarkets has also fallen to a ten-year low. Purchases of beer and lager from retail stores in the 12 months to the end of March slumped to 13.02 million barrels, down from 13.77 million in the year before, according to the British Beer & Pub Association. This equates to a reduction of some 213.4 million pints being consumed over the 12 months.
Under the conservative government, the working class peoples disposable income has fallen to such low levels with pay freezes, low pay and nearly four years of high inflation, this has had a dramatic affect on the money in peoples pockets, luxury items and holidays are the first thing that suffer when money is tight and when people do go out they want to get the most for their money and so go to places where the quality and range of drinks along with good entertainment are of the highest standard to get the biggest bang for their buck.
Places like the Goldmine pub and the Black on North Road are casualties of changing times and it seems locals are homing in on just three pubs in the town, The Otter for the restaurant and family welcome, the Newbridge Hotel for the younger entertainment, great bands and reasonably priced drinks and the Newbridge Labour club, that seems to have taken over as the establishment of choice for the working class, retired, the younger drinkers wanting full high quality sports coverage and a game of pool or darts and the warm and reassuring welcome for all where you will get good entertainment for all age groups at an affordable price.
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It wasn’t just miners who fought to oppose the closure of their pits. Robin Turner speak to women who took part in the miners’ strike
Dot Phillips, now 81, set up the first soup kitchen for miners in Wales at the Celynen Collieries’ Miners’ Institute in Newbridge
During the 1984 miners’ strike, women protested alongside their husbands, fathers and brothers to oppose the closure of 28 Welsh pits and within days they were organising food parcels, marching in rallies and joining pickets.
Many changed forever, leaving behind their traditional roles and becoming politicised by the bitter clash between the working classes and the Conservative government of Margaret Thatcher who branded the miners and their supporters “the enemy within”.
A 38-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drink driving.
A man in his 40s is fighting for his life in hospital after falling from a moving car.
Emergency services were called at 5.05pm on Wednesday to reports of a road traffic collision on Bryngwyn Road, Newbridge.
Gwent Police said they arrived at the scene to find the man with life threatening injuries. He was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital where he remains in a critical but stable condition.
The car he was travelling in did stop at the scene.
A 38-year-old woman, from the Newbridge area, has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and drink driving. She remains in custody assisting officers with their enquiries.
The road remained closed for most of the evening, but has since reopened.
Gwent Police is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and are appealing for any witnesses to contact Gwent Police by ringing 101 quoting log 359 09/04/14.
John Williams former landlord of the Masons Arms, Newbridge (4879939)
A 104-YEAR-OLD Newbridge pub, known as ‘The Black’ because of its history with miners, has closed down.
The Masons Arms, on North Road often saw miners from the Celynen North and South collieries use the pub after a day’s work down the pit between 1930 and 1985. The pub first opened in 1910 but had to close last month.
John Williams, 60, landlord from 2004 to 2008, said: “It was called the Black because miners used to go straight to the pub before going to have a bath. Showers at the pits weren’t introduced until later.
“Not many pubs would let that happen but back then there weren’t carpets in pubs.
The pub’s upstairs was turned into four flats during the 1980′s and now there is planning permission to turn the pub into living quarters.
“I remember going there when I was 18-years-old and there was an open fire at the pub, it was popular with miners until the pits closed in 1985. It’s sad that a pub with such history had to close.”
Jason Wallace, 45, current pub landlord, said:
“The pub will be living quarters for myself. I’ve been in the trade since I was 18-years-old, it’s been nearly 25 years working at the Masons, back and forth there a few times.
We get lots of characters here with our regulars, it’s quite sad about the decline in British pubs mainly down to the smoking ban and cheap alcohol at supermarkets. It was the biggest decision me and my wife had to make but we couldn’t keep throwing money away.
Source: South Wales Argus
UPDATE: POLICE are appealing for information after an attacker broke a woman’s finger and cut her in Newbridge
A 36 year old man has now been charged with attempted assault following this incident that involved a 27 year old woman on Yewtree Road in Newbridge last week, Wednesday 2nd April. He appeared at Newport Crown Court on Monday 7th April and was remanded to appear at a future date.
The assault happened at around 3pm yesterday on Yewtree Road, off North Road in Newbridge.
The 27-year-old victim, who is from the area, sustained a small cut to her neck and a broken finger and went to the Royal Gwent Hospital for treatment. The offender is white, in his early twenties, between five feet five and five feet six inches tall, thick set with black short cropped hair and of clean appearance.
He was wearing a bright white jacket, jeans, trainers, and had a Liverpool scarf hanging down from his waist down the back of his legs.
He approached the woman, assaulted her, then bent down to pick up whatever caused the injury to her neck and walked off.
Anyone with information is asked to call Gwent Police on 101 quoting log number 257 2/4/14.