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Parking Issues in Wales.

  • The Welsh Government is to give local authorities the power to fine people parking on pavements. There was an article in the Barry & District News 15th October edition. I attach a report outlining this by The Welsh Pavement Parking Taskforce.
  • Permit plans for parking hotspots – A consultation finishes on 1st November . The Council is proposing the introduction of a new resident parking scheme in parts of Barry Island, Ogmore-by-the-sea, The Knap, Cosmeston, Cowbridge and Llandough.Under these schemes parking permits would be issued free of charge to residents of the streets affected and then anyone parking their car in these areas without one is facing enforcement action. 
  • Vale’s parking payment provider has changed at five key sites The Council is encouraging drivers to download a PayByPhone app so they can take advantage of  the brand new service. Go to http://www.paybyphone.co.uk  
  • Dramatic increase in hate crime. The article discusses a dramatic increase in disability hate crime according to reports from the Police Services. since 2018/2019 reported incidents had risen by 84.2 per cent!
  • Car Crime  Barry Neighbourhood Policing Team advises residents and local business users to be security conscious due to a recent spate of car crime in the town and some residential areas. Items such as sat navs., mobile phones, coins, sunglasses and tools have been stolen since 1 October.  The team advise people to keep vehicles locked and remove any valuables/shopping etc from sight.
  • COVID text scam – The Vale Council warns of bogus communications purporting to be from Public Health Wales (PHW) Test, Trace & Protect service.  These scams are designed to trick recipients into revealing personal information which can be used to obtain money. A text message (from a number 07775106684) asks “Do you have coronavirus symptoms? press 1 for yes and 0 for no.” This is thought to be a phishing attempt to get sensitive data. A contact tracer will NEVER ask you to make any sort of payment, dial a premium rate number, provide your bank account details, give passwords or PINs, or download any software.  … It is vital people are alert to scams and make others aware that these fraudulent text messages are circulating.
  • Service for self-isolating customers –  Morrisons has launched a service aimed at ensuring customers who are self-isolating can get a (next day) delivery of food to their doorstep.  If self isolating you may ring 0345 611 6111 and select Option five. A telesales operator will guide you across items the supermarket stocks.  Place your order and it will be delivered next day between 10am-6pm. Pay for delivery on doorstep via a mobile chip & pin device. Costs £4.50p, (students £2) and no charge for elderly and vulnerable people.

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