IT HAS been found that Carmarthen has one of the most expensive cinema rates in Wales, and in some instances it costs twice as much to see the same film in the town as it is in Cardiff or Swansea.
Vue, Carmarthen’s only cinema operator, has different prices depending on where you are in Wales.
In Carmarthen, a standard ticket booked online for a 7.45pm showing would cost you £11.74. Yet in Cardiff, the same standard ticket for a showing of the same film at the same time would set you back only £4.75, and a ticket to the same film showing in Swansea at 8pm on a Saturday night would cost just £5.74.
If two adults and two children saw Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again at 8.20pm on a Saturday night in Cardiff, it would cost a total of £19. In Swansea, the same family would have had to pay £22.96, but in Carmarthen, the exact same family would have been charged £42.56.
But now people are taking a stand against the issue, and a Facebook group, called ‘Reasonable Prices at Vue Cinema Carmarthen’, has gained over a thousand likes since being created a few days ago.
A petition for change has also been launched, directed at Shona Gold, Director of Marketing at Vue Cinemas, and already has been signed by over 700 people.
The petition reads: “This petition was not created as a platform to attack Vue Cinemas in any way whatsoever. It was created in order that residents in Carmarthen and the surrounding area can voice their opinions and concerns about the differing prices at the Vue cinema in Carmarthen compared to prices at their cinemas in Swansea and Cardiff.
“Vue cinemas blame the price difference on their ‘dynamic’ pricing structure, based on particular films, times and locations. When the prices are compared at Vue cinemas in Cardiff, Swansea and Carmarthen, the prices at our local cinema are horrendously expensive, and in the majority of cases more than twice the price of an equivalent visit to the cinemas in Swansea and Cardiff. We need comparable reasonable prices to ensure that everyone can enjoy our local cinema in Carmarthen! If you care – please sign and share!”
Vue have explained they operate a dynamic pricing policy, and each branch has a range of individual fixed and variable costs that must be taken into account when prices are determined locally.
The chain does offer special deals such as ‘Super Mondays’, where online codes allow access to cheaper tickets, and ‘Mini Mornings’ which offers reduced ticket prices for certain screenings before 12pm.
The petition can be found at: https://www.change.org/p/vue-cinemas-reasonable-prices-at-vue-cinema-carmarthen
Recovery efforts underway in aftermath of floods
A HUGE clean-up operation is underway to deal with the aftermath of the worst flooding Carmarthenshire has seen in decades.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s operational team has now switched its efforts from emergency response to recovery and supporting affected communities and businesses.
Additional resources have been put in place to collect ruined carpets, furniture and other waste, with cages and skips being dispatched to worst hit areas. People are advised to check with their insurers before disposing of any items.
Dehumidifers have been provided to as many homes as possible.
A hardship fund has been established for residents most in need of financial support, and housing officers will be visiting homes and helping people to complete and submit insurance claims.
Business support officers are also making contact with retailers and businesses to support them, and rate relief is also being sought from Welsh Government.
Highways, cleansing and refuse crews continue to sweep and clean debris left by the receding floods, and inspections will take place on all affected road surfaces, verges and bridges.
Specialist teams are being drafted in to support crews, including divers to inspect underwater structures and areas that have experienced land slide.
The council continues to urge people to take extra care and to allow extra time for their journeys as a number of diversions will remain in place.
Carmarthenshire County Council Chief Executive Mark James said: “Our staff have been working hard to respond in extremely difficult conditions. Now that the flood waters have subsided we have shifted our focus from response to recovery and we are doing all we can to support everyone affected.
“A full assessment of the damage is underway, and, as well as working with partner agencies, we are also speaking with Welsh Government to ensure appropriate resources are in place.”
· Follow updates on the council’s Newsroom, Facebook and Twitter
· Anyone in need of assistance should call 01267 234567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
· Apply for support for flooding recovery: https://myaccount.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/en/service/Support_for_flooding_recovery
Llandysul: Fire service cordoned off gas cylinders
ON SUNDAY (Oct 14) at 11:45am, firefighters from Llandysul were called to a flood-related incident in Station Road, near the Tyweli River.
On attendance to the incident, firefighters were confronted with a strong smell of gas, where approximately 60 gas cylinders had entered the river and accumulated in a culvert. Western Power were also in attendance to make safe a live electrical wire, from a three-phase electrical pumping station.
The Fire Service evacuated 12 properties from either side of the river and cordoned off Station Road for public safety.
Firefighters retrieved approximately 40 cylinders from the river and monitored the incident until the level of the flood water dropped.
The Police Service were also in attendance.
The cordons have now been lifted and business owners and residents have returned to their properties.
The Fire Service received the stop message at 09:02am this morning (Oct 15).
Police say ‘stop protecting’ murder suspect Steve Baxter
JUST over two weeks ago Simon Clark, aged 54, was found dead at Grove Caravan Park in Pendine, Carmarthenshire.
Dyfed-Powys Police is continuing its manhunt for Steve Baxter, who is wanted on suspicion of Simon’s murder.
Baxter also known as Steve Tidy, Steve Rowley, Wayne Tidy or William Tidy, is aged 52, 5’5” (1.65cm) tall and has tattoos on his forearms – the name Chez and entwined circles on his left arm and a serpent on his right arm.
He has connections in the West Wales, South Wales, South West and North England areas of the UK.
Officers and staff are working round the clock to follow all possible lines of enquiry.
The independent charity Crimestoppers is also offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to the arrest of Steve Baxter and he has been added to the Most Wanted section of their website. Information would be taken by the charity anonymously.
Detective Superintendent Huw Davies said: “It’s over two weeks since Simon Clark was murdered at Grove Caravan Park, Pendine.
“The manhunt for Steve Baxter is ongoing and I must stress to the public that officers and staff are working round the clock to investigate all possible lines of enquiry that could lead us to him.
“I urge anyone with information of Baxter’s whereabouts to come forward. If you do not want to speak to police directly, you can speak to the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously, which is also offering a reward of up to £5,000 for information leading to his arrest.
“Someone knows where he is or has been in the last two weeks. Please stop protecting him. Simon Clark’s family deserve to see all those involved in his death brought to justice.”
Four people have been charged in connection with the murder: Jeffrey Stephen Ward, aged 40, from Pendine, has been charged with murder; Linda Mary Rowley, aged 52, from Pendine, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder); Kirston Macklin, aged 52, from Newport, Gwent, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder) and Julie Louise Harris, aged 46, from Tonypandy, has been charged with assisting an offender (murder).
If you see Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 999. Do not approach him.
If you have any information on the whereabouts of Steve Baxter call Dyfed-Powys Police on 101 immediately.
To pass on information anonymously, contact Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through the non-traceable anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.
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