Planners give green light to high tech homes that will provide £60m boost to local economy

The go-ahead has been given for 107 new homes in the Conwy Valley which are “ideal for homeworkers” and will provide a £60 million boost to the local economy. Conwy County Borough Council’s planning committee gave their blessing to the Maes-y-Felin scheme on the outskirts of Glan Conwy. According to Calon Homes, it will also […]

Seat Leon road test by Steve Rogers

Here’s a question which often comes my way. Would you buy a Seat Leon over a Volkswagen Golf? By now everyone interested in cars knows Seat is part of the VW-Audi empire and that Leon is a Golf in Spanish disguise because while it is designed and built in Barcelona all the mechanical bits come […]

Vauxhall Corsa-e road test by Steve Rogers

Who is ready to take the plunge and drive electric? You would be joining a growing band – sales have almost doubled every year since 2018 and could reach 70,000 this year. But for the pandemic crippling car sales that figure would have been even higher. The surge in sales, particularly this year, is being […]

Kia Sportage road test by Steve Rogers

For months I have been praising the economy of small petrol engines. Well, I hit a brick wall with the Kia Sportage. Kia has been developing new engines to meet the latest emission demands and, like many other manufacturers, has built a small engine with a lot of power but in this case not much […]

Mazda2 road test by Steve Rogers

A friend admiring the Maz2 asked the usual question: Did I like it? I hesitated and then said it was an okay car but I would sooner have a Volkswagen Polo which pleased her because she drives a VW Up. I could also have said Citroen C3, Ford Fiesta or Peugeot 208. Which is why […]

Audi Q8 road test by Steve Rogers

Audi had one thing in mind for the Q8: Make it the best premium SUV money can buy. And the flagship of the Q family makes quite a statement with design lines a little more adventurous than we are used to. Compared to not so pretty Q7 the Q8, with its restyled in your face […]

Skoda Superb road test by Steve Rogers

Bentley one week, Skoda the next. Such is the varied life of your car tester. Turn the clock back 25 years and you could fairly say this was the sublime to the ridiculous but while the brands are poles apart times have changed for the underdog. Volkswagen buying the Czech company opened up a whole […]

Bentley Continental GTC V8 road test by Steve Rogers

The week of Storm Francis wasn’t the best time to be spending a few days in the Continental convertible but it certainly proved the insulation qualities of the multi layered fabric roof. As I drove away from Bentley’s headquarters at Crewe the rain was pounding down but the sound deadening was so effective I forgot […]

Pioneering online classes provide educational lifeline for key workers’ kids

A pioneering online learning programme, created by academics as part of research into the impact of Covid-19 on schooling, has provided an educational lifeline for a family of keyworkers in Flintshire. Top researchers from Bangor University have recruited families from across England and Wales for the study, which considers how best to teach children remotely […]