A PONTYBEREM resident, whose home has become almost uninhabitable due to pollution from the sewers, faces a Christmas with the issues at his home still unresolved.
In our November 22 edition, we reported on the plight of Mr Nigel Davies of 38 Heol Y Llethryd. Mr Davies told us that his home had become the cesspit for the estate as raw sewage poured through his garden and onto the road below, following what he claimed at the time was a collapsed sewer pipe.
Mr Davies was offered the princely sum of £500 for the inconvenience of having to put up with the stench of raw sewage and the presence of foul waste in his garden.
When The Herald in visited in November, it is fair to say that we found it difficult to stick around the house for very long and politely declined a cup of tea on offer.
The Herald saw documented evidence of the couple’s attempts to get something done, having written to Dwr Cymru and Carmarthenshire County Council. In one letter, Mr Davies wrote to the Network West Manager of Dwr Cymru and said that he was becoming increasingly concerned at the lack of response from Dwr Cymru and that pumping the excrement out every other day was not an acceptable resolution.
Mr Davies said that tankers were visiting the property every couple of days to take away the waste. A pipe had been placed down a manhole on his property and, despite this, we saw sewage water cascading through the walls surrounding his property and out onto the road.
The tankers are still visiting the property and taking away the waste but now a two metre hole has been bored right outside the back door of the Davies residence and a conveyor belt runs down the path and into a skip.
The path is sealed off and they have to use a neighbouring property’s path to access their front door.
A mini digger works at the rear of the property while a JCB works at the front.
Mr Davies said: “These boys are marvellous. I can’t fault them. They are doing the best they can. The problem is that through no fault of our own, we are going to have to put up with this crap and the smell until Christmas and beyond.
“I have also reported what I believe to be sewerage entering the surface water drains and entering the river. NRW have been made aware of this and I have asked them to come out and put some dye into the hole beside my home to see if it comes out where I believe it is coming out.”
Speaking about what he expected from Dwr Cymru, he said: “Our lives have been made hell through this. The smell in the house is awful – it is in every room. The garden is ruined and the walls are going to crack and fall this winter. You have seen the mud and you have seen the mess. We should have just moved out of the house.”
Llanelli Councillor Resigns from Plaid Cymru
SHOCK ANNOUNCEMENT JUST DAYS BEFORE THE GENERAL ELECTION
Jordan Randall, Llanelli Rural Councillor for Swiss Valley says he has resigned from Plaid Cymru because he is disappointed with the choice of Plaid candidate again for the forthcoming General Election.
The full statement, sent to The Llanelli Herald today: “This is not a decision that I’ve taken lightly but one which has been a long time coming.
“I’ve had the privilege of being a Llanelli Rural Councillor in recent years to try my very best in making a difference where I can. I now look forward to continuing this work as an Independent Councillor for Swiss Valley, which will always be my priority.
“I’ve been very disappointed with the choice of Plaid candidate again for the forthcoming General Election. If the party is to make any progress in the Town, then it needs a candidate who is local to the area and actually understands the everyday issues which face our communities. We do not need someone who is completely out of touch and unfortunately just sees Llanelli as a stepping stone to advance their own career.
“Ongoing personal vendettas now seem to be the most important thing for Plaid Cymru at a local level. I no longer recognise the party. The party already lost a number of lifelong members in recent years due to the negativity locally. Astonishingly, they have also taken the decision to no longer have an all year round office presence within the Town.
“Calls for national leadership have simply gone unanswered, with new leader Adam Price unwilling to intervene in any way to try to achieve a way forward.
“I am also not happy and have been for some time with Plaid’s position on Brexit as they are simply ignoring the wishes of the people of Llanelli as the Town overwhelmingly voted to leave in the referendum, a decision which whether people voted to Remain or Leave ought to be one which is respected.
“Party politics is broken but I remain committed to campaigning to improve our public services, helping to sort out any concerns and supporting ideas which will strengthen and grow our community.”
Plaid’s pro-EU Saturday push in Trimsaran
DUBBED Pro-EU Saturday, the 30th November in Trimsaran saw the local girl and MP candidate Mari Arthur, descend on her home village of Trimsaran, to draw attention to the £680million of European Union (EU) funds that Wales receives every single year.
The only Remain candidate in Llanelli, Mari Arthur was proudly joined by Plaid Cymru regional AM Helen Mary Jones, Wales MEP Jill Evans, County Councillor Kim Broom, and a whole host of supporters, to speak with as many people as possible in the community ahead of the General Election on 12th December.
Plaid Cymru candidate Mari Arthur said: “I was thrilled to be joined in Trimsaran by so many people to talk about why EU funds have been vital for the area. We are a net beneficiary, which means that, as a nation, we get £245milion more than we pay into the EU.
“Trimsaran Leisure Centre itself is a building that received £180k from EU funds and is now the beating heart of the community. It’s great to see how this is still having a positive impact on people living in the village and further afield.”
West Wales and the Valleys is a “less developed region”, which means it is one of the “poorest regions” in Europe, as its GDP is less than 75% of the EU average. This means that £680million of EU funds comes to Wales, in the form of:
Structural Funds which amounts to just over £4 billion in extra funds to Wales since 2000, including £180,000 towards the build of Trimsaran Leisure Centre Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) with £200million a year – almost a third of all EU funding in Wales – providing vital support to 16,0000 farms in Wales.
Other Funds that help support everything else, like the arts and biodiversity. Speaking from Trimsaran, Jill Evans MEP, said: “It’s wonderful to be here today in Trimsaran and to see the fantastic support on the doorstep for Plaid Cymru, and the only local candidate on the Llanelli ticket: Mari Arthur. It’s very heartening!
“Obviously, like elsewhere in Wales, there’s a real feeling of frustration on the doorstep in relation to Brexit – among those who voted to leave AND those who voted to remain three years ago. Plaid Cymru is proudly Remain, because we believe Brexit – particularly a No Deal Brexit – would be catastrophic for Wales.
“Ask yourselves this: will Westminster Government honour this level of funding, post-Brexit? It is almost certainly a No. Vote Plaid.”
Helen Mary Jones AM, also at Trimsaran Leisure Centre, said: “It was wonderful to be at Trimsaran and to have a glimpse into what the future could be like: with Kim Broom speaking up for the community at Plaid Cymru-led Carmarthenshire Council, myself at the Senedd in Cardiff Bay, Jill in Brussels and then Mari at Westminster. It would be wonderful to have a team in place that could deliver comprehensive support to the community.”
The Pro-EU day highlighted the positive impact that EU funding has had on the lives of people and communities across the Llanelli constituency.
Criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.
POLICE are investigating reports of thefts and criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.
Two reports have been made, with a number of items stolen from two caravans at Tanylan Caravan Park.
The first incident took place between September 23 and October 12.
A number of items – including fishing equipment, computer consoles and £300 cash – were stolen, and an awning window was smashed.
The second report was made on October 13, with the crime taking place sometime after August 25.
Scooters, camping equipment, TVs, DVD players, Amazon fire sticks, a Wii U console, and several other items were taken.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact PC 810 at Carmarthen Police Station.
You can report information by calling 101.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.
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