RESIDENTS in three Carmarthenshire communities are being asked for their views on proposals to create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists.
The council is consulting on Safer Routes in Communities schemes for Carmarthen, Pontyberem and Pencader.
These communities were successful at the first stage of the assessment process.
Display boards showing details of the schemes will be put up in each of the areas so that people can leave feedback.
The comments will form part of a bid to Welsh Government for funding for the schemes to be carried out next year in 2017-18.
The council is also consulting directly with local schools, town and community councils and the local members.
The Safer Routes in Communities project has been developed to create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists through the implementation of engineering measures such as cycle routes, cycle paths, traffic calming and educational road safety initiatives.
The aim is to shift away from car use for certain journeys, which results in reduced levels of congestion, improved local air quality, and an improved street scene, especially in relation to road safety.
Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “The support and co-operation of the schools, businesses and local people is essential and it is important that they are involved in every stage of the project.
“Key to ensuring the long-term success of a Safe Routes in Communities project is ownership of the project’s aims and objectives by the schools taking part and the local community alike.
“Any comments or issues raised will be considered as part of the ongoing development of the scheme and although it may not be possible to accommodate all suggestions, we will ensure that all responses/proposals are thoroughly investigated.”
Consultation events are taking place in the following locations:
- Pontyberem – Pontyberem Memorial Hall, Wednesday, January 18, 3pm-5pm.
- Pencader – Pencader Pavilion, Thursday, January 19, 3pm-6pm.
- Carmarthen – St Peters Civic Hall (foyer), Friday, January 20, 12noon- 1.30pm and 3pm-5pm.
All comments need to be in by January 27. For further information please contact Thomas Evans on email email@example.com or call 01267 228258.
The proposed ideas include:
- New path linking Brandway with the school;
- Potential new footpath through the park to the Memorial Hall;
- Improved access to the park, dropped kerbs & tactile crossings; and parent waiting shelters
- Upgrade to signalised crossing outside the school.
- Proposed uncontrolled tactile crossing point;
- Proposed footway (general width of 1.2m) along B4459 from the Maescader estate to Tremle Farm.
- Parent waiting shelter at school;
- Improved access to playing field.
- Improved access into Ysgol y Dderwen via Llys Fynnon;
- Safer crossing points and traffic calming measures along Lime Grove Avenue;
- Raised plateau and improved lighting around Pondside, Johnstown;
- Improved walking links to Richmond School;
- Proposed zebra crossing and parent waiting shelter at Model School.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children
Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.
Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic. As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real. Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.
Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help. My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.
‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’
Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge. Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund.
‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most. I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’
If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattiesclimb
Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package
A South Wales housebuilder has launched new incentives which mean homes are ‘ready to move into’ during the Covid-19 crisis – without the need for tradespeople or delivery people.
People in Wales are allowed to move into new build houses during the lockdown – and many people have successfully done so.
However, the limitations of social distancing can add extra stress when it comes to having things like dishwashers, washing machines and turf installed in the new property.
That’s why Persimmon Homes West Wales has launched a new incentive package which gives purchasers the chance to buy a house with white goods and flooring already in place.
Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Our sales advisors have done a terrific job in talking with customers and guiding them through the buying process remotely, without the need of face-to-face meetings.
“It’s been a huge challenge, but we’ve risen to it – and Persimmon has sold more than 120 properties in South Wales during the lockdown period. We have customers moving into their new homes every week.
“But, understandably, some people are cautious about having too many tradespeople and contractors enter their home, even if they are doing their utmost to abide by social distancing rules.
“That’s why we have launched these new packages which mean people can turn the key, unpack and get on with enjoying their new home.”
The package includes carpets and vinyl throughout, turf in the back garden, sliding wardrobes, integrated fridge freezer, integrated washer/dryer, integrated dishwasher and £500 discount towards removal fees.
The deal is on offer at Glas Y Felin in Bridgend, Parc Yr Onnen in Carmarthen, The Bridles in Llanelli, Peterson Park in Pontyclun, Parc Brynderi in Llanelli and Allt Y Celyn in Rhos.
Persimmon’s marketing suites in Wales remain closed for the time being. Visit www.persimmonhomes.com or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.
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