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Fire: Police cordoned off the area (pic. Darren Harries)

DYFED-POWYS POLICE are appealing for information about a fire at a disused Llanelli chapel on Upper Ann Street on February 14.

A police spokesperson said: “Police are appealing for any information that could with enquiries, and are particularly interested in any information regarding three individuals who were seen in and around the area at the time.

“One male is described as medium build with a beard, wearing a grey tracksuit and a black t-shirt, aged between 20 and 30.

“A second male, who is described as aged between 20 and 30, wearing a dark coloured puffa type jacket, and carrying a bag.

“A female wearing a pink jumper with dark grey tracksuit bottoms and white trainers, also between 20 and 30 years of age.

“Anyone with any information is asked to call PC 1199 Bringloe on 101.”

The fire started in the pulpit of Calfaria Baptist Chapel, at approximately 2:25pm, and a large area was promptly cordoned off by Dyfed-Powys Police. The fire crews left the scene at around 5:45pm.

Fire service: Two crews attended the blaze (Pic. Darren Harries)

Speaking on condition of anonymity the previous owner of the chapel, who disposed of the property twelve months ago told The Herald that the premises were very secure.

Our source said: “After a small fire around four years ago, we took conscientious steps to board the inside and the outside of the property.”

“We have not owned the premises for twelve months, I believe it is now owned by two businessmen in Cardiff.”

“I would now expect the new owners to be lodging planning permission to build flats on the site if the building is now structurally unsound.”

“They would not have been able to do this if the fire had not happened.”

Police: Told locals the fire was under control (pic. Darren Harries)

A spokesperson for Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “We had a call at 2.26pm to the chapel.

“It was a fire involving the pulpit area. Two crews from Llanelli attended.

“We used one hose reel jet, four Bas, thermal imaging camera and a safety jet.”

A Llanelli local told The Herald: “Police said it was a small fire, but a large area was cordoned off around the chapel.

“The emergency services were quick to react to the call out. It could have been another chapel burnt out; it was lucky no one was hurt.”

Park Church in Llanelli was completely destroyed by a fire in August 2015.

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    Marion griffiths

    February 20, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I live in upper Ann st and it was me who reported the fire four years ago,at this chapel and it was no small fire, it was coming through the roof. I contacted the council with my concerns and it fell on death ears, after the park chapel fire, I became very concerned that this lovely chapel, which I have seen slowly falling into dereliction since it closed, would be next, I contacted the council and Nia griffiths, with my concerns, but nothing has been done, and now this has happened, it’s not a case of when these idiots will try again.putting, homes and freighters lives at risk The council should do more to stop these so called developers buying buildings with only one intention and that is to leave them fall into dereliction, , leaving them vulnerable to stupid idiots to set fire to and then to cash in on the insurance or land value

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      CrazyCatLady

      May 31, 2017 at 11:20 am

      spot on there……Nia Griffiths and the Council should be ashamed of themselves for turning a blind eye when you contacted them….All they care about is the money they get payed for sitting in meetings and the politicians only shift their backsides and do something when there is an election coming up, or it is something that will interest the public and make them look good in the paper. Unfortunately making sure an empty chapel dosent get set on fire isnt something that help to win the votes of the public…….

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Llanelli: Stop notice issued for school planning application

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A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for a new 480-spaced school in Llanelli has been issued a stop notice by the Welsh Government.
Carmarthenshire County Council is proposing to build a new £9.1m school on Llanerch Fields in Llanelli and were looking to determine the planning application in the coming weeks. Welsh Government will now decide whether to call in the application or not.
The new school would accommodate 420 primary and 60 nursery pupils, set over two floors with larger classrooms with integrated IT facilities, a multi-purpose hall and specialist provision for pupils with additional learning needs.
Over recent years there has been much debate in the area on the choice of site for the new school with campaigners arguing that they support a new school, but object against Llanerch fields being built upon. Last year an attempt to get the land designated as a village green was turned down.
In 2017, Ysgol Dewi Sant as the first Welsh medium primary school to be provided by a local authority celebrated its 70th birthday.
Councillor Rob James, local member for Lliedi, stated “From day one I have raised concerns that the Council’s site choice and planning process opened the Council up to the possibility of the Welsh Government calling in the planning application. It is clear that these concerns were not misplaced and there is now a really chance that it will be. 

“As a local Councillor, a school governor and a parent, I am passionate about the need for a new school for the pupils of Ysgol Dewi Sant and it is important that local pupils get the benefits of a 21st century school.
“I will now be working with Council Officers to ensure that contingency plans are prepared in case the Welsh Government state that the planning application does not comply with national planning policy.
“I will also work with parents, pupils, residents and interested parties are able to engage with the Welsh Government during this process.”

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Third annual Burry Port Raft Race is eagerly awaited

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THE THIRD ANNUAL BURRY PORT RAFT RACE, organised by Burry Port couple, Craig and Isabel Goodman, will be held on Saturday (July 27).

The event which is held in Burry Port Harbour, raises much needed funds for both Burry Port RNLI and a children’s football academy and primary school the couple support in The Gambia.

The day launches at 12pm with stands, food stalls and children’s inflatable games and rides and these will be available until 5pm. You’ll also have a chance to meet the crews, who’ll be busy putting the final touches to their rafts.

Rafts launch at 3pm, followed by a presentation ceremony, including prizes for first raft over the line, first raft to sink and best dressed raft.

Craig said: ” A huge thank you goes to all our sponsors, including overall sponsor Dawsons, along with continued sponsorship from Celtic Couriers, Parker Plant Hire, Burns Pet Nutrition, Burry Port Co-Op, Llanelli Star, LBS Builders Merchants, Burry Port Marina, First Choice Flooring and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council.

For any further information about the event, please contact 07825 842981.

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Compensation offered after FSCS declares Llanelli firm in default

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CONSUMERS could get back money they have lost as a result of their dealings with a failed regulated firm in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The firm is Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited formerly Assura Protect, Room 1, 7 Meadows Bridge, Parc Menter, Cross Hands, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA14 6RA.

The firm was declared in default in June 2019 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

FSCS is the UK’s statutory compensation scheme that protects customers of authorised financial services firms that carry out certain regulated activities. A declaration of default means FSCS is satisfied a firm is unable to pay claims for compensation made against it. This paves the way for customers of that firm to make a claim for compensation with FSCS.

Alex Kuczynski, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at FSCS, said: “FSCS steps in to protect consumers around the UK when authorised financial services firms go bust. This vital service, which is free to consumers, protects deposits, insurance, investments, home finance and debt management. We want anyone who believes they may be owed money as a result of their dealings with this firm to get in touch, as we may be able to help you.”

Since it began in 2001, FSCS has helped more than 4.5m people, paying out more than £26bn in compensation.

If you wish to make a claim with FSCS against Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited, you may be able to do so using FSCS’s online claims service at https://claims.fscs.org.uk Or you can contact its Customer Services Team on 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100

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