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Burry Port: Residents fight to save surgery

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AN SOS fight to save a GP surgery in Burry Port is being scaled up to include a protest at the next meeting of Hywel Dda University Health Board.

Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council is in the vanguard of the campaign to save Harbour View Surgery.

The council’s Mayor, Councillor David Owens, said the proposed closure would have ‘devastating’ consequences for the local community.

Cllr Owens said: “A public meeting in Burry Port earlier this week demonstrated the massive groundswell of opinion against the closure of Harbour View Surgery.

“The people of Burry Port and Pembrey will not sit back and let this happen.

“The SOS campaign is all about Save Our Surgery.

“We will be mobilising our campaign troops to protest at the next meeting of the Hywel Dda Board, when the board meets in Penygroes next week.

“As a council representing the people here, we appreciate that Penygroes may not be the easiest venue to get to, so we are making it easy for SOS campaigners by organising a free bus to take people to the meeting.

“There is a petition against the closure in Harbour View surgery and it will also be available to sign online via the Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council website.

“This is an issue which is clearly a major concern to the whole community and I would urge the people of Burry Port and Pembrey to back the SOS campaign.”

The Mayor added: “In a few weeks, Harbour View Surgery in Burry Port (the third largest town in the county of Carmarthenshire) will close its doors.

“The only other health centre in Burry Port (Meddygfa Tywyn Bach ) is not likely to be able to accommodate all the patients of Harbour View Surgery, an estimated 1400-plus patients.

“The town council thinks this is unacceptable as patients could be forced to find a GP anywhere in the county.

“Clearly, this is going to be devastating for some of us. We are asking the community to join us in fighting this closure.

“The council is understandably very concerned about the prospect of the surgery closing on July 31, as there is no certainty regarding alternative GP provision.”

The meeting of the Hywel Dda University Health Board will take place on Thursday, May 25, at 9:30am in the Penygroes Memorial Hall, Waterloo Road, Penygroes, SA14 7NP.

The planned protest is scheduled to take place outside the meeting venue, with representatives of the SOS campaign, hopefully, being allowed access to the meeting itself.

Transport details for the protest –

Free bus departing from main car park (opposite Burry Port Co-op) at 8.15am on Thursday, May 25.

Anyone who wants to attend should contact the council office on 01554 834346 or email info@pembreyburryport-tc.gov.uk

Llanelli Assembly Member Lee Waters, Labour Parliamentary candidate Nia Griffith and other general election candidates have pledged to lobby Hywel Dda Health Board with their concerns about the proposed closure of Harbour View Surgery.

The current GP at Harbour View Surgery, Dr L A Lodha, intends retiring.

A spokesman for the heath board said: “Hywel Dda University Health Board is now in the process of considering the best way to continue GP services for patients and it is expected that a clear plan will be available by the end of June 2017.”

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Police appeal following Llanelli assault allegation

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“Dyfed-Powys Police is investigating an allegation of assault which occurred on the afternoon of July 19th 2020 on Lon yr Ysgol, Llanelli.

It is alleged that a male, described as white, thin build, approx. 6 foot tall, and in his 20’s. forcibly dragged a female into and along the street.

The female is described as  white, long brown hair, thin build, approx. 5’5” tall, approx 30 years of age,

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to PC 1009 Aled Davies either online at: http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, by email at: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/0005/20/07/2020/01/C.”

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Carmarthenshire students congratulated on A / AS level results

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CONGRATULATIONS to students across Carmarthenshire who are celebrating their A and AS level results.

Despite an extraordinary year and very challenging circumstances due to the coronavirus pandemic, students have been rewarded for all their hard work.

A total of 98.6% of A level students in Wales achieved A* – E grades and there was also a small increase in the number of students awarded A* with 10.8% of learners receiving this grade.

At AS level, 22.2% of all grades awarded were A in Wales this year; and 91.4% of candidates achieved A* – E grades.

The results are broadly similar to previous years according to the WJEC, despite no examinations being held.

Education Minister Kirsty Williams yesterday (August 12) announced that a student’s final A level grade cannot be lower than their AS grade. This means some students may have to wait for revised grades to be reissued by the WJEC.

The commitment and dedication shown by students in Carmarthenshire has been praised by Carmarthenshire County Council’s education chiefs.

They are also commending teaching staff who this year with the cancellation of the summer examinations, have had to produce assessment grades based on a range of evidence such as classwork, homework, mock exams and non-exam assessments.

Cllr Glynog Davies, Executive Board Member for Education, said: “I would like to congratulate all our students on their AS and A level results; all their achievements and hard work has paid off and they are well prepared for their future goals and aspirations.

“It has been an exceptional year; however, it is important to remember that grades awarded this year are valued the same as in any other year and on behalf of the council, I would like to wish all our students every success for the future, whichever path they choose to follow.

“I also want to praise our schools for the high-quality support and guidance they give to our students which continues to impact positively on progress and standards. This year in particular, our teaching staff have had an even harder job, and we thank them for all their extraordinary effort.”

Director of Education and Children’s Services, Gareth Morgans, added: “Our students should feel very proud of their achievements. These results reflect their positive work ethic and dedication to their studies, and they can now progress with confidence to continued education, training or employment. I would like to sincerely congratulate them on all on their success.

“I would also like to thank our schools, our inspirational teachers and all our hard-working staff for all that they do to support and develop our students and prepare them for their future studies and careers. These results are testament to all their work and commitment.”

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Burry Port RNLI Malfunction On Recovery vehicle

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A busy and eventful weekend at Burry Port RNLI, with a major mechanical failure on one of our launch vehicles, we were tasked to six serious incidents on Saturday evening, a major equipment recovery on Sunday, with a few minor incidents occurring when recovery was complete.Starting Saturday, at 5.30 pm we were tasked for both boats to assist in a major search for a missing swimmer in Rhossili Bay area of the Gower. Both boats were launched and quickly on their way, when a major failure occurred on our County Tractor launch and recovery vehicle, left it in 6 foot of water, undriveable, with a fast incoming tide, with the recovery trailer still attached. Our driver had made a safe evacuation from the vehicle and was unhurt. Both boats arrived on scene at Rhossili and the swimmer was found safe and well, so both boats returned to Burry Port.


The decision was made to abandon the Tractor and trailer, anchor and bouy them for safety. At this point we received another tasking from Milford Haven UK Coastguard, for a missing person with 2 children, last seen in the water at Pembrey Country park Beach. A search was commenced, but the 3 casualties were again found safe and well, so both boats returned to Burry Port.


Whilst continuing to make safe our stricken vehicle, our Atlantic 85 lifeboat was re-tasked to search for 2 persons, cut off by the fast incoming tide at Worms Head on the Gower. The lifeboat arrived very quickly on scene, located the 2 casualties, and took them to the safety of the beach, handing them to the Rhossili Coastguard team.

At this point, a group of people were seen on the sandbank at Pembrey old Harbour, completely cut off by the tide, so our smaller D class ILB was sent to pick them up and ferry them to safety, and handed them to Burry Port UK CG team.Our Atlantic Lifeboat was moored in the harbour overnight, as we had no recovery vehicle, and our D class was recovered and stored for the night.

By 9.00am Sunday morning, a specialist recovery team and vehicle were en route to Burry Port, and a spare tractor was also despatched.Sunday was spent planning and preparing for the recovery, with low tide at 4.45 pm, both lifeboats were placed in positions to be used if called on, and at 3.00pm the recovery operation began, with the Tallus caterpillar tracked recovery vehicle, and the RNLI specialist team, and some assistance from our D class lifeboat crew, the stricken vehicle was recovered at 4.15pm, replaced by the replacement vehicle and both lifeboats were made available for service.

Minutes later the D class was assisting people trying to cross from a sandbank to the Lighthouse, and then to a vehicle bogged down in soft sand, before all boats, trailers and vehicles were back in the safety of the Lifeboat Station.Grateful thanks to the RNLI team, and the transport driver who replaced our stricken vehicle with a serviceable tractor. Great respect to all our team, who even in adverse conditions and problems, still managed to carry out all their taskings, and assist in the recovery of the vehicle. A great team effort.

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