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Rainscape road closure threatening local businesses

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THE ONGOING works to rectify Llanelli’s long-standing flooding problems in the Tyisha area have led to some small businesses saying that they have suffered loss of trade due to road closures.

Construction of the Rainscape project, which is designed to address the large volume of stormwater getting into the foul sewer by creating a 1.1km long surface water sewer along with pumping stations and other connecting schemes, is predicted to last until December. The works have seen a section of Marsh Street closed to traffic.

Plaid Cymru Town Councillor for the Tyisha Ward Terry Davies told The Herald that ‘at least five’ businesses had raised concerns with him about lost trade.

“We can’t ignore the fact that businesses within the locality are fighting to stay lucrative – they rely totally on passing trade for turnover,” he explained.

“Coupled with low profit margins, they’re feeling the pinch after weeks of this road closure. They need easy access to their premises which has now been restricted by the Rainscape plans. The restrictions are said to be in effect until December of this year.

“The problem needs to be looked at in more depth to ensure traffic flow is available to all the businesses or we’re going to lose them and the employment that they offer. The Tyisha area of this town and county is the most deprived and this will make a massive impact on our community if we lose the businesses, we can’t let that happen.”

After concerns were raised, Morgan Sindall – the contractor carrying out the work for Dwr Cymru -has agreed to a temporary revision of the traffic management system in Caersalem Terrace which is said to have helped. Last week saw the street revert from a one way traffic system to a two-way street.

Cllr Andre McPherson, who represents the Tyisha Ward on Carmarthenshire County Council, told The Herald that businesses were being helped to apply for compensation if they could show that the works had affected their business.

“Over the last 12 months we have had several meeting with Rainscape on the process that is taking places in the Tyisha ward,” he added.

“As part of this we have had concerns about the financial impact to the businesses, and with this in mind we discussed with the aforesaid business what they needed to be done to help them through this disruption.”

Cllr McPherson explained that adverts were being placed in the local media to inform customers that the businesses were open as usual.

“All business have our contact information, and we are in contact on a daily basis to make this disruption is kept to a minimum,” he added.

However, Cllr Davies suggested that compensation would not completely resolve the issue.

“Losing the trade to contractors means they’ll go to other competitors. These businesses have taken years to develop and I fear for their closure,” he remarked.

“The access now at Caersalem terrace has helped but traffic will stop at the businesses there for deliveries and to collect materials. The street is far too narrow for this. The reason Caersalem was turned into a one way system was because of traffic congestion and difficulty in turning off Station Road.”

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Llanelli ‘Banksy’: Mayor covers graffiti rat in protective plastic

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LLANELLI Mayor David Darkin believes graffiti found on charity shop wall could potentially be a Banksy.

The piece has been covered with protective plastic by the council while they determine the authenticity of the piece.

David Darkin, Mayor of Llanelli told this newspaper: “I was approached by a local artist Roz Moreton, who believes the artwork is a Banksy in an attempt to preserve the piece.

Roz who studied art in Bristol and lived in London has said she has been exposed to numerous Banksy works including his rats on Westminster Bridge, and spotted the ‘rat’ straight away.

Darkin added “She first spotted the graffiti around ten years ago, but she kept her findings to herself so that she could go back and visit the work.

“It was only after the recent news of the incident in Swansea, where part of a suspected piece of Banksy artwork was stolen, that she decided to approach me to ask for help to protect the piece”.

The art dealer who bought Banksy’s ‘Season’s Greetings’ which appeared on a garage in Port Talbot in December, has met with the mayor in Neath to view images of the artwork.

John Bradner, Essex based gallery owner, paid six figures for the Port Talbot addition, is planning on visiting the site to see the piece for himself.

Mr Darkin added “After showing John Bradner the images he is fairly confident that the piece is Banksy’s work, the fact it was spotted ten years ago ties in with ‘Banksy’s rats’ which was his theme at the time when they appeared across industrial towns.

“Mr Bradner called me yesterday and asked if there was anything else I can do to preserve the piece until he comes to view it in a few weeks to check its authenticity.”

Speaking on the piece Councillor John Jenkins said “Fingers crossed it is a Banksy, but worst-case scenario it isn’t and is still a talking point and people still come and see him.”

Speaking to Mr Darkin he said no attempts have been made yet to contact Banksy to confirm the piece as far as he is aware.

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36 charges relating to chemicals and components for making bombs

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A 33-YEAR-OLD male  is facing 36 charges relating to chemicals and components which can be used to make bombs.

He was remanded in custody at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday (Feb 15)

The man, from Port Talbot, was arrested in October 2017 in an operation between counter terrorism officers, South Wales Fire and Rescue and The Welsh Ambulance Service.

Detective Superintendent James Hall said no known links to terrorist offences or groups were found. The man will appear in court again at a date to be fixed.

He has also been charged with possessing a taser and manufacturing and possessing class A drugs.

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University makes formal criminal complaint

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A FORMAL criminal complaint has been by made by Swansea University, as part of the ongoing investigation into the issues surrounding the recent suspension of four members of staff.

South Wales Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police and South Wales Police can confirm that they have received a complaint which is currently subject of consideration by both forces.”

Last November, the university’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Richard B Davies, Dean of the School of Management Prof Marc Clement, as well as two other members of staff, who have not been named, were suspended.

Prof Davies has been suspended for alleged gross negligence whilst Prof Clement was suspended for alleged gross misconduct. Both individuals have denied any wrongdoing. Registrar Andrew Rhodes confirmed at the time that this action was taken after an internal investigation.

In a statement, the university said: “Swansea University has been in regular dialogue with the authorities since November 2018 based on the findings of our initial investigation. A formal criminal complaint has been made and the matter is with South Wales Police and Dyfed Powys Police. We will of course continue to co-operate fully with them. Our processes, which are being carried out by an independent investigating manager, are ongoing.”

The investigation has looked into the academics’ involvement in both the £200m Life Science and Wellbeing Village project in Llanelli, and a £600m plan for a private medical university and hospital in Kuwait.

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