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Hospital campaigners to address public meeting

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HOSPTIAL campaigners are urging Llanelli residents to attend a public meeting tomorrow (May 12) about Hywel Dda’s hospital consultation. They aim to send a strong message to the Health Board that the option of downgrading Prince Philip Hospital is a non-starter.

The meeting, which is open to all and will be held in the Selwyn Samuel Centre at 3.30pm, is being organised by Save Our Services Prince Philip Action Network (SOSPPAN).

Shaun Greaney, who with Adrian Morgan founded a petition to save Llanelli’s hospital that has gathered over 4,700 signatures, will be addressing the meeting, alongside Llanelli’s MP and AM and other hospital campaigners. The Health Board has also promised to send representatives to the meeting.

Mr Greaney said: “I think it is ridiculous that the health board aims to decide the future of health services with just a handful of drop-in sessions and only one in the Llanelli area.

“I would urge everyone to attend the meeting tomorrow to send a clear message to the health board: hands off our hospital.”

Nia Griffith MP said: “You only need to be in Llanelli town centre for a few minutes to know that there is such strong feeling here in Llanelli about keeping services at Prince Philip Hospital and about the real need to make services accessible to people, not take them miles away.

“But we need that strength of feeling to translate into a strong message to the Hywel Dda Health Board, so I would urge everyone to attend the meeting tomorrow when representatives of the local health board will be present.

“We also need to submit hard evidence by feeding in our comments on the consultation, either online or by sending the paper document back FREEPOST – copies available from my office. We need to work together and speak up as strongly as possible for Llanelli.”

Lee Waters AM added: “I’m looking forward to addressing the SOSPPAN meeting tomorrow. We must make it clear to the Health Board that there is no way we will accept a downgrade of Prince Philip Hospital.

“There are huge demands on the NHS across the UK, and here in Hywel Dda, we do need to confront change – but it’s how we do it that’s key and downgrading Prince Philip Hospital, which I’m dead against, cannot be part of that change.

“Nia and I will be out in and around Llanelli every week with consultation documents, and you can fill them in online. I’ve been told by the Chief Executive that nothing is ‘off the table’, so it’s vital that everyone has their say.”

Campaigners will be handing out consultation forms near the EE shop in the town centre on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the next few weeks.

Copies of the consultation document, petition forms and leaflets can be collected from the SOSPPAN events organiser Suzy Curry (0756 1566 456).

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Police investigating mobile phone thefts

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TWO incidents of recent thefts of mobile phones from stores in Llanelli and Carmarthen are being investigated by Dyfed-Powys Police.

Four Apple iPhones were stolen from Currys & PC World store at Parc Pemberton, Llanelli, at around 7.15pm on Monday, August 13.

A second incident took place at the Carphone Warehouse store at St Catherine’s Walk, Carmarthen on Tuesday, August 14, at around 9.30am where 10 mobile phones were stolen.

They are strongly believed to be linked.

In both incidents, three men – believed to be in their 20s – made threats to staff and stole mobile phones.

In the Llanelli incident, one of the suspects was white, medium build, around 5’5” and was wearing a black jacket, grey trousers and a black baseball hat.

The second suspect is white, slim build, around 5’8” with a beard. He was wearing a white T-shirt, black knee length shorts, white trainers and a black baseball cap with a red stripe to side and emblem.

The third man involved is white, slim build, 6’ with a beard. He was wearing a bright blue long-sleeved T-shirt, black shorts, white trainers and a black baseball cap with a red stripe to side and emblem.

In the Carmarthen incident, the three men were wearing light coloured clothing, shorts, trainers and baseball caps.

DI Wayne Bevan said: “Anyone who witnessed either of these incidents, or saw three men matching these descriptions behaving suspiciously in the area, to contact police immediately by calling 101.

“We are investigating all lines of enquiry to catch these offenders and any support from the public could help us find these men and put a stop to any further incidents in our town centre stores.”

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it 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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Consultation on future of gas network for west Wales enters final week

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PEOPLE from west Wales are being urged to have their say as a public consultation on the future of the local gas network is set to close on Friday (Aug 17).

Wales & West Utilities look after the pipes that bring gas to homes and businesses across Wales and the south west of England. The company has received almost 20,000 responses to its consultation but is now urging as many people as possible to take two minutes to pipe up and shape its plans for the future. Everyone who completes the consultation will be entered into a weekly draw to win a £100 Amazon Gift Card.

The company is asking people to give their views on issues such as the gas emergency service, investment to keep the gas network safe and reliable and how it supports those most in need. It is also seeking views on preparing the gas network for a greener future, making sure it can continue to deliver essential services for generations to come.

Wales & West Utilities charge for their services through consumer gas bills. Currently, their services make up 20% of an annual gas bill – so for the average gas bill of £630, that’s £128 a year – or 35 pence per day.

Graham Edwards, Chief Executive at Wales & West Utilities, explains: “The pipes we look after are mostly underground and out of mind, but we provide an essential service in keeping people safe and warm in their homes and powering businesses. Now, as we plan for the future, we want as many people in West Wales as possible to have their say on the future of their gas network and the services we provide.”

“This consultation is about ensuring our customers’ views are heard so that we plan and work towards getting the balance right between investing to maintain and improve our services and preparing the gas network for the future, while keeping bills low.

“We understand the financial pressure households across the area are under and we remain committed to keeping our portion of the gas bill to a minimum – we have already reduced the cost of our services since 2013 from £145 to £128 today.

“We’re looking forward to hearing customer feedback from West Wales as this will play a vital role in shaping our business for the future.”

Wales & West Utilities also connects around 11,000 homes and businesses to the network each year. And, for customers in need of extra support, the company has a scheme offering low-cost gas connections and financial help for appliance repairs. There is also a priority register to make sure people in vulnerable situations are prioritised when things go wrong.

To have your say on the future of your gas network and the services Wales & West Utilities provides please go to PipeUpOnline.co.uk or Facebook.com/wwutilities and be in with a chance to win a £100 Amazon.co.uk Gift Card.

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Police appeal following shed burglary

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POLICE are investigating a report of a burglary which occurred in Heol Westfa, Felinfoel, Llanelli sometime between 10.30pm on Friday (Aug 3) and 6am on Saturday (Aug 4).

A number of items were stolen from a shed at the property. They include:

  • a black and decker work bench in grey, with distinctive marks
  • a 50 m extension lead black and red
  • a grey Trojan electric sander
  • a black and decker power hammer drill in a grey hard box
  • a rechargeable black and decker power drill and screw driver, the drlll was black and red in a green hard box
  • a black and red carry box in plastic containing several screw drivers, and other manual tools
  • a black and decker green hedge trimmer 60cm in a black sleeve,
  • a bosch power saw in a hard blue box.

Anyone who has been offered the opportunity to purchase these items or anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to contact police 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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