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116 new CCTV cameras to be installed across Dyfed-Powys

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WORK to reinvest in CCTV in 17 towns throughout the Dyfed-Powys region will start this month.

Dyfed-Powys Police has completed a thorough procurement process and has awarded the contract for the work to Baydale Control Systems Ltd. The hi-tech cameras are being supplied by Hikvision UK & Ireland.

The project will bring 116 state of the art CCTV cameras to towns identified as priority camera locations through crime analysis and stakeholder consultation.

The reinvestment and improvement of the existing CCTV provision is a top priority for the Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, Dafydd Llywelyn, who has been instrumental in bringing the project to fruition since his election.

Dafydd Llywelyn, Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner, said: “CCTV was a key election pledge of mine, and I promised I would invest in a modern CCTV infrastructure.  I am very pleased to be able to say that this is now happening.

“It is vitally important that the force makes the best use of this significant reinvestment to target hotspots and drive reductions linked to disorder and violence.

“This rollout will not be the end of the force’s work in this area and future opportunities for camera sites will be considered.”

Mark Collins: Signing the new CCTV agreement

Mark Collins, Dyfed-Powys Police Chief Constable, said: “A tremendous amount of work has gone into the CCTV Project to get it to this stage. The background work has been necessary to ensure we have a CCTV infrastructure of cameras in appropriate, needs-assessed locations.

“The cameras themselves will be the latest technology, which will help Dyfed-Powys to remain one of the safest places to live, work and visit in the UK. I’m confident the system will prove to be an invaluable asset in preventing crime and responding to emerging incidents swiftly before they escalate. Evidence from the CCTV cameras will also no doubt prove an important investigative tool for officers.”

Work is scheduled to begin in Builth Wells, Powys on the second week of July.

The programme of works will be carried out over the coming months and is due for completion in Spring 2019.

Camera locations have been selected through careful mapping of hotspot crime and anti-social behaviour areas to fully maximise the benefits from each camera site.

Jeremy Owens, Area Manager for Baydale Control Systems Ltd said: “It is with great pleasure that Baydale Control systems Ltd would like to announce the award of the Dyfed-Powys Police public space CCTV contract.

Installation: Of the CCTV systems

“Baydale has designed a system tailored to the needs of a modern, forward thinking police force.

“We look forward to delivering a solution, which will be one of the first in the UK, and building a close working relationship with Dyfed-Powys police.

“In winning this prestigious contract it allows Baydale Control Systems Ltd to commit to further growth and job opportunities in Wales.”

The project is supported by the Welsh Government and the four local authorities.

Most of the existing cameras are owned by local authorities and town councils. As part of the reinvestment project, and through agreement with the local authorities and councils, Dyfed-Powys Police will take ownership of 116 of those sites.

The cameras will bring high definition CCTV imagery to a central monitoring system at Police Headquarters. There will also be monitoring facilities at local stations allowing local officers to monitor their local cameras with the touch of a button. Officers will also be able to review CCTV on their mobile data devices.

Ian Compton, Business Development Manager for Hikvision UK&I, said: “Hikvision UK is honoured that Dyfed-Powys Police has chosen our range of innovative video surveillance products and solutions.

“We look forward to working closely with the project delivery team and our partners, Baydale Control Systems Ltd, to help bring public safety across the area.”

These 17 towns have been identified for CCTV reinvestment:

Aberystwyth
Ammanford
Brecon
Builth Wells
Cardigan
Carmarthen
Fishguard
Haverfordwest
Llandrindod Wells
Llanelli
Milford Haven
Newtown
Pembroke
Pembroke Dock
Saundersfoot
Tenby
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Swansea Bay City Deal leaders are supporting Neath Port Talbot Council’s proposals for changes

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SWANSEA Bay City Deal leaders are supporting Neath Port Talbot Council’s proposal to amend some of their projects due to be part-funded by the £1.3 billion investment programme.

Any amended or enhanced projects, they say, will be progressed through City Deal governance and approval processes before submission to the Welsh Government and UK Government for consideration.

This follows on from the City Deal’s Joint Committee accepting all recommendations arising from two reviews into the City Deal, which included enabling flexibility in the investment programme to bring new projects in if they’re beneficial to the region.

Cllr Rob Stewart, Swansea Bay City Deal Joint Committee Chairman, says a Neath Port Talbot Council call for the City Deal to change approach is also being put in place.

Cllr Stewart said: “As a Joint Committee, we have accepted all recommendations from the City Deal reviews, and work is ongoing to implement them as soon as possible.

“These include the appointment of an independent programme director to manage the City Deal, as well as flexibility to amend or enhance projects forming part of the investment programme if they’re good for the region.

“The City Deal is still at an early stage of its development, but we’re doing all we can to make governance and project approval processes more efficient to speed up the investment programme’s delivery.

“It would be too great a risk for communities and businesses in Neath Port Talbot to miss out on City Deal investment, so we stand ready to help Neath Port Talbot Council move their projects forward.

“All City Deal partners remain committed to delivery. It’s widely recognised that the City Deal presents a once in a generation opportunity to create considerable economic growth and well-paid jobs across the region as a whole.”

The independent review into the City Deal commissioned by both governments recommended immediate approval for two City Deal projects – the ‘Yr Egin’ creative sector development in Carmarthen, and the Swansea City and Waterfront Digital District.

Cllr Stewart said: “We expect funds to be released for these projects imminently.

“We also welcome Neath Port Talbot Council’s continued commitment to the regional Homes as Power Stations project, which will help people save money on their energy bills by introducing cutting-edge energy-efficient technology to both new houses and existing buildings throughout South West Wales.”

The Swansea Bay City Deal investment programme is due to be funded by the UK Government, the Welsh Government, the public sector and the private sector. It’s being led by the four regional councils – Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot, Pembrokeshire and Swansea – in partnership with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea University, Hywel Dda University Health Board and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

The City Deal is projected to create over 9,000 high-quality jobs and give the regional economy a £1.8 billion boost in coming years.

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A476: Lorry fire closes LLannon to Tumble road

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Emergency services dealt with a lorry fire on the A476, Llannon to Tumble road, Carmarthenshire

The incident took place on Tuesday afternoon (Apr 16)

The road was closed for a short time whilst the fire was extinguished.

The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

No one was reported injured in the fire.

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Almost 100 jobs to go at Calsonic Llanelli

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A MAJOR Llanelli employer is to shed almost a quarter of its employees following what it describes as a ‘significant drop-off in sales’.

Calsonic Kansei, based says that continuing political and economic uncertainty have contributed to its decision to lay off 95 workers at its Lleithri Road factory on the outskirts of the town.

Calsonic were offered £4.4m from the Welsh Government to create 88 jobs at the plant late last year.

Llanelli’s local AM, Lee Waters, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for the Economy and Nia Griffith MP issued a joint statement about the jobs blow.

Lee Waters AM said “Nia Griffith and I will be doing what we can to work with the company, trade unions and other employers in the area to help the workers directly affected. And the Welsh Government will be extending the taskforce helping workers at Schaeffler to offer practical support.”

“Calsonic were offered significant Welsh Government help to develop new products at the end of last year, and we will continue to do what we can to help create a sustainable future for the site, through what is clearly a troubling period.”

Nia Griffith MP said “The next month will be a difficult period for the workers and their families at Calsonic, both Lee and I are ready to do whatever we can to help anyone affected. Alongside working directly with the factory staff and the trade unions, I’ll be using my voice in Parliament to ask the UK Government to match Welsh Government’s ongoing commitment to the plant and the workforce.”

Calsonic’s vice-president of HR for Europe, Neil O’ Brien, said: “The automotive industry is at a transitional stage, as well as being at a key point in several major vehicle ‘life cycles’, with car manufacturers developing their technologies to satisfy the ever demanding environmental legislation and moving towards autonomous and electric vehicles.

“During this period of transition, the added pressures of market instability caused by the political and economic conditions have affected our customers’ volumes and, consequently, Calsonic Kansei’s sales have seen a significant drop.

“The company intends to do everything reasonably possible to reduce the impact of this proposal on its employees.”

In January Schaeffler announced plans to close its plant in Leave-voting Llanelli with a loss of 200 skilled jobs.

Schaeffler also cited uncertainty about the UK’s economic and political future as being partially responsible for its decision.

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