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Labour hit by Llanelli defections by councillors

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LABOUR has lost its grip on power in Llanelli Town Council after seven councillors ‘crossed the floor’ at a Town Council meeting held last night (Tuesday, March 5).
Rumours are also rife that following today’s meeting of the County Council (Wednesday, March 6) as many as nine county councillors will have submitted papers to form a new independent group on the County Council.
If that latter is the case, Labour stands to lose members from key local authority committees as well as committee chair appointments.

Cllr Jeff Edmunds sent a statement to The Herald, which states: “A total of 9 Community and County Councillors have decided to leave the Labour Party and stand as Independent Councillors.

“This will have a major effect on who controls Llanelli Town Council. For decades the Council has been under the control of Labour, but they will now find themselves in opposition for the first time in recent history.

“It seems the last major Labour stronghold in Carmarthenshire is under threat of losing support from its former rank and file.

“Five who left the party are County Councillors and were formerly part of the Labour Group at Carmarthenshire County Council. The five have also left the Labour Group at the County Council and will now sit as Independents. Spokesman Cllr. Jeff Edmunds who was the former Leader of the Group said “it is with deep regret and a heavy heart that we’ve decided to leave the Labour Party and become an Independent Councillors. We cannot remain as members of the Labour Group of Councillors as we’ve believe the current leadership is adopting bullying and harassment tactics to ‘whip’ its membership, along with other practices that we can neither accept or condone. We could not agree with the way the current leadership is seemingly creating a culture of ‘divide and conquer’ within the group in preference to one of harmony and unity. We became so concerned that last year some have even asked for an investigation to be carried out in the hope that mistakes be identifies and remedial and appropriate action taken. This was felt to be unnecessary by certain individuals and the consequence of that decision is now apparent. Nine Llanelli based Councillors have left the Labour Party but we believe there may be more”.
“There is no feeling of being included in the decision making process from those who occupy the backbenches, definitely no team spirit exists, there is no effort to try to create it. As long standing members and supporters of the Labour Party, we have been made to feel that we don’t belong and the way in which we have been treated has made some of us feel like outcasts”.

“It is appalling and total unacceptable how some Labour Councillors have been treated by the present leadership and incompetence demonstrated. The leadership failure to promote harmony, good relations and an atmosphere of cohesiveness and the sense of belonging for some members of the Labour Group has been simply non-existent. It has been blatantly obvious that a ‘them and us’ attitude was allowed to flourish under this leadership. We could no longer continue under such a regime.”

The Herald will carry full coverage of this breaking news story in this Friday’s edition.

Statement: Cllr Jeff Edmunds

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  1. Simon D

    March 8, 2019 at 7:35 pm

    Rob James exists to fulfil Rob James’ ambitions. A careerist politician of the sort we need fewer of.

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Gigabit broadband voucher scheme boost for Wales

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THE UK’s Gigabit Broadband Voucher Scheme is to be given a boost in Wales thanks to a new partnership between the Welsh and UK Governments. Ministers from both Governments are now urging Welsh businesses and communities to apply for the funding to get gigabit speeds.

The announcement follows an agreement between the UK and Welsh Governments, and reflects the higher costs of deploying fibre infrastructure in Wales, as a result of the country’s topography and the location of premises.

The UK Government’s Gigabit broadband vouchers – worth up to £2500 – are currently available to small businesses and surrounding local communities to contribute to the installation costs of a gigabit-capable broadband connection.

Under the new arrangements, the Welsh Government will provide an additional £3,000 for businesses up to a certain size and an additional £300 per residential property. This means that for group* projects in Wales up to £5,500 is available per business, compared with £2,500 elsewhere in the UK. Up to £800 will now be available per residential property in Wales, compared with £500 elsewhere.

Deputy Minister for Economy Lee Waters said: “Although the vast majority of premises in Wales can now access superfast broadband, we are working hard on assisting the remaining five per cent that cannot access it and where commercial companies have no plans to reach. There is no one size fits all solution to reach the final premises, and the Gigabit Broadband Voucher scheme is an important part of a suite of measures to achieve this.

“This voucher scheme can provide a vital funding source for group connectivity projects, and could be of great benefit to communities currently without access.
I’m pleased we’ve been able to work with the UK Government to provide an enhanced scheme for Wales, taking into account the particular challenges we face here with geography and the location of premises.”

UK Minister for Digital Margot James said: “This exclusive scheme for Welsh businesses and communities is a vital part of our modern Industrial Strategy and build a Britain that is fit for the future. Working with the Welsh Government, together we can make sure that everyone in Wales has the connectivity they need for the digital age.”

The voucher scheme forms part of a package aimed at improving connectivity in Wales. The Welsh and UK Government funded £200 million Superfast Cymru programme has already taken superfast broadband speeds to more than 733,000 Welsh homes and businesses commercial companies had no plans to cover. The Welsh Government is also investing a further £22.5 million to reach an additional 26,000 premises and the UK Government is introducing a Universal Service Obligation** that will make fast broadband a legal right for every home and business in Wales by 2020.

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Rescuers attend to injured construction workers in New Dock Street

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A MULTI AGENCY rescue operation is underway in Llanelli involving all three emergency services after an incident at a construction site.

Workers have been at the New Dock Street site, working for around three years, The Herald understands.

The Herald has been told that a piece of plant malfunctioned causing the emergency, which happened earlier this evening (Mar 19).

Four fire engines and three ambulances are at the scene, our reporter said.

A specialist line rescue team is involved in the recovery operation.

An eye-witness told the press that three workers have been affected.

The source said: “Concrete had just been mixed and had been poured into a skip which was then lifted using a machine. The concrete was being lowered into the hole, it’s probably about 20ft and then the machine toppled over.”

He added: “Two men climbed out of the hole on their own and as a precaution the third man was told to stay down there. The workers were told to leave the site as a precaution.”

At least one person has been seen being taken away in an ambulance.

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Llanelli: Met Bar incident investigated

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AN INCIDENT which resulted in a 51-year old man having to go hospital is being investigated by Dyfed-Powys Police.

The man has been discharged from Glangwili Hospital but police are looking in to how the incident happened and how the man fell down some steps.

The incident happened outside the Met Bar in Llanelli on Saturday night (Mar 16).

A spokeswoman for Dyfed-Powys Police told the Herald: “At approximately 10.55pm on Saturday March 16, officers responded to reports of an injured man outside The Met Bar, Station Road, Llanelli, after he’d fallen down some steps at the location.

“Ambulance was at scene, and the 51 year old man was conveyed to Glangwili Hospital with what was thought to have been a serious head injury. He was then later discharged from hospital, and the head injury was no longer believed to be serious.”
Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police by calling 101 and quoting DPP/3011/16/03/2019/02/C. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908

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