DRIVERS will be able to park for free in council-run short stay car parks across Ammanford town centre from 10 am until 2 pm, Monday to Wednesday, as part of Carmarthenshire County Council’s free parking pilot initiative.
The council has been running a free parking trial since October 2018 to support town centre traders in what they have deemed their quietest periods.
The new days and hours will come in to force on Monday, September 30, and replace the current arrangements, which at present allow free parking from 3.15 pm-6 pm Monday to Friday.
Council-run car parks are located in Carregamman, Margaret Street, Lloyd Street, Wind Street, Baltic, and Hall Street.
Visitors will still need to obtain a ticket and display it as normal; however, the ticket will be issued with no charge. This is to allow the council to analyse the impact of the free trial initiative.
The pilot is in addition to the five free parking days the council offers town centres every year, which makes over 15,000 free spaces available to complement pre-planned events.
Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for Environment, said: “The free parking pilot has been ongoing for almost a year now, and based on feedback we are happy to change the days and times across our Ammanford Town Centre car parks to reflect discussions we have had with traders and the town council.
“We hope people will take advantage of the trial and use it as an opportunity to support local traders.”
• Free parking will only apply between the hours specified for each town
• Free parking will only apply to those using the short-stay parking bays.
• Visitors will still need to obtain and display a ticket, but the ticket will be issued at no charge during the specified periods
• Long stay parking will operate as normal during the free periods. Parking during all periods outside the specified days and times will need to be paid for.
Tesco grant boost for Llanelli children.
An organisation working with children in Llanelli has received a £2,000 grant from a special costal voting round of Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.
The grant for Clybiau Plant Cymru will go towards delivering workshops and out-of-school childcare clubs that encourage children to play outdoors and connect with nature in coastal areas.
Naomi Evans, the Regional Manager for Clybiau Plant Cymru, said the funding will help combat issues of childhood obesity in Wales, giving children the opportunity to play freely and get active away from distractions such as social media.
“We’re truly grateful to Tesco for its support and funding through the Bags of Help scheme,” she said. “We aim to promote health, wellbeing and environmental awareness through fun, outdoor activities, so every donation has a huge impact on kids’ lives.
“The clubs provide valuable play and learning opportunities outside of the school day, enabling parents to work and train, which in turn drives economic growth, tackles poverty and reduces inequalities.”
“Through the funding we are delivering 12 workshops within four clubs in the Llanelli area to children and our staff.” She added. “It will engage up to 200 individuals, as well as providing skills and knowledge which staff can apply on an ongoing basis to provide quality childcare for years to come.”
Tesco shoppers in Llanelli cast their votes using blue tokens handed out at checkouts as part of the special voting round supporting groups in 42 coastal communities across the UK. More than 100 projects working to improve Britain’s coastline shared the combined funding pot worth £300,000.
Bags of Help, run in partnership with the charity Groundwork, sees funding awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. To date £80m has been awarded through the scheme, with more than £5m awarded to projects in Wales.
Claire de Silva, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a huge success since we introduced the scheme and we are glad to be able to support great projects, including this scheme to support children in Llanelli.
“We saw a fantastic mix of projects shortlisted and I’d like to thank customers for casting their votes and supporting these important initiatives in their community.”
The scheme is ran in partnership with community charity Groundwork. Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve their local spaces and the places that matter to them. We’re pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to groups enjoying, protecting and improving Britain’s coastlines.”
Full details of the Bags of Help scheme can be found at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp
Concerns raised to police over burglaries in Llanelli
CONCERNS are being raised regarding burglaries reported to Dyfed-Powys Police in the Llanelli and Rural areas over the last week. I want to reassure the community that patrols have been increased to target vulnerable areas and deter criminal activity. I also want to take the opportunity to ask the community to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police in order to prevent crimes of this nature from taking place.
Officers from the Neighbourhood Police Teams are conducting patrols in the community and providing support to victims of crime. If members of the community have concerns or want to provide information please get in touch with us on 101 by telephone or email on LlanelliRuralNPT@Dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk. In an emergency or if an incident is on-going the public should phone 999.
Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:
•Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)
•Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)
•Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)
•Install good outside lighting
•Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property
•Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied
•Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition
•Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage
•Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home
•Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property
•Ensure rear fencing is in good repair
•Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges
•Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise
•Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme
•Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows
•Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.
Appeal follows fatal road traffic collision in Llanelli
DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a fatal road traffic collision that happened in Llanelli last night. At approx. 8.15pm on Saturday 22 February the collision happened between a white Suzuki Swift car and a male pedestrian, at Church Street, Llanelli, near the Magistrates Court. Emergency services attended, but sadly the 53 year old pedestrian had sustained fatal injuries.
The Serious Collision Investigation Unit is appealing for any witnesses to the collision to get in touch, but they are also appealing to anyone who may have Dashcam footage of the incident to contact them. You can get in touch by phoning 101. Please quote reference DP-20200222-347, so our busy call handers can marry your information to the correct incident as quickly as possible. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.
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