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Free parking pilot for Ammanford

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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.

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    Mark Lewis

    October 1, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    Why not all day free parking from Monday to wednesday,you will confuse people as to when and where to park in Ammanford. as to the times between 10 am and 2pm for the free parking. Who decided that is beyond me, the majority of people that work won’t be able to take advantage of the free parking. FREE PARKING Monday Tuesday and Wednesday please.

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Criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

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POLICE are investigating reports of thefts and criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

Two reports have been made, with a number of items stolen from two caravans at Tanylan Caravan Park.

The first incident took place between September 23 and October 12.

A number of items – including fishing equipment, computer consoles and £300 cash – were stolen, and an awning window was smashed.

The second report was made on October 13, with the crime taking place sometime after August 25.

Scooters, camping equipment, TVs, DVD players, Amazon fire sticks, a Wii U console, and several other items were taken.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact PC 810 at Carmarthen Police Station.

You can report information 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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Abandoned property fire in Burry Port probed

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POLICE are investigating a fire at an abandoned property in Burry Port.

A call was made at around 1.20am today (Tuesday, November 19) reporting that a detached house in Graig was well alight.

The house is not lived in, and has sustained substantial fire damage.

There were no witnesses to indicate who has started the fire, but two people were seen running away from the scene.

Due to the temperature inside the building remaining high today, it has been unsafe for investigators to enter the building.

Anyone with information, or who saw a person or people acting suspiciously in the area between 12.30am and 1.30am is urged to contact the joint investigation unit at Llanelli Police Station.

You can report information 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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Man ‘fit for work’ collapses and dies at job centre

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The DWP said: “Our thoughts and those of the staff at Llanelli Jobcentre are with the family and friends at this time.”

The Llanelli Herald understands that he was waiting for an appointment to discuss Jobseeker’s Allowance after being declared fit for work earlier this year.

Staff and customers rushed to help, but they were unable to get a response so lay him on the floor.

They started CPR and an ambulance was called while the job centre was evacuated, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene. A witness told The Metro newspaper: “I didn’t know him myself, but the man who was sat next to me told me that he had grown up with the guy.

“The man next to me told me that the poor guy had diabetes and had been declared fit for work by the job centre earlier in the year but he was obviously ill.

“The ambulance came but he sadly died and they had to take his body out of the job centre, it was awful.

“We were all very shook up; it was a horrible situation that should have never happened. The job centre is all shut down now.’

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed to The Herald: “We were called on Friday November 15 at approximately 9.33am to reports of a person needing urgent medical attention on Stepney Street in central Llanelli. ‘We responded with one rapid response vehicle, one specialised medical vehicle and one emergency ambulance.’

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