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New Starbucks Drive Thru store opens in Llanelli

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A NEW Starbucks Drive Thru store opened today (Jan 13) in Parc Pemberton Retail Park, Llanelli. Operated by Starbucks licensee Magic Bean, the store will create 35 new jobs for the local area.

To celebrate the opening, the store will hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10am. Local politicians in attendance included Councillors Dorothy Jones, Dr. Gary Jones, Rob James, Deryk Cundy, and Fozia Akhtar, as well as Michelle Donoghue, Member of Llanelli Rural Council, and Paolo Piana, regional organiser for Race Equality Wales and Chair of Llanelli Community Partnership. There was also a coffee tasting event, so customers can experience and learn about the wide range of coffees Starbucks offers in-store.  

The store is also hosting a Friends and Family event on Sunday 12 January from 10am until 4pm. All proceeds on this day will be donated to the store’s charity partner, Tŷ Hafan, a local children’s hospice that provides palliative care for children with life-limiting conditions and support for their families. Representatives from the charity will also attend the ribbon cutting ceremony to fundraise and the Llanelli store team looks forward to continuing to support this important cause. Starbucks values building strong and lasting relationships within store communities through partnerships with local charities, community groups and residents.

Leon Esfahani, Managing Director of The Magic Bean Company, said: “We are so excited to open this Starbucks Drive Thru in Llanelli and look forward to welcoming Llanelli residents and visitors to our new store. Our store team is proud to support Tŷ Hafan in its important mission of supporting children and families in the local area suffering from illness.”

Customers are invited to visit the conveniently located store to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and relax with the comfortable seating and free wi-fi. Customers looking to recharge while on the go can use the convenient Drive Thru lane. Starbucks coffee is 99% ethically sourced and accredited by Conservation International under the C.A.F.E. Practices programme. Starbucks offers a 25p discount to all customers who bring a reusable cup when purchasing a drink.

The new store is conveniently located at Parc Pemberton Retail Park, Trostre Road, Llanelli, SA14 9DR and is open from 5am – 10:30pm every day, with Drive Thru service available 24 hours.

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Llanelli MP & AM call for school transport solutions

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Llanelli’s MP and AM joined Tumble residents on Friday (15.01.20) to walk along the unlit path that children have been forced to take since a bus service to Maes y Gwendraeth school was scrapped.

A number of school bus routes in Carmarthenshire have been cancelled in response to UK Government legislation which has restricted the types of vehicles that bus companies can use. This has left many children who relied on these services with no safe way to get to school.

Nia Griffith MP and Lee Waters AM are working with local residents and councillors, like Dot Jones in Tumble, to find solutions that can be implemented by the County Council or UK Government.

Lee Waters AM said, “After carrying the bags and instruments of a Tumble pupil three miles to school on Friday morning it’s clear we need to get these services running again. I’ve been working with the Council and Welsh Government to try and find a common sense resolution to the problem of cancelled school buses right across Llanelli.

“It’s a complicated situation, and unfortunately the Welsh Government’s powers are limited, but we may have found a way forward if the UK Government are willing to be flexible. The Welsh Government has written to ask them to exempt school transport in Carmarthenshire from the new regulations which would allow the local services to resume.”

In addition to commercial school bus routes, there is also a scheme for pupils to access spare places on the coaches that pick up children who live further away from school for a small fare. However, local parents have raised concerns about the availability of this scheme and the process by which places are allocated.

Nia Griffith MP said, “We must work together to find ways to restore bus transport as soon as possible, even if the situation is complex.

“I understand the County Council will now review the scheme which lets pupils use spare places on existing school buses, but this needs to be done as quickly and effectively as possible to ensure the maximum number of pupils benefit.

“It is crazy to have buses with spare capacity passing the bus stop and leaving pupils to walk. But we need transport back for all pupils who have lost it.”

Cllr Rob James, who joined the walk to Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth on Friday, said: “The bus services that have been withdrawn are vital services to many of our communities and must be retained.

“The local ward Councillors and I are thrilled with the support we are getting from the local MP and AM to solve these issues and we hope that there can be a resolution shortly.”

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‘Seaside Kicks’ off to great start in Glanymor Ward!‬

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A new project has been launched which is completely free for young people from across the Llanelli area.‬


‭‘Premier League Kicks’ run by Swansea City Community Trust started last Tuesday (14th January) and is already proving to be a success with both children and their parents. ‬


‭Boys and Girls of all abilities are welcome to take part with sessions taking place on the brand new 3G pitch at Ysgol PenRhos. ‬


‭Ages 8-12 take place on every Tuesday evening between 5.00pm and 6.00pm with ages 13-16 on every Wednesday between 8.00 and 9.00pm. ‬
‭As well as the football sessions, activities will also include informative, educational workshops covering a wide range of issues including knife crime, county lines and online safety. ‬


Craig Richards from the Swans Community Trust said:‬
‭“Nationally, ‘Premier League Kicks’ is one of the Premier League’s flagship community programmes. It has a long history of using the power of football and the value of sports participation to help youngsters in some of the most-high need areas. ‬


‭“By engaging young people in constructive activities including football, coaching, educational and personal development sessions, communities up and down the country have been transformed with impressive football and sports participation rates, and authorities reporting significant reductions in anti-social behaviour in the areas in which it is delivered.”‬


Sean Rees, Llanelli Town Councillor for the Glanymor Ward added:‬
‭“It is a pleasure to link up with the Swans Community Trust, Police and Crime Commissioner, our PCSO’s, Llanelli Town Council and the Community Safety Partnership in bringing forward such an exciting project. ‬


‭“Engagement has taken place with both local schools at Ysgol PenRhos and Ysgol Maes Y Morfa as well as strong partnership work with our existing sports clubs in the area at Seaside AFC and Bwlch Rangers too all of whom have been very supportive.‬


‭“It is fantastic to see so many youngsters turning out in great numbers with more expected next week. It gives them somewhere to go in the area and have fun with others within a safe environment.‬


‭“I now look forward to seeing this project go from strength to strength.”‬

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Body of a man found in camper van near lifeboat station

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THE BODY of a male has been found in a camper van parked near Loughor lifeboat station, according to the police.

Officers said they were called at 1.41pm on Sunday afternoon (Jan 12).

Locals said that the van had been parked there since December 22.

Police said they were called to the scene after concern was raised about an abandoned vehicle.

A statement from a police spokesperson said: “The body of a man was located inside.”

It added that his death was not being treated as suspicious and the coroner had been informed.

Hayden Jones, who walks in the area regularly, said he spotted police and the ambulance service were in the area at 3.20pm yesterday.

He said: “We came from the direction of the bridge and police were stopping cars coming in. There was an ambulance there too.

“We didn’t see what was going on. We turned around.”

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