A MEETING of the County Council’s Environmental & Public Protection Scrutiny Committee on Wednesday April 8, received a report on poor air quality in the centre of Llanelli.
The Environment Act 1995 places a duty on local authorities to assess and manage air quality in its area. This is achieved through the Local Air Quality Management work. There are various pollutants that can be assessed but local authorities are only required to monitor for those that have a potential to breach the Air Quality Objectives. For Carmarthenshire, the main pollutant of concern is nitrogen dioxide (NO2).
While NO2 levels are not sufficiently high to cause immediate health effects, the current levels could cause adverse health effects over the long term, particularly in people suffering from respiratory conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
The Environment Act 1995 specifies how local authorities deal with areas that fail to comply with the national air quality objectives.
The town of Llanelli has experienced increasing levels of NO2 over the last few years, to the extent that the air quality objective for NO2 has been breached. The Welsh Assembly Government has required the authority to carry out a Detailed Assessment to ascertain the extent and level of breach of the Air Quality Objective.
It is now proposed to designate part of Llanelli as an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA).
The Policy Guidance for which states: ‘The legal imperative to protect air quality should not be displaced with political imperative if this means the local authority is not working towards compliance with the Air Quality (Wales) Regulations 2000, as amended’.
The proposed designated area incorporates the Sandy Road roundabout and follows an easterly direction along the A484 Pembrey Road before turning north up New Road as far as the mini roundabout in Furnace, and then travels back south along Old Road as far as the junction with Thomas Street on the A476.
The boundary then travels north east along the A476 through Felinfoel Road and Panteg, as far as the mini roundabout joining Farmers Row. The boundary travels back south west along the A476 right down to Thomas Street bearing left along the A484 continuing on to the roundabout and bearing right following the A4214 along Stepney Place.
The boundary continues along the series of mini roundabouts going through Upper Robinson Street and Murray Street before turning right at the junction with Station Road. The boundary continues along the A4214 through Church Street, Hall Street, West End on to Pembrey Road before reaching Sandy Road roundabout to complete the boundary.
The committee remitted the matter to May’s Executive Board meeting and a meeting of the full council in June.
Public health services manager Sue Watts: “The first step in improving air quality in the affected areas is to declare an AQMA, which the council is now preparing to do.”
She continued: “The declaration of the AQMA by Carmarthenshire Council is a legal process and will include areas that are considered as being part of the solution, not just those areas affected.
“Carmarthenshire Council, working with identified stakeholders, will formulate an action plan which will aim to reduce levels of NO2 back within the objective levels again.”
Attempting to reassure members of the public about the council’s commitment to maintaining better air quality, Ms Watts concluded: “Air quality will continue to be monitored throughout the process to fully assess the impact and to help engage in consultations.”
Burry Port RNLI Malfunction On Recovery vehicle
A busy and eventful weekend at Burry Port RNLI, with a major mechanical failure on one of our launch vehicles, we were tasked to six serious incidents on Saturday evening, a major equipment recovery on Sunday, with a few minor incidents occurring when recovery was complete.Starting Saturday, at 5.30 pm we were tasked for both boats to assist in a major search for a missing swimmer in Rhossili Bay area of the Gower. Both boats were launched and quickly on their way, when a major failure occurred on our County Tractor launch and recovery vehicle, left it in 6 foot of water, undriveable, with a fast incoming tide, with the recovery trailer still attached. Our driver had made a safe evacuation from the vehicle and was unhurt. Both boats arrived on scene at Rhossili and the swimmer was found safe and well, so both boats returned to Burry Port.
The decision was made to abandon the Tractor and trailer, anchor and bouy them for safety. At this point we received another tasking from Milford Haven UK Coastguard, for a missing person with 2 children, last seen in the water at Pembrey Country park Beach. A search was commenced, but the 3 casualties were again found safe and well, so both boats returned to Burry Port.
Whilst continuing to make safe our stricken vehicle, our Atlantic 85 lifeboat was re-tasked to search for 2 persons, cut off by the fast incoming tide at Worms Head on the Gower. The lifeboat arrived very quickly on scene, located the 2 casualties, and took them to the safety of the beach, handing them to the Rhossili Coastguard team.
At this point, a group of people were seen on the sandbank at Pembrey old Harbour, completely cut off by the tide, so our smaller D class ILB was sent to pick them up and ferry them to safety, and handed them to Burry Port UK CG team.Our Atlantic Lifeboat was moored in the harbour overnight, as we had no recovery vehicle, and our D class was recovered and stored for the night.
By 9.00am Sunday morning, a specialist recovery team and vehicle were en route to Burry Port, and a spare tractor was also despatched.Sunday was spent planning and preparing for the recovery, with low tide at 4.45 pm, both lifeboats were placed in positions to be used if called on, and at 3.00pm the recovery operation began, with the Tallus caterpillar tracked recovery vehicle, and the RNLI specialist team, and some assistance from our D class lifeboat crew, the stricken vehicle was recovered at 4.15pm, replaced by the replacement vehicle and both lifeboats were made available for service.
Minutes later the D class was assisting people trying to cross from a sandbank to the Lighthouse, and then to a vehicle bogged down in soft sand, before all boats, trailers and vehicles were back in the safety of the Lifeboat Station.Grateful thanks to the RNLI team, and the transport driver who replaced our stricken vehicle with a serviceable tractor. Great respect to all our team, who even in adverse conditions and problems, still managed to carry out all their taskings, and assist in the recovery of the vehicle. A great team effort.
Four Welsh charities will receive a share of £1.2 million charity fund from ScottishPower Foundation
Four charities in Wales will receive a share of a £1.2 million funding pot from the ScottishPower Foundation, which champions benevolent work across the country.
Applying to the Foundation for funding is highly competitive each year. The charities that are successful in securing funding show passion, skill and commitment to making a positive change in their communities.
From education programmes to art projects, the fund will enable projects across Wales to deliver philanthropic work, supporting thousands of beneficiaries.
Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, which runs the Llanelli Wetland Centre in Carmarthenshire, has been awarded £100,000 for its ‘Generation Wild’ project to offer thousands of children across the UK with the opportunity to experience and interact with wildlife and the surrounding habitat. The programme will work with 15,000 children from disadvantaged communities, their teachers, and families to develop a life-long love of the natural world.
Bangor University (Reaching Wider North and Mid Wales partnership) will also benefit from the funding for its innovative ‘Bright Sparks’ programme. It combines education and theatre in the classroom to inspire a love for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Working with Theatr Clwyd, Welsh students will learn about a variety of subject areas from ‘Professor Sparky’ and her nephew ‘Eric’ who is trying to pass his exams. The sessions will focus on the environmental benefits of Low Carbon Technologies.
Nightingale House Hospice in Wrexham has been awarded a grant of £25,000 to support its vital work in Wrexham for both patients and the local community.
Cardiff-based Size of Wales will use funding to encourage conversations on climate change among young people in Wales. The project will return with its ‘MockCOP’ initiative for 14-18 year-olds, which is similar in style to a United Nations discussion. It will give young people a platform to speak out on climate change and empower them to feel that they can be part of the solution.
Melanie Hill, Executive Officer and Trustee at the ScottishPower Foundation, said: “At the ScottishPower Foundation, we’re passionate about supporting causes that really make a difference for communities, committed to fighting climate change, and dedicated to helping young people achieve their full potential for a brighter future. The charities we’re funding this year do all of that – and more – carrying out exceptional work, often in challenging circumstances, as they strive to make lives better.
“We recognise that now, more than ever, people are relying on charities and their services and we’re very proud to support these efforts in such a meaningful way. We’ll continue to work closely with our charity partners to help maximise the impact of our ScottishPower Foundation funding to achieve the best possible outcomes for people and communities across the UK.”
Mark Stead, National Formal Learning Manager at the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, said: “We are delighted to have secured this funding. My childhood was filled with splashing in streams and climbing trees. Very few of today’s children have these experiences and we are in danger of raising a generation of young people that have become disconnected from the natural world.
“This disconnection is felt even more keenly among disadvantaged communities and at WWT we believe that nature is for everyone, irrespective of their background. This funding will enable us to reconnect some of those in society who need it most with nature, boosting their mental wellbeing whilst helping to create a new generation of conservationists.”
The ScottishPower Foundation was established in 2013 to make a significant and lasting contribution to society, enhancing the lives of people living in communities throughout the UK. It provides funding to help support the advancement of education, environmental protection, arts and culture and citizenship. It also supports charities who aim to provide relief from poverty, disability, or other disadvantages.
The full list of this year’s funding recipients are:
· Kidscape Campaign for Children’s Safety
· Changing Faces
· South Tyneside Churches KEY Project
· Inter Madrassah Organisation
· National Theatre of Scotland
· Youth Connections
· The Customs House
· Nightingale House Hospice
· Bangor University (Reaching Wider North and Mid Wales partnership)
· The Literacy Pirates
· Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
· Bendrigg Trust
· The Movement for Non-Mobile Children (Whizz-Kidz)
· Acorns (North Tyneside)
· Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland
· Dynamic Earth Charitable Trust
· Size of Wales
· The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
· Bumblebee Conservation Trust
· Sporting Memories Foundation Scotland
Llanelli Mayors First Engagement
OUR first engagement for the Town Mayor Chris Griffiths and Town Mayoress Mrs Sara Griffiths, Town Deputy Mayor Terry Davies and Town Deputy Mayoress Mrs Susan Davies, supporting Ymlaen Llanelli (BID).
What a pleasure it was to see people back out again social distancing and using the town to do shopping and socialising with the cafe’s.
Riding on the back and hard work of last year’s success events and a challenge with the Covid 19 lockdown. Ymlaen Llanelli (Ymlaen Llanelli is Llanelli’s Business Improvement District (BID), working to build a more vibrant town centre).
They took up the gauntlet to boost the town by arranging the Super heroes weekend last Saturday, be it at a lower scale from last year, but once again the dedicated team made it a success and a pleasure to be in the town with them, with characters such as Iron man and Captain America, and the Jurassic T rex and the princesses.
Check out their fun video on their facebook page with the Mayoral party giving out the free Jenkins the Bakers cupcakes. Look on https://www.facebook.com/YmlaenLlanelli/ for future events and this year’s rules.
The Mayoral party visited Cowell Street and Marzano’s cafe and bistro and the market St Elli centre, Stepney street and Vaughn street to check out the towns activity and chat with the people. Rev Eldon Phillips our town Cryer was full swing with his bell and entertaining with his news.
All in all, everyone agreed it was a breath of fresh air after lockdown and to see that people were adopting a new style of shopping and experiencing the value and friendship in shopping at Llanelli. You may also check out the towns arrangements with the Bid on
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