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It’s all about the bass

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County Cllr Tegwen Devichand: “I think it is a good outcome for the residents.”

County Cllr Tegwen Devichand:
“I think it is a good outcome for the
residents.”

A MEETING between County Councillor Tegwen Devichand and residents living close to the Play King centre in Dafen took place on Friday (June 5) at Dafen Hall.

The meeting was set up to consider a planning application by the owner of the Play King centre David Edwards for nightclub facilities, including a license for alcohol. Councillor Devichand started by telling residents that she had submitted an objection to the plans to change the licensing to include alcohol and nightclub facilities for adults.

Ms Devichand said: “I had been called out with my slippers on to hear the noise. When I went into a resident’s home I could still hear the music. The gentleman who actually owns Play King contacted me and said he didn’t realise so many people were objecting.

“I told him people have the right to live in that area in peace and quiet. He said he would change the drink license and we have that letter from the owner David Edwards. I sent that on to the licensing officer. They sent that to planning and I sent residents a copy.

“He called me again and said he wanted to do what the public wanted. He was sympathetic and supportive. He was removing the first proposal, which was seven days a week. The new proposal is now 11 to 16’s from 7.15 until 10.15pm once a month for eleven months.

“With regards to the noise, he’s had a firm down from London and they have measured noise levels. Acceptable levels are 12 decibels but he has said he will reduce the levels to 9 decibels. It is in writing. The application will be considered on June 23.

Local resident Dylan Morris expressed concerns that residents were not clear on what the results of the noise testing were as they were only given a series of graphs, with no explanation. He added: “We want to clarify what these levels are and we would like to ask if they match the levels recorded by the council. Our concerns were that the owner was just saying he would change the application hoping we wouldn’t turn up to the hearing. If we let this go through would a precedent be set and if we don’t complain would he then say that no complaints have been received so he could have more days?”

Mrs Devichand said: “I thought about that and the council will be monitoring the situation. I would be happy to come out at any time. I think the owner has tried hard to appease everyone. If there were problems our officers wouldn’t like being called out all the time. There is a lot of night-time traffic in that area and there are factories there. They were not informed and that was of concern to me. I was told it wasn’t relevant to notify them. It is nice for the children to have somewhere to go. The police have said they are happy the children have somewhere to go. I will go to the licensing committee meeting to make sure that these changes are final.”

Mr Morris said: “If those readings are acceptable it’s ok saying that, but if that bass is still coming through it is not acceptable.”

Following the meeting the Herald asked Mr Morris if the residents had won a victory. Mr Morris said: “It’s not a victory we were looking for. All we were looking for was fair play and an understanding of our situation. We were happy that Tegwen took this on on our behalf and hopefully it will progress to a satisfactory conclusion.

“We don’t want to stop anything with regards to enjoyment for the children. We want that to continue but we also want some peace as well. We will now get together as a group of neighbours to consider what we have heard and we will take it back to Tegwen. As far as tonight is concerned I am happy with the outcome.”

Cllr Devichand told the Herald: “I think it is a good outcome for the residents. It is good that we can work with a local business and that the owner appreciates that people want to live in peace. The biggest concern was the noise, but when they found out there was a drinks licence and the extension of the times, it didn’t seem natural. The owner was a bit shocked that this sort of response had come about. He was quite happy to change the licence. Our officers have been excellent in dealing with this matter.”

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Cllr Kevin Madge elected as new county council Chairman

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THE new chair of Carmarthenshire County Council said he will work tirelessly during his term of office.

Cllr Kevin Madge, member for Garnant, takes the chain of office whilst celebrating 40 years as a councillor.

Taking the chair, Cllr Madge paid tribute to outgoing chairman Cllr Mansel Charles, member for Llanegwad, saying he had fulfilled his duties with passion.

Cllr Madge will chair the council for the next 12 months, with Cllr Ieuan Davies, member for Llanybydder, as his vice chair, and his wife Catrin as his consort.

“I’m very much looking forward to the year ahead, I will do my best for everyone. I will work tirelessly,” he said.

Cllr Madge has chosen the Trussell Trust, which supports a nationwide network of food banks and emergency food provision for people in crisis, as his Chairman’s Charity of the Year.

The Chair is the first citizen of Carmarthenshire County Council, and is elected at the Annual General Meeting.

Duties include chairing full meetings of the council, representing the council at formal and ceremonial occasions, welcoming visitors to the county, and attending and supporting events organised by local people and organisations.

Cllr Madge has been a county councillor since 1996, and a member of Cwmaman Town Council since 1979.

He also serves as chairman of the Royal British Legion Garnant branch, Garnant Family Centre and Cwmaman Meals on Wheels, and is a member of Amman Valley League of Friends.

He represents the county council on the Brecon Beacons National Park Authority, and the Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm Community Fund, and is on the governing body of Ysgol Y Bedol.

A former pupil of Amman Valley School, Cllr Madge has worked in the Amman Valley throughout his life, most recently as agent and researcher to Dr Alan Williams MP until 2001.

A keen football supporter, he has served as chair and president of Cwmaman Football Club and spent 25 years as a Welsh League and Neath and District football referee.

He is married with two children and three grandchildren.

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‘UK Government should work with the Welsh Labour Government on Tata’

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LOCAL Assembly Member Lee Waters and Nia Griffith MP have called on the UK Government to work with the Welsh Labour Government to come up with a deal to protect steel making at Trostre, and across Wales and the UK.

Lee Waters AM met with representatives from Tata Steel on Wednesday to discuss the future for steel making at the plant following the reported collapse of the proposed joint venture with Thyssenkrupp.

During the meeting he stressed the need to protect the entire steel supply chain in Wales, including the high quality jobs at Trostre, and those that depend on its presence in Llanelli.

Lee Waters AM said “It’s clear that the support Welsh Government provided during the crisis of 2016 has been critical in getting extra investment into Port Talbot which will secure the works for years to come. However, Tata is a company run from India, and we simply don’t know what the board will decide about its future strategy. They may well be looking for a new joint venture partner, so we’ll have to vigilant about the implications for our local plants.”

“Tata has said it intends to continue with its existing business plan, and honor commitments made to the Trade Unions, so Nia and I will be keeping a close eye to make sure that happens.”

Welsh Government has been in active discussions with Tata steel following the collapse of the merger with Thyssenkrupp. In a written statement and during questions on Wednesday, the Welsh Government committed to invest in Welsh steel to protect its future and is looking at a range of measures to assist on energy costs, business rates and procurement of steel for public sector contracts.

Lee Waters AM said “The Welsh Government have given significant support to the steel industry here but it can’t do everything, and we now need the UK Government to work with them to ensure a future for skilled work in the steel industry in Llanelli and elsewhere in Wales.”

Nia Griffith AM said ““This latest news from Tata means yet more uncertainty for steelworkers. Their announcement about keeping Port Talbot is a start, but now we need real commitment from Tata on Trostre.

“We also need close cooperation from the company with the Trade Unions. Lee Waters AM and I will be urging the UK Government to follow Welsh Government in doing everything possible to secure the future of our steel industry.”

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MP and AM call for Trostre certainty after merger fails

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LOCAL ASSEMBLY MEMBER Lee Waters and Nia Griffith MP have called on the UK Government to work with the Welsh Labour Government to come up with a deal to protect steel making at Trostre, and across Wales and the UK.

Lee Waters AM met with representatives from Tata Steel on Wednesday to discuss the future for steel making at the plant following the reported collapse of the proposed joint venture with Thyssenkrupp.

During the meeting he stressed the need to protect the entire steel supply chain in Wales, including the high quality jobs at Trostre, and those that depend on its presence in Llanelli.

Lee Waters AM said “It’s clear that the support Welsh Government provided during the crisis of 2016 has been critical in getting extra investment into Port Talbot which will secure the works for years to come. However, Tata is a company run from India, and we simply don’t know what the board will decide about its future strategy. They may well be looking for a new joint venture partner, so we’ll have to vigilant about the implications for our local plants.”

“Tata has said it intends to continue with its existing business plan, and honor commitments made to the Trade Unions, so Nia and I will be keeping a close eye to make sure that happens.”

Welsh Government has been in active discussions with Tata steel following the collapse of the merger with Thyssenkrupp. In a written statement and during questions on Wednesday, the Welsh Government committed to invest in Welsh steel to protect its future and is looking at a range of measures to assist on energy costs, business rates and procurement of steel for public sector contracts.

Lee Waters AM said “The Welsh Government have given significant support to the steel industry here but it can’t do everything, and we now need the UK Government to work with them to ensure a future for skilled work in the steel industry in Llanelli and elsewhere in Wales.”

Nia Griffith AM said “This latest news from Tata means yet more uncertainty for steelworkers. Their announcement about keeping Port Talbot is a start, but now we need real commitment from Tata on Trostre.

“We also need close cooperation from the company with the Trade Unions. Lee Waters AM and I will be urging the UK Government to follow Welsh Government in doing everything possible to secure the future of our steel industry.”

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