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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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How Wales created 19 new field hospitals in less than 8 weeks…

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Across Wales the Welsh Government is supporting the NHS to create new field hospitals and rapidly increase bed capacity.
Health boards have repurposed existing buildings, including the Principality Stadium, a holiday park and even a television studio to provide an additional 6,000 beds.Field hospitals are designed to support the NHS during the coronavirus pandemic by providing extra bed capacity but they will also help normal hospital services be restarted and support social care services.Last month, the first patients were admitted to Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig at the Principality Stadium, in Cardiff.

Four to six weeks

Here is how Wales almost doubled its bed capacity in less than eight weeks…The time it has taken to nearly double hospital bed capacity in Wales, creating field hospitals across the nation.

19 field hospitals in Wales
This includes the repurposing of Bluestone Holiday Park and Parc y Scarlets in west Wales and Venue Cymru in north Wales.

1,500 beds at the Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig
Making it one of the largest field hospitals in the UK.

Five days
The length of time it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig, which overlapped with the build phase.

3,000
The number of planning hours, involving more than 20 different disciplines, it took to plan Ysbyty Calon y Ddraig.

£166m
Welsh Government funding for the set up, construction and equipment for field hospitals in Wales.

138,000
The number of pieces of equipment have been provided to help support field hospitals, including beds, imaging equipment, syringe drivers and medicines.

Three North Wales field hospitals have the name Enfys
Meaning rainbow – the symbol of hope and thank you to the NHS during the pandemic.
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7-year-old Mattie from Pembrey takes on home Pen y Fan-tastic challenge for Action for Children

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Plucky Mattie Denman will climb the equivalent of Pen y Fan in the drive at her family home in Pembrey on Friday 22nd May to raise funds for Action for Children.

Mattie (7), has always wanted to climb the highest mountain in South Wales and is unable to currently because of the coronavirus pandemic.  As the family exercise at home every day, she decided she wanted to do the 6-mile equivalent journey there while she waits for the chance to do it for real.  Mattie chose Action for Children as her mother, Sian, works for the charity in Carmarthenshire.

Mattie said: ‘My Mammy works for Action for Children and I want to help as well because lots of families need help.  My older brother and sister help Action for Children, so I asked Mammy if I could do something. We exercise everyday walking up and down the drive and I have always wanted to climb Pen y Fan, but we have never done it.

‘Mammy said I could pretend I am walking it and people will give money to the charity. I said brilliant, that is what I am going to do and I am super excited to do it. I will use mammy’s step counter and I hope I can help children that need support especially because it is so hard for some families because of coronavirus.’

Proud mum and family support practitioner for Action for Children, Sian, added: ‘Mattie has a lovely heart and really wanted to do something and I’m very proud she chose Pen y Fan as her home challenge.  Action for Children has been going the extra mile during the coronavirus pandemic continuing to support vulnerable families through phone and video sessions as well as food and help with the basics from our Emergency Appeal Fund. 

‘It is a tremendously challenging time for our families and every bit of money will directly help those in our communities who need it most.  I hope as many people as possible will donate to Mattie’s brilliant fundraising effort, it’ll make it even more special when we finally get to climb Pen y Fan for real.’

If you want to support Mattie’s Pen y Fan challenge please go to: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mattiesclimb

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Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package

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A South Wales housebuilder has launched new incentives which mean homes are ‘ready to move into’ during the Covid-19 crisis – without the need for tradespeople or delivery people.

People in Wales are allowed to move into new build houses during the lockdown – and many people have successfully done so.

However, the limitations of social distancing can add extra stress when it comes to having things like dishwashers, washing machines and turf installed in the new property.

That’s why Persimmon Homes West Wales has launched a new incentive package which gives purchasers the chance to buy a house with white goods and flooring already in place.

Sharon Bouhali, sales director at Persimmon Homes West Wales, said: “Our sales advisors have done a terrific job in talking with customers and guiding them through the buying process remotely, without the need of face-to-face meetings.

“It’s been a huge challenge, but we’ve risen to it – and Persimmon has sold more than 120 properties in South Wales during the lockdown period. We have customers moving into their new homes every week.

“But, understandably, some people are cautious about having too many tradespeople and contractors enter their home, even if they are doing their utmost to abide by social distancing rules.

“That’s why we have launched these new packages which mean people can turn the key, unpack and get on with enjoying their new home.”

The package includes carpets and vinyl throughout, turf in the back garden, sliding wardrobes, integrated fridge freezer, integrated washer/dryer, integrated dishwasher and £500 discount towards removal fees.

The deal is on offer at Glas Y Felin in Bridgend, Parc Yr Onnen in Carmarthen, The Bridles in Llanelli, Peterson Park in Pontyclun, Parc Brynderi in Llanelli and Allt Y Celyn in Rhos.

Persimmon’s marketing suites in Wales remain closed for the time being. Visit www.persimmonhomes.com or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.

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