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‘No more’: Tensions runnig high along Swansea Road

‘No more’: Tensions running high along Swansea Road

TENSIONS are running high along Swansea Road in Llanelli as local business owners are in opposition over proposed parking restrictions.

Windows are adorned with posters appealing for people not to park outside their homes. The local café has posters declaring dissatisfaction with accusations against the owner Tracey Webb who is in favour of the restrictions. She told the Herald: “For the last three years we have been battling with Carmarthenshire County Council, Mews garage and the taxi company. We have been battling for restricted parking and yellow lines. Carmarthenshire County Council and the police have agreed it but nothing has been done. It is affecting my business. Vehicles are parked all along the street here and council workers park their cars here because it is free parking. Disabled people cannot park here because there is nowhere to park. I cook the old fashioned foods so the older generation come here but there is nowhere to park. I’d like to see double yellow lines here with restrictive parking and the council to give the garage an area for them to park vehicles. There is bad feeling and you can see the posters in the windows.”

Some business owners are opposed to restrictions and believe that their businesses will suffer if they are introduced. Garage owner Alan Bowen told me: “There isn’t a parking problem here. People do use this area to park for free and yes, some of them might work in the council offices. People come and go here all day. You can ask the residents on Swansea Road. The café owner has upset everyone you can knock on the doors and they will tell you. It has been like this for three years. I have been here 26 years without a problem. It will upset everything if they place restrictions, it will affect my business drastically. We will petition against yellow lines. I need to have cars parked here for the day sometimes. There’s a Royal Navy club here and they have big events there and it will hit them badly. If the council workers weren’t parking there it would alleviate the situation. I have nothing against them parking there, some of them actually bring their cars here.”

Some business owners are indifferent to the proposals including Steve Edwards who runs a taxi firm on Swansea Road. He said: “We are back and forth here most of the day, we don’t really park for long. We are busy at night but by then the road is clear. Restrictions won’t really hit my business but I can see it will hit Alan badly.”

Workers at the Sarah’s hairdressers said that they did not think there was a problem with parking. One staff member said: “There was a letter sent round about the parking and we don’t want restrictions. We park on the side roads. There is not an issue here but we can see that people do park down the bottom of the road all day.”

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




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.

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

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

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




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:

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Housebuilder launches Coronavirus move in package




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 or call 01792 229800 for details of homes available.

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