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Council backs reduced free parking trial

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Llanelli town centre: Scheme trialled after long delay

Llanelli town centre: Scheme trialled after long delay

PLANNED INCREASES in parking fees and the introduction of charges in the evenings have been deferred. Environment executive board member Cllr Hazel Evans has put a halt on bringing them in. The decision to put up parking fees by 20p per charge band and bring in charging during the evenings was taken by Council earlier this year. However, Cllr Evans said a number of people had made representations regarding the charges and she wanted to consider their views. Cllr Evans is taking a report to the next Executive Board following a review of parking, which will include the planned increase and evening charges. She said: “I want to discuss this issue with my Executive Board colleagues as part of a wider parking review.

“I have stopped the charges being introduced in the meantime because I want to be better informed before we take any final decisions. “Clearly, any decision will have budget implications for us at a time when we are facing particularly severe cuts, so we have to ensure, for the sake of council taxpayers, that the decisions we take are right, not just financially but also considering the impact they would have on the people we serve.”

The details of a free parking scheme for Llanelli’s town centre are also to be discussed by the Council’s Executive Board shortly before the scheme comes into operation. Executive Board Portfolio Holder for Technical Services, Hazel Evans said: “Myself, and my colleagues on the Executive Board, are fully committed to Llanelli town centre, this is evident in the huge investment which has been made in recent years, and which continues to be made.

“However, a number of people believe that providing free parking would help bring more footfall into the town centre. “I will be recommending a month’s trial for this, with monitoring, so that evidence can be provided of its effectiveness.” Back in April, Carmarthenshire Council approved a motion for a six month, two hour free parking period in Llanelli in an attempt to improve town centre trade. That proposal was remitted to the Executive Board, who appear poised to approve a much-reduced plan than that passed overwhelmingly by members almost six months ago. The then Plaid opposition was particularly vocal in lobbying for an extended free parking trial in Llanelli, and it coincidentally formed a key plank of their General Election candidate’s platform in the town. Increased charges imposed by the local authority have been blamed for a decline in town trade, as customer head to out of town retail developments with free parking; a situation unlikely to be much improved as the Council considers plans to sell off further land for large-scale retail developments. The Council has made record profits from charging for car parking in the last twelve months.

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Tesco grant boost for Llanelli children.

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An organisation working with children in Llanelli has received a £2,000 grant from a special costal voting round of Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme.

The grant for Clybiau Plant Cymru will go towards delivering workshops and out-of-school childcare clubs that encourage children to play outdoors and connect with nature in coastal areas.

Naomi Evans, the Regional Manager for Clybiau Plant Cymru, said the funding will help combat issues of childhood obesity in Wales, giving children the opportunity to play freely and get active away from distractions such as social media.

“We’re truly grateful to Tesco for its support and funding through the Bags of Help scheme,” she said. “We aim to promote health, wellbeing and environmental awareness through fun, outdoor activities, so every donation has a huge impact on kids’ lives.

“The clubs provide valuable play and learning opportunities outside of the school day, enabling parents to work and train, which in turn drives economic growth, tackles poverty and reduces inequalities.”

“Through the funding we are delivering 12 workshops within four clubs in the Llanelli area to children and our staff.” She added. “It will engage up to 200 individuals, as well as providing skills and knowledge which staff can apply on an ongoing basis to provide quality childcare for years to come.”

Tesco shoppers in Llanelli cast their votes using blue tokens handed out at checkouts as part of the special voting round supporting groups in 42 coastal communities across the UK. More than 100 projects working to improve Britain’s coastline shared the combined funding pot worth £300,000.

Bags of Help, run in partnership with the charity Groundwork, sees funding awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. To date £80m has been awarded through the scheme, with more than £5m awarded to projects in Wales.

Claire de Silva, Tesco’s Head of Community, said: “Bags of Help has been a huge success since we introduced the scheme and we are glad to be able to support great projects, including this scheme to support children in Llanelli.

“We saw a fantastic mix of projects shortlisted and I’d like to thank customers for casting their votes and supporting these important initiatives in their community.”

The scheme is ran in partnership with community charity Groundwork. Groundwork’s National Chief Executive, Graham Duxbury, said: “Bags of Help continues to enable local communities up and down Britain to improve their local spaces and the places that matter to them. We’re pleased to be able to be a part of the journey and provide support and encouragement to groups enjoying, protecting and improving Britain’s coastlines.”

Full details of the Bags of Help scheme can be found at www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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Concerns raised to police over burglaries in Llanelli

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CONCERNS are being raised regarding burglaries reported to Dyfed-Powys Police in the Llanelli and Rural areas over the last week.  I want to reassure the community that patrols have been increased to target vulnerable areas and deter criminal activity.  I also want to take the opportunity to ask the community to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity to police in order to prevent crimes of this nature from taking place.   

Officers from the Neighbourhood Police Teams are conducting patrols in the community and providing support to victims of crime.  If members of the community have concerns or want to provide information please get in touch with us on 101 by telephone or email on LlanelliRuralNPT@Dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk.  In an emergency or if an incident is on-going the public should phone 999.

Taking just a few steps can make a big difference in keeping your home safe from burglary. Here are a few tips:

•Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you’re just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key)


•Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox)


•Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures – a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home)


•Install good outside lighting


•Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property


•Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied


•Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition


•Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage


•Keep ladders and tools stored away; don’t leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home


•Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property


•Ensure rear fencing is in good repair


•Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges


•Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise


•Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme


•Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows


•Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.

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Appeal follows fatal road traffic collision in Llanelli

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a fatal road traffic collision that happened in Llanelli last night. At approx. 8.15pm on Saturday 22 February the collision happened between a white Suzuki Swift car and a male pedestrian, at Church Street, Llanelli, near the Magistrates Court. Emergency services attended, but sadly the 53 year old pedestrian had sustained fatal injuries.

The Serious Collision Investigation Unit is appealing for any witnesses to the collision to get in touch, but they are also appealing to anyone who may have Dashcam footage of the incident to contact them. You can get in touch by phoning 101. Please quote reference DP-20200222-347, so our busy call handers can marry your information to the correct incident as quickly as possible. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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