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Police station ‘past its sell-by date’

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Past sell-by date: Llanelli Police Station

Past sell-by date: Llanelli Police Station

A PLANNED upgrade for Llanelli Police Station has been abandoned, and the main custody centre will move to Dafen, while a base is retained in the town centre, the Police and Crime Commissioner has announced. The changes will form part of a £15m ‘estate modernisation programme’ announced earlier this week. Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon said: “I want the public to access local policing as easily as possible and I want to spend their money as wisely as possible.

“Llanelli’s current main police station, in Waunlanyrafon, is well past its sell-by date; it’s not a welcoming place for the public and it’s not a good place for officers to work. “We’d have liked to build a new base there – and had planned a £7.5m upgrade – but research has found it wouldn’t be cost effective, partly due to flood risk.” Other sites such as North Dock and Delta Lakes were considered but dismissed as not being cost effective.

Additionally, plans are being made to build a new base in Dafen, with Carmarthenshire’s main custody centre being moved there from Waunlanyrafon along with improved support facilities. Llanelli currently has 10 cells. Now a key focus is on identifying a prominent town centre location for use by the public and as a base for local policing teams. Mr Salmon has stressed that police accessibility in the town centre will be maintained, along with emergency response capability for the town as a whole. During the new development work the current station and custody suite will continue to support the existing levels of policing.

Mr Salmon said: “Llanelli’s police facilities must meet the public’s expectations of modern policing. This is a major investment which will result in modern, effective and efficient police bases. “I analysed what’s needed and the options for providing it. With the Chief Constable, I considered all options and we agreed to explore this one. I’m determined to spend public money wisely and to deliver accessible and responsive policing focused on our communities.

“I invite the Llanelli public to let me know where they’d like to see their new town centre police base.” The cost of the new work is accounted for in the force’s capital budget. Llanelli Police Station is base to around 150 police officers, PCSOs and staff. It is one of five custody locations across Dyfed-Powys. The others are Aberystwyth, Brecon, Haverfordwest and Newtown police stations.

Overflow facilities are available at Ammanford and Cardigan. Chief Constable Simon Prince said: “This level of investment in Llanelli’s police bases clearly demonstrates our commitment to keeping a local base in the town and our desire to ensure our custody facilities are fit for operational use for the future. “The police officers and staff there will together continue to keep the public safe from new, improved locations.

The work will ensure that we are able to provide the highest standards of service to our communities in the Llanelli area.” A review of the Dafen plan’s cost and environmental implications is expected later this month. Other Llanelli-area police stations, including Llwynhendy, Burry Port, Kidwelly and Cross Hands remain open.

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Llanelli: Stop notice issued for school planning application

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A CONTROVERSIAL planning application for a new 480-spaced school in Llanelli has been issued a stop notice by the Welsh Government.
Carmarthenshire County Council is proposing to build a new £9.1m school on Llanerch Fields in Llanelli and were looking to determine the planning application in the coming weeks. Welsh Government will now decide whether to call in the application or not.
The new school would accommodate 420 primary and 60 nursery pupils, set over two floors with larger classrooms with integrated IT facilities, a multi-purpose hall and specialist provision for pupils with additional learning needs.
Over recent years there has been much debate in the area on the choice of site for the new school with campaigners arguing that they support a new school, but object against Llanerch fields being built upon. Last year an attempt to get the land designated as a village green was turned down.
In 2017, Ysgol Dewi Sant as the first Welsh medium primary school to be provided by a local authority celebrated its 70th birthday.
Councillor Rob James, local member for Lliedi, stated “From day one I have raised concerns that the Council’s site choice and planning process opened the Council up to the possibility of the Welsh Government calling in the planning application. It is clear that these concerns were not misplaced and there is now a really chance that it will be. 

“As a local Councillor, a school governor and a parent, I am passionate about the need for a new school for the pupils of Ysgol Dewi Sant and it is important that local pupils get the benefits of a 21st century school.
“I will now be working with Council Officers to ensure that contingency plans are prepared in case the Welsh Government state that the planning application does not comply with national planning policy.
“I will also work with parents, pupils, residents and interested parties are able to engage with the Welsh Government during this process.”

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Third annual Burry Port Raft Race is eagerly awaited

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THE THIRD ANNUAL BURRY PORT RAFT RACE, organised by Burry Port couple, Craig and Isabel Goodman, will be held on Saturday (July 27).

The event which is held in Burry Port Harbour, raises much needed funds for both Burry Port RNLI and a children’s football academy and primary school the couple support in The Gambia.

The day launches at 12pm with stands, food stalls and children’s inflatable games and rides and these will be available until 5pm. You’ll also have a chance to meet the crews, who’ll be busy putting the final touches to their rafts.

Rafts launch at 3pm, followed by a presentation ceremony, including prizes for first raft over the line, first raft to sink and best dressed raft.

Craig said: ” A huge thank you goes to all our sponsors, including overall sponsor Dawsons, along with continued sponsorship from Celtic Couriers, Parker Plant Hire, Burns Pet Nutrition, Burry Port Co-Op, Llanelli Star, LBS Builders Merchants, Burry Port Marina, First Choice Flooring and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council.

For any further information about the event, please contact 07825 842981.

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Compensation offered after FSCS declares Llanelli firm in default

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CONSUMERS could get back money they have lost as a result of their dealings with a failed regulated firm in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire. The firm is Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited formerly Assura Protect, Room 1, 7 Meadows Bridge, Parc Menter, Cross Hands, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales SA14 6RA.

The firm was declared in default in June 2019 by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS).

FSCS is the UK’s statutory compensation scheme that protects customers of authorised financial services firms that carry out certain regulated activities. A declaration of default means FSCS is satisfied a firm is unable to pay claims for compensation made against it. This paves the way for customers of that firm to make a claim for compensation with FSCS.

Alex Kuczynski, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at FSCS, said: “FSCS steps in to protect consumers around the UK when authorised financial services firms go bust. This vital service, which is free to consumers, protects deposits, insurance, investments, home finance and debt management. We want anyone who believes they may be owed money as a result of their dealings with this firm to get in touch, as we may be able to help you.”

Since it began in 2001, FSCS has helped more than 4.5m people, paying out more than £26bn in compensation.

If you wish to make a claim with FSCS against Hayden Williams Independent Financial Services Limited, you may be able to do so using FSCS’s online claims service at https://claims.fscs.org.uk Or you can contact its Customer Services Team on 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100

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