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Last roll of the dice for AM candidates

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Candidate: Fozia Akhtan

Candidate: Fozia Akhtan

THE SELECTION process for Labour’s AM candidate to fight it out at the elections in 2016 come to a head at St Barnabus in Llanelli this Saturday (Sept 26).
Llanelli Labour party members along with the three candidates will be anxiously awaiting the outcome of the vote to put a face and a name to the person who will fight it out with other party candidates for the post vacated by Labour’s Keith Davies. At present the race is between Fozia Akhtar, Deryk Cundy and Lee Waters. Some candidates have been more visual than others in their campaigning.
County Councillor and prospective AM candidate for Llanelli Deryk Cundy is a man with a plan.
Speaking to The Herald on Tuesday (Sept 22) ahead of the vote, he said that Llanelli was in need of a new approach to tackling some of the major issues in the town like drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and petty crime.
He suggested that the town looks towards models, which have worked in other parts of the country, which are based on enabling individuals to thrive within a ‘CAN DO’ environment.
Councillor Cundy said, “I have been looking at the work of Andrew Mawson now Lord Mawson who started Community Action Network (CAN) in one of the poorest areas of London. He inherited an empty 1200 seater church in Bromley-by-Bow and set about finding individuals in the community to join him in establishing a crèche, a doctor’s surgery, a cafe, artist’s workshops, mental health provision and many more essential services, which did exist but were failing badly.”
Mawson’s model transformed the East End and was the first healthy living centre in the U.K. Councillor Cundy believes this can be replicated in Llanelli if he could find the right property and people willing to join him.
Councillor Cundy told The Herald: “I want to try and effect change and I want to focus on what can be done for individuals in Llanelli who can in turn help others. It is all about joining people up and providing a place where they can thrive together.”
Another of the prospective candidates Lee Waters was also out in the town on Tuesday asking business owners to sign a petition to stop the expansion of out of town shopping in Llanelli. Mr. Waters has also been active in campaigning to save Parc Howard from being sold off.
As Llanelli considers its future with huge cuts promised by local and national government, it will need some very creative thinking about social issues public services and the economy.

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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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