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Cure proposed for pigeon problem

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Adaptable: Llanelli's pigeons

Adaptable: Llanelli’s pigeons

LIKE many towns, Llanelli has suffered a blight of pigeons making a mess of its town centre.

One effort to tackle the problem – an imitation hawk – was placed inside the St Elli Centre. The device screeches every few seconds. Birds seem oblivious to its purpose as a deterrent, nonchalantly fly by, and have even been known to land on it.

The noise from the plastic raptor could be the most irritating sound in Llanelli and may actually drive people out of the centre rather than the birds

In the past Llanelli’s pigeon objectors have tried pigeon contraception in pigeon food and proposed sealing off the entrances to the shopping centre. However, anyone who has travelled on the London Underground knows that pigeons happily enter and exit automatic doors.

A statement by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Public Health Department reads, “The Public Health section receives a number of complaints each year concerning pigeons and issues relating to them. Regrettably, the Council has very limited powers with regard to these issues and for the most part cannot deal with the matters directly.

‘The council has no policy to control or to cull birds within the area, as such actions can only have a short-term impact. The installation of bird netting and or spikes can prevent pigeons from perching on a property. Such products are commercial available. However, installation of such equipment would need to be undertaken on a large percentage of properties in Llanelli town centre to improve the situation as evidence shows pigeons will relocate from one structure to a nearby structure once the proofing works are undertaken.’

A Llanelli based environmentalist and bird of prey handler thinks he has come up with a solution to Llanelli’s pesky pigeon problem. Darren Harries of Hawk Off says that one of the best ways of keeping the pigeon population at bay in the town is by placing hawk nesting boxes in the town, which would encourage the nesting of peregrine falcons.

Mr. Harries told the Herald, “If we have more birds of prey in the town centre area it will do a number of things. It will cut down on pest numbers and also become a talking point for the town attracting environmental tourists. We have a number of peregrine nest sites in the Llanelli area. Some of the peregrines do stay around the Llanelli area and other areas in the UK have put out nesting boxes for them. This had had a great response from the public and wildlife enthusiasts.

“That would be an eco-friendly solution and something that would help the town. There are other types of Hawks in the area like Sparrow hawks and Kestrels but the Peregrine is great for pest control.

“I am sure if boxes where placed on high vantage points around the town Peregrines would use the boxes. This would be a long process however once there are a few breeding birds in the area the pest problem would be reduced significantly.

“Once we have peregrines in town they will need to be monitored and rung. Some areas have live cams on nest boxes and this has benefited schools and nature lovers.”

Mr. Harries remains convinced that his green, eco environmentally friendly idea of using birds of prey is the best option and is willing to meet with town centre representatives as well as any related council departments.

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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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