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Council boards up Trimsaran RFC changing rooms

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changingroomsboardedTHE CHANGING rooms of Trimaran RFC have been boarded up leaving the club with nowhere to prepare for fixtures over the Christmas period and into the New Year.A concerned club member contacted The Herald to say that council employees were at the changing rooms boarding them up and that he was told that the club had 4 hours to clear out. A club representative who asked not to be named told The Herald: “Three weeks ago we made inquiries about the transfer of asset management. We were confident that we would be able to get a £14,000 grant.

The WRU have over half a million in the pot for improving club facilities like those at Trimaran. “However, Meryl Gravell obviously wants to knock the changing rooms and the Miners Welfare Hall down as part of the council’s plans to build a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) there. “There used to be a £100,000 from the Sports Council to do this but those grants are no longer available because the Sports Council themselves say that the MUGA’S are not viable. There would be three MUGAS within a few miles of each other if that went ahead. They are not being used and they do not serve the purpose of rugby and football clubs.” The representative told us he was shocked to hear of the closure over the phone: “I got a phone call on Tuesday (Dec 22) and was told that the council were there turning the water and electricity off and boarding it up.

They cant do that. The club’s equipment is in there.” Speaking about the future plans the club had for the changing rooms the representative , “The WRU has now divided rugby up to Carms East West and Central. The WRU are putting money into clubs with playing fields they own. Trimsaran owns their own ground. Trimsaran would have been the venue for women’s rugby in May and June with under 8’s to under 16’s training there. To do that you need four changing rooms. All schoolboys matches are also played there. “We need these facilities but Meryl Gravell is trying to force the club to use the changing rooms in Leisure centre which is council subsidised. If we did that we would just be propping up a white elephant. It appears Wayne Jones of the County Council instructed that the changing rooms should be shut down. There has been no attempt to repair the roof. The club doesn’t have facilities on Saturdays now.” The Herald asked the representative what he believed was behind the decision to board up the changing rooms.

His answer betrayed a deep cynicism about the Council’s motivations: “You have to question whether this is a deliberate attempt to destroy the building. They have not given us any notice. The attempt to transfer the asset is ongoing. Meryl Gravell is away and uncontactable. She is supposed to be our local councillor and said nothing to us about this before she went away on holiday! How are we supposed to use the leisure centre changing rooms if nobody is there?” Richie Powell, who is standing for the County Council against Meryl Gravell in May 2017, commented: “It is a bit of a shock to come and see that it has been boarded up. It is one of the busiest and most exciting times for Trimsaran Rugby Club. The place is run down but there is a grant available to make it better. They can’t go and change in the leisure centre. There is a cafe by the front entrance. At this time of year when the ground is wet it will be filthy within minutes. “To close it down like this is so unprofessional. The club has produced so many great rugby players.

They have screwed the boards into the framework of the door and into the walls. They could have come here and sorted out the rocks on top of the roof, fixed the guttering, cleaned up, but not board it up.” The Miners’ Welfare Club is another example of a neglected community asset. It has so much history and has been host to so many great community events. Why can’t they do it up like they did with the hall in Carwe? I would like to ask Meryl Gravell why she has left this rugby club in the lurch and gone of for Christmas without a thought for anyone. They have no permission to go anywhere else.” “The Council should have contacted the club and talked about this. This is embarrassing for the village. It seems that some councillors are too far removed from their communities.

The people running the show are the pen pushers at County Hall. They don’t care about history, heritage or communities.” International athlete Richie continued: “Where do the players who play for Wales come from? It is here at the grass roots level in clubs like Trimsaran. This would not happen over the border in England. We seem to have allowed this council to ride roughshod over everybody and that is why I am making a stand and putting myself forward. The council should be able to step in here and give the club a little help. They seem to be able to find the money for so many other people and projects, which have often been white elephants.” The Herald contacted Carmarthenshire County Council and asked if they could provide any information on why the changing rooms were boarded up. A spokesperson told us: “The changing rooms have been closed due to health and safety reasons until maintenance repairs have been carried out. In the meantime the club has been advised to use the facilities at the leisure centre.”

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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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