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New apartments unveiled in Old Lodge

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Council Chairman Peter Hughes Griffiths: Cuts the ribbon unveiling the new set of apartments

Council Chairman Peter Hughes Griffiths: Cuts the ribbon unveiling the new set of apartments

A SET of new apartments for older people has been opened in the Old Lodge part of Llanelli, and with it came a round of celebrations.

Afternoon tea was held at Waddle’s Court Sheltered Scheme on Friday where new tenants joined neighbours, friends, and other guests to celebrate the opening of the new 13 apartments. Celebrations also included a choral showpiece from pupils of Bigyn School, and saw tenants getting involved in baking cakes and making decorations for the day.

The transformation from the building’s former care home into one bedroom homes for elderly people comes after a £1.4m investment from Carmarthenshire County Council, and part funding from the Welsh Government.

The apartments are linked to the existing Waddle’s Court Sheltered Scheme which provides comfortable and secure housing to retired or elderly people who require support. The apartments house everything needed on a daily basis, which give the tenants their own freedom to live how they want to, but also to feel secure. There are also communal areas where tenants can socialise with their neighbours if they want to and rooms include a lounge, library, and a TV and computer room.

One tenant, Nigel Evans, who has been living in Waddle’s Court but has recently moved into the new apartments said: “You couldn’t wish for anything better, it’s a pleasure to be living here.”

Neighbour Brian Williams, added: “I’ve been living at Waddle’s Court for six years – it’s close to Asda, the indoor market and the bus station so it’s very convenient. As for the new extension, it’s excellent – a great improvement. They’ve really catered for us, with a TV lounge, library, computer room and another large lounge.”

Carmarthenshire County Council chairman Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths performed the official opening of the set of new apartments and Executive Board Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans led the proceedings.

“It is a pleasure to see the building so full of life,” said Cllr Evans. “There is a real warmth here that is echoed by new and old tenants who are enjoying the new surroundings.

“We are pleased, as a council, to be able to invest in schemes such as this which provide suitable homes for people to maintain their independence later in life.”

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Three men arrested over charity box and cafe thefts

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THREE men are being questioned by police in connection with a burglary in Llanelli this weekend.

A cash register containing around £1,500, a charity collection box, and approximately £1,000 worth of stock were stolen from Marzano’s Café Bar in Cowell Street in the early hours of Sunday, February 16.

Today (Tuesday) three men aged 35, 39 and 27 were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

Chief Inspector Chris Neve said property searches were also being conducted in the Llanelli area as part of the investigation.

“I would like to reassure the community of Llanelli that we take incidents like this extremely seriously,” said Chief Inspector Neve.

“I would also like to thank everyone who has come forward with information so far.”

Café owner Andrew Marzano said: “I am extremely grateful to Dyfed-Powys Police for their efforts since we reported the incident to them. 

“I am also extremely grateful and humbled to the local community as we have had hundreds of messages of support from far and wide.”

Anyone with further information that could help police should contact 101, quoting reference DPP/0005/17/02/2020/01/C.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired you can also text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Dyfed-Powys Police appeal following Llanelli road traffic collision

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Dyfed-Powys Police is appealing for information following a road traffic collision which occurred at approximately 12.15am, this morning, Tuesday 18th February, 2020.

A black Audi A4 estate and a pedestrian were involved in the collision on Station Rd, Llanelli. The pedestrian was taken to hospital with what are described as serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, anyone who has information regarding the collision or information relating to the occupant of the vehicle is urged to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit quoting reference DP-20200218-006.

Police can be contacted by phoning 101, online at http://bit.ly/DPPReportOnline, or by email. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.”

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Lee Waters AM meets with prize winning students

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LOCAL Member of the Senedd Lee Waters visited Coleg Sir Gar to meet with prize winning students on Friday.

Three students from the college have won prestigious medals in the UK leg of the World Skills championship. WorldSkills UK Live is the UK national final for vocational skills competitions and brings together apprentices and young people from across the four nations to compete to world class standards in their chosen fields.

Llanelli’s Kieran Davies won a gold medal in the IT Support Technician category. Anwen Evans won a bronze in the health and social care category after being judged for how well she dealt with a patient with autism in a mock flat, and Lewis Hall won a Gold for woodworking.

Lee Waters MS said:“I was very impressed by the achievements of these award winning Coleg Sir Gar students beating off stiff competition from across the UK to win medals at the UK leg of the world-wide WorldSkills championship.

“It’s huge credit to them and their tutors for these real achievements.”

Pictured are Kieran Davies (wearing Red), Lewis Hall (wearing chequered shirt), Anwen Evans, Lee Waters MS and Andrew Cornish of Coleg Sir Gar

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