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Councillor calls for rail improvements

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3479: Hoping the train will come

3479: Hoping the train will come

A KIDWELLY Town Councillor is calling for changes to be made to provisions at Kidwelly Railway Station.

Councillor Phil Thompson campaigned during his election to try to get improvements to the rail service in Kidwelly. Cllr Thompson told The Herald: “I know that rail transport is not within the direct power of the Town Council, which has recently made representations to the rail operator, so I hope to use my position as a local Councillor coupled with the power of community opinion to try and apply pressure to get the improvements we need. I have therefore, after consultation with the Assembly’s Petitions Committee regarding procedure and admissibility, lodged a petition with the National Assembly’s e-petition service.

“When the signing period has completed, which will now be after the Assembly elections, I have indicated that I would like to hand it in in person to the Committee as this gives both a publicity opportunity and chance to press the case directly.”

Cllr Thompson continued: “I have further indicated that as lead petitioner I am happy to attend any Assembly Committee to give be questioned and give evidence on the issue, (if this is needed I may well be looking for other volunteers to come along too). I also plan to write to the rail operator informing them of the petition hopefully using the pressure generated and will invite them to put forward proposals voluntarily. I would also wish to contact the rail unions to make clear the dispute is not with the rail staff and hopefully get their support.”

Cllr Thompson said that if the petition is ineffective, he is prepared to take direct action to make his point: “If this does not work then I think we should look at a public meeting to discuss other ideas, like for example having an action day or days on which we have a rota to request stop every train.”

The petition makes three chief requests: making Kidwelly a regular timetabled and not a request stop; making the trains wheelchair accessible to and from the platforms; and (3) increasing the frequency of trains stopping at Kidwelly.

The petition claims that Kidwelly’s status as a request stop inconveniences visitors and new residents and points out the anomalous point that the station is both a request stop only and yet is allocated specific times to both stop at and depart from the station. The petition also points out that the platform height on the westbound platform is so low that, even with the train’s ramp system, a wheelchair or other mobility aids can not board or alight trains. It points out that this last point is potentially discriminatory against disabled passengers.

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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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