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Care home ‘scaremongering’ must stop

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Caemaen Care Home: New care home will not lead to closure

Caemaen Care Home: New care home will not lead to closure

RUMOURS about the closure of a council-run care home in Llanelli must stop to protect vulnerable residents, according to a council officer, who gave a categorical denial that this was on the cards.

Councillor Siân Caiach has previously raised concerns about the future of Caemaen Care Home, and has campaigned with others for Llanelli care homes to stay open in the past.

At Tuesday’s Full Council meeting (Feb 23), Cllr Caiach asked for clarification of the plans, following the executive Board revealing that they had ‘no definite plans’ for the new £12.5m care home planned for Llanelli as part of the five year Capital Programme:

“I’ve asked before, and will ask again, about the future of our own care home for the frail elderly in Caemaen, and whether or not this is going to be replaced by the extra care home, which is of course a different matter,” she said.

“I really feel this extra care home is part of a privatisation agenda.”

Council Chair Peter Hughes- Griffiths wondered whether the question had been answered before in a council meeting:

“If we haven’t done it before, can we do it today?” he suggested.

Responding, Councillor Jane Tremlett, who holds the health and social care portfolio, said that the new home was in a very early stage, and no allocation had been made for the site or number of users.

“I am very keen that we actually look at the needs of the people of Llanelli,” Cllr Tremlett added.

“The detail has to be worked out based on the need – not just now, but future, planning 15, 20, 25 years ahead, so we actually get it right.

“I think that’s the important thing we must never forget; however grandiose these schemes might be, we are looking at providing care for people that is what they need, and where they need it.”

Cllr Tremlett also suggested that, along with other parties, including Labour, she believed that a mixed economy of private and public sector was the ‘way to go.’

Director of Community Services Jake Morgan gave full assurance that Caemaen would remain open: “I think it’s important to be absolutely clear: the development of new provision isn’t related to the closure of other provision,” he stated.

“I have said that many times – I couldn’t have been more definitive about that, and nor could Cllr Tremlett.”

Mr Morgan also suggested that unfounded speculation concerning the closure of Caemaen was unhelpful to residents.

“I think that it is probably important, given the vulnerability of people in the various provisions, and how easy it is to start anxieties, that maybe we put a stop to that narrative – that one is related to the other,” he added.

“We have expanding demand in that area, and we have a capital commitment to meet some of that demand to maintain a balance of in-house and external provision.

Mr Morgan also pointed out that, rather than being a privately-run facility, the new care home would be run by the Housing Association, and domicillary care would be in-house, leading to ‘an element of growth’ in this provision.

Former Chair of Save Our Homes Jan Wiliams said that people needed to know more detail as soon as possible: “There has been a lot of scaremongering, and people are nervous,” she said.

“I do feel that extra care is the way forward – in addition to the external provision we need care homes for the elderly, care homes that are run by the council, because believe it or not, the public trust us when it comes to running a care home.”

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    Chris

    June 3, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    It is understandable why the public is concerned. Reliable care homes facilities and staff are in short demand.

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Llanelli and Germany meet again for Oktoberfest 2019

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Fans of beer, music and dancing are in for a treat as Oktoberfest comes to Llanelli this October.

Bringing the German beer festival closer to home, Oktoberfest celebrates its first year in Llanelli this 5th and 6th of October. With a Bavarian Oompah band, German beer, food and an Oktoberfest themed venue, it is sure to be a fantastic event.

Popularly known as the world’s largest beer festival, the traditional Oktoberfest is held annually in Munich, Germany. With more than six million people travelling from all over the world to attend the Munich event, Iceqbe Events are now hosting the festival in Llanelli.

Iceqbe plan to bring the Bavarian atmosphere to the same venue that the town was once twinned with Germany in 1989. Taking place in the Selwyn Samuel Centre, the event is hopeful to attract both Llanelli locals as well as those who live further afield, supporting the Welsh town.

In preparation for the crowd, the biggest German beer festival to hit Llanelli will take place in a 220 people capacity venue, with the two-day festival spread into three separate beer-drinking sessions. 

Recently nominated for the Great British High Street award, this up and coming town is overflowing with welsh culture and international events, including Pride which took place in Llanelli earlier this year.

Iceqbe’s Co-Founder and Operations manager, Stefan Diamond, explains why they chose the town to host their event.

“We are thrilled to be hosting our very first Oktoberfest event in Llanelli,” said Stefan.

“I’ve lived here for seven years now and know first-hand what a great atmosphere this town brings to events like this. 

“With the town’s connection to Germany, it felt like the obvious choice for our event location. We can’t wait for beer-lovers across the UK to come together for a weekend of dancing, food and fantastic Bavarian beer!”

Co-founder of Iceqbe events, Luke James, explains what they’re hoping to achieve from the event.

“As the majority of event companies continue to outsource their staff, customer service levels have dropped whilst food and drink prices have skyrocketed,” he said. 

“We want to change that. We manage everything in-house which allows us to have full control over everything, from the venue to staffing. Our priority is to provide an amazing, safe and great value experience.”

Oktoberfest is sure to have people flocking in, with the opportunity to win tickets for you and five friends via their social media channel. To find out more about Oktoberfest, visit https://www.iceqbe.com/.

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PH Balance help arrest alleged sex offender

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A 51-YEAR-OLD male was arrested in Llanelli last Sunday (Sept 08) in connection to an alleged sexual offence.

Paedophile Hunting group PH Balance South Wales admitted to being involved with trapping the suspect through the use of a decoy. According to PH Balance’s recent Facebook post, the man had arranged a meeting with PH member Dobby who was acting as as a 14-year-old boy online. The man had shown up to the Llanelli town centre to allegedly take the young boy shopping. 

Dyfed-Powys Police arrived swiftly on scene and placed the alleged offender in handcuffs before taking him to the station in the back of a police vehicle.

A spokesman for Dyfed-Powys Police told the Llanelli Herald: “On Sunday, September 8, we received allegations from a group in respect of a man in the Swansea area, which related to offences involving children. Officers arrested a 51-year-old man on suspicion of meeting a child following grooming, at Eastgate Llanelli, the same day.”

The spokesman added: “The man has been bailed from police custody with conditions.”

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Becoming Deputy Chief Constable ‘a huge privilege’

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CLAIRE PARMENTER has been announced as the new Dyfed-Powys Police Deputy Chief Constable, describing it as a ‘huge privilege’.

DCC Parmenter, who grew up in Llanelli but now lives in Carmarthen, has worked her way through the ranks since joining the force as a PC 26 years ago.

She said: “Becoming the Deputy Chief Constable within my home force is a huge privilege for me, I hope this will inspire other officers and staff to achieve whatever they want across the service.”

Her policing career began in Ammanford in 1993, having just completed a BA (HONS) degree in Education at Cardiff.

“I was thinking of a career in teaching or policing, and decided to do my degree before making the choice,” DCC Parmenter said. “Policing was always in my heart, so when it came to it, it was an easy decision.”

As well as serving in a variety of uniform roles, DCC Parmenter has undertaken a number of secondments across UK Policing and beyond.

These include a role as national field officer with the National Policing Improvement Agency, becoming operational Chief Inspector in Avon and Somerset Police, and contributing to the national implementation of neighbourhood policing, for which she received a chief constable’s commendation.

She was promoted to Superintendent in 2010 and became lead for the Joint Emergency Services Group in Wales, leading and developing a number of blue light collaboration and resilience programmes, working closely with Fire and Rescue, Welsh Ambulance Service Trust and Welsh Government.

“I’ve always tried to look at the wider landscape of policing and how we work with partners to improve services to our communities,” she said. “These secondments have given me exposure to different ways of working and has broadened my outlook.”

DCC Parmenter returned to uniformed policing in 2012 and took up the role of Superintendent of specialist operations.

She later took over as BCU Commander for Carmarthenshire and Powys, and later took up the post of Chief Superintendent Head of Uniformed Policing for the force.

She is an accredited Strategic Firearms and Gold Public order commander and has won a Stonewall National award for her support of LGBT staff.

A mother of two, DCC Parmenter’s drive and dedication has not only led her to become a chief officer, but has also had a positive influence on her teenage daughters.

DCC Parmenter said: “My youngest daughter is 14 and she’s also keen to join the police. It’s nice to know that she looks at my career positively and can see how policing can make a real difference.

“I’m very proud to be a chief officer in the force I am from. Being able to effect the delivery of services in my home area, and to serve people in the area I live ensuring the best possible service, is a huge privilege.”

Looking ahead, DCC Parmenter’s aims are to keep delivering across Dyfed-Powys Police, and to ensure the force continues to improve and innovate.

She added: “I know Dyfed-Powys communities and staff very well, and I think we have got all the ingredients to be an absolutely outstanding force. I look forward to being a part of the chief officer team to deliver that.

“I’m really grateful to our staff and colleagues across the force, who have supported me throughout my career.”

Chief Constable Mark Collins said: “Claire has shown outstanding commitment to our communities over many years and I am delighted to have her as my Deputy Chief Constable.”

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