ON FRIDAY (Feb 26) HRH The Prince of Wales visited Stebonheath Primary School to view a Welsh Water ‘RainScape’.
He viewed the water catchment system which has been installed on the school’s site; before meeting staff and pupils and watching a performance in the school hall. He was accompanied by TV presenter Sara Edwards, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed.
The Prince met local dignitaries before being welcomed by MP Nia Griffith and AM Keith Davies, then was eventually shown around the project by the headmaster Julian Littler.
RainScape is Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s approach to sustainably managing surface water. Surface water is rainwater that runs off roofs, highways and paved areas.
In many areas, this rainwater ultimately drains into public sewerage systems, which have to deal with increasing volumes of surface water . These flows are increasing for a number of reasons, including the growth of builtup areas and more frequent severe storms.
Too much surface water entering sewer networks is a problem that cannot be resolved simply by building bigger sewers, storage tanks and extending networks, as this is not sustainable nor affordable.
RainScape catches rainwater and slows down the speed at which it goes into sewer networks. Using tried and tested methods from around the world, it helps reduce sewer flooding and pollution and creates greener, cleaner communities.
Welsh Water has invested £15m between 2012-2015 in the Llanelli and Gowerton network. A further £60m investment is planned across Wales between 2015 and 2020, with £25m alone in Llanelli, Burry Port and Gowerton.
Chris Jones CEO of Dwr Cymru said: “It has been a fantastic event and the kids have had a fantastic opportunity to meet with The Prince of Wales and tell him about how the scheme here is helping the environment locally. He had a look around at some of the schemes in the town.
“He was impressed with what is going on in Llanelli. He is hugely knowledgeable and very keen on sustainable solutions. He was talking about some of the latest research and he was delighted to see it being put into use in the community of Llanelli.”
The Prince of Wales walked around the project chatting with the staff and children among those he spoke to was 10 year-old Kieran Morgan. Kieran told The Herald: “Prince Charles asked me how the leeks were coming on and said it would be nice to have them for dinner.”
Year 2 teacher Jade Edwards was in the garden reading to children when The Prince of Wales passed by and asked the children : “Does she give you any homework.” Following the tour of the RainScape project The Prince was treated to a performance of Welsh songs and dance by pupils dressed in traditional Welsh costume. Before leaving the Prince unveiled a commemorative plaque marking his visit.
The headmaster said: “This was a big day for the children. They knew this was coming for a few weeks. It was an historic occasion for Stebonheath school. It is the first time he has been here.”
Schoolchildren lined the route of the Prince’s exit dressed in Welsh costume and waving Welsh flags.
One 4 year-old little girl, Katie Turner attempted to ‘high five’ The Prince of Wales but he opted for the politer option of shaking her hand.
Police appeal following assault in Llys Glan Y Mor
POLICE in Llanelli are investigating an assault which occurred in the vicinity of St Davids Close and Llys Glan Y Mor, Llanelli sometime between 9.00pm on Saturday 10th April and 1.30am on Sunday 11th April 2021.
A 45-year-old male was taken to hospital with facial injuries.
Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.
They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.
Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police either online at: bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing email@example.com, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference DPP/0006/11/04/2021/01/C.
Police trace burglar who left trail of oil leading to his home
A MAN was charged with burglary after leaving a trail of oil from a stolen generator leading police from a victim’s home to his own.
Dyfed-Powys Police officers were able to quickly trace Dominic William Oliver after he went on an overnight burglary spree in Burry Port in March.
The force received reports of two garage burglaries and a theft from a car overnight on Monday, March 8, with a generator, fishing rods, and two bags containing passports among the stolen items.
The combined value of the items taken was estimated to be around £800.
Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “An officer attended the victims’ homes, and was made aware of a trail of oil, which was believed to have come from the stolen generator.
“She followed it along several streets – one of which was where Oliver had stolen two bags from a car – and discovered that it ended outside a property on Dandorlan Road.
“Oliver agreed to a voluntary search being carried out, and as officers entered the property they immediately noticed a rucksack with a distinctive pattern that had been described by one of the victims.”
The search was completed, with further items suspected to have been stolen recovered from the address, and the 31-year-old was arrested on suspicion of burglary within six hours of the incidents being reported.
While being conveyed to police custody, Oliver made a significant comment linking him to the theft of the generator.
He was charged with two counts of burglary and one theft, and appeared at Swansea Crown Court for sentencing on Friday, April 30.
He was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for 18 months, must complete a rehabilitation requirement, and must remain at his home address between 8pm and 6am for three months.
Sgt Davies said: “This was an excellent response, which resulted in the swift arrest and charge of Oliver, and the recovery and return of stolen property to the victims the same day the offences were reported to us.
“This has no doubt had a positive impact on the residents of Burry Port, who have commented positively on how the matter was investigated.
“Community engagement, patrols and a crime prevention leaflet drop was carried out following the investigation to offer reassurance and advice.”
Further coronavirus restriction relaxations brought forward
FURTHER changes to the coronavirus restrictions have been announced by the First Minister Mark Drakeford today.
The Welsh Government has confirmed further relaxations will be brought forward from 17 May to 3 May – including the resumption of indoor supervised activities for children, indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults, such as exercise classes, and the re-opening of community centres.
This means Wales will have completed the move to Alert Level 3 by Monday 3 May.
From Saturday 24 April, the rule of 6 will allow for up to six people from six households to meet outdoors, not including children under 11 years of age or carers from those households.
The Welsh Government has also confirmed the relaxations that will take place on Monday 26 April. Outdoor attractions, including outdoor swimming pools, funfairs and theme parks, will be allowed to reopen, while outdoor hospitality can also resume, including at cafes, pubs and restaurants.
Organised outdoor activities for up to 30 people will be able to take place and weddings receptions can begin again outdoors for up to 30 people.
Wales has the lowest coronavirus rates of the UK nations. The successful vaccine programme continues with a higher proportion of people vaccinated in Wales than other nations of the UK for both first and second doses.
Changes from Monday 3 May:
- Gyms, leisure centres and fitness facilities being able to reopen;
- People will also again be able to form extended households with one other household.
Relaxations planned for 17 May will be brought forward to the 3 May, including:
- The resumption of indoor supervised activities for children;
- Indoor organised activities for up to 15 adults (such as exercise classes and swimming lessons);
- And the re-opening of community centres.
The First Minister said:
“The sacrifices we have made continue to show results. By us all working together and sticking to the rules, combined with our vaccination programme, mean we continue to make progress. Rates of the virus continue to fall and the public health situation is improving.
“Due to these efforts we are able confirm more easing of the restrictions from 26 April and for early May we are again able to bring forward some of our plans. However, this progress is dependent on all of us continuing to work together to keep Wales safe.
“At the last three-week review, I set out a forward-look of how the restrictions could continue to be lifted in the weeks ahead, if the public health situation remains stable.
“It will be for the incoming Welsh Government to confirm these arrangements at the next three-week review, which will be held on May 13 – a week after the election. It is my assessment that the hospitality sector – bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes – will be able to open indoors from May 17, together with all other tourist accommodation, indoor entertainment and attractions.”
Further possible easements are subject to the public health situation remaining favourable.