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‘You have to embarrass the County Council before they do anything’: Cllr John Jenkins

‘You have to embarrass the County Council before they do anything’: Cllr John Jenkins

A LLANELLI resident has spoken out over the amount of rubbish at a local beauty spot.

Donna Louise Griffiths told The Herald that she decided to go out for a walk with her children Hollie and Tiegan to People’s Park and the area known locally as Pontwyn.

Donna said that she had arranged to meet other family members there, too.

Donna explained: “When we arrived we could not believe what we saw. There were piles of rubbish in the pond and piles of rubbish strewn around the football field.”

Donna continued: “When the rest of the family arrived the very first thing they asked was if we had seen all the rubbish.”

Donna said that there was only one bin visible and that was overflowing with rubbish: “Years ago there used to be a park keeper. You never saw this amount of rubbish. What worries me as a mother is that my children ask to run bare foot. You just can’t take the risk of that, not with the risk of dirty needles being on the floor.”

The Herald asked Donna what could be done. Her view was clear: “We pay our council tax and so the area should be looked after. Mattresses and quilts have even been dumped where we park the car on our road.”

Donna said that there should be a big effort by the council to clean up the area considering that it is one of Llanelli’s beauty spots.

She asked: “How can we promote the town and the area when it is full of rubbish? My children wanted to clean it up there and then but you just don’t know what is in amongst it all. The swans and ducks were swimming through it all.”

Talking about a possible solution Donna said: “Maybe the probation service could get involved. The council really should do something about this. I would like to ask the assembly candidates what they would do too.”

County Councillor John Jenkins said: “This is an issue that has been ongoing for many years. The problem is that the council no longer do routine cleaning of areas. They wait for someone to report it. It is reactive not proactive.

“There used to be a sense of pride in the park. The park keeper was in People’s Park and if there was a mess he knew about it and it was cleaned up within an hour. Now it can take months to get places cleaned up.

“There is only one man covering People’s Park, the Town Hall and Parc Howard. It is unfortunate that you have to embarrass the County Council using the media to get anything done. They are responsive to criticism and they deserve it in this instance. There is a mess there and it needs clearing up.”

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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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