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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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Zoe Evans, Llanelli painter and decorator, is British Apprentice of the Year

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Zoe Evans, a 21 year old painter and decorator from Llanelli, has been named the GB Apprentice of the Year and Welsh Apprentice of the Year at the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB)
Apprenticeship Awards.


The CITB Apprenticeship Awards celebrate the achievements of apprentices and employers across the UK for their commitment and dedication to construction.


The winners were presented with their awards at a ceremony hosted by broadcaster and property entrepreneur, Sarah Beeny. The ceremony took place at Merchant Taylors’ Hall in London (7 November).


Zoe completed a level 2 apprenticeship in painting and decorating, to go onto achieve her Advanced level 3. With her artistic flair, Zoe enjoys the creative aspects of her trade and plans to take a career route in interior design. Zoe’s amazing commitment to being the best she can, has attributed to her becoming an ambassador for women in construction and being the face of the posters across her college, Coleg Sir Gar.


Zoe said: “I’ve loved every single part of my apprentice journey, from the classroom learning to the practical application and the more creative aspects of the job. I want to thank my mentor, Ken MacKay and my employer Ian Williams Ltd. It’s a really good feeling to know that I’ve been
recognised in this way. I’d definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone willing to work hard, have goals and go full out to achieve them.”

Jon Davies, CITB Apprenticeship Officer, said: “When Zoe started her apprenticeship we saw her potential so we fast tracked her from level 1 to level 2. It was important for me to make sure she had the right support to reach the heights she is capable of, and she is doing just that. Zoe makes work a brighter place for everyone around her. Her positive attitude and ability makes her a perfect ambassador for women in construction, and I am really pleased this has been recognised with her award.”

Kevin Mcloughlin, CITB board member and founder and Managing Director of Mcloughlin Decorating, said: “Congratulations to Zoe, a clearly dedicated apprentice – it’s great to recognise her hard work. Apprenticeships provide a fast track route into the construction industry. With so many rewarding careers opportunities in construction there is something out there for everyone. I wish Zoe all the best in her career in construction.”

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Police difuse hostage situation in Cae Glas

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AT APPROXIMATELY 10.10pm on Wednesday (Nov 6) police were requested to attend at a property in Cae Glas, Felinfoel, in respect of threats being made by a man within the property to harm himself and a woman inside with a knife.

Officers were deployed immediately, and to ensure the safety of everyone at the scene firearms officers were also deployed.

Chief Inspector Stuart Bell said: “A specialist negotiator worked with the man for a number of hours, bringing the incident to a close at about 1.45am this morning, when the man surrendered himself and was arrested for an outstanding warrant.

“A woman at the scene was also arrested for obstructing police officers. No injuries have been reported.

“There is no threat or danger to anyone outside of the property in the area, and we can reassure residents that there is no need to be concerned as this was an isolated incident.”

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Welsh Secretary Alun Cairns resigns over rape trial sabotage

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WELSH SECRETARY Alun Cairns has resigned over claims he knew about a former aide’s role in the “sabotage” of a rape trial. He had denied knowing Tory assembly candidate Ross England made claims about the victim’s sexual history in an April 2018 trial.

The Conservative Vale of Glamorgan MP said he only became aware of Mr England’s role in the trial’s collapse when the story broke last week.
BBC Wales discovered Mr Cairns was emailed about it in August 2018, which was four months before Mr England was chosen as Vale of Glamorgan candidate.

Paul Davies AM told The Herald: “I am sorry to see Alun resign today as the Secretary of State for Wales however, under the circumstances this was the right decision for him. Alun has rightly stated that he will cooperate fully with any investigations.

“I would like to thank Alun for his service to Wales as our Secretary of State where he brought an end to the Severn Bridge tolls which will leave a lasting legacy on the Welsh economy.”

Mr Cairns had been a cabinet member since being appointed in 2016. Mr Cairns intends to run as a candidate in the general election, the Herald understands.

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