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Eyesore: Rubbish strewn in neighbouring gardens

Eyesore:
Rubbish strewn in
neighbouring gardens

PENSIONER Alex Jones is no stranger to hard work. At 77 years of age , he rises to the challenge of controlling the grass and hedges of his substantial back garden.

The problem he faces is that the neighbouring properties in Pwll receive no such love, attention or work and have become a thicket where rats thrive amongst the rubbish.

Alex contacted The Herald in 2015 complaining that the County Council were not acting on their own policies of forcing landlords and owners of abandoned properties to maintain them.

Carmarthenshire County Council are keen to reduce the number of empty properties in Carmarthenshire and they are offering as much help as possible to bring them back into use in order to address the County’s housing shortage. These empty or abandoned homes could present a real solution – if they can be brought back into use.

The council’s own literature is very clear on the impact that empty properties can have on a neighbourhood, listing ‘anti-social activity, including crime, vandalism and arson, resulting in an increased fear of crime for neighbours ; blight the surroundings and create environmental problems ; decrease adjacent property values by as much as 18 ; discourage further investment in the area leading to neighbourhood decline’.

The County Council even employs a dedicated Empty Property Officer to co-ordinate efforts to bring empty properties back in to use and the achievements of bringing these properties back is one of which the Council is proud.

Mr Jones is having none of it.

In the area around his home , we counted at least six empty abandoned properties. Mr Jones claims that at least one of his neighbouring properties was subject to grant funding but has long since been abandoned.

When we asked what steps had been taken to rectify matters, he said that someone had been along and knocked one of the sheds down but that had only exposed a heap of old tyres and rubbish , making it even more of an eyesore.

Alex told The Herald: “All I want is for someone to come and see the mess we have to put up with. Why should these people get away with leaving the properties get into such a state after having grant funding? We have a big problem with rats and it is becoming a health hazard.”

We contacted Nia Griffith MP, who said that she would be looking into the matter on Mr Jones’s behalf.

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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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