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Powerpoint presentation promotes passion for Park

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Screen Shot 2016-08-15 at 11.31.09‘EVERY person in this town should fight zealously to protect Parc Howard’. 

That was the message from local author and historian Phillip Thomas as he spoke to the assembled guests at the Mayor’s Parlour in Llanelli on Friday (Jul 22).

Mayor of Llanelli Bill Thomas had invited Mr Thomas along to give a PowerPoint presentation on the history of Parc Howard and a condensed preview of the new book ‘The Story of Parc Howard’.

Guests heard how the castle formerly known as Bryncaerau dated back to the Bronze Age.

The author told the audience: “People pass the park every day and I am sure that many who go past do not know about its rich history and heritage. It actually dates back more than 10,000 years. There are no guided tours in Parc Howard. Myself and a small team from the Parc Howard Association will begin the tours in September.

“When I speak to people in the park they don’t realise the history that is there. It goes back nearly 10,000 years. I wrote the book for future generations. They will be the people who will protect the public ownership of the park”

Guests included members of the Parc Howard Association, the Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council Eryl Morgan, Chair of the Llanelli Rural Council Steven Donoghue and George Parker who was one of the people who sponsored the book.

Bill Thomas addressed the guests, saying: “The park has a special place amongst the people of Llanelli and we must ensure that it is sensitively preserved within the parameters of its listed status. We need to look after it and it deserves our attention. Perhaps we can network and come up with some ideas for the park and influence the politicians who want to turn it into something else.”

Speaking after the presentation, Nia Griffith MP said: “It was a fascinating presentation. Communication is really important and people really want to know what is happening and if this is a one off or if it something which is going to lead to something else. We need to have up front answers and people need to be fully included in the plans from day one. This is particularly important for those people living around the park, otherwise it will get people’s backs up and the park won’t get the support it deserves.”

Concluding his presentation, Phillip Thomas spoke about restoring an amphitheatre at the park.

He said: “The most interesting aspect of the park was an amphitheatre. If ever there was a project to restore it to its former glory I would join it now. It has to be one of the craziest decisions ever to cover it over with industrial waste. The one thing that will keep Parc Howard in public ownership would be to increase and maintain the public’s interest in the park. It is a gift that every person in this town should fight zealously to protect.”

Bill Thomas concluded by saying: “Phillip has done a wonderful job and he has done this for Parc Howard. You can see and feel the passion in the book. People really need to get this passionate bit about Parc Howard because the history is immense.”

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Scrub removal at Pembrey to improve dunes for biodiversity

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If scrub growth is not controlled, it will cause species like lizards, orchids and dune pansies to suffer and disappear from our sand dunes.

SCRUB provides a splash of greenery in our sandy spaces, but too much scrub smothers the sand dunes and has a devastating effect on the specialist plants and invertebrates which live there. 

This winter Natural Resources Wales will be removing non-native, invasive plant species from areas of dune at Pembrey to help wildlife thrive.

The coast around Pembrey is home to 20% of all the plants in Wales and features a large sand dune system. Sand dunes are listed as the habitat type most at risk of biodiversity loss in Europe.

The Dynamic Dunescapes project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered in Wales by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), is working at Pembrey with Carmarthenshire County Council’s Outdoor Recreation Service to improve the condition of these dunes for wildlife.

Some non-native plant species, like the dense scrub plant sea buckthorn, are invasive and they are growing quickly in this dune system – spreading further across large areas of dune each year. 

Many of the dunes’ rare and specialist wildlife needs bare sand or low grassland habitat to survive and gets lost under or outcompeted by scrub. 

If scrub growth is not controlled, it will cause species like lizards, orchids and dune pansies to suffer and disappear from our sand dunes.

Scrub removal in specifically chosen locations will help to restore the habitat types that these species need, and this work will play a part in ensuring the dunes at Pembrey have a healthy, biodiverse future. 

Improving the ecological condition here will increase this coastal landscape’s resilience to other threats, such as extreme weather events and changing conditions brought on by climate change in the future.

The first phase of this work is to take place in Pembrey Country Park around Car Park 8 and the second will take place on the foredunes in front of the Welsh Government Woodland Estate which is managed by NRW. 

It is scheduled to begin in the last week of November and will last for two weeks. There will be a temporary closure of Factory Road outside the Country Park for one week – reopening on 5th December.

Ruth Harding, Senior Environment Officer at Natural Resources Wales, said:

“Sea Buckthorn control is important to improve the dune grassland habitats at Pembrey. Carmarthenshire County Council and Natural Resources Wales have carried out this type of habitat management over a number of years which has resulted in restoring the area to a dune grassland rich with different species of plants. 

You can best enjoy this during the summer months within the Pembrey Burrows and Saltings Local Nature Reserve. As part of Dynamic Dunescapes, we are now continuing this work, which will result in an overall increase in dune grassland habitat.”

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for leisure, Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths said:

“Whilst scrub is a valuable habitat it does need management to maintain it in good condition for wildlife. Cutting back the scrub will ensure it does not spread into areas where it is not wanted and or where it can destroy other habitat.”

Dynamic Dunescapes is not the only project working to restore Pembrey’s important sand dunes. The EU LIFE-funded Sands of LIFE project, managed by (NRW), has also been undertaking sand dune management to improve conditions for wildlife in recent years. The two projects work closely to build on and support each other’s work.

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Demolition of 4 Tys begins in Tyisha, Llanelli

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WORK to demolish the Four Tys housing blocks in Tyisha, Llanelli has started, marking the next exciting step in Carmarthenshire County Council’s plans to Transform the area. 

The demolition work is set to be completed by civil engineering contractor Walters over the next 20 weeks and will enable the build of modern, mixed-use housing which meets the needs of the community.

Improvements to existing homes and the creation of community facilities and green spaces will also form part of changes on the horizon for Tyisha. 

Cllr Linda Davies Evans, chair of the Transforming Tyisha steering group and cabinet member for housing said: “The demolition of the Four Tys marks an important step in the Transforming Tyisha project. Although this process will evoke powerful memories for many of the people who have lived and worked in Tyisha since the Four Tys were built in the 1960s, their demolition will enable us to provide the housing and facilities that the community needs.

Local residents and businesses who may be impacted by the demolition process will be contacted throughout to ensure minimum disruption.”

This forms a part of the council’s ambitious plans to regenerate the Tyisha ward and the wider Llanelli town centre area which is undergoing massive investment.

The council is also seeking a partner to develop new housing and create a vibrant community. An early market engagement exercise is currently live which gives potential partners the opportunity to express their interest in working with the council to transform the area.

Fresh and innovative ideas for this exciting project can be submitted to the council until December 7.

For more information on the early market engagement process or the council’s Transforming Tyisha regeneration project please visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/tyisha

The demolition of the ‘Four Tys’ forms part of the council’s ambitious Transforming Tyisha project which looks to regenerate the area through increasing community safety, developing housing and community facilities and improving the environment.

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Serious assault in Ruby’s Bar Llanelli being investigated by police

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POLICE are investigating a serious assault which occurred in Ruby’s Bar, Llanelli, between 10:40pm and 11pm on Saturday, November 20.

A 35-year-old man received injuries which required hospital treatment.

A 31-year-old female and a 36-year-old male have  been arrested on suspicion of assault. Both have been released on bail pending further police enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed, or took footage of, the incident, or anyone who has any information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, 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: DP-20211120-336.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.’

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