RESIDENTS around Parc Howard have expressed their concerns regarding construction work being carried out in the park.
One resident, who did not wish to be named, told The Herald that the new structure would be overlooking their bedroom windows and that they would have expected there to be a planning application in order for them to have their concerns considered.
Another resident showed The Herald a site survey they had commissioned for their own property, which clearly shows a mine shaft very close to the site of the new play area.
The Herald was told that some residents have asked a number of questions regarding the planning permission and the location of the new play area but that they have not had any answers. We were told that the first they knew of the plans was seeing an artist’s impression in the paper.
“I have not seen any plans for this work,” said one resident, “apart from one artist’s drawing in a paper, which is not a scale drawing. Do any plans exist? If so, we would like to see them.”
The Herald visited the park on Wednesday (Jul 27) and where construction work has ceased and areas where work was being undertaken have been fenced off.
Residents told us that there was a Council enforcement notice for work to stop.
The Herald also understands that an email has been circulated from Council Leader Emlyn Dole to a number of Councillors and associates of the park stating that planning permission was required and is currently underway. If this is the case then the Council have begun work without any planning permission and it appears are now applying for retrospective planning permission.
We asked Carmarthenshire County Council about the residents’ concerns.
Jonathan Fearn, Head of Corporate Property, told The Herald: “We started implementing work to improve the facilities at Parc Howard. It became apparent that an element of this would require planning permission, therefore work on this part was halted whilst the planning process was underway. Work continues on the other play area where planning permission is not required.”
Responding to a question regarding a disabled resident who was marooned in her home after building materials were left outside, Mr Fearn said: “The Council was not aware of this issue and we apologise on behalf of our contractor for any inconvenience caused.”
We asked Mr Fearn regarding the NCB survey showing a mine shaft near a play area and were told that: “Surveys have been undertaken and will form part of the planning application.”
On the question of authorisation and consultation, Mr Fearn told The Herald: “The improvements have been discussed at several meetings with the Parc Howard Association, Friends of Parc Howard, Llanelli Community Heritage and Llanelli Town Council. The work was approved by Executive Board Members.
“Following receipt of an email from the owners of a property adjoining the space net on July 26, the Head of Property and the Parks and Grounds Manager visited the site to meet with them to discuss their concerns on July 27.”
Mr Fearn also clarified that the date the Council entered into the contract with the construction company was June 13.
Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being
CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.
The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.
Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.
To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)
The survey closes on 25 January 2023.
Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.”
Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”
Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.
Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade
LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.
A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.
These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.
Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.
At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.
At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.
When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.
This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.
More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.
Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at email@example.com.
While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.
Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar
MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.
Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.
With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.
Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.
The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.
“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.
“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”
Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.
“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.
“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”