ON FRIDAY (Aug 5), cycling enthusiasts cycled their way to open a new cycling and walking path in Pembrey.
The path will link Pembrey to Kidwelly, on which was previously an unused rail line.
Attending were local MP Nia Griffith, AM Lee Waters and the leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, Emlyn Doyle, and Sustrans Cymru.
The path was funded by the Big Lottery Coastal Communities Fund and was implemented by Carmarthenshire County Council and Sustrans, with support from the Welsh Government.
Emlyn Doyle praised the event, saying: “Its good to get out and its good to be here to see the work that has been done.”
He explained that, as leader of the council, he made clear of his ambitions for cycling in the county: “It’s part of the aspiration I have, and I’ve made that clear when I became leader for Carmarthenshire that we want to become the cycling capital of Wales, this and these projects are a part of that, along with the Towy cycle path along with the velodrome in Carmarthen, all of which will seek to achieve that.”
He said that the path means that he will be able to cycle down here from his home and to cycle further along the path.
Nia Griffith MP said: “I’d just like to thank the County Council, the lottery and all those involved in giving us this opportunity to have yet another cycle track in Carmarthenshire. As you see, I don’t often get dressed in Lycra; I like to go to the Ffwrnes Theatre, I like being able to go to work, I like to go to some of our community halls and I think its really important that we can actually manage to travel around and I think this sort cycle track really inspires you to do that.”
She emphasised the impact of what cycling can do: “If you can make a fair part of your journey on off-road cycling, it makes all the difference and it makes it more pleasurable – it means you can introduce children to cycling.”
AM Lee Walters said that people need to start thinking about the way previous generations lived and how generations followed would jump in the car to drive a journey under less than a mile. He commented: “Investments like this are a key part of it but then it’s the follow up, it’s getting people to use it, it’s getting schools to use it, getting us to use it for everyday journeys and making sure it links up, with people who wouldn’t normally think of cycling or walking.”
New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital
WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces.
Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.
Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.
James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.
Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.
Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.
Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.
M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea
A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.
The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.
Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.
Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”
Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment
DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.
The victim required hospital treatment.
Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.
They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.
Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.
This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing email@example.com or phoning 101.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.
Please quote reference DP-20220703-011
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.