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Council contractors ‘contaminate’ pitches

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‘Substandard soil’: Or a load of old rubbish?

‘Substandard soil’: Or a load of old rubbish?

FOOTBALLERS across Llanelli had a rude awakening on Friday (Aug 5) when they discovered that waste material had been used to patch up some of Llanelli’s football pitches.

The Herald received several telephone calls from irate club representatives requesting that we visit the football pitches and record their pitches’ condition.

We accompanied some club representatives to a number of football pitches including Dafen, Trallwm, Penyfan, Seaside and Penygaer.

At each and every site we photographed and filmed the waste material which contained glass, sharp stones, wood and plastic. The material had been used to patch up bare areas of land and to plant grass seeds.

Unfortunately the material’s growing properties were akin to tarmac and very little grass had grown. When we analysed the sample, we could clearly identify oil and the odour of creosote.

In contrast, some club members had actually done their own work at their own expense and either used top quality topsoil or turf to repair the worn areas only to find that the same material had been dumped on top of that.

Meanwhile, discussions remain ongoing for the transfer of sports pitches to Town and Community Councils and sporting associations in Carmarthenshire.

Pitches in parks in Kidwelly and Pontyberem have already been taken over and the transfer of a number of other facilities are almost complete.

Council officers recently met with representatives of Carmarthenshire Unified Sports Committee (CUSC) and Carmarthenshire Association Football League (CAFL) to discuss their concerns regarding the asset transfer and maintenance costs.

A financial package has been agreed by the council’s Executive Board for the transfer of sports pitches (as well as parks and playgrounds) currently maintained by the council.

It includes a one-off contribution to future maintenance based on two years’ maintenance costs if the transfer is completed before March 31, 2017, dropping down to a single payment if the transfer is completed before March 31 , 2018. There will be no contribution after that date.

In addition, funding of up to £10,000 per organisation will be available either to improve facilities, or to be used as match funding for grants.

Concerns were also raised by members of CUSC regarding the standard of the soil used in recent works carried out on pitches in Burry Port, Trallwm, Dafen, Penygaer, Penyfan and Crown Park in Seaside in Llanelli.

The council’s grounds maintenance team has investigated and agreed the soil provided was sub-standard. The contractor has been instructed to carry out remedial works as a priority and has agreed to replace the affected areas with turf this week.

We sent a photograph of the sample we found and once more asked the council if they thought that the materials used were contaminated or not. Not only were there waste materials in the sample but the waste contains traces of oil and creosote. We have sent the sample to the leader of Carmarthenshire County Council by Royal Mail.

A Council spokesperson said: “The council has not dumped contaminated waste at any site. As part of improvement work , contractors have been applying top soil dressing to the football pitches.

“Council officers are aware of the recent concerns raised about the quality of the soil that was supplied at six locations in and around Llanelli . This has been treated as a priority, with remedial works being undertaken as a matter of urgency. The contractor concerned is due to complete works this week with soil being replaced with turf at the contractor’s expense.”

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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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.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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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”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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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 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk 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.

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