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Lee Waters praises Mencap litter pickers

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Lee Waters: Couldn’t praise Mencap enough (Pic. Natasha Hirst)

Lee Waters: Couldn’t praise Mencap enough (Pic. Natasha Hirst)

LLANELLI AM Lee Waters attended a litter pick along the Millennium Coastal Path, with the public and members of staff from the learning disability charity, Mencap, and local Conservation Officer, Simeon Jones. 

Lee Waters praised Mencap for their weekly litter pick along Llanelli Beach and has announced that shortly he will be launching a facility for members of the public to contact groups in their local areas as part of his Big Clean-Up Campaign.

Lee said: “I can’t praise organisations like Mencap enough; without their weekly litter pick, Llanelli beach would be filthy.

What a wonderful opportunity for people to get out in the fresh air and make a real difference to their environment. In just over an hour, we made a noticeable different to the beach. It’s therapeutic and productive at the same time.”

He explained that the Millennium Coastal Path suffers and this needs to be addressed: “The Millennium Coastal Path suffers from daily tidal depositories of waste along the estuary, along with general litter dropped on the beach. There are no Carmarthenshire County Council staff dedicated to servicing the area on a regular basis, which is forced to rely on volunteers and members of the public to keep it clean and tidy. When tackling the litter issue, it’s important not to focus on the centre of town.

“We need to recognise that litter is a problem along our beautiful coastlines too, especially in areas such as the coastal path that have high footfall. There should be no ‘one size fits all’ approach. Each ward brings its own set of challenges that need to be met accordingly. Litter picking groups are a vital part of that.”

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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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