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Plans to use buses to free up Glangwili parking spaces

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glangwili-car-parkPLANS are in place to ‘bus in’ consultants and nurses from Pensarn to Glangwili Hospital, in an attempt to improve the parking situation.

The busy hospital which suffers from parking shortages is considering the option to open up more parking spaces for visitors and patients.

Nearby housing estates and roads are often clogged as members of the public are forced to look elsewhere for parking spaces.

The plans, which are under consideration by the Hywel Dda Community Health Council, would see staff use the bus scheme from Morrisons supermarket in Pensarn.

The plans were revealed at a meeting of Carmarthen Town Council.

Barry Williams, who is Chair of the Hywel Dda Community Health Council, said at the meeting: “In the latest talks there are proposals of ‘bussing’ staff and consultants in from Morrisoms.”

Named consultant spaces within the car park have already been removed in an attempt to provide more parking spaces for the general public.

However, 25 more staff parking spaces have been proposed by the health board.

A Health Board survey revealed that one-in-five of out-patients missed their appointments due to parking problems,” said Cllr Alun Lenny.

“While we welcome the extension of clinical services at Glangwili, it’s totally unacceptable that so many outpatients, after months of waiting to see a specialist, have to leave their cars at the roadside or just turn around and go home. It’s also a serious problem for staff and for visitors at peak times.”

“We have a constant stream of complaints from local residents at nearby estates who find their drives blocked by people visiting the hospital,” said Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths. “In addition, the main roads into Carmarthen town from Lampeter and Cardigan are often down to single lane traffic due to illegal parking.”

“A multi-storey car park would be an obvious solution, but that would take over a year to build, during which time over a 100 car parking spaces would be lost,” said Cllr Alun Lenny.

“We’ve asked the Health Board to consider temporary car decking. Such steel decking can be erected in days. It would cost the Health Board a lot of money, but then so does losing 20% of consultants’ appointments.”

“We’re glad that the Health Board is already implementing a raft of measures to provide extra parking,” said Cllr Hughes Griffiths.

“These include releasing 30-40 extra spaces by doing away with named spaces for consultants, cutting down on business meetings and training sessions on the Glangwili site, piloting staggered visiting times, further promoting the town’s Park and Ride, and planning 25 new spaces on hospital grounds.”

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Llangennech: Police praise the courage of victims of sexual predator Peter Lewis

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THE OUTSTANDING courage of three victims of a sexual predator has been commended by the officers who investigated the case.

Following the sentencing of ‘predatory’ child abuser Peter Lewis.

The 54-year-old, of Tirgof, Llangennech, will serve a 27 year extended sentence for raping and sexually assaulting three girls, who were all under the age of 13 at the time of the offences.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Gareth Roberts, Dyfed-Powys Police, said:
“The three victims in this case have shown tremendous courage by supporting this investigation and giving evidence at court.
“Without them, this predatory sexual offender would not have been brought to justice.”

On Friday, 29 March 2019, Lewis was found guilty of 16 counts of sexual offences against children, including four of rape, seven of sexual assault, two of making indecent images and one of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.

DCI Roberts continued: “Lewis did not accept responsibility and showed no remorse for his crimes. The investigating team has been tenacious in pursuing the truth and seeking justice for these brave girls.
“If anyone reading this has concerns surrounding contact they, or someone they know, has had with Peter Lewis, I urge them to speak to us.
“We have specialist police officers who will be there to support anyone who reports sexual offences to us.”

Police said: “We encourage any victims of sexual offences to have the confidence to come forward and report the offence to us. All reports are dealt with seriously and sensitively. Reports can be made by calling 101.

“Anyone with concerns about contact they, or someone they know, has had with Peter Lewis, is encouraged to contact Dyfed-Powys Police, quoting crime reference: DPP/0037/09/02/2018/01/C.”

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Llanelli Town Mayor hosted the Easter Family Fun Day

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Llanelli Town Mayor David Darkin and Mayoress Kim Darkin with Cllr Suzy Curry and Cllr John Prosser also Nia Nia Griffith MP

ON Saturday 20th April Llanelli Town Mayor hosted the Easter Family Fun Day in the Selwyn Samuel Centre Arena.

The day was a huge success and raised lots of money for the mayors chosen charities – the main charity bring CYCA which provides support to children and young people in Carmarthenshire.

Attendees were treated to taster sport sessions with Rugby Tots, a selection of songs from Shrek Jr from the Hive Theatre Company, magic and fun from Crazy Clayton and a very special visit from Belle who sung songs and played games with the children.

Emergency services information stalls

The event was supported by many local community groups and even had a fire engine pop in for a visit.

Asda llanelli donated some of the Easter eggs and a huge thank you to other raffle prize donors including Joe’s ice cream, hungry horse and berridge-Jones photography.

Cllr David Darkin would like to thank everyone who supported and gave their time to make the event the success it was.

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Wales’ largest ever coastal walking festival launches May

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THIS May a new walking festival celebrating seven years of the 870-mile coast path will take place. The festival’s aim is to encourage locals across Wales to get outdoors, meet new people and appreciate the beautiful Welsh landscapes.

Walks will cover seven coastal regions will be organised by the Wales Coast Path and Ramblers Cymru.

The festival not only aims to showcase Wales’ beautiful coastline and countless natural assets, the Wales Coast Path Walking Festival will also boost local tourism along the path whilst encouraging residents to come together to celebrate the country’s iconic coastline.

Taking place 4th -19th May 2019, the festival will feature over 40 new guided walks created by Ramblers Cymru. The festival programme has been specifically designed to suit all ages and abilities, with the majority of the walks free to join.

From fully accessible and short family walks tonature walks and more challenging hikes, the festival aims to encourage people to enjoy outdoor exercise while exploring Wales’ iconic coastline. All walks will be led by experienced guides offering insights into the unique wildlife, fascinating history and culture that can be found along the way.

Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “This festival is set to be an excellent addition to Wales’ Year of Discovery and a way for visitors and locals to discover more about our unique Wales Coast Path. I’m delighted that the guided walks will encourage people to find out more about the landscape, history and wildlife associated with the coastal path and will also be an excellent way to be active while discovering more of Wales.”

Local authorities for each of the seven coastal regions, which include South Wales, The Gower, Ceredigion, the Llŷn Peninsula, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen, and North Wales, will help support the event, along with partners National Resources Wales, Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and a number of charities including Keep Wales Tidy.

The festival, which coincides with Visit Wales’ Year of Discovery 2019, will follow a theme of discovery which will be prominent throughout. The Wales Coast Path is the world’s first uninterrupted route along a national coast and gives hikers access to undiscovered sections of the coast with stunning views, rugged landscapes and rare wildlife.

To learn more about the Wales Coast Path walking festival or book walks visit: www.walescoastpath.gov.uk

Register to attend the festival: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/wales-coast-path-walking-festival-2019-18812644097

Admission free (additional charges for linear walks where transport is required).

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