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Safer routes proposals for Carmarthenshire

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RESIDENTS in three Carmarthenshire communities are being asked for their views on proposals to create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

The council is consulting on Safer Routes in Communities schemes for Carmarthen, Pontyberem and Pencader.

These communities were successful at the first stage of the assessment process.

Display boards showing details of the schemes will be put up in each of the areas so that people can leave feedback.

The comments will form part of a bid to Welsh Government for funding for the schemes to be carried out next year in 2017-18.

The council is also consulting directly with local schools, town and community councils and the local members.

The Safer Routes in Communities project has been developed to create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists through the implementation of engineering measures such as cycle routes, cycle paths, traffic calming and educational road safety initiatives.

The aim is to shift away from car use for certain journeys, which results in reduced levels of congestion, improved local air quality, and an improved street scene, especially in relation to road safety.

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “The support and co-operation of the schools, businesses and local people is essential and it is important that they are involved in every stage of the project.

“Key to ensuring the long-term success of a Safe Routes in Communities project is ownership of the project’s aims and objectives by the schools taking part and the local community alike.

Any comments or issues raised will be considered as part of the ongoing development of the scheme and although it may not be possible to accommodate all suggestions, we will ensure that all responses/proposals are thoroughly investigated.”

Consultation events are taking place in the following locations:

  • Pontyberem – Pontyberem Memorial Hall, Wednesday, January 18, 3pm-5pm.
  • Pencader – Pencader Pavilion, Thursday, January 19, 3pm-6pm.
  • Carmarthen – St Peters Civic Hall (foyer), Friday, January 20, 12noon- 1.30pm and 3pm-5pm.

All comments need to be in by January 27.  For further information please contact Thomas Evans on email tjevans@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or call 01267 228258.

The proposed ideas include:

Pontyberem

  • New path linking Brandway with the school;
  • Potential new footpath through the park to the Memorial Hall;
  • Improved access to the park, dropped kerbs & tactile crossings; and parent waiting shelters
  • Upgrade to signalised crossing outside the school.

Pencader

  • Proposed uncontrolled tactile crossing point;
  • Proposed footway (general width of 1.2m) along B4459 from the Maescader estate to Tremle Farm.
  • Parent waiting shelter at school;
  • Improved access to playing field.

Carmarthen

  • Improved access into Ysgol y Dderwen via Llys Fynnon;
  • Safer crossing points and traffic calming measures along Lime Grove Avenue;
  • Raised plateau and improved lighting around Pondside, Johnstown;
  • Improved walking links to Richmond School;
  • Proposed zebra crossing and parent waiting shelter at Model School.
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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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