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Llangennech School to become Welsh-Medium

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082151-81459-800CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has approved a proposal to switch Llangennech School from dual stream education to Welsh Medium education.

In an, at times, bitter debate there was stark division along political lines with many Labour members supporting the idea of increasing Welsh language education in principle, but objecting to it in practice and in the particular case of Llangennech.

The debate was heralded by a series of hostile questions directed at Education Executive Board member Gareth Jones from those claiming to represent Llangennech village.

In an unusually divisive debate, the vast majority of Labour members spoke against the policy they had put in train while they held the reins of power at County Hall. Cllrs Antony Jones and Terry Davies making strong arguments against proceeding with the change to Ysgol Llangennech’s status.

Supporting the proposal, Plaid Cymru’s Alun Lenny and Linda Evans were swift to point out the advantages of being bilingual, the ultimate aim of moving Ysgol Llangennech along the language continuum, while Cllr Gwyneth Thomas (Llangennech, Plaid) set out her reasoned response to some of the claims made by objectors.

The debate highlighted the problems endemic with the processes put in place by the Welsh Government, with debate, dissent, and bureaucracy extending over eighteen months as a result of the Statutory Procedure councils are obliged to follow.

One Labour member blamed her own lack of educational attainment as being a result of placement in Welsh Medium education by her parents as a child. Cllr Tegwen Devichand, Labour, nodded in agreement alongside.

An amendment to postpone a decision was rejected by 37-21 and the motion to establish a Welsh-medium school was passed by 38-20.

The next step will be for approval by the Welsh Government.

In response to Carmarthenshire County Council’s decision to approve the recommendation to change the language category of Llagnnech school for to become a Welsh school David Williams, vice-chair of Cymdeithas yr Iaith in Carmarthenshire said: “We are grateful that Carmarthen County Council have led the way and are begining yo ensure that no child is deprived of Welsh medium education.

“We call now for the Council to move, without delay to ensure that all children develop the skill to work in Welsh and English. Moving all schools in the county, over time,  towards becoming Welsh schools is one of the  key element of the strategy put together by the Council’s Census Taskgroup so we look forward to seeing plans for other schools in the County.

“Welsh medium education is the only wasy to ensure that children leave school fluent in both Welsh and English. Carmarthenshire County Council is therefore leading the way for the rest of Wales.”

FULL REPORT in Friday’s Herald.

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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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