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Protesters slam homes plan

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ON SATURDAY morning (Mar 25) crowds gathered near Genwen Farm to protest against a scheme to construct 240 homes

Del Philips, a protester spoke to the Herald: “This planning application has been on the cards for the last ten years, just over ten years. It has been approved for planning, but the processes used, in my view, are totally against the planning regulations that exist at the moment. The developers haven’t followed the rules or the current law in respect of planning.”

He explained that there are well-known problems surrounding the site “The problems with sewerage, surface water and all these sorts of things and the capacity of the roads are all well-known, and yet the planning officers recommend approval despite all the matters that militate against it.”

Local councillors were in attendance and Del explained that they have the backing of the local councillor, Cllr Deryk Cundy: “The local councillor is here this morning and is fully supportive of our protest.”​

The Herald spoke with Cllr Deryk Cundy about the protest and asked why he is against the build of 240 homes.
Cllr Cundy explained that his main concern was for the safety of the residents of Bynea and that this specific development overwhelms the locality and its infrastructure.

He said: “It’s too many houses in too small a space. The sewage system does not cater for what we have actually already got in terms of homes and that’s only just been finalised through the construction of the new pumping station to meet existing need.​

“However, this new development will have to store sewage on site because the system lacks the capacity take it. It’s important because of the safety issue, as much as anything else. I’m concerned we were having sewage flooding in the village only two years ago, that was alleviated and that now this new development is going to be a disaster for us.”
Cllr Cundy said that he is working with other local councillors, all of whom are opposed to the development. He has made representation to the county council in regards to the application.

“The application now in is the detailed application. There was an outline application before and I presented against it, along with a number of people here including Del Philips and Terry Davies at the actual planning committee. We lost that and we were unfortunate, but this detailed one is just too much.”

Cllr Steve Donoghue, Chairman of the Rural council was in attendance, when asked about the protest he said: “The important things is to give the residents an opportunity to have their say, the demonstration against what is a definitely the wrong decision.”

He explained that it was the last stand and an opportunity for residents to say ‘no we can’t have this’.

During the event, protestors were emphasising the size of cesspit.

Cllr Donoghue explained how this will have an effect on properties: “Today we’ve been emphasising the size of the cesspit that they’re going to be building. Just to contain sewage from these properties it’ll be a 100ft wide and 20/30ft deep. It’s going to be a massive issue.

“I hope, to be honest with you, that there aren’t any incidents where somebody falls through to the cesspit. It’s not been tried and tested and while something that size has been used in another part of the country, that holds rain water, surface water, but not sewage. I think it’s an potential disaster waiting to happen.”

Steve Donoghue continued “As well as issues over drainage and sewage, we’ve also got problems with traffic. We’re also going to have problems with the fact there are no amenities here: the schools are almost at their maximum area, so there’ll be no schools for the children, there are no playing facilities, there are no shops. There’s a whole list of things we haven’t got and then they’re going to put another 240 homes here as an extra strain on an already creaking system.”

Cllr Donoghue said that along with Cllr Cundy, they have been working with other councillors about this issue: “We’ve spoken with other councillors in the Llanelli area and they’re fully behind us on this.

“The tragedy is when the decision has to be made in Carmarthen a lot of the councillors will be from miles and miles away: they’ll have no connection to Llanelli and they’ll make a decision based on something that has nothing really to do with them and that they won’t have to live with.”

Head of Planning, Llinos Quelch, said: “The formal planning process allows interested parties to have their say before a decision is made. As the developer has amended plans for some of the proposed units, there will now be further opportunity for comments and observations to be made. We encourage people to do that via the appropriate channels. Information about the plans for this proposed development, and about how observations can be made, is available on the council’s website.”

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    Jane Doorgachurn

    March 30, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Let’s be honest for a second. Only about 25 people showed up to ‘protest’ this. So clearly it’s not something the local area is concerned about as a whole.

    Most of the people in that photo look around the age where they will already have a home/mortgage and based on the age of some of them, already paid off their mortgages.

    The reason for the houses being built, which is the lack of housing, more than likely doesn’t affect any of these ‘protesters’ – They already have one.

    Most of these people are only bothered because they do not want their local area to change and more than likely lower the value of their houses. (As there will be more in the area once the new ones are built.)

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Police appeal for witnesses after 20-year-old pedestrian tragically killed on A40

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic collision on the A40 west of Carmarthen on Saturday (Sept 26) in which a 20-year-old man, a pedestrian, lost his life.

The police have asked The Pembrokeshire Herald to publicise this appeal.

A spokesman for the police told this newspaper: “At around 9.40pm, a white VW Transporter was in collision with a pedestrian on the A40 westbound, near the junction of Llangynog, Carmarthen.

“The pedestrian, a 20-year-old male, died as a result of his injuries.

“It appears the pedestrian had left his vehicle, a black Seat, following a single-vehicle collision further along the westbound carriageway shortly before.

The police have asked that if anyone has any information on either or both collisions, or may have been travelling along the A40 at the relevant time, please contact the serious collision investigation unit, quoting reference DPP-20200926-339.

This can be done by email: contactcentre@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, by phone on 101 or by text: If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Llanelli becomes a Covid-19 ‘health protection zone’

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RESIDENTS in a large part of Llanelli are being put under new local restrictions in a ‘health protection zone’ following a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases in the area.

The town is seeing a concentrated spread of cases compared with other parts of Carmarthenshire – in the last seven days, 85 positive cases have been identified in Llanelli (151.6 per 100,000 of the population) compared to 24 cases in the rest of Carmarthenshire (18.1 per 100,000 of the population).*

Public Health Wales officials are expecting numbers to continue rising over the coming week.

Carmarthenshire County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board have worked with the Welsh Government and Public Health Wales to agree the temporary restrictions at sub-county level to try and halt the spread of the virus.

As of 6pm on Saturday September 26, 2020, residents living in defined parts of Llanelli will not be able to visit anyone else’s home, or accept visitors into their home, unless they have a ‘reasonable excuse’ such as providing care for a vulnerable person.

They should not arrange to meet indoors with anyone who they don’t live with, and travel in and out of the ‘health protection zone’ will also be limited – people should not leave the area or travel into the area unless it is essential. Travelling in and out of the zone for a holiday is not considered a reasonable excuse.

People are being asked to wear face coverings anywhere where they cannot maintain a two-metre distance from other people, including collecting children from school, in addition to the rules which already require them to wear a face covering in indoor spaces like shops and on public transport.

All indoor and outdoor visits to residential care homes have also been suspended.

Students may still travel into and out of the ‘health protection zone’ to go to school or college.

People living in the defined area of Llanelli must work from home, and employers must take all reasonable steps to support staff to do so.

Indoor public spaces such as leisure centres should only be used by people living in the defined area.

Shops will remain open, but people living outside the defined area of Llanelli should avoid travelling to visit them and shop in their own locality wherever possible.

The specific wards covered in the defined area of Llanelli are:

  • Bigyn
  • Bynea
  • Dafen
  • Elli
  • Felinfoel
  • Glanymor
  • Hendy
  • Hengoed
  • Llangennech
  • Lliedi
  • Llwynhendy
  • Tyisha
  • Swiss Valley

Although the pattern of increased positive cases is overwhelmingly concentrated in the Llanelli area where the restrictions have been strengthened, the whole of Carmarthenshire has now been put on alert, with a warning that the tighter restrictions may be extended if cases continue to spread.

Everyone – including those in the defined areas of Llanelli – is being urged to follow the national guidance around social distancing, good hygiene, self-isolation, testing and face coverings.

Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “It is worrying to see how sharply the number of positive cases has risen in the Llanelli area, and action has had to be taken to help stop the spread and break the chain of infections concentrated in this area to prevent a whole county lockdown.

“We must all do the right thing, follow the advice and protect each other. In parts of Llanelli, we’re asking people and businesses to make even greater sacrifices – we fully appreciate the impact this will have, but there is no other way. We must stop the spread.”

A mobile testing unit has been set up in Llanelli to manage the increased demand by local residents who have any of the Covid-19 symptoms – either a high temperature, a change or loss to taste or smell or a new continuous cough.

Reporting of positive cases in the town is fully expected to rise during the next two weeks with the increase in more targeted testing. But this is a positive indicator that cases are being identified and control measures put in place.

Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board Maria Battle said: “Our local community has given us such tremendous support during the past few months. To protect the health of our people, including the most vulnerable, and to ensure our NHS resources are available to provide people with the care they need; we need the help of our Llanelli population and wider community now more than ever before. Whilst hospital admissions have not yet increased again for COVID cases, we have seen a sharp rise in positive cases in the community, and in time this is likely to have an impact on hospital admissions. The very best way we can support each other and those we love, is to follow local restrictions, minimise our contacts, practice good hygiene and self-isolate and book a test if we have any COVID-19 symptoms.”

Increased testing capacity for residents in Llanelli is available by appointment at the following locations:

  • Parc y Scarlets Car Park B, accessed via Trostre Retail Park, in Llanelli
  • The Ty’r Nant site (next to KFC), Trostre, Llanelli
  • The Carmarthen showground (signposted in both directions off the A40)

There should be no reason for Llanelli residents to travel excessive distances for a test, as there will be tests available in Llanelli and Carmarthen. Tests should be booked via the UK Portal. Any Llanelli residents experiencing difficulty booking a test locally via the UK portal can instead email covidenquiries.hdd@wales.nhs.uk or by calling 0300 333 2222.

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Tir Coed build outdoor classroom for Cross Hands Primary

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The local charity Tir Coed teamed up with Cross Hands Primary School to design and install a locally grown woodland shelter to enable primary school pupils to benefit from outdoor lessons-even when
the rain pours!

Last year Cross Hands Primary School received funding from Carmarthenshire is Kind for their intergenerational project. The project brought the schoolchildren together with older people in the community. Through intergenerational activities, everyone involved increases social connectedness, reduces social isolation, learns from one another and has a great time!

Before the lockdown, Tir Coed was contracted to lead a group mainly made up of parents from the school on a shelter-building course. The attendees would gain knowledge and skills and the children and the older people would be able to use the shelter, a third generation now included in this
fantastic project. The plans, however, had to change due to restrictions and in an effort to have it ready for the children when they returned to school, three intrepid Activity Leaders braved the wet August weather to build the beautiful shelter .

Studies have shown that being in the outdoors significantly reduces the risk of spreading the Corona Virus. With this addition to their already impressive outdoor area, it is hoped that more learning can
take place outside the classroom. Deputy Head, Emma Walters said, “It looks amazing! I am very impressed with the shelter and I cannot thank Tir Coed enough for organising this. Additional covered space in the outdoors will mean that we can take more learning into our lovely nature
area.”

If you would like to find out more about the work of Tir Coed or have a project you would like our help with you can contact Nancy, the Carmarthenshire Coordinator: carms@tircoed.org.uk

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