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Call for action over discarded syringes



TWO Llanelli Councillors are calling for action after a number of discarded needles have been found in Llanelli.

Used and unused needles have been found in public places near schools, public parks, and in the town centre – prompting two Elli ward Councillors to demand action.

Cllrs Siôn Davies (Conservative) and John Jenkins (Independent) are calling on local authorities like Carmarthenshire County Council, the Local Health Board, and Dyfed-Powys Police to work together to keep residents safe.

Cllr Davies said, “There’s been a shockingly high number of cases now where we’ve found discarded needles around Llanelli. This is a public health issue.

“My focus is ensuring that residents are safe. And ensuring that Llanelli is a safe town to live, work, and raise a family. It’s not fair for normal, law-abiding residents in Llanelli to have to put up with this.

Cllr Jenkins added, “I was shocked to find a carrier bag of used syringes and drug paraphernalia left in a carrier bag in a Town Centre store and of needles being dumped in the gardens of homes with children.

“It’s only a matter of time before an innocent person is stabbed and infected with a used needle and urgent action is needed now.

Cllr Davies and Cllr Jenkins have tabled the issue for discussion at the next meeting of Llanelli Town Council in January and hope for cross-party support to prompt the local authorities to work to minimise the risk to law-abiding members of the public.

There have been a number of drug-related finds reported in recent months. A litter pick in early December by community volunteers found a number of syringes and wraps believed to contain heroin near the train station, and a fortnight ago a box containing a machete and ‘a large quantity of drugs that looked like children’s sweets’ was found by a member of the public on Crown Park Playing Fields in Seaside.

Sean Rees, Llanelli Town Councillor for the Glanymor Ward said: “I am disgusted to hear of this latest finding and in Crown Park, a playing area of all places. The reckless actions of some have put Children living within our area at risk. Enough is enough!

“Residents locally have been voicing their concerns for a long time now and I share their frustrations with the growing levels of drug and antisocial problems within our community.

“It is only when you live in the area that you know of and regularly see the challenges that we face.”

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St. Michaels School celebrates excellent A-Level results



St. Michael’s pupils with their A-Level results

ST. MICHAEL’S School, Llanelli, is extremely pleased to announce another year of successful A-Level results, with 80.2% of all grades awarded either an A* or A grade.

The vast majority of pupils have earned a place at their chosen university to study courses such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Economics.

This is the first year that traditional exams have resumed since the Covid-19 pandemic began with the majority of lessons in the first part of the A-Level being delivered online rather than in a classroom environment. This makes the results even more of an achievement considering the circumstances.

Headmaster Mr Benson Ferrari said: “We offer our sincere congratulations to our outgoing Year 13 class on the publication of their A-Level results, demonstrating that our pupils have worked so hard despite the challenges of returning to a conventional assessment approach.

“They approached the situation with resilience and dedication, which has resulted in grades that are truly representative of their ability.  I am confident that they will all go onto achieve great things at university and in their working lives.  

“We wish them the best as they move to this new and exciting stage of their education.  The preparation which St. Michael’s has provided will be built upon, along with our values and principles providing a lasting framework to tackle the challenges ahead.”

In 2020, St. Michael’s School was awarded The Sunday Times Welsh Independent School of the Decade and this was in part due to the excellent exam results that the school receives each year. 

St. Michael’s was also ranked 13th in The Times 2019 Co Ed League Table for UK Independent Schools, which was the last time that the results were published. The school hopes that this year’s results will continue to secure their place in the 2022 league table which will be published later this year.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital



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



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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