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Rainscape road closure threatening local businesses

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THE ONGOING works to rectify Llanelli’s long-standing flooding problems in the Tyisha area have led to some small businesses saying that they have suffered loss of trade due to road closures.

Construction of the Rainscape project, which is designed to address the large volume of stormwater getting into the foul sewer by creating a 1.1km long surface water sewer along with pumping stations and other connecting schemes, is predicted to last until December. The works have seen a section of Marsh Street closed to traffic.

Plaid Cymru Town Councillor for the Tyisha Ward Terry Davies told The Herald that ‘at least five’ businesses had raised concerns with him about lost trade.

“We can’t ignore the fact that businesses within the locality are fighting to stay lucrative – they rely totally on passing trade for turnover,” he explained.

“Coupled with low profit margins, they’re feeling the pinch after weeks of this road closure. They need easy access to their premises which has now been restricted by the Rainscape plans. The restrictions are said to be in effect until December of this year.

“The problem needs to be looked at in more depth to ensure traffic flow is available to all the businesses or we’re going to lose them and the employment that they offer. The Tyisha area of this town and county is the most deprived and this will make a massive impact on our community if we lose the businesses, we can’t let that happen.”

After concerns were raised, Morgan Sindall – the contractor carrying out the work for Dwr Cymru -has agreed to a temporary revision of the traffic management system in Caersalem Terrace which is said to have helped. Last week saw the street revert from a one way traffic system to a two-way street.

Cllr Andre McPherson, who represents the Tyisha Ward on Carmarthenshire County Council, told The Herald that businesses were being helped to apply for compensation if they could show that the works had affected their business.

“Over the last 12 months we have had several meeting with Rainscape on the process that is taking places in the Tyisha ward,” he added.

“As part of this we have had concerns about the financial impact to the businesses, and with this in mind we discussed with the aforesaid business what they needed to be done to help them through this disruption.”

Cllr McPherson explained that adverts were being placed in the local media to inform customers that the businesses were open as usual.

“All business have our contact information, and we are in contact on a daily basis to make this disruption is kept to a minimum,” he added.

However, Cllr Davies suggested that compensation would not completely resolve the issue.

“Losing the trade to contractors means they’ll go to other competitors. These businesses have taken years to develop and I fear for their closure,” he remarked.

“The access now at Caersalem terrace has helped but traffic will stop at the businesses there for deliveries and to collect materials. The street is far too narrow for this. The reason Caersalem was turned into a one way system was because of traffic congestion and difficulty in turning off Station Road.”

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Scrub removal at Pembrey to improve dunes for biodiversity

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If scrub growth is not controlled, it will cause species like lizards, orchids and dune pansies to suffer and disappear from our sand dunes.

SCRUB provides a splash of greenery in our sandy spaces, but too much scrub smothers the sand dunes and has a devastating effect on the specialist plants and invertebrates which live there. 

This winter Natural Resources Wales will be removing non-native, invasive plant species from areas of dune at Pembrey to help wildlife thrive.

The coast around Pembrey is home to 20% of all the plants in Wales and features a large sand dune system. Sand dunes are listed as the habitat type most at risk of biodiversity loss in Europe.

The Dynamic Dunescapes project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered in Wales by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), is working at Pembrey with Carmarthenshire County Council’s Outdoor Recreation Service to improve the condition of these dunes for wildlife.

Some non-native plant species, like the dense scrub plant sea buckthorn, are invasive and they are growing quickly in this dune system – spreading further across large areas of dune each year. 

Many of the dunes’ rare and specialist wildlife needs bare sand or low grassland habitat to survive and gets lost under or outcompeted by scrub. 

If scrub growth is not controlled, it will cause species like lizards, orchids and dune pansies to suffer and disappear from our sand dunes.

Scrub removal in specifically chosen locations will help to restore the habitat types that these species need, and this work will play a part in ensuring the dunes at Pembrey have a healthy, biodiverse future. 

Improving the ecological condition here will increase this coastal landscape’s resilience to other threats, such as extreme weather events and changing conditions brought on by climate change in the future.

The first phase of this work is to take place in Pembrey Country Park around Car Park 8 and the second will take place on the foredunes in front of the Welsh Government Woodland Estate which is managed by NRW. 

It is scheduled to begin in the last week of November and will last for two weeks. There will be a temporary closure of Factory Road outside the Country Park for one week – reopening on 5th December.

Ruth Harding, Senior Environment Officer at Natural Resources Wales, said:

“Sea Buckthorn control is important to improve the dune grassland habitats at Pembrey. Carmarthenshire County Council and Natural Resources Wales have carried out this type of habitat management over a number of years which has resulted in restoring the area to a dune grassland rich with different species of plants. 

You can best enjoy this during the summer months within the Pembrey Burrows and Saltings Local Nature Reserve. As part of Dynamic Dunescapes, we are now continuing this work, which will result in an overall increase in dune grassland habitat.”

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for leisure, Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths said:

“Whilst scrub is a valuable habitat it does need management to maintain it in good condition for wildlife. Cutting back the scrub will ensure it does not spread into areas where it is not wanted and or where it can destroy other habitat.”

Dynamic Dunescapes is not the only project working to restore Pembrey’s important sand dunes. The EU LIFE-funded Sands of LIFE project, managed by (NRW), has also been undertaking sand dune management to improve conditions for wildlife in recent years. The two projects work closely to build on and support each other’s work.

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Demolition of 4 Tys begins in Tyisha, Llanelli

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WORK to demolish the Four Tys housing blocks in Tyisha, Llanelli has started, marking the next exciting step in Carmarthenshire County Council’s plans to Transform the area. 

The demolition work is set to be completed by civil engineering contractor Walters over the next 20 weeks and will enable the build of modern, mixed-use housing which meets the needs of the community.

Improvements to existing homes and the creation of community facilities and green spaces will also form part of changes on the horizon for Tyisha. 

Cllr Linda Davies Evans, chair of the Transforming Tyisha steering group and cabinet member for housing said: “The demolition of the Four Tys marks an important step in the Transforming Tyisha project. Although this process will evoke powerful memories for many of the people who have lived and worked in Tyisha since the Four Tys were built in the 1960s, their demolition will enable us to provide the housing and facilities that the community needs.

Local residents and businesses who may be impacted by the demolition process will be contacted throughout to ensure minimum disruption.”

This forms a part of the council’s ambitious plans to regenerate the Tyisha ward and the wider Llanelli town centre area which is undergoing massive investment.

The council is also seeking a partner to develop new housing and create a vibrant community. An early market engagement exercise is currently live which gives potential partners the opportunity to express their interest in working with the council to transform the area.

Fresh and innovative ideas for this exciting project can be submitted to the council until December 7.

For more information on the early market engagement process or the council’s Transforming Tyisha regeneration project please visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/tyisha

The demolition of the ‘Four Tys’ forms part of the council’s ambitious Transforming Tyisha project which looks to regenerate the area through increasing community safety, developing housing and community facilities and improving the environment.

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Serious assault in Ruby’s Bar Llanelli being investigated by police

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POLICE are investigating a serious assault which occurred in Ruby’s Bar, Llanelli, between 10:40pm and 11pm on Saturday, November 20.

A 35-year-old man received injuries which required hospital treatment.

A 31-year-old female and a 36-year-old male have  been arrested on suspicion of assault. Both have been released on bail pending further police enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed, or took footage of, the incident, or anyone who has any information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20211120-336.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.’

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