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Demolition stops as Cuddy collapses

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DEMOLITION work on the former Pontrilas factory on Llanelli’s North Dock has stopped after the contractors in charge of the site went into administration.

Work on the prime development site ground to a halt at the end of last week.

The Cuddy Group entered administration on Monday (Jul 23) following a protracted period of ill health for its head, Mike Cuddy, the former Ospreys Managing Director.

A statement from the company said: “During his enforced absence from work at Cuddy Group, he had hoped that others would have stepped up to fill the gap he had left. Unfortunately this did not happen and the challenges facing the company increased month on month throughout 2017 and into 2018.”

With the company’s finances deteriorating, Mike Cuddy returned to work in April six months earlier than planned and against medical advice but despite injecting personal funds into the business he ‘ was left no alternative but to put the company into administration’.

The company added: “Mike is devastated and as you can imagine, the news and the associated stress, are taking a heavy toll on his health.

“He intends to continue however, to do everything he can to ensure that the company workforce is successful in finding alternative employment.”

For the year ended July 21, 2016, the latest accounts filed at Companies House, Cuddy Group made a pre-tax profit of £233,000 on turnover of £31.5m.

Cuddy had been in restructuring talks with Grant Thornton, but it appears that those talks have ended without agreement on a way forward that keeps the firm intact.

The Pontrilas building on the Llanelli coast was to be demolished to make way for future development.

Constructed in the 1960s, the building has been underused for many years and become increasingly dilapidated.

Cuddy were in the process of razing the building to the ground over the next few months.

Cuddy Group Ltd took over the site from Carmarthenshire County Council in December 2017.

Due to elements of asbestos within the building fabric, a controlled demolition programme was necessary using specialist water suppression systems. The precautions were necessary because of strict asbestos removal standards to eliminate danger to the public, including air monitoring to ensure nobody, either on or off site, is at risk.

The council’s executive board member for resources, Cllr David Jenkins said: “Current works at North Dock, Pontrillas, are on stop.

“We have received contact from the administrators. Should the company not be in a position to complete the remaining site works we will engage with alternative contractors to complete what is required.

“No decision will be made until we have received further information from the administrators.”

While supplies, subcontractors, and workers remain unpaid and – in many cases at the end of their financial tether – Mike Cuddy has moved to reassure followers of Neath RFC that the club’s future is safe.

Even though the Club’s main sponsors were the Cuddy Group, the assets of the rugby club are owned separately from the collapsed business, it is understood in the hands of members of the Cuddy family.

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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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Successful camping and riding weekends raise £1,400 for lifesaving charity

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MEMBERS from the North Wales branch Trail Riders Fellowship have presented the Wales Air Ambulance with a £1,400 donation following its successful camping and trail riding charity weekends.

The successful fundraiser, which was held for its members near Dolgellau, attracted around 60 members who took part over two weekends.

During both weekends donations were collected from each rider taking part. The riders took to the lanes both north and south of River Mawddach, where they were blessed with lovely weather.

This is not the first time they’ve supported the Wales Air Ambulance. They’ve raised around £3,000 during two previous events.

Reflecting on why the Wales Air Ambulance helicopter charity was chosen to benefit from the event, treasurer for North Wales TRF group, Mike Rowlands said: “We chose the Wales Air Ambulance knowing what a difference it can make when called upon to attend emergencies to all members of the public. It can’t be overstated how important our members see the value of this wonderful charity to the people of Wales.

“The club members are proud to contribute towards keeping the Wales Air Ambulance flying.”

The North Wales branch of the Trail Riders Fellowship promotes responsible trail riding on legal routes around North Wales.

The Wales Air Ambulance Charity emergency service offers advanced critical care and is often described as a ‘Flying ED’. The on-board consultants and critical care practitioners are highly skilled and carry some of the most pioneering medical equipment in the world. They can deliver blood transfusions, administer anaesthesia, and undertake emergency operations at the scene of the incident, before flying the patient directly to specialist care. 

Wales Air Ambulance’s Community Fundraiser Debra Sima was recently presented with the cheque of £1,400 by the North Wales Trail Riders Fellowship members at The Parrot, Drury.

A delighted Debra said: “A huge thank you to all the organisers and riders who took part in the two weekend events. We’re delighted that the North Wales branch of Trail Riders Fellowship has once again decided to support our lifesaving 24/7 charity. In total they’ve raised £4,400 for our Charity during three separate fundraisers, which is amazing. Their continued support will enable us to keep our helicopters in the air and our rapid response vehicles on the road. Thank you so much.”

There are several ways that the public can continue to support the Wales Air Ambulance. These include online donations, signing up to the Charity’s Lifesaving Lottery or by coming up with their own innovative ways to fundraise at home. Further information can be found via www.walesairambulance.com.

Alternatively, a £5 text-message donation can be made by texting the word HELI to 70711.

For more information on Trail Riders Fellowship visit http://trf.org.uk/

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