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Future of Llanelli Railway discussed

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HOW would you like to see the Llanelli Railway station developed? And the surrounding area? And what uses would you suggest for the former Llanelli West signal box?

These were among the topics discussed at a meeting held in Llanelli just two days before KeolisAmey took over the running of Welsh trains and stations as Transport for Wales on Sunday (Oct 14). The meeting last Friday (Oct 12) brought together Llanelli’s MP Nia Griffith, the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust, the Friends of Llanelli Railway Station and the Heart of Wales Line Development Company Limited.

Nia Griffith MP explained: “We want Llanelli to get in early with the new teams taking over Welsh railways from last Sunday. The new operators have promised significant investment, and we want Llanelli to be at the front of the queue. So we are brainstorming and pooling ideas, with a view to meeting Network Rail and the newly formed Transport for Wales Rail Services later this year.”

Llanelli’s Mayor David Darkin, who chairs the Friends of Llanelli Train Station, said: “We want to use the development of the station and integrated transport hub as an opportunity to regenerate the town and attract people in. We have already drawn up plans for a garden opposite the Coffee Pot, and we are working with Llanelli Community Heritage to provide an information board.”

David Edwards of the Heart of Wales Line Development Company said: “Llanelli is at the junction of the main line and the Heart of Wales Line, and with both Transport for Wales and Network Rail now stressing community involvement, this is a good time to see how these Railway links can help bring regeneration to Llanelli.”

Rev. Eldon Phillips from the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust added: “Upgrading the Station will complement the transformation of the Goods Shed for community use, but it is important that any development helps to celebrate Llanelli’s rich Railway and industrial heritage.

“We are currently very excited at the opportunity to take over the former Llanelli West signal box and would welcome your ideas for its use.”

If you would like to feed in ideas, please get in touch with David Darkin, Chair of the Friends of Llanelli Train Station group, on david@darkinarchitects.com

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event

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Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.

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The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website www.theuoceanproject.com

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli

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the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/ddas-dyfed-drug-and-alcohol-service/

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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