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St Elli made more accessible



MEMBERS of Carmarthenshire County Council’s Planning Committee unanimously approved a plan to improve access to the St Elli Church in Llanelli’s Town Centre.

The Church already had listed building consent for the provision of a ramped access to the Church via the Tower through the ecclesiastical process. Therefore, the matter came to the Planning Committee to decide the substantive planning issues.

The Committee heard that objections had been received referring to the potential loss of access to a small parking area adjacent to the landmark Church and one objection suggesting that the proposed access was too narrow.

A lively discussion of the application’s merits followed, in which members expressed varying degrees of disbelief that objections had been registered to the scheme.

Concerns regarding possible alternative access points were quickly dispensed with by way of a thorough officer’s report which walked members through the alternative access points and the reasons they were unsuitable.

The Planning Officer presenting the application told members that it was inappropriate that less mobile members of the community should access the Church other than through one of its principal access points. Alternative principal access points, members heard, would be unsuitable. Redesign of the main door would require significant extended works of a more visually obtrusive nature and the relocation of grave markers in the churchyard.

The Officer confirmed that the parking access was extremely restricted and the Church would most likely do away with it.

Cllr Kevin Madge spoke for many Committee members when he observed that Church congregations were ageing and that it was essential access was provided for the less mobile. He wholeheartedly supported the application, proposed for approval by Cllr Dorian Phillips.

The proposed entrance was the least intrusive option and Cllr Madge said he was reassured that all options had been examined.

Noting the Church’s lengthy history, Committee Chair Alun Lenny said that buildings such as churches have to adapt to survive.

Cllr Jeanette Gilasbey fully supported the application as meeting the needs for all people of all ages, residents and visitors alike. Speaking from own point of view, she appreciated the new access would address mobility issues.

Echoing Cllr Gilasbey’s words, Cllr Jean Lewis went one step further and wondered whether the objectors were churchgoers or building users. Cllr Lewis said that Churches were used for a number of purposes, including community-based activities and it was essential that all members of the community could access them.

The Committee unanimously approved the application.

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



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.


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

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli



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

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



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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