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Llanelli Goods Shed celebrates final piece in funding jig-saw

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LLANELLI RAILWAY GOODS SHED has finally secured the full complement of funding needed to start on phase one of the renovation of this listed building for community use.  

The Garfield Weston Foundation has stepped in to complement the funding provided by the Railway Heritage Trust, Carmarthenshire County Council and Welsh Government through the Targeted Regeneration Initiative. The Garfield Weston Foundation has pledged to provide a total of £90, 000. This will enable work to begin on the former Goods Shed situated in Marsh Street, Llanelli.

Nia Griffith MP who chairs the trustees of the Goods Shed explained, “We are extremely grateful to the Garfield Weston Foundation for pledging these funds to us. This will be the final piece of the funding jig-saw which will enable us to get started…… and we are really keen to do so, before the building deteriorates any further.”

“We have done a lot of work to keep costs down, and very much look forward to seeing work begin in earnest on the renovation. In spite of all the difficulties caused by Covid19, we have had considerable support from the County Council with the project over the past few months, and this is now a really exciting time for this part of Llanelli. The renovation of the Goods Shed will give a real boost to the area and will complement the County Council’s regeneration plans.”

“Pupils and teachers from local schools have already been involved with us in exploring the industrial heritage of the area, and we really look forward to being able to show pupils exactly where trains brought goods into Llanelli, and the very important contribution of the railway to the economic development of Llanelli.”

“Through the opportunities in the renovated building, we shall be providing for upskilling and preparing for the jobs of the future, and once again the Goods Shed will be contributing to the economy of Llanelli. “       

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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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

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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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