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County Cllr Tegwen Devichand: “I think it is a good outcome for the residents.”

County Cllr Tegwen Devichand:
“I think it is a good outcome for the
residents.”

A MEETING between County Councillor Tegwen Devichand and residents living close to the Play King centre in Dafen took place on Friday (June 5) at Dafen Hall.

The meeting was set up to consider a planning application by the owner of the Play King centre David Edwards for nightclub facilities, including a license for alcohol. Councillor Devichand started by telling residents that she had submitted an objection to the plans to change the licensing to include alcohol and nightclub facilities for adults.

Ms Devichand said: “I had been called out with my slippers on to hear the noise. When I went into a resident’s home I could still hear the music. The gentleman who actually owns Play King contacted me and said he didn’t realise so many people were objecting.

“I told him people have the right to live in that area in peace and quiet. He said he would change the drink license and we have that letter from the owner David Edwards. I sent that on to the licensing officer. They sent that to planning and I sent residents a copy.

“He called me again and said he wanted to do what the public wanted. He was sympathetic and supportive. He was removing the first proposal, which was seven days a week. The new proposal is now 11 to 16’s from 7.15 until 10.15pm once a month for eleven months.

“With regards to the noise, he’s had a firm down from London and they have measured noise levels. Acceptable levels are 12 decibels but he has said he will reduce the levels to 9 decibels. It is in writing. The application will be considered on June 23.

Local resident Dylan Morris expressed concerns that residents were not clear on what the results of the noise testing were as they were only given a series of graphs, with no explanation. He added: “We want to clarify what these levels are and we would like to ask if they match the levels recorded by the council. Our concerns were that the owner was just saying he would change the application hoping we wouldn’t turn up to the hearing. If we let this go through would a precedent be set and if we don’t complain would he then say that no complaints have been received so he could have more days?”

Mrs Devichand said: “I thought about that and the council will be monitoring the situation. I would be happy to come out at any time. I think the owner has tried hard to appease everyone. If there were problems our officers wouldn’t like being called out all the time. There is a lot of night-time traffic in that area and there are factories there. They were not informed and that was of concern to me. I was told it wasn’t relevant to notify them. It is nice for the children to have somewhere to go. The police have said they are happy the children have somewhere to go. I will go to the licensing committee meeting to make sure that these changes are final.”

Mr Morris said: “If those readings are acceptable it’s ok saying that, but if that bass is still coming through it is not acceptable.”

Following the meeting the Herald asked Mr Morris if the residents had won a victory. Mr Morris said: “It’s not a victory we were looking for. All we were looking for was fair play and an understanding of our situation. We were happy that Tegwen took this on on our behalf and hopefully it will progress to a satisfactory conclusion.

“We don’t want to stop anything with regards to enjoyment for the children. We want that to continue but we also want some peace as well. We will now get together as a group of neighbours to consider what we have heard and we will take it back to Tegwen. As far as tonight is concerned I am happy with the outcome.”

Cllr Devichand told the Herald: “I think it is a good outcome for the residents. It is good that we can work with a local business and that the owner appreciates that people want to live in peace. The biggest concern was the noise, but when they found out there was a drinks licence and the extension of the times, it didn’t seem natural. The owner was a bit shocked that this sort of response had come about. He was quite happy to change the licence. Our officers have been excellent in dealing with this matter.”

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A BRIEFCASE full of drugs has been recovered during a raid in Swansea suburb.
Police acting on information provided by a member of the public executed a warrant in Gorseinon and recovered a large quantity of cannabis.
A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of the class B drug, with intent to supply.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “At around 5.40pm on Wednesday, January 6, following an intelligence led operation, a 68 year-old man from Gorseinon was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
“He was taken to Swansea central police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation”.

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New Year – new start – for two seals released back into the wild

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Two grey seal pups have been returned to the wild for the New Year following months of RSPCA rehabilitation.

They were released at Port Eynon, Gower, Swansea, on 3 January as the sun rose – just days into 2021 – by  RSPCA animal rescue officer Ellie West and RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben – who caught the beautiful event on camera. One seal had been originally rescued from Abereiddy in Pembrokeshire – the other from Trevone in Cornwall. They were both found in distress, underweight and with injuries.

Ellie said: “This was such a lovely release – to see them both enter the sea happily where they belong with the sun rising in the distance was just glorious. It was a lovely way to start the new year.”

The seals had been transferred to the Welsh coast from RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre in Hastings the previous day and had spent the night at the RSPCA Llys Nini Branch seal unit.

“These two pups – nicknamed BB8 and Luke Skywaker – have been in the fantastic care of RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre who have given them the best rehabilitation over the past few months. It’s always fantastic to hear when they have put on the appropriate weight and can be released back into the wild,” added Ellie.

Ellie had been involved in the initial care of the seal rescued from Abereiddy Beach back in October.

“He was a weaned pup that had pretty much moulted out all his baby white lanugo coat, so he was fully weaned, but he was found quite underweight, lethargic and had the snotty face of a sickly pup,” she said. “He also had a lump on the top of his neck.

“He was reported to myself and Keith and we asked Welsh Marine Life Rescue (WMLR) to attend who very kindly collected him and cared for him for a few days until we were able to transfer him to the wildlife centre.

“Once again we want to thank WMLR for all their assistance, expertise and all their hard work this past season. We could not do what we do without them.”

At RSPCA Mallydams Wood Wildlife Centre the seal had the lump removed under anaesthetic by the vet team.

The second seal from Cornwall came into RSPCA care in November and weighed just 16.3kg. The seal had suffered a few small wounds and was a bit wheezy, with centre staff treating him for lungworm and administering antibiotics. When he left the centre the seal – who was named Luke Skywalker – weighed a healthy 40kg.

Before release, the seals were given identification tags in their hind flippers for ID purposes. The RSPCA often receives good feedback from sightings – and the scientific results received reveal that seals that go on from rehabilitation survive in the wild.

The RSPCA advises that if members of the public spot a seal on a beach that they think might need help, the best thing is to observe them from a distance and do not approach them.

Seals are wild animals and have a nasty bite. Never try to return a seal to water yourself, as you may put yourselves and the seal at risk by doing this. It is also advised they keep dogs away from any seal and keep them on leads on beaches that have seal colonies too.

It’s not unusual for a seal pup to be alone, as seal mums leave their pups very early on in life. So if the seal pup looks fit and healthy and shows no signs of distress, it should firstly be monitored from a safe distance for 24 hours.

If you see a pup whose mother hasn’t returned within 24 hours, is on a busy public beach, or if you think the seal may be sick or injured, please stay at a safe distance and call the RSPCA’s advice and cruelty line on 0300 1234 999. An unhealthy seal pup looks thin (but not bony) with a visible neck, like a dog.

There is more information on the RSPCA website about what to do if you see a seal or pup on the beach alone.

If you have an animal welfare concern or find an animal in distress please call 0300 1234 999.

This winter, the RSPCA expects to rescue thousands of animals from neglect, cruelty and suffering. Already this Christmas we received more than 44,000 calls to our cruelty line but the calls to our rescue line are not stopping so neither will we. To help our rescue teams continue to reach the animals who desperately need us this winter, visit www.rspca.org.uk/xmas and Join the Winter Rescue #JoinTheRescue

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Community Midwife home for Christmas after 85 day battle with COVID-19

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SHARON GEGGUS, a community midwife from Llanelli is home for the holidays after a three month battle with coronavirus.
Sharon began to feel unwell in September, experiencing shortness of breath and a high temperature.
As these symptoms persisted and her condition began to worsen, she was admitted to Prince Philip Hospital in Llanelli on 16 September, with a temperature of 41°C.During her stay, she credits the support of her family and the staff at Prince Philip Hospital for helping her get through the ordeal. Speaking of her experience in hospital, Sharon says: “I was sedated for about five weeks, but I was told that the staff were playing music for me. They had contacted my family to find out what my favourite songs were, and they would play those.
“It was really hard but the hardest times I didn’t really know about – my family were the people going through it. I can’t stress how well the staff looked after me. I used the iPads provided through the hospital to keep in contact with my family and the staff would also help me phone and communicate with my family.  
“The ITU staff and the staff on Ward 9 where I went for rehabilitation were amazing. I’m a community midwife myself and I would obviously treat someone how I wanted to be treated – but they really went above and beyond.
They would sit and chat with me when I was feeling down and they made sure I was in contact with my family all the time, even letting me hang up pictures of my family on my wall.”
Sharon was clapped out of the hospital on 10 December, 85 days after being admitted. Even though she is home, the road to recovery isn’t over.
She says: “There’s still a long way to go but I’m getting there. I can get around using a walking frame and only need oxygen when I’m really moving about. It’s so nice to be home, I think you just sort of relax a bit and move around more and just feel better for being back with your family.”
Reflecting on her experience, Sharon offered this advice to others with COVID-19: “Keep in touch with your family as much as you possibly can, it’s what got me through. I wouldn’t really know what else to say, just keep positive and keep in touch with your loved ones, that’s what really helps.”
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