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Exempt reports not for all

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CarmarthenshirehallCOPIES of exempt reports will only be seen by the Leader, Deputy Leader of the opposition and scrutiny committee chairs.

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) had recommended that all members receive exempt reports.

Carmarthenshire County Council discussed the matter at an Extraordinary General Meeting on Wednesday (Jun 17).

They considered the recommendations made by the Cross Party Constitutional Review working group (CRWG) who recommended that the Leader, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Chairs of Scrutiny Committees can receive copies of exempt reports and can remain in meetings when these reports are considered.

Cllr Sian Caiach asked if the recommendation excluded back-bench councillors.

Cllr Kevin Madge replied: “It is for the scrutiny chairs, deputy leader of the opposition and the leader and we feel this is the way forward. The problem is that we could send reports around the council and the danger is that it could be leaked out into the public domain which could damage that report, the council and the things that we discuss.”

Cllr Darren Price said: “When it comes to exempt items I do agree with the recommendation of the WLGA who say that all members should have access to these reports and also have the ability to stay within the executive board. I do accept and understand that not all members in the chamber share that view. When you look at the WLGA review there are lots of references to trust and one paragraph deals with this issue which says; ‘The issue of trust between members is critical to the council delivering on its ambition to openness and transparency’. It was with great sadness that I read, some hours after the last meeting of council, where this chamber democratically decided that an item should be held in private but only a few hours later some of the content of that report appeared on a local blog. For those of us in this chamber that wants to see this recommendation taken to the extreme whereby each and every one of us received that report and act like that, totally undermines our argument and all it does is strengthen the argument of those that do not wish to push it further.”

He continued: “There is one of us in this chamber, of the 74, who disclosed this information and that member should hang their head in shame because the trust that is put towards you when you receive that exempt report should be respected. It hasn’t and it has totally undermined my argument. If we are to maximise the aim of present transparency it is about rebuilding relationships and we all need to look at ourselves in terms of how we conduct ourselves within this chamber and wider.”

Cllr Anthony Jones added: “We do have a code of conduct and I would ask the executive and the officers that if there is a member divulging intentionally or unintentionally exempt information into the public domain then I think that should be investigated. I find myself having to agree with the recommendation because of the actions of one individual or a few individual councillors who have shown mistrust to us and colleagues in this chamber.”

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Detectives ask for help following an assault outside a Llanelli bar

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DETECTIVES from Dyfed-Powys Police are looking to speak to several men to help with its enquiries following an assault outside a Llanelli bar.

At around 3am on Monday, 29 August, a man was attacked outside the Met Bar in Station Road. He was left with a fractured eye socket, cuts and bite marks.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220829-062.

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Prince and Princess of Wales to visit Wales

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THE PRINCE and Princess of Wales have planned a trip to Wales to visit a variety of communities across the nation and learn about the work of key charitable organisations. 

The Prince and Princess have a deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey, and have thoroughly enjoyed their previous visits and the warmth and kindness shown by the Welsh people. 

Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to spending more time in Wales over the next few years, they hope to strengthen their relationship with communities in all parts of Wales. 

During their first engagement, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, where they will meet crew, volunteers and some people who have been supported by their local unit.

Holyhead is one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and has a remarkable history of bravery, having received 70 awards for gallantry. 

Their Royal Highnesses will then take a short walk to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar, where they will meet local people, including representatives of small businesses and organisations, including the Coastguard and Sea Cadets. 

In their second engagement, the Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to visit Swansea. 

Their Royal Highnesses will visit St Thomas Church, a re-developed church in Swansea which supports people in the local area and across the City and County of Swansea. 

Over the last two years the church has been transformed into a thriving community hub and is home to a vast array of services, including:

  • A foodbank which supports over 200 people per week
  • Swansea Baby Basics which distributes essential items for vulnerable mothers across the city, such as toiletries and clothes
  • Facilities for the homeless including food, showers and toilets
  • A not-for-profit cafe and community training kitchen
  • A surplus food distribution network which collects food from supermarkets at the end of each day and distributes it from the church to prevent food waste and to help end food poverty

As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet those volunteering at the church across different initiatives including Baby Basics and the foodbank. Their Royal Highnesses will also spend some time meeting members of the public gathered outside the church. 

The Princess of Wales has previously worked with Baby Banks and the in summer of 2020 brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide, operated by Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities. 

Her Royal Highness has visited a number of baby banks across the UK, including in London, Sheffield and West Norfolk where she has spent time speaking with families about their experiences of using their local baby bank services, as well as helping unload donations. 

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Road closed after man suffers serious injury in Burry Port

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OFFICERS from Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating after a man suffered a serious injury in Station Road, Burry Port.

Officers were called to a report that the man had suffered an injury at around 10.45pm on Saturday, 24 September. He has been taken to hospital.

A 39-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault. He remains in police custody.

A road closure is in place for scene preservation and is likely to remain for a number of hours.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220924-360.

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