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‘No more’: Tensions runnig high along Swansea Road

‘No more’: Tensions running high along Swansea Road

TENSIONS are running high along Swansea Road in Llanelli as local business owners are in opposition over proposed parking restrictions.

Windows are adorned with posters appealing for people not to park outside their homes. The local café has posters declaring dissatisfaction with accusations against the owner Tracey Webb who is in favour of the restrictions. She told the Herald: “For the last three years we have been battling with Carmarthenshire County Council, Mews garage and the taxi company. We have been battling for restricted parking and yellow lines. Carmarthenshire County Council and the police have agreed it but nothing has been done. It is affecting my business. Vehicles are parked all along the street here and council workers park their cars here because it is free parking. Disabled people cannot park here because there is nowhere to park. I cook the old fashioned foods so the older generation come here but there is nowhere to park. I’d like to see double yellow lines here with restrictive parking and the council to give the garage an area for them to park vehicles. There is bad feeling and you can see the posters in the windows.”

Some business owners are opposed to restrictions and believe that their businesses will suffer if they are introduced. Garage owner Alan Bowen told me: “There isn’t a parking problem here. People do use this area to park for free and yes, some of them might work in the council offices. People come and go here all day. You can ask the residents on Swansea Road. The café owner has upset everyone you can knock on the doors and they will tell you. It has been like this for three years. I have been here 26 years without a problem. It will upset everything if they place restrictions, it will affect my business drastically. We will petition against yellow lines. I need to have cars parked here for the day sometimes. There’s a Royal Navy club here and they have big events there and it will hit them badly. If the council workers weren’t parking there it would alleviate the situation. I have nothing against them parking there, some of them actually bring their cars here.”

Some business owners are indifferent to the proposals including Steve Edwards who runs a taxi firm on Swansea Road. He said: “We are back and forth here most of the day, we don’t really park for long. We are busy at night but by then the road is clear. Restrictions won’t really hit my business but I can see it will hit Alan badly.”

Workers at the Sarah’s hairdressers said that they did not think there was a problem with parking. One staff member said: “There was a letter sent round about the parking and we don’t want restrictions. We park on the side roads. There is not an issue here but we can see that people do park down the bottom of the road all day.”

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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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