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More questions about Parc Howard

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350px-Parc_Howard_museum_-_geograph.org.uk_-_143410A MYSTERY BUSINESSMAN who claimed to be behind the scheme to take Parc Howard off the Council’s hands but was neither a director, nor shareholder, nor officer of the company named as behind the venture, has claimed that he has shelved an attempt to acquire the Llanelli landmark.

The Herald was able to exclusively reveal the background to the takeover bid and placed significant material in the public domain, which included an email in which a purported ‘introducer’ for the scheme appeared to suggest that remunerated positions would be offered to members of the board of the Park Howard Association if they backed the plan.

Nick Spysznyk has claimed in an interview in other media which did not investigate the tainted deal, that ‘the plans were being put on the back-burner for the time being because of the public backlash, said his company, Atlas Hill, was now focussing on improved plans for a hotel on the site at Four Winds, Ffos Las’.

The Herald can confirm that Mr Spysznyk offered to meet to discuss Parc Howard with it but was not prepared to speak to us on the record about his involvement or have anything to do with ‘that journalism crap’. He spoke to the Llanelli Star instead.

Instead of uncritically reporting that assertion, The Herald has looked at ‘Atlas Hill’ in order to establish Mr Spysznyk’s involvement in it. There are several listings for Mr Spysznyk under a number of different names, including Nicholas James Spysznyk, Nicholas James Yvan Spysznyk, and Nicholas Spysznyk.

Even the most cursory of examinations shows that however his name is construed, Mr Spysznyk is neither a director nor an officer of a limited company called ‘Atlas Hill’.

In addition a search against  Atlas Hill’ at Companies House two companies bearing that name: the first of those, Atlas Hill Ltd is listed as a financial intermediary with a sole director who owns 100% of the share capital. The director’s name is Mr Ahmed El Bouchikhi. While the company appears to have been active since 2012, its website has virtually no information on it and seems to have been recently created. The second company, Atlas Hill Ventures Ltd was incorporated in 2014 and is owned by the same person.

The Herald can confirm that at all times when dealing with the local authority regarding Parc Howard, Mr Spysznyk made no reference to the involvement in the deal of a company called ‘Atlas Hill’. In fact, having a copy of the information provided by the company concerned in that bid, Loca Ventures Ltd, we can confirm no such reference is made.

Mr Spysznyk now claims to be moving on to a project to build a 120 room hotel with fitness spa at Ffos Las.

Plans to build a hotel at Ffos Las have been a feature of news stories for several years.

None of those stories mention the involvement of Nicholas Spysznyk or ‘Atlas Hill’ at any time.

While Mr Spysznyk seems eager to outline multi-million pound plans, provided they are not too closely questioned, the strength of public feeling in Llanelli about his designs on Parc Howard appears to signal that a suggestion his plans are on ‘the back-burner’ is bravado in the face of the inevitable.

Keith Davies AM told The Herald: “Parc Howard is crucial for the people of this constituency. Parc Howard has been given as a gift to the children of Llanelli. It is important that we keep that for the people of Llanelli. I’m afraid there is a question to be asked on who is responsible for running the county council. Is it officers or the elected members?”

Questioning how events concerning Parc Howard unfolded, the Llanelli representative told us: “It looks as if meetings have taken place behind closed doors with officers. The majority of elected members including those who represent Llanelli were not involved at all.”

Mr Davies concluded by pointing out: “There was a report from the WLGA on Carmarthenshire and Carmarthenshire County Council discussed it recently. The WLGA interviewed people about Carmarthenshire and it says in the report that there is a feeling that officers not elected members run Carmarthen and that does seriously effect democracy. If elected members are not allowed to speak out, I think they must refer it to the Ombudsman.”

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Those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster should get jabbed by end of June

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ALL those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster are being urged to take up their offer of the vaccine before the end of next month.

A deadline of 30 June has been introduced to ensure all those eligible for the spring booster will have a long-enough interval between this and the autumn 2022 booster, if they are also eligible.

An announcement by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) about which groups will be eligible for the autumn booster is due to be published shortly.

The JCVI has advised that people over-75, older care home residents and all those aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed are eligible for the spring booster.

Those who are 75 on or before 30 June, can get their booster at any point up to the deadline.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “It is important we continue our very high take up levels of the vaccine to help protect us against the risk of serious illness from Covid-19. I would urge everyone who is offered a spring booster vaccination takes up the invitation.”

If someone eligible for a spring booster has had a Covid infection recently, they will need to wait 28 days from the date they tested positive before they can be vaccinated. They will still be able to get vaccinated after 30 June as part of this campaign if they have to postpone their appointment.

All those eligible for spring boosters will be invited by their health board or GP.

It is not too late for anyone who needs a primary dose (first, second or third) to be vaccinated.

Please check for local arrangements.

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Young people in Wales being failed when moving from child to adult mental health services

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MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES are failing young people when they move from child to adult services, says a mental health charity.

Mind Cymru is calling for Welsh Government to make urgent changes to improve the system.

Nia Evans, Children and Young People Manager at Mind Cymru, said: “Young people have told us that their needs, thoughts, and feelings about moving to adult services are often unheard, or ignored.

“Welsh Government must support Local Health Boards to make sure this doesn’t happen, change the way services are run and make sure our young people are being heard and properly cared for.”

Mind Cymru has published a report, in ate the result of interviews with young people about their experiences of moving from Specialist Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services – (SCAMHS) to AMHS.

They highlighted five key areas where services are failing young people:
– Poor information offered to young people, particularly on their rights
– Inconsistent use and follow through of care and treatment plans
– High thresholds for SCAMHS and AMHS referrals to be accepted
– Feeling abandoned / cut off from SCAMHS
– Age still dominates decision making process for moving from SCAMHS to AMHS

Nia Evans said: “Any one of these issues could make the process of moving from children’s services to adult services difficult for our young people. But often, more than one is happening at any one time.”

“Our young people have a right to care and support from a mental health system that has been put in place to help them recover. Action must be taken immediately to make sure support systems are robust and doing the job they were designed to do.”

Mind Cymru is asking people to email their Member of the Senedd (MS) and amplify the voices of these young people whose experiences are often unheard, and use the #SortTheSwitch hashtag on social media.

The full report is available here, including what a good move from SCAMHS to AMHS would look like for young people, and where the current system could improve.

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Average UK price of diesel hits record of more than £1.80 a litre

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LESS than two months after Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a 5p a litre cut on the average price of fuel – diesel prices have reached a record high price of 180.29p a litre.
The previous high of 179.90p was recorded on March 23rd 2022 – the day of the Spring Statement from Sunak.

In recent weeks, the UK government has tried to move away from its reliance on importing Russian oil, following President Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Worryingly for drivers of petrol cars, the price per litre is fast approaching the record levels of 167.3p per litre set on March 22nd.

This latest price rise adds another challenge to UK households, as the cost of living crisis continues to impact families across the country.

RAC fuel spokesperson Simon Williams said: “Sadly, despite the Chancellor’s 5p a litre duty cut the average price of a litre of diesel has hit a new record high at 180.29p.”

“Efforts to move away from importing Russian diesel have led to a tightening of supply and pushed up the price retailers pay for diesel.”

“While the wholesale price has eased in the last few days this is likely to be temporary, especially if the EU agrees to ban imports of Russian oil.”

“Unfortunately, drivers with diesel vehicles need to brace themselves for yet more pain at the pumps. Had Mr Sunak reduced VAT to 15% as we call on him to do instead of cutting duty by 5p, drivers of diesel vehicles would be around 2p a litre better off, or £1 for every full tank.”

“As it is, drivers are still paying 27p VAT on petrol and 29p on diesel, which is just the same as before the Spring Statement.”

“The average price of petrol is also on the rise having gone up nearly 3p a litre since the start of the month to 166.65p which means it’s less than a penny away from the all-time high of 167.30p set on 22 March.”

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