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Town centre’s government cash boost

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llanellitowncentreLLANELLI Town Centre is set to benefit from Welsh Government funding, it was revealed earlier this week in a speech by Communities Minister Lesley Griffiths.
Carmarthenshire County Council will receive £700,000 out of £5m of capital funding, designed to boost town centres across Wales. The money will be spent on renovating empty properties in Llanelli town centre and bringing them back into use.
Regeneration Executive Board Member Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “We are very pleased to be approved for the loan fund of £700,000 from the Welsh Government which will help us regenerate Llanelli town centre.
“The intention is to renovate the buildings for affordable housing units as well as commercial or service space.
“It will be an extension of the work already underway through our Opportunity Street programme, and aims to provide solutions for local housing need along with attracting new retail interests and generating more footfall in the town centre.”
The money will be loaned to local authorities for up to 15 years to be spent on town centres in Llanelli, Tredegar, Rhymney, Grangetown,, Rhyl, Caernarfon and Barry. During this time, the council can recycle and re-invest the funding in different projects which will improve their town centres.
Such improvements will help create jobs and encourage economic growth, increase the number of homes available within town centres and make them a more diverse, vibrant and attractive place to visit.
Speaking about the scheme, Lesley Griffiths said: “Town centres play a vital role in community life and this loan funding will help bring about improvements in the areas which need it the most.
“I look forward to seeing how this £5 million will improve town centres across Wales over the next fifteen years. By making our town centres more attractive and accessible, we hope to increase visitor numbers and give local businesses and communities a boost.”
The seven local authorities supported by the Town Centre Loan scheme are part of the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty Fund areas and have been identified as areas with a high level of deprivation and in need of support. The funding will support a range of different projects in the seven local authorities across Wales:
The Town Centre Loan scheme is one of a range of measures the Welsh Government is taking to support Welsh high streets. Earlier this year, the Minister launched the High Street Heroes awards to showcase the vast range of shops and services available on the Welsh high street.

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event

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Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.

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The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website www.theuoceanproject.com

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli

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the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/ddas-dyfed-drug-and-alcohol-service/

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children

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RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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