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Council backs reduced free parking trial

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Llanelli town centre: Scheme trialled after long delay

Llanelli town centre: Scheme trialled after long delay

PLANNED INCREASES in parking fees and the introduction of charges in the evenings have been deferred. Environment executive board member Cllr Hazel Evans has put a halt on bringing them in. The decision to put up parking fees by 20p per charge band and bring in charging during the evenings was taken by Council earlier this year. However, Cllr Evans said a number of people had made representations regarding the charges and she wanted to consider their views. Cllr Evans is taking a report to the next Executive Board following a review of parking, which will include the planned increase and evening charges. She said: “I want to discuss this issue with my Executive Board colleagues as part of a wider parking review.

“I have stopped the charges being introduced in the meantime because I want to be better informed before we take any final decisions. “Clearly, any decision will have budget implications for us at a time when we are facing particularly severe cuts, so we have to ensure, for the sake of council taxpayers, that the decisions we take are right, not just financially but also considering the impact they would have on the people we serve.”

The details of a free parking scheme for Llanelli’s town centre are also to be discussed by the Council’s Executive Board shortly before the scheme comes into operation. Executive Board Portfolio Holder for Technical Services, Hazel Evans said: “Myself, and my colleagues on the Executive Board, are fully committed to Llanelli town centre, this is evident in the huge investment which has been made in recent years, and which continues to be made.

“However, a number of people believe that providing free parking would help bring more footfall into the town centre. “I will be recommending a month’s trial for this, with monitoring, so that evidence can be provided of its effectiveness.” Back in April, Carmarthenshire Council approved a motion for a six month, two hour free parking period in Llanelli in an attempt to improve town centre trade. That proposal was remitted to the Executive Board, who appear poised to approve a much-reduced plan than that passed overwhelmingly by members almost six months ago. The then Plaid opposition was particularly vocal in lobbying for an extended free parking trial in Llanelli, and it coincidentally formed a key plank of their General Election candidate’s platform in the town. Increased charges imposed by the local authority have been blamed for a decline in town trade, as customer head to out of town retail developments with free parking; a situation unlikely to be much improved as the Council considers plans to sell off further land for large-scale retail developments. The Council has made record profits from charging for car parking in the last twelve months.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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