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Police station ‘past its sell-by date’

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Past sell-by date: Llanelli Police Station

Past sell-by date: Llanelli Police Station

A PLANNED upgrade for Llanelli Police Station has been abandoned, and the main custody centre will move to Dafen, while a base is retained in the town centre, the Police and Crime Commissioner has announced. The changes will form part of a £15m ‘estate modernisation programme’ announced earlier this week. Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon said: “I want the public to access local policing as easily as possible and I want to spend their money as wisely as possible.

“Llanelli’s current main police station, in Waunlanyrafon, is well past its sell-by date; it’s not a welcoming place for the public and it’s not a good place for officers to work. “We’d have liked to build a new base there – and had planned a £7.5m upgrade – but research has found it wouldn’t be cost effective, partly due to flood risk.” Other sites such as North Dock and Delta Lakes were considered but dismissed as not being cost effective.

Additionally, plans are being made to build a new base in Dafen, with Carmarthenshire’s main custody centre being moved there from Waunlanyrafon along with improved support facilities. Llanelli currently has 10 cells. Now a key focus is on identifying a prominent town centre location for use by the public and as a base for local policing teams. Mr Salmon has stressed that police accessibility in the town centre will be maintained, along with emergency response capability for the town as a whole. During the new development work the current station and custody suite will continue to support the existing levels of policing.

Mr Salmon said: “Llanelli’s police facilities must meet the public’s expectations of modern policing. This is a major investment which will result in modern, effective and efficient police bases. “I analysed what’s needed and the options for providing it. With the Chief Constable, I considered all options and we agreed to explore this one. I’m determined to spend public money wisely and to deliver accessible and responsive policing focused on our communities.

“I invite the Llanelli public to let me know where they’d like to see their new town centre police base.” The cost of the new work is accounted for in the force’s capital budget. Llanelli Police Station is base to around 150 police officers, PCSOs and staff. It is one of five custody locations across Dyfed-Powys. The others are Aberystwyth, Brecon, Haverfordwest and Newtown police stations.

Overflow facilities are available at Ammanford and Cardigan. Chief Constable Simon Prince said: “This level of investment in Llanelli’s police bases clearly demonstrates our commitment to keeping a local base in the town and our desire to ensure our custody facilities are fit for operational use for the future. “The police officers and staff there will together continue to keep the public safe from new, improved locations.

The work will ensure that we are able to provide the highest standards of service to our communities in the Llanelli area.” A review of the Dafen plan’s cost and environmental implications is expected later this month. Other Llanelli-area police stations, including Llwynhendy, Burry Port, Kidwelly and Cross Hands remain open.

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (gov.wales)

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade

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LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar

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MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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