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Last roll of the dice for AM candidates

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Candidate: Fozia Akhtan

Candidate: Fozia Akhtan

THE SELECTION process for Labour’s AM candidate to fight it out at the elections in 2016 come to a head at St Barnabus in Llanelli this Saturday (Sept 26).
Llanelli Labour party members along with the three candidates will be anxiously awaiting the outcome of the vote to put a face and a name to the person who will fight it out with other party candidates for the post vacated by Labour’s Keith Davies. At present the race is between Fozia Akhtar, Deryk Cundy and Lee Waters. Some candidates have been more visual than others in their campaigning.
County Councillor and prospective AM candidate for Llanelli Deryk Cundy is a man with a plan.
Speaking to The Herald on Tuesday (Sept 22) ahead of the vote, he said that Llanelli was in need of a new approach to tackling some of the major issues in the town like drug and alcohol abuse, homelessness and petty crime.
He suggested that the town looks towards models, which have worked in other parts of the country, which are based on enabling individuals to thrive within a ‘CAN DO’ environment.
Councillor Cundy said, “I have been looking at the work of Andrew Mawson now Lord Mawson who started Community Action Network (CAN) in one of the poorest areas of London. He inherited an empty 1200 seater church in Bromley-by-Bow and set about finding individuals in the community to join him in establishing a crèche, a doctor’s surgery, a cafe, artist’s workshops, mental health provision and many more essential services, which did exist but were failing badly.”
Mawson’s model transformed the East End and was the first healthy living centre in the U.K. Councillor Cundy believes this can be replicated in Llanelli if he could find the right property and people willing to join him.
Councillor Cundy told The Herald: “I want to try and effect change and I want to focus on what can be done for individuals in Llanelli who can in turn help others. It is all about joining people up and providing a place where they can thrive together.”
Another of the prospective candidates Lee Waters was also out in the town on Tuesday asking business owners to sign a petition to stop the expansion of out of town shopping in Llanelli. Mr. Waters has also been active in campaigning to save Parc Howard from being sold off.
As Llanelli considers its future with huge cuts promised by local and national government, it will need some very creative thinking about social issues public services and the economy.

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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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