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Cure proposed for pigeon problem

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Adaptable: Llanelli's pigeons

Adaptable: Llanelli’s pigeons

LIKE many towns, Llanelli has suffered a blight of pigeons making a mess of its town centre.

One effort to tackle the problem – an imitation hawk – was placed inside the St Elli Centre. The device screeches every few seconds. Birds seem oblivious to its purpose as a deterrent, nonchalantly fly by, and have even been known to land on it.

The noise from the plastic raptor could be the most irritating sound in Llanelli and may actually drive people out of the centre rather than the birds

In the past Llanelli’s pigeon objectors have tried pigeon contraception in pigeon food and proposed sealing off the entrances to the shopping centre. However, anyone who has travelled on the London Underground knows that pigeons happily enter and exit automatic doors.

A statement by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Public Health Department reads, “The Public Health section receives a number of complaints each year concerning pigeons and issues relating to them. Regrettably, the Council has very limited powers with regard to these issues and for the most part cannot deal with the matters directly.

‘The council has no policy to control or to cull birds within the area, as such actions can only have a short-term impact. The installation of bird netting and or spikes can prevent pigeons from perching on a property. Such products are commercial available. However, installation of such equipment would need to be undertaken on a large percentage of properties in Llanelli town centre to improve the situation as evidence shows pigeons will relocate from one structure to a nearby structure once the proofing works are undertaken.’

A Llanelli based environmentalist and bird of prey handler thinks he has come up with a solution to Llanelli’s pesky pigeon problem. Darren Harries of Hawk Off says that one of the best ways of keeping the pigeon population at bay in the town is by placing hawk nesting boxes in the town, which would encourage the nesting of peregrine falcons.

Mr. Harries told the Herald, “If we have more birds of prey in the town centre area it will do a number of things. It will cut down on pest numbers and also become a talking point for the town attracting environmental tourists. We have a number of peregrine nest sites in the Llanelli area. Some of the peregrines do stay around the Llanelli area and other areas in the UK have put out nesting boxes for them. This had had a great response from the public and wildlife enthusiasts.

“That would be an eco-friendly solution and something that would help the town. There are other types of Hawks in the area like Sparrow hawks and Kestrels but the Peregrine is great for pest control.

“I am sure if boxes where placed on high vantage points around the town Peregrines would use the boxes. This would be a long process however once there are a few breeding birds in the area the pest problem would be reduced significantly.

“Once we have peregrines in town they will need to be monitored and rung. Some areas have live cams on nest boxes and this has benefited schools and nature lovers.”

Mr. Harries remains convinced that his green, eco environmentally friendly idea of using birds of prey is the best option and is willing to meet with town centre representatives as well as any related council departments.

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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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