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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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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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