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Llanelli could be underwater in 100 years

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Llanelli beach: Received 70mph last weekend

Llanelli beach: Received 70mph last weekend

RESEARCH carried out by Climate Central shows that some towns of Wales located on the coast could be underwater in the next 100 years.

Climate experts are warning the rise in sea levels could wipe out many of the Welsh urban areas within just a century.

Climate Central, who are an association of leading environmental scientists and journalists, have recently published new data revealing global warming could cause a sea level rise of over 6m, even with the current attempts to seriously reduce pollution.

With global temperatures increasing, expecting to rise 2-4C by 2100, environmental scientists of Climate Central warn that tidelines are to rise by 4-6 metres in the next century. If we carry on with the current approach to carbon emissions experts warn it could cause devastating impact on coastal towns in Wales, including Llanelli.

Nia Griffith MP of Llanelli said: “We already have flood defences around the coast to maintain, and it can be tempting particularly in times of economic difficulty to prioritise spending on other services, but if we do not maintain these defences, then we are storing up trouble for the future.”

This is an ever-growing danger as more than 60% of the population of Wales live in a coastal community, the advancement of sea levels rising could risk damaging coastal erosions – threatening the lives and households of more than 220,000 people in the Welsh community.

As most of the coast in Wales lies below one metre above sea level, the risk of flooding due to storm surges could cause sea levels to increase tenfold by 2090.

Nia Griffith continued: “One very vulnerable bit of infrastructure is our mainline railway track from Swansea through to Pembrokeshire, which has suffered significant storm damage in recent winters. This is a vital lifeline for west Wales, both for freight and passengers, and we must insist that it is a priority.”

The scientific community are vigorously debating over how the amount of time it will take for the impacts of coastal erosion and rising sea levels to take hold, but the overall opinion is that significant changes will start to take place within the next 100- 200 years. Research figures published by the Welsh Government body Natural Resource Wales show that by 2100, over 2126 homes could be completely lost due to coastal erosion.

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “The implementation of appropriate and effective mitigation measures to reduce the impacts of storm events is an ongoing task and will need to adapt over time as our understanding of the impacts of climate change become clearer.”

The head of earth and oceanic sciences at Cardiff University, Professor Ian Hall, warns that even if drastic reductions in carbon emissions by the UK, the loss of Welsh coastal areas may be an ‘inevitable’ consequence. Professor Ian Hall said: “It is clear that as the rate and total amount of sea level rise increases in the coming years the impact of this change will be increasingly felt.

“Our coastlines and the communities living on them will become increasingly vulnerable.

“In Wales, adapting to future sea levels will require a combination of increased flood protection for certain high value coastal assets but an acceptance that abandonment and relocation is inevitable for some.”

On November 30th, world leaders gathered in Paris to discuss and set new targets to reduce carbon emissions in the upcoming decades – their results will affect millions of lives across the world, and potentially result in species suffering due to climate change either surviving or going extinct.

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Four charged with conspiracy to supply class A drugs

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FOUR people have been arrested and charged as part of an investigation into an organised crime gang supplying class A drugs from London to Aberystwyth, Llanelli and Swansea.

Dyfed-Powys Police, with support from The Met Police, carried out warrants at four addresses on July 21, resulting in four arrests.

Mohammed Osman, aged 23, Yonis Mohammed, aged 20, Salman Mohamoud, aged 23 – all from Islington – and Amy Simmons, aged 21, from Dulwich were charged with a total of 12 offences:

  • Mohammed Osman: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine,
  • Yonis Mohammed: Two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and two counts of conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.
  • Salman Mohamoud: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine
  • Amy Simmons: Conspiring to supply class A drug heroin, and conspiring to supply class A drug crack cocaine.

All four appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday, July 23, where they were remanded in custody. They are due to appear at Swansea Crown Court for their next hearing on August 20.

The investigation is being carried out by the Ceredigion Serious and Organised Crime Team, Aberystwyth CID and the Operation Orochi command of the Met Police.

Detective Sergeant Steve Jones said: “These four arrests and charges are the result of a coordinated approach to target an organised crime gang we believe is running a county lines operation into the Dyfed-Powys Police force area.

“We will continue to work diligently to disrupt gangs of this kind, to prevent the supply of illegal substances into our community.

“I would like to thank all officers involved, as well as the Met Police for their part in the operation.”

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New children’s play area in Bryn as part of new council housing development

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A NEW children’s play area has opened in time for the summer holidays in Bryn, Llanelli as part of a new £5.9million council housing development.

Carmarthenshire County Council is building 32 new homes on land close to the Dylan housing estate in Bryn.

The scheme will be made up of 22 two-bedroom homes, four two-bedroom bungalows and six four-bedroom homes and is part of the council’s ongoing drive to deliver more affordable homes across the county. It has been part funded through the Welsh Government’s Affordable Housing Grant.

The development also includes a new children’s play area, funded by the council in partnership with Llanelli Rural Council, which will take over the running and maintenance of the play area on completion.

Executive Board Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans said: “I am delighted the park has been completed in time for the summer holidays for the local children to enjoy.

“We are committed to delivering more affordable housing across Carmarthenshire and this development will benefit dozens of families in Llanelli, as well as proving much needed facilities for the local community.

“I would like to thank the rural council for collaborating with this us on this and I hope the children are thrilled with it.”

Before designing the play area, the rural council liaised with local schoolchildren to find out what play equipment they wanted at their new park.

Llanelli Rural Council Chairman Cllr Tegwen Devichand said: “The council is delighted to be working in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council to provide this wonderful new play area for the community.

“The opening of the play area couldn’t have been better timed to coincide with the school holidays. I hope the local children will enjoy the range of challenging play equipment on offer and that they have lots of fun using it over the summer.”

The housing development is due to be completed by the beginning of 2022.

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Burry Port Harbour lighthouse overhaul tops council’s £2million investment

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A £2MILLION investment in Burry Port Harbour is nearing completion, topped off with the iconic lighthouse getting a fresh lick of paint.

Carmarthenshire County Council is behind a range of improvements to maintain and restore the historic harbour which is one of the county’s most loved and well visited beauty spots.

Restoration of the Grade II listed harbour walls, undertaken under the guidance of CADW, will conclude within the next few weeks.

The council has also been working alongside The Marine Group, which operates the harbour, to improve mooring facilities. They are working closely with fishermen to bid for funding for new commercial pontoon infrastructure.

It will add to investment made over previous years which saw the council spend almost £1.5million on new pontoons, and over £300,000 in maintaining the harbour railings and bridge.

A local operator has agreed a lease for a cafe and public toilets on east side of Harbour, and the refurbishment of the old RNLI harbour office has recently started by The Marine Group (TMG) to create a harbour-side coffee house.

TMG has also invested in a state-of-the-art dredger which arrived at the harbour last autumn. Dredging is well underway and will continue until targeted depths are reached.

Boat lifting equipment and new fuelling points are also planned.

The council has introduced community safety officers to patrol the harbour assisting tourists and local people during the summer months, especially to advise around Covid regulations, as part of a tourism hotspot plan to take care of issues such as parking, litter, street cleansing, enforcement and signage.

Temporary car parking surfacing has also been laid on the east side along with new pay and display facilities ahead of a wider multi-million regeneration plan that will transform the harbour with a mix of housing, commercial and leisure space covering around 13 acres of prime development site.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We are proud of our continued investment in Burry Port Harbour. We are spending millions restoring and maintaining historic features that are much-loved by local people and visitors who come from far and wide to enjoy what the harbour has to offer.

“We continue to work closely alongside The Marine Group and Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council to plan and prioritise works and ongoing maintenance. We are as keen as everyone else to ensure it is well-maintained and continues to be a place people can enjoy.

“We appreciate that there has been some upheaval during these improvement works but we ask people to understand that our investment will make Burry Port Harbour an even better place for the future.”

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