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Edmunds wants inquiry into COASTAL



Called for a public enquiry: Jeff Edmunds

Called for a public
enquiry: Jeff Edmunds

AT WEDNESDAYS (Dec 9) meeting of Carmarthenshire County Council, Labour leader Jeff Edmunds raised concerns regarding the council’s involvement in the COASTAL care scheme. Referring to revelations in the last two weeks’ editions of the Carmarthenshire Herald, reporting instances of mismanagement and financial irregularities in the scheme’s operation. By reference to a cache of internal council documents, The Herald was able to demonstrate that the Council was well-aware of instances of mismanagement and embarked upon a policy of falsification of time and staffing records in an effort to obscure its maladministration of millions of pounds of public money.

Following a spiky exchange between himself and Council Chair Peter Hughes Griffiths, Cllr Edmunds asked Executive Board Member Jane Tremlett to facilitate a public inquiry into financial and management irregularities in the County Council’s management of the Coastal Care Programme as a matter of urgency. Responding to Cllr Edmunds, Jane Tremlett provided background before answering: “There were monitoring visits and compliance audits. In accordance with practice, claims were adjusted.

I have seen no information that would lead me to investigate further.” Pressing home his point, Jeff Edmunds asked Cllr Tremlett whether she would provide councillors with documents relating to the instances of whistleblowing reported by The Herald. Councillor Tremlett failed to answer the question asked at all and merely referred Cllr Edmunds to her previous answer, inviting Cllr Edmunds to submit new evidence, if he had any. It appeared as though a line had been agreed with council officers and Cllr Tremlett was unprepared and therefore unable to answer any supplemental questions of substance.

As Chair Peter Hughes Griffiths moved briskly on to the next point on the agenda, there was no opportunity to point out Cllr Tremlett’s bare-faced evasion of the question. Following the meeting Cllr Edmunds expressed his frustration at the stonewalling offered: “They (the council) have denied everything and said that there is no wrong doing. They also say that it has all been audited externally. I was stopped by the chair of council from giving substance to my questions. They also appear to deny the existence of whistle-blowers.” Following the webcast of the council meeting, a staff member with knowledge of the efforts the Council has made to cover up any wrongdoing in relation to Coastal told The Herald: “I am concerned that the council seem to be denying any of this happened and I am concerned that should an inquiry take place that evidence provided to the authority flagging the irregularities and mismanagement will no longer exist and that staff may be held responsible for the Council’s actions.”

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event



Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.


The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli



the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children



RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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