IT IS NEVER too early to start campaigning for an election and that is just what Great Britain Paralympian Richie Powell is going to do. Richard ‘Richie’ Powell has announced his intention to stand for the Trimsaran Ward at 2017’s council elections. The ward’s current representative is former Council Leader, Mrs Meryl Gravell. Richie Powell is used to a challenge and he is ready for the size of the task ahead of him. After a motorcycle accident on June 30, 1989, at the age of 18, Richie became paralysed from the chest down. He took up sports when he spent a year at the TW3 spinal unit in Cardiff, which had a sports club. He represented Great Britain at the 1992 Summer Paralympics in the. He has taken part in the 1994 Commonwealth Games and the 1998 IPC World Championships.
He is a popular local athlete, musician and fundraiser. Richie will be representing the newly-formed Llanelli First Party, whose members aim to provide a voice for the people of the Llanelli area in Carmarthen’s County Hall. Richie told us that his reasons for running for council were simple. He said: “I want to represent the people of Trimsaran and the Llanelli area. I want to air their concerns and needs in County Hall, as I believe they are being sold short at the moment. “I have represented Wales in athletics at the Commonwealth Games and Great Britain in the Paralympics and I have a keen interest in all sports. As such I am appalled at Carmarthenshire County Council stating that they can’t afford to maintain the County’s parks, playgrounds and playing fields anymore.
These areas are crucial for current and future generations, especially in times of austerity and the growing problem of childhood obesity. It is vital we keep these areas to enhance the wellbeing of our communities.” Richie said that he was disappointed in the council’s treatment of sports men and women and children in the county and pointed towards a failure of living up to the Olympic legacy. Richie told us: “People talk about the Olympic Legacy but it is there and always has been under our feet. These areas cannot be sold off or left to wrack and ruin if local councils do not take up asset transfer.
“In fact we have seen first-hand, from an asset transfer in Burry Port, that it does not work. What happens is that before the take over the County Council had a set fee for maintaining those areas. “As soon as the asset is transferred it appears that the prices double or sometimes even treble forcing the council and the sports clubs into an awful position of having to close them down. When you look around the County and see all the money, which has been wasted and the money, which is being spent willy-nilly on vanity projects, which most people will be priced out of even attending to play sport or ‘keep well’ then something has to change. “I have put myself forward and I look forward to meeting the people of Trimsaran and the Llanelli area during the run up to the election.”
Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being
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.
Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at email@example.com.
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.
Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar
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.”