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Campaigning heats up on cold Saturday

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Meeting the voters: Helen Mary Jones

Meeting the voters: Helen Mary Jones

PLAID CYMRU’S Llanelli candidate, Helen Mary Jones, was in Llanelli town on Saturday (Jan 30) campaigning and taking part in a day of action opposing the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

It follows a Plaid Cymru push to give Wales a veto on whether the UK signs up to a controversial multi-billion pound US-EU free trade deal.

TTIP is a proposed trade agreement between the European Union and the United States, which claims to promote multilateral economic growth. The American government considers the TTIP a companion agreement to the Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP).

TTIP has proven a very controversial proposal, which is claimed to favour the interests of American multinationals over those of European citizens.

After a proposed draft was leaked in March 2014, the European Commission launched a public consultation on a limited set of clauses and in January 2015 published parts of an overview.

War On Want have warned that TTIP will put many small firms out of business while becoming a bonanza for big businesses. Plaid’s proposal to veto TTIP has won the backing of MPs from the SNP, SDLP, DUP, UKIP, and Green parties.

The Welsh Conservatives were standing only a few yards from Helen Mary Jones, with their AM candidate Stefan Ryszewski choosing to focus on issues like supporting the Conservative’s Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon at the forthcoming election.

Stefan said he was campaigning on the Welsh economy. He said, “We are promoting our message on the economy to lower council tax and help small businesses. We would also like to focus on free parking in Llanelli to help small businesses.” Asked about what his chances were of win the Assembly seat for Llanelli he said, “If people want change they have to vote for it.”

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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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