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Bay board welcomes ‘visionary’ Llanelli project

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Swansea Bay City Region ‘very excited’: Cllr Meryl Gravell

Swansea Bay City Region ‘very excited’: Cllr Meryl Gravell

PLANS to regenerate Llanelli with a £60m Wellness and Wellbeing Village have been warmly received by Swansea Bay City Region board members.

The local authority, supported by the ARCH Programme, has plans to create a new state-of-the-art leisure centre housed on the Delta Lakes development, aimed at improving the wellness of the area through education, research, innovation and improved primary care services.

ARCH (A Regional Collaboration for Health) is a partnership made up of Hywel Dda and ABMU health boards and Swansea University who are working together to create a healthcare system fit for the 21st Century.

The ARCH ethos of improving the health and wealth of South West Wales has been a starting point for Carmarthenshire Council to build on the Delta Lakes project to create facilities which will include life science research, clinical trials programme expansion, as well as the possibility of occupational therapy, primary care medical services, day centre facilities and a hydrotherapy pool amongst other proposals.

The Llanelli Wellness and Wellbeing Village will become the West Wales hub for the expansion of the work of Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science (ILS). The ILS, a key element of the ARCH project, has already created more than 800 jobs, attracted circa £200m of investment, created over 40 new enterprises and supporting more than 270 others in the region. This pioneering work will now expand into the Hywel Dda area as part of ARCH with the Delta Lakes site providing a base for ILS@Hywel Dda

The Carmarthenshire Councilled Llanelli Wellness and Wellbeing Village project comes under the ARCH umbrella. Councillor Meryl Gravell, who is also the chair of the ARCH Wellness and Wellbeing working group, has said the ambitious Llanelli plans have been welcomed by the Swansea City Bay Region board.

The Swansea Bay City Region encompasses the four local authority areas of Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. It aims to bring together business, local government and a range of other partners, to work to a common goal of creating economic prosperity for the people who live and work the City Region.

Councillor Gravell, who sits on the City Region board, said: “The Llanelli project was warmly received at the latest City Region Board meeting last week. The visionary plans were discussed positively, and further meetings with potential investors will be going ahead over the next few weeks.

“The board is very excited by this new concept for Carmarthenshire. “This wellness village could be a life-changer for many people and will certainly make a difference not only to the whole ARCH region, but especially to Llanelli as it will create well-paid jobs and attract investment opportunities, as well as help keep our communities healthier.”

Hywel Dda University Health Board Executive Director of Commissioning, Therapies & Health Science Kathryn Davies and ARCH lead for the health board (pictured) told board members: “The Delta Lakes project has progressed at pace. Carmarthenshire Council is fully engaged with ARCH and our aims.

“This project is now far more than just a leisure centre in Llanelli.

“The site will provide ARCH with a West Wales base to develop the essential research component of ARCH, under the Institute of Life Science (ILS) work, and also expand our clinical trials programme into the Hywel Dda area.”

 

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Antisocial behaviour falls as police operation continues

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POLICE said that they saw a reduction in antisocial behaviour involving young people in Carmarthenshire over the weekend, following weeks of increased activity.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers proactively patrolled areas which have recently become hot spots for teenagers to gather and drink alcohol as part of an ongoing operation.

A police presence was also maintained on trains between Llanelli and Carmarthen to identify how many youngsters were travelling in the area and where they were getting off.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “Over the weekend we continued our work to target, deter and deal with antisocial behaviour and underage drinking in hot spots identified primarily in Llanelli and Burry Port.

“Section 34 dispersal orders had been put in place ahead of the weekend, meaning we could move on anyone likely to cause antisocial behaviour, but thankfully they were not required. This is an improvement on previous weekends when we have had to exercise these powers.

“A significant number of young people were spoken to, with the vast majority being pleasant, not under the influence of alcohol, and not causing any trouble.

“Members of the public acknowledged the high police presence, as did the young people, and this might have deterred underage drinking.

“We are very pleased to have seen the change in attitudes and behaviour this weekend.”

The force received just one call reporting youngsters gathering at Burry Port harbour, with no offences or antisocial behaviour identified by attending officers.

Of the young people spoken two over the weekend, two were found with alcohol which was seized. Follow-up antisocial behaviour letters will be issued, and home visits will take place shortly.

Groups were also reminded of the dangers of swimming near the harbour and were encouraged to take their rubbish home.

Officers on the rail network removed one drunk adult from a train.

Sgt Davies said: “I would like to thank all officers involved in the operation over the weekend, as well as the young people who made sure they stayed within the law while enjoying the weather.

“We will be out and about again next weekend and throughout the summer, making sure the area is enjoyable for all who visit.”

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Lord Lieutenant visits Mass Vaccination Centre

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Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sarah Edwards, has paid tribute to all those involved in the COVID-19 vaccination programme during a visit to the Y Ffwrness Mass Vaccination Centre in Llanelli.

During the visit on Wednesday 9th June she was joined by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col David Mathias, and the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mr.Jonathan Gravell. They met and spoke to the centre’s vaccinators, NHS staff, security staff and volunteers.

To date, the collective efforts of mass vaccination centres, GP practices and community pharmacies in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, have resulted in the Hywel Dda University Health Board delivering over 431,850 vaccinations. This means 266,785 of the eligible population have now received a first vaccine, and 165,056 have received both doses.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed said: “It was wonderful to see first-hand the incredible work being undertaken by the vaccinators, NHS staff and volunteers. They have played a crucial role in the success of the vaccine rollout programme. I would also pay tribute to the public for their overwhelmingly positive response to getting vaccinated.”

Maria Battle, Chair of Hywel Dda University Health Board, added: “On behalf of the health board, I was delighted to welcome Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed, Miss Sara Edwards, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Lt Col David Mathias, and the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mr Jonathan Gravell. I am deeply proud of everyone involved in the vaccination programme and I’m glad they got to see for themselves the incredibly work being undertaken to help get us through this pandemic.”

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Alcohol seized and teenager arrested as police deal with antisocial behaviour

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POLICE seized large amounts of alcohol and arrested a teenager as they continued to deal with antisocial behaviour over the weekend.

Dyfed-Powys Police had proactive plans in place to deal with ongoing issues of groups of youngsters gathering in Carmarthenshire following rising reports of alcohol-related antisocial behaviour over the past two months.

Dispersal orders were in place across Llanelli and Burry Port, giving police the powers to move anyone believed to be causing a nuisance, harassment or distress out of the area.

Officers patrolling the rail network in Carmarthenshire on Saturday noticed a large amount of young people getting off the train at Ferryside, where an additional dispersal order was put in place and alcohol was seized.

Officers were also required to deal with children trespassing on the railway tracks.

Sergeant Gemma Davies said: “We had received reports of children with alcohol running across the tracks, which posed a huge danger to themselves and others, and had to be stopped as a priority.

“One boy who was detained became abusive towards officers and could not be reasoned with. Officers had no choice but to arrest him for his own safety and to prevent further offences from being committed.

“This incident goes to show that the kind of behaviour we are dealing with goes beyond groups of young people meeting to have a good time, and is putting people in highly dangerous situations.”

A 17-year-old boy was arrested on suspicion of trespassing on the railway and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He has been released under investigation pending further enquiries by British Transport Police.

Early intervention was taken in the Trostre area of Llanelli, where officers noticed groups of children meeting on Saturday.

Sgt Davies said: “More than 60 young people were moved on from both locations and a large amount of alcohol was seized.

“Out of these groups, four notices were issued to those causing the most trouble in the Trostre area which prevented them from returning, and each of these youngsters were taken home.

“This swift action was a deterrent to other young people who were planning on joining the groups and were still travelling to the area.”

“We will continue to put plans in place each weekend and over the summer holidays to deal with antisocial behaviour, using all powers available to us to put a stop to it.”

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