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Royal visit to Stebonheath

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Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 14.48.47ON FRIDAY (Feb 26) HRH The Prince of Wales visited Stebonheath Primary School to view a Welsh Water ‘RainScape’.

He viewed the water catchment system which has been installed on the school’s site; before meeting staff and pupils and watching a performance in the school hall. He was accompanied by TV presenter Sara Edwards, the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Dyfed.

The Prince met local dignitaries before being welcomed by MP Nia Griffith and AM Keith Davies, then was eventually shown around the project by the headmaster Julian Littler.

RainScape is Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water’s approach to sustainably managing surface water. Surface water is rainwater that runs off roofs, highways and paved areas.

In many areas, this rainwater ultimately drains into public sewerage systems, which have to deal with increasing volumes of surface water . These flows are increasing for a number of reasons, including the growth of builtup areas and more frequent severe storms.

Too much surface water entering sewer networks is a problem that cannot be resolved simply by building bigger sewers, storage tanks and extending networks, as this is not sustainable nor affordable.

RainScape catches rainwater and slows down the speed at which it goes into sewer networks. Using tried and tested methods from around the world, it helps reduce sewer flooding and pollution and creates greener, cleaner communities.

Welsh Water has invested £15m between 2012-2015 in the Llanelli and Gowerton network. A further £60m investment is planned across Wales between 2015 and 2020, with £25m alone in Llanelli, Burry Port and Gowerton.

Chris Jones CEO of Dwr Cymru said: “It has been a fantastic event and the kids have had a fantastic opportunity to meet with The Prince of Wales and tell him about how the scheme here is helping the environment locally. He had a look around at some of the schemes in the town.

“He was impressed with what is going on in Llanelli. He is hugely knowledgeable and very keen on sustainable solutions. He was talking about some of the latest research and he was delighted to see it being put into use in the community of Llanelli.”

The Prince of Wales walked around the project chatting with the staff and children among those he spoke to was 10 year-old Kieran Morgan. Kieran told The Herald: “Prince Charles asked me how the leeks were coming on and said it would be nice to have them for dinner.”

Year 2 teacher Jade Edwards was in the garden reading to children when The Prince of Wales passed by and asked the children : “Does she give you any homework.” Following the tour of the RainScape project The Prince was treated to a performance of Welsh songs and dance by pupils dressed in traditional Welsh costume. Before leaving the Prince unveiled a commemorative plaque marking his visit.

The headmaster said: “This was a big day for the children. They knew this was coming for a few weeks. It was an historic occasion for Stebonheath school. It is the first time he has been here.”

Schoolchildren lined the route of the Prince’s exit dressed in Welsh costume and waving Welsh flags.

One 4 year-old little girl, Katie Turner attempted to ‘high five’ The Prince of Wales but he opted for the politer option of shaking her hand.

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Community checks out new Carmarthenshire Policing Hub and Custody Suite

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POLICE and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn today (24.06.22) hosted an open doors event for local stakeholders at Dyfed-Powys’ new Custody Suite and Policing Hub, that is currently under construction at Dafen, Llanelli Carmarthenshire.

Planning permission was granted to the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner by Carmarthenshire County Council back in April 2021 for the proposed development, which is to be an ambitious sustainable construction, with a BREEAM excellence rating.

Wilmott Dixon, who are the Construction Contractor have been on site since autumn preparing for the first construction phases, with specific progress now beginning made on the development, that aims to be completed by May 2023.

PCC Dafydd Llywelyn said; “This is a major investment for us which will see an ambitious, modern, sustainable fit for purpose policing hub and custody suite that will meet the needs and expectations of modern policing. 

“During the planning application process between 2020 and 2021, we engaged widely with the local community,  and It was a pleasure to open the door, and welcome local community representatives to the construction site today, to show the progress that has been made to date.

“I’ve worked extremely hard with partners over recent years to ensure that we get to this position and I now look forward to seeing the construction work continue to develop at pace over the year”.

In being a BREEAM related development, the new build will offer a more sustainable environment, that aims to enhance the well-being of the people who work within it, and help protect natural resources.

Amongst some of the sustainable credentials of the new build will be a photovoltaic solar power installation to minimise the carbon footprint of the building; a rainwater harvesting facility for toilets and non-potable water, and electric car charging facilities.

Chief Inspector Richard Hopkin, Dyfed-Powys Police’s operational lead on the new build, said: “We feel very fortunate to be having a new build custody suite and hub coming to Llanelli.

“Our current Llanelli estate is old, so to see a new build that is being designed with such consideration for the environment and the wellbeing of our staff and the community within which it sits is really positive.

“The development will provide a fit for purpose, future proof solution which will complement the town centre Neighbourhood Police Team base.”

Ian Jones, Director at Willmott Dixon commented, “This is the first project that we have worked on with Dyfed Powys Police, and as part of what has being a collaborative partnership, we are delighted to have the opportunity to deliver this development. 

“This is a purpose‐built, new custody suite to replace and supplement provision of custody within Carmarthenshire which will provide excellent facilities to meet the needs of modern law enforcement and detainee wellbeing for Dyfed Powys Police. 

“We were delighted to have the opportunity to welcome guests to the site to show them first-hand how construction is progressing.”

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Ryan Giggs quits as Wales manager with ‘immediate effect’

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EX Man-Utd winger has left his position as the manager of the national football team with ‘immediate effect’.

Giggs stepped back from his role in November 2020 following after being arrested.

49-year-old Giggs has been charged with assault and using controlling behaviour towards an ex-partner. A claim that Giggs has denied.

In a heartfelt statement on his decision, Giggs said: “After much consideration, I am standing down from my position as manager of the Wales men’s national team with immediate effect.

“It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.

“I do not want the country’s preparations for the World Cup to be affected, destabilised or jeopardised in any way by the continued interest around this case.

“I am sad that we cannot continue this journey together because I believe that this extraordinary group will make the country proud at our first World Cup since 1958.

“It is my intention to resume my managerial career at a later date.”

Following Giggs arrest in 2020, former Wales captain Robert Page took over as interim manager.

Under Page Wales beat Ukraine to earn themselves a place at Qatar World Cup for the first time in 64 years.

Giggs faces one charge of using controlling and coercive behaviour August 2017 and November 2020, one charge of assault causing actual bodily harm of his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville on November 1, 2020.

He also faces a charge of common assault on the victim’s sister.

Giggs denies all charges against him and will stand trial on August 8.

The trial is expected to last five days.

Following the announcement, a FAW spokesperson said: “The FAW places on record its gratitude to Ryan Giggs for his tenure as manager of the Cymru men’s national team and appreciates the decision he has taken, which is in the best interests of Welsh football,

“The full focus of the FAW and the Cymru men’s national team is on the Fifa World Cup in Qatar later this year.”

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M&S opticians opens its doors in Llanelli Parc Trostre

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MARKS & SPENCER has opened the newest branch of its M&S Opticians service, located in the retailer’s popular Llanelli store.

M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre will offer customers an expert opticians service, which includes a full eye health examination (OCT scan) for every eye test booked at no additional fee.

Free eye tests are available as an opening offer, as well as 15% off glasses and sunglasses for Sparks customers. There’s a wide range of designer brands to choose from including Mulberry, Prada, Joules, Kate Spade, Oakley, Police, Maui Jim along with leading lens manufacturers – Zeiss and Nikon.

Expert advice on contact lens fitting and wearing is also on hand, alongside a contact lens home delivery option. The store will also be home to a hearing aid audiologist who will be offering free hearing health checks along with latest hearing aid technology, including rechargeable models and mobile connectivity.

In addition to the physical experience in-store, customers can book appointments online here, as well as view, purchase and try on glasses via the innovative ‘virtual try on’ tool here

M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre is the second optician service to open in Wales following a successful trial across ten UK cities, during which the service received a customer satisfaction rate of 96% and a customer recommendation rate of 96%.

M&S Llanelli Parc Trostre Store Manager, Aled Bonnell, said: “We’re always looking for ways to make shopping at M&S even more rewarding and feedback from our trial showed that customers loved the convenience of having an Opticians service in our store. We’re really excited to be opening our M&S Opticians in Llanelli and hearing what our customers think. The choice of different brands we’re offering is second to none and we have brilliant opening offers to suit all budgets.”

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