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People’s Park litter scandal

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‘You have to embarrass the County Council before they do anything’: Cllr John Jenkins

‘You have to embarrass the County Council before they do anything’: Cllr John Jenkins

A LLANELLI resident has spoken out over the amount of rubbish at a local beauty spot.

Donna Louise Griffiths told The Herald that she decided to go out for a walk with her children Hollie and Tiegan to People’s Park and the area known locally as Pontwyn.

Donna said that she had arranged to meet other family members there, too.

Donna explained: “When we arrived we could not believe what we saw. There were piles of rubbish in the pond and piles of rubbish strewn around the football field.”

Donna continued: “When the rest of the family arrived the very first thing they asked was if we had seen all the rubbish.”

Donna said that there was only one bin visible and that was overflowing with rubbish: “Years ago there used to be a park keeper. You never saw this amount of rubbish. What worries me as a mother is that my children ask to run bare foot. You just can’t take the risk of that, not with the risk of dirty needles being on the floor.”

The Herald asked Donna what could be done. Her view was clear: “We pay our council tax and so the area should be looked after. Mattresses and quilts have even been dumped where we park the car on our road.”

Donna said that there should be a big effort by the council to clean up the area considering that it is one of Llanelli’s beauty spots.

She asked: “How can we promote the town and the area when it is full of rubbish? My children wanted to clean it up there and then but you just don’t know what is in amongst it all. The swans and ducks were swimming through it all.”

Talking about a possible solution Donna said: “Maybe the probation service could get involved. The council really should do something about this. I would like to ask the assembly candidates what they would do too.”

County Councillor John Jenkins said: “This is an issue that has been ongoing for many years. The problem is that the council no longer do routine cleaning of areas. They wait for someone to report it. It is reactive not proactive.

“There used to be a sense of pride in the park. The park keeper was in People’s Park and if there was a mess he knew about it and it was cleaned up within an hour. Now it can take months to get places cleaned up.

“There is only one man covering People’s Park, the Town Hall and Parc Howard. It is unfortunate that you have to embarrass the County Council using the media to get anything done. They are responsive to criticism and they deserve it in this instance. There is a mess there and it needs clearing up.”

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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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.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade

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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 llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

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.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar

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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.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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