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Taskforce agrees key priorities



Screen Shot 2016-05-23 at 11.51.09A TASK FORCE which aims to aid the regeneration of Llanelli town centre agreed four main priorities for the area at a recent meeting.

The Town Centre Task Force, led by Carmarthenshire County Council leader Emlyn Dole, has agreed the main issues which need to be addressed in efforts to regenerate the town and attract more shoppers.

The first priority is to address buildings and premises – bringing key commercial units back into use and reducing the number of derelict premises in the town.

A list of property landlords in the town is being compiled in order to open discussions over possible future development opportunities. Grant funding is also being sought to bring the former YMCA building back into economic use.

The Taskforce also wants to improve the commercial offer within the town centre and also the mix of development, including residential, to increase footfall, job opportunities and productivity.

Environment and access is the second priority – keeping the town centre in a good condition, making a pleasant place to visit and creating easy access for everyone.

A long-term strategy will be developed to improve the town’s appearance and anti-social behaviour will be tackled. Parking and public transport will also be looked at to address accessibility, and pedestrian counters have been installed to monitor footfall.

The third priority is to support the town centre through marketing, promotions and events – presenting the town centre in a positive light with incentives to draw more people in and improve productivity and spend.

An annual schedule of events will be formed and people will be encouraged to visit and spend with a possible town centre loyalty scheme.

People, training and business support is the final priority – providing support for existing businesses and new businesses trying to start up, and creating new opportunities for training and volunteering.

Actions include introducing Street Buddies, helping businesses to access networking, training and grants, and reducing business costs with collective purchasing.

The Taskforce aims to stimulate growth and investment by supporting traders, boosting business and increasing footfall, and includes senior representatives from the County Council; Llanelli Town Council; Llanelli Rural Council; Chamber of Trade; the Business Improvement District group; St Elli Centre; Llanelly House and Eastgate management.

Cllr Dole said: “This is the first step in our journey to making Llanelli Town Centre great again. We have a strong team who are committed to working together to address the key priorities that have been identified through our initial scoping exercises.

Now is the time to put ideas into action, and I look forward to seeing improvements being made that will improve the town centre for both visitors and businesses.”

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Global Litter Charity has announced the date of its next Welsh litter picking event



Uocean project Carmarthenshire weekend clean up taking place on Saturday 25th September 21 at Pembrey Country Park

THE UOCEAN Project, part of the Vayyu Foundation, which has set itself the target of removing 1 billion kilos of waste from the world’s oceans by 2030, will be holding its next litter collection taskforce event at Pembrey Country Park  in Carmarthenshire.

Everyone is invited to join The UOcean Project volunteers and to make a difference by collecting litter, especially plastics, which are polluting our environment and ending up in the world’s oceans.  The UOcean Project has highlighted the dramatic increase in litter from plastic bags to face masks since lockdown restrictions were lifted, making it even more important to clean-up and reduce waste pollution. 

Chris Desai, head of The UOcean Project commented. “Picking up one plastic bottle or single use face mask may not appear to be significant, but at each event we are collecting many kilos of plastic because more and more individuals are joining our litter picking teams.


The combined collections here and overseas are the only way to make a difference and start fighting back against pollution.” 

The UOcean Project organises litter pick-up teams who work across the UK, especially around coastlines, as well as internationally.  By organising volunteers into Chapters and providing them with the tools and equipment to pick up litter, they have already collected 53,000 kilos of waste which would have ended up in the seas.  

All volunteers are provided with the equipment needed to safely pick up litter so that it can be disposed of in the right way.  For more information about The UOcean Project please go to the website

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli



the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous

Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in

POLICE are warning drug users in Llanelli to take extra care following information received that dangerous valium is circulating in the area.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “We have reasons to believe that the drugs being distributed and used in the Llanelli area at present could be extremely dangerous for anyone taking them.

“We would also appeal to drug users to seek medical attention immediately should they become unwell.

“Please share this information with anyone that you believe could come into contact with these drugs.”

To seek advice and support, visit

Please be aware that some services may operate an automated service outside office hours.

In an emergency, or if you think someone’s life is at risk, always dial 999.

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Parents warned to look out for respiratory illness in children



RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season

RESPIRATORY Syncytial Virus (RSV) is circulating amongst children and toddlers in the Hywel Dda area (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire)  

Hywel Dda UHB Medical Director and Deputy Chief Executive Dr Philip Kloer said: “Because of the COVID restrictions, there have been few cases of RSV during the pandemic, but this virus has returned and in higher numbers now people are mixing more.

“RSV is a common respiratory illness which is usually picked up by children during the winter season, and causes very few problems to the majority of children.  However, very young babies, particularly those born prematurely, and children with heart or lung conditions, can be seriously affected and it’s important that parents are aware of the actions to take.”

Parents are being encouraged to look out for symptoms of severe infection in at-risk children, including:

*a high temperature of 37.8°C or above (fever)

*a dry and persistent cough, difficulty feeding, rapid or noisy breathing (wheezing).

The best way to prevent RSV is to wash hands with soap and water or hand sanitiser regularly, dispose of used tissues correctly, and to keep surfaces clean and sanitised.

Most cases of bronchiolitis are not serious and clear up within 2 to 3 weeks, but you should contact your GP or call NHS 111 if:

  • You are worried about your child.
  • Your child has taken less than half their usual amount during the last two or three feeds, or they have had a dry nappy for 12 hours or more.
  • Your child has a persistent high temperature of 37.8C or above.
  • Your child seems very tired or irritable.

Dial 999 for an ambulance if:

  • your baby is having difficulty breathing
  • your baby’s tongue or lips are blue
  • there are long pauses in your baby’s breathing
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