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Park Crescent car park chaos

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A LLANELLI man is claiming that a parking free for all in the town centre is affecting the elderly and disabled who wish to park to attend a doctor’s surgery.

Jonny Ruddall claims that a car park where once there were signs limiting the stay to one hour has been changed to free all day parking for the benefit of Carmarthenshire County County Council employees at the Ty Elwyn offices.

The car park opposite the Park Crescent doctor’s surgery was overflowing with cars when The Herald went to investigate; so much so that even a turnaround point for delivery vans and visitors to the surgery was blocked all day by cars parked awkwardly.

There are two bays outside the surgery and some bays allocated for the doctors. The Herald witnessed parking chaos as cars tried to squeeze in to the area even though all of the bays were taken. Some drivers simply left their cars blocking the entrance and exit.

The claim that all of these cars belonged to council workers may be slightly unfair and unfounded, as many we saw were walking to a council car park at Coleshill. We did speak to some council employees who had parked their cars there.

None of the employees wished to be named but they did say that as far as they knew it was a public car park and it was a case of first come, first served.

While they sympathised with people visiting the surgery, they also explained that they struggled for anywhere to park in the town. Many said that they also used the Coleshill council car park or the Town Hall car park but that there simply were not enough spaces.

The employees said that if they were forced to park at the multi storey car park they would lose a substantial chunk of their monthly earnings.

Asked what the solution could be they said that there needed to be more employee car parking space and more free parking for the town.

One employee said that she had faced verbal abuse from some local people when she parked her car at Park Crescent.

One elderly gentleman visiting the surgery said that he could never park anywhere other than in the resident’s permit bays as there was never a space at the car park opposite the surgery.

Jonny Rudall joined The Herald at the car park and he showed us the brackets, which once held the missing one hour parking sign.

Jonny said: “My Mum is elderly and she has to attend this surgery regularly. There is nowhere to park because these people take up the space all day. Why isn’t it being monitored? Why have the signs been removed?”

The Herald contacted Carmarthenshire County Council for a comment and Executive Board Member for Transport Cllr Hazel Evans said: “This is an off-street parking area and there are no parking restrictions. Any signs that were there were not enforceable.

“Traffic management officers are however seeking to regulate the area. This will be subject to formal consultation with statutory consultees, including the town council and the local member, as well as public consultation.”

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

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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.

RSVP TO JOIN WWW.THEUOCEANPROJECT.COM

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 www.theuoceanproject.com

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Warning! Dangerous Valium circulating in Llanelli

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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 https://barod.cymru/where-to-get-help/west-wales-services/ddas-dyfed-drug-and-alcohol-service/

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

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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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