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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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Detectives ask for help following an assault outside a Llanelli bar

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DETECTIVES from Dyfed-Powys Police are looking to speak to several men to help with its enquiries following an assault outside a Llanelli bar.

At around 3am on Monday, 29 August, a man was attacked outside the Met Bar in Station Road. He was left with a fractured eye socket, cuts and bite marks.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220829-062.

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Prince and Princess of Wales to visit Wales

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THE PRINCE and Princess of Wales have planned a trip to Wales to visit a variety of communities across the nation and learn about the work of key charitable organisations. 

The Prince and Princess have a deep affection for Wales, having made their first family home in Anglesey, and have thoroughly enjoyed their previous visits and the warmth and kindness shown by the Welsh people. 

Their Royal Highnesses are looking forward to spending more time in Wales over the next few years, they hope to strengthen their relationship with communities in all parts of Wales. 

During their first engagement, Their Royal Highnesses will visit the RNLI Holyhead Lifeboat Station, where they will meet crew, volunteers and some people who have been supported by their local unit.

Holyhead is one of the three oldest lifeboat stations on the Welsh coast and has a remarkable history of bravery, having received 70 awards for gallantry. 

Their Royal Highnesses will then take a short walk to the Holyhead Marine and Cafe Bar, where they will meet local people, including representatives of small businesses and organisations, including the Coastguard and Sea Cadets. 

In their second engagement, the Prince and Princess of Wales are expected to visit Swansea. 

Their Royal Highnesses will visit St Thomas Church, a re-developed church in Swansea which supports people in the local area and across the City and County of Swansea. 

Over the last two years the church has been transformed into a thriving community hub and is home to a vast array of services, including:

  • A foodbank which supports over 200 people per week
  • Swansea Baby Basics which distributes essential items for vulnerable mothers across the city, such as toiletries and clothes
  • Facilities for the homeless including food, showers and toilets
  • A not-for-profit cafe and community training kitchen
  • A surplus food distribution network which collects food from supermarkets at the end of each day and distributes it from the church to prevent food waste and to help end food poverty

As part of their visit, Their Royal Highnesses will meet those volunteering at the church across different initiatives including Baby Basics and the foodbank. Their Royal Highnesses will also spend some time meeting members of the public gathered outside the church. 

The Princess of Wales has previously worked with Baby Banks and the in summer of 2020 brought together 19 British brands and retailers to donate over 10,000 new items to more than 40 baby banks nationwide, operated by Baby Basics, Little Village and AberNecessities. 

Her Royal Highness has visited a number of baby banks across the UK, including in London, Sheffield and West Norfolk where she has spent time speaking with families about their experiences of using their local baby bank services, as well as helping unload donations. 

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Road closed after man suffers serious injury in Burry Port

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OFFICERS from Dyfed-Powys Police are investigating after a man suffered a serious injury in Station Road, Burry Port.

Officers were called to a report that the man had suffered an injury at around 10.45pm on Saturday, 24 September. He has been taken to hospital.

A 39-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of assault. He remains in police custody.

A road closure is in place for scene preservation and is likely to remain for a number of hours.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org. Quote reference: DP-20220924-360.

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