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Eyesore: Rubbish strewn in neighbouring gardens

Eyesore:
Rubbish strewn in
neighbouring gardens

PENSIONER Alex Jones is no stranger to hard work. At 77 years of age , he rises to the challenge of controlling the grass and hedges of his substantial back garden.

The problem he faces is that the neighbouring properties in Pwll receive no such love, attention or work and have become a thicket where rats thrive amongst the rubbish.

Alex contacted The Herald in 2015 complaining that the County Council were not acting on their own policies of forcing landlords and owners of abandoned properties to maintain them.

Carmarthenshire County Council are keen to reduce the number of empty properties in Carmarthenshire and they are offering as much help as possible to bring them back into use in order to address the County’s housing shortage. These empty or abandoned homes could present a real solution – if they can be brought back into use.

The council’s own literature is very clear on the impact that empty properties can have on a neighbourhood, listing ‘anti-social activity, including crime, vandalism and arson, resulting in an increased fear of crime for neighbours ; blight the surroundings and create environmental problems ; decrease adjacent property values by as much as 18 ; discourage further investment in the area leading to neighbourhood decline’.

The County Council even employs a dedicated Empty Property Officer to co-ordinate efforts to bring empty properties back in to use and the achievements of bringing these properties back is one of which the Council is proud.

Mr Jones is having none of it.

In the area around his home , we counted at least six empty abandoned properties. Mr Jones claims that at least one of his neighbouring properties was subject to grant funding but has long since been abandoned.

When we asked what steps had been taken to rectify matters, he said that someone had been along and knocked one of the sheds down but that had only exposed a heap of old tyres and rubbish , making it even more of an eyesore.

Alex told The Herald: “All I want is for someone to come and see the mess we have to put up with. Why should these people get away with leaving the properties get into such a state after having grant funding? We have a big problem with rats and it is becoming a health hazard.”

We contacted Nia Griffith MP, who said that she would be looking into the matter on Mr Jones’s behalf.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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