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University septic tank ‘issue’ resolved

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Concerns: Local landlord Mark Chappell (L) with Arthur Davies

Concerns: Local landlord Mark Chappell (L) with Arthur Davies

A LEAK from a septic tank, which residents said was causing pollution and a ‘worrying’ health and safety problem has been resolved, according to the University of Wales Trinity St David.

The leak, which originated from a septic tank attached to the Children’s Crèche at the Carmarthen campus, began in February, according to Mark Chappell, a landlord who owns a property in Ash Grove which backs onto the site.

Mr Chappell told The Herald that works started then to turn a field into extra parking space led to a ditch being dug near the boundary between the back of Ash Grove and the raised area of hard standing.

He said that there was a strong smell of sewage in the garden of his house – something that still lingered when we visited on Saturday (May 14).

The ditch also bore traces of what appeared to be green dye, commonly used to find leaks in tanks and water mains, which indicated that tests had previously been carried out.

Mr Chappell said that he had contacted the National Rivers Authority and UWTSD, but had not received a reply at the time of going to press.

Former Carmarthenshire County Councillor Arthur Davies was told about the problem by another resident: “I find it extraordinary that this sewage pollution from the Children’s Crèche at the University of Wales St. David’s has been allowed to continue since February,” he told us.

“This is important as it is polluting the watercourse which also runs through another adjoining estate, Burgess Meadows where often small children play!

“Not only is this sewage seepage causing water pollution but also it is polluting the surrounding air causing a worrying health and safety problem with the two neighbours who are suffering with ‘unexplainable’ headaches.”

A UWTSD spokesperson said: “There has been an issue with the septic tank serving the creche. Remedial works, which have been agreed with Carmarthenshire Council’s County Environmental Health Officer have been carried out and we believe that the issue has been resolved.

“Sampling has been carried out on the water in the surface water ditch and the analysis results are awaited. These will be shared with the Environmental Health Officer and a decision made in conjunction with him as to whether the work carried out has resolved the issue.

“Should the Environmental Health Officer require further works, these will be carried out within any agreed timescale by the University.

It was stressed that no risk was posed to children attending the Nursery, or to staff there:

“The issue is some 60m away from the Nursery, which is bounded by a boarded fence and at no time was there any chance of any contact with staff or children. The Nursery Manager is aware of the situation,” the spokesperson added.

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‘Knife attacker’ remanded into custody

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A CARMARTHEN man accused of ‘repeatedly’ stabbing another man in Bridge Street on Friday (Dec 8) was remanded into custody until January.

Gareth George Edwards, 44, of Priory Street, indicated two guilty pleas to charges of maliciously wounding Michael Byard with the intent of causing grievous bodily harm and possessing a bladed article in a public place, namely a kitchen knife.

Representing Edwards, David Williams made no submissions at this stage.

No application for bail was made, and Edwards was remanded into custody until he appears at Swansea Crown Court on January 8.

A Dyfed-Powys Police spokesperson said: “Following an incident in Bridge St, Carmarthen on Friday afternoon, Dec 8, at around 4.30pm, three people have been charged.

“A 44 year old man has been charged with Section 18 Assault and Possession of an Offensive Weapon and is due appear at Llanelli Magistrates court today, Dec 11.

“A 50 year old man has been charged with Common Assault and bailed to appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, Dec 28.

“A 43 year old woman has been charged with Assault and bailed to appear at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Thursday, Dec 28.”

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Snow causes school closures across county

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SEVERAL snows across Carmarthenshire are closed today (Dec 11) as heavy snowfall overnight has caused hazardous conditions.

The current list of schools closed in Carmarthenshire this morning consists of:

  • Beca
  • Brynasaron (Llangeler)
  • Cae’r Felin
  • Carreg Hirfaen
  • Llanllwni
  • Llanybydder
  • Rhys Prichard Llandovery
  • Talley / Talyllychau

All of the closures cite snow as the reason.

The council’s website states for Talley / Talyllychau: “The majority of staff are unable to make it in, plus the taxi service have informed us that they are unable to collect the children from the most rural areas.”

Over the weekend a weather warning was issues for the majority of the UK as snow fell and temperatures dropped.

You can check the status of your child’s school on the Carmarthenshire County Council website: http://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/residents/education-schools/emergency-school-closures#.Wi5Sokpl_IU

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Christmas parcel delivered to Glangwilli Hospital

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BLISS, the UK’s leading premature and sick baby charity, has donated Christmas parcels to every neonatal unit in Wales – including Glangwilli Hospital – to make sure that babies and their parents know that they are not alone this Christmas.

The Christmas gifts will arrive at the neonatal units this week and will be distributed by unit staff and volunteers.

The parcels, which also contain gifts for parents, comprise of: a Bliss teddy bear, dungarees, photo frame, children’s book, snacks and toiletries. The parcel includes additional information about the support parents can receive from Bliss. The majority of these gifts have been donated by Bliss’ corporate partners including Pampers, Mothercare, Barnack Confectionary and Mush.

Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive at Bliss said: “Having a baby on the neonatal unit can be an isolating experience for parents – especially at Christmas. We hope through this small gesture, we can let parents know that they aren’t alone.

“Bliss would like to thank all of our corporate partners who helped to make this project possible. We hope that if the scheme is successful we will be able to roll the Christmas parcels out nationwide in future to reach all parents with a baby in neonatal care at Christmas.”

Head of Nursing for Children’s Services for NHS Wales Eirlys Thomas said: “On behalf of all the parents and babies we would like to thank Bliss for their kind donations. They will certainly cheer up all the parents who will need to spend Christmas in hospital with their babies.”

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