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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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Motorbike safety campaign launched across Wales

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A CAMPAIGN aimed at reducing the risk of motorcycle-related deaths and serious injuries on the roads is underway across Wales.

As the weather improves police see more bikers on the roads, taking advantage of the beautiful routes across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys.

Dyfed-Powys Police is urging motorcyclists to ride safely and warns that until October there will be an increased focus as part of the campaign, named Op Darwen.

Superintendent Huw Meredith, Head of Specialist Operations, said: “Motorcyclists have long been identified as particularly vulnerable road users and reducing the number of road deaths and casualties on the roads of Dyfed-Powys is a priority for our Roads Policing Units.

“We have always welcomed motorcyclists from outside our borders to enjoy the magnificent landscape, but they must be aware that Dyfed-Powys Police is doing all it can to ensure our roads are used safely by all, with our Roads Policing Units taking robust action to prevent fatal or serious road traffic collisions on our roads.

“Everyone must take responsibility for their own and others safety on our roads and be aware of their riding and driving manner. Action will be taken against anyone choosing to ride or drive anti-socially, recklessly or illegally on our roads.

“Our officers see far too many tragedies, many preventable. Roads Policing officers will be out in numbers throughout Dyfed-Powys using a combination of education, engagement and enforcement to prevent further tragedies.”

Officers will also be encouraging riders to improve their biking skills by taking part in BikeSafe workshops, which
offer an insight into what can be achieved with further advanced training. The workshops, run by police forces around the UK, use a mix of discussions, on-road observed rides and information videos. They are designed to enhance the skills of all riders who have already passed their tests and are suitable for all abilities, from the most seasoned rider to those returning to biking after a period of absence.

Economy and Transport Secretary Ken Skates praised the campaign: “Our roads continue to be amongst the safest in the world.

“However, the number of motorcyclists being killed or seriously injured is still too high.

“Campaigns like this are a key part of a wider range of measures aimed at making our roads safer and preventing future motorcycling casualties. This holistic approach includes ensuring motorcyclists are prioritised in our road safety funding, supporting Go Safe’s operation of speed cameras and funding local authorities to deliver Bikesafe and other motorcyclist training.”

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New housing company to create jobs and boost economy

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A NEW local housing company, formed by Carmarthenshire County Council to build affordable homes, will create jobs, apprenticeships, and boost the local economy councillors have said.

The council previously agreed to set up the company, but discussed it at Full Council during a notice of motion aimed at committing support to maximising the benefits to local people and the construction industry.

An original notice of motion put forward my Cllr Jeff Edmunds, of Bigyn ward, to create a local authority workforce to build the homes was rejected in favour of an amended motion by Cllr Linda Evans, executive board member for housing.

She said it was important that local businesses in the construction industry had the chance to benefit from the developments.

“Builders are desperate for work – we want to give local builders an opportunity to expand. We want sustainable benefits to the local housing market and development market.

“We will continue to work with Coleg Sir Gar to create opportunities and skills. We want to keep the Carmarthenshire pound in Carmarthenshire.”
She was supported by Cllr Cefin Campbell, executive board member for rural affairs.

“Small businesses are the backbone of the local economy,” he said.

“They have had it hard in recent years because of the economy. Our duty is to support them – if our SMEs prosper then our local economy also prospers.”

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‘Race hate’ case will be heard at Crown Court

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A BRYNAMMAN man who allegedly called for all Muslims to be ‘forcibly sterilised and banned from preaching their ‘evil creed’ in a social media post will have his case heard at Crown Court.

It’s alleged that 34-year-old Jonathan Jennings posted nine offensive or threatening comments between March and April last year.

These are said to include threatening to ‘Jo Cox’ Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, hailing a man jailed for kicking a pregnant Muslim woman in the stomach as ‘a National Hero’ and suggesting that bombing mosques and ‘putting Muslim on top of bonfires’ were ‘great ideas’.

It is alleged that he said Hitler was born 100 years too soon, and called for Gina Miller to be ‘hunted down and executed’ over her stance on Brexit.

Appearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court wearing a blue military greatcoat, purple shirt, and yellow striped tie, Jennings, of Heol y Gelynen, spoke only to give the court his name, age and address.

Jennings’ solicitor said that he would not be entering a plea at this stage.

The District Judge declined jurisdiction, and Jennings was released on bail until May 18 at Swansea Crown Court, on condition that he does not post or repost anything on social media, or create any new accounts.

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