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People power cleans up People’s Park

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peoplesparkPEOPLE’S PARK in Llanelli has had a clean up, courtesy of a small group of volunteers who said that they were just ‘fed up’ with the amount of litter gathering in the park and surrounding areas.

The Herald reported on a problem of litter at People’s Park in Issue 58 (Apr 8) – ‘People’s Park Litter Scandal’. Speaking to us at the time, local councillor John Jenkins raised questions over the maintenance of the park with mounting litter and a lack of bins.

He told us:”You have to embarrass the County Council before you can get anything done.”

There is a saying, ‘If you want something done, do it yourself’. and that is exactly what a small team of volunteers did on Friday (Jul 1).

Armed with litter pickers and bin bags, this community spirited group made up of a few adults and a lot of children took to the park to take matters and litter into their own hands.

This spontaneous new brigade of volunteers have not only embarrassed the County Council but actually put them to shame, judging by the new fresh and clean appearance of the park.

Back in April, at a Llanelli Town Council meeting, Councillor Winston Lemon said that he had sent countless emails complaining about the lack of bins and the emptying of bins.

Kate James, who was part of the team last Friday, said: “The areas that we focused on were People’s Park, the Leisure Centre and a grassed area close to Coldstream Street. The event was organised as part of a Buddhist action week and was supported by members of the local Nichiren Buddhist organisation and their friends and family.

“We wanted to do something to support the local community and this was in response to Donna Griffiths and Kate Pearce being disappointed and shocked with the amount of litter dropped in this area. We want the local children to enjoy the area and not be surrounded by some very unpleasant items of litter.

“The children in the group had a fantastic time and have asked when they are going to take part in another litter pick. It has raised their awareness of their local area and also made them aware of how important it is to keep Llanelli a safe and clean environment.”

Kate said that the volunteers wanted to say a big thank-you to Brian Mogford from Keep Wales Tidy for supporting the volunteers and helping with the organisation with the litter pick.

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Carmarthenshire towns win two prestigious awards

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has congratulated two local town councils for their success in the One Voice Wales Awards.

Pembrey and Burry Port Council won the Best Community Engagement category for the multi channels of communication it has set up which enables the community to participate in any decisions the council takes. It was also recognised for the shadow forums set up in both primary and secondary schools to ensure the younger generation have a voice.

Kidwelly Town Council won the Best Devolution of Service or Asset Project category for acquiring ownership of Parc Stephens play area from Carmarthenshire County Council in 2019 as part of the asset transfer process. Since then it has increased accessibility and inclusivity for a wide age range of children and includes a sensory garden.

Carmarthen Town Council was highly commended in the Best Annual Report category.

One Voice Wales is recognised by Welsh Government as the national representative body for Community and Town Councils in Wales, providing a wide range of services to our 634 member councils representing approximately 8000 councillors.

This year’s awards ceremony has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths who is responsible for liasing with town and community councils said: “I’d like to congratulate Pembrey and Burry Port Town Council and Kidwelly Town Council on winning the awards. It just goes to show the great work being done across Carmarthenshire and more importantly how we are working with the communities to meet their needs. I’d also like to congratulate Carmarthen Town Council on the commendation.”

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Woman arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply

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AN AMMANFORD woman has been arrested on suspicion of possessing class A drugs with intent to supply.

Dyfed-Powys Police officers were on patrol in the Glanamman area on when they saw the woman driving a silver Peugeot away from them.

They were aware that the driver had no driver’s licence, and that she was suspected of being involved in supplying class A drugs in and around Ammanford.

Additional units made their way to her home, where the car was stopped. A search of the vehicle resulted in class A drugs being found, and she was arrested.

Further searches were carried out by the response team and dog unit. Around 16g of cocaine, some amphetamine, and some cannabis were found.

A 42-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply, possession and driving offences. The vehicle was also seized.

She has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Sergeant Walters said: “This was a very swift response to information relayed by colleagues who recognised the woman and were aware that she should not have been driving.

“Ammanford Neighbourhood Policing Team, response teams and the dog unit worked closely together to achieve a positive outcome.”

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Play equipment gifted to children with disabilities

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CHILDREN with disabilities in Carmarthenshire have been gifted play equipment by the county council during the coronavirus pandemic.

Some 26 children are already making use of new play materials and outdoor equipment which are helping to maintain their health and well-being during the lockdown.

Items such as garden swing seats, paddling pools, tablets, sensory black out tents, trampolines are making a huge difference to them whilst staying at home.

It comes after funding was set aside for those identified by the council’s social workers or disability intervention staff as needing extra support, and subject to an assessment.

Anna Martin, whose son Finlay has benefited from a garden swing said: “Finlay has spent many an hour calmly swinging in the garden. It has been great for him to spend time with the family outdoors. Fin is like a ‘toddler’ and enjoys a cwtch and a nap so the fact that this turns into a bed has been a big hit! It has certainly perked him up during lockdown.”

Funds are still available and anyone who is supported by the council’s disability service can ask their support worker for an assessment.

The council’s executive board member for children’s services, Cllr Glynog Davies said: “The restrictions of the current lockdown have been a huge challenge for all families, but particularly for those with a child who is disabled or has autism. Our teams identified that for some families having extra play materials or outdoor play equipment could make a massive difference to children’s wellbeing. We established a process where staff from our specialist teams could assess if families would benefit from this type of help. We have been able to purchase and arrange delivery of a number of items so far and we’re delighted to see what a difference it has made.”

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