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Llangadog: Permission granted for chicken barn

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FOLLOWING a site visit today (May 31) Carmarthenshire County Council’s Planning Committee voted 18-2 to grant permission for a 32,000 hen free-range chicken barn near Llangadog.

An earlier application at Godre Garreg farm was refused over concerns about the barn’s location, and a revised plan put before the committee a fortnight ago. Following a site visit, councillors discussed the plans, which Planning Officer Graham Noakes noted had received a total of 88 letters of objection, and 34 of support, along with a 1,300 signature petition opposing the development.

Mr Noakes told the committee that following a thorough consultation and publicity process, none of the statutory consultees objected to the development, subject to a total of 33 conditions, and recommended the revised plans for approval.

However, local objectors Martin Banner and Dai Dyer addressed the committee, citing concerns about highway safety, increased traffic and the impact on Llangadog’s heritage. Other points of objection included the ‘inappropriate’ scale of the building and potential impacts on the health and amenity of local residents and the Afon Twyi SAC.

However, speaking on behalf of the applicants, Gail Lewis noted that the nearest properties were either owned by the applicant or people who supported the application. She added that the applicants would be expected to follow a ‘number of lengthy and detailed conditions’ should permission be granted.

Cllr Ken Lloyd raised concerns about the impact of ammonia, referring to a recent speech made by UK Agriculture Minister Michael Gove who said that farms should be seeking to reduce ammonia production.

However, many of the committee saw the project as an example of diversification in an attempt to make the farm sustainable for the future. Cllr Eirwyn Williams noted that the major industry in this part of the Tywi Valley was agriculture, and Cllr Joseph Davies remarked that the extra (52) vehicles visiting the site each year would be fewer than were on the roads when there were ‘twice as many dairy farms’.

Other committee members, including Cllrs Kevin Madge and Gareth Thomas, explained that they objected to the original site but felt that the applicant had complied with the committee’s views following the October meeting.

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Baby died an hour after birth following ‘failings’ by Health Board

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A BABY died just minutes after being born following failings by Hywel Dda Health Board, a damning report by the Public Services Ombudsman has found.

Callum James was born at Glangwili Hospital in Carmarthen on May 5, 2016, but died less than an hour later despite attempts to resuscitate him.

His parents, Ellie and Christopher James from Haverfordwest, complained that there had been a failure to monitor Callum’s development during pregnancy and to provide a birthing plan.

Mrs James also complained that the Health Board failed to respond to unusual pains during labour and to conduct necessary tests.

The report states there were also delays in Callum receiving treatment after he was born due to the First Consultant being sent to the wrong ward, delaying emergency treatment by 12 minutes.

The Health Board said that, in its view, there were no unnecessary delays in the attempts to resuscitate Callum, as the midwives in attendance had been trained in neonatal resuscitation.

In addition, the Ombudsman found that Callum’s death was also incorrectly registered as a stillbirth rather than neonatal death.

The report says Callum was ‘pale’ and ‘floppy’ at birth and immediately transferred to a resuscitation table where a team of medics worked for over half an hour to save his life.

The Ombudsman upheld the complaint that there had been a failure to monitor Callum’s development during pregnancy and labour and to provide a birthing plan.

Hywel Dda agreed to implement all of the Ombudsman’s recommendations, including providing Callum’s parents with an apology and £4,500 for the distress caused.

The Board also agreed to change Callum’s cause of death from ‘stillborn’ to ‘neonatal death’.

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3,000 Welsh landlords still unregistered

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JANET FINCH-SAUNDERS AM has called on the Welsh Government to urgently work to improve landlord registration under Rent Smart Wales, as estimates released indicate around 3,000 remain unregistered.

Ms Finch-Saunders said: “Rent Smart Wales estimates that still 3,000 landlords are unregistered here in Wales.

“Whilst that makes up a small percentage of our total landlords, it is most concerning for those living in properties leased to them by those who have not yet registered.

“The Welsh Government has confirmed that a landlord who is not registered with Rent Smart Wales is unable to serve a valid Section 21 eviction notice – so where unregistered landlords do indicate that they want tenants to vacate a property, this is not recognised by local housing associations, which can cause stress to tenants who may not be aware of their full rights under the law.

“By focusing on ensuring that all landlords are properly registered, the Welsh Government can alleviate such concerns, and I will be urging the Cabinet Secretary to act to ensure all landlords are abiding by this legislation in full.”

The Minister for Housing and Regeneration told Ms Finch-Saunders that the latest figures released by Rent Smart Wales show that 90,812 landlords are now registered. Rent Smart Wales’ latest estimate for the number of unregistered landlords is approximately 3,000.

This is based on the dwelling stock estimates recently published by StatsWales, and an estimation of the average number of properties owned by each landlord.

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Care home honour Armed Forces Day

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PLAS Y DDERWEN in Johnstown will be celebrating Armed Forces Day on Thursday, June 28, with a big brew up supporting SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity.

SSAFA – the Armed Forces charity, formerly known as Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association, provides lifelong support to serving men and women and veterans from the British Armed Forces and their families. Armed Forces Day is a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

Janet Williams, Activities Coordinator, said: “It is very important that we keep the memories of those who fought alive and that we also think about those involved in conflicts around the world today. We welcome anyone that wishes to attend and will have the chance to meet the team and look around the home.”

Plas Y Dderwen is part of Barchester Healthcare, one of the UK’s largest care providers, supporting older people living independent lives over the last 25 years.

Barchester services include residential care and nursing care as well as expert dementia care.

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