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Motorhome situation ‘can’t go on’

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CONCERNS have been raised about the lack of facilities and administration for camper vans at what appears to be a semi-official overnight car park in Burry Port.

The East Car Park at the harbour was home to around 50 motorhomes and camper vans during the recent hot weekend. Traditionally, overnight parking was permitted on the site and monitored by Carmarthenshire County Council, which charged a small fee.

However, this summer there has been no charge to use the east car park, and the number staying overnight or longer at the site has boomed. This has coincided with a reduction in space as a result of building works on the new RNLI building.

Recently, a vehicle which parked obstructing the lifeboat’s low tide launching point had to be towed away by police.
It is unclear who is currently in charge of the site, but while operational control of the harbour was passed to marina specialists the Marine Group earlier this year the contact details advertised on the Camper Contact website are those of CCC’s Parking Services.

Several campers said that they would be willing to pay to park at the site, which boasts stunning views across the Loughor estuary, and cars parking in other parts of the harbour are still charged.

Recent concerns have been raised about the number of toilet facilities available in the harbour. Guidelines recommend that for 30 camping pitches, one toilet and urinal for men and two toilets for women should be provided.

One of the two toilets on the east side of the harbour was out of order for part of the weekend and these also serve the harbour’s many other visitors. This situation was exacerbated by the enforced closure of the toilets on the lighthouse side as a result of vandalism.

Burry Port’s Deputy Mayor Cllr Lisa Mitchell said that ‘as a Town Councillor I have been informed by our local Burry Port County Councillors that this matter is being dealt with by the County Council’.

“I am hopeful that action will be announced shortly,” she added.

Burry Port county councilor John James told The Herald that the current parking situation could not continue.

“The Harbour area is currently in a transitional period with the Marine Group entering into a lease agreement with Carmarthenshire County Council on maintaining the Harbour,” he explained.

“The Harbour Masterplan, which was presented to the public last April in the Memorial Hall and was well received, consists of different initiatives such as housing, leisure, an hotel and pub. Cllr. Amanda Fox and I, after speaking to local residents, have approached the County Council about having a Water Sports Centre located here as well as looking at land near the Skateboard Area and adapting it to cater for Camper Vans and adding essentials such showering and clothes washing facilities, with a proper booking in system.

“The current situation with the Camper Vans cannot go on, with local residents finding it difficult to find parking spaces and due to the recent issue that led to an obstruction to the Lifeboat Crew that had been called out for duty.

“The toilets are being looked at as to how we can improve this much-needed facility. Unfortunately, the toilets on the Lighthouse side have been subjected to mindless acts of vandalism which has culminated in serious damage being carried out, which meant they had to be closed and are currently in a state of repair but will be reopened.

“The planned State of the Art Playground is going through the Planning Process. This Playground will cater for children of all ages, including teenagers, and will have equipment that can be used for children with disabilities, and will be located at the grassed area opposite to Parsons Pickles.”

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  1. Alan Thomas

    June 29, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Most campervans have their own toilets, (mine does.) What would be needed would be a fresh water supply tap, and a waste disposal.

  2. Samantha

    June 29, 2018 at 1:23 pm

    Fishermen have used this for years to store their boat trailers & vehicles whilst trying to earn an actual living…. there’s nowhere for them to park now with all these there….. yes it’s nice seeing people enjoying themselves but something needs to be done with regards to the local fishermen having somewhere to keep their vehicles safely! The slip way always has cars parked on it whistl they try to launch or come in.

  3. Harrison

    June 30, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    It’s my understanding that the Marine Group are nothing to do with the car parks, they’re purely managing the marina. If you ring the marina office, it says so on the answer phone message. It’s pretty clear that CCC run the car parks.

  4. David Shaw

    August 20, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Why just ban overnight stops? Surely it would be better to control it with several overnight parking bays being created. You can control the volume and where people park this way. The owners could then charge a fee for overnight parking and bring in some revenue. Motorhomes stopping overnight don’t need facilities, they have fresh water on board, waste tanks and on board toilets. They seem to manage to control parking like this much better on the continent and they provide facilities in most towns. Its about being creative and not just banning things.

  5. IJ

    September 14, 2018 at 6:47 pm

    So they’ve just put up a height barrier and said ‘Bury Port is closed’. Used to go regularly and spend a small fortune in the town pubs, chippy and Indian…..will be lost revenue now. Sad.

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Almost 100 jobs to go at Calsonic Llanelli

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A MAJOR Llanelli employer is to shed almost a quarter of its employees following what it describes as a ‘significant drop-off in sales’.

Calsonic Kansei, based says that continuing political and economic uncertainty have contributed to its decision to lay off 95 workers at its Lleithri Road factory on the outskirts of the town.

Calsonic were offered £4.4m from the Welsh Government to create 88 jobs at the plant late last year.

Llanelli’s local AM, Lee Waters, the Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for the Economy and Nia Griffith MP issued a joint statement about the jobs blow.

Lee Waters AM said “Nia Griffith and I will be doing what we can to work with the company, trade unions and other employers in the area to help the workers directly affected. And the Welsh Government will be extending the taskforce helping workers at Schaeffler to offer practical support.”

“Calsonic were offered significant Welsh Government help to develop new products at the end of last year, and we will continue to do what we can to help create a sustainable future for the site, through what is clearly a troubling period.”

Nia Griffith MP said “The next month will be a difficult period for the workers and their families at Calsonic, both Lee and I are ready to do whatever we can to help anyone affected. Alongside working directly with the factory staff and the trade unions, I’ll be using my voice in Parliament to ask the UK Government to match Welsh Government’s ongoing commitment to the plant and the workforce.”

Calsonic’s vice-president of HR for Europe, Neil O’ Brien, said: “The automotive industry is at a transitional stage, as well as being at a key point in several major vehicle ‘life cycles’, with car manufacturers developing their technologies to satisfy the ever demanding environmental legislation and moving towards autonomous and electric vehicles.

“During this period of transition, the added pressures of market instability caused by the political and economic conditions have affected our customers’ volumes and, consequently, Calsonic Kansei’s sales have seen a significant drop.

“The company intends to do everything reasonably possible to reduce the impact of this proposal on its employees.”

In January Schaeffler announced plans to close its plant in Leave-voting Llanelli with a loss of 200 skilled jobs.

Schaeffler also cited uncertainty about the UK’s economic and political future as being partially responsible for its decision.

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West Wales responds to Notre-Dame ‘tragedy’

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Notre-Dame de Paris: The large fire partially destroyed the cathedral on Monday

THE WORLD has reacted to the major fire that partially destroyed Notre-Dame Cathedral, with religious leaders of west Wales among those to have sent prayers to Paris.

The large fire on Monday (Apr 15) damaged much of the historic landmark, destroying the roof as well as the famous spire. The fire began at around 6:30pm local time (4:30pm GMT) and it took until 10am (8am GMT) on Tuesday morning for firefighters to fully extinguish the blaze. Many of the relics held in the cathedral, including the crown of thorns brought there in 1239 by St. Louis, said to be that which was placed on the head of Jesus leading up to his crucifixion, were saved by firefighters. One firefighter is said to have suffered minor injuries while tackling the fire. The cause of the fire is not yet clear, but Paris’ public prosecutor is working under the assumption that it was an accident.

Whilst the principal structure was saved, including the famed towers, the building is still seen as unstable. Prior to the fire, there was already scaffolding in place to deal with the cracks appearing in the stonework. Renovations were underway and 16 copper statues had already been removed last week.

Notre-Dame de Paris, meaning ‘Our Lady of Paris’, is one of the most widely recognised symbols of France, and is recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The site of the cathedral is thought to have been of religious significance dating back as far as Roman Gaul. The construction of the modern church began in 1163, and the cathedral is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture.

Already hundreds of millions of euros have been donated towards the reconstruction of the site, as people across the world have reacted to the news and sent both prayers and funds to Paris.

Bishop of Menevia Tom Burns said: “For a thousand years it has stood as a beacon of prayer and hope. But what a tragedy struck Paris and the French nation on Monday evening at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame. It is a beautiful creation that resides at the very heart of French life and in the hearts of French people wherever they happen to be, of whatever faith or none. It has struck chords in all people of good will who have walked through its doors into an arena of peace and calm.

“Some years ago, after wondering at the flying-buttresses that supported the thick stone walls, I had entered under that roof, never conscious of the vulnerability of its wooden structure. As I saw on television on Monday evening the fire raging through the roof, and the spire disintegrating piece by piece, I felt a lump in my throat. I shared with the people of France my sense of having once touched something quite unique. For, it had been my privilege, as Bishop of HM Forces, to preach from the Cathedral’s vast pulpit on Remembrance Sunday just over a decade ago.

“Now this was another sad occasion to remember, though thankfully without any loss of life. As York Minster was resurrected from the flames some years ago, and similarly Windsor Castle in more recent times, may the experts in restoring ancient buildings combine their God-given skills to rebuilding Notre-Dame de Paris. May it rise from the ashes to fulfil its function as God’s House in this world and to re-assure us that such a building evokes belonging and inspires us to greater things. It is still greatly needed, if not even more so now.”

Fr. Liam Bradley, Parish Priest at St David and St Patrick Church in Haverfordwest, said: “We hold in our hearts and prayers those who take risks to save life and property. May God bless the skills of craftsmen and women as they undertake the task of rebuilding.

“God our Father, let the community of Paris come together in this moment of difficulty and grace, to rebuild your house and do you honour, and so provide an enduring monument of how high the human spirit can soar in the face of adversity.

“As buildings crumble, may our faith be strong; from the ashes, may new fruit be born. Through the intercession of Our Lady of Paris, may all the people of France be filled with the peace and joy of Jesus Christ, risen for us at Easter. Amen.

“St Denis – Pray for us!”

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New funding for businesses to improve key areas of county

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A NEW pot of funding has been opened up to support regeneration, business growth and job creation in key priority areas across Carmarthenshire.

The Targeted Regeneration Investment (TRI) programme is part of a Welsh Government regional scheme to drive economic development in areas deemed most in need.

Areas chosen for investment in Carmarthenshire are Llanelli Town Centre and Station Road, and Ammanford Town Centre.

Businesses can apply for funding from two main thematic funding streams – a Property Enhancement Development Grant and Sustainable Living Grant.

Projects must promote economic regeneration – creating jobs, enhancing skills and employability and creating the right environment for businesses to grow and thrive.

A Property Enhancement Development Grant provides gap funding for owners or occupiers of vacant commercial buildings to enhance frontages and bring vacant commercial floor space back into use.

Where a local need has been identified, it could also fund development projects that create new commercial floor space.

A Sustainable Living Grant supports the conversion of vacant commercial space on upper floors into new homes. It can be used alongside the Property Enhancement Development Grant, and other initiatives, to encourage mixed-use regeneration of properties.

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Council Leader and Executive Board Member for Regeneration, met Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government Hannah Blythyn in Llanelli Town Centre recently to discuss the TRI programme and other ongoing improvements to the town.

He said: “This targeted investment has potential to make a real difference in Llanelli and Ammanford, and complements the council’s on-going efforts to regenerate these important towns.

“We are pleased to be part of this regional programme that will make the most of vacant commercial space and help improve the appearance and vibrancy of our town centres.”

Deputy Minister for Housing and Local Government Hannah Blythyn said: “We want to support local businesses, grow our fantastic town centres and create job opportunities in Llanelli and Ammanford. Creating more good quality commercial and retail space will play a real part in this, as will creating homes in the centre of our towns, so people can live and work centrally and contribute to the local economy.

“This fund will help to create opportunities out of empty properties and attract more people to our town centres. I look forward to seeing some exciting refurbishments, and businesses growing and prospering across in Llanelli and Ammanford as a result.”

Any businesses or applicants interested, or with a deliverable project in the priority areas identified, should contact Carmarthenshire County Council’s Economic Development Team for an initial discussion.

Contact Economic Development Coordinator, Tessa Peregrine, on TPeregrine@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or 01554 748815.

More information is available on the business section of www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales.

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