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Could you foster a Carmarthenshire child and help change their life?

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FOSTER families are needed to help change the lives of a growing number of children and young people in Carmarthenshire – could it be you?

Foster Care Fortnight is taking place from May 13 to 26 and Carmarthenshire Fostering Service is on a mission to recruit new foster carers.

There are more than 200 children aged from newborn to 18-years-old being fostered throughout the county, and new children for a variety of reasons are in need of foster families.

The shortage of suitable Carmarthenshire families to provide them with a loving home at this turbulent time in their lives means some children can be placed far from their families, friends and school. This is something Carmarthenshire Fostering Service tries to avoid at all cost and that is why they need foster carers in all areas of Carmarthenshire.

Executive Board Member for Education and Children Cllr Glynog Davies said: “We desperately need more foster carers in Carmarthenshire. We have many long term foster carers who will vouch that fostering can be an extremely rewarding career and lifestyle choice. All training and ongoing support is provided. Fostering is not easy, it does come with challenges, but above all it can be immensely rewarding.”

Foster Care Fortnight is an annual campaign to raise the profile of fostering and shows how foster care transforms lives. Fostering has the potential to be life-changing for fostered children and young people.

New foster families are needed every year to care for children and young people, with the greatest need for foster carers for older children, sibling groups, disabled children and unaccompanied asylum seeking children.

“This Foster Care Fortnight we want you to know that fostering is about changing futures, the futures of fostered children and young people and the futures of the foster families who care for them,” said Cllr Davies.

“And, if you think you have the relevant skills and experience, we’re calling on you to consider becoming a foster carer so that you can also change a future.”

If you think you could take that step and make a difference by becoming a Carmarthenshire foster carer please get in touch by calling 0800 0933699 or for more information visit https://foster.midandwest.wales/carmarthenshire/

Or come along to the HWBs in Llanelli, Ammanford and Carmarthen during Foster Care Fortnight to meet some of the team and find out about the various fostering opportunities are available within Carmarthenshire, including what support is available.

A coffee morning is also being held at Cross Hands Workingmen’s Club on Friday, May 17 between 10am and 12noon so pop in for a chat and a cuppa.

Foster families invited to Teddy Bear’s Picnic

A TEDDY Bear’s Picnic is being held to celebrate Foster Care Fortnight in Carmarthenshire.

It is being held at Dinefwr in Llandeilo on Saturday, May 11 from 10am to 2pm.

Foster carers and their families have been invited along to say a special thank you for everything they do and there will be lots on offer to keep the younger ones entertained.

Visitors will also be able to find out more information on fostering within the county and how they could help transform a child in need’s life forever.

Picture: David and Tracey Willard from Mynyddcerrig have been providing respite foster care since 2015

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Cruise Culture returns to Carmarthen this Sunday

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WALES’ biggest modified and performance car show is returning to the Carmarthen Showground this Sunday, August 25.

Cruise Culture is a static car show with modified, performance, classic and standard cars. The annual show attracts thousands of visitors each year.

On Sunday August 25, the ultimate indoor show hall will have some of the best modified cars from all over the UK on display, as well as an outdoor show and shine section.

Growing year on year, Cruise Culture now welcomes over 40 club stands. The entertainment stage will have DJs playing all day. Competitions throughout the day will include: Club of the Show; Car of the Show; Show and Shine Winner; Best Club Stand Car; Best Show Hall Car; Best Wheels of the Show and Best Install.

Prizes and awards will be handed out for each of the various competitions. There will also be inflatables and fair attractions, meaning Cruise Culture is a great family day out.

There will be a wide variety of food stalls, not just burger vans but hog roasts, BBQ, pizza and much more. The Jamie Squibb Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show will also take place, as the team of riders perform breathtaking jumps and stunts.

Pre-sale tickets have now ended. Tickets are now only available at the gate. Gate price is £7 per person. Under 12’s get in free.

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Rubbish dumped in lane lands woman in court

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DUMPING a rubbish bag containing a kitchen mop, a children’s scooter and wood has cost one Kidwelly woman nearly £400.

Sarah Louise Leach-Davies was ordered by Llanelli magistrates to pay the costs after the blue recycling bag belonging to her was found by council enforcement officers in a lane behind her home in Parc Pendre in March this year.

The 32-year-old had already received two previous warnings and a Fixed Penalty Notice for depositing other unsuitable waste in the lane including glass, shoes and a wooden table top.

Leach-Davies was also given a recycling calendar and easy recycling guide following the first incident, but still continued to bag and dump rubbish unsuitable for kerbside collection.

A second FPN was issued on Friday, March 1 after further waste belonging to her was again found in the lane and was unsuitable for kerbside collection.

The notice remained unpaid and the case taken to court by Carmarthenshire County Council.

Leach-Davies did not turn up to court. She was fined £150 in her absence, and must pay £271.21 costs and £30 Victim Surcharge.

The council’s executive board member for public protection, Cllr Phillip Hughes said: “This was a blatant act of total disregard for the environment. It was the third occasion that this woman has been caught dumping rubbish in her lane. She was also well aware of what acceptable waste for kerbside collection was, and what was unacceptable. There are no excuses for what she was doing and we will continue to take action on anyone caught abandoning rubbish illegally in Carmarthenshire.”

If you see someone littering, fly-tipping or abandoning waste you can report it online at Carmarthenshire.gov.wales (recycling, bins and litter section) or call 01267 234567 during office hours.

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More litter louts left out of pocket

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MORE people have been left out of pocket after carelessly or purposely littering our county.

During July 2019, Carmarthenshire County Council enforcement officers handed out more than £1,600 in fixed penalty notices (FPNs).

They were for a range of offences, including larger fines for the worst fly-tipping offences, for failing to clear dog poo and littering at community recycling sites.

· Two £300 FPNs (£600 total) were issued to a Llanelli business owner who tried to dispose of his business waste at the Llanelli Household Waste Recycling Centre. He was also issued with notices requiring him to produce relevant documentation allowing him to transport waste, but he failed to do so within the specified time

· A £350 FPN was issued to a Llanelli resident for dumping several black refuse bags on the ground at a recycling facility in Dylan, Llwynhendy

· A £300 FPN was issued to a Llanelli resident for failing to check that man he’d paid to remove his waste was licenced and authorised to transport waste. The waste was illegally dumped in the Penygraig area of Llanelli. Enforcement officers are still trying to track the illegal waste carrier

· A £100 FPN was issued to a Carmarthen town centre resident for breaching a Section 46 notice requiring her to properly manage the waste she puts out for collection

· A £100 FPN was issued to a Llanelli man for failing to pick up his dog’s poo. He was reported by a member of the public and was tracked down by officers

· A £75 FPN was issued to a Llanelli woman for leaving a black refuse bag on the ground at Cefncaeau recycling facility

· A £75 FPN was issued to a Llanelli resident for a leaving a cardboard box on the ground at Cefncaeau recycling facility

· A £75 FPN was issued to a man for fly-posting in Carmarthen town centre

Cllr Philip Hughes, Executive Board Member for enforcement, said: “There is absolutely no excuse for littering. There are plenty of waste disposal facilities, including weekly kerbside collections, community recycling sites, business waste collections and household waste recycling centres.

“People know it is wrong to litter, or not pick up after their dog, yet there are those who clearly have no regard for our environment and prefer someone else to pick up after them.

“It is simply not acceptable. We all have a part to play in keeping Carmarthenshire clean.”

Residents are reminded to put their waste and recycling out for collection after 6pm on the evening before their collection day, and to ensure they carry out their duty of care by checking they are using a licensed waste carrier to take away any waste on their behalf.

People using community recycling sites are reminded that they should not leave items on the ground, and are asked to report full containers to the council.

Anyone who has witnessed a littering or dog fouling incident, or has information about fly-tipping offences, can contact the council online 24/7 at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales or during office hours on 01267 234567.

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