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Carmarthenshire’s Recycling Centres to re-open by appointment only

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Carmarthenshire County Council will be re-opening its four Household Waste Recycling Centres from next week (w/c May 26) – but only to those Carmarthenshire residents who have already pre-booked an appointment.

Appointments can be made through an online booking form on a first come-first served basis. This is to ensure the number of visitors to the site at any one time is regulated in the interest of safety for staff and the public.  Anyone arriving on site without an appointment will not be allowed entry.

Initially, appointment slots will be open for one week at a time. The appointments will go live every Thursday at 8.30am, starting from Thursday, May 21. The situation will be continuously reviewed and any updates or changes to the system will be posted on the council’s website or Facebook and Twitter pages.

Trostre and Nantycaws will be open seven-days a week and Whitland and Wernddu in Ammanford will be open Wednesdays to Sundays.

Just under 4,000 appointments will be available across the four recycling centres each week. This will be under constant review. To ensure it is fair to everyone, residents will initially be able to make one appointment per month.

This applies to Carmarthenshire recycling centres only. Other neighbouring local authorities may be operating differently. Residents are advised to keep checking the council’s website and social media feeds for the most up to date information.

Residents are being urged to ensure they only visit the recycling centres if it is an essential journey – i.e. the waste is causing a public health concern or safety concern, or cannot be collected at kerbside via the usual refuse and recycling collections.

Strict social distancing measures will be in place within the recycling centres and must be obeyed at all times. In the interests of safety, staff will not be helping residents to unload any goods during this time therefore residents are being urged to ensure that they are able to unload any materials themselves. Up to two people (from the same household) will be allowed to get out of the car to unload heavy/large items. If site rules and social distancing isn’t met the council will have to re-evaluate the position and may be forced to close once more.

Cllr Hazel Evans, executive board member responsible for environment said: “I would like to thank residents for storing their waste responsibly since we had to close our recycling centres due to the Coronavirus. I know a lot of people have been waiting patiently for the recycling centres to re-open but we could only do this in accordance with Government advice and only then when we had finalised the correct control measures to allow re-opening to be done safely and sensibly.

“I would ask residents to be patient particularly in these first couple of weeks whilst we re-start the service and whilst we’re still in this pandemic. We know a lot of people will want to make an appointment, but these should only be for those who cannot store their waste safely at home or dispose of waste through our kerbside collections. This situation will be constantly reviewed, especially during the first couple of weeks. The safety of our staff and residents is paramount. Thank you for your continued co-operation during these difficult times.”

Usual rules apply on proof of identity that residents are from Carmarthenshire and vehicle permits. This information can be found on the recycling, bins and litter pages on the council’s website.

Any updates will be posted on the council’s newsroom and social media pages.

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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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