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Cwm Eynon objectors’ disappointment

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CH170616_Page_08_Image_0005FOLLOWING THE approval of planning for the animal feed centre at Cwm Eynon in Four Roads, The Herald contacted one of the spokespersons for the group opposed to the plans.

Andrew Stevens is a local resident and has been organising protests and driving the campaign to try and stop the plans from going through. He told The Herald: “I was disappointed, not so much that we lost: It was the unanimous decision and lack of any support from any of the members of the planning Committee.

“Some of these at least must live in villages similar to Four Roads and could appreciate the misgivings we have. More importantly, they are our representatives, paid by us, to consider the less technical aspects and to judge using their wisdom and local knowledge.”

Mr Stevens has questioned the accuracy of material placed before the committee. He said: “I was particularly aggrieved that we had employed a surveyor and traffic consultant to prove that the required visibility splay which was part of the conditions could not be met despite the late amendment which moved the entrance towards Four Roads.

“Incidentally, I pointed out that the plan shown to the Committee was the earlier (pre-amendment) one.”

Mr Stevens said that the applicants recognised that the conditions could not be met and put in an amendment moving the entrance towards Four roads and claiming that they could achieve a visibility splay of 160m (correct for 50mph limit)

He said: “The village employed a surveyor and traffic consultant who showed that this could not be metat around 23m from the proposed entrance in Meinciau direction, visibility from a motor car was obscured by hedge bank not owned by the applicant so the planning condition could not be met, yet the planning officer still recommended approval.”

A resident who did not wish to be named said: “As farmers next door we are concerned that this represents a serious animal health risk and my wife asked for the earlier application to be called in for determination by the Welsh Assembly Government because of more than local significance (the economic effects of an outbreak of disease similar to Fand M 2001 could be devastating for South Wales and England – food ingredients come from Wiltshire).”

Another local resident Audrey Fetton told The Herald of her experiences with the County Council’s planning officers. She said: “I applied for outline planning for a bungalow only a few metres from the proposed entrance and exit onto the main road. I was told I would not get planning approval as it was too close to the bend. They gave me all the measurements.

“When I objected to the Cwm Eynon site I was told that if they got permission it was likely I would get permission. How can they change the rules?”

Adam Price MP also objected to the plans. In a letter to the local authority, Mr Price wrote: ‘Having met my constituents and seen for myself the location of the proposed planning application, I have come to the conclusion that it is a highly unsuitable location for the nature and scale of the proposed development.’

Osian Roberts of DPP Planning acting for the applicant told The Herald: “There is nothing untoward here.

“The site is for delivery of feed to other farmers rather than farmers coming to the site. It is creating jobs for the local area. We are looking at bringing a road across the field rather than through the village.

“All the vehicles would be using the new route across the field rather than bring the HGV’s into the village. It is creating jobs and improving the appearance of the buildings. It is improving the whole appearance of the site for local residents and for the wider market for sustainability.

“This is a brown field site. It is currently not being used for anything. It has suffered from vandalism. There is a history of unauthorised planning uses on the site. The owner has had to put a fence up.

“There is a real benefit to the local people in terms of having the security of having an appropriate user and a good user and the use itself is quiet: it is just dry feeds. It is a good neighbour for local residents.

“The council are proposing a condition to restrict the number of movements of HGV’s on the site. That gives the local residents and the local authority a little bit of control of how many vehicles come onto the site.”

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Police launch public appeal following Carmarthenshire burglary

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a burglary at a property in Ponthenry.

People broke into a shed at a home in Victoria Road at around 8.30pm on Monday, 31 October, before leaving after spotting a CCTV camera.

They returned at around 10.15pm and again at around 10.55pm.

During their raids they tooka green Wolf motocross helmet with a full face with a peak and line green motocross goggles.

Officers are appealing for help to identify two people they would like to speak to over the incident.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DPP/0756/01/11/2022/02/C. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Morrisons Foundation supports children’s charity with grant for vital equipment

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The Morrisons Foundation supports registered charities that make a positive difference. They recently awarded national children’s disability charity, Cerebra, based in Carmarthen, a grant of £11,109.

This will fund the creation of writing slopes through the Cerebra Innovation Centre, which is partnered with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and designs wonderful toys and equipment to help children living with a brain condition to learn and play.

The writing slopes are designed to help children who struggle with posture and fine motor skills. They also aid children with writing, drawing and hand control. Ross Head, Product Design Manager at the Cerebra Innovation Centre explains;

‘The slopes include a lovely wipe-clean surface for children to experiment with mark making, their own set of pens and a clever lid-free pen store to remove the challenge of removing lids for some children. We are so lucky to be able to do what we do and funding like this is so important to allow us to push boundaries and provide vital equipment that looks beautiful.’

At the start of 2022, the Cerebra Innovation Centre highlighted that they anticipated the need for an additional 20 writing slopes for children. Cerebra Fundraising Manager, James Hay then worked with the grants team at the Morrisons Foundation, who were delighted to support this project. David Scott, Morrisons Foundation Trustee said:

‘Cerebra is dedicated to helping families who have a child with a brain condition to discover a better life together, that’s why I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide this support. The specialised writing slopes will make a huge positive impact on children with sensory and mobility issues, providing a great opportunity to develop their skills, which will last a lifetime.’

Grants like this are a vital source of funding for Cerebra so that they are able to continue to support children living with a brain condition and their families who face challenges every day. The Cerebra Innovation Centre is one of the many support services provided by the charity that so many families have come to rely on. James Hay adds;

‘Thank you so much to the Morrisons Foundation for this generous grant! We are over the moon as we know how much this project will change young lives. These are particularly challenging times for charities and so this funding from Morrisons for the creation of 20 writing slopes is warmly welcomed.’

You can find out more about Cerebra and how they help children and families by visiting www.cerebra.org.uk 

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White Ribbon campaign supported by Carmarthenshire County Council

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CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL says it is again showing its support for the White Ribbon campaign, which takes place on Friday, November 25 and is followed by 16 Days of Action.

White Ribbon is the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls.

While domestic abuse affects both sexes, the largest number of violent incidents involve men against women. But ultimately male violence against women is everyone’s issue, not just women’s.

The council was awarded White Ribbon UK accredited status for the first time in 2018 and is continuing to work to tackle such violence.

White Ribbon flags will be flying at County Hall in Carmarthen and town halls in Llanelli and Ammanford on White Ribbon Day (Friday, November 25). County Hall will also be lit up on the evening to show support.

The council is working alongside partners to raise awareness of the campaign across the county – from sports clubs, joint visits with the Police to licensed premises, our leisure centres and libraries to bus stations.

With this year’s White Ribbon Day falling on the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup, there has never been a better time to come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls.

The council will be raising awareness of the campaign at special events including a Walking Football session at Amman Valley Leisure Centre on November 30 and at “An Evening with Sam Warburton” at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen on White Ribbon Day (November 25).

Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety, Cllr Philip Hughes, said: “It’s vital that we raise more awareness about domestic abuse so that anyone affected can get help and support from one of our local services.”

Support locally can be found at: Threshold (Llanelli) on 01554 752 422 or www.threshold-das.org.uk; Calan DVS (Ammanford) on 01269 597 474 or www.calandvs.org.uk; Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Service on 01267 238 410 or www.carmdas.org and Goleudy on 0300 123 2996 or www.goleudyvictimandwitnessservice.org.uk or call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or visit https://gov.wales/live-fear-free for free advice and support 24/7

For more information on the White Ribbon campaign visit www.whiteribbon.org.uk

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