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Cwmamman paddling pool soon to reopen

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ON WEDNESDAY (Aug 10), the paddling pool in Cwmamman, in the district of Glanamman, which has been a landmark in the community for over 80 years, completed the first phase of the plan at the pool. 

When the pool is open, it will be guarded by a lifeguard. The Town Council are looking for members of the community to join in and become lifeguards at the pool, who will be given full training if they apply.

The Town Council are now working closely with the County Council, who own the land and pool to ensure that it can be opened to the public as soon as possible.

The paddling pool required extensive renovation to ensure that it will be safe for the current generation to use. Local business TRJ and Apprentices, who are currently involved with the Next Steps programme, have offered to undertake all work that is needed at the site at no cost to the community.

Mayor Kevin Madge said of their generosity: “To see a local business coming forward to offer this level of support to a community is truly heart-warming and embodies the vision of partnership and working together for the benefit of all that we are looking to take forward as a council. On behalf of the local community, the Town Council and myself, I would like to thank all those involved.”

In Cwmamman, the Town Council are currently working to achieve the objectives laid out in the ‘Well-being of Future Generations Act 2015’, a law unique to Wales that places a responsibility on public bodies to consider the impact of their actions on both current and future generations. It is based around a sustainability principle and focuses on seven goals, which are:

  • A prosperous Wales
  • A resilient Wales
  • A healthier Wales
  • A more equal Wales
  • A Wales of cohesive communities
  • A Wales of vibrant culture and thriving Welsh languages
  • A globally responsive Wales

The council’s intention is to fully implement this law in its day-to-day operations and within its strategic planning and development activities. It is looking to become one of the most forward thinking and proactive Town Councils in Wales and has been complimented for the action that has already been taken in regards to this legislation.

A aim of the project is to identify the best use for a number of assets within the community which the Town Council will be taking over from the County Council, which include the Community Centre on High Street, the Bowls Pavilion and numerous play areas. The Town Council has been clear about how they wish to see the local community and the surrounding areas to get the absolute best out of the assets and develop them to draw visitors to the community.

Rob Venus, a Community Development Officer at Cwmamman Town Council, said of the project: “This project is not a simple data collecting process. The whole ethos that I have built into the planning since day one is based around sustainability and self-sufficiency. As such, we will take all possible measures to ensure that the residents that engage with us will be given the opportunity to develop new skills and realise their capabilities. The true aim of this project is to empower the community to control its own destiny.”

Over a period of time, the council will be working alongside Community Development Cymru to undertake a community-wide consultation exercise, that will include traditional surveys and questionnaires, focus groups, community-led activities and video documentary. Derith Powell, who is the CEO of Community Development Cymru, will be working on the project. The council are delighted with this appointment, as Derith has lived in the community all of her life and has participated as a community volunteer, therefore has both a professional and personal perspective of first-hand knowledge of local issues and needs. She said: “The focus of this exercise is to unleash the capacity within local residents, capacity that already exists, in order to instigate positive change. This will be highly based upon us facilitating a participative process where local residents will be fully engaged and involved at each stage.”

The next phase of the project is to consult with members of the community and the surrounding areas to identify what direction they would like to see the development of the facilities to go in.

Mayor Kevin Madge said: “As a Town Council, we are taking all possible measure to ensure that the assets that already exist within our community are used to their full potential. Where additional assets can be developed, we will work with our residents to ensure that they meet their needs and the needs of future generations. A key part of this is hearing the views and desires of each and every one of our residents, something we will be aiming to achieve in coming months through a community-wide consultation exercise.”

The council has heard from a number of community members who have expressed their opinion of what they would like to see in the community, which include skate friendly parks, climbing walls, 11+ adventure play and the development of a splash pad addition to the paddling pool area.

The Town Council are inviting people to put forward their ideas either through e-mail to: events@cwmammantc.org or in writing to: Cwmamman Town Council, Cwmamman Community Centre, High Street, Glanamman, Ammanford, SA18 1DX

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands

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OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

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: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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