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No new council houses for Brynmefys

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Brynmefys: Left to nature

Brynmefys: Left to nature

CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL has confirmed it will not be building social housing on one of the most outstanding development sites in Llanelli.

The Brynmefys estate, which looks out onto the Gower coastline and is situated in an area of outstanding countryside, is being offered for sale to private developers. Any developer taking on the site will have to consider a number of ecological hurdles before they can build, including bats. Meanwhile, the last remaining human residents appear to have been overlooked.

We visited the Brynmefys Estate and spoke with one of the residents, who said they were still in the dark regarding what was going to happen around their home.

Afterwards, we contacted the County Council to ask what the latest state of play was for the site, which neighbours one of the most expensive pieces of real estate in Llanelli – Penyfai Lane.

The Herald asked the council what the plans were for the site and if they were considering building any new homes on the site or if they were considering it for any other use.

A council spokesperson said: “We are in discussions with a number of potential developers interested in Brynmefys. We have asked each to provide detailed proposals, from which we will be able to identify the best solution for the site. We will consider offers from all interested parties that come forward.”

It appears that the council is attempting to get as much as possible for the site, which in terms of location and building potential for any prospective developer should run comfortably run into seven figures.

The council spokesperson went on to say: “Maximising the receipt from the sale of the Brynmefys site will make a significant contribution to additional affordable housing in the Llanelli area. To achieve this, we have stipulated that any potential developer should include plans for affordable homes to support our five-year Affordable Homes Commitment- around 20% of homes will need to be affordable. This could be delivered, dependant on what is proposed, on site, on other council owned land in the Llanelli area or by making an equivalent financial contribution to support additional affordable homes elsewhere.”

New social housing will not, therefore, feature at Brynmefys, where the views and surroundings would be coveted by any potential house buyer.

Interestingly, with one of the key issues about Brynmefys being the lack of public transport links to Llanelli, it seems as though the council is prepared to contemplate a significant increase in car traffic onto the narrow B4309 and into Furnace village.

Instead, the council say: “In terms of building new council rented homes on Brynmefys, a key principle of our Affordable Homes Commitment is to build council homes in locations identified as in the highest need. As such, and based on detailed housing need information, the Brynmefys site was not considered appropriate for new-build council homes.”

In answer to our question as to whether the site could be used for recreational, leisure or any other purposes, the spokesperson said: “We are not considering any other potential uses of the Brynmefys site, which is subject to a range of ecological measures due to the presence of bats, which are a protected species. The ecological measures already in place also form part of the planning conditions on the site.”

You can watch the full interview with the residents at Brynmefys on our website (www.llanelliherald.com) or via our Facebook page.

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Shock in Carmarthenshire as it’s named as one of the top locations for most reckless young drivers in UK

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CARMARTHENSHIRE has landed some unwanted publicity after being named as home to some of the most reckless young drivers in the UK.

According to comprehensive analysis by Adrian Flux, the county is one of the areas with the speediest teenagers on the road. On average 87.1% of FluxScore users there will receive a serious warning about their speeding compared to less than one in five in Conwy (17%).

The warnings are triggered by a black box that sits in the driver’s car to monitor their performance in the hope of improving safety and saving them money.

“This gamification style approach has helped sensible drivers save up to 60% for year-long safe driving upon renewal,” said Scott Goodliffe at Adrian Flux, one of the UK’s largest specialist motor insurance brokers.

“Unfortunately, some users are less attentive or cautious and their behaviour is a cause for concern because it leaves them more likely to make a claim or hurt themselves or others.

“It’s disappointing when alerts have to be sent but we’re proud that they are helping to change behaviour behind the wheel. We already know FluxScore is reducing the number of speeders across the board by 70% and hopefully this analysis will help address the small number who negatively impact these already impressive figures slightly.”

There are also considerable concerns about how quickly youngsters are travelling in Rhondda Cynon Taf with the area also being named and shamed in the top 10. It’s a much better picture in Conwy though with youngsters there being rated amongst the most careful drivers in the UK.

Adrian Flux’s self-fitting black box sits on the inside of the windscreen and tracks journeys. It helps reward safe driving by providing daily updates on the FluxScore app to show how the previous 24 hours’ driving has affected a driver’s renewal premium.

FluxScore sends alerts to drivers who it deems as driving dangerously or above the speed limit. The findings focus on Alert 2s, which are considered serious speeding events and take into account other factors such as the type of road. If a driver receives three Alert 2s, this will result in their policy being suspended.

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Local specialist contractors needed for countryside works

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CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL is seeking local specialist countryside contractors for work on Public Rights of Way and conservation sites throughout the county.

Businesses in Carmarthenshire are being encouraged to tender for the countywide framework, which is for two years, starting in September with an option to extend for a further two years.

The work will include the management of nature reserves, mitigation for development and government funded habitat projects on sites with challenging conditions, ecological constraints, wet land and difficult access.

Examples of the work include path maintenance, installation of countryside furniture (stiles and gates), mowing overgrown fields, chainsaw and strimmer work, excavator work, woodland management, fencing and tree planting.

A proven track record and a good understanding of working in the rural and natural environment and knowledge of conservation is essential, as is an understanding of the way that the land changes in challenging weather conditions.

Applicants will need to make available vehicle inspection documents and maintenance records, certificates of operator competency (in relation to plant hire with operatives), health and safety policy and relevant insurance documents.

Any suppliers interested in tendering for this work need to be registered on the National Procurement Portal Sell2Wales website, where they can express their interest and receive further information.

This is a free online service and allows businesses to promote their organisation not only to the council but to other Welsh public sector bodies, and to receive notifications about contract opportunities suitable to their field of work.

The council also encourages businesses to register on the Business Wales Business Directory – a free resource where businesses can advertise their services.

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Police appeal for information after vehicle collides with two pedestrians

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POLICE say they are appealing for witnesses following a road traffic collision which occurred on College Street, Newcastle Emlyn just after 4pm on Monday 20th June.

A black coloured Honda CRV vehicle collided with two people on the pedestrian crossing.

A 70-year-old female sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital.

A 50-year-old female was taken to hospital by ambulance with what are described as minor injuries

The 64 year old female driver of the vehicle was arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, and has been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has information that could help officers with their investigation, or anyone who was driving in the area at the time and has dashcam footage, 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-20220620-283.”

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