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Total of 28 drivers stopped outside school

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A TOTAL of 28 drivers were stopped for motoring offences outside Nantgaredig School.

Some 24 drivers were pulled over for speeding – including one motorist who was doing 50mph.

A further four were stopped for not wearing a seatbelt.

Children from the school were joined by officers from the council’s road safety unit as well as officers from Dyfed-Powys Police and the Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service.

The offending drivers were given the option of speaking to the pupils to explain why they were speeding instead of receiving penalty points and a fine.

Headteacher Steffan Griffiths said: “On behalf of the school community, I would like to thank everyone involved for including the year six pupils with this important initiative to reduce the speed of vehicles travelling outside Nantgaredig school.

“The pupils couldn’t believe that 24 drivers were stopped for various offences within a couple of hours. Some of the drivers caught have thanked the pupils directly for the manner in which they questioned the offenders.

“The message to drivers in the local area is that the speed limit remains the same all day in Nantgaredig and not just for an hour in the morning and at the end of the school day. I sincerely hope that the drivers caught will change their driving habits for the future.”

Those not wearing their seatbelts attended a hard-hitting 20-minute presentation with MAWWFRS officers on the devastating consequences of not wearing a seatbelt rather than be issued with a fixed penalty.

Eighteen of the drivers chose to face the children and eight received driver warnings (including two that spoke to the pupils).

The council’s Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “It was particularly worrying to hear that one driver was travelling 50mph on a 30mph road and did not slow down when he saw the signs for the school. It is also of concern that some of the drivers stopped were from the local area.

“Hopefully this initiative will make people think about the speed they are travelling, particularly outside schools, and remind them that they must wear a seatbelt, it could save their life one day.

“Having to face the children and answer their questions can be quite a sobering experience for the drivers.”

Police Sergeant Richard Lucas said: “This was a successful operation in that road safety messages delivered to drivers by school children seems to have a big impact on offending drivers and will hopefully stay in people’s minds and alter their driving in the future.

“It was quite shocking to stop 28 drivers for motoring offences outside Nantgaredig School in a short space of time, with the majority of offences being speeding. I urge drivers to adhere to speed limits on their daily journeys or face police action.”

MWWFRS Watch Manager Nigel Jones said: “We work closely with road safety partners such as te council and the police on all road safety campaigns to try and reduce the number of people being killed and seriously injured on our roads.

“It is hard to believe that in current times, people are still reluctant to wear a seatbelt whilst driving in a motor vehicle. In the event of a road traffic collision, seatbelts significantly reduce the risk of death or sustaining severe head and chest injuries and possibly ejection from the vehicle.”

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened

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ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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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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