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Council to host online landlord’s forum

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“We have thousands of people in need of affordable housing in Carmarthenshire,”

LANDLORDS with homes in Carmarthenshire, or those thinking of renting out properties in the county, are being offered the chance to hear about the support offered by Carmarthenshire County Council’s housing team, as well as finding out about new legislation coming into force later this year.

The council is hosting an online landlord’s forum on Thursday, February 17, and those interested are encouraged to register in advance.

The event is being held via Zoom between 6-7.30pm and is free to attend.

Guests will hear from Cllr Linda Evans, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, who will give an overview of the range services offered by the council to support landlords and the high demand for quality affordable homes – including options to enter into long-term lease agreements through the council’s in-house lettings agency.

A representative of the National Residential Landlords Association will also be present to give a rundown on new legislation under the Renting Homes Act, and Rent Smart Wales will give an update on licensing and re-registration.

David Crane, Chairman of Carmarthenshire Landlords Forum, will open and close the event.

There will also be opportunity for landlords and potential landlords to ask questions.

Increasing the availability and quality of private rented homes is one of the key aims of Carmarthenshire County Council’s affordable housing plan, and a dedicated team of officers work to support landlords and people who own empty homes in Carmarthenshire.

One of the council’s most successful schemes is its in-house lettings agency, Simple Lettings, which offers a range of letting management and leasing options to people who own or develop properties.

It includes incentives to owners in areas of high housing need, and those who own the type of properties in highest demand from people on the council’s housing register.

Amongst the packages offered is a long-term lease, which sees the council effectively taking ownership of empty homes to bring up to standard and available to local people at an affordable rent.

Cllr Linda Evans, the council’s Cabinet Member for Housing, said demand for affordable housing is at an all-time high, and is calling for owners to work with the council to bring more homes into use in the private rented market.

“We have thousands of people in need of affordable housing in Carmarthenshire,” she said.

“We want to bring more empty homes back into use, to provide quality affordable housing for local people and families who need them.

“We are ready to help, support and guide landlords, developers, and people who may have inherited property and do not know what they want to do with it.

“We’ll be talking people through all the options available at our online landlord’s forum, as well as giving people the chance to hear from representatives of the National Residential Landlords Association and Rent Smart Wales about new legislation and licensing requirements.

“Please join us – we hope it will be a valuable and informative event for all.”

To reserve a place, email BSUCarmarthen@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or call 01267 228661.

Find out more about services and support for landlords, including information about Simple Lettings, at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/landlords 

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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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