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​​County closer to War Memorial restoration

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RESTORATION work on the County War Memorial could be completed in time for Remembrance Day next year, according to Carmarthen County Councillor Alun Lenny.

Cllr Lenny has been campaigning for the statue, which commemorates those who fell in the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean War, to be cleaned for some time.  As we have previously reported, an initial inspection last year showed that at some point in the statue’s history it had been painted several times, making the cleaning work far more complicated.

On Tuesday, (Sept 8) Cllr Lenny posted an update on social media, saying that he had met an expert in Memorial restoration from Cardiff at the site of the memorial, along with an officer from Carmarthenshire County Council.

‘Having assessed the bronze statue, he’s confident that the paint and grime can be removed and the memorial restored to its original condition. The plinth and stonework seat will also be cleaned and repaired. Doing this properly, without damaging the bronze, is not a quick or cheap job. I’ve already inquired about funding – but whatever it takes, it will be done,’ Cllr Lenny wrote.

Speaking to The Herald, Cllr Lenny clarified that the company had previously restored another heavily painted statue by sculptor Goscombe John.  “Apparently it was the fashion to paint them at one time,” he added.  However, the expert said that part of the statue had previously been cleaned several years ago.

He also raised the possibility of getting grant funding for the project:  “It’s an opportune time; with the Centenary of the First World War, there is money available to maintain War Memorials,” he said.

“Now that the trees have been cut down, for the first time in living memory we are seeing the Memorial in its original context.”

Cllr Lenny told us that he had originally hoped for the memorial to be restored in time for Remembrance Sunday this year, but as a result of the centenary a number of Memorials across the country are being cleaned, and the specialists have a backlog of work.

However, as he pointed out, this could prove fortunate, as renovation work on the Infirmary will hopefully be completed by next year, meaning that there is less chance of damaging the new finish.

“After the statue is cleaned, a thin wax-type coating will be put on to protect it from the elements.  This will have to be buffed every few years, but this is far less labour-intensive than cleaning,” he said.

In the future, it is hoped that those who fought in more recent wars will also be granted space on the Memorial.  Cllr Lenny told us that the Korean War was added to the statue in the 1980s after a campaign put on by the county’s Korea Veterans.

“We will be considering, in conjunction with the Royal British Legion, whether the words, Falklands, Afghanistan and Iraq can be added to the stone once the work has been sorted,” he added.

Referring to the positive response to his posts on social media by Carmarthenshire residents past and present, Cllr Lenny said that it “shows the affection in which the Memorial is held.”

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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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