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​​Living Streets Cymru seeks action

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61833-lA CHARITY in Wales that supports walking as a mode of transport wants to see more action from the Welsh Government for rolling out the Active Travel Act.

The charity, Living Streets Cymru, gave evidence in January to a committee to raise concerns over a lack of investment and direction for the Welsh Active Travel Act. Wales is the first country to pass this legislation, but Living Streets Cymru say that more must be done to become leaders in this area.

For more than 85 years Living Streets Cymru have been a beacon for walking; in their early days their campaigning led to the UK’s first zebra crossings and speed limits.

Now their campaigns and local projects help deliver real change, and have provided ground-breaking initiatives such as the world’s biggest ‘Walk to School’ campaign which encourages millions of people to walk.

This week, a report was released by the Welsh Government that answered questions from parties concerned. Questions included those on active travel leadership, the need to fund promotion as well as infrastructure, active travel being a smart investment for the Welsh Government to make, targets for children walking to school and the fact that active travel promotion needs to be expanded across schools, into workplaces and communities.

Rachel Maycock, Living Streets Cymru Manager says: “I was pleased about the level of interest from Assembly Members at the recent Business and Enterprise Committee but I think today’s report merely highlights how much work needs to be done.

“We want to see Wales realise its active travel ambitions and give communities the benefits walking can bring. These include less congestion and pollution, a better sense of community cohesion and of course the important physical and mental health benefits for individuals who walk and take part in active travel as part of their everyday lives.

“We are dealing with a decline in the walk to school and more and more people driving instead of walking short distances. Low physical activity levels among children and adults costs NHS Wales £650 million a year.”

Living Streets Cymru’s vision is to create a walking nation that is free from pollution and congested roads, in hopes of reducing the risk of illness and social isolation, and making walking the natural choice.

Living Street Cymru told the Herald: “We believe that a walking nation means progress for everyone.

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Our ambition is to get people of all generations to enjoy the benefits that this simple act brings and to ensure all our streets are fit for walking.”

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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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