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Fly-tipping mystery at Pontyberem

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Roofing sheets, car tyres, and batteries: littering land near Pentremawr

Roofing sheets, car tyres, and batteries: littering land near Pentremawr

FLY TIPPING has taken place at a location neighbouring the home of Carmarthenshire County Council leader Emlyn Dole, The Herald can reveal.

Last week this newspaper received a tip off about the present of a significant quantity of waste material dumped in woodland near the former Pentremawr Colliery site.

Our reporter Alan Evans visited the location and took photographs of the scene.

On receipt of the photographs, The Herald contacted the County Council and Natural Resources Wales (NRW) regarding the fly-tipping.

NRW referred us back to the local authority.

Cllr Hazel Evans, the Council Executive Board spokesperson for Technical Services replied: “Thank you for bringing this to our attention, our officers will look into it.”

On later viewing video footage and checking the location against Google Earth and the Ordnance Survey maps used by the Land Registry, The Herald established that the location where the fly tipping had taken place was immediately behind land owned by Mr Dole’s wife at Fferm Capel Ifan, Pontyberem. The area abutting the woodland appears from an aerial view to be a maintained field with evidence of vehicles passing across it.

In order to verify ownership of the property, we examined Land Registry records which disclosed that the field has been in the same hands since 1998.

The rubbish dumped in the woodland appears to be an assortment of roofing materials (including what seems to be asbestos sheeting), an assortment of old vehicle tyres, car batteries and other domestic and building refuse. If the material does include asbestos, which is uncertain, then a special licence is required for its handling and removal.

Figures show that Carmarthenshire is in the top five performing local authorities in Wales for fly-tipping enforcement.

In February of this year, the Council announced that environmental enforcement officers carried out a total of 1208 investigations last year as well as 101 ‘duty of care’ related inspections.

At the time, Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones, said: “Carmarthenshire operates a proactive strategy when dealing with fly-tipping. Firstly all our officers are trained and equipped to effectively deal with flytipping through investigation and prosecution.

“We use covert surveillance to target hotspot areas; this reduces the need for human resources and relies on technology to provide us with the necessary evidence for subsequent prosecutions.”

Carmarthenshire is part of Flytipping Action Wales, a Welsh Government sponsored initiative to help tackle fly-tipping.

Programme Manager at Flytipping Action Wales Gary Evans said: “On average there are over 30,000 flytipping incidents in Wales a year, the equivalent of one incident per hour, costing tax payers millions in cleanup costs. And it’s not just the price of illegal dumping; it’s also a criminal offence and a waste of valuable resources.

“We work with over 50 partners, including the 22 local authorities across Wales to reduce the number of cases of fly-tipping. Local authorities play an important part in the prevention and clearance of fly-tipping, and have done a fantastic job educating their local communities about fly-tipping and we look forward to seeing this work continue in the future.”

The Herald does not suggest that the material dumped in the woodland came from the barns at Fferm Capel Ifan or even that Cllr Dole was responsible for the presence of the refuse in the woods near his home, some of which appears to have been in situ for some time.

Indeed, when we realised the location of the fly tipping, we contacted Cllr Dole and asked him if he would clarify whether the property abutting this section of woodland was his and whether he had at any time suffered trespass where people have passed and re-passed across his property.

Councillor Dole told The Herald: “The refuse that your photographs have identified is historic in origin and I am unaware of any recent tipping at the site. The council is now clearing the area.”

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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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