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Calls for action over beach fly-tipping

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Rubbish dumped: At Morfa Bychan

CALLS for the National Trust to take action over flytipping and illegal camping at a Carmarthenshire beauty spot have been led by a local MP.

Mountains of waste have been left at Morfa Bychan near Pendine since the end of last summer and illegal campers have already pitched up this year.

“If this was happening at Freshwater West then quite rightly there would be a public outcry,” said Simon Hart: “But because this is a less well known spot this rubbish has been left there for nearly six months.”

The problem arises because a track that leads to the small cove means that anyone can drive down to the bay.

“Last summer there were people camping there for months and when they left there was a huge pile of waste – including a broken trampoline, kids’ bikes and old mattresses,” added Mr Hart:

“It’s been made worse because a plastic container that has also been left there is now being used like a skip and campers dump their black bin bags in it. These then get ripped open by gulls and the litter is blown up the valley.

“The rubbish was reported in September to Carmarthenshire County Council but no action has been taken yet. “But this land is owned by the National Trust and I have written to them to ask that they urgently tidy it up and prevent fly camping.

“When I visited a few weeks’ ago I was amazed to see four campervans and a caravan were there, they were clearly going to stay sometime as they had set up a pig roast.”

Local resident Ruth Griffiths, who regularly walks down to the bay, said: “There have always been a few people camping down there on and off over the summer and no one minded as long as they left nothing behind, but now they turn up in campervans and stay for months and then leave so much rubbish behind. It is absolutely horrendous.”

The road down to the bay is used regularly by Welsh Water as they need access to a reservoir pumping station in the bay and the lane is classified as a Byway Open to All Traffic (BOAT).

Mr Hart added: “As I understand it, this means that it is difficult to restrict vehicle access but I have asked the Trust to erect some “no camping” signs and for them to police the ban.

“This was one of the most beautiful and unspoilt bays in south west Wales and what is happening down there is a terrible shame.”

Carmarthenshire County Council confirmed that clearing the site and policing any campers would be the responsibility of the National Trust, which owns the land.

A spokesman for the National Trust said: “We’re grateful to Mr Hart for raising this matter with us and the local media. Unfortunately, we have an ongoing problem at the area where a small group of people acting illegally are spoiling the enjoyment of the area for the majority.

“Ragwen Point is a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) and indeed the bay was used by Allied Forces preparing for the Normandy landings, evidence of the structures used then can still be seen.

“We do have regular litter picks and beach cleans in the area – particularly during the height of the summer season – but we do ask visitors to be socially responsible and take litter home with them. We appreciated any assistance we can get from MPs, councillors and the media in getting that message across.

“However, illegal flytipping and camping is a more challenging problem for us and the community. We are having conversations with other partners in the area about setting up lockable barriers that would prevent flytippers and illegal campers getting to the site but allow other users to continue enjoying the beauty and remoteness of Morfa Bychan/Ragwen.”

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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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