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BT talks held after local concerns



Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 14.54.47CONNECTING Carmarthenshire was the topic of discussion when local MP Jonathan Edwards met with representatives of BT, including new BT Cymru/Wales Director in Parliament this week.

Following the meeting, Mr Edwards said that his concerns had been upheld, but added that he was ‘encouraged’ by BT plans for the region.

Mr Edwards met with BT Cymru/ Wales Director, Alwen Williams and Head of the Superfast Cymru programme, Edward Hunt to discuss the availability of broadband throughout his Carmarthen East and Dinefwr constituency.

The Plaid Cymru MP said the catalyst for seeking the meeting was a rise in local residents raising complaints about their phone and internet services – concerns he put to the BT Director at the meeting.

Just over half (50.7%) of properties in Carmarthen East and Dinefwr have access to Superfast broadband – a figure which is set to raise to 90% by the end of the year. This compares to a county-wide availability of 67.7% of all Carmarthenshire properties.

Mr Edwards said his meeting concentrated on five key areas:

  • The current roll out timetable of the fibre broadband scheme;
  • The solutions available for those who will not be captured in the scheme;
  • The options available for business premises which need a dedicated super speed connection;
  • The opportunities fibre-enabled boxes bring for greater mobile phone coverage; and
  • The apparent high number of line faults locally and the delays they take to be repaired.

Speaking after the meeting Jonathan Edwards said his long-held concern regarding the slow pace of roll-out in rural areas was confirmed, but he was encouraged by current plans.

The Plaid Cymru MP hailed the potential of superfast rollout to significantly increase mobile phone signals across the county as mobile phone operators are able to utilise the superfast cabinets to provide greater coverage.

Jonathan Edwards MP said: “The catalyst for my meeting was to discuss the significant rise in local complaints I’ve received from residents and businesses who are experiencing lengthy delays in getting their phone lines reconnected after they’ve been cut off. I’m grateful that BT has committed to looking at these cases and how it can improve its communication with the affected customers.

“During the meeting I also received a full briefing on the roll out of superfast broadband. My longheld concerns on the glacial-pace of roll out in my constituency were confirmed, but I am encouraged with the plans for the rest of the year.

“More urban counties are ploughing ahead with superfast coverage – I expressed my urgency in wanting Carmarthenshire to catch up and not left at a disadvantage.

“It’s clear that a number of properties in rural areas will not be captured in the superfast scheme. I’m delighted that there are more options available to these properties, and I’ve pressed BT to ensure we explore those options now, in conjunction with superfast rollout, so that the every community is upgraded alongside each other.

“One of the most encouraging discussions was on the ability of mobile phone operators to use the upgraded fibre cabinets in order to deliver mobile phone signal solutions within a one mile radius of each box. Having already met with a number of the mobile phone giants, I am now seeking more information on their plans to take advantage of these technology options.

“Connecting Carmarthenshire is now very much on the national agenda, but I will not be satisfied until we can all benefit from increased connectivity.”

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Police launch public appeal following Carmarthenshire burglary



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a burglary at a property in Ponthenry.

People broke into a shed at a home in Victoria Road at around 8.30pm on Monday, 31 October, before leaving after spotting a CCTV camera.

They returned at around 10.15pm and again at around 10.55pm.

During their raids they tooka green Wolf motocross helmet with a full face with a peak and line green motocross goggles.

Officers are appealing for help to identify two people they would like to speak to over the incident.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at:, by emailing, 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: DPP/0756/01/11/2022/02/C. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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Morrisons Foundation supports children’s charity with grant for vital equipment



The Morrisons Foundation supports registered charities that make a positive difference. They recently awarded national children’s disability charity, Cerebra, based in Carmarthen, a grant of £11,109.

This will fund the creation of writing slopes through the Cerebra Innovation Centre, which is partnered with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and designs wonderful toys and equipment to help children living with a brain condition to learn and play.

The writing slopes are designed to help children who struggle with posture and fine motor skills. They also aid children with writing, drawing and hand control. Ross Head, Product Design Manager at the Cerebra Innovation Centre explains;

‘The slopes include a lovely wipe-clean surface for children to experiment with mark making, their own set of pens and a clever lid-free pen store to remove the challenge of removing lids for some children. We are so lucky to be able to do what we do and funding like this is so important to allow us to push boundaries and provide vital equipment that looks beautiful.’

At the start of 2022, the Cerebra Innovation Centre highlighted that they anticipated the need for an additional 20 writing slopes for children. Cerebra Fundraising Manager, James Hay then worked with the grants team at the Morrisons Foundation, who were delighted to support this project. David Scott, Morrisons Foundation Trustee said:

‘Cerebra is dedicated to helping families who have a child with a brain condition to discover a better life together, that’s why I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide this support. The specialised writing slopes will make a huge positive impact on children with sensory and mobility issues, providing a great opportunity to develop their skills, which will last a lifetime.’

Grants like this are a vital source of funding for Cerebra so that they are able to continue to support children living with a brain condition and their families who face challenges every day. The Cerebra Innovation Centre is one of the many support services provided by the charity that so many families have come to rely on. James Hay adds;

‘Thank you so much to the Morrisons Foundation for this generous grant! We are over the moon as we know how much this project will change young lives. These are particularly challenging times for charities and so this funding from Morrisons for the creation of 20 writing slopes is warmly welcomed.’

You can find out more about Cerebra and how they help children and families by visiting 

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White Ribbon campaign supported by Carmarthenshire County Council



CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL says it is again showing its support for the White Ribbon campaign, which takes place on Friday, November 25 and is followed by 16 Days of Action.

White Ribbon is the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls.

While domestic abuse affects both sexes, the largest number of violent incidents involve men against women. But ultimately male violence against women is everyone’s issue, not just women’s.

The council was awarded White Ribbon UK accredited status for the first time in 2018 and is continuing to work to tackle such violence.

White Ribbon flags will be flying at County Hall in Carmarthen and town halls in Llanelli and Ammanford on White Ribbon Day (Friday, November 25). County Hall will also be lit up on the evening to show support.

The council is working alongside partners to raise awareness of the campaign across the county – from sports clubs, joint visits with the Police to licensed premises, our leisure centres and libraries to bus stations.

With this year’s White Ribbon Day falling on the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup, there has never been a better time to come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls.

The council will be raising awareness of the campaign at special events including a Walking Football session at Amman Valley Leisure Centre on November 30 and at “An Evening with Sam Warburton” at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen on White Ribbon Day (November 25).

Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety, Cllr Philip Hughes, said: “It’s vital that we raise more awareness about domestic abuse so that anyone affected can get help and support from one of our local services.”

Support locally can be found at: Threshold (Llanelli) on 01554 752 422 or; Calan DVS (Ammanford) on 01269 597 474 or; Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Service on 01267 238 410 or and Goleudy on 0300 123 2996 or or call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or visit for free advice and support 24/7

For more information on the White Ribbon campaign visit

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