A new website has revealed how Dafen ranks for potentially fatal conditions, including cancer and heart disease, when compared to national averages.
According to the Environmental Health Atlas for England and Wales, a new online tool developed by the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) based at Imperial College London, women living in the Dafen census ward statistically have the lowest risk levels for heart disease in Carmarthenshire – and among the lowest in Wales – when compared to averages across England and Wales. And in the same category, men in Dafen have a relative risk which is average. The relative risk for kidney disease for both men and women in Dafen is average, while the relative risk is below average for lung cancer. However the relative risk for some other types of cancer is above average.
The atlas provides interactive maps of geographical variations for a range of health conditions and environmental agents at a neighbourhood scale in England and Wales.
By inputting a postcode into the atlas, users can zoom into a neighbourhood and examine health and environmental maps for their local area. The maps have been developed as a resource for the public, researchers and anyone working in public health and policy to better understand the geographic distribution of health conditions in England and Wales. It also provides contextual information such as known risk factors for the health conditions and a summary of what is known about possible health effects associated with environmental agents mapped in the atlas including pollution, sunshine and pesticides. The maps provide information about risks and concentrations for areas, but risks and exposures for individuals living in those areas may differ.
To explore the maps visit: www.envhealthatlas.co.uk
Carmarthenshire County Council’s grounds maintenance team is asking people to do their bit to maintain safe and attractive areas for people to enjoy by using the public litter bins or taking their rubbish home with them.
There is particular concern about broken glass, which has been found littering several playing fields across the county in recent weeks.
They are also asking people to be vigilant and report any littering or fly-tipping in the hope of catching the culprits, as well as maintaining safe areas to play.
Assistant grounds maintenance manager Nicky French said: “Our staff carry out regular checks at all parks and playgrounds, but we do rely on people to be careful about any litter they generate – either placing it in the bins or taking it home to be disposed of or recycled.
“We also appreciate it when people report dangerous items, such as broken glass, as this helps us to keep parks and playgrounds safe for the enjoyment of everyone.”
The grounds maintenance team, part of the council’s Technical Services department, maintains 122 playgrounds and 19 urban parks, as well as water areas, and nurtures thousands of plants and flowers at town gateways to provide a colourful welcome for visitors.
Working with waste and recycling staff, all litter collected from parks and playgrounds is sorted, and where possible – recycled.
Cllr Colin Evans, executive board member for Technical Services, said: “We’re just asking people to be considerate of others, as well as the environment.”
Carmarthenshire County Council
Carmarthenshire County Council has reported that Bus Services throughout Carmarthenshire are about to be streamlined, with reduced frequencies and some loss of routes because of reduced funding.
From May 18th, of 30 routes affected, nine will be withdrawn, including Service L4 (Llanelli - Brynawelon - Llanelli via Prince Philip Hospital, Parc Pemberton, Parc Trostre & Penyfan).
County executive board member for transport services Cllr Colin Evans has pointed to a reduction in funding sources as the reason for "difficult decisions" being made by the local authority, along with commercial bus operators. He also indicated that the review had taken into account the usage of existing services and suggested that services that were poorly used were not sustainable.
Service L4 is operated commercially by First Cymru who has announced the withdrawal of Llanelli Town Services L3, L4 and L5 from May 18th.
Read more: County bus services trimmed by reduced funding (Carmarthenshire County Council website)
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