A man was caught dropping a cigarette end at Dafen Pond and fined £75, the County Council report.
A fixed penalty notices was issued by council environmental enforcement officers who were on a routine patrol at the time of the offence. Failure to pay could result in prosecution in court and a fine of up to £2,500.
According to Keep Wales Tidy, discarded cigarette ends make up the largest proportion of Wales’s litter and are found on over 90% of the streets in Wales. Cigarette ends are made from cellulose acetate which can take up to twelve years to break down. They can contaminate water supplies because they contain toxic chemicals, such as cadmium, lead and zinc which leach into the soil and waterways when the butts break down.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “Dropping litter is against the law, whether it is discarding rubbish from a vehicle, throwing cigarette ends or spitting out chewing gum.
“Our enforcement officers carry out regular patrols across the county and we will not hesitate to fine anyone we see dropping litter.”
Figures show that 83% of litter found on county streets is smoking-related. Cigarette ends are very difficult and costly for the council to clean up as they fall into grates and cracks in the pavement and cannot be removed by normal cleaning methods.
“We are determined to clean up Carmarthenshire for both residents and visitors,” added Cllr Jones.
Keep Wales Tidy suggests that "there are designated cigarette bins in all towns and cities, but if you can’t find one you can always stub out your fag (making sure that it’s properly extinguished, of course!) and put it in a normal bin".
Ynystawe win close finish
Ynystawe travelled to Dafen Park on Saturday with both teams searching for their best form and both contributed to a tense low-scoring affair. Ynystawe won the toss and asked Dafen to bat, a high risk decision as the wicket had been helpful to the bowlers lster in the day of late.
But first Dafen had to post a competitive total, something of a challenge recently. Matthew Evans and Nick Davies slowly settled early nerves with an opening stand of 33 before first Davies (22) and then Evans fell in quick succession. Dafydd Nicholas, Jamie Mansel and Gareth Hughes all chipped in with further twenty-odds without dominating as Ynystawe's spinners found help and scoring was never easy. The innings closed on 147 all out with Carl Roberts taking 3-40 and Andrew Beasley 3-37.
After a hearty tea Ynystawe set about their task, and found it no easier. The ever straight Andrew Rowlands claimed to early wickets, LBW both, including the prolific Ynystawe captain Beasley. Rowan Evans, 35, with first Gareth Bishop and then Ceri Palmer (23) moved the score onwards before being bowled by Chris Hudson and it was 77-4 after 32 overs. 71 needed from 18 overs with 6 wickets in hand and the spinners seeking to exert some control.
Carl Roberts was to play the innings of the day taking the game forward with some help from Sion Jones. Slowly the game slipped from Dafen's grasp as it became 139 for 5 in the 45th over: 9 to win, 5 overs left and 5 wickets inhand. But there was another twist, 4 wickets fell. Three to Aamir Ikram's leg spin and one to Phil George.
The last over dawned with 7 runs required and 9 wickets down. Crucially Roberts was on strike as George strode up to bowl the final over. Roberts prevailed smiting 2 boundaries to take Ynystawe to victory with one ball left.
Dafen will be downhearted and Ynystawe delighted, next week sees Dafen travel to Maesteg Celtic, looking for a second win of the season.
The Club are pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Davies as 1st Team Manager. Mark has vast experience in the game in a career which started at Swansea & included spells at Llanelli & Garden Village. He has captained Dafen for 2 seasons & last season lifted the West Wales Intermediate Cup at the Liberty Stadium. Mark takes over from John Frater & Brian Bowen, who are both stepping down. John will continue as a hard working committeeman while Brian will revert to playing on a regular basis. The Club would like to thank both John & Brian for their services over the last 3 seasons which included our first major honours for a number of years. John & Brian will still be playing an active part in the Club.
by Paul Clement.
Flying Start investment to provide free childcare for over 700 more families in Carmarthenshire
Over 700 more families in Carmarthenshire are to benefit from an expansion of the Flying Start programme.
Thanks to a Welsh Government grant, the programme will almost double in size over the next two years.
It will extend to nine new communities in parts of Pantyffynon, Burry Port, Carmarthen town north, Dafen, Garnant, Glanamman, Pwll, Pembrey and Trimsaran.
The funding, totalling £1,789,5000 over three years will pay for seven capital schemes to create childcare venues, plus a small office for the multi-agency team.
It will pay to create or adapt venues for childcare, to offer a free service for two to three year olds living in identified areas.
Childcare will be available for up to 42 weeks for two and a half hours per day, for five days per week.
Currently, three capital projects are nearing completion, at Myrddin, Richmond Park and Pwll primary schools for classroom refurbishment to host the childcare service.
Flying Start aims to have these playgroups operational by early autumn. The refurbishments include adapting classrooms for a range of learning opportunities, flooring suitable for wet and messy play, carpeted area for quiet time and reading, a milk kitchen to provide snacks and suitable toileting facilities for toddlers and those still in nappies.
The setting will also be fully furnished with resources and furniture suitable for pre-school children.
A high standard of outdoor play provision will be incorporated into the scheme, allowing childcare leaders and staff to plan activities aligned to the Foundation Phase learning outcomes, part of which is learning within an outdoor environment.
Four more capital grant funded schemes are set to develop over the next two years, creating new venues to provide Flying Start services.
Carmarthenshire’s education executive board member Cllr Keith Davies said: “The benefits of this investment include creating sufficient childcare provision to meet known demand within these newly expanded Flying Start areas, ultimately aiming to support pre-school childrens’ learning and development in order to be ready for school.
“Carmarthenshire Flying Start is very fortunate to have such a significant investment from the Welsh Government and we are eager to offer these high quality newly refurbished venues to more children across the county from this autumn.”
For more information on Flying Start contact Nia McIntosh or Liz Wilson on 01554 742447.
-Carmarthenshire County Council
Bouncing back from the awful defeat to Neath in the league the day before a youthful Dafen beat Llangennech on Sunday in the first round game in the Welsh Cup.
As part of its commitment to help reduce crimes in the elderly and vulnerable community, Dyfed-Powys Police is warning people to be aware of a variety of sophisticated scams.
The incidents range from telephone scams where fraudsters claim to be calling from organisations which can repair, or remove any unwanted and corrupted files on their computer. They may claim to be from the Tax office, or Ministry of Justice and offering opportunities of cash rebates. Or they may even purport to be charitable organisations collecting money for good causes.
This type of offence can easily deceive vulnerable people and have a devastating impact on their lifestyle and confidence.
“You should never provide security or card details over the phone,” said Sergeant Malcolm James. “And never give out your bank details.
“We recently had an incident where an elderly person did this and lost a lot of money as a result.
“I urge people to reject any engagement with cold-callers and not to fall victim of this offence. Tracking these criminals is extremely challenging as the majority operate overseas. The main target audience for the campaign are people over 65-years-old as records show they are generally the most vulnerable.
“if you receive any calls you think are suspicious please call us on 101. And remember you can also report any fraud or internet crime please at www.actionfraud.police.uk “
Carmarthenshire’s Community Safety Partnership’s collaborative approach to tackling anti-social behaviour is showing results.
The number of ASB interventions – including warning letters, consideration of voluntary Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) and the signing of ABCs - during the year was 616. This is an increase of 12 per cent on 2011/12.
Community Safety Manager Kate Thomas said: “There does not seem to be any pattern giving a reason for the increase, but we have, in partnership with the police and other partner agencies, tried to increase levels of awareness of the process of tackling ASB and have encouraged the reporting of ASB. There are also more Police Community Support Officers in place this year which is likely to have impacted as more officers are now referring in to the council for warning letters to be sent.”
The success of the staged approach continues to be demonstrated. Of the 616 letters and ABCs issued, 540 were first stage warning letters which resulted in no further reports of anti-social behaviour, giving an 87.6 per cent success rate in the use of these letters. In addition, both of the ABCs issued during the year were successful with no breaches of the conditions contained within them.
Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Christopher Salmon said: “Anti-social behaviour has no place in our local communities. I applaud the partnership’s work on the issue and urge the public to report any concerns they have to a PCSO.”
- Carmarthenshire County Council
Parents in Carmarthenshire could now be asked to agree and sign a Parenting Contract.
The contracts try and find a common ground upon which parents can work in order to reduce their child's chances of re-offending.
The purpose of a Parenting Contract is to ensure that a child or children under an Acceptable Behaviour Contract is supervised correctly and that the parents are upholding their end of the agreement which is to ensure that their children cannot and do not commit any further acts of anti-social behaviour. Parents would also be offered parenting support to help them to do this.
The procedure for issuing Parenting Contracts is between ASB co-ordinator Michelle Langshaw and the Youth Offending and Prevention Service (YOPS).
-Carmarthenshire County Council.
A study has found that brisk walking reduces the risk of heart disease more effectively than running when the energy expenditure of both activities is balanced out. (More). Try a long walk along the old St. David's Branch Line which includes a long and gentle incline that will excersise your heart and help you stay healthy.
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It's coming up to eight weeks since drinking in public places was banned across much of Llanelli town centre in a move to tackle alcohol-related anti-social behaviour and disorder. With Dafen's past experiences of anti-social drinking, particularly in the Dafen Park and Pond areas, as well as street drinking outside some pubs the in summer months, we ask the question 'Would Dafen benefit from from a Designated Public Place Order too?'
Carmarthenshire council's first Designated Public Place Order (DPPO), covering an area including Elli, Tyisha and Glanymor, was approved by the county council after it was shown there was support for a DPPO to be used to supplement other police powers to tackle anti-social alcohol related drinking and disorder in public areas. DPPOs give police the power to stop someone drinking alcohol in a public place or confiscate it if the person is judged to be behaving - or likely to behave - anti-socially. Although it is not an offence to drink alcohol in a designated area, police have the power to tell people not to, and to order them to surrender alcohol. Failure to comply, without reasonable excuse, is an arrestable offence which could result in a fine of up to £500.
One possible consequence of enforcing this current DPPO in Llanelli is the displacement of street drinking to neighbouring areas. Although it is too soon to say, this could mean an increase in problems for neighbouring areas such as Dafen.
Dafen already has its share of alcohol-related anti-social behaviour. A difficult problem which has been an ongoing priority for our local police team. Some of this relates to young people being drawn to particular areas of Dafen to experiment with alcohol and let off steam. Some of it relates to the litter of alcohol cans and bottles that are left behind (from drinkers of all ages). A DPPO for Dafen could give our police further powers to tackle these issues.
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