Dafen welcomed Tata Steel to the park on Sunday, with both sides seeking a win to advance their causes; Dafen to move out to the threat of relegation and Tata to move towards the top. The pitch was hard but had already been used this year and so when they won the toss Tata decided to bat first to make the most of the wicket.
And it was cat and mouse, an early wicket fell to Dafen skipper Matthew Evans and then Tata rebuilt to 57-3 before a mini-collapse and it was 67 for 4Evanse had taken a couple of wickets and Chris Hudson was keeping it tight. Tata rebuilt again, based around a careful 47 from Kelvin Bartle to make it 142-5, Bartle fell and the rest of the batsmen clawed their way to 183 all out. Evans, Phil George and Andrew Rowlands took three wickets each.
In reply disaster struck early for Dafen as Jon Randell fell for nought, before Nicky Davies and Dafydd Nicholas got stuck in. Nicholas scored freely before falling for 30, Davies followed for 26 and the innings subsided slowly and miserably thereafter to a close of 110 all out. Matthews Saker and Jones both taking 3 wickets.
Another disappointing day for Dafen and joy for Tata. Next week Dafen play Llangennech.
Taliesin - 29/06/2013
Following a notice published in the Western Mail on Thursday, Plaid Cymru's Llanelli Constituency Committee rushed out urgent flyers to Dafen Residents warning that they were going to 'Lose Dafen Park'. The flyer stated the party's belief that the notice confirmed that the County Council's Labour/Independent coalition was going to sell the park, and called on the community to take action over 'this deplorable development'.
Yesterday, following angry concerns from the community, Carmarthenshire County Council's Head of Corporate Property, Jonathan Fearn responded to Dafen Village Website to clarify the situation, writing that "the notice refers to “disposal”, not sale, and the Act requires us to notify the public of disposals by lease as well as the freehold sale of land defined as “open space”. In the case of Dafen Park the Council plans to lease a small area of the park to a Dafen Cricket Club to facilitate the drawing down of grants to install cricket nets and improve the sporting facilities at the Park. There is no proposal to sell any part of the park." (More).
While members of the community were relieved at this news, some were dismayed over having received the flyer in the first place.
In defence of the flyer and its interpretation of the notice, Plaid Cymru Llanelli today issued this response:
Re: Dafen Park
Following a notice published in the Western Mail yesterday, Plaid Cymru's Llanelli Constituency Committee rushed out urgent flyers to Dafen Residents warning that they were going to 'lose Dafen Park'.
The flyer stated the party's belief that the notice confirmed that the County Council's Labour/Independent coalition was going to sell the park, and called on the community to take action over 'this deplorable development'.
While this "Urgent News" began to raise anger within the community, a source close to Tegwen Devichand, Dafen's Labour county councillor who has represented the ward since 2001, said that this "was not true and that Dafen Park would never be sold". The councillor is said to be furious with the rumour and scaremongering and was meeting with the Chief Executive today to 'sort the rumour out'.
Carmarthenshire County Council's Head of Corporate Property, Jonathan Fearn responded to Dafen Website today and gave the following statement to clarify the situation:
"The notice refers to “disposal”, not sale, and the Act requires us to notify the public of disposals by lease as well as the freehold sale of land defined as “open space”.
"In the case of Dafen Park the Council plans to lease a small area of the park to a Dafen Cricket Club to facilitate the drawing down of grants to install cricket nets and improve the sporting facilities at the Park. There is no proposal to sell any part of the Park."
"I trust this clarifies the situation and would be grateful if your website can help in making this clear to the Dafen community."
Members of the community were angered when they received the flyers yesterday, and while some refused to accept the news, others began to speculate about Councillor Devichand's future. But as the truth begins to emerge today, the direction of the anger is now being turned to Plaid Cymru. One fan of the Dafen Village Website Facebook page asked, "Why have we had these posted through our doors?" and another said that she was disgusted at Plaid for "trying to fool" people into thinking that the park was being sold.
Dafen Website has asked Plaid Cymru for a statement on the matter.
29/06/2013: Read Plaid Cymru Llanelli's response
In January 2013 Carmarthenshire County Council invited landowners, developers, and any other interested parties to suggest sites for Gypsy and Traveller Accommodation with a view to consider their suitability for inclusion within the County Council's Local Development Plan. The evidence indicated that the need for a new site related only to the Llanelli area. As a result of that consultation exercise, three sites have been submitted for consideration.
The Council is now publishing these three sites for consultation purposes in order to provide the public and other interested parties with the opportunity to comment on the suitability of these sites for Gypsy and Traveller accommodation. The sites which have been submitted for consideration do not represent the Council’s proposed sites for development, and they should not be interpreted as a commitment by the Council that the sites will necessarily be taken forward into the LDP.
A consultation period will now run for six weeks on the three considered sites. Members of the public or any other interested parties will be able to comment on the suitability of the sites for Gypsy and traveller accommodation, until 4.30pm on August 9.
Representations can be made using the form below.
The representation forms should be sent either:
• In writing to The Forward Planning and Conservation Manager, Carmarthenshire County Council, 8 Spilman Street, Carmarthen, SA31 1JY
• or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Following a notice published in the Western Mail, Plaid Cymru have rushed out urgent flyers to Dafen Residents warning that they will lose Dafen Park.
The party states that the notice confirms that the County Council's Labour/Independent coalition is going to sell the park.
The council has yet to officially respond, but a source close to Tegwen Devichand, Dafen's Labour county councillor, says that this is not true and that Dafen Park will never be sold. The councillor is said to be furious and is meeting with the chief executive tomorrow to sort the rumour out. Latest Update: Council scotches rumours over Dafen Park Sale. 28/06/2013
Clydach visited Dafen this Saturday in a game in the tussle in the bottom half of the table. Rain (wrth gwrs) affected the game: the start was delayed and made the game one of 40 overs per side and at one end the rain had sneaked under the covers to leave a damp patch on a length at one end, otherwise the pitch was firm and true.
A couple of early wickets fell as Clydach batted first, having been invited by Dafen to do so. And slowish progress was made, a four here and a play and miss there. Steffan Davies biffed a couple of sixes and got the scoring going, but it fell to James Garland to really set things alight. Batting with Ieuan Davies (41) he made 96 from only 74 balls and smote 6 sixes before falling in the last over just short of a deserved century. After carefully making 102 after 30 overs, Clydach scored 126 from the last 10 overs to close on 228 for 6.
So, a chastened Dafen embarked on the chase after tea and themselves stuttered with two early wickets. The innings was built round 80 from Dafydd Nicholas from only 66 balls, having had some support the innings faltered when he was dismissed by Jo Farthing and Dafen settled for the draw on 191 for 8. Clydach moved up to 6th and Dafen drifted down to 8th.
Next week Dafen entertain Tata Steel.
Taliesin - 26/06/2013
In December, Bryngwyn's drum, bass and vocal groups performed in Carol Services at Prince Phillip Hospital and Ty Bryngwyn Hospice. They raised £350 for the Llanelli area childrens' bereavement support services through the 'Healthy Sounds Scheme' operated by the National Arts Council for Wales.
This week, Mrs D Thomas came in to school to accept the cheque, and gave a short assembly to Year 8 pupils on the work that the service carries out with young people in the community.
THE mum of tragic teen Jamie Phillips has called for Llanelli's North Dock to be completely closed up after another death at the site.
Read more: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/Mum-tragic-teen-Jamie-Phillips-calls-safety/story-19394914-detail/story.html#ixzz2XJEJUynV
DAFEN are the new leaders of the South Wales Cricket Association second XI championship after a rain-affected programme on the weekend.
Read more: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/wicket-win-takes-Dafen/story-19395019-detail/story.html#ixzz2XJCRSbr4
EIGHTEEN-year-old Dafen cyclist Ed Laverack climbed another significant rung of the cycling ladder last Thursday by finishing in the top 10 of the British Under-23 Time Trial Championship at Kilmarnock, Ayrshire.
Read more: http://www.thisissouthwales.co.uk/great-display-year-pro-ed/story-19395027-detail/story.html#ixzz2XJBVgpMR
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