2 for 1 at Dafen Park!
Burrowing animals and underfunded maintenance are wreaking havoc on a Dafen Park soccer pitch. The pitch, which is located behind the Community Hall and Cricket Club, is the home ground used by Dafen AFC Senior soccer team and is an important facility for providing sport in the community. Holes have been appearing across the pitch over the last couple of months and leaving it in a terrible condition, and although efforts have been made to refill the holes, the animals are returning at night to clear the holes and reclaim their territory. In addition, the general poor condition of the pitch has not been able to recover from the previous season.
With cutbacks to Council spending, the Club is having to pay for running repairs to the pitch in the hope that it will be in a safe and playable condition for the new season, but with £250 being spent on re-turfing a small area around one of the goal-mouths alone, the club is beginning to wonder how long it can afford to do so. A spokesman for Dafen Welfare AFC said that the club was working hard to protect and foster the sport in the community, but is appealing for more help .
The number of fines issued for dog fouling in Carmarthenshire have almost doubled.
Council environmental enforcement officer issued 63 fixed penalty notices for £75 during 2012/13, compared to 32 the previous year.
The increase is the result of targeted patrols and more information from the public on hotspot areas and offenders.
Dog fouling is a major concern for the public and is a top priority for the council which pledged to get tough on dog fouling as well as litter following the 2012 elections.
The ‘Dog Watch’ scheme, launched last year encouraged residents to report incidents so that officers could target areas accordingly.
A total of 542 dog fouling complaints were received – 243 in the Llanelli area, 170 in Carmarthen and 129 to the Glanaman depot.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “Dog mess is a real blight on the local environment. Not only is it extremely unpleasant if you step in it, but the eggs found in dog faeces can carry toxocariasis which if passed to humans can cause all sorts of health problems, including blindness.
“That’s why picking up after your dog is so important. The eggs do not become infectious for at least two to three weeks, so it’s safe to clean it up straight away when walking your dog.”
Figures show that dog mess is found on about 14% of streets and 57% of parks and open spaces in Wales.
Anyone caught failing to clean up after their dog in a public place can be issued with a fixed penalty notice for £75 or prosecuted in court where the maximum fine is £1,000.
Cllr Jones added: “We don’t want to fine people, but if they fail to take notice of our warnings then we have no choice.
“I would encourage the public to keep on reporting incidents to us as officers can then use that information to target specific areas at specific times. If the message gets out that the general public can take direct action to report offences, dog owners are far more likely to behave responsibly.”
To report dog fouling in your area visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/dogfouling or call Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567.
A Llanelli fitness centre has been fined by the courts for a fly-posting offence.
Robert Davies Health & Fitness Centre which is based on the Dafen Industrial Estate has been fined £105 and ordered to pay £194.15 prosecution costs and a £20 victim surcharge by Carmarthen magistrates.
Michael John Davies pleaded guilty on behalf of the company to an offence contrary to Section 224 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.
The court heard that on November 28 last year council environmental enforcement officers saw a large banner attached to the railings at the crossroads at the Halfway traffic lights. The banner was approximately 14ft x4ft and advertised Robert Davies Health & Fitness Centre.
Mr Davies, the owner, had previously been issued with a fixed penalty notice of £75 for a similar offence just a few months earlier in May 2012.
The company was prosecuted in court as a result.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “Fly-posting is displaying adverts and other promotional materials without permission, for example, on buildings, lampposts, railings and litter bins, mainly by business that want free advertising.
“Not only do they make an area look untidy but if not removed the posters slowly rot, becoming even more unsightly and causing litter. They also have the potential to distract motorists causing road traffic collisions.”
For further information on the council’s fly-posting policy visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk or contact Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567. Leaflets are also available in the council’s customer service centres.
Faulty electric blankets can cause deadly fires. Approximately 20 people are killed and 250 are injured every year in fires caused by electric blankets. The most common reason blankets fail is due to their age, when faults are more likely to develop in the wiring. They can also fail as older blankets don't have an overheat protection system, which are now found in the newer blankets.
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service's Carmarthenshire Community Safety team is holding Electric Blanket testing sessions at Llanelli Fire Station on September 9th. It is doing the same at ten other fire stations throughout the county during August and September. You can take your blankets along to have a free electrical safety test carried out - no appointment is necessary. Testing will be between 10.00 am and 2.00 pm.
Once the test is complete, customers are advised whether their blanket is safe to continue using. If your blanket is deemed to be unsafe, all faulty Electric Blankets will be replaced free of charge following a Home Fire Safety Check by the Fire Service.
By following these simple rules, people can help to keep themselves safe while keeping warm this winter:
. Always buy new - second hand electric blankets may not be safe.
. To ensure your electric blanket is still safe to use, have it checked by an expert at least every three years- or as recommended by the manufacturer.
. If an electric blanket is more than 10 years old, consider throwing it away and buy a new one.
. Always read the manufacturer's instructions carefully and follow them.
. Never use an electric blanket with scorch marks or exposed elements.
. Never use an electric blanket if it is wet or creased and do not switch it on to dry it out.
. Never use a hot water bottle and an electric blanket together in the same bed.
. Check the plug and cord for any signs of wear or damage.
. Make sure the power is turned off at the wall and the electric blanket is unplugged if not in use.
. Never use the electric blanket folded - always spread it out fully.
. Keep the electric blanket stored carefully over the summer months - refer to the manufacturer's instructions on how best to do this.
. Some electric blankets are designed not to be washed - always check the manufacturer's instructions.
Police officers are reminding home owners of the importance in securing their ground floor windows and doors during the hot weather.
Statistics from 2011-2012 show that there was an increase in burglaries of homes during summer months.
In Llanelli Town and Rural areas for example there were 13 burglaries during July and August of last year, six of which saw entry gained via an insecure door or window.
“The main point of entry for burglars during this time was through insecure doors and windows,” said Detective Sergeant Richard Davies. “We all know how warm it is at the moment, but I would urge people not to leave ground floor, and in some cases, first floor windows open when premises are unoccupied.
“It’s also worth reminding people that we do see an increase in shed thefts at this time of year also. And again I would ask that people remember to lock up their outbuildings at the end of the day.”
Further crime prevention advice can be found www.dyfed-powys.police.uk or by downloading our smartphone app which is available from the apple store of google play.
THE Carmarthenshire Community Safety Partnership is asking people and businesses to think about their neighbours when making the most of the sunshine and enjoying their gardens and other open spaces.
The partnership is keen to make people more aware of how unwanted noise, smells from BBQs’ and people smoking outdoors might affect those living around them, and to consider those who want to enjoy a little peace and quiet.
Every summer, the council and police – both CSP partners – experience an increase in complaints from outdoor parties or people acting irresponsibly after a few drinks.
Executive Board Member of the Community Safety Partnership, Cllr Pam Palmer, said: “Whilst we don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun, we are just asking for people to be considerate to neighbours and communities – especially as people often sleep with their windows ajar at night during the warmest weather.
“Unwanted noise, cooking odours and cigarette smoke can be a nuisance and really disturb people who are having difficulty in coping with the warm weather.
“And sometimes a neighbour making a simple request for quiet can escalate in to an anti-social behaviour incident.
“We want to avoid any incidences by just making a simple, polite request, for people to be good neighbours and to think about others in their locality.”
For further information and advice about nuisances and anti-social behaviour, visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk or call 01267 234567 and ask to speak to the Public Protection department.
Neath came to Dafen Park on Saturday, comfortable at the top of the league while Dafen continued to struggle nearer the bottom.
Given the blazing weather is was no surprise to see a dry and dusty wicket, Matthew Evans won the toss for Dafen and batted first. There were a few players unavailable and a few changes to Dafen's team. Rob Jones opening with Matthew Evans being one of them. And it proved to be a steady partnership, Jones departing for 10 with the score on 43. After a couple of quick wickets Evans (54) rebuilt with Chris Randell (31) but calamity struck in mid innings as the Neath spinners started to find their length; 109 for 3 became 113 for 7. Despite a modest recovery Dafen closed on135 all out. Joe Parkhouse 5-21 and Nathan Aubrey 3-34.
Not all was misery over the tea table, the wicket was giving increasing help to the bowlers so all was not lost.
And so it proved afterwards. Though Gareth King struck 3 boundaries from the first over, it wasn't long before the age old virtues of line and length brought their rewards, Andrew Rowlands took three quick wickets and Evans one to leave Neath in a bit of a pickle at 44-4. But their young batting line up were equal to the task. Gethin King made 32 before Parkhouse and Kieron Bull took them home with an unbroken partnership of 58, helped by a now familiar clatter of dropped catches; some easy some hard.
So Neath remain top and Dafen 8th. Next week see Dafen travel to Ynystawe.
Taliesin - 21/07/2013
A number of changes are being made to bus services in and around Llanelli as First seeks to simplify the routes in and around the town and make the numbers of the buses easier to remember. In addition First is also altering some of the other services running to and from the town in a move designed to improve the overall punctuality and reliability of them. All the changes take effect from 21 July.
The changes mean that some bus numbers will change, but to support people in getting used to this First has produced a new guide to Llanelli town services, which incorporates a map and clear descriptions showing which bus service now goes where. These are available to pick up from the bus depot in Llanelli, from drivers and from the bus station in Swansea already.
Talking about the changes, Owen Williams Area Business Manager says: "We are making a number of changes to our services in and around Llanelli in a bid to simplify them and make it easier for customers to remember all the numbers. From 21 July well have five Llanelli town services which will be numbered from one to five to make it really simple. In addition well have a number of other services connecting the town with other key places such as Swansea and Carmarthen.
"We know that change can sometimes take a while to get used to, but on the whole what is happening here is a positive thing, and it is intended to make using the bus simpler, and encourage more people to use public transport. As an example of one of the many positive things happening, customers have been asking for a long time to create better links to and from Parc Trostre and so in changing Services L4 and 111, we have made this possible.
"We hope that customers will embrace the changes. To assist people in getting used to them well be stationing some of our local supervisors in Llanelli Bus Station help answer any questions people may have.
Specific changes from Sunday 21 July
Services 173, 181 and 182 will no longer exist, but instead they these services will be replaced by the following new ones:
Service L1 (Llanelli - Morfa - Penyfan - Llanelli): This service will leave Llanelli Bus Station every half hour travelling in either a clockwise or anti clockwise direction. Buses will travel operate via Seaside, Morfa, Penyfan, Parc Trostre and Parc Pemberton. The changes being made mean that the L1 service is unable to operate via Heol Elli, Marblehall Road, Alban Road or Glenalla Road.
Service L2 (Llanelli - Prince Phillip Hospital - Swiss Valley - Llanelli): The L2 is the new number for the Llanelli town service linking the bus station with Prince Phillip Hospital and Swiss Valley. The route that the bus takes will be the same as was previously done by Service 182, so outside of the number change customers should notice very little difference. The timetable will remain similar too however to address some concerns over the punctuality and reliability of buses using the route, some additional time has been added to make sure buses arrive when they are scheduled to do so. People who previously used Service 182 are advised to get hold of the new timetable to ensure they understand the impact of what is happening on them.
Service L3 (Llanelli - Swiss Valley - Llanelli): The L3 is the new number for the service linking the bus station with Swiss Valley. The route that the bus takes between Llanelli town centre and Swiss Valley will be similar to that previously done by Service 181.
Service L4 (Llanelli - Brynawelon - Llanelli via Prince Philip Hospital, Parc Pemberton, Parc Trostre & Penyfan): Service L4 is the new number for what was Service 173 between Llanelli and Brynawelon. From 21 July buses will operate between these points running once an hour and travelling alternately in a clockwise / anticlockwise loop. Specifically buses will serve the following places: Capel Road, Prince Philip Hospital, Dafen, Bryncoch, Brynawelon, Trallwm Road, Penygraig, Llwynhendy, Parc Pemberton, Parc Trostre, Penyfan and Bigyn Hill. Notably buses will no longer serve the Gors Fach area as they have been struggling to get through this area safely however people living in Penygraig will find they have direct access to the service for the first time.
Service L5 (Llanelli - Burry Port - Llanelli via Pwll): Service L5 is the new number for what was Service 173 between Burry Port and Llanelli. From 21 July buses on this route will run hourly starting and terminating at the Bus Station in Llanelli. Customers wishing to travel onwards from the bus station to Prince Philip Hospital or Parc Trostre for instance, will still be able to do so as the vehicle operating the route will, on most occasions, continue onto these places having changed to be a Service L4 bus at the bus station. Through tickets will be available.
Service X11 / X12 (Swansea - Llanelli - Carmarthen): The timetable of this service is changing with all journeys renumbered as Service X11. Service X12 will cease to exist but customers should note that most journeys are retained, just re-numbered. In addition the route that Service X11 buses take is changing slightly. From 21 July buses will not serve Parc Pemberton, Llansaint or Ferryside. These changes are being made to improve the overall punctuality and reliability of the service. Customers should note that other buses will continue to serve these places so it will still be possible to travel to them.
Service110 (Llanelli - Swansea via Gorseinon), Service 111 (Kidwelly - Swansea via Llanelli & Gorseinon) and Service 112 (Swansea - Llanelli via Gorseinon): Some changes are being made to the buses operating in and around Penygraig (which will be served using service L4 Monday - Friday and Service 111on Sundays) with Service 112 withdrawn. Specifically Service 110 is being altered slightly to operate via Lower Loughnor, Bynea, Llwynhendy and Halfway rather than the Ynyslas and Brynllwchwr Estates. This change means that people living in these estates will need to walk to the stops on the main road to pick up the service.
Service 111 is also being altered slightly to miss out the Ynyslas and Brynllwchwr Estates and instead operate via Upper Loughor, the bypass, Parc Pemberton, Parc Trostre and Llanelli. This change means that from the 21 July people will have direct access to the retail parks and that the overall journey time between Kidwelly - Swansea will be slightly quicker. Notably people living in the housing estates will be able to pick up the services easily from the stops on the main road. Notably there is no change to Service 111 journeys made on Sundays.
Services 400 (Swansea - Llanelli via Gowerton, Gorseinon, Gorseinon Hospital, Pontarddulais & Prince Phillip Hospital) and 404 (Swansea - Llanelli via Gowerton, Gorseinon, Pontarddulais & Prince Phillip Hospital): The timetables of these two services are changing slightly to reflect that from 21 July they will operate out of Firsts Ravenhill depot rather than its Llanelli one. The changes are minor, but customers are still advised to get hold of the new timetable to ensure that they understand what is happening and how it may impact on them.
The new timetables can be downloaded from the links below.
Service L1, L2, L3 & L4 Timetables (PDF - 48.03 KB)
Service 110, 111 Timetable Monday to Friday (PDF - 106.26 KB)
Service 110, 111 Timetable Saturdays (PDF - 51.79 KB)
Service 111 Timetable Sundays (PDF - 94.85 KB)
Service 111 Timetable Bank Holidays (PDF - 101.59 KB)
Service X11 Timetable (PDF - 45.83 KB)
Service 400, 404 Timetable Monday to Friday (PDF - 55.02 KB)
Service 404 Timetable Sundays (PDF - 87.84 KB)
Service L5 Timetable (PDF - 86.21 KB)
Dafydd Nicholas drives Paul Harris
Dafen welcomed Cowbridge to the park on Saturday, another in a series of important games for all teams as the jostling for relegation continues. In the game earlier this season, Dafen had dismissed Cowbridge for little over 50 and then themselves were bowled out for less, so a run fest seemed unlikely.
The wicket was hard and dry and was an invitation to a captain willing the toss to bat first, so it proved as Cowbridge won the toss. Dafen were a team struggling with fitness concerns; Rowlands was not playing because of a sore knee, Hudson was recovering from a shoulder injury, George had a hamstring niggle and Dawes was due to play his first game since the same game in the first half of the season when he tore his hamstring and had not played since.
So it was seam from Matthew Evans at one end and spin from Hudson at the other that confronted opening batsmen Tom Merilaht and Sam Wood. It was steady as she goes from them with 21 from the first 10 overs, Wood was dropped in the deep, but was taken with a fine tumbling catch by George from Evans soon after. Then came the main stand of the innings as Paul Harris joined Merilaht and put on a century partnership, with both care and some firm shots. As they eased to 157 for 1 with 12 overs to go, 250 seemed possible.
Hudson returned for a second spell an immediately dismissed Merilaht caught and bowled, the scoring rate slowed and Dafen hoped for a clatter of late wickets and restricting Cowbridge to less than 200. Some late hitting carried them to 218 for 5, Dafen were left to rue 6 dropped catches of varying difficulty that allowed the score to escalate and bowling points to slip through their fingers.
In reply things went well for Dafen, Evans and Nicky Davies made briskish progress reaching 75 for no wicket after 20 overs, so 144 from 30 overs with 10 wickets in hand seemed a favourable equation. But from there a turgidity settled on the scoring and only 18 runs came from the next twelve overs as the bowlers and Harri Collier in particular turned the screws; two wickets fell making it a tougher task. The new batsmen did not cope with the slow pitch and its mischievous turn. The run rate gradually increased as wickets tumbled, 123 for 2 became 133 for 6 and the game was up, only safety from defeat, batting and draw points remained.
The final drama was George being bowled to make it 9 wickets down with only four balls remaining, Dan Vaughan played them with calm certainty to leave the game drawn, with Cowbridge very much in the ascendant.
Next week Neath visit the park.
Taliesin - 14/07/2013
Carmarthenshire Citizens' Panel The Carmarthenshire Citizens’ Panel was established in 2001 and is a joint initiative between Dyfed-Powys Police, Carmarthenshire County Council and Hywel Dda Health Board. The Panel is a representative group of approx 1,000 people living in the County of Carmarthenshire who have agreed to offer their views and opinions on services delivered by the partners.
Why do we need a Citizens’ Panel? The partner organisations need to find out what local people think about their services. If each one did this separately it would prove very costly and would mean that residents would be asked their views again and again. Each of the partners contribute to the costs of the Panels, making it a more cost effective and efficient way for them to hear your views and opinions.
What do Panel members have to do? Panel members are asked to complete 3 postal questionnaires a year about the services delivered by the partners and responses are used to help influence the planning of local services, how they are provided and issues such as how the partners communicate with local people. Because the Panel is broadly representative of each county, we can gauge the opinions of residents in each geographical area as well as throughout the County.
Results - How is the information used? After each consultation exercise, members’ replies are analysed and full reports are sent to each of the partner organisations. We condense these findings into newsletters, which all members receive and also update you on actions taken by the partners or let members know how the information has or will be used.
View the Carmarthenshire Citizens' Panel’s latest newsletter involving the Council, Police and Health Board here: http://bit.ly/14D5YZF
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