The biggest under 17's party around will be back at the Play King in Dafen Industrial Estate next week with special guests including DJ and TV personality Lauren Pope.
'Bounce', the popular disco event was first held in July 2014 as an end of term disco and was joined by reality TV star Joey Essex. Lauren Pope, who visits in September, has also appeared in the ITV2 reality series (The Only Way Is Essex) and has a career as a glamour model, DJ, music producer and entrepreneur.
The event will feature live acts, four DJ'S, and a separate roller disco area.
Dafen's Dundee FC goal keeper Kyle Letheren will soon be rubbing shoulders with the the likes of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey after earning his first senior call-up for Wales.
National coach Chris Coleman has named the 26-year-old in his squad for Wales' opening Euro 2016 qualifying clash in Andorra next month.
Letheren has been making a big impression in Scotland, helping Dundee win the Scottish Premier League title last season, and their promotion to the top flight. He was also awarded the trophy for Player of the Year at the club, voted by Dundee FC supporters. The 26, started his career as a youth player with Swansea City and represented his country Wales at under 21 level when only 17 years old.
A bumper crowd is expected this Sunday when Dafen Park holds its second annual Six-A-Side Charity Cricket Tournament, hosted by Dafen Welfare Cricket Club.
Last years champions The Scarlets will be returning to defend their title and will bring a second team of Scarlets to the competition which promises to be every bit as lively and exciting as last years event. Scarlets players will include Rhys Priestland, Regan King, Jake Ball, Liam Williams and the Shingler brothers!
As well as the Scarlets and two teams from Dafen, there will also be a big welcome to Llangennech, Felinfoel, and Llanelli Cricket Clubs who will return to play a huge part in making the event a success and a day to remember.
This year the tournament will raise money for #TeamDan, the fundraising campaign that was set up to support the cancer battle of former Scarlets player Dan Rogers and also for Dafen Cricket Club's junior section. In 2013 the event raised £1,800 for The University of Wales Hospital's intensive care and haematology units (Cardiff), where Dan underwent treatment.
To add the carnival atmosphere of the day there will be a barbecue, stalls, bouncy castle, and live music. A day for everyone to enjoy. So come along and have a great day out and help contribute to a good cause.
A charitable admission fee will be collected at the parks entrances. £2.00 for adults and £1.00 for 11-16 year olds. There will be no charge for children under eleven.
Work will be carried out in Felinfoel and Dafen over the coming months through Dŵr Cymru's £15 million investment in the Llanelli area as part of a new and innovative scheme to manage surface water. The scheme, known as RainScape, will reduce the amount of rainwater which flows into local public drainage systems, therefore reducing the risk of flooding.
In Felinfoel, the work includes installing a combined sewer pipe to improve the existing sewer system and wider network, and a new "storm" sewer will separate and remove surface water from the existing sewer system. Work will also be carried out on the grounds of Bryngwyn School and Prince Phillip Hospital to improve the condition of the existing sewer and reduce the risk of blockages.
Work will begin on 25th of August and will be completed by the end of February 2015. There will be no impact on water or wastewater services. Roads will remain open, but temporary traffic lights may be in place.
Other Rainscape projects in Llanelli.
Families in Dafen are to benefit from an expansion of the Flying Start programme
thanks to a Welsh Government grant.
From this Autumn, Dafen, Ysgol y Bedol and Bynea primary schools will benefit from the investment which is a Welsh Government Early Years preventative programme. Felinfoel and Llwynhendy already have the programe in place.
Flying Start is aimed at families with children who are under four years of age and is targeted in some of the most deprived areas in Wales. The core elements of the Flying Start programme are:
Childcare will be available for up to 42 weeks for two and a half hours per day, for five days per week. For more information visit: http://www.carmarthenshirechildrenspartnership.org.uk/fly_e.htm
An Action Group set up to fight plans to create a waste recycling facility at Glyngwernen Quarry near Swiss Valley/Felinfoel has published a list of concerns and issues underlying its objections.
The quarry, located at Llethri Road (past GEStamp/Camfords),near the gradient known locally as "Devil’s Hill" is subject to a planning application for the 'CONSTRUCTION OF AN INERT WASTE RECYCLING FACILITY AND ASSOCIATED WORKS'. The aims are to recycle aggregate materials from construction and demolition waste.
A number of issues have been outlined by the group, ranging from traffic concerns, to water run off, noise pollution, and dust. Among these is a concern that there is no reliable way of identifying asbestos or other contaminants mixed amongst tons of aggregate from a demolition site before going into the crusher and becoming airborne. Another of the concerns is the water risk associated with the construction and operation of the site, related to the release of hydrocarbons (oil/petrol)and other contaminants adversely discharging in to the existing surface water drainage network and into the River Dafen.
The full document detailing health and loss of local amenity worries can be found Here.
The Rural Council has also submitted objections to the plans. The planning application is now in the consultation phase and objections can be raised until the 14th August.
Seven people have been fined for dumping rubbish around recycling sites in Carmarthenshire.
Cameras were placed at two locations following problems with people not using the facilities in the correct way.
Rubbish was being dumped around the recycling bins instead of inside them, and businesses which should have had trade waste arrangements in place were using the sites to dispose of their rubbish.
Cameras were placed at the recycling site at Dafen Pond car park after concerns were raised at a Dafen Forum meeting.
Three people were issued with £75 fixed penalties after being seen on CCTV depositing waste around the site and not in the bins provided.
CCTV was also placed at the recycling site adjacent to the community hall in Heol Nant-y-Felin, Llanerch.
Footage showed two people illicitly tipping at the site and both were issued with £75 fines.
Environmental enforcement officers patrolling the Cross Hands Co-operative car park also issued two people with £75 fixed penalties for not disposing of their rubbish correctly at the site.
Executive board member for environmental enforcement Cllr Jim Jones said: “In addition to a comprehensive kerbside recycling service, Carmarthenshire County Council provides recycling bring banks to assist residents in recycling more of their waste.
“Unfortunately not all residents use these facilities in the correct manner, they are being abused by individuals and often businesses who should have trade waste arrangements in place.
“Due to an increased amount of waste being left around the recycling bins, the Environmental Enforcement team recently deployed CCTV at two council recycling sites, and patrolled at others.
“We would like to remind people that any waste placed around the bins is fly tipping, and this will not be tolerated.”
Carmarthenshire County Council
An 'information exchange day' will be held on Wednesday, August 13 at Dafen Park Rural Hall as part of a consultation on proposed charges for Carmarthenshire County Council sporting facilities.
The drop-in session will run from 3pm-7pm. People can either fill in a form and/or speak to staff. There will be officers present to provide support and guidance around options such as asset transfer, grant funding, grounds maintenance and any other issues.
The consultation follows a decision made by the council earlier this year to freeze proposed fee increases in the County until March 2015.
Carmarthenshire Unified Sports Committee, which was set up to fight the proposed charges, has urged local people to attend the meeting -- and similar meetings in other areas throughout the County -- to stand up against the proposed price hikes, which the Committee says are a threat to grass roots sports throughout the County.
CUSC Chairman Kevin Francis said, "We cannot achieve our goal of affordable sport for all if we don't get huge support on these dates. We now need the help of every sports person and their families in Carmarthenshire. It is vital that we get a strong presence at these meetings. This is our best and probably last chance to show a united and informed front."
CUSC is also arranging a public meeting for Monday September 8th at Steboneath Football Club. 6pm start. (Edited). and are inviting every Councillor, AM and MP in Carmarthenshire, along with every officer who has an input into this pitch fee debate.
"A huge amount of work has been done by CUSC up until this point. Please, please, please don't let it go to waste by non attendance. If we are weak in numbers and show a lack of interest this council will increase pitch fees to an unmanageable level. Remember how you felt when you first saw the figures. They will become a reality if you ignore this request to mobilise," said Mr Francis. "We need you to act now on behalf of your sport and your communitiy!"
In a press release Carmarthenshire County Council states, "With continued pressure on financial resources, the council is unable to continue subsidising clubs at the current level, and is seeking people’s views and suggestions towards finding a charging structure – or alternative options – that will help ensure these facilities can be enjoyed for generations to come.
All sporting clubs and organisations in the county – whether they are subsidised or support themselves – are being asked for their views, along with all town and community councils.
All ideas and suggestions made during the consultation will be considered, as well as a number of potential options, including an amended fee structure, a reduction in specification or frequency of maintenance in order to reduce costs, and asset transfer.
Following the consultation, a detailed report will be compiled and considered by members so that an informed decision can be made for 2015-16 and beyond."
Other dates/venues of information days are:
Monday, August 11: Newcastle Emlyn Leisure Centre
Tuesday, August 12: Ammanford Town Hall
Thursday, August 14: Llangadog Community Centre
Friday, August 15: St Clears Leisure Centre
Monday, August 18: Pontyberem Hall
Tuesday, August 19: Carmarthen Leisure Centre
Wednesday, August 20: Llanelli Leisure Centre
People are urged to make their views known as part of the wide ranging exercise, and responses will continue to be accepted until August 25, online at www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk, via Twitter or Facebook, by post or phone.
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