For all you Swans fans heading to the Liberty Stadium this Saturday for the Sunderland game, have a look out for a touch of Dafen on the pitch as our Girls U 14's will be welcoming the teams out as the official Guard of Honour. Hopefully it will be a good fun experience and the Swans will have a good win as well.
Not sure how a "C'mon You Bluebirds" announcement will go down before the game though!!
Posted on Dafen AFC website by Barry Armstrong.
The latest figures show an overall decline in the number of offences recorded involving mephedrone or meow meow across the entire county. The biggest reduction can be seen in the Llanelli Town (61% change) and Llanelli rural (65% change) areas.
The figures follow recent press reports which claimed Llanelli was one of the worst areas for meow meow usage in Wales.
“What recent national press reports have failed to explain is that the figures for 2012 were disproportionately high because meow meow was a new drug which hadn’t been encountered to any great extent across other areas of the country," said Detective Inspector Richard Hopkin. "We deliberately set out to take a proactive approach to dealing with the issue so as to supress it’s use as best we could prior to it taking hold in the area.”
“I think the 61.4% decline in the figures for this year show quite clearly that our approach worked, and that use of the drug has passed its peak.
“Since January we’ve been running a voluntary testing regime in Llanelli and this supports other community data that the prevalance of Meow Meow has fallen significantly.
“Officers will continue to proactively target substance misuse. Anyone wishing to report information to help us can do so by calling us on 101 or using the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
“And remember, if you want any advice of guidance on drug related issues you can visit our website www.dyfed-powys.police.uk and www.dan247.org.uk or call their helpline on 0808 808 2234.”
A new recycling site at Gorsfach has been provided thanks to a European cash injection, which has add twelve new facilities across the county.
The council’s waste and recycling section now provides a total of 180 mini recycling centres all over the county to make it as easy as possible for residents to recycle a number of materials such as glass, cans, paper, clothes and shoes.
The 12 new sites have been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. It forms part of the South West Wales Materials Efficiency project with Pembrokeshire County Council.
The new recycling sites are at:
• Pantyffynnon Social Club, Ammanford
• Llys y Drindod, Morfa, Llanelli
• St David’s Close, Llanelli
• Llangynog (near the old school)
• Shoreline Caravan Park, Burry Port
• Gorsfach, Dafen
• Salem Road, Felinfoel
• Bro Ryan, Glanamman
• Whitland Cricket Club
• Llandeilo RFC
• Llangain Primary School
• Park Hall, Carmarthen
Executive Board Member for Street Scene Cllr Colin Evans said: “We are continually looking to provide more recycling facilities for the public and the ERDF grant has helped us to provide an additional 12 recycling sites across the county.
“We want to make it as easy as possible for residents to recycle by providing recycling banks in their communities.
“It is important we recycle as much as we can and reduce the amount of rubbish which goes to landfill. I would like to thank householders for all their efforts and urge them to use these new recycling banks.”
Last year the council recycled around 54% of its rubbish, exceeding the 52% target, but must reach 70% by 2025. Failure to do so could result in large financial penalties.
Councillors in Carmarthenshire have voiced their concerns over changes to services at Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital, with a notice of motion which declares that members ‘deplore’ the decision by the Welsh Health Minister.
Speaking during an emotionally-charged debate at Full Council on Wednesday, members voted on an amended notice of motion put forward by Deputy Leader Cllr Tegwen Devichand.
The notice reads: “Carmarthenshire County Council deplores the decision to replace the level two A&E at Prince Philip Hospital with a nurse practitioner-led and GP-supported provision.
“We will continue to lobby the Minister and the Health Board to review this decision to reduce resources and services at the hospital, and call for the level two A&E services to be preserved in its current configuration and where appropriate, enhanced.
“We would further request from the Health Minister, a statement detailing the services available at our hospitals.”
Members of all political parties voiced their concerns during an hour-long debate, with many, however, agreeing that those best placed to make decisions about the hospital’s future are those with expertise in managing health services.
Others spoke of their concerns that the change in services at Prince Philip will place extra burden on Glangwili and Morriston hospitals, as well as the Welsh Ambulance Service.
Leader, Cllr Kevin Madge, said: “I believe that the only way forward is to get the Health Minister down, and we will then negotiate and carry on the fight. We will continue making representations to the Ministers. At the end of the day, we have got to ensure that our services are safe.”
A photograph of Tenby, taken by a Dafen resident, has been featured in the new 2014 Keep Wales Tidy Charity Calendar.
Andrew Lloyd's picture of used tyres that have become part of the harbour landscape in the pretty tourist town, is one of twelve images featured in KWT's first calendar which forms part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.
Since 1972, Keep Wales Tidy has worked with people to educate them about the importance of looking after the environment and has supported communities to work together to improve the quality of their local area.
The calendar is available to buy for £7.50 on the charity's website, and in buing it you are supporting people across Wales to protect and improve the environment for the benefit of all.
More of Andrew's photographs can be found here.
Parks, playgrounds and playing fields could be given up by Carmarthenshire Council in the drive to support efficiency savings of at least £31million over the next three years.
The alternative is to more than double the majority of charges to clubs and organisations using the facilities to erase the costly burden of maintenance.
Bowls, rugby, football and cricket clubs currently lose the council more than a quarter of a million pounds annually when income is balanced against maintenance costs.
The county’s executive board was told by the director of technical services, Richard Workman, that non-statutory leisure services would require a different delivery solution because of Welsh Government funding cuts and the challenge of finding efficiency savings.
Mr Workman said the community transfer of leisure playing areas to town, community councils and community groups could help give them greater control.
The council is looking for expressions of interest from local people and community groups meeting certain criteria.
They would have to be community-led with strong links with the community and sporting organisations and local teams, with local people controlling the organisation’s decision making process.
Initial meetings have been held with a number of interested parties following the increase in sporting charges set out by the council last year.
Head of Property Services, Phil Lumley, in a report to the Executive Board, said with no asset transfers a new charging regime would have to be proposed to recover the costs associated with maintaining the authority’s sports facilities involving rugby, football, cricket and bowls. They needed to ensure a neutral cost by 2016-17.
Mr Lumley said the deficit between cost and income for 2013-14 was predicted to be £264,000.
One of the reasons he identified for such a high deficit was that some facilities, like bowling greens, had few users but high maintenance costs.
Leisure centres are presently unaffected.
County executive board member for leisure services Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “Non statutory services like leisure facilities have to become self-sufficient if they are to continue because of the dire economic crisis facing all authorities. The alternative is to give facilities over to communities or groups who are able to demonstrate they can manage them to the benefit of the communities themselves.
“We have been told in Carmarthenshire to expect to have to make savings of at least £7.4 million next year; £10.4million the year after and £13.3 the year after.”
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