Eco warriors have been having a green day to help save the rainforest.
A huge area, equivalent to the size of 240 rugby pitches, has been rescued by children from Dafen School after holding a green clothes day.
Rainforests cover part of the earth’s surface and are home to over half the species of plants and animals in the world.
The project is part of the Eco Schools programme, where children take key roles in decision making and participation in order to reduce the environmental impact of their school and community.
The school has received its second Green Flag for eco friendly projects which include recycling, holding energy workshops, composting, collecting rainfall and protecting wildlife.
To increase healthy eating a food co-operative is being driven forward where children buy locally sourced fruit and vegetables, bag it and sell in on to their parents. Ella Smith, of Year Four said: “I help by switching off the lights in school and at home. I make sure all the switches are turned off at home and often turn off the TV so that it’s not in stand by mode.”
Over 2,500 plastic bottles have been collected by the schoolchildren in preparation for a bottled greenhouse in the school grounds.
Executive board member for technical services, Cllr Colin Evans said: “It’s fantastic to see the children’s enthusiasm in helping to reduce harmful effects of climate change.
“The school is pulling out all the stops to educate and increase children’s knowledge on climate change and sustainability.”
Carmarthenshire County Council
A new white goods reuse project has been launched in Carmarthenshire.
Unwanted electrical appliances such as cookers, fridge-freezers and washing machines are repaired, cleaned and then sold under the ‘Gwyn i Wyrdd’ project.
Anyone living in Carmarthenshire with unwanted appliances can contact the team and they will pick them up for free.
As well as promoting repair, reuse and recycling, the scheme provides opportunities for training for people who have struggled to gain employment because of mental health, substance misuse, chronic health condition, or because of a learning or physical disability as part of the COASTAL project.
The electrical appliances are taken to the workshop in Cross Hands where they are repaired and tested by qualified EEESafe registered domestic appliance technicians.
STEPs participants are involved in the preparation, cleaning and safe dismantling of the equipment but are not involved in the electrical repair.
Executive Board Member for Social Care Cllr Jane Tremlett said: “This is an excellent project which provides affordable and safely repaired white goods to local communities and at the same time offers training opportunities and the chance for people to learn new skills.”
The COASTAL Project is part funded by the European Social Fund, as part of the 2007-2013 West Wales & The Valley Convergence Programme.
Executive Board Member for Technical Services Cllr Colin Evans said: “It is important that we try and reduce the amount of electrical waste in Carmarthenshire and repair and reuse as much as possible.”
Carmarthenshire County Council
The Play King, the childrens adventure play centre based in Dafen Industrial estate, have announced that preparations are underway to unveil Llanelli's first permanent indoor ice rink.
The ice rink, (for which there will be a separate charge to the main admission fee), is planned to be opened before Christmas, on November 27th. The synthetic 'Ice Magic' will be about 12 meters by 8 meters and will hold about 48 people at a time, of all ages. It will be sited on a balcony area which is being extended.
Recently, the hall at Llangennech Community Centre was transformed to offer a 9 x 8 metre synthetic ice rink during the half term holiday. It proved a very successful event and was enjoyed by all ages.
A new law introduced by the Welsh Government will mean that from 28 November businesses in Wales that serve or sell food will be required to display their food hygiene rating at their premises. The statutory scheme introduced by the legislation will be based on the current voluntary Food Hygiene Rating Scheme, operated by local authorities in partnership with the Food Standards Agency (FSA).
Food outlets will be rated from 0-5 on criteria such as how the food is prepared, cooked and stored and the condition of the premises and how food safety within the business is managed. A rating of 5 means hygiene standards are very good and 0 means urgent improvement is necessary.
Earlier this year, Dafen Chippy was given the lowest possible rating by FSA inspectors because urgent food safety improvements were required. Formal action was taken by the council, which resulted in five notices being served on the operators requiring them to rectify structural defects. The chippy was inspected again in September and has been awarded a three star rating to show that the conditions and practices are now 'generally satisfactory'.
Awareness of the original low rating was raised through an article in the Llanelli Star, but the new law will mean that food businesses in Wales will now have to display their rating in a prominent place – such as the front door or window – and at every entrance.
Mark Drakeford AM, Minister for Health and Social Services commented: “When people buy their food, they want to be sure that the place they’re buying from follows good food hygiene practices. After all, those businesses that aren’t hygienic put consumers’ health at risk, from minor cases of food poisoning to more serious, even fatal, illness. For consumers, the rating will mean they are able to make informed decisions about where they choose to eat or shop for food. For businesses, good food hygiene means a good hygiene rating which could increase trade, as well as meeting food law requirements and protecting their customers from food-borne illness."
Priorities for the area have been updated for by the Neighbourhood Policing Team.
Dafen Park and Dafen pond areas continue to be patrolled to prevent and deter youth street drinking and ASB, with no incidents being seen by NPT officers.
The police have also been liaising with the council to try and resolve the issues of stray horses in the Felinfoel area . The council, in certain circumstances have to give a period of notice and this causes delays in dealing with the issue. When circumstances have arisen and it has been lawful, horses have been collected by the Council, and removed from the area.
In Swiss valley, the area in the ravine and park, and in school grounds are being patrolled to prevent and deter ASB and youth drinking. Friday nights will be targeted when resources allow. The council have been approached to see if a detached youth worker can attend the area to try and engage with the youths.
In November, Llanelli Rural Council’s Community Development Grants Panel has distributed the community grant budget of £20,000 for 2013/14. The fund supports community groups and organisations based in the Council’s administrative area, made up of the following villages and communities: Bynea, Cwmbach, Cynheidre, Dafen, Felinfoel, Five Roads, Furnace, Llwynhendy, Ponthenri, Pontyates, Pwll, Sandy and Swiss Valley.
Dafen Forum and Dafen Welfare Hall Committee have each received a share of the pot, with £1,662.00 towards the cost of running Dafen Christmas Fair (Dafen Forum) and £1,638.62 for equipment and storage, applied for by the Welfare Committee.
Other organisations and projects in the administrative area benefitting this year are:
• Felinfoel Family Centre – Christmas Wonderland and Fayre £1,787.00
• Felinfoel Senior Citizens Group – Communication Equipment £ 266.95
• Furnace Gardening Club – Annual Gardening and Craft Show £ 280.00
• Llanelli Community Heritage – Gelli Historical Trail £2,295.00
• Llanelli Ramblers – Festival of Walks £ 600.00
• Pwll Action Committee – The Bônau Cabbage Patch Magazine £2,000.00
• Pwll Recreation Ground Development Committee – Christmas Party £ 537.81
• The Academy of Creative Arts – ‘How to be Awesome’ £4,398.97
• Trallwm Youth Group – Equipment and Suppliers £3,667.65
• Tyr Gelli Young at Heart – Gardening Shed £ 866.00
Cllr Giles Morgan, Leader of Council, said “we are, once again, delighted to support many groups and organisations that will provide community based projects. It is unlikely that these projects would have gone ahead without the Council’s financial support”.
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