Two community noticeboards in Dafen have been repaired after being smashed by vandals.
The noticeboards are among six situated around Dafen, (including ones on lower Capel Road, Bryn Elli, Dafen Road - opposite Owens, and one opposite Dafen post office), used to promote services and events around the village.
A notice board on the top of Capel Road (near the old quarry) and another on Bryngwyn Road (near Dafen School) have been in a state of disrepair for quite some time after damage to the windows. Volunteers from Dafen Forum carried out the repairs at the weekend, and money raised by the Forum will pay for materials.
A man who failed to clean up after his dog has also been fined for dropping litter.
Council environmental enforcement officers were on patrol at Dafen Pond when the man, who was with his son, failed to pick up his dog’s mess.
Whilst he was being issued with a fixed penalty notice for the offence, he threw down his cigarette end, despite being told by officers he would be committing a further offence for dropping litter.
He was then issued with a second fixed penalty notice for £75.
Officers also caught a woman throwing a bag of dog mess into the bushes; she too was given a fixed penalty notice for littering.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “Officers carry out patrols across the county and anyone caught failing to clean up after their dog or dropping litter will be fined.
“I am astounded that someone picked up their dog’s mess but then threw it into the bushes instead of waiting until they found a bin.
“I am also shocked that someone went on to litter right in front of officers after being caught for a dog fouling offence.
“I hope these people have learnt their lesson and I also hope that other members of the public take notice. We are determined to keep Carmarthenshire clean for both residents and visitors.”
Carmarthenshire County Council
In March 2015, Llanelli Rural Council conducted a survey, online and through a series of community workshops, asking people living and working in the Dafen, Llwynhendy, Bynea, Felinfoel, Glyn, Hengoed and Swiss Valley their views on local matters.
Over 120 people attended one of the 9 workshops held across the Llanelli Rural Council areas, and 250 people completed a survey. Among the key things found was that people felt that more attention needed to be given to keeping communities cleaner, improving the quality of open and green spaces, and promoting more involvement by everyone in caring about local neighbours and places.
The objective of the excersise was to use the comments and suggestions to help produce a 'Whole Place Plan' which will identify a set of key actions that the Llanelli Rural Council, in conjunction with other partners and local groups, will address. The initiative is part of a wider ongoing “national conversation”, 'The Wales We Want', which will set national goals for the sort of Wales we hope to live in by 2050. Designed to tie in with the national Well Being goals recently made into law by the Welsh Government through the Well Being of Future Generations Act 2015, the plan proposes some practical proposals to tackle local concerns .Measures to promote local training and recruitment, be better prepared for flooding and improve local amenities are among a series of actions the Council will develop in conjunction with other public sector bodies, voluntary groups and businesses.
All the comments and suggestions made have been analysed and the resulting ideas to address the issues raised are set out in a draft Whole Place Plan available for further comment on the Council’s website until the 30th June 2015.
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Llanelli Rural Council would like your views on local matters that are important to you.
What is it like living in the wider Llanelli area? What are your hopes for the future? What needs to change? How can we help tackle the big issues at the local level?
These are some of the questions being put to people living and working in the Dafen, Llwynhendy, Bynea, Felinfoel, Glyn, Hengoed and Swiss Valley areas through an online survey and a series of community workshops. The objective is to use the comments and suggestions gained from the survey and workshops to produce a “ place plan” which will identify a set of key actions the Llanelli Rural Council will address in conjunction with other partners and local groups. The initiative is part of a wider ongoing “national conversation” “The Wales We want” which will set national goals for the sort of Wales we hope to live in by 2050. Local people won’t have to wait that long for local changes though as the Rural Council plans to take action on the plan as soon as it’s finalised in April.
“I would encourage as many people as possible to complete the survey or attend a workshop as we need to get a good cross-section of views on what’s important to change locally” said Councillor Lindy Butler, Chairman of the Llanelli Rural Council.
The Llanelli Rural Council area survey is available to complete on line at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/llanelliruralareasurvey
A paper version is available by emailing email@example.com.
A community workshop in Dafen will be held at
Dafen Community Welfare Hall
2nd March 2015
6.30pm - 8.30pm
Llanelli Rural Council
People are to be asked their views on new orders for controlling dogs in public places in Carmarthenshire.
A report is going before the council’s Environmental and Public Protection Scrutiny Committee outlining the new powers under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
An extensive public consultation exercise is to be carried out to get residents views on the Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs).
These PSPOs replace former Dog Control Orders which were previously being considered under the Clean Neighbourhoods Act.
The council will be consulting on:
“As a result, we will now be consulting with the public again on the new PSPOs asking them to consider a range of potential options that seek to balance the needs of the public against that of dog owners.
“It may be the case that not all of these orders are supported and we only introduce one or two of them; or we look again at them in the future.”
The council will be seeking the views of residents as well as town and community councils and other interested parties such as The Kennel Club.
Director of Environment Christina Harrhy said: “A number of new powers have been created under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to address the problem of irresponsible dog ownership. Some replace existing powers while others are new.
“These new orders are designed to give greater flexibility in tackling irresponsible dog owners and we will be consulting with the public on the range of powers available to find out if any of these are suitable for Carmarthenshire.
“Ultimately however, these powers should not pose a problem for responsible dog owners.”
Further details on the consultation will be provided in due course.
Carmarthenshire County Council
Nominations are being sought for this year’s Edgar Andrews Award.
The annual award, which is supported by Llanelli Rural Council, recognises services to sport by individuals. People eligible for consideration of this award would be either living in Dafen or living outside the village but connected to a sporting association within the village.
Written nominations should be submitted to:-
Mr Wayne Thomas
10 New Road,
or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date for nominations is Sunday 26th October.
ST Michael and All Angels Church are celebrating the 140th anniversary since the building was consecrated — and are hosting a flower festival to mark the occasion.
Read more at http://www.llanellistar.co.uk/Dafen-Church-celebrate-anniversary-flower/story-22936488-detail/story.html#HKXjrC29LYHAUpRW.99
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