Carmarthenshire County Council reports that a man has been issued a penalty notice by its environmental enforcement officers for failing to clean up after his dog at Dafen pond.
When challenged, he told officers that he hadn’t see it. Nevertheless, he was issued with fixed a penalty notice for £75. If he fails to pay he could be prosecuted in the magistrates court where the maximum fine is £1,000.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “One of the most common complaints made to the council is about dog fouling.
“Our officers carry out patrols across the county but they have to be in the right place at the right time – so it can be difficult to actually catch people in the act. But anyone caught will be fined.
“Saying you didn’t see it or you have no bags on you is not an excuse. Dog mess left anywhere is not only a nuisance and very unpleasant, but it can have serious health implications.”
Welsh Government Minister Edwina Hart has viewed progress on a new national headquarters for the Wales Air Ambulance in Carmarthenshire.
Carmarthenshire County Council recently granted planning permission for the development on land near The Beacon in Dafen, Llanelli.
The project comprises a purpose-built headquarters office, together with a hangar and helipad for the charity’s South Wales helicopter.
It will be delivered by Hacer Developments Ltd of Llandeilo, who have been awarded a £707,156 Property Development Grant to create new office and industrial space as part of the £1.6m project.
The remainder of the project, comprising the air base, with hangar and helipad, will be funded by public donations raised by the charity.
Around 0.8 hectares of land will be used to accommodate a shell office building of 650m2 and an industrial building of 600m2 to house helicopters and ancillary support services.
The Property Development Grant, administered through Carmarthenshire County Council’s EU programme, provides financial assistance to encourage the construction of new commercial floor space on derelict sites, or refurbishment of derelict properties. The project’s funding is made up by the European Regional Development Fund through the Wales European Funding Office, Welsh Government and Carmarthenshire County Council.
Works commenced in early May and are due for completion in early November.
Wales Air Ambulance chief executive, Angela Hughes, said: “We have been looking to locate our head office together with our South Wales helicopter base in a permanent location in the region for some time and thankfully, we have secured this grant to help towards the cost of the office development.
“This site offers first class connections to Morriston Hospital and the M4 which is a great advantage for our service and our land-based vehicles.”
The Minister said: “It is a very exciting project. This site is the best option. This is very good use of Welsh Government land and resources. I am delighted with the work you’ve undertaken and with the support of Carmarthenshire County Council.”
Council Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole said: “I welcome this project and look forward to November when we will be back to see it on its feet and operational. It will benefit us in Carmarthenshire and the wider community.”
Executive board member for regeneration and leisure Cllr Meryl Gravell added: “I’m delighted that we have been able to support Wales Air Ambulance in moving to this excellent site in Carmarthenshire. The charity now has its headquarters and one of its helicopter sites together and with easy access to the M4 motorway.”
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The council is investigating after receiving complaints of illegal posters advertising ‘Circus Vegas’ being put up around Llanelli and across the county.
The posters have been put on road signs, litter bins and bus shelters in towns and villages as far as Carmarthen. Posters attached to street furniture will have to be removed by the council thus incurring substantial clean-up costs. Several of the unsightly posters that were up around Dafen have already been removed.
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.”
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The council now has powers to enforce the prohibition of double parking and parking at dropped kerbs of footways as if they had been introduced using a Traffic Regulation Order.
It is an offence to double park on all Carmarthenshire roads and park up obstructing dropped kerbs anywhere in the county.
County executive board member for transport services Cllr Colin Evans said: “Under the Traffic Management Act 2008 a number of changes were brought about for parking enforcement and management.
“Carmarthenshire is now designated as a special enforcement area in accordance with Schedule 10 of the Act.”
“The Act, under Code 26, seeks to prevent ‘inconsiderate and selfish’ parking. Drivers who do not park close to the edge of the carriageway – within 50 centimetres of the kerb - can now also be prosecuted.”
Executive board member for environment Cllr Jim Jones said: “The authority receives many complaints from wheelchair and disabled carriage users who are unable to get about because of blocking of dropped kerbs by cars, not only in towns, but rural areas too.
“Dropped kerbs are usually sited as crossovers into private property and crossing points for vulnerable road users, cycle tracks and verges.
“Many people find themselves trapped and unable to get about because of bad parking obstructing dropped kerbs.
“It is important drivers are aware that the enforcement measures we are introducing also covers penalties for double parking and causing obstruction by parking too far from the kerb or edge of carriageway.”
The council is not required to provide any signs or markings specifically prohibiting parking adjacent to a dropped section of the footway.
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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.
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.
One of the heaviest trafficked areas of Carmarthenshire has attracted £594,400 Safe Routes in Communities (SRiC) funding from Welsh Government.
This will enable Carmarthenshire council’s transport team to complete traffic calming measures and improved footways in 15 locations around Trostre, Pemberton, and Llwynhendy.
It will provide safer and scenic routes to Brynsierfel, Brynteg, Bryn and Coedcae schools allowing more pupils and staff to cycle and walk to school, as well as providing healthier options for other people in the community.
Executive board member for transport services Cllr Colin Evans said he was delighted the county’s engineers had once again attracted the largest individual contribution from the total of £5million announced by Welsh Government to create safe walking and cycling routes.
He said: “This latest award will enable us to progress works which will include a crossing between Trostre and Pemberton, and footpath upgrades, traffic calming, speed reduction works, pedestrian refuges and driver feedback signs in Llwynhendy and Pemberton.”
All the works will be completed by the end of March 2015. There will be a round of public consultation meetings in May or early June which will allow public to have their say and input. The works are not likely to start until late summer.
The new funding means Carmarthenshire will have attracted nearly £3million of SRiC funding with the other major schemes at Dafen and Felinfoel, Pembrey, Kidwelly and Mynyddygarreg.
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Carmarthenshire County Council’s grounds maintenance team is asking people to do their bit to maintain safe and attractive areas for people to enjoy by using the public litter bins or taking their rubbish home with them.
There is particular concern about broken glass, which has been found littering several playing fields across the county in recent weeks.
They are also asking people to be vigilant and report any littering or fly-tipping in the hope of catching the culprits, as well as maintaining safe areas to play.
Assistant grounds maintenance manager Nicky French said: “Our staff carry out regular checks at all parks and playgrounds, but we do rely on people to be careful about any litter they generate – either placing it in the bins or taking it home to be disposed of or recycled.
“We also appreciate it when people report dangerous items, such as broken glass, as this helps us to keep parks and playgrounds safe for the enjoyment of everyone.”
The grounds maintenance team, part of the council’s Technical Services department, maintains 122 playgrounds and 19 urban parks, as well as water areas, and nurtures thousands of plants and flowers at town gateways to provide a colourful welcome for visitors.
Working with waste and recycling staff, all litter collected from parks and playgrounds is sorted, and where possible – recycled.
Cllr Colin Evans, executive board member for Technical Services, said: “We’re just asking people to be considerate of others, as well as the environment.”
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Carmarthenshire County Council has reported that Bus Services throughout Carmarthenshire are about to be streamlined, with reduced frequencies and some loss of routes because of reduced funding.
From May 18th, of 30 routes affected, nine will be withdrawn, including Service L4 (Llanelli - Brynawelon - Llanelli via Prince Philip Hospital, Parc Pemberton, Parc Trostre & Penyfan).
County executive board member for transport services Cllr Colin Evans has pointed to a reduction in funding sources as the reason for "difficult decisions" being made by the local authority, along with commercial bus operators. He also indicated that the review had taken into account the usage of existing services and suggested that services that were poorly used were not sustainable.
Service L4 is operated commercially by First Cymru who has announced the withdrawal of Llanelli Town Services L3, L4 and L5 from May 18th.
Read more: County bus services trimmed by reduced funding (Carmarthenshire County Council website)
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