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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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.
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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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As part of its commitment to help reduce crimes in the elderly and vulnerable community, Dyfed-Powys Police is warning people to be aware of a variety of sophisticated scams.
A recent Scam, which occurred in Pembrokeshire, involves emails being sent from HM REVENUE and CUSTOMS. A fraudulent organisation claiming to be from HM Revenue and Customs, (Tax Credit Office PO Box 1970, Liverpool, L75 1WX), are sending random emails stating that after an annual calculation of their fiscal activity, they have determined they are eligible to receive a tax refund.
It then states that to access their tax refund they must follow the stops below:
• Download the Tax Refund Form attached to this email
• Open it in a browser (recommended Mozilla firefox)
• Follow the instructions on their screen.
It highlights that a refund can be delayed for a variety of reasons. For example submitting invalid records or applying after the deadline.
This type of offence can easily deceive vulnerable people and have a devastating impact on their lifestyle and confidence.
PC Trish Dixon said: “I would urge people NOT to be taken in by this as HMIC notify refunds via letter and not emails. You should never provide security or card details over the phone or in an email.
“It’s important that members of the public reject any engagement with cold-callers of any kind and not to fall victim of this offence. Tracking these criminals is extremely challenging as the majority operate overseas. The main target audience for the campaign are people over 65-years-old as records show they are generally the most vulnerable.”
If you want to contact Dyfed-Powys Police please call 101 – or visit:
Local police have re-issued advice to people to check their sheds and ensure that they are locked and secure with good quality locks.
The reminder follows a series of shed break-ins the Dafen and Llwynhendy areas in recent weeks, most recently in the Cilsaig road / Welsh Terrace area of Dafen on the 18th August 2013.
Locks have been forced and garden power tools and other items taken. These have included soft drinks, hand and power tools, a Carerra Vengeance pedal cycle and Adidas trainers.
“These offences appear to be happening during the night time,” said Sergeant Ian Francis. “We are putting extra patrols on during the night shift in order to catch and deter the offenders. But we also need local residents to help us stop these criminals.
“Please make sure you’re sheds and other outbuildings are securely locked and please consider installing security lighting or event an alarm if possible.
“I’d also ask that if you hear or see any suspicious activity, if you’ve been offered any garden tools or if you have any information regarding these offences to please contact Llwynhendy Police on 101.”
Police are reminding motorists to keep their cars locked when not in use and not to have any valuables on display inside them. It follows a couple of incidents where people have left their cars unlocked on their driveways only to find that valuables have been removed.
“This is such an avoidable crime,” said Inspector Paul Williams. “All motorists need to do is lock their cars and hide away any valuables, or better yet take anything of value out of the car,... even if you are only leaving it for a short while.
“It seems incredible but people continue to leave their cars unlocked despite warnings. Not only does it cause a lot of inconvenience, but not securing your cars could also impact on your insurance."
For further security advice please call Dyfed Powys Police on 101 or visit the website www.dyfed-powys.police.uk
Residents are being urged to help rid our roads of rubbish by reporting people who throw litter from their cars.
Litter from vehicles is a major problem throughout the UK with cigarette ends, crisp packets, drinks cans and fast food littering our verges.
Research by Keep Britain Tidy shows that 23% of people are likely to throw litter from their car; and it is getting worse.
Residents are now being urged to report anyone they see dropping litter from a vehicle. Note the registration number along with the car make, model and colour if possible as well as the date and time of the offence.
Council environmental enforcement officers can then make inquiries to identify the offender and issue a fixed penalty notice of £75. If prosecuted in court the maximum fine is £2,500.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “This is a filthy habit which makes our local environment unsightly and unwelcoming and can lead to more serious criminal offences.
“We have been cutting the grass verges and the amount of rubbish it has uncovered is absolutely unbelievable.
“It costs £2.2 million per year of taxpayers money to clean up our county – money that could be better spent.”
Figures show that the most littered item from cars are cigarette end, closely followed by fast food and then confectionary.
Cllr Jones added: “Our officers have fined a number of people for dropping litter from cars, both when stationary and on the move. All their vehicles are fitted with cameras so people are less likely to get away with it. We have also had reports from the public which has helped us to catch those responsible; so the more people that report offences will hopefully discourage this type of anti-social behaviour.”
You can report offences at www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk or by calling Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567.
This September Keep Wales Tidy are calling on the people of Wales to take part in a week- long, nationwide, cleanup of littered black spotsin towns, villages and the countryside.
Tidy Wales Week will take place between 16 - 22 September 2013 and we are hoping that local people will show how much they care for their area by getting involved in hands-on, problem-solving action.
Last year nearly 10,000 people of all ages did their bit to clean up their neighbourhoods and as a result many long standing litter blots on the landscape were removed. The week of action resulted in thousands of bags of litter being recovered by volunteers.
Get involved! Tidy Wales Week is for everyone from a group of neighbours to schools and local businesses...this is your opportunity to get involved and make a difference in your local community!
Need help? Keep Wales Tidy project officers can offer assistance in organising clean-ups so make sure you get in touch with your local officer today!
Carmarthenshire Project Officer:
Tel: 07824 504805
Lesley Jones, Chief Executive of Keep Wales Tidy comments: “We hear constant complaints in the press and on TV about the state of our streets, beaches and rivers. The truth is that resolving many of the problems highlighted lies in our own hands. We live in busy times but most of us could spare a couple of hours to improve the visual appearance of our surroundings. Please help us to make a difference.”
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The number of fines issued for dog fouling in Carmarthenshire have almost doubled.
Council environmental enforcement officer issued 63 fixed penalty notices for £75 during 2012/13, compared to 32 the previous year.
The increase is the result of targeted patrols and more information from the public on hotspot areas and offenders.
Dog fouling is a major concern for the public and is a top priority for the council which pledged to get tough on dog fouling as well as litter following the 2012 elections.
The ‘Dog Watch’ scheme, launched last year encouraged residents to report incidents so that officers could target areas accordingly.
A total of 542 dog fouling complaints were received – 243 in the Llanelli area, 170 in Carmarthen and 129 to the Glanaman depot.
Executive Board Member for Environmental and Public Protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “Dog mess is a real blight on the local environment. Not only is it extremely unpleasant if you step in it, but the eggs found in dog faeces can carry toxocariasis which if passed to humans can cause all sorts of health problems, including blindness.
“That’s why picking up after your dog is so important. The eggs do not become infectious for at least two to three weeks, so it’s safe to clean it up straight away when walking your dog.”
Figures show that dog mess is found on about 14% of streets and 57% of parks and open spaces in Wales.
Anyone caught failing to clean up after their dog in a public place can be issued with a fixed penalty notice for £75 or prosecuted in court where the maximum fine is £1,000.
Cllr Jones added: “We don’t want to fine people, but if they fail to take notice of our warnings then we have no choice.
“I would encourage the public to keep on reporting incidents to us as officers can then use that information to target specific areas at specific times. If the message gets out that the general public can take direct action to report offences, dog owners are far more likely to behave responsibly.”
To report dog fouling in your area visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.uk/dogfouling or call Carmarthenshire Direct on 01267 234567.
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