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.”
Councillors will meet next week to consider proposals on dog orders for Carmarthenshire following a public consultation exercise.
A survey was carried out between April and May to ask the public for their views on orders for controlling dogs in public places. A total of 620 responses were received and officers have used the information to draw up proposals to tackle the problem of irresponsible dog ownership.
The vast majority of respondents (98%) agreed that dog owners should clean up after their dogs on all public land; 69% also agreed that dogs should be excluded from children’s play areas. However, 70% of respondents did not want dogs to be excluded from beaches and a majority disagreed to dogs being on a lead in public places.
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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Bryngwyn Comprehensive School will be closed to pupils tomorrow (Friday), other than to those sitting a GCSE exam in the morning.
Pupils were evacuated from the school premises on this afternoon (Thursday) after a transformer near the school grounds caught fire, causing a power outage across a large part of Llanelli.
Because of the continued power cut, pupils and parents have been informed that the school will be closed to all pupils on Friday, except those who have GCSE exams.
Western Power Distribution is working on site to install a generator to allow the exams to go ahead as planned, before making permanent repairs.
It is expected that the school will reopen following the Whitsun half term.
The council’s Director of education and children’s services, Robert Sully, said: “I’d like to thank the school staff for the effective implementation of their emergency evacuation procedures, which ensured the safety of all pupils. I would also like to thank the pupils for the mature and disciplined way in which they reacted to the incident by complying fully with the evacuation.
“I’d also like to thank the emergency services for their rapid response in extinguishing the fire and supporting the school in managing the incident so effectively.”
Carmarthenshire County 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
Work will be carried out in Felinfoel and Dafen over the coming months through Dŵr Cymru's £15 million investment in the Llanelli area as part of a new and innovative scheme to manage surface water. The scheme, known as RainScape, will reduce the amount of rainwater which flows into local public drainage systems, therefore reducing the risk of flooding.
In Felinfoel, the work includes installing a combined sewer pipe to improve the existing sewer system and wider network, and a new "storm" sewer will separate and remove surface water from the existing sewer system. Work will also be carried out on the grounds of Bryngwyn School and Prince Phillip Hospital to improve the condition of the existing sewer and reduce the risk of blockages.
Work will begin on 25th of August and will be completed by the end of February 2015. There will be no impact on water or wastewater services. Roads will remain open, but temporary traffic lights may be in place.
Other Rainscape projects in Llanelli.
Families in Dafen are to benefit from an expansion of the Flying Start programme
thanks to a Welsh Government grant.
From this Autumn, Dafen, Ysgol y Bedol and Bynea primary schools will benefit from the investment which is a Welsh Government Early Years preventative programme. Felinfoel and Llwynhendy already have the programe in place.
Flying Start is aimed at families with children who are under four years of age and is targeted in some of the most deprived areas in Wales. The core elements of the Flying Start programme are:
Childcare will be available for up to 42 weeks for two and a half hours per day, for five days per week. For more information visit: http://www.carmarthenshirechildrenspartnership.org.uk/fly_e.htm
Seven people have been fined for dumping rubbish around recycling sites in Carmarthenshire.
Cameras were placed at two locations following problems with people not using the facilities in the correct way.
Rubbish was being dumped around the recycling bins instead of inside them, and businesses which should have had trade waste arrangements in place were using the sites to dispose of their rubbish.
Cameras were placed at the recycling site at Dafen Pond car park after concerns were raised at a Dafen Forum meeting.
Three people were issued with £75 fixed penalties after being seen on CCTV depositing waste around the site and not in the bins provided.
CCTV was also placed at the recycling site adjacent to the community hall in Heol Nant-y-Felin, Llanerch.
Footage showed two people illicitly tipping at the site and both were issued with £75 fines.
Environmental enforcement officers patrolling the Cross Hands Co-operative car park also issued two people with £75 fixed penalties for not disposing of their rubbish correctly at the site.
Executive board member for environmental enforcement Cllr Jim Jones said: “In addition to a comprehensive kerbside recycling service, Carmarthenshire County Council provides recycling bring banks to assist residents in recycling more of their waste.
“Unfortunately not all residents use these facilities in the correct manner, they are being abused by individuals and often businesses who should have trade waste arrangements in place.
“Due to an increased amount of waste being left around the recycling bins, the Environmental Enforcement team recently deployed CCTV at two council recycling sites, and patrolled at others.
“We would like to remind people that any waste placed around the bins is fly tipping, and this will not be tolerated.”
Carmarthenshire County Council
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.
Carmarthenshire County Council
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.”
Carmarthenshire County Council
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