Council appoints dedicated officers to support tourist hotspot areas
Carmarthenshire County Council officers are working alongside businesses and communities in tourism hotspot areas as they welcome back visitors into the county.
The council is providing community safety officers who will be on the ground to offer tourist advice in line with coronavirus regulations and signpost visitors as they come and go into the areas throughout the summer.
They will be the point of contact between the council and the public and will note any concerns to ensure the area remains a safe place for businesses, the community and its visitors.
The officers will cover North Dock and Sandy Water Park, Burry Port Harbour, Llansteffan, Laugharne and Pendine Sands during the busiest times.
Work has already been done to ensure compliance with coronavirus regulations as the popular beauty spots expects to see a higher number of visitors than usual due to the Welsh Government advice against travelling abroad for summer holidays.
Additional bins have already been put in place to deal with demand and old ones have been replaced.
There are also increased collections of waste and litter and public toilets are being cleaned more frequently.
New signage has been installed around the sites to help direct visitors through the areas safely.
Dog friendly packs will soon be available in the areas which will include information on places to visit, accommodation, emergency vet contact, poo bags and black bags.
Carmarthenshire County Council Executive Board Member for Public Protection, Cllr Philip Hughes, said: “The officers will provide a visible and pro-active presence in these areas and will be the eyes and ears of the community to ensure we help keep everyone safe.
“We want visitors to feel comfortable and to enjoy themselves when they come into these areas and also for our businesses and communities to feel safe. People visiting these areas must also play their part and maintain social distancing, wear a face mask when required unless you are exempt due to a specific health issue and hand sanitise regularly.”
The posts are funded through the Welsh Government.
Lead image: Carmarthenshire County Council community safety officers Paul Staff and Robert Moore with Cllr Philip Hughes (centre) Executive Board Member for Public Protection.
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