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First tenants move into new Llandybie council homes

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Christmas has come early for these council housing tenants who have moved into modern, new build homes in Llandybie.

The new £1.1million housing development in Maespiode is the first to be delivered under Carmarthenshire County Council’s plans for over 2,000 new homes across the county.

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Tenants who were on the housing register have now moved in to the eight two-bed semi-detached houses fitted with new modern kitchens and bathrooms as well as the latest technology to reduce energy use and carbon footprint and help lower energy bills for tenants.

The homes include exceptionally high levels of insulation to minimise heat loss and are fitted with solar panels to generate electricity. A tree has also been planted in every garden to off-set carbon emissions.

The council say that these actions align with its commitment to tackle climate change – highlighted through the Prosiect Zero Sir Gâr campaign which raises awareness on what the council is doing to become a net zero carbon authority by 2030.

Tenant Dawn Davies said: “It is very high spec, nothing beats this to be honest. I moved from a flat, so it’s a big difference, especially to have a nice garden.”

The houses were delivered on behalf of the council by local building contractors TRJ Ltd, part of the council’s plan to deliver more affordable homes.

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Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans said: “The council’s plans to support the delivery of more than 2,000 homes will see the biggest increase in council housing stock in Carmarthenshire since the 1970s.

“Providing more affordable homes is a key priority and this new development is the first of many which will be delivered over the next year for the benefit of local people on the housing register.

“Reducing our carbon emissions and making sure our homes are as energy efficient as possible is also extremely important, as well as the benefits it brings to our tenants, it plays a significant role in the council’s commitment to become net zero carbon.”

The council is also building new houses in Dylan, Llanelli; Glanmor Terrace, Burry Port; Garreglwyd, Pembrey and Gwynfryn in Ammanford which are due to be completed in the next 12 to 18 months.

Council Leader Emlyn Dole said: “We are leading the way in Carmarthenshire by delivering affordable, high quality, energy efficient and much-needed homes for our residents.

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“This huge investment in housing will also help to boost the local economy – creating new jobs, training opportunities and apprenticeships in the construction industry and helping wider-scale regeneration in our communities.”

Lead image: Cabinet Member for Environment Cllr Hazel Evans, Cabinet Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans and Council Leader Emlyn Dole hand over the keys to Wendy Thomas and Dawn Davies to their new homes in Llandybie. (Image: Carmarthenshire Council)

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Man who filmed rape on Ammanford victim’s phone changes plea mid trial

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A man who filmed himself raping an Ammanford woman on his victim’s phone has changed his plea to guilty midway through his trial.

Cameron Hassan, aged 31, of no fixed abode, attacked the woman, raping her as she slept on 21 August 2021.

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Hassan had been on trial at Swansea Crown Court after denying any wrongdoing. However, after the jury was shown the video of the attack and hearing the victim was going to give evidence yesterday (Tuesday, 10 May), Hassan changed his plea to guilty.

Investigating Officer DC Sophie Lambert from Dyfed Powys Police said the victim had shown great strength and determination throughout the investigation.

“I must commend her tremendous courage in coming forward and the tenacity shown throughout the investigation,” she said.

“We hope this case demonstrates that Dyfed-Powys Police acts on serious allegations such as rape and sexual assault with officers working tirelessly to secure justice for victims.

“If you are suffering because of similar abuse, please contact the police, or if you would rather speak to someone in confidence, New Pathways are an independent charity that will support you through every step of the investigation.”

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New Pathways can be contacted at 01685 379 310 or email enquiries@newpathways.org.uk

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Women’s Tour of Britain returns to Carmarthenshire

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The countdown is on before the world’s top women riders will race through Carmarthenshire as part of the Women’s Tour of Britain.

Some 108 cyclists will race through the County to the finishing line on top of the Black Mountain between Llangadog and Brynamman as part of the stage five event on Friday, June 10.

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The route will be starting from Pembrey Country Park at 10.45am and riders competing for the title will go through Pinged, Carway, Pontyberem, Horeb, Llansawel, and Llangadog.

A rolling road closure will take place along the 65-mile route which will come into action at 10.45am until 1.50pm.

Roads will be re-opened once the cyclists have passed through. A full road closure will be in place over the Black Mountain from 5am-5pm.

The event will be broadcast on ITV4 and across Europe with a helicopter camera crew following the race.

The Women’s Tour departs on Monday, June 6, and coincides with the final day of a four-day Bank Holiday weekend in the UK to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The race will culminate with a prestigious finale six days later on Saturday, June 11.

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Pembrey Country Park previously hosted the Grand Départ of the men’s Tour of Britain as well as the overall finish of the Women’s Tour in 2019.

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Wendy Walters said: “We are thrilled that we have again been chosen to host this top cycling event. Previous years have brought an immediate economic boost to the tourism sector as well as providing a great deal of positive media coverage.”

(Lead image: Carmarthenshire Council)

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Man banned from driving for 12 months for fishing offence

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A man from Merthyr Tydfil who travelled to the River Loughor, near Llanelli to fish using a barbaric and illegal method, has been banned from driving for 12 months as part of his sentence.

Vu Quang Tien pleaded guilty to an illegal fishing charge and also to a charge of obstruction of a Natural Resources Wales (NRW) Fisheries Enforcement Officer on 26 April at Swansea Magistrates Court.

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Mr Tien and two other anglers were witnessed by NRW Fisheries Enforcement Officers deliberately using the illegal foul hooking method of fishing – also known as snatching – at the river Loughor on 15 August 2021. NRW officers attended the site after several reports of illegal fishing were made to NRW’s 24/7 incident call centre by concerned members of the community.

When approached and questioned by NRW officers, Mr Tien and his accomplices showed significant hostility and reluctance to share identification documents which eventually had to be extracted by use of reasonable force.

All of Mr Tien’s fishing tackle and fish, along with his associates’ fishing tackle was seized by NRW Officers at the time of the incident. The district judge on the day at Swansea Magistrates Court gave permission to NRW to confiscate these items permanently from each of them.

The District Judge disqualified Mr Tien from driving for 12 months due to seriousness of the incident, and the premeditated and deliberate action of travelling such a distance to commit the offence.

He was also ordered to pay a total of £2,334 in fines, NRW costs and a victim surcharge.

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Mark Thomas, Fisheries Enforcement Officer for NRW, said: “We would like to again thank Dyfed Powys Police, the local communities and also the law-abiding anglers in the area for their continued support in reporting these illegal fishing activities.

“Foul hooking is a truly barbaric form of fishing carried out by a small minority of anglers in Wales, who have no regard for fish welfare.

“NRW and the Police take these incidents seriously as do the courts.

“Hopefully, the small minority of anglers who may in future, think of using any illegal fishing methods will take heed of the heavy fines and driving ban in this case issued by the courts.”

(Lead image: Natural Resources Wales)

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