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Llanelli’s Parc y Scarlets named as one of the best rugby stadiums in the world

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Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli has been named as one of the best rugby stadiums in the world according to a new survey.

Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, now renamed the swansea.com stadium has come out in the bottom rung of the fan satisfaction survey however.

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To find the rugby stadiums fans are most – and least – satisfied with, LiveRugbyTickets analysed more than 15,000 TripAdvisor reviews for 40 different grounds.

They created their very own index looking into the following four variables across these reviews and gave each a score out of 10 for atmosphere, cleanliness, affordability and food.

From this, they gave each stadium an overall fan satisfaction score out of 10 before ranking them to identify the best (and worst) rugby stadiums.

Parc y Scarlets in Llanelli is the only Welsh rugby stadium to feature in the top 15, and came out 4th overall in the fan satisfaction survey with an overall score of 8 out of 10. The Llanelli stadium’s food offering ranked highest amongst all of the stadiums reviewed with a score of 9.57 out of 10.

The rugby stadium fans are most satisfied with is Recreation Ground, situated in Bath, England. Home of Bath Rugby, the stadium scored a whopping score of 9.5 out of 10. The stadium had the highest score (9.7/10) for cleanliness and affordability.

The stadium situated in second place is Welford Road, with a score of 9 out of 10. Located in Leicester, England, its highest rankings were for cleanliness (9.5/10) and food (9.3/10).

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In third place we have Totally Wicked Stadium, located in St. Helens, England, with a score of 8.5 out of 10.

And the rugby stadium least liked by fans is…

Estadio Ciudad de La Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina is the rugby stadium fans are the least satisfied with. It scored only 0.3 points on average for the index. Estadio Ciudad de La Plata scored lowest for atmosphere, cleanliness and food (0.21 points each).

Swansea’s Liberty Stadium, now renamed the swansea.com stadium, was the only Welsh stadium to feature in the bottom 15, coming in at 14th worst out of the 40 stadiums ranked. Cleanliness was the area where the stadium struggled most, rating just 1.27 out of 10.

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Hywel Dda NHS

Health minister visits new Llanelli day surgery units nearing completion

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Work is nearing completion on the new Day Surgery Unit at Prince Philip Hospital, in Llanelli, which the health board says will help reduce surgical waiting lists for patients in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

Hywel Dda University Health Board has delivered the scheme thanks to £20m of Welsh Government funding.

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Welsh Government Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan, visited the unit on Friday (5 July), which is due to welcome patients during September 2022.

She said: “Investing in new facilities such as the day surgery unit at Prince Philip Hospital is a vital part of our ambitious strategy to transform planned care in Wales.

“This new unit will help to see thousands of people in need of surgical treatment in the Hywel Dda health board area, as well as those from neighbouring health boards, and will bring more resilience and capacity for NHS Wales to care for people when they need it.”

The unit, includes two theatres, designed specifically to reduce risk of infection by generating a continuous flow of bacteria free air, as well as preparation rooms, anaesthetic rooms, changing facilities and a recovery area.

Ultimately the theatres will have capacity to run six days of the week and will cover specialties including orthopaedics, general surgery, urology and vascular surgery, although this work will be phased.

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Although based in Llanelli, the health board say that the theatres will provide care for patients across the Hywel Dda region and for patients on the borders with Powys and Swansea health boards.

Consultant surgeon and Clinical Director for Scheduled Care Mr Ken Harries said: “We are looking ultimately for around four to five thousand patients to receive procedures in this unit annually. We are ambitious on behalf of our communities and are extending our theatre sessions and days to maximise efficiency and see patients, some of whom have had to sometimes wait significant amounts of time.

“There is a continued challenge of getting the workforce to help us deliver this, but that is a challenge we share with the NHS across the country and one which we are putting all our efforts into. We hope this first-class facility and our approach to recovery, will attract future recruits.

“An added advantage this unit will give us is that it is stand alone, which protects it from impacts within the main hospital wider activity, this will be of huge benefit to patients coming into the unit and for our staff also.”

Executive Director of Strategic Development and Operational Planning Lee Davies added: “This has been an ambitious project, driven by a shared desire to rapidly provide additional facilities for patients across our region to receive their treatment. It is part of our wider recovery plan to rapidly address waiting lists which have grown during the pandemic, which we know is of significant concern to our residents and a key priority for this health board.”

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Dyfed Powys Police

Court order bans visitors to a Llanelli house after Police called to address 60 TIMES in 9 months

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An order banning visitors to an address in Llanelli for three months has been made by the courts.

Dyfed-Powys Police applied for a closure order to stop anti-social behaviour and disorder at 36 Murray Street.

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The force’s Legal Services presented evidence to Llanelli Magistrates’ Court and the notice was granted on Thursday, August 4.

Between September 8, 2021, and June 22,2022, police received more than 60 calls to the address, ranging from theft and anti-social behaviour to assaults and robberies.

For the next three months anyone other than the people named by the courts are banned from visiting the property.

PC Aled Davies said: “It is a fairly rare move for a closure notice to be issued on a residential property. It was given careful consideration and deemed the most appropriate action to take to reduce the anti-social behaviour that was happening there and improve the quality of life for other residents.

“Only the tenants and a few other named people are permitted to be at the address. They are aware of the closure order.

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“Anyone else seen visiting the property will be in contravention of the order and faces a fine, prison or both.

“To report sightings of anyone else visiting the address call police on 101 immediately.”

Dyfed-Powys Police say their Legal Services have successfully secured a number of closure orders throughout the force area over recent years, and add that the force also provides assistance and support where closure orders are sought by local authorities within the force area.

A closure order is a tool under the Anti-Social Behaviour and Crime and Policing Act 2014 that gives police the ability to close a property to provide quick relief from the anti-social behaviour that has been occurring there.

Closures can be made for 48 hours without needing to go to court for permission. When applied for through the courts, closure orders can be for up to three months.

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Llanelli Rotary raises £7K for local Hospice thanks to match-funding by Swansea Building Society

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The Llanelli Rotary Club has raised £7,000 for the Ty Bryngwyn Hospice in Llanelli thanks to generous match-funding from Swansea Building Society.

The funds were raised by Llanelli Rotary Club when it hosted a James Bond themed charity ball at the Diplomat Hotel in Llanelli. The amount raised on the night came to just under £3,500. Swansea Building Society, with branch offices in Swansea, Mumbles, Carmarthen and Cowbridge, then more-than match-funded the amount, bringing the total to £7,000.

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Speaking at the event was the outgoing Llanelli Rotary President and current Chairman of Swansea Building Society, Ieuan Griffiths. During his speech, Mr Griffiths noted that this was the second time this year that Swansea Building Society had match-funded the money raised by the Rotary Club. The previous time being the Rotary Club’s last Christmas appeal.

A check for £7,000 was presented by Mr Griffiths to Dave Craddock, Chairman and Trustee of Ty Bryngwyn Hospice, who explained to the event’s attendees that the funds would be used to support the building of an annex and the re-landscaping of the hospice’s gardens.

Ty Bryngwyn Llanelli Hospice, situated in the grounds of Prince Phillip Hospital, is a Designated Centre of Excellence providing specialist palliative care for the community of Carmarthenshire. It is the only hospice in the area with inpatient facilities and it provides specialist palliative care both in the community and in its seven inpatient beds.

The hospice aims to enrich patients’ quality of life, promote independence, and offers opportunities to empower people to make their own personal choices within a safe, therapeutic environment. The hospice also provides information, support and advice for its patients and their families, and offers a range of individual and group activities at Ty Bryngwyn and within the community.

Ieuan Griffiths, Swansea Building Society Chair and outgoing Llanelli Rotary Club President, said: “As chairman of the Society, I very much welcome the fact that there is a strong commitment by the Society to its mutuality of ownership and the support it gives its communities across the South Wales region.

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“Though headquartered in Swansea, Llanelli is very much part of the Society’s community, which stretches from East Wales to Carmarthenshire in the west and beyond.

“Indeed, as the Society enters its centenary year next January, it is expanding quickly and will continue to support its members and a growing number of local charities as part of its ongoing mission.”

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