Again, a small update for August. The community centre is now reopening with Welsh Government advice in place for groups wanting to return.
Following complaints the grass to the rear of the community centre has now been strimmed.
The residents association are still not meeting so nothing to report from there.
Youth Club remains closed but we will review in September.
Sad news to report this month. Sheila Thomas who was (along with her husband Roy) a founder member of the original Swiss Valley Community Centre Committee has passed away. She along with others worked hard to raise funds for the original centre which was a prefabricated building. Sheila helped arrange functions and would often be seen in the kitchen serving teas/coffees. She arranged functions such as Strawberry Tea fund raisers after going to Hereford to pick the Strawberries for the event, New Year's Eve Dinners and much more. These all helped the original hall build up its balances as there wasn’t much in the kitty at that time. Some of you may also know Sheila through her keep fit classes which she did for many a year. The committee and our whole community thank Sheila for what she did up here for Swiss Valley. My condolences to her family and friends.
The management of the pub has changed hands with local couples taking over the running of it. We wish Wayne, Audra, Lynda and Neil every success in their venture.
A big welcome on a not so sunny day to Mr Derek Brockway ( BBC Wales weatherman). He walked around Swiss Valley reservoir this month as part of his Weatherman Walking tv series taking in the wonderful sights from our jewel up here in Swiss. I was lucky enough to get a few minutes of his time, but you'll be relieved to know I'm not on the programme!. Diolch Derek. Keep your eyes peeled for it on BBC Wales.
Can I also make an appeal for people living in Swiss Valley to become members of the committee. We meet once a month but numbers are becoming low.
For more information and general information on the community centre please follow the link below:
For the latest COVID updates from the county council please see the Carmarthenshire County Council website for the latest corona virus advice.
SWISS VALLEY YOUTH CLUB
Time: Postponed until further notice
SWISS VALLEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
Time: Postponed until further notice
Great news. Llanelli Rural Council have agreed to a 5 year community adoption of Swiss Valley Reservoir. Some £270,000+ of funding has been secured and as a result of this a Ranger post will be created (leading to emptying of bins/general maintenance) and the car parks will get some investment. The toilet block will also be refurbished as part of the adoption. Its an exciting project and the first adoption of its kind in Wales. I cant say things will improve overnight but they are heading in the right direction for the "Jewel" of Swiss Valley. Other water sports and fishing activities will be looked at but the main thing is this much loved area of Llanelli will get some much needed TLC. Having posted this news on social media the response has been amazing and just proves to me how well thought of our reservoir is!
The official press release can be seen below:
I had a really informative day out this month when I accompanied Bryngwyn and Glan-Y-Mor pupils to the global goalkeepers training day as part of the #walktheglobalwalk, in the Gwendraeth Hall. Congratulations to Mari, Carolyn, Shannon, Olivia and Eva on being selected. Look out for school and community projects coming up on the theme of #climateaction. As a Governor on both schools as part of their federation it was great to see all pupils engaging in the climate debate and coming up with solutions for the wider community and their individual schools to help combat climate change. Carmarthenshire County Council, Llanelli Rural Council and many others have all declared climate emergencies. Thanks to all the pupils and staff and congratulations on your work.
More dumping by Porth Dafen to start the new year off. I'm conintually reporting dumping at this location. Hopefully they will find some evidence to prosecute.
I have attended meetings with developers and residents about Penderi solar farm. It is a large scale solar farm with some 25% of it located in farms between Swiss Valley and Llangennech/Llannon. For further information please visit the website setup at:
BT PAYPHONE - SV Shops
Further to this news from August I have now learned from BT that 9 phone calls have been made from the payphone in the last 12 months. In all likelihood this payphone will be removed.
As of the end of September I havent been contacted by anyone concerned about its removal.
SV SCHOOL - 50th Anniversary
I was very proud to attend the 50th anniversary concert at the Diplomat Hotel in July as part of the School's 50th celebrations. It was a wonderful evening celebrating each of the 5
decades that have past since 1969. Well done to all of the pupils and staff involved in making it such a success, and thanks to the Diplomat Hotel for allowing free use of the big function room.
Work to improve the drainage and clean out the duck pond has begun at Park Howard. It already it looks better, with more improvements to come.
On behalf of not only us in Swiss Valley but the whole of Llanelli I am now representing us on the joint working group (setup between Carmarthenshire County Council and Llanelli Town Council) working to protect and improve the park. This joint working group talks to all other volunteer groups so everyone in the community knows what is happening.
The inspection by ESTYN of Swiss Valley school gave it yet another excellent report. Our school has long been known to be a good school to go to and their recent report reinforces that. As the current Chair of Governors and despite fiscally hard times, I would like to personally thank all the teaching and none teaching staff for all their hard working in making the inspection such a success and the school that it is today.
Things are moving forward with Welsh Water. Further talks which I am involved with will take place on August 5th but all the signs are that Llanelli Rural Council could be in a position to take over some time in the next 12 months. Welsh Water are prepared to offer a substantial amount of money as part of the move which will go to maintenance of the paths/car parks/general upkeep (emptying bins) within the confines of the reservoir.
A new defibrillator will be placed on the outside of the Tafarn-Y-Felin pub. This is something that has happened as a result of a very personal tragedy for a family in Llanelli. 2 brave daughters have raised alot of money and they wanted to place a life saving box on the outside of the pub. Due to this fantastic and generous gesture the school will now keep theirs inside of the school grounds.
TROSTRE - Dump
As I'm sure most of you know by now you may require ID to get into the dump (Refuse/Recycling Cente) at Trostre.
Our centres are provided for Carmarthenshire residents only, we have introduced checks to ensure we make efficient use of our resources to provide the best service to our residents. Residency checks will be carried out from the 1st of April 2019, so you will need to have one of the following with you to show to the attendant at the site entrance:
Your current Council Tax bill
A utility bill, (no older than 3 months)
If you see or are annoyed at horse mess on the road outside your house please contact the council's cleansing team on 01267-234567 and report it. A team will then be despatched to remove it.
Cllr. Giles Morgan
Serving Swiss Valley since 2004
Reservoir Visitor Information
Llanelli Rural Council has a great website detailing what is going on in the reservoir as things progress. This site is worth a visit.