Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)
The reservoir has seen lots of activity in recent weeks. Groups of youths numbering between 30-50 have been congregating in the Reservoir for BBQ's and beer. The police have attended on several occasions and Welsh Water have sent in people to clean the mess up. If you see or hear anything please contact the police. I'm advised there will be regular patrols by both Welsh Water rangers and our neighbourhood policing team until the issue is resolved.
2) Following Kirsty Williams's announcement that schools will reopen on June 29th we are now preparing Swiss Valley school for this event. The term will also be extended by a week, with the summer term ending on 27 July. We are currently working to setup a safe environment with all the social distancing rules and signage needed to allow the school's staff and learners to work in a safe environment.
3) Trostre Recycling Centre
The recycling centre is open but you need to book an appointment slot via the councils website. The link is below:
4) Swiss Valley Community Centre/Park
Both of these facilities remain closed until further notice. Llanelli Rural council is due to start meeting again soon and will review these closures.
END JUNE UPDATE
Clearly we are living in strange times. Not much is going on locally so not much to report on. The reservoir remains open for now and I'm in contact with Welsh Water. The reservoir car parks have been blocked off to deter people travelling miles to walk around the reservoir but I remain of the opinion that for local residents it can help get us out of the house for the brief exercise we are allowed to do. This remains under constant review however. The school is closed, the park is closed, the pub is closed and there are no activities in the community centre.
Just like many others I'm doing shopping and checking up on elderly mainly single people in Swiss Valley and am available for a chat or to do any shopping that may be required. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you know of anyone who may need help or you know to be alone at this very distressing time.
Anyone running a business is also struggling so I'd encourage you to look at the latest bulletins from the UK/Welsh governments about what is available. As someone who runs a small business the grant process is really simple but you need to see if you fit the criteria. https://businesswales.gov.wales/coronavirus-advice/
Please continue to follow the advice outlined by government:
Anyone with flu/coronavirus-like symptoms however mild - including a high temperature of above 37.8C (100F) or a new, continuous cough - is being asked to stay at home for at least seven days. If you are part of a family then the time extends to 14 days. If anyone needs to self-isolate then they should follow the Government’s advice for staying at home https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-51506729
If you have any concerns please contact the council on 01267-234567 or visit the councils dedicated webpage below, keep checking regularly as public facing services may change, be stopped, or be delivered in a different way until the virus subsides. The council has a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CarmarthenshireCC/ and twitter account @CarmsCouncil that will post updates as frequently as possible.
The council is working on a scheme to encourage people who wish to volunteer in their communities. As soon as details are finalised we will relay details as to how you as a local resident can play a role in this.
As a Governor on several schools we are working to government advice and are doing our best. Negative comments on social media are not helpful. We are all human and all of us are working to try to ensure the safety of all, but again it is all against a backdrop of doing it on the say so of official advice.
SWISS VALLEY YOUTH CLUB
Time: Postponed until further notice
SWISS VALLEY RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
Time: Postponed until further notice
NEWS and UPDATES
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.