The pantomime production we normally have in the community centre will not take place this year. The company that does the productions has ceased trading due to covid. Can I take this opportunity of thanking the Once Upon a Time Theatre Company for all their productions over the past few years. We have had a laugh and all have been well attended.
Swiss Valley School
After years of trying we have successfully bid for a safe routes to school pot of money. As well as tackling the congestion caused by the school run, the safe routes initiative is important for the promotion of healthier lifestyles for children. By showing children from an early age that alternatives to the car such as walking and cycling are attractive and fun, they can be encouraged to take regular exercise and develop healthy travel habits for the future.
Pavements and roads around the school will now benefit from this pot of money. Work wont begin until next year but the fact we have been successful is fantastic!
Path from Community Centre to Llethri Road
Following meetings I've had with CCC officers the path between the Community Centre and Llethri Road is to receive some surface repairs. Part of the path has already been done which spurs off to Pennant has been totally resurfaced. This has made a huge difference.
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.
As we entered into summer and with schools breaking up we had a few issues with youngsters up in the reservoir. I asked the police to patrol more regularly which they did, and following sharp decisive action the past few months have been pretty quiet. The reservoir improvements continue and more people are visiting what we in Swiss Valley already know to be a cherished beauty spot.
A big welcome on a not so sunny day to Mr Derek Brockway ( BBC Wales weatherman). He walked around Swiss Valley reservoir last 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.
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.
Community Centre Hire
To hire Swiss Valley Community Centre please contact the booking secretary on 01554 784854
Address: Swiss Valley Community Hall, Heol Nant, Swiss Valley, Llanelli, SA14 8EH.
Hire cost of hall: £6 per hour. £30 for Parties (3 hours)
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)