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Woman fined £75 for leaving rubbish at recycling bank

A woman has been fined £75 after leaving bin bags next to recycling banks as she missed her local rubbish collection.

Carmarthenshire Council says it has stepped up patrols in the area. Credit: Carmarthenshire Council

The woman, from Laugharne in Carmarthenshire, admitted leaving them at the banks in St Clears and was issued with a fixed penalty notice by council environmental enforcement officers.

The council said there was no facility for blue bags at the site and if people miss their kerbside collection they should take them to their nearest household waste recycling centre.

These sites are important facilities for communities, but people are dumping all kinds of rubbish or are just too lazy to put them into the recycling banks,” he said.

“This will not be tolerated and anyone caught will be fined.

– Cllr Jim Jones

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Flooding closes roads in Powys and Carmarthenshire

Roads have been closed in Powys and Carmarthenshire.

The A 483 is closed at Llandovery, Four Crosses and Builth Wells. The A485 is closed at Castle Caereinion as is the A470 at Llangurig.

The A487 Dyfi Bridge is closed at Machynlleth along with the A495 at Meifod.

The A4069 is also closed at Llangadog.

Motorcyclist dies in car crash near Carmarthen

A man has died following a car crash in Carmarthenshire Credit: PA

A man has died in a car crash near Carmarthen.

The 55-year-old man was riding a motorcycle when it crashed as it went round a bend of the B4312.

His next of kin have been informed.

The occupants of the car were treated for shock following the incident.

Police are asking for anyone with information about the crash to call them on 101.

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Council to consider banning dogs from playgrounds

Carmarthenshire councillors will meet today to consider proposals to ban dogs from playgrounds following a public consultation exercise.

Carmarthenshire Council will consider proposals to ban dogs from children's play areas. Credit: PA

A survey was carried out between April and May this year asking the public for their views on orders controlling dogs in public places.

A total of 620 responses were received and officers have used the information to draw up proposals to tackle the problem of irresponsible dog ownership.

  • 98% of people surveyed agreed that dog owners should clean up after their dogs on all public land;
  • 69% also agreed that dogs should be excluded from children's play areas;
  • But 70% said they did not want dogs to be excluded from beaches and a majority disagreed to dogs being on a lead in public places.

The proposals will go before the Environmental and Public Protection Scrutiny Committee for consideration later today.

CCTV live monitoring to end in Carmarthenshire

Ammanford, Burry Port, Carmarthen and Llanelli have cameras. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Carmarthenshire County Council says live monitoring of CCTV cameras is to stop and the money saved to be used for the Meals on Wheels service.

It says the move was based on the findings of an independent review commissioned by the Police and Crime Commissioner saying there was no case to support active monitoring of public CCTV and that there was little evidence that the cameras deterred violent or alcohol related crime.

Carmarthenshire was the only county in the Dyfed Powys Police area to actively monitor CCTV cameras.

The council says savings of around £100,000 will fund the Meals on Wheels service.

The cameras, which are predominantly sited in town centre areas of Ammanford, Burry Port, Carmarthen and Llanelli, will remain on and continue to record but the reviewing of recorded footage would have to be undertaken by the Police.

We would like to thank members of the public for sharing their views with us, and we do appreciate their feelings regarding this issue.

However, evidence produced by the Police and Crime Commissioner showed that live monitoring was of little or no benefit, and he withdrew his funding for the service.

Further discussions will take place with the Commissioner and the Chief Constable shortly, we will pass on the results of the recent consultation and discuss future arrangements with them at that meeting.

– Councillor Pam Palmer, Carmarthenshire County Council
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