Dyfed-Powys Police and Crime Panel agree precept increase to enable plans to re-invest in CCTV and lead to improvements in HMIC gradings

Police & Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said:“My decision to ask for an increase in the amount of money our communities pay towards policing was not made lightly.”

“The precept agreed by the Police & Crime Panel equates to an additional 27p per week, per household for an average band D property. This band D tax will be at a level that is 6.9% higher than the 2016/17 level and is 1.55% higher than the 2014/15 level.

“This increase in budget will enable me to move ahead with my plans to re-invest in CCTV across the counties, as well as enhance the service provided to our most rural communities. It will also go towards implementing required improvements in order to improve the HMIC grading’s for the force, a significant challenge but a priority for myself and the Chief Constable.”

“The consultation I undertook at the end of last year confirmed that our communities are willing to pay more for policing. The majority suggested they were in support of an increase of up to 5%, with some willing to go to 10%.”

“I am very aware of financial demands our communities face and have done my best to keep the increase to a minimum. Today’s increase means that the communities served by Dyfed-Powys Police continue to pay the least for their local policing, when compared to the other Welsh forces.”

“In light of a freeze on precept last year, a cut of 5% in the previous year and the continuation of cuts to police budgets nationally, no increase was not an option. And I will use every penny of this increase to ensure that we continue to do everything possible to keep our communities safe.”

Safer routes proposals for Carmarthenshire


Residents in three Carmarthenshire communities are being asked for their views on proposals to create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists.

The council is consulting on Safer Routes in Communities schemes for Carmarthen, Pontyberem and Pencader.

These communities were successful at the first stage of the assessment process.

Display boards showing details of the schemes will be put up in each of the areas so that people can leave feedback.

The comments will form part of a bid to Welsh Government for funding for the schemes to be carried out next year in 2017-18.

The council is also consulting directly with local schools, town and community councils and the local members.

The Safer Routes in Communities project has been developed to create a safer environment for pedestrians and cyclists through the implementation of engineering measures such as cycle routes, cycle paths, traffic calming and educational road safety initiatives.

The aim is to shift away from car use for certain journeys, which results in reduced levels of congestion, improved local air quality, and an improved street scene, especially in relation to road safety.

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “The support and co-operation of the schools, businesses and local people is essential and it is important that they are involved in every stage of the project.

“Key to ensuring the long-term success of a Safe Routes in Communities project is ownership of the project’s aims and objectives by the schools taking part and the local community alike.

“Any comments or issues raised will be considered as part of the ongoing development of the scheme and although it may not be possible to accommodate all suggestions, we will ensure that all responses/proposals are thoroughly investigated.”

Consultation events are taking place on the week commencing January 16 in the following locations:

• Pontyberem – Pontyberem Memorial Hall, Wednesday, January 18, 3pm-5pm.
• Pencader – Pencader Pavilion, Thursday, January 19, 3pm-6pm.
• Carmarthen – St Peters Civic Hall (foyer), Friday, January 20, 12noon- 1.30pm and 3pm-5pm.

All comments need to be in by January 27. For further information please contact Thomas Evans on email tjevans@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or call 01267 228258.

Details of each of the schemes are set out below together with a pdf. map:

Pontyberem

  • New path linking Brandway with the school;
  • Potential new footpath through the park to the Memorial Hall;
  • Improved access to the park, dropped kerbs & tactile crossings; and parent waiting shelters
  • Upgrade to signalised crossing outside the school.

Pencader

  • Proposed uncontrolled tactile crossing point;
  • Proposed footway (general width of 1.2m) along B4459 from the Maescader estate to Tremle Farm.
  • Parent waiting shelter at school;
  • Improved access to playing field.

Carmarthen

  • Improved access into Ysgol y Dderwen via Llys Fynnon;
  • Safer crossing points and traffic calming measures along Lime Grove Avenue;
  • Raised plateau and improved lighting around Pondside, Johnstown;
  • Improved walking links to Richmond School;
  • Proposed zebra crossing and parent waiting shelter at Model School.

 



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