Storm dam­age re­sponse ‘was less than ac­cept­able’

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The re­port said peo­ple with a smart­phone can down­load an app which records nui­sance noise. The record­ing can then be sent to of­fi­cers.

Mean­while, more and more plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions re­quire noise as­sess­ments to be car­ried out, and de­part­ment chiefs are look­ing into cre­at­ing a paid-for ser­vice for de­vel­op­ers.

The en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion ser­vice also in­spects and re­views li­cences for sports grounds, and will have to en­sure tat­tooists and body piercers are reg­is­tered and li­censed fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the Pub­lic Health (Wales) Act.

The leg­is­la­tion also re­quires coun­cils to en­force no smok­ing in more ar­eas than is cur­rently the case.

Car­marthen­shire of­fi­cers also mon­i­tor and re­port air pol­lu­tion lev­els at a des­ig­nated air qual­ity man­age­ment area at Llan­deilo, and more re­cent ones at Car­marthen and Llanelli.

Ac­tions plans have been pro­duced for all three ar­eas.

The ser­vice also sam­ples wa­ter qual­ity in North Dock, Llanelli, while Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales does the same for beaches at Pem­brey and Pen­dine.

Car­marthen­shire of­fi­cers re­ceived more than 2,500 nui­sance and an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour ser­vice re­quests last year, and ended up is­su­ing 83 statu­tory no­tices.

The re­port said the 556 fly-tip­ping re­ports it re­ceived of­ten took a lot of time to in­ves­ti­gate.

One area which has seen a de­mand re­duc­tion is stray dogs – down from over 1,000 five years ago to 634 last year – pos­si­bly be­cause of the in­tro­duc­tion of mi­cro-chip­ping.

But re­quests for help with pests climbed to 701 last year, and the coun­cil is look­ing into the idea of ex­pand­ing its pest con­trol ser­vice for com­mer­cial and pri­vate treat­ments.

Car­marthen­shire’s ex­ec­u­tive board has ap­proved the en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion ser­vice’s 2018-19 plan.

Speak­ing at the meet­ing, coun­cil­lor Peter Hughes Grif­fiths said he now re­alised how much work went on.

“It’s some­thing that we can be very proud of,” he said.

Find out more on­line at... waleson­ llanelli CAR­WYN Jones’s re­sponse to the dam­age caused by Storm Cal­lum “was less than ac­cept­able”, the leader of Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil has said.

Coun­cil­lor Em­lyn Dole said the First Min­is­ter vis­ited the worst-af­fected ar­eas fol­low­ing last month’s storm, which led to wide­spread flood­ing in Car­marthen­shire and Ceredi­gion.

A spokesman for Mr Jones said the Welsh Gov­ern­ment was work­ing with coun­cils to as­sess the full ex­tent of dam­age “as was made clear” on his visit.

The coun­cil rapidly set up flood re­lief funds for house­hold­ers and busi­nesses whose prop­er­ties were dam­aged, and has es­ti­mated that re­pair­ing roads and other in­fras­truc­ture in Car­marthen­shire will cost £3 mil­lion.

“The First Min­is­ter came down to see for him­self what had hap­pened, and, to be hon­est, his re­sponse was less than ac­cept­able,” said Mr Dole, ad­dress­ing a meet­ing of full coun­cil.

“I made an ap­peal for the fi­nan­cial sup­port that we will need for the in­fras­truc­ture, but his re­sponse was not one I ex­pected from some­body in his po­si­tion.

“Ba­si­cally he crit­i­cised what we were do­ing and our ef­forts to look after the in­ter­ests of Car­marthen­shire peo­ple. As a leader my main pri­or­ity was to en­sure our peo­ple were okay and that they were safe, and that’s what we did do.”

The Plaid Cymru leader praised coun­cil of­fi­cers for “go­ing be­yond what was re­quired of them” in the after­math of the storm.

Of­fi­cers col­lected dam­aged fur­ni­ture, tested electrics, de­ployed de­hu­mid­i­fiers and ad­vised house­hold­ers how to sub­mit a claim for the £200 flood re­lief grants.

Mr Dole said the coun­cil was still help­ing 67 busi­nesses, which are able to claim 50% of clean-up and dam­age-re­lated costs, although con­di­tions ap­ply.He said: “I re­ally want to praise our teams across the de­part­ments who have re­sponded so well to this emer­gency.”

Mr Dole said the storm caused £3 mil­lion to £4 mil­lion of dam­age to busi­nesses in the county.

He again sent his con­do­lences to the fam­ily of 21-year-old Corey Sharpling, of New­cas­tle Em­lyn, who died as a re­sult of a land­slide on the A484 dur­ing the storm on Oc­to­ber 13.

A spokesman for Mr Jones said: “As the First Min­is­ter made clear dur­ing his visit, we are work­ing with lo­cal gov­ern­ment to as­sess the dam­age caused and how much as­sis­tance is re­quired.”

Em­lyn Dole.

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