Works continues to remove trees affected by ash dieback disease

Work is continuing throughout Carmarthenshire to remove council owned diseased ash trees affecting the highway.

Specialist contractors have recently been carrying out felling works throughout the night on the A4138 Hendy link road to remove dead and dying trees that pose a risk to road users and pedestrians.

Ash dieback is a fungal disease, it spreads from the leaves through to the branches, causing the tree to die. Dead branches and entire dead trees can become very brittle and fall, posing a serious risk to the public.

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Popular School Crossing Patrol Officer Wins National Award

Llangwm School Crossing Patrol officer Lisa Brock has received a Road Safety Wales award for 25 years of dedication to helping children cross the road to the village primary school.

To celebrate her achievement, a giant walk to school event took place this week with hundreds of pupils and parents taking part – much to Mrs Brock’s surprise!

The walk was followed by the presentation of the award in assembly, where Cleddau Reach VC Headteacher Rhys Buckley thanked her for ‘keeping children safe and making a difference to their day with a smile and a kind word’.  

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Free Bus Travel in Swansea for Half Term

Swansea's hugely popular free bus offer is back for the last weekend in May and the long Bank Holiday weekend at the start of next month.

Whether it's a trip to the Blackpill Lido, a journey to Singleton Park or a day out on the beach you're looking for, the free bus services will be available for six days over the half-term period.

All bus passenger journeys starting and finishing in Swansea will be free if your journey starts before 7pm on Saturday, May 28th and Sunday, May 29th. The free service will also be available before 7pm on 2- 5 June so families can get out and about together without worrying about the fare.

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Happy Retirement for Christine After 38 Years of Helping Pupils

One of Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC's longest-serving School Crossing Patrol Officers will soon be retiring from the role – having helped primary school pupils safely walk to school in Pontygwaith for the past 38 years.

Christine Leach, who is from the village and herself attended Pontygwaith Primary School as a child, first started the road safety role in 1984 and will retire following her last day of work on Friday, 27 May. Her dedicated commitment has ensured that generations of children in Pontygwaith have remained safe while crossing the road on the way to school each day.

The 73-year-old is one of around 50 officers employed by the Council to help children and other pedestrians, walking to and from a designated point in the community at busy times of the day. Christine currently works during the morning and afternoon periods, and previously worked at lunch times as well.

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Investment to Encourage Cycle Use and Help Wales Meet Net Zero

Getting people out of cars and on to bikes is the aim of a £50 million investment announced by Deputy Climate Change Minister Lee Waters.

Speaking on a visit to Cardiff-based cycling charity Pedal Power, the Deputy Minister said the money would fund cycling routes and new facilities right across Wales.

Deputy Minister for Climate Change, with a responsibility for Transport, Lee Waters said, This is a substantial investment and part of our commitment to making cycling easier so people cut the amount of journeys they take by car and travel in a way that is better for our planet.

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New Trial to Banish Loud Engines and Exhausts on Britain’s Noisiest Streets

A search for Britain’s noisiest streets has been launched by the Department for Transport (DfT) with 4 areas across England and Wales set to trial new phase 2 technology to help stop rowdy motorists revving their engines unnecessarily or using illegal exhausts.

Since the technology is in design phase, MPs are being invited to submit applications to trial new innovative noise cameras in their local area, helping to ensure communities can enjoy their public and residential spaces peacefully.

The technology, backed by £300,000, can automatically detect when vehicles are breaking legal noise requirements, helping provide police and local authorities with the tools and evidence to take action against drivers who flout noise laws. Police have existing powers, including the ability to issue fines, but currently have trouble gathering evidence.

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20mph Pilot Scheme Being Implemented Across Four Wards in Cardiff

Four wards in Cardiff have been chosen to part of a Welsh Government trial to reduce the national speed limit from 30mph to 20mph in residential areas.

Llandaff North, Whitchurch & Tongwynlais, Rhiwbina and Heath have all been chosen to be part of the Welsh Government 20mph Phase 1 scheme.

This will mean that all residential streets in these wards will be limited to 20mph when the scheme has been implemented, but the speed limit on Manor Way and Western Avenue will remain at 30mph. The scheme is expected to be fully implemented by May 14th.

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Road Safety Wales Awards

The Road Safety Wales Awards recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have made a real commitment to road safety, above and beyond what would normally be expected of them.

Each year, road safety professionals from across Wales have the opportunity to nominate deserving people to receive an award; those that have demonstrated excellent road safety practice, created innovative projects or made a personal contribution to keeping other people safe on the roads.

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Climate Ambassadors Focus on Active Travel

Community climate ambassadors met with representatives from Torfaen Council recently to discuss plans to increase active travel in the borough.

Road Safety Strategy Officer Pat Bates outlined what the council has done to improve active travel routes since the introduction of the Welsh Government’s Active Travel Act and outlined what the authority plans to do over the next few years.

During the presentation, Pat Bates said, “Since 2017 the council has created new walking and cycling routes, improved existing routes, and widened pavements on busy pedestrians routes to school.

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National Rollout of the Travel to School Hands Up Survey

Active School Travel (AST) has multiple health, social and economic benefits for individuals and communities. Increasing AST will increase physical activity, improve air quality and have positive impacts on climate change.

Children who regularly walk to school can meet between 25-35% of their recommended amount of physical activity per school day. AST can also develop self-confidence; skills in assessing and managing risk, problem solving, social skills and can improve educational attainment. At a community and population level, increased AST can reduce motorised traffic volumes through modal shift, thereby decreasing pollution levels and reducing road danger.

Public Health Wales will be shortly rolling out the national Travel to School Hands Up Survey to all maintained primary schools in Wales. This validated survey will measure children’s self-reported mode of travel to school and will provide a clear picture and understanding of active school travel levels (e.g., walking, cycling, scooting) in Wales.

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