WITH November 5 just around the corner , Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service encourages the public to celebrate this year’s Bonfire Night in the safest way possible and attend an official, organised public firework display, which are much safer, more entertaining, and cost effective than private displays.
MAWWFRS Arson Reduction Manager will Bowen advises: “Remember that safety is the key to having a safe and successful November the 5th. The following are very simple Do’s and Do Not’s to ensure the safest possible night:
- Position the bonfire well away from houses, garages, sheds, fences, overhead cables, trees and shrubs -15m is usually a safe distance.
- Make sure the bonfire is stable and will not collapse.
- Ensure everyone is a safe distance (15m) away from the fire and children are supervised at all times.
- Keep buckets of water, a garden hose or a fire extinguisher nearby in case of an emergency.
- Pour water on the remains of the bonfire before leaving.
- Keep pets indoors during bonfire night.
Do NOT burn the following:
- Foam filled furniture
- Never use flammable liquids to light a bonfire.
- Never light or store fireworks near a bonfire.
- Never leave a bonfire unattended.
If you are planning a bonfire we insist that you contact the Fire Service ahead of time on 01268909404 and provide us with the following information:
- Name of responsible person and contact telephone number
- Date, time and location of the bonfire
- How the fire will be extinguished after the event or if it gets out of control”.
For those who are interested in attending organised events please see if any of the following are near you:
30th October, 6pm Bonfire at Llangrannog Beach
31st October, 6pm Fireworks at Goodwick Parrog Beach
31st October, 6.30pm Fireworks at Myddfai Hall, Llandovery
31st October, 5.30pm Fireworks, Bonfire and Halloween party at The Snooty Fox, Martletwy
1st November, 6pm Fireworks at Maesydre Recreating Ground, Welshpool
5th November, 5pm Fireworks at Carmarthen Park
5th November, 5.30pm, Fireworks at Mackerel Stage, Milford Haven
5th November, 7pm Fireworks at The Castle Ruins, Newcastle Emlyn
5th November, 6pm Bonfire and Fireworks at Black Mountains Lion and Baskerville Hall, Clyro
5th November, 6pm Fireworks at St Helen’s Ground, Swansea
5th November, 6.30pm Fireworks at Llannon School
5th November, 6pm at King Arthur in Reynoldston
5th November, 6pm Bonfire at St Florence Village Hall
5th November, Bonfire and Fireworks at Gwili Tractors, Lampeter
5th November, 6.30pm at Mynyddygarreg Hall
5th November, 5pm Fireworks at Llangattock Church in Wales School
5th November, Fireworks at Belgrave Park, Abergavenny
5th November, 7pm Fireworks at The plash Inn, Whitland
6th November, Fireworks at Parc y Scarlets
6th November, 6:30pm Fireworks at Rugby Ground Heywood Lane Tenby
7th November, 6pm Fireworks at Cae William, Llandeilo
7th November, 6.30pm at Llangennech Scout Hall
7th November, 6pm Fireworks at Maes y Dre Recreation grounds, Welshpool.
- If you can think of any more events please email us to be listed or add as a comment below!
Further delay to Universal Credit in Ceredigion
BEN LAKE MP for Ceredigion has expressed his concerns following a recent announcement by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) that the roll-out of the government’s controversial benefit payment, Universal Credit, will be fully rolled-out across Ceredigion in December 2018.
The payment, which is set to replace longstanding benefits such as Income Support, ESA and Working Tax Credits, had initially been set to become active in Ceredigion in September 2018, however recent documentation shows the date has now been moved back to December 2018.
Ben Lake MP has expressed his concern that a roll-out in December 2018 will hit families and vulnerable people at the most difficult time of year.
Ben Lake MP said: “I welcome the news that the UK Government have decided to delay the roll-out of Universal Credit in Ceredigion, I hope that this will allow the Government an opportunity to address and resolve many of the well-publicised issues associated with the payment. There have already been significant problems with the roll-out of the new regime in other areas, however, the proposed timing of December for its roll-out in Ceredigion is particularly problematic.
“With the Christmas celebrations, cold weather, and lengthy holiday periods, December can often be a difficult month financially for many families and individuals. I have significant concerns therefore that the full introduction of Universal Credit in Ceredigion will not only see claimants put under additional financial strain, but that it will coincide with a period when many of the support services available will be disrupted due to the festive holidays.”
“I have since written to the Department of Work and Pensions expressing such concerns.”
Share experiences of sexual harassment to help police
PEOPLE who have been subject to sexual harassment are encouraged to share their experiences to help understand the scale of the problem in communities across Wales.
Dyfed-Powys Police is taking part in a country-wide campaign, which urges anyone who has been subject to sexual harassment to say when and where the incident took place, as well as how it made them feel, anonymously through an online survey.
The results will be used to challenge and change the culture of misogyny and sexual harassment, so people can feel safe to live their lives without fear of harassment.
Dyfed-Powys Police Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “Sexual harassment is simply unacceptable – it doesn’t matter who it comes from or where it happens, it should not be tolerated by anyone in society.
“We are committed to making sure everybody feels safe in their community, and has the freedom to make life choices without fear of sexual harassment. We want people to be able to access every area of society with confidence, from sports facilities and workplaces, to public transport or pubs and clubs.
“By taking part in this survey, you will help us to understand the scale of the problem in communities across Dyfed-Powys Police, which will enable us to listen to those affected by sexual harassment and to make a real difference in the future.”
To take part in the survey, visit https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SWPCOM
Proposed salmon byelaws to be postponed until 2019
NEW fishing byelaws have been proposed which will make it mandatory for fishermen to release all salmon caught in Welsh rivers.
The procedures for introducing new byelaws are protracted and Natural Resources Wales wishes to avoid uncertainty for fishermen by delaying implementation of approved new measures until the 2019 fishing season.
The proposed all Wales byelaws, which include restrictions on fishing methods to help the survival of released fish and reduced net fishing seasons, are currently being considered by Welsh Government.
Dave Mee, Senior Fisheries Advisor for NRW, said: “At the moment timescales for a decision are uncertain, so we are proposing that introduction of any new measures should be postponed until the beginning of the 2019 rod and net seasons.
“We hope this will help clarify the situation for anglers, netsmen, fishery owners and clubs and associations.”
Welsh salmon stocks remain in a perilous condition. Although the mandatory catch and release proposals have proved unpopular with anglers, NRW firmly believes that they, along with other measures such as tackling agricultural pollution, improving water quality and managing the potential threats from predators are vital for the future survival of these iconic fish.
Peter Gough, Principal Fisheries Advisor for NRW added: “This delay is a pragmatic solution to resolving current uncertainty.
“However, it is important to note that this does not mean there will be further debate on the subject as NRW has concluded its position and the case for further controls has been made and presented to Welsh Government and it remains unchanged.
“Protection of the breeding resources of these wonderful fish is a fundamental part of our work to manage this important natural resource sustainably.”
This season, fishermen are again being asked by NRW to practice full restraint and ensure conservation of fish stocks by voluntarily releasing all the salmon they catch in 2018.
Dave explained: “Our salmon stocks are in serious trouble and have fallen to historically low levels and the same is true of about half of our sea trout stocks.
“Neither species can sustain uncontrolled killing of fish and so we are again asking all anglers to release all of their salmon.
“Most anglers are already voluntarily releasing the fish they catch, but some are not. We feel the situation is now so serious for salmon that we must ask all anglers to help preserve as many fish as possible by returning all their salmon.
“It’s also very important to take great care of returned fish. Fishing methods and tackle should be used that ensure fish have a high probability of survival, they should always be kept in the water while unhooking to ensure they can swim away strongly.”
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