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June 2017

Following the audit on the speed humps in Alltwalis and the single one in New Inn, it’s good to see that some action has at last been taken whereby the “illegal” one in Alltwalis has been replaced with one conforming to the Department for Transport – i.e.3” or 75mm which was considered adequate. I wonder who financed this remedial action.

The road to the turbine site at Wern is still in a bad state, much worse than before the turbine was erected. What action, if any, is the “Enforcement Department” of Carmarthenshire County Council likely to take over the inadequate reinstatement of this road and the island? None I expect without pressure being brought to bear.

The flower troughs in the community have been good this spring and hopefully the summer displays will be equally successful.

There are still too many holes and bumps in the road between the Beehive and Twelly Garage.

Has anyone seen a representative of the Police in the villages lately despite a rise in the Police precept for the year 2017-18? The old adage of “the more you pay, the less you get” certainly springs to mind.

Following a most welcome dry April, could this be a precedent for a grand summer with events such as the PTA Fayre, Carnival, Garden & Craft Show and Chairman’s Bloomers to look forward to in the coming months.

Who says nothing happens in the Parish? Come on – participate, mingle and share in the competition and fun.

Comments please to Editorial Committee c/o or or Stuart Wilson Tel: 01559 384709

March 2017

New Faces
At the meeting on 16th January, our AGM, it was particularly pleasing to welcome three new members of the Community, Hannah Phipps, Louisa Lovell and Ian Chapman. All made offers to help this group to appeal more perhaps to younger members of our society, while widening the concept of our actions and activities.
Accordingly Hannah and Louisa have created a Facebook Community Page, which will be coordinated by them with current news and activities applicable to the area covered by Clecs Bro Cader. Useful comments should be directed to them directly.
Troed y Rhiw Chapel in Alltwalis
At last this decrepit eyesore has been in receipt of some maintenance. Its tired, broken window frames have been boarded up changing the whole appearance of this once lovely building in the centre of the community to one that is little cared for.
How a chapel of all places, even defunct and privately owned, can be permitted to get into such a state beggars belief. Doesn’t anyone care about the history of these places? Think of the efforts that the community made in 1784 to establish and build such a place and the subsequent rebuilds in 1833 and 1897 – what an indictment for modern society.
All credit to the Community Council for ensuring that the grass in the graveyard is regularly cut in summer; otherwise this would doubtless become an eyesore too.
Now I see there is a banner on the gates sating “Love My Wales”, this appears to be a charitable building preservation trust which aims to restore buildings with a historical significance. Well done to them for caring.
Uneven Road Surfaces
Surely sufficient time has elapsed for the Highways Department to address and repair the road surface adjacent to and below the Beehive Inn in Pencader. There are water problems beneath the surface of the road, but it is time the bumps and holes were sorted out once and for all.

Comments please to Editorial Committee c/o Stuart Wilson Tel: 01559 384709


August 2016

Speed Humps for Class A Roads

The Highways (Road Humps) Regulations 1999 (Statutory Instrument 1999 No 1025) applies to both those in New Inn and Alltwalis, where the prescribed height may be between 25 mm  and 100 mm.

Being Imperial and old fashioned  I would prefer 1” to 4”.

The Ministry for Transport recommends the height of 75 mm or 3”, as in their opinion, these provide a similar reduction in speed but reduce discomfort.

The general advice given by the Department for Transport to Local Authorities is that road humps should not exceed 75mm or 3” imperial. They quote “Humps of this height minimise discomfort while maintaining their effectiveness as speed reducing measures.

Going into this at greater depth, one needs to refer to Local Transport Note (LTN)07/07 Traffic Calming. This apparently may be viewed at

The speed hump outside Ysgol Cae’r Felin Pencader should be considered as a separate issue as there is clearly a social reason for its presence.

Communications with the Traffic Management department of Carmarthenshire County Council are continuing.

Local Walks Booklet

The bilingual booklet produced by the History Club of eight local walks has much to commend it. The size, picture quality and choice of content/route are bound to appeal to all walkers and visitors, it is an excellent publication – congratulations and thanks to all involved in the production.

Litter Bins

This is a continuing saga and after a particularly bad spell of the Council  bin men not emptying them as directed, yours truly has yet again had to get involved with the County Council. .As a result it is urged that residents who happen to see full or unemptied bins should either contact the County Council  (01267234567)  and asking for Mr Mark Davies or Mr Huw Morgan (Network Services Manager) or by contacting myself, who will happily become motivated. Location of the bins and the day and time the problem was noted needs to be given. All bins should be emptied on Wednesdays or Thursdays, usually in the mornings.

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or Stuart Wilson Tel:  01559 384709

This Small Corner

If any one wants a copy of Steve Dubé’s book on the history of Pencader there are some available at Llwyngwen. Originally for sale at £9.99 they can now be purchased for £7.50. Ring Stuart if you wish to buy a copy.

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or Stuart Wilson – tel: 01559 384709

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