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Issue 94
November 2014
Panto time
City centre
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Snow White’s
classic
adventure
Investment in
bright ideas on
the horizon
How pupils
make most of
school life
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RESIDENTS will have
the chance to have
their say on the
future of their council
services over the
coming weeks.
Drop-in sessions, online
activities and meetings with
local groups and organisations
are all on the agenda as the
council continues the
conversation about sustainable
services which are fit for the
future.
And thousands of booklets
are also being distributed to
community centres, libraries,
district housing offices and
other public buildings so local
people can find out more about
Sustainable Swansea – Fit for
the Future, the council’s
programme for managing more
than £70m of budget
reductions and significant
service changes over the
coming years.
People will be able to gain
an insight into the challenges
facing the council as well as
have the chance to offer
feedback and ideas on what
they can do to help.
Dean Taylor, Corporate
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Join debate
on future
of our city
How you can join the debate:
• Pick up a booklet from your local library,
leisure centre or community centre
• Go online at
www.swansea.gov.uk/sustainableswansea
• Follow us on twitter @swanseacouncil
#sustainablecity or @cyngorabertawe
#sustainablecity
• Follow us on facebook
Services Director, said: “Like
every council in Wales,
Swansea is facing significant
reductions in funding from the
Welsh Government.
“But it’s not just about
budget reductions. Even if the
council did not have to face up
to this financial reality, we
would still need to be looking
at what we do in the future
because of rising demand in
areas such as care for older
people, as well as the need to
change the way some services
are delivered.”
He said encouraging local
people to continue the
conversation about Sustainable
Swansea was vital because
discussions need to take place
about what residents and
communities can do for
themselves in the years ahead
instead of or alongside the
council.
He said: “What we as
residents, as communities and
as a council need to do is build
on these kind of success
stories. We need to reduce
demand for services, do things
differently and – if there’s a
case for it – stop services
where they’re no longer
needed. Over the coming
weeks it’s that kind of
conversation we need to have
so that the council can listen to
residents, communities and
groups to see what they will do
for themselves. We’ll consider
the feedback and make
decisions but not until
residents have had their say.”
• Find out more about
Sustainable Swansea - Fit for
the Future on page 4.
• SOUNDS GREAT: Tom Leckie gets noticed thanks to High 5
Picture by Jason Rogers
Tom’s big break
ASPIRING DJ and High 5 Awards winner
Tom Leckie is on top of the world after
landing a spot at a city night club.
Tom was one of the winners at the councilsupported High 5 Awards and his prize was a
DJ spot at the Monkey Bar.
He said: “The High 5 Awards are
absolutely brilliant. I could not believe I won
but best of all was the great prize, the chance
to DJ at the Monkey Bar. It was a complete
surpise. It is really hard to get your first break
and High 5 has opened that door for me. I am
so excited.”
Find out more on page 5 about the young
people who were recognised for their
commitment to their communities.
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your guide to council meetings
November 2014
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WELCOME to your guide to
Council meetings.
Most meetings take place
at the Civic Centre, but
please note you may be
excluded from attending all
or any part of a meeting.
This list is correct at the
time of going to press but
if you are considering
attending please call 01792
636000 before setting out
to check the venue and
time. You can also pick up
agenda details by going to
the Council website at
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November 11
Area 1 Development Control
Committee, 2pm
November 14
• APPLE APPEAL: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs do battle with the evil Queen every night at the Grand Theatre
IT may be a while before
you start dusting off your
decorations and popping
your turkey in the oven,
but Christmas celebrations
are about to start across
Swansea.
Waterfront Winterland, the
Christmas Parade and the return of
the annual pantomime at the Grand
Theatre are among the festive events
people can look forward to.
Waterfront Winterland is being
held at Museum Park from
November 14 to January 4. It will
include Santa's grotto and two ice
rinks - the main Admiral rink and a
smaller rink for children. A funfair
will also feature along with a new
ride for 2014.
panto
City best place for festive
countdown - oh, yes it is!
JOHN Partridge, who played
Christian Clarke in EastEnders,
stars in this year’s amazing
panto at The Grand Theatre that perennial Christmas treat,
Snow White and the Seven
Dwarfs.
Opening night for this classic
The annual Christmas Parade is
being held on Sunday November 16
when Santa visits the city centre to
turn on the festive lights. It starts at
5pm from outside the Dylan Thomas
Centre before making its way
through the city centre en route to the
Guildhall.
Other Christmas treats include the
Christmas Market on Oxford Street
from November 28 to December 21,
adventure with a modern
twist, songs, costumes and
the ever-present Kevin Johns
as Nurse, starts on December
12. Tickets available online at
www.swansea.gov.uk/swansea
grandtheatre or by calling
01792-475715.
and a selection of festive events and
activities in Swansea Market. The
market will also be opening on
Sundays in December in the build-up
to Christmas.
Tracey McNulty, Swansea
Council's Head of Cultural Services,
said: "Christmas is always a magical
time in Swansea, and this year will
be no exception.
"The combination of returning
...a family vist to
Waterfront
Winterland
events like Waterfront Winterland
and the Christmas Parade with the
annual pantomime at the Grand
Theatre, concerts, card-making
workshops, donkey rides and other
activities will help ensure all ages
and tastes are catered for.
"We've left no stone unturned in
our plans to ensure this Christmas is
as memorable as ever for residents
and visitors to the city."
Other Christmas events include
Santa's Grotto at Plantasia on
December 7 and 14 and exhibition at
Swansea Museum running from
November 14 to January 11 will look
at Christmas traditions, toys and
decorations.
There’s more information at
www.swanseachristmas.com
Museum Park
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November 18
Area 2 Development Control
Committee, 2pm
Cabinet, 5pm
November 19
Equalities Committee, 5pm
November 24
Scrutiny Programme Committee,
4.30pm
November 27
Audit Committee, 3pm
December 2
Council, 5pm
December 4
Development Management and
Control Committee, 5pm
December 9
Area 1 Development Control
Committee, 2pm
December 12
General Licensing Committee,
10.30am
December 16
Area 2 Development Control
Committee, 2pm
Cabinet, 5pm
December 17
Equalities Committee, 5pm
December 22
Scrutiny Programme Committee,
4.30pm
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Sustainable Swansea - Continuing the Conversation
At a glance
- budget
principles
Questions
RESIDENTS are being asked
to think about some key
questions such as what do
they think are the long-term
priorities for Swansea, what
services do they value the
most and what things could
the council stop doing in
order to protect the most
vital services?
They are also being asked
for ideas on what action
they are prepared to take to
provide community services
for themselves or others,
either instead of the council
or alongside it.
• SUSTAINABLE FUTURE: Children and young people will be at the heart of the city’s future
Play a part in shaping
future of city services
COMMUNITIES and
residents in Swansea have
the chance to play a
significant role alongside
their council in shaping
their city in future years.
Sustainable Swansea – Fit for the
Future, the council’s transformation
programme, is not just about
managing a future where there is less
money to provide services to local
people. It is also about looking at how
communities can do more things for
themselves as well as help the council
do things differently to meet rising
demand and residents’ changing
expectations.
Dean Taylor, Corporate Services
Director, said the debate about the
future of the city and the council’s
services will be shaped by the budget
principles agreed by the council after
the debate
OUR budget principles
and savings strategy has
included a review of
spending across all
services.
They include a
commitment to review
every area of spending,
support those at risk or in
poverty, deliver services
differently, cut red tape,
increase income by
charging full price for
services and encourage
residents and
communities to help
themselves as part of
sustainable services.
The Budget Principles:
• Everything is
included. We will review
all areas of spend.
• Support those at risk,
focussing support on the
vulnerable.
• Choices will be based
on evidence of need.
• There will be less
money to spend
• The council will be as
efficient as possible
through cutting
management costs and
red tape.
• Increase income from
charging full price for
services and reducing
subsidies.
• Consider delivering
services differently
• Early intervention,
prevention and demand
management.
• Encourage more
residents to help
themselves.
The four major areas for debate
and action are:
• Efficiency - How can the
council continue to reduce our
overheads to be leaner, smarter
and more efficient?
• New ways of doing things How can new technology,
delivering services with or by
other organisations or doing
things differently reduce costs
and/or improve services?
consultation with residents last year.
He said: “Since we launched
Sustainable Swansea – Fit for the
Future last year, plenty of changes
have already taken place.
“Last year we asked people about
our budget principles and gained
broad agreement to them.
“We also held a number of budget
drop-in sessions, invited online
• Prevention - How can we
prevent the need for highercost services in future by acting
sooner or by supporting people
to do things for themselves?
• Stopping services - How can
we protect the most vital
services by stopping others
because either people no longer
need them or because they
don’t deliver worthwhile results
for residents?
feedback and handed out thousands of
information booklets about the budget.
“As a result of listening to feedback
from residents, we amended our
proposals and since then we have
saved millions of pounds by being
more efficient through savings on
management costs, service efficiencies
and reducing back-office staff.
“We are also doing things
Well, what a good idea Pick up your card
A MEDIEVAL well that once
served historic Swansea Castle
is being forever remembered.
An ornate well cover that
marks its location has been
installed as part of a project to
give the ancient attraction’s
courtyard a new look.
Other courtyard works
included the laying of grass
turf and pennant stone to help
make the courtyard capable of
hosting activities and acting as
a meeting place.
OVER 500 shoppers have
already picked up their
revamped Swansea city centre
loyalty cards.
The revamped card gives
shoppers in-store access to
scores of discounts in both
independent shops and
national retailers.
Existing city centre loyalty
cards are still valid and can be
used at all participating
businesses. Have a look at
www.bigheartofswansea.co.uk
differently and encouraging more
people to do their business with the
council online because it’s more
convenient for residents but also less
expensive for the council.”
He said: “The Council is doing all it
can to play its part in the
transformation that’s needed to reduce
the cost of what we do and meet
expectations for services.
“But we also need support from
local people to join the debate because
we cannot continue to do all we
currently do.
“So part of the Sustainable Swansea
– Fit for the Future debate is about
reducing demand for services and
stopping those services which are no
longer needed or don’t proivde good
value for money, as well as looking at
how the council can be more efficient
at what it does do.”
Walking back in time
HISTORIC landmarks are
featuring in a new Swansea city
centre walking trail guide.
The guide has been put
together by the Swansea Tourist
Information Centre in response
to the top ten queries they get.
The walking trail starts at the
TIC on Plymouth Street and
copies of walking trail guides
are available by calling in there
or by downloading a copy by
going to
www.visitswanseabay.com
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Winning High 5 just
start of our adventure
Leon Britton
Ambassador
Award John Andrew
Hayes
avarto
Enterprise &
Entrepreneur
Award Rhys Cozens
Bay Leisure
Recognise
Award -
Stenor
Environmental
Services
Environment
Award Scott Havard
Morris
Judges’
Special
Award
Tom Leckie
The Chiquito
Achievement
Award -
Nicholas Rees
Group
Enterprise
Award
Ysgol
Pen-y-Bryn
Special School
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Edgar Evans set
for blue plaque
POLAR explorer Edgar Evans is
due to be honoured with the
unveiling of a blue plaque in
his home village on Gower in
November.
Evans, who was the first to
die on the ill-fated Captain
Scott expedition to Antarctica,
is just the latest in a long list
of local people to be honoured
with a blue plaque.
Evans was one of only five to
make it to the South Pole on
January 17, 1912, before dying
at the foot of the Beardmore
Glacier a month later.
The plaque is due to be
unveiled in the village of
Middleton on November 28 and
it follows similar honours for
songwriter Pete Ham, the poet
and ‘Kardomah Boy’ Vernon
Watkins and missionary Griffith
John.
There are also plans for fuel
cell technology pioneer William
Grove to be honoured near his
home in Grove Place next year.
It’s all kicking
off at Bishopston
Shaun ‘Munch’
Phillips
Swansea
Building
Society
Community
Award 14-19 Deanndra
Emma-Leigh
Wheatland
Swansea
• ALL STARS: Aysha Rahman
to 13
A TEENAGER who has put
a tough early life and
homelessness behind him
through DJ-ing is
celebrating a High 5
Award which has set his
chances of career success
soaring.
Tom Leckie, aged 18, scooped the
Judges Special Award in the
prestigious High 5 Awards for
inspirational children for using
music to turn his life around and
helping others harness their musical
skills too.
Judges heard how after being first
introduced to DJ-ing through a local
youth project he excelled in
developing his deck skills.
And he came up with a project to
won the Swansea Building Society Community Award Up
help others benefit too by
voluntarily running weekly DJ
sessions for young people in
Swansea whilst completing an OCN
Level 3 in teaching and lecturing.
Now his High 5 award reward has
provided a ticket for Tom to take his
DJ-ing an important leap further.
Organisers arranged his individual
reward to be a DJ slot at the city’s
Monkey Bar - just the hit his
burgeoning DJ career needs.
He said: “The High 5 Awards are
absolutely brilliant. I could not
believe I won but best of all was the
great surprise prize chance to DJ at
the Monkey Bar. It is really hard to
get your first break and High 5 has
opened that door for me. I am so
excited.”
Tom was one of eight individual
winners and four groups who won a
High 5 Award 2014 for making a
real difference in their communities
or succeeded against the odds.
They each won a goodie bag of
prizes including a gift experience
designed especially for them to help
them take their success further.
Awards Ambassador, Swans’ star
Leon Britton, said: “We had a record
more than 160 nominations and a
record standard of entries for this
year’s High 5 Awards which just
goes to show what wonderful young
people there are in Swansea.
“Winning is just the start of the
story – I hope their stories will prove
an inspiration to others of all ages
across Swansea.”
The Lord
Mayor
Group
Award Up
to 13
The Lord
Mayor
Group
Award
14-19
Seaview
Super Dads
The Scripts
Group
Mixed
Award Swansea’s
Got Talent
2014
Planning
Group
Quirky property sales prove a hit with bidders
QUIRKY properties put up for sale or lease that
could be turned into homes or businesses are
provoking strong interest from would-be
purchasers.
Sixteen expressions of interest have been
received since Singleton Park’s iconic Swiss
Cottage went on the market in early August.
And a further 25 expressions of interest have
been received for either leasing or buying the
memorable former lifeboat station at picturesque
Bracelet Bay.
And next year even more buildings, including
council offices at Penllergaer and a Grade II former
school site in Morriston could also be up for grabs.
The sales drive has been prompted by the
council’s effort to sell or lease properties it no
longer needs to generate much-needed income.
The Grade II listed Singleton Park Swiss Cottage
was put on the market earlier this year after a major
refurbishment after it was damaged by fire in 2010.
It’s been restored to its former glory and a change
of use to a tearoom or cafe is anticipated. But
interested parties should be aware that full interior
refurbishment is needed in line with the
requirements of CADW, the Welsh Government’s
historic environment service.
Other properties up for sale or lease include the
kiosk at Abernathy Quay in Swansea Marina for
which there have been eight expressions of interest.
There’s also been interest in the former City
Centre Management offices on Plymouth Street and
the Forge Fach Resource Centre building on High
Street in Clydach.
OLDER sports fans will have
the chance to join a walking
football club at Bishopston
Sports Centre from November.
Walking football is a noncontact activity where anyone
who sprints, runs or jogs
while the ball is in play is
penalised with a free-kick
being awarded to the other
team.
It will be taking place on
Sunday and Wednesday
mornings and is free for
Active Swansea members and
£2 for others. Have a look at
www.activeswansea.com for
more information or call
Bishopston Sports Centre.
Get inside track
on city roadworks
MOTORISTS can get the
inside track on major
roadworks in the city by
utility companies simply by
switching on their
smartphones or computers.
Swansea Council has signed
up to a new roadwatch map
based service which is
updated every half an hour
and is dedicated to helping
motorists plan their journeys.
The new service is in
addition to the weekly
roadworks bulletin and can be
found at
www.swansea.gov.uk/roadwatch
Our green heart
COED Bach Park in
Pontarddulais will be forever
preserved as a green space in
the heart of its community
after being awarded Queen
Elizabeth II Field status.
Swansea Council nominated
the park for the status after
working closely with the
Friends of Coed Bach Park for
a number of years to promote
the area.
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Speak up now on our city centre
THOUSANDS of workers, visitors,
shoppers and residents are being
asked for their views on how
Swansea city centre can be
improved.
People have until the end of
November to pop into the former
City Centre Management office on
Plymouth Street and give feedback
on what they think about the city
centre, how issues can be tackled and
how it should be developed in future.
It’s all part of a consultation
project called ‘You are Here’ being
run by Swansea Council in
partnership with a Swansea-based
creative team called The Rhizome
Collective. The Collective is working
with the Swansea Library Service on
events and the chance to give views
at the Plymouth Street building.
Venues, dates and times of other
consultation events will be
announced over time but other ‘You
are Here’ projects in coming months
could include pop-up suppers, free
lunch-time gigs, conversations with
Swansea businesses, and one-minute
manifestos delivering visions and
new ideas from diverse perspectives.
Phil Holmes, Swansea Council’s
Head of Economic Regeneration and
Planning, said: “Competition from
out-of-town retail parks and internet
shopping means these are difficult
times for Swansea city centre, like
many other towns and city centres
across the UK.
“We recognise the city centre’s
importance, not just to Swansea but
to the Swansea Bay City Region as a
whole, which is why a major review
is under way that will lead to action.
“We’ve already asked Swansea
businesses and international experts
for their views on how the city
centre can best be developed in
future, but the public’s views are
vital too if we’re to deliver the kind
of vibrant, easily accessible city
centre that everyone wants.
“This is why I’d urge as many
people as possible to take part in the
consultation to help shape the
direction our city centre takes.”
The consultation follows a seminar
in Swansea where academics, design
specialists and Swansea businesses
were asked for their views.
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nsea or have a look at
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Famous market roof is set
for a New Year makeover
IT’ll still be business as
usual at Swansea Market
in January when work
starts to refurbish the
iconic building’s roof.
Stallholders have welcomed the
£1.9 million investment but are
encouraging shoppers to continue to
support them during the works.
The project, expected to last about
six months, is being funded by
Swansea Council and the Building
Enhancement Programme, which is
supported by the European Regional
Development Fund through the Welsh
Government. It will include the
refurbishment of the existing barrel
vault roof and the renewal of roof and
gable glazing. Essential repairs to the
roof light lanterns and flat roof will
also be carried out.
The scheme will be split into four
phases. Each phase will require
scaffolding to be put up although
access to the market will be
maintained at all times and deliveries
will be unaffected.
In a survey carried out earlier this
year, Swansea Market traders said the
roof's refurbishment was their top
priority because it was no longer fit
for purpose.
Other improvement works could
also follow in future to further
improve the market's look and feel,
subject to available funding.
The contractor for the Swansea
Council project is R & M Williams.
They’ve now moved into a base on
Union Street in preparation for the
start of the works.
Leigh Vaughan, Chairman of the
Swansea Market Traders Federation,
said: "The market is at the heart of the
• BUSINESS AS USUAL: Trade and opening times will be unaffected during the market improvement works
city centre and acts as a focal point
where people arrange to meet as well
as shop.
“This is really positive news
because it will lead to a more
pleasurable shopping experience that
will complement the warm welcome
visitors always get from the market
traders.
“This is an exciting project because
it will help bring the market into the
21st Century while conserving its
traditional character. It'll be business
as usual during the works, so I'd urge
people to continue to support the
market throughout the project."
Tony Paulton, a trader who sells
watercolour paintings in the market,
said: "It's fantastic news that the roof
is going to be refurbished and it’s
exciting to hear all about the modern
materials that will be used. January is
also the best time of year to start the
works because it means the important
Christmas trading period for traders
will be unaffected."
With over 100 stalls including a
wide selection of fresh local produce,
traditional Welsh fayre and specialist
butchers and fishmongers, Swansea
Market has been serving the people of
Swansea for generations. It has a
footfall of about 20,000 people a day.
Have a look at
www.swanseaindoormarket.co.uk for
more information about the market.
Council tax windfall Bagging a bargain A very clever idea
THOUSANDS of pensioners
could get a Council Tax
windfall of as much as £105.
More than 3,000 households
will get financial help towards
their Council Tax under
Swansea Council plans.
Extra help will go to
pensioners who currently
qualify for partial Council Tax
reduction after the Council’s
Cabinet backed proposals for
the use of a Welsh
Government Regional
Settlement Grant to make the
payments.
Thousands of unwanted
electrical items in Swansea are
getting a new lease of life at
the Baling Plant’s Corner
Shop.
Electrical goods which might
otherwise have been sent to
landfill are being refurbished
and sold inexpensively at the
Corner Shop. Everything from
hairdryers, irons, kettles and
toasters to laptops, tablets and
DVD players are on sale at
knock-down prices.
More info at
www.swansea.gov.uk/recycling
OVER 8,000 specialist journals
on subjects ranging from
philosophy and politics to
engineering and history are
now available for free with the
click of a button.
Swansea Council has
arranged for a scheme called
Access to Research to be made
available at libraries across the
city.
Have a look at
www.swansea.gov.uk/libraries
for more information or ring
the Council’s Library Line on
01792 636464.
November 2014
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Book your child’s
place online
PARENTS are being urged to
get online to apply for a
secondary school place for
their child.
Parents of pupils in the final
year (year 6) of primary or
junior school need to apply for
a secondary school place for
their child.
Following the success of
online applications last year,
the council is enabling parents
to do the same again. Parents
can apply for places and get
more information about the
applications process and about
schools by going to
www.swansea.gov.uk/admissio
ns
Information is available at
www.swansea.gov.uk/admissio
ns.
New school set
to open in 2016
• ACHIEVEMENT: Students at Cefn Hengoed Community School are benefiting from improved teaching facilities
MORE pupils from
deprived areas of the city
than ever are getting the
qualifications they need to
open doors to a bright
future.
And it’s partly thanks to Swansea
Council and schools’ investment in
encouraging better attendance among
pupils as well as building upgrades.
This year five secondary schools in
Swansea’s most deprived areas had
the best-ever percentage of Year 11
pupils gaining precious A* to C
grades needed to access higher
education and impress future
employers. Many pupils out-
Swansea
this winter
THIS year a record
percentage of pupils across
Swansea gained A* to C
grades in the core subjects of
Mathematics, science, English
or Welsh first language.
In Maths the highest ever
percentage of Year 11 pupils
gained an A* to C grade and
a record number gained at
performed expectations based on
their attainment levels when they
started secondary school which
shows the positive impact Swansea
Council and the schools had on
improving performance.
Among these successful pupils
least a pass grade in the
essential subject.
In English the percentage of
Year 11 pupils gaining A* to C
grades was at a four-year
high and the number passing
the subject (gaining grades A
to G) was 97.5%.
In Welsh as a first language
100% of pupils passed.
were students from Cefn Hengoed
Community School where they
benefitted from work to tackle
attendance - highlighted as best
practice by education inspectors
Estyn.
Arwyn Thomas, Chief Education
November
Officer at Swansea Council, said:
“These results come on the back of
improved secondary school
attendance, support given to schools
to improve literacy and numeracy
and, of course, the multi-million
investments being made in secondary
schools to improve learning.
“On results day much of the focus
is on A* pupils, but it's important to
recognise that A* to C are all good
grades which will enable pupils to
have a greater choice of what to do
when they leave school. We’re now
building on this success which is so
important to life opportunities for
youngsters in our city.”
December
Guided Tour - Dylan’s
Swansea
Dylan Thomas Centre
9 November
01792 463980
Christmas Parade and
Lights Switch on
Swansea City Centre
16 November
01792 637300
Santa’s Grotto and
Donkey Rides
Plantasia
7 & 14 December
01792 474555
BBC NOW
Christmas Celebrations
Brangwyn Hall
19 December
01792 475715
Silence In the Square
Castle Square,
City Centre
11 November
01792 637300
Russell Kane
Brangwyn Hall
18 November
01792 635432
Aladdin
Penyrheol Theatre
11 - 23 December
01792 897039
Handel’s Messiah
Brangwyn Hall
20 December
01792 637300
Swansea
Christmas Market
Oxford Street, City Centre
28 November 21 December
01792 637300
Carol Ann Duffy
and Gillian Clarke
Dylan Thomas Centre
12 December
01792 463980
Christmas by Candlelight
Brangwyn Hall
23 December
01792 637300
Waterfront Winterland
Museum Park
14 November 4 January
01792 637300
For more great events visit
www.swanseabayfestival.co.uk
Snow White
Grand Theatre
12 December - 11 January
01792 475715
www.swanseabayfestival.co.uk
Enjoy
the stats
Pupils take advantage
of schools investment
WORK is starting on a second
new multi-million pound
Gowerton Primary School.
The £6.8m project at the
Elba is due for completion by
Spring 2016 and will replace
school buildings currently
located on three sites.
The project, funded by the
Welsh Government and
Swansea Council, also
includes provision to improve
sports facilities at the Elba
including tennis courts,
training facilities and a
reconfigured children's play
area with new equipment.
Updates will be available at
www.swansea.gov.uk/index.cf
m?articleid=55015
Burlais Primary
is taking shape
THE NEW Burlais Primary
School has been rapidly
taking shape over the last few
months.
Over the summer the steel
structure for the new £8.25m
building rose out of the lower
section of Cwmbwrla Park and
improved sports facilities for
the park have also been
taking shape.
Alison Bastian, Burlais Head
Teacher, said: “There is a lot
of excitement. The benefits of
being on one site in a new
building which has been built
fit for purpose are too many
to list."
Joining forces?
PROPOSALS which could see
two community schools in
Swansea join forces have
come a step closer.
Brynhyfryd is the only
remaining area in Swansea
which has separate junior and
infant schools.
Now the council will assess
responses to a Statutory
Notice seeking views on
creating a single all-through
primary school for pupils
aged three to 11 on adjacent
sites in Llangefelach Road in
Brynhyfryd before agreeing
what the next stage in the
process should be.
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Country Try
buses
on road
COMMUNITY transport
services are being extended to
other parts of the city
following a successful pilot
scheme on Gower.
Swansea Council teamed up
with community transport
operator DANSA at the
beginning of the year to trial a
pilot service between North
Gower and Gowerton.
The service is one of a
number of subsidised bus
routes that the Council funds in
an effort to meet the needs of
residents in areas where no
commercial bus services are
operated, and where
community bus services are
more appropriate.
The Council is now set to
operate further services in
partnership with DANSA over
the coming months.
One of the new services will
aim to provide a vital link
between Garnswllt, Felindre,
Rhydypandy and Morriston
Hospital, where it will connect
to regular city centre services.
There’s more information at
www.TravelineCymru.info or
by ringing their information
line on 0871 200 22 33.
Pathway
glows in
the dark
A GLOW in the dark Starpath
has been introduced in a
Swansea park that overlooks
the bright lights of the city
centre.
Ground-breaking technology
means the path that runs
through Bryn-y-Don Park in
North Hill now lights up at
night. Swansea Council is
behind the UV-powered project
with funding from the Welsh
Government’s Tidy Towns
initiative.
The Starpath is the first of its
kind to be installed in Wales.
The spray-on technology
generates its own energy during
the day and then the treatment
chemicals interact to produce a
glow at night.
Other recent improvements
to Bryn-y-Don Park include a
new play area for children.
Swansea Council’s parks and
highways departments have
also cut back overgrown
vegetation, cleared rubbish,
made entrances more accessible
and planted wildflowers.
New shrubs will also soon be
planted.
November 2014
our round-the-clock services
RESIDENTS wanting to do business with Swansea
Council at times which suit them are getting a boost
thanks to the launch of a new range of automated
telephone services and a re-vamped council website.
The new services will offer residents the chance to
use 24-hour a day telephone lines to deal with issues
like benefits and council tax.
They’re on top of a whole range of online
customer services which offer local people the
opportunity to report issues, pay for services and
apply for and request services which have been made
easier to see and use thanks to a re-launched Swansea
Council website.
Lee Wenham, Head of Communication and
Consultation, said: “The council needs to be able to
fit into the busy lives of our residents and customers
as much as we can.
“People tell us they want to do business with us
online and at a time of day or night which suits them.
That’s why we’re always looking at new ways of
doing things so that they are as quick and convenient
as possible for the people we serve.
“We still have face-to-face services like, for
example, our district housing offices and our very
popular contact centre in the Civic Centre. But we
want to extend the range of our out of hours digital
and telephone services too.”
The new automated telephone services will offer
customers the option to do things like reporting a
change in income, or check when the next payment is
due if they are a benefits customer or for council tax
customers the ability to report a change of address or
make payments 24-hours a day without having to
speak to a member of staff.
Those using the service who have more complex
issues will still be able to speak to staff over the
phone during office hours.
• The telephone numbers to call are: Benefits –
01792 635353; Council Tax – 01792 635382.
• FOREVER FRIENDS: Community connectors are helping bring local people together
Kindred sprits connect
in city communities
FORGING new friendships,
connecting with kindred
spirits and people doing
their bit for local
communities are what
social clubs are all about.
Clubs like the ‘10 O’Clock Club’ in
Morriston have been springing up all
over the place in Swansea in the last
couple of years and much of their
success is down to the council’s
innovative Community Connector
project.
More than 16 groups have been set
up with a little help from a small band
of Community Connectors like Corliss
Horton and the service is just about to
celebrate its second anniversaryThe
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COMMUNITY Connectors work by helping people who may be at
risk of becoming socially isolated find a group or activity in their
area which suits their needs and interests.
Clubs supported by Community Connectors also link with local
organisations such as Swansea Carers Centre, Age Cymru and The
Red Café so that people can get involved in a range of activities
that improve their sense of wellbeing.
project is part of the council’s
Transforming Adult Social Services
(TASS) programme, but the real
achievement is in the way it’s been
encouraging hundreds of people to
link up with others in their community
to socialise over a cup of tea, enjoy
days out or learn a new skill.
Corliss said: “For me the beauty of
being a Community Connector is in
seeing people who may feel isolated
or lonely find a new lease of life in
their own communities.
“We don’t run the clubs. We help
set them up by finding good meeting
places like community centres or
pubs, then we help advertise them and
support residents to set up and run
them for themselves.
She added: “Hundreds of people
from all walks of life and with
different abilities have already
benefited.
“Many have joined new or existing
groups or clubs because they offer
sociable activities and a welcome
change of scenery; but more than that,
they have helped people to gain
confidence and provide the
opportunity for them to give
something back.”
For example, the 10 O’clock Club
at the Deer’s Leap in Morriston is not
only sociable, it has also helped raise
hundreds of pounds for the Lord
Mayor’s Charity, and has made a
donation to MacMillan Cancer
Support.
PUBLIC NOTICES
THE COUNCIL OF
THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SWANSEA
TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER
HENDREFOILAN DRIVE KILLAY
ORDER 2014
NOTICE is hereby given that the Council of
the City and County of Swansea did on
Monday 3rd November 2014 make an Order
in pursuance of its powers as contained in the
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as
amended) (“the Act”) and the Traffic
Management Act 2004 the effect of which is
as set out in the Schedules below. The Order
shall come into operation Monday 17th
November 2014. A copy of the Order and an
appropriate plan may be inspected during
normal office hours in the Legal, Democratic
Services and Procurement Department at the
Civic Centre Oystermouth Road Swansea (via
application to main reception quoting
reference DVT- 00195197/MAW) Any person
wishing to challenge the Order on the
grounds that it is not within the powers of the
Act or that any requirements thereof, or of any
instrument made thereunder have not been
complied with may apply to the High Court at
the Cardiff District Registry 2 Park Street
Cardiff CF1 1ET within six weeks of the
making of the Order for that purpose.
SCHEDULES
SCHEDULE 1
REVOCATIONS
This order revokes all previous orders insofar
as the length or lengths of streets are referred
to herein.
SCHEDULE 2
PROHIBITION OF WAITING AT ANY TIME
HENDREFOILAN AVENUE
Both Sides
From its junction with the eastern kerb Line of
Hendrefoilan Drive to a point 8 metres east of
that junction.
HENDREFOILAN DRIVE
East Side
From a point 6 metres north of its junction
with the northern kerb line of Hendrefoilan
Drive to a point 10 metres south of junction
with the southern kerb line of Hendrefoilan
Avenue.
SCHEDULE 3
PROHIBITION OF WAITING
MONDAY TO FRIDAY 8AM TO 6PM
HENDREFOILAN DRIVE
East Side
From a point 10 metres south of its junction
with the southern kerb lie of Hendrefoilan
Avenue to appoint 17 metres south of that
point.
Dated this Monday 3rd November 2014.
Patrick Arran
Head of Legal, Democratic Services
and Procurement,
Civic Centre,
Swansea.
THE COUNCIL OF
THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SWANSEA
PROPOSED TRAFFIC
REGULATION ORDER
KILVEY TERRACE, MAESTEG STREET,
LYDFORD AVENUE, BALACLAVA STREET,
ST THOMAS
NOTICE 2014
NOTICE is hereby given that the Council of
the City and County of Swansea intends to
make an Order in pursuance of its powers as
contained in the Road Traffic Regulation Act
1984 (as amended) (“the Act”) the effect of
which is as set out in the Schedule(s) below.
A copy of the proposed Order, Statement of
Reasons and an appropriate plan may be
inspected during normal office hours in the
Legal, Democratic Services and Procurement
Department at the Civic Centre Oystermouth
Road Swansea SA1 3SN by application to
main reception quoting reference DVT00201717/MAW. Any objections to the
proposals should be submitted in writing
setting out the reasons thereto to reach the
Head of Legal, Democratic Services and
Procurement at the Civic Centre Oystermouth
Road Swansea SA1 3SN by the Monday 1st
December 2014.
SCHEDULE 1
REVOCATIONS
The existing Traffic Orders are revoked insofar
as they are inconsistent with the proposals
hereinafter contained which relate to the
length or lengths of road or roads referred to
in the schedule hereto.
SCHEDULE 1
REVOCATIONS
The existing Traffic Orders are revoked insofar
as they are inconsistent with the proposals
hereinafter contained which relate to the
length or lengths of road or roads referred to
in the schedule hereto.
SCHEDULE 2
PROHIBITION OF WAITING AT ANY TIME
UPTON TERRACE
South side
From a point 5 metres west of its junction
with the western kerb line of Osterley Street
to a point 5 metres east of its junction with
the eastern kerb line of Osterley Street.
OSTERLEY STREET
Both sides
From its junction with the southern kerb line
of Upton Terrace to a point 5 meters south of
that junction.
SCHEDULE 2
PROHIBITION OF WAITING AT ANY TIME
KILVEY TERRACE
Both Sides
From its junction with the eastern kerb line of
Pentreguinea Road for a distance of 15
metres south east of that junction.
SCHEDULE 3
PERMIT HOLDERS ONLY AT ANY TIME
OSTERLEY STREET
West side
From a point 5 metres south of its junction
with the southern kerb line of Upton Terrace
to a point 53 metres south of that point.
MAESTEG STREET
Both sides
From its junction with Foxhole Road to a
point 15 metres east of that junction.
East Side
From a point 59 metres south of its junction
with the southern kerb line of Upton Terrace
to a point 52 metres south of that point.
From its junction with Lydford Avenue to a
point 5 metres west of that junction.
LYDFORD AVENUE
West side
From a point 10 metres south of its junction
with Maesteg Street to a point 10 metres
north of that junction.
BALACLAVA STREET
Both sides
From the kerb line of the closed off end at the
southern end of Balaclava Street to a point 20
metres north including across the closed off
end and the hammer head on the eastern
kerb line.
Dated Monday 3rd November 2014.
Patrick Arran
Head of Legal, Democratic Services
and Procurement,
Civic Centre,
Swansea.
THE COUNCIL OF
THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SWANSEA
TRAFFIC REGULATION ORDER
OSTERLEY STREET, ST THOMAS
NOTICE 2013
NOTICE is hereby given that the Council of
the City and County of Swansea did on the
Monday 3rd November make an Order in
pursuance of its powers as contained in the
Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (as
amended) (“the Act”) and the Traffic
Management Act 2004 the effect of which is
as set out in the Schedules below. The Order
shall come into operation Monday 17th
November 2014. A copy of the Order and an
appropriate plan may be inspected during
normal office hours in the Legal, Democratic
Services and Procurement Department at the
Civic Centre Oystermouth Road Swansea (via
application to main reception quoting
reference DVT-00197983/MAW) Any person
wishing to challenge the Order on the
grounds that it is not within the powers of the
Act or that any requirements thereof, or of any
instrument made thereunder have not been
complied with may apply to the High Court at
the Cardiff District Registry 2 Park Street
Cardiff CF1 1ET within six weeks of the
making of the Order for that purpose.
We value equality because quality services
need people from the whole community
DAN Y GRAIG ROAD
North side
From a point 151 metres east of its junction
with the eastern kerb line of the access road
to St Thomas cemetery to a point 5 metres
east of that point.
Dated Monday 3rd November 2014.
Patrick Arran
Head of Legal, Democratic Services
and Procurement,
Civic Centre,
Swansea.
THE COUNCIL OF
THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SWANSEA
PROPOSED TRAFFIC
REGULATION ORDER
FRAMPTON ROAD JUNCTION
WITH RUFUS LEWIS AVENUE,
PENYHEOL SWANSEA
NOTICE 2014
NOTICE is hereby given that the Council of
the City and County of Swansea intends to
make an Order in pursuance of its powers as
contained in the Road Traffic Regulation Act
1984 (as amended) (“the Act”) the effect of
which is as set out in the Schedule(s) below.
A copy of the proposed Order, Statement of
Reasons and an appropriate plan may be
inspected during normal office hours in the
Legal, Democratic Services and Procurement
Department at the Civic Centre Oystermouth
Road Swansea SA1 3SN by application to
main reception quoting reference DVT00201718/MAW. Any objections to the
proposals should be submitted in writing
setting out the reasons thereto to reach the
Head of Legal, Democratic Services and
Procurement at the Civic Centre Oystermouth
Road Swansea SA1 3SN by the Monday 1st
December 2014.
SCHEDULE 1
REVOCATIONS
The existing Orders are revoked insofar as
they are inconsistent with the proposals
hereinafter contained which relate to the
length or lengths of the road or roads referred
to in the schedules hereto.
SCHEDULE 2
PROHIBITION OF WAITING AT ANY TIME
FRAMPTON ROAD
South West side
From a point 10 metres south west of the
south western kerbline of Rufus Lewis
Avenue to a point 10 metres north east of the
north eastern kerbline of Rufus Lewis Avenue.
RUFUS LEWIS AVENUE
North West side
From its junction with the south western
kerbline of Frampton Road to a point 40
metres south west thereof.
South East side
From its junction with the south western
kerbline of Frampton Road to a point 22
metres south west thereof.
Dated Monday 3rd November 2014.
Patrick Arran
Head of Legal, Democratic Services
and Procurement,
Civic Centre,
Swansea.
WILDLIFE AND COUNTRYSIDE ACT 1981
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT
AN INSPECTOR APPOINTED BY
The Welsh Ministers
WILL ATTEND AT
Penclawdd Community Centre,
Banc Bach, Penclawdd, SA4 3FJ
ON
Wednesday 17th December 2014
at 10.00am
TO HOLD A PUBLIC LOCAL INQUIRY
AND TO SUBSEQUENTLY DETERMINE:
CITY & COUNTY OF SWANSEA DEFINITIVE
MAP & STATEMENT MODIFICATION
ORDER NO. 417, 2014 –
FOOTPATH NO. 64 AT PEN YR HEOL,
COMMUNITY OF LLANRHIDIAN HIGHER
The effect of the Order, if confirmed as made,
will modify the Definitive Statement for the
area by varying the particulars relating to
footpath number 64 commencing on the
Poundffold Blue Anchor Road (Grid Ref SS
556946) and proceeding in a predominantly
southerly direction to pass along the track to
the west of Pen yr Heol Farm for a distance
of 172 metres before continuing in a generally
south easterly direction for 70 metres (Grid
Reference SS 556994); continuing south east
across Mynydd Bach y Cocs to terminate on
the Country Road opposite Whitewalls (Grid
Reference SS559936) for a distance of 850
metres. In addition a branch path
commencing at a point 320 metres north
north east of Whitewalls and proceeding in
a southerly direction for a distance of 470
metres across the common to the junction
of Footpath No. 66 east of Hendy Farm
(Grid Reference SS557935).
The purpose of the Inquiry is to enable the
Inspector to hear representation from those
persons who have objected to the Orders.
Any other interested persons may also attend
and be allowed to speak at the discretion of
the Inspector.
Any person wishing to view the statements
of case and other documents relating to this
Order may do so by appointment at the City
& County of Swansea Council, Civic Centre,
Oystermouth Road, Swansea.
Contact: Michael Workman
E-mail: [email protected]
Tel: 01792 636008
Helen May
Authorised by the Welsh Ministers
November 2014
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Your passport to
inexpensive fun
DISCOUNTS are available for
Swansea residents to access
fun and recreational facilities.
Swansea Council’s Passport
to Leisure scheme offers huge
savings for members with
most activities being offered at
half the normal price in places
like the LC, community leisure
centres and the Grand Theatre.
Some of the residents who
are eligible include those who
are in receipt of housing
benefit, income support,
income-based jobseeker’s
allowance and tax credits.
People aged between 17 and
19 who are in full-time
education or enrolled on an
approved training scheme and
included in their parents’ or
guardians’ benefit claim are
among the others who are
eligible.
There’s more information at
www.swansea.gov.uk/ptl or by
calling 01792 635473
Communities in
£3m funding bid
• APP’S THE WAY: It couldn’t be easier for students like Luke (above) to Keep it to 3 thanks to the Connect Swansea
App.
CITY residents who were
urged to cut back on their
black bag waste have
really stepped up to the
challenge over the last six
months.
Back in April residents were asked
to make radical changes to what they
did with waste they’d normally dump
in black bags as part of the council’s
‘Keep it to 3’ campaign.
And since then the results have
been incredible with startling
reductions in the amount of waste
sent to landfill.
Figures just published show that
4,000 tonnes less of black bag waste
has gone off to the tip compared to
the same six month period – April to
September – in 2013.
Chris Howell, the council’s Head
well done
Residents rise to waste
campaign challenge
Just look at what you’ve recycled since April this year:
• 5,117 tonnes of food
• 4,950 tonnes of green (garden) waste
• 10,359 tonnes of plastic, glass, cans, paper, &
cardboard
• More info: www.swansea.gov.uk/recycling
• App: www.swansea.gov.uk/recyclingapp
of Waste, said: “The reduction in
black bags is down to residents and
the part they have played in
managing their own household waste.
“The introduction of a limit on
black bags was necessary to reduce
the amount of waste we send to
landfill. It’s fantastic news that
residents have responded so
brilliantly and we have succeeded in
achieving a reduction this year
compared to last year.
“The key to reducing the amount
of waste residents put in black bags is
to recycle.
“Our recycling team has done a
great job publicising the various
kerbside recycling services we offer.
We have knocked on the doors of
thousands of homes to make sure
residents have what they need.”
Another innovative approach to
recycling in the city is the
development of a smart phone app –
Connect Swansea, which provides
information about recycling in
Swansea and gives residents
reminders about what day their
collections are.
So far more than 2,000 people
have downloaded the app and one of
them is student David Morgan who
lives in Aylesbury Road, Brynmill.
He said: “I think it will help a lot
of people remember to put their
recycling out on time. A couple of
times we forgot to put our waste out
and it started to pile up. The app is a
great way to give people a reminder
and tell them what waste they can
recycle.”
There are now more than 100
places in the city where you can pick
up recycling bags and start reducing
your black bag waste.
Car park set for demolition Day service users speak up
A PARCEL of land on the fringes of
the city centre could soon be available
for development.
Swansea Council has submitted a
planning application to demolish the
former Clarence Street car park in
Sandfields. If permission is granted a
demolition project is due to start in
early January.
The scheme is being funded by the
Waterfront City programme through
the Wales European Funding Office.
Residents living on nearby Clarence
Street and William Street have been
informed and will continue to be
updated and short-term options for use
of the area prior to development are
being considered.
PEOPLE who use the council’s
learning disability day services and
their families have had their say on
how those services could look in years
to come.
Many different views were received
from scores of people during a threemonth consultation and the feedback is
currently being considered.
The consultation, which took place
over the summer and included a
number of events, worked with users
to help design provision that was
sustainable and fit for the future.
Now the council is looking at new
ways of doing things such as offering
direct payments or amalgamating
services to make best use of resources.
THE Council has applied to the
Welsh Government for funding
to deliver the Communities
First Programme across the
city’s five cluster areas for the
financial year 2015/2016.
If the funding bid is
successful, it could be worth
over £3 million for residents in
some of the city’s most
deprived areas.
Communities First is a
community-focussed initiative
which aims to improve
learning, health and prosperity.
To find out more about the
programme go to
www.swansea.gov.uk/communi
tiesfirst or call 01792 635238.
Wild flowers a
blooming marvel
A WARM autumn has ensured
the council’s wild flowers
initiative grew into a blooming
great success story.
Some of the places
brightened up by the initiative
included Sketty Park
roundabout and land close to
the Dyfatty lights. Others
included city parks like
Morriston’s Parc Llewelyn and
land that once accommodated
the Vetch Field.
Summery Picking Flowers,
Golden Girl and Blue Wave are
among the seed mixtures
used.
Let’s be careful
MOBILE speed cameras are
being put to use near
Swansea schools to tackle
speeding motorists.
The road safety initiative is
being led by GoSafe and is
part of a nationwide campaign
to encourage motorists to
keep to 20mph around
schools.
For further information on
the initiative go to
www.gosafe.org or
www.roadsafetywales.co.uk
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Leader
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November 2014
CHILDREN, their families
and older people and
communities are
continuing to feel the
benefits of Swansea
Council’s efforts to touch
their lives every day with
improving services.
The council is meeting the
priorities which make a difference by
promoting healthier lifestyles,
helping to keep communities safe
and supporting young people and
families to make the most of their
highlights
Council delivers on priorities
touching our lives every day
• 80% of eligible children and
families take advantage of
Flying Start
• 55.3% of GCSE students got
A*-C in English or Welsh first
language and Maths
• Only 200 council houses
were empty in 2013/14
compared to 278 a year
lives.
From increasing numbers able to
take advantage of Flying Start
services to improving exam results
and creating more job and training
earlier
•28 sites in Swansea are
being used by communities to
grow their own food – almost
twice as many as there were
in 2012/13
•Recycling is almost 5.5% up
on 2012/13 while waste sent
to landfill is almost 5% down.
opportunities, latest figures show the
council supports young people all the
way from their formative years to
adult life.
Figures which show the council is
meeting its priorities in many areas
of its work are in the Annual Review
of Performance for 2013/14.
It identifies nine priorities ranging
from supporting improvement in
school attendance to encouraging
people to adopt healthy lifestyles and
then examines whether expected
improvements have taken place.
Dean Taylor, Corporate Services
Director, said: “The Council’s vision
is to develop a safer, greener,
smarter, fairer, healthier and richer
Swansea. Our nine priorities turn that
vision into a practical and
measurable effort to make a
difference to people’s lives so they
can reap the benefits.
“As a council, we run a huge
amount of services that touch the
lives of many thousands of people
every day.
“This report largely shows that
we’re on track to meeting our goals.
There are still challenges around
meeting the demand for services but
we’ll continue to work hard to
deliver our priorities in the future.”
Take plunge
at the pool
for Christmas
WALES National Pool Swansea has
transformed its weekday public
sessions so even more people can
join in the fun and hone their
swimming skills.
It means that the pool will be able
to offer more lessons for the disabled
and those with autism as well as
make more lanes available for the
public.
Jeremy Cole, General Manager at
WNPS, said: “We are home to elite
swimmers like Jazz Carlin who did
us proud this year at the
Commonwealth Games.
“But we are a community pool too
and that’s why we’ve changed the
way we operate to offer more lesson
time and swimming sessions for the
general public.
“It’s also why we’re offering a
special discount of two weeks
membership for just £12 available
from December 1 to January 31 to
encourage people to use the pool at
even more competitive prices.
Swimming is a great way to burn off
the Christmas calories.”
As part of the new arrangements
the 50m pool will be split into two
sections to create extra flexibility on
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays so
people have more opportunity to get
involved in swimming lessons and
those interested in other kinds of
swimming activity.
But there will still be 50m
swimming available most days of the
week for the public including
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
as well as at weekends.
Mr Cole said that new
opportunities for people to learn to
swim or improve their confidence or
ability in the water was part of the
drive to support people to improve
their health.
But he added: “One of our roles is
to support in the search for the next
generation of international quality
swimmers and that’s one of the
reasons why we want to encourage
more local people to try out the
pool.”
• For more information about
the Wales National Pool go to
www.walesnationalpoolswansea.co.
uk
• SPLASH: Commonwealth gold medallist Jazz Carlin at the WNPS
Foster carers offered help Youngsters book head start
PEOPLE who are looking after children who
are not close relatives are being urged to get in
touch with the council to see if they qualify for
extra help as private foster carers.
Private fostering is an arrangement where a
child or young person is living with someone
who is not a close relative for more than 28
days. Support is available from the council for
families in this situation.
Examples of private fostering arrangements
might be a child being looked after by friends
because their own parents have moved away
from the area to work or because of divorce or
other issues at home.
More information about private fostering is
available on our website at
www.swansea.gov.uk/privatefostering
The website includes details of what's meant
by a close relative and more about what will
happen once social services becomes involved.
THREE young readers have been awarded the
Gold Book Crawl certificate.
The youngsters have taken out over 400
books between them and regularly attend
council library rhymetimes and storytimes.
Stanley Allan from Brynhyfryd Library,
Dylan Manley from Townhill Library and
Isabella Westall from Morriston Library have
all been presented with this special certificate
which celebrates their enjoyment of sharing and
reading books.
Steve Hardman, Swansea Council’s Library
Services Manager, said: “Encouraging parents
to share stories with their children at an early
age is critical in helping children develop
throughout their early years.”
For more information about the Bookstart
Book Crawl scheme ask any member of staff at
your local library or take a look at the Bookstart
website at www.booktrust.org.uk/cymru
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WEEK 1
WYTHNOS 1
2
WEEK 2
WYTHNOS 2
Refuse & Recycling Collections 2015
Casgliadau Gwastraff ac Ailgylchu 2015
Refuse & Recycling Collections 2015
Casgliadau Gwastraff ac Ailgylchu 2015
January Ionawr
M T W Th Fr Sa Su
Ll M M I G S S
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5 6 7 8 9 10 11
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19 20 21 22 23 24 25
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February Chwefror
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January Ionawr
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February Chwefror
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March Mawrth
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April Ebrill
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October Hydref
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28 29 30 31
RECYCLING & REFUSE
AILGYLCHU A GWASTRAFF
collection arrangements
over the festive period
Trefniadau casglu
dros y Nadolig
Normal
Collection Day
Thursday
Dydd Iau
Friday
Dydd Gwener
Monday
Dydd Llun
Diwrnod Casglu
Arferol
25.12.14
26.12.14
29.12.14
Actual
Collection Day
Sunday
Dydd Sul
Monday
Dydd Llun
Diwrnod Casglu
Newydd
28.12.14
29.12.14
Tuesday
Wednesday
Dydd Mawrth Dydd Mercher
30.12.14
31.12.14
Thursday
Dydd Iau
Friday
Dydd Gwener
01.01.15
02.01.15
Tuesday
Wednesday
Friday
Saturday
Dydd Mawrth Dydd Mercher Dydd Gwener Dydd Sadwrn
30.12.14
31.12.14
02.01.15
03.01.15
Sunday
Dydd Sul
04.01.15
NORMAL COLLECTIONS RESUME
ON MONDAY 5TH JANUARY 2015
BYDD CASGLIADAU ARFEROL YN
AILDDECHRAU DDYDD LLUN 5 IONAWR 2015
COLLECTIONS
CALENDAR 2015
CALENDR
CASGLIADAU 2015
Refer to the number at the top
of last year’s calendar to ensure
that you cut out and use the
correct one opposite
Cyfeiriwch at y rhif ar frig
calendr y llynedd i sicrhau’ch bod
yn torri allan ac yn defnyddio’r
un cywir gyferbyn
Alternatively, you can download
our free app ‘Connect Swansea’
to get collection updates.
Fel arall, gallwch lawrlwytho ein ap
am ddim ‘Connect Swansea’ i gael
y diweddaraf am gasgliadau.
For more information or to find out
which collection week you are:
Am fwy o wybodaeth neu i gael
gwybod beth yw’ch wythnos gasglu:
(01792) 635600
(01792) 635600
[email protected]
[email protected]
www.swansea.gov.uk/recycling
www.abertawe.gov.uk/recycling
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