Mynyddygarreg residents victorious in park fight
RESIDENTS in Mynyddygarreg have been victorious in their campaign for improvements to be made to the village park.
Disgruntled villagers hit out over the way the children's play area was unkempt and neglected last month, with overgrown grass and verges making it unusable.
They claimed that their late hometown hero Ray Gravell would have been "very upset" at the time and effort being made on maintaining his memorial while the play area had been allowed to go to rack and ruin — calling on the council, who stated it was not their land, to take immediate action.
And as a gesture of goodwill, the council stepped in and cleared up the land.
After appearing in the Star, the issue also featured on Jason Mohammad's BBC Radio Wales show.
Viv Summers said: "The publicity raised by the community and supported by local press and national radio, has had the desired effect, which we as a community express our thanks for that support.
"But we hope that if others have a problem with their local authority, do not despair, but follow the lead of Mynyddygarreg, which proves that success can be achieved.
"I do not believe that there is any coincidence in the fact that Carmarthenshire Council took immediate action after the publicity, which showed them up in a negligent light.
"Did they establish ownership of the play area, with rapid investigation, after maintaining that it was nothing to do with them, or have they attended to land which is not owned by them?
"Will the council carry on with the maintenance for the foreseeable future?
''Because it will certainly be monitored by the local community."
Fellow resident Marlene Tapscott, who first highlighted the issue added: "It is nice that they have actually taken it on board — on Tuesday morning we had the thing with Radio Wales and then the following morning I went up at 8.15am and the workmen were all up there."
She added: "What was lovely was that there were children playing up there almost straight after — I went up there and I thought this is fantastic to see."
A spokeswoman for Carmarthenshire Council said: "We have been in discussions with Kidwelly Town Council for some time regarding asset transfer and a meeting was held last week (prior to the radio show) where the issues in relation to Mynyddygarreg Park were discussed.
"We are still trying to clarify ownership of the land, however, as a gesture of goodwill it was agreed that we would tidy up the area. Discussions are ongoing."