A LLANELLI councillor is calling on Carmarthenshire County Council to “do what’s right for Llanelli families” and reopen Parc Howard with social distancing.

Cllr Siôn Davies, the leader of the Conservative Group on Llanelli Town Council, said the County Council needs to “follow the UK Government’s advice” issued by Local Government Secretary, Robert Jenrick on 18 April, and reopen Parc Howard to “give Llanelli families without gardens somewhere for children to get some exercise and run around.”

Carmarthenshire County Council took the decision to close all its parks almost eight weeks ago in response to Coronavirus. This includes Pembrey Country Park, Parc Howard and enclosed spaces across the Millennium Coastal Park, like the playground in North Dock.

Cllr Siôn Davies said:

“Lockdown measures are so much harder for people and families who don’t have gardens. Having access to nature, open spaces and room for exercise is really important for people’s physical and mental health. That’s why the UK Government made it clear to councils that all parks should stay open.

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“Obviously, the museum and children’s play areas would need to remain shut to enforce social distancing. And it’s important for the park to be securely closed at night to stop vandalism.

“It’s really important that if the County Council does take the decision to reopen Parc Howard that people act responsibly, respect social distancing and continue to follow Government guidelines.

He added:

“Speaking to residents in my area, I really think that this is something Llanelli families need after eight weeks in lockdown – particularly those with young children.”

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