DEDICATED Carmarthenshire Council staff are all pulling out all the stops to keep services running in the severe winter weather.

From transport teams gritting hundreds of miles of roads to care home workers supporting the elderly and vulnerable, council staff are working around the clock to help keep the county safe and moving in the snow and ice.

The council is also using its 4×4 vehicles to help the Hywel Dda University Health Board transport staff and patients to hospitals across Carmarthenshire.

Although the number of rough sleepers in Carmarthenshire is low, the council’s housing team has arranged temporary accommodation for people who present themselves as homeless.

Council tenants who have reported boiler problems are being reassured that all their reports have all been logged, and that repairs will be carried out as soon as possible.

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Carmarthenshire Council Leader, said: “Council staff should be praised for their dedication to maintaining services, wherever possible, during the severe winter weather that’s hit the county in recent days.

“We’d like to thank people for their patience and understanding, but residents can be reassured that our staff are doing all they can to help keep the county safe and moving, with comprehensive planning also in place for the possibility of more snow and ice in coming days.

“Many people in Carmarthenshire have been volunteering their help and support too, which speaks volumes for the kind of caring, compassionate communities we have right across the county.

“Businesses have been doing all they can to support people as well, so everyone should be commended for their part in looking out for the wellbeing of others.”

Examples of businesses stepping up to the plate include The White Hart in Llandeilo, who are offering a free bed and warm meal to the homeless. The Bridge in Llangennech is also giving out free meals to the elderly and infirm in the area.

The council is advising people not to travel, unless it’s absolutely essential. School closures are being listed on the council website.

Residents who are concerned about their ability to keep their homes warm during the cold spell are advised that payments are automatically made to those eligible for support.

Refuse collections that were due this morning (Friday March 2) have been suspended, with updates to be made available as soon as possible.

Keep an eye on the council’s website or its Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates in coming hours and days.

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