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Difficult choices ahead as talks begin on next year’s budget

Around £28million of efficiency savings need to be found by Carmarthenshire County Council over the next three years

Llanelli is gearing up for its biggest night

Llanelli’s Christmas carnival is set to go off with a big bang this year with 15 floats already confirmed.

Blue bags delivered to all households

Deliveries of blue bags to every household in Carmarthenshire will start from Monday, November 19.

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Statement: Allied Healthcare

Jake Morgan, Director for communities, said: "Carmarthenshire County Council has robust contingency plans in place. We would like to reassure the staff and the service users in Carmarthenshire who are affected that we will implement plans over the next week to deliver care packages and ensure contin...

1 day ago

  • Social care and health

School admissions 2019/20– apply online now

Parents across Carmarthenshire are being reminded that they need to apply online for their child’s school place. Pupils due to start in secondary school next September 2019 need to apply for their place by 21 December 2018. There is no automatic transfer, applications must be made to the county co...

11 days ago

  • Education and schools

Llanybydder Waste Amnesty

Householders in Llanybydder and the surrounding areas are being urged to have a clear out. A waste and tyre amnesty is being held at Llanybydder car park, tomorrow (November 17) from 8am-12pm. Most household waste can be taken along including, unwanted furniture, carpets and mattresses, electrical...

1 day ago

  • Llanybydder
  • Recycling, bins and litter

Police Commissioner put under scrutiny at Panel meeting

Police budgets and pensions, youth offending and operational priorities will be put under scrutiny at the next meeting of the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel. The Panel, made up of representatives of the four local authorities in the force area and two independent members, will have the opportun...

4 days ago

  • Police and Crime

Council Leader calls for release of City Deal funds

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Leader is calling on the Welsh and UK Governments to release funding for two Swansea Bay City Deal projects to help ‘provide confidence to the business community’ in a challenging economic climate. The call comes as German car part manufacturer Schaeffler announces...

4 days ago

  • Llanelli,Carmarthen
  • City deal

Abuse highlighted in National Safeguarding Week

Adults who are at risk of abuse and neglect are the focus of the 2018 National Safeguarding Week in Mid and West Wales taking place between November 12 and 16. A wide-ranging programme is taking place across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Powys, including conferences, engagement eve...

4 days ago

  • Social care and health

Put a smile on someone’s face this Christmas

Our annual Toybox appeal is underway and will be accepting donations up until Christmas Eve although the earlier we receive them the better to make the work of the team easier. Warm-hearted Carmarthenshire residents with a little extra to spare are being asked to help put a smile on the faces of fa...

9 days ago

  • Events

Small Business Saturday spotlight on Carmarthen

The spotlight will be on small businesses in Carmarthen when the Small Business Saturday bus tour rolls in to town. Small Business Saturday is a nationwide campaign to support and promote the UK’s 5.7 million small businesses, and the team has announced they will visit the town as part of their nat...

16 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Development and investment,Regeneration,Events

‘The Great War at Sea’ exhibits at Parc Howard

An exhibition about the impact the Great War at Sea had on Llanelli has opened at Parc Howard Museum. The exhibition is on show until December 23 and is a tribute to the unsung heroes and heroines of Llanelli as described by individuals, community groups and museum staff.  These include hospital sh...

4 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Libraries and archives,Theatres, arts & museums

Leisure centre at heart of Llanelli’s Wellness Village plans

A cutting-edge new leisure centre that will give a major boost to health, fitness and wellbeing opportunities for many thousands of people in Llanelli and beyond is planned to open in 2021. Located in the £200 million Wellness and Life Science Village at Delta Lakes, the leisure centre will combine...

11 days ago

  • Leisure & outdoor activities,Regeneration,Development and investment,City deal

Have your say on two new schools in Kidwelly

Consultation for two new schools in Kidwelly has started. People are being asked their views over the next four weeks on the proposed builds for Ysgol Gymraeg Gwenllian and Ysgol y Castell. The current school buildings do not meet Welsh Government standards in terms of the facilities they offer in...

17 days ago

  • Kidwelly
  • Education and schools

CO warning as people reach for the thermostat

Now that the weather is taking a turn for the worse, more people will be reaching for the thermostat or stoking up their wood burners for extra warmth. But Carmarthenshire County Council is urging people to ensure their gas and solid fuel heaters are safe and serviced. Teams from Public Protection...

12 days ago

  • Environmental health,Housing,Community safety

Warnings for heavy rain and wind

The Met Office has issued an amber warning for heavy rain for this afternoon and evening, and a yellow warning for wind. Natural Resources Wales has issued flood warnings for the rivers Taf, Cynin and Lower Towy, and along the Carmarthenshire coast from Pendine to Hendy. There are flood alerts on a...

8 days ago

  • St Clears
  • Alerts

Cwmduad road unlikely to re-open until the New Year

A Carmarthenshire road closed due to a landslide is unlikely to re-open until the New Year. Carmarthenshire County Council is leading a multi-agency recovery operation to clear and re-open the A484 at Cwmduad, a rural road between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn. The landslide happened on October 1...

10 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Travel, roads and parking

Investigation work underway on Grade II Listed harbour walls

Investigation works have begun on the historic walls of Burry Port Harbour ahead of their planned repair during 2019. In a programme of works over the next three weeks, contractors working for Carmarthenshire County Council will be on site taking in-depth surveys of the structures. The works will...

11 days ago

  • Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Leisure & outdoor activities,Development and investment

Recovery and support for flood-hit areas has gone well

The majority of items and property damaged in the recent floods has now been cleared, and residents are beginning to re-build their homes and businesses. Carmarthenshire County Council has thanked residents and businesses for their feedback and gratitude following a full-scale recovery operation fo...

15 days ago

A Llanelli pensioner is honoured with British Empire Medal

A retired civil servant from Llwynhendy has been award the British Empire Medal. William Henry Gerwyn Jenkins was recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to the Samaritans in Swansea. The 77-year-old has been involved with the Samaritans for more than 40 years and has devoted his f...

17 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Awards and honours

Support for Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal

Carmarthenshire County Council is urging local residents to support the 2018 British Legion Poppy Appeal. Council Chair Cllr Mansel Charles has offered the council’s support to the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal and has agreed that poppies can be placed for sale in council premises ahead of na...

17 days ago

  • Events,Armed forces

Achieving White Ribbon UK status

A council, a fire and rescue service and a police force have been awarded White Ribbon UK accredited status. Carmarthenshire Council, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Dyfed-Powys Police have all met the standards required to be awarded with the prestigious status. Achieving White Rib...

22 days ago

Hwb set to open its doors in Ammanford town centre

A council customer service hub is set to open its doors in Ammanford in December. Ammanford Hwb will be located on Quay Street. The Hwb will bring additional new services to the town centre. It will offer face to face advice on a range of council issues, as well as being a place people can make p...

18 days ago

  • Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Customer Services

Free parking periods in town centres as part of new pilot

Periods of free parking in council-run short stay car parks are being introduced across Carmarthenshire as part of a new pilot initiative. From Monday, October 29, visitors to the county’s main towns will be able to park for free if they arrive and stay within certain hours. The initiative has bee...

18 days ago

  • Llanelli,Carmarthen,Ammanford and Amman Valley,Llandeilo and Towy Valley,Newcastle Emlyn,St Clears,Llandovery
  • Travel, roads and parking

Halloween’s coming to Pembrey Country Park

If you want to scream this Halloween then make sure you’re booked in to the ‘witching hour’ at Pembrey Country Park. The park’s events team has put on a week of ghoulish activities to get everyone in the spirit. From October 29 to November 2 there will be witches, zombies and ghosts galore, with s...

29 days ago

  • Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Events

Appeal for information after blind puppy found dumped

An appeal for information has been launched to find the person who dumped a blind puppy amongst trees in the Llanerch area of Llanelli yesterday. Carmarthenshire County Council’s dog warden service was called into action after the puppy was found by a member of the public. He is thought to be arou...

23 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Environmental health

£4million eco-home development for Burry Port

Over 30 eco-friendly homes could be built in Burry Port as early as next Spring following a £4million funding package secured by Cartrefi Croeso, Carmarthenshire County Council’s new housing company. The Welsh Government included the ambitious Burry Port Garden Village development in its £43million...

25 days ago

  • Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Housing,Development and investment

Practical and financial help for homes and businesses

Around 230 homes and businesses are now known to have been affected by the floods that hit Carmarthenshire over the weekend. Teams from Carmarthenshire County Council have been visiting and supporting the hardest hit areas this week, offering practical and financial support to help people get back...

29 days ago

  • Finance,Housing,Rural affairs,Customer Services

Recovery efforts underway in aftermath of floods

A huge clean-up operation is underway to deal with the aftermath of the worst flooding Carmarthenshire has seen in decades. Carmarthenshire County Council’s operational team has now switched its efforts from emergency response to recovery and supporting affected communities and businesses. Additio...

33 days ago

  • Alerts

Carmarthenshire counting the cost of Storm Callum recovery

Carmarthenshire is beginning to count the cost of the clean-up that is needed to get the county back on track after Storm Callum. Hundreds of homes and businesses were affected by the worst flooding seen in the area for over 30 years, and whilst a clear picture is yet to emerge about the true cost...

30 days ago

  • Alerts,Housing,Recycling, bins and litter,Travel, roads and parking,Environmental health,Rural affairs,Customer Services

Help for businesses affected by flooding

Carmarthenshire Council is pulling out all the stops to help businesses affected by flooding over the weekend. Eight teams from the council’s regeneration department have been out and about, visiting businesses across the county to offer advice and support, if needed. Over 120 businesses were visi...

32 days ago

  • Carmarthen

Storm Callum - situation updates

If you have been affected by the floods and would like support to complete an application for our hardship fund, or to find out what other help is available to you during this difficult time, we will be visiting: Afon Duad Inn, Cwmduad, Tuesday, October 23, from 2.30pm....

Conference gives young people ‘Real learning 4 Real life’

Young people in Carmarthenshire are being urged to attend an event which will help prepare them for life after school and college.Around 200 young people and decision makers are expected to attend this year’s Carmarthenshire Youth Conference.Young people in Carmarthenshire voted ‘A Curriculum to Pre...

29 days ago

  • Education and schools,Events,Youth support

Council passes halfway target on promise of affordable homes

Two years in to a promise to deliver 1,000 more affordable homes by 2021, Carmarthenshire County Council is celebrating passing the half-way mark. More than 500 families have benefitted from the council’s £25million investment to provide more good quality low-cost homes since it made its Affordable...

31 days ago

  • Burry Port and Pembrey,Llanelli,Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Housing

Carmarthenshire’s worst flooding for over 30 years

Carmarthenshire County Council teams continue to work around the clock to support communities and businesses hit by the worst floods the county has experienced in over 30 years. There is widespread flooding in many parts of the county, with Carmarthen, Newcastle Emlyn, Llanybydder, Llandeilo and Po...

34 days ago

  • Alerts

Take care as Storm Callum hits Carmarthenshire

Heavy rain and strong winds are expected to cause significant disruption and difficult road conditions across many parts of Wales during Friday and Saturday. People are being urged to drive carefully and take particular care around the Carmarthenshire coast. The Met Office has issued an amber rain...

37 days ago

  • Travel, roads and parking,Alerts,Countryside and Coast

Newcastle Emlyn waste amnesty

*Please note this event has been postponed until further notice.* Householders in Newcastle Emlyn and the surrounding areas are being urged to have a clear out. A waste and tyre amnesty is being held at the mart car park on Saturday, October 13, from 8am-12pm. Most household waste can be taken al...

37 days ago

  • Newcastle Emlyn
  • Recycling, bins and litter

School project up for national award

A group of pupils from Ysgol Dyffryn Aman have been shortlisted for their research honouring former pupils who lost their lives in the First World War. The Cofio project has been nominated for a Heritage Angel Awards 2018 in the ‘Best Contribution to a heritage project by young people’ category. S...

36 days ago

  • Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Education and schools

Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel survey

People are being asked to identify the issues they would most like the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel to focus on over the coming year. The Panel, made up of representatives from across Dyfed-Powys, aims to give local people a greater voice in how the police serve our communities. Members supp...

38 days ago

  • Police and Crime

National Adoption Week

Being part of a loving family is what most children take for granted. However, there are still children in Carmarthenshire who are looking for a home of their own. As part of National Adoption Week (October 15-21), people are being asked to consider opening their homes and their hearts to those wai...

40 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Events,Children and families

Leader raises funds in aid of Breast Care Unit

More than £2,000 has been raised for the Peony Suite at Prince Philip Hospital’s Breast Care Unit at a charity golf day hosted by the Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council. Cllr Emlyn Dole said he was delighted with the sum, which he is donating to a cause close to his heart. The event was held...

40 days ago

  • Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Events

Get It Loud in Libraries Week

It’s Get It Loud in Libraries Week, and staff at Carmarthenshire’s libraries are not keeping quiet about all the activities they’ve got planned. Librarians across the UK will be making some noise to get people in through their doors and enjoying a host of entertainment, and here in Carmarthenshire...

40 days ago

  • Llanelli,Carmarthen,Ammanford and Amman Valley,Whitland,St Clears,Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Libraries and archives

Leisure centre discount cards for Carmarthenshire veterans

Armed forces veterans in Carmarthenshire are being offered discounted rates to use the council’s leisure centres. Carmarthenshire County Council is keen to continue its commitment to the Armed Forces Community Covenant and to both serving and former members of the community by promoting  discount c...

44 days ago

  • Llanelli,Carmarthen,Ammanford and Amman Valley,St Clears,Newcastle Emlyn,Llandovery
  • Armed forces,Leisure & outdoor activities

Double yellow lines near Pembrey Country Park

Some of the double yellow lines put down on roads leading to car parks near Pembrey Country Park and Cefn Sidan beach are to be removed. The lines were painted as part of an experimental order to minimise parking obstructions and damage to verges being caused by a growing number of vehicles using t...

47 days ago

Enforcement Officers tackle litter issues

Fines totalling £700 have been handed out for littering offences in Carmarthenshire during September. Carmarthenshire County Council’s enforcement officers have been following up reports from the public and catching some people in the act, both littering and failing to clear up after their dogs. T...

46 days ago

Sea defence works at Burry Port completed

Work has been completed on a £1/4 million project to create a sea defence in Burry Port. Carmarthenshire County Council’s Flood Defence and Coastal Protection team has been monitoring the earth sculpture at Tywyn Bach in recent years, which has seen coastal erosion and the movement of the beach. I...

46 days ago

  • Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Countryside and Coast

Resurfacing programme at Llanelli’s Gelli Onn

A major road re-surfacing programme will get underway next week to improve one of Llanelli town centre’s main gateways. Gelli Onn on the A484 is one of the town’s main road systems, and the surface is now due for repair. To keep disruption to a minimum, work will take place during evenings and ove...

53 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Travel, roads and parking,Development and investment

Pembrey Country Park unveils new camping facilities

New facilities have been introduced at Pembrey Country Park to cater for the growing number of families holidaying at the park. The campsite, which caters for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents during the summer season, is growing in popularity year on year. New figures have revealed camping i...

54 days ago

  • Llanelli,Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Leisure & outdoor activities

The Child Care Offer for Wales set to pilot

Working parents of three and four year old children in Carmarthenshire could be eligible for up to 30 hours a week of government funded early education and childcare for up to 48 weeks of the year. Parents who are employed or self-employed and earn on average a weekly minimum equivalent of 16 hours...

44 days ago

  • Education and schools

Calling all students!

Carmarthen’s Biggest Student Shopping Event is returning to Carmarthen next Thursday (September 27). More than a 1,000 students are expected to descend on the town to take up exclusive discounts of up to 30% off at over 40 of the town’s most popular retailers between 6-9pm, at the Student Sellout....

57 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Events

Digital maturity survey

Do you run a small business in Wales? Would you like to know how your digital maturity compares to others in Wales? Wales, like most other nations, is undergoing a period of rapid transformation, with digital technologies playing a central role in both business and society. Evidence from previous...

53 days ago

  • Consultation

Book your tickets for live Estrons gig at Llanelli Library

You wouldn’t normally think of booking tickets to see your favourite band in a library, but that’s exactly what’s happening at Llanelli Library which has landed an exclusive gig with Welsh-Canadian pop-rock band the Estrons. It is the only Welsh library to secure a live music gig as part of a ‘Get...

89 days ago

Youth Council asks you to make your mark

Carmarthenshire Youth Council is backing the UK’s largest youth consultation. Members attended the official launch of Make your Mark at an event in Cardiff on August 22. Young people will vote to decide which five top issues affecting young people across the UK will be debated at the Annual Sittin...

66 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Youth support,Elections and Voting