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Flower rich grasslands are perfect for pollinators

Visitors to Cross Hands Industrial Estate are being greeted with displays of flower rich grasslands. The grass verges have been revealing their colourful displays of flowers and providing valuable habitat for pollinators as part of Carmarthenshire Council’s Biodiversity Plan. The council, along with...

12 hours ago

  • Cross Hands
  • Travel, roads and parking,Countryside and Coast

OVO Energy Women’s Tour - Updates

Congratulations to the overall winner - Lizzie Deignan. What a fantastic experience and welcome from everyone along the route. We’ve had a great day hosting Stage six. Thanks everyone for supporting the event – we hope you enjoy the rest of the day wherever you are along the route. Have a safe journ...

National Licensing Week and Summer event advice

Carmarthenshire County Council’s licensing officers are raising awareness of their work as part of this year’s National Licensing Week (June 17-21). Councils across the UK are promoting the important role licensing has to play day to day – from supporting the licensed trade and organisers of tempor...

4 days ago

  • Licensing & permits

A484 at Cwmduad re-opens for first time since landslide

The A484 at Cwmduad in Carmarthenshire has fully re-opened for the first time following a landslide that happened there in October. Carmarthenshire County Council’s highways team has led a highly complex operation to clear the area, make it safe and re-open the road to traffic once more. Temporary...

4 days ago

  • Travel, roads and parking

Community events on Saturday, June 15, for Women’s Tour

There’ll be a carnival atmosphere across Carmarthenshire on Saturday as communities come out to put on a show for the Women’s Tour. At least 12 community events have been organised by towns and villages to give families a fun-packed day as the best female cyclists in the world race through the count...

6 days ago

  • Carmarthen,Ammanford and Amman Valley,Llandeilo and Towy Valley,Gwendraeth Valley,Cross Hands,Burry Port and Pembrey,Glanamman
  • Cycling,Events

Schoolgirls cycling to success

Schoolchildren in Carmarthenshire have been getting on their bikes to take part in a series of cycling festivals ahead of the 2019 OVO Energy Women’s Tour this weekend. Over 200 female young riders attended Carmarthenshire’s Go-Ride event to celebrate the Women’s Tour vising the county on Saturday....

7 days ago

  • Education and schools,Leisure & outdoor activities

Carmarthenshire County Council chair’s civic service

Cllr Kevin Madge held his civic service at Christ Church in Garnant on Sunday. The service was conducted by the chair’s chaplain, Reverend Dr Caroline Jones. Guest preacher was the Bishop of St Davids, The Rt Revd Joanna Penberthy. First Minister, Mark Drakeford attended along with Carmarthenshire...

7 days ago

  • Awards and honours,Armed forces

Get into a spin with £80k investment at leisure centres

Cycling fans can enjoy a superior digital training experience at the newly launched and upgraded spin studios at Llanelli and Amman Valley leisure centres. Actif Sports and Leisure have invested £80k in top of the range spin bikes with in-built advanced technology and world-class on-screen virtual...

8 days ago

  • Leisure & outdoor activities,Cycling

Line the streets and give warm Welsh welcome to Women’s Tour

With the arrival of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour now just days away, people are being encouraged to come out in force to line the streets and give the cyclists a warm Welsh welcome. The Tour is the UK’s biggest professional cycling road race and will see 96 cyclists racing through 126km of Carmarthen...

8 days ago

  • Carmarthen,Ammanford and Amman Valley,Llandeilo and Towy Valley,Burry Port and Pembrey,Glanamman
  • Cycling,Events

First fine issued for duty of care offence after fly-tipping

A householder in Llwynhendy is the first in Carmarthenshire to be issued with a £300 fine after their rubbish was found fly-tipped. New powers came into force in February to help make it easier for councils to take action against householders who give their waste to people not authorised to handle...

12 days ago

  • Recycling, bins and litter

Staff honoured for their bravery at community awards event

Congratulations to Dorian Lewis and Mark Allen from our Highways team who won the Community Bravery Award at this year’s West Wales Community Awards. Dorian and Mark were first on the scene and along with colleagues James Griffiths and Wayne Jones rescued a driver whose lorry had been swept by a la...

12 days ago

Carmarthen cyclist Manon Lloyd confirmed for Women’s Tour

Carmarthen cyclist Manon Lloyd has confirmed her selection to compete in the Women’s Tour, which will reach its grand finale in Carmarthenshire on Saturday, June 15. Manon, from Carmarthen, is hoping the strength of a home crowd will spur her on as she competes against the best female cyclists in t...

12 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Cycling,Events

Ammanford gears up for family fun to celebrate Women’s Tour

Ammanford has pulled out all the stops to celebrate the arrival of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour on Saturday June 15. A family fun day has been organised with entertainment, cycling activities and stalls, and yellow and green bunting has added colour to the streets ahead of its arrival. Ammanford is...

12 days ago

  • Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Cycling,Events

Have your say on Llanelli Town Hall disabled access plans

Members of the public are being invited to have their say on a new permanent disabled access at Llanelli Town Hall. Carmarthenshire County Council wants to remove the temporary ramp and existing lift, which is beyond repair, and replace it with a new ramp or a lift. Llanelli Town Hall is grade II...

13 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Consultation,Council Property

Council approves its first sustainable drainage scheme

Carmarthenshire County Council has issued its first approval notice as a Sustainable Drainage Approval Body. Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are a new way of managing surface water run-off from buildings and impermeable surfaces by mimicking nature to reduce flood-risk. The council, a Sustaina...

14 days ago

  • Planning

Impressive café bar opens in beach front location

Llanelli’s former Discovery Centre at North Dock has opened its doors as St Elli’s Bay café and bistro in an impressive transformation. The ground floor of the three-storey beach front restaurant is the first of three phases to be completed and is open from 9am-9pm daily. The stylish café seats 90...

15 days ago

  • Leisure & outdoor activities,Countryside and Coast,Children and families

Decorate your shop windows for Women’s Tour

Businesses in Carmarthenshire are being urged to give their shop or office windows a makeover for the OVO Energy Women’s Tour. The final stage of Britain’s most prestigious women’s cycle race is taking place in the county on Saturday, June 15 and we want to give the world’s top riders a big welcome...

18 days ago

  • Cycling

World’s best cyclists gear up to race in Carmarthenshire

The best cyclists in the world will be racing through Carmarthenshire in just a few weeks’ time. The county is in full preparation to host the final stage of the Women’s Tour - Britain’s leading women’s race. The final stage takes place in Carmarthenshire on Saturday, June 15, starting at Carmarth...

23 days ago

  • Carmarthen,Ammanford and Amman Valley,Llandeilo and Towy Valley,Gwendraeth Valley,Burry Port and Pembrey,Glanamman
  • Leisure & outdoor activities,Events,Discover Carmarthenshire,Cycling

Mair Bach gets the low-down on apprenticeships

You’ve met Emlyn Bach, now let us introduce you to Mair Bach – deputy leader of our new shadow executive board! Mair Bach – eight year old Hâf Jones of Ferryside – has met the real Cllr Mair Stephens to talk apprenticeships, and the opportunities the council has for everyone regardless of their gen...

25 days ago

  • Mini Executive Board

Exciting new ‘Celtic Routes’ tourism project takes shape

Representatives from over 40 businesses and organisations from Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire have come together to find out how they can be part of an exciting new tourism project, ‘Celtic Routes’. Celtic Routes is a partnership project between Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire County...

26 days ago

  • Discover Carmarthenshire

European Parliamentary Elections 2019

The results are in for the European Parliamentary Elections 2019 for Wales. Elected Nathan Lee Gill / The Brexit Party Jill Evans / Plaid Cymru – The Party of Wales James Freeman Wells / The Brexit Party Jacqueline Margarete Jones / Labour The Carmarthenshire count took place at the Selwyn...

26 days ago

  • Elections and Voting

Station Road off-licence refused alcohol licence

An off-licence on Llanelli’s Station Road has been refused an alcohol licence by Carmarthenshire County Council after councillors decided it could add to the area’s crime and disorder problems. The Licensing Committee’s decision has been upheld after the applicant, who runs the shop Kubus, appealed...

27 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Trading standards

Council tenants to give views on housing services

Tenants in Carmarthenshire are being asked their views on housing services. A survey has been sent out to thousands of council owned homes encouraging people to give feedback on services Carmarthenshire County Council currently provides as a landlord. Whether it’s the overall quality of your home,...

27 days ago

  • Social care and health,Housing

Pembrey Country Park welcomes new attraction

A new adventure miniature golf course is on its way to Pembrey Country Park. The £150,000 themed purpose built 18-hole course will replace the current outdated crazy golf facility. Each hole will showcase attractions already in the park including a ski slope, shipwrecks, a closed road circuit and...

28 days ago

  • Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Leisure & outdoor activities

Pembrey Country Park has done it again and again and…

Pembrey Country Park is celebrating after winning the prestigious Blue Flag status for the eleventh consecutive year. The attraction, which includes Cefn Sidan beach, has been awarded the status every year since 2009. Since the Blue Flag awards were first introduced in 1988, Pembrey Country Park ha...

28 days ago

  • Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Leisure & outdoor activities

Cllr Kevin Madge elected as new county council Chairman

The new chair of Carmarthenshire County Council said he will work tirelessly during his term of office. Cllr Kevin Madge, member for Garnant, takes the chain of office whilst celebrating 40 years as a councillor. Taking the chair, Cllr Madge paid tribute to outgoing chairman Cllr Mansel Charles, m...

32 days ago

  • Council meeting reports

Spring bank holiday bins

Residents are again being reminded that there are changes to bin collections over the Spring Bank Holiday. From Monday, May 27 until Friday, May 31 collections will take place one day later than usual. Friday collections will take place on Saturday. Please make sure you put your bins out by 6am on...

32 days ago

  • Recycling, bins and litter

Carmarthenshire’s library service is best in Wales

Carmarthenshire's library service is a model for the rest of Wales, according to a Welsh Government report. The council has been praised for its commitment to the future of its library service and for its forward-thinking approach in creating a new digital learning environment alongside its more tr...

32 days ago

  • Libraries and archives

Don’t forget to use your voice and vote

With just under a week to go until the European Parliamentary Elections people in Carmarthenshire are being urged to use their voice and vote. On Thursday, May 23, electors will have the chance to vote for who they want to represent them in the European Parliament. Carmarthenshire County Council’s...

32 days ago

  • Elections and Voting

Female cyclists on the rise ahead of Women’s Tour

More women in Carmarthenshire are getting on their bikes, thanks to a British Cycling initiative. And with the final stage of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour 2019 taking place in the county next month, hopefully it will inspire even more women to join them. The HSBC UK Breeze programme trains up volun...

32 days ago

  • Leisure & outdoor activities,Cycling

Night-time road closure at A484 Bronwydd

A night-time road closure is being put in place on the A484 near Bronwydd Arms on the outskirts of Carmarthen for essential maintenance works. Carmarthenshire County Council has appointed Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd to carry out improvement works on the A484, where temporary traffic lights hav...

33 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Travel, roads and parking

Work gets underway on historic Guildhall redevelopment

Work has started on the £1million redevelopment of Carmarthen’s Guildhall. A new restaurant and café bar, taking up the ground floor of the historic town centre building, is due to open in September. It has been taken over by the Loungers group, which has the popular eateries Zinco Lounge in Swans...

33 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Development and investment,Regeneration

Consultation on schools’ Welsh language provision

Proposals to change the language provision at five of Carmarthenshire’s primary schools is to be put to public consultation. Carmarthenshire County Council is seeking feedback on proposals to teach through the medium of Welsh at Ysgol Rhys Prichard, Ysgol y Ddwylan, Ysgol Llys Hywel, Ysgol Griffith...

35 days ago

  • Carmarthen,Llandovery
  • Education and schools

Opportunities on billion pound construction framework

Construction and maintenance industry contractors are being invited to tender for a new South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework worth up to £1billion. Carmarthenshire County Council, in association with Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, Pembrokeshire County Council, Ceredigion Count...

40 days ago

  • Development and investment

Childcare Offer supports over 400 children and families

Over 400 children are now accessing free early education and childcare in Carmarthenshire. Carmarthenshire Family Information Service has been supporting families since a new Welsh Government scheme was launched in January. The Childcare Offer provides eligible working parents with up to 30 hours...

41 days ago

  • Children and families

Six apprenticeships in the construction industry on offer

Next Steps is back with up to six apprenticeships on offer.  Now in its 10th year, Next Steps is open to men and women living in Carmarthenshire aged 16 and over who have an interest in obtaining qualifications in groundworks, carpentry, bricklaying, plastering, electrics, plumbing and painting and...

41 days ago

  • Jobs and training

Young Ammanford man to speak in Parliament

A young Ammanford man will be voicing his concerns in Parliament on behalf of young people living in rural areas. Connor Strange, will also discuss issues facing young people living locally such as transport and access to mental health services at an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG). The 23-ye...

42 days ago

  • Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Youth support

Road maintenance works underway

Motorists in Carmarthenshire are being urged to drive carefully as essential road maintenance works are carried out across the county. Surface dressing works are carried out annually by the council to make the roads safer and better to use. It involves applying a coating of hot bitumen onto the ro...

46 days ago

  • Travel, roads and parking

Wellness Village can provide 'blueprint for future'

Plans for a £200 million Wellness Village in Llanelli could provide a global blueprint on how healthcare and leisure services should best be delivered in future, according to Scarlets boss Nigel Short. Mr Short, who sits on the Swansea Bay City Deal’s Economic Strategy Board, says the project earma...

46 days ago

Illegal cabbie caught and fined

The owner of a Carmarthen taxi firm has been prosecuted for picking up fare-paying passengers without a licence and in an unlicensed vehicle. Mark Edward John, proprietor of Guv’s Taxis, will pay over £2700 in fines and costs and has picked up eight penalty points, after being caught operating ille...

46 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Enforcement,Trading standards

Farmer fined following discovery of over 70 dead animals

WARNING: Picture may be upsetting for some readers A Llangadog farmer has admitted several offences relating to animal welfare and by-products following the discovery of more than 70 carcasses on his land. Teifion Williams, who farms land at Bronallt, will pay over £3,700 in fines and costs, for t...

46 days ago

  • Llangadog
  • Trading standards,Enforcement

Have your say!

The European Parliament Election Day is Thursday, 23 May. Residents have until Tuesday, May 7, to register to vote if they are not already on the Electoral Register. The closing date to apply for a postal vote is Wednesday, May 8 (5pm) and for proxy votes Wednesday, May 15 (5pm). Mark James, Local...

47 days ago

  • Elections and Voting

Carmarthenshire County Council appoints new Chief Executive

Carmarthenshire County Council’s new Chief Executive has been appointed. Wendy Walters will take up the mantle following the retirement of current Chief Executive Mark James, who has successfully led the council for the past 17 years. The current Director of Regeneration and Policy was appointed t...

48 days ago

Parc Howard Museum offers relaxed sessions

A Llanelli museum is offering visitors with autism, dementia or other additional needs a new way of exploring and enjoying its displays and grounds. Carmarthenshire County Council’s Parc Howard Museum, set in a former mansion house in acres of impressive grounds and parkland, has started ‘relaxed s...

54 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Theatres, arts & museums

Carmarthen is one of the best places to live in the UK

Carmarthen has been named one of the best places to live in the UK by The Sunday Times newspaper. The town has been featured in the top 10 of the best Welsh towns and villages to live along with Crickhowell, Aberdyfi, Abersoch, Cardigan, Chepstow, Montgomery, Penarth, St David’s and Mumbles. Accor...

55 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Discover Carmarthenshire

Police and Crime Panel to put focus on drugs and cyber crime

Dyfed Powys Police Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn will be pressed on what he is doing to tackle drug related crime at the next meeting of the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel. Panel members, representing the four local authorities in the force area, are keen to hear from the Commissioner following...

56 days ago

  • Police and Crime

Landlords forum events

Landlords in Carmarthenshire are being invited to attend forum events in May where guest speakers will be presenting and discussing current hot topics including:  The latest on Energy Performance Certificates legislation and the assistance available to landlords The issue of ‘County Lines’ and m...

56 days ago

  • Llanelli,Carmarthen
  • Housing

June completion date for A484 at Cwmduad

Works to repair and fully re-open the A484 at Cwmduad are scheduled for completion in June. The road was partially re-opened in March, following extensive work to clear and make the area safe after a landslide which occurred during Storm Callum in October. Carmarthenshire County Council’s highways...

60 days ago

  • Travel, roads and parking

More world-class cycling as Women’s Tour announced

Having attracted thousands of spectators to the 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain Grand Depart, world-class cycling will return to Carmarthenshire this June when the finale of the OVO Energy Women’s Tour takes place exclusively within the county. The world’s best riders will tackle a 126-kilometre (7...

62 days ago

Community launch new museum and Visitor Gateway

A new community enterprise has officially opened its doors in Llandovery. Y Gannwyll - named in honour of Vicar Prichard whose poems were published under the title of Canwyll y Cymru (The Welshman’s Candle) - is a new museum and tourist information centre based in the former Heritage Centre buildin...

62 days ago

  • Llandovery
  • Theatres, arts & museums