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Swansea Bay City Deal - internal review statement

Cllr Rob Stewart, Chairman of the Swansea Bay City Deal Joint Committee, said: “This review was carried out alongside the UK and Welsh Government’s independent review of the City Deal programme and sought to assure that it will deliver full economic benefits for the region. “The findings and recomm...

16 hours ago

  • City deal

Tree cutting

We will be undertaking work to remove some diseased and damaged trees in the grounds of Llandovery Swimming Pool and the former Pantycelyn School site this week. The decision to remove a Lawson’s Cypress, pine and two fir trees has been made on the recommendation by an Arboreal specialist due to th...

4 days ago

  • Llandovery
  • Council Property

A484 at Cwmduad partially re-opens following landslide

The A484 at Cwmduad has partially re-opened, following extensive work to clear and make the area safe after a landslide. Carmarthenshire County Council’s highways team has been leading a highly complex operation to clear the highway and stabilise the land since October, when the landslide tragicall...

5 days ago

  • Carmarthen,Newcastle Emlyn
  • Travel, roads and parking

Changes for recycling centres given go ahead

A number of changes at Carmarthenshire’s recycling centres have been given the go ahead in a bid to improve the county’s recycling rate. It includes a ban on commercial waste; residency checks, a permit system for vans, the introduction of black bag sorting; and revised opening hours. The recommen...

6 days ago

  • Recycling, bins and litter

Don’t become a victim of cybercrime

Residents and businesses in Carmarthenshire can find out what simple steps they can take to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime when the cyber safety bus rolls into town. A specially equipped cyber information bus will stop in Carmarthen on Tuesday, March 19 as part of its tour to al...

6 days ago

  • Police and Crime

Young people given chance to shape youth support services

Young people in Carmarthenshire are being offered the opportunity to shape the county’s youth support service. Children and young people aged between 11 and 25, are being invited to take part in a workshop that will gather views and ideas about youth support services, and the chance to influence de...

7 days ago

  • Gwendraeth Valley
  • Youth support

Carmarthenshire Council Tax 2019-20

Carmarthenshire County Council has approved a Council Tax increase of 4.89 per cent, or £58.57 a year for the average band D property – that’s roughly an extra £1.13 a week. When combined with the precepts for the Dyfed Powys Police Commissioner and Town and Community Councils, the average band D p...

7 days ago

  • Finance

Carmarthen West link road officially opened

A new £6.15million link road connecting Carmarthen town centre with the west has officially opened. The Carmarthen West scheme, led by Carmarthenshire County Council, opened to vehicles on Friday afternoon (March 8, 2019). The road connects the A40 at Travellers Rest with College Road providing di...

10 days ago

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

Massive £261million investment in county’s capital programme

See what major projects and ambitious developments are in store for Carmarthenshire over the next five years as the council plans to spend £261million on its capital programme. The massive investment – which has been unanimously agreed by full council - will help boost the local economy and create...

12 days ago

  • Finance

Celebration of culture awards winners announced

Winners have been announced for Carmarthenshire’s second celebration of culture awards. Eighteen finalists – three from each category – have been selected from more than 110 entries. In a joint partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council, the Llanelli Star and the Carmarthen Journal, the aw...

12 days ago

  • Welsh language and culture

Llanelli man dumped his rubbish near his home three times

A Llanelli man who dumped his household rubbish three times in the next street to his home has been punished. Ivan ISTOK, of Ralph Street, in Llanelli, must pay over £400 after he admitted leaving the blue bags which contained food, nappies and glass in Robinson Street. Llanelli magistrates heard...

12 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Enforcement,Recycling, bins and litter

Warning over rogue trader reports

Residents in Carmarthenshire are being advised to think twice before agreeing to pay cold callers for gardening and building works. It comes after the council’s Trading Standards team received a report from a farmer in the Gwendraeth Valley who had handed over a large sum of money for substandard w...

13 days ago

  • Trading standards

Home safety advice given out to residents

Over 250 homes in Llanelli have been given advice on keeping their homes safe and secure. In a joint operation with Dyfed Powys Police and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue, Carmarthenshire Council’s housing officers visited properties in Granby Close, Clos Dewi Medi and the Buddulph Estate to spe...

13 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Housing

More homes to benefit from free energy measures

Some 250 homes in Llanelli are set to benefit from new or replacement boilers. Carmarthenshire County Council has been awarded an additional 1.5m of funding from the Welsh Government to improve energy efficiency in the Tyisha area of the town. The new heating measures will result in cheaper bills...

13 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Housing

Affordable homes to rent or buy available to view online

People on the housing register in Carmarthenshire will soon be able to see what homes are available to rent, online. All vacant homes ready for occupation and low cost homes to buy will be advertised under the council’s new Home Finder scheme. The scheme will replace the current system from March...

13 days ago

  • Housing

Have a say in Scrutiny Committee’s work programme

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Scrutiny Committees want people to have a say into what areas of the authority’s services they should look in to next. Scrutiny Committees play in an important role in the democratic process. The majority of council decisions are made by the Executive Board of 10 c...

14 days ago

Welcome booklet for new county residents

A welcome booklet has been created for those who have returned to live or moved to Carmarthenshire. The pack explains about the county and the Welsh language. It also includes information about the benefits of being bilingual as well as listing different Welsh enterprises and organisations in the...

14 days ago

  • Welsh language and culture

New order will improve planning process for developers

A new planning order to boost Llanelli Town Centre has been introduced. The Local Development Order (LDO) will see a more streamlined planning process, making it easier for developers to take over empty shops or buildings. The LDO will also help attract investment to the area, and to support exist...

20 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Development and investment,Regeneration,Planning

New safety initiative launched for licenced premises

Representitives from more than 20 pubs and clubs in Carmarthen have attended a new licensing safeguarding awareness initiative. The event was organised by the licensing section of Carmarthenshire County Council as part of their increased commitment to promote safeguarding throughout a number of tra...

20 days ago

  • Community safety,Police and Crime

Dog fouling fine for owner ‘distracted’ on phone

A Llanelli man who was so distracted on a phone call that he didn’t notice his dog fouling will pay more than £370 after failing to immediately clear up the mess. Lee Evans, of Dillwyn Street, Llanelli, was prosecuted by Carmarthenshire County Council after two enforcement officers saw him walking...

20 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Recycling, bins and litter,Enforcement

Allo, allo, allo! Llanelli Hwb welcomes its new addition

A police community support officer has become a familiar face at the council’s customer service centre in Llanelli town centre. PCSO Scott Jones has teamed up with staff from the Hwb to provide advice and support to the centre’s customers. Thousands of people use the Hwb, which handles council iss...

20 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Customer Services

Wellness Village reviews conclude council acted properly

Both the Wales Audit Office and an independent legal review have concluded that Carmarthenshire County Council has acted properly and robustly in its planning and governance of the Llanelli Wellness and Life Science Village scheme. Leader of the council, Cllr Emlyn Dole, has welcomed the findings s...

21 days ago

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

Works underway to complete cycle route’s ‘missing link’

Works are underway to complete the ‘missing link’ on a walking and cycling route in the Llangennech and Dafen areas of Llanelli. The 3.5km shared use path has been created along the A4138 between the Trosserch roundabout in Llangennech and Llethri Road roundabout in Dafen to improve links between c...

21 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Travel, roads and parking,Cycling

Focus on rural crime issues at Police and Crime Panel

Members of the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel have pressed home the importance of protecting rural areas from crime. They were speaking at a recent meeting of the Panel, held at Powys County Hall, attended by Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn. Chair of the Panel, Cllr A...

24 days ago

  • Police and Crime,Rural affairs

Panel discusses mental health support in policing

Members of the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel have sought reassurance over the use of police cells for people with mental health issues. The Panel, which is responsible for holding Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn to account, were discussing an independent report on policing and me...

24 days ago

  • Police and Crime

Lowest paid staff to benefit most from national pay award

Carmarthenshire County Council’s lowest paid staff will benefit the most from a national pay award endorsed by Full Council on Wednesday (February 20, 2019), following a comprehensive budget digest made by Executive Board Member for Resources, Cllr David Jenkins. Staff currently on the equivalent o...

25 days ago

  • Council meeting reports

Carmarthenshire County Council declares climate emergency

Carmarthenshire County Council has declared a ‘climate emergency’. Full council yesterday (February 20, 2019) gave its unanimous approval to a motion put forward by Cllr Aled Vaughan Owen, calling on the council to take a stance on climate change. Council also gave its full support to 11-year-old...

25 days ago

  • Council meeting reports

Salary of council’s next Chief Executive agreed

Councillors have agreed the salary and language requirements of Carmarthenshire County Council’s next Chief Executive. The council’s current Chief Executive, Mark James, announced his decision to retire this summer a few weeks ago. Yesterday (February 20, 2019), Full Council endorsed a recommendat...

25 days ago

  • Council meeting reports

Call for gypsy and traveller sites in Carmarthenshire

Landowners and developers are being asked to suggest areas of land that could be suitable for gypsy and traveller sites in Carmarthenshire. Carmarthenshire County Council has undertaken and published a Gypsy Traveller Accommodation Needs Assessment (GTAA) which identifies a current unmet need for g...

27 days ago

  • Housing,Planning

Enforcement officers tackle litter louts

Fines totalling a staggering £1225 have been dished out due to litter offences in Carmarthenshire during January. Carmarthenshire County Council’s enforcement officers have been following up reports from the public and catching some red handed, both littering and failing to clear up after their dog...

27 days ago

  • Recycling, bins and litter,Enforcement

Woman to pay out almost £400 for dumping black bags in lane

A Llanelli woman is almost £400 out of pocket for blighting the lane outside her home with rubbish. Gemma West, of Burry Street, Llanelli, appeared at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Friday (February 15, 2019) to plead guilty to two offences contrary to s.46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990....

27 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Recycling, bins and litter,Enforcement

Improved services for children with disabilities

A new scheme for after school and holiday provision for children with disabilities in Carmarthenshire has been welcomed. Mum of one Sophie Phillips says the provision will provide vital support to the well-being of severely disabled children. It comes after a review of existing services was undert...

27 days ago

  • Education and schools

Night-time working as Ammanford road scheme nears completion

A road improvement scheme to ease traffic congestion at the Wind Street and Tirydail Lane junction in Ammanford is nearing completion. The £2.1million scheme has been underway over the last 12 months, and is set to be finished at the beginning of March – just a few weeks behind the original schedul...

28 days ago

  • Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Travel, roads and parking,Development and investment

Another top cycling event comes to Pembrey Country Park

Pembrey Country Park has been chosen to host a round of the prestigious 2019/20 HSBC|British Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Trophy Series. The park will make its debut appearance and host Round Five of the series over two days on November 23 and 24. Some of the best riders in the world will race thei...

28 days ago

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

Carmarthenshire’s sporting talent celebrated

An athlete who was selected for the Commonwealth Games was among 12 sporting talents crowned winners at the Carmarthenshire Sports Personality Awards on Friday. Dewi Griffiths was named Sports Personality of the Year at a glittering ceremony in Ffwrnes Theatre. The 27-year-old was awarded the top c...

33 days ago

  • Leisure & outdoor activities,Youth support,Awards and honours

Customer service hub in Ammanford gets the thumbs up!

Nearly 1,000 people have been helped by visiting the Ammanford Hwb in just three weeks. The new Carmarthenshire County Council customer service hub has proved extremely popular with officers providing advice and support on a range of council issues to 909 customers since opening its doors last mont...

34 days ago

  • Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Customer Services

Council launches bilingual music streaming system

As part of this year’s Welsh Language Music Day on Friday, February 8, Carmarthenshire County Council has launched a new bilingual music streaming system which will be played in many of its public areas. The initiative has been launched following a pilot held last year when Welsh music was played a...

38 days ago

  • Welsh language and culture

Environmental budget proposals taken off the table

Several budget proposals which could have impacted frontline environmental services have been taken off the table by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board. Cllr Hazel Evans, Executive Board Member for Environment, said she was delighted that her colleagues had agreed to remove some of th...

40 days ago

  • Recycling, bins and litter,Travel, roads and parking,Development and investment,Council meeting reports,Finance

Brexit preparations under way in Carmarthenshire

Detailed Brexit preparations are being put in place to support people across Carmarthenshire. As the UK prepares to leave the European Union, Carmarthenshire County Council is working on plans aimed at minimising potential impact throughout the county. Plans include a review of all council service...

40 days ago

Half a million pounds of proposals removed from draft budget

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board have removed more than half a million pounds worth of proposed savings from the budget it has recommended to Full Council. A number of proposals have been taken completely off the table, whilst others have been frozen or delayed for a year. If appro...

41 days ago

  • Council meeting reports,Finance

Council’s pride in announcing Diversity Champion status

Carmarthenshire County Council is proud to announce its role as a Stonewall Cymru Diversity Champion, promoting inclusion and equality for its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual (LGBT) staff and the community. A previous top 20 employer on Stonewall Cymru’s Workplace Equality Index, the council...

46 days ago

  • Equality & diversity

Executive Board expected to agree funding boost for schools

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board is expected to agree a boost to next year’s education budget. Despite facing the prospect of making £27million efficiency savings over the next three years, and with reduced funding from the Welsh Government, an additional £2.6million could be alloca...

46 days ago

  • Education and schools,Finance

First section of exciting Tywi Valley Path scheme now open

The first section of the ambitious Tywi Valley Path – a 16-mile stretch running alongside the River Tywi between Carmarthen and Llandeilo – is now open. Over 750m of pathway linking Carmarthen Museum in Abergwili with Bwlch Bach to Fronun, and on to Whitemill, offers cyclists and walkers beautiful...

52 days ago

  • Carmarthen,Llandeilo and Towy Valley
  • Travel, roads and parking,Development and investment,Leisure & outdoor activities,Cycling

Statement: Schaeffler

Carmarthenshire County Council Leader, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “This announcement will be a terrible blow for Schaeffler’s dedicated and hard-working staff and their families, as well as the economy of Llanelli. Over recent weeks we have been in discussions with the company to see if there was anythi...

52 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Jobs and training

First tenant moves into refurbished units in Amman Valley

The newly refurbished industrial units in the Amman Valley have welcomed its first tenant. Mal Walker Maintenance which provides servicing for cooling systems and general engineering maintenance for green energy companies nationally has moved into Glanamman Workshops. Carmarthenshire County Counci...

54 days ago

  • Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Regeneration,Development and investment

Carmarthenshire Town and Village of Culture for 2019 launch

Carmarthenshire's Town and Village of Culture for 2019 is Whitland and Drefach Felindre, and that’s official! Representatives of both communities including school children from Llys Hywel Primary and Dyffryn Taf Comprehensive came together and attended the launch, along with the minister of culture...

54 days ago

  • Theatres, arts & museums

Next stage of works to clear Cwmduad landslide

Phase two of the works to stabilise a landslide in Cwmduad has begun following recovery of a lorry from the river below. Carmarthenshire County Council is leading the operation to clear the site and re-open the A484 for traffic travelling between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, following the landsl...

63 days ago

Blue bag deliveries to every household is underway

Deliveries of blue bags are underway to every household in Carmarthenshire. Between now and the end of March, every home should receive three rolls of blue bags, which allows for up to six bags to be put out for each recycling collection week – although there is no limit to the amount of blue bags...

66 days ago

  • Recycling, bins and litter

New bus services arrangements for north Carmarthenshire

A series of revised bus routes have been published following a change in contracts covering the north of Carmarthenshire. Carmarthenshire County Council has completed a tender process following notice from Morris Travel that it intended to hand back the routes it operates around the Llanarthne, Cru...

66 days ago

  • Carmarthen,Llandeilo and Towy Valley,Llanybydder,Llandovery
  • Travel, roads and parking

Unanimous approval major step forward for Wellness Village

The proposed Wellness and Life Science Village in Llanelli has taken another major step forward following unanimous approval from Carmarthenshire County Council’s Planning Committee. The £200million complex planned for Delta Lakes on the Llanelli coast is expected to create close to 2,000 jobs and...

67 days ago