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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...

3 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 tra...

3 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...

3 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 volunte...

3 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...

4 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Travel, roads and parking

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...

6 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...

11 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...

12 days ago

  • Children and families

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...

13 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...

17 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...

17 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...

17 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...

17 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...

18 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...

19 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...

25 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...

26 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...

27 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...

27 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...

31 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...

33 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...

33 days ago

  • Llandovery
  • Theatres, arts & museums

If in doubt, keep them out!

Householders are being urged to watch out for doorstep rogue traders offering to carry out gardening work ahead of the summer months. Trading standard officers are advising residents to check with the council’s approved traders scheme before agreeing to pay any cold callers. In many cases, bogus t...

34 days ago

Generous locals raise over £16k for flood-hit families

More than £16,000 has been shared out amongst people affected by last October’s floods, thanks to the generosity of Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion communities. A Llandysul and Pontweli Flood Assistance Appeal was launched by volunteers in November to raise funds and collect donations to support tho...

38 days ago

Carmarthen Market named best in Wales

It’s no surprise to regular shoppers that Carmarthen Market is one of the best around, but now it’s official! The market has just been named Best Market in Wales by Slow Food Cymru, an awards scheme that highlights ‘good, clean and fair’ markets, restaurants and independent food producers and trade...

38 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Markets

New funding for businesses to improve key areas of county

A new pot of funding has been opened up to support regeneration, business growth and job creation in key priority areas across Carmarthenshire. The Targeted Regeneration Investment (TRI) programme is part of a Welsh Government regional scheme to drive economic development in areas deemed most in ne...

38 days ago

  • Llanelli,Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Development and investment,Regeneration

A Mini Executive Board with a BIG responsibility

Watch out – there’s a new shadow Executive Board about and although they may be little, they carry a BIG responsibility… ensuring the real Executive Board is delivering on its five year plan! Carmarthenshire County Council has recruited 10 Mini Executive Board Members to follow hot on the heels of...

38 days ago

  • Mini Executive Board,City deal

Help council raise awareness of EU Settlement Scheme

Carmarthenshire Council is calling on county residents and businesses to help raise awareness of the UK Government’s EU Settlement Scheme. The scheme means EU citizens and their families will have to apply online to secure their rights to live and work in the UK after June 30, 2021. Free applicati...

39 days ago

A Celebration of Culture

The spotlight was thrown on the best of Carmarthenshire’s cultural talent at a glittering ceremony at Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Theatre on Friday evening. A Celebration of Culture, organised by Carmarthenshire County Council and Media Wales, recognised individuals and groups who excelled in their art duri...

39 days ago

  • Awards and honours,Welsh language and culture

Campaign launched to tackle period poverty

Free sanitary products are being given to schools, colleges and youth projects across Carmarthenshire as part of a new campaign to tackle period poverty. Boxes containing sanitary products are being distributed to all 97 primary and 12 secondary schools, as well as colleges, youth groups and third...

39 days ago

  • Youth support

Bin collections

There have been some operational issues affecting bin collections and we would like to apologise to residents for any inconvenience caused. Although the majority of householders are not affected, some householders have had a change of collection day or week. New routes together with some vehicle bre...

41 days ago

  • Recycling, bins and litter

Landowner in court for ignoring planning notice

Failure to return paperwork requested by the council’s planning department has cost a Kidwelly man over £1,200. Stephen Griffiths, of Porth y Castell, Kidwelly, was summoned to Llanelli Magistrates Court on Friday, March 29, for failing to return paperwork as part of a Carmarthenshire County Counci...

45 days ago

  • Kidwelly,Gwendraeth Valley
  • Enforcement,Planning

Huntsman in court over gruesome kennel conditions

A Carmarthen huntsman has admitted a range of animal by product offences including allowing chickens to roam on bloodstained floors, keeping overflowing bins of dead animals and bones, and leaving calves carcasses on the floor in the processing area of a centre he was operating from. William Pinkne...

45 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Enforcement,Trading standards,Environmental health

Illegal taxi driver caught giving golfers lift home

A Carmarthen man was caught providing an illegal taxi service to a group of men returning from a golfing trip to Portugal. Jason Vaughan, of Rydal Mount, Johnstown, was pulled over on the A48 between Pontabraham and Cross Hands in October 2018, as part of a joint operation between Carmarthenshire C...

45 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Enforcement,Licensing & permits

Library users to benefit from new system

Library users in Carmarthenshire could soon access their records from the comfort of their own home. Carmarthenshire County Council has invested in a new library management system which is the latest technology and will also allow staff to contact users by email or text. It will replace the curren...

45 days ago

  • Libraries and archives

Upgraded Amman Valley workshops provide 36 jobs

Some 36 jobs have been accommodated following the transformation of Glanamman Workshops. All but two of the 13 industrial units in Phase One have been filled with businesses ranging from fencing and decking, manufacturing of fishing equipment, restoration and repair of furniture, wood-burning and s...

45 days ago

  • Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Development and investment,Regeneration,Jobs and training

Fine for barber caught illegally using disabled Blue Badge

A Llanelli barber who thought he was a cut above the law has landed himself in court for illegally using someone else’s disabled Blue Badge. Sean Jones, of Ar y Bryn, Burry Port, was caught using a badge that did not belong to him after a member of the public reported him to a Carmarthenshire Count...

46 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Enforcement,Travel, roads and parking

Funding approved for Carmarthenshire housing developments

Proposals for a £6million funding facility to commence the development of two major Carmarthenshire housing developments have been unanimously approved by the council’s Executive Board. The financing requirements - on behalf of wholly council-owned housing company Cartrefi Croeso Cyfyngedig - were...

47 days ago

  • Burry Port and Pembrey,Gwendraeth Valley
  • Housing

Frontline workers trained to spot signs of serious crime

More than 200 frontline workers have been trained in spotting the signs of County Lines drug dealing, organised crime gangs and extremism. Social workers, probation officers, health visitors, housing officers and staff who work with potentially vulnerable people received crucial training in identif...

47 days ago

  • Community safety

Llangadog pupils celebrate new extension in £4.5m project

Children and staff at Ysgol Llangadog are celebrating the completion of a new extension as part of a £4.5million investment at the school. The new building providing new classroom accommodation for 120 pupils, together with the construction of a new 52-space car park, marks the completion of phase...

47 days ago

  • Education and schools

Bad Santa and his naughty elf land up in court

A father and son, dressed as Santa and his elf, have ended up on the Christmas naughty list after collecting cash on the streets without a charity permit. Clifford and Luke Evans, have been ordered to pay over £1,500 after admitting collecting the money for mental health charity, MIND, without a st...

47 days ago

  • Carmarthen,Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Enforcement

Ysgol Pontyberem investment works completed

Work has been completed on a full refurbishment of Ysgol Pontyberem. The £4 million investment included the total refurbishing and re-modelling of the school including a new roof, floors and walls. Work started in July 2017 by local developers Lloyd and Gravell, who worked alongside the school whi...

49 days ago

  • Gwendraeth Valley
  • Education and schools

Pay online for new annual parking permits

Annual parking permits for Carmarthenshire’s coast and countryside attractions will be available to purchase online from Monday (April 1, 2019). The permits will allow visitors to park at Carmarthenshire County Council’s pay and display car parks across the Millennium Coastal Park, Pembrey Country...

52 days ago

Grant for new homes in Bryn, Llanelli

Work is well underway at a new affordable housing development in Llanelli, which was awarded a £3.1 million grant. Carmarthenshire County Council successfully applied to the Welsh Government for the grant, which will help cover the costs of a 34-house scheme on land close to the Dylan housing estat...

54 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Housing,Development and investment

Bus Services ‐ 2019 Bank Holidays

Arrangements for bus services operating on behalf of Carmarthenshire County Council during 2019 Bank Holidays (including Trawscymru services, Bwcabus and Dial‐a‐Ride services, and Carmarthen’s Park & Ride service) will be as follows: Friday, April 19, 2019 (Good Friday): Services operating on...

54 days ago

Grab it, bag it and bin it message to dog owners

Dog owners are being reminded to grab, bag and bin dog poo when visiting Pembrey Country Park. It comes after enforcement officers recently issued a huge £1,225 in Fixed Penalty Notices in just four weeks to people who failed to clean up after their dog across the county. Two were caught red-hande...

56 days ago

  • Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Recycling, bins and litter,Enforcement

Work on new beach-front bistro gets underway

Work has begun on the transformation of Llanelli’s former North Dock Discovery Centre to an impressive three-storey beach-front restaurant. To be known as St. Elli’s Bay café & bistro, the venture will include a ground floor café and outside plaza eating space, first floor restaurant with panor...

56 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Countryside and Coast,Development and investment

Calls for volunteers to tackle loneliness

The RAF Association is looking to recruit volunteers across Carmarthenshire for its befriending service, which pairs volunteers with members of the RAF community who are struggling with feeling lonely or isolated. With 170,000 RAF veterans dealing with issues of isolation, and 85,000 of them coping...

56 days ago

  • Armed forces

Work starts on new £4.1million school for Five Roads

Work has started on a new £4.1million building project to replace Ysgol Pum Heol in Five Roads. It is being built on land adjacent to the existing site and will cater for 120 pupils aged between 4 and 11, with an additional 30 nursery places, helping to meet the demand for Welsh language education...

59 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Education and schools

Dead calves left rotting on Carmarthen farmer’s land

A Carmarthen farmer has been ordered to pay over £2,000 after three dead calves were found rotting on his land. Wyn Morgan, of Rhyddgoes Fawr, in Newcastle Emlyn, admitted delaying the disposal of the fallen stock despite being reminded by animal health officers on a number of occasions to do so....

61 days ago

  • Carmarthen,Newcastle Emlyn
  • Enforcement