Massive £261million investment in county’s capital programme

12 days ago

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 hundreds of jobs.

There will be significant investment in schools, leisure, highways, housing and regeneration improving the quality of life for the people of Carmarthenshire.

It includes £700,000 to upgrade Amman Valley Leisure Centre in 2020/21 with continued support for developments at Pembrey Country Park, County Museum and Parc Howard Museum.

Some £2million has also been made available to continue the support for Disabled Facility Grants within private sector housing in 2023/24.

Further funding is being provided for highways, bridge maintenance and road safety schemes; and an additional £450,000 has been allocated to the Tywi Valley Path for 2019/20.

The council’s Modernising Education Programme will see new schemes in Ysgol Gymraeg Cydweli, Hendy, Llandeilo and both Welsh medium and dual stream schools in Ammanford, with match funding from the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools programme.

Investment will also be made in two Carmarthenshire projects that are due to be part-funded by the Swansea Bay City Deal. Some £16.5million has been earmarked for a new leisure centre forming part of the Wellness Village project in Llanelli, with a further £6.9million budgeted for the Llanelli Area Review.

There is also continued support for the Transformation Strategy Project Fund with an additional £1.5million allocated for 2023/24 to create new employment opportunities and encourage economic growth.

County council funding for the programme is an estimated £133million, with a further £128million of external funding.

Executive Board Member for Resources Councillor David Jenkins said: “This capital programme is once again comprehensive, exciting and ambitious. It shows that the authority is maximising opportunities to secure further funding from potential external sources and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to economic regeneration and job creation.”