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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...

1 day 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...

1 day 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...

2 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...

2 days ago

  • Council meeting reports

Changes proposed at recycling centres

Various proposals are being put forward for Carmarthenshire’s recycling centres in a bid to improve the county’s recycling rate. The recommendations will be discussed by the Environmental & Public Protection Scrutiny Committee on Friday, February 22. It is important we increase the amount of w...

2 days ago

  • Recycling, bins and litter,Council meeting reports

Plans to partially re-open Cwmduad road following landslide

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

3 days ago

  • Carmarthen,Newcastle Emlyn
  • Travel, roads and parking

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...

4 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...

4 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....

4 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Recycling, bins and litter,Enforcement

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...

5 days ago

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

Shop and stall vacancies at Carmarthen Market

Tenders are invited for the quarterly tenancy of inside shop IS1C, unit 14/15/16/17, unit 26/27 and unit 57 situated inside the Carmarthen Market Hall. IS1C has a retail area of approximately 18sqm, 14/15/16/17 22.4sqm, unit 26/27 11.2sqm and unit 57 is 5.6sqm and all are suitable for a variety of...

10 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Jobs and training,Markets

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...

10 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...

11 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...

15 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...

16 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...

17 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...

17 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...

22 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...

22 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...

29 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...

29 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Jobs and training

How prepared is the police force for Brexit?

Dyfed Powys Police Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn will outline what preparations the force is making for Brexit at Friday’s meeting of the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel. Panel member Cllr William Powell, representing Powys, has tabled the question for Mr Llywelyn following warnings from senior p...

30 days ago

  • Police and Crime

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...

30 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...

31 days ago

  • Theatres, arts & museums

Find out what land could be developed in the future

There's a few days remaining for people to have their say on the future development of Carmarthenshire. Carmarthenshire County Council is asking people to take time to see what areas of land have been submitted to them for potential future development. A consultation is underway for people to give...

32 days ago

  • Planning,Consultation

Carmarthenshire's second Celebration of Culture Awards

Those who enrich our lives through music, arts and literature will be recognised in Carmarthenshire's second Celebration of Culture Awards. Hosted by Carmarthenshire County Council and supported by the Carmarthen Journal and Llanelli Star, the awards aim to celebrate excellence in arts and culture,...

37 days ago

  • Events,Awards and honours,Theatres, arts & museums,Libraries and archives,Welsh language and culture

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...

39 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...

43 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...

43 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...

43 days ago

Wales’s longest serving council Chief Executive to retire

Carmarthenshire County Council Chief Executive Mark James has announced his decision to retire. Mr James, who has served the council for 17 years, will retire later this year when he turns 60. He has spent over 40 years in local government, taking up post in Carmarthenshire in March 2002 and previ...

44 days ago

Courts catch up with fly-tipping father and son

A man caught fly-tipping in Llanelli has eventually had his day in court – six months after his father was found guilty of the same offence. Renny Price, 22, of Edgemore Close, Upper Killay, Swansea, must pay over £770 in fines and costs for fly-tipping and not having a waste carriers licence. He...

45 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Enforcement,Recycling, bins and litter

More road improvements planned for Ammanford town centre

A road improvement scheme will soon be introduced to benefit drivers and pedestrians in Ammanford town centre. An additional lane for traffic turning right onto College Street from Margaret Street is among the changes set to be put in place. Under the Carmarthenshire County Council scheme, the Col...

50 days ago

  • Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Travel, roads and parking

Customer service centre proving a success

Llanelli’s customer service centre is offering more services than ever before with hundreds of people coming through the doors every week helping to drive town centre footfall. The Hwb in Vaughan Street deals with around 3,000 appointments every month on issues ranging from housing benefit and coun...

52 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Jobs and training,Customer Services

Apply online for a primary and nursery school place now!

Parents across Carmarthenshire are being reminded that they need to apply online for their child’s school place. Admission to school is not an automatic process, applications must be made to the county council by January 31. Parents must apply online for nursery or primary places and will be inform...

52 days ago

  • Education and schools

New tool promotes county’s meeting and event venue

A free tool to find out all the available community facilities on offer in the county has been launched by Carmarthenshire County Council. The council’s Property Division has contacted the county’s public sector, town and community councils, third sector and local businesses, to create a ‘one-stop-...

61 days ago

  • Development and investment,Events

Gritting lorry experience makes teenager’s wish come true

Carmarthenshire County Council’s highways team have made a Carmarthen teenager’s wish come true, giving her a chance to ride in one of its gritting lorries. Fifteen-year-old Ashleigh Harrison, of Johnstown, loves to see the gritting crews pass her front room window when they are dispatched from the...

61 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Travel, roads and parking

Illegal dog breeder pays price for misleading customers

An illegal dog breeder has been handed a suspended prison sentence and ordered to pay over £200,000 after selling sick puppies with false pedigree and veterinary papers. Dylan Huw Thomas, of New Inn, Llandeilo, was caught running a fraudulent dog breeding business by Carmarthenshire County Council’...

61 days ago

  • Llandeilo and Towy Valley
  • Enforcement,Trading standards

Don’t feed your black bag this Christmas

Don't feed your black bag this Christmas – that’s the message to residents in Carmarthenshire from the council’s recycling team over the festive period. We buy, eat and waste a lot more food this time of year so it is more important than ever that we recycle as much of it as possible. Figures show...

65 days ago

  • Recycling, bins and litter

Llanelli woman pays the price for littering at beach

A Llanelli woman is paying the price for littering at a Carmarthenshire beauty spot during the summer sunshine earlier this year. Alysha Louise Herrington was fined £330 at Llanelli Magistrates Court on Friday December 7. Miss Herrington, of Nant Wen, Llanelli, was seen dropping fast-food packagin...

65 days ago

  • Gwendraeth Valley,Llanelli
  • Enforcement

Young people transform Reservoir into Fairy Garden

A group of young people have spent the past four months volunteering to transform the area around the reservoir in Tanerdy, Carmarthen. Up to 20 young people have turned the area into a Fairy Garden especially for young children in the community. Since September, the young people who attend activi...

65 days ago

Tender out for replacement of rural bus routes

A number of rural bus services in Carmarthenshire have been affected by an operator’s decision to hand its contract back to the county council. Morris Travel has told Carmarthenshire County Council that it will cease to operate a number of its routes as of January 19. It particularly affects trave...

65 days ago

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

New affordable housing development gets green light

Dozens of families will soon benefit from a new affordable housing development in Llanelli. Planning Committee at Carmarthenshire County Council has given the green light to a 34-house scheme on land close to the Dylan housing estate in Bryn.  Made up of 28 two-bedroom homes and six four-bedroom h...

67 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Housing,Planning,Development and investment

New initiatives launched to tackle littering

New initiatives are being rolled out to encourage residents to get rid of their litter responsibly. Litter bin signage has rolled out throughout the County and new pavement messages have been launched in Llanelli town centre as part of Carmarthenshire County Council’s ‘Pride in your Patch’ campaign...

67 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Recycling, bins and litter

Universal Credit roll-out in Carmarthenshire

On December 12, Universal Credit full service became available in Carmarthenshire. At this stage it will only affect customers making new claims to Child Tax Credits, Housing Benefit, Income Support, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Based Employment and Support Allowance and Working Tax Cr...

68 days ago

  • Finance,Housing,Children and families

Successful transfer of Allied Healthcare contract

Carmarthenshire County Council has successfully transferred 85 staff and 120 care packages from Allied Healthcare, to the Council’s in-house service. The transfer of the contract happened this week following the council’s swift response to put in place contingency plans following news that the priv...

71 days ago

  • Social care and health

New Ammanford customer service Hwb opens its doors

A new Carmarthenshire County Council customer service hub has opened its doors in Ammanford town centre. The Hwb, in Quay Street, provides face-to-face advice on a range of council issues, as well as being a place people can make payments, get job and training support, access digital facilities, fi...

73 days ago

  • Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Customer Services

Don’t forget – bin collection days change over Christmas

Residents in Carmarthenshire are being reminded that there are changes to bin collections over the 2018/19 festive period. A lot more rubbish tends to be produced at this time of the year so people are being urged to try and recycle as much as possible. Blue bags should be used to recycle all your...

74 days ago

  • Recycling, bins and litter

Town and Village of Culture 2019 revealed

Carmarthenshire's Town and Village of Culture for 2019 will be – drum roll please . . . Whitland and Drefach Felindre. Both communities were delighted to accept the council’s nomination following meetings held locally with lots of public support. The town council will take the lead in Whitland whi...

75 days ago

  • Whitland,Newcastle Emlyn
  • Welsh language and culture

Llanelli Life Science and Wellbeing Village commitment

Carmarthenshire County Council has confirmed its absolute commitment to deliver the exciting and innovative Life Science and Wellbeing Village at Delta Lakes, but will now look to deliver the scheme by itself, terminating a formal Collaboration Agreement with Sterling Health Securities Holdings. Th...

77 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • City deal