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The countdown is on to find Carmarthenshire’s sporting stars of 2018.

Thousands of people are expected to line the route. We want to make sure that you enjoy the day. Stay up to date with essential information on viewing the race safely.

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas will saddle up for the first time since his historic win right here in Carmarthenshire.

Here’s some handy tips to ensure you make the most from the 2018 Tour of Britain

Distinctive green bikes have been located around Carmarthenshire to mark the route of the Tour of Britain on September 2.

A giant bike has appeared at Carmarthen’s County Hall as the countdown to the Tour of Britain continues.

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Book your tickets for live Estrons gig at Llanelli Library

You wouldn’t normally think of booking tickets to see your favourite band in a library, but that’s exactly what’s happening at Llanelli Library which has landed an exclusive gig with Welsh-Canadian pop-rock band the Estrons. It is the only Welsh library to secure a live music gig as part of a ‘Get I...

1 hour ago

August bank holiday bin changes

Residents are being reminded that there are changes to bin collections over the August bank holidays. From Monday, August 27, until Friday, August 31, collections will take place one day later than usual. So for example, if your collection is due on Monday it won’t be picked up until Tuesday and so...

2 hours ago

  • Recycling, bins and litter

Ongoing success for Carmarthenshire Sixth Form students

The high quality of support and guidance received by sixth form students across Carmarthenshire’s schools continues to impact positively on the standards achieved at both AS and A Level. The number of entries for AS and A Level examinations continues to increase, bucking the national trend and prep...

4 days ago

  • Education and schools

Work progresses on county’s new archive building

Work is progressing well on Y Stordy, the new £2.6 million archive extension to the rear of Carmarthen library. Contractors TRJ started work on the site in May this year and it is hoped that the building will be open by next Autumn. The development of the new, much needed, purpose built archives f...

5 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Development and investment, Libraries and archives

Changes to local bus services in Carmarthenshire

A number of changes are being made to local bus services in Carmarthenshire during August, September and October 2018. Midway Motors have announced that they are withdrawing their commercial bus service number 230 between Cardigan and Carmarthen. The service operates on the first Wednesday of each...

10 days ago

  • Travel, roads and parking

Llandovery waste amnesty

Householders in Llandovery and the surrounding areas are being urged to have a clear out.A waste and tyre amnesty is being held at the Mart on Saturday, September 15 from 8am-12pm. Most household waste can be taken along including, unwanted furniture, carpets and mattresses, electrical items such a...

6 days ago

  • Llandovery
  • Recycling, bins and litter

Waste and tyre amnesty in Llanybydder

Householders in Llanybydder and the surrounding areas are being urged to have a clear out. A waste and tyre amnesty is being held at the carpark on Saturday, August 11 from 8am-12pm. Most household waste can be taken along including, unwanted furniture, carpets and mattresses, electrical items suc...

6 days ago

  • Llanybydder
  • Recycling, bins and litter, Events

School bus passes

Nearly 5,000 bus passes have been posted out for secondary school pupils ready for September.Anyone who has not yet received their pass is urged to contact the council immediately. Executive board member responsible for environment, Cllr Hazel Evans, said: “Some families may have changed address dur...

10 days ago

  • Education and schools, Travel, roads and parking

Free summer reading challenge

Children are being urged to take part in this year’s free Summer Reading Challenge. This year’s challenge, which launched on Saturday, July 14, is Mischief Makers, celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Beano comic. To take part, all children need to do is to head to their local library where they...

35 days ago

  • Llanelli, Carmarthen, Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Libraries and archives

Council prosecutes illegal dog breeder

An illegal dog breeder in Carmarthenshire has been ordered to pay £13,500 for continuing to breed and sell puppies despite being refused a licence by the local authority.Sylvia Griffiths, the owner of Glenview Kennels in Llandyfaelog, was prosecuted by Carmarthenshire County Council after animal hea...

10 days ago

  • Police and Crime, Licensing & permits, Enforcement

Actif Holiday Club returns for summer holidays

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Actif Holiday Clubs are returning for the school summer holidays and parents are being encouraged to book their children in early. The yearly clubs at Carmarthenshire’s leisure centres will be running from July 25 through until August 31, Monday to Friday (except ba...

32 days ago

  • Llanelli, Carmarthen, Ammanford and Amman Valley, St Clears, Llandovery
  • Leisure & outdoor activities, Youth support

Weekend road closures and diversions at Capel Hendre Square

A major project to improve the safety of Capel Hendre Square for pedestrians and motorists is nearing completion. Led by Carmarthenshire Council with funding from the Welsh Government, the project is expected to be finished by the end of August. The improvement project, which started in March, inc...

11 days ago

Major movie-making boost for scenic Carmarthenshire

Hot on the heels of Hollywood stars including Judi Dench shooting scenes for a major new movie in Llandeilo and other nearby beauty spots, Carmarthenshire Council is making it easier than ever before to film in the county. The council has launched an improved filming opportunities section of its we...

32 days ago

  • Llanelli, Carmarthen, Llandeilo and Towy Valley
  • Countryside and Coast, Discover Carmarthenshire

Plans for new Ysgol Dewi Sant school building move forward

Plans to build a new £9million Welsh medium primary school in Llanelli have taken a step forward following news that a village green application for the proposed site has been declined. Carmarthenshire County Council is proposing to build a new school at Llanerch Fields, however objectors challenge...

12 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Education and schools, Council Property, Planning

Bid to rename Velodrome in Geraint Thomas’s honour

Celebrating Geraint Thomas’ success at the Tour de France, Carmarthen Velodrome could soon be renamed in the champion cyclist’s honour. In recognition of Thomas’ family roots in Bancyfelin near St Clears, Carmarthenshire Council is proposing calling the town’s velodrome the ‘Geraint Thomas Velodrom...

13 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Cycling

Cross Hands link road

Work on a new link road in the county is driving forward.The Cross Hands Economic Link Road will serve as an important link to the A48 trunk road and Cross Hands Business Park - linking Gorslas and Cross Hands via The Cross Hands Business Park. Section one, which will run from Gate Road in Gorslas t...

14 days ago

  • Cross Hands
  • Travel, roads and parking, Development and investment

From Paris to Pembrey?

Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas could be amongst the world-class cyclists to race through Carmarthenshire in September as it hosts Stage One of the prestigious Tour of Britain. The eyes of the world have followed Geraint’s historic win at the world’s biggest cycling road race which culminated...

20 days ago

  • Cycling

Carmarthen incident

Incident at an end...

  • Carmarthen
  • Police and Crime

Still time to take part in LDP consultation

What will Carmarthenshire look like in 2033? There’s a fortnight left to answer a questionnaire about the future of planning in our county. A revised Local Development Plan is being prepared for Carmarthenshire. This is the scheme that will be used as the basis for determining planning application...

21 days ago

  • Planning

Splashing start to summer holidays

Children in Carmarthenshire can start their summer holidays with a splash at some of our county’s parks. The paddling pools are now open at Parc Howard, Crown Park in Llanelli. The pool at People’s Park, also in Llanelli, is due to open next week following refurbishment works. All three pools are r...

17 days ago

  • Llanelli, Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Leisure & outdoor activities

Key document approved for Swansea Bay City Deal

A £1.3bn investment programme in 11 major projects across South West Wales has taken a major step forward. Pembrokeshire Council and Swansea Council have now approved the Swansea Bay City Deal’s Joint Committee Agreement (JCA), following in the footsteps of the UK Government, the Welsh Government,...

19 days ago

Iconic Ammanford building re-opens

Redevelopment of an iconic building in Ammanford has been completed. The former courthouse has been brought back into use after undergoing a major refurbishment for office accommodation. Carmarthenshire County Council purchased the derelict courthouse after it closed in 2011 as part of the Ministr...

33 days ago

  • Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Development and investment, Regeneration

Design a Jersey for Britain’s biggest cycle tour

Schoolchildren are being asked to design a cycling jersey as part of Carmarthenshire’s OVO Energy Tour of Britain celebrations. Anyone under 16 can enter and the winning design will be created into a jersey and presented to all Welsh riders as they kick off the first leg of Britain’s biggest profes...

33 days ago

  • Leisure & outdoor activities, Events, Cycling

City Deal to feature in Welsh Bac at county schools

Hundreds of Carmarthenshire pupils will soon be learning about the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal. From September, the City Deal will feature as part of the enterprise and employability module of the Welsh Baccalaureate at schools across the county. Following a trial in Carmarthenshire, the sc...

27 days ago

  • Education and schools, City deal

Major road resurfacing gets underway

Carmarthenshire County Council is starting a £4m programme of major road resurfacing on a number of roads around the county. Carmarthenshire has the second largest road network in Wales and has secured £2.2m in funding from Welsh Government to add to its own budgets to enable a substantial investme...

25 days ago

  • Travel, roads and parking, Development and investment

Register of Electors update

Every household in Carmarthenshire will soon be receiving a Household Enquiry Form to check who should be registered to vote. Carmarthenshire County Council writes to all properties every year to update the Register of Electors.It is important to provide the information requested because under Gove...

-1797 day ago

  • Elections and Voting

Llanelli Coast Junior Park Run celebrate birthday

After a hugely successful 12 months, a Llanelli running event is about to celebrate its first birthday. Set up on August 5 last year, the Llanelli Coast Junior parkrun now caters for about 50 children a week, ranging from four-year-olds to teenagers. Meeting at Pwll Pavilion every Sunday at 9am co...

27 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Leisure & outdoor activities, Events, Countryside and Coast

Police and Crime Panel this Friday

The next meeting of the Dyfed Powys Police and Crime Panel will take place in Carmarthen this Friday (July 27, 10.30am at County Hall). Topics up for discussion include the annual report of the the Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn, which sets out his priorities and decisions around spe...

27 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Police and Crime

Llanelli exhibition 'shares a moment in time'

A free digital storytelling and photographic exhibition is taking place in Llanelli. Carmarthenshire Voices celebrates the older people in the community and shares a moment in time. The exhibition, held by PeopleSpeakUp, can be seen in the Ffwrnes theatre from Thursday July 25 until Wednesday, Augu...

26 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Theatres, arts & museums

Heritage construction project launches

A project which aims to strengthen the heritage sector in Wales will be launched at the Royal Welsh Show on Tuesday, July 24. Heritage Construction in Wales, supported by Carmarthenshire County Council, will be delivering a series of training, education and networking activities. The pan–Wales pro...

28 days ago

  • Education and schools, Jobs and training

Flood defence improvement in Llangennech

Carmarthenshire County Council is to undertake a £100,000 culvert replacement under the B4297 in Llangennech to address a problem which has caused flooding to properties and to the highway in the past. The works will start on Monday, July 23, and will involve the removal of an old culvert which is...

33 days ago

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

Action Day to tackle Llanelli litter issue

Carmarthenshire County Council’s recycling advisors are holding an action day to raise awareness and educate residents about the littering challenges we are facing in Llanelli Town Centre and the surrounding streets.   The advisors will be available on Monday, July 16, 10am - 2pm, outside Boots in...

38 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Recycling, bins and litter

Successful week for county’s young musicians

It’s been a busy week of competing for young musicians from across Carmarthenshire. The County Youth Jazz Orchestra and Côr Merched Sir Gâr performed in the national finals of the National Festival of Music for Youth competition last week.The choir and orchestra earned themselves a spot in the fina...

39 days ago

  • Education and schools

Dedicated police team for Llanelli Town Centre

These police officers and PCSOs will soon become familiar faces to shoppers and businesses in Llanelli as Dyfed-Powys Police has created a dedicated town centre team. Responding to feedback from members of the public and traders, the force has committed a team of officers to provide a visible prese...

40 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Community safety, Police and Crime

Carmarthen Wetlands & Gateway project to be unveiled

An ambitious scheme could soon get underway to improve the western gateway to Carmarthen. Carmarthenshire County Council is unveiling its plans to improve the wetlands area near Johnstown that will provide a rich environment for wildlife as well as enhancing the appearance with gateway signage for...

40 days ago

  • Carmarthen
  • Development and investment, Regeneration

100-yr-old veteran given Freedom of Carmarthenshire

A former Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council has been granted the Honorary Freedom of Carmarthenshire on his 100th birthday. David Tom Davies OBE, known as DT Davies, served as a councillor for his local area of Dryslwyn, near Llandeilo, from 1970 to 2003, chairing the former Dyfed County Co...

40 days ago

  • Llandeilo and Towy Valley
  • Awards and honours

Temporary barbecue ban at Pembrey Country Park

Rangers at Pembrey Country Park are enforcing a temporary ban on barbecues, camping stoves and camp fires to limit the risks of grass and forest fires. A small fire broke out at the Park on Saturday afternoon after a barbecue ignited trees and bushes near to the visitor centre. It was kept under co...

40 days ago

  • Llanelli, Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Leisure & outdoor activities, Council Property, Community safety, Countryside and Coast, Discover Carmarthenshire

Suffering dogs seized by council officers

Carmarthenshire Council has taken a number of suffering dogs from the hands of a breeder this week. As temperatures soared across Wales, animal health officers found the dogs to be in bad state of health and living in exceptionally poor conditions. They were locked in a house with no ventilation, w...

40 days ago

  • Enforcement, Trading standards

Another new school open its doors

Trimsaran Community Primary School is the latest school to be delivered through Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme. The £6.8 million new building opened its doors September 2017 and caters for children aged between 3 to 11, with 30 nursery places and a Flying Start faci...

41 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Education and schools, Development and investment

Schools try out Pembrey’s closed road cycle circuit

Local school children have been the first to try out the new Closed Road Cycling Circuit at Pembrey Country Park. A small section of the circuit was opened last Friday for a school cycling festival ahead of the full public opening in early August. Final touches and safety testing is underway on the...

41 days ago

  • Llanelli, Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Education and schools, Development and investment, Leisure & outdoor activities, Events, Countryside and Coast, Cycling

Pupils move into new Burry Port school

The new Ysgol Parc y Tywyn in Burry Port has opened its doors to pupils for the first time. Current pupils moved into their new £9.6 million school on Monday (July 9) at its new home near the harbour. The Welsh medium school, which from September will include a new nursery offering part-time nurser...

41 days ago

  • Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Education and schools, Development and investment

Schools' trade off at Llanelli Market

A Llanelli school has made nearly £600 in a day of trading in the town’s outdoor market. Ysgol Brynsierfel pocketed the money after battling it out with Ysgol Bryn Teg and Ysgol Teilo Sant in this year’s Carmarthenshire Young Traders competition. They were the winners with takings of £573 which was...

42 days ago

  • Llanelli, Llandeilo and Towy Valley
  • Education and schools, Events, Markets

Have your say on rural housing

Have your say on rural housing needs in the county. Housing officers will be out in locations across Carmarthenshire this week and are keen to hear views on housing issues affecting your community.  We will be at Memorial Hall in Pontargothi on Tuesday (July 10) from 10am-11.30am then on to Llangad...

42 days ago

  • Consultation, Rural affairs

Major agreement boost for Llanelli Wellness Village

World class plans for a cutting-edge Wellness and Life Science Village in Llanelli have taken a major step forward.  Carmarthenshire County Council has signed a landmark Collaboration Agreement with Swansea University and a private sector partner to develop the £200 million complex planned for Delta...

42 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Development and investment, Regeneration, City deal

Hefty bill for fly tipper

Fly tipping at a service station in Llanelli has cost one man nearly £1,200. Rennie Price was ordered to pay the money after he was caught on camera dumping rubbish behind the Shell garage in Dafen. In a prosecution led by Camarthenshire Council, Llanelli magistrates heard that CCTV had picked up a...

42 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Recycling, bins and litter, Enforcement

Newcastle Emlyn Waste Amnesty

Householders in Newcastle Emlyn and the surrounding areas are being urged to have a clear out. A waste and tyre amnesty is being held at the mart carpark site on Saturday, July 14 from 8am-12pm. Most household waste can be taken along including, unwanted furniture, carpets and mattresses, electrica...

42 days ago

  • Newcastle Emlyn
  • Recycling, bins and litter

Ammanford library to showcase at World conference

A Carmarthenshire library is to feature in the World Library and Information Congress in Malaysia next month. Ammanford Library will be the focus of a case study in the “Universal Design Principles for Public Libraries” session at the international flagship event for the library and information serv...

42 days ago

  • Ammanford and Amman Valley
  • Libraries and archives

Hop on board with Catch the Bus Week

Carmarthenshire County Council is encouraging people to hop on board and try public transport during ‘Catch the Bus Week’ this week (July 2 – 8). The national event raises awareness about the benefits of travelling by bus with the hope of achieving long term travel change. There are several public t...

47 days ago

  • Travel, roads and parking

Schoolchildren wowed by futuristic 3D printing works

From making pizza for astronauts in space to recreating ancient bones for archaeological research, pupils at a Carmarthenshire school have been learning all about the use of 3D printing technology. Dr Dimitrios Pletsas, of Swansea University’s College of Engineering, led a morning workshop at Nantga...

47 days ago

  • Llanelli
  • Education and schools, City deal

Pembrey Country Park to host cross country champs

Pembrey Country Park has been chosen to host major athletics championship events in an exciting new partnership with Welsh Athletics. The park has built a strong reputation for major sporting events in recent years, including athletics, cross country and all-terrain cycling, and last year played ho...

47 days ago

  • Burry Port and Pembrey
  • Leisure & outdoor activities, Events, Countryside and Coast