Re-vamped countryside walks

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County walks across Carmarthenshire have been given a makeover thanks to the Rights of Way Improvement Plan.

Nearly 30km, covering 30 routes across the county and reaching 11 town and community council areas have benefitted from an upgrade. Ninety six items of furniture have been installed, the majority being new gates to help improve public access to the countryside.

In Talley, four routes have been worked on and all furniture improved, in addition to a new steel footbridge. Five routes in Llangadog have had a full upgrade with a new steel footbridge installed. All the bridges have anti-slip surfaces to aid with access for all in the countryside.

The programme of works was funded by the Welsh Government, managed by Natural Resources Wales and implemented by the Council.

Funding was allocated to priority routes and high footfall areas.

The executive board member for countryside, Cllr Peter Hughes-Griffiths said: “Our officers have been working hard to improve many of the routes that are popular with the public. We have some beautiful countryside walks right on our doorstep and I hope that these improvement works will encourage even more people to use them.”

Page Updated On: 21/03/2018 (15:17)

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Children talk digital with Welsh Government Minister

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Schoolchildren went straight to the top of Welsh Government to talk about the new Makerspace in Ammanford Library.

Pupils from Ysgol Rhydaman chatted with Culture, Sport and Tourism Minister, Lord Dafydd Elis Thomas when he visited the new digital store – known as Stordy Creadigol – on Monday.

The state of the art creative hub sparked interest from national media including BBC Wales Today, Newyddion 9 and Radio Cymru who came down to see what is was about.

A first of its kind in Welsh libraries, the technology on offer at the library include 3D printers and 3D modelling; DVD, VHS, camera conversion hardware and software; audio recording and editing booths, midi keyboard, mixers, DJ equipment, microphones; video/Image recording and editing booths; PCs with recording and editing software and a green screen and much more.

The council’s executive board member for culture, Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths said: “The children had a great time trying out the new digital equipment and learning how the different pieces of equipment worked and what could be produced from them. It was lovely to introduce a new generation to our libraries – this is a prime example of how we can move with the times to create a space for knowledge, reflection, and participation in an ever-changing world.”

The project was funded by the Welsh Government.

Lord Dafydd Elis-Thomas said: “I was delighted to officially open Stordy Creadigol in Ammanford Library. This new digital creative learning environment provides an extensive range of technology-based facilities which will attract new audiences to the libraryand create opportunities for people to learn new skills, gain confidence and possibly even start a new career. I am very pleased that the Welsh Government has been able to support such an innovative project through its Transformation Fund for museums, archives and libraries.”






Page Updated On: 21/03/2018 (09:51)

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Charity golf day to raise funds for Breast Care Unit

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The Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council is on a drive to raise money for a cause close to his heart.

Cllr Emlyn Dole will tee off an inaugural charity golf day at Pembrey’s Ashburnham Golf Club on Friday, April 13, hoping to raise at least £1,000 for Prince Philip Hospital’s Breast Care Unit.

He said he owes the unit a ‘personal debt’ after staff cared for his wife Gwenda through her successful battle with breast cancer.

He is inviting people to enter teams of four, with competitions, raffles and an auction to help fundraise for the cause.

“Since becoming Leader I have made an annual effort to raise money for good causes,” he said.

“This golf day will be a fun way of raising money for the Breast Care Unit, to which I owe a personal debt because of the care they gave my wife, and to acknowledge the work that they do across that unit.

“The Golf Day is an open event, we’re geared up for 20 teams of four, with competitions, raffle and auctions throughout the day.  

“Hopefully this will raise money for the excellent work they do.”

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Page Updated On: 19/03/2018 (13:47)

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Easter bin collections

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Residents are being reminded that there are changes to bin collections over the Easter holidays.
From Friday, March 30 until Friday, April 6, collections will take place one day later than usual. So for example, if your collection is due on Friday it won’t be picked up until Saturday and so on.
These changes also affect garden waste and trade waste customers.
Please remember to recycle using your blue bags – it is estimated that 90 million chocolate Easter eggs are bought in the UK every year, that’s a lot of cardboard and plastic packaging!
And if you are making a big Easter lunch for all the family, make sure you either compost your vegetable peelings or they go into your food bin, which is collected weekly, along with any leftovers.
The recycling centres in Trostre (Llanelli), Wernddu (Ammanford), Nantycaws (Carmarthen) and Whitland are all open as usual over the Easter period.
To find out when your bins are being collected or for more information on recycling please click on this link

Page Updated On: 19/03/2018 (14:24)

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Step forward for life science and well-being village

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Multi-million pound plans for a life science and well-being village in Llanelli have taken a major step forward.

An outline planning application has now been submitted to Carmarthenshire Council for the innovative project at Delta Lakes, which includes new sport and leisure facilities, along with state-of-the-art services for health and well-being.

Subject to planning approvals, work could start on the £200 million development towards the end of the year.

The life science and well-being village is aiming to create up to 2,000 high-quality, well-paid jobs over 15 years, helping give the local economy a £467 million boost.

Other features of the development include business and research opportunities, education, training and assisted living accommodation. The site will also be landscaped to give opportunities for scenic walks, cycles and recreation.

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Carmarthenshire Council Leader, said: “The submission of an outline planning application is another step forward for an exciting, bold and innovative project that will place Llanelli at the heart of global life science and well-being innovation.

“As well as cutting-edge medical research facilities and services, assisted living accommodation and opportunities for training and education, the life science and well-being village will also boost Llanelli and Carmarthenshire as a whole by creating new high-value jobs, pathways to employment for local people and facilities for community use, including a state-of-the-art leisure centre.

“A recent drop-in event held in Llanelli showed more than 90% of people are either supportive or very supportive of the project, which is extremely encouraging because we’re determined to deliver this development for their benefit.

“Sustainability will be key to the development, along with sensitive design that ensures new buildings are in keeping with the character of the nearby area.”

The life science and well-being village is being led by Carmarthenshire Council, in partnership with Swansea University, the Hywel Dda University Health Board and the Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board.

The development is part of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal programme, which includes 11 major projects across Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Pembrokeshire. Work is progressing with the Welsh and UK Governments to develop the bid to secure a £40 million investment for the life science and well-being village as part of this programme.

Signed by the Prime Minister in March last year, the City Deal includes funding from the UK and Welsh Governments, the public sector and the private sector.

Cllr Dole said: “Life sciences and well-being are among the key themes of the City Deal, which will improve people’s lives, opportunities and aspirations right across the Swansea Bay City Region.

“Like all City Deal projects, the life science and well-being village at Delta Lakes will be underpinned by world class digital infrastructure and a skills and talent initiative that will give local people opportunities to access the high-value jobs that will be created.”

The first phase of the project, set to be open in early 2021, will include a community health hub, extensive landscaping and a wellness hub featuring a top quality leisure centre.

The submission of the outline planning application follows a pre-planning application consultation period that’s now finished.

Page Updated On: 16/03/2018 (13:32)

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