Tour of Britain to start in Carmarthenshire

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The 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will begin in South Wales for the first time as Carmarthenshire and Newport host the opening stage of Britain’s national Tour on Sunday 2 September.
It will mark the first time that the race has visited Carmarthenshire with the county set to welcome 120 of the world’s top professional cyclists next September for the start of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race.
The city of Newport last hosted the Tour of Britain in 2004, while the final stage of the 2017 race passed through the city on its way to the overall finish in Cardiff.
Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, said: “Hosting the start of this iconic professional race and having an all Welsh stage is fantastic news for Wales.  Since hosting the Tour of Britain for the first time in 2010, the event has established itself in the Welsh sporting calendar with the race visiting various locations across Wales almost every year since – and I’m delighted that the Welsh Government has been able to support the event.
“The Tour of Britain is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase Wales’ unique and beautiful landscape to the world, as well as highlighting our ability to host a variety of major events. The event gives cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step and spectators in Wales have always given the cyclists a real warm Welsh welcome and have created a fantastic atmosphere. I hope that people from across south Wales come out to support the cyclists as they travel from Carmarthenshire to Newport on the first day of the race in September.”
More details of Stage One, including the exact Start location in Carmarthenshire, details of the route and where the race will finish in Newport will be announced at the national launch of the 2018 route on Tuesday 5 June.
Councillor Peter Hughes Griffiths, Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board Member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “This is the largest professional road cycling event in the UK and we are proud that organisers have chosen Carmarthenshire as the starting venue for the race.
“As a televised event this is a wonderful opportunity to show our county’s beautiful scenery to the world. No doubt it will also be a massive boost to the local economy with thousands of people involved in the race and turning out to watch.”
Councillor Debbie Wilcox, Leader of Newport City Council, said; “We are very excited to again be involved in the Tour and promise to give competitors the warmest of Newport welcomes as they cross the first finish line in the heart of our city.
“Newport boasts such a diverse landscape which lends itself perfectly to events such as the Tour – from flat, urban routes to challenging climbs and descents through beautiful countryside – we are sure the cyclists, supporters and spectators alike will enjoy the leg and their time in our city.”    
Commenting on the announcement, OVO Energy Tour of Britain Race Director Mick Bennett said; “We have been working with our partners at the Welsh Government and Carmarthenshire County Council for some time to put together this plan for the opening stage and visit the area for the first time, and are delighted to be able to confirm plans so spectators can begin to make their plans now for the 2nd September to join us for our opening leg.
“As the home of Welsh Cycling and the Wales National Velodrome it is fitting that the OVO Energy Tour of Britain will finish its opening stage of 2018 in the city and we look forward to working with Newport City Council and their partners to deliver the event.”
Commenting on the announcement Nick Smith, Chairman at Welsh Cycling said: “It is absolutely fantastic news for Wales to play host to the opening of Britain’s biggest international cycling race.
“Beginning the entire race in Carmarthenshire is truly fitting to the county’s commitment to cycling, as they strive to become the cycling hub of Wales following the recent refurbishment of the Carmarthen Velodrome as well as the current construction work on the Pembrey Closed Road Circuit.
“Locals and fans in Wales will not only have the opportunity to cheer on the best cycling talent on their very own door steps as they begin the first stage of the competition in Carmarthenshire; but also congratulate the riders as they cross the finish line at the home of Welsh Cycling at the Wales National Velodrome in Newport.
The OVO Energy Tour of Britain is British Cycling’s premier road cycling event, giving cycling fans the opportunity to see the world’s best teams and riders competing on their door step, taking place between Sunday 2 and Sunday 9 September 2018.

Page Updated On: 25/05/2018 (16:32)

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Noise Action Week

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Council environmental health officers will be out and about in the county raising awareness of excessive dog barking as part of Noise Action Week (May 21-26).
Excessive dog barking is the number one noise complaint dealt with by Carmarthenshire County Council’s environmental health team.
Officers will be visiting attractions popular with dog owners to raise awareness of the issue and handing out leaflets about what can be done to help minimise dog barking.

This week officers will be at:
Parc y Bocs Farm Shop, Kidwelly, Thursday, May 24 from 2pm-4pm
Llansteffan Beach, Friday, May 25, from 9am to 11am.

Executive board member responsible for public protection, Cllr Philip Hughes, said: “Excessive dog barking is our number one noise complaint, in terms of volume, so as part of Noise Action Week our officers will be out raising awareness amongst dog walkers and owners of the problems excessive dog barking can cause.”
The council has a team of officers, who have recognised specialist qualifications in the field of acoustics and noise control, who deal with around 900 noise complaints every year.

Page Updated On: 23/05/2018 (15:15)

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Carms teen to debate in House of Commons

Thomas Vaughan-Jones, who has been elected by members of the Carmarthenshire Youth Council (CYC) to represent the county at the UK Youth Parliament for 2018.  Carms teen to debate in House of Commons 500x328 cyc conf 10

An Ammanford teenager will be representing Carmarthenshire at the House of Commons later this year.
Thomas Vaughan-Jones, aged 14, has been elected by members of the Carmarthenshire Youth Council (CYC) to represent the county at the UK Youth Parliament for 2018.
He will be joining over 300 members who will take part in the UKYP’s annual sitting which is a national debate in the House of Commons, Westminster, in November.
Thomas, a pupil at Amman Valley School will hold the prestigious position of UKYP member for 18 months.
Over Easter Thomas had the opportunity to take part in the National Youth Voice Leadership Development Programme in Swindon which was aimed at helping him develop his skills that he will be using as the new UKYP representative for Carmarthenshire.
Thomas said: “I’m really happy to have been elected as Carmarthenshire’s 2018 member for the UK Youth Parliament and want to continue to listen to young people’s ideas and views, making sure that I represent Carmarthenshire on a national and UK platform. I would like to thank the Youth Council for giving me this opportunity. I haven’t done anything like this before and I’m really looking forward to the year ahead.”
Thomas will be leading on this year’s Make Your Mark ballot this Summer and encouraging other young people in the county to get involved in having a say nationally. Make Your Mark is the largest youth consultation across the UK with 954,766 young people taking part last year across the UK.
Last year CYC encouraged 4,635 young people aged 11-18 across Carmarthenshire to get involved in the ballot, Thomas is going to attempt to beat last year’s total, by encouraging young people across the county to vote on the issues that are important to them.
Executive board member for education and children’s service, Cllr Glynog Davies, said: “I would like to wish Thomas all the best as he takes on the role of UKYP member for the next 18-months, and particularly when he takes part in the national debate in the House of Commons, Westminster, in November.”
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Page Updated On: 23/05/2018 (10:14)

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New charging points to meet demand

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More charging points have been installed in Carmarthenshire for electric cars.

Mart Car Park in Newcastle Emlyn and St Peter’s Car park Carmarthen are two of the latest locations to benefit from electric vehicle charging points. The 7kW chargers will charge a compatible electric vehicle in 3-5 hours.

The unit at Nant y Ci Park & Ride site has also been replaced with a new rapid charge facility which will charge an electric vehicle to 80% in 30 minutes.

Carmarthenshire County Council secured funding for the plug-in chargers through the Welsh Government’s LEADER programme following an increase in electric vehicle sales

By the end of the year it is estimated that around 200,000 vehicles on UK roads will be electric.

The council’s executive board member for communities, Cllr Hazel Evans said: “These fast chargers will enhance our current provision in Carmarthenshire and offer motorists a more accessible service. We will be looking at installing more of these points across the county to meet the growing demand for electric and plug-in hybrid cars.”

The top three selling electric and plug-in hybrid cars in 2017 were the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, BMW 3 Series 330e and the Nissan Leaf, according to electric-vehicle information provider Go Ultra Low.

Other charging points in Carmarthenshire:

One rapid charger

Fast chargers (7kW)

  • Murray Street car park, Llanelli.  
  • Salem Memorial Hall
  • Dinefwr Castle (National Trust)
  • Roadhouse (Whitland) – customers only
  • The Plash Inn (Llanfallteg) – customers only
  • The Castle (Llandovery) – customers only
  • Nant yr Onnen Holiday Lets (Llandovery) – customers only
  • Dealerships:
    • Gravells Dealership (Kidwelly)
    • J & J Motors (Cross Hands)

Tesla specific chargers

  • Parc y Scarlets
  • The Brown’s (Laugharne) – customers only
  • Roadhouse (Whitland) – customers only


Page Updated On: 23/05/2018 (08:37)

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Call for New and Innovative Project Ideas

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The LEADER programme, which aims to support the regeneration of rural Carmarthenshire, has opened a new call for Expressions of Interest.

LEADER is designed to get local people, businesses and communities involved in delivering sustainable, innovative solutions to address some of the economic, social and environmental challenges facing rural Carmarthenshire.

The Local Action Group – Grŵp Cefn Gwlad manages the LEADER programme in Carmarthenshire.

The programme can provide financial support of up to 80% towards a project’s costs.

The current call is open for those wishing to do feasibility studies only. Guidance on criteria for feasibility studies is available here.

The LAG can also support projects that cooperate with other geographical areas via inter-territorial or transnational working.

Cllr. Cefin Campbell, Executive Board Member for Rural Affairs said:

“The LEADER programme is a fantastic scheme which enables individuals, businesses and communities to deliver and test an idea which seeks to meet strategic priorities for the County.

“We would urge anyone with such an idea to get in touch and our officers can discuss further”

If you have an innovative idea which addresses the scheme priorities and would like to discuss further, please contact the RDP team on 01267 242431/394; email

The deadline for submission of the Expression of Interest is 29 June 2018

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

Page Updated On: 22/05/2018 (17:06)

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