Views on planning order in Llanelli sought


Residents are being asked their views on a new planning order to boost Llanelli Town Centre.

Consultation starts on December 18 after full council agreed to go out to consult on a Local Development Order (LDO) – a first for Carmarthenshire.

Adopting this order would see a more streamlined planning process, making it easier for developers to take over empty shops or buildings.

The order is intended to help attract investment to the area, and to support existing businesses by giving certainty for developers, reducing timescales and reducing the costs associated with making a planning application.

All views gathered from the consultation, which runs until February 9, will help form the council’s decision on whether or not to adopt the LDO.

Introducing the order into the centre would also remove the need for developers or applicants to make a formal planning application for specified types of change of use.

The survey is available online at i-Local, and hard copies are available from Llanelli Library.

The council’s executive board member responsible for planning, Cllr Mair Stephens said: “The development of this order has been in conjunction with the Llanelli Town Centre Taskforce as well as town and rural councils. Adopting this order would make it easier for developers to move forwards with their plans in Llanelli Town Centre.”

Bringing empty shops back into use is one of the key priorities set out by the Llanelli Town Centre Taskforce, led by Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council.

The Taskforce aims to stimulate growth and investment by supporting traders, boosting business and increasing footfall.

Speaking after Full Council meeting earlier this year, he said: “I am pleased that full council has agreed to consult on this order. I now look forward to hearing people’s views as we move forward with the regeneration of Llanelli.”

 



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Don’t forget – bin collection days change over Christmas


Residents in Carmarthenshire are being reminded that there are changes to bin collections over the festive period.

Collections will take place as follows:

Normal Day of Collection

Collection on

Monday

25th December

Wednesday

27th December

Tuesday

26th December

Thursday

28th December

Wednesday

27th December

Friday

29th December

Thursday

28th December

Saturday

30th December

Friday 

29th December

Sunday

31st December

 

 

 

 

Monday

1st January

Tuesday

2nd January

Tuesday

2nd January

Wednesday

3rd January

Wednesday

3rd January

Thursday

4th January

Thursday

4th January

Friday

5th January

Friday 

5th January

Saturday

6th January

 All other days are as normal. These changes also affect council trade waste customers.

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 plastic bottles, cans and foil, e.g. mince pie cases, cardboard packaging, wrapping paper and cards. 

Christmas food waste should go in green food bins so that it can be taken for composting.

Glass bottles and jars can be recycled at glass recycling banks; visit the recycling pages at Carmarthenshire.gov.wales for locations.

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “We want to remind people about the changes to collections over the festive period. It is also important to remind people about the blue bags delivery, we hope it will make it easier for them to recycle even more.

“We would also urge people to use the food bins, as food waste is a significant amount of the waste currently being sent to landfill.”

There are also changes to recycling centre opening times over the Christmas period.

Trostre (Llanelli), Wernddu (Ammanford), Nantycaws (Carmarthen) and Whitland are all closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

They are open 8.30am to 12noon on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, all other days are as normal.

Anyone who recycles their Christmas tree at any of the centres will receive a free bag of Merlin’s Magic Compost.



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Schools give Insight into county council budget


Schools across Carmarthenshire have given their views on the council’s budget proposals for the next three years.

Pupils from secondary schools attended an Insight day at Llanelli’s Ffwrnes Theatre as part of the council’s budget consultation.

Each team of 10 pupils represented the council leader and executive board members as they discussed their opinions on the proposed budget.

Teams from Bryngwyn; Bro Dinefwr; Bro Myrddin; Coleg Sir Gar; Dyffryn Aman; Glan y Mor; Emlyn; Maes y Gwendraeth; and QE High attended the event.

Each team was given two of the budget proposals to discuss, which their leader then gave a presentation on, along with suggestions of their own to save money.

Council Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole, Chief Executive Mark James, executive board members and directors were present.

Cllr Dole said: “The Insight day is my favourite part of our budget consultation, I look forward to hearing the views of young people on the new policy changes being proposed.

“Their feedback is important and is included in the budget consultation report which will go before councillors for decision in the New Year.”

All schools and teachers present said they enjoyed the day and found it useful. Teacher Dylan Williams of Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn said: “We all found it beneficial, and the journey home was full of discussions of the different options chosen by the different schools – and their potential impact on us.”

All teams were invited to give their presentations to County Council at its next meeting on Wednesday, December 13.

Teacher Ceri Evans of Dyffryn Aman said: “Both the children and I enjoyed the activities very much and are keen to attend the full council meeting.”

 



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Drugs and needles found in community clean up


Suspected class A drugs and syringes were found in a community clean up in Llanelli today.

A bag of foil wraps containing brown powder was discovered in a clear plastic bag during the clean-up event in the Tyisha area. It was immediately handed over to a PSCO who was accompanying the group.

The team also found three hypodermic needles as they picked up rubbish in and around the station area.

The clean-up was carried out through Pride in Your Patch, a partnership initiative which aims to help people improve their environment.

Organisations present today included Carmarthenshire County Council. Keep Wales Tidy and Keep Tyisha Tidy.

Along with the suspected drugs and needles, the groups collected 27 full bags of litter.

Carmarthenshire’s executive board for the environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “It is shocking that in a residential area suspected drugs, along with hypodermic needles, was found amongst the rubbish.

“It is also disappointing that so much litter needed to be collected – 27 full bags is a lot of waste.

“Unfortunately, no matter what we do, however many people are fined for dropping litter, there is still a minority who just don’t seem to care about their environment.

“We will continue to enforce the law and prosecute offenders in the hope that our message will spread and encourage people to be more responsible.

“My thanks go to all those people who took part in today’s event to help clean up their community.”

Pride in Your Patch works to support volunteers, community groups, registered charities, and not-for-profit organisations to clean up areas of public land. 

Partners are Keep Wales Tidy; Carmarthenshire County Council; Ammanford and Carmarthen town councils; Llanelli Town and Rural Councils; Spice time credits; Flytipping Action Wales; and Carmarthenshire Housing Standards.

The groups work with communities to help spruce up their areas through offering expert advice, equipment and assistance.

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Parc Howard partnership discussions


Carmarthenshire County Council and Llanelli Town Council are in discussions about the future management of Parc Howard.

Representatives of both councils have agreed a series of meetings to consider how joint working arrangements can be taken forward to maintain and improve the park.

Previous proposals for the park will be explored, as well as new ideas to secure its long-term future under public ownership.

At present, the park and museum are managed and maintained by Carmarthenshire County Council on behalf of the people of Llanelli and the wider area.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, county executive board member for culture, sport and tourism, said: “I welcome this opportunity to continue partnership discussions and to hopefully move to a permanent joint working arrangement with Llanelli Town Council.”

Cllr Jan Williams, Leader of Llanelli Town Council, said: “We are looking to help fund the management and improvement of Parc Howard which will help to ensure that this important facility for Llanelli is further improved. In time, this may pave the way for full management of the facility by the town council. In the meantime we look forward to working in partnership with the county council.”

  • In 2014 Carmarthenshire County Council sought expressions of interest from local councils or groups to take over management of parks and playgrounds as part of a county-wide asset transfer programme. No expressions of interest were received for Parc Howard and the park was taken off the list of assets available for transfer.
  • During 2016 and 2017, the leader of the county council, Cllr Emlyn Dole, led a series of meetings with a range of interested parties to brainstorm ideas for improvements, including discussions with Parc Howard Association, Friends of Llanelli Museum, Llanelli Community Heritage and Llanelli Town Council.
  • The County Council has since invested in new play equipment and has sought planning permission for a car park to encourage more visitors. Discussions are also ongoing following a call for expression of interest in sensitive commercialisation of the mansion house, in conjunction with enhanced museum use.



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