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The regeneration of Llanelli Town Centre could be boosted by a more streamlined planning process, making it easier for developers to take over empty shops says Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board.
Members have recommended to Full Council that the authority holds a public consultation on introducing a Local Development Order (LDO) into the centre, which would remove the need for developers or applicants to make a formal planning application for change of use.
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.
Subject to full council approval, residents will be asked for their views during a six-week consultation which will help form the council’s decision on whether or not to adopt the LDO.
The council’s executive board member for planning, Cllr Mair Stephens, said: “The LDO would provide an attractive incentive for developers to proceed without the time and cost implications of having to submit a planning application.”
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 yesterday’s Executive Board meeting, he said: “One of our top priorities as a taskforce is to address premises and buildings to help regenerate the town centre and attract more shoppers. Adopting this order would make it a simpler and smoother process for any potential developer or applicant wishing to move into the empty buildings and is a positive step in our journey to making Llanelli Town Centre great again.”
Are you going out for the game?
Here are some things which are happening on Saturday in Llanelli.
Location: Vista Hotel
What: Mega Steak Deal Plus 3 Pints for £14.99
Booking: 01554 773711
Location: The Thomas Arms
What: Big screen in private room
TV on in both lounges with bars
Lots of light snacks on or meals if required.
Location: The Halfmoon
What: We will be showing the game on all our big screens and projectors. Also free food half time. And with every pint of Brains bought the customer gets a card with a chance of winning lots of prizes from SA Brain including pairs of tickets to watch a home World Cup qualifier game of Wales football.
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Enjoy the game.
A Llanelli man’s birthday greetings message cost him £600 – because he painted it on the road in his street.
Llanelli Magistrates Court heard that on July 8, 2016, Carmarthenshire County Council received an anonymous report that a man living in Grant Street had written the message ‘Happy Birthday Zoe M from Dai’ on the road in large print.
On July 14 an environmental enforcement officer and technical assistant called at David Nigel Dallimore’s home in Grant Street. He admitted painting the message and agreed to accept a fixed penalty of £75.
Dallimore failed to pay resulting in prosecution for making unauthorised marks on the highway. He was convicted in his absence last Friday.
He was fined £220, and ordered to pay costs of £351 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Executive board member for environmental and public protection Cllr Jim Jones said: “Graffiti can be expensive to clear off as specialist products may have to be used to remove the paint in an environmentally-friendly way.
“The penalty imposed by the court recognised the seriousness of the matter and the expense incurred. Out of the costs awarded, £220 is going to pay for the cost of removing this message from the road.
“Keeping the county clean and safe is a key priority for the council and we will not hesitate to take action against those that break the law.”
South Wales Police can confirm that a body of a man has been found in the Ilston Valley area of Gower.
The body was discovered shortly before 10.30am today (Thursday, February 2nd).
Formal identification of the body has yet to take place, however the family of Robert Brandon, who has been missing from the Townhill area of Swansea since January 31st, have been informed .