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New traffic-free route in Pembrey to boost local economy

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261340009_hols_sw_CefnSidan_16x9AN IMPORTANT new walking and cycling route linking the villages of Pembrey and Kidwelly with Pembrey Country Park, Burry Port and the Millennium Coastal Path will be officially opened this Friday (Aug 5). The new route will provide enhanced, traffic-free access to popular tourism destinations along the Carmarthenshire coast and also link to two existing walking and cycling routes that are already a hit with tourists and local users.

The path will enhance the experience of visitors and increase the numbers using local services and facilities, rather than bypassing them.  It has been estimated that the route will attract an additional 9,250 tourist trips each year and increased annual spending of up to £287,000 in the town. It will also encourage people to travel actively, improve connectivity and enhance the quality of life of the community and visitors.

The £300,000 project has been delivered by Sustrans Cymru, Carmarthenshire County Council and the Coastal Communities Fund. The new route is a 1.6km path along a disused railway line that runs through the heart of Pembrey. It will provide access to the popular tourist attractions Pembrey Country Park and to the Millennium Coastal Path. The project has also upgraded and installed new signage along the 10km route between Burry Port and Kidwelly.

The original route consisted of a narrow, worn and muddy track with overgrown vegetation. The new path has been constructed along a disused railway line and includes safe road crossings. Users will benefit from an improved surface making it accessible all year round. It also provides an alternative alignment for the Celtic Trail, part of the National Cycle Network, avoiding sections in Pembrey Forest which have been severely affected by flooding in recent years.

A bicycle ride will be held to celebrate the opening of the new path. Invitees to the event include the local MP, AM, Councillors, and representatives of local businesses.

Jane Lorimer, National Director at Sustrans Cymru said: “I am delighted that Sustrans in partnership with Carmarthenshire County Council has been able to provide this new route, thanks to funding from the Coastal Communities Fund (CCF).  We know where routes have been built in coastal areas in Wales they have resulted in people walking and cycling for more of their everyday journeys, helping them to lead healthier lifestyles, save money and enjoy the beautiful scenery around us.  This new route offers great potential to boost tourism and have an impact on how local people choose to get about every day.”

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans said: “The new path will link up the communities of Burry Port, Pembrey and Kidwelly to the very popular coastal path creating a safe, traffic-free route for people to use for commuting and for pleasure.”

Council Leader Emlyn Dole said: “Carmarthenshire is set to become the cycling capital of Wales; the county already has a reputation for being a great place for mountain biking and future plans include a new velodrome in Carmarthen and a £5million expansion to the Tywi Valley cycleway.

“We welcome this latest investment in Pembrey which will complete the route that links Burry Port Harbour, the MCP, and Pembrey Country Park with Kidwelly and the Gwendraeth Valley cycle route.

“As well as being a healthy and environmentally friendly way of getting around, cycling is a growing sport and a major contribution to Carmarthenshire’s thriving tourism industry.”

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    Karen

    August 2, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Kidwelly is a town not a village

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    Geoff

    August 3, 2016 at 8:19 am

    “Council Leader Emlyn Dole said: “Carmarthenshire is set to become the cycling capital of Wales; the county already has a reputation for being a great place for mountain biking and future plans include a new velodrome in Carmarthen and a £5million expansion to the Tywi Valley cycleway.” Please explain how any of this fulfils the County Council’s obligations under the Active Travel Act.

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    Chris evans

    August 3, 2016 at 11:44 am

    You lie the cycle track is not traffic free at all it includes a 1.5/2.0 mile trip down a muddy extremely narrow country lane which is used daily by vehicles including agricultural machinery. That section is extremely dangerous as if a vehicle does come there is nowhere to go. You also have to cross a very busy 50mph road so why would you claim that this route is traffic free its a lie and a dangerous one at that. Shame on you people purposely misleading the public yet again!!!!

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Criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

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POLICE are investigating reports of thefts and criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

Two reports have been made, with a number of items stolen from two caravans at Tanylan Caravan Park.

The first incident took place between September 23 and October 12.

A number of items – including fishing equipment, computer consoles and £300 cash – were stolen, and an awning window was smashed.

The second report was made on October 13, with the crime taking place sometime after August 25.

Scooters, camping equipment, TVs, DVD players, Amazon fire sticks, a Wii U console, and several other items were taken.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact PC 810 at Carmarthen Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Abandoned property fire in Burry Port probed

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POLICE are investigating a fire at an abandoned property in Burry Port.

A call was made at around 1.20am today (Tuesday, November 19) reporting that a detached house in Graig was well alight.

The house is not lived in, and has sustained substantial fire damage.

There were no witnesses to indicate who has started the fire, but two people were seen running away from the scene.

Due to the temperature inside the building remaining high today, it has been unsafe for investigators to enter the building.

Anyone with information, or who saw a person or people acting suspiciously in the area between 12.30am and 1.30am is urged to contact the joint investigation unit at Llanelli Police Station.

You can report information by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

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Man ‘fit for work’ collapses and dies at job centre

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A 65-YEAR-OLD man has collapsed while waiting for an appointment in a job centre in south Wales. He was found slumped in his chair at 9.30am on Friday in Llanelli.

The DWP said: “Our thoughts and those of the staff at Llanelli Jobcentre are with the family and friends at this time.”

The Llanelli Herald understands that he was waiting for an appointment to discuss Jobseeker’s Allowance after being declared fit for work earlier this year.

Staff and customers rushed to help, but they were unable to get a response so lay him on the floor.

They started CPR and an ambulance was called while the job centre was evacuated, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene. A witness told The Metro newspaper: “I didn’t know him myself, but the man who was sat next to me told me that he had grown up with the guy.

“The man next to me told me that the poor guy had diabetes and had been declared fit for work by the job centre earlier in the year but he was obviously ill.

“The ambulance came but he sadly died and they had to take his body out of the job centre, it was awful.

“We were all very shook up; it was a horrible situation that should have never happened. The job centre is all shut down now.’

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed to The Herald: “We were called on Friday November 15 at approximately 9.33am to reports of a person needing urgent medical attention on Stepney Street in central Llanelli. ‘We responded with one rapid response vehicle, one specialised medical vehicle and one emergency ambulance.’

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