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New development site at Cross Hands East

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Welsh Government Leader of the House Jane Hutt AM and Carmarthenshire County Council Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole at the unveiling of the new development site at Cross Hands East.

Welsh Government Leader of the House Jane Hutt AM and Carmarthenshire County Council Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole: At the unveiling of the new development site at Cross Hands East.

CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNCIL have unveiled a brand new 22 acre ‘prime development’ site at Cross Hands East.

Welsh Government Leader of the House Jane Hutt AM was amongst the first to see phase one of the Cross Hands East strategic employment site – 22 acres of prime development space set out over nine plots with potential for major employment.

The development site is being marketed to the private sector, particularly those in the field of advanced manufacturing, financial/professional, creative agri-technology and environmental services, with opportunities to build high quality commercial premises right next to the A48/M4 road network.

The £14.5million strategic employment site was funded by Carmarthenshire County Council, Welsh Government and European Regional Development Fund. The council is contributing a further £1million to encourage development at the Cross Hands East site in the form of property development grants.

Jane Hutt met with Carmarthenshire County Council’s economic development and marketing teams, and representatives from contractors Alun Griffiths Ltd, on site yesterday morning (Thursday, October 6).

“Cross Hands East is a major infrastructure project that will bring business growth and job creation to Carmarthenshire, so I’m delighted that Welsh Government and EU funds have supported this development,” she said.

“EU funds, in particular, have been a vital source of investment and this project is a clear example of how EU funding is supporting economic development in Wales.

“This site can accommodate 1,000 jobs – this is great news for this area, for the communities that live here, businesses and the economy. The Welsh Government is pleased to be a partner.”

Also being unveiled today (Oct 7) was prime development land in Dafen, Llanelli.

Businesses specialising in life sciences, professional and commercial services, and special projects, were amongst the first to discover opportunities to develop new business premises situated alongside The Beacon.

An audience of potential property developers and industry influencers gathered at The Beacon to learn about both development sites and speak with officers about their long-term business options in Carmarthenshire.

Cllr Meryl Gravell, the council’s Executive Board Member for Regeneration, said: “We were delighted to take the wraps off these two high-potential development sites in Carmarthenshire, both of which are ideally situated close to the main transport links in the county and the Swansea Bay City Region.

“Carmarthenshire has an enviable track record in business and property development, and today was an opportunity to reinforce this as a place to invest and develop.

“We’ve had lots of positive discussions today and our team will work hard with developers and industry professionals to bring forward any plans to develop on these two sites.”

Speaking at the Cross Hands launch, council Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole said Carmarthenshire is ‘open for business’.

“When I became Leader of this authority it was my ambition to create good quality jobs,” he said. “This growth zone, strategically located within Carmarthenshire and the Swansea Bay City Region, offers businesses great opportunity to expand and develop. This site alone has major employment potential.

“It shows what can be achieved by working together – phase one has been a real partnership effort, and phase two is on the horizon.”

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Conservatives in disarray over alleged Christmas party lockdown breach

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THE CONSERVATIVE Party is investigating the attendance of senior Senedd members and staff at a Christmas party held during December’s lockdown.

Lockdown restrictions prohibit mixing with people outside your own household.

The Welsh restrictions barring such gatherings follow the basic outline of those imposed by the Conservative UK Government in December.

Those attending the drinks party included Paul Smith, the Conservative Chief of Staff at the Senedd, Darren Millar, the Party’s Chief Whip and campaign coordinator, and Preseli Pembrokeshire MS and Conservative Senedd Group Leader Paul Davies.

The Herald understands that a Labour Senedd Member who attended the Party has been suspended by the Labour Senedd Group pending its own investigation.

The Conservatives’ embarrassment at talking the talk but not walking the walk is intensified by Darren Millar’s presence at the shindig.

In May, Mr Millar led calls for Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething to be sacked for eating a bag of chips in a park with one of his own children.

If the Conservative Party follows the logic of their previously stated positions, Mr Millar’s and Mr Davies’ futures look bleak indeed.

With a Senedd election only months away, the revelations have thrown the Conservatives into disarray.

If they do nothing, the Conservatives will – at the very least – face claims they are hypocrites.

If the Conservative Party acts decisively, it faces massive internal problems.

The Conservatives responded to our request for a response to our story.

Those involved stressed they did not host a Christmas Party.

The incident happened on December 8, when the above met in the members’ tea room to discuss legislation for possible inclusion in the Welsh Conservative manifesto with a Labour backbencher.

During the evening they did drink a glass or two of wine.

They stress that at no point were there more than four people in the room at any one time and that they maintained social distancing.

A joint statement from Paul Davies, Darren Millar, and Paul Smith said: “We are profoundly sorry for our actions.

“While we did not break the rules, we recognise that what was part of a day’s work would not be seen to be following the spirit of them, especially given the tough time the country has been going through.”

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Family tribute to Carole Patricia Fowler

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Carole was a teacher for 30 years at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Llanelli. She loved children and they loved her. 

As one of her past colleagues said: “I know she made such a difference to every child she taught.” She was very popular with staff and well respected and loved by parents. She was dedicated and conscientious, always 100% for the children. She led the music there and was always popular with her guitar accompaniments for services and concerts. 

Likewise, she was a valued member of the choir at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Gendros, Swansea, where she would often accompany hymns with her guitar and gave guitar lessons to the children in the church’s Saturday Music Club. She was also a keen member of Côr Persain, Ammanford. 

She was talented, loved and in demand. A convicted and devout Catholic all her life, through good and bad.

Carole was an avid and very gifted crocheter and was always crocheting or knitting something for someone. She had been spending her time recently, during the Covid crisis, crocheting NHS teddies in scrubs and rainbows, with many given to practising nurses. Carole had recently started learning to make bobbin lace. She was also capable of some very decent sewing, too. 

She was also learning Welsh, doing ‘pilates’ and was considering taking up yoga lessons as well.

She was a busy lady! As one of her work colleagues said of her: “She was wise, strong, beautiful, generous, devout and feisty. And I loved her for all those qualities.”

Above all, she was an immeasurably loved Mam, daughter, sister and a doting Mamgu and so much loved by her fiancé. Having been together for 14 years, they would have been married last July 20th had covid allowed! 

Her premature passing at 61 is tragic and she is already sorely, painfully missed. She leaves behind a huge chasm in so many hearts that cannot be filled.

“Eternal rest grant unto her, o Lord, may perpetual light shine about her, may she rest in peace.”

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Tip off leads to pensioner’s drug stash

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A BRIEFCASE full of drugs has been recovered during a raid in Swansea suburb.
Police acting on information provided by a member of the public executed a warrant in Gorseinon and recovered a large quantity of cannabis.
A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of the class B drug, with intent to supply.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “At around 5.40pm on Wednesday, January 6, following an intelligence led operation, a 68 year-old man from Gorseinon was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
“He was taken to Swansea central police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation”.

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