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Carmarthenshire County Council election results [LIVE]

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WE will be reporting live from the Selwyn Samuel Centre, providing live updates on the results as they are announced.

The first two results announced were both Plaid Cymru gains. In Betws veteran Labour councillor Ryan Bartlett was defeated by the Party of Wales’ Betsan Jones.

In the most surprising result of the election so far, long-serving Dafen Councillor and Labour stalwart Tegwen Devichand has lost by 50 votes to independent (and paramedic) Rob Evans.

In Abergwili, finding someone to follow in Pam Palmer’s footsteps was always going to be a challenge for the Independents, and Plaid Cymru’s Dorian Williams took the seat by a convincing margin.

Herald columnist Matthew Paul failed in his bid to shake things up at County Hall, finishing third in Cilycwm (191 votes) behind Independent Thomas Arwel Davies (307) and Labour’s Maria Carroll (284).

In Cenarth Executive Board member Hazel Evans retained her seat with a convincing (712-115) win over Lib Dem challenger Phillip Gibbons.

Deian Harries held onto Ammanford for Plaid Cymru, beating Paula Treharne by 613-298.

In a battle of the David Jenkinses, Plaid Cymru’s Executive Board member David Michael Jenkins defeated Labour challenger David Emyr Jenkins by 430-376.

In Llangeler, Ken Howell unsurprisingly held the ward, Defeating John ‘the beekeeper’ Wigley (ind) by more than 500 votes.

Labour have picked up another seat from Plaid Cymru, in the Carmarthen North Ward. Town Councillor Ken Lloyd took the seat at the expense of former executive board member for education Gareth Jones. Peter Hughes Griffiths retained the other seat for Plaid Cymru.

Jim Jones was re-elected to the council by receiving 323 votes. Labour candidate Stephen Donoghue received 168 of the votes. With 98 of the votes going to the Conservative candidate, Siôn Davies with Plaid Cymru candidate John Williams receiving 251 of the votes.

Labour have held on to Tycroes with candidate, Tina Higgins receiving 534 of the votes, Plaid Cymru received 388 of the vote.

Penygroes was held by Plaid Cymru candidate, Dai Thomas with him receiving 582 of the vote. Labour candidate, Paul Blackwell received 239 of the votes and UKIP candidate Timothy Dean received 150 votes.

In Bigyn, Independent candidate Nigel Bevan received 414 votes and Terry Morris an independent candidate received 428 votes. Conservative candidate, Robert Thomas received 230 votes. Stephen Bowen, an independent candidate received 181 votes. Plaid Cymru candidate, Mike Burns, received 333 votes.

With the Llandybie results, independent candidate William Davies was elected with 744 votes along with Plaid Cymru candidate, Dai Nicholas having 725 votes. UKIP candidate, Nigel Humphreys received 128 votes. Labour candidate, Anthony Jones received 500 votes Sandra Jenkins, the Conservative candidate received 165 and Pat Jenkins, an independent candidate received 108. Plaid Candidate, Karen Davies received 451 votes.

In Burry Port, Labour candidates John James and Amanda Fox won, with 728 & 825 votes. Tomos Lloyd-Evans, the conservative candidate received 237 votes. Independent candidate Lisa Mitchell received 412 votes and Mike Theodoulou, an independent candidate received 548 votes.

Gareth Thomas held Hendy for Plaid Cymru with 432 votes, fighting off a challenge from Labour’s Steve Lloyd-Janes (385).

Long-serving Independent councillor Jane Tremlett held Laugharne by a comfortable margin.

In Llandeilo, independent candidate Edward Thomas held the seat with 798 votes. Conservative candidate, David Webb received 77 votes, and Liberal Democrat candidate, Lesley Prosser received 268 votes. Plaid Cymru candidate, Keri Lewis received 249 votes.

Plaid Cymru gained Trimsaran with candidate Kim Broom taking the seat with 225 votes. Labour candidate, Lisa Williams received 187 votes. Independent candidate, Neil Burman received 61 votes and independent candidate, Naomi Wilmot received 216 votes.

Carmarthen Town West Plaid Cymru candidates Emlyn Schiavone and Alan Speake, won the seat with 739 and 661 votes respectively. Labour candidate, Julia Ault received 238 votes with fellow Labour candidate, receiving, 255 votes. Independent candidate Arthur Davies received 510 votes and Russell Sparks had 454 votes.

Labour held on with Lliedi with candidates Rob James and Sahana Najmi with 890 votes and 629 votes respectively. Conservative candidate, Stephen Davies received, 312 votes and fellow Conservative candidate, Stefan Ryszewski receiving 191 votes. with UKIP candidate, Bram Richards receiving 184 votes. Plaid Cymru candidates, Colin Jones ad Dyfrig Thomas received 264 and 244 votes respectively.

In the Tyisha ward, Labour candidates Suzy Curry and Andrew McPherson won the seat, with 543 and 407 votes respectively, gaining the seat from the independents. Plaid Cymru candidate, Terry Davies received 362 votes and independent candidates Jeff Owen and Roger Price, received 288 and 189 votes respectively.

In Hengoed, Plaid Cymru candidate Jennifer Phillips and Labour candidate Penny Edwards, became the county councillors for the ward after receiving 394 and 408 votes respectively. Fellow Plaid candidate, Martin Davies received 315 votes. Conservative, Kelvin Flynn received 230 votes. Independent candidate Clifford Jones having 304. Sian Caiach lost her seat, and received 372 votes.

Long-serving councillor John James and newcomer Amanda Fox won comfortably in Burry Port, maintaining the two seats for Labour. The duo beat off the challenges of two independents and a Conservative candidate, with Fox finishing 180 votes clear of third-placed Mike Theodolou.

In another shock result for Labour, long-serving Llandybie councillor Anthony Jones was heavily defeated by PLaid Cymru and the Independents, finishing in third more than 200 votes behind second-placed William Davies.

ABERGWILI

Lisa Fearn (Independent) – 448
Dorian Williams (Plaid Cymru) – 629

AMMANFORD

Alun Harries (Plaid Cymru) – 613
Paula Treharne (Labour) – 298

BETWS

Betsan Jones (Plaid) – 402
David Barlett (Labour) – 309
Krishna Seunarine (UKIP) – 77

BIGYN

Terry Morris (Independent) – 428
Nigel Bevan (Independent) – 414
Mike Burns (Plaid Cymru) – 333
Robert Thomas (Conservative) – 230
Stephen Bowen (Independent) – 181
Jeff Edmunds (Labour)
Kathryn Lodge (Labour)
Eryl Morgan (Labour)

BURRY PORT

Amanda Fox (Labour) – 825
John James (Labour) – 728
Mike Theodoulou (Independent) – 548
Lisa Mitchell (Independent) – 412
Tomos Lloyd-Evans (Conservative) – 237

BYNEA

Deryk Cundy (Labour) – 539
Ian Wooldridge (Plaid Cymru) – 373
Ceri Morris (Conservative) – 218
Dai Hughes (Independent) – 49

CAMARTHEN TOWN – NORTH

Ken Lloyd (Labour) – 805
Peter Griffiths (Plaid Cymru) – 765
Gareth Jones (Plaid Cymru) – 581
Les Clark (Independent)  – 489

CARMARTHEN TOWN – SOUTH

Charlie Evans (Conservative)
Phil Grice (Labour)
Gareth John (Plaid Cymru)
Alun Lenny (Plaid Cymru)
Barry Williams (Independent)

CARMARTHEN TOWN – WEST

Emlyn Schiavone (Plaid Cymru) – 739
Alan Speake (Plaid Cymru) – 661
Arthur Davies (Independent) – 510
Russell Sparks (Independent) – 454
Matthew Thomas (Labour) 255
Julia Ault (Labour) – 238

CENARTH

Hazel Evans (Plaid Cymru) – 712
Philip Michael (Liberal Democrats) – 115

CILYCWM

Thomas Davies (Independent) – 307
Maria Carroll (Labour) – 284
Matthew Paul (Independent) 191

CYNWYL ELFED

Glyn Evans (Plaid Cymru)
Henry Jones (Independent)

CYNWYL GAEO

Steven Holmes (Conservative)
James Williams (Plaid Cymru)

DAFEN

Rob Evans (Independent) – 508
Tegwen Devichand (Labour) – 452

ELLI

David Darkin (Labour)
Sion Davies (Conservative)
John Jenkins (Independent)
Ruth Price (Plaid Cymru)

FELINFOEL

Julia Evans (Conservative)
David Richards (Independent)
Bill Thomas (Labour)

GARNANT

Nigel Jerrett (Plaid Cymru) – 167
Kevin Madge (Labour) – 494

GLANAMMAN

David Michael Jenkins (Plaid Cymru) – 430
David Emyr Jenkins (Labour) – 413

GLANYMOR

Beatrice Roberts (Labour) – 702
John Prosser (Labour) – 537
Sean Rees (Plaid Cymru) – 536
John Jones (Independent) – 333
George Herbert (Plaid Cymru) – 328
Alison Carter (Independent) – 280
Chris Wilson (Independent) – 182

GLYN

Jim Jones (Independent) – 323
John Williams – 251
Stephen Donoghue (Labour) – 168
Sion Davies – 98

GORSLAS

Anthony Frost (Conservative)
Gary Jones (Labour)
Wynne Jones (Labour)
Bri Kirby
Aled Owen (Plaid Cymru)
Darren Price (Plaid Cymru)

HENDY

Gareth Thomas (Plaid Cymru) – 432
David Erasmus (Independent) – 77
Steve Lloyd-Janes (Labour) – 385
Keith Perry (UKIP) – 59

HENGOED

Penny Edwards (Labour) – 408
Jennifer Phillips (Plaid Cymru) – 394
Sian Caiach (Independent) – 372
Martin Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 315
Clifford Jones (Independent) – 304
Kelvin Flynn (Conservative) – 230

KIDWELLY

Jeanette Gilasbey (Plaid Cymru) – 623
Philip Thompson (Labour) – 553
David Edwards (Green Party) – 109

LAUGHARNE

Jane Tremlett (Independent) – 382
Abi Thomas (Plaid Cymru) – 300
Don Avery (Independent) – 273
Steve Morris (Labour) – 134

LLANBOIDY

Bertram Phillips (Plaid Cymru) – 504
Ellis Evans – 259
Lionel Phillips (Independent) – 142
Jean Myers (Labour) – 127

LLANDDAROG

Celia Davies (Plaid Cymru)

LLANDEILO

Edward Thomas (Independent) – 798
Lesley Prosser (Liberal Democrats) – 268
Keri Lewis (Plaid Cymru) – 249
David Webb (Conservative) – 77

LLANDOVERY

Handel Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 583
David Long (Labour) – 240
Julian Dutton (Liberal Democrats) – 124
Cliff Johnson (UKIP) – 75

LLANDYBIE

William Davies (Independent) – 744
Dai Nicholas (Plaid Cymru) – 725
Anthony Jones (Labour) – 500
Karen Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 451
Sandra Morgan (Conservative) – 165
Nigel Humphreys (UKIP) – 128
Pat Jenkins (Independent) – 108

LLANEGWAD

John Mansel (Plaid Cymru) – 754
Monica French (Liberal Democrats) – 231
George Reid (Independent) – 169
Carol Jones (UKIP) – 70

LLANFIHANGEL ABERBYTHYCH

Cefin Campbell (Plaid Cymru)
Richard Hart (UKIP)

LLANFIHANGEL-AR-ARTH

Linda Evans (Plaid Cymru)

LLANGADOG

Andrwe James (Independent) – 421
John Morgan (Independent) – 309
Elizabeth Barlow (Plaid Cymru) – 240
Christoph Fischer (Liberal Democrats) – 54

LLANGELER

Ken Howell (Plaid Cymru)
John-Y-Gof Wigley (Independent)

LLANGENNECH

Gary Jones (Labour)
Paul Lockwood (Conservative)
Jacqueline Seward (Labour)
Gwyneth Thomas (Plaid Cymru)
Ian Williams (Plaid Cymru)

LLANGUNNOR

Michael Maynard (Labour)
David Watson (Independent)
Dewi Williams (Plaid Cymru)

LLANGYNDEYRN

William Evans (Plaid Cymru) – 825
Sion Davies (Labour) – 393

LLANNON

Emlyn Dole (Plaid Cymru)
Dot Jones (Labour)
Rob Owen (Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition)
Alun Owens (Independent)
Margaret Thomas (Labour)
Philip Williams (Plaid Cymru)

LLANSTEFFAN

Anne Jones (Plaid Cymru)
Hywel Thomas (Independent)
Roger Van Praet (Independent)

LLANYBYDDER

Ieuan Davies (Independent)

LLIEDI

Rob James (Labour) – 890
Shahana Najmi (Labour) – 629
Stephen Davies (Conservative) – 312
Dyfrig Thomas (Plaid Cymru) – 264
Colin Jones (Plaid Cymru) – 244
Stefan Ryszewski (Conservative) – 191
Bram Richards (UKIP) – 184

LLWYNHENDY

Fozia Akhtar (Labour) – 582
Sharen Davies (Labour) – 574
Theressa Bowen (Independent) – 275
Meilyr Hughes (Plaid Cymru) – 154
Robert Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 150
Amy Evans (Independent) – 135
Ruth Elvins (Conservative) – 117

MANORDEILO & SALEM

Joseph Davies (Independent)
Catherine Nakielny (Liberal Democrats)
Dr Rhys Thomas (Plaid Cymru)

PEMBREY

Hugh Shepardson (Independent) – 845
Shirley Matthews (Labour) – 836
Peter Freeman (Plaid Cymru) – 491
Bob Walpole (Labour) – 352

PENYGROES

Dai Thomas (Plaid Cymru) – 582
Paul Blackwell (Labour) – 239
Timothy Dean (UKIP) – 150

PONTAMMAN

David Evans (Labour)
Trevor Smith (Plaid Cymru)
Barrie Wiltshire (UKIP)

PONTYBEREM

Liam Bowen (Plaid Cymru) – 660
William Skinner (Labour) – 236
Keith Evans (UKIP) – 184

QUARTER BACH

Tom Addey (Labour)
John Davies (Plaid Cymru)

SARON

Alan Cooper (Labour)
Alun Davies (Plaid Cymru)
Carl Harris (Plaid Cymru)
Steve Jeacock (Labour)
David Jones (Conservative)
Nia Owen-Lloyd (Conservative)

ST CLEARS

Philip Hughes (Independent)
Hywel Thomas (Plaid Cymru)

ST ISHMAEL

Meinir James (Plaid Cymru)
Lydia Stephens (Independent)
Susan Webb (Conservative)

SWISS VALLEY

Anthony Morgan (Independent) –  498
Paul Harries (Labour) – 272
Betty Jones (Conservative) – 99
Jordan Randall (Plaid Cymru) – 76

TRELECH

Jean Lewis (Plaid Cymru)

TRIMSARAN

Kim Broom (Plaid Cymru) – 225
Naomi Wilmot (Independent) – 216
Lisa Williams (Labour) – 187
Neil Burman (Independent) – 61

TYCROES

Tina Higgins (Labour) – 534
Mike Nicholas (Plaid Cymru)

TYISHA

Suzy Curry (Labour) – 543
Andrew McPherson (Labour) – 407
Terry Davies (Plaid Cymru) – 362
Jeffrey Owen (Independent) – 288
Roger Price (Independent) – 189

WHITLAND

Sue Allen (Independent)
Bryan Haddon (UKIP)
Natalie Jones (Plaid Cymru)
Vivienne Morris (Labour)

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£121k watersports funding announced for Llanelli beauty spot

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• Welsh Water, Natural Resources Wales, Llanelli Rural Council & Canoe Wales has secured ‘Access to Water’ funding.

• Visitors will be able to enjoy paddlesports (canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding), windsurfing and angling.

• Site expected to attract 90k+ visitors a year.

The recent announcement of the development of the Swiss Valley reservoirs in Carmarthenshire has been given a boost with the confirmation of an ‘Access to Water’ grant from Welsh Government, worth £121k, that will enable visitor access to the Lower Lleidi reservoir for paddle sports and angling.

The funding will realise plans to bring back a range of paddlesports to the reservoir, including stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing and kayaking.  It will also enable bank angling through the creation of recreational zones.  A range of improvements to the surrounding infrastructure are also planned to include a boat wash for biosecurity and the creation of paths and a pontoon that allows easy access to water for people of all abilities, and the refurbishment of toilet facilities.

Developing the Swiss Valley Reservoirs is expected to attract 90k+ visitors a year to the site, in line with Covid19 regulations. The ‘Access to Water’ funding is an important milestone in achieving shared ambitions for the site, and to support the funding application, a survey of local canoe clubs, outdoor activity providers and anglers was conducted which found a strong demand for access to the water for their activities. The feedback was that this is likely to generate a huge amount of interest from clubs and providers given it’s ideal geographical location. The community adoption scheme means that local people are offering to invest their own time to help look after this jewel of a community asset, and care for it into the future.

The project is well placed to support the delivery of The Wellbeing of Future Generations Act (Wales) 2015, which requires public bodies in Wales to think about the long-term impact of their decisions, to work better with people, communities and each other, and to prevent persistent problems such as poverty, health inequalities and climate change. Whilst Welsh Water is not a public body, it is committed to working in partnership with Llanelli Rural Council, Natural Resources Wales and Canoe Wales in the spirit of the legislation.

Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, said: “This is an excellent example of a scheme which increases opportunities for outdoor recreation and provides safe access to water for people of all abilities.  The development of these reservoirs will enable local people and visitors to gain more enjoyment from this beauty spot in line with covid19 guidelines and help to support a green recovery in Wales.  I hope the success of this project will encourage development of many more similar opportunities over the coming years.”

Welsh Water Chief Executive Peter Perry said, “Access to blue space is proven to be positively associated with health and wellbeing. Swiss Valley is an important asset for the local community and visitors alike. This funding is a major milestone in our efforts to bring this cherished community asset back to its former glory and make it more accessible, for the health and wellbeing of everyone.”

Jen Browning, Chief Executive of Canoe Wales, the national governing body for paddlesport in Wales, added, “Over the past eight months, we have seen an unprecedented amount of demand for canoeing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding, but the limited number of venues in Wales suitable for new paddlers has always been a major obstacle. This funding will ensure that Swiss Valley can play an enormously important role in making it possible for people of all abilities to enjoy the water, and for many to discover a passion for paddlesport and develop a deep connection with the outdoors.”

Dave MacCallum, Specialist Advisor for Water Access & Recreation at Natural Resources Wales and Chairman of NAFW Access to Water Sub-Group said: “We are delighted to have been a part of this important collaboration which will open up these new waters for responsible, inclusive recreation in South West Wales. NRW is committed to doing all we can to enable more people to enjoy Wales’ countryside more easily and responsibly – to take advantage of the many health and wellbeing benefits that getting outside can bring. Benefitting from bespoke disabled paddle-sport access facilities and a Biosecurity station promoting and enabling the Check Clean Dry initiative, the Swiss Valley reservoir project paves the way for future access to Welsh still waters so that current and future generations can continue to enjoy their visits to some of Wales’ most spectacular landscapes”

Llanelli Rural Council Leader, Cllr Tegwen Devichand said “the funding is marvellous news for the community and will enable the council to develop its plans for the reservoir in earnest. Much of the preliminary work associated with the first phase of infrastructure improvements can now get underway, in fact some work has commenced already. The physical adaptations to refurbish the toilet block, visitor car park and access to the water to facilitate paddle sports and the angling fraternity is scheduled to be completed by March 2021, but work won’t stop there. Moreover, the community response to our plans for the reservoir has been overwhelming; the council has received a great deal of local and regional support and a number of interest groups and individuals have come forward to help us deliver our plans as well as to offer their services. This is greatly appreciated and bodes well for the future.”

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Llanelli Yodel colleague celebrates 30-year anniversary

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Beverley Smith, a valued member of the Llanelli depot’s team, is celebrating her 30-year anniversary with UK independent parcel carrier, Yodel.

Beverley joined Yodel in 1990, when it was originally known as Home Shopping Network, as an Inbound Sorter and then moved onto a Customer Service Support role over 28 years ago. Beverly supports the Llanelli Management Team, provides customer service to clients and customers alike and is always on hand to answer any driver queries.

To celebrate her anniversary, Kay Dodd, Service Centre Manager, presented Beverley with £750 of Very vouchers and ordered in a cooked breakfast to celebrate.

Customer Service Support Advisor, Beverley Smith commented: “My time with Yodel has been very fulfilling – constantly challenging – keeping me on my toes. I’ve been with the company so long that I remember having to write with a pen and paper and have to fax documents to the head office daily – I can’t say I miss those days!

“I have made many close friends during the 30 years at the business and I truly have enjoyed the hard working and happy atmosphere at Llanelli every day.”

Kay Dodd, Depot Manager, added: “Bev is a valued member of my team here at Llanelli, she provides excellent customer service to customers, clients and colleagues. She has a courteous and caring attitude and goes beyond her duties to ensure everyone has a positive experience at Yodel Llanelli. Thank you for everything Bev!”

To join Beverley and the team at Yodel’s Llanelli depot, or to find out more about working for Yodel, and the roles and training available, visit www.yodelopportunities.co.uk or text ‘Deliver’ to 84433. 

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Preparatory works to start at key Stepney Street Building

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Preparatory works are due to start on a key building in Llanelli Town Centre ahead of formal planning approval.

Number 49 Stepney Street is being redeveloped as part of a significant investment in the town centre to transform, regenerate and connect its key retails and leisure areas.

Carmarthenshire County Council has submitted plans which could see the former YMCA building retain much of its character whilst providing high quality living space and commercial units

The works would include the restoration of the front façade of the building, along with the retention of the perimeter wall, main internal structural walls and bringing back many original features such as the ornate staircase.

Subject to planning approval the rest of the building would be redeveloped to include two floors of commercial space on the ground and first floors, with eight two-bedroomed living spaces on the upper floors.

There will also be residents parking spaces on the ground floor.

The works currently underway will prepare the building for redevelopment and include stripping and clearance of old materials.

Carmarthenshire County Council leader Cllr Emlyn Dole said: “Many generations of people from Llanelli will have special memories of using this fantastic building over the years and it is such a shame to see it lay empty and falling into disrepair – we’re proud to be leading on this scheme to breathe new life into it once again.”

The council has already spent £4.5million buying empty shop units from private ownership, renovating and bringing them back in to use at affordable rental levels – all of them currently occupied by independent businesses

A Local Development Order has been put in place to simplify the planning process for property owners and potential investors

This project is being procured via the South West Wales Regional Contractors Framework. Carmarthenshire County Council has appointed a regional contractor who will develop the project alongside local supply chains.

For further information on this framework, email TSSWWRCF@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

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