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Sausage Hut opens in Indoor Market



A NEW family-run butchers from Burry Port has decided to branch out with a new stall named The Sausage Hut, located at Llanelli’s Indoor Market.

Elgan Jones & Sons have decided to offer their substantial variety of over 30 sausages, among other locally-manufactured products, to Llanelli consumers.

Elgan Jones, who’s semi-retired but runs the business with his son, Steven, told The Herald that the company have had a business in Burry Port for a number of years, where three people work.

But recently, they decided that now was the time to open a smaller shop and bring their unique flavours into Llanelli.

The Sausage Hut will host their grand opening  of the new outlet at the market next Thursday (Aug 24).

At the opening will be Elgan’s eldest son, John Owen-Jones, who is a well-renowned vocal performer and also a star of Phantom Of The Opera and Les Miserables in concert.

The shop’s opening times are Wednesday through to Saturday from 10am until 3pm.

Talking about the new venture, Elgan said: “We decided that our new outlet would be named The Sausage Hut and the graphics on the front have had plenty of attention as they are so quirky and colourful and  feel very inviting!

“Vicki, who works here, has come up from Burry Port to work on the new stall and is excellent with the customers.”

“All of our products are local including our burgers, rissoles, faggots not to mention the large amount of flavoured sausages on offer. We produce over 30, so there’s something for all palettes. Some of the popular choices are chicken with lemon and thyme, and pork with chilli and chive. It’s worth coming to view the vast selection of products.

“We sell many items including bacon, burgers, faggots, black pudding, pork pies, flavoured fresh pies, eggs, butter, jams, chutneys and cockles and are producing a range of new products at a steady pace.

“Our sausages are the best sellers without a doubt and we pride ourselves on supplying quality products at reasonable prices.”

He added: “I was initially an errand boy when I was 13 before I left school and have been a butcher since. I’ve been working in this particular industry for 62 years and it’s wonderful to be able to keep it in the family.

“As soon as we saw that there was an opening at Llanelli Indoor Market, we decided to take a leap and are happy so far.

“We opened a few weeks ago, it’s a lovely size for the new premises and everyone has been accommodating here so far. Everything has been word of mouth so far though as we’ve not advertised properly yet, but we shall in time. It’s lovely to see that there are so many still supportive of homemade produce and we welcome all customers old and new.

“Come in for a look, we aim to please.”


Police investigate after shed fire



POLICE in Llanelli are investigating after a garden shed caught fire on Saturday night (Mar 17).

The fire, which happened between 10pm and 10.30pm in Llys y Drindod, is currently being treated as suspicious.

A fire crew from Llanelli Fire Station tackled the blaze.

Anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it 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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Llanelli AM sets out bold metro vision for west Wales



SHOULD the Swansea Bay area have its own driver-less metro system?

That is the view of Llanelli Assembly Member Lee Waters, who appeared on the BBC’s Sunday Politics show this week (Mar 18),

Lee Waters outlined his vision for the world’s first fully automated metro system, and he says it should serve our local area.

Interviewed by Arwyn Jones earlier today, Mr Waters said: “The key for getting people to replace car journeys with public transport is having what we call a turn up and go public transport system. And that’s clearly not the case in Wales. In parts of Llanelli, the last bus leaves at 4pm – you’re just not going to persuade people to give up their cars under those circumstances. The question then is, how can we realistically create a turn up and go public transport system in Swansea Bay?

“We need to think imaginatively.

“The UK government expect automated vehicles to be on sale in three years time. This is happening quickly. Let’s not try and create a Manchester or a Sheffield type tram system – we’re thirty years behind the curve on that. Let’s try and leapfrog and establish the Swansea Bay Region as a test bed for this new technology.”

The driver-less system proposed by Lee Waters would employ fast-emerging technologies, including driver-less, low carbon bus transit systems. Maps and timetables would be replaced with public transport apps, with vehicles ‘learning’ over the time the most efficient routes to take. And door-to-door services could even feature.

Cautioning against a carbon-copy of the Cardiff and the Valleys Metro, the Llanelli AM called on those tasked with drafting the initial plan to match the boldness of the Swansea Bay City Region bid.

 “The Cardiff and Valleys Metro is moving very slowly, because it’s so complex. For the next five years, you’re not going to see many additional services because of the time it takes to convert track to light rail. All prerequisites to getting a rail system working in a different way. I think what driver-less technology offers us, is a chance to not bother with that and instead having these car-sharing, lift-sharing pods taking us where we want to go.”

Similar plan: A driver-less metro system proposed for Moscow

The Welsh Government have recently agreed to fund the development of a ‘strategic outline case’ for improving public transport provision across the region. The budget allocation is the first step in deciding whether or not to pursue the 10-20 year vision for a Swansea Bay Metro.

Mr Waters welcomed the funding provision, but warned against fixating on journey time savings to London – stating:

 “There’s a broader economic point to this – I don’t want Llanelli and the Swansea Bay area to be a commuting pad to Cardiff. Instead of sending people out of our area, we need a public transport system that creates viable and vibrant communities.”

 In appealing for an ambitious approach to be taken, the Assembly Member contended: “For too long we’ve played catch up. We take ages, and too often the result is pretty shoddy.

 “So let’s not do that again. We’re starting from an almost blank sheet of paper, let’s go straight to the future solution.

 “This change is happening at pace and we need to be all over it.”

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18-year-old arrested on suspicion of robbery



POLICE in Burry Port have arrested and interviewed an 18-year-old man, from the Llanelli area, in connection to a reported robbery outside Co-Op, Station Road, Burry Port.

A man was attacked and his bicycle stolen during the incident, which happened at around 9pm on Tuesday (March 13).

The suspect has since been bailed with conditions which prevent him entering the Burry Port area, while the investigation continues.

The victim is being supported by specially trained officers and his bike has since been returned.

Anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact police by calling 101. If you are Deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference 32 of March 14.

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