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Major investment completed at Coedcae School

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A £6.7​M investment has been completed at Llanelli’s Coedcae School to include a new science block and refurbishment of the existing building.

The official opening will take place net ​Thursday (​Dec 7​)​ at ​1:45pm, which will include entertainment by the pupils, unveiling of the plaque and speeches by dignitaries.

The scheme was delivered through the county council’s Modernising Education Programme (MEP).

It included an extension to replace an old block with a new science block, removal of mobile accommodation and refurbishment of the existing building.

Improvements to transport and pedestrian access were also carried out with covered walkways throughout the site.
Half the funding for the scheme came from a Welsh Government grant, through its 21st Century Schools initiative, and the other half from the council’s MEP.

Education executive board member Cllr Glynog Davies, who will perform the official opening, said: “This investment will provide first class facilities for pupils at Coedcae.

“It will provide young people with an excellent working environment to help them reach their full potential.”

A music and technology centre was also delivered at Coedcae as part of the Llanelli Vocational Village project.
The village is a pioneering scheme developed specifically to offer top of the range learning opportunities for secondary schoolchildren in the Llanelli area.

A construction skills centre of excellence, built on the site of Bryngwyn School, is one of the elements which has already been completed.

A specialist catering training facility will be developed at St John Lloyd Catholic School; a performing arts and media facility at Ysgol Y Strade; and a caring and child care facility at Glan y Môr.

Pupils can attend any of the five elements that make up the village, regardless of which school they go to, creating a person-centred approach to vocational learning.

Cllr Davies added: “The Vocational Village will increase the number and range of courses available to pupils aged between 14 and 19.

“It will be delivered through collaboration between the schools, Coleg Sir Gar, work based providers and the voluntary sector.

“The village will offer the right facilities to achieve high standards in pupils’ chosen courses.”

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Victoria Road: Meat stolen shed not fit for humans, say police

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is warning that meat stolen during a burglary in Llanelli is not fit for consumption by humans.
Several bags of frozen chicken and other meat were taken from a shed in Queen Victoria Road some time over the past few days, along with a radio controlled car and an electric saw.
If eaten, the meat could result in food poisoning.
Officers are concerned that the offender could be intending to sell the meat on, or might already have sold it.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact Dyfed-Powys Police on 101.

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Llanelli: Woman on trial for fiddling more than £100,000 in benefits

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A LLANELLI woman is to stand trial accused of fiddling more than £100,000 in benefits she was not entitled to.

Emma Jane Campbell, aged 49, appeared at Swansea Crown Court today for a plea and trial preparation hearing before Judge Keith Thomas.

Campbell, of Elizabeth Street, denied retaining wrongful credits totalling £42,908 between 2002 and 2010, £63,113 between 2002 and 2016 and £7,722 between 20002 and 2013.

The amounts were said to relate to income support, housing benefit and council tax relief received by Campbell when she had capital in excess of the permitted amount.

Campbell is also charged with fraud by claiming Jobseeker’s allowance and employment support allowance but failing to notify the Department for Work and Pensions of her true financial position.

Campbell entered pleas of not guilty to all the charges.

She was granted bail until the start of her trial on April 17.

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Burry Port RFC welcomes asset transfer

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BURRY PORT RFC has welcomed its takeover of its home base from Carmarthenshire County Council.

The Rugby Club has signed a 99 year lease for the playing fields and changing rooms at Burry Port Memorial Park as part of the county council’s asset transfer programme.

The club has also been awarded a Maintenance Grant to assist with maintaining the asset and an Improvement Grant to assist with making any improvement works they may wish to undertake.

Around 80 per cent of the county council’s recreation assets have already been transferred, or are nearing completion, to town or community councils, or community groups.

Two years ago the council’s executive board agreed a package to offer community councils or groups the opportunity to take over the running of facilities in their areas.

Councillors believe it gives local people greater control in the future of their area and their community.

Burry Port RFC secretary Jonathan Davies said the club accepted that changes had to be made although it would not have chosen it.

“In hindsight I think it is a positive thing for the club. It has increased the assets of the club and given members a sense of belonging to the park.”

Executive board member for assets Cllr David Jenkins said: “Unfortunately, we can no longer afford to maintain all the recreational assets in our portfolio.

“However, this is not just a cost saving exercise – communities are often best placed to manage facilities in their local environment.

“I’m pleased that Burry Port RFC has taken over and is looking forward to the future.”

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