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Development order to boost town centre

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A PROPOSAL which Carmarthenshire County Council believes would help continue the regeneration of Llanelli’s town centre was approved by the Executive Board on Monday (Jul 2).

The draft Local Development Order (LDO), which would enable businesses and property owners to make some changes of use without having to apply for full planning permission, had previously been discussed by the Community Scrutiny Committee.

A report put before the board said that the LDO would ‘seek to consider and address issues of vacancy and activity on both ground and upper floors, and to examine the potential for alternative uses within a defined spatial area of Llanelli Town Centre.

‘The LDO will, in conjunction with other regeneration initiatives seek to assist in enhancing the vitality and vibrancy of the town centre through developing a ‘living centre’.

The Order, which would run for three years, is intended to ‘streamline the planning process’ by granting permission for certain types of development within the area.

The plans would make it easier for the upper floors of buildings to be brought back into use as, for example, shops, offices, residential dwellings or restaurants. Certain changes of use in ground floor units would also not require planning permission, including restaurants, cafes, takeaways, and drinking establishments.

Introducing the plans, Deputy Leader Cllr Mair Stephens explained that the proposals would not allow external changes to buildings.

“We are moving forward,” she added, noting that the consultation responses had been ‘relatively positive’.

However, she pointed out that work still had to be done to satisfy Natural Resources Wales (NRW), who had issues with the potential flooding risk in the town centre.

Cllr Stephens said that after the plans were taken to the Welsh Government for approval, they should return to be discussed by full council in September.

“This is something we have all been asking for, for some time,” she added.

Cllr Glynog Davies agreed, noting that Llanelli town centre had ‘suffered quite considerably’.

“The centre has lost many shops. I think we need a vision in order to promote the town,” he added.

“We need to think outside of the box. We are not going to attract these large shops back in, so we need to think differently, which is what we are doing here.”

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Llanelli ‘Banksy’: Mayor covers graffiti rat in protective plastic

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LLANELLI Mayor David Darkin believes graffiti found on charity shop wall could potentially be a Banksy.

The piece has been covered with protective plastic by the council while they determine the authenticity of the piece.

David Darkin, Mayor of Llanelli told this newspaper: “I was approached by a local artist Roz Moreton, who believes the artwork is a Banksy in an attempt to preserve the piece.

Roz who studied art in Bristol and lived in London has said she has been exposed to numerous Banksy works including his rats on Westminster Bridge, and spotted the ‘rat’ straight away.

Darkin added “She first spotted the graffiti around ten years ago, but she kept her findings to herself so that she could go back and visit the work.

“It was only after the recent news of the incident in Swansea, where part of a suspected piece of Banksy artwork was stolen, that she decided to approach me to ask for help to protect the piece”.

The art dealer who bought Banksy’s ‘Season’s Greetings’ which appeared on a garage in Port Talbot in December, has met with the mayor in Neath to view images of the artwork.

John Bradner, Essex based gallery owner, paid six figures for the Port Talbot addition, is planning on visiting the site to see the piece for himself.

Mr Darkin added “After showing John Bradner the images he is fairly confident that the piece is Banksy’s work, the fact it was spotted ten years ago ties in with ‘Banksy’s rats’ which was his theme at the time when they appeared across industrial towns.

“Mr Bradner called me yesterday and asked if there was anything else I can do to preserve the piece until he comes to view it in a few weeks to check its authenticity.”

Speaking on the piece Councillor John Jenkins said “Fingers crossed it is a Banksy, but worst-case scenario it isn’t and is still a talking point and people still come and see him.”

Speaking to Mr Darkin he said no attempts have been made yet to contact Banksy to confirm the piece as far as he is aware.

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36 charges relating to chemicals and components for making bombs

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A 33-YEAR-OLD male  is facing 36 charges relating to chemicals and components which can be used to make bombs.

He was remanded in custody at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Friday (Feb 15)

The man, from Port Talbot, was arrested in October 2017 in an operation between counter terrorism officers, South Wales Fire and Rescue and The Welsh Ambulance Service.

Detective Superintendent James Hall said no known links to terrorist offences or groups were found. The man will appear in court again at a date to be fixed.

He has also been charged with possessing a taser and manufacturing and possessing class A drugs.

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University makes formal criminal complaint

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A FORMAL criminal complaint has been by made by Swansea University, as part of the ongoing investigation into the issues surrounding the recent suspension of four members of staff.

South Wales Police said: “Dyfed-Powys Police and South Wales Police can confirm that they have received a complaint which is currently subject of consideration by both forces.”

Last November, the university’s Vice-Chancellor Prof Richard B Davies, Dean of the School of Management Prof Marc Clement, as well as two other members of staff, who have not been named, were suspended.

Prof Davies has been suspended for alleged gross negligence whilst Prof Clement was suspended for alleged gross misconduct. Both individuals have denied any wrongdoing. Registrar Andrew Rhodes confirmed at the time that this action was taken after an internal investigation.

In a statement, the university said: “Swansea University has been in regular dialogue with the authorities since November 2018 based on the findings of our initial investigation. A formal criminal complaint has been made and the matter is with South Wales Police and Dyfed Powys Police. We will of course continue to co-operate fully with them. Our processes, which are being carried out by an independent investigating manager, are ongoing.”

The investigation has looked into the academics’ involvement in both the £200m Life Science and Wellbeing Village project in Llanelli, and a £600m plan for a private medical university and hospital in Kuwait.

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