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Plaid’s vision for Carmarthenshire

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Cllr Dai Jenkins: Plaid will invest in Carmarthenshire

Cllr Dai Jenkins: Plaid will invest in Carmarthenshire

PLAID CYMRU have decided to use some of the County Council’s nine-figure reserves to invest in a strategy to create jobs and improve the standard of living in Carmarthenshire.

That’s according to a press release from Plaid Cymru received by The Herald this morning.

The release reveals that since taking over the leadership of the county council from Labour in May, Plaid has been analysing the council’s substantial capital reserves and is not prepared to just sit on them.

As a result, almost £20m will be released from those reserves towards projects right across the county.

The £20m committed, together with grant aid and match funding, will enable expenditure over the next five years on a number of major projects which will create jobs and improve the quality of life of people in Carmarthenshire.

The projects include:

  • The much-needed renovation of Carmarthenshire Museum at Abergwili
  • Provide a new archive for the county (in possible partnership): £2m
  • Extend Oriel Myrddin Art Gallery as focal point of King Street ‘cultural quarter’: £750k
  • New circular cycle track at Pembrey Country Park : £500k
  • Contribution towards restoring Carmarthen park Velodrome as a major cycling venue: £286k
  • Carmarthen-Llandeilo cycling and walking track: £5.75m
  • Cross Hands economic Link Road – Phase 2: £12.3m
  • Upgrade and new attractions at Pembrey Country Park: £1m
  • New care home in Llanelli: £12.5m
  • Disabled Facility Grants to help older and vulnerable people to live in their own homes: £10m
  • Glanaman Industrial Estate refurbishment: £1m
  • Renovate Llanelli Market: £300k
  • Rural Enterprise Fund to help enterprises create jobs and economic growth: £2m

Plaid says the above are IN ADDITION to tens of millions of pounds to be spent on new schools and a large number of other capital projects.

“Since taking over control of the council in May, in alliance with the Independent group, we’ve been analysing the reserves in detail and have established that almost £20m could be released for much-needed capital projects,” said Cllr Dai Jenkins, Plaid Cymru’s deputy-leader of council and Executive Board Member for Resources (pictured).

“People may ask why we don’t use these reserves to offset cuts in services – a course of action advocated by Plaid last year. But the truth is, at that time, due to lack of vision by the Labour-led administration, it was unclear why there was so much money in reserves and what use could be made of it. Some of it may be spent on off-setting cuts to services, but most of the money will be invested in a detailed strategy to create jobs and improve standards of living.

“With council reorganisation on the horizon, it’s imperative that we spend the money raised in our county for the future benefit of Carmarthenshire,” said Cllr Jenkins. “Plaid has a clear vision for our county’s future – and the means to deliver it.”

Earlier this year, Council Chief Executive Mark James was controversially given editorial space in one newspaper to slate Plaid Cymru’s plans to use the Council’s capital reserves to alleviate the impact of cuts on Carmarthenshire’s population. That intervention caused widespread disquiet about the appropriateness of Mr James’s intervention in political debate.

It appears that members of the Plaid Cymru group, after a difficult first few months in power with the Independent group, have flexed their own political muscles in an attempt to deliver the sort of improvements they favoured while in opposition.

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Criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

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POLICE are investigating reports of thefts and criminal damage at a caravan park in Kidwelly.

Two reports have been made, with a number of items stolen from two caravans at Tanylan Caravan Park.

The first incident took place between September 23 and October 12.

A number of items – including fishing equipment, computer consoles and £300 cash – were stolen, and an awning window was smashed.

The second report was made on October 13, with the crime taking place sometime after August 25.

Scooters, camping equipment, TVs, DVD players, Amazon fire sticks, a Wii U console, and several other items were taken.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact PC 810 at Carmarthen Police Station.

You can report information 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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Abandoned property fire in Burry Port probed

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POLICE are investigating a fire at an abandoned property in Burry Port.

A call was made at around 1.20am today (Tuesday, November 19) reporting that a detached house in Graig was well alight.

The house is not lived in, and has sustained substantial fire damage.

There were no witnesses to indicate who has started the fire, but two people were seen running away from the scene.

Due to the temperature inside the building remaining high today, it has been unsafe for investigators to enter the building.

Anyone with information, or who saw a person or people acting suspiciously in the area between 12.30am and 1.30am is urged to contact the joint investigation unit at Llanelli Police Station.

You can report information 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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Man ‘fit for work’ collapses and dies at job centre

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A 65-YEAR-OLD man has collapsed while waiting for an appointment in a job centre in south Wales. He was found slumped in his chair at 9.30am on Friday in Llanelli.

The DWP said: “Our thoughts and those of the staff at Llanelli Jobcentre are with the family and friends at this time.”

The Llanelli Herald understands that he was waiting for an appointment to discuss Jobseeker’s Allowance after being declared fit for work earlier this year.

Staff and customers rushed to help, but they were unable to get a response so lay him on the floor.

They started CPR and an ambulance was called while the job centre was evacuated, but paramedics declared him dead at the scene. A witness told The Metro newspaper: “I didn’t know him myself, but the man who was sat next to me told me that he had grown up with the guy.

“The man next to me told me that the poor guy had diabetes and had been declared fit for work by the job centre earlier in the year but he was obviously ill.

“The ambulance came but he sadly died and they had to take his body out of the job centre, it was awful.

“We were all very shook up; it was a horrible situation that should have never happened. The job centre is all shut down now.’

The Welsh Ambulance Service confirmed to The Herald: “We were called on Friday November 15 at approximately 9.33am to reports of a person needing urgent medical attention on Stepney Street in central Llanelli. ‘We responded with one rapid response vehicle, one specialised medical vehicle and one emergency ambulance.’

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