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No blank cheques for Tata, Llanelli AM warns



Tata: Am expresses disappointment

Tata: Am expresses disappointment

LLANELLI AM, Lee Waters, has welcomed the progress being made by the Welsh Government’s Tata Steel Task Force to support those affected by the steel crisis, but has urged Minister to be smart in the way they engage with the steel giant.

After receiving a briefing from the new Cabinet Secretary for Economy & Infrastructure, Ken Skates, following his first meeting of the Steel Task Force, the Llanelli AM said “It is clear that Tata is no longer losing money in the UK so the short-term threat to the steel works appears to have lifted.

But that’s in part because of the fall of the pound after the EU referendum and is no guarantee of future success. Major issues still need to be addressed by the company and the UK Government”.

The taskforce meeting, which was attended by the Unite and Community unions, Tata Steel, and the Secretary of State for Wales, Alun Cairns, heard that the business performance of the steelworks continues to show a turnaround. However, Ken Skates emphasised after the meeting “Action on pensions and energy by the UK Government are central to helping move the steel industry in Wales onto a sustainable long term footing”.

In his briefing to the Llanelli AM the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for the Economy praised the efforts of the local workforce in helping to make the works viable, especially against the backdrop of an ongoing redundancy process that has been taking place since January and is now nearing completion.

“Support has been made available to Tata workers and to employees o f businesses in the supply chain. The Money Advice Service, UK Steel Enterprise, local voluntary organisations and HMRC have all helped, and there has been an on-site presence by Job Centre Plus and Careers Wales” Ken Skates said. In addition the Welsh Government’s Business Support arm, Business Wales, have been working with 24 companies in the supply chain across Wales to help them with challenges that have arisen through the steel crisis.

“The Taskforce seems to be working well, and the Unions have strongly praised the flexible and sensitive support that has been provided to date by all agencies” Lee Waters said.

“But what we need now is certainty from Tata that they are committed to staying engaged in the UK. After announcing the plants were for sale, only to abandon the sale process in favour a merger with its rival ThyssenKrupp, there is suspicion that they are game playing and may be secretly planning to close some of the plants in a few years after getting as many concessions as possible from the Government to boost their profit in the shortterm. I’m very disappointed that the Welsh-led management buy-out did not proceed and we now to be smart in how we deal with Tata. There must be no blank cheques and any financial aid must be tied to guarantees about the future of the plants, and the warning that they’ll be made fully liable for the costs of closure and all environmental cleanups if they decide to pull out after all” the Llanelli AM added.

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being



CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Public Services Board (PSB) is seeking residents’ views to find out what matters to them and their local communities.

The PSB has developed its Well-being Objectives and draft actions to deliver them, based on feedback received on its Well-being Assessment. The results of a survey at that time gathered views and helped shape the PSB’s understanding of the economic, social, environmental, and cultural factors that impact the well-being of individuals and communities within Carmarthenshire.

Once again, residents are being asked to contribute to help public service partners develop Carmarthenshire’s Local Well-being Plan for 2023-28.

To help shape the future of well-being please visit: Current Consultations (

The survey closes on 25 January 2023.

Cllr Darren Price, Chair of the Carmarthenshire PSB and Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “To deliver what is important to our communities, we need to their feedback and input. This survey is an opportunity for our residents to tell us if we, as public services, are on the right track to help create a better future for our children’s generation, and the generations to follow, as we strive to reach this goal.” 

Andrew Cornish, Vice-Chair of the PSB andChief Executive Officer / Principal of Coleg Sir Gar and Coleg Ceredigion said: “Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our work so far. Our Well-being Assessment gives us a strong foundation on which to build our Well-being Plan and I would like to encourage everyone to take part in our involvement work for the preparation of the Plan.”

Carmarthenshire’s Public Services Board is a partnership of public and third sector organisations working together to improve well-being across the county and includes Carmarthenshire County Council, Hywel Dda University Health Board, Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Natural Resources Wales and other organisations.

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Llanelli prepares for Sunday’s Remembrance Day parade



LATER TODAY (Sunday, November 13) the town will honour those who have fallen in service over the decades.

A number of roads will be closed on the day, including Murray Street, Church Street and Vauxhall Road from its junction with the mini roundabout.

These will be shut for the parade between 8.30am and noon, however, pedestrian access for those wishing to reach individual properties in those streets will be maintained where possible throughout the duration of the closure.

Traffic will be diverted to Robinson Street, Arthur Street, Columbia Row, Anne Street, Bigyn Road, Stepney Place, Water Street, Thomas Street and Gelli Onn.

At 10am, police, organisations and others not marching in the parade will take up their respective positions in front of the cenotaph in the town hall grounds, while the civic party will assemble inside Llanelli Town Hall.

At 10.15am the parade leaves Drill Hall for the town hall with the mayor Cllr Philip Warlow proceeding to the Boer War Memorial where he will lay a wreath.

When the parade arrives at the town hall, the civic party will proceed to the cenotaph where the Lord Lieutenant of Dyfed Sara Edwards, will lay a wreath.

This will be followed by the chair of Carmarthenshire Council Cllr Rob Evans, laying a wreath on the Royal Welch War Memorial and then on the town’s cenotaph.

More wreaths will be laid by dignitaries and politicians and ex-servicemen and women A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am.

Any service groups or individuals who wish to lay a wreath on Remembrance Sunday can contact Paul Wickers via email at

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at

Contact should be made by Monday, October 31 at the very latest to confirm arrangements as no additional wreaths will be able to be accommodated on the day.

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Llanelli choir launches fundraising naked calendar



MEMBERS of a Llanelli female choir have bared all to raise money for the town’s Ty Bryngwyn Hospice.  

Côr Curiad has created a cheeky fundraising calendar for 2023 – the second one they have done.

With around 50 members, photos were taken across Llanelli with strategically placed items to spare their blushes – all in the name of a good cause.

Llanelli photographer Graham Harries was behind the lens for the project.

The choir’s musical director Alex Esney, who is Miss December in the calendar said: “Local businesses sponsored the calendar and so many of the photos were taken at their premises.

“So for example we went to LTC Mobility Ltd and had scooters carefully positioned in front of us, it was a lot of fun.

“I also want to thank Ffwrnes Theatre for opening up especially for me to go and have my photo taken with the piano there.”

Alex said the aim is to raise as much as possible for the hospice, adding: “We did a calendar a few years ago but we now have more members so we thought it was time to do it all again.

“The ladies decided to ‘bare all’ to raise money for the hospice which provides such great care and support for families in their time of need, including two of our own.

“I think we pulled out all the stops this year, getting their clothes off at local businesses in and around Llanelli.”

One of the calendar photos (Images: Graham Harries Photography)
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