Connect with us
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

First look at plans to breathe new life into Llanelli’s YMCA

Avatar

Published

on

LLANELLI residents can have their first glimpse of plans to breathe new life into the dilapidated YMCA building on Stepney Street.

Carmarthenshire County Council has commissioned planning consultants Asbri Planning Ltd to carry out a consultation ahead of an official planning application for the regeneration of the building that is a familiar sight in Llanelli town centre.

The council plans to save the front façade of the building, along with its perimeter wall, main internal structural walls and existing staircase as part of a £4.5million renovation to bring the building back into use.

A series of retail units will be made available on the ground floor, with a mixture of office and residential units on upper floors.

People are invited to share their views as part of a pre-application consultation so that feedback can be gathered and included when a formal planning application is lodged later this year.

An artist’s impression and a summary of the plans can be found at www.asbriplanning.co.uk and views are invited before August 13.

Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, and lead member for regeneration, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “The former YMCA building is a familiar sight for anyone from Llanelli, but sadly the building has seen better days,” he said. “We’re excited, now that the building is in our ownership, to breathe new life back into it and restore it to its glory days. Many hundreds of people will have fond memories of the building, whether they were members of the YMCA or as part of gymnastics and other clubs in more recent times.

“We were keen to keep as much of the building’s integrity as possible, and we’re pleased that we’re able to save the red brick façade and some of the internal features such as the staircase. Pending planning approval, it will be a sensitive but exciting restoration.

“This building is full of potential, and will add to the offer of mixed retail, office and residential space in Llanelli town centre as part of our wider regeneration plans for the area.”

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

News

Conservatives in disarray over alleged Christmas party lockdown breach

Avatar

Published

on

THE CONSERVATIVE Party is investigating the attendance of senior Senedd members and staff at a Christmas party held during December’s lockdown.

Lockdown restrictions prohibit mixing with people outside your own household.

The Welsh restrictions barring such gatherings follow the basic outline of those imposed by the Conservative UK Government in December.

Those attending the drinks party included Paul Smith, the Conservative Chief of Staff at the Senedd, Darren Millar, the Party’s Chief Whip and campaign coordinator, and Preseli Pembrokeshire MS and Conservative Senedd Group Leader Paul Davies.

The Herald understands that a Labour Senedd Member who attended the Party has been suspended by the Labour Senedd Group pending its own investigation.

The Conservatives’ embarrassment at talking the talk but not walking the walk is intensified by Darren Millar’s presence at the shindig.

In May, Mr Millar led calls for Wales’ Health Minister Vaughan Gething to be sacked for eating a bag of chips in a park with one of his own children.

If the Conservative Party follows the logic of their previously stated positions, Mr Millar’s and Mr Davies’ futures look bleak indeed.

With a Senedd election only months away, the revelations have thrown the Conservatives into disarray.

If they do nothing, the Conservatives will – at the very least – face claims they are hypocrites.

If the Conservative Party acts decisively, it faces massive internal problems.

The Conservatives responded to our request for a response to our story.

Those involved stressed they did not host a Christmas Party.

The incident happened on December 8, when the above met in the members’ tea room to discuss legislation for possible inclusion in the Welsh Conservative manifesto with a Labour backbencher.

During the evening they did drink a glass or two of wine.

They stress that at no point were there more than four people in the room at any one time and that they maintained social distancing.

A joint statement from Paul Davies, Darren Millar, and Paul Smith said: “We are profoundly sorry for our actions.

“While we did not break the rules, we recognise that what was part of a day’s work would not be seen to be following the spirit of them, especially given the tough time the country has been going through.”

Continue Reading

News

Family tribute to Carole Patricia Fowler

Avatar

Published

on

Carole was a teacher for 30 years at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Llanelli. She loved children and they loved her. 

As one of her past colleagues said: “I know she made such a difference to every child she taught.” She was very popular with staff and well respected and loved by parents. She was dedicated and conscientious, always 100% for the children. She led the music there and was always popular with her guitar accompaniments for services and concerts. 

Likewise, she was a valued member of the choir at Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church, Gendros, Swansea, where she would often accompany hymns with her guitar and gave guitar lessons to the children in the church’s Saturday Music Club. She was also a keen member of Côr Persain, Ammanford. 

She was talented, loved and in demand. A convicted and devout Catholic all her life, through good and bad.

Carole was an avid and very gifted crocheter and was always crocheting or knitting something for someone. She had been spending her time recently, during the Covid crisis, crocheting NHS teddies in scrubs and rainbows, with many given to practising nurses. Carole had recently started learning to make bobbin lace. She was also capable of some very decent sewing, too. 

She was also learning Welsh, doing ‘pilates’ and was considering taking up yoga lessons as well.

She was a busy lady! As one of her work colleagues said of her: “She was wise, strong, beautiful, generous, devout and feisty. And I loved her for all those qualities.”

Above all, she was an immeasurably loved Mam, daughter, sister and a doting Mamgu and so much loved by her fiancé. Having been together for 14 years, they would have been married last July 20th had covid allowed! 

Her premature passing at 61 is tragic and she is already sorely, painfully missed. She leaves behind a huge chasm in so many hearts that cannot be filled.

“Eternal rest grant unto her, o Lord, may perpetual light shine about her, may she rest in peace.”

If anyone witnessed the collision or may have been travelling on the M4 at the relevant time, please contact the Serious Collision Unit quoting police reference DPP-20210113-317

Police can be contacted either online at: bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.pnn.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Continue Reading

News

Tip off leads to pensioner’s drug stash

Avatar

Published

on

A BRIEFCASE full of drugs has been recovered during a raid in Swansea suburb.
Police acting on information provided by a member of the public executed a warrant in Gorseinon and recovered a large quantity of cannabis.
A man was arrested on suspicion of possession of the class B drug, with intent to supply.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “At around 5.40pm on Wednesday, January 6, following an intelligence led operation, a 68 year-old man from Gorseinon was arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply cannabis.
“He was taken to Swansea central police station for questioning. He has been released under investigation”.

Continue Reading

Trending

FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK