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Llanelli town centre area to benefit from further safer streets funding



THE areas of Elli 2 and Tyisha 2 within Llanelli town centre looks set to be made safer for residents and businesses following a successful bid for further government funds by Police and Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys, Dafydd Llywelyn.

The application to the Safer Streets Fund for nearly £90,000 was made in March and approved by the Home Office in June.

The money will be used to fund two Community Wardens, environmental improvements such as increasing street lighting in the area, purchase Selecta DNA and bike register Kits for local residents and a small grant scheme for community groups and charities to run their own projects.

Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn has already secured £195,673 from the Home Office’s Safer Streets Fund, back in 2020, to work with local community safety partners in Carmarthenshire to tackle crime in the area, and recently met with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team to see the impact of the investment to date.

PCC Dafydd Llywelyn said; “It was great to be down with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team in Llanelli recently supporting their work with the distribution of some of the Crime Prevention Kits purchased as part of the first successful bid to Safer Streets. 

“Primarily this funding will reduce crime by preventing the opportunity for robberies and thefts to take place on the streets. The environmental improvements such as additional street lighting for example  will not only deter criminal behaviour but will also improve the feeling of safety for everyone in the community.

“The additional funding announced recently will complement the significant investment we have already made to prevent crime from happening in the area and reducing anti-social behaviour which makes people feel unsafe.”

So far, within the entire initiative, 143 households have received extra Target Hardening Tools. Efforts will continue throughout July, with the local Neighbourhood Policing Team currently working with Tyisha Community Wardens, Mid and West Wales Fire Service (Community Fire Safety Team) and Carmarthenshire County Council Trading Standards to ensure all residents in the area are offered the support needed through the initiative.

The Leader of Llanelli Town Council, Cllr Shahana Najmi said: “It is really positive news that the second year of safer streets funding has been secured for the Elli 2 and Tyisha Ward 2 areas.

“A great deal of work was completed through the first year funding and the developments that will be made possible during the second year will help make the area a safer place for residents and local businesses.

“Llanelli Town Council is pleased to be a key partner of the project and looks forward to working with the Police and Crime Commissioner to continue with the delivery of the planned improvements.”

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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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