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Exempt reports not for all



CarmarthenshirehallCOPIES of exempt reports will only be seen by the Leader, Deputy Leader of the opposition and scrutiny committee chairs.

The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) had recommended that all members receive exempt reports.

Carmarthenshire County Council discussed the matter at an Extraordinary General Meeting on Wednesday (Jun 17).

They considered the recommendations made by the Cross Party Constitutional Review working group (CRWG) who recommended that the Leader, Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Chairs of Scrutiny Committees can receive copies of exempt reports and can remain in meetings when these reports are considered.

Cllr Sian Caiach asked if the recommendation excluded back-bench councillors.

Cllr Kevin Madge replied: “It is for the scrutiny chairs, deputy leader of the opposition and the leader and we feel this is the way forward. The problem is that we could send reports around the council and the danger is that it could be leaked out into the public domain which could damage that report, the council and the things that we discuss.”

Cllr Darren Price said: “When it comes to exempt items I do agree with the recommendation of the WLGA who say that all members should have access to these reports and also have the ability to stay within the executive board. I do accept and understand that not all members in the chamber share that view. When you look at the WLGA review there are lots of references to trust and one paragraph deals with this issue which says; ‘The issue of trust between members is critical to the council delivering on its ambition to openness and transparency’. It was with great sadness that I read, some hours after the last meeting of council, where this chamber democratically decided that an item should be held in private but only a few hours later some of the content of that report appeared on a local blog. For those of us in this chamber that wants to see this recommendation taken to the extreme whereby each and every one of us received that report and act like that, totally undermines our argument and all it does is strengthen the argument of those that do not wish to push it further.”

He continued: “There is one of us in this chamber, of the 74, who disclosed this information and that member should hang their head in shame because the trust that is put towards you when you receive that exempt report should be respected. It hasn’t and it has totally undermined my argument. If we are to maximise the aim of present transparency it is about rebuilding relationships and we all need to look at ourselves in terms of how we conduct ourselves within this chamber and wider.”

Cllr Anthony Jones added: “We do have a code of conduct and I would ask the executive and the officers that if there is a member divulging intentionally or unintentionally exempt information into the public domain then I think that should be investigated. I find myself having to agree with the recommendation because of the actions of one individual or a few individual councillors who have shown mistrust to us and colleagues in this chamber.”

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Scrub removal at Pembrey to improve dunes for biodiversity



If scrub growth is not controlled, it will cause species like lizards, orchids and dune pansies to suffer and disappear from our sand dunes.

SCRUB provides a splash of greenery in our sandy spaces, but too much scrub smothers the sand dunes and has a devastating effect on the specialist plants and invertebrates which live there. 

This winter Natural Resources Wales will be removing non-native, invasive plant species from areas of dune at Pembrey to help wildlife thrive.

The coast around Pembrey is home to 20% of all the plants in Wales and features a large sand dune system. Sand dunes are listed as the habitat type most at risk of biodiversity loss in Europe.

The Dynamic Dunescapes project, funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and delivered in Wales by Natural Resources Wales (NRW), is working at Pembrey with Carmarthenshire County Council’s Outdoor Recreation Service to improve the condition of these dunes for wildlife.

Some non-native plant species, like the dense scrub plant sea buckthorn, are invasive and they are growing quickly in this dune system – spreading further across large areas of dune each year. 

Many of the dunes’ rare and specialist wildlife needs bare sand or low grassland habitat to survive and gets lost under or outcompeted by scrub. 

If scrub growth is not controlled, it will cause species like lizards, orchids and dune pansies to suffer and disappear from our sand dunes.

Scrub removal in specifically chosen locations will help to restore the habitat types that these species need, and this work will play a part in ensuring the dunes at Pembrey have a healthy, biodiverse future. 

Improving the ecological condition here will increase this coastal landscape’s resilience to other threats, such as extreme weather events and changing conditions brought on by climate change in the future.

The first phase of this work is to take place in Pembrey Country Park around Car Park 8 and the second will take place on the foredunes in front of the Welsh Government Woodland Estate which is managed by NRW. 

It is scheduled to begin in the last week of November and will last for two weeks. There will be a temporary closure of Factory Road outside the Country Park for one week – reopening on 5th December.

Ruth Harding, Senior Environment Officer at Natural Resources Wales, said:

“Sea Buckthorn control is important to improve the dune grassland habitats at Pembrey. Carmarthenshire County Council and Natural Resources Wales have carried out this type of habitat management over a number of years which has resulted in restoring the area to a dune grassland rich with different species of plants. 

You can best enjoy this during the summer months within the Pembrey Burrows and Saltings Local Nature Reserve. As part of Dynamic Dunescapes, we are now continuing this work, which will result in an overall increase in dune grassland habitat.”

Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for leisure, Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths said:

“Whilst scrub is a valuable habitat it does need management to maintain it in good condition for wildlife. Cutting back the scrub will ensure it does not spread into areas where it is not wanted and or where it can destroy other habitat.”

Dynamic Dunescapes is not the only project working to restore Pembrey’s important sand dunes. The EU LIFE-funded Sands of LIFE project, managed by (NRW), has also been undertaking sand dune management to improve conditions for wildlife in recent years. The two projects work closely to build on and support each other’s work.

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Demolition of 4 Tys begins in Tyisha, Llanelli



Four Tys

WORK to demolish the Four Tys housing blocks in Tyisha, Llanelli has started, marking the next exciting step in Carmarthenshire County Council’s plans to Transform the area. 

The demolition work is set to be completed by civil engineering contractor Walters over the next 20 weeks and will enable the build of modern, mixed-use housing which meets the needs of the community.

Improvements to existing homes and the creation of community facilities and green spaces will also form part of changes on the horizon for Tyisha. 

Cllr Linda Davies Evans, chair of the Transforming Tyisha steering group and cabinet member for housing said: “The demolition of the Four Tys marks an important step in the Transforming Tyisha project. Although this process will evoke powerful memories for many of the people who have lived and worked in Tyisha since the Four Tys were built in the 1960s, their demolition will enable us to provide the housing and facilities that the community needs.

Local residents and businesses who may be impacted by the demolition process will be contacted throughout to ensure minimum disruption.”

This forms a part of the council’s ambitious plans to regenerate the Tyisha ward and the wider Llanelli town centre area which is undergoing massive investment.

The council is also seeking a partner to develop new housing and create a vibrant community. An early market engagement exercise is currently live which gives potential partners the opportunity to express their interest in working with the council to transform the area.

Fresh and innovative ideas for this exciting project can be submitted to the council until December 7.

For more information on the early market engagement process or the council’s Transforming Tyisha regeneration project please visit

The demolition of the ‘Four Tys’ forms part of the council’s ambitious Transforming Tyisha project which looks to regenerate the area through increasing community safety, developing housing and community facilities and improving the environment.

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Serious assault in Ruby’s Bar Llanelli being investigated by police



POLICE are investigating a serious assault which occurred in Ruby’s Bar, Llanelli, between 10:40pm and 11pm on Saturday, November 20.

A 35-year-old man received injuries which required hospital treatment.

A 31-year-old female and a 36-year-old male have  been arrested on suspicion of assault. Both have been released on bail pending further police enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed, or took footage of, the incident, or anyone who has any information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at:, by emailing, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908. Quote reference: DP-20211120-336.

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting’

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