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Mast approved despite objections



mast1AN ANEMOMETER mast will be built for a temporary period of three years despite objections. The anemometer mast, up to 60m in height, will be located at land north of, Esgairliving Farm, Rhydcymerau. Llanybydder Community Council objected to the applications stating that the wind mast was not justified and that it was not for the intention of designing the wind farm as that has been submitted separately.

They also say that the proposal should have been included as part of a wind turbine application. One councillor stated that there was no justification for the anemometer mast whilst others questioned the time period for the mast. It was also pointed out that the application would be the starter point for two wind turbines to be built in the future. Cllr Ieuan Davies said: “Much of what is before us has objections. We can see that Llanybydder Community Council are not at all happy with the application as they say that the anemometer is just the beginning because there is a proposed application for two very large turbines on this application site.

I go along with what is said here that I wonder why the whole application doesn’t come as one because this is only a starting point for our metal valley to continue. Maybe there are only 11 objections on this application, but believe me, there are hundreds of objections when the next application comes for the two very large turbines. I am not against wind turbines but the size of course worries us all and nobody wants these in their back garden and obviously it does have an adverse effect on the landscape. The people in my area definitely don’t want this starter package.”

Cllr Anthony Jones said: “The local member has highlighted issues here. Is there a time limit for assessing wind speeds in particular areas and three years does seem rather excessive.” Development Manager Julian Edwards pointed out that the three was what had been applied for but added that sufficient data may have been collected after two years. Cllr Kevin Madge added: “I can see how local objections would come when the other application comes in in due course but unless they test that area and in one sense, if they came and put a mast up without testing it and then it didn’t work, well it would be there for a long time would spoil people’s lives in the community.

So I think that this application, as much as I hear what Ieuan says, we’ve got to test to see if this is viable .” Cllr Ieuan Davies asked: “I just wonder if the application will be brought before us very soon, so why are we putting an anemometer up if we want to see and test the wind in that area for three years?” Cllr Mansel Charles added: “The same company’s application for the same site states that the intention is to build the two turbines and have them operational by 2017 and there would be eight months of construction.

Therefore the reason given for the wind mast would be overtaken by that application, so arguably, there is no justification for it at all. Construction of the turbines is anticipated by the applicants to begin in less than one year from this summer at which point the positioning of the turbines would be fixed so data gathering would be meaningless so 12 months would be more than adequate and by asking for three years the application does not relate to the operational period of the turbines and the mast is not needed for the management of the turbines.” Cllr Anthony Jones then moved the recommendation for approval. The plans were approved by a majority with 13 voting in favour and three abstaining.

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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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