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AM candidate backs council investment

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plaid123THE LLANELLI Plaid Cymru AM candidate for next year’s Welsh Assembly election has come out in support of Plaid’s plans to spend £20 million from reserves on a range of projects across the county. Speaking to The Herald following the announcement by Plaid Cymru County Councillor Dai Jenkins last week, Helen Mary Jones said: “I’m really proud that Plaid has been able to find resources to invest in some really exciting projects that will make a big difference. Obviously I particularly welcome the £300, 000 upgrade planned for Llanelli market.

Got right this will be a huge and much needed boost to our town centre, attracting more shoppers in and creating new opportunities for town centre businesses, old and new. “It’s vital that local businesses are consulted about this development so that it can really be made to work, and I’m confident the Local Authority will do this through the Town Centre Taskforce, chaired by the Council Leader himself. “Ms Jones went on to comment on the prospect of new jobs in tourism in the county: “The investment in Pembrey Country Park, totalling £1.5 m, is also a really positive development,” she said. “I’ve long felt that this brilliant community asset is underused and undermarketed. There is huge potential for direct jobs in tourism, and for spin offs into creating new jobs in related businesses.”

Plaid Cymru has promised that some of the money will be spent on services for the elderly and disabled and Ms Jones said that she was heartened by their inclusion when it came to the lion’s share of the money available. She said: “It’s important too not to overlook the investment in services to support our elderly and disabled fellow citizens. “The £10 m investment in disabled facilities grants will enable disabled people to live independently and with dignity where they choose to live and support elderly people in staying in their own homes in their own communities. “We know that good quality care placements are in desperately short supply, and the £12.5 m to be invested in a new care home in Llanelli is an important step towards addressing this. It’s great to see a local authority investing in care, not just leaving it to the private sector. Both these initiatives will make a huge difference to some of the residents of our county most in need of support, and I’m very glad to see a Plaid led Council prioritising their needs.”

“With the cuts agenda still being forced on Wales there is no doubt that local authorities in Wales will continue to face some tough decisions. We will find out next week exactly what cuts Carmarthenshire will face next. These will not be easy times. But these investments show what a Plaid led team can deliver for our County, investing in the future even in these hard times. Wales needs a Plaid team in Cardiff Bay after next May, ready to show vision and ambition for our whole nation.”

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Public Services Board seeks views to improve local well-being

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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 (gov.wales)

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

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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 llanlva2009@aol.com.

While community organisations are to contact Llanelli Town Council at enquiries@llanellitowncouncil.gov.uk.

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

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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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