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Major step forward for landmark multi-million pound Llanelli

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Artists impression of Pentre Awel (Image: Carmarthenshire Council)

A multi-million-pound project earmarked for Llanelli that features a state-of-the-art new leisure centre and swimming pool combined with new health and educational facilities has taken a major step forward.

The scheme – now called Pentre Awel – has been approved by the Swansea Bay City Deal’s Joint Committee.

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This follows the project’s approval by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board and unanimous sign-off at Full Council.

Proposed for an 83-acre site at Delta Lakes on Llanelli’s coastline, Pentre Awel will be the first development of its scope and size in Wales.

Artists impression of Pentre Awel (Image: Carmarthenshire Council)

Pentre Awel will provide public, academic, business and health facilities all on one site to boost employment, education, leisure provision, health research and delivery, and skills and training.

The project is planned to include integrated care and physical rehabilitation facilities to enable the testing and piloting of life science technologies aimed at enhancing independent and assisted living.

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The council-run leisure centre element of the project will feature a cutting-edge gym, a 25-metre swimming pool, a learner pool and an indoor play area.

Artists impression of Pentre Awel (Image: Carmarthenshire Council)
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Worth millions of pounds to the local economy, Pentre Awel will also create a wide range of employment opportunities across the Swansea Bay City Region as whole.

Pentre Awel is being delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council in partnership with Hywel Dda University Health Board, Universities and Colleges.

The council is working with community partners to ensure the project accommodates the work, health and care needs identified and prioritised by local residents through extensive consultation.

Pentre Awel is due to be part-funded by the £1.3 billion Swansea Bay City Deal, with a total of £40 million being sought for the project.

Artists impression of Pentre Awel (Image: Carmarthenshire Council)

Following approval at Joint Committee, the project’s business case will now be submitted to the UK Government and Welsh Government for final sign-off.

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Carmarthenshire County Council Leader, said: “Pentre Awel is an exciting landmark project – not just for Llanelli and Carmarthenshire, but for the Swansea Bay City Region as a whole because of the high-quality job opportunities and economic boost it will generate, helping attract even more future investment.

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“With world-class leisure, business, assisted living and health facilities on one site, it’s a project that will deliver for local people, while putting Llanelli and Carmarthenshire on the map as a global example of best practice for life science and well-being excellence.

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“The importance and relevance of this project has been further reinforced through the Covid-19 emergency. It will help address skills shortages in health and care, while also capitalising on digital advances in delivering healthcare at home or in the community.

“We are totally committed to delivering this project, which will now be submitted to the UK Government and Welsh Government for final sign-off following its approval at Joint Committee.”

Artists impression of Pentre Awel (Image: Carmarthenshire Council)
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The Pentre Awel project will also include a skills centre focussing on health and care training, along with a clinical delivery centre to deliver multi-disciplinary care closer to home.

Assisted living accommodation will also feature, along with a nursing home, a hotel, expansion space for businesses, and elements of both open market and social and affordable housing. Landscaped outdoor spaces for recreation on site will benefit from spectacular views across the Loughor Estuary and Carmarthen Bay.


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Parents pay tribute to 6 month old girl killed in Llanelli horror drunk driver crash

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The parents of a six-month-old baby killed in a collision in Llanelli on Friday (8 October) have paid tribute to their “perfect baby girl” who they say was “a gift from God”.

Eva Maria Nichifor died following a collision involving a blue 3 series BMW and a blue Vauxhall Vectra at the Heol Goffa crossroads in Llanelli at around 9pm.

Eva Maria’s parents Florin and Carmen, who originate from Romania, but now live in Llanelli, issued a tribute in English and Romanian.

“We are distraught by our loss. Eva Maria, only six months old, will be missed by us all.

“She was our miracle, our perfect baby girl, a gift from God. She will always be in our hearts.

“We would like to thank everyone for their support at this horrific time. It has meant so much to the whole family.

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“We would now like time to grieve and would ask to be given privacy in which to do so.”

Suntem foarte supărați pentru pierderea noastră. Eva Maria, avea doar 6 luni si cu toții ii vom simți lipsa.

Ea a fost minunea noastră, un copil perfect și un dar dat de Dumnezeu. Va fi in inimile noastre pentru totdeauna.

“Va mulțumim tuturor pentru susținerea voastră in aceste vremuri dificile, înseamnă foarte mult pentru noi.

“Am vrea acum puțin timp sa ne adunam in liniște alături de familia noastră.

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A woman has been charged with causing Eva Maria’s death by dangerous driving.

Lucy Dyer, aged 23, of Heulwen Terrace, Llanelli, was remanded in custody following the court hearing at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Monday (11 October). 

She is due appear before Swansea Crown Court on Friday, 12 November.  She was also charged with drink-driving.

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Drink driving woman charged after child killed in Llanelli road traffic accident

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23 year-old Lucy Dyer, of Heulwen Terrace, Llanelli was charged with causing death by dangerous driving after a child was killed in a road traffic accident.

The collision between a blue 3 series BMW and a blue Vauxhall Vectra occurred at around 9pm on Friday (8 October) on the junction of Heol Goffa and Corporation Avenue in Llanelli.

A child travelling in a different vehicle to Dyer sadly died of their injuries. Specialist police officers are providing support to the family of the child.

There were no other casualties.

Dyer was arrested at the scene and also charged with drink driving. She remains in Police custody.

Dyfed Powys Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision, or who may have dashcam footage to contact them.

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New Cancer Rapid Diagnosis Clinic open in Llanelli’s Prince Philip Hospital

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People who visit their GP with non-specific but concerning symptoms could be referred into a new clinic that aims to detect those who may have cancer.

A Rapid Diagnosis Clinic (RDC) will be launched on October 6th at Prince Philip Hospital, Llanelli, where patients from across Carmarthenshire, Pembrokeshire and Ceredigion will be seen in this clinic.

The plan is to develop further RDCs at sites across the health board.

Patients attending the RDC will be seen by a Doctor and undergo further investigations of their symptoms. Patients will leave the clinic either with results and a likely diagnosis, a plan for further investigations or reassurance if the results are normal.

Dr Sion James, Deputy Medical Director for Primary Care and Community Services at Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “The RDC provides an opportunity to promptly review and investigate those patients in whom it can be challenging to make a diagnosis. Additionally, it will reassure patients quickly if their results showed no evidence of cancer.”

GPs will arrange for the patients to have blood tests prior to their attendance at the clinic. Patients will be contacted via telephone by the RDC staff and supported in preparing for the clinic.

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Gina Beard, Lead Cancer Nurse at Hywel Dda UHB said: “The RDC is an exciting development that will be essential in improving cancer outcomes. Previously, when symptoms have been vague, patients may have experienced referral to several different services before receiving a diagnosis.

“The RDC will address this, delivering an efficient and person-centred diagnostic experience for patients who will be supported through this pathway by a Clinical Nurse Specialist.”

The RDC team aims to see patients within one week of referral from their GP.

The Chair of Hywel Dda UHB, Maria Battle said: “The past 18 months have been extremely challenging and have caused many problems in detecting early stage cancer in patients. It has caused a backlog in patients waiting to access care for cancer and in extreme circumstances has meant detecting late stage cancer in some.”

“In light of this, the Rapid Diagnosis Clinic will be a break-through in helping patients with non-specific symptoms get the attention and care that they need promptly and efficiently. As we move forward from the hardship that the pandemic has brought us all, it will greatly improve patient care and preservation of life in this patient group.”

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