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Carmarthenshire secures almost £3million from UK Gov to invest in local people, places and businesses

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Carmarthenshire County Council has secured almost £3million of funding to support a range of projects that will help more people into employment, invest in local businesses and communities and boost the skills of local people.

The council was successful in 12 out of its 13 bids to the UK Government’s Community Renewal Fund, which has brought a £2.94million boost to the local economy.

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The Government said the investment will help improve everyday life for people, places, businesses and communities across the UK.

In Carmarthenshire, the funding will support a range of projects that will support the regeneration of town centres; invest and support local people to launch new businesses; help people gain skills and confidence to apply for jobs, and help the self-employed to market and grow their businesses.

A number of projects will also enhance the county’s cultural identity by digitising its history and encouraging the use of the Welsh language in business.

Many of the projects will be delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council and others will be delivered by a range of public sector partners, charities and local organisations.

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This is another big funding announcement for Carmarthenshire and great news for 12 different projects that will focus on supporting people and communities to thrive.

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“Last week we announced our success in bringing £36million to Carmarthenshire from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund. Now we have secured a further £2.9million from the Government’s Community Renewal Fund.

“This is significant money that will boost Carmarthenshire’s economy and improve the lives of local people.

“It is excellent news – I want to thank our economic development team for their hard work in securing this funding, and to every business and organisation that came to us with fantastic ideas for supporting Carmarthenshire’s growth.”

The council, advised by the Carmarthenshire Public Services Board, assessed a number of ideas brought forward by businesses and organisations earlier this year.

Those with the greatest potential to deliver against key priorities to help the county recover from the pandemic were given priority.

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As part of its economic recovery plan, the council is focusing on safeguarding existing businesses, supporting new start-ups and growing businesses; protecting jobs and helping people gain skills for current and future jobs; and investing in Carmarthenshire’s strategic growth areas, town centres, the rural economy and deprived communities.

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The 12 Carmarthenshire projects that will be supported by the UK Community Renewal Fund

Business Skills Bank Sir Gar (delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council)

Offering self-employed and micro enterprises the opportunity to develop an entrepreneurial, innovative culture by supporting them to access specialist skills, increase their performance and become more resilient and competitive in their marketplace.

Carmarthenshire Towns Recovery and Growth Pilot (delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council)

A suite of pilot activities delivered to develop and support Carmarthenshire’s 10 rural market towns and three primary towns as they recover from the pandemic.

Carmarthenshire’s Old Towns – Their Past, Present and Potential (delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council)

Improving sense of place and supporting sustainable regeneration in Carmarthen, Llanelli and Newcastle Emlyn. It will contribute to the development of small-medium businesses, with practical skills training and expanding the local knowledge base.

Digging Beneath the Surface – Archives, Archaeology and Access in Carmarthenshire (delivered by The National Trust)

A project to discover, digitise and disseminate the rich and varied history of Carmarthenshire’s internationally important heritage sites at the Dolaucothi and Dinefwr estates.

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CYCA Dragons – Opportunity to Thrive (delivered by CYCA – Connecting Youth, Children and Adults)

Helping beneficiaries with business ideas. A panel of judges will convene monthly to hear business pitches from entrants with four finalists and two winners selected each month and given a start-up package of investment and tailored support. Individuals not ready for self-employment will have access to training and mentoring.

Enterprise Carmarthenshire (delivered by Business in Focus)

A pilot to support people into self-employment, building skills and confidence. Investing in digital, employability and entrepreneurial skills, and supporting newly established microbusinesses.

Llanelli Town Centre Ambassador and Delivery Service Project (delivered by Llanelli BID in partnership with Llanelli Town Council and Carmarthenshire County Council)

Ambassadors will be appointed to welcome and signpost visitors and residents to services and attractions across the town centre. An electric cargo bike product delivery scheme will also be piloted with local businesses. A community fund will be available for emerging initiatives. 

Rapid Skills Shortage Response (delivered by Coleg Sir Gâr)

A collaborative education and industry led project to address immediate and medium-term skills gaps in the hospitality and construction sectors, supporting the employment markets for local businesses and communities, supporting unemployed people into employment, and up-skilling people to realise their potential.

Regenerating Llanelli (delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council)

Complementing key projects and enhancing the regeneration of the Llanelli area – planning and mapping out a suite of ambitious, innovative, and transformational projects.

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Revitalise Rhydaman (delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council)

Building on Ammanford’s recovery plan to deliver four projects that will enable the town to harness solutions that will build a stronger, locally focussed and more resilient town.

Supporting the Welsh Language in Business and Communities (delivered by Carmarthenshire County Council)

A pilot project delivering key activities to encourage businesses and community organisations to use the Welsh language.

The Life You Want (delivered by Threshold DAS)

Supporting individuals to learn new skills, update existing skills, or find a new direction. The project will also offer in-depth support with job searches and living skills.

(Lead image: Geograph)

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Driver jailed for head-on crash that caused life-changing injuries

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A driver who caused a head-on collision with a car being driven by a pregnant woman told police officers at the scene he had drunk 13 cans of strong lager the night before.

Rhodri Rees, aged 36, of Llandysul, admitted his drinking had gone into the early hours before he got behind the wheel and caused the crash on the A476 in Llannon, near Llanelli, by overtaking another car on a bend at around 7.40am on December 11, 2020.

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The severe impact meant both drivers were trapped in their cars and had to be cut free by firefighters.

Thankfully the baby was unharmed in the collision, however, its mother suffered serious, life-changing injuries. She had a number of operations to repair the damage and was unable to walk for a year and still suffers the effects of the accident today.

Dyfed-Powys Police Sgt Nicholas Brookes said: “When Rees was spoken to by our officers at the scene he told them he had drunk 13 cans of Stella Artois and that he had gone to bed after midnight.

“He failed a breath test at the scene and was arrested on suspicion of drink driving before being allowed to go to hospital for treatment.”

The following day he was interviewed at Carmarthen Police Station where he told officers he had consumed eight or nine cans of Foster’s before going to bed around 2am, before getting up at around 6.45am and setting off.

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A sample of blood was taken just before 1pm on December 11 showed Rees had 39mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood – the legal limit being 80. A blood alcohol expert had calculated that at the time of the collision the level of alcohol would have been no less than 113mg and more likely 129mg.

PS Brookes added: “This was a serious case that could have been so much worse.

“Rees admitted drinking a considerable amount of alcohol and getting little sleep before getting behind the wheel. He was lucky no-one was killed.

“I would like to commend the officer in the case, PC Benjamin Stevenson, who conducted a thorough and meticulous investigation for the offence of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.”

On Tuesday, 17th May, Rees appeared before Swansea Crown Court, having pleaded guilty at a previous hearing, and was sentenced to 18-months in prison.

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He was also disqualified from driving for three years and 9 months, with a requirement for an extended test to regain his license.

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Former Llanelli rugby star hopes to be victorious at The Oval

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After enjoying his fair share of success as a rugby player and team manager Anthony Buchanan now hopes to win big as an author.

The former Llanelli and Wales star has been shortlisted for The Sunday Times Rugby Book of the Year 2022 award following the publication of his biography, The Buck Props Here.

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His unique rugby journey didn’t begin until the age of 22, when he chose to turn his back on a highly promising career in football as a goalkeeper, but led to playing for Llanelli and representing Wales in the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987.

On retirement he became an administrator and helped transform the Scarlets into a European powerhouse before serving on the International Rugby Board and overseeing the selection of referees at the last Rugby World Cup.

His story has been ghost written by former Evening Post reporter, Geraint Thomas, who notches up a unique hat trick of nominations having previously been shortlisted – in what is seen as the Oscars of sports books – after ghost writing Glenn Webbe: The Gloves Are Off (2020) the biography of the former Bridgend and Wales wing, and Terry Davies: Wales’s First Superstar Fullback (2017) alongside the former Llanelli, Wales and Lions star.

Former Evening Post reporter, Geraint Thomas who has ghostwritten Anthony’s biography

The pair, who are up against former Wales centre Jamie Roberts, Irish stars Keith Earls and Willie Anderson, as well as This is Your Everest: The Lions, The Springboks and the Epic Tour of 1997, and The Flying Prince: Alexander Obolensky, will attend a gala dinner in The Oval cricket ground London on Thursday to find out if they have won.

There will be further Welsh representation on the evening with Alun Wyn Jones on the shortlist for Autobiography of the Year 2022.

Buchanan, who is donating his share of the book’s royalties to securing the rugby pitch in Ystradgynlais for future generations, said: “I feel humbled to be in the running for the best rugby book in Great Britain and Ireland, but my story is not just about an individual, it encompasses the momentous shift in Welsh rugby, from the old amateur days to the introduction of European rugby, professionalism and the regions.

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“I would like to thank Geraint Thomas for encouraging me to tell my story in the first place and for weaving all that has happened into such a compelling narrative. He’s done such a wonderful job. So many people, who have read it, have contacted me to say how much they enjoyed it – and they weren’t all Scarlets supporters!”

Thomas, who trained as a magazine journalist in Cardiff University’s School of Journalism and went on to complete an MA in Creative and Media Writing at Swansea University, said: “To be shortlisted for a third time obviously feels great and, I guess, is quite an achievement, not just for me but also my publisher Y Lolfa, who have always shown faith in me.”

Thomas, who had a spell playing for Bridgend in the early 1990s, added: “It helped that I played in the same era as Bucks and have a good knowledge of the Welsh rugby landscape. But what really makes the book so enjoyable is the how Buck has recalled the banter and humour which used to be the real reason we played the game.

“People ask me which is my favourite book, but, to be honest, I really enjoyed working on all three. Writing a book is a bit like having children only the hard work comes first and then you experience the pleasure of seeing them enter the world – and if they are popular that’s even better!”

The Sunday Times Book Awards take place on Thursday 27 May 2022

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New car parking for Burry Port Harbour

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Carmarthenshire Council have announced plans to improve car parking at Burry Port Harbour.

The council say the move will see underused land transformed into an additional accessible parking zone with around 100 plus spaces on the East side of the harbour, with existing surfaces and spaces also upgraded.

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Disabled parking bays will be given prime location with panoramic views and there will be charging facilities for E-bikes which will enhance cycling and environmental provision.

Motorhomes will also have access to some bays during the day, around the Harbour area, with plans and funding bids for a bespoke developments along the wider coastline also in the pipeline.

The car park will have a new sustainable drainage system with upgraded surface dressing which will enable all year around usage.

The project is jointly funded by the council and Welsh Government’s Brilliant Basic scheme.

Carmarthenshire County Council Head of Leisure, Ian Jones said: “Currently the surface area of the car park to the East of the Harbour is loose gravel that is easily potholed and flooded regularly, so this improvement will offer a more modern, sustainable and attractive car park for our visitors to enjoy. It will also complement the existing car parks in the harbour and along the Carmarthenshire coastline.”

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The council say this is the latest in a long line of investments totalling £2m to maintain and restore the historic harbour and one of the county’s most loved and well visited beauty spots.

Restoration of the Grade II listed harbour walls has been undertaken and completed under the guidance of CADW.

Carmarthenshire Council add this investment compliments funding made over previous years which saw the council invest in new pontoons, along with maintenance and upgrades to the harbour railings and bridge.

A local operator has taken over the lease and opened a cafe and public toilets on the east side of Harbour, and the refurbishment of the old RNLI harbour office has started by The Marine Group (TMG) to create a harbour-side coffee house.

New pay and display facilities have been installed to support parking control ahead of a wider multi-million regeneration plan that will transform the harbour with a mix of housing, commercial and leisure space covering around 13 acres of prime development site.

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Welsh Government Economy Minister, Vaughan Gething, said:“We are very aware of the important part that local tourism amenities have on someone’s overall experience when on a day trip or on holiday.

“These facilities often go unnoticed, but they are an important part of people’s experiences when they visit Wales, while also benefit those who live in the area. The £2.9m in new funding for the Brilliant Basics fund will go to projects which will help us make our destinations more accessible and more sustainable, and to grow tourism for the good of Wales.”

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