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Still time to nominate county’s businesses for top tourism awards



THERE’S still time to ensure Carmarthenshire and its tourism businesses are recognised in this year’s National Tourism Awards for Wales held in March.

The awards are an excellent showcase for national and international exposure and whilst Carmarthenshire will be competing in the awards in the ‘Best Destination’ category, Carmarthenshire County Council is also encouraging people to nominate their favourite tourism business, activity, and accommodation providers in the county in one of the other categories, which include best hotel and best place to eat.

Hosted by Visit Wales, the awards celebrate the best of Wales’ tourism – showcasing tourism businesses and the industry’s achievements.

Carmarthenshire County Council offers a wide range of support to the county’s tourism industry through promotional campaigns, tourism seminars, its new event organiser circle as well as hosting the Discover Carmarthenshire website. It also works closely with the Welsh Government’s Visit Wales team to ensure Carmarthenshire features in its tourism promotions.

The value of tourism in Carmarthenshire increases every year, and is now worth £370million to the local economy, a 2.7% rise in 2016 compared to the previous year. The number of visitors staying in our hotels, bed and breakfasts, self-catering and tourism caravan sites also rose by 3.6 per cent in 2016 contributing £260million, and those who visited and stayed with friends or family contributed over £40million during the year.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, Executive Board Member for Sport, Culture and Tourism, said: “This is an excellent opportunity to gain National and International exposure for businesses operating in one of our largest economic sectors. I’d like to encourage as many Carmarthenshire nominations as possible.”

Categories for the awards include:

  • Best Hotel
  • Best Bed & Breakfast
  • Best Self-Catering
  • Best Caravan, Camping or Glamping
  • Best Attraction
  • Best Activity
  • Best Event
  • Best Place to Eat
  • Best Destination
  • Young Tourism Person of the Year
  • Tourism Business Innovation Award

The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, March 8 2018 at the Celtic Manor Resort.

Businesses can nominate themselves, or individuals can nominate business they think are worthy of an award. Entry forms can be found on the Welsh Government’s business website – search for National Tourism Awards for Wales. The deadline is Friday, January 12.

Please contact Carmarthenshire County Council’s marketing and media team ( if you would like help in providing any supporting information.

Find out more and complete the form here.

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Man who breached restraining order three times jailed



A CARMARTHEN man who breached a restraining order three times within a month has been jailed.

Gary Rees, aged 47, admitted approaching a woman on December 27 and was jailed for 20 weeks.

Judge Paul Thomas told Rees, of Llys Picton, it was time for him to grow up and act his age.

Ian Ibrahim, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that in November Rees was convicted of battery previously against the woman.

Magistrates issued a restraining order banning Rees from contacting her.

But on December 8 he breached the order and was fined, and five days later he did it again and received a suspended prison sentence of eight weeks.

On December 27 he again went to her home.

Mr Ibrahim said the woman opened the door to put out some rubbish and was startled to find Rees standing there.

She knew he was drunk and told him to leave but he pushed his way in and sat on a settee.

She then called the police and Rees was arrested and held in custody.

Judge Thomas told Rees that court orders had to be abided by.

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Cold temperatures likely to lead to icy conditions



A YELLOW weather warning is in place over Wales from 10pm tonight (Jan 16) and 11am tomorrow morning (Jan 17).

As temperatures drop, there is a strong chance of ice patches causing dangerous conditions for motorists.

Icy patches developing with wintry showers also affecting some areas.

What to expect

  • Some injuries from slips and falls on icy surfaces
  • Probably some ice on some untreated roads, pavements and cycle paths
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Next stage of works to clear Cwmduad landslide



PHASE two of the works to stabilise a landslide in Cwmduad has begun following the recovery of a lorry from the river below.

Carmarthenshire County Council is leading the operation to clear the site and re-open the A484 for traffic travelling between Carmarthen and Newcastle Emlyn, following the landslide in October.

Phase one, which commenced before Christmas, created a safe zone for the recovery of a lorry that was swept in to the river during the storm.

That recovery took place earlier today (Monday, January 14, 2019).

Phase two, to permanently stabilise the embankment, involves complex drainage and geotechnical works.

The highway structure will then be assessed before any indication can be given as to when the road will re-open.

The council has thanked the community, and affected commuters, for their patience whilst site assessments and works have been underway.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are now making progress in what has been a highly complex operation and legal process between the council, partner agencies and the landowner.

“We fully appreciate the impact this has had on the community, and we wish to reiterate that we have worked without delay to undertake site investigations in the immediate aftermath of the landslide, along with clearance and construction works to make the area safe.

“We are working as quickly as we can to re-open the road as soon as possible, and would like to thank those affected most sincerely for their patience.”

Until the road is re-opened, traffic will continue to be diverted along the B4333 Carmarthen – Newcastle Emlyn.

Additional bus services remain in place:

  • A shuttle service currently runs from Cwmduad to Tycoch to catch the 460 service at 7.25am, 9.35am and 10.55am. Return journeys are at 2.25pm and 4.45pm.
  • The 460 service is currently operating on a diversion route
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