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Llangadog: Permission granted for chicken barn



FOLLOWING a site visit today (May 31) Carmarthenshire County Council’s Planning Committee voted 18-2 to grant permission for a 32,000 hen free-range chicken barn near Llangadog.

An earlier application at Godre Garreg farm was refused over concerns about the barn’s location, and a revised plan put before the committee a fortnight ago. Following a site visit, councillors discussed the plans, which Planning Officer Graham Noakes noted had received a total of 88 letters of objection, and 34 of support, along with a 1,300 signature petition opposing the development.

Mr Noakes told the committee that following a thorough consultation and publicity process, none of the statutory consultees objected to the development, subject to a total of 33 conditions, and recommended the revised plans for approval.

However, local objectors Martin Banner and Dai Dyer addressed the committee, citing concerns about highway safety, increased traffic and the impact on Llangadog’s heritage. Other points of objection included the ‘inappropriate’ scale of the building and potential impacts on the health and amenity of local residents and the Afon Twyi SAC.

However, speaking on behalf of the applicants, Gail Lewis noted that the nearest properties were either owned by the applicant or people who supported the application. She added that the applicants would be expected to follow a ‘number of lengthy and detailed conditions’ should permission be granted.

Cllr Ken Lloyd raised concerns about the impact of ammonia, referring to a recent speech made by UK Agriculture Minister Michael Gove who said that farms should be seeking to reduce ammonia production.

However, many of the committee saw the project as an example of diversification in an attempt to make the farm sustainable for the future. Cllr Eirwyn Williams noted that the major industry in this part of the Tywi Valley was agriculture, and Cllr Joseph Davies remarked that the extra (52) vehicles visiting the site each year would be fewer than were on the roads when there were ‘twice as many dairy farms’.

Other committee members, including Cllrs Kevin Madge and Gareth Thomas, explained that they objected to the original site but felt that the applicant had complied with the committee’s views following the October meeting.


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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Three seriously injured in A40 crash



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is appealing for information about a collision which resulted in serious injuries.

The collision which happened on Sunday afternoon (Jan 13) involved a silver Ford Fiesta and a Silver BMW 120 and at approximately 4pm on the A40 between Pont-y-fenny and Whitland roundabout.

The Silver Fiesta was travelling towards Whitland and the BMW was travelling towards Carmarthen.

A 67-year-old woman has been taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

A 71-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were also taken to hospital suffering serious injuries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision, or was driving along the road around the time or with dash cam footage, is asked to contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit by calling 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, please text 07811311908. Please quote reference DP-20190113-199.

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