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Tour of Britain – key viewing points



TODAY the Tour of Britain’s Grand Depart at Pembrey Country Park excitement is racing through the county.

Local communities have gone above and beyond to celebrate the biggest professional cycling race coming to Carmarthenshire on September 2 for the first time from decorating their villages with bunting to organising a day of activities for all the family.

Spectators are expected to come from far and wide to follow the world famous cyclists which includes the Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas and his Sky team mate, Chris Froome. There will be several great viewing points across the county which includes Pembrey Country Park, Carmarthen and Llandovery.

Pembrey are holding a ‘festival of cycling’ which begins on Saturday September 1.

There will be cycling activities throughout the weekend for all ages and an opportunity for everyone to join in the land art activity with live music performed in the evening on the sage. Pembrey Country Park have their very own ‘Gwair Geraint’ which is an ideal spot to watch the race travel through the county on the big screen.

County Hall Carmarthen will be another key viewing point for spectators with plenty of opportunities to grab a selfie with the big green bike. Radio Carmarthenshire will be broadcasting live form County Hall along with activities such as crazy golf, face painting, and Carmarthen castle tours.

There won’t be parking charges at any Carmarthenshire County Council car park that is on the Tour of Britain route, except for County Hall as it will be used as a viewing point.

Llandovery are holding a family fun day that includes road and cycling safety activities, general stalls in Market Square, bicycle competitions, choir and band performances.

There will be a children’s competition for the best decorated and painted bike and a display of vintage bicycles.

Kidwelly, Llanarthne, Ffairfach and Bethlehem communities have prepared events for the Tour of Britain and details of these events are on the Discover Carmarthenshire website.

Cllr Peter Hughes Griffiths, executive board member for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “This is a very exciting time for Carmarthenshire as we welcome the Tour of Britain for the first time. It has been great to see the local communities pulling together and preparing the warmest of welcome.”

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Carmarthen: Police appeal following death of 31-year-old Harry Lloyd



THE INVESTIGATION is continuing into the death of 31-year-old Harry Lloyd who had suffered serious injuries at Francis Terrace, Carmarthen and later died at hospital.

There is still a police presence at the property and enquiries being made in the local area.

We were called to an incident at an address in Francis Terrace, Carmarthen at around 9.50am on Wednesday, February 20.

Enquiries are on-going to establish the cause of death.

A 28-year-old-woman arrested on suspicion of GBH remains in police custody.

Here’s a tribute from Harry’s family: “We are absolutely devastated by the loss of our son, brother, nephew, cousin and friend.

“Harry was a very popular, beautiful, gentle soul who will be missed.

“Please allow us to grieve this terrible loss in private.”

The police have asked that anyone with information that can help officers with their investigation is asked to report it by phoning 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired text the non-emergency number: 07811 311 908. Use reference: DP-20190220-098

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Care home told staff not to speak Welsh



THERE is an investigation taking place after it was revealed that a care home had warned members of staff about speaking Welsh.

Isfryn in Ystradgynlais has Approved Headway Provider status and provides rehabilitation and support for individuals with an acquired brain injury. It has been revealed that staff were told that it would be unacceptable if clients heard employees conversing in a language they did not understand. The Accomplish Group, which runs Isfryn, has announced that it was reviewing the issue.

The Welsh Language Commissioner, Meri Huws said: “If two or more people wish to speak or write to each other in Welsh in Wales, they have the freedom to do so, in accordance with the Welsh Language (Wales) Measure 2011.

“If someone, such as an employer, tells them that that they should not continue to use the Welsh language, they are possibly interfering with that freedom. The Welsh Language Measure gives me as Commissioner statutory powers to investigate such cases.

“From the evidence I have seen today, it appears there may be an interference with staff’s freedom to use Welsh at Isfryn, Accomplish. I will be contacting the organisation to gather more information in order to understand the situation fully. I would also like to encourage anyone affected to get in touch with my office to enable us to investigate the matter fully.”

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Plans to partially re-open Cwmduad road following landslide



CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council’s highways team hopes to partially re-open the A484 at Cwmduad in March, following extensive work to clear and make the area safe after a landslide.

The council has been leading a highly complex operation to clear the highway and stabilise the land since October, when the landslide tragically claimed the life of a young man.

Works are progressing well, and providing things continue to go to plan, the council hopes to re-open a single lane on March 18.

To date, the operation has involved extensive clearance and reinstatement of land off the highway, with the creation of a 10 metre buffer zone; construction of a ramp from the highway to the river, to aid the recovery of lorry that was swept in with the force of the landslide; and clearance of silt from the highway.

Work currently underway includes the construction of highway support and reinstatement of the bank to the east of the highway, as well as highway drainage clearance and reinstatement.

The final stage of works – which will take place alongside the single carriageway opening – will involve rebuilding a parapet wall alongside the highway, before the road can be fully re-opened.

Ruth Mullen, Director of Environment for Carmarthenshire County Council, said: “We are pleased that works have progressed well, and we can now plan for the partial re-opening of the road.

“We are grateful for the support from the community during a prolonged and difficult period. It has been a complex project and we have continued to be mindful of the sensitivities both locally and within the community where one person tragically lost their life.

“Whilst we have worked at pace to enable the highway to be reopened as quickly as possible, the safety of the public has always been our primary focus.”

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