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Ambitious plans to build 900 new council homes moves forward



PLANS to build 900 new council homes in Carmarthenshire have taken another major step forward following approval from the county council’s Executive Board.

Cllr Linda Evans, Executive Board Member for Housing, told colleagues today (Monday July 29, 2019) that funding is already in place to build a third of the planned homes within the next three years, making Carmarthenshire the first and only local authority in Wales with such wide-scale plans for investment in social housing – the biggest since the 1970s.

Once complete, the scheme will return Carmarthenshire County Council’s housing stock to levels last seen in the 1990s, and is in addition to the council’s commitment to create an additional 1,000 affordable homes in the county by 2021.

Following Executive Board approval, and depending on approval from Full Council at its September meeting, the council will waste no time in building the new council homes in areas of most need – many of those in rural areas which has lacked available social housing for many years.
£53million is already in place to build the first 300 homes.

Welcoming the plan, council Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole said Welsh Government Minister Julie James has applauded the authority’s innovation, ambition and ability to deliver the scheme, which puts Carmarthenshire at the forefront of council home investment in Wales.

“We are very proud that we are building homes for our people, people who are waiting for these homes,” he said.

Cllr Evans, setting out the report at Executive Board, said: “This builds on our commitment back in 2016 to create an additional 1,000 affordable homes by 2021. Our original plan used a range of ways to ensure that there are affordable homes within the county – for example buying homes from the open market, bringing empty homes back into use, renting houses through Simple Lettings, using Section 106 agreements, and by working with partners.

“Within the first three years, we have managed to ensure that there are 700 more affordable homes in the county, and I’m completely confident that we will reach our target by 2021.

“This adds to the original 1,000 – 900 new council homes – nothing similar to this has been achieved since the 1970s. I am ensuring that the homes we have in the county are put back to the levels we had in the 1990s.

“We will be supporting the regeneration priorities of the county as well – what’s important is that we concentrate on the need and deliver suitable housing.

“The programme is a very exciting and challenging one but by developing this plan we will have new homes of the highest standard in areas of most need. We will be contributing to the health and wellbeing of people, helping the local economy, and creating jobs for local people.”

Cllr Cefin Campbell, Executive Board Member responsible for rural affairs, added: “This is one of the most exciting and important plans that we have started as an administration. It shows our commitment to ensuring that houses are available to those that are most in need and to those who can’t move in to the housing market because of high prices.

“It’s amazing that we have committed to creating 1,000 affordable homes and 900 council homes – no other county in Wales is doing what we are doing.

“Many of these affordable homes and council homes will be in rural areas which will help to keep families in rural areas.”

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Cruise Culture returns to Carmarthen this Sunday



WALES’ biggest modified and performance car show is returning to the Carmarthen Showground this Sunday, August 25.

Cruise Culture is a static car show with modified, performance, classic and standard cars. The annual show attracts thousands of visitors each year.

On Sunday August 25, the ultimate indoor show hall will have some of the best modified cars from all over the UK on display, as well as an outdoor show and shine section.

Growing year on year, Cruise Culture now welcomes over 40 club stands. The entertainment stage will have DJs playing all day. Competitions throughout the day will include: Club of the Show; Car of the Show; Show and Shine Winner; Best Club Stand Car; Best Show Hall Car; Best Wheels of the Show and Best Install.

Prizes and awards will be handed out for each of the various competitions. There will also be inflatables and fair attractions, meaning Cruise Culture is a great family day out.

There will be a wide variety of food stalls, not just burger vans but hog roasts, BBQ, pizza and much more. The Jamie Squibb Freestyle Motocross Stunt Show will also take place, as the team of riders perform breathtaking jumps and stunts.

Pre-sale tickets have now ended. Tickets are now only available at the gate. Gate price is £7 per person. Under 12’s get in free.

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Rubbish dumped in lane lands woman in court



DUMPING a rubbish bag containing a kitchen mop, a children’s scooter and wood has cost one Kidwelly woman nearly £400.

Sarah Louise Leach-Davies was ordered by Llanelli magistrates to pay the costs after the blue recycling bag belonging to her was found by council enforcement officers in a lane behind her home in Parc Pendre in March this year.

The 32-year-old had already received two previous warnings and a Fixed Penalty Notice for depositing other unsuitable waste in the lane including glass, shoes and a wooden table top.

Leach-Davies was also given a recycling calendar and easy recycling guide following the first incident, but still continued to bag and dump rubbish unsuitable for kerbside collection.

A second FPN was issued on Friday, March 1 after further waste belonging to her was again found in the lane and was unsuitable for kerbside collection.

The notice remained unpaid and the case taken to court by Carmarthenshire County Council.

Leach-Davies did not turn up to court. She was fined £150 in her absence, and must pay £271.21 costs and £30 Victim Surcharge.

The council’s executive board member for public protection, Cllr Phillip Hughes said: “This was a blatant act of total disregard for the environment. It was the third occasion that this woman has been caught dumping rubbish in her lane. She was also well aware of what acceptable waste for kerbside collection was, and what was unacceptable. There are no excuses for what she was doing and we will continue to take action on anyone caught abandoning rubbish illegally in Carmarthenshire.”

If you see someone littering, fly-tipping or abandoning waste you can report it online at (recycling, bins and litter section) or call 01267 234567 during office hours.

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More litter louts left out of pocket



MORE people have been left out of pocket after carelessly or purposely littering our county.

During July 2019, Carmarthenshire County Council enforcement officers handed out more than £1,600 in fixed penalty notices (FPNs).

They were for a range of offences, including larger fines for the worst fly-tipping offences, for failing to clear dog poo and littering at community recycling sites.

· Two £300 FPNs (£600 total) were issued to a Llanelli business owner who tried to dispose of his business waste at the Llanelli Household Waste Recycling Centre. He was also issued with notices requiring him to produce relevant documentation allowing him to transport waste, but he failed to do so within the specified time

· A £350 FPN was issued to a Llanelli resident for dumping several black refuse bags on the ground at a recycling facility in Dylan, Llwynhendy

· A £300 FPN was issued to a Llanelli resident for failing to check that man he’d paid to remove his waste was licenced and authorised to transport waste. The waste was illegally dumped in the Penygraig area of Llanelli. Enforcement officers are still trying to track the illegal waste carrier

· A £100 FPN was issued to a Carmarthen town centre resident for breaching a Section 46 notice requiring her to properly manage the waste she puts out for collection

· A £100 FPN was issued to a Llanelli man for failing to pick up his dog’s poo. He was reported by a member of the public and was tracked down by officers

· A £75 FPN was issued to a Llanelli woman for leaving a black refuse bag on the ground at Cefncaeau recycling facility

· A £75 FPN was issued to a Llanelli resident for a leaving a cardboard box on the ground at Cefncaeau recycling facility

· A £75 FPN was issued to a man for fly-posting in Carmarthen town centre

Cllr Philip Hughes, Executive Board Member for enforcement, said: “There is absolutely no excuse for littering. There are plenty of waste disposal facilities, including weekly kerbside collections, community recycling sites, business waste collections and household waste recycling centres.

“People know it is wrong to litter, or not pick up after their dog, yet there are those who clearly have no regard for our environment and prefer someone else to pick up after them.

“It is simply not acceptable. We all have a part to play in keeping Carmarthenshire clean.”

Residents are reminded to put their waste and recycling out for collection after 6pm on the evening before their collection day, and to ensure they carry out their duty of care by checking they are using a licensed waste carrier to take away any waste on their behalf.

People using community recycling sites are reminded that they should not leave items on the ground, and are asked to report full containers to the council.

Anyone who has witnessed a littering or dog fouling incident, or has information about fly-tipping offences, can contact the council online 24/7 at or during office hours on 01267 234567.

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