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Funding call for historic Lido



In its heyday: Brynaman Lido

In its heyday: Brynaman Lido

AN ONLINE funding appeal has been launched by a group looking to reopen an 82-year-old Brynaman landmark.

Brynaman Lido was paid for and built by miners in the 1930s, and was open every summer between 1934 and 2009.

However, in 2010 following a particularly cold winter, Carmarthenshire County Council announced that it would not be opening the pool that summer. Damage caused by the cold weather would have cost an estimated £20,000 to repair, compared to the annual budget of £3,000.

However, revised estimates carried out during the course of that year put the repair bill at £100,000, and the pool has remained closed since.

A lack of maintenance over the last six years means that the bill for returning the Lido to full working order is likely to significantly exceed the original estimates.

The Bynaman Lido Committee has launched an appeal to raise £3,000, which will be spent on feasibility studies and the necessary research required before applying for grants and funding.

The Lido Committee has already been active in showing the strength of local support for the Lido. Last year a successful open day was held, where people were encouraged to attend with their memories of the pool in its heyday.

While Carmarthenshire County Council currently retains ownership of the pool, it has previously said that it will be unable to fund the cost of repairs. In the current economic climate, a third sector organisation has increasingly become the only hope for the Lido’s future.

A similar scheme, led by Rhonda Cynon Taf Council allowed Pontypridd Lido to reopen last year, after being closed since 1991. The refurbishment of Pontypridd Lido was largely funded by the Welsh Government and Heritage Lottery money.

Phil Broadhurst, a member of the Brynaman Lido Committee, told The Herald that the eventual aim was to turn the Lido into a natural swimming pool, which would be both more environmentally friendly and easier to maintain.

Citing the success of the open day held last July, Mr Broadhurst said there was ‘massive interest’ in the project in the Brynaman area.

“There’s so much love for the pool – it’s not just nostalgia, people want to see it open again,” he added.

Referring to the history of the Lido, Mr Broadhurst said that there was still a strong sense of loyalty felt in the local community towards the volunteers who originally built it.

Acknowledging that the pool would require significant expenditure and work after six years out of use, he stressed that “we’re not telling people; give us £10 and we’ll reopen the pool.

“It will need major funding, but we need a little bit of initial funding for a feasibility study before we can apply for grants,” he added.

“It’s an interesting project, with lots of possibilities.”

Donations can be made online at:

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened



ON MONDAY, November 28, Cllr Rob Evans, Chair of Carmarthenshire County Council, unveiled a specially designed plaque to commemorate the official opening of the brand new Carmarthenshire Archives building.

The official opening was attended by year 6 pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, along with their Headteacher Mr Dylan Evans, who designed the plaque by compiling various artwork and sketches that are housed at the Archives.

Established in 1959, Carmarthenshire Archives is the local authority archive service for the County of Carmarthenshire and the new building is located at St Peter’s Street, Carmarthen. 

The service is home to our extensive collection of historic documents that date from the 13th century to the present day. The collection includes archives, maps, books, photographs, videos and sound recordings. It is the Archives’ mission to preserve and make its documents available for general study and research.

Admission to Carmarthenshire Archives is free and open to anyone who wishes to use the Council’s records. Most of its services are free, but we do charge for some extra services and help.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Gareth John commented:

“Congratulations to the pupils of Ysgol Y Dderwen, they have designed an excellent and appropriate plaque that is inspired by the treasure troves of our archives. It was wonderful to welcome them to the official opening so that they can see their work take pride of place at a building that holds great significance to us in Carmarthenshire. 

“This is a brand new and modern building that is fit to keep and protect our county’s most precious historical documents. 

“But of course, these documents are meant to be viewed and studied by school children, students, academics and anybody who has an interest in Carmarthenshire’s rich history; and this excellent facility provides the perfect space for people to come and view these treasures.”

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities



WALES & West Utilities will shortly begin work to upgrade gas pipes in Llandeilo.

Wales & West Utilities has liaised with Carmarthenshire County Council to plan the work and it has been agreed that work will commence after the town has celebrated the Festival of Senses.

The £123,000 investment scheme, which is essential to keep the gas flowing safely to heat and power local homes and businesses, will begin in New Road on 21 November. This section of work will be complete before Christmas and Wales & West Utilities will return to the town next year to undertake further work in the Crescent Road area. Barring any engineering difficulties, work in the town will be complete by the end of February next year.

Wales & West Utilities Adam Smith is managing this gas pipe upgrade work. He said: “Working with the Council, we have planned this work to accommodate the needs of the town.

“While most of the gas network is underground and out of sight, it plays a central role in the daily lives of people across Llandeilo. Whether it’s heating your home, making the family dinner or having a hot bath, we understand how important it is for your gas supply to be safe and reliable and there when you need it.

“We know that working in areas like this is not ideal, but it really is essential to make sure we keep the gas flowing to homes and businesses in the area, and to make sure the gas network is fit for the future. We’ll have a team of gas engineers on site throughout the project to make sure our work is completed as safely and as quickly as possible while keeping disruption to a minimum.

“This work is essential to keep the gas flowing to local homes and businesses today, and to make sure the gas network is ready to transport hydrogen and biomethane, so we can all play our part in a green future.”

Our Customer Service Team is ready to take your call if you have any questions about our work. You can contact them on freephone 0800 912 2999.

Alternatively, you can contact us on Twitter @WWUtilities or

Wales & West Utilities, the gas emergency and pipeline service, brings energy to 7.5m people across the south west of England and Wales. If you smell gas, or suspect the presence of carbon monoxide, call us on 0800 111 999 straight away, and our engineers will be there to help any time of day or night. Before visiting, we’ll ask you to let us know if you or anyone in your household, is experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or self-isolating. We’ll still come and help you: but our teams will take some additional precautions to keep us all safe.

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Police appeal following theft of items from Home Bargains Crosshands



OFFICERS from Dyfed Powys Police have confirmed that they are investigating the theft of items, including a Christmas Nutcracker Ornament valued at £129.99, from the Home Bargains store in Crosshands, Carmarthenshire.

The theft occurred at about 12:40pm on Tuesday, 27th September 2022.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the people in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the people are, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at:, by emailing or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DPP/2006/27/09/2022/02/C

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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