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Cycle races could come to county

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Closed road track: Could be coming to Carmarthenshire

A NEW closed road cycling circuit in the county could move one step closer to becoming a reality following a report recommending that the council advertises for expressions of interest from landowners.

The report, which will be heard by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board on Monday (May 9), provides an update on the background of the proposal, and outlines the specifications required for a raceworthy circuit.

It was announced earlier this year that £500,000 was to be made available to fund this development, which is linked to the council’s aim to turn Carmarthenshire into the ‘cycling hub of Wales.’

At the time, Executive Board Member for Regeneration Meryl Gravell said: “The authority has identified £500,000 towards the development of a closed circuit cycling facility.

“We are working closely with Welsh Cycling to identify the most suitable location for the facility. A meeting is due to take place shortly.”

Welsh Cycling is the National Governing Body for cycle sport in Wales. Covering all recognized cycling disciplines: road, track, mountain bike, cyclo-cross, cycle speedway and BMX. Welsh Cycling’s strategic outcomes include ensuring every child is able to cycle; increasing the number of people able to cycle safely and achieve their personal goals; and international success for Welsh cyclists.

The report states that CCC’s cycling (and walking) strategy has three main focus areas: Development pathways; events; and infrastructure.

One of the key infrastructure needs in Wales identified by Welsh Cycling and Sport Wales as vital for further development is the creation of more ‘quality closed road circuit facilities.’

For this reason, both groups have given their backing and support to a purpose-built floodlit closed-road facility in Carmarthenshire.

The report states that funding has been agreed in the authority’s capital programme, to the tune of £500,000.

The report also states that no future running costs are anticipated for the facility, which would be ‘of British standard, and the best in Wales, if not the UK, attracting local, regional and national events, races, and training camps.’

The projected financial benefits of the proposed development feature heavily in the report, with examples including Yorkshire’s hosting of a Tour de France stage (£120m return on a £35m outlay) the 14,000 people who entered the Wales Velothon last year (paying £70 each) and the £4.1m economic boost predicted by Monmouthshire from hosting a stage of the Tour of Britain.

The benefits to the health and wellbeing of the local population are also mentioned.

The report recommends that ‘in order to manage risk and ensure best value’ the council should advertise in the ‘local press’ to ensure that there are no landowners in the county willing to base the track on their land.

A number of council-owned facilities will also be considered, though as yet no details on which ones has been provided.

It is also recommended that the council takes the lead on design and construction work, procured through the internal framework agreement, to manage risk.

Should a third-party site be chosen, the council is advised to enter into a head lease with the landowner, with an under-lease to Welsh Cycling to operate the facility. The report states that this will incur no costs for the council.

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Llandeilo gas works to begin say Wales & West Utilities

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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 Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

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

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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: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk 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 crimestoppers-uk.org.

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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out

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DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating the theft of a car from a property in Lando Road, Burry Port, which was later found burnt out in Pembrey Country Park.

Officers are appealing for witnesses to the theft of the blue Ssangyong Rexton, which took place sometime between 5pm on Friday, 11th November, and 9am on Saturday, 12th November, and would like to speak to anyone who may have information or CCTV or dashcam footage.

Anyone with information that could help officers with their investigation is asked to report it to Dyfed-Powys Police, either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk, or by calling 101. If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Quote reference: DP-20221112-109

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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