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The Air Quality Management Area

The Air Quality Management Area

PLANS to introduce air quality monitoring at three additional locations in Carmarthen were welcomed by local councillors.

A report into focussing on a recent public consultation into air quality in the town was introduced by Cllr Jim Jones, the Executive Board Member for the environment and public protection.

Cllr Jones announced that, following the consultation, it had been decided to monitor air quality at College Road, the Old St Clears Road, and Llansteffan Road.

The report recommended that an Order be issued designating the boundary of an Air Quality Management Area (AQMA) for the town, incorporating much of the shopping area and outlying main roads.

It was also proposed that a ‘Steering Group made up of all relevant stakeholders’ should be established to help develop an action plan, and that this action plan should be ‘in accordance with legislative requirements that pursue the improvement of air quality and the reduction of nitrogen dioxide levels within the AQMA.’

Data shown on the report indicated that over the past few years, nitrogen dioxide levels have dropped in the areas monitored, but in certain places, notably Priory Street, readings of above those set out in the Air Quality Objective.

Cllr Alun Lenny, one of two councillors who represent most of the area covered by the AQMA, said that the raised levels caused him some concern, though he pointed out that they were ‘only slightly’ above the norm.

He also questioned whether more could be done to direct drivers unfamiliar with the area to the bypasses rather than following satnavs through the town.

Other areas suggested where improvement could besought were the creation of another park and ride for those approaching the town from the east, and the creation of initiatives to encourage car-sharing among those who worked in the town.

Labour leader Cllr Jeff Edmunds asked if it was possible for the council to be more welcoming to the use of electric vehicles by providing charging points in their car parks, as has been done in Cornwall.

Mark James said that while the council used a fleet of around 6-8 electric vehicles based out of Parc Myrddin, no charging facilities had as yet been made available to the public, although this was something which should be looked into.

Options for the future development of additional park and ride schemes were also discussed, with reference made to a parcel of land owned by the Gwili Railway. Mr James added that the council was in discussions with the health board concerning parking around Glangwili Hospital, which he described as ‘completely unacceptable’.

One solution he suggested could be investigated was suggesting to the health board that hospital staff use the existing park and ride facilities to avoid ‘clogging up’ the car parking around the hospital, thus freeing it up for patients.

Cllr Hazel Evans, the Executive Board Member for transport confirmed that talks with the health board were under way. She also advised that park and ride facilities should be promoted for those visiting Carmarthen from the west.

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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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