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Go ahead given for feed store



CH170616_Page_09_Image_0018A PLANNING application for an animal feed store and access route near Four Roads was granted after the developer agreed to move the proposed access route away from the village square.

However, there was still strong local opposition to the development from residents, backed up by the community council.

Following a site visit by the Planning Committee on Tuesday (Jun 7) the application was discussed in a meeting that day.

Planning Officer John Thomas introduced the report, noting that two further letters of objection had been received, in addition to the 41 mentioned in the report. One of these was from local AM Adam Price.

The application was for planning permission for the change of use of the 5,500m2 agricultural buildings on the site to form a commercial animal feed storage, mixing and distribution centre.

It was proposed that the feed would be delivered using 29 tonne articulated lorries and delivered out to farms in 19 and 29 tonne lorries. A degree of direct sale and customer pick up was also expected – something an objector to the plans later commented on.

The traffic plan stated that seven large articulated lorries and eight smaller eight wheel lorries would travel to and from the site every day, along with two third party HGVs and three employee vehicles.

Mr Thomas pointed out that as a result of concerns raised over the previous application, which was withdrawn at the end of last year, a new access road from the C2057, crossing the C2204, was proposed, and that following the matter being discussed by the planning committee this track had been realigned to provide better visibility.

In terms of the objections, Mr Thomas said that they related to a range of issues, including damage to roads caused by increased HGV traffic, doubt over whether the creation of three full-time jobs warranted the increased noise and environmental pollution, and damage to property.

It was also suggested that an industrial estate would be a more suitable location for a business of this scale.

However, Mr Thomas said that the buildings, which date back to the 80s, had a history of unauthorised use under the previous owner, and that a change of use for the currently redundant building was covered by rural diversification guidelines.

In terms of the access, he pointed out that the new main road junction had clear visibility, and was in a 40mph zone, which will also be subject to further traffic calming measures in the next financial year.

Mr Thomas also claimed that road signage would be used to stop HGVs using any other route to access the site.

“It is worth noting that if planning is not granted, the site could be used for intensive agricultural purposes, which will generate increased HGV traffic,” he added.

Objecting to the plans, local resident Andrew Stevens said that Four Roads was ‘a small rural community’ and argued that the development and the existing building were out of scale for the village.

“It is not the right place to bring 44 ton vehicles just because weak planning history has left us with this huge building on our doorstep,” he added.

Mr Stevens also questioned the visibility from the road junction, and claimed that producing feed on the site would involve rolling and mixing of grains on site.

The agent for the applicant, Osian Roberts, on the other hand, concentrated on the jobs being created and claimed that the buildings were not suited for current agricultural use.

However, he added that they could be used for agricultural purposes should planning be refused, and that the operating restrictions of 7am-7pm would not apply if this happened.

Mr Roberts also said that he was disappointed with the community council, which he claimed had said would approve the application if the road was moved, and had not done so.

Local County Councillor Tyssul Evans, a member of the Planning Committee, reiterated that he had not commented on this matter when it was raised at a community council meeting, to keep the right to express his views in this meeting.

Cllr Evans said that had the original access route still been part of the plan, he would have voted against the application. However, ‘thankfully the applicant has seen sense,’ he added, remarking that the new road was ‘a great improvement’ on the original plan.

Stating that ‘the strengths of this application outweigh the shortcomings,’ Cllr Evans pointed out that creating half a dozen jobs ‘is the equivalent of hundreds in our larger towns’.

“I could go on and on about the grave need to keep the countryside alive,” he added, and claimed that he had received far more support than objection for the plan from ‘the silent majority’.

However, Heddwyn Jones, representing the community council, said there were ‘many technical reasons’ why the application should be refused, and mentioned the large numbers of letters sent to the council opposing the development. “Local residents are concerned that their letters are not given serious consideration by officers,” he added.

“This is not a language issue, this is not about culture, this is not inmigrants against a local farmer – this is residents who are concerned about the impact on their daily life.”

Cllr Jones also said that the lorries would create noise, dust and smells until late at night, and ‘could endanger lives.’

“Lorries will be certain to use the minor road past the chapel no matter how many signs the council erect,” he added.

Concerns were raised by Cllrs Winston Lemon and Kevin Madge about a culvert, and Cllr Madge also asked for reassurances that the traffic calming work would go ahead, querying whether the developer would contribute to the cost of this. He also suggested that the operational hours of the site should be changed from 7am – 6pm on weekdays.

Cllr Tom Theophilus said that while the building was ‘very large’ the committee should remember that it was originally built for another purpose, and he was glad that the applicant had chosen to make use of the building. He added that a similar operation near Llandovery had caused no problems with noise or smell.

Responding to Cllr Madge Cllr Evans pointed out that the traffic calming plans had been ‘in the pipeline’ for around 15 years.

Mr Thomas agreed, telling the committee that the plans had been recommended for approval with the existing speed limit in place. He added that because the traffic calming plans had been in place for some time, the developer would not be asked to contribute.

Cllr Madge’s fears that the traffic calming measures might not go ahead if Britain left the EU were considered to be ‘diverging from the point’ by the Chair of the Planning Committee Cllr Alun Lenny.

However, Cllr Lenny asked whether signs advising HGV drivers that certain roads were unsuitable and not to follow their sat-navs were legally enforceable, and was told that they were ‘advisory’.

The decision was unanimously approved, which appeared to anger at least one member of the public who shouted ‘corruption’ from the gallery.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Lenny said: “This was a case of rural regeneration conflicting with the concerns of local residents. Members were not happy with the original plan, which would have meant lorries having to turn on the crossroads in the centre of Four Roads village.

“The developer then submitted a revised application, which included constructing a new access road. This would impact much less on people living in Four Roads. Having visited the site and thoroughly scrutinised the highway factors, the committee agreed that on balance the development was acceptable.”

“Local residents felt very strongly about this, and I appreciate their disappointment at the decision. But I think that one objector’s repeated shouts of ‘corruption’ on leaving the public gallery was disgraceful – totally out of order.

“The democratic process was followed in full. People who make such wild accusations should be ready to substantiate them.”

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Council end contract with Plas Y Bryn Care Home



FOLLOWING significant concerns with its financial position and an inability to pay their staff and creditors, Carmarthenshire County Council has had to give notice on its contract to provide care with Plas Y Bryn Care Home, Cwmgwili. 

The residents at Plas Y Bryn are being supported by the council to find new homes by a dedicated team of social workers and managers.

Whilst this has come as a great disappointment to the Council, we have been providing significant financial support to ensure that the care company can meet its financial obligations and that care is not impacted. This has included bringing regular payments in advance to enable the company to pay staff salaries.

As a result, the council has had to take the difficult decision to give notice to the care company. The decision has not been taken lightly and we share the deep concerns that the people living and working in the care home will have.

There have been continued attempts to work with the operators to understand their financial position. A variety of alternative options have been considered but, unfortunately, due to the legal and financial circumstances that surround the care company, there are no viable solutions that can be found at this time.

We would like to recognise and thank the staff within Plas Y Bryn Care Home for their commitment to delivering high-quality care and highlight that the quality of care has at no point been a contributing factor to this difficult decision.

Cllr. Jane Tremlett, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Services, Carmarthenshire County Council, said:

“The welfare of the residents at Plas Y Bryn is of the utmost importance and we have acted quickly to support the care home to continue to provide excellent care of its residents.

“We are supporting residents along with their families and next of kin, during what is a very difficult and distressing situation, to find suitable and adequate accommodation for them to find new homes.

“On behalf of the council, I would like to express my gratitude to the staff at Plas Y Bryn for their invaluable work at the care home. We are also supporting them during this hard period as they continue to provide care to the residents.”

Ahead of the contract coming to an end, the council will be working with people and their families over the coming weeks to find new homes where they can receive the care and support that they require. Wherever possible, we will do our best to ensure that people are supported to move to locations of choice. Residents are also being provided with access to advocacy services to support them through this difficult time.

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Carmarthenshire County Council cracks down on fly-tippers



CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council handed out a total of £4,350 in fixed penalty notices (FPN’s) related to fly-tipping last month.

17 FPN’s were issued as a result of CCTV footage at Carway recycling facility, resulting in a total of £2,675 in fines being given.

This includes:

  • £125 FPN issued to a Carway female for depositing a bag
  • £400 FPN issued to a Carway male for depositing black refuse bags, blue recycling bags and paint pots at the site on several different occasions
  •  £125 FPN issued to a Carway female for depositing a bag
  • £400 FPN issued to a Carway resident for depositing blue recycling bags and other items

Fixed penalty notices issued at other locations in the county include:

  • £125 FPN issued to a female for depositing a black refuse bag at Red Roses recycling facility.
  • £300 FPN issued to a Gorseinon resident who failed in his duty of care when he had his household waste removed by a person not registered as a waste carrier.
  • £400 FPN issued to a Llanelli resident for fly tipping after CCTV footage provided by a member of the public led to his identification.  The male was seen driving along the rear lane between James Street and Swansea Road in Llanelli where he was seen throwing a blue recycling bag from his moving vehicle into the lane.
  • £300 FPN issued to a Llanelli resident who failed in their duty of care after their waste was found in an overgrown verge/hedgerow in the rear lane of their street.  The resident claimed to have paid a male to dispose of their waste but failed to provide their details.
  • £300 FPN issued to a Llanelli business for failing to produce waste transfer notes after waste produced by the business was found illegally deposited in Swiss Valley, Llanelli. The business was issued a notice requiring them to produce waste transfer notes within 7 days which they failed to do. The business was also issued a legal notice to ensure any waste from the business is disposed of correctly in the future.  

Cllr Aled Vaughan Owen, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, Decarbonisation and Sustainability said: “The introduction of CCTV at Carway recycling facility has enabled us to clamp down on the unlawful dumping of waste at this site. I hope this serves as a reminder that all waste deposited at our recycling facilities must be placed in the correct container, with all bags and boxed removed from the site.”

“The Council’s CCTV strategy will be extended to other recycling facilities in the county in the coming months to help combat instances of fly tipping in these areas.”

“I would urge anyone who needs to dispose of waste to do so responsibly. We have recycling centres at Nantycaws (Carmarthen), Trostre (Llanelli), Wernddu (Ammanford) and Whitland as well as a bulky waste collection service and weekly household waste collections. When paying for rubbish to be disposed of, please use a licensed business and ensure that you are given a valid waste transfer note when waste is collected.”

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Wales stands firm in support for Ukraine



IN THE latest update on the Ukraine crisis, Wales’s Minister for Social Justice Jane Hutt thanked all those households across Wales who have come forward to offer their homes to Ukrainians fleeing the War and encouraged more households to provide this vital support.


The Minister for Social Justice said: “I’m delighted to say that over 5,650 people from Ukraine, sponsored by the Welsh Government and Welsh households, have already arrived in the UK.
“More than 8,200 visas have now been issued to people from Ukraine who have sponsors in Wales, so we expect the number of arrivals to continue to grow in the coming weeks.
“Thousands of Welsh households sponsored Ukrainians to arrive in Wales and committed to hosting them for at least six months.
“As we move into the autumn, we approach the end of that initial period.
“We hope hosts and Ukrainians will agree to extend many of those placements, but we need additional hosts to support those who cannot continue living where they are.
“To ensure a warm welcome to Wales, I’m inviting households across Wales to come forward and open their homes to welcome those seeking sanctuary.
“We’re immensely thankful to all those across Wales acting as hosts to Ukrainians, but more households must come forward.
“I completely understand that there are those who want to help but may not have the resources to do so, given the circumstances we’re all facing with the cost-of-living crisis.”


Jane Hutt continued: “What we all know, and has been proven countless times, is that the people of Wales are one of the most generous across the globe, and I’m sure we will step up to the plate once again.
“The idea of hosting can be daunting. That’s why we have funded Housing Justice Cymru to provide a Host Support service which includes expert and reliable information, training, advice, and guidance for people hosting, or those considering hosting, Ukrainians in Wales.
“More information on sessions and training can be found on the Housing Justice Cymru website. We also publish regularly updated guidance for hosts and sponsors at gov. wales/ukraine.
“We still need many more households to consider whether they could provide a home for those in need. This would normally be a commitment to hosting for 6 to 12 months.
“If anyone is considering this, we encourage them to register their interest at, and to attend one of the ‘Introduction to Hosting’ sessions, facilitated by Housing Justice Cymru. You won’t need to continue the process if you decide it is not for you.
“We have also partnered with to ensure very short-term emergency placements can be provided to prevent homelessness.
“If you cannot host for more than 6 months but you could offer your property for up to 30 days at a time, you may also be able to contribute. Visit and follow the link to the platform.”
Finally, the Minister stated: “We will continue to communicate with those who host Ukrainians, with updated guidance and information to support the valuable role you are undertaking.
“To all those that are already hosting and to those that are considering hosting, thank you, we owe you all a huge debt of gratitude.”


Conservative MS Mark Isherwood raised how the cost-of-living crisis affects Ukrainian refugees.
Where families had taken in those fleeing Russian aggression, he noted a risk of sponsorships not continuing beyond six months because the hosts cannot afford the rise in fuel costs.
He asked the Minister what discussions she’d had with the UK Government about increasing the £350 contribution to households who’d taken in Ukrainian refugees.
The Minister agreed with Mark Isherwood that ending a specific ministerial post dealing with refugees was regrettable.
She noted a lack of information from the UK Government over the summer months and since Liz Truss replaced Boris Johnson as head of the Conservative Government.
Ms Hutt said: “We asked for an increase at least to £500, or up again, doubling to £700 per month. An urgent decision is needed regarding this as they reach the end of their six-month period.
“That period is underway, so we’re writing to all hosts to see if they will continue.”


The Minister thanked Mark Isherwood for introducing her to a charity offering support in North Wales, Link, and hoped that he and his colleagues would bring pressure to bear on their Westminster colleagues to ensure those in need from Ukraine and those in Wales helping them received support.
She added: “I look forward perhaps that we might have some telephone calls from the Prime Minister and other Ministers to us in Government. We must engage with them and follow this through.
“There is a huge job of work to be done here. We’re taking responsibility in the way I’ve outlined, funding our welcome centres and paying thank-you payments to hosts if they support a family who initially arrived in Wales under the Ukraine family scheme.
“That’s not happening in England. The commitment that we’re making is considerable.
“I hope everyone will join us today, saying that we need to press for those answers in terms of financial support.”


Sioned Williams of Plaid Cymru raised the spectre of Ukrainian refugees becoming homeless in Wales due to a lack of financial support and the end of existing hosting and housing placements.
The Minister praised the work of local authorities across Wales supporting refugees.
She said: “There are very imaginative programmes. That includes a whole range of issues like repurposing empty buildings.
“Local authorities are really coming up with a whole range of ways in which we can support people, perhaps, from a welcome centre, or a host family, into that intermediate accommodation, and then on to other longer-term accommodation.”
Pembrokeshire currently houses around 200 Ukrainian refugees, with the demand for assistance outstripping the availability of suitable accommodation.


Responding to a question from Mabon ap Gwynfor about problems housing family groups, Jane Hutt hit out at the lack of support from the UK Government and how it’s u-turned on a commitment to help families.
“The UK Government has never given a penny towards the family scheme.
“The former Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, in one of his last PMQs, actually said that he thought the Ukraine family scheme should get the same funding and support as the Homes for Ukraine scheme. It’s never happened.
“We have provided thank-you payments to people who are hosting Ukrainian families. It’s all Welsh Government money; it’s not UK Government, because they don’t provide a penny. And also, the British Red Cross—£246,000—who are actually supporting Ukrainian families who are hosting family members under the Ukrainian family scheme.”
On Wednesday, September 28, Eluned Morgan, Wales’s Health Minister, announced the continuation of free healthcare in Wales to Ukrainian residents displaced by the ongoing conflict.
The exemption will continue to apply unless there’s a significant change in circumstances in Ukraine.

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