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New Chair for local Lib Dems



Andrew Lye: New Chair of the Pembrokeshire and Carmarthenshire Liberal Democrats

Andrew Lye: New Chair
of the Pembrokeshire and
Carmarthenshire Liberal Democrats

THE CARMARTHENSHIRE and Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats have elected a new Chair of their Local Party. This covers the four constituencies over the two counties.

Andrew Lye from Johnston, near Haverfordwest , took over at their May Executive Meeting from Mike Warden, who had already announced at last November’s AGM of his intention to retire after the Welsh Assembly elections.

Mike Warden from Puncheston, Pembrokeshire, has been active in local politics for many years, including as a past candidate for Pembrokeshire County Council and for the Welsh Assembly.

Mike Warden said: “My reason s for standing down are mostly to do with my age – my energy levels are not what they used to be ! Although I have retired from the Chair, I shall be continuing as a member of the Executive and still be actively involved.”

Mike Warden added: “I’m very pleased that Andrew has taken over as he has a very clear and realistic view of what the Welsh Liberal Democrats need to do – to regain the ground lost at the last two elections.”

Andrew Lye has lived in Johnston for almost 15 years. He moved there from Trowbridge, the County town of Wiltshire, with his ex-wife in 2001. Andrew’s background in politics started in 1985 when he joined the SDP. He was elected to Trowbridge Town Council in 1988 and served on it until 2001. He was Chairman of the Trowbridge Town Council in 1994-5. He also served on West Wiltshire District Council and within three days, was elected Deputy Group Leader (and Deputy Council Leader) of the ruling minority Liberal Democrat group. Andrew served his three year term as Council Leader from 1994- 97.

Andrew said: “The last 2 elections were not good for the Welsh Liberal Democrats after the Westminster coalition. The irony is that our membership increased when we were reduced to eight MPs in May 2015 , and its gone up again since the result of the EU referendum was announced. But we are already planning for the 2017 County Council elections and ensuring that we have candidates lined up.

“We may be relatively small in numbers, but we are playing our part at Cardiff and attend conference s . It was just over a year ago that I proposed the motion calling for the Cleddau Bridge to be passed to the Welsh Assembly, for the tolls to end and for it to be trunked as part of the road system. This was passed overwhelmingly and was included in the 2016 manifesto.

“We have begun to attract young members and we are aiming to create Youth Branches in the two counties. The youth are our future.

“With the loss of four Assembly Members , and Kirsty Williams going into Carwyn Jones’s Cabinet in charge of the Education portfolio, the Welsh Liberal Democrats under the new leadership of Ceredigion MP Mark Williams are reviewing the organisation and we have been putting our views forward.

“Locally, we have to resolve the future of Liberal Chambers in St Mary’s Street, Haverfordwest , and rebuild in Llanelli. We also have to raise our profile locally.

“We accept it’s an uphill struggle, but we are not quitters and the result of the EU Referendum shows that there is still a need for a Liberal Democrat voice in Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire .”

If anyone would like to join Andrew and his colleagues, visit the Lib Dems’ website. They can also be found on Facebook at ‘ Carmarthenshire & Pembrokeshire Liberal Democrats ‘ .

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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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Witness appeal after car is stolen and burnt out



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:, by emailing, 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

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