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Villager’s anger over pub plans

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Pub protest: Villagers unite against planning application

Pub protest:
Villagers unite against
planning application

MUCH to the dismay of villagers,  ‘ The Colliers Arms ‘ in Saron closed  its doors back in March. Their anger  has intensified since the submission  of a planning application to convert  the village’s only pub into residential  accommodation.  Rather than stand by and lose their  pub, however, angry local residents  have been actively petitioning against  its closure.

The villagers’ petition has  gathered 274 signatures and 26 letters  of objection. Among the objections, the  employment opportunity presented by  the business and the relationship between  the villagers and the pub throughout  generations feature significantly.  Villager Kevin Isaac told the Herald  that the closure of the Colliers has had  a negative impact on village life: “Its  closure has been devastating for the local  community. As it’s the only public house  in Saron , the closure has had a very  negative effect – there’s nowhere now  that people can meet locally for a drink  and socialise.”

Within the pub, there were darts and  pool teams who would meet in the pub  on a weekly basis and hold tournaments.  Reflecting on the petition’s success  and the Facebook campaign to save the  pub for the village, Mr Isaac explained:  “We have had a lot of messages of  support from all over – we’ve even got  people who have lived in Saron and are  familiar with the public house.

“The pub was the heart of the  community of Saron and , now that’s  been taken away from us, it has left a  huge gap in village life and society,” Mr  Isaac continued.  “We are just trying to look after the  community and try ing to protect what  we had in Saron , which was a public  house and a meeting place .”  On Friday, June 3 , villagers took  their protest to outside the pub and a  statement was read: “We are here today  in an act of unity to demonstrate the  level of feeling and deep concern there is  within the community of Saron.

“Concern over an application made  to Carmarthenshire County Council  by the owner of the Colliers Arms, Mr  Richard Wigley, to finally close the doors  of this long established public house in  an attempt to convert the property into  residential accommodation.  “This property was purchased by Mr  Wigley as a public house, from having  been a public house for well over 100  years. It has a rich heritage and even up  to its closure a few months ago, was a  well-supported and financially viable  business.  “It employed local people and was  the heart of the Saron community.

It  hosted a number of successful darts and  pool teams and supported the community  hall in its functions.  “Since its closure , the community  has suffered with no alternative option  available in the village. It played an  integral role, allowing locals to meet up  and participate in normal village life.  It also attracted visitors from the wider  community.  “We urge Carmarthenshire County  Council to reject the proposed planning  application, as to allow the building  to remain a public house. We strongly  oppose the application as we believe  it should remain a business unit, in the  event that one day it may be reopened  to allow the hardworking and decent  community of Saron to once again  benefit from this cherished community  facility.

“Thank you all for coming here this  evening and demonstrating your support  to this objection. Diolch.”  Richard Wigley, the owner of the  Colliers Arms, already has pre-existing  planning permission for two dwellings  on land adjacent to the closed pub. That  planning permission was granted under  delegated powers, that is it was not  scrutinised by the Council’s Planning  Committee members, in July last year.  In May, Llandybie Community  Council urged that the application  should be refused, as the closure of  the The Colliers Arms, ‘would have  a detrimental effect on the amenities  enjoyed at present by the inhabitants  of the area especially the residents of  Saron’.  Efforts to obtain a comment from the  property’s owners were unsuccessful.

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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.

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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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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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