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Double celebration for Ysgol Pen Rhos in building awards



YSGOL Pen Rhos in Llanelli are celebrating a double win at the RICS Social Impact Awards 2020.

The awards recognise building projects which have had a positive and transforming effect on communities and the everyday lives of people.

Ysgol Pen Rhos not only won the Education category, but was also named the overall Project of the Year.

The school, created from the merger of the former Copperworks Infant Nursery School and Lakefield Primary School, was officially opened in June 2018 on the site of the former Copperworks Sport & Social Club and the Draka wire factory.

It delivers a new, modern 21st century learning facility that has regenerated a derelict, once heavily industrial, highly contaminated brownfield site, which was prone to vandalism and anti-social behaviour.

The school features facilities including a flying start nursery, solar panels and classroom terraces for outdoor lessons. A 3G pitch has also been made available for school and community use, as well as hard and soft landscaping areas. Features including brickwork and pitched roofs have been incorporated to reflect the industrial heritage of a neighbouring terrace of houses, alongside the use of more contemporary features like metal and wooden cladding. The project also delivered community benefits including training and local employment.

The judges said: “Ysgol Pen Rhos represents an exemplar approach towards the development and delivery of education and life skills to learners, their families and also the wider community. The project has demonstrably delivered regeneration of a former industrial site, once plagued with anti-social behaviour in one of Wales’ most socioeconomically deprived areas. Judges were impressed with the enthusiasm of the head teacher, Joe Cudd, and his team at the school along with the extent to which they actively reach out to their community. Ysgol Pen Rhos has become a real driver for economic benefit and change in the local area.”

Organised by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the awards’ showcase the very best from across Wales. There were eight categories in total, and as overall winners Ysgol Pen Rhos beat a number of other prestigious developments including the International Convention Centre in Newport, Cardiff’s Capital Quarter and the SA1 waterfront development in Swansea.

Ysgol Pen Rhos was funded by Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme and the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools initiative. It was initially developed, then delivered and project managed by the council’s in-house Property Design Team, working with HLM Architects; and constructed by T Richard Jones (Betws) Ltd.

Executive Board Member for Educations and Children’s Services Cllr Glynog Davies said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved with the project. Ysgol Pen Rhos is a facility the community needed and deserved. It allows the school’s staff, under head teacher Joe Cudd’s unique leadership, to address the local challenges and it provides an exciting and safe place for our children and young people to develop and achieve.”

Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Hazel Evans added: “This is an excellent example of how the built environment can make a positive impact on society and our communities. We are extremely proud of what has been achieved at Ysgol Pen Rhos; it really has made a big difference to people’s lives and I am delighted that it has been recognised in this way.”

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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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