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Council votes for itself A PLAID CYMRU motion

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Turkeys not voting for Christmas: Dole backs retention of CCC.

Turkeys not voting for Christmas: Dole backs retention of CCC.

A PLAID CYMRU motion calling for Carmarthenshire to be retained as a unitary authority in any shake-up of Welsh local government was overwhelmingly passed at a meeting on Wednesday, (Apr 15).

Proposed by Plaid leader Emlyn Dole, the motion was the subject of a significant amount of self-congratulation from members of the ruling group, who appeared less concerned with the thrust and point of Cllr Dole’s motion than in polishing up the council’s reputation in case Leighton Andrews, the Welsh Public Services Minister, was watching the debate with bated breath.

Debating points were made that the period of uncertainty about the future of Carmarthenshire affecting inward investment to the county due to ‘instability and uncertainty’.

Proposing the motion, Cllr Dole mentioned, presumably ironically, that strong and effective local government was something of which Carmarthenshire could be proud. Appealing to history and heritage, Cllr Dole went on to slam the idea of a merger as something for which nobody had much appetite.

Most startling was the intervention by Cllr Kevin Madge. The council leader, in the teeth of evidence to the contrary in the recent past, he told the meeting that Carmarthenshire was the ‘best run council in Wales’. Mr Madge went on to wave the shroud of other, envious local authorities, picking over the corpse of the County Council’s prudence for the tastiest morsels.

Acknowledging the council’s record was less spotless than Cllr Madge proposed, deputy leader Pam Palmer nevertheless contrived to suggest that Carmarthenshire’s record bore comparison with other local authorities.

Hengoed councillor Sian Caiach rather spoiled the backslapping by pointing out that doorstep research by her suggested the council was regarded as ‘a basket case’. Cllr Caiach, who is the People First candidate for the Llanelli parliamentary constituency, indicated that the council’s reputation was not as simon-pure as preceding speakers had suggested. Moreover, she went on to claim that the overwhelming preference in Llanelli was for merger with the proposed Swansea city region, with Dyfed Mark Two second, and only 10% backing the status quo.

Citing the council’s legal travails, the adverse findings of the Wales Audit Office, the council’s lamentable record with the Ombudsman, and allegations of prying into members’ emails, Cllr Caiach suggested that Carmarthenshire was a poor marker against which to measure Welsh local government.

The council elected to endorse its record and vote for Cllr Dole’s motion. Whether it did so on the basis of Cllr Dole’s appeal to history and heritage or for less altruistic reasons is open to question.

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Carmarthenshire Archives’ new building officially opened

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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

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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 Facebook.com/WWUtilities.

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

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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: 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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