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New Member of Carmarthenshire County Council’s Executive Board

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has welcomed a new member to its Executive Board.

Cllr Ann Davies has been named Executive Board Member for Communities and Rural Affairs, following the departure of Cllr Cefin Campbell who has been elected Member of the Senedd for the Mid and West Wales region.

Cllr Davies, a member of the Plaid Cymru group, has served Carmarthenshire County Council as a councillor for Llanddarog ward since 2017.

In that time she has sat on the council’s licensing committee, communities scrutiny committee and represented Carmarthenshire on the Community Health Council.

Her new position will see her carrying out Executive Board functions on behalf of the council on matters relating to Communities and Rural Affairs – this includes a lead role on climate change, equalities, community safety, third sector partnerships, wellbeing and tackling poverty, as well as advocating for the needs of rural Carmarthenshire.

As a tenant farmer with her husband in Llanarthne, where she also runs a children’s nursery with her daughter, Cllr Davies brings with her plenty of experience.

“It will be a challenge, but I’m looking forward to it and thank the Leader for entrusting the portfolio to me,” she said.

“I have been a tenant farmer since 1991 working alongside my husband and family. I was brought up within the YFC movement which itself provided opportunity and experience which will stand me in good stead.

“I’m passionate not only about rural affairs but the wellbeing of all people in Carmarthenshire as a whole. My time on the communities scrutiny committee and community health council has provided plenty of insight and experience – I look forward to getting more involved and advocating for people’s right to live well as well as pushing forward new initiatives and policies to tackle climate change.”

Welcoming her to the Executive Board, Leader of the Council, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said: “There were many contenders for this post but Ann is absolutely right for this role – she is a good communicator and will bring her strengths socially, agriculturally and geographically. She will work well on many different levels and I look forward to supporting her in this very important role.

“We were the first local authority in Wales to create an executive board portfolio covering rural affairs which grew to include communities and climate change – it is a hugely important role serving matters that affect us all.”

To the outgoing Executive Board member Cllr Campbell, the Leader added: “Cefin leaves the Executive Board with our thanks. He has brought passion, vision and commitment and has carried out his work with aplomb, which has stood us well. He is to be congratulated for his work in creating the Ten Towns initiative which will set the direction for economic development across 10 rural market towns, as well as the regeneration of Tyisha in Llanelli. He has also brought experience and a level head to matters of equality. We are in his debt, and I wish him well.”

The Executive Board is responsible for the overall business of the council and meets every two weeks to make decisions and recommendations to Full Council.

Executive Board members can also make decisions individually on certain matters.

Decisions of the Executive Board are subject to scrutiny by a different group of councillors, who meet as Scrutiny Committees to check and monitor what the Executive Board does.

Members of the public also have a role in scrutinising the Executive Board – anyone who lives, owns a business or who is employed by the council has the right to ask Executive Board members a question as part of public meetings and anyone can watch Executive Board meetings live online.

For more information on the functions of the Executive Board, or democratic functions of the council generally, visit the Council and Democracy pages at www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales

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LEADER: Call for new and innovative project ideas

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THE LEADER programme, which aims to support the regeneration of rural Carmarthenshire, has opened a new call for Expressions of Interest.

LEADER is designed to get local people, businesses and communities involved in delivering sustainable, innovative solutions to address some of the economic, social and environmental challenges facing rural Carmarthenshire. The Local Action Group – Grŵp Cefn Gwlad is managing the LEADER programme in Carmarthenshire.

This project has received funding through the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and the Welsh Government.

The programme can provide financial support of up to 80% towards a project’s costs.

The LAG can also support projects that cooperate with other geographical areas via inter-territorial or transnational working.

To request an application pack, please email rdpsirgar@carmarthenshire.gov.uk or visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/business

The deadline for submission of the Expression of Interest is June 30, 2021.

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Have your say on the future of housing in Carmarthenshire

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RESIDENTS and businesses are being urged to have their say on the future of housing in Carmarthenshire.

Carmarthenshire County Council is developing a new 10-year Housing and Regeneration Masterplan and residents are being asked for their views.

Providing quality, affordable homes is a key priority for the council and it is investing millions of pounds in new housing stock; creating much-needed jobs and helping to grow the local economy and regenerate communities.

In 2015, the council became the first in Wales to suspend the Right to Buy to retain its declining housing stock, and built a number of bungalows – the first local authority housing to be built in Wales since the 1980s.

A year later, in 2016, it launched its affordable homes plan to deliver 1,000 additional affordable homes in the county by 2021 by building new, buying from the market and converting empty buildings.

Now the council is shaping its plans for the next 10 years which includes building over 900 new council homes and investing nearly £150million across the county by 2029.

It is important that the new homes are of the right type, size and tenure, and in the right places to build strong sustainable communities where people want to live and work.

The Housing and Regeneration Masterplan will also recognise the role of housing development and investment in stimulating the overall economic growth of the county – which is now even more critical as we recover from the economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Residents are being encouraged to take part in our online consultation which starts on Monday, June 14.

Cllr Linda Evans, Executive Board Member for Housing, said: “We are proud to be leading the way here in Carmarthenshire to deliver new, affordable, high quality and much-needed homes for local people.

“We have already achieved so much during the last few years, but we must now plan for the next 10 years and we need the views of our residents to help tell us where they think these homes should be developed, who should have them, and what type and size they should be.

“We are committed to making more homes available for those in highest need, and aim to deliver a plan that will provide homes in communities where people want to live, with a range of homes to suit specific needs.

“This includes our rural towns and villages, where we must help to make sure that local people are able to afford quality affordable homes and remain in their communities; as well as increasing the residential offer in our town centres, increasing footfall and helping businesses to thrive.

“Aside from providing much needed homes in the county, the investment will also boost the local economy creating jobs, training opportunities and apprenticeships in the construction industry.”

The council is delivering this commitment in a number of ways, including building more council homes and working with housing association partners to deliver more new build schemes, buying stock that suits our needs, working with developers to ensure a range of affordable homes are built as part of private developments and bringing empty homes back into use. 

It is also actively working with landlords to encourage them to make their properties available at affordable rent levels, including bringing more private sector homes into the management of our in-house social lettings agency.

To take part in the survey please visit the consultation pages on the council website carmarthenshire.gov.wales/consultations Paper copies are available from one of our customer service Hwbs. The survey closes on July 26.

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Community wardens hit the streets of Tyisha and Glanymor

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CARMARTHENSHIRE County Council has appointed two new community wardens to patrol the Tyisha and Glanymor areas of Llanelli.

The community wardens will support the local Neighbourhood Policing Team and other agencies to provide a visible presence within the area and will have a varied role which will include:

  • Patrolling hot spot areas to deter crime and anti-social behaviour
  • Tackling vandalism and fly tipping as well as issues relating to communal areas and open spaces/parks
  • Supporting the introduction of a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme
  • Organising the installation of crime prevention measures
  • Offering targeted support to vulnerable members of the community
  • Encourage wellbeing activities and community engagement with youth projects, schools and clubs including the promotion of volunteering opportunities.

Linda Evans, chair of the Tyisha steering group and executive board member for housing said: “I am delighted that Tyisha and Glanymor now have community wardens who will work closely with Dyfed Powys Police and other agencies to deliver a multi-agency approach to tackling issues of community concern. In response to community feedback they will prioritise tackling anti-social behaviour issues, reducing crime relating to drug and alcohol misuse and engaging with the community to make positive changes throughout Tyisha and Glanymor.”

Ann Davies, Executive Board Member and vice-chair of the Tyisha Steering Group said: “The work carried out by the community wardens will make a positive difference through helping to reduce fear of crime and incidents of anti-social behaviour as well as improving quality of life for those who live in these communities.”

The introduction of community wardens to the Tyisha area forms part of the council’s ambitious Transforming Tyisha project which looks to regenerate the area through increasing community safety, developing housing and community facilities and improving the environment.

To contact the community wardens or for more information on joining Tyisha and Glanymor’s Neighbourhood Watch Scheme please e-mail tyisha@carmarthenshire.gov.uk

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