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Burry Port response raises planning point



All systems go: WG releases Burry Port decision to council

All systems go: WG releases Burry Port decision to council

THE PASSAGE of the Burry Port regeneration scheme was welcomed days before a meeting of the Planning Committee that passed it.

The County Council’s unrestrained response to the release of plans for Burry Port’s redevelopment by the Welsh Government has raised more questions about its approach to its statutory duties in respect of the scheme and the impartiality of the Planning Committee which rubber-stamped the plans on Wednesday.

In a press release issued in response to the Welsh Government move, the Council’s executive board member for regeneration and leisure Cllr Meryl Gravell said: “It’s excellent news. I would like to thank everyone concerned from the county council and Welsh Government in coming to this decision.

“We can now move forward. It’s very good news for Burry Port.”

Council Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole said: “This is the news we’ve been waiting for. It means the whole scheme can go ahead to deliver what I’ve been calling for – jobs, housing and a school.”

Even though the Planning Committee had already indicated it was minded to approve the schemes while they were still subject to the Welsh Government call in procedure, it seems remarkable that two senior Cabinet members were so confident that the plans would progress even before the Planning Committee had begun its final deliberations on the scheme.

The situation appears to be analogous to the one regarding the much-vaunted and unclearly-funded Carmarthen West Link Road. In that case, council contractors began preparatory works even before the full Council had approved any expenditure on the project.

The issue raised is one of predetermination. ‘Predetermination’ means that councillors reach a decision to follow a course of action with a closed mind, or give every appearance of so doing. It is a particular issue of which councillors need to be wary in respect of planning decisions, especially when a council is a party to a scheme under consideration.

With the ringing endorsement of a former council leader and the current one ringing in their ears, and with the Council a development partner in the project, it is difficult to see how an examination on the balance of probabilities could lead to any other determination than the council and certain councillors had indeedpredeterminedthecourseofthe application.

The Herald can confirm that the Council spent over £27,000 supporting legal proceedings brought against the Welsh Government in 2013 by the lead development company. That expenditure was approved not by councillors, but by the then Director of Regeneration & Leisure in consultation with the Head of Planning.

It is important to note that the Council did not bring the claim itself, but supported the claim brought by the developer. The Council decided to be represented because of the impact on the Joint Venture site.

With the issue now determined by the Planning Committee, it remains to be seen whether any of those opposed to the plan on public safety or health grounds will consider their own options in light of what could turn out to be a fateful press release.

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Police launch public appeal following Carmarthenshire burglary



DYFED-POWYS POLICE is investigating a burglary at a property in Ponthenry.

People broke into a shed at a home in Victoria Road at around 8.30pm on Monday, 31 October, before leaving after spotting a CCTV camera.

They returned at around 10.15pm and again at around 10.55pm.

During their raids they tooka green Wolf motocross helmet with a full face with a peak and line green motocross goggles.

Officers are appealing for help to identify two people they would like to speak to over the incident.

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: DPP/0756/01/11/2022/02/C. Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting

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Morrisons Foundation supports children’s charity with grant for vital equipment



The Morrisons Foundation supports registered charities that make a positive difference. They recently awarded national children’s disability charity, Cerebra, based in Carmarthen, a grant of £11,109.

This will fund the creation of writing slopes through the Cerebra Innovation Centre, which is partnered with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and designs wonderful toys and equipment to help children living with a brain condition to learn and play.

The writing slopes are designed to help children who struggle with posture and fine motor skills. They also aid children with writing, drawing and hand control. Ross Head, Product Design Manager at the Cerebra Innovation Centre explains;

‘The slopes include a lovely wipe-clean surface for children to experiment with mark making, their own set of pens and a clever lid-free pen store to remove the challenge of removing lids for some children. We are so lucky to be able to do what we do and funding like this is so important to allow us to push boundaries and provide vital equipment that looks beautiful.’

At the start of 2022, the Cerebra Innovation Centre highlighted that they anticipated the need for an additional 20 writing slopes for children. Cerebra Fundraising Manager, James Hay then worked with the grants team at the Morrisons Foundation, who were delighted to support this project. David Scott, Morrisons Foundation Trustee said:

‘Cerebra is dedicated to helping families who have a child with a brain condition to discover a better life together, that’s why I’m delighted that we’ve been able to provide this support. The specialised writing slopes will make a huge positive impact on children with sensory and mobility issues, providing a great opportunity to develop their skills, which will last a lifetime.’

Grants like this are a vital source of funding for Cerebra so that they are able to continue to support children living with a brain condition and their families who face challenges every day. The Cerebra Innovation Centre is one of the many support services provided by the charity that so many families have come to rely on. James Hay adds;

‘Thank you so much to the Morrisons Foundation for this generous grant! We are over the moon as we know how much this project will change young lives. These are particularly challenging times for charities and so this funding from Morrisons for the creation of 20 writing slopes is warmly welcomed.’

You can find out more about Cerebra and how they help children and families by visiting 

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White Ribbon campaign supported by Carmarthenshire County Council



CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL says it is again showing its support for the White Ribbon campaign, which takes place on Friday, November 25 and is followed by 16 Days of Action.

White Ribbon is the UK’s leading charity engaging men and boys to end violence against women and girls.

While domestic abuse affects both sexes, the largest number of violent incidents involve men against women. But ultimately male violence against women is everyone’s issue, not just women’s.

The council was awarded White Ribbon UK accredited status for the first time in 2018 and is continuing to work to tackle such violence.

White Ribbon flags will be flying at County Hall in Carmarthen and town halls in Llanelli and Ammanford on White Ribbon Day (Friday, November 25). County Hall will also be lit up on the evening to show support.

The council is working alongside partners to raise awareness of the campaign across the county – from sports clubs, joint visits with the Police to licensed premises, our leisure centres and libraries to bus stations.

With this year’s White Ribbon Day falling on the same week as the start of the FIFA men’s World Cup, there has never been a better time to come together and start playing as a team to end violence against women and girls.

The council will be raising awareness of the campaign at special events including a Walking Football session at Amman Valley Leisure Centre on November 30 and at “An Evening with Sam Warburton” at the Lyric Theatre in Carmarthen on White Ribbon Day (November 25).

Cabinet Member responsible for Community Safety, Cllr Philip Hughes, said: “It’s vital that we raise more awareness about domestic abuse so that anyone affected can get help and support from one of our local services.”

Support locally can be found at: Threshold (Llanelli) on 01554 752 422 or; Calan DVS (Ammanford) on 01269 597 474 or; Carmarthen Domestic Abuse Service on 01267 238 410 or and Goleudy on 0300 123 2996 or or call the Live Fear Free Helpline on 0808 80 10 800 or visit for free advice and support 24/7

For more information on the White Ribbon campaign visit

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