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Local Travelodge gets a brand new look



travellodge upgradeTHE 51-ROOM Travelodge St Clears Carmarthen, located at the A40/4066 Roundabout has been totally transformed follow­ing a £225,000 make-over which has given the hotel a brand new modern look.

The hotel team celebrated the completion of the four week re­vamp earlier this week, and are already receiving great feedback from leisure and business custom­ers.

The investment at St Clears Carmarthen Travelodge is part of a nationwide £100 million brand modernisation programme, which is driving strong growth at Travelodge. Revenue for the first six months of the year (ended 1 July 2015) is up by 17.9%, driven by a sharp increase in business cus­tomers and families.

To date Travelodge has mod­ernised well over 90% of its rooms across the UK, and all Travelodge rooms across the country now include a luxury bed called the Travelodge Dreamer, which is used predominately by luxury hotels worldwide.

The room design has been cre­ated by Travelodge customers and as a result, modernised hotels have average Trip Advisor rating greater than 4 out of 5 stars.

In addition truckle beds have been installed into family rooms, offering children their own indi­vidual bed whilst creating more storage space for families at the same time. (See notes to editors for detailed information on the new room design)

As well as new modern guest rooms, the work at St Clears Carmarthen Travelodge which opened in 1996, also includes a complete revamp of all public ar­eas within the hotel.

To further grow its business, Travelodge is capitalising on its strong performance and is opening 15 new hotels in 2015 across the UK, with an investment value of almost £100 million. The company has also identified the potential for more than 45 further hotels across the UK over the next 24 months.

Michelle Court, Hotel Man­ager at St Clears Carmarthen Travelodge told The Herald: “We are investing £100 million mod­ernising all our hotels and building a new Travelodge. The fresh mod­ern look at St Clears Carmarthen Travelodge is attracting fantastic guest feedback, and a number of leisure and business customers have already praised the contem­porary look and the Travelodge Dreamer bed.

“So far this year at St Clears Carmarthen Travelodge we have enjoyed double digit growth due to the rise in business and leisure cus­tomers switching to us. Our new look hotel will ensure that we con­tinue growing sales and cementing our position as the favourite hotel for value in the area.”

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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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New recycling facility opens for Carmarthenshire businesses



A new commercial waste recycling centre located in Nantycaws has been launched today (Monday October 31) by Carmarthenshire County Council in partnership with CWM Environmental Ltd.

Located next to Nantycaws Household Waste Recycling Centre, the new facility will focus on providing an outlet for businesses in Carmarthenshire to recycle their waste responsibly, with the waste collected at the site recycled or re-used to create sustainable products whenever possible.

The paid for service accepts a range of materials including metal, cardboard, plastic, plasterboard, soil, hardcore, paint, glass, asbestos (double bagged), large white goods including fridges and mixed general waste.

Costs will be competitive to encourage as many businesses as possible to use the facility and will vary depending on the type and amount of waste presented.

A valid waste carrier’s certificate and waste transfer note will be required to use the site.

Cllr Edward Thomas, Cabinet Member for Transport, Waste and Infrastructure Services said: “We hope to significantly increase the amount of waste being recycled from businesses in Carmarthenshire thanks to the introduction of this new recycling centre in Nantycaws”.

“Our long-term ambition is to change the perception of recycling for businesses by supporting them to recycle as much as possible. We want to promote responsible waste practices in the county and minimise the levels of business waste being presented at our household waste recycling centres, which has risen in recent months.

The new commercial recycling centre will help to achieve Carmarthenshire’s ambition of delivering a circular economy throughout the county as well as becoming a leader in recycling and re-use within Wales.

For more information visit the recycling section of the Council’s website –

A circular economy focuses on eliminating waste by cutting down on throw away consumption and turning materials that would have previously been sent to landfill into a valuable resource.

This project has been funded through Welsh Government’s Circular Economy fund.

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National Botanic Garden of Wales welcomes new director



Dr Lucy Sutherland is the new Director of the National Botanic Garden of Wales.

She has joined the Welsh institution from her role as a strategic consultant to the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust which manages the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, Blue Mountains Botanic Garden and the Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan.

She started in her new job on Monday October 24.

Dr Sutherland said: “It is an exciting and rare chance to lead a relatively young botanic garden through its next phase of maturity.

“It is also a unique opportunity at a time when the global population is facing multiple crises and there is growing ambition and support for addressing climate change and continuing efforts towards biodiversity conservation and a sustainable future.”

Dr Sutherland sees the National Botanic Garden of Wales as “continuing to have a critical role in this agenda.”

She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Adelaide and was previously the Director of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium in South Australia, Acting Director of the Australian National Botanic Gardens and the National Co-ordinator of the Australian Seed Bank Partnership.

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