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Corran Resort plans refused



house1CARMARTHENSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL’s Planning Committee has refused plans to extend the Corran Resort and Spa in Laugharne.

The committee met on Thursday (Dec 3), to discuss the application but some councillors said the application should be supported.

Cllrs Anthony Jones and Kevin Madge said that this type of development would be a benefit to the area.

However there were concerns about the site being at risk of flooding, located in a C2 flood zone, and concerns were also raised by the Ministry of Defence who said that people staying in the resort could trespass into a danger zone where explosions are carried out.

It was also highlighted that if the councillors had been minded to approve the application, the Welsh Government would have had to call in the application.

The application asked for the erection of 200 two, three and four bedroom lodges, a swimming pool and restaurant forming extension to the hotel, the creation of ponds and winter wetlands and improvements to local highway network.

The development has been classed as ‘highly vulnerable’ and TAN 15 states that any such development should not be permitted within a C2 zone.

Natural Resources Wales also objected to the plans saying there would be a danger for most or a danger for all.

Council officer Stuart Willis added that around 200 jobs would be created by the development and that the existing 50 jobs would be safeguarded.

Cllr Anthony Jones said: “The officers have looked at this on balance and come to the recommendation they have. It is in a C2 area and these applications are normally called in.

“I have been to the resort and there is nothing around it. This is only going to be a benefit. With the economic benefit would be not be minded to approve with Welsh Government support?

“If it is in a C2 zone, why have we already approved what is already on the site?

“Laugharne is a popular place and the question we need to ask is; Do we want visitors to stay in Carmarthen? How do we provide them with top class accommodation?

“There are a lot of positives coming out of this and if this does bring a boost to the economy I would put forward a recommendation to approve this.”

Cllr Kevin Madge added: “I was very impressed with the business when I stayed there, the people know what they are doing. There is not enough accommodation and these kind of developments need to be supported.

“The design has been developed around the flooding concerns and the MOD has stopped developments like this in the past.

“We need to strengthen businesses and this would really boost Laugharne in a massive way.”

Cllr Joy Williams said she agreed that the council needed to attract people to Carmarthen but said that it should not be done against the safety of people staying at the resort.

Cllr Jeff Owen said there would also be an issue with insurance companies not wanting to insure the site because of the location of the site.

Cllr Jones added: “We should be looking for a positive message for Carmarthenshire. If we are minded to approve we would be sending a message that we support it if it is at all possible.”

Cllr Jones moved that they were minded to approve the application but he was only supported by Cllr Madge.

The other 12 councillors voted against the motion and the application was refused.

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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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