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Velodrome funding agreed

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Carmarthen Velodrome: Funding approved

Carmarthen Velodrome: Funding approved

AMBITIOUS plans to turn Carmarthen into the first cycling town in Wales took a step forward on Monday, when the council’s Executive Board gave the green light for funding to restore the town’s 115-year-old velodrome.

The project, which will see the 405 metre track resurfaced and safety fencing introduced, was initiated in 2014 by Carmarthen Town Council.

The new surface and fencing will meet British Cycling specifications, and will enable the re-introduction of competitive racing. At present, the existing concrete and metal crash barriers are deemed to pose a significant risk to cyclists, and the surface of the track becomes dangerous during wet weather, meaning that the nearest competitive racing venues are in Cardiff and Newport.

The work is predicted to cost in excess of £600,000, subject to tender. Sport Wales has committed £296,000 to the project, and Carmarthen Town Council £35,000. The Executive Board agreed to allocate £286,000 from capital reserves to complete funding on the project.

The work is expected to go to tender in February, and will hopefully be completed by the autumn. Once completed, the velodrome will be run and maintained by Carmarthen Town Council.

In addition to developing sustainable local talent, the track has been identified as a location for a regional disability hub. The project would also help young cyclists in the area. Cycling Clubs from Swansea, Tenby and Bynea have also expressed an interest in using the track.

Anne Adams-King, Chief Executive Officer at Welsh Cycling, said that she was ‘delighted’ by the news: “Facilities are core to the development and growth of cycling, providing a safe environment for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy cycling,” she added.

Steve Percey, who coaches at the Carmarthen-based cycling club Towy Riders, described the news as ‘positive’: “It’s fantastic for cycling generally but especially so for the development of cyclists from beginners to those at more advanced levels of the sport.”

Carmarthen Town Mayor, Cllr Barry Williams, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Carmarthenshire County Council is able to provide this level of support towards the development of the velodrome in Carmarthen. The Town Council has been working very closely with colleagues from the County Council and officials from other organisations including Sport Wales, Welsh Cycling and British Cycling in helping to ensure that this project delivers the best possible facilities for cyclists of all abilities in this part of Wales.”

Carmarthen West County Councillor Alun Lenny said that this was one of a number of ‘specific capital schemes which will benefit the whole county.’

“It’s incredible that a sports facility built in 1900 is being renovated for use in the 21st century,” he added, claiming that as a result the town could “very soon become the cycling capital of Wales.”

“Cycling is an increasingly popular pastime, at both professional and leisure levels, and more people are cycling to work. It’s not a flash in the pan – cycling is with us to stay.”

Executive Board Member for Regeneration Councillor Meryl Gravell said: “This is an opportunity to save one of the most historic sports facilities in Wales. Without this investment the track, which is currently condemned, would never have been used again and 100 years of active use and sporting history would have come to an end.

“We look forward to seeing a future generation of cycling stars start their career right here in Carmarthenshire.”

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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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