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Tierney hits out at Plaid

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Marc Tierney: Labour Candidate

Marc Tierney: Labour Candidate

LABOUR Candidate Marc Tierney has hit out at a lack of vision for West Carmarthenshire by the Plaid run county council and has voiced his opposition to cuts to school budgets in the county. In a series of investments, the details of which were provided to the press prior to consultation with councillors, only one allocation has been earmarked specifically for the west of the county. Marc Tierney said: “Of course I am pleased that the velodrome in Carmarthen will receive funding for improvements, made possible by a further significant investment from Sport Wales.

“But, the fact remains that the majority of funding being made available will be to projects much further east. “Welsh Government has invested in west Carmarthenshire with the building development at Magstim Whitland for example, on the basis it will create further jobs. Even the opportunity for private investment to enhance The Corran in Laugharne has been turned down by the Council’s planning committee. That alone would have brought 200 decent and much needed jobs to the area. “Every penny spent by the local authority must be used to generate income or provide jobs. I’m not seeing that sort of vision right now.”

Education worries Marc Tierney has also outlined his concerns over the future of education funding in Carmarthenshire. In recent weeks, he has met with unions, local head teachers and consulted with others over the proposal to cut £18 m from the education budget over the next three years. This is in direct conflict with Welsh Government priority of protecting education spend. Why does the Plaid led county council not agree with this vital priority for our children? Marc Tierney said: “Education leaders are very worried by the proposals put forward.

They don’t agree with the suggestion contained within the consultation document that back office costs can be reduced further. Parents need to know that with schools having already made efficiency savings, local head teachers fear any further cuts will have a real impact on front line teaching, increasing classroom sizes with education outcomes jeopardised as a result.” “Last week in their draft budget the Welsh Labour Government prioritised education spending with a 1% protection of school budgets next year. I would call on the local authority to re-think their plans and ensure that this money is passed on to local schools, in full. The Welsh Labour Government’s protection for school budgets in Wales has helped standards to rise and it seems odd that Plaid-led Carmarthenshire Council would want to un-do that.” Marc Tierney is encouraging all local parents to make sure their voice is heard across a whole range of funding cuts by responding to Carmarthenshire County Council’s online consultation before January 3.

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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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