Carmarthenshire and Newport to host opening stage of Tour of Britain

THE 2018 OVO Energy Tour of Britain will begin in South Wales for the first time as Carmarthenshire and Newport host the opening stage of Britain’s national Tour on Sunday 2 September.

It will mark the first time that the race has visited Carmarthenshire with the county set to welcome 120 of the world’s top professional cyclists next September for the start of Britain’s biggest professional cycle race.
The city of Newport last hosted the Tour of Britain in 2004, while the final...

Carmarthenshire teen to debate in House of Commons

AN Ammanford teenager will be representing Carmarthenshire at the House of Commons later this year.

Thomas Vaughan-Jones, aged 14, has been elected by members of the Carmarthenshire Youth Council (CYC) to represent the county at the UK Youth Parliament for 2018.

He will be joining over 300 members who will take part in the UKYP’s annual sitting which is a national debate in the House of Commons, Westminster, in...

Changes at Trostre tip after complaints about misuse

HEIGHT restriction barriers are being re-introduced at Trostre Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) in an attempt to stop the facility being abused by trade vehicles.

During April, 26,000 vehicles visited the site, but it is thought that around a third were businesses who are not permitted to use the facilities.

Growing misuse of the site is causing congestion and safety issues at the site, prompting...

Work to start on new archive building in Carmarthen

WORK is set to start next week on the new £2.6 million archive extension at the rear of Carmarthen library.

The development of the new, much needed, purpose built archives facility, Y Stordy, will help ensure the awaited return of the Carmarthenshire Archives collection to the county.

Contractors TRJ are set to start work at the site on Monday, May 21. It is hoped that the archives, designed by Acanthus Holden,...

CYC members give more than 1200 hours volunteering

MEMBERS from Carmarthenshire Youth Council (CYC) have devoted more than 1200 hours to volunteering on a local, regional and national level during the past 12 months.

Carmarthenshire County Council, Carmarthenshire Youth Council and CAVS have been working together over the years and developed a Youth Recognition Scheme for 11-14 year olds. They have lobbied GwirVol the Youth Volunteering initiative for Wales, to lower the Millennium...

Have your say on Carmarthenshire’s gambling policy

VIEWS are being sought to help inform a review of Carmarthenshire’s gambling policy.

Feedback is wanted from residents, businesses, licence holders and their representatives as part of a survey that’s now running until June 1.

Law dictates that the current gambling policy, formally adopted by Carmarthenshire Council in February 2016, has to be reviewed every three years to ensure views from local...

Woman ordered to pay more than £600 for fly-tipped waste

A DRYSLWYN woman has been ordered to pay over £600 after failing to check that the person she paid to take waste from her home was properly licensed.

Hannah Kay Disley, of Llys Carys, pleaded guilty at Llanelli Magistrates Court to an offence under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act.

The prosecution was brought by Carmarthenshire County Council.

The court heard that in October last year, council enforcement officers were responding to a complaint of fly-tipping on a...

Calfaria Chapel owner guilty in council prosecution

A CO-owner of Calfaria Chapel in Llanelli has been ordered to pay over £1,200 for failing to keep the Grade II Listed Building in a good condition.

Manos Mohan pleaded guilty at Llanelli Magistrates Court for an offence under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Carmarthenshire County Council brought the prosecution against him and joint owner Syed Ashraf, although proceedings against Mr Ashraf were later withdrawn.

Mohan and Mr Ashraf have owned Calfaria Chapel, in Ann Street,...

New playground opens at Llyn Llech Owain

A NEW playground has opened at Llyn Llech Owain Country Park in Gorslas.

The play area, which has incorporated the theme of the legend of Llyn Llech Owain, is situated near the park’s entrance.

It’s already proving popular with pupils from Ysgol Gorslas, who were invited to be the first to try out the playground when it was officially opened on Friday, May 4.

With more than 40 play...

Carmarthen man fined £1800 for tattooing a minor

A Carmarthen man has been ordered to pay nearly £1,800 for tattooing a minor.

Marcin Zbierzek, of College Road, was punished by Llanelli magistrates after admitting to inking the boy on his arm, contrary to the Tattooing of Minor Act, and tattooing him without being registered as a person or premises to do so.

In a prosecution led by Carmarthenshire Council, the court heard that the boy’s mother contacted the authority after her son, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had been...