MONEY needs to start flowing to city deal projects in Carmarthenshire from central Government, council leader Emlyn Dole has said.

The Plaid leader has called on the Welsh Government to release £40 million towards the Wellness and Life Science Village planned for Llanelli.

The sum has been allocated from central Government to the £200 million project as part of the £1.3 billion city deal for the region.

Cllr Dole also said £5 million needed to be provided as planned towards Yr Egin, Carmarthen, which has already opened as the new headquarters for S4C.

But the Welsh Government said it was still awaiting formal submission of the projects’ business cases for approval.

Cllr Dole’s call comes days after German car part manufacturer Schaeffler announced proposals to close its Llanelli site, putting more than 200 jobs at risk.

Cllr Dole said the planned Wellness and Life Science Village at Delta Lakes was attracting the attention of “many large companies”.

“We must capitalise on this interest as quickly as we can to start to provide the 1,800 first-class jobs that the village, with its associated university, health, research, teaching, leisure and care facilities, will bring,” he said.

He said the city deal projects had undergone robust business planning.

Cllr Dole added: “We need to get these funds released to enable further job creation during this challenging period.

“We need to provide confidence to the business community at this time and show that our funds are ready to enable them to invest too.”

The Welsh Government said it remained committed to releasing city deal funding at the earliest opportunity.

A spokesman said: “Both Governments are working closely with the region to meet the agreed conditions, signed up to by all parties in the heads of term from March 2017, which will release Government funding.

“This includes ongoing development of detailed business cases for the eleven major project proposals underpinning the deal. We await formal submission of the business cases for approval.”

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