LLANELLI’S Member of the Senedd Lee Waters has welcomed the extension of grant funding for Llanedi Community Council.
The £126,000 grant, which is part of the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities Development Fund, was initially at risk due to the effects of coronavirus on delivery profiles and external funding. However, an extension to the grant was secured following a successful intervention from Llanelli’s Member of the Senedd.
Speaking of his collaboration with the community council, Mr Waters said:
“With many aspects of our lives on hold at the moment, there was a real risk that funding was lost for this project because of factors outside the council’s control. That’s why I am all the more delighted that we were able to work together and bring about a successful outcome for the Llanedi area.”
The grant will now be used to redevelop the former Hendy cricket club into a new community centre. Speaking of the project, the community council’s development officer Ruth Davies said:
“The centre will be a much needed hub for activity and events in the village. It is hoped work can now start in the very near future.”
She went onto add:
“We are most grateful to the Welsh Government and for the support provided by Lee Waters MS in taking this ambitious project forward for our community.”
Remarking on the community centre and further projects in Hendy, Lee Waters said:
“Hendy has been crying out for somewhere to call its own for a long time, so it’s fantastic to see the under-utilised space by the old cricket club being brought back to life. A lot of hard work is going into transforming the community in Hendy, with changes on the way to the M4 junction, and the new nature trail making this a safer and more vibrant place to live.
On a broader point, the Member of the Welsh Parliament for Llanelli said:
“The Rural Communities Development Fund has spent over £330 million across Wales on projects aiming to improve socio-economic resilience. Despite the pressure to reprioritise budgets to meet the immediate challenges of COVID-19, it’s essential that these long term investments continue to take place, particularly as we look to build back better from this pandemic.”