MORE than 200 people attended an information event to find out more about the multi-million-pound wellness village planned for Delta Lakes.
The event was held at Morfa Social Club to give people the chance to have their say on the ambitious plans for the site.
Residents were able to view the masterplan for the site and speak to members of the project team before giving their feedback.
There was a lot of support for the project, residents were happy with the regeneration plan for the area, and in particular the emphasis on skills, training and education along with job creation.
Yvonne Jenkins from the Morfa Residents and Tenants Association said: “It is a very good event, it has been well organised and was well publicised, I am glad so many people have attended. I think it will be very good for the area, especially in creating jobs for local people and for promoting good health and I think it will be of benefit to future generations.”
Stephanie Williams from Seaside said: “I think this even has been very useful and the project will be a great asset to the area, it will benefit the area by providing good quality jobs, it is good to see something positive.”
Some concerns were raised regarding an increase in traffic to the area but this will be looked at as part of the planning process including public transport links.
Workshops were also held with pupils from Coedcae School and Ysgol Penrhos to find out what they would like included in an ‘adventure zone’ as part of the Village.
Coedcae pupil Eliza Butler-Jenkins, aged 12, said she thought the proposal was “a good use of the space.”
Eleven-year-old Freddie Webber added: “It will bring jobs and health opportunities.”
Curtis Phillips, aged 13, was excited about the adventure zone, he said: “I think it is important that children are encouraged to keep fit from a young age.”
Delta Lakes will provide a ‘world class’ Wellness and Life Science Village along the Llanelli coastline bringing together new sport and leisure facilities, business and research opportunities, education and training, as well as health and wellbeing services and assisted living accommodation set within an attractive lakeside environment.
It aims to improve the wellbeing of people across the region, creating up to 2000 high quality, well paid jobs and boosting the economy by £467 million over 15 years.
Council Leader Emlyn Dole said: “I am absolutely delighted so many people turned out to this event, I think it shows just how much enthusiasm and support there is for this project. These views are really important to us and will help to shape our vision for the Village going forward.”
An outline planning application on the proposals will be submitted early in the New Year.
The Wellness and Life Science Village is being led by Carmarthenshire County Council in partnership with Hywel Dda and Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Boards and Swansea University under the ARCH (A Regional Collaboration for Health) programme. It is also a key project for the Swansea Bay City Region and is earmarked to receive £40million as part of the £1.3billion City Deal funding.
The Swansea Bay City Deal is a £1.3billion investment that will transform the economic landscape of the area, boosting the local economy by £1.8billion, and generating almost 10,000 new jobs over the next 15 years.
The Swansea Bay City Region partners include the four local authorities – Carmarthenshire County Council, Swansea City Council, Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council and Pembrokeshire County Council – together with Abertawe Bro Morgannwg and Hywel Dda University Health Boards, Swansea University and the University of Wales Trinity St David’s, Welsh Government, UK Government and private sector companies.
People can still give their feedback on the project, please visit www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/deltalakes