Buoyed by Tyisha improvements

Buoyed by Tyisha improvements

IMPROVEMENTS in Tyisha Ward on track I am pleased that Residents of Tyisha and Lakefield in Llanelli have been assured by council chiefs that plans for the regeneration of the area are still on track.

This is despite the Coronavirus pandemic’s impact on some planned work. This steering group team has not stopped, but COVID-19 has delayed the regeneration as we all have had to put the health and safety of people first before anything else.

I would like to thank all those volunteering their time on the steering group. Council workers have been thin on the ground as many county officers have been redeployed to deal with the pandemic. In 2021 the council will be recruiting new community wardens who will patrol the Tyisha ward to help cut anti-social behaviour.

A new project development officer will be appointed to help create a new community hub to plan activities for children, young people, and the adults in the ward. Survey work has started on the old Copperworks School site where it is planned to build low-cost affordable family homes.

Plaid Cymru’s Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn has also invested £50,000 of funds towards projects in the Tyisha and Glanymor wards. Dyfed Powys Police and Carmarthenshire Council are currently working together to survey people until January 15 about the fear of crime in the Tyisha area so issues can be addressed.

You can fill in the survey online through this link https://rb.gy/hibafh or phone 01267 234567 and an officer will help you to complete the survey over the phone. Alternatively, you could drop into their advice van which is in the Station Road area every other Monday between 11am and 3pm.

The Council’s regeneration team has been working with property owners in Station Road. Grants totalling £418,000 have been secured to bring vacant commercial floor space in four buildings back into business use and a further three businesses have been awarded a total of £200,000 to provide homes above commercial premises.

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When I was AM for Llanelli, I was making the case for this type of investment from the Labour run council, working with Plaid Cymru County and Town Councillors for the area at the time. People waited a great deal of time for action when Labour controlled the Council, and it has taken a Plaid Cymru-led council to get the ball rolling on the regeneration plans.

I’m pleased that Carmarthenshire County Council has given reassurances that the project to revive the community is still a priority. It is disappointing, though understandable that there have been delays due to the pandemic.

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Columnists Helen Mary Jones