RESIDENTS in the Tyisha ward of Llanelli are being reassured that the council remains committed to delivering multi-million-pound regeneration plans for the area.
The ‘Tyisha – Making it happen’ project which aims to transform the area to create a vibrant, new community continues to be a priority for the council, although the coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on some planned works.
Lockdown restrictions have meant that some physical works have been delayed including the construction of the new play park at Ann Street, and the relocation of young people’s projects from the Station Road area along with temporary accommodation. The distribution of a community newsletter also started in March 2020, but had to be stopped when the restrictions came in.
However, officers are continuing to carry out a lot of ‘behind the scenes’ work, for example, survey work has started on the old Copperworks School site where it is planned to build low-cost affordable family homes.
A number of residents from the 4 Ty’s and Clos Sant Paul have already moved or are in the process of moving; and a lot of work is being carried out with Dyfed Powys Police to tackle the drug, alcohol and anti-social behaviour issues in the area. The Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn has invested £50,000 towards various projects in the Tyisha and Glanymor wards.
The council’s regeneration team has been working with property owners in Station Road and 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.
There have been ongoing issues in relation to waste, litter and fly-tipping and regular inspections are now underway with a targeted campaign to educate residents about to be launched which will result in enforcement action against persistent offenders.
The council is also targeting the private rental sector to improve management standards and to encourage owners of empty properties to bring them back into use. Proactive visits will be carried out once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.
Executive Board Member for Communities Cllr Cefin Campbell, who is also chair of the project steering group, said: “We want to reassure the public that nothing has changed, and this project remains a key priority for the council.
“It is disappointing that some works have been delayed, however I am pleased that despite the recent crisis, our officers have been able to continue with a lot of the behind the scenes work, and as soon as restrictions are eased , it will be full steam ahead.”
Executive Board Member for Housing Cllr Linda Evans added: “Our long-term ambition is to transform the Tyisha area, which is one of the county’s most deprived wards, into a place where people want to live and work.
“We have listened to residents’ views and what they wanted to change about the area and now we are starting to put some of those ideas into action.
“It is unfortunate that the pandemic has set us back a little, but we must focus on the bigger picture, and there are exciting times to come.”
Image: An artist’s impression of how Great Western Crescent could look in the future (opposite the train station).