Ben­e­fits of City Deal are for all to see

Llanelli Star - - News -

THERE’S been plenty in the press over the past week about the Swansea Bay City Deal, and in par­tic­u­lar the Life Science and Well­be­ing Vil­lage planned for Llanelli.

De­spite all the head­lines, it’s busi­ness as usual here for us in Car­marthen­shire as we plough on with our pro­posed de­vel­op­ment and cel­e­brate the suc­cess of Canol­fan S4C at Yr Egin in Car­marthen which is open and flour­ish­ing.

At the be­gin­ning of last week we, as an ex­ec­u­tive board, ap­proved in prin­ci­ple the de­tailed busi­ness case for the vil­lage at Delta Lakes which is ex­pected to cre­ate close to 2,000 jobs and give the lo­cal econ­omy a £467 mil­lion boost, but – in the in­ter­ests of trans­parency – we have asked for an in­de­pen­dent re­view of the project to pro­vide peo­ple with the re­as­sur­ance they have asked for.

In the mean­time, prepara­tory work is al­ready un­der way at the site and the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion has been sub­mit­ted.

At the end of last week, we an­nounced that we have ter­mi­nated a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment that was in place to help us draw up a de­vel­op­ment agree­ment, but that does not stop us mov­ing for­ward.

So, while some things have changed, what hasn’t is our ab­so­lute com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing this scheme and the thou­sands of skilled jobs that it will bring.

Just as has hap­pened al­ready in Car­marthen, the City Deal will bring huge ben­e­fits to the peo­ple of Car­marthen­shire and I will do every­thing in my power to make it hap­pen. A REG­U­LAR reader came up to me last week and asked: “Do you re­ally get an­noyed about so many things . . . or do you just pre­tend?”

My re­sponse? “Kindly pass me that towel and get out of my bath­room!”

I had new door locks fit­ted the next day.

The truth is I do get an­noyed by many things.

Like . . .

■ Christ­mas songs be­ing played in shops well be­fore Re­mem­brance Sun­day;

■ Christ­mas songs played in shops well Re­mem­brance Sun­day;

Re­cently I heard a BBC Ra­dio Wales traf­fic pre­sen­ter an­nounce: “There is some is­sues on the Heads Of The Val­leys Road!”

My quick­fire re­sponse was wor­thy of Os­car Wilde – “Yeah, and that’s not the only thing there is is­sues with!”

You think Craig Revel Hor­wood is catty?

He’s an am­a­teur com­pared to me!

I must be one of those over­sen­si­tive peo­ple whose hack­les are eas­ily raised.

As a mat­ter of fact, my fam­ily’s raised hack­les since the 18th Cen­tury, al­ways re­leas­ing them into the wild when they’re old enough to fend for them­selves.

Now that we’re well into win­ter, my peren­nial pet peeve has start­ing to ap­pear once again – grown men wear­ing shorts in be­ing af­ter bit­terly cold weather, strid­ing around as if they’re in the Aus­tralian out­back. They might think they’re tough as leather, but in fact they’re daft as a brush.

Why? Be­cause, as their bare, pasty legs are at­tacked by icy winds, hail and snow, they wear woolly hats to keep their heads warm!

Does that make any sense what­so­ever? I over­heard one young man jus­tify his lack of long leg­wear in De­cem­ber by boast­ing: “I’ve come straight from foot­ball train­ing!”

If he hadn’t been twice my size, I would have asked, “Fine. But why did you leave your trousers in the chang­ing room?”

As for bandy, beer-bel­lied men over 50 wear­ing crum­pled shorts at any time of year, I’m meet­ing the Lord Chief Jus­tice soon to dis­cuss hav­ing it made a cap­i­tal of­fence . . .

Co­me­dian Phil Evans from Am­man­ford is known as the man who puts the “cwtsh” into com­edy

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