Delta Lakes project on coun­cil agenda

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

PLANS for the £200 mil­lion Life Sciences and Well­be­ing Vil­lage in Llanelli will be dis­cussed by Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil to­mor­row.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion for the am­bi­tious project at Delta Lakes will be chewed over by the au­thor­ity’s plan­ning com­mit­tee.

Llanelli town coun­cil­lor Sean Rees, who rep­re­sents the Glany­mor Ward which cov­ers Delta Lakes, ar­gues now is the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for the town to work to­gether to­wards the scheme com­ing to fruition.

He claims there needs to be bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the pub­lic from the coun­cil the scheme.

Mr Rees said: “If done right, this project has po­ten­tial to trans­form the eco­nomic for­tunes of our town.

“At the heart of the project is a com­mit­ment for an in­sti­tute of life science, fa­cil­i­ties for busi­ness start-ups and re­search, a well­be­ing cen­tre and a new leisure cen­tre. All of which is es­ti­mated to cre­ate up to 2,000 jobs bring­ing £467 mil­lion to the local econ­omy.

“Our area can­not af­ford to lose out on such in­vest­ment. The au­thor­ity must be more open and trans­par­ent.

“In the past few months alone, we have had a num­ber of sus­pen­sions at Swansea Uni­ver­sity; the end­ing of a col­lab­o­ra­tion agree­ment with Ster­ling Health; the fact there is very lit­tle in the way of pri­vate sec­tor fi­nance in place and even a rapid in­de­pen­dent re­view launched by both UK and Welsh Gov­ern­ments, which could de­lay the project fur­ther.

“The pow­ers that be need to move quickly to pro­vide re­as­sur­ance and clar­ity to res­i­dents that pro­ce­dures have been prop­erly fol­lowed and that pub­lic funds have been pro­tected.

“It is, how­ever, also wholly ir­re­spon­si­ble for some to seek to ex­ploit this sit­u­a­tion for po­lit­i­cal gain. This will only lead to fur­ther un­cer­tainty within our com­mu­nity.

“It is very clear to me that what is needed here is a more par­tic­i­pa­tory ap­proach that puts com­mu­nity en­gage­ment at the fore­front of the project. This will only work if ev­ery­one in the com­mu­nity ac­tu­ally feels a part of it. The project needs to be re­designed in a way which gives greater fo­cus to more pub­lic own­er­ship in­volve­ment.”

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