Last or­ders to be called at vil­lage pub for good

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Robert Dalling @RobertDall­ing [email protected]­ 01554 700811

A GWEN­DRAETH Valley vil­lage looks set to lose its for­mer wa­ter­ing hole for good, as plans have now been lodged to trans­form it into a house.

The move comes fol­low­ing un­suc­cess­ful ef­forts to se­cure new ten­ants for the Smiths Arms in Llang­y­n­deyrn.

The plans ask Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil to change the old pub from its cur­rent use as a ground floor pub­lic house, with first floor res­i­den­tial ac­com­mo­da­tion, to a house in­stead.

The Smiths Arms closed two years ago as a re­sult of fall­ing pa­tron num­bers and re­sult­ing turnover, plan­ning doc­u­ments state.

But it adds: “Nev­er­the­less, given the con­tin­ued trad­ing of the Farm­ers Arms, such a change of use at the Smiths Arms, will not lead to an un­der­sup­ply of pub­lic houses in the sus­tain­able com­muFor up­dates, changes, al­ter­ations — email jour­nal. [email protected]­di­ De­tails must be sub­mit­ted by noon on Thurs­day — a week be­fore pub­li­ca­tion, please mark each email ‘Llanelli churches’ and state the sec­tion .

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“Vil­lagers can ac­cess the Farm­ers Arms in less than five min­utes from the cen­tral and east­ern parts of the vil­lage where the ap­pli­ca­tion site is lo­cated.

“The free­hold­ers of the Smiths Arms, Mr and Mrs S. Thomas (ap­pli­cants), have owned the pub­lic house for many years, and dur­ing the last two years


have been try­ing to sell or alternativ­ely lease the busi­ness.

“They have, within the pre­ced­ing few years be­fore its clo­sure, had dif­fi­culty in se­cur­ing ten­ants to run the re­main­ing busi­ness.”

Com­mer­cial es­tate agents Sid­ney Phillips had been ap­pointed to ad­ver­tise the prop­erty and busi­ness in Oc­to­ber 2017.

There had been a lot of Jerusalem, Burry Port Re­hoboth, Five Roads Sul Sbe­sial ini­tial in­ter­est with five view­ings, but no of­fers.

“We think it is un­likely that a po­ten­tial ten­ant will come for­ward in the short to medium term as the terms on which we have been of­fer­ing the pub are very rea­son­able, and no in­ter­est has been shown,” the es­tate agents wrote at the time.

The ap­pli­ca­tion adds: “It must be there­fore ques­tioned as why should Mr and Mrs Thomas con­tinue to mar­ket a busi­ness for which there is no lo­cal sup­port, nor in­ter­est in pur­chase or lease?

“The down­turn in the ru­ral pub­lic house trade is well known, with the rise in the su­per­mar­kets’ sale of cheap and con­ve­nient al­co­hol re­plac­ing the at­trac­tion of visit­ing a lo­cal pub­lic house.”

Pic­ture: Gayle Marsh

Hopes to keep a pub in the vil­lage of Llang­y­n­deyrn ap­pear to be fad­ing.

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