Am­bi­tious plans for 900 new homes a big in­vest­ment

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS -

IT WAS an­other proud day for me as Leader of the coun­cil on Mon­day as my col­league coun­cil­lor Linda Evans, ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for hous­ing, set out our am­bi­tious plans to build 900 new coun­cil homes in the county.

If ap­proved by full coun­cil in Septem­ber, this will be­come the big­gest in­vest­ment in new coun­cil homes since the 1970s – not just in Car­marthen­shire, but across the whole of Wales.

I re­cently had the op­por­tu­nity to meet Welsh Gov­ern­ment hous­ing min­is­ter Julie James, and she was amazed at our plans, and also our abil­ity to de­liver on our prom­ises.

We al­ready have fund­ing in place to build the first 300 homes within the next three years – that’s a huge in­vest­ment of £53 mil­lion to build much-needed homes for lo­cal fam­i­lies where they are most needed and wanted.

As my col­league who cham­pi­ons ru­ral af­fairs has pointed out, many of these homes will be built in small ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties that have not seen this kind of in­vest­ment for decades.

It will mean that lo­cal fam­i­lies can re­main liv­ing in the com­mu­ni­ties they know and love, in­stead of be­ing pushed to larger more ur­ban ar­eas where af­ford­able hous­ing is more read­ily avail­able.

I am very proud of this plan - the strength of our ambition, our abil­ity to de­liver on it, and more im­por­tantly of the very real dif­fer­ence this will make to peo­ple’s lives.


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

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