Llanelli Town Council is delighted to confirm that the Town Council’s joint bid with Carmarthenshire County Council and Llanelli Rural Council has been successful, securing over £400k for the 2018/19 financial year from the Welsh Government for road safety improvements in Llanelli West via the Safe Routes in Communities Grant Scheme.  Llanelli Town Council will also match fund the project with £5,000 and Carmarthenshire County Council with £10,000, which will enable safer routes improvements covering the areas of Pentip School, Old Road School, Furnace School, Pwll School, Ysgol Y Strade and Côleg Sir Gar Campus.

A further application will need to be made for the second years funding for 2019/20.  This successful bid follows a great deal of partnership working between officers and councillors of the three councils. The bid was supported by all the schools together with the MP and AM and followed a series of community consultation events.  The bid process was also awarded the One Voice Wales Best Community Engagement Initiative at the Innovative Practice Awards in March 2018.

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Shahana Najmi said “I am delighted to hear that this funding has been secured which will enable a wide range of developments providing safer routes for all our residents, especially the children attending these schools.  I pay tribute to the outstanding partnership working between our Council, Carmarthenshire County Council and Llanelli Rural Council which led to this successful bid”.

The Town Mayor, Councillor Jeff Edmunds said “This is truly excellent news which will provide for much needed road safety improvements and shows what can be achieved through collaboration and partnership working between the three authorities”.

The Leader of the Opposition, Councillor John Jenkins said “This is a massive investment in highway safety in Llanelli which was only possible through partnership working between Llanelli Town Council, Llanelli Rural Council and Carmarthenshire County Council.  Over 1,000 town residents were consulted which included two packed public meetings and will result in our area being safer for pedestrians, cyclists, parents and pupils.  Special praise is due to the Council officers for preparing the successful bid, this grant is hard-won and will deliver decades of highway safety initiatives in the next two years”.