Proposals by Carmarthenshire County Council to spend millions of pounds on regenerating rural communities has been welcomed by Cllr Cefin Campbell, the Plaid Cymru candidate for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire in the Senedd election in May.
‘I’m delighted that the budget proposals passed yesterday (Wednesday 3 March) confirms the Council’s commitment to regenerating our rural communities’, said Cllr Campbell, the Executive Board member for Communities and Rural Affairs.
‘Over £2m has been earmarked for a range of schemes including money for developing market towns like St Clears, Whitland and Laugharne; for carrying out surfacing work on our rural roads; and towards creating a Rural Enterprise Fund to encourage small businesses to grow’, he added. ‘This, on top of our investment in a jobs growth programme through the Swansea Bay City Deal and improving digital infrastructure in rural communities is great news for those of us who live in rural Carmarthenshire’.
Despite huge financial pressures, the Plaid-led County Council has managed to keep this year’s council tax increase to 3.45% – which is below the average Welsh council tax increases.
It places the county 14th out of 22nd in the Wales ‘tax increase league table.’