Earlier this year Carmarthenshire county councillors were surprised and disturbed to see that Swansea Business Improvement District and Swansea Council were among those objecting to plans to develop five units as fast food outlets, cafes and restaurants at Parc Trostre, Llanelli's out-of-town shopping centre.
Town councillors in Carmarthen were also alarmed because they fear that under Welsh Government proposals, responsibility for deciding certain types of commercial planning applications would in future be handed to panels made up of private sector interests and others, such as the Swansea Business Improvement District. This would mean businesses in Swansea deciding who should be allowed to set up business in Carmarthenshire and the rest of the so-called Swansea Bay City Region, with local people and representatives having little or no say in the matter.
Cllr Alun Lenny (Plaid) said at the time that under the proposed regional planning system Swansea city centre would want to be the driver for economic development.
But it's not just Swansea retailers who are eying up Carmarthenshire as a sort of colonial hinterland which could give the city's economy a useful shot in the arm.
Here is a report of the Leader of Swansea Council, Rob Stewart, in response to the Welsh Government's proposals for reorganising local government.
Having mulled things over in a seminar, Swansea's overwhelmingly Labour councillors would like to see the city's boundaries expanded to take in Llanelli, Neath Port Talbot and the Swansea Valley. Or as they put it, their preferred option would be:
"The Establishment of a Swansea Bay Authority which encompasses the natural boundaries of communities which would identify with the Swansea Bay City Region. This model would follow the industrial heartlands of South West Wales and would include the neighbouring regions of Llanelli and the Swansea Valley together with Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. This preferred model would be based around the economic development and regeneration of South West Wales."
This proposal to create a large new fiefdom under perpetual Labour rule has now gone off to Labour's Minister for Public Services, Leighton Andrews.