Sunday 7 July 2013

Stradey Park and Council Cuts

Although the Welsh Government has not yet decided the latest call-in of the Stradey Park housing development of 355 luxury houses in Llanelli, the developer Taylor Wimpey has begun piling as a part of its plan to raise the level of the site to prevent flooding of the new homes.

Critics of the scheme, of whom there are many, say that the result will be to increase the risk of flooding in the surrounding residential areas of Sandy Road, Iscoed and Lower Denham Road. On top of that existing home owners who have suffered flooding in the past are finding that affordable insurance is a thing of the past.

Taylor Wimpey owes Carmarthenshire County Council £4.6 million under a Section 106 planning agreement, money which the council spent long ago to build the Parc Y Scarlets stadium.

The increasingly cash-strapped council recently warned that it faces having to make further cuts of £12 million (the chief executive's best guess) up to £18 million, so the likelihood that it will back down and acknowledge the risk to existing homes and businesses is slim to say the least.

Local councillor Sian Caiach has written to the minister, Carl Sergeant, to ask whether he has now given the green light to Taylor Wimpey.

A rally against austerity and the effect that further cuts will have on communities is being organised by Plaid in Llanelli for Saturday 13 July, starting at 10 a.m. in Vaughan Street. Speakers will include Helen Mary Jones, Jill Evans MEP and Simon Thomas AM.

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