Work is set to get underway this week to bring major improvements to sports facilities at Penygaer, Llanelli
The project will bring the Penygaer changing rooms back into use for local sports teams and deliver significant community benefits with the creation of a community space, kitchen and a Changing Places toilet facility.
The £300,000 project is funded by a £250,000 National Lottery grant with over £50,000 being invested by the Labour-led Llanelli Town Council. In an effort to gain grant funding for the much-needed project, local Labour Councillors Rob James, Andrew Bragoli, Shaun Greaney, Sarah Evans, Anthony Lochrie and Anthony Leyshon established the new community group – Caru Lliedi/Love Lliedi and are now looking at other opportunities to draw down funding for the area after their recent success.
Carmarthenshire County Council approved exciting plans for the project at the end of last year and the approved contractor is set to begin work this week.
Councillor Rob James said, “Improving sports and play facilities across Llanelli was a major pledge during last May’s election and we are thrilled to have gained this vital funding within six months.
“The changing facilities at Penygaer playing fields are an important asset for our community and local sports teams, so it was essential that we bring the facility back into use. We have already invested in a new Sports, Youth and Activities Officer for the Town Council and this capital investment will benefit our communities for years to come.
Councillor Andrew Bragoli, Chair of Caru Lliedi stated “I want to thank all the officers at Llanelli Town Council that supported our efforts to gain external funding for this important project.
“As a newly established group, we are pleased that we were able to receive this level of funding quickly for our community. We have some exciting plans for Lliedi going forward and we look forward to working with local residents and interested parties to bring further improvements to Lliedi.”
Caru Lliedi will be holding their Annual General Meeting on 7th March at Llanerch Community Centre, should local residents wish to be involved in the group.