Energy is all around us

Energy is all around us

Rising energy prices have put a huge squeeze on household budgets and continue to drive inflation. But the energy we need is already all around us, it’s just a lot of it’s untapped!

The International Energy Agency estimates that floating wind turbines could help provide enough electricity to satisfy the world’s electricity needs eleven times over (Pic: Principle Power Dock 90)

Did you know renewable energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels, which have soared in price during the war in Ukraine? Onshore and offshore wind and solar power cost about £40 per megawatt hour, but gas fired power generation costs about £140 per megawatt hour.

And some of the most exciting opportunities are around floating offshore wind farms, which the Celtic Sea seems purpose built for.

If you don’t like the look of wind turbines – don’t worry because floating wind farms are much further out to sea! Conventional offshore wind turbines are fixed to the seabed, which means they can only be used in waters up to sixty metres deep. That means around 80% of the exploitable energy resources of our oceans remain largely unharnessed. The International Energy Agency estimates that floating wind turbines could help provide enough electricity to satisfy the world’s electricity needs eleven times over!

The floating wind sector contributed nearly £2.2m to the Welsh economy in recent years. It’s expected to grow significantly over the next decade, with £682m in supply chain opportunities for Wales and Cornwall predicted by 2030!

So what kinds of projects are we going to see?

Blue Gem have proposed Erebus, a 96MW test and demonstration project, which will become one of the largest floating offshore wind projects in the world when constructed in 2026. Erebus will consist of six to ten turbines up to16MW in size. These turbines could be up to two hundred and sixty five metres from sea surface to blade tip, which is about twice the height of the London Eye! Just one rotation provides enough energy to power an entire household for over twenty four hours. Erebus will be followed by Valorous, a 300MW early commercial project, capable of providing green energy to 279,652 homes per year. Both projects are named after famous ships built in Pembroke Dock.

Pembroke Dock based Hiraeth Energy, working in collaboration with Magnora Offshore Wind, will develop two floating wind projects in the Celtic Sea, called Môr Glas and Môr Gwyrdd, with up to 700MW total installed capacity. It’s been reported that these wind farms could power half the homes in Wales! This partnership is particularly exciting as it’s committed to enabling a proportion of community ownership and has ring fenced 10% of the Môr Glas and Môr Gwyrdd  projects for this purpose.

Floating wind farms also form part of the £60m Pembroke Dock Marine programme, which aims to place Pembrokeshire at the heart of global zero carbon marine energy innovation.

The Pembrokeshire Demonstration Zone, managed by WaveHub, is a 90km2 area of sea, being developed for the demonstration of wave and floating offshore wind technologies with a capacity of up to 180MW.

Pembroke Dock Marine will also include the Marine Energy Engineering Centre of Excellence, providing research, development and demonstration support, developments to Pembroke Port to create spaces that help industry fabricate, launch and maintain devices, and the Marine Energy Test Area, which provides eight low cost, low risk test areas for marine energy developers. The programme is expected to generate £73.5m a year for the regional economy.

But it’s not just Pembrokeshire.

There are also a big opportunities for Port Talbot, who RWE are working with to see whether their port facilities can support a number of gigawatt scale floating wind projects.

At a recent meeting of the Neath Port Talbot Innovation Exchange (which we host in partnership with Neath Port Talbot Council for businesses in the manufacturing and engineering sectors across the county), Andrew Clarke from ABP presented exciting plans for investment in the expansion of the port, specifically with a view to it being a key gateway to Wales’ floating offshore wind sites.

This would see Port Talbot becoming a globally significant production hub by the end of the decade, using the port’s unique combination of deep water access, brownfield land, rail connections, manufacturing capacity and skilled labour. Port Talbot will be where thousands of blades, mooring systems, substructures and cables are made, married up with tower sections and nacelles, and towed out to destination sites.

Swansea based Marine Power Systems have developed the only solution of its type that can be configured to harness both wind and wave energy in deep water. Notably they consider the whole lifecycle of their platforms. With the earliest offshore wind farms already reaching the end of their lives, Marine Power Systems have worked with Swansea University to look at how they can eventually be recovered and recycled back into their component parts.

We don’t always know when the wind will be blowing. But marine renewables are always predictable!

A groundbreaking project proposed for Swansea’s waterfront will see a newly designed tidal lagoon, featuring state of the art underwater turbines generating three hundred and twenty megawatts of renewable energy from the 9.5km structure.

The lagoon is part of the larger Blue Eden project led by DST Innovations which will also include a manufacturing plant to make high tech batteries for renewable energy storage, a battery facility that will store the renewable energy produced (If constructed now, it would be the world’s largest facility of its kind), a floating solar array (This would be the UK’s largest facility of its kind), a data centre (This would be the UK’s first centre of its kind), residential waterfront homes for five thousand people, and approximately a hundred and fifty floating, highly energy efficient eco-homes. All of this will be powered by the renewable energy produced on site!

Blue Eden will create over two thousand five hundred permanent jobs, support a further sixteen thousand jobs across the UK, and create additional jobs during its construction. Subject to planning consent, work could start early next year.

And what about on dry land? If you’re a business, solar energy offers plenty of opportunities.

Egni Co-op has already installed over 4.5MWp of capacity on ninety sites, including schools, community buildings and businesses (Pic: Egni Co-op)

Could the sun power a hospital? It was hoped a solar farm would supply Morriston Hospital in Swansea with a fifth of its energy consumption every year. But at times it was able to provide all the electricity needed to run the site, even during the winter months, and even sell energy back to the National Grid! It was thought, when fully operational, the scheme would cut carbon emissions by a thousand tonnes and save £500,000 a year, but with energy prices rising, the health board now believes savings could be almost double that figure.

Could the sun power a university? RDM Electrical & Mechanical Services and EFT Consult are working on a highly innovative project to install rooftop and carport solar photovoltaics schemes, as well as a battery energy storage system and electric vehicle chargers at Swansea University. The project will demonstrate how a large site can control its impact on the grid by storing energy generated from renewable sources, drawing down from the grid only when power is cheapest or least carbon intensive.

Could the sun power your business?

Egni Co-op has already installed over 4.5MWp of capacity on ninety sites, including schools, community buildings and businesses.

Swansea BID wants to go even further than that, and is currently crowdfunding for Solar Swansea, a project to create an urban solar farm on the flat roofs of Swansea city centre. This, combined with the Blue Eden project, would potentially make Swansea city centre self-sustaining!

But you don’t always need to think big with solar energy. When Ashley Collins, sole trader of Flynn’s Coffee, wanted to convert her mobile café to run entirely on solar power she was told it couldn’t be done. She taught herself electronics by researching online and watching YouTube videos and now runs her mobile barista venture on solar power while selling her coffee at festivals and events across South Wales, in between basing the business in Swansea Marina.

Energy prices are rising. But renewable energy is now cheaper than fossil fuels. It’s all around us, it’s just a lot of it’s untapped!

4theRegion has been given the opportunity to host a business conference for Swansea that will give local companies a meaningful voice and part to play in the county’s green transition. Energy will be a big part of that! The Swansea Green Recovery Business Conference takes place in Brangwyn Hall on June 27th. You can register your free place here, and if you’d like to be involved, please contact zoe@4theRegion.org.uk

Everybody’s Business

Everybody’s Business

At 4theRegion we want to ensure South West Wales is a welcoming and safe region where everyone has the opportunity to thrive and progress fulfilling careers. Building cohesive communities is about developing neighbourhoods, social spaces and workplaces where difference is welcomed and celebrated. This involves moving beyond narratives of ‘us’ and ‘them’ towards a greater sense of trust and a shared sense of belonging.

How can businesses play a role in supporting cohesive communities? (Pic: fauxels)

Building a more cohesive society is everybody’s business. We are all part of the social fabric, the strength of which can be an important influence on our wellbeing as communities and individuals. We all have a responsibility to build and maintain the relationships, connections and understandings which make up that social fabric. Cohesion is a shared objective, in which every person, community and organisation has a role to play.

So how can we support social cohesion?

A new report from Belong looks at just that! Everybody’s Business, produced in conjunction with the Intercultural Cities Network, sets out how businesses can play a role in supporting cohesive communities, and how local authorities can support them in doing this. The report draws its findings from a series of roundtable conversations with local authorities and businesses in a number of towns and cities across the UK, including Swansea.

Belong use the term ‘social cohesion’ to describe how well people from different backgrounds mix, interact and get along with each other. Those differences can be ethnicity, faith, social class, age, gender, sexuality, or a range of other differences that might potentially divide us.

There’s lots of potential to support community cohesion within a business! Research shows that workplaces can provide the opportunity for people from different backgrounds to connect in a way that leads to more positive attitudes towards diversity and higher levels of social cohesion. If you work in a diverse workplace you’re more likely to have friends from different backgrounds, although your interactions will need to be more than passing for the effects to extend beyond the workplace.

By their very nature, some businesses represent vital social infrastructure providing opportunities for people to meet and mix across different boundaries. And the experience of the pandemic has made clear the vital importance of these shared spaces! As ‘third places’, other than home and work, they provide a venue where members of the community can interact with one another informally, and where collective space can be provided for community initiatives such as charitable fundraising.

So how can you as a business help maximise the positive impact you have?

First and foremost, recruiting a workforce which fully reflects the diversity of local communities, across all functions and levels of seniority, is necessary for any business that wants to support social cohesion.

As a business, you can promote an inclusive culture through cohesion aware management. This means creating a climate of openness and trust, ensuring demographic attributes (ethnicity, gender, sexuality etc) do not overlap with functional roles and supporting meaningful interactions between people of all backgrounds across the workforce, are key elements of workplaces that support cohesion.

You can enable minorities and diverse groups to lead innovation. Ensuring that innovation is led by diverse teams and people from under represented groups enables better understanding of the needs of communities and increases awareness of market and product opportunities that might otherwise be missed.

You can invest in social infrastructure in the local community. What can you do to support welcoming, inclusive community spaces? This could be in the course of your everyday operations or, for example, through the innovative use of your commercial property.

Businesses can also deliver added social value by supporting community organisations and initiatives which build cohesive communities.

You can do this by partnering with a local community group or charity. Imagine if more businesses were regularly twinned with a local community group or charity as part of an ongoing relationship? This could involve sponsorship or support in kind, and would help deepen the connections between a business and the community around it.

You can provide direct support through employee volunteering. You can enable more employee volunteering which aids charities, community groups and hubs supporting community life and bringing people together. This helps to connect employees to the community and to people from different backgrounds.

You can localise your supply chain. By applying the ‘think local’ principle to as much of their supply chain as possible, businesses can extend more opportunities to the local community, and help to strengthen the networks of social and economic ties that can support cohesive communities.

And, wherever possible, you should evaluate the impact of work that you’re doing to support social cohesion.

It’s great to see the report citing our members Gower Gas and Oil as example of what businesses in the region are already doing! The heating services company has led a variety of initiatives to address social isolation. The #DontDanceAlone social media campaign, in partnership with The Wave and Swansea Sound, has raised awareness of isolation amongst older people and helped raise money for older people’s charities. Gower Gas and Oil also help coordinate the Gower Isolation Support Group, which helps ensure that isolated older people are visited regularly, with a view to ensuring positive social and health outcomes, which was particularly important during lockdown.

And what can local authorities do to support businesses to do all this? The report says they can provide leadership by being clear about how businesses can support local cohesion objectives and playing a coordinating role in helping them do so. They can incentivise businesses to act through highlighting cohesion outcomes in their approach to procurement and social value, and by recognising businesses that do this well. And they create an evaluation framework based on local needs, providing a robust and rigorous framework for evaluating cohesion oriented activity that businesses carry out, including shared measures and reporting.

Everyone has a role to play in building and maintaining cohesive communities. And it is particularly good to see a report which focusses on the often under appreciated role businesses can play in supporting social cohesion. If you’d like to find out more about how businesses can be a force for good, join us at the Introbiz Expo on April 7th!

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What is green recovery?

What is green recovery?

When the coronavirus pandemic hit global economies, governments pledged to rebuild, create jobs and spark growth. But many people recognised we can’t just go back to doing things the way we did before. So what would our rebuilt economy look like?

Three Cliffs Bay

We need to think about the problem of “growth”. Traditional ideas of economic recovery have focussed on growth, but wouldn’t it be better for us to be aiming for wellbeing, whether or not the economy grows?

Economist Kate Raworth has said “Mainstream economics views endless GDP growth as a must, but nothing in nature grows forever and the economic attempt to buck that trend is raising tough questions in high-income but low-growth countries. That’s because today we have economies that need to grow, whether or not they make us thrive. What we need are economies that make us thrive, whether or not they grow. That radical flip in perspective invites us to become agnostic about growth and to explore how our economies—which are currently financially, politically and socially addicted to growth—could learn to live with or without it.”

Green recovery means accelerating development along a more sustainable path. Natural Resources Wales says this means reducing carbon emissions, increasing resilience to climate change, reversing the decline in biodiversity, connecting people and nature and tackling unsustainable levels of production and consumption, while ensuring job creation, skills development, new markets and vulnerable groups are prioritised.

The region will need £4.3bn in investment by 2035 to tackle climate change. We’ll need to reduce carbon emissions by 58% in the domestic heat and power sector, 56% in the commercial and industrial sector and 51% in road transport. This means more wind and solar farms, more electric cars, a tidal lagoon, and the creation of around sixteen thousand new jobs!

Some of the most exciting proposals so far are in marine energy. The Blue Eden project, led by DST Innovations, would see a battery factory, data centre and thousands of homes powered by a new tidal lagoon. It would create two and half thousand permanent jobs. Meanwhile, Hiraeth Energy and Magnora Offshore Wind just announced proposals for two offshore windfarms in the Celtic Sea, which could power half the homes in Wales.

We need to move away from just making, using and disposing things, and instead conserve resources and ensure long term sustainability.

Ministry of Furniture recently fitted out the WLGA’s new offices with chairs made from recycled PET plastic bottles and desks, lockers and planters recycled from the WLGA’s legacy furniture! They also provided new 100% biodegradable bar stools made from hemp and resin.

The Welsh Government has pledged to use more Welsh wool as insulation, after it dropped in price during the pandemic. Wool insulation also forms part of a project by J.G. Hale Construction and SO Modular to build and retrofit flats in Aberavon. Using innovative insulation materials doesn’t stop with wool, they’re also using mushrooms and wood fibre!

Would you like your own tree?

Trees are great! They give us shade, clean our air, capture carbon and support biodiversity. They also provide timber, which is a more sustainable than traditional building materials like cement. The Welsh Government has announced that every household in Wales will get a free tree to plant. At 4theRegion, we welcome the commitment to more tree planting and recognise the importance of ensuring the right trees are planted in the right places.

And what about food?

We once had a thriving oyster trade, which gave Oystermouth its name. The population collapsed in the twentieth century, but now millions of oysters are being put on the seabed in Swansea Bay, in a process likened to growing a forest. In addition to being food, oysters store carbon and improve water quality.

New oyster bars are exciting, but we want to see affordable, nutritious, locally produced sustainable food available to everyone. Currently only 1% of urban green space is used for allotments, but research shows urban and under utilised green spaces could produce nearly 40% of the UK’s fresh fruit and vegetables! And urban food production is just as productive as conventional farming. Obviously we don’t want to see our parks ploughed up, but there is clearly land in towns and cities where we can grow useful amounts of fruit and vegetables. There are already plans to develop a “farm” near Morriston Hospital. Giving local people the opportunity to grow and eat healthy locally sourced food will help reduce pressures on the health service. It would also reduce the hospital’s carbon footprint, with fresh food literally coming from across the road!

What about jobs and skills?

Retrofitting, for example, requires electricians, plumbers, surveyors and builders. What if all contracts included a condition to take on apprenticeships? This would provide real life experience in areas like renewable energy, retrofitting, energy and water efficient technologies, and building techniques using non-traditional materials.

Last year, nearly six hundred and fifty homes in Swansea benefitted from the largest energy retrofit scheme of its kind in the UK, as part of a partnership between Pobl Group and Sero. It meant the community could generate up to 60% of its electricity requirements, reducing energy bills and carbon emissions! A wider roll out will see seven thousand homes retrofitted and three thousand three hundred homes built as “Homes as Power Stations”.

In the past, we have aimed at growth, whether it creates wellbeing or not. Instead we should be aiming for wellbeing (especially in light of the Well-being of Future Generations Act), whether or not the economy grows. Green recovery means we can reduce our carbon emissions, reverse the decline in biodiversity and tackle unsustainable levels of production and consumption while creating jobs, developing skills and protecting vulnerable groups and communities.

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Planning approval and first occupants announced for Swansea’s City Centre Community Hub

Planning approval and first occupants announced for Swansea’s City Centre Community Hub

Proposals for a new central Swansea location for the city’s main library and other key services have taken a big step forward.

How Swansea’s new city centre community hub could look. Pic: Austin-Smith:Lord Ltd

Plans for the hub reveal a striking fresh design just yards from a new-look Castle Square Gardens, Kingsway and Wind Street. It’ll be a short walk from the Quadrant bus station and other public transport services.

The plans, for Oxford Street’s former BHS/What! building, were given the go-ahead by planners.

Work can now start in earnest to convert the building to offer people convenient access to key services from across the council and other organisations.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “The transformation of this building is hugely exciting.

“It will create a fantastic new library and local services hub in the city centre, right next to the new Castle Square Gardens.

“There will be tangible benefits for the community and the council through the relocation of the library as well as a number of other key public and third party support services into a single building with an open and welcoming environment.

“The project will be a fine example of sustainable city centre redevelopment, reinvigorating existing buildings, and reducing carbon use in the fight against climate change.”

How Swansea’s new city centre community hub could look. Pic: Austin-Smith:Lord Ltd

Designs by architects Austin-Smith:Lord Ltd – on behalf of Swansea Council – reveal a new look for the former BHS/What! building.

Designers say the appearance of the structure – built in the 1950s – will have impact appropriate to a public building, with open and active shop frontages to maintain vibrancy to Oxford St and Princess Way.

The ground floor exterior is largely windows and that upper floors feature large glazed openings to show activity and a welcoming ethos.

Cladding will give the building a more consistent look than at present. Translucent cladding could be backlit to act as a beacon to help attract visitors.

There will be a green wall and planting on a roof area.

Inside, the library will act as a “spine” and there’ll be a feature grand central staircase.

The Swansea city centre building being transformed into a community hub. Pic: Swansea Council

Contractors began preparatory work on site in October – and the building could open in its new guise next year.

It will offer easy access to council services, including the library that’s set to move from the Civic Centre. It’ll be joined by a range of other services.

The hub, along with other city centre work hubs, is designed by the council to protect or create jobs and increase footfall in the city centre over the coming years. It will be visited by thousands of people every week.

The over-arching vision for the hub project is to:

  • create an innovative, flexible and sustainable community hub promoting community cohesion, opportunities for self-development and growth, support digital inclusion, improve well-being and unite and strengthen the city’s diverse community;
  • achieve access to all and provide a range of services in a welcoming environment where people can meet and participate in social activities, learning and support groups;
  • encourage a coordinated approach in supporting the community in finding and delivering solutions to improve quality of life.

The public have been consulted on the project.

Swansea Council has also revealed some of its services that could soon be accessed by the public at the city centre’s planned community hub.

How Swansea’s new city centre community hub could look. Pic: Austin-Smith:Lord Ltd

The aim is for the building – which could open in 2023 at the heart of the city centre – to be a welcoming base for services delivered by the council and other organisations.

Council services being considered to relocate there include Swansea Library, the West Glamorgan Archive Service and the Contact Centre.

All are now accessed by the public at the Civic Centre which is due to be redeveloped as part of the city’s council-driven £1bn regeneration.

Other services due to move to the hub include the council’s Revenue and Benefits service, Housing Options and Tenancy Support Unit (TSU), Employability, Life-long Learning and Local Studies and Family History services.

Staff have been told. They and the public will be kept up to date on plans. The council continues to consider options for their future locations of other Civic-based services.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “This announcement is an important step for our community hub plan.

“This first group of customer-facing services illustrates how useful the hub will be to the public.

“Many services will be easier to access in a more welcoming environment – and no services will be lost in the move.

“The development will bring increased footfall for city centre businesses, creating and maintaining city centre jobs; it’s a key factor in our aim to regenerate Swansea.”

Inside the Swansea city centre building being transformed into a community hub. Pic: Swansea Council

Swansea Council

UWTSD Library launches new exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary

UWTSD Library launches new exhibition to celebrate the bicentenary

The Library and Learning Resources department at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David has launched a new special collections exhibition both on campus and online to kick start the University’s bicentenary celebrations.

Bishop Thomas Burgess and his vision for a Welsh College

The bicentenary commemorates the establishment of St David’s College, Lampeter on 12 August 1822 through the laying the foundation stone which marks the beginning of higher education in Wales. From the seeds sown in Lampeter over two centuries ago and the development of our campuses, we have grown into a multi-campus, dual-sector University providing vocationally relevant programmes in partnership with employers.

The exhibition ‘Bishop Thomas Burgess and his vision for a Welsh College’ looks back at Bishop Burgess’s vision to create a higher education institution in west Wales. He established St David’s College, Lampeter to provide local Welsh-speaking men who wanted to join the priesthood an education.

The first half of the exhibition describes Burgess’ vision for a college in West Wales and how for over twenty years Bishop Burgess was committed to the vision. The archives hold a large number of letters and documents that reveal the tremendous work he undertook to achieve the vision.

The second half of the exhibition talks about Bishop Burgess’ own sizeable collection of books which he bequeathed to Lampeter. The collection includes a magnificent 1279 manuscript of the Vulgate, and a copy of The Golden Legend, describing the lives of saints, printed by Williams Caxton’s successor Wynkyn de Worde.

Alison Harding, Executive Head of Library and Learning Resources said: “I’d like to welcome everyone to our first Special Collections and Archives exhibition of 2022. Bishop Thomas Burgess was committed in his vision to create a higher education institution in west Wales, so it is fitting that we celebrate here the life and work of Bishop Burgess as the university enters its bicentenary year.

“The University Archives hold a large number of letters and documents which reveal the tremendous work he undertook to achieve this vision. They tell a story of a man dedicated to his role as Bishop of St David’s, who was also committed to the provision of educational opportunities in his diocese. Through this exhibition we can be inspired by this remarkable individual and be motivated to continue to build on his legacy to transform education and transform lives.”

The exhibition will be on show from January 4th until the end of the month at the Lampeter campus Library, and in the Fforwm Library on the Swansea Waterfront campus. The exhibition also will be available to view online too.

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

New £4.3million Ysgol Rhys Prichard has it all

New £4.3million Ysgol Rhys Prichard has it all

When children and staff at Ysgol Rhys Prichard moved into their new school, they didn’t just get a school, they got a community hub, leisure facilities, rugby pitch and a swimming pool next door too!

The primary school has relocated to the former Ysgol Pantycelyn secondary school site providing bright and airy accommodation and state-of-the-art facilities.

The move has increased its capacity to 240 places and made provision for an external Cylch Meithrin integrated into the new school building. It also includes a large hall which can be shared with the community of Llandovery, a rugby pitch, multi-use games area and hard and soft play areas.

A virtual celebration event has been held to mark the official completion of the £4.3million project, which has been delivered as part of the Carmarthenshire County Council’s Modernising Education Programme, jointly funded by Welsh Government through its 21st Century Schools initiative. A further £350k community hub capital grant was secured from Welsh Government to provide the leisure facility.

The school welcomed Carmarthenshire County Council Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole, Cabinet Member Cllr Glynog Davies along with Chief Executive Wendy Walters and Director of Education and Children’s Services Gareth Morgans to a virtual event to find out what pupils liked best about their new school.

Cllr Dole said: “It’s a unique opportunity moving a primary school to a secondary school location, and all that brings and offers to students and staff.

“The idea behind the Modernising Education Programme of course is to see this duplicated right across the county for all our students and staff.”

Cllr Davies added: “Education has changed dramatically; technology is moving on at a fast pace and I know that that technology is being used at Ysgol Rhys Prichard. We want to prepare our pupils for the future, so that they can get good jobs, and hopefully stay in Carmarthenshire.”

The event included a special screening of a short film which the children helped to make to show-off their new school and all its facilities. It will be shared with their families and the local community who have been unable to visit due to the pandemic.

Local member Cllr Handel Davies said: “Is there a better primary school in Wales or even the world? We’ve got a community hall, a leisure centre, swimming pool, a rugby pitch and the classroom sizes are something else. Not only is it beneficial to the school and the children, but it is also a fantastic community asset.”

The new school was designed by council architects and the works were carried out by local contractors Lloyd & Gravell Ltd.

Carmarthenshire County Council