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Alongside the three main town centres, a programme of investment and support is being delivered to support the growth of 10 rural market towns.

Bespoke plans are being developed to benefit the town and surrounding areas of Cross Hands, Cwmaman, Kidwelly, Laugharne, Llandeilo, Llandovery, Llanybydder, Newcastle Emlyn, St Clears and Whitland. The development of the growth plans are part funded via the Welsh Government Rural Communities – Rural Development Programme 2014-2020, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Union.

Leader of the council, and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Cllr Emlyn Dole, said:

“These are exciting times for town centres across Carmarthenshire. We recognise that, similar to town centres across the UK, there has been a steady decline and we are determined to lay the foundations for change.

“Through a range of targeted interventions, we aim to create town centres that are more sustainable and each with a unique sense of identity.

“These changes are already starting to happen, and people will see the difference.

“What we need is for people to support their town centres and their local traders – we know that the internet is convenient, but every person that visits, shops, eats out and enjoys their leisure time in their town centre is playing a part in their survival.”

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