Brakes put on town's Christmas big wheel
PLANS for a winter wonderland in Carmarthen this Christmas have been scrapped yet again.
It is the second year in a row that the winter extravaganza has failed to take place — time ran out last year over the plans.
This year a business plan failed to come together in time for the event to be staged and it would have started next month.
It means the event will go back to the drawing board with town leaders hoping to hold it in 2014 instead.
Despite the blow, the town's Chamber of Trade and Commerce are vowing to start the ball rolling early next year to ensure the event finally gets staged.
Chamber treasurer and manager of St Catherine's Walk John Nash said: "We will sit down in January and start the talks for a winter wonderland next year.
"We can ensure everything is in place well ahead of schedule and that it can be something the town can look forward to."
Chair of the chamber Matt Davies said it was important to remain positive and move forward with next year's plans.
He said: "The main thing is that now we just work on an event for next year.
"We need to makie it tie in with all the festive events such as the light switch on and reindeer parade and Christmas markets."
Traders agreed that while it was disappointing that the event could not go ahead, they were eager for the town hosting a wonderland in 2014.
However, talks will have to consider a suitable venue after the Morfa lane park was ruled out earlier this month due to the six-week period the event would run for and possible evening disturbance for nearby residents.
In addition, Carmarthenshire County Council rejected the location last Christmas over health and safety grounds and said the quay car park is also in use by local authority staff and the youth services team.
Speaking of the concerns regarding the quay as a venue a council spokesman said: "The youth service team who are based at the Quay Centre are heavily involved with the annual Christmas appeal for disadvantaged families during November and December and this involves much travel on and off this site.
"In the absence of any site plan from those proposing this scheme we do not know how much land would be required and realistically the size of the car park area at the Quay would struggle to accommodate even one attraction at best."
If a wonderland does take place in Carmarthen — with a ferris wheel, ice rink and stalls — it could see thousands of pounds pumped into the town over the months of November, December and into the first week of the New Year.