Council in row with organisers of Eisteddfod
A SPAT has broken out between Llanelli Town Council and the National Eisteddfod over calls for town businesses to benefit from the festival.
Town council chiefs had urged festival organisers to ensure business people in Llanelli reaped the dividends from the major Welsh cultural event in 2014.
But they were taken aback by a letter from festival organiser Hywel Wyn Edwards, which declared that there would be a meeting next October inviting businesses to hear of the possibilities of offering their services.
"This happened over the last three or four Eisteddfods and we will certainly want to operate in the same way in Carmarthenshire — remembering that this is the Carmarthenshire Eisteddfod — in 2014," said Mr Edwards.
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Town council leader Carl Lucas said: "My reaction to the letter myself was — fine, if that's how you want it to be, if you want it to be the Carmarthenshire Eisteddfod when they come to us for the financial support — they want our support we will take note that it's a Carmarthenshire Eisteddfod."
Councillor Mike Burns said: "We are a small council, but there are 70-odd town and community councils in Carmarthenshire, so a 70th of the budget goes to them if they persist in this and don't help local businesses."
Councillor Jan Williams said: "While I'm absolutely delighted that the Eisteddfod will be coming to Llanelli and will be sited where the last one was, I'm a little bit horrified at the tone of this particular letter.
"It seems that it's something we are not supposed to make any comments about, that we are to receive the Eisteddfod — wonderful — here it comes, warts and all."
Speaking directly to town mayor Winston Lemon, who raised concerns about local businesses missing out when the last Eisteddfod was in Llanelli in 2000, Ms Williams said: "I think most of the people in this room agreed with you that people were transported down to the Eisteddfod and transported away.
"They didn't spend much time in Llanelli."