Jobs under threat because of supermarket scheme delays
JOBS and investment at a Gwendraeth village are under threat — due to a row over a supermarket development eight miles away.
That’s the claim of councillors after plans for Sainsbury stores in Cross Hands and Llandeilo were called in by the Welsh Government.
The supermarket giant had submitted plans for stores in both the Gwendraeth village and neighbouring Llandeilo, which were approved by county planners earlier this year.
But following opposition to the Llandeilo development, both projects will now be referred to the Welsh Government, as the sites are being treated together in the planning process under the Shopping Directive.
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Councillors say this has wider implications for Cross Hands, with the delay to Section 106 monies that Sainsbury was required to invest in the local community when their application was granted.
The Sainsbury development is part of a wider regeneration of the area, including new buildings at Maes yr Yrfa School — which last week was given the green light to reopen under a new name of Ysgol Cwm Gwendraeth by merging with neighbouring Ysgol y Gwendraeth. Llannon councillor Kim Thomas said: “The Sainsbury investment is vital to the community in Cross Hands.
“The Cross Hands Club, a new health centre, the new buildings for Maes Yr Yrfa, and all the local construction and retail jobs that go with the whole package are now in jeopardy.
“My constituents don’t want this dragged out over 18 months.”
The Llandeilo plans have created a political storm, with local Plaid MP Jonathan Edwards and AM Rhodri Glyn Thomas accused by Labour’s Carmarthenshire Council leader, Kevin Madge, of putting the entire development at risk by voicing their opposition to the one store.
But the Plaid politicians say they were among many who objected to the proposals, claiming further consideration should be given to the impact of such a development on the local business community.
Carmarthenshire’s Labour group said they would lobby the Welsh Government to resolve the issue “as soon as possible” and make jobs the priority.