Work to begin on Burry Port Tesco
WORK on Burry Port's long-awaited Tesco store has been given the go-ahead after months of deliberations.
More than 100 jobs will be created when the supermarket opens.
The retail giant is expected to announce a timetable for the 15,000sq ft development in the coming weeks.
The store, which was originally granted permission to be built on Fairground Fields in 2010, will help to create 120 full and part time jobs in the area.
Burry Port county councillor John James has welcomed the news.
He said: "I am delighted that this development is finally going to start, it has been long awaited and is very good news for Burry Port.
"It will bring about 120 jobs which are desperately needed, and a facility which will benefit shoppers and the local economy.
"It has overwhelming public support and we look forward to the official opening."
The announcement comes after a series of delays surrounding the project, which led to fears it would be postponed indefinitely.
However negotiations over a highways issue, which was holding up the project, have now been resolved.
The new development, located between the Neptune Hotel and the harbour, could feature a 125-space car park which will be available for all shoppers whether they visit the store or not.
It will also incorporate sustainable features such as rainwater harvesting.
Further community benefits will also come about at a later date thanks to a section 106 agreement with the firm. The project has been brought about by the Joint Venture partnership of Carmarthenshire Council and the Welsh Government to help promote the regeneration of Llanelli Waterside along the coast from Bynea to Burry Port.
Mr James added: "We as county councillors must now work with Tesco and local businesses through the Business Forum to ensure that Burry Port as a whole gains and prospers from this decision and becomes a diverse, vibrant local shopping centre as it was 30 years ago."