Adam Price, Member of the Senedd for Carmarthen East and Dinefwr, has welcomed progress on a flood risk management scheme that would reduce the flood risk from the rivers Loughor, Las and Marlas, in Ammanford.
This comes after National Resources Wales (NRW) gave notification of their intention to submit a full application to Carmarthenshire County Council for the construction of the scheme, which would comprise:
“Construction of 9no. flood defences (concrete walls and earth bunds) along the banks of the River Loughor and landscape planting within existing open space, with associated works comprising fish passage and gauging improvement at the Tir-Y-Dail Weir, anda flow deflector in the river channel at the Bonllwyn A483 road bridge. “
Commenting on this important development for the town, Adam Price said “This is an important development for Ammanford, and I wholeheartedly welcome the strengthening of flood defences in the town. The impact Floods, and similar consequences of climate change, are only growing more serious, and steps such as this to mitigate risk are much needed.
There is however a growing need for similar schemes across the county, with many of our more rural communities towards the north of Carmarthenshire being affected greatly this winter, an communities like Pontargothi, who have long been campaigning for similar schemes to be implemented. “
Local Councillor David Nicholas said: – “I completely welcome the measures, which are a positive step in easing the longstanding concerns of myself and several other in the local community. In light of the recent inclement weather over recent months, residents can be safe in the knowledge that steps are being taken to improve their safety, as we continue to deal with the effects of climate change”