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Transformation fund of £2m agreed for Burry Port Harbour

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Carmarthenshire Council has agreed improvement and maintenance works totalling over £2m including a phased programme to transform and repair the harbour walls.

A silt dredge of the inner harbour costing £750k is included in the planned improvements. Historically, the harbour has always filled with silt and has to be removed every 10-20 years.

Repairs to the listed harbour walls totalling £1.94m will be phased over 5 to 10-year period. Works will be carried out on a priority basis with officers also exploring grant opportunities for funding.

Burry Port Harbour attracts hundreds of visitors every week and we are very proud to have such a wonderful facility as part of our Millennium Coastal Park....

– Cllr Meryl Gravell

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Burry Port fire extinguished after five hours

The fire broke out at around 4pm yesterday afternoon.

Firefighters say a gorse fire, threatening houses in Burry Port, has been extinguished.

It broke out shortly after 4pm yesterday afternoon at Gwscwm Road.

It took more than 20 personnel around five hours to put it out.

The flames could be seen close to these homes. Credit: Marc Tierney

Police and fire crews work 'to ensure residents' safety'

Police officers and firefighters are working together "to ensure the safety of residents" after a major grass fire in Burry Port this afternoon.

Flames can be seen close to homes on Gwscwm Road in the Carmarthenshire town.

Dyfed-Powys Police says the road has been closed.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service says the blaze is spread over four hectares, and more than 20 firefighters are working to bring it under control.

Photographs show flames close to people's homes. Credit: Twitter @robbarnett1
A significant amount of smoke can be seen over the town of Burry Port. Credit: Twitter @LeeSutts

Major grass fire threatens homes in Carmarthenshire

Fire crews are tackling a major grass fire in Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, which is extremely close to homes.

Photographs show the fire threatening to reach people's homes. Credit: Marc Tierney

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Sand from storms to be dredged at Burry Port

Sand banks have narrowed access to the sea. Credit: Ron Cant

Work will start at the end of April clearing sand and silt at Burry Port Marina.

Carmarthenshire Council says the worst storms for many years have shipped more sand and silt into and at the entrance to the harbour, than for many years.

"It is little surprise the harbour has become heavily silted because we have even had to bulldoze, almost daily at one stage, car parks at the North Dock, Llanelli, to keep them open," said Harbour master, Rory Dickinson.

"The harbour has suffered with effects of windblown and sand laden water pouring in."

Sir Ian Botham raises £90,000 through charity walk

Sir Ian Botham is already planning a walk for next year Credit: NSPCC

Sir Ian Botham has raised £90,000 for the NSPCC after his charity walk around parts of the Wales Coastal Path.

'Beefy's Big Welsh Walk' started in Burry Port earlier this month. In the following two days Sir Ian Botham and a number of fundraisers walked in Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Cardiff Bay.

Sir Ian Botham said he'll continue to raise money for his chosen charity: “I am planning on doing another walk next year and perhaps again the year after. The issue is serious and I am more than happy to continue the progress we have made in publicising it”.

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Sir Ian Botham sets out on latest Welsh charity trek

Sir Ian Botham has set off on his latest charity walk in Wales. The cricket star is walking from Burry Port in Carmarthenshire to Cardiff Bay over three days.

He has raised millions over the years through his charity treks, and has dedicated this journey to supporting the children's organisation the NSPCC.

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