Recreation & Leisure Services
1. Recreation Grounds
The Council maintains three recreation grounds at Felinfoel, Five Roads and Ponthenri where cricket, football and rugby are played. The Council’s policy is not to charge clubs for playing on its pitches. The Council also maintains the rugby fields for Pontyates RFC whose facilities are provided close to its boundary with an adjoining community council.
Changing room facilities are provided at Felinfoel, Ponthenri and Trallwm.
2. Children’s Play Areas
The Council has seven children’s play areas in the following locations:-
A total network of 43 miles of footpaths is maintained by the Council throughout the area. This involves clearing, surfacing, repairing and replacing stiles, gates, signs etc. on around 120 public rights of way.
4. Public Lighting
The Council is responsible for the energy and maintenance of approx. 230 public lights which are classed as footway lighting.
5. Christmas Carnival
A tripartite agreement has been entered into by Llanelli Rural Council, Llanelli Town Council and Carmarthenshire County Council to fund the provision of Christmas lights and a carnival in Llanelli Town Centre. The switch on takes place at the end of November every year and attracts bumper crowds in excess of 20,000 people to the event.
6. Rugby Player Development Officer
A three-year tripartite agreement has been entered into by Llanelli Rural Council, Llanelli Town Council and the Welsh Rugby Union to employ a Rugby Player Development Officer to visit primary schools in the area to instruct on and encourage the playing of rugby.
7. Provision of Changing Rooms
The Council has provided new changing rooms at Ponthenri, Trallwm and Felinfoel over the last 10 years. Grants from various organisations help to fund these facilties as well as financial contributions from the local sporting clubs.
8. Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association
Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s Association has been sponsored over many years by Llanelli Rural Council and other agencies to provide out of school, homework, holiday clubs for local children. The Council donates £1,000 every year to the Association.
9. Local Sporting Organisations
The Council has adopted a policy to financially assist local sporting teams to off-set the charges levied by Carmarthenshire County Council for using its playing fields. Annual grants are made as follows:-