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Cardiff Students Seek Solutions to Llandovery’s Deepening Plight

Update January 30th 2016

A glint of positive news — the idea to move Ysgol Rhys Prichard primary school to the vacated Ysgol Gyfun Pantycelyn comprehensive school is supported in principle by Carmarthenshire County Council’s chief executive, Mark James, reports The Post in the February 2016 issue (p.23). Handel Davies, chair of the campaign group ‘Future of Pantycelyn’, has wide backing for the proposal, including from Llandovery Town Council, and the headteacher and governors of Ysgol Rhys Prichard.

The plan includes selling the Rhys Prichard site –ideally for an employment-creating purpose —  and using the proceeds to adapt the Pantycelyn premises for younger pupils.

Pantycelyn has all sorts of features often lacking from primary schools — big hall, sports field, specialist classrooms and laboratories, gymnasium, swimming pool adjacent — which could help to bring back young families to the town.



The current primary school building, Ysgol Rhys Prichard, would be sold


How many primary schools would have a hall this size? 

Original post

Llandovery’s decline, and how to reverse it, is a case study for architecture students from Cardiff University, who were in the town yesterday (Thursday) to present their initial, individual ideas. The separation of the castle from the town was a repeat theme, requiring improvement with the help of a little demolition or even major redevelopment, as in one plan which imagines retail relocations into what is now the car park, bowling green and tennis courts. Or how about garden sharing — a scheme for elderly folk to offer gardens for others to cultivate, and share the produce, as part of a scheme to make Llandovery an exemplar of sustainable living.


Ideas for Llandovery: Cardiff students’ proposals on show in the Castle Hotel

Mock historic façades, to make the town more spectacular and memorable during the annual Sheep Festival, are featured in one zany, imaginative plan. Making much more of a feature of the Welsh language; holding more matches on the Llandovery College rugby pitch and building stands there with a total of 500 seats; linking Garden Lane to Broad Street with two pedestrian pathways; and creating an arts centre are also among the suggestions.

As the students depart to develop their projects,  the Llandovery they leave behind is really suffering.

The students will be back with their finished proposals: here’s hoping that funds will be available to implement those schemes which impress  local people as likely restorers of vitality and sparkle.


Saying it all — closure notice in a window of the building which used to be HSBC Bank, Market Square 



Ex-HSBC building, empty, and next to it, The Bear pub, closed 


The central building is the former NatWest Bank, now closed, in Market Square


Decline and fall: Carmarthenshire County Council’s decision to close the comprehensive school, Ysgol Gyfun Pantycelyn, has multiplied the town’s problems 









Empty shop in Stone Street. Right, on the other side of Water Street, the empty building which used to be Costcutters convenience store









King Richard III granted Llandovery’s charter. Five hundred and thirty one years later, the town needs another such accolade to raise its profile  












Broken-down ASDA van rescued by a UTS lorry — which also broke down and was parked outside Ysgol Gyfun Pantycelyn, waiting for a tow. Up a creek without a paddle, just like the town









Empty spaces in Llandovery’s car park, in the middle of a weekday 




The swimming pool, owned by Carmarthenshire County Council and on the site of about-to-close Ysgol Gyfun Pantycelyn, loses over £100,000 a year. How secure is its future?





















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3 thoughts on “Cardiff Students Seek Solutions to Llandovery’s Deepening Plight

  1. anna Phillips on said:

    My father barry Phillips use to be a baker for the original shop in Llandovery the bakehouse is now part of the craft and information centre. It’s a shame that it was not kept as a working bakery as it was not modernised and my father would make all the rolls and artisan bread by hand he use to make the sheafs out of bread for all the harvest festivals in the churches

  2. Anne Ennion on said:

    Well thank you for that totally one sided doom and gloom article. For those of us that have opened new shops and are trying really hard to attract people into the town, (four new shops in total) , you have probably managed to do more damage.
    Thank you for putting people off setting foot in Lllandovery which actually has a lot to offer if you look. By the way, The Bear pub will be reopening if you give them a chance.

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