Carmarthen – a jewel of a town

Ken Lloyd, Labour County Councillor for Carmarthen Town North and Riaz Hassan, Welsh Labour Candidate for the Senedd elections have been talking about the impact of the pandemic on Carmarthen town centre.  


Councillor Lloyd told us “Covid-19 has exposed Carmarthen’s reliance on the retail sector, which together with the move to online shopping has seen big name brands such as Top Shop, Miss Selfridge and most recently, Debenhams, leave the town centre, accompanied by the jobs they supported. Merlin’s Walk, Cambrian Way and St Catherine’s Walk have been on the frontline of the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. 


“I am enormously grateful that the Labour Welsh Government, under the statesmanlike leadership of Mark Drakeford, has acted decisively to help Welsh businesses cope with the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Welsh Government package of support for businesses is the most generous and comprehensive offer of help in the whole of the UK.  Now looking to the next election we need a Welsh Labour government and a Welsh Labour member here to take our town forward.


Riaz Hassan, Labour candidate for the Senedd elections, told us, “Carmarthen is an absolute jewel of a town.  What makes it a magnet for shoppers from a very wide area indeed, are the amazing, independent shops, the hospitality venues, personal care businesses, entertainment, cultural venues and market stalls.  They too have suffered under Covid and I believe help from Welsh Government will be needed for some time.  


“There is a real resilience at the heart of the town, and we need to respect and work with that.  As a Carmarthen boy, Mark Drakeford understands the value of our market towns and I want to work with him to preserve and enhance the unique contribution they make to our lives.  Above all, I want to ensure Carmarthen has a bright future.


Councillor Lloyd added, “As a local councillor I understand our residents and share the same ambitions as the Welsh Labour Government, committed to dealing with all the issues that matter to the people of Carmarthen and Wales as we slowly inch our way out of this crisis.  I look forward to working with Riaz to make things happen for our town as well as for our nation”