CONDITIONS OF USE OF CARMARTHEN VELODROME

1. The velodrome is controlled and managed by Carmarthen Town Council (CTC);

2. CTC may cancel the use of the cycle track without notice (for example in the event of inclement weather that may render the use of the track to be unsafe);

3. All cyclists use the velodrome at their own risk and must at all times comply with these conditions of use;

4. All cyclists must use the facility in a responsible way and with due consideration to all other users;

5. All cyclists should cycle in an anti-clockwise direction at all times;

6. There should be no mix of ‘fixed wheel’ and ‘free wheel’ cycling at the same time;

7. All cyclists must supply their own bicycles which must be clean and in good working order and safe for use – CTC retains the right to refuse access to and use of the cycle track if bicycles are deemed to be in an unworthy condition or likely to cause damage to the facility;

8. All cyclists must wear a helmet and gloves when cycling on the track;

9. It is the responsibility of all users to ensure that they are able to cycle safely and a physical assessment of the track must be undertaken by the user prior to use. Any issue of concern should be reported to Carmarthen Town Council;

10. Groups of three or more riders must be accompanied by a qualified coach;

11. Children 11 years and under must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times;

12. Cycling is not permitted when authorised events are taking place at the rugby pitch;

13. No access is permitted to the rugby pitch when authorised ‘Exclusive Use’ of the velodrome is taking place (see 15 below).

14. ‘FREE PUBLIC USE’ PERIODS

Members of the public are able to access and use the cycle track (not the changing rooms) free of charge (subject to the conditions of use) Monday to Friday between 9am and 6pm, Sundays (all day) and during other specific periods as determined by CTC (e.g. for certain events and targeted coached sessions).

15. GROUP BOOKINGS & OTHER ‘EXCLUSIVE USE’ OF THE CYCLING TRACK

All ‘exclusive use’ of the cycling track by individuals or groups must be authorised by CTC and must be booked in advance via the online booking system available at the CTC website – www.carmarthentowncouncil.gov.uk or via telephone 01267 235199. Charges (see below) will apply to such use.

a. ‘Group’ means three or more people using the cycle track at the same time (excluding the coach);

b. All groups using the track must be accompanied by a cycling coach currently qualified and accredited by Welsh Cycling. Coaches are not provided by CTC other than for designated events;

c. No group to consist of more than twenty cyclists on the cycle track at any one time.

16. CHARGES

The hourly charges for exclusive use of the velodrome and facilities (including access to the changing rooms and showers) are as follows:

 

No Floodlights

With Floodlights

All Users

£25.00

£30.00

Corporate Use

£50.00

£70.00

Daily Rate

£150.00

 

* Charges for cancellations of bookings will be not apply provided users give a minimum of 48 hours’ notice to CTC of the cancellation.

17. HEALTH & SAFETY

It is the responsibility of all users to ensure that they are able to cycle safely and a physical assessment of the track must be undertaken by the user prior to use. Any issue of concern should be reported to Carmarthen Town Council. Anyone experiencing antisocial behaviour whilst using the velodrome should report the matter to the police via 101 or in an emergency by telephoning ‘999’.

Carmarthen's Redeveloped Velodrome 

 

The redeveloped velodrome located at Carmarthen Park was re-opened during a public ceremony on Tuesday evening 24th October attended by hundreds of people.


Professional elite cyclists Scott Davies and Amy Roberts, both of whom were junior members of Towy Riders the local Carmarthen based cycling club, helped Carmarthen Mayor Councillor Alun Lenny officially open the facility, that has undergone a significant redevelopment during recent months. The original concrete cycling track, first opened in 1900, has been replaced in its entirety; it now has a new safety lane and also a safety fence that runs all around the perimeter of the track.


Other local dignitaries in attendance included Councillor Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, Cllr Irfon Jones, Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council, Jonathan Roberts from Sport Wales, Anne Adams-King, CEO of Welsh Cycling.


Despite the wet weather Towy Riders were able to cycle on the track for the first time and several antique bikes including two penny farthing bikes, were also on display.


The Mayor of Carmarthen Councillor Alun Lenny said: "It gives me great pleasure to welcome you here this evening to this historic occasion. The redevelopment of this facility, first used over a hundred years ago has been a challenging but really interesting project and my thanks go to all who have worked so hard to make this happen. It would not have been possible without the financial support of Carmarthen Town Council, Carmarthenshire County Council and Sport Wales. The people on the project team including Carl Morgan the Project Manager, Alun Harries the Clerk of the Town Council and of course the contractors GD Harries who have done such a fine job here, as you can see. Thanks to all of you and everyone else who has made this such a success. We now look forward to the next chapter in the story of Carmarthen velodrome and good luck to all of the people and cycling clubs who will be using this facility, including the young people from Towy Riders who are eagerly anticipating their first ride on the new surface this evening".


Councillor Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council said: "Carmarthenshire Council are thrilled that we have been able to help with this major step forward for cycling in the county and beyond, it is part of a wider strategy for cycling in Carmarthenshire, a strategy that has the Brechfa forest cycling trails, the cyclocross facility at Pembrey and the cycling path between Carmarthen and Llandeilo at its heart."


Nick Smith, Chairman of Welsh Cycling said: "This is a very proud moment for cycling in Wales and we in Welsh Cycling are thrilled to have played a part in securing the facility and also worked very closely with all those local people who have made this happen. There is no doubt that cycling in Wales has a very bright future and this great facility will ensure that cyclists of all abilities continue to thrive".


Brian Davies, Director of Elite Sport at Sport Wales commented:

“Cycling is one of the most successful sports in Wales both in terms of community participation and performance, which is why we were so keen to invest in such a key facility. The work that has been done here will ensure the sustainability of a venue that will deliver positive outcomes both regionally and nationally. The collaboration and investment from different partners has been pivotal to making this happen. We’re grateful to all the local people who have brought drive and energy to make the project a reality. The first cyclists to take to the track will be young riders from the local club under the watchful eye of local elite athletes. I think that says everything about what can be achieved here.”



The Velodrome is now fully open and bookings can be made by contacting the Velodrome Attendant Laura Mayho via email at laura@carmarthentowncouncil.gov.uk, telephone 07784 341407.

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I doubt if many could match Margaret Evans’ enthusiasm and knowledge of Carmarthen affairs and history. Many’s the time she’d enlighten us as town councillors with snippets of local knowledge to aid our discussions and decisions, which she recorded with accuracy and efficiency as minute secretary for 13 years. Her total dedication to her work and “all things Carmarthen” was tempered by her friendly disposition, modesty, ready humour and genuine concern for anyone who was ill or in need. When I visited her at Glangwili earlier this week, she was obviously very weak and only able to speak a few words at a time. But she still asked about ‘town news’ and ‘How’s the family?’ When I gave positive answers, she’d smile and give a ‘thumbs up.’ To the end, to her very last days indeed, she maintained her interest in local life and concern for others. Margaret Evans was a kind, dedicated and very knowledgeable person. She will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege and pleasure of knowing her.

Alun Lenny, Mayor of Carmarthen

 

 

 

 

 

 

Carmarthen Velodrome Redevelopment Update – 9th August 2017


The construction work is continuing and remains on schedule despite the recent wet weather.
It is very much hoped that the first cyclists will be able to use the track by the beginning of October, with plans in place to allow the three home rugby matches to be played by Carmarthen Quins during September to go ahead, as they have requested.
Work is now progressing to extend the existing rugby floodlighting around the entire perimeter of the cycling track; this will allow cyclists to use the track in a safer environment, especially during the darker evenings of the winter months when it is expected that demand to use the track will increase significantly, with many bookings already made with the Town Council.
An online booking system will be introduced once the velodrome is open but anyone wishing to make a booking in the meantime should contact Carmarthen Town Council on 01267 235199 or email alun@carmarthentowncouncil.gov.uk
The velodrome will be open 9am to 9pm throughout the year and it will be available for free use by the general public every morning Sunday to Friday, but charges will be made for other times of the day and for all group bookings. ‘Exclusive use’ charges are likely to be £25.00 per hour during daylight hours, with an extra charge made for the use of floodlights. These charges will cover running costs and also be reinvested in the future development of the velodrome and to provide staff during peak use periods.
‘Rules of use’ of the velodrome will be introduced and these will follow guidance from Welsh Cycling.
Carmarthen Town Council will be working with Welsh Cycling and local cycling clubs to provide coached cycling sessions for cyclists of all ability from the community.

 

 


Friday 18 August 2017, 7pm

Gallery talk by Lucille Junkere:
The Yoruba Blues - The art of indigo dyeing in Nigeria


Lucille Junkere returns to the gallery to talk about her indigo dyeing journey since her residency at the William Morris Gallery. She recently travelled to Nigeria through a Winston Churchill Fellowship where she studied indigo dyeing techniques amongst Yoruba artisans. Àdíre is the Yoruba word for the resist dyed cloth made in Yoruba towns in Nigeria. The textile functions both as an aesthetic expression and a means of communication, offering a deep insight into Yoruba religion, culture, folklore and history.

The talk with be illustrated with short videos, photography, music and Lucille’s own indigo work.

Admission Free


Saturday 19 August 2017, 11am-4pm

Workshop with Lucille Junkere:
Pattern making with indigo inspired by Nigerian resist textiles known as Àdíre


You will learn how to create and maintain a simple non-toxic indigo recipe which you can re-create at home. The recipe will enable you to dye plant fibres such as cotton and linen. You will also learn various pattern making techniques inspired by traditional Nigerian resist dyeing to create your own beautiful indigo dyed textile samples which you can take home and use for your own projects.

Cost: £25 includes materials
Suitable for age 16+
Booking Essential

Please bring an apron or wear old clothes, a pair of rubber gloves and some plastic bags to take the samples home.

PRESS RELEASE 22nd MAY 2017

REDEVELOPMENT OF CARMARTHEN VELODROME

Construction work to redevelop Carmarthen Velodrome has started at Carmarthen Park.

The appointed contractors – local firm GD Harries & Sons Ltd – moved onto the site last week (Monday 8th May) and construction work started on Monday 15th May.

The construction work is expected to take 20 weeks, with a target completion date of 29th September. Special arrangements are being made to allow all Carmarthen Quins RFC home league matches to take place as planned during September and Carmarthen Park will also remain open to the general public throughout this period.

Carmarthen Town Councillor Alun Lenny said: ‘It is great to see the building work going ahead. Planning consent was granted in April and a formal tendering procedure was then undertaken resulting in GD Harries & Sons Ltd being appointed as the sole contractor’.

Richard Burton, Commercial Manager with GD Harries & Sons Ltd said: ‘This is a hugely significant historical and sporting project and we are delighted to have been appointed to do this work for Carmarthen Town Council’.

Councillor Lenny continued: ‘The project has taken a few years to get to this point due to the uniquely challenging nature of the work involved. Because the velodrome is a listed building located within Carmarthen Park – which is a conservation area - we have taken specialist advice at every stage of the process to ensure that the redeveloped velodrome does not adversely affect the historical appearance and character of the Park. 

On top of that we had to consider very carefully the right type of surface for the redeveloped velodrome, making sure that public money is being spent in the most cost effective and appropriate way. Several different types of surface had to be tested by cyclists during the last year and ultimately this has resulted in the decision to replace all of the existing concrete – 232 concrete bays – with brand new concrete that hopefully will last another hundred years or so.

We have worked very closely with the local cycling community and the wider national cycling bodies (British Cycling and Welsh Cycling) to ensure that the new cycling surface will be fit for purpose and will be of the required standard that will allow national and possibly international competitions to take place once again in Carmarthen.

Two new key features will see a safety zone (or ‘blue zone’) being built along the entire inside perimeter of the track and also a safety fence around the entire outside edge of the track to afford protection to cyclists from coming into contact with the existing barriers – that cannot be removed due to their listed building status’.

The existing floodlights – designed to cater for rugby at the Park – will also need to be upgraded to ensure the safety of cyclists using the track during the darker winter evenings’.

Funding for the redevelopment of the velodrome has been provided by Sport Wales, Carmarthenshire County Council and Carmarthen Town Council.

 

 

 

 

Santes Dwynwen


Carmarthen Town Council and Menter Gorllewin Sir Gâr are delighted to announce that thousands of entries have been received for the Santes Dwynwen Card Design Competition.

Secondary and Primary Schools have been involved across the county and we are currently looking through them all.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this competition, and a massive thank you to all the schools that supported this Fairtrade initiative.

Pictured are some of the wonderful entries that have been sent in.

 



Carmarthen Town River Association and River Festival made a presentation to its long standing minute secretary at their most recent meeting on Monday night 28th November.

Margaret, who has worked with the Town Council as the Committee Services Officer for over 13 years is retiring shortly and tributes were made to her on behalf of the association and committee by the respective chairmen Councillors Phil Grice (Carmarthen Town Council) and Dave Watson (Llangunnor Community Council).

Vic Nurton, who presented a bouquet of flowers to Margaret praised her work on behalf of the residents of Carmarthen for very many years and said that she was ‘irreplaceable’. She was also presented with the traditional chocolate cake by Ian McCue on behalf of the river users.

Carmarthen Town Council Sports Awards 2015

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Carmarthen Town Council Annual Report 2015/16

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