NATURAL Resources Wales (NRW) is moving forward with a major project to reduce the risk of flooding to almost 400 properties from the rivers Loughor, Marlas and Lash in Ammanford.
NRW has appointed Walters Group to undertake the construction work for the scheme, which will begin in February and is expected to take around 18 months to complete.
The first elements of the work will include site clearance and tree removal, which is to be undertaken ahead of the bird nesting season. This will prepare areas ready for the main works which will continue in spring 2023.
The scheme comprises flood embankments and walls along the river corridor from Parc Henry Lane to Coleg Sir Gar.
The scheme also incorporates work to improve fish passages in the river, as well as other wider environmental enhancements that will benefit protected species such as otters and bats.
Plans are in place to plant new trees to replace the ones being felled and improvements to public green spaces are also being proposed which will include planting, public seating and information boards.
Chris Pratt, Project Manager for NRW, said: “In recent years we’ve seen the kind of damage flooding can do to communities across Wales and with the climate emergency we can expect more instances of extreme weather.
“This scheme will help manage the risk of flooding to properties and businesses in Ammanford and we’re looking forward to working with our partners to safeguard this area for the future.
“We and our delivery partners, Walters Group, are committed to working closely with the local community and keeping local residents and businesses informed with the project’s progress through newsletters, community engagement and online.”