Cross Hands

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Cross Hands
site of the former railway station
Cross Hands is located in Carmarthenshire
Cross Hands
Cross Hands
Location within Carmarthenshire
OS grid referenceSN562127
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CountryWales
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townLLANELLI
Postcode districtSA14
Dialling code01269
PoliceDyfed-Powys
FireMid and West Wales
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Carmarthenshire
51°47′43″N 4°05′09″W / 51.7952°N 4.0857°W / 51.7952; -4.0857Coordinates: 51°47′43″N 4°05′09″W / 51.7952°N 4.0857°W / 51.7952; -4.0857

Cross Hands is a village[1] in Carmarthenshire, Wales, approximately 12 miles (19 km) from Carmarthen.

Cross Hands Public Hall is one of only three of its kind in Wales; the Public Hall was erected in 1920 and designed by an unknown Italian designer in the classic Art Deco Style. Fully restored, the Public Hall has a fully functioning stage and cinema screen and is protected as a Grade 2 listed building.

The continuous built up area which includes the villages of Cross Hands, Gorslas, Cefneithin and Pen-y-groes had a population of 5,717 in 2011.[2]

Cross hands is a growing residential[3] and employment area and includes the established Cross Hands Food Park to the south west of the A48. A new business park, the Cross Hands Business Park,[4] is being developed to the northeast of the A48 which the local authority hopes will create 1,000 jobs.[5]

Gweunydd Glan-y-glasnant, a Site of Special Scientific Interest notable for its species-rich neutral grassland[clarification needed], is 0.8 miles (1.3 km) south-west of Cross Hands.[6][7]

New link road[edit]

On 2 December 2012, Carmarthenshire County Council announced plans for a new road to enable traffic on the A476 to bypass the congested Cross Hands roundabout. At an estimated cost of £20 million, the route will start from Gorslas, northeast of the roundabout, and continue to the Cross Hands Food Park junction on the A48, it will reconnect with the existing A476 southwest of the Cross Hands roundabout.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davies, John; Jenkins, Nigel; Menna, Baines; Lynch, Peredur I., eds. (2008). The Welsh Academy Encyclopaedia of Wales. Cardiff: University of Wales Press. p. 503. ISBN 978-0-7083-1953-6.
  2. ^ Ammanford Built up area sub-division ONS Census 2011 Key Statistics
  3. ^ BBC News – Housing plans for former tip site in Cross Hands
  4. ^ "Cross Hands Food Park". Archived from the original on 2013-10-03. Retrieved 2013-08-10.
  5. ^ BBC News – £13.5m to create 1,000 jobs park at Cross Hands
  6. ^ "MAGIC Map Application – Gweunydd Glan-y-glasnant". DEFRA MAGIC Map. DEFRA.
  7. ^ "Site of Special Scientific Interest, Carmarthenshire, Gweunydd Glan-y-glasnant" (PDF). Natural Resources Wales.
  8. ^ This is South Wales – £20m road scheme for 'booming' town
  9. ^ South Wales Guardian – £20m plan to help end roads misery

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