Welsh Liberal Democrat councillors and the party's Parliamentary candidate for Carmarthenshire have expressed concern and shock at the announced closure of a college campus in Ammanford.

The Ammanford Coleg Sir Gar campus was founded in 1927 and offered courses in health, social and childcare, and the construction industry, is set to close following the removal of financial aid by the Welsh Government.

Parliamentary candidate Nick Beckett said: "It is disappointing to lose such an important resource for Ammanford and the surrounding area.

"It is a pity the Ammanford campus apparently can't be the one to benefit from the promised Mutual Investment Model and be brought up to standard."

The loss of the campus poses a problem for many students with the nearest alternative, the Pibwrlwyd campus in Carmarthen, being 18 miles away from Ysgol Dyffryn Aman.

Mr Beckett added: "We cannot force students to travel even further for their education, whilst at the same time make cuts to the very bus services they will be relying on to travel to and from.

"We urge the Plaid Cymru administration in County Hall to urgently carry out an impact assessment and consider how to mitigate any negative outcomes."

Councillor Julian Tandy said: "I am shocked and saddened that the last remaining tertiary college in the Amman Valley is now slated for complete closure."

He continued: "Nearly 100 years of education shut at a commercial whim, removing the vital local courses relevant to the construction industry and care work."

He lamented the lack of consideration for the needs of local students and residents by the decision-makers at Carmarthen County Hall and Cardiff.