Carmarthenshire’s Leader supports new arts project for Llanelli
Carmarthenshire’s Leader has given his full support to a new arts project for Llanelli.
Cllr Kevin Madge said the plans by the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust would be a valuable contribution to the regeneration of the area.
The Trust was set up in 2011 with the aim of restoring the shed and bringing it back into use for the benefit of the community.
The shed, which is one of the few remaining examples of its kind in the country, serves as a reminder of Llanelli's heyday as an industrial centre.
The building and surrounding land is large enough to accommodate a mix of uses.
Cllr Madge said: “The building, which was erected in 1875, is large enough to accommodate an area in which to celebrate its unique history, together with the industrial heritage of Llanelli.
“The project will therefore incorporate a heritage area, linked to a cafe area, which can be used by groups such as school parties, as well as individual users of the centre.
“This in turn could be part of a trail incorporating places such as Llanelly House.”
Carmarthenshire County Council has been closely involved with the project and contributed to the cost of a feasibility study.
A recent application for £15,000 to the council’s development fund will also be considered at an executive board meeting next month.
Cllr Madge said: “This is a glorious opportunity to both preserve a building of considerable significance to the industrial history of the town whilst creating a wonderfully unique multi-purpose auditorium for the benefit of future generations.”