So­lu­tion for town cen­tre

Llanelli Star - - Letters - John Wil­liams Columbia Row, Llanelli.

I WRITE to com­ment on the re­cent ‘vi­sion’ state­ment from the county coun­cil re­gard­ing Llanelli town cen­tre.

Firstly, it seems lu­di­crous that we charge vis­i­tors to park in the town cen­tre which is run down; but in the suc­cess­ful and fre­quently vis­ited Trostre and Pem­ber­ton parks, park­ing is free.

It makes lit­tle sense to charge peo­ple to park in the town cen­tre while an­other depart­ment spends money to re­gen­er­ate the same.

A pos­si­ble ar­gu­ment that must be re­sisted is the claim that if park­ing is free, all those work­ing in town will park there.

This is eas­ily dealt with by mak­ing park­ing up to four hours free, and charg­ing for any park­ing over four hours, with puni­tive rates com­ing in af­ter six hours.

Llanelli town cen­tre is struc­tured on a roughly west to east ba­sis along Step­ney Street, The Mar­ket/Elli Cen­tre/Precinct axis and Mur­ray Street. While W/E and E/W routes are en­cour­aged and are straight­for­ward, north/south ac­cess is not so good.

Ac­cess to Mar­ket Street could be im­proved by pro­vid­ing a pedes­trian en­trance on the north­ern side of the main dome area of the precinct/Elli Cen­tre. There are two trade en­trances here at present and one could be con­verted to a shop­pers’ en­trance.

This would al­low foot traf­fic head­ing up or down Step­ney Street an al­ter­na­tive route into the precinct. This would have a pos­i­tive im­pact on the east­ern end of Step­ney Street and Mar­ket Street.

If Mur­ray Street is go­ing to be re­de­vel­oped, it’s im­por­tant to have an at­trac­tive en­trance to the Mar­ket Hall from the south. There are three en­trances at present: two des­ig­nated as traders’ en­trances and one for shop­pers. All are gloomy and de­press­ing, and all of these need to be de­vel­oped and made more at­trac­tive to shop­pers. If the area be­hind the Con Club is to be de­vel­oped, it needs to be con­nected to the rest of town. This would be best done by re­de­vel­op­ing the sloped traders’ en­trance on the south-west cor­ner to wel­come and in­vite shop­pers.

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