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WALES’S First Min­is­ter Car­wyn Jones has de­scribed the project to re­store Llanelli Rail­way Goods Shed for com­mu­nity use as an ex­cit­ing plan for the fu­ture of Llanelli.

Mr Jones vis­ited the site in Marsh Street to take part in a re­mem­brance ser­vice to pay trib­ute to the 13 men from the Great West­ern Rail­way who died dur­ing the First World War.

He also joined mem­bers of the Llanelli Rail­way Goods Shed Trust and de­vel­op­ment part­ners for a fact-find­ing tour of the build­ing.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion has been granted for ren­o­va­tion of the shed and the es­tab­lish­ment of a com­mu­nity hub, her­itage cen­tre, arts fa­cil­ity and of­fices.

Fol­low­ing the visit, Mr Jones said: “I think it has got won­der­ful po­ten­tial.

“Build­ings like this are tremen­dous as­sets for the towns that they are in. I think it’s marvel­lous that the trust is here to help de­velop this build­ing and it’s go­ing to be an ex­cit­ing project for the fu­ture.”

Nia Griffith, MP for Llanelli and chair­woman of the Goods Shed Trust, said: “We were all de­lighted to see the in­ter­est the First Min­is­ter ex­pressed in the project to re­store the Rail­way Goods Shed here in Llanelli.

“It’s an am­bi­tious scheme, but one which is im­por­tant for our town and the sur­round­ing area.

“The project is cur­rently priced at £2.6 mil­lion and the trust is work­ing hard to se­cure fund­ing for the project from a num­ber of sources.

“We are con­fi­dent we have de­vel­oped a sus­tain­able plan.

“We are de­vel­op­ing a num­ber of ex­cit­ing part­ner­ships with other or­gan­i­sa­tions and busi­ness to help achieve our goals.”

The Rev­erend El­don Phillips, a trustee of the Goods Shed, con­ducted the re­mem­brance ser­vice which saw tem­po­rary memo­rial plaques (to be re­placed later with per­ma­nent memo­ri­als) un­veiled at the Goods Shed.

The ser­vice was at­tended by cer­e­mo­nial stan­dard bear­ers from the Royal British Le­gion and vet­er­ans’ or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The con­gre­ga­tion in­cluded rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the cur­rent site own­ers, Net­work Rail, and Llanelli Rail­way Sta­tion, school chil­dren from Ys­gol Pen­rhos, Coed­cae School, Ys­gol Maesy Morfa and Bigyn School.

Pic­ture: Robert Lloyd PR

First Min­is­ter Car­wyn Jones wirth young­sters at the Goods Shed site.

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