For buy­out of for­mer zinc fac­tory

Llanelli Star - - Letters -

cop­per, lead, sil­ver and zinc pro­cess­ing for decades.

A power sta­tion opened in there in 1954 be­fore be­ing de­mol­ished in 1990, prior to the open­ing of the Grillo zinc ox­ide fac­tory. The fac­tory closed in 2006 and has been razed, but mounds of earth and bricks still re­main.

The coun­cil could now seek a de­vel­op­ment part­ner to take for­ward pro­pos­als for the for­mer Grillo site.

Coun­cil leader Em­lyn Dole told us it was a prime site and “front and cen­tre” to the whole con­cept of de­vel­op­ing the har­bour.

“There was a need to de­fend that,” he said.

The har­bour re­de­vel­op­ment is be­ing taken for­ward by a com­pany called The Marine Group, which got on site in April this year.

Plans have also been sub­mit­ted to con­vert and ex­tend the cur­rent RNLI base in the har­bour into a cafe and restau­rant, as well as creat­ing a ma­rina man­age­ment of­fice with new chang­ing rooms.

Ex-Pem­brey and Burry Port town coun­cil­lor Les Ge­orge said he felt the town had been “let down”, in de­vel­op­ment terms, for years.

“We have got one of the finest har­bours in Wales,” he said. “Ev­ery­thing seems to be hap­pen­ing else­where.”

For­mer busi­ness­man Mr Ge­orge said he be­lieved pro­pos­als to re­de­velop the Grillo site would go down well in the town.

“I be­lieve peo­ple would rather see some­thing hap­pen­ing rather than noth­ing hap­pen­ing,” he said. “And we badly need af­ford­able houses.”

Pic­ture: By­ron Wil­liams

The en­trance to the for­mer zinc ox­ide site, in Burry Port.

Pic­ture: An­drew Davies

the Grillo site in 2014.

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