Ambitious shed project looking for partnerships
THE team behind the ambitious Llanelli Railway Goods Shed project are looking for partnerships with construction companies as part of the next stage of the venture.
Representatives from the Goods Shed Trust have had a meeting with leaders from local construction firms to discuss opportunities for working together.
The meeting between members of the local construction group CCTAL ( Carmar thenshire Construction Training Association Limited) and the Goods Shed trustees was convened to discuss opportunities for partnership working on the Goods Shed project, which aims to bring the historic building near Llanelli station back into use for the benefit of the community.
Cyfle Building Skills, which operates a shared apprentice scheme in conjunction with CCTAL and its local contractors, was one of the businesses present in the meeting.
It was agreed that the Goods Shed project provided opportunities for training apprentices in much-needed heritage building skills.
Nia Griffith MP, chairwoman of the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust, said: “It is great to see interest from local building firms in renovating the former Llanelli Railway Goods Shed in Marsh Street. The task of doing up the whole building is absolutely enormous, and will require considerable funding, but, in order to get things moving, the trustees have made an application for a grant to get started on the old office block.
“CCTAL has an excellent track record of engaging with the community and helping important local projects to succeed. We look forward to working with them to take this exciting project forward.”
The Goods Shed Trust is continuing to broaden and deepen its partnership arrangements with Carmarthenshire Council and various community groups who share the vision of developing the Shed as a cultural and community hub.
The trust is also in advanced discussions with Network Rail over the transfer of the entire site. In the meantime, they have been offered a lease on the grade two listed Llanelli West Signal Box, which they plan to develop as a heritage/ exhibition centre.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the Goods Shed project should contact Richard Roper, secretary of the trust on [email protected] btinternet.com
A view of the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed site in Marsh Street.