Am­bi­tious shed project look­ing for part­ner­ships

Llanelli Star - - LETTERS - Robert Lloyd @rl­loy­dpr 0779857235­6 [email protected]­

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] bt­in­ter­

A view of the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed site in Marsh Street.

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