Wor­ship hall bid for ex-auc­tion house

Llanelli Star - - NEWS -

A FOR­MER auc­tion house is to be de­mol­ished as part of plans for a new place of wor­ship in Cross Hands.

The auc­tion house in Car­marthen Road sits along­side a stor­age build­ing which will be ex­tended and re­vamped to cre­ate a King­dom Hall used by Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses.

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil’s plan­ning com­mit­tee ap­proved plans for the King­dom Hall de­spite ac­cess and traf­fic con­cerns.

Land at the site was said to have ac­com­mo­dated up to 100 ve­hi­cles for auc­tions and pre­views and plan­ning of­fi­cers con­sid­ered the pro­posed use would lead to lower car num­bers.

En­force­ment ac­tion is also to be taken about an unau­tho­rised wall which af­fects vis­i­bil­ity near the site’s en­trance.

Ward mem­ber coun­cil­lor Dot Jones op­posed the ap­pli­ca­tion on ac­cess grounds, partly due to the site’s prox­im­ity to the junc­tion with the A476.

She added: “Di­rectly op­po­site are two suc­cess­ful busi­nesses.”

Coun­cil­lor Mansel Charles said he felt a wor­ship hall would be a more ap­pro­pri­ate use of the site – orig­i­nally a British Le­gion club – than its auc­tion house func­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Sue Allen sug­gested the ap­pli­cant should plant Devil’s-bit scabi­ous flow­ers there to at­tract the threat­ened marsh frit­il­lary but­ter­fly.

Of­fi­cers have rec­om­mended scheme for approval.

Coun­cil­lor Kevin Madge pro­posed the com­mit­tee un­der­took a site visit to see the ac­cess and lay­out first-hand which was sec­onded, but then voted down.

Coun­cil­lor Eir­wyn Wil­liams said there would be less noise and traf­fic as­so­ci­ated with the King­dom Hall than the auc­tion house and added: “I don’t think we can go against the of­fi­cers here.” the

The for­mer auc­tion house in Cross Hands, which will be de­mol­ished as part of new King­dom Hall plans.

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