What’s next for fire-hit church?
Why little has been done in four years
THE owners of Llanelli’s fire-ruined Park Church have been told they must take action to bring it back into a decent state by next year.
Park Church has been left in a mess since a huge blaze there in August, 2015, which saw 40 firefighters tackle the fire for more than two hours.
Streets had to be blocked off and neighbouring homes evacuated. Witnesses said the heat was so intense it could be felt 500 yards away.
Owners of the building, Ziman Trading Ltd, of Chepstow Road in Newport, appeared before Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on May 24 over the state of the building.
It pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a Carmarthenshire Council notice issued on August 30, 2017, under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, concerning the state of the church.
That notice required that by September 27, 2018, the company should carry out steps set out in the schedule to abate the injury caused to the amenity of the area.
The sight of Park Church engulfed in smoke with flames reaching high into the night sky was a traumatic experience for many, especially those living in the vicinity.
Today, just the shell of the building remains with the spire still reaching to the heavens. Lost, however, are the beautiful and historic stained glass windows and the expertly carved internal architecture which made the church such an uniquely historical building.
The church, which is more than 150 years old, continues to deteriorate.
It has been fenced off to prevent access to the public, with no obvious sign of significant action being taken to tidy it up.
Section 215 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 enables a local planning authority to serve a notice if it judges the con
The huge fire at Park Church in August, 2015, which saw 40 firefighters tackle the fire for more than two hours.