What’s next for fire-hit church?

Why lit­tle has been done in four years

Llanelli Star - - FRONT PAGE - Robert Dalling @RobertDall­ing [email protected]­line.co.uk 01554 700811

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.

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