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Come and join the most exciting project in Llanelli – helping our community!

The Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust is working to breathe new life into an important historical landmark in the town.

The project aims to redevelop the derelict goods shed and adjoining land and old offices to create a new facility which will be of great benefit to the local community.

Plans for the site near Llanelli Railway Station include a community hub, arts centre, workshops, offices, café and heritage centre.

This website is controlled by the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust project officer, Robert Lloyd.

Contact him on 07777683637 email – rlloydpr@btinternet.com

You can find a Welsh language version of the website on the following link –

Yn Cymraeg . . . link to our Welsh language site

This site is in the process of a rebuild. You can find some of our older web pages on the Old Website link page.

This website is controlled by the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust project officer, Robert Lloyd. Contact him on 07777683637 email – rlloydpr@btinternet.com

Grant boost from Rainscape project

 

The Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust has received a £640 grant boost from the Dwr Cymru Welsh Water Rainscape project.

The news was published by the Llanelli Star on Wednesday, July 5, 2017.

Robert Lloyd, project officer for the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust, said: “We were delighted to receive the support from the Rainscape grants scheme. We were among a number of local community schemes selected to receive grants in what was obviously a very competitive scheme.

“We thank Dwr Cymru Welsh Water for their support.”

A number of community groups were  awarded a share of £10,000 as part of Welsh Water’s Community Fund.

This is the first time Welsh Water has offered this scheme and more than 40 groups applied for the grant.

The aim of the community fund is to give something back to the communities where Welsh Water has been delivering its innovative urban flooding alleviation scheme, known as Rainscape.

Rainscape helps reduce the risk of flooding and pollution by catching, slowing down and reducing the amount of rain water which goes into the sewer network. The Rainscape project is being delivered across Llanelli, Burry Port and Gowerton.

Goods Shed project trustee Ken Jones, pictured left in the photo here, attended the Rainscape awards presentation.

Another giant step forward for Goods Shed project in Llanelli

 The ambitious Llanelli Goods Shed project has taken another giant step forward.

Planning permission and Nia Grif has been granted for the Grade II historic building.

“It’s another significant move along the tracks for the project,” said the chairman of the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust, Llanelli MP Nia Griffith.

“Over the course of the last two years we have been rewarded with more than £100,000 of development cash from different grant funders.

“That money has been put to good use and has enabled us to carry out a whole range of site surveys and progress our planning application.

“Our architects, Davies Sutton, of Cardiff, are recognised as one of the finest in the UK in the field of renovating historical buildings.

“The Goods Shed building in Marsh Street is currently derelict, but Davies Sutton have developed innovative and creative plans to transform a building which was built in 1875 and is a classic example of the Brunel style of architecture.”

The Goods Shed is deceptively spacious, with an office block the size of a small community centre at one end, a vast cathedral-like main space, a full-height basement running the length of the building, and plenty of land outside to provide both off-street parking and activity areas.

Currently, plans for renovating the site include space for business start-ups, a community café, heritage area with a real locomotive in situ, arts rehearsal and workshop space, video-making facilities, exhibition spaces, meeting rooms, training and work opportunities and community garden.

Goods Shed Trust secretary Richard Roper said: “This is the largest independent project of its kind in West Wales. Our two main objectives are to save and restore a truly historic site (the shed is believed to be the last surviving building of its kind in Wales) and then develop a significant community asset – something which will be a source of great pride to the people of Llanelli.

“Our current estimates put the cost of the project at £2.6million and we are now working hard to secure the all-important capital grand funding to enable the project to continue its progress.

“We are on the right tracks to creating something very special for Llanelli.

“Our grateful thanks go to the bodies who have supported us so far – the Architectural Heritage Fund, Heritage Lottery Fund (Wales), the Big Lottery CAT2 scheme, The Railway Heritage Trust and Carmarthenshire County Council.”

 

If you would like to find out more, or have suggestions to make about the project, please see the Goods Shed project website http://www.llanellirailwaygoodsshedtrust.org.uk/ or contact project officer on Robert Lloyd on rlloyd@btinternet.com and 07777 683637 

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 Photos:

Artistic impressions of what the inside and outside of the Goods Shed building could look like.