An investment by Carmarthenshire County Council has helped restore a Victorian derelict railway building in Llanelli..
Plans to transform the Grade II* listed building in the city’s Tisha Ward into a community hub are already underway with the first phase of the project nearing completion.
After the council committed £300k through its Targeted Regeneration Investment Program to support the first phase of funding which was used to transform the west block, adjacent to the main shed, into a community-based flexible office and meeting space.
The railway shed was built in 1875 and was used for cargo including sheep and cattle.
It played an important role in the development of Llanelli as a major industrial center before ceasing operations in 1966. The West End finally closed its doors in 2000.
The goods shed is now run by a group of volunteers – The Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust – after Network Rail Wales handed over the building.
Llanelli’s Tyisha ward and wider Llanelli town center are undergoing major investment as part of the council’s ambitious plans to regenerate the area by increasing community safety, developing housing and community facilities and improving the environment.
Carmarthenshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Leisure, Culture and Tourism Gareth John said:
This round of funding will provide facilities to meet local people within the building, take up training opportunities and support the establishment of social businesses. This building is a huge part of our railway heritage in Carmarthenshire and Wales and I’m looking forward to bringing it back to life and being enjoyed by our community.”