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IMG_9432Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, visited the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed last week as part of a fact-finding tour of West Wales heritage sites.

Mr Skates said: “I was delighted to see at first hand the hard work being put into the Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust project. It’s an ambitious plan for an area which needs investment and rejuvenation and the energy and enthusiasm shown by the Trust members, volunteers and project supporters is impressive.

“The proposals set out by the Trust reflect the objectives of our Historic Environment (Wales) Bill and wider policy, which aims to improve the management and protection of out historic environment, including finding sustainable solutions for future use of historic buildings, such as these proposed for the Goods Shed. I wish the Trust the very best in their efforts.”

Mr Skates was welcomed to the Goods Shed project by Llanelli MP Nia Griffith, who chairs the Trust.

She said: “We are at a crucial time for the shed as we try and secure the much-needed grant money for the project. The Goods Shed is a Grade II Listed property and one of the last surviving examples of a Brunel-style Goods Shed left in Wales. Our project will breathe new life into the building and our current plans involve establishing a multi-purpose community hub to include offices, arts facilities, a cafe and a heritage centre.”

Representatives of Network Rail, The Railway Heritage Trust and the Architectural Heritage Trust were among the guests who met Mr Skates on his visit.

James O’Gorman, Network Rail’s Scheme Sponsor, said “We are delighted to be working with the Goods Shed Trust to ensure this important heritage building is preserved for the benefit of future generations”

The Trust and Friends of the Goods Shed will be holding a Curry Night at the Ali Raj restaurant in Trinity Road, Llanelli, on Monday, October 5.

Tickets for the Curry Night are £15 and are available from Robert Lloyd, project officer, 07777 683637  email: rlloydpr@btinternet.com

Website – http://www.llanellirailwaygoodsshedtrust.org.uk/