Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Demolition to make way for a taxi rank

Carmarthenshire County Council has granted itself permission to demolish these decent, ordinary late Georgian buildings, which contribute positively to the Llanelli streetscape, in order to make way for a taxi rank turning circle. As reasons for demolition of historic buildings go, that ranks pretty low.

The buildings form the corner of Park Street and Island Place - 24 Park Street to 2 Island Place. Among the oldest streets in Llanelli, Park Street and Island Place were the original route into the town for mail coaches running between Swansea and Carmarthen. An old coaching inn, 'Ty Melyn', still exists in Park Street. The threatened buildings are largely unaltered and are the best examples of early commercial properties in the town. The original shop here, The Llanelly Clog, Boot and Shoe Manufactory, was the region's largest clog maker and supplied local colliers and tinplate workers.

Carmarthenshire County Council is now intent on demolishing these buildings within a matter of weeks and using the site as a turning area for a taxi rank in the new East Gate leisure development. Demolition is on hold until the close of the bird nesting season, which is due in about a fortnight. 

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