Thursday, 3 May 2012

After 200 years, demolished to make way for a taxi turning circle

Carmarthenshire County Council, having granted itself permission, has just demolished a row of ordinary late Georgian buildings, which contributed positively to the Llanelli streetscape, in order to make way for a taxi rank turning circle for the new East Gate leisure development. 




The buildings formed 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 buildings were largely unaltered and were 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.

In a press statement that made no reference to objections to the scheme from amenity societies and others, the local authority said: "A short line of cottages off Upper Park Street offered little resistance to bulldozers clearing the way for the dawning of the £25million East Gate development. The removal of the buildings is one of the last stages of clearance work heralding the new East Gate destined to become a mecca for family entertainment boosting the town’s economy and fortunes later this year. Known in recent years at the CopyTech buildings, the old stone and brick cottages were fully architecturally surveyed and found to have little or no merit other than being photographically recorded for posterity. Contractors said they were poorly constructed and collapsed in little more than 30 minutes with little encouragement '.

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