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Parc Howard plans publishedA PRESS release to local media outlets has unveiled a series of exciting developments at Llanelli’s Parc Howard.

Underlining the council’s ongoing commitment to the future of the park, the leader of Carmarthenshire County Council, Councillor Emlyn Dole, said the sensitive development of the play areas and mansion house will lead Parc Howard into a new era.

Amongst the plans he has unveiled are proposals to transform the historic mansion house, with potential uses including a wedding and banqueting venue, conferencing suites and an outdoor marquee.

The former cafe, which adjoins the mansion, could also be brought back to life selling refreshments and afternoon tea.

There are also plans to utilise the building as a regional centre for genealogy – tying in to Llanelli Town Centre’s Heritage Six scheme, which involves the library and Llanelly House.

Children are also being catered for, with brand new sections added to the park’s two existing play areas – including a giant four-mast space net with trampoline that will be the first in the world , and has been especially commissioned for Parc Howard.

Cllr Dole said: “This is a new era for Parc Howard. I have always voiced my full commitment to the future of Parc Howard and I have worked with my team to secure a range of investments and improvements that will encourage more people to use and enjoy this wonderful park.

“The park still is, and always will be, owned by the people of Llanelli but we want to make the most of it – there is a lot of value to heritage and culture.

“We have allocated funding to kick -start development with exciting new playground equipment to improve the offer for young children and families, and have committed further funding to the ongoing maintenance of the mansion house.

“We are also proposing the sensitive commercialisation of the mansion house with potential uses including a wedding, banqueting, conferencing and private event venue, and reintroducing the cafe that was once so popular.

“We also plan to house a genealogy centre at the mansion which will tie in perfectly with Llanelli’s Heritage Six and our plans to improve the county’s archive services in Carmarthen.

“We have worked with the Parc Howard Association and Friends of Parc Howard who are keen to support our proposals as a way of benefitting the park going forward with private investment that will create profits for the ongoing maintenance and development of the park.

The playgrounds

Children visiting Parc Howard will be the first in the world to play on an especially-commissioned giant space net – a huge four-mast rope climbing frame with a trampoline at its centre.

Carmarthenshire County Council has commissioned a number of leading play equipment designers to come up with a series of new play equipment designs to improve the provision currently available at both playgrounds.

The preferred design includes a crawling pyramid, wobble-bridge, wizard’s tower fortress and forest shop with slides connecting the upper playground to the existing equipment on the lower level.

Existing equipment will be refurbished and updated as part of the work, including the ship and castle in the toddler area and new swing sets.

The work will be carried out in phases to ensure children still have equipment to play on as work gets underway and the first phase – the new equipment on the upper level of the toddler’s area – is anticipated to be complete d by the end of July.

The giant space net will be in place by the end of September to take the junior playground into the autumn season.

“We would of course like to have it all complete d in time for the school holidays, but the giant space net will be worth waiting for,” said Cllr Dole.

“Our teams will work hard to get the rest of the new equipment in place as quickly as possible so that children can use it during their summer break – we will be sectioning off parts of the playground whilst work is underway so that there is always something they can play on.”

The Mansion House

Carmarthenshire County Council will be seeking private investors to put money into the sensitive development of the mansion house, with potential uses including a wedding, banqueting and conference venue.

Proposals will centre around allowing the building to generate income with profits that will benefit the whole park.

It is hoped that the mansion house will become the home for Heritage Six , which will enable community access to provide artefacts, images and oral histories of Carmarthenshire for hosting on an online heritage website for the region.

The council has already committed additional funding to the maintenance of the building which costs around £100,000 a year to keep, with £250,000 being spent on the roof alone this year.

“We have fantastic plans to develop the mansion but will be very sensitive in the choice of commercial operations given its unique history and location within the park and surrounding residential area,” said Cllr Dole.

“We plan to advertise opportunities for private firms to propose uses and then run it, with potential for uses such as a wedding, banqueting and conferencing venue with a percentage of profits going back to the park. Planning permission may be needed for certain aspects, which would be submitted later in the year.

“With the support of the Parc Howard Association and Friends of Parc Howard , we hope to move these plans forward in the very near future.”

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