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Major consultation for The Goods Shed

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How it could look: Artistic impressions of the inside and outside of the renovated Goods Shed building

How it could look: Artistic impressions of the inside and outside of the renovated Goods Shed building

THE TEAM behind the ambitious Llanelli Railway Goods Shed project will be holding a major public consultation event this week.

The Goods Shed team staged a roadshow at the St Elli shopping centre from Thursday, April 14 through to Saturday, April 16.

“We are very keen on involving the people of Llanelli and Carmarthenshire with every stage of the project,” said Llanelli Railway Goods Shed Trust project officer Robert Lloyd.

“During the five years of the project, we have had regular consultation events in Llanelli and Carmarthenshire. But the event this week will be our biggest yet.

“Getting the views (and the ideas) of the public is hugely important to us. This is the biggest independent project of its kind in Carmarthenshire and West Wales and we want the community to feel they are playing a part in every stage of the development of the Goods Shed plan.

“We are planning to put information leaflets through the doors of all the houses neighbouring the site. We are very keen on hearing what people think about the project and what facilities they would like to see provided in the revamped Goods Shed.

“This week, we are also releasing the first artistic impressions of what the renovated building could look like.

“Our team of consultants includes the award-winning architects Davies Sutton, a company renowned as specialists in conservation architecture. They have been working closely with all the key players in the project to provide a sustainable plan for the future of the building.”

“The dialogue with the public is being cranked up to a whole new level. “We are slap bang in the middle of what we call our development phase, conducting the site surveys and other preparatory work needed before we can complete further applications for capital funding.

“The key message we want to get across is that this is a project designed to breathe new life into what is an historic building. Getting the support of the community and tapping into everyone’s ideas for the project is crucially important as the plans for the future use of the building take shape.”

The Goods Shed project aims to save and restore the derelict 1875 Grade II Listed building (built in the Brunel style in Marsh Street) and bring it back into life as a dynamic multi-purpose hub for the community.

The whole scheme is currently estimated to cost £1.7million. More than £100,000 of development funding has been secured from the Big Lottery Wales CAT2 (capital asset transfer) scheme and the Heritage Lottery Fund in Wales.

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New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital

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WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces. 

Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.

Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.

James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.

Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.

Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.

Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.

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M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea

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A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.

The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.

Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.

Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”

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Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment

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DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.

The victim required hospital treatment.

Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.

They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.

Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.

This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing 101@dyfed-powys.police.uk or phoning 101.

If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.

Please quote reference DP-20220703-011

Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.

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