- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Multi-million pound plans to drive forward the regeneration of Llanelli town centre have been given a £7.5million funding boost by the Labour-led Welsh Assembly Government.
The funding will support Carmarthenshire County Council’s £13.5m renewal plans and will enable a number of schemes in and around Llanelli town centre to go-ahead. This latest funding includes almost £3m from the European Regional Development Fund and some £4.5m from the Targeted Match Fund through the Labour-led Welsh Assembly Government, and will deliver major environmental improvements and support wider regeneration plans for the area.
Further funding of £1.9m will come from Carmarthenshire County Council, £0.5m from the Labour-led Welsh Assembly Government’s Safe Routes in Communities, £1m from the private sector and £2.7m from Llanelli Coast Joint Venture.
As part of the scheme, some £3m will go on improvements to the canopies and streetscene in the town centre. Funding of £1.5m will be available to businesses in, and on the fringes of, the town centre to improve the appearance of their commercial properties, including shop fronts and new signage. Coleshill Social Centre will have a £2m refurbishment to create a Centre for Economic Inclusion that will provide a range of support services for people who are economically inactive to improve their social and economic prospects.
The funding will bring the total investment in the town centre to an estimated £60million over the next few years, which includes the East Gate development, and the library refurbishment as well as the EU backed new theatre and Llanelly House. The aim is to complete all the work in 2014.